Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Urban Decay eyeshadow primer

I am a makeup junkie. I love trying all different kinds of products and a huge fan of changing my look from day to day. Today I’m going to review Urban Decay Eyeshadow make-up primer potion- original. This product is fantastic.

The Original primer potion is great if you’re like me and have both matte and shimmery eye-shadows and like to switch it up often throughout the weeks. You just take barely a pea size amount, rub it in, let it dry, and you’re ready to go.

All day my makeup stays put and the color lasts forever, even when I am running around waiting tables on a busy Saturday night. My make-up never slides, never creases, never so much as smudges the entire time I am working. This is honestly the best primer I have found, and the most versatile as well. It keeps your mattes flat and even with no creases, and your shimmeries sparkly all day long.

The only draw back to this product is when it says it offers 24 hours of lasting coverage, it means it. I ran out of makeup remover and it takes forever to get all of my eye make- up off after work.

This product runs anywhere from $10-$20 depending on the size, and can be found at any Sephora, or Ulta store, or online at Urbandecay.com. Be sure to give me feed back and tell me what you think about Urban Decay Original Primer Potion. Or tell me what your favorite product is so I can review it.

My Favorite Natural Remedies to Deal With My MS Symptoms

In 2006 I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) which caused me to drop out of school. It took me months to find a medication and fight with the companies to cover the 3,000 a month for my interferon. After a few months they stopped sending my medication and when I called I was told there was a recall on it and they had to switch me to something else. My new injections caused me terrible pain to the point where I couldn't sleep. However my doctor refused to switch me and told me to just take Tylenol to relieve the pain. After almost a year of this I had had it. I started looking into alternative medicine and researching my illness. There is so much out there that my doctor never even told me about even after I asked about more natural remedies that wouldn't kill my body and leave me unable to function at work.  Here are some of the things I found that worked great for me.

Bilberry leaves and berries- You can find these in tea, pills, or certain areas as fresh fruit. When I lived in the south I loved to eat them, now I have to settle for the pills, which you can find at any health foods store or online. These berries are rich in anti-oxidants and helped a lot with the inflammation the interferon was causing on my joints. My personal favorite is natures answer, which you can find for about $15.00 USD

Dandelions – This plant was a huge energy booster for me. My biggest problem with MS was tremors and fatigue (especially in the summer time.) Dandelion tea is wonderful and very refreshing during those hotter days. My favorite is the Yogi brand tea which you can find for about $6.00 USD

DHA- DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid that can normally be found in fish. (if you don’t like fish they have plenty of tasteless pills for you to try) I take my DHA in prenatal vitamins. It has so many awesome benefits, Brain development for you and your fetus (if you’re pregnant of course), Anti-inflammation to help with those achy days. The fatty acids help with muscle activity and blood flow.

Marijuana- Now obviously this isn’t legal in all states and I am certainly not telling anyone to commit a crime by purchasing illegal substances, but if you can, It’s worth a try. I’m not a huge fan of smoking the product. It makes my shakes worse and leaves me paranoid. I prefer to ingest it in my food or make tea out of it. My MS tremors almost completely stop and depending on the kind of marijuana I can either be productive, or sleepy. If you want to use it to relax I recommend something with a higher THC content and a low CBD. If you want it more for productivity I recommend a high CBD content and a low THC. You always want to talk to a dispensary worker to find the product that best fits your needs.

With any natural remedy you have trial and error. These are just some of the products I found that worked awesome for me. Most of these are not immediate and may take a few days or weeks to show any kind of results. Please also check with your doctor before beginning any of these to make sure it doesn't interfere with other medications.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Go Way Better With Way Better Snacks!

I'm almost embarrassed to tell you about my liking of Way Better Snacks. Their Way Better Blues and Multi Grain snacks have me totally obsessed! You think I'm over exaggerating, huh? Yeah, I'm not... I have made it my mission in life to find these Way Better Snacks close to my home. All of my hard work and searching has yet to pay off but I haven't checked the most obvious store yet, The Fresh Market. Unfortunately for now, this is the only store near my home that carries Way Better Snacks but I hear that they will be available at all Market Place Kroger Stores October 1st. Yay for me, not so yay for you. I will be hoarding all of them in my pantry, sorry guys! My 20 month old daughter is probably just as obsessed with Way Better Snacks, as well, especially if there is hummus involved.  

Way Better Snacks are high in omega 3’s, antioxidants and other vital nutrients, and all are low in sodium and saturated fat.  They're also all natural, vegan, certified gluten free, non GMO, certified kosher, full of whole grains, and free of preservatives. Way Better Snacks also uses a process called sprouting (germination) for their grains and seeds to ensure your body receives all the nutrients it should. Watch the video below to learn more, it explains sprouting way better than I could.

Way Better Snacks has six different types of tortilla chips to choose from including Multi Grain, Unbeatable Blues, Black Bean, Sweet Potato, Naked Blues, and Sweet Chili. My favorites, of course, were the Unbeatable Blues and the Multi Grain, however, I loved all of them. Most of Way Better Snacks Tortilla Chips are made with organic sprouted golden flax, chia seeds, quinoa, radish seeds, brown rice, and broccoli seeds. The broccoli and daikon radish seeds contain sulphoraphane glucosinolate which is the natural antioxidant found in broccoli. I know what you're thinking, Way Better Snacks sound weird and way too healthy, but trust me, the flavor is still there and the seeds just give those amazing chips personality (plus, I like to pick them out and munch on them).

Way Better Snacks are "sprouted" to be the best so go ahead and give them a try! Connect with Way Better Snacks on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to day on current promotions and news.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

How to Train Your Dragon 2 at IMAX!

The following information has been provided by IMAX
Looking for an action-packed weekend of amazing fun for the whole family? Head to your local IMAX® Theater for the premiere of How to Train Your Dragon 2!

Starting this Friday, June 13th, the second chapter of DreamWorks Animation's belovedHow to Train Your Dragon franchise is soaring to all IMAX theatres domestically in select engagements. The IMAX 3D release will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience®, creating a unique environment that will make audiences feel as though they are flying alongside heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon, Toothless.
 Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, T.J. Miller, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Kristen Wiig reprise their respective voice roles, joined this time by Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett, Djimon Honsou and Kit Harington.
Hurry over and check you local IMAX theatres for times and don't miss out on the IMAX 3D experience of How to Train Your Dragon 2!
For more information about How to Train Your Dragon 2, please visit DreamWorks Animation's official website. For IMAX Theater locations and local showtimes click here

Monday, June 9, 2014

Newman's Own Organics for the furballs in your life.

***I recieved this item for the purpose of a review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review. Your opinion may vary from mine.***

My dog, Karma, is a very special girl. Karma is a 3 1/2 year old American Mastiff that was born with a serious heart condition. At first the Veterinarians thought she just had a minor heart murmur, but after a visit to the doggie cardiologist all hope had vanished. She was basically diagnosed with heart failure because of how bad the condition of her heart was. Karma was given no more than 9 months to live; the doc's all figured her heart would give out before she made it to her first birthday. My heart was broken. Just two months earlier, my very best friend and first dog, Buster, had passed away from a stroke. He was only 5 years old and not a single person could tell me why he seemed to age so fast. So here I was, trembling from the thought of having to go through this all over again. Everyone told me to just have her *bleep* (I can't bear to say that awful word) but I wasn't going to give up on her.

I had just started a ton of research on why a fairly healthy 55lb dog could possible age so fast. What I found just absolutely disgusted me...

Most dogs, let me rephrase that, ALL dogs are allergic to wheat, corn, and soy products. If that's the case then why do "big brand" dog food companies list wheat, corn, or soy as one of the first ingredients on their labels? Because the FDA and AAFCO only make sure that all the ingredients are labeled on all dog food products. They do NOT pay attention to the source or safety of the ingredients thrown into most dog foods. So what are you feeding your dogs? Probably a form of wheat, corn, or soy, and by-products, beef, artificial coloring, animal digest, bone meal, salt, sweeteners, and a ton of preservatives among many other unnecessary ingredients. 

Wheat, Corn, or Soy- Like I said before, a major allergen for ALL dogs.
By-products-  Consists of the dry, ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered chicken, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs, and intestines.
Animal Digest- Undecomposed animal tissue. The animal tissues used are usually hair, horns, teeth, hooves and feathers.
Beef- Dogs have just as much of an issue digesting beef as we humans do. 
Animal meal- Such as Chicken, beef, bone, etc. The rendered tissues, including bone, blood, hair, hoof, horn, hide trimmings, manure, stomach and rumen contents.
Salt- "While salt is a necessary mineral, it is also generally present in sufficient quantities in the ingredients pet foods include. Just like for humans, too much sodium intake is unhealthy for animals. In poor quality foods it is often used in large amounts to add flavor and make the food more interesting."
Sweeteners-"Sugar or sweetener is an absolutely unnecessary ingredient in pet foods, added to make the product more attractive. Continuous intake can promote hypoglycemia, obesity, nervousness, cataracts, tooth decay, arthritis and allergies. Pets also get addicted to foods that contain sugars, so it can be a tough job trying to get them to eat something healthier."

Now let me ask you this, would you feed that to a member of your family? What I'm getting at here is that I was slowly killing my own dog, Buster, by feeding him that crap on a regular basis. As soon as I got word that Karma only had so long to live, I made it my mission to keep her as healthy and happy as possible. I switched to an all organic dog food which possibly prolonged the life of my very fragile Mastiff. Karma is now 3 1/2 years old and still going strong. She plays like she's a ginormous puppy frolicking in her own little bubble thanks to companies like Newman's Own Organics. 

Newman's Own Organics dog food ingredients consist of natural human grade chicken, organic brown rice, carrots, peas, and is free of herbicides, antibiotics, hormones, pesticides, and chemical additives. Newman's Own Organics dog food also has no wheat or corn products, artificial colors or flavor enhancers and is preserved with vitamin E. They also offer an array of wet dog food and organic dog treats as well. Wouldn't you feel so much better feeding your pet Newman's Own Organics instead of "big brand" dog food? I do and our dogs are much healthier because of the choices I have made regarding their food. Newman's Own Organics dog food gives your dog the nutrition he needs without all the added, should I say, crap? When you switch your dog to Newman's Own Organics you will not only notice a difference in appearance but in their physical abilities as well. Newman's Own Organics will have your dog running circles around other dogs because of the much better energy, strength, and agility levels obtained from their all organic dog food; All the while being as handsome as ever with his shiny coat and healthy smile.

I could honestly sit here and lecture you all day about making the right food choices for your pet but why do that when you can find out for yourself? Newman's Own Organics dog food is obviously a little pricier then regular old dog food because of the human-grade qualities it has; however, their food runs a little cheaper (price not quality) then most holistic and organic brands. I can't tell you how important it is to make the switch to Newman's Own Organics. You'll increase your dogs life span as well as cut back on Vet visits and unnecessary health issues.  Our dogs love Newman's Own Organics and I'm positive your dogs will, too.    
Connect with Newman's Own Organics on Facebook to stay up to date on products and promotions. Also, enter below via Rafflecopter for a chance to win a prize pack for either your cat or dog.

The picture below is Buster. Wasn't he cute?

***I recieved this item for the purpose of a review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review. Your opinion may vary from mine.***

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Original Sprout Review

***I recieved this item for the purpose of a review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review. Your opinion may vary from mine.***

One of my favorite things about babies is their smell. I love to cuddle up with my daughter and just breathe in her scent, especially after bath time. Every time I go to the store to buy bath products for my daughter I have to smell all the products and I get extremely frustrated when I can't find a natural bath product that smells decent. I want my daughter to smell great but I also want a more natural product, especially since some have been known to cause cancer (or so they say). I live in a part of Ohio that isn't far (about an hour away) from a town with a huge unexplained cancer cluster problem found in children. That makes me very nervous! Even though we're an hour away from this town it still makes me think and worry about the well-being of my child. I could never in a million years imagine something happening to my precious baby girl. Something like that is seriously a mother's worst nightmare and I feel so deeply for any parent that has to ever go through something like that.

Recently I was given the opportunity to try out Original Sprout shampoo, conditioner, and detangler. I never sniffed the products before I gave my daughter a bath, so when I started washing her hair and got this whiff of smelly goodness, I almost jumped for joy. It is so hard to find natural bath products for babies that actually smell good but Original Sprout baby products smell absolutely wonderful! I washed my daughter's hair then conditioned it (even though I've never thought to put conditioner in her hair before). I thought for sure it would leave her hair feeling greasy but it didn't; her hair was just as soft as it usually is with no greasy feel to it. 

The next night I gave my daughter a bath, I figured that I would use all three of the Original Sprout products I received. I thought to myself that if I used the detangler along with the conditioner, her hair will definitely come out greasy this time and possibly leave a nasty residue. Nope, didn't happen. Her hair came out beautiful and feeling healthy like usual with no residue or greasy feel to it. Not to mention the clean smell of her hair lasted for a couple days when normally the good smell only lasts for a day. 

Original Sprout is a family-owned company that makes and provides safe, non-toxic, high-performance hair and skin care products for the whole family.Their all natural health and beauty products are free of soy, gluten, honey, peanut products, Phytoestrogens Lavender & Tea Tree, Phthalates, Clove, Nanoparticles, Titanium Dioxide, and Musk. They are also 100% vegan, cruelty free, and biodegradable with perfumes from natural extracts. With Original Sprout products you will never have to worry about lice and insects because all of their hair products have rosemary in them and bugs hate rosemary. Pretty awesome huh?

Want to know the best part about Original Sprout? The shampoo and conditioner isn't actually made just for babies. I had to actually look that up because I was sitting here one day thinking why in the world would a baby need conditioner for their hair? I guess I just kind of assumed it was for babies when I read on the bottle "Extra Gentle on Eyes" and "Quick and Easy Rinse" but apparently it's made for just about everyone. The gentle ph of their products is perfect for maintaining hair color and perfect for just about all hair types. 

Original Sprout carries a great variety of health and beauty products for just about anyone, from sunscreen to Tahitian hair oils and styling products. The best assortment of Original Sprout seems to be for babies, however. Original Sprout even has baby products that are great for eczema and cradle cap. 

The verdict you ask? I'm pretty sure the products sent were meant for me but I accidentally used them on my daughter which resulted in a great experience. I would definitely recommend Original Sprout to all my family, friends, and readers. Connect with Original Sprout on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on the latest news and happenings! 

Use the code FIRST_ORDER_10-U at www.originalsprout.com to get 10% off your first order!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Baby Gourmet Review

***I recieved this item for the purpose of a review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review. Your opinion may vary from mine.***
Getting my daughter to eat is always such a hassle. I don't want her to make a mess but she insists on feeding herself or she doesn't eat at all. I wasn't quite sure how she would feel about the Baby Gourmet brand but as long as I let her carry it around, she loves it. So far there is not a single flavor that my daughter does not like and I hate to admit but I've tasted them as well and they're actually pretty delicious for baby food.  Baby Gourmet has a great selection of flavors in stages 1-3 from Tropical Banana Bliss to Apple, Sweet Potato, and Berry Swirl. They also have protein puree's available that are loaded with the essential proteins every child needs to grow strong muscles.

Read this from the website:
All of our products start out in Jen's and Jill's own kitchens—not in a lab or a factory. We know that as a busy mom you probably don't have time to think about things like viscosity (texture), brix (natural sweetness) and pH. That's why we think about it all day, every day.
We do it because we know that a sweet potato isn't just a sweet potato. Some are too fibrous, some are too brown, and some just don't taste as good as others. We have strict specifications and are very picky about using the freshest ingredients—just like you would be if you had time to make your own baby food.

We taste every batch

Every package of Baby Gourmet passes strict nutritional and food safety guidelines. We pass all USDA and organic certifications. But, as moms, we go a step further. We actually taste every single batch ourselves. If we don't absolutely love it, we pour it out and start from scratch. It's true! Because our bottom line is not 'the bottom line'. It's our commitment to making the best-tasting, most nutritious food—the only kind we would feed our own children.

That makes me feel great about feeding my daughter Baby Gourmet! Connect with them on Facebook and Twitter and be sure to check out their store locator. I'm sure your children will one day appreciate the wholesome organic choices you've made by choosing Baby Gourmet!

***I recieved this item for the purpose of a review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review. Your opinion may vary from mine.***