Friday, September 30, 2016

ICONIQ tumber and water bottle review

First of all, let me perfectly honest. I HATE drinking water. I know I need to drink more, but its just a chore for me and I suck at it.

The ICONIQ water bottle holds 17 oz water bottle and keeps liquids warm for 12 hours and cold for 24!  It is about 10" tall and almost 3" wide. What I love about this bottle is that its double wall stainless steel with NO plastic and it fits in my cup holder in my car. Its actually compact enough to throw in a large purse or backpack too. There is no sweating or condensation on this bottle, which is great when you throw it in your bag. I find myself drinking quite a bit more water with this bottle. I fill it with warm water and throw a little lemon juice in there.

This ICONIQ Stainless steel tumbler holds about 30 oz. The lid doesn't seal completely so you cant tip it over, but It does have a hole to sip through a straw. I love that it is double walled stainless steel. I do not burn my hand on hot cups anymore and the cup does not sweat from the hot liquids. It fits really snug in the cup holder in my car, but its not overly bulky. It is about 8" tall and 4 inches wide. . I fill it with hot tea/creamer every morning and its been great.

ICONIQ made this with 18/8 grade, food-grade, corrosion-resistant stainless steel with our unique super grip colored finish. The plastic lid is made from durable Tritan plastic and is 100% BPA free.

Overall these cups are a great price point and provide an affordable way to rid your house of plastic cups and save you money. You are not only keeping money in your wallet, but keeping cups out of the landfill!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Monkey Balm review

Balmers naturals send me a stick of Monkey balm. I have actually used this for a few years now so I am very familiar with this product. One stick lasts FOREVER and works like magic.

Co-founder and product developer Meagan McMullin explained “I am the mother of 3 wonderful boys, each with terribly dry-skin and eczema.  They would scratch that itchy dry skin to the point it would bleed.  Living in the Mountain West didn’t help either, with the super dry climate and extreme temperature swings.  After years of trying every over-the-counter and prescription cream under the sun to help my poor little Monkeys, I found out about Sea Buckthorn Oil.  It’s used in many luxury Asian and European skin care products and natural skin treatments due to its unique power to heal damaged skin and protect it from the elements. ”


The first ingredient is Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) which has been used in eastern civilizations for centuries.  My belief is that natural products should be tried before any other alternative, especially for our children and their delicate skin. Skin is the largest organ and everything we use goes into our system.

The ingredients in Monkey Balm are natural and I love them. I use coconut oil a lot in my house, but the fact that this stick has coconut oil, castor seed oil, jojoba seed oil, cocoa butter, vitamin E, beeswax, seabuckthorn berry, seed and fruit oils and plant sourced Squalene make me extremely happy.

Monkey Balm comes in an over sized stick. I LOVE that I don't have to put the product on my hands to apply. I have a spot on my neck that comes back every summer due to having longer, thick hair. I don't always have time to dry my hair before rushing out of the house, so this creates a moisture spot on my neck. This is the ONLY product that I have successfully been able to get rid of the rash. 
This will definitely stay in my must have products. I have read claims that this works on eczema, diaper rash, rough feet, dry patches of skin, and many other issues.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Seedles Wildflower Seed Bomb Review

Seedles sent me a make your own seed ball kit and northwest wildflower seedballs. The thing I LOVE about them, is you chose your premade wildflower seed balls based on your area. How cool is that? These are adorable!! You can check out their region map here.  If there is a blend that isn't perfect, they will even make one for you!

Here is a kit that includes everything in the make your own seedball kit. This neat kit includes compost, powdered clay, native wildflower seeds. The included supplies are enough to make 50-75 seed bombs. We plan on sending these to school for the kids to make and take home. That will be so fun.

We plan on throwing premade seed balls into abandoned lots on our walks in spring. Once we do that, my hope is that we will have pictures to update this post.

The following seeds are typically in the seed mixes.
Pacific Northwest Wildflower Seedles - California Yarrow, Godetia, Farewell to spring, Chinese Houses, Plains Coreopsis, California Poppy, Globe Gilia, Bird‰۪s Eyes, Tidy Tips, Mountain Phlox, Blue Flax, Sickle-keeled Lupine, Russell Lupine, Blazing Star, Five Spot, Baby Blue Eyes, Evening Primrose & California Bluebell.

  • Southwest Wildflower Seedles - Prairie Aster, Desert Marigold, Farewell to Spring, Plains Coreopsis, California Poppy, Mexican Gold Poppy, Indian Blanket, Bird‰۪s Eyes, Blue Flax, Tidy Tips, Arizona Lupine, Arroyo Lupine, Blazing Star, White Evening Primrose, Showy Pink Ev. Primrose, California Bluebell & Mexican Hat.
  • West Wildflower Seedles - Blue Columbine, Smooth Aster, Prairie Aster, Deerhorn Clarkia, Rocky Mtn Bee Plant, Plains Coreopsis, Fleabane Daisy, Perennial Gaillardia, Indian Blanket, Globe gilia, Blue Flax, White Evening Primrose, Rocky Mtn. Penstemon, Pruple Praire Clover, Yellow Prairie Coneflower, Black Eyed Susan & Showy Goldeneye.
  • Midwest Wildflower Seedles - Common Milkweed, Red Columbine, Butterfly Weed, New England Aster, Prairie Aster, Lance Leaf Coreopsis, Plains Coreopsis, Pale Coneflower, Purple Coneflower, Rattlesnake Master, Perennial Gaillardia, Indian Blanket, Ox-Eye Sunflower, Standing Cypress, Prairie Blazing Star, Wild Perennial Lupine, Lemon Mint, Evening Primrose, Purple Prairie Clover, Yellow Prairie Coneflower, Grey-Headed Coneflower, Annual Black Eyed Susan, Common Black Eyed Susan, Brown Eyed Susan.
  • Southeast Wildflower Seedles - Butterfly Weed, Partridge Pea, Lance-Leaf Coreopsis, Plains Coreopsis, Purple Cornflower, Rattlesnake Master, Indian Blanket, Standing Cypress, Blazing Star, Wild Blue Lupine, Lemon Mint, Drummon Phlox, Mexican Hat, Clasping Coneflower, Black Eyed Susan, Scarlet Sage, & Spiderwort.
  • Northeast Wildflower Seedles - Red Milkweed, Eastern Red Columbine, Butterfly Weed, New England Aster, Partridge Pea, Lanceleaf Coreopsis, Spotted Joe Pye Weed, Indian Blanket, Ox-Eye Sunflower, Blazing Star, Wild Perennial Lupine, Wild Bergamot, Evening Primrose, Beard Tongue, Black & Brown Eyed Susan, Sweet Coneflower, Rigid Goldenrod
  • Monday, September 5, 2016

    Essential Bracelet (diffuser bracelet) review

    Essential Bracelet  sent me two bracelets to review. These are the green peridot and the rainbow.

    My daughter loves her rainbow bracelet because it doesn't let on that she uses hers for anxiety. Her friends just think its a rubber bracelet.  In fact it is made from is made of 100% food grade safe silicone.

    Essential Bracelet is easy to use. You simply use 1 clay tablet and put a drop or two of your favorite oil and give it a minute or two to soak it up.

    Find the pocket in the back of the bracelet and place the clay tablet in it. You can enjoy for up to 7 days. The clay tablet can be reused over and over again and uses the heat from your body to heat it up and help the scents diffuse.

    The bracelets are easy to clean with just mild soap and water. They also have a number of other styles as well that I am pretty excited to check out. They have lava stone bracelets which I LOVE, as well as beautiful silver pendants.

    They have kid, adult and even items for pets!! Check out their blog.

    Little crazy life wears a small and we help her stretch it to put it on, so it does not fall off or allows more difficulty to be taken off. This could be great for kids/adults with disabilities.

    Sizing Guide:
    Small 6 Inch- Girls 6-12 years Boys 6-10 years
    Medium 7 Inch- Most universal size.
    Large 8 Inch- Larger wrists and Men

    Friday, September 2, 2016

    Battys Bath Review

    Battys Bath sent me their Hydra Healing Rescue Gel. It came with a purple seal around the lid during shipment.  I've been getting my diet under control again after summer. I admit I got a bit lazy, so now I'm trying to reel it in. 

    If you start healing with nutrition, you will find that most problems disappear. I have dry patches on my cheeks that I cannot seem to get healed. They have a skincare 101 and a blog full of information. We are all completely different, and have different causes for our skin issues. Make sure to look at your diet and what could be causing the issues. You can fight skin issues from the inside while healing them topically as well.

    The main ingredient is Aloe Leaf Juice. It does not have a pungent smell, and can barely smell the aloe. I have been using this for a few days now. The dry spots on my cheeks have started healing.

    In looking at their botanical product line they have facial skin carebody, hair, soap, etc.