Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Switch Up Your Homeschool Routine With Oriental Trading Company! #Homeschool #Teacher #PR #Blogger #Review #MomLife #OTC

I received a sample product in exchange for this review, however, all opinions and views are my own. 

February is notorious for being a hard month for homeschoolers. It's right smack dab in the middle of the year. It's dark, it's dreary and it's depressing. The days seem very short and gray, and it's hard to keep on track. The weather, especially this year, sucks this time of year, and there are no nature walks, park trips, and even just playing outside in the yard.. February really stinks, and I've heard some great advice to NEVER make school decisions in January or February, because, once Spring arrives, you might feel differently. 

We have been ready to spruce up our homeschool routine for a few weeks, and who better to help us with that than our old friends at Oriental Trading? You already know how much we love them for party decorations and other stuff, but we just discovered what a great resource Oriental Trading is for school supplies and teacher resources! Whether you are a homeschooling mom, a public school teacher, or even have a child care center, I am sure that you could find a TON of resources at Oriental Trading! 

We got the chance to check out a ton of great products this time around! The boys favorite, by far, were our NINE new paints and a huge set of paintbrushes! What little boy doesn't love to make a mess with paint??? We are now painting almost every day, and they could not be happier! I love that the paint is easy to clean up too! We are definitely going to be using these paints all the time! 

Another great item we picked up were these dry erase sleeves, and a new set of dry erase markers! These sleeves are really really great for writing practice! My little guy now uses these everyday for his tracing sheets, and I love the fact that I can just wipe them off and go! No more wasting paper! We also picked up some carnival tracing cards, which are perfect for little fingers and working on fine motor skills! I thought these would seem like a chore to my little guy, but he LOVES them! He seriously wants to do "sewing" every day now! I love it! 

I also got this great hanging file organizer! This has been a great addition to our homeschool routine, and it has really helped me to get more organized with our paperwork! I have been able to label a folder for each day, and put all of our paperwork in there, so it's not all over my desk! These file folder organizers are great, and I use this every single day! 

We have used Oriental Trading Company for SO many different things in the past, from party supplies to homeschool supplies,to holiday party stuff, etc... They have absolutely everything that you could ever want, and the prices are so affordable! We have always been fans of OTC, even back before our blogging days, and they continue to be our go-to company when we need something! To visit their awesome site and make an order for yourself, just click here! Don't forget to follow them on Facebook and Twitter as well so you can keep up with all the latest and greatest products and deals! 

Getting Healthy With TruHealth MD and Step One Foods! #TruHealth #PR #Review #Blogger #HealthyEating #FoodBlogger

We received a sample product or products in exchange for this review. All opinions are 100 percent our own. 

As most of you know, I have been struggling with high blood pressure and other heart issues for awhile now. I'm only 28, so it's really not fair, but what are you gonna do? Darn genes, LOL! It's my goal to try to eat as healthy as possible, exercise every day, and do any and everything in my power to minimize my risk of heart problems. When I was introduced to TruHealth MD and Step One Foods, I was instantly intrigued. These foods were specially developed by a cardiologist to maximize heart health. Every single ingredient was hand picked for it's health benefits. I have really been paying attention to what we are putting in our bodies in my house, so I love when I discover new products that don't contain "junk"!

When Dr. Elizabeth Klodas got sick of not having any great foods to recommend to her heart patients, she did what anyone would do: she created her own! Elizabeth Klodas, MD, FACC, has dedicated her career to preventive cardiology. Trained at Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins, Dr. Klodas serves as the Chief Medical Officer for Step One Foods. She is a nationally sought out speaker and has an active role at the American College of Cardiology. She says: "We created The Step One Foods Program to help patients with nutrition fundamentals. Our simple, single-serve foods can lower reliance on prescription drugs and improve outcomes."

We were lucky enough to try out all six of the TruHealth MD Step One products, and I was very impressed! The Multigrain Pancake mix was my very favorite! Now I can eat yummy pancakes with my boys and not completely break my diet! Love it! The Anytime Smoothie Mix has definitely been another house favorite, my boys have loved it as well! We now eat smoothies just about every morning for breakfast or a mid-morning snack, and they LOVE getting to help use the blender!

The Dark Chocolate Crunch Anytime Bars were another personal favorite of mine, since I am a real sucker for ANYTHING dark chocolate! Can you say delicious?? The Step One products also include a yummy High Fiber Oatmeal, Cranberry Nut Anytime Bars, and an awesome Anytime Sprinkle, which can be added to yogurt, salad, or well, anything!!

The Step One program from TruHealth MD is simple and easy to understand! You can order a 30, 60, or 90 day supply, and simply replace two meals or snacks that you normally eat with Step One foods! Simple as that! I love having yummy foods in the cabinets that I can grab and not feel guilty about! As a heart patient, I definitely feel great about TruHealth MD and the Step One food program and I know you will too! If you want to learn more, or order some of these yummy goodies for yourself, just visit the Step One Foods website! You can also follow Dr. Liz on Twitter, and LIKE their Facebook page to stay updated!!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Review: Radical Skincare Age-Defying Exfoliating Pads #Makeup #SkinCare #Review #BeautyBlogger

The product below has been provided to me for review purposes, all opinions are my own. 

I have been trying to take better care of my skin lately, so when I got the chance to try out the Age Defying Exfoliating Pads from Radical Skincare, I was really excited! I was a little bit afraid, since I have pretty sensitive skin, that I would end up in a blotchy mess after using these pads, but I am happy to report that they are very gentle, even on sensitive skin! Score!

The size that I tried out comes with 60 pads, enough for a two month supply. I have been using mine every night before bed, so I don't forget. The pads are pretty pricey, however, at $75 for the container. However, as we all know, we only get one skin, so it's important to take care of the skin you have, and it's okay to splurge every once in awhile! If you are ready to splurge on these pads, you can get them at Sephora.com!

Let's read the product description: These AHA and BHA acid pads exfoliate, support natural cell turnover, and accelerate the performance of Radical Skincare products. Its antiaging ingredients are proven to tighten and firm skin, reduce the appearance of pore size and lines, and preserve skin's hydration and nourishment. Excess sebum is removed while leaving the good oils to nourish and hydrate the skin. Enriched with chamomile for soothing and calming, it is perfect for sensitive skin. [They are] formulated WITHOUT: Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates.

Really, go ahead and give these pads a try, you will be surprised. I really thought that I was washing my face well enough, but I was not! I was really surprised to see how much dirt and grime remained! So crazy! Even though these pads reminded me that perhaps I really wasn't getting my face clean after all, I was impressed with how deep they cleaned and how much gunk they got out! So, thumbs up for that!

I was happy that this product contained both AHA's and BHA's, which I know is really helping my skin. Even though I am still (relatively) young, I am working hard to take precautions and keep my body looking and feeling as good as possible. I do have lines and ridges and wrinkles, but I am trying my best to take care of my skin and do the best I can!

If you are wanting to splurge on something great to really help you take care of your skin, I would highly recommend that you try these pads, you will be glad you did! I can tell a big difference in my skin already, and there's no telling how great it will look if I keep on using these! Give 'em a try!

The above product was provided to me for review purposes. All opinions are 100 percent my own. 


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