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Review of Trojan's Most Epic, Luxurious Liquid!

TROJAN™ Arouses* & Intensifies is like warm, liquid silk. Long-lasting and clean feeling. It's quite luxurious in both use and retail price, but the only disappointment you'll feel is when you run out. I was impressed by the quality and longevity. It's the best on the market in my opinion. I'd always preferred organic, extra virgin unrefined coconut oil - until now. The bottle is sexy in design, but leaves a bit to be desired. It's easy opening for quick access during passionate conversations, but is not ideally packaged for portability. The lid could easily pop open in a purse. The container also becomes quite slippery, but of course should be cleaned after usage anyway. I have sensitive skin and require sensitive skin products such as dye and fragrance free detergents and this product did not bother me which was liberating...in many fun ways. The warming sensation is similar to that resulting from mentholated products such as peppermint oil, but without being painful, too intense or reducing sensation. There was no odor and it really is clear as water. After usage, there is no dirty, sticky feeling and cleanup is almost as fun as getting dirty.

 
 

I was provided a free, full-size product sample in exchange for an honest review and social media tasks.

Attention Moms! Apply to host a Healthy Baby Home Party - FREE Products and Coupons!

As a Mom and lover of all things natural and healthy, I had to share this announcement from the #GenerationGood community! It's free to join and apply to host the Healthy Baby Home party! Great products for children of all ages and their families too. Keep reading for details!

What is a Healthy Baby Home Party? 

Seventh Generation's home parties are powered by people like you who are focused on creating a healthy environment for the next generation. Developed with input from non-profit partner, Healthy Child Healthy World, they are a great way to get together with friends, share helpful information, and make an impact!

Healthy Baby Home Party kits are provided to all selected hosts and are filled with educational info about our environment, helpful tips, a fun game, and samples and coupons from Seventh Generation and other favorite family-friendly brands like bobble, Plum Organics and Zarbee's Naturals.

What is the Application Process?

  • Sign up at generationgood.net to join the Generation Good community, or log in if already a member.
  • Accept the Healthy Baby Home Party Application offer on your Generation Good dashboard and complete the application.
  • Applicants will be notified by end of March if they have been selected to host a party, via an email to the email address assigned to their Generation Good member profile.
  • All selected applicants will then need to confirm their participation by accepting the Healthy Baby Home Party Mission in Generation Good and confirming their shipping address.
  • 1,900 FREE Party Kits will be distributed in this round.
  • Hosting spots are open to US residents only at this time. Canadian parties are planned for later in 2016!
  • Full terms and conditions are available within Generation Good in the "Healthy Baby Home Party Application" offer.

This post is sponsored in the form of being entered to win one of the Healthy Baby Home Party kits reserved for 100 bloggers for free. 1,900 kits will be given to the general public.

Mamaway Postnatal Recovery & Support Belly Band

This review is for all the moms out there which a bit of fluff to lose whether directly after birth or even years later. All except the most lucky of women endure a bit of added weight around the abdomen as a result of pregnancy. It's just a natural expectation when you carry something inside your body that stretches your skin and results in weight gain. For many women, this extra weight is quickly lost after childbirth. Yet, for the rest of us not chiseled out of marble, we require a bit of precision in handling the issue. Enter belly support bands. Such products exist to increase and hasten a successful recovery and support both our backs and our skin as our bodies work to heal and repair the damage.

 

I wasn't exactly dressed to impress, but the Mamaway Belly Band was obviously slimming even on my first attempt to wear it! With additional practice, it was even more effective!

 

Features

Far-Infrared Tech, bacteria & dust mite resistant, breathable and antibacterial nano bamboo charcoal, hand washable, adjustable and flexible without shifting, available in three sizes (M, L and XL).

"Supports your uterus, abdomen, pelvis, back and spine post pregnancy by applying compression on the pelvic/ abdominal area to hold the expanded uterus wall, loose skin and muscles postpartum. Assists you in getting strength back in your core area, can also be used to stabilise your abdomen and surgical wound after c-section or as back support while breastfeeding or carrying your baby. " - mamaway.com.au

Materials: 12% Polyester, 48% Nylon, 20% Rubber, 20% Bamboo Charcoal.

 

Source: Product on Amazon (http://amzn.to/1UnUBgv)

 

Final Thoughts

I chose a large to test and review and wore mine nearly daily for several weeks. I discovered that wearing it strengthened my back and pelvic area while providing me with a slim silhouette under clothes and thankfully without make it obvious that it was worn as with some I've tried that fold and bunch up. I don't know much about the science of the nano bamboo charcoal, but the claims to odor control proved true as well. Despite sweating and even wearing for light exercise, there were no issues. Even had there been, it is hand washable with a neutral detergent, warm water and allowed to dry naturally in a cool area. It may not be attractive, but the material is soft and comfortable without being scratchy despite the strange texture of the bamboo charcoal weave. I love how adjustable it is and how it can be customized for a more secure fit with the 3 way Velcro. My only real issue was that it's not very attractive to look at in regards to visibility if seen by a spouse, friend or family, but when worn under clothes as intended, it's not noticeable so attractiveness is no longer relevant. I do worry about the effectiveness of the Velcro or damage to the material with long-term usage, but despite daily use have no seen significant wear or damage. I would have to wear it longer to determine the effect on weight loss, but when wearing it, I found that my appetite is better controlled and I feel slimmer upon removal, though admit it could just be wishful thinking. In the end, I definitely recommend this to women who need the extra support and I wish I'd had it back when I had a traumatic emergency cesarean with my second child. I can imagine it would have greatly assisted with my recovery and provided support to ease my pain and strengthen key areas I healed. Basically, all the benefits of a corset without the discomfort.

Ironically, I injured my back a couple weeks ago when bending over. While crawling on the floor in agony, I remembered my belly band and how it forced better posture while working on my computer. I had a realization that perhaps it could help me heal faster and thankfully I was right! The band provided the support I needed without the stiffness of my old back brace. It's become a friend to me though I'll always love the beauty of a full corset, I am thankful such products exist and that I was provided the opportunity to review and own it for myself. I am confident that months from now I'll be slimmer, stronger and healthier! 

 

Shipped promptly with airbag protection. As this was for a review, full purchase presentation shipping quality may be more refined, but this was effective and arrived safely.

I personally love foreign things, but some may be concerned by the label. I however have found no issues with the quality being as claimed.

Not fancy or pretty, but effective!

 

I was provided a code to substantially discount/pay for my purchase in exchange for an honest review and social media tasks. 

I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program which provides the opportunity for sites to earn revenue by advertising and linking to amazon.com. I receive monetary compensation at no cost to you when you click one of these link and purchase a product. Your support helps fund my online existence. Thank you!

Simply Earth - Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint oil is great for relieving stress, headaches and providing overall peace. I have high levels of anxiety and stress and therefore thoroughly enjoy using peppermint oil in my daily and nightly routines for better peace and sleep. I use it on my body instead of using chemical laden perfume, to scent my homemade natural deodorant and bug repellant, add it to my Epsom salt scrub, spray in a bottle to scare away mice, rub behind my ears and on my forehead for headache pain and lately rub a drop on my gums for wisdom tooth pain and infection. It's very potent and so lasts a long time. Be VERY careful to not touch your eyes or nose as it will greatly burn and is sometimes used by actors to trigger realistic tears. I personally love the smell of peppermint. Not just for the holidays, but everyday for how fresh and relaxing the smell is and how uplifting the aroma is as it opens my nostrils and I feel the cool sensation rush to clear out my lungs just as if I was sick with a cold and required a mentholated vapor rub. Mixed with a carrier oil such as organic extra virgin coconut oil, peppermint oil works the same way. With the ability to feel cool and warm on the skin, it makes a great massage oil and pain reliever for sore muscles and tired feet.

 
 

So enough about the awesomeness of peppermint oil. What about Simply Earth's Peppermint Essential Oil? The bottle claims to be 100% pure and undiluted essential oil using steam distillation of the herb Mentha Piperita sourced from India (yay! I love India!). The aroma is sharp and minty with a bit of sweetness. It's not unlike the aroma of candy canes or peppermint candy, but with the cooling sensation one experiences when inhaling menthol. Over the years, my peppermint oil addition has lead me to many different brands. I find that some are stronger than others regardless of purity claims. Thankfully, this brand was actually quite potent. More so than I was expecting as I was provided a code to substantially discount/pay for my purchase in exchange for an honest review and social media tasks. The arrival was prompt and as expected. The bottle is well made, doesn't leak and has a nice vinyl label which doesn't get ruined by liquids. The lid is tight and doesn't suddenly bust upon closure like I've had happen with a couple other brands and there is a built in dropper to ensure only single drops are released. The aroma is strong and bright and the strength is as claimed for the potency resulted in a far more intense cooling/warming sensation than with the retail store version I'd been using previously. This of course thrilled me where I use peppermint oil for SO many things. The stronger the oil, the less I use. Thankfully, Simply Earth generously offers 15ml for a very low $6 via their website or $4.99 via Amazon (shipping may vary with either location).

Also, there is an added bonus! By supporting Simply Earth, you're supporting their mission to be World Changers as they "donate 13% of profits to organizations committed to serving others." The month my review bottle was sent was in support of helping end Human Trafficking. When you visit their website, look for the newsletter popup to GET 10% off your order. 7.5% of every purchase goes to an awesome cause of the month so be a World Changer and sign up!!!

For essential oils and many other products, visit Simply Earth online.


I was provided a code to substantially discount/pay for my purchase in exchange for an honest review and social media tasks. 

I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program which provides the opportunity for sites to earn revenue by advertising and linking to amazon.com. I receive monetary compensation at no cost to you when you click one of these link and purchase a product. Your support helps fund my online existence. Thank you!

Survival Spark - Paracord Survival Bracelet

This was the first paracord bracelet I'd ever purchased. I am a photographer who greatly enjoys hiking rugged locations. Paracord bracelets are an ideal necessity for safety due to the compact way to transport rope in case of am emergency. There are many versions online, but this version was interesting to me where it included a compass, fire starter and small blade. I found that this particular model was too stiff and large for my wrists, but fit my husband perfectly. He's a fairly stocky fellow too. He found that it was a bit confusing to apply to his wrist due to the firestarter being the clasp, but once he got the hang of it, the paracord bracelet stayed without falling off even while driving and hiking. The compass works after a decent flick to it but we both find that the bracelet looks a bit too much like a watch with either too large a band or too small a face upon first glance. The compass can be removed with a click snip, but we chose to leave it for survival purposes. The magnesium fire starter rod was a great idea to include and it does work, however NOT with the included metal eye blade. It did work with a metal knife and the fire starter blade from SurvivalSPARK Emergency Magnesium Fire Starter which I already owned and reviewed. Other than the included blade not sparking the magnesium rod, this was a nice quality paracord bracelet which my husband has effectively stolen. That's a good sign for the quality and usefulness of the bracelet. Considering the low cost, they make great additions to survival, first aid or gift gear.

I was provided a code to substantially discount/pay for my purchase in exchange for an honest review and social media tasks.

I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program which provides the opportunity for sites to earn revenue by advertising and linking to amazon.com. I receive monetary compensation at no cost to you when you click one of these link and purchase a product. Your support helps fund my online existence. Thank you!

Midori Spring Matcha - Organic Green Tea Powder

Matcha. What exactly is it? "Matcha...finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea." - via Wikipedia page for Matcha. The word itself is as strange as the color and brewing method. Yet, this review is regarding a fine quality, premium gold class organic ceremonial green tea powder with a crazy amount of fans, who consider it a 'superfood', regardless of the brand. None of this makes sense. Until you discover it for yourself.

This review is for Midori Spring Matcha founded by Ying Han in early 2015. It is 100% pure ceremonial gold class, matcha green tea powder from mostly the Aichi, Kagoshima region of Japan. This is NOT a cooking grade powder (although it can be used for cooking if you prefer), the quality is so high that it is primarily reserved for tea ceremonies for it's full flavor, and health benefits. This matcha is: "Organic (Certified USDA Organic by NOP via U.S. and Japan organic equivalency agreement, Certified EU Organic via EU and Japan organic equivalency agreement, JAS Organic Certified by OCIA), Kosher (OU) Certified, Vegan Certified (Vegan Action), GMO and Gluten Free" - midorispring.com

If you're interested in exactly HOW this green powder is grown and crafted, visit the informative page (photos too!) on the Midori Spring website. In essence, the vibrant green color is created by growing green tea shaded so that it produces more chlorophyll in its quest to obtain sunlight. Great care is taken to provide expanded space to increase the oxygen provided compared to compact traditional green tea manufacturers. They then utilize the 1st harvest (highest quality) of leaves and then grind the leaves on a specialized Mikage Stone Mill. This mill is so specialized that the type of stone, pattern, weight and number of spins per minute when grinding also plays an important role in obtaining matcha perfection. Lastly: "Matcha is sampled by a 9th degree tea master known as a Cha Shi 茶師. Our Cha Shi is trained to quickly identify the type of tea only by tasting and smelling. There are only ten 9th degree tea masters". -midorispring.com

So, you can now see that this is premium matcha, but how is the taste and quality? Does it live up to the hype? Does it provide the balance of quality as expected? In honesty, I have no idea as I have no other matcha experience of which to compare this brand to. However, for my first ever matcha experience, I can say that I was pleasantly surprised at the quality for something so strange compared to the green tea I've always enjoyed. For me, I've been a heavy drinker of modernized green tea in white bags that are left to soak in heated water until saturated to the user's preferred strength. Unlike this, matcha is a vibrant green powder that requires a bit more specialized process. Once you learn how to make matcha correctly, it's not at all inconvienient unless you're in a great hurry, but the health benefits are worth the added time to your daily routine.

 

Health Benefits

source: product listing on amazon.com

"There are many immediate and long term health benefits when consuming Matcha, which include:  Energy boost without the jitters, reduces stress and improves mental alertness, increases metabolism and aids with weight loss, boosts immune system and reduces inflammation, helps the body detox and cleanse harmful elements, help prevent cardiovascular diseases,  decrease the risk of cancer, reducing arthritis and the list goes on. A great energy booster...does not give you the jitters compared to coffee or energy drinks...[natural caffeine] enters the bloodstream in a time-released manner. Matcha is also nutritiously superior to loose leaf green teas because you are consuming the entire leaf and not just the infusion. Research has found that Matcha contains over 100 times more EGCg than any other tea on the market. -midorispring.com

 

How To Brew

Full brew instructions can be found on the product's label or via midorispring.com.

My Review and Final Thoughts

Upon first impression, I found the color to be a rich, vibrant and beautiful green. Very bold in color, it is also bold in taste. The smell is very earthy and green. My reaction upon my first ever taste of match was that it was bitter and in need of lemon or honey as I'm used to with green tea in a bag. For the sake of an honest review, I tried again and realized I'd used too much powder by not accurately measuring. My second attempt was effective and once diluted a bit more with water, any bitterness I'd originally detected was gone. The flavor is very unique and though it does slightly remind of me green tea, it is so aromatic and fresh that it confuses me. I honestly can't decide if I love it or hate it, but I find that the more I drink the more I become used to the unique taste and actually seem to crave it a bit. Though I don't yet desire it as a daily ritual, I definitely can see so many possibilities for using it in the future. The texture is so fine and smooth that it blends easily making me want to use it for smoothies instead of common and less healthy green tea in a teabag. As for the packaging and the company itself, the metal tin is easy to open and securely protects the contest from becoming stale or spilling. I dropped it and the lid remained in place though I had to be cautious opening so that I didn't waste the delicate powder. The size seems small, but lasts far longer than expected for such a fine powder. The company was quick to respond to questions and eager to please and work with customers. My only issue is that I would like to see the traditional bamboo whisk and a teaspoon included in a kit for match newbies like me. Overall, no complaints and would order from again. With time, I will update this review once I've decided if I love or hate it.

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Omega-3 Supreme Fish Oil Supplement by Life & Food

I regularly eat fish and so have less of a need for supplements, but not everyone in my household feels the same as I do. My Husband for example does not often enjoy fish due to the 'fishy' taste. With a family history of heart problems on both sides, we know the importance of eating fish for the Omega-3's in fish oil to help reduce cholesterol and better maintain blood pressure levels. As we grow older, it's even more important due to the ability of Omega's to support mental function, improve joint health, support healthy vision and reduce stress while improving emotional quality. We all know that fish is increasingly tainted with pollutants such as mercury, so the most safe and concentrated way to obtain fish oil's Omega's is of course via supplements. Life & Food's Omega-3 Supreme is enteric coated to prevent fish burps and contains 1,400mg of fish oil, 75% Omega-3's and other boasts.

I purchased a 180 soft-gel bottle off Amazon.com and for a couple weeks, both my husband and I took the recommended two capsules daily. Never before trying fish oil capsules OR this brand, we had no idea what to expect from them. Thankfully, we're alive and all is well. Seriously though, true to the packaging claims, neither of us experienced fish burps or unpleasant taste while taking or after. They're actually tasteless and odorless. We took them with food and water rather than milk or juice just to be safe.

I love that they are gluten free without additives, GMO's and is by a company that actually cares about both their product and customers. I received a friendly follow up message from the company to ensure the product arrived as expected and the quality was to their high standard. Inside the bottle was also a surprise Amazon discount coupon for my next order to help ensure repeat purchases. Overall, neither my husband or I could find any complaints with this product and ironically I feel my review was far easier to write than usual thanks to the brain boosting fish oil!

I was provided a code to substantially discount/pay for my purchase in exchange for an honest review and social media tasks.

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Life & Food Omega-3 Supreme Advantage

  • Highly concentrated and pure, pharmaceutical grade (above 75% Omega-3). Each softgel contains 1400 mg of premium grade fish oil, heart healthy, brain building Omega acids, derived from 644 mg of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), 336 mg docosohaxaenoic acid (DHA) and a healthy blend of other Omega-3 essential fatty acids (Meeting GOED standards).
  • Fish Oil concentrate made from IFOS 5-star certified fish oils (raw material).
  • Contains the minimum recommended 1,000 mg (1g) of Omega-3s per serving.
  • Sourced from wild Alaskan caught Pollock. Sustainable and certified operation by MSC.
  • USA Manufactured and laboratory tested in FDA, GMP, NSF certified facilities.
  • Molecularly distilled, clean refined and tested.
  • Easy to swallow soft gelatin capsules.
  • Enteric coated for max absorption and no fish burps.
  • Ingredients: Pure concentrated Fish Oil (from MSC-certified sustainable, USA wild caught Alaskan Pollock), IP certified natural mixed tocopherols (Natural Vitamin E). Other ingredients: Gelatin, glycerin, food glaze, water, Enteric coating.
  • Does Not Contain: GMOs, gluten, egg, additives, fillers, binders, artificial ingredients, soy, milk, peanut, shellfish, Stearates, Sulfates, Dioxides, or Laurates. Gelatin: BOVINE.
  • Certified mercury free: tested for the absence of toxins and environmental pollutants and contaminants.

Riding, an eBook by Cassia Cassitas

Book Synopsis via Amazon:

"When he is born, Andre propels his mother's life in a new direction. His father, an executive who organizes Olympic competitions around the world and doesn't know when to come back home, strives to make him a wordly citizen. Cycling, his life acquires purpose: becoming an Olympic para-athlete.

Amidst real events and landscapes, men and women like us wander the cities we inhabit, rehearsing happier lives in the pages of this motivational narrative. From each one, destiny took a part to make them perfect.

Together with his friends, he experiences disappointments and new beginnings. A doctor that builds robots, the daughter of a lonely teenager, and a retired athlete teach André how to overcome his limits and live his dream.

Set in Curitiba with breaks in Los Angeles, Seoul, Johannesburg and Soweto, Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London, the narrative ends in 2012, in Rio de Janeiro.

As a tribute to all those who choose to sign the next episodes of their lives, this book is about overcoming one’s self amid achievements, obstacles, love and heroism, written behind the scenes of life."

 

My Review

Though I received this book at one of my busiest times, I did my best to fit in some reading time. I have never selected a book of this genre as I favor historical romance novels, so I had no idea what to expect. Getting into the book was hard for me because of this limitation. However, it was instantly apparent just how much work had gone into detailing this story. The writer expressed herself in a way that may not have been fast paced and addictive, but was eloquently written so that it was hard not to visualize everything as if I was there in the moment with the characters. I found this book to be a great option for voice-over reading on my iPhone 6 Plus for those times where I was working and unable to stare at the screen myself.

There were also moments where it was hard to not feel a connection with the characters. Such as this passage which was much like me and made me wonder what the future would hold for her: "Ironically, the world was opening up to a woman and, at the same time, demanding that she remained silent in order to conquer it. Knowing how to reach her goals in silence, without confrontation, was a challenge to someone so talkative and spontaneous like her, but Elizabeth was learning that lesson in South Korea."

In the end, this book was not something I'd have planned to read on my own, but was not at all what I had been expecting. Although it was hard to force myself to read someone not of my genre, one I allowed myself to open to what was offered I found it to be a unique store full of inspiration and life.

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