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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Fé Fit Fuel Bars

Have you ever tried to find a protein and energy bar that tastes good? I'm not saying they're not out there.  I just hadn't found any that were both healthy and tasted good.  All of the ones I had tried always had thy chalky taste.  It was like they mixed the drink powder up to make a bar.   I've never been a fan.  I'm always searching and willing to try different bars. I'm always hoping I'll find a good one.

This time, I think I may have discovered what I'm looking for.  

Fé Fit has an assortment of energy bars. I think I found out what was needed to make a good protein/energy bar.  It needs to be real food.  These bars are not only gluten free, they are also paleo.  They DO have nuts, so keep that in mind.

I first tried the Cacao Nib Almond bar.  It's a super dense little roll.  My first bite was a surprise.  It was a little hard to bite into, but it was good.  It wasn't powdery. My first thought was wondering if it had dates.  I couldn't taste it, but it was moist, and I know dates are nutricious and a good baking item.  What I did taste was the cacao nibs and almonds.  I was also surprised with coconut.  There were other ingredients I couldn't figure out, but found them on the package. I was impressed and knew that these snacks are no guilty pleasure.  They are a healthy pleasure.  I'm a lover of cacao, so this is my favorite. 

Ingredients: Isolate whey protein, raw pecans, organic dates, almonds, organic raw coconut, organic cacao nibs, organic coconut palm sugar, raw honey, spring water, organic chia seeds, almond butter, raw cacao powder, organic ground flax seed, raw organic extra virgin coconut oil, pure vanilla extract, sea salt. 

Next up was the Cashew Apricot.  It had more of a nutty flavor with just a hint of the apricot.  I pulled out a few of the little dried apricot chunks, and was happy to actually see them in there.  I don't know if it was the apricot, but this one had a slight bitter after taste.  This was actually my least favorite, because I'm all about taste. 

Ingredients: Isolated whey protein, raw pecans, organic dates, raw cashews, dried apricot, organic raw coconut, spring water, raw honey, organic coconut sugar, organic chia seeds, organic ground flax seed, raw organic extra virgin coconut oil, pure vanilla extract, sea salt. 

Last was the Coconut Pecan.  This one I couldn't quite taste the coconut as much as the apricot or cacao.  I did love the nutty date flavor of this one.  It seems that the date flavor was more pronounced in this bar.  It also has a lovely pecan flavor.  If you like pecans, you'll love this one!

Ingredients:  Isolated whey protein, raw pecans, organic dates, organic raw coconut, spring water, raw honey, organic coconut nectar sugar, organic chia seeds, organic ground flax seed, raw organic extra virgin coconut oil, pure vanilla extract, sea salt. 

You can find their individual flavors, or a combination pack HERE on Amazon. 

**I received these free in exchange for my review.**

Shredded Memory Foam Pillow with Kool-Flow Bamboo Cover and my 700Thread Count Pillow Case

I rotate through pillows a lot.  I keep trying new pillows, and I have yet to truly like one for very long.  My problem is that they raise my head into a crooked position and I get a stiff neck, sore back, and headaches.   I hate it.  I've been through several memory foam pillows, a buckwheat pillow (which I loved for a long time), and the basic fluffy pillows.

I have also been through many pillow cases.  They can be stiff, slip off my pillow easily, and sometime they get pilly.

I was recently given a Shredded Memory Foam Pillow from Xtreme Comforts as well as a set of 700 Thread Luxury  Pillow Cases Set by Yorkshire-Mayfair to try and see what I think.

What does Xtreme Comforts they say about their pillow?

Do You Wake Up More Tired Than When You Went To Bed Or Suffer From:Migraines
Neck Pain
Allergies & Asthma
Tingling in Your Fingers

The Problem With Most Pillows

You shape your pillow to give good support but as the pillow collapses and heats up your support goes away which in turn puts stress on your nerves and causes you to wake up tossing, turning and flipping it to the cool side.

Experience The Worlds Most Comfortable Pillow!

Xtreme Comforts Shredded Memory Foam Pillow and Kool-Flow(tm) Bamboo Cover can help eliminate these problems!

Everyone is different and likes their pillow shaped to their individual preference. Our pillow comfortably shapes to your head & neck in any position while maintaining proper support all night long ensuring you a better nights sleep. It will be the most comfortable pillow that you will ever own.

Our Kool-Flow(tm) Bamboo Cover keeps your pillow cool all night long.

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70% of people do not like their pillows and lose sleep because of them.

Improper alignment of your neck cuts off the flow to your cervical nerves.

With our pillow you will get proper alignment of your cervical nerves which is essential for a good nights sleep. You will get more Rem sleep which is a deep healing sleep that keeps you healthy and alert.

With a Good Nights Sleep Every Night You Will Have More Energy Every Day!

What do I think about the Shredded Memory Foam Pillow?

I've spent the last week sleeping on this pillow.  It came rolled up and flat.  I unpackaged it and had a lot of fun watching it expand many times the size it was flattened into.  That's one of the fun parts of memory foam.

The bamboo cover is super soft.  I just love it!  I squished it in all directions and had fun making it fat and then thin again. 

I did notice that there was a slight odor to the pillow.  If you have ever played with the tubes that you put the liquid plastic on a straw and then blow a plastic bubble, that's kind of the odor from the pillow.

I slipped the pillow into my 700 Thread Luxury  Pillow Cases Set by Yorkshire-Mayfair.  The pillow cases are 100% Egyptian Cotton Sateen Standard and so very soft.  This is a great addition to the pillow. 

With the super soft bamboo cover, and the luxury pillow case, I was all set for bed. 

I was wondering what I would think, as the pillow did seem pretty fat.  I put my head down on it and my head was raised up quite a bit.  However, the heat from my head softened the pillow, and the shredded memory foam inside allowed me to move my head and squish into a comfortable position.  The fact that the memory foam isn't solid allows your head to get into the perfect spot for your body.  Over the last week, I've only woken up with a stiff neck once.  I don't blame the pillow for that, as I'm pretty sure it was more the 12 month old laying on top of me, and restricting my movement that caused that problem.

The pillowcase works great.  The stitching seems great.  It's holding up very well to my tossing and turning, squishing, smashing, and rolling about with my pillow all night.  It did start to slip off my pillow a little one night, but it was easily fixed and my pillow slipped right back in.  It's a soft and silky case that is a wonderful addition to my bedroom sheet set.  I'm very happy to have these for my nightly sleep.

If you are interested in the Shredded Memory Foam Pillow with Kool-Flow Bamboo Cover, you can find it HERE.

The 700 Thread Luxury  Pillow Cases Set by Yorkshire-Mayfair can easily be purchased in many color options HERE.

**I received these free in exchange for my review.**

Rechargeable Batteries from SunLabz

We go through a lot of batteries in our house.  Rechargeable batteries are almost a must now days.  Everything is run on batteries, if it's not a rechargeable toy or product.  Until they come out with toys that are rechargeable by putting in the window and charging up with solar power, I'm using these batteries from SunLabz.

What does SunLabz say about their batteries?

CHOOSE RECHARGEABLE: SunLabz s mission is to provide smart energy solutions that will encourage more people to switch to rechargeable batteries and other Eco-friendly energy sources. In the United States alone, each year 2.9 billion batteries are thrown away with 179,000 Tons of them ending up in Landfills. By taking a small step through switching to rechargeable batteries and recycling old cells we can make a difference together!

MAKE A SMART FINANCIAL CHOICE: Because our cells last longer and can be recharged over and over again you can now save on buying and throwing away expensive single use batteries. With the average US household buying up to 120 batteries a year, costs can quickly accumulate. Removing the dependence on single use cells is not only a smart ecological choice it is also the right financial choice.

GET MORE CHARGE CYCLES: SunLabz s batteries can be recharged 1000x times, this means you are getting more out of each cell and can depend on their quality for any applications from cameras to flashlights, remote controls and more.

It's so much easier and cost effective to by rechargeable batteries.  These are D batteries, but you can get them in any standard battery size.  You get so many uses out of one set of batteries, rather than throwing them away and buying another pack.  You only need a charger (which you can also get with SunLabz).  Put the batteries in the charger, and in an hour or so you have fully charged batteries to use again and again!  No paying for more batteries all the time.  No running to the store.  It's well worth the money.

You can find these D batteries from SunLabz HERE, as well as their other batteries HERE. 

**I received these free in exchange for my review.**

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Natural Herbal Cold and Voice Remedy from Sprouts

I got Sprouts Cold Remedy just in time.  The day after it came my entire family came down with a cold of some sort.  We all had stuffy and runny noses, and sore throats.  After a day I remembered my Cold Remedy. 

I was a little hesitant.  I've taken tinctures and herbal teas.  I know how some herbal remedies can taste.  Sometimes the taste is enough to make you choose the sickness over the help.  I took a half dropper of it.  The taste was pretty pleasant.  It was almost like plum/prune flavor, which is much better than other herbal concoctions I've had.  By that night my throat wasn't hurting.  I took it again the next day.  I felt so much better. 

The Sprouts Voice Remedy is something I'm excited to have in my medicine cabinet. After using Sprouts Cold Remedy, I have a feeling the Voice Remedy will work just as well.  I haven't had the opportunity to try this one yet, but I did take a little taste to make sure it was going to be palatable.  The flavor was a sweet herbal taste.  It wasn't one that was a bitter flavor, which I'm very grateful for. 

I was very impressed with the Cold Remedy and am looking forward to updating this when I can use the Voice Remedy.

**I received these free in exchange for my review.**

Ava Shower Filer

We like to have clean water in our house.  We use a Berkey water filtration system in our house to drink from.  We use the fluoride filters to remove unwanted fluoride from our drinking water.  Unfortunately, many of these unwanted water additives, or chemicals, are absorbed through our skin.  So, even though you might not be drinking it, when you and your family shower or bathe, they are still getting these unwanted chemicals into your bodies. 

I was so excited to get to try the Ava Shower Filter.  I have been wanting a fluoride filter for my shower for a long while.

Ava says that their filter:

REMOVES FLUORIDE & OTHER CHEMICALS - Filters 99.9% of Chlorine, Algae, Dirt, Fluoride, Lead, Chloramine, Bacteria, Arsenic, Chromium, Zinc, Copper, Selenium, Mercury and Heavy Metals and many more chemicals. Shower filter also reduces scum build-up using kdf.

HEALTHY SKIN - Balances the pH of water. Promotes and maintains smooth, glowing skin, shiny hair, and healthy nails. Effectively reduces hard water and stops itchy and skin after shower

EASY INSTALLATION - Fits all modern shower arms. Comes with installation manual and installs easily. No plumber needed.Not sold with shower arm or shower head.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE - Made in the USA with a 30-day money back guarantee included. Experience powerful results within days or receive 100% of your money back

LONG-TERM - High performance filter lasts for an entire 9-12 months before needed replacement.

I love that I can have an added element of health for my family.  I really do not like all of the chemicals that are in everything from our food, water, milk, juice, carpets, shampoos, and everything in our daily lives.  If there is anything I can do to lessen the health hazards for my children, I will.

If you are interested in the Ava Shower Filter, you can find them HERE on Amazon.

**I received this for free in exchange for my review.**

MIRA One Touch Professional Milk Frother

I love cooking.  I spend most of my day in the kitchen.  The most exciting thing for me is to try out a new kitchen appliance. I love to see how I can use it to simplify my life.  

This morning I got to try out the MIRA One Touch Automatic Professional Milk Frother

The milk frother is a great kitchen tool for frothing milk (115 ml capacity) or for warmed milk/drinks (240 ml capacity).  

The MIRA milk frother comes with both a whisk for frothing milk, and a paddle for mixing drinks like hot cocoa and cappuccino mixes.  They switch out easily, which makes cleanup nice. 

I started with trying the paddle for a cappuccino mix I had on hand.  You know, for the days you don't feel like making coffee.  

There is a Max line for frothed milk (the bottom Max line) and hot milk/mixed drinks (the top Max line). Make sure you don't fill past the Max line for what you're making. 

I added the milk and powder. 

Then I turned it on and watched it mix.  I did use a spoon and gave it a little mix because my cappuccino mix doesn't mix easily and it just wanted to sit on top. I have that problem when mixing it by hand, so I'm not faulting the frother for that.  After that, it did great and finished mixing up.  I like my drinks hotter, so I tested it and pushed the power button again to run it and heat it up more for me.  It was so easy to use.  

As it mixes, the red light on the power button turns on.  When it is done, the milk frother automatically shuts off, and the indicator light goes off. 

I then switched to the whisk and made some frothed milk.  I used just regular whole milk from my refrigerator.  I followed the directions and filled it to the bottom Max line.  I'm glad I did. 

A hot frothed milk that was perfect!  Next time I might add a little tiny bit of vanilla to it and sprinkle a little cocoa on top when done.  

I was amazed at this milk frother.  I love that i can just push the button and let it work.  I don't have to hold anything.  I don't have to mess with it.  It frees up my hands to do a quick job while it does it's job.  

If you are looking for a great milk frother, check out the MIRA One Touch Automatic Professional Milk Frother

**I received this free in exchange for my review.**

Saturday, May 16, 2015

All Queens Chess

I used to play chess at night with my husband.  I'm not really great at it, but I learned a lot from him.  He used to play against his dad, so he knew a lot more than I do.  My kids have played chess off and on, and were super excited when I got the All Queens Chess game.

This game is very fun.  It's not the usual chess game.  

Strategy game with only the most powerful chess piece! (MSRP: $12.99, Ages 8+)
Think of it as four-in-a-row chess. In this two-player game of All Queens you’ll have to plan your moves carefully as you outwit your opponent to get four Queens in a row. Just like in a game of chess, the all-powerful Queen can move any number of squares vertically, horizontally or diagonally. The only difference is that pieces can’t be captured. Stay alert and exercise logic as you navigate the board to get your Queens in a row. 

I sat down with my 8 year old son and played with him.  I was red.  He was black. 

As we moved about the board, I found out that he is much better at strategy than I am.  Ha ha ha!  After a short time he had his 4 queens in a row.  I lost!

All the kids sat around and watche as we played.  They thought it was wonderful that mom lost to their brother.  

What a fun game!  One that is great for a family night with kids of almost any age.  

If you want to buy this, you can find. It HERE.  

**I received this free in exchange for my review.**

Friday, May 15, 2015

Natures Bond Premium Double Electric Breast Pump

I have always struggled with getting enough milk with a breast pump.  I have a manual pump from Medela and a double electric pump from Evenflo.   I've had the manual pump for about 10 years.  It's actually my better working pump.  It has suction and I am able to control the pressure myself.  The one from Evenflo I got used (but it was only used a few times).   I know, I know.  Gross.  I took it apart and sterilized it, but found out later that it could still have contaminates in it.  I only used it for a few months.  Even after buying new parts it would lose suction and was useless. 

I was never able to get more than 1 or 2 ounces of milk a day.  It was very depressing and I was never able to store much milk, since it would take a week to get a days worth of milk for my baby.  It is always said that you can NOT compare your amount you pump to the amount you're feeding your baby.  It is still a little worrisome when your body won't respond to a pump.  Is my body doing enough?  My babies are not those fat, chunky babies.  I have little, skinny kids.  They look like my brother and I did.  Still, I always wonder. 

I recently had the exciting opportunity to review a brand new breast pump.  My most exciting mommy day recently was when UPS dropped off my Natures Bond Premium Double Electric Breast Pump.  I was so excited!

I immediately pulled it all out and took and inventory.  I checked it over and was so thrilled to see what all it included.

Features & Benefits:• Personal-use electric breast pump
• Designed with 2 pumping modes
• Airlock design helps protect breast milk and baby from bacteria, mold and viruses while pumping
• Capable of single and double pumping
• Lightweight and portable for added convenience
• BPA-free
• AC Power Adapter
• Kit comes equipped with shoulder tote bag and milk storage cooler bag
• Includes 4 milk collection bottles with lock-tight sealing lids, 2 tubes with connection valves, 4 caps, 6 batteries and 2 of each of the following breast shield sizes: 80mm, 76mm and 74mm

I took all the tubes, bottles, caps, and breast shields and sterilized them in water I had boiled.  I then set them to the side to dry completely.  After that, I put it all in the tote bag and gave it a try. 

I discovered something amazing.  A good pump makes ALL the difference!  I went from getting 1 ounce to actually pumping 6 ounces in one sitting!!! 

I started with the let down mode.  It made tiny little sucks to get the milk in.  I then pushed the button and it changed to the pumping mode.  I was able to control the suction easily with the push of a button.  The light tells me what suction setting it's on.  It's very quiet compared to my old electric pump.  It makes the humming and pumping noise, but it's not loud and doesn't disturb my family.  My baby guy also becomes obsessed with it.  He loves it and comes over to touch it as it has a vibration that he seems to be obsessed with.  Ha Ha Ha.  Silly guy.  My old pump he hated and always tried to swat it away.  

The Natures Bond pump also has the ability to use batteries (6 AA), which lasted me a couple long pumping sessions, or you can use the AC power adapter if you have a close power source.  The lights on the pump will also change colors according to the battery power.  Green is a full battery.  Yellow is warning you that the batteries are getting low.  I didn't let it get past yellow, because I could tell the suction was lower and I didn't want to risk stressing the pump. 

This is a brand I hadn't heard of before, but after using Natures Bond, I will definitely recommend them to my friends and followers.  I am so happy that I am now able to pump and store my milk.  This is such a blessing to me, and it has really boosted my confidence in my body's ability to make milk and nourish my baby.

A few breastfeeding tips:
  • Drink enough water.  You want to make sure you are staying hydrated or your milk supply will go down.
  • Eat enough calories.  This would be between 2,000 and 2,500 calories per day for a breastfeeding woman.
  • Eat healthy foods.  Make sure you are getting the proper nutrition.  This will help keep your and your baby healthy.
  • Get enough rest.  Being tired or under a lot of stress can cause your milk supply to suffer.  Your physical and mental state can make a big difference in your milk supply.  Try to get rest when you can.  A mother never seems to get enough, but if you are able to catch a nap here and there, that will really help.
  • Eat foods that help your milk supply.  Foods like oatmeal, Red Raspberry Leaf tea, Mother's Milk tea, brewers yeast, fenugreek, lactation cookies (yum!), garlic, carrots, nuts (Cashews, almonds, and macadamia nuts), fennel, green (unripe) papaya, sesame seeds, ginger, and (if your a natural minded mom that's up for something super adventurous) placenta capsules (warning - graphic content).

If you are looking for a good pump, check out Natures Bond.  You can find them HERE on Amazon.

**I received this for free in exchange for my review.**

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Traveling Trash Bag

When we go anywhere in the van it doesn't take more than a few minutes to trash the floor.  We always come armed with sippy cups, water bottles, and (if the trip is long) snacks.  

I was able to try out the Car Trash Can by Mas27.  We inevitably have a mess of some sort.  It's just hard not to when you have 9 kids and 2 adults in your vehicle.  

Trash Bag Features

  • Light weight and fit all car models. Perfect size for hanging or standing on the car floor, 12'' tall and 11.8'' by 6.1'' opening, 3.7- gallon capacity
  • Metal-framed top can be closed to keep trash out of sight and not affect to back passengers' space or kept opening for drivers' convenience
  • High quality and water proof inner fabric for wiping off fast and easily without letting back the bad odor
  • Strong and adjustable straps for easy installing, dual mesh side pockets for bottles or tissues

I love that it is waterproof. It contains any possible liquid spills. It has an adjustable strap that also has a clip to put onto the headrest or arm. It has a flat bottom so it stands, and also has Velcro to close it.

One thing I didn't realize is that my van has attached headrests.  They don't adjust.  I just never paid attention until I went to out the bag in.  So, I hooked it around the front arm rest.  I also put a grocery store bag inside the bag for easy removal of trash.  

I love this.  It's made clean up a lot easier.  You can find it HERE on Amazon.  

**I received this in exchange for my review.**

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

78 Inch Shower Hose

Sometimes you need a longer shower hose for your shower head.  This is where the 78 Inch Shower Hose from Zitrom comes in handy.

This shower hose is a big necessity in our new house.  I am so excited to get our bathroom remodeled and to put this new shower all together.  The hose from Zitrom will be one of those new features. 

The 78 Inch Shower Hose has:
Stainless steel, Plastic and Nickel Materials that wont LeakThe Best Shower Hose on the market
This Shower Hose doesn't leak.

- Premium Shower hose at best price on Amazon.com
- Made With Highest Quality Materials Available.
- With rubber bottoms that wont leak.
- Beautiful Design in Stainless Steel, Plastic and Nickel.

- 78 Inches Shower Hose at the best price
- Wont Leak
- Very Easy To Install

You an buy this shower hose HERE on Amazon.  

**I received this in exchange for my review.**