Monday, October 31, 2016

Bean Boozled

Eating is a very complicated pastime when you think about it. Depending on the situation it can be a very social thing: you could easily be sharing a dinner with friends, out for an afternoon coffee break with co-workers or hosting a potluck party with family. While it’s easy to make daily meals more social, I find that when we treat ourselves with chocolate or candy, it usually tends to be a very solitary activity. There’s lots of reasons for this; maybe your friends or special someone don’t love chocolate like you do, perhaps you don’t want anyone to see you secretly indulge your sweet tooth, or hey, maybe you’re like me and don’t want anyone to notice so you’d have to share. Regardless of the reason, candy consumption can be pretty lonely, and usually in a good way. This is why, when Jelly Belly released its new box of BeanBoozled jelly beans, I was excited to give them a try.
How does eating these BeanBoozled beans relate to social activity you ask? Well, when you look at it, BeanBoozled is more of a game than anything else really, because in essence it’s an edible version of Russian Roulette. Picture this: in the box there are 10 different colored beans with 20 different flavors. The flavor can be a tasty one like buttered popcorn, plum, juicy pear or cafe latte. On the other hand, the flavor could be not so enticing: vomit, skunk spray, pencil shavings or baby wipes (just to name a few). See where this is heading?




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Despite the fact that I ate more Rotten Egg flavored beans than I cared for, this was really really fun! I didn’t expect it not to be, since eating candy and being with your friends and family always equates to good times. I recommend picking up a box of these for an interesting night of torture, er, fun.










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Friday, October 28, 2016

Cave Tools Salad Spinner

I recently was able to try out the Cave Tools salad spinner. To be honest I have never used a salad spinner before, I never saw a use for one. Then I received the one from Cave Tools and I use it constantly. I use this for cleaning my fruit, veggies, as well as the obvious... salad. The water goes in to the outer bowl so the contents remain dry. Cave Tools offer so many amazing products for reasonable prices. Go check out Cave Tools and all of their goodies.




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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Topganic

I was lucky enough to try out Topganics Brazilian nut oil shampoo and their intensive hair mask. I've recently been on a hair kick lately. I have been working hard on trying to rehydrate and just take better care of my hair. I started using this shampoo and hair mask for about two weeks now and I can already see a difference. I use the mask once a week, you only have to leave this on for 5 minutes before rinsing it out but I typically leave it on upwards of 2-3 hours. This mask makes a HUGE difference! My hair is hydrated, smooth, it is not frizzy, and it feels amazing. Now onto the shampoo, I only wash my hair every 2-3 days. I haven't been using this for too long but I have already seen a difference in my hair. This shampoo is very natural smelling, it smells fresh and nutty. I am looking forward to ordering more things from Topganic and trying even more of their products. The two I tried are going on my re-purchase list!



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Monday, October 24, 2016

Lula Clip

The Facts:
These will work in ANY carseat or stroller. Lula Clips have been tested to make sure little wondering hands aren't able to pull these off once pinned. Each Lula Clip is made with UV rated plastic so they don't get too hot when sitting in the sun, They will get warm to the touch but nothing that will  burn tiny hands. The Lula Clip will leave a tiny pin hole in the carseat or stroller but they are very small and hard to notice.


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These make getting sleeping little ones in and out of carseats so much easier. Without Lula clips the straps get tangled and you end up putting the baby in the carseat on top of the straps and have to pull them out from under them.


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Friday, October 21, 2016

Just Pretend Kids Monkey Costume

I was lucky enough to receive one of just pretend kids Halloween costumes. I received the 1t-2t monkey costume. I live in Michigan which means Halloween can be 30 degrees or 70 degrees. I love that you can wear warm clothes under the costume to make it temperature appropriate. I will say they do run a little small. This is much more of a 12 month fit than a 2t, especially if you are layering clothes.




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The costume is VERY well made, and absolutely adorable. I highly recommend Just Pretend Kids for all your dress up and Halloween needs.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Big Slice

Some history from the company: Big Slice Apples were first cooked in Grandma Hoerner’s farm kitchen, made from apples straight from the orchard in the late 1800s. Her grandson, Duane McCoy, inherited his grandmother’s treasured recipe. Recalling the wonderful flavor from his youth, he worked hard to replicate it, finding the perfect blend of firm apples and sweet fruit-juice sweetened sauce. Big Slice Apples were sold in traditional Mason Jars until Regina McCoy, Vice President and Duane’s wife, developed an industry-disrupting new pouch design and new, cutting-edge flavors for today’s modern woman. Regina’s knowledge of the market and her love of the original recipe have truly created the best blend of old and new.

Additionally, a portion of the purchase of every Big Slice pouch goes to the Sparkle Foundation, an organization that supports women and girls in need, so you can feel good about eating Big Slice too.


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Big Slice features sophisticated fruit combinations and whole ingredients that you can actually taste and chew. 

How it works: they slowly cook fresh slices of GMO-free, USA-grown apples and that results in delicious chunks. They add pure whole fruits and superfoods. The end result is a healthy snack that gives you the protein, energy and fiber you need. 

With 16 luxurious flavors, Big Slice comes in glam on-the-go pouches. They are naturally gluten- and fat-free and all around 100 calories per pouch.
  
Big Slice can be found at retailers across the nation, including Target, Costco, Whole Foods Market, Publix, H-E-B, The Fresh Market, Cosentino’s Fine Foods, Hy-Vee, Price Chopper, Marsh, Busch’s, Fresh Food Market, Meijer, Vitacost, Straub’s, Dan’s Supermarket, Haggen Food & Pharmacy and Kowalski’s Markets.

Big Slice is:
·      All-natural with no artificial ingredients or preservatives
·      Made with real fruits and superfoods
·      Naturally gluten and fat free
·      Vegan
·      Around 100 Calories
·      BPA Free
·      Based on an authentic heritage recipe


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Monday, October 17, 2016

Squatty Potty

First things first, the packaging for this was HILARIOUS! It came with a crown with rainbow poops all over it with the hashtag #pooplikeroyalty. Squatty Potty has the best advertising, they have a unicorn pooping rainbow icecream while using the squatty potty. Now before I get into talking about poop, go read the book "Everybody Poops" and get all the giggles out. I work in an adult foster care home so poop is an everyday discussion for me.


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Now I don't know exactly how effective the squatty potty is but I will say the concept is awesome. My boyfriend has been using since it arrived and he thinks its the coolest thing. Anything that helps you poop faster is a bonus in my book. The squatty potty is designed to align your body in the most natural state to help you poop.  I also like that the center of the stool is curved so it fits around the toilet. I thought it was going to be hard to store and be bulky but it is the opposite. Everyone, go get a squatty potty and start pooping the way we were meant to poop.




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Friday, October 14, 2016

Crispy Green

Why Freeze Dry?

We LOVE fresh fruit! But sometimes, it might not be available or the most convenient option. If only there were another way to get the nutrients and flavor of fresh fruit that we can take with us wherever we go. That was the “ah—ha” moment that led to the creation of freeze-dried Crispy Fruit!
Crispy Green has perfected the ‘fruit-to-go’ alternative by freeze-drying fresh fruit, and transforming it into an incredible, light and crispy texture that snacks like a chip! AND, this process retains most all of the nutrients you receive from a fresh piece of fruit—without adding ANYTHING!
That’s right—Crispy Fruit is 100% pure fruit, nothing else. It’s delicious, healthy and an amazing way to consume fruit…. anytime, anywhere. That’s why!


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How to Freeze Dry Fruit – the Crispy Green Process

Your fruit snacks from Crispy Green star with top-quality fruit, including apples, bananas, and mangos sourced from carefully selected, certified growers. Unlike regular dried fruit or dehydrated fruit, Crispy Green’s freeze dried fruit is quickly frozen to below -0F, then 98% of the moisture is removed at temperatures as low as -50F!
This is not just any dried fruit, this is crispy green. Your apple snack is crunchy, your banana chips crispy and mango slices taste just like mango!


                                              
I am pretty picky when it comes to freeze dry foods, I've tried a lot of different brands and this is the first one that I liked everything I tried. I was shocked that the cantaloupe one tasted just like a cantaloupe. My favorite one was the freeze dried pineapple. I will be purchasing these again and again.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Balmshot and Mintyshot


BALMSHOT lip balm is one of the most unique lip care products on the market today! BALMSHOT is a lip care product with SPF 15 and is designed to protect your lips from sunburn. Best of all BALMSHOT is the only lip balm that comes in a shotgun shell dispenser. That’s right, unlike every other lip balm on the market; our shotgun shell dispenser keeps BALMSHOT from causing a “gooey mess” in your pants pocket or purse.


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I thought these were the cutest lip balms I have ever seen. I received the classic, pure pink, and cool mint lip balm. Of course I had to open the pink one first which is vanilla mint. It smells great, and feels great on the lips. I Know guys often don't like carrying and wearing lip balms because they look and smell girly but these are far from that. The shotgun shell dispenser is "manly" and the classic and cool mint lip balm do not smell girly at all.




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I also received MintyShot which is a mint breath spray. I often find that breath spray is too strong and almost burns my tongue, not this one. This breath spray is VERY effective and its not overpowering. It tastes amazing and is long lasting. Minty Shot also comes in the shotgun shell just like the lip balm


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Monday, October 10, 2016

Bocandy

I was lucky enough to review a candy box from Bocandy. Bocandy is a monthly subscription box that offers a wide variety of candy from all over the world. I received a international box that had so many goodies. My favorite part about this candy subscription box is that it lets you try candies that you wouldn't normally get to try. Even the ones I didn't like I appreciated the fact I was lucky enough to try them. Everyone, go get your own box and see what goodies you get!


Lucas Salsagheti


This candy is from Mexico, its definitely something i'm not used to. It is  hot mango candy straws with Tamarind sauce. I am someone who likes a little bit of spice and this one is a little too spicy for me.


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Lychee Candy


I used to work in a Chinese restaurant and the owners were always snacking on lychee fruit. They are super sweet and delicious. These hard candies are just that, super sweet and yummy! This candy is a product from the Kasugai company which is from Japan.


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Swedish Peppermint Candy Stick


This was one of my favorites from the box. This candy is handmade in Granna, Sweden. It tastes like a candy cane, which is one of my all time favorite candies.


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Ola Pola


This is a chocolate treat. Its chocolate covered wafers and they are GOOD. I love me a good chocolate candy bar and this is perfect. It's crunchy, not too sweet, but hits the spot. This candy is from Poland, it was also the first candy I grabbed to try, and I ate it all.


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Anthon Berg Marzipan Bar


I never had marzipan until I tried this. It is made in Denmark, its basically a huge bar of marzipan covered in chocolate. to me this almost tastes like an almond croissant but covered in chocolate. I am also very bad at describing tastes and scents of things. This wasn't my favorite but I wasn't bad. 


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Karla Chili Tajitos Suckers


This was another candy from Mexico. I'm not sure if all their candy is spicy like this but once again I wasn't a fan of it. Its a watermelon sucker covered in chili powder.. I ran the sucker under water  to get all the powder off then I did enjoy the watermelon part of the sucker. It was just too spicy for me.


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Friday, October 7, 2016

Endless Games

                    Crazy Legs Game

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Description

You may normally sit around a table to enjoy a family game together, but you'll be busy on your feet with the Crazy Legs Game! Its game board is not like any other, as each space offers a new physical challenge. Each player will have to bounce, shake, slide, dance and more to win! This game is designed for 2-4 players ages 4 and up, but adults will want to play along as well! I played this with my 4 year old cousin and she said "it was the best game ever!" It 100% is a kid game, adults may find it someone boring and silly and but its really nice to see a board game that makes you move and keeps the children entertained because its constantly switching what you have to do. I, and my cousin approve!




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                                      Can You Name 5?

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DESCRIPTION
Can you Name 5 things that would make a person sneeze? How about 5 TV Dads? 5 breakfast cereal “mascots”?

NAME 5 is the outrageous party that asks the easy questions you know the answers to. Sure you know 1 Tom Hanks movie, 1 Tina Turner song… maybe even two… But can you NAME 5???
Board game includes game board, 1 die, 4 pawns, 30-second timer, instructions, and 288 cards with over 1400 Name 5 challenges! The first time I played I played with just my boyfriend and I. We thought it was okay but was lacking something. We had a few friends over and we pulled it out and tried it again.. SO much better, this game is meant for a group of people. It's like your brain stops working when its under pressure so when your asked a simple question like "name 5 vegetables?"  you forget every single veggie on earth. I highly recommend this game, especially for junior high and high schoolers, adults like it too :P


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Tumzee

Tumzee Tummy Time Seat has been recommended by doctors, occupational therapists and physical therapists for the development of fine and gross motor skills. Spending "tummy time" encourages babies to push upwards, therefore developing strong shoulders, arms and hand muscles needed for grasping and reaching.






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Tumzee Tummy Time Seat reduces the frustration sometimes experienced by babies who do not normally enjoy being on their stomach. Babies should always sleep on their backs to reduce the risk of SIDS, however it is often recommended that they spend time to decrease the risk of positional Plagiocephaly.








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 Using age-appropriate toys within reach (as shown in the videos below) will often encourage tummy time positioning. Do not leave your baby unattended. Some experts suggest 30 minutes of tummy time a day for infants- you should always consult your pediatrician.






                                                        
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 Tumzee is designed for babies age birth to crawling age. The "T" support prevents babies from sliding out. The gentle incline props the baby up for a better view of the environment and development of neck/back muscles. Made of soft Polypropylene and EVA foam, the Tumzee is easy to clean and comfortable. The antibacterial surface can be easily wiped clean. Unlike foam pillows, the Tumzee will always maintain the proper shape!








                                           MY OPINION
Tummy time is a struggle for EVERY baby, this small foam wedge is a saving grace for parents! Tumzee makes tummy time easy and fun. Instead of face planting their toys they have easy access too them, it also puts them on a slight angle which I believe is more comforting the child. I received the green tumzee but they are available in a slew of other colors. It has a pad to lay down and a strap that goes across the childs back for ensured safety. One of my favorite things is how easy it is to clean! Often times tummy time brings spit up. It wipes clean with a simple baby wipe!


I wish I would have known about this when I was a nanny and having to do tummy time daily with some not so happy crying babies. All in all, this is such an amazing product, and my new go to baby shower gift! Way to go, Tumzee, this is one stellar product!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Freshly Picked Moccasins and Giveaway

Let me start by saying that i love small businesses and like to support them whenever i get a chance. Susan Peterson, who runs Freshly Picked, has two kids and with her team, makes each pair of moccasins by hand out of her home in Utah. She is constantly working on improving her products and making sure they are "durable, well-designed" and stay on little's feet; and i love that she is a mom and uses her son as a tester. She even has a video on her blog where she encourages entrepreneurs to follow their dreams and conveys how she balances her life as a mother and a business owner. Knowing a bit of her story makes me love this company even more, and makes me want to support other companies like this.

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Freshly Picked changed their packaging and I love the changes they made! They now come in a little box with a clear front so you can see the beautiful moccasins. they also have a size chart on the back which explains the what size goes with what age group. I received the Floral Camo moccasins. There just like the name, they are camo with pretty flowers on it with gold soles. I haven't tried any moccasins with prints on them and these are going to be hard to beat. They are SO cute!  

I'm sure i'm not the only one who has trouble putting shoes on babies/kids feet, all children i've been around typically have small chubby feet and they just love curling their tiny toes when you try and put shoes on them. The elastic on these moccasins make them snug but also allows for easy on and off. These are also the perfect shoe for walkers. Hard soles can be very difficult for early walkers, these soft sole moccasins protect little feet but allow them to walk freely as if they have nothing on. I am someone who throws moccasins on as soon as the littles are awake and dressed for the day and the dont come off until bedtime. 

And now the question on everyone's mind: Are they worth the price? I am VERY thrifty, i love nothing more than finding amazing items on sale, or even better a consignment store!  However, i think owning a good pair of shoes is important for adults as well as littles. Freshly Picked are well made and super cute for those reasons alone i think that every baby/kid should own a pair. 


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