Friday, May 29, 2015

14 day Skinny Teatox Review

I received my 14 day Skinny Teatox in exchange for my honest review.

In my package I received a 2 week supply of loose leaf morning tea, a 2 week supply of evening tea teabags , the cutest little strawberry shaped silicone steeper, and a pamphlet explaining how to use the teas.
 Every morning you are to drink 1 cup of the day tea, fill your steeper with 1 teaspoon of the dry tea leaves let it steep for 2 to 4 minutes in a cup of hot water. The tea smells amazing, tastes great too. It turns your water a greenish color.
 The night teabags are the detoxing ones, you drink a cup of this tea every other night. This tea comes in tea bags. This has a wonderful flavor also. It is a little more bolder then the daytime tea. It has no caffeine so it won't keep you up at night.
  The 2nd morning I woke up with a bit of a unhappy belly, but this is the detoxing doing it's job. I did wait until the weekend to start the tea so i could see how it effected me. It would not of been bad enough to call in sick, it does have gentle laxative qualities to it.
  So far I have not really lost any weight, but I do feel more energized, and the night tea is still working but I have only been drinking the tea for a few days. I will post updates as I go.'
Check out Skinny Teatox on their website for this package and more flavors. They have other flavors mint and chocolate. They also have a program designed just for men.
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GoPure Naturals Rosehip Oil Review

  This stuff is great for just about any skin problem you can think of.  It  Reduces the Appearance of Fine Lines and Wrinkles. Soothes Dry, Sensitive Skin. And significantly Improves the appearance of Age Spots, Acne Scars, Eczema and Dark Spots. It is also good for your hair, for dry skin, stretch marks, fingernails, wrinkles, and more.    
  I found it works best for my skin when I get out of the shower, While my skin is still moist from the shower I just rub a few drops in. My skin drinks it in really quickly, it is not greasy or sticky like some oils.
  It only has a slight smell and it is natural smell, there is no fragrance added. Actually there are no fillers added at all. It is 100% Pure and organic.  
   It comes in a glass bottle with an eye dropper for easy application, 4 ounces may not sound like a lot on paper but its a rather large bottle and you only need a couple of drops so it will last a long time.
  I have used several products from Go Pure and I haven't found one yet I haven't loved.
I received this at a huge discount in exchange for my honest review.

Hybrid Protective Case for Galaxy S6 & S6 Edge Review

I received this great Abacus 24-7 Hybrid Protective case in exchange for my honest opinion.
I chose the pink one and it is a very vibrant pink at that. It went on my Galaxy S6 phone very easily but securely.  The cut out holes are all in the correct spots, it does not get in the way of the cameras, the buttons, or the plug in for power or head phones.
 The back is a textured surface, with rubber top and bottom along with the part that goes around to the front. There is a lip around the front that would keep you screen front being hit if it were dropped face down.
  I really like this case, my Daughter liked it more I guess, she snatched it.

UNi Argan Oil Review

I love Argan oil and this one is great. I put it in my hair and on my skin. I jut love how soft it makes both.  I really love that this one is 100% pure organic. It has no smell, and it absorbs very quickly, leaving no greasy feel. I love that it has and eye dropper to make dosage so to speak easier.
 I don't know a lot about grades but this one is triple extra virgin purity, that just sounds like it has to be top of the line.  It is very clear as you can see in the picture.
This argan oil comes in a amber glass bottle, which I do know helps with keeping it fresh. It is a very large 4 ounce bottle. It only takes a few drops, so this bottle will last a very long time.
I did receive mine in exchange for my honest opinion.


The Truth, Diary of a Gutsy Tween
by Barbara Becker Holstein


My  Review:

Although I am not a tween or a teen, I really enjoyed this book. Parts of it were like a walk down memory lane. I really stopped and thought back to my teenage years. 

I wished I had of had this book when my girls were growing up. Having this book may have made some of the situations with my daughter easier. For both them and me.
This book is written in a diary format, by a nameless 11 year old. It is like a one sided story. All about the situations, thought, and feelings this girl was having, how she felt she should deal with them and how she did deal with them, and the outcomes.
I think this would be a great book if you have a teen or tween daughter. I would have to suggest that you the parent read it first, then give it to your child to read, then discuss it afterwards. It may or may not help you with discussing your childs feeling about real things in her life. Itmay also help you relate better to your childs feelings.
I think this was a great book and give it 5 stars.


"I hate Angela and I wish she would move away tomorrow!" "I get so worried when I hear my parents fighting at night." "My mother thinks my crush is silly. I know I am in love!" "I have so many questions about growing up. Who will answer them?" "I feel so awful when Jake makes fun of me." "When I grow up I going to remember how to have fun with my kids and never look away." Growing up is tough. Adults don't always understand you (even though they were once kids), and children today face increasing pressure to be, look, or act a certain way. Written in the voice of a girl on the cusp of becoming a teenager, The Truth provides young girls with an opportunity to see how a girl, who is in many ways like themselves, handles her toughest problems and most personal thoughts. Each new page brings forth a discussion to help girls handle everyday problems: How do you survive a bully? How do you handle a crush on a boy? What can you do about relentless teasing by your peers? What really matters as you grow older?

In a positive and supportive diary-entry format, Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein encourages tween girls to carry the most precious parts of themselves into adulthood. A great book for mothers and daughters to read together, The Truth is aimed to improve communication, understanding, and self-esteem for young girls as they enter the rocky road of teenager-dom.



Date: December 2

Dear Diary,

I have a secret and it’s been eating me up inside, so I have to tell you. I lied to Angela. I told her I had a terrible sore throat and couldn’t come for the weekend. She said she was sorry and that she would invite me again. I felt terrible, and then my throat really began to hurt. But I just couldn’t go to Springport for a whole weekend_even though I miss being around Angela.

Now that I have best friends here, I don’t feel the same way I used to about going back to visit. And I didn’t know how to tell Angela that. I could tell when we talked on the phone that she really wanted me to come. And she sent me a new selfie, holding a sign that reads I Miss You! She even told me that she doesn’t have a new best friend since I left. She really misses me. She also told me that Paul is in lots of her classes and he asks if she’s talked to me. How could I tell her I’m in love with Rob and don’t care about Paul anymore? How could I tell her that I have new best friends and want to stay here with them?

I did go to Sally’s instead, and we had the best time. Her mother ordered pizza for us and we drank Coke. We watched television and made popcorn and did each other’s hair with all of Sally’s older sister’s hair products we found in the bathroom. I look silly with curly hair. We kept laughing and falling on the floor and giggling, and we played this fun game that Jackie learned in camp last summer. We all lay down on the floor and we each put our head on someone else’s belly. Someone says, “Ha-ha,” and then the next person says, “Haha- ha,” until everyone is laughing. Then you can’t stop laughing because the belly you are on is bouncing all around under your head. Sally’s mom got really angry at all the noise we were making, and we had to turn off the lights and pretend to go to sleep. I hardly slept a wink, though. I was so excited and having so much fun with my new friends. I was tired the next morning and really did have a sore throat when I went home, but I didn’t care. It was worth it to have so much fun.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

I have been a positive psychologist in private practice for the past thirty years. In the course of working with my clients, I originated the idea of THE ENCHANTED SELF(R), a positive psychology therapy where I teach people how to recognize and utilize their strengths, talents, skills and even lost potential. I have developed a number of methods, including using our memories to rediscover what is right about ourselves and our lives, rather than what went wrong, helping people to overcome adversity, experience positive emotions and live the good life!

Since developing this concept, I've been able to use many tools to bring the Enchanted Self to everyone, particularly women and girls. I've written many books, starting with THE ENCHANTED SELF, A Positive Therapy, and then Recipes for Enchantment, The Secret Ingredient is YOU!  My books for girls are very popular, as they are great fictional reads and also help deal with many of the questions that trouble kids as they move into the tween and teen years.  The Truth, Diary of a Gutsy Tween and Secrets, Diary of a Gutsy Teen are the first two books in this series.

I really love to teach and educate about happiness and how to benefit from positive psychology in ways that let us lead lives of meaning and happiness. You can find me all over the place on the web. In particular,,, on Facebook at Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein: Psychologist & Author, on Pinterest at and on You Tube. Just look for me on You Tube via Barbara Becker Holstein.

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Super Bright Rim Lights - Personalized LED Colorful Wheel Lights Review.

Package includes A 3 pack of 2 x green 2 x blue 2 x colorful LED Valve Bike Lights, and multiple connectors.

 I did try to take a picture of these while on the bike (motorcycle in our case) but it was just a streak. The lights work while in motion, and go off when stopped. These lights do have a 50,000 hour lifetime. Which is a lot of riding. I like that you get a variety in this package. they do come in a zip top bag, for easy storage and also easy to get into the bag. You could also attach these to car wheels. If you have 3 kids all of them can have a set on their bikes with just 1 set. 
These were shipped by Amazon fullfilment, which means amazon tossed them into the box and shipped them t me. When i got mine Amazon also tossed a large bottle of coconut oil, and a few other heavy things into the box, there was like 7 things packed in this box with the lights, needless to say to when they arrived, the bag had popped open and most of the pieces were broken. I contacted customer service , not Amazon, they almost immediately emailed me back, and shipped me a new set.
So they have top notch customer service.

VIA Cosmedics Exfoliating and Clarifying UltraMud Mask Review

This is a very nice mud mask. Have you ever used a mud mask that when you opened the jar there was a fowl odor and when you started applying it you thought you would gag? Not with this one, it does have a nice smell. You can feel the mud doing it's thing as it dries. You feel the tightening of your skin, you can fee the clean left behind. I really loved the feel afterwards. My husband really loved laughing at me while it was on your face. Read the directions. before you use it the first time.

Stir mud before each use. Cleanse the skin thoroughly, pat dry. Apply a thin layer evenly to clean, dry face. Avoid eyes and lips. Initial Application: Apply mud and leave on for 2-3 minutes. Then begin to neutralize mask by gently rinsing with water in circular motions for 1-2 minutes until thoroughly removed. Contact time may be increased to 5-15 minutes with tolerance, not to exceed 15 minutes per treatment. Use as a full mask or spot treatment on face, neck, or chest/back. Repeat treatment 1-2 times per week or as often as needed. Not recommended for extra sensitive skin.

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Anavita Moisturizing Anti-Wrinkle Cream review

This cream is awesome. I love how creamy it is but not greasy. It soaks into my skin very quickly and just leaves softness. It is not heavy and works well under make up. I do not have wrinkles yet and really don't want them so I am trying this product. It does says it could take up to 12 weeks to start showing signs of it working. But to me just after the first use I could feel the difference in my skin. 
It does not take much to fully cover your face and neck so start with a little at a time.

The company says:  This anti-wrinkle cream does not clog pores & contains NO parabens, sulfates or drying alcohol - Non-irritating + safe for all skin types with visible results in 2 to 4 weeks & continuing improvement for 12 weeks .
Oh and they are cruelty free, which means does not test on animals. That in itself makes the company to me. I will not use anything tested on animals.
They also offer a 30 day money back guarantee. 

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above in exchange for review from Giveaway Service website. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Reference ID: pm613690cd913c7e69998dd12df14a96fa

Direct Beat Systems White Bluetooth Headphone Review

These are great earphones, have great sound, I love the microphone being right on the earphone piece. They are very easy to adjust the size. But the best part is they are comfortable.
  There are no cords being bluetooth. It never fails if I am trying to do something that I need 2 hands for someone will call and want to chat endlessly. This solves that problem. The blurtooth is set to automatically connect to device, but also come with a 3.5 mm cable if your device does not have bluetooth.
  Also all the control buttons are right on the earphone so I can leave my phone or mp3 player where ever and not have to grab it every time I want to skip a song or answer my phone.
  They also lock out most if not all outside noises. They are a closed ear set, meaning they are made to lock out all the outside noise. They are sweat proof so great to wear while working out, walking or running.
 They are rechargeable, they have a built in lithium battery, a full charge says the company will last up to 15 hours of talk time.
  They also fold up to make them more compact for storage. All of this and they are inexpensive.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above in exchange for review from Giveaway Service website. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Reference ID: pmcd2018beeece5fb0a71a96308e567bde

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Varicose Vein Supplement Review

 I received this bottle of Varicose Vein Supplement in exchange for my honest opinion,

Varicose veins are enlarged veins, mainly in the leg area, most are just a cosmetic concern but they can be very painful as well as unsightly.
 Varicose veins are caused by the pressure of standing upright on your feet. There procedures a doctor can do, but you can also do some self help measures, like taking these varicose vein supplements. They also help for all problems related to varicose veins - spider veins, leg pain, aching, swelling, edema, circulation, and swollen ankles
    I luckily do not have spider veins or varicose veins, but if I did I would be looking into some self help measures before they got really bad.
  My son in law has these and he has been taking this for a few weeks now. There seems to be no side effects to them. The key ingredient, Diosmin, has been clinically proved to be beneficial to treat chronic venous insufficiency, lymphedema, and varicose veins. All other ingredients like Horse Chestnut, Butcher's Broom Extract, Grape Seed Extract, etc. are natural ingredients, which help to regulate your circulatory system. The medicine is 100% pure made from solar energy with no added colors or preservatives.
  There are 60 capsules in the bottle. You might not able to see immediate results as the most noted results are visible only after 2-3 months of usage

Lint Remover By Furzie Review

 Great product I love that it has bristles instead of just a felt like pad or those sticky strips. This lint brush should last for years and does not take refills of any kind. It does take pet hair off furniture and clothing as well as removing lint. I have 2 dogs and there is always dog hair on the furniture and our clothing, this brush makes it easy to remove the fur. As needed just wash and rinse the brush off and it is as good as new. It is a one piece unit and th plastic handle is very strong and sturdy. 
  This is one of the few as seen on TV products that actually works like it does on TV.
I was given this product in exchange for my honest review.

BriaUSA Heart Shaped Velvet Coat Hangers Purple Review

I love these hangers. They are extremely smooth nothing to snag your clothing on. They have a velvet like coating all over the hanger, they almost in a way grip the cloth you put on the hanger. I like the heart cut out not only is it cute it's useful for hanging belts or scarves on. I also love that they come in a 10 pack. They are very sturdy hangers, you could hang anything from a slinky dress to a coat. I like the shoulder cutouts for hanging straped tops or dresses, so they don't fall off the hanger I got the purple ones but they have other colors as well.
I was given this product in exchange for my honest review.

Reach it Grab it - reacher grabber pick stick Review

My husband has bad knees and bending is not always that easy for him, he has gd and bad days. We also have lots of Grand kids who love to play outside when they visit and they leave toy all over the yard as kids will do, My husband uses this reacher grabber for picking up those toys instead of multiple times of bending to pick the toys up, he also uses them for other things int he yard like if paper were to blow in the yard, sticks falling out of the trees, what ever. He loves having it outside. It is just the right length, he does have to stoop a little for things flat on the ground. We have had other grabbers and all of them have a bend in the middle for easy storage, this one does not so it has to go into a closet standing straight to be put away, that is my only complaint about the product. It's gripper strength is great, it is very sturdy, and the handle trigger is easy, works great for big or small hands, strong or weak hands.
I did receive this product in exchange for my honest opinion.

Trilane Retinol + Vitamin C Review

It may not be a miracle cream , but then again I haven't been using it long enough, only a little over a week, and I don't have wrinkles yet. It leaves my skin feeling moisturized, soft, and looking great. It does contain retinol, which is an anti aging product, and I for one do not want to age, like I said I don't have wrinkles and I do not wan to get them.
 This product has 100% natural anti-aging ingredients to speed cell turnover, I love that, I don't want to put a bunch of junk on my face. After all it is my face, the first thing people see.
 You only need a couple of drops to cover your whole face and neck area, so this bottle will last a long time. I put on a little less in the morning then at night. Makeup goes on over it just fine after letting it dry in.
 I did receive this product in exchange for my honest review.
and as a thank you for visiting my blog and choosing Trilane they are offering you a 20% coupon. Use code: SAVERETC

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Dr. Frederick's Original Bunion Pad & Spacer Kit Review

 This a great set of bunion pads and spacers. You get 4 different type sets in one package. They are made of silicone and are very soft and almost natural feeling against your toes. If you can handle flip flops between your toes then you can handle these. They are slim so you can wear them under any shoe, and even with pretty heals you won't even be able to seem as long as they have at last a 1 inch toe strap. These are reusable, just wash them off in the sink with warm soapy water, or I put them in a small laundry bag and tossed them in the washer, I did not put them in the dryer though.
  My right  foot is just starting to get the side bump by my big toe, so far it is not painful, but I am hoping by wearing these it will not get to that point.
I did receive my set in exchange for my honest opinion.

Quick Stitch Sewing Kit Review

This is a great little kit, it has everything yo need for a quick fix to pretty much any type of clothing. I love the variety of colors of thread, there are 12 colors, you may not be able to match it exact to your clothing, but if you loose a button you can get close. Nothing worse then putting a lost button on a black shirt with white thread, and also there are a few buttons if you do loose a button. The needle pack is also a variety of sizes.
 It all comes packed in a very nice small zippered pouch, you can throw it in a purse, suitcase or even a tote bag and it will not take up tons of room.
  Besides the carrying case, 12 threads, extra buttons, and variety pack of needles, you also get small scissors, a seam ripper, tape measure, thimble, needle threader, a safety pin, and a couple straight pins. Everything you need for a quick fix on the go.
  I did receive mine in exchange for my honest opinion.

Spotlight Tour: Fire’s Field by Jillian Jacobs

 Fire’s Field
The Elementals Series
Book 2
Jillian Jacobs

Book Description:

Bound by a dark enchantment, only an elemental flame can light the way.


Forged in rage and sorrow, a dark witch’s spell travels down her ancestral line to Violet Levina. Enchanted with the power of the entire Electromagnetic spectrum—microwaves, gamma rays, radio waves, Violet is cursed with limitless energy and the obligation to destroy an insidious creature composed of dark matter.


For over five hundred years, Flint has served as Fire, aiding Earth’s environment and its people as one of four Elementals. Yet only once in his long existence has he been burned. A flaming redhead ignites the embers of his heart, but he finds her resistant to the heat building between them.


Knowing she must fulfill her destiny, Violet travels to her ancestral home in Ireland, accompanied by the fiery Elemental. Not fooled by his charms and brazen demeanor, Violet wishes only to shield him from the coming battle, but can’t deny the flames of desire flickering when she is at his side.


While standing together against unrelenting adversaries, false friends, family betrayals, and an underlying seed of darkness, they must burn bright or the ruthless power behind the ancient spell will turn everything to ash.

With Flint as her beacon in a field of darkness, Violet will discover that love holds the most powerful magic of all. 

Fire’s Field Prologue Excerpt:

They were coming for her.
On the eve of her mother’s 25th birthday, a young witch fought back chills as the sounds of braying bloodhounds echoed through the forest. A single red stroke, mixed with the faintest purple, lit the darkening sky, as night, along with death, crept closer.
At the banks of River Nore, Sorcha rocked back and forth, tears of innocence-lost escaping down her cheeks. Heart splintering, she searched her memory for a spell to ease her mother’s torment. With her hands locked in the fabric of her mother’s woolen dress, she chanted pleas to the Goddess Isis to hear her cries and heal her mother.
To no avail.
The only answer came in the form of the demon’s sickness dripping from her mother’s mouth in a sludge of grimy gray mud.
Fear unlike anything she’d ever felt iced her heart, as once more she begged, swore her very life in exchange for the continued beat of her mother’s heart.
A piercing pain shot through her overburdened mind as the beast fought to break through her mental shields. Weakened by her angst and un-tested youth, she left a crack exposed, and the beast slipped in. Squinting her eyes closed, her entire body shaking with the will to deny the sick beast entrance, she couldn’t prevent his foul words from seeping through.
“Your mother paid for her defiance, for her inability to accept this gift only I could give her. Look at you simpering and shaking, if you weren’t so weak I’d use you, but no matter, I’ll be back.”
Drained from holding back the tempest, Sorcha let loose true sobs for the loss of the deepest love of her life, her solid fortress during every storm, the lyrical voice singing away her nightmares. Ignoring her drenched skirts, she released all her torment against her mother’s breast, barely catching the beat of her mother’s weakening heart between each aching moan torn from the depths of her soul.
No one came to her aid. No one soothed her broken spirit.
The sounds of the hounds drew closer, their howls a mad cacophony in her surreal world. The yellow-glow from fire-tipped sticks, created a mystical glow in the woods before her. Snaps and cracks of branches reverberated across the forest as the frenzied townspeople advanced to accuse and convict one of their own—a witch.

About the Author:

In the spring of 2013, Jillian Jacobs changed her career path and became a romance writer. After reading for years, she figured writing a romance would be quick and easy. Nope! With the guidance of the Indiana Romance Writers of America chapter, she’s learned there are many "rules" to writing a proper romance. Being re-schooled has been an interesting journey, and she hopes the best trails are yet to be traveled.

Water’s Threshold, the first in Jillian’s Elementals series, was a finalist in Chicago-North’s 2014 Fire and Ice contest in the Women’s Fiction category.

Jillian is a: Tea Guzzler, Polish Pottery Hoarder, and lover of all things Moose.

The genres she writes under are: Paranormal and Contemporary with suspenseful elements.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Health Gurus Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor Review

The Health Gurus Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor seems to be very accurate, my Daughter is in the nursing field. She used this machine to take my blood pressure and then used her old fashion cuff and stethoscope, and it was with 2 degrees. 
This runs on 3 triple a batteries which does come with it. It also come with a storage case, the arm cuff, and the monitor itself. The digital display is very clear with large numbers that is very easy to read. It has to where you can track 2 users. It has a 1 button start/stop.  The arm cuff is one size fits all, it is velcro. 
The monitor shows systolic/diastolic and heart readings. pulse and irregular heart beat sensor, hypertension indicator bar.
I did receive my monitor in exchange for my honest review.

Loose Leaf Tea Infuser Set of 4 Review

This loose leaf tea infuser set is adorable and durable.  I love the colorful silicone tops, I love the color assortment, I love the little silicone stands, I love the stainless steel bases.  I really love that they are BPA free, FDA approved food grade silicone, and rust proof. 
They would make a great gift to any tea drinker. 
They are about 5 inches tall, you get 4 in the box, a blue, green, red and yellow. You get the top part with a cute leaf design, the metal bottoms, and little trays to set them on so they don't drip all over your table. 
These are not made for finely ground tea leaves. They are made to where you can use the same grounds for your second cup and it should taste just as good as your first.
I did get mine in exchange for my honest opinion.