Friday, May 25, 2012

Never Too Young To Care For Our Skin-Joon Natural Skincare for Girls!

JOON Natural Skincare for Girls

One of the bigger regrets in my life was jumping on the tanning bandwagon in the 90's.  Everyone was tanning either outside or in the salon, and since it felt so good and relaxing, I did it too!  I ignored my mother as she lovingly tended to her day-glo white skin every day, and I eagerly applied butter, tanning oils, and excelerators until my skin was a dark golden brown.  Those were the days.

Now that I am 36, much wiser, and seeing some tale tale signs of the abuse I gave my skin up until 5 years ago,  I will never treat my skin badly again.  I put on SPF on my face even on a dreary winter day, and I preach to my kids daily about how it is never too young to take care of their skin.  Thanks to my oldest daughter having such white Irish skin, we don't go out any day without full sunscreen on.  I can control if they use sunscreen, but I really want to foster in my children a desire and love for good beauty products to properly care for their skin.  That way, when I am not around to supervise, they still want to do it.

JOON Natural Skincare for Girls understands the need for skincare at the earliest age, and they offer products that aren't just repackaged adult products like many companies do.  JOON products are all natural and they are created specifically for girls between the ages of 6 and 12, not teenagers or adults!  Let me repeat:  NO BAD STUFF!   They are paraben, phthalate, artificial color and sodium lauryl sulfate free! Not only are they instilling good habits into our young girls, they are doing so without any harmful products!

You readers know by now this is of utmost importance to me and products with these high standards get the My Wild Crazy Life Seal of Approval, which says a lot about this company and product!  I received the Sunshine Sparkle Body Cream, Happy Face Cream SPF 15, and the Body Wash to facilitate my review.  The girls were outside when I came back from the mail, and they were so excited when they saw a box that was intended for them!  


It was funny to watch my girly girl get excited about the sparkly lotion while my practical Suzannah was excited about the sunscreen.  The Sunshine Sparkle Body Cream has a lovely Sweet Vanilla scent to it and leaves the girls skin all sparkly and beautiful.  I love that the website shows the girls in pictures exactly what ingredients are in this lotion.

The Happy Face Cream SPF 15 is scent free and offers a light moisture along with added sun protection.  The directions explain why it is important to wash our faces, and remind us to drink lots of water and get in exercise since all is important to great skin.


Lastly, the Apricot Mint Body Wash has a yummy scent to it, and lathers so well.  Just a dab on a body puff goes a long way, and I have noticed a lot less groaning over the mention of shower time.  I think they are proud to have grown up products like mom that are their very own!  I love that the directions remind them to dab on the lotion when they are done showering.  No more mom nagging to get the job done right!

Our overall experience with JOON Natural Skincare for Girls has been quite positive, and at $7 for the SPF face cream and $10 each for the body wash and cream, they cost the same as most of the body wash/lotion stores in the mall charge for adult products.  However, these are ALL NATURAL, and I can feel great about letting my children use them!

Check them out for yourself at the JOON website, as well as Facebook, Twitter, and the JOON Blog and see how cute their products are.  

Disclaimer: Many thanks to JOON Natural Skincare for Girls  for the products I received to facilitate this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. Please do your own due diligence when making decisions on purchasing something.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Flavor Food in Style with William Bounds Limited!

William Bounds Limited

In the South where I grew up I always looked forward to the Spring Festival and Fall Festival in town.  Main street would be completely closed off to traffic, and vendors galore would set up their wares.  Hand carved ornate wood work looking tall and proud, gorgeous hand stitched quilts boasting their bright colors, hand poured candles and soaps smelling like lovely ladies, and all sorts of baked and preserved goods were set up shiny and ready to be purchased! 

From that moment on I have been drawn to hand made items.  When my oldest son potty trained, it was on a hand carved throne potty that my uncle lovingly made for him.  Years have passed but my love for hand carved,  hand painted items has remained the same.

William Bounds Limited provides spice, salt, and pepper mills that are truly in a status of their own!  Whether it's a classic silver set, commercial grade mills, or a Pep Art Set, you can rest assured when you buy a William Bound Limited mill that you are adding tremendous flavor to your food in style!  In addition to hand operated mills, they offer electric mills, sugars, spices, bamboo items, silicone items, and much more.

I was blessed to receive a William Bounds Limited Pep Art Salt and Pepper Mill Twin Sets Apple and Turquoise in order to facilitate my review.  This set is designed exclusively for William Bounds by Artist Robert Wilhelm, and they are designed to bring to mind a wine bottle.


They are made with vibrant colors and one of my all time favorite colors is turquoise so I absolutely love them! They are hand painted, measure in at 9.75 inches tall, and each one is dated by the artist!  


Both the salt and pepper are grinders, and while I have had pepper grinders in the past, I have never owned a salt grinder.  My past experience with grinders has been that they have an inconsistent grain of pepper that comes out and they work a handful of times and then won't grind anymore.  I have been using this set for several weeks now daily for everything from meals to seasoning items while I am cooking, and they are still working like they did on day one.


I can honestly say right now this is my absolute favorite kitchen gadget, and I look forward to purchasing and acquiring many more William Bounds items in the future since they are such quality pieces!  I know you can't wait to find out, so let me tell you how to see more items.  You can check them out on the Website where you can both price and purchase items, and you can follow them on social media on Facebook , Twitter, and YouTube

Disclaimer: Many thanks to William Bounds  for the products I received to facilitate this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. Please do your own due diligence when making decisions on purchasing something.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Insanely busy day and a Birthday

Mika Jhett is no longer a baby :{

Yesterday was just an insanely busy day.  It was my son Mika's 3rd birthday, and my dog Ruby was scheduled to go in to the vet to insure she never has puppies.  No worries, my husband is off work until Friday, so I had plenty of help.  Right. 

I woke up at 5 am so I could get the oldest three up to go for a run and proceeded to get everything in order so we could walk out the door at 7:45.  I cooked DH a bacon egg and cheese English muffin since he likes a less than healthy breakfast, and took it to him in bed only to find out he is "sick" which I really think translated into he was still tired.  Regardless, he was nauseated and couldn't help out with the day.


Ruby is terrified of a car, so it took quite sometime to get her and an excited toddler in the car, but three hours later I was back home with the supplies I needed to complete Mika's birthday cake.  I took all three cake decorating classes at Michael's when I was 15, but I haven't decorated a cake in 10 years.  Max was 3 when I decorated a really cool dinosaur, and now I had to pipe out a cake.  Mind you, all I know is old school, so while it is super cute, nothing I do is contemporary in any stretch of the imagination.


All of my baking supplies long since gone, I was working with two tips, disposable bags and four colors.  I don't want to buy more because my mother in law has literally hundreds of items she is bringing me at the end of the year and this stuff isn't cheap so I will wait patiently.


After the cake was baked, it only took me 3 hours to decorate it, and while I had a hard time getting a great picture (we were hiding the cake) I am very proud of how it turned out.


Mika got a sandbox and sand toys for his birthday, and daddy supplemented this with quite a few toys from the dollar aisle.  I love 3 because they have no concept of cost and just love things like bubbles, chalk and dinosaurs!


Today is much calmer thus far, and hopefully I can get caught up on all the blog work I didn't get done yesterday!