Thursday, August 21, 2014

Falcon Dust-Off Cloth review

Disclosure: I had received free product in order to facilitate this review and the opinions expressed were my own!

This is the video that I said that I would post once I had uploaded it to YouTube! MY first YouTube video for a product that I had reviewed! The Falcon Dust-off Cloth!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Apothecary Extracts 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil (Review)

I was given the opportunity to try a bottle of the Apothecary Extracts 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil (melaleuca alternifolia). Did you know that there are many uses for this wonderful oil? I didn't until I read the recipe guide that came with my bottle of the tea tree oil! I was used to putting a few drops in the laundry (I put it in with the detergent in the detergent part of the washer, I have a front loader.) I use it in the laundry for its disinfectant properties. That is one of the main things which I started using tea tree oil for many years ago! You can dilute a drop with a bit of water on a cotton swap and dap it on a pimple. I wanted to try it on my son's back first rather than on his face, but he hasn't let me attempt that just yet. I think that I have before, but I am going to encourage him this time that it is a natural way of treating skin. 

You can mix it in with other product listed in their recipe book, and use it in hair care products, skin care, and brushing your teeth (but DO NOT  SWALLOW!)! The skin care entails sunburn, bug bites, using it for antiseptic spray, and the list goes on. It's included in facial masks, those I haven't tried yet. I have painted it on my toenails for fungal prevention, with a cotton swab. I hadn't thought of using it in shampoo yet, but am planning to one of these days. You can use it in cleaning products, too, and it is another thing on my list of things to do with it. I like this product! 
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Winner was picked for Julian's e-book!

Kayla P., you won an e-book from Julian! Congrats, my friend! I just e-mailed you!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

V3 Life & Food Pure Premium Raw Organic Yacon Root Syrup (Review)

Disclosure: I was given free product and information  from V3 Life and Food company In order to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed are mine! Also, I need to mention that I'm an Amazon Affiliate.

I received a 8 oz bottle of the Yacon Root syrup in the mail recently. I had heard Dr. Oz talk  about yacon syrup several months ago, but it was brief and oh so long ago. (I couldn't quite remember what he said, I was a bit tired that afternoon!) All I could remember that it was healthy and that I wanted to try it. Great timing for this review! From the bottle description, it says:" This raw natural syrup comes from the roots of naturally grown Yacon (Smallanthus sonchifolius) plants in Peru. This low calorie, low glycemic sweetener has shown to improve metabolism , lower blood pressure, as well as increase fiber and antioxidants." It's great for diabetics to use , due to the low glycemic level.

You are able to take 1 teaspoon 3 times a day, preferably before meals. (I used it in tea and my iced coffee a few times.) It can be used as a sweetener in tea/coffee and other beverages. (It can be added on pancakes and in other liquid mixes. My next project with it will be making a smoothie this weekend for my family with it. I liked it the taste was mild and sweet! I do recommend that you try it.
For more information, go to Lifefood Pro

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Seeds of Change Organic Simmer Sauce and Rice (Review)

Disclosure: I was given free coupons to use for products, and received information from Seeds of Change in order to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed are mine and my family's. I'm a member of Smiley360. 

Have you ever tried a new product and loved it from the minute that you tried the first bite of it? 
I can honestly say that it happened with my family the moment that we tried Seeds of Change Tikka Masala Simmer Sauce and Seeds of Change Seven Whole Grains!  I picked out the choice of sauce and the rice blend after checking out our choices online from their site, then Steve went to the grocery store for us. (I don't think that I was feeling my best that weekend, due to fibromyalgia!) Steve and I both look at the recipes on Seeds of Change's website, and chose to make Chicken Tikka Masala. Son didn't help us plan that meal, though he usually has a 1/3 of the input about what to have for meals over a weekend or for the week. 

My Seeds of Change magnet

My Seeds of Change swag and coupons

 Okay, so it's sideways! I like to throw a twist into things every once in awhile! 

The completed product! Even my Instagram friend Wayne from the UK liked  this picture!

Steve preparing the chicken!

In the process of finishing the cooking!

 It didn't take long to cook the meal, and we all were anticipating what it would be like. Well, I found out before we ate our meal that hubby had tried tikka masala when he was out for lunch with others from his work awhile back. I took a picture or two before I took a bite out of mine and posted it to Instagram a week or two later, if I can remember correctly! I really enjoyed it, and so did my guys! The mild curry sauce had just the right amount of curry to make it taste delicious!
 Seven Grains blend that we'd chosen wasn't what the recipe recommended, but it was delicious anyway! With or without a coupon, we have since bought more of the Tikka Masala simmer sauce from Seeds of Change! Would we recommend it to you and your families? Oh yeah! 

I'm enclosing a link to the recipe that we used: Chicken Tikka Masala .

On Twitter: Seeds of Change

Check out information about their organic products, and while you are there, get yourself a coupon printed out! main page
 Also, go here for more information!

Robin Williams, RIP(1951-2014)

Disclosure: there is not anything to disclose on this post.

Robin McLaurin Williams, one of my favorite actors, passed away yesterday. I did not find out until last night when I was on Instagram, and saw Rosemary from NYC, Style and a little Cannoli had posted something about Robin Williams RIP. I hadn't heard or read anything prior to that since I sleep during the daytime. I was a bit surprised, so I did a search on the Net on my iPhone about Robin. Yes, it was true, and I was a bit numb. (The 11th was not only two of my friends' birthdays, but also the anniversary of my mother's death in '98. I had forgot about it being the anniversary of it yesterday until I read about Robin.).

He was 63, and in the grand scheme of things, he wasn't too old. I guess that when I was younger, anyone 11or more years older than me was old! I can remember watching him on "Mork and Mindy" when he was on it with Pam Dawber. He was hilarious in "Mrs. Doubtfire". I know that he was in several other movies, but the one that stands out in particular for me today is "Good Morning, Vietnam". I sat down after I got home from work this morning, and got the blu-ray out and watched the whole movie. Believe it or not, I hadn't seen the movie in its entirety until this morning! It was a very good movie, and I suggest you watch it, unless the language in it bothers you.

I won't forget the narration from "Dead Poet's Society" which is used in the Apple iPad commercial. I heard the commercial or the news running last night at work, one of my residents near the nurses' station had her tv on all night long. Don't forget that he was in the show with Sarah Michelle Gellar (?) last year. I watched the whole season of it.

He was one of Hollywood's Boomer Bad Boys, partying with SNL's John Belushi back in the day. (I think that I had forgot about that!) He was accused of spreading herpes back in the 80's to a nanny. He's been married 3 times, and had been married to wife #3 since 2011. He leaves 3 children (two sons and one daughter).  Regardless of what he did in his life and how it ended, he will be missed.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Boost Your Etsy Sales Review and Giveaway ---3 Winners! (ends 8/14/14)

Disclosure: I was given free product from Wire Crochet Tutorials in order to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed our my own!

A bit of information about Julian Oribe, from his information in my e-mail:
Julian works with entrepreneurs who want to succeed and sell products as part of their business growth strategy. Whether it's for brand-building and credibility, SEO optimization or Social Media, there are always new pathways to learn.
With over 5 years of experience in marketing and sales, author of 14 e-books in Spanish and English related to the jewelry industry, and strong expertise in the field of digital marketing, Social Media, SEO, and internet marketing, Julian wants to teach Etsy Shop owners about the hidden loopholes that Etsy offers in order to drive more traffic and therefore generate more sales.

I recently read Julian Oribe's e-book & watched his video tutorial, Boost Your Etsy Sales. Both the e-book and the video tutorial were quite informative, to say the least! I seriously did not realize how much branding was important when it comes to selling products on the Etsy marketplace! For those of my friends who own Etsy stores, I did not realize what you had to think about when creating your Etsy site and your brand. It's not just the product, there is a whole lot more. I will give you an idea of what I learned from reading and watching what I received from Julian.

I learned that you need to develop your story to develop your brand.  Be simple and clear with your message.  That follows into your banner, your avatar, your story, and your packaging. If you have pictures, you need to have them on your listings. It helps to have one font and one color in the easy banner, The banner must be clear and consistant. You can add your social media links into the banner, if you want, as a way of connecting with your customers.

Photos need to be simple, but amazing! You can use natural lighting: it's the best light for the photos. You can use a homemade lightbox. The part that I liked was creating your own background, like with stones or whatever you want. (Barb's note: Be creative! Use texture that's not going to conflict with your subject!)

Etsy SEO was a very important part of creating the site. (Barb's Note: I get confused with SEO sometimes, and this section was very informative!) Julian went on to mention that getting found on search engines is important for customers to find you, and that equals more traffic. Keyword planner, searching ad keywords and pricing, and setting up your easy shop URL and title were important topics which he covered. Creating an Etsy treasury was interesting, since I know that my friend Chrissie has done that. Optimizing your title and text description of your tags was interesting, because you have to remember to add the same phrases that you use for your title of the item for your tags. Your paragraph also needs to have relevant with rich key words that Google searches can be made with.

I don't want to go any further, or I'll be summarizing his whole e-book video tutorial for you! I enjoyed learning from his video and his e-book! I was a bit overwhelmed with all of the information, but then again, I always am when I'm learning new information!I do highly recommend it, to new Etsy shop owners, those who have had their shops for awhile, and this who are thinking about starting up!

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

SleepIQ Technology (Review)

Disclosure: I was given information from Sleep Number in order to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed in this blog post are my own. I have been compensated with a free sample of the product.

Back in the day, when you were younger, did you ever think that you would know how you slept the night before from a bed? I know that I definitely did not! I just went to bed and hopefully slept comfortable on my inner spring mattress. Times have definitely changed, and I have become older.  I am becoming more concerned about my sleeping habits, especially since I have fibromyalgia and insomnia, along with bodily aches and pains! I was given the opportunity to do a SleepIQ mission for Smiley 360, and I was glad to oblige!

I went to my local Sleep Number store last Saturday morning for my SleepIQ mission, after a not-so good night of sleep on Friday night. Richard, the manager of the Sleep Number store, gave me information about Sleep Number beds to start off the mission. I started off by trying a c2 bed and learning about my sleep number which ended up being a 30. 100 is the firmest, by the way! I moved over the store to a p5, and finally to the x12.  At the x12 bed, I learned about the SleepIQ.

Let me tell you about SleepIQ! SleepIQ is quite easy to use. There are sensors in the bed that work directly with the DualAir technology. You do not turn anything on for the SleepIQ to work. (By the way, it is a  one-time purchase with the bed.) What makes up my SleepIQ score, you ask? Your SleepIQ score is made up of your individual quality and length of sleep, consisting of restful time in  bed, average heart and breathing rates, motion and bed exits (Barb's comment: how cool is that? It monitors every time you get up to pee or get a drink of water during the night!). All of those things combined help it to give you your SleepIQ score, information you can use to help you sleep better!
Your sleep goal is the number of hours that you'd prefer to sleep on a nightly basis to feel your best. For the heart rate and the breathing, you can discuss your results with your physician.

How can you get your SleepIQ from the bed? Well, guess what! You can access your SleepIQ information via the Web, iOS app, and Sleep Number remote. I love apps, so I would be inclined to look at my data from my iPad or my iPhone, and also from my Mac. You need Wifi in your room for the SleepIQ system to be connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi. The SleepIQ doesn't have to be on all of the time, but when it's not on, it cannot collect data from you.

All-in-all, I really enjoyed my learning experience, and it helped me a lot! I would love to get one of their beds with the SleepIQ!

For more information: SleepIQ

This was the bed that I was shown the SleepIQ with, though you can get it with any Sleep Number bed.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Organic Matcha DNA Green Tea (Review)

Have you ever tried matcha DNA before? It's a certified Organic Powdered Green Tea, and it's sustainably grown and has maximum potency! My friend Teressa has talked about matcha green tea before at work, and I'd seen that it was green. I never noticed Teressa bringing matcha green tea powder, though. I love teas, and oh boy was I surprised when I saw this tea! The ziplock bag contained 34 single serve pouches, and the pouches are about the size of a sweetener packet. I read the information on the bag, and it said that one glass of matcha DNA may be the equivalent of 10 glasses of green tea in terms of its nutritional value and antioxidant content. I also learned that the current practice of drinking powdered tea in the Japanese tea ceremony is actually from the Song dynasty in China.It dates back to over 1,000 years ago. That's quite interesting!

The instructions say to prepare,  pre-warm the cup with hot water, then discard water. Place 1/2 teaspoon (about 2.5 grams) of matcha DNA in the cup. Gently pour in water (about 180F/82C) and stir or whisk to perfection. Sweeten to taste.

I boiled some water in the microwave in the mug, and then I poured it out.  Then I opened the matcha DNA green tea packet, and emptied it into the mug. I poured in hot water, and whisk it with a small kitchen whisk since I didn't have a bamboo whisk, and it turned out fine! I added about a teaspoon of yacon syrup, and a few iced cubes, and it was delicious! I haven't had a chance to make anything else with the matcha DNA powdered green tea yet, but I plan to! You can buy it through .

I recommend this tea!

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