Monday, March 30, 2015

iPhone 6 4.7 inch Armband

A new iPhone, a new year and new goals have all led me to invest in an armband
The armband i purchased adjusts to fit a variety of sizes.  Option A allows form 9.5 to 11.5 inch arms and Option B allows for 12 to 15 inch arms.  It is guaranteed to fit any iPhone 6, regardless of mobile carrier.  I would suspect it could be used with nearly any smart phone available right now.

Made of Nylon, Velcro and Lycra, it is built to handle some abuse and is durable, able to protect your phone and keep it safe from moisture while working out.  There is plenty of stretch in the armband and the velcro is of good quality.

I found that I could even fit my iPhone 6 in the sleeve with my OtterBox case on still.  It definitely made the fit snug, and of course my headphone port was covered then, but it still fit and I could get the touch screen to function easily.  For me, this is great because I hate having to take my case off to use other accessories.  With a little adaptation, I can easily use the armband with my case still on and listen to music as I am out and about.  Even with the plastic screen protector, it is easy to use the touchscreen without any trouble.
Included in the armband is a spot to store a key.  This is great for small keys...
But anything that sticks out or has a case around it, such as a car key - no such luck.
Built in headphone and button ports are a convenient addition too!
You can check it out for yourself here

I received this product for free in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Lavendar and Peppermint Essential Oil Review

I am fairly new in the world of essential oils, but quickly falling in love with having them in my home.  My arsenal is quite small yet, consisting of Tea Tree Oil, Coconut Oil, and now Peppermint and Lavendar oils.

These oils, sold by InstaNatural, come in large 4oz brown glass bottles with a glass pipette.  The aromas are pure and high quality.

From the seller:
About Peppermint Oil:
Peppermint Essential Oil is a multi-purpose oil that cools, energizes and refreshes the body and mind. This steam-distilled oil is extracted from dried or fresh leaves from the Mentha Piperita herbgiving it a sharp, menthol fragrance. Its pleasantly sweet and minty aroma makes it a premium choice for aromatherapy to improve the mind and lift the spirits.

Ingredient: 100% Pure Steam-Distilled Peppermint Essential Oil (Mentha Piperita)

About Lavender Essential Oil:
Lavender Essential Oil is a steam-distilled oil that relaxes and rejuvenates the body and mind with a fresh floral aroma. This essential oil is extracted from the oil glands of the Lavandula Officinalis plant, which gives the oil its sweet herbaceous fragrance. Our Lavender Essential Oil’s clean and serene aroma makes it a perfect companion for aromatherapy to help ease the mind.

Ingredient: 100% Pure Steam-Distilled Lavender Essential Oil (Lavandula Officinalis)
These oils are a welcome addition to my home.  I have used the Lavendar Oil for a bedtime foot rub to encourage sleep.  The Peppermint Oil has come in handy with cold season, and I have used it in rubs, aromatherapy and bath bombs in addition to cleaners, combined with Tea Tree Oil.

I am very pleased with these oils and very highly recommend them!

Check them out for yourselves:
Peppermint Oil
Lavendar Oil

Ultra Bright LED Headlamp Review + Giveaway

Spring is finally upon us, and I have begun to look to months ahead filled with outdoor activities, especially camping.  One of my biggest frustrations when camping is being a hand short at night because I have to carry a flashlight everywhere.  This is especially tricky when it comes to helping little ones.  A headlamp is the perfect solution for this problem, and I am very excited to have the chance to try this one out!

The Divine LED XE Series headlamp is well made and built to withstand lots of use.
The adjustable headband stretches and slides to fit any head, from child to adult, and does so comfortably.
It comes with three AAA batteries ready to be installed.  Installation is a snap!  Simply flip the lamp open to reveal the battery compartment...
 Put batteries in place, and close the lamp again.  Simple!
 This headlamp has several settings, from flood to directional, and is super bright.  It also will strobe and has red light for night as well.  All settings are easily changed by a quick push of the button on top.
 With only one button, there is no confusion of fumbling in the dark to get the light you need.  Compact, it is easily stored when not needed and is lightweight as well.  Great for an emergency light, vehicle safety kit, camping, and so much more, these little lights are so handy!

You can find one for yourself  or see all of the other products Divine LEDs offer on their website
or through

I received this product for free in exchange for my honest and un-biased review

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Vitamin C Lotion Review

My skin tends to run on the dry side normally, so I am always applying moisturizer of some kind or another.  With the benefits of Vitamin C, why not combine it to skin care?  That is why I wanted to try this new product:
 Though this bottle of moisturizer is rather small, it packs a healthy punch.  Just a little goes a very long way.  In fact, one full pump was more than enough to cover my face fully.
 The lotion is creamy and lightweight, blends in smoothly and clean.  It is not oily nor greasy, but leaves skin feeling fresh and soft.   It did not irritate my skin, but left it feeling hydrated and healthy.

I did not experience any acne or skin troubles after using this cream, and am very happy with its performance.

This moisturizer combines MSM, Green Tea, Vitamin C and Aloe to help restore and nourish skin.  It is said to help even skin tone, strengthen skin elasticity and promote cell turnover to promote healthy skin. While I have not used it long enough yet to speak to the truth of this claim, it is said this moisturizer can lighten sun spots and discoloration as well to reduce wrinkles.

With a full refund guarantee if not fully satisfied, Foxbrim stand behind this product and makes me feel confident about using it.

You can get your own here

I received this product for free in exchange for my honest and un-biased review

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Rush Hour Shift game review

We have tried several games by Think Fun, and each time have been very pleased and entertained.  So, when I got the chance to try "Rush Hour Shift", I jumped at the opportunity.
 This game comes with 12 regular cars, 2 hero cars, a deck of cards, the three piece interlocking board, a storage bag and instruction booklet.
A two player game, Rush Hour Shift mates a little friendly competition with critical thinking and evaluative skills to complete the task of getting one's car through the traffic before the competition.  Strategy, spatial and problem solving skills are also needed to play this game.

Appropriate for ages 8 and up, there are many years to come of use for this game in my house.  There are 10 different set-ups, and from the there the game play is as varied as the players.

From Think Fun:
Escape before your opponent, that's the goal! The best-selling sliding block logic game is now for two players. Every move counts in this race to cross traffic. As you draw cards, you'll need a little luck and a clever strategy to win. Should you use your turn to advance your own Hero Car or block your opponent? The potential moves are endless and the shifting Traffic Grid adds a whole new dimension to play. Just when you think you've cleared a path to the finish, a shift of the grid can change the game!
We are really enjoying this game and think you would too!
You can find it through Think Fun and

I received this product for free in exchange for my honest and un-biased review.

Teether Necklace and Bracelet Review

With a teething baby in the house, anything is fair game for being chewed and drooled on right now.  Being a mom often means little to no jewelry because it gets tugged on and broken easily by busy hands.  A solution to both of these problems has come to me in the form of this Teether Necklace and Bracelet
Even though it is a teether, this set looks like big people jewelry.  I can wear this out and not get looks because I am wearing bright beads that look like a 5 year old made it.  No need to carry a teether toy with me anymore when I am wearing these, it makes my load a little lighter and who doesn't love that?
This necklace and bracelet combo is totally safe for baby to chew on.  BPA Free, made of 100% food grade silicone, it is free of PVC, latex, rubber, lead, vinyl, phthalates, plastic, nitrosamines, cadmium or heavy metals.  In addition, there is no taste or smell.  What mom doesn't love that list?!

This teether is well constructed, a thick cord is strung with a knot between beads.  I can pull on this necklace with all of my force and it only unhooks in the back, but will not break.
Large enough to slip over my head, there is also the option of a snap closure.  This feature provides for a break-away point in case of it getting stuck.
The beads and bracelet are textured with many "faces" to give the baby some raised area to help with pain relief as well.
This set comes in four colors - navy, teal, magenta and black.  I ordered the navy blue.  When I got the necklace, it looked purple to me...

My little one loves this.  She can gnaw on it for as long as she likes, and I feel safe knowing she is not ingesting anything, and that she is getting relief she needs on a surface I am ok with her chewing on.

This is so easy to keep clean too!    It can be tossed in the dishwasher and even boiled.

For added relief, these can even be tossed in the freezer to provide a cooling sensation to ease pain.

I am absolutely in love with this necklace and bracelet.  Now to get more in other colors!

You can check them out here

I received this product for free in exchange for my honest and un-biased review.

Supernova 300 Ultra Bright LED Camping Lantern Review

We are big campers in my house.  We are among the few who enjoy tent camping.  This means there is a certain amount of gear that is necessary that others with camping trailers might not need.  We always find ourselves in need of light.  In the past, we have used propane lanterns and flashlights.  With little ones in tow now, we feel less safe about having gas and flame lanterns, so we were in the market for a better solution.  When I found this lantern, I was quite excited to give it a try!

 The Supernova lantern is one of the longest lasting out there, with a promised 6 days of continuous use.  The high-efficiency LED lantern does not give off heat that could harm belongings or people.

It runs on three D batteries, which add weight to the lantern, but it still remains considerably lightweight and comfortable to carry around.
It is made of rubber and plastic, making it great for outdoors and whatever camping might throw at it.  Dropping it or getting it wet in rain will not affect it's function.
 One cool feature is that the top can be removed to provide a more focused light.
 A flashing led indicator light makes it easy to locate in the dark or an emergency, which makes it valuable to have around the home as well, for instances such as power outages or other emergencies.

Another cool feature is it's ability to hang upright or upside down, with sturdy hooks provided in both locations.  I can easily hang this in my tent and it does not strain the fabric or hooks like other flashlights would do.  It is also much safer and provides so much more light than using a flame lantern in the tent.
I am very pleased with the look and function of this lantern, and look forward to putting it to use this summer.  Until then, it will remain at hand in my home for emergency situations, and I feel confident that when I need it, it will be ready to perform.

You can find one for yourself here

I received this product for free in exchange for my honest and un-biased review.