Sunday, October 21, 2018

Santo Coffee Cubes

In todays world we are always on the go and some mornings I do not have time to make coffee at home let alone to grab some coffee at dutch bros.... so what do I do now??? Uh I grab Santo Coffee cubes! I have had the pleasure of working with this company to review their amazing product and I have to say this is really the game changer in my morning routine, especially when I over sleep and I still need coffee to function! As of right now they are still being funded on kickstarter but if you back them I promise that it will be worth it! I keep one or two of these cubes in my purse and in my vehicle just to have them when I dont have time for coffee! It is super simple, Drop, stir and sip! that is it! No machines, no mess and it is 100% columbian coffee! Delicious and also no chemicals or preservatives! oh it is flavored and sweetened too! So there is that! Typically  I dont like black coffee but this is perfect the way it is! It also gives you just the right amount of go go! I was worried that these would not have enough pick me up but I was sorely mistaken! I simply love them! So how do you get in on this?? Simple go fund them on Kickstarter and get in on this simple delicious madness!!

oh they have a choice between dark, light and decaf roasts too!

** These coffee cubes where provided to me free of charge for the purposes of this review! I was not paid  for this review these are my own honest opinions!

mother of all creams

So as a mom who is constantly battling eczema on the small human I am always looking for creams and lotions that get the job done. specifically ones that are not steroid based or full of harmful chemicals. So today I want to bring you one that I am actually quite fond of! I was introduced to this through a friend of mine, and I instantly wanted to give it a spin an see what it can do for Mr. Man and his constant outbreak.
It is literally the mother of all creams!
so first off I really like this one because of how light it feels on the skin, it smells great and it not filled with a million harmful chemicals. It is specifically geared towards those who have sensitive skin, eczema, psoriasis and an other dermatology needs.
It is not greasy, it absorbs quickly, and is gentle to his skin! it does not burn either!  A lot of times Words dont do talking. So let me show you this kids legs before and after.

and the after! 

So how do you get your hands on this ?? you can order it right through the Puriya site or on Amazon!

** This was provided to me free of charge in exchange for my true and honest opinion. I was not coerced or paid any money to say any of the above. I was provided the products to facilitate my review!**

Jurassic Quest

Lets travel back in time. But not to just any time period. Millions of years ago in fact! To when dinosaurs walked the earth. No seriously! How do you walk among the dinosaurs?? It is fairly simple! You visit Jurassic Quest! So for those of you who have not heard about this event it really is something amazing! Life size dinosaurs, baby dinosaurs to pet and even dinosaurs to ride! Oh yes you can saddle up and ride one!  A few weeks back my family had the pleasure of going to Jurassic quest in Spokane and while D2 and I had an absolute blast, the little man not to much. He did enjoy some attractions such as the bouncy course and the dig site, he was not at all thrilled with the huge dinosaurs. We fully plan to go back when he is a little older. I spoke with my winner of the contest and her family enjoyed Jurassic Quest as much as we did!
We made our own fossils and we where able to dig for some too!! This was by far my favorite thing! I loved making my own fossil! They give you clay to press a fossil into and then you pour a plaster over it. you set it on a table and let it dry for about an hour, find another activity, then com back to it and dig it up! and this is the end result! It was a lot of fun! 
Then we dug for fossils! well the kid started the dig and we ended up doing it for him. this one was a bit tough for even me so D2 had to finish the job! they give you a bar and some tools and each bar contains between two and four fossils!

 Jurassic Jeopardy (which my nerdy husband knew all the answers) Was fun, not to many people seemed interested in it but you can bet we tried everything! My husband has always had a love for dinosaurs, since he was young so this was especially exciting for him! We also both had fun with the fossil display. It was so exciting to see fossils and how large they can actually be! A gigantic shark tooth, a giant cephalopod fossil! 

 Jurassic Quest has over 80 dinosaurs and two events ( from the looks of it one for East half of the US and the West half of the US). You can walk among and with the Dinosaurs! I think out of all of them I loved the baby dinsoaurs the best!! They are adorable! Playful nibbling at the guests crowding through to pet them, catching curious children off guard!

 So what are you waiting for? You need to see where the next Jurassic Quest is and go have an adventure! Walk with dinosaurs and explore!

Click here to get your tickets! 

** This was provided to me free of charge in exchange for my true and honest opinion. I was not coerced or paid any money to say any of the above. I was provided the products to facilitate my review!**

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Winc Wine

After everyone has been fed, the dishes are all done and the lunches have been made, it is time for mama to unwind! 

What better way then with wine that I do not have to go to the store to get! Oh yea, this wine shows up right to my door, I can choose up to four different wines from the selection that Winc has to offer! For this box I selected more fruity wines. I have only had a chance to try two of them so far. 

 I have never had a rose so I was super excited about this one! The Loves Me Not Rose is a sweet and fruity rose. It has hints of Guava, Pineapple, Peach Ring and Mandarin Orange! To top these fruity tastes it has a bit of an earthy taste as well.  It pairs well with Thai, Sushi and Chinese. Best served chilled, but this is absolutely delicious! I personally Love this one all on its own! This is something I come home and just have a glass of. I think this would make a good dessert wine! 

The next one I tried is the Debts and lessons. It is a dry Riesling. It too pairs well with sushi, thai and Indian food. It is to be served chilled. It is sweet and earthy, however I did find that with this one is delicious with something of the salty and caramel flavor! I had this delicious salted caramel chocolate bar and my heavens that was a tasty combo! 

I will have to let you know more about the other two, but until I finish off these two bottles I currently have open, I have no plans to open any more bottles! 

However click here to get your wine box going and ordered!!! You will get $20.00 of Winc Wine! 

** This was provided to me free of charge in exchange for my true and honest opinion. I was not coerced or paid any money to say any of the above. I was provided the products to facilitate my review!**

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Lypsyl lip balm

Very rarely do I encounter a lip balm I love. most of the time I end up with a lip balm that I lose and am not to worried about losing. however Lypsyl has knocked me off my feet!

 As Sweden's Number one lip balm, this lip balm leaves my lips silky smooth and it lasts so long! Using beeswax partnered with Shea Butter, coconut oil and a few other ingredients it creates the perfect lip balm! Giving you some intense and long lasting protection! So how do you get your hands on this great lip gloss ? You can find it at Walmart! So wonderful a lip balm I can pick up while I am grocery shopping! So go check it out!

** Lypsyl provided me with a full size lip balm free of charge to facilitate this review! I was not paid for this post, these are my own true and honest opinions!

Monday, August 27, 2018

These days do not last forever

OHHHH man... Here it is, another school year is underway and my hear is breaking! Tomorrow our two oldest kiddos start school and I am not sure how to handle it. Our smallest of the brood is curled up in my arms and I just can not help but think how in just a few short years he will start kindergarten and I am just not ready for that! 

Some days as parents we are just so frazzled that we really forget to enjoy every moment, every game, every concert, every set of school pictures, and a lot of times a lot of those memories, photos and so many art projects get lost in the hustle and bustle. Some of us keep a binder, or a box of these things, but what about a binder dedicated to just the childs memories? Their art projects, the school pictures and even their own thoughts and opinions that they have that year?! Denise Albright has you covered there! She has these awesome school memory binders in her shop and I really just can not get enough of them! So along with the school memory binders her store has these wonderful photo props, everything from Preschool to College, first and last days! So this year our first day photos had a change! I love the change that these photo props brought to our "first day" photos. They do have two different Photo prop decks and Two different memory keepers. One more geared towards boys and one geared towards girls! Filling our our sons one is a long way off because as of right now I do his Preschool and His sitter and I will work together on a curriculum for his Pre K Days. But working with the girls on theirs was a lot of fun!  Especially the pictures part! But we will get to that! So first let me fill you on the details of the insides of the binder! It has First Days to the last, extra pockets, and even extra blank pages so you can ass extra photos from class parties, dances and concerts! So down to the amazing photos and the classy touch that the photo props add to your first day photos!

So this giveaway includes 

2- School Memory Keepers
2- Photo prop decks
1- peek at the week planner

To win

You must be following one of the below links

You must have a US Address

Complete all the steps below and keep posted to my IG and other social media sites for extra entry opportunities!! 

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** These memory keepers where provided to me at no cost in exchange for my honest opinions! I was not paid to advertise or make this post in any way! the giveaway is sponsored by denise albright studio. **

Thursday, August 23, 2018

The Bold

August... OHHHH man how is it already almost over?? Where is 2018 going ? As I get older the days seem just blur together and fly by! It is hard to think that my little Leo Lion is already three. My Facebook memories are just exploding with pictures from the days just after his birth and my heart is crying out! The reason I bring my small human up, is because August's Aroma Box . This box is the Bold essential Oil kit!

This time I am going to start the post off a tiny bit differently! I am going to start with the roll on! I am in love with the smell of this roll on. It smells like one of my favorite stores back in Arizona.( The Honeyman. for those of you that are curious)  Herbstop has created this delightful blend to bring energy, strength and courage to the Bold. This blend contains essential oils from coffee, cardamom, peru balsam, cinnamon and beeswax absolute in a jojoba oil! This deffinetly has some oomph to it! Whenever you need some energizing massage some into your upper spine, the heart area and the pulse points. Be sure to avoid areas such as eyes and mouth. 

So first up all of the individual oils in This aroma box all have a food chemical codex. HOWEVER I am not a doctor. I am not a medical professional. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE consult your physician before ingesting this! 

Lets talk Bay Laurel Essential Oil. Bay has been used for antiseptic, pain reliever, stimulant and in ancient Greece it was even used to promote prophetic visions! Herbalists use it for lymphatic drainage, bug repellent and soothing itch it has a spicy but refreshing smell to it! I Like the smell of this one. It really is not like anything I have smelled. personally this is one I would use as a perfume or lotion. Actually that is what I am going to leave you with on this one is Lotion! 

What you need 

1/4 cup coconut oil
1/8 cup shea butter
1/8 cup cocoa butter
1 tablespoon beeswax
5 to 10 drops of bay laurel

over a low heat melt together the coconut oil, shea butter and cocoa butter together. 
After it is melted remove from heat and add the remaining ingredients. 
store in a conatiner, such as a mason jar, in a cool dry place. 

This next one is slightly different. Petitgrain, it smells a lot like that of a leaf from a citrus tree. probably because it is distilled from the leaves and twigs of various citrus trees. I am not to fond of it by itself. This one is used for stress and anxiety, but can also help reduce skin blemishes. However I did diffuse this one with lavender and Orange. This was a fantastic smell. 

Diffuser Blend 
3 drops of petitgrain
3 orange
2 lavender

Last is Lime. This one is not just for its uplifting scent. I love the citrusy smell it has! It has several uses, but primarily for sick! So I made a bath soak for when you are not feeling to hot! 

Bath Soak 

2 cups Pink Himalayan sea salt
2 cups epsom salts 
2 tablespoons almond oil ( or carrier oil of your choice) 
10 drops of Bay Laurel Essential Oil
10 Drops of  Lime Essential Oil

Mix together and store in a container.

Now go! Check out how to get your subscription started right here!

what are you waiting for be bold! 

** The Monthly Aroma Box was provided to me from Herb Stop free of charge in exchange for my honest opinions and review. I did not profit from this box. The fact that I received this box free of charge did not influence this post in any way! These are my true and honest words. PLEASE NOTE!!! I AM NOT A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL. please consult a physician before ingesting any essential oil! 

July's Aroma Box

Oh my goodness, I am so very behind,I have no Valid excuses as to why I am a month behind on my blog, but, I will say I spent almost two weeks in Arizona back at the beginning of July and since I got back, my full time job has kept me in full swing. We have been popping! I got promoted to My store's Manager! Super Excited about that! My work has had a few changes and a few of the projects have been my baby. With that
our two older kiddos where with us for a few weeks at the beginning of August and our little man turned three! My grandparents came to visit from Arizona, so its been total chaos everywhere! finally things are settling down!   

Just like July and August has kept me on my toes July's Aroma box from Herb Stop  has had me dipping into new oils that I have not really used. So I am going to jump right in and introduce the newest oil ( that I did not know was even a thing). Tobacco Absolute. HUWAHH ??? Tobacco? yes that is a thing and it is an essential oil. No it doesn't smell like cigarette smoke, it is actually delightful. So As a former smoker, after I quite I have a hard time being around the smell of cigarettes and tobacco. But this stuff not so much. so let me tell you a bit about it.

 First off, there is not a known chemical food codex. So do not ingest it! 

With a very masculine scent to it it pairs well with white grapefruit or something sweet, or floral smelling. Herbalists will use this in cases of fatigue and mental exhaustion and stress management. So quick point on this, when I was a smoker, I would smoke just to unwind. rather it was to relax at work or after work, a cigarette was my peace. see where I am going with this?? So I can see why this would be used in stress management, and in fatigued or exhausted situations! This is definitely a diffuser kind of thing! 

Diffuser recipe: 
 2 drops of tobacco absolute
3 drops of lavender

While I prefer Lavender, you can change it up with White Grapefruit!

Speaking of which, that is the next oil that came in the box. I love the smell of this one. it brings me back to a time when  I was younger. When I was younger we lived on this little piece of property and we where surrounded by a ton of fruit trees, two of which where grapefruit trees. One yellow and one pink grapefruit trees. I loved the smell of grape fruit! It reminds me of when the the fruits that went unpicked would fall to the ground and our dogs would always use them as a ball. This is such a sweet memory! 

White Grapefruit Essential oils have so many uses, This can be used for anything from aiding in dieting, it can be inhibit microbial infections. It really has a wide range of uses. The big one with this is rel
axation.  This one was super fun to work with! It also has a food chemical codex, so it is safe to ingest.

  Please be sure to talk with your primary care before doing so! I do know that with some medications grapefruit has an interaction, and I am no medical professional to be suggesting you ingest this oil without consultation from the proper medical professional! 
I have read in places that you should avoid the use of grapefruit essential oils while pregnant so again please consult a medical professional before using this oil! 
Please also advise with caution, use of grapefruit oil on the skin can cause irritation to the skin when exposed to strong sunlight! 

All Purpose Cleaner

1 large spray bottle ( mine is 32 oz)
20 oz of white vinegar
15 drops of white grapefruit oil
2 drops of dawn dish soap 
combine all the above ingredients in the bottle
fill the rest with water

** you can adjust this to fit your needs better.** 

Lets jump right to Camphor. This oil has no food codex, so do not ingest it! 

Like many of the oils that are featured from the Aroma Box, camphor has a wide variety of uses! Gassy? Camphor. Poor Circulation? Camphor is a stimulant. Inflammation?? Yep camphor has that covered too! So many uses with this one! This is another one that is used to relax too. ( are you starting to notice a trend in July's box?? yea me too!)

For this one I am going to leave you with the instructions to make a massage oil of it! This has a very minty type smell to it so it really does not need to add another oil to it but if you prefer you can add
something like lavender or rosemary!

Massage oil
5 oz Almond Oil.
I love almond oil but you can use
another carrier oil such as
fractionated coconut oil
5 drops of camphor

Bottle and rub on your skin!

The last item that was in the box is the roll on! The empathic. This roll on oil is geared toward those that are sensitive or deep feeling individuals!  This has a light musk scent to it  and is very calming. Use it to find that balance. Just roll it on your pulse points or abdomen!

So you absolutely need to get signed up for the next incoming box! You can do a subscription for 3, 6 or 12 months! lets do this! Sign up here!

** The Monthly Aroma Box was provided to me from Herb Stop free of charge in exchange for my honest opinions and review. I did not profit from this box. The fact that I received this box free of charge did not influence this post in any way! These are my true and honest words. PLEASE NOTE!!! I AM NOT A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL. please consult a physician before ingesting any essential oil! 

Monday, August 13, 2018

Daffadoot Car seat Protector

Have you ever gone to clean out your car and dreaded moving the kiddos carseat because you fear what will lie beneath it?? yea me too. So recently I was asked to try out a product from Daffadoot, however I was forced to move my sons car seat in order to try it out, Man was it a nightmare. So what I got to try was a Seat Protector and I just have to say I am pretty impressed! this thick and heavy duty seat protector is sure to protect your seats from any damage your kiddo might bring. It works with not only car seats but just as a general seat protector! Now there is much to protect my car from because well its a pre owned 12 year old car, however for those of you that do have seats worth protecting! It is sure to be worth every penny! It has a strap that can wrap around a head rest, it is latch anchor compatible. It is heat tolerated, color fast, and non skid material!

This seat protector came neatly packaged and even came with the little first aid kit pictured here.  You know it is funny, when I was pregnant and creating a registry for the shower, I laughed at the idea of something like this.... now having tried it I do not laugh! This is a must have! 

** Daffadoot provided this item free of charge for my review. This did not influence my honest and unbiased opinions!**

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Ten Commandments

We have all heard of the Ten Commandments, but what about the Ten Commandments of Marriage. The Ten Commandments tell us how to live our life and individuals but what about what to do when we take vows and live our lives with someone else. We can not possibly change our selves entirely. I mean of course we should not have to if we are marrying the right person.... However just when we live our single life, we should have some basic principals in our marriage. Something we base our marriage around.

The ten commandments. 
1. Thou shalt be selfless
2. Thou shalt have no strings attached
3. Thou shalt continually communicate
4. Thou shalt make conflict thy ally
5. Thou shalt avoid the quicksand of materialism 
6. Thou shalt flee sexual temptation - online and otherwise 
7. Thou shalt forgive thy mate - 490 times and more
8. Thou shalt romance the home 
9. Thou shalt begin again and again
10. Thou shalt build a winning team

So what do all these mean though. Well for me to give the answers would take from the joy of reading the book. So this you will have to find out on your own. you can purchase the book 

This book certainly brought some things in my marriage to light and I can not tell you how much more I think before I speak and how much more I think before I do. This gives some real food for thought! 

** This book was provided  by moody publishers for my review. I did not pay for this book however the opinions expressed here are that of my own. 

Diono Quantum

Hello Lovelies! I am here today bringing you a new review of something super cool! A company called Diono. They make Strollers, Car seats and Carriers Oh My!! No but seriously, I have never had such a more pleasurable experience with a stroller in my life!! Smooth rides, great features and even my son loves it! 

I had the pleasure of reviewing the Quantum Stroller, and this stroller has so many wonderful features, I cant help but be excited about this Travel Stroller. From the large basket at the bottom ( Which is removable by the way!) down to the Audible click feature for every part of this stroller. So stick around this review will be a good one! 

So first off this Stroller has So many options. You can add adapters so it will fit one of Dionos Car Seats, and even an adapter for Graco and Chicco Car Seats. But Once they are ready for an honest to heavens stroller, there are still options! Three of them in fact. I will start with the bassinet feature. This has to be my favorite and even though my smallest human is to big for this feature, I hope that I will get to use this one in the future. The basket is quite large and perfect for those mid day strolls. Heaven knows I have needed a few myself and have not been able to take them without sacrificing my sons nap time. Especially when he was much smaller. 

So Next lets cover the big features. Can we talk about that Umbrella. They call it the XL Eclipse Canopy. This canopy allows for full coverage to protect from the sun, allows when they are napping to go undisturbed and when you are worried about the world poking and proding at the baby! It has two viewing windows one on the front of the canopy and a large one at the back of the canopy. Best part it easily removes  with the ease of pulling a zipperThe Xl Basket at the bottom of the basket too! When it comes to basket size on a stroller size really does matter. this basket also removes as well. While we where in Phoenix I really got some great use of this bag. Especially while we where at the mall. This basket not only held my purse and little mans diaper bag but it accommodated a few shopping bags as well! They all slipped in the bottom of the basket quite easily and was a breeze to remove. There was no hassle to remove any of the things from the basket!  Hanging above the basket you will notice there is a strap. This strap is a neat little feature as well! This strap allows for easy and comfortable carrying when its in its folded position! You can either fold the stroller up with the seat attached to it or you can separate the two and  fold the bottom half up. We do this when we are taking the stroller somewhere with us. this allows it to be more compact for our trunk space. When we are at home however and it is being stored in the front walk way we keep the two pieces together and stored upright. It will stand on its own However if your kids are anything like mine I advise storing it in a closet where they wont be encouraged to mess with it! Lets talk about the one step break. This break is amazing! on our old stroller we would always step on the breaks. They where those ones right over the wheels. This one is right in the center. This one is what is called a coordinated touch point. This makes it super easy to identify and has a textured feel to it. Simply step on it to engage it and step on it to release it! The wheels also have these super simple type locks as well. The front wheels have these super simple locks that if you want to stop them from pivoting you can. You can check this feature (as well as a few others )out on my InstagramThe ride is super smooth, the wheels pivot flawlessly ( so there is not trying to parallel park your stroller anymore) The durability of the stroller is wonderful from the high density foam around the adjustable handle to the aluminum frame! it really is all you could ever ask in a stroller. I give this a full 10/10.** The Diono Quantum Stroller was provided to me free of charge to facilitate this review. I was not paid or coerced into these words. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are that of my own. I always encourage my readers to try something for themselves but I think they will find they fall in love with Diono just like I did! 
Next up I want to talk about the Toddler features. When the seat sits upright and turns into a standard toddler stroller. So that same bassinet basket will turn into a seat. You see the clips that are hanging down in the bassinet photo? Clip those to the clasps on the back side of the bassinet and boom you have a toddler seat! So the neat thing I like about the toddler features is that you can have it facing towards mommy and daddy or you can have it world facing! There is a 5 point harness. This harness slides apart easy and makes removal of certain portions of the cloth ( Such as the outer layer of the seat cushion) so you can clean it up super easy!

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Magically Fizzy Bath Bombs!

So over the last few weeks My kids and myself have had the pleasure of testing out Fizzy Magic Bath Bombs. As a lot of you know I am always looking for products that are friendly for the skin, especially when it comes to kids products. Our small child has eczema so we always have to be so careful with what put in his bath! Anyhow this company is awesome, they make bath bombs for the kiddos in your life with a surprise in them! Hand Made right here in the USA with pure and safe ingredients. These bath bombs are safe for your little ones and the environment!

So how did Fizzy Magic come to be? When Mary's son asked a cashier a question, she was intrigued and just two words "Why not?" started it all. Since then she has found that Parents want clean and safe ingredients for their kids. This means nothing that could possible irritate their skin or harm their kiddos. She also found that when we give our kids baths we tend to only spend a few minutes with them. heaven knows when I put my son in the bath, I want to get him in, bathed and out. So why not make the most of those minutes? Lastly she found that bath time usually comes right before bed, so why not create a product with calming properties ?? Fizzy magic has Five Pillars.

So onto the products they offer, my thoughts on them and how you can get them for yourself! They have a one time purchase option or you can join the tub club! The Tub Club is a service subscription. One a month you will get these awesome bath bombs delivered right to your door!

So here is what our thoughts are on these bath bombs! I was the first to try one, I mean how can I do a review without trying it myself. So i grabbed a purple and white bath bomb, I drew up a hot bath and dropped it in. Right away I could smell the lavender, and it was intoxicating. The fizz was pretty neat too! I was quite impressed.

When his bath time came around he liked the orange one. He dropped it in the water and squealed with excitement and just could not stop talking about the Bubbles! He loved the surprise inside. He is two so outside of his excitement for the bubbles and the toy he could not tell me much else. So I had the medium and tall child give them a spin for me. The medium child was super excited that there was a pink one, she was most interested in the toy, and the tall child grabbed the blue one. she liked the bath bomb overall, said that it smelled more like fruit punch, but I supposed that is on par for tropical! She gave the toy to her little brother, but she is 13, so I see why she has no interest in the toy. She did say she likes the way the bath bomb left her skin feeling like silk!

Overall these where a huge hit with my kiddos, especially the smallest human, and I love them because we can use them on him and it doesn't freak his skin out!

Pleas keep in mind these bath bombs are not aimed for older kids and adults. They are aimed for ages 4 to 9.

So now that you have made the most of bath time, whats next ?? There are free stories for bedtime on the site as well! So what are you waiting for go join the tub club and get the magic started!

** These thoughts and opinions expressed above are that of my own and my children, we where not paid or coerced in anyway. Fizzy Magic did provide us with the bath bombs free of charge to facilitate this review! We always encourage the readers to check out and purchase the product so that they can develop their own opinions! **