February 28, 2015

Pura d'or Hair & Body Care - Shampoo + Conditioner + Oil | Review



I am forever trying to find a great shampoo that will work well with my hair. I have annoying hair. It is baby fine, and naturally straight. The top of my hair gets oily quickly and is lifeless. The bottom half of my hair is very dry, brittle, split ends, and frizzy. I always have trouble taming my mane because of the 2 very different types of hair that I have. What will work for one section of my hair won't work in the other. 

I struggle when buying shampoos and conditioners simply because I don't know what to buy to work for my hair. Most of the time mass produced shampoos and conditioners that I find at my local store are chuck full of chemicals that are just doing more damage to my hair. I was very eager to give Pura D'or a try since I had never heard about the brand, but liked what I saw about their products. For the past few days I have been exclusively using only the Pura D'or  Premium Organic Hair Loss Prevention Shampoo, Premium Organic Lavender Vanilla Conditioner and Argan Oil treatment. Let me share with you my thoughts and experience thus far.

The first time I used this, I did over use the shampoo. I am used to needing tons of product to really clean my hair. Not the case with this. A little goes a long way. I have medium-long hair, and I only use 3 pumps. I am not a fan of the scent, to me it smells more like a kitchen floor cleaner, but it isn't anything repulsive. It cleans my hair very well, and I really enjoy it. I love that it has a pump, makes life much easier. Onto the conditioner. First let me say this smells really good. It reminds me of something I used to smell as a child, but I honestly cannot put my finger on it. Either way, it smells fantastic. This conditioner I find works best when it has been left on the hair for a good 3-5 minutes. My hair feels very soft and manageable after use. Finally the Argan Oil is fantastic to use on your hair, and on your skin as well. I like to use mine around my hairline. I tend to get very dry flaky patches around my hairline, especially in the front. This just is making my skin feel much more hydrated, soft and beautiful. I have used Argan Oil in the past, so it is something I am familiar with. 

After using this for 2 days, I did a experiment. Normally if I shower in the morning, by the following morning my hair will already be greasy on the top. I decided to shower and use the Pura D'or set, then the next day I would put my hair up and shower as normal, not touching my hair. I was so surprised when on the following day, my hair was no way near as greasy as it normally is. I was truly blown away. 

I still have a long way to go with this set and see how well it keeps performing with my hair. But so far so good! I am very pleased and give this a full 5 star recommendation. Again, if you want to check out Pura D'or for yourself, do so by clicking here.



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February 26, 2015

Slow Cooker Recipes for Beginners | Review + Ebook Giveaway



VIEW ON AMAZON AS: EBOOK | PAPERBACK

Slow Cooker Recipes for Beginners are great for people who like creative and modern food, similar to what would be served in a good restaurant.
The slow cooker is an amazingly versatile appliance that allows for easy creativity in our kitchen. In addition to classics such as spicy beef stew and chicken piccata you’ll learn how to use the freshest spices and ingredients to make dishes you never thought possible.
The Slow Cooker Recipes for Beginners was designed for busy people who don’t want to sacrifice great-tasting, nutritious meals.
The Slow Cooker Recipes for Beginners book is an easy step-by-step guide to enjoying delicious, healthy meals without all the hassle.
- The slow cooker is perfect for international dishes such as Mexican Meatballs and Greek Mushrooms.
- Want to reduce the amount of meat you eat? The Slow Cooker Recipes for Beginners book contains a    wealth of vegetarian recipes such as Ratatouille or Veggie Chili created especially for you.
- Let the slow cooker take care of dessert. Chocolate Mousse and Cheesecake are just two of the amazing desserts included.

The Slow Cooker Recipes for Beginners book is an easy step-by-step guide to enjoying delicious, healthy meals without all the hassle.


MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW:
I am a novice at cooking with my slow cooker. I know of a handful of basic recipes that I can use with it, however after a while they get boring. It has been one of my resolutions to use my slow cooker to prepare meals a lot more, and now that I have had the chance to read through this ebook, I now have a bunch of recipes that I cannot wait to try!

I have used one of the recipes so far, Cranberry Turkey Meatballs. The recipe, like all in the book, are truly made for beginners. Very straight forward, and super easy. In no time I had a delicious dinner that took hardly any time to prep. The meatballs are great to have as apart of a meal, or as an appetizer. 

I am still just starting off with this ebook, and I have already written down certain recipes shown that I cannot wait to try. One being cheesecake... nom nom nom! I never knew I could use my slow cooker to make desserts! Thankfully I have 2 slow cookers in my home, so I can have dinner and dessert made in just a few short steps!

EBOOK GIVEAWAY! Ends 3/14/15


Please note that I was sent this product complimentary to try out in my home in order to share my honest experience, thoughts and review.

February 25, 2015

Plus Size Jewels - Anya Stretch Cuff Plus Size Bracelet | Review




Can I just start off by saying Amen, Hallelujah, and About Time! I am a plus size woman, and I have always struggled to find jewelry that would fit me without feeling like my circulation is going to be cut off. I was recently introduced to Plus Size Jewels, and was able to review one of their bracelets that is made specifically for plus size women, just like myself. 


Plus Size Jewels offers many beautiful designs, and this one shown in the pictures just caught my eye. My specific bracelet can be viewed on Amazon by clicking here. It is called the Anya Bracelet. It is an 8" stretch bracelet that features some beautiful bold details. What attracted me to this bracelet is that it can be worn with many different outfits, in all seasons. Most of the bracelets that I have are very delicate, so this was something very new to me. When it arrived at my home (beautifully packaged by the way), I immediately tried it on. It stretches wonderfully and fits on my wrist with no problem. It fits a tad bit loosely on my wrist, which I actually love. If I raise my arm, it will move down no more than a quarter of an inch. I love the fit on me. Surprisingly given its width and size, it really isn't too heavy on the wrist at all. 


I have to say that I am in love with my bracelet from Plus Size Jewels. I really think that the owner of this company is truly onto something fantastic. Plus size women are no different than average sized women. We all want to feel beautiful, and nothing can make us feel more beautiful than a nice piece of jewelry. If you are a plus size woman, I cannot urge you enough to check out Plus Size Jewels. I give them my full recommendation!
Please note that I was sent this product complimentary to try out in my home in order to share my honest experience, thoughts and review.

Hemclear Hemorrhoids Treatment | Review




HemClear™ is an intensive formulation of ingredients traditionally believed to soothe sore tissue and promote comfort. The ingredients in HemClear have existed as traditional nutritive support for tissue discomfort for well over a century. All of these ingredients are 100% natural with no chemicals added, which helps make HemClear safe to use and highly effective.

February 24, 2015

Naturalico Speed Jump Rope | Review



Discover the Secret to Blasting Fat!
SET NEW PRs WITH THE FAST SPEED CABLE JUMP ROPE


Check Out The Benefits Of This Revolutionary Jump Rope Below!
- Short intense Jump Rope circuits are an effective way to burn both during and POST WORKOUT
- Just 10 mins of jump roping can provide the same calorie burn as 30 mins of slow cardio
- Perfect for beginners, WOD's, Cross Fitness Training, Boxing, MMA Training and Much More!

Are you an athlete? Are you a boxer? Or does your fitness program involve some endurance training?
For an athlete, it's always about improving; doing better than the last time. That is why you always need have the following core objectives of exercise in mind;
• Improving your cardiovascular health by encouraging more heart activity
• Optimizing physical as well as mental endurance, both for athletes and non-athletes
• Keeping your weight in check; keeping in shape while steering clear of weight problems.

Using a jump rope is one of the most effective ways of exercise, both for serious athletes and regular work-out enthusiasts.

ForeverMints- The Worlds Longest Lasting Breath Mint | Review


  • World's first long-lasting, time-release breath mint for bad breath & dry mouth.
  • Tiny baby aspirin-sized tab sticks comfortably & undetectably to your rear gum. Takes up to 3 hours to dissolve.
  • Provides continuous breath freshening protection as it releases refreshing, all-natural, peppermint flavoring.
  • Xylitol sweetener helps prevent cavities, kills bad breath & gingivitis germs. Whitens teeth
  • 100 tabs (30-day supply) equal in duration to over 4,000 candy mints!

Zim's Max-Freeze | Review + Giveaway




Zim's Max-Freeze  provides a cooling sensation and utilizes a topical analgesic formula to deliver temporary relief to aching muscles and joints. Zim’s Max-Freeze is formulated with naturally-based ingredients including aloe, arnica, Vitamin E and tea tree oil. Available in gel, roll-on and spray applications. 

February 23, 2015

Fé Fit Womens Weight Loss 90 Day Fitness | Review



  • Fun and trendy workout DVDs for women that burn fat and create shape. Empowering and high-energy instructor. Lose weight, tone up, and feel attractive and sexy. Always on the go? In 13 weeks get a stunning body by working out only 3 times a week (in 30 minutes or less). 30-day Risk-Free Money Back Guarantee!
  • 7 fun fitness genres: •Cardio Circuit •Core •Lower Body •Upper Body •Total Body Toning •Barre and •Stretch Flow exercises
  • Created by moms, for moms. Our program won't bulk you up like other workout DVDs that aren't designed for a woman's body. Designed for women to: Flatten stomachs. Firm and tighten glutes. Push yourself to the NEW YOU. Join a weight loss community of women and stay accountable!
  • Fé Fit 90-day in-home workout DVDs target full body sculpting for sexy and feminine legs, butt, arms, shoulders, back, and core. A gym membership and personal training sessions 2 times per week can cost up to $600 a month! Follow Fé Fit fitness DVDs as your primary workout program or to supplement other fitness goals. Achieve your weight loss goals by spending around $100 and without disrupting your other priorities
  • 8 discs featuring 28 unique fitness videos, free flexible workout calendars to fit your busy life, and bonus tools for measuring and tracking success

MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW:
I have been looking for ways to bring a bit more fitness into my life that I can do at home, at my convenience. I have never used a workout program before, so this was all very new to me. At first I was afraid that it would be too much for me, and after almost a month in, I now know that isn't the case!

I am going to start off by saying that I have modified this a bit to fit my own personal needs. I started off week #1 with doing 1 workout per week. Once I got into routine with that, and felt comfortable, I am currently at the 3 workouts per week. I use the charts provided more as a guide rather than a must follow. That is what I love about this program. I can easily modify it to fit my personal needs. I can take the time to focus on my struggles and improve at my own pace. I'm not so much using this for the whole "90 days" thing, I'm using it more long term. Slow and steady will win the race for me! The workouts are great, and the way that they show you how to do them is fantastic. They show one person doing a modified workout, and the other is doing the workout that the instructor is doing. Although this program is "by moms for moms", it is still great for those of us who aren't mothers. We all can benefit from these workouts.

I am just barely a month into this program (20 days), so I am still in the early stages of progress. I am not weighing, or measuring myself until I hit the 30 day mark, so I am unsure of my stats. However I feel and see a difference already. My jeans are fitting better, not so tight. My body feels so much better than it did just a few weeks ago. I feel like I am on the right path!

I give this a full recommendation to any women, of any size, of any age to try. Don't be afraid thinking that you won't be able to keep up, or do the workouts. You can easily adjust things to work for you!

Please note that I was sent this product complimentary to try out in my home in order to share my honest experience, thoughts and review.

Constipend - Natural Way To Improve Intestinal Health | Review



CONSTIPEND is a natural medicine which incorporates the benefits of magnesium combined with an amino acid called L-Glutamine which has been found to help reconstruct and rehabilitate the intestinal walls. It also contains a dose of "olive leaf extract" which has been shown to kill off pathogenic (disease causing) bacteria, parasites and yeasts (such as the candida albicans yeast, one of the primary obstacles to weight loss). It helps people handle their chronic constipation difficulties without any chemicals or artificial ingredients. Constipend was developed by Metabolism Specialist and author of best-selling book "The Power of Your Metabolism" in which he describes Constipation as one of the barriers to weight loss. This is a very simple natural remedy that works on handling the problem permanently. 

February 20, 2015

Serrano Salsa by SalsaCrazy | Review




I was surprised at just how flavorful this salsa is! I normally tend to eat only mild store bought salsas, and I honestly was kinda timid at first to try this. I am not a fan of super spicy foods. I am glad that I went out of my comfort zone with this and gave it a shot!

February 17, 2015

La Lune Naturals Zinc Oxide Powder | Review




I really like making my own at home versions of products. This was my first time using Zinc Oxide Powder, but I had seen it used in many items that I have around my home. The problem with those mass bought items, I don't exactly know what is in them. The day this arrived at my door, I began looking up recipes that used zinc oxide powder. I found some to make sunscreens, diaper cream, soaps, and skin ointments.

February 14, 2015

NutriGold Vitamin C Supplement | Review




Since it is winter here where I live, the cold and flu viruses are running rampant. I like to take as much preventative care as possible, and that includes taking some good ol' Vitamin C. Tried and true, taking this really helps my immune system stay in tip top shape! I try to always get my vitamins in my diet, however sometimes that is easier said than done. For Vitamin C I always tried to get it through the traditional way of eating oranges, but as I get older my stomach just cannot handle the acidic fruits. This is a great alternative for me.

February 12, 2015

Purex® PowerShot Laundry Detergent | Overview + Giveaway


I would like to take the chance to introduce you to one of the newest products being offered by Purex®. The Purex® PowerShot Laundry Detergent is unlike any bottle of detergent you have yet to see on store shelves.

I know exactly what you are thinking right now. "How so?" Right? Well it's all in the new bottle design. Gone are the days of trying to find which line on the detergent cap you should use for your laundry. Gone are the days of guessing if you have too little, just enough, or too much detergent in your laundry. This bottle takes the guess work out of it. The bottle is shaped like a typical detergent bottle, however you will notice a little chamber at the top of the bottle near the spout. This is where the magic happens. Instead of having a removable measuring cup, there is a lid that you lift up revealing a spout. That little chamber inside will automatically fill up with just the right amount of detergent for a normal load of laundry. When you pour the detergent into your washing machine, the chamber will refill itself and it will be ready for next use. If you have a large load, or a heavily soiled load you can use a second dose. You don't have to worry about spills, or making a mess anymore. Doing laundry is truly becoming easier and easier. Sorry kids and men, there are no more excuses not to do laundry!

I am about halfway through my bottle, and I am very pleased with how it works. My clothes come out looking their best, my colors don't fade, and overall my clothes just look great. The bottle is so easy to use, it makes the whole bit of doing laundry that much easier. The detergent offers a light scent which isn't too overpowering, but enough to give you that clean fresh scent.

The Purex® PowerShot will be available in stores this month, so be looking for it on store shelves soon!


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In the meantime, you can enter to win a bottle of the Purex® PowerShot right here! This is only open to USA residents. Prize will come in the form of a coupon for a FREE bottle.


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Athos Miracle Cream - All Natural Skincare | Review



 
If you don't already know, I live in Northern New England. It is currently the dead of winter, which means my skin is exposed to the brutal bone chilling cold on a daily basis. Because of the elements, my skin always seems to freak out during the winter and become a dry flaky mess. I have tried so many forms of creams, lotions, etc to help my skin during the winter months. Up until now I really haven't had much luck with any products. Thankfully I was introduced to the Athos Miracle Cream. 

February 11, 2015

Evans USA First Impression + Evans Grey D-Ring Trim Biker Boots | Plus Size Fashion


First let me start off by stating that this was my very first purchase with Evans. I had only recently learned about this company from other fellow plus size bloggers. I have been on the hunt for a great pair of below the knee boots that were cute, practical, and affordable. After browsing on the Evans USA website I found the "Evans Grey D-Ring Trim Biker Boots". They were on sale for $59.50, with an original price of $85. The deal was right, so I made my first purchase. 

Purchasing the boots was very simple. Shipping was free which made this deal even better. Shipping was fairly quickly, came within the 10 day time frame after purchase. The only bummer is there was no way to track my shipment, but then again shipping was free so I guess I cannot complain too much. The boots arrived in a large bag, and on the bottom of each boot was a sticker with price, size and assorted info. When I ordered these I had it in my mind that these boots would probably be similar in size to many USA brands, aka narrow and never the right size. I tend to float here in the USA between a size 10 to 11 depending on who makes the shoe. To be on the safe side I ordered a size 11. They only came in a EEE width, which normally I am a wide width, but I figured with boots I'll be tucking jeans into them, wearing socks, so the extra room might be nice. When I first tried on the boots I knew that I should have bought a size 10. These run very true to size. The width on them is great, my feet don't feel squished at all, and actually are one of the best feeling fits I have ever had with a shoe. The leg opening is a tad bit big on me. I have fairly "skinny" calves for a plus size girl. However it is nice that I do have the extra room, I can easily tuck in my pants into the boots without it feeling tight. They have zippers on the side that fully zip all the way down which I really like. 


I wore these boots out the day after a snow storm, and to my surprise they did quite well in the slippery weather. No slipping and very easy to walk in. Overall I was quite pleased. They are super comfy, although I did pick up a set of insoles just to help take up some room since the boots are just a tiny bit big on me. 

For my first purchase with Evans I am quite happy. Because of that I would definitely shop with them again in a heartbeat. They offer so many cute clothes, shoes and accessories at decent prices. The free shipping is fantastic as well if you are on a budget.

February 10, 2015

Clear Skin Beauty Tool - Blackhead and Whitehead Extractor by Malva Belle | Review + Giveaway


MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW:
A few years ago I had a blackhead extractor tool, but some how lost it. I have been meaning to find another one, but it always slipped my mind. That is until I would be in front of the mirror trying to do at home extractions. I'd resort to using tweezers, which didn't always do the best job. Thankfully I now have this Malva Belle Clear Skin Beauty Tool in my bathroom, and extractions are easy peasy!

Adovia Dead Sea Bath Salts | Review




MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW:
Over the past few months I have really been into making my own salt scrubs to use in the bath. You can buy these from stores, but you never know exactly what is in it, how much, and it can cost a pretty penny. I have been using the Adovia Dead Sea Salt to make my very own salt scrub, and I honestly will never spend the money on a store bought scrub again.

I mix my salt with essential oils, and carrier oils for the perfect mix of exfoliation, moisturizing, and fragrance. This salt is perfect size to use as a body scrub, it's not too large like many scrubs, yet its not too fine. It's the perfect happy medium. I like to make up a fresh batch once a week, so it is fantastic that this salt comes in a resealable pouch.There is also enough product to last me for quite a while.

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