Friday, July 20, 2012

Cleopatra's Choice Argon Oil Review

My family suffers from varying degrees of dry skin.  My oldest son and oldest daughter have eczema that pops it's head up at the oddest times, but the rest of the time they just have "dry skin."  My husband shaves his head and depending on the time of the year he can have a really dry scalp.  For instance, we went to the beach 2 weeks ago, and even though he wore a hat, his scalp still dried out!  So we are always hydrating our skin, and moisturizers are our friend!

I have been hearing a lot of great things lately about Argon oil, so when I was given the opportunity to try out Cleopatra's Choice Argon oil, I jumped at the chance.  Most of the Cleopatra's Choice product line is vegan friendly, cruelty free, and promotes well-being!  I feel very strongly about cruelty-free products, and whenever possible I try to only purchase cruelty-free!


With the Argon Oil, a "little dab will do" as my Mama used to say.  I have been using oil on my curly hair for quite some time now to cut down on frizz and help my curls lay just right, but I quickly found out that I need much less of the argon oil to achieve the same results of the brand of hair oil I had been using. This is a great thing in my book since products cost money, and lasting longer is definitely great!

I put a nickle sized dab in my hand and rubbed it all over my husband's scalp.  He slept with it on, and after he showered the following morning all the dry skin was gone!  I typically pay $30 for hair oil that isn't formulated for body, and I have to use double the amount.  I can buy Pure Argon Oil for Hair and Body for $44, it lasts twice as long, and I can use it on any part of my body that needs hydration!  It may seem pricey, but it lasts a very long time, and IT WORKS!  My only wish is that it had some scent to it, since I love beautiful scents.  However, considering how well it works, scent isn't a "make it or break it" issue.

You can find this and many more products on the Cleopatra's Choice website, Facebook, and Twitter.  Hey, they are BBB approved, so why not check them out?

Disclaimer:    Cleopatra's Choice provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. 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, July 18, 2012

Modem died!!

Unfortunately I have been on the phone for 2 hours with the internet company. My modem has died!! It will be up to 48 hours before I will be able to get back online. I will get back to each of you and back to my blogs as soon as I can, thank you all for understanding. 

Monday, July 16, 2012

iCandy Cherry Stroller Giveaway!

Megan, who blogs at Behavioral Child and Megan Blogs, was a guest of the CBS TV show The Talk when Dr. Gadget was on, and among other things, she was given the iCandy Cherry stroller, in the liquorice color. She is giving it away to one lucky, random winner.

I have never personally used this stroller, but as a mom of four, I know first hand how important a stroller or a sling is with a baby.  I am so excited to share this giveaway with you so that you can have the opportunity to win a stroller of your own!

This British-made stroller is very popular in Europe and is sold only in exclusive stores here in the US. Its retail value is $400.

{Disclaimer/Disclosure: I have not used this stroller so I can’t vouch for it. I have it in its original/new packaging and will ship it to the winner in the exact same condition. So essentially, I’m re-gifting it :) The Talk has no idea what I’m doing with it, nor would it probably care. By entering this giveaway, you agree to indemnify me, The Talk, and iCandy from any responsibilities of all issues arising from the receipt and use of this prize. Thanks for participating and good luck! - Megan Broutian}

Bloggers, Sign up to be a Progresso Frozen Foods Ambassador!

They have openings for new Ambassadors for Progresso Frozen Foods!  All you have to do is like them HERE, and click HERE to sign up!  Easy Peasy!  Be sure to like them because it's part of the requirement!

Green Valley Organics Lactose Free Goodness!

A few days ago I shared a company with you a company, Green Valley Organics that offers a lactose free solution to things such as yogurt, kefir, sour cream, etc.  They believe in ethical treatment of animals, love for the planet, and all while bringing peace to our tummies and happiness to our tongues!


You can read more about them and find their other wonderful products on the Green Valley Organics website, Facebook, and Youtube.  


 The kids really enjoyed the Strawberry-Lemonade Swirl Yogurt Pops we made out of the products, and they never knew they were eating healthy yogurt instead of ice cream!  You can grab the recipe here and try them for yourself!


Sunday, July 15, 2012

Mara's Pasta -100% Whole Wheat Pasta

A little over a year ago, my oldest son tested high for blood sugar two times, so I decided to change aspects of our diet.  Thankfully when he went in for a third test later on, his sugar is now in normal ranges.  One of the things we made changes in was our white bread and pasta consumption since they break down into sugar so quickly.  We eat less pasta now than we did a year ago; however, when we eat it, I want a whole wheat pasta that still tastes great.

I was blessed with a gift box of pasta from Mara's Pasta to try, and I was very pleased with it.  Mara's Pasta  creates a pasta from two readily identifiable ingredients:  whole wheat and water.  Nothing more.  It lacks that heavy flavor and bite that comes to mind when you think of whole wheat pasta on the market made from durum wheat.  Not only does it taste better, but Mara's Pasta has 7 grams of fiber per serving compared to 4 grams that other brands boast.  The end result is that it takes longer for the sugars to break down which makes it good for us!

I asked my husband to cook the meal for this review because he makes a mean Clam Fettuccine and he readily agreed. However, he doesn't like whole wheat pasta so I boiled up the whole wheat fettuccine sent to me, and some white fettuccine for him.


When he tasted both pastas cooked plain he said the whole wheat tasted better, had a better bite, and was the pasta he chose to eat.  For us the proof really is in the pudding pasta.


I would recommend this pasta because it has a bite and taste that is closer to white pasta but with all the positives of a whole wheat pasta!


You can find this pasta and other pastas on the Mara's Pasta Homepage and purchase them at Mara's Pasta Online Store.

Disclaimer: Mara's Pasta provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. 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.

Everything happens for a Reason!

Today was a sad day for me.  My children go several times a year to visit family, and I just hate it.  I cry when I drop my kids off knowing they are to be gone (having the time of their life, of course) for three weeks and that I am going to really miss their laughter, taking my name in vane a thousand times a day, and just driving me insane constantly and making me laugh!

So after I dropped them, calmed my sobbing 3 year old who misses them "berry berry bad" and drove home 2.5 hours, I was emotionally exhausted.  I noticed my husband had forgotten his duty belt for work, but he was at the gym working out so I took my tired self to drop it in his car so he will have it tonight.  Mika was very hungry by this point, so I told him I would buy him some fries because I had a dollar in my pocket.  

As we pulled to the stop light to leave Walmart, a homeless man walked up to the stop light and pulled out his sign.  I almost cried.  Here was a man who doesn't have the comforts of home, no food, no drink, it's HOT, and I just spent my last cash dollar on fries my son didn't really need.  

This man was either an alcoholic or a drug addict because he was already in DT's.  I quickly remembered I still had the cooler in the car from the trip so I told him I don't have any money but offered him some coke and 6 string cheeses I have.  To my surprise, he immediate reaction was relief and thankfulness.  

What I did really isn't anything to write home about.  It is what any humane person would do:  feed someone who is hungry and offer them drink on a hot day.  However, this man haunts me.  In this man, I don't see an addict:  I see my father, or what he may be one day thanks to addiction.  I also see a life that could have been happy, maybe it was happy at one point and something happened.  Now I see a broken man, so sad he numbs himself to kill the pain.  I see loss, regret, and so much waste.  I hope by my spontaneous offering that he sees a glimmer of hope.  I hope he sees that goodness does indeed exist, and that there can be more to life than whatever drink or drug that he is currently living for.  

And it is this wonderful opportunity I was blessed with that is the reason my husband was meant to forget his duty belt.  Do you believe in randomness or that everything happens for a reason?  How do you pay it forward in life?  The only thing I wish were different about today is that my children didn't get to witness how great it feels to help someone in need!