Saturday, July 25, 2015

Soap.Club Review

*I received this item in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.*
I have been enjoying this everyday for a month now.  This 'club' can work as a subscription service or as a stand alone purchase.  I chose the Lemon Verbena Lift scent as I love an energizing scent when I shower.  Kinda to help wake me up.  There is a wide variety of scent options(70) as well as different styles:  soap for men, women, made from goats milk, and exfoliating styles.  There is even a soap for coffee lovers!

I use specific facial cleansers so I wanted a good body soap.  I received my soap quickly after ordering and was happy with the size.  The scent is wonderful and natural smelling without being overpowering.  But how it feels and works is is what you want to know.  Okay, so I found this soap to be cleaning but not drying.  I found this all natural soap to be nourishing to my skin.  My also love that I have been using my soap bar and probably have another month remaining with this bar.  The scent is still there and the soap is still as cleaning and nourishing as the first use.  Sometimes you may use a soap and about halfway through the bar you notice little cracks and that it doesn't seem to be doing as much cleaning anymore.  Well not with this soap!  I can't wait to try out more scents and styles of The Goats milk citrus twist sounds great as it has natural ingredients that help fight acne(icluding body). soap after a solid month of use
You can look at additional scents here. There is bound to be a scent that catches your eye.  I have been so happy and I hope you will be too.

  • Gently Moisturizes While Nourishing Damaged, Dry & Irritated Skin - Perfect For All Skin Types
  • Premium Olive Oil Penetrates Deep Into Your Skin To Help Prevent Wrinkles & Reduces Brown Spots
  • Each Bar Of Soap Contains Anti-Oxidants & Vitamins For Healthy, Hydrated & Firmer Looking Skin
  • No Harsh Chemicals - No Detergents - No Preservatives - No Artificial Color - Just Natural Soap

Tiger Nuts Review

*I received these products in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.  Also I am not a trained medical professional.  I do have a nutrition certification, but that was a long time ago.*
  • #tigernutsusa
Wow, Okay I had never heard about Tigernuts before and I was previously in the culinary field for over 15 years.  I do know how quickly people are realizing what we put into our bodies affects how we feel.  I know, that sounds simple, but for so many years I had friends that would eat certain foods and just feel run down or with IB for a couple days afterwards.  It only now that some are realizing that eliminating certain foods like foods containing Gluten can really perk certain bodies up.  

Tigernuts are ~~~NOT NUTS AT ALL~~~  they are a part of the tubers family.  So a similar family to potatoes or carrots or jicama.  These are very fibrous and filling as a snack.  
I got to try out a couple of offerings that the Tigernuts company carries.  I received the Peeled Tigernuts  Original Tigernuts and Tigernut flour.  I first tried the peeled tigernuts as they take the least amount of work to enjoy.  My first thought was that it is like chewing a really fibrous piece of fresh coconut or a dry piece of jicama. I enjoyed the taste and was happy to snack on a small handful.  My dad came over and I offered him some new tigernuts.  He said sure and I put about 4 in his hand.  He then proceeded to toss them all in his mouth and chew.  WE DON'T recommend that.  He figured out quickly that this is not a peanut or cashew.  These tiny tigernuts are very very fiberous.  They are made to be snacked on one at a time.  Four of them are just too much at once.    I asked him what he thought of the taste.  He was not sure... I asked if it maybe tasted like coconut.  He said yeah, maybe.  I asked him if he would like to try another tigernut.  He declined.

Next up was the organic Tigernuts.  these have not been peeled of the majority of their skin.  I tried one and the texture is very tough.  The bag recommended that you soak them overnight.  I thought that they might swell in size like dried beans do; they did not.  I did find them to be refreshing after sitting overnight in cold water.  I had the unfortunate opportunity to bite into a bad tigernut.  That is a flavor you will not soon forget.  Kinda like biting into a bad peanut.  It does not keep you form ever eating another peanut.  But you are definitely gunshy for a while.  For me as a little snack I would recommend the peeled Tigernuts.

  • #tigernutsusa
Tigernuts also makes a flour that you can use for baking.  As I am not a baker I did try to add it to my panfried chicken.  I did not notice any difference compared to normal but I did not get great browning.  The website at has some tasty recipes using the flour.  
Clockwise from top:  Peeled Tigernuts, Soaked Original Tigernuts, Original Tigernuts dried.
From the Company
Premium Organic and Supreme Peeled 100% Gluten Free Tiger Nuts and because of their high fiber content, they will help you feel full between meals. And they’re not just Gluten Free either. They’re also 100% Gluten Free, 100% Organic, 100% NUT FREE, 100% Allergen Free, 100% Dairy Free, High in Fiber, Low in Calories & Fats, High in Nutrition, Non GMO, Paleo Perfect and they taste great, like coconut! Tiger Nuts are probably the “Healthiest single source’ snack food on the market”. A daily portion of 20 nuts, that will fit snugly into the palm of your hand, will provide you with a large percentage of the nutrients , minerals and vitamins necessary to maintain a healthy mind and body.

I think if you are looking for an alternative to flour or you are avoiding gluten snacks you should give these little Tigernuts a try.

From the Company
  • Supreme Peeled
  • Gluten Free
  • High in Fiber
  • Tiger Nuts
  • Low Fats
  Well thank you for reading and have a great day!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Lost In My Mind: Recovering from TBI by Kelly Bouldin Darmofal Book Review

*I received this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.  All opinions are my own.*

I have a friend that has suffered(and still is) from a TBI.  I was interested in reading this book and wanted to see if this could help me understand what he is going through.  I found Lost in my Mind: Recovering from TBI by Kelly Bouldin Darmofal to be an honest account of the slow and often frustrating road to recovery after a traumatic brain injury.  
This book is written in both Kelly's and her mother Carolyn's memories and accounts.  Her mother Carolyn is very honest and open about the slow uphill battles from first hearing about the car crash that caused the TBI through the process of the first couple years after the crash.  I really appreciated reading about her honesty.  Her writings showed her struggles that did not always show Carolyn in the most positive light, but it did absolutely show how much she loves kelly and how she fought to get her daughter throughout recovery.  I loved how finding humor was something that even now they can rely on.  
The writing does take a little while to get the hang of.  But once I became engrossed and, to be honest, emotionally attached to the character I was able to follow the writing and could feel the pain and anguish both mother and daughter went through on the road to recovery.  

I think the Frequently Asked Questions at the end of the book were very helpful to let others know ways to treat someone who has suffered a TBI.  I wish that I had read this book a couple years ago and recommend it for anyone who is coming in contact with someone who has suffered a TBI.   I also personally think this is better in print form.  The book is a fairly quick read so you can pass it on to friends and family too.   

About the Book by the Publisher
  • Learn why TBI is a "silent illness" for students as well as soldiers and athletes. 
  • Discover coping strategies which enable TBI survivors to hope and achieve. 
  • Experience what it's like to be a caregiver for someone with TBI. 
  • Realize that the majority of teachers are sadly unprepared to teach victims of TBI. 
  • Find out how relearning ordinary tasks, like walking, writing, and driving require intense determination.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Pink Baby Car Seat Cover Review

*I received this product in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.*

I am so excited!  I will soon be an aunt!  I have been getting gifts and treats together for mommy and soon-to-be baby girl.  We decided to get them a Peg Perego Primo Viaggio Infant carrier as their main gift and when I saw this Bonafide Baby car seat cover I knew it would be the perfect pairing for the main gift.  This car seat cover has an adorable bright but soft pink chevron design on the top side and a super soft plush pink blanket on the underside.  Now that I to protect the cute baby have been looking at baby things and car seats I have noticed how common baby carrier covers are.  There are a lot of varieties of course and this one seems to have the best features of all the ones I have seen out and about.  This cover uses two wide velcro ties to keep the blanket high off of your baby.  I have seen some cute ones that use ties.  Um, who has time to tie on ties when you are juggling a baby and all the bags and the car seat?  Not me, and not my sister-in-law.   Also with two velcro ties there is a lot of air able to circulate.

Our bright summer sun means that a cover needs to block out the rays well enough for your baby to sleep.  Testing this cover outside shows that it can block the sun in the car.  We did notice that some son gets through when carrying it outside, but a good deal of light was still blocked.

The underside though is my favorite part.  It is so super soft that I am almost sad to give away.  At least I know I can visit it often.  This blanket is great and can be used as a receiving blanket in a pinch.

As a bonus gift you also get an oversized padded carabiner.  This will really come in handy to help keep track of the many bags and things that you have to juggle with your baby carrier.  I really think that this Baby Car Seat Cover will come in handy and at a great price!

From the Company
  • 35% cotton/65% polyester
  • Includes Free Stroller Hook - A $10.95 Value - Clips To Strollers, Shopping Carts & More To Hold Purses, Diaper Bags, Shopping Bags, Etc.
  • Shields Your Precious Baby Girl From Sunlight, Insects, Weather & Germs
  • Universal Fit For All Brands Of Infant Car Seats With Adjustable Velcro Latches
  • Soft, Plush Backside That Can Double As A Blanket
  • 100% Money Back, Satisfaction Guarantee
Well thank you for reading and have a great day!
  • #babycarseatcovers

Friday, July 10, 2015

Eco-friendly Bikram Hot Mat Towel Super Absorbent Review

*I received this product at a discount in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.*

I have always seen hot yoga sticky towels, but I have never been able to bring myself to pay the $48(!!) for one.  I normally use microfiber yoga/sport towels and most of them work great.  But in super sweaty Bikram yoga I wanted to try a rubberized(okay PVC) yoga towel.  I got this towel and was surprised how long it is.  I guess because it is so long it seems narrow.  But when putting it over my mat it fit along the mat!

The great thing about this hot yoga towel is that it is ready to go as soon as you are.  You do not need to wet your hands and feet or dampen the ends of the towel before practice.  This yoga towel gives you total security for your moves.  The hem is not super rugged but I have not had any issues with unraveling.  I wash this with my gym clothes and then hang it out to dry.  You do not want to put it in the dryer or use fabric softener in the wash cycle.  It even comes with a mesh bag to travel with.

Now I realize that because of the little rubber dots all over the back of the towel you can not really use this for other uses like as a travel or sport towel.  But if you need extra security for Bikram or Ashtanga yoga, this towel can really help you out.  At less than twenty dollars this yoga towel is a great deal.  Can't guarantee you can now achieve 8-angle pose though...

Eco-friendly Bikram Hot Yoga Mat Towel Super Absorbent  Well, thank you for reading and have a great day!

From the Company
  • ✔PREMIUM VALUE: It's a premium quality yoga towel at a smart price. Not only will you love the way it feels, you will also love the value you are getting.
  • ✔EXTRA LONG: At 24" x 72", they are designed to work great with longer mats as well as standard-length mats.
  • ✔NON-SLIP & ABSORBENT: Non-slip PVC dots will adhere to your yoga mat so that you can focus on your practice and take it to the next level. It acts as an ideal moisture absorbent towel to wipe away perspiration and creates a slip free surface.
  • ✔HYGIENIC BARRIER: Our yoga towel will provide a protective layer between you and a borrowed studio yoga mat, or your own home mat.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

BriaUSA Cascade Hangers Set of 10 Light Pink Review

*I received this item in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.*

I love to hang up all my clothes.  When I am looking for something to wear it is much easier to look in my closet rather than going through my drawers.  I like to have all my clothes hanging without having any marks.  Also having thick wide hangers cuts down on having to iron.  Win-win!  

I received these hangers super quick from Amazon.  The hangers are sturdy and the hook is able to turn so you can hang the clothes on the hanger from either side.  I like that the hangers are wide enough for almost all my shirts, dresses, and sweaters.  There is a small hook do you can hang a hanger from another hanger for stacking or you can hang the matching accessory like a belt on the little hook.  There is a little bit of texture on the sides of the hangers for more grip, but sadly the edges are still smooth.  I have a couple of open cardigans without buttons so I can not hang them as securely as I would prefer.  Overall I am very happy with these hangers and for the price of less than $2 each they are a great deal.  

#CASLP Much better than dry cleaning hangers

From the Company
  • 10 PCS PREMIUM QUALITY; slim construction saves space; your closet accommodates more clothes.
  • CASCADING HOOK; increases your closet storage capacity.
  • SWIVEL HOOKS; sturdy steel swiveling design attaches to the shoulders for easy maneuvering.
  • NOTCHED SHOULDERS; prevents cloths from slipping, provide extra support for garments.
  • MULTI-PURPOSE; great for hanging Suits, Jackets, Pants, Shirts, Dresses, Blouses & Accessories. Backed by full money back guarantee.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Brillante Manual Coffee Grinder Review

*I received this product in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.  This post contains affiliate links.*  

I am pretty excited about getting this product.  I love my coffee and have gotten used to getting freshly ground beans for my morning brew.  Well when I am traveling I generally have to rough it and use ground coffee from a bag or sometimes ~shudder~ instant 3-in-1 tubes. 

 I thought that I might have been missing the top that secures the handle to the grinder when I put the grinder together for the first time.  There is not a top bolt as the handle fits on securely and does not wobble or come off when grinding.  I like this feature as it makes packing the grinder compact and you will not lose any small parts.  You can adjust the grinder size so you can get a smaller espresso grind or larger drip grind by adjusting the base of the grinding part.  To use the grinder you simply put the two tube parts together and pour in your beans.  Put the grinder lid on top and then place the handle on the top.  You hold the tube with one hand and grind by turning the handle.  Trust me, the first time you use this it may feel awkward, but you will be a pro by the second time you use this Brillante Manual Coffee Grinder!  I do find this to be a bit of work.  I am not sure if you want to grind beans for 8 cups of coffee on a daily basis.  But for a small pot of coffee this is the perfect little kitchen tool.  You can purchase this coffee grinder HERE.  I also like that you can put the parts in a ziplock baggie for easy storage and travel. 
Well thank you for reading and have a great day!  
  • From the Company
  • #brillantecoffeegrinders
  • CAN I ADJUST THE GRIND SIZE? - Yes, the grinder adjusts quickly and easily to grind for multiple brewing methods such as: espresso, pour over, french press/plunger, percolator or Turkish.
  • HOW FAST DOES IT GRIND? - That depends on the person grinding (of course!) however you can expect to grind about 38 grams of coffee to pour over level fineness in 1 min 20 sec. Stated by approximate volume that is about 6 tablespoons of whole beans ground in 1 min 20 sec (enough to serve 2 people)
  • IS IT LOUD? - No, it's really quite tame. You'll find it MUCH quieter than grinding with an electric grinder and it's even better than some of the other popular manual grinders.
  • IS IT HARD TO CRANK? - Actually it's pretty easy. The grinder is slim for easy gripping and the crank handle is long enough to give you good leverage for a smooth and easy grind. Some of the difficulty depends on your coffee beans but the grinder does it's part to make things go smoothly.

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