Sunday, August 13, 2017

Love Goodly subscription box review

www.LoveGoodly.com
Love goodly is a curated box of vegan, eco friendly and natural products. Check out the unboxing video here.
This runs $29.95 every other month so it makes it very affordable subscription box if you don't want to spend $40 to $100 per month. The box will contain 4-5 items in each box.


LoveGoodly also included a Fredandfar trillion pin, retails for $12. This pin is to remind you to love yourself and do things for yourself. Its .75”. Melody Godfed came up with this site as a way to promote self love and self care. As moms, we always put ourselves last, am I right?  Baths, meals, snacks, sports practice, concerts, homework, school, house cleaning, bill paying, lunches and so much more. When do we have time for ourselves?!


Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick was included as well. It is supposed to last all day. I put it on multiple days when I got dressed in the morning, and then checked thoughout the day. For me personally it lasts through dinner time. Its a gorgeous color. I put some on my hand and then let it wear off throughout the day. I even used a baby wipe, and there was faded color throughout the day. It definitely doesn't stay as heavy as when you put it on, but for me that's fine. I don't necessarily like the harsh line it creates when I put it on so I soften it with powder after it sets.

 They come in two sizes xs/s fits a wrist of 6.25” -7”. MD/LG fits a wrist size of above  7”. I do love that the hair band is not just a single band of elastic, but its actually doubled up with the way its tied onto the decorative front.
Gem Tye This appears to make them stronger and they don’t pull nearly as much as a single hair elastic. Free shipping over $25, however they are found at stores in California.

Faby polish is vegan, Cruelty-Free, Big-5 Free (no DBP, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, or Camphor), no TPHP, no Paraben, no Xylene nail system is designed to provide you with long-lasting, high-shine results. This color is "Save the drive in" which is a beautiful shimmery blue.


Hair Skin and nails by New chapter is made with Organic Algae and Aloe. New chapter is a Certified B Corporation, and this product is ICS Certified Organic, Biotin Builds Keratin for Healthy Hair & Strong Nails, Superfood Botanical Blends with Fermented Herbs, Certified Organic by International Certified Services, Non-GMO Project Verified, 100% Vegetarian and Gluten Free .

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Kameleon Rose Travel Dress Review



Kameleon Rose has the ultimate travel dress. Its so versatile, soft, and amazing.

I travel for work a fair amount and packing is always a struggle. I have started packing one pair of shoes and base my outfits on those shoes. I choose to do no jewelry and basic makeup. It seems like every trip I end up wearing the same maxi dresses.  I am usually traveling one full day, then one day in the office. The third day I am in the office until noon, and then fly across country to get home really late. So I need 2 travel outfits, and 2 work appropriate outfits. Here is my typical clothes list.

-1 maxi dress
-1 skirt
-1 blouse
-1 sweater (goes with both dress/skirt)
-1 pair of sandals (goes with jeans/skirt/maxi dress)
- I wear easily washable/dryable clothes that I can wash out upon arrival to the hotel for the trip back home.

When I get to the airport I throw on the outfit I flew in with. Easy peasy. However I would love to mix it up a little. Then I found the ultimate travel dress. This one item can morph into multiple items. Yes, you read that right. It’s a strapless dress, short or long skirt, top,  poncho, and more. Kameleon Rose says it can be 20 different items and worn in just as many ways!




Since receiving and testing out this Kameleon Rose dress, I am completely in love with it.

The fabric on the kameleon dress is SUPER soft and has buttons to change it around to change the style. I didn’t notice snagging or the ability to see through it. I still wore a slip under it as I wasn’t sure if it stick to my legs like many other skirts do as I walk. It is made from non creasing, quick dry fabric which is perfect for traveling. It also has a secret pocket!

The front of the Kameleon dress has the button holes, and the back has the buttons.
The detail is amazing. These are the buttons on the back of the dress. STUNNING!
If you look close you can see the button holes in the front.
Here is the care tag. SUPER easy to take care of this dress!

This Kameleon dress costs $80 but if you look at its versatility, its quite worth it. The creator, Leila, is a former doctor who created this orginal design. The dresses are made in Madagascar with ethical conditions for her staff. With her profits shes created a social project to take care of local children. Most of these children are orphans who have never left their villages. Leila is involved in every aspect of the business. There is no middle man.



I truly believe that our money as consumers drive the quality and the market in what is being provided. Kameleon Rose is far more than a clothing company. It is ethical, made for travelers BY travelers, and sponsors local children. With your purchase you are also helping children as well as locals earning an income. How can you say no to that? 

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Simply Earth essential oil August box review.

Simply Earth Monthly subscription box for August is a back to school theme! Augusts unboxing video is here. Check out the facebook page for Facebook lives where I make the products!

First things first, If you use my link and the coupon code CRAZYLIFEASMOMFREE you get a FREE diffuser with your first box! That's a $49.95 value! If you look at the august unboxing video above I show you the diffuser in the video!

It is $39 a month and you can cancel, skip or pause any time. Their oils are 100% pure and smell AMAZING! Here are the July Facebook unboxing and Facebook live DIY video. They properly test their products for purity, and have amazing customer service.

My favorite part of these boxes is that you get FULL size oils for $39!

Separately the oils are;
Coffee - 5ml - 9.95 (my favorite oil this month) I cant drink it, but It smells SOOOOOOO GOOD
Copaiba - 15 ml 9.99
Focus - 15ml - 11.99
Grapefruit -15ml - 9.99
The oils alone cost $41.92!!

This box contains 4 oils mentioned above, recipe cards, 2 10ml stainless steel roller bottle, 2 plastic inhalers, 1 sack of glass beads for a backpack or locker freshener, sweet almond oil (carrier oil) and two labels.

TI have mentioned before that I wish the 2 round labels were water resistant and simply earth made note of this. I suppose even a clear label to go over the top would be helpful to keep the label in tact.

The recipes this month are for
-backpack/locker freshener
-Get focused roll on
-rise and shine diffuser blend
-Do your homework diffuser blend
-Immune boosting inhaler
-stress relieving dough ball.

The DIY aspect is fun and you get the extras free with your oils in the box.

Simply Earth donates 13% of their profits to end human trafficking. How cool is that? Such a great way to give back.

Check out my previous reviews of the March soap box, and the May beauty box, and July box.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Woman Up Subscription box (July) review


Each month WomanUp box come with 6-8 beautiful items. These items are created by women for women. The monthly subscriptions starts at $49.95 and ship around the 25th of every month. You can buy a single box from the previous month, month to month, 6 months, or 12 month subscription. When I went on to their site, that is what the price difference was. I did not notice it last month.

WomanUp Box's motto is to “Uplift yourself and lift up women”. You can see  the review of Junes box, which was their inaugural box,  as well as the June unboxing video here. This is a great box just for moms who need a pick me up. We all know that we don’t buy ourselves things, right? Is that just me?


JULY BOX unboxing video is here and the products are listed below.

Woman up Box Exclusive
A snazzy BPA free 23 ounce water bottle that says HYDRATE!


Passion moon potions
Potions are made by Francesca Sakai. She is on etsy under PassionMoonPotions. She makes everything in small batches and has organic shea butter and essential oils and she whips it until its light and fluffy. They are based out of Kona Kailua, HI. This 4oz container is coconut mango whipped Shea butter and it smells SO GOOD. It is vegan & cruelty free. This company had a lipbalm in the last box as well. Read here

Goddess garden after sun gel
Helps when you get too much sun!  Biodegradable to help with further deterioration of the coral reefs. This is a lightweight spray gel to help heal sun exposed skin with aloe vera, tea tree, and lavender. Check out EWG (environmental working group) and check out the toxity.
http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/product/696114/Goddess_Garden_Organics_After-Sun_Gel_/#.WXuWvf7rsyE


Spunlight watermelon cotton candy
I don’t eat this type of stuff but this will be a great gift item! It is organic Non-GMO cane sugar with no artificial dyes or flavors. This is a husband/wife team in Arizona that makes SIXTY flavors. Watermelon is their most popular flavor. You can find them on
                                                                                            
Artesian Aromatherapy Candle
Made by Veronica Wilson. You can find her on etsy at TheTranquilGoddess. This candle is a 6oz Coconut pineapple Lime and smells AMAZING. It is made from Soy with a cotton wick.

Hemp Bracelet
The bracelet is made by Maggie Cody. You  can find her on Etsy. SerendipityHemp. Maggie handmakes these and they are adjustable to fit most people. She also donates a portion of profits to charities that provide clean water to developing countries.

TOTE
- Good Vibes Only canvas bag made by Stacy Hernandez. You can find her on etsy at LiveLoveSurvive. The bag is made of canvas and is 15”x12”

Sample
-Flying bird botanical tea – sample

The summer charity partner receives 10% of the proceeds which is Dress for Success

The total for the items in this box is $75
Water bottle - $15
Passion moon potions - $13
Spunlight cotton candy - 3
Artisiona aromatherapy candle - 9
Goddess garden - $11
Hemp Bracelet – $12
Tote - 12


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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Vitajuwel Via Gemwater bottle review

As a disclaimer I do not have much experience with Gemstone therapy. I find this method of wellness fascinating. Apparently this was done in ancient times as well, dating back to Pedanios Diskurides in the 1st century AC.

The VitaJuwel glass bottle has two openings. The top for rinking and the bottom for screwing in the gempod . The Gempod has a silicone washer to create a seal and protect the jar from breaking. This screws into the bottom of the class cylinder.

When I got this bottle I went into it with no expectations. . I did a series of blind taste tests for myself (you can see the papercups in the first picture), Mr. Crazy Life, and Little Crazy Life. Every single time we could tell a difference. I tried glass containers, paper cups, and ceramic mugs. I used filtered water from the fridge, tap water, and purified water from the cooler at work. The sharpness of the water is gone. The water had a smoother taste and tasted like spring water.



The Gemod is manufactured in the Austrian Alps. There are 17 combinations of gemstones to create a HUGE selection of bottles. In their brochure they have

Wellness – rose quartz, amethyst, clear quartz
Fitness – Red jasper, magnesite, clear quartz
Five elements – Amethyst, Chalcedony, petrified wood, rose quartz, ocean chalcedony
Balance – Sodalite, Clear quartz
Love – rose quartz
Vitality – Emerald, clear quartz
Momentum – Chalcedony, moss agate, milk opal
Beauty – amethyst, aventurine quartz, rose quartz
Inner Purity – aquamarine, clear quartz
Focus – red jasper, sodalite, orange calcite, agate (brown), aventurine quartz
Passion – Carnelian, halite salt
Sunny morning – orange calcite, clear quartz
Allure – Garnet, clear quartz
Inspiration – Lapis lazuli, rutilated quartz
Vision – noble shungite, clear quartz
Diamonds – diamond slivers, clear quartz
Golden momentsrhinegold, halite salt, garnet
Vino – amethyst, clear quartz

Everything on this planet gives off energy and vibrations.  Water is a mixture of oxygen and hydrogen molecules with a specific structure. From my current understanding of Gemstones they can change the structure of water by the vibration and energy that the stones produce.  When water is exposed to Vitajuwel Gemstones there have been the following effect recorded by Institute Hagalis;
-Distinct improvement of tap water quality
-neutralization of Harmful substances information
-Improvement of the PH Value and oxygen content
-Increase on bioavailability of minerals
-Increase of energy and biological valance

Even if you don’t believe in the power of Gemstones therapy, Vitajuwel products are STUNNING. I have had so many comments on my bottle. I would LOVE to get the Gemwater dispenser to keep on my counter, because its seriously GORGEOUS! How about that for a statement piece?

They also have Gemstone vials, decanters and droplets. I have also read that professional sommeliers have used this method to improve their wines by softening the wines natural acids to make it smoother. I guess I better get some wine to test this theory out!



Vita T
Bottle insert to steep tea in your gemwater bottle.

They also have a gemwater bottle called:
Tea time – moss agate, clear quartz
  
HUGS and LOOP silicone top and bottom protectors to help prevent from bumps

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Abrazo Designs Essential Oil bag and pendant Review

I love the story of how Abrazo Designs was created. The creator of Abrazo Designs was inspired by her mothers legacy after she passed away. She wanted to bring style and affordability to have also ealized the amazing uses for essential oils and their healing properties. As someone who has studied complementary health, this is a passion of mine. I look to find ways to rid toxins from my home where I can, and find ways I can treat illnesses or bumps/bruises naturally. I lost my father to cancer which helped spur my quest to research cancer and actually wrote my thesis on it!

Now, back to Abrazo.
 
Their 42 bottle Essential oil storage bag is made of quilted canvas on the outside  and has a nice handle. Inside the bag you will find beautiful velvet and padded dividers that are only secured at the sides.

You can also see this bag close up in my facebook live here.

Without the slightly adjustable dividers in the middle, this helps keep you oils even more secure. There are two bigger pockets near the back that can hold bigger one ounce bottles, more of the 15,10, and 5ml bottles, or other essential oil tools you may need. The bag has a heavy duty zipper and very well padded.
When I try to jostle the oils in the bag, they don’t move. This particular model can hold up to 42 oils and holds 15, 10, and 5ml bottles. The case is about 8”.x9”x3.5” high.
This would be a GREAT gift with some labels for the top of the bottles for a newbie and gives them room to grow their amazing collection. You can also get their products on AMAZON!


This stainless steel has an 18” chain and has a cutout with 8 hearts. They have three other beautiful designs on their site and you can also get these on Amazon! The 50 felt aromatherapy pads come in a variety of colors and are AMAZING for customizing your pendant above to match your outfits. 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Butcher Box Meat subscription review - $10 off and free bacon!


ButcherBox This is the first time I have tried ordering meat online and having it delivered. Use this code and get $10 off and free bacon!

I received a tracking email and I watched that thing like a hawk. I checked it multiple times when it was out for delivery. Once the box was shipped it took 4 days to arrive. I was curious to how it would fare with it taking that long. Much to my hearts delight all the meat was completely frozen! The green insulated bag was zippered and set inside an insulated box with dry ice bags. If you check out the live video, you can see how frozen the meat was.



- 3 packs of organic tenders = 2.75 pounds
- 2 one pound packs 85% lean ground beef = 2 pounds
- one pork loin tenderloin = 1.9 pound
- 2 beef ribeyes = 10oz
-2 grass fed beef striploin steak = 12oz
- 2 packs of sirloin steaks = 12 oz
- free bacon!! 10oz (Best bacon EVER!)

First of all, I was extremely impressed. ButcherBox is very high quality meat and the bacon is the best I have ever tasted. When I cooked it up there was nearly ZERO fat in the pan! I was shocked. Even with high quality meat from the local health food stores, there is always grease in the pan.



Butcher Box beef is 100% grass fed and grass finished. Chicken is Free range organic, and their pork is Heritage breed. Their 8-11 pound box of meat is $129 per month and can feed 20-28 individuals. Obviously we don’t have the 6oz portion control down because the meat did not last that long.

While ButcherBox is a subscription service, you can change the frequency or cancel at any time. You can try different cuts of meat and get handy recipe cards.

I learned while reading up on ButcherBox that nearly all beef for sale in the US is grain fed and processed in feedlots. When you have multiple sensitivities in the house, this is not good. Feedlot cattle are fed antibiotics, hormones, corn, soy and sometimes byproducts and even CANDY? WHAT? We always buy natural no antibiotic meat, but had no clue they fed them CANDY. What in the heck? In searching this its true. There was a recent publication in January ’17 that reported an investigation over red Skittles that do not make the cut for packaging (no white S on them). It turns out the massive amounts of skittles were intended to be used for feed. The candy is intended to provide a cheap source of carbs. The maker of the candy denied selling for feed, but apparently this is a common practice that was heightened in 2012 when the corn prices surged.

If you want to get your meat from a reputable source that guarantees quality check out ButcherBox!! I was seriously impressed with the quality of the meat, especially the beef.