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Bolthouse Farms

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I recently had the opportunity to try Bolthouse Farms Juice. I’m a HUGE fan of their juice, which means a lot coming from me since I’m one of those people that normally dislikes food/drinks that are healthy for me. I’ve tried just about all of the flavors of Bolthouse Farms and each is unique and flavorful in it’s own way.  The C-Boost smoothie is one that I consistently buy and a personal favorite of mine.  I not only love it for it’s taste, but it is especially nice when I feel a sickness coming on and stop it in it’s tracks by pumping up my immune systems.  It is really soothing on a sore throat.  An 8-ounce serving of this fruit smoothie provides 1200 percent of your recommended daily vitamin C!  It’s a sweet blend of mango, red apples, and cacerola cherries that are all rich in vitamin C and antioxidants.


I’d have to say my all-time favorite is the Green Goodness fruit smoothie.  I have to admit that the unappetizing shade of green made me think twice about this one, but it’s actu…

EnergyBits

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I am not going to even pretend to masquerade as an expert on nutrition, generally speaking, let alone nutrition and fitness! So, this is a brief synopsis of what EnergyBits has to say about their product:
ENERGYbits® algae tabs are your answer for raw energy and health. All naturally too. With just one calorie per tab, ENERGYbits® will stop your cravings, slay your hunger and give you a steady stream of energy all day or night. They may even make you want to leap over tall buildings in a single bound, but we think that’s best left to the guys in the red capes and blue tights.  Remarkably, our ENERGYbits® have just one ingredient, spirulina algae which is a super hero in the world of super foods. Spirulina’s nutritional pedigree is so impressive that The World Bank, NASA and Olympic athletes have all declared spirulina to be the most nutritious food in the entire world. Why? Well for starters, it effortlessly and naturally boosts your energ…

Batiste Dry Shampoo

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I recently was given the opportunity to review Batiste Dry Shampoo. I'm not one to wash my hair everyday, I actually try and wash my hair every 3 days. Typically shampoo and conditioner is filled with harsh chemicals and toxins that strip your hair of natural oils. The more you wash your hair the quicker your hair will get greasy. I've tried SO many brands of dry shampoos but Batiste is by far one of my favorites! Not only does it work great, but it smells AMAZING! It's light and fresh and gives you the 'I just spent a long while doing my hair' look. HOW COOL?

Dry Shampoo is basically a powder in a spray form that when applied to your hair, absorbs excess grease and dirt that makes your hair look dirty and old. Dry shampoo is also fantastic for chemically processed hair, as washing with regular shampoo and water every day can strip your hair of the color or curls. But you don't want to go a day between regular hair washes looking like you haven't washed you…

John Paul Pets

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john paul pet is a company created by john paul dejoria, co-founder of paul mitchell systems. john paul pet provides pet care products with a salon pedigree. they are solution-based products for pets, created to address the most common grooming needs. I’m a big believer in brushing animals teeth and peering into their ears pretty regularly to see if there are any issues. grooming and hygiene practices shouldn’t be just for humans. after all, our pets have teeth, ears, eyes, and so on too! thus, i was very, very excited when they agreed to send me over a (huge!) sampling of their products! with their botanically enriched  brush out foam shampoos, leave in conditioner oatmeal spray, and brush, we can take care of our pets from head to tail – eyes, ears, teeth, paws, and coat.










30 years ago john paul dejoria, co-founder of paul mitchell systems, revolutionized the professional salon industry by banning animal testing for his line of hair products. john paul’s in-depth expertise in hair and…

The Persimmon Tree Tea Company

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I am a huge tea drinker! Hot, cold, frozen, I like them all! I never really cared about what kind/brand I was drinking until  I stopped drinking cheap store bought tea and starting drinking loose leaf tea that needed a filter to make. The flavor is so much better! I received the White Peach Tea and the French Vanilla Bean Black tea to try. Both are so good, but my favorite is by far the White Peach Tea! I enjoyed it cold and frozen. Most people typically don't freeze their tea but I love it, especially on a hot summer day! 





The Persimmon Tree does an amazing job at using the best ingredients to make a tea that is truly delicious. They offer a wide variety of teas. 

Black White Green Rooibos Chaia Oolong Pu-erh Herbal Blooming



I will definitely be buying more tea from them real soon! The prices are very reasonable, and the teas are out of this world. Tea drinkers, hop on over to The Persimmon Tree and try it for yourself!

Block Island Organics Sunscreen

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Block Island Organic Sunscreen is a mineral based sunscreen that gives you the perfect amount of protection. I have never used a mineral based sunscreen, and I must say it honestly makes a huge difference! I've never been a huge sunscreen wearer. I hated how greasy it made me feel and lets face it, i'm a typical girl who likes to get tan and wearing sunscreen doesn't exactly work in my favor. I received SPF 15. How perfect!? It's protecting my skin but still allowing me to get that oh so desired tan I love!




The lotion is super lightweight and absorbs quickly. Considering how much I dislike sunscreen, there's nothing worse for me than putting it on only to have it never fully absorb and make my skin look wet and greasy! Block Island Organics Sunscreen also smells delightful. I recommend Block Island Organic to everyone, especially people who hate sunscreen as much as I do!




Fake Bake 60 Minutes Self-Tan Liquid

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The 60 Minutes Self-Tan Liquid is different than any other self tanners on the market. This lets you choose the color intensity by rinsing the product off after a certain period of time: 1 hour for a light golden tan, 2 hours for a slightly darker golden tan, and 3 hours for a dark tan!

I was very intrigued by the product because the tan develops in less than 3 hours, so you can rinse it after this time instead of waiting the usual 8-10 hours. The tan develops quickly, after only 3 hours my skin was a beautiful light golden olive brown. The color does continue to intensify after rinsing, but not by too much.
It's a brown green liquid, dark enough to see where you apply it. I love the scent, but if you dislike coconut... you're out of luck. Speaking of which, it doesn't smell bad after 3 hours and it's time to rinse it away. So there is almost no odor during the tanning process or after rinsing the product!







The application is quick and easy: Spray it directly onto the …

Orabrush

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Today I bring you the Ora-brush, yes ladies and gents this is the little tool that could, the seemly obscure yet wonderfully curious personal care object that has taken the inter-web by storm. This is probably the right time to insert that awfully silly bad breath commercial but I'll spare you the pain and just jump right into my review 



In my adventures as a beauty and style blogger, it's only right that once in a while I try out something seemingly strange and completely out of the ordinary...hey, it's a responsibility that comes with the title of blogger. Ora-brush is essentially a tongue cleaner meant to be used as an add on to your daily oral routine. The purpose? To remove food and bacteria buildup on your tongue a place that you may not think about very often and which can lead to the dreaded....bad breath.

Sleek, colorful and ergonomical in design, the little details in the Ora-brush stands out as being a well thought out product. It might not look like much but by …

Fave Juice and Giveaway

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I recently had the chance to review Fave Juice in three flavors. Strawberry banana kiwi, orange tangerine pineapple and the pomegranate blueberry goji. 



Each 8-ounce glass of Fave contains the following:
• All-natural 100% fruit & vegetable juice• Three full servings of vegetables*• Only 60 calories• Antioxidant power of Vitamins A & C • No preservatives, artificial sweeteners or high-fructose corn syrup











a Rafflecopter giveaway

Ale-8-One

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Ale-8-One soft drinks has been bottled in Winchester since 1926 and is the only soft drink invented in Kentucky still in existence.



They sell Ale-8-One in: Caffeine Free Diet Ale and Regular Ale
Along with Diet and regular cans as well.
I really liked this ginger ale, which is shocking! I've never been a ginger ale drinker, I only drank it when I was sick. So, every time I see ginger ale, I can't help but think of the flu. This ginger ale is so different than any other kind that I have tried and I can't get enough of it! It's a nice soft drink taste and it's not overly carbonated which I like. You can enjoy it at any time of the day, I didn't feel guilty about drinking it with my omelette for brunch.  It's not overly sweet either which is very appealing to me. Nice crisp taste with an almost lemon lime hint to it. I enjoyed drinking Ale-8-One and I hope you try them as well. I know you'll love them as well.

Pasta Chips

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Pasta Chips are the freshest take on pasta dough yet. If it weren’t for the name, and me telling you, you’d have no idea these chips are baked pasta dough, not traditional potato chips. Inspired in the hills of Tuscany, every bite of Pasta Chips tastes like a little slice of Italy.




The Mediterranean Sea Salt is the simplest of the flavors, but that doesn’t mean its lacking. Simple, delicious, and perfect.



Spicy Tomato Herb I think was my favorite of them all. It has the ideal balance of spices to create a snack that pops with flavor.



Garlic Olive Oil is my second favorite, but it was a tough call. The Garlic Olive Oil tastes like little crispy pieces of garlic bread. Perfecto!

The Marinara reminds me of lasagna. I dont know what it is and it sounds weird, but its delicious!


Alfredo tastes just like a bowl of my favorite alfredo pasta…only much more convenient.

Real Foods Corn Thins

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"Real Foods Pty Ltd is an Australian company producing, marketing and distributing popped-grain crispbreads for the Australian and export markets.
The company was founded in 1980 by Michael Pels, the current owner and Managing Director, and employs 100 people in its manufacturing facility in Sydney, Australia.
Real Foods has experienced rapid growth over the last 12 years since the development and launch of its major product line, Corn Thins, a natural, low-fat crispbread made from popped corn."







GUILT FREE FOODS. I am literally in heaven over these corn thins. They are so incredibly good, and you can feel no guilt after eating them. The calorie and carb count is absolutely amazing. At this exact moment I'm eating the Tasty Cheese flavor. The Nutritional Facts: Serving is 1 slice. Calories per that slice, 28. Total fat .5, total sodium 51mg, and total cars, 5g. I mean come on, this is a perfect snack! 
These Corn thins are by far my new favorite snack. I'm seriously watch…

Up Front Foods Granola

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So I was excited to receive a week's worth of granola from Upfront Foods a couple weeks ago. I fell in love upon opening the box. First the size is great -- they only sell their product in 1.4 oz bags so that it doesn't go to waste or get stale once you open it.. And it helps with portion control since you're only getting 1/2 cup at a time. Second, their logo is super fun and literal. For someone like myself (and many of you I'm sure) I'm constantly standing in the grocery store looking at the back of the box/can/carton/bag that I'm buying. Not with Upfront Granola though -- everything you need is literally on the front! That's a company that has nothing to hide.




Ok, so on to taste. I was running late the other morning and grabbed a bag for my purse before running out the door. I opened it up easily at a stop light and peered in. At first I was kind of bummed that it wasn't more 'cluster-y' so that I could eat it while driving, but that's pro…

Glowbug Diapers and Giveaway

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About the diaper: Glow Bug cloth diapers have three sets of rise snaps for a more versatile fit. This diaper will adjust to four sizes instead of the usual three. There are also two sets of crossover waist snaps. One of my favorite things about Glow Bug diapers is their wide variety of adorable prints. I didn’t get to choose the print that I was sent but it is the ones that I most likely would have chosen. I love owl and bird diapers!

The inside of the Glow Bug has always had internal gussets, but now they have what they call 360 gussets. The idea behind the 360 gusset is to minimize the chance of leaking out of the legs or blowouts up the back.


It also comes with two full-sized microfiber inserts which is great for those of us with heavier wetters.  There is a sleeve style opening so you don’t have to unstuff the diaper before washing. If you choose, there is a snap on the front flap so you can snap the insert into place. The openings have flaps of PUL on them to cover up the inserts …

Mint-X Trash Bags

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There is nothing worse than taking out the trash after dinner and waking up the next day to see rodents got a hold of the trash bags making a ginormous  mess! Mint-x Trash Bags are the key to making your trash bags rodent free!
Apparently the mint scent is extremely irritating to rodents, yet appealing and refreshing to humans. The Mint-X Trash Bagsis the world’s only EPA approved and patented trash bag that will repel raccoons, rats, and other rodents yet remain perfectly safe for human handling.

So, if trash at the house you work at is often foraged through by raccoons, skunks, and rodents and it disgusts you as much as me, I highly recommend purchasing a box of Mint-X Trash Bags. It works!

Foxers

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That's right they are called FOXERS - designed by April Spring. April wore soft cotton boxers on warm evenings as loungewear and just loved how soft the waistbands were on them. Not only were they comfortable but there was just something very sexy about a woman borrowing just the right item from her beau's closet. (Think Sienna Miller painting in the movie Alfie) April having studied fashion illustration in Asia and previous work experience at Saks, took it upon herself in late 2006 to create the perfect girly version of the boxer - FOXERS.




I received is the Light grey stripe/White lace boxer($32). Let me tell you these are just adorable!! They are the prettiest light blue lace boxers you've ever seen. Not only are these so adorable but they are SOOOOO comfortable! These "foxers" are made from 90% Nylon and 10% Spandex Lace which make them ultra soft and comfy. The waistband is made from 100% cotton making them just perfect to lounge around in. These are so comfy …

Sashka Bracelets

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These are beautiful!  Each bracelet is handmade by a skilled artisan in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal. These are very well made and are the perfect addition to any outfit. They come in a variety of colors, you can easily find one for every outfit! The are one size fits all and slid easily over my hand.





The bracelets are made as part of the Fair Trade Organization. A portion of each sale goes towards helping this organization. Per the Sashka Co website this is what purchasing the bracelets benefits: A Living Wage
The fair trade pricing system enables workers to receive a livable income that covers their basic needs, which include food, shelter, education, and health care for their families. Fair Traders pay producers promptly and, if necessary, help them with access to pre-production financing. Long Term Investment
Fair trade is about building direct, long-term and stable relationships between importers and producers. Long term contracts are a key component of Fair Trade because they provi…