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Monday, October 20, 2014

Sticky Suction Car Mount Review

I hadn't tried anything to hold my smartphone from my front window in my car, until I tried the Sticky Suction Car Mount last month. Steven and I were heading to Orlando for the FLBlogCon last month, and I wanted to check it out on the drive. It held my iPhone in the LifeProof case quite nicely and secure. Unfortunately, There aren't any pictures of the device holding my iPhone. I didn't have my digital camera with me, and the only picture of it on my window is on my son's smartphone. (He forgot to send it to me. It will be posted once he sends it to me, a bit belated. I do like how it holds whatever you apply to it. Since my case to my phone isn't totally smooth, I pressed it securely and the Sticky Suction Car Mount was able to hold it for our car drive last month, and it was about 60 miles.
I like their product and would recommend it! Excuse the shadow on the pictures, I took most of them in the kitchen, and one in the garage with it up.







I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

What have we been up to lately?

Hi! We've had a busy summer here and it fell over in to fall. Son passed 9th grade, and stayed home with us this summer. His back was giving him some major pain, it's myofascial pain, or something like that. I know, you're probably thinking, Barb, you should know what it is, you're a RN. But, I don't, since Steve's been taking Steven to all of the consultations and doctor appointments for the back pain. (This has been going on since May '13.) Last year, we probably made the mistake of sending him to church summer camp and VBS helper/volunteer with church then onto a trip up north for him to visit family. This summer, it was time with us, Mom and Dad. He's been to a few specialists between here and Orlando so far. Steven's had acupuncture, massages, muscle relaxers (that he says don't work for him), and even an epidural injection. He did help me out here during the summer around the house. Our birds got spoiled with the attention that he gave them, except Macy (she doesn't like him unless he's showering her).

We had a few day trips on Saturdays to Orlando, and checked out a few places to eat. We had tacos at Gringos Loco in the Milk District of Orlando, they used cilantro and lime wedges! We scoped out two bakeries, P is for Pie and the Blue Bird Bakery, and had yummy treats at both places. We went to East End Market, along the same street as the bakeries. MY goal is for us to try new restaurants and different foods, and to not get in a rut or eat the same thing all of the time.

School started back and he's in the 10th grade! I've been coming home from work to his question in the mornings, "Mom, will you drive me to school?" It's much less noisier than the school bus, and he gets to spend some time with me. Plus, we end up listening to podcasts from Stitcher on the drive! (Not an advertisement, just an app that I put on my iPhone for free a couple of years or so ago! I love it!) Steve stayed home the day that Steven and I went to FLBlogCon last month. It was an all day event for FL bloggers, and we came away from the conference with a lot of information and learning! Affiliates, using Facebook,  WordPress, Pecha Kucha, and the list goes on! I'm so grateful of the learning experience from Bess and her team!
And, Steven's enjoying the blogging events, though he hasn't set up a blog yet.

I tried acupuncture for the 2nd round in my life (1st round was in '09 and it didn't work for me.). This round with a husband and wife team of acupuncturists really helped me, and it helped with a lot of my fibromaylgia pain. I was at my wits' end after going to to my neurosurgeon and having a nerve conduction test, to be told, there isn't anything we can do right now, maybe you should go to pain management again. I'm holding off on that for a little while. I'm still working my 32 hours a week, full-time, as a RN, but still wondering how many years will I be able to do it. To retirement at 67.5?

Well, that was a quick run through of our life in a nutshell from this summer and early fall!



Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Stylish and Comfortable Leak Control Undergarments for Men and Women Review and Giveaway (ends 10/9) USA only

Do you have  embarrassing bladder leakage when you cough or sneeze or even laugh? Or do you know someone who does, like a parent or aunt or uncle, or even a grandparent? Bladder leakage can definitely be a problem, and the Wearever company can help that problem. They have many undergarments for both men and women, and the exciting thing is that they can be washed and reused! The  absorbent undergarments have a sewn- in Unique-Dri pad, and you don't have to worry about removing them. They trap liquid and are treated with  odor-reducing Agion antimicrobial fibers.  That sounds very helpful, in my opinion!

Per their information: "Whether you have minor leaks or major ones, these underwear help you feel protected and comfortable. Most important, these underwear help maintain your dignity since they look and feel just like traditional underwear! Say goodbye to disposable adult diapers and pads once and for all. Wearever offers a variety of styles to meet every preference  and come with light, moderate, and heavy absorbency options depending upon what you need.  They are more environmentally friendly contributing zero waste per year compared to more than 1,100 to 1,500 adult diapers sent to landfills per person. They're also less expensive, saving the average user about $500 a year over the cost of disposables since you can wash and re-use Wearever products hundreds of times. What are you waiting for? Make the switch today!"  Last month, the Wearever company was donating a portion of their proceeds to Us Too International in support of prostate cancer. I thought that was a great gesture of theirs, since my father had prostate cancer years ago. 







Me.... well, I have issues with bladder leakage when I get the flu or a bad upper respiratory problem. (I know, TMI, but if you've been reading my blog for awhile, you'll know that I discuss body issues and I sometimes can relate to the issues!) I end up coughing hard and leaking a little urine when I'm really sick. It only hits me when I'm having really hard coughing spells! I chose the pale blue floral pattern in the women's briefs. Since I'm not majorly sick at the moment and am not having hard coughing spells, no bladder leakage spells. As a healthcare person, I think that these are a great idea, and if I had family that could use them, I'd buy them some. They have many choices of colors and styles and absorbencies on their site. 
You can find them on TwitterWeareverUS, and FacebookWearever

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Wearever is offering one of my readers an undergarment for a man or a woman. This is going to be a short giveaway time, due to time constraints, so enter today!




Monday, October 6, 2014

iPhone Holder Siliguy Review

Do you use anything to hold onto your smartphone or cell phone while you're driving? I like to have my iPhone near by me. The iPhone Siliguy will hold your smartphone for you! I can't think of many surfaces in the car that I could hang a phone from, except the rear view mirror. I've used it multiple times, and times when son could have taken a picture of it with my digital camera. But guess what, the digital camera wasn't with us, and the iPhone was in Siliguy's hands and feet! Siliguy is bendable and can be positioned to hold a phone in place, without it falling out. I like it, and have used it a lot since it showed up in our mailbox! Steven's not sure what to think of it, but we do use it a lot! It helps on drives to the high school when we want to listen to podcasts-----especially the Orlando WaterHole on Stitcher! Siliguy is available on Amazon .




I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Adovia Natural Sulfur Soap (review)

When I see Dead Sea minerals listed on a product, I think of "spa"! Adovia Minerals Skin Care has made a natural sulfur soap that is based on sulfur and Dead Sea minerals. It can be used on oily and  acne prone skin, though it is for all skin types. This is from the box for the soap: " Adovia's Sulfur Soap is highly enriched with minerals and sulfur from the Dead Sea. Your skin's natural moisture levels are balanced and optimized with Olive Oil, Dead Sea minerals and Aloe Vera. This soap thoroughly cleanses your face and body and leaves your skin gentle and smooth." Sulfur has antiseptic, antibacterial, and antifungal properties to it.

When I went to apply to review it, I thought of my son's facial acne, figuring that he could review it for me since the information had mentioned for acne, blackheads, and oily skin. He opted not to, when I asked him after it arrived. I started using it after removing my makeup before I went to bed. I noticed how soft and clean my skin was after using it. The Adovia soap wasn't stripping my skin dry, and that's what I look for in a facial cleansing product. It had a good lather to it.  It has a very faint fragrance, and for those who are fragrance-sensitive, you will like this product. I haven't had any issues with the sulfur, and I can use it twice a day without any problems. (My skin has been sensitive at times throughout the years, and I had a bout with perioral dermatitis earlier this year.)  I'm happy with how Adovia's Natural Sulfur soap treated my skin! 
For more information go to : Adovia Sulfur Soap . 




I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Argan Oil Hair Mask (review) and Youth Express Age-Defying Moisturizer (review)



Let's talk about hair! It is the time of year when I tend to want to condition my hair a bit more, maybe once a week or more. Since I started having it colored at the salon this year (versus having only highlights), I feel that my hair needs a bit more attention, as in deep conditioning at least once  or twice a week. With my work schedule of 4 straight night shift in a row, I find it easier to deep condition on my 3 day weekends.  

I recently tried InstaNatural's Superior Hydration Argan Oil Hair Mask. I liked that it was made in the USA and that it wasn't tested on animals. It contains argan oil, amino acid complex, coconut oil, shea butter, and Vitamin B5 to name a few of the ingredients. Did I tell you that it smells great? It does, and it made me think of citrus! Per the instructions on the container, you need to apply the hair  mask to towel-dried damp hair. Nest, you use your hands and fingers to evenly distribute a generous amount beginning  at the scalp and working towards the ends. You leave the treatment in your hair for 5 to 15 minutes. Rinse! Use it once or twice a week, and it can be used daily as a standard conditioner. I've used it at least 3 to 4 times so far, and I  really like the way that it has made my hair feel and look. 







I also received InstaNatural Youth  Express Age-Defying Moisturizer to review. It's for all skin types, and is 98% natural. I've been bordering on the dry skin side for the past year or two. I've tried a lot of different products over the years, trying to figure out what I need to use to moisturize my dry to normal face skin. Living in FL, I also like to have something that I can wear year around in our warm weather, without feeling too greasy or too dry; I wanted a happy medium between the two. With InstaNatural's moisturizer, I was able to get my face moisturizer and feeling fresh. I applied it on my face, my neck, and my décolleté after cleansing my face before going to bed or going to work. I liked how my face felt using it!  The selfie above shows how my skin looks with the moisturizer on.  it!

This is from the package: " Everyone over 25 should have this moisturizing treatment as part of their daily regimen. Our product is filled with some of the most medically advanced and clinically proven ingredients available. It provides unrivaled hydration to skin to make it firm, smooth, supple and plump. Everyone at InstaNatural not only swears by this product, but it's also a part of our daily routine and we LOVE it. Safe, effective and absolutely vital for your daily regimen."
 You can use it day and night if you have normal to oily skin. If you have sensitive skin, they recommend that it be used only at night.  Please note that it contains an alpha hydroxy acid. It does contain tree nuts.

You can find the products on Amazon and InstaNatural
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Barb's FL Mom's Blog YouTube video Part Two

This is part two of the BakeitFun Baking Mat review on You Tube, and I forgot to title it before it went to You Tube. Please stop by YouTube and let me know what you think.