Beech Tree Body Products

As you guys know I love to find great body products.  With winters, here I basically walk around with lotion all the time.  I love to find a great lotion and soap that not only smells fantastic but works like a dream.  BeechTree has a fantastic line of products that smell wonderful and best of all the products work fantastic.

The lotions come in different scents and leave my hands silky soft.  They did not leave my hands greasy at all so I could use my electronics right after using them.  This is a big deal in my world.  When inspiration for writing a review hits I don’t have time to wait.  I need to get typing right away or ill forget what I wanted to say.  I love that these are also travel size.  When I hop on the plane I can put them in my bag because they are 2oz so they are ok to fly with me.

The soaps like the lotions smell fantastic, they did not leave a residue on my skin after using them.  On another plus side the scents fill the air in the bathroom when I am not using them.  I had someone walk into the bathroom and say they love the air freshener, they were floored when I told them that was the soap.  For your next question, no the smell of the soap is not overwhelming.

I am going to tell you a funny story about the Dog Shampoo.  Here in Colorado a lot of the dog owners are fishermen so when it comes time to wash their dogs they just let them play in the river.  As any dog owner knows this may wash the top layer of dirt off, but all you have left is the wet dog smell.  That never goes away lol.  So, we tested this out on a few of our fishing dogs.  It worked fantastic.  It even got threw the thick fur of the husky.  I was so excited to have clean smelling puppy’s and even they were excited, after the bath of course most of them hate the process lol.

Now I must tell you about their cause.  You all know I love a product that supports a great cause.  “BeechTree is a non-profit social enterprise that employs people with brain injury to work in a community-integrated business. Each Member of our team has specific challenges they may be working to overcome. Our Members design all the artwork displayed on our products and package each order by hand. Everyone who contributes to the social enterprise known as BeechTree is paid using the profits of our sales. Any funds left over are used to facilitate a structured environment and improve the quality of life for our clients.”

I was given the products for free in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Brighten Your Skin With Olien Body Scrub

Olien Body Scrub

If you are like me finding a great body scrub is a must.  We go from really high heat to below 0 here in Colorado and it wreaks havoc with my skin.  It’s like the dead skin just hold on to me and leaves my skin looking dry and dull looking.  I want skin that shines as bright as I do. A good body scrub can help your skin looking brighter and more healthy in no time. When I got to try Olien Body Scrub I was in love at first sniff.  The scents that they have are fantastic.

Olien body Scrub

Now let me tell you a few things that were awesome about Olien Body Scrub.  It’s made from Coconut oil so as you can see from the picture above I melted it.  With a some other brands body scrub it would just be pure liquid and it would be a goner.  Not with Olien I just put it in the fridge for about half an hour and re stirred it and I was ready to go.  Normally it would not have melted but I had it on my desk to take pictures and the sun came in the window.  It’s great to know when it gets hot in the summer here I can just throw it in the fridge and its right back to awesome.

Next when I went to shave it gave me such a close shave and I did not get any razor burn at all.  When I was done just clean off the razer and you are good to go.  I did not even have to moisturize after my bath.  My skin was so soft and stayed that way for 2 days.

 

If you are looking for a great body scrub you cannot go wrong with Olien.  Plus, you get a big container no replacing it every week.  This will last you quite a while.

They have even offered us a fantastic giveaway one luck U.S winner will get their very own scrub

Olien Body

 

I got this free to try in exchange for an honest review.

Garlic Lovers Unite with Dave’s Gourmet Review and Giveaway

So, I got an e-mail that says hey do you like garlic.  I was a little confused is there people out there that don’t like it?  Then I read on to see pictures of some great sauces that were just calling my name and needed to be a part of my kitchen arsenal.

      

For the spaghetti sauce, we did a little different.  I was really craving Garlic Knots but to have an awesome garlic knots you really need a great dipping sauce.  So, we used the sauce for dipping sauce and it was fantastic.  A perfect blend of tomato, garlic and basil.  This sauce could only be better when you add some ground beef and pour over some noodles.  This will be my dipping sauce for now on.  The sauce can make or break your garlic bread and this one truly made it.

     

The Dave’s Gourmet Creamy Garlic Red Pepper Sauce the guys went nuts over.  This showed up while I was gone and hubby wanted to eat it right away.  I made him wait and we had dinner with the guys.  We marinade steaks in the sauce and they all love it.  As you can see from the pictures above the sauce had a great color and the smell was even better.  The sauce made a perfect marinade for our steaks.  I can think of so many ways this sauce is going to be a hit.  Next I think we will try on fajitas. The sauce was a perfect blend of spicy and tangy.

    

Now I know what they meant by the e-mail.  If you are a garlic lover and have not tried Dave’s Gourmet, it is a must.   The ones I got to try are Gluten free, non-GMO and taste like a dream.  If you are a foodie these are a must to have in your fridge.

Dave’s gourmet Sauce

 

 

I got these free to try in exchange for an honest review.

Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir: It’s Ladybug! DVD

                     Miraculous™: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir: It’s Ladybug!

                                                         In Stores April 11, 2017

 

This could not have showed up at a better time.  My sons Other Miraculous DVD is now so worn out.  We love this show and enjoy watching it together.  The charters are cute and entertaining.

Los Angeles, California – The most Miraculous adventures of Ladybug and Cat Noir continue! Paris’ favorite crime-fighting duo return in a new volume of the action-adventure, romantic comedy that will have you on the edge of your seat.

 

The action-packed CGI animated TV series Miraculous™: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir: It’s Ladybug! will be available on DVD April 11, 2017, from Shout! Kids, in collaboration with ZAG. This release includes six amazing episodes on DVD and a Ladybug paper doll, while supplies last.

 

When Paris is threatened by super villains, two amazing heroes are our only hope: Ladybug and Cat Noir! With the help of their magical kwamis, this incredible duo team up to outwit the forces of evil… but their biggest challenge might be getting through school. In their normal lives, Marinette and Adrien are just a pair of young students, but in reality, this terrific twosome must juggle schoolwork, friends, family and growing up in a world where every day is a high-flying adventure!

 

A top TV show, Miraculous™ is quickly becoming a worldwide phenomenon. It’s Ladybug! is available now for pre-order on Amazon.com and Shout Kids.

 

Miraculous™: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir: It’s Ladybug! episodes include:

Princess Fragrance

Gamer

Reflekta

The Puppeteer

Antibug

Volpina

I got this free in exchange for an honest review. Want even better news.  One lucky US winner will get their very own copy.  Enter below for your chance to win.

Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir: It’s Ladybug! DVD

Bling up your world with JEULIA

Jeulia Jewelry     Jeulia Jewelry

I am a true bling lover.  I love to have beautiful jewelry, but at the same time my bank account hates it.  When I saw all the ads on Facebook for Jeulia I was so excited.  I am sure a lot of you are like me and have been burned by company’s online.  When it comes to jewelry I have bought, when I got it in the mail and it looks like my six-year-old made it out of bubble gum wrappers.  So, when I got the chance to work with them I checked out the reviews and they were awesome.

Jeulia Jewelry         Jeulia Jewelry Pink Sapphire Ring

A few things that I love about the Jeulia Princess Cut Created Pink Sapphire Women’s Wedding Set.  It is so unique.  I have never seen anything like it before.  The ring is great quality and has a beautiful shine to it.  The set has two rings so I can wear them alone or together depending on my outfit and my mood.

Jeulia Jewelry Pink Sapphire Ring             Jeulia Jewelry Pink Sapphire Ring

The price of the Wedding Set is fantastic.  All the jewelry on their site has a fantastic price.  Any bride would be excited to get one of their beautiful designs.  I was truly impresses not only with the quality, and fit.  The fit was perfect.  The site was not only fun to shop, but it was also easy to shop with.

Now for the big question answered from the video.  No I did not get any reaction.  I am so excited to announce I can wear their jewelry with no problems at all.

Jeulia Jewelry Pink Sapphire Ring      

If you are anything like me and love to have beautiful jewelry to match your mood or even your outfit Jeulia is perfect.   They have a great selection at a great price, and even though you aren’t spending a million bucks their jewelry looks like you did.

Jeulia Jewelry Pink Sapphire Ring

I got this free in exchange for an honest review.

Picking the right floors for your family

When it comes to the flooring in your house there are a few considerations you should make before you start shopping.  The floors you choose for each room can make a big difference.  Not only in the look and style, but also on how the room makes you feel.

Were you thinking about getting hardwood floors?Hardwood floors

One thing to remember here is little kids and pets.  The hardwood floors can be very rough on your dog’s hips.  Most dogs will slip and slid and this can hurt them.  For young children, they don’t always wear shoes so when they are running in their socks like the animals they can slip and fall.  For families with little ones and pets this should be considered when picking out your new floors. Some pluses on wood flooring are, easy clean up.  I have to admit when I go to my sister’s house and I spill I love that fact that I grab a few paper towels and wipe up and I am done.

Were you thinking about rugs?

Rugs are a lot easier on animals and kids and of course your feet.  They are softer when you are walking around.  Now for the cons.  When you spill, it is not so easy to clean up.  You need a whole army of potions all made for different stains.  Also, when the spills do happen if they make it down to the padding you will have that stain until you change the padding, it will keep coming up.  When walking on the rug it catches everything from your shoes, so no matter how much you vacuum there will always be something on your rugs.

Tile Floors

Like the wood floors these can be hard on animals and young children.  Also, when it comes to cleaning them you can get the tiles easily, but the grout can be a problem.  You may have to get down on your hands and knees to clean the grout a few times a year.  For a few pros for normal spills they are easy to clean.  They have a great sleek and clean look. They are harder on your feet with no padding, but they are a little less slippery then hardwood floors.

Don’t be scared all every one of these floors has pros and cons.  To pick the right one for your family just think about what you really like, need and what cons really are not a big deal for you.   After making the choice of which floor is the best for you start checking out a few stores Checking out something like the Karndean flooring tiles could be exactly what you are looking for.  Anyway, you go just remember pretty soon you will have nice new floors to spruce up your room.

Making your garden into memories

In my family, we all love gardening.  Spending a little time out in the garden can be so relaxing.  A few years ago, we started planning for our family members we have lost.  This started with the loss of my first son.  We wanted something to remember him by and we wanted it to be special and beautiful.  We planted a tree.  As the years, have gone by we have unfortunately added to the collection.  I say unfortunately because we add when someone we love passes away.

I love that when we go out into our garden that I feel like my family members are right there with me.  When planting trees in your yard there are a few things to consider.  Where will they be planted?  Is there enough room for the tree to grow?  Also, please, please, please make sure there are no underground wires or pipes.  You don’t want the roots destroying these.

Magnolia Tree

When I am picking trees, I love to go with ones that have beautiful colors like the Magnolia Tree.  My mother likes to go for the fruit trees.  Whatever you like I say go with it, this is your sanctuary.  Just remember that like anything else in your garden trees need love and attention. If you pick the right tree it won’t be that much work.  If you love to spend hours out in your garden than why not go for one that needs a little more attention.  We also love to add a few woodland creatures and gnomes to our world.  My Aunt loves pigs so we got a pig in our garden for her.  I love gnome so I got a gnome for me, my husband and my son.  It adds a little mystical to our garden.

Gardens can be a special place for you.  Whether you are creating your perfect garden for a memory or just because you love the look, think about adding a few trees.  There is nothing like the shade of a tree that you planted on a warm summer day.

This post was written in collaboration with the Tree Center

7 Tips To Help Your Family Live A Healthy Lifestyle

Great nutrition and fitness levels are difficult to achieve on your own. But, when you add picky kids, late nights at work, and extracurricular activities into to mix, chaos ensues. How are you supposed to help your entire family stay fit and healthy?

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Believe it or not, it’s not an impossible task. In fact, the following 7 tips can help you get started:

Tip #1: Hold A Family Meeting

To get everyone invested from the very beginning, hold an honest conversation with your family about fitness goals. When everything is in the open, put your heads together and come up with fun activities and meal ideas that everyone can enjoy.

Tip #2: Find Ways to Be Active Everyday

The ultimate goal is to find ways to get active for at least 20 or 30 minutes every day. Some fun family-friendly activities include:

  • Games like jump rope, tag, catch, or baseball
  • Bingo math at home is an alternative way for your entertaining evenings.
  • Walking, whether it’s at the local track or before entering the grocery store
  • Bike riding
  • A workout DVD that everyone will love for bad weather days
  • Hiking
  • Enrolling in a family friendly yoga class

And, for those days when it’s impossible to be active as a family, use fitness trackers to help everyone remain accountable. You can even turn it into a fun game. For instance, consider having a contest to see who walked the most steps. Give the winner a prize.

Tip #3: Incorporate Yoga into Your Daily Lives

Many of us already know the benefits of a personal yoga practice i.e. reduced stress, stronger muscles, etc. But, did you know that a family practice can help bring kids and parents closer together?

To begin your family yoga practice here are some things to keep in mind:

  •     Establish a routine
  •     Have fun and keep things lighthearted
  •     Use resources (like books, yoga cards, etc.) to make yoga practice more kid friendly
  •     Get proper accessories like yoga mats and unique yoga clothes to ensure that every practice is comfortable and goes smoothly

Tip #4: Stop Smoking

Watching your weight and eating healthy are great ways to live a healthier life. But, if you are a smoker, all your efforts will be for naught. In fact, smokers are in worse physical shape than those whose only healthy habit is to stay away from cigarettes.

But, there is good news – it’s never late to stop smoking. Furthermore, taking this step can help reduce your risk of a number of health issues like:

  •     Cancer
  •     Heart disease
  •     Impotence
  •     Fertility problems
  •     Cataracts
  •     Tooth loss
  •     Gum Disease

If you are not sure of your ability to stay away from cigarettes -buck up – there are several resources available to help you quit like:

  •     Pharmacists, nurses, and general practitioners can provide you with tips, encouragement to help you quit smoking
  •     Nicotine replacement therapy using lozenges, tablets, patches, inhalers, sprays, electronic cigarettes,  and gums can help reduce cravings

Tip #5: Get Your Zzz’s

Getting enough sleep (7-9 hours for adults and 6-13 hours for school-aged children) is a vital part of optimal health. It is during this time that our body resets itself and gets prepared for the day ahead.

But, when it’s hard for you or your kids to retire at night, you can lose out on these benefits. Thankfully, there are some things you can do to make catching some zzz’s easier than ever before:

  • Try meditation and yoga before bedtime
  • Keep TVs and other electronic devices out of bedrooms
  • Make sure you choose the right mattress both for you and your children, because the right mattress ensures your healthy and comfortable sleep.
  • Eat a small bedtime snack made up of foods that help shift the mind and body into sleep mode like chamomile tea, whole grain cereal, etc.

Tip #6: Turn Chores into Fun Time

Turn cleaning your home into a fun game that you can all play together. For instance, you can time yourselves to see how fast the house gets spic and span. Try to beat your fastest times and each other. You can also play music while doing laundry and have the kids dance and sing while they help fold and put the clothes away.

Tip # 7: Plan Your Meals

Staying fit is essential for a healthy lifestyle but, if you don’t change your eating habits, your positive changes won’t be as effective as they could be. To make things easier, write a menu that follows the Nutritional Rule of Thumb. This rule states that each meal should consist of one part fat, 2 parts protein, and three parts carbs. And to ensure that kids are eating properly when they are at school, have them pack their own healthy lunches. Keep the balance between the fast food and the healthy one. Starting with preparing grills to vegetable salads, make the preparation process an important event for your family, not just a boring thing you HAVE to do.

Every family should have a wellness plan. Starting when the kids are young will help instill healthy habits that will follow them throughout their lives. Good luck and Namaste.

Warm up with Ozeri Heater

Ozeri heater

As you all know I am a huge fan of Ozeri. They have a wide range of home products that just can’t be beat.  I have fell in love with everything I have gotten from them.  They have great quality items and at a great price.  Some items I have been using for over two years now and they all still work perfect.  During the Summers their fans keep my house nice and cool.  Now during the Winter, they have a fantastic heater.

Ozeri heater      

When I got, this home, I swore it did not work. I was so sad, I was trying to turn it on from the button on the top.  Then of course my husband showed me there is a second power button on the back on the bottom.  When you do turn it off from the top button it clears out the warm air before clearing out so it still runs for like 30 seconds.  The heater works like a dream.  My home has floor wall heaters so if I turn them on it does the whole house.  Sometimes I just want where I am at warm.  This heater is perfect, warms up great and my electric bill has gone down quite a bit, now that I am just warming up the space I am in and not the whole house.

         

I love this heater and would suggest to everyone.

I got this free in exchange for an honest review.

Finesse – Kendall Jenner’s Favorite

Finesse

Is your hair getting dry and dull?  Then checking out Finesse is a must.  Finesse – is one of Kendall Jenner’s Favorite hair products. I know when I think of hair goals her hair is at the top of my list.  When I got the chance to try it I was a little iffy.  My hair was so dry and dull I needed a lot of help.  With summer coming I want my hair to shine and bounce like there is no tomorrow.

Finesse

Like most people my hair goes through the ringer.  From dying it, to drying it, straightening and so much more my hair needs all the help it can get for the day to day torture.   The Finesse had a light flowery smell to it.  The shampoo lathered like a dream.  I did not know how well the conditioner worked at first.  I am use to using one that leaves my hair feeling silky soft even when wet.  This one did not do that.  When I went to brush my hair out after my bath it did brush right threw.  So, I was pleasantly surprised.  After just a few uses I notices my fly-away were almost gone and I had the shine back to my hair.  When I straightened it after it was straight in no time at all.

I was very happy with the Finesse shampoo and conditioner.  My hair looked and felt better after just a few uses.  If you are looking to up your hair game I would completely suggest adding Finesse to your routine.

 

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