Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Springing into June!

Hi all! May has kept us pretty busy, between doctor appointments, busy work schedules, and Steven finishing up 11th grade. He's heading into his senior year in high school in the fall, but has to make up 1/2 semester of Algebra 2 during the next few weeks in summer school. (Going through hospital home bound classes last year for part of a semester and the back pain issues did not help his grades any---he wasn't focused on classes. ).  He's got church camp coming up along with hopefully a week of Mission work with the church in June, if he gets the semester classes work done soon. 

Steve--- well he's planning to help out some with the church camp a bit, and is trying to get Steven to the gym and fishing more this summer. No family vacay for us, unless we take a weekend or so away with The Boy before school starts in August. 

Me--- well, getting caught up on projects and trying to get some crocheting done is in my plans for the summer. Crocheting was a bit hard recently for me with my left hand, the joint swelling in my fingers has not gone down. I haven't been able to put my wedding band on since the night before my neurostimulator surgery in December when I took it off. Maybe my pain management doctor will do some lab work in August ---we're both thinking that it could maybe be RA. But the last test that I had about 4-5 years ago for rheumatoid arthritis were negative.)

 I need to get a AHA CPR class in before the end of June for work. The AHA CPR for health care workers is every two years, and mine's up in July.  Argh!

I'm having issues with iPhoto again, getting pics from my iPhoto to post on the blog once I download them onto my Macbook. I've been posting a few here and there onto Instagram lately. We recently went to a Wild Bird supply store over in Winter Springs, and bought some stuff for our feeders and the like. The blue jays, cardinals, mockingbirds, squirrels, and even downy woodpeckers have been showing up again in the backyard and the conservation area! I'm happy, because I enjoy birdwatching and it's calming!  What have you all been up to? Please let me know, I'd love to see some of your summer plans in the comments!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Valentia Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask (review)

Disclosure: I received the hydration mask at a very reduced price in exchange for my honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.

I'm always trying new and different products to help with my beauty care regime. My skin has gone from dry to normal -to-dry, with an occasional oily spell.  I guess that's what happens when you're menopausal!  Anyhow, I want to talk with you about my experience with Valentia's Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask!  It's so easy to use, and I liked the results! After I washed my face, I towel-dried it, and put some of the mask on, avoiding the area around my eyes. It tingled a little, but according to the instructions on the jar, that is normal for it to do so. After about 20 minutes, I removed it with a damp washcloth and some water. I dried my face, and ohhhh, it felt smooth! Lovely!!

 The hydration mask is suitable for all skin types. Some of the ingredients in it are organic sea buckthorn oil (good for anti-aging), Japanese Green Tea (has antioxidants in it), aloe vera, and organic reship seed oil (the essential fatty acids work to lock in moisture!).  Anti-aging and moisturizing, whew, I need that! This mask had a very mild pleasant smell to it.  For more information, you can go to Valentia on Amazon . It comes in a 4 ounce jar.


Sunday, May 8, 2016

Influenster Treat Voxbox (review---with pics!)

Disclosure: I was given free products via Influenster from other companies to review. The opinions expressed are my own and my family's.

 This is a picture of all of the items except for the coupon that I received from Influenster in the Treat Voxbox! I got Hills Bros Cappuccino in the packet form in the box, Hills Bros k-cups in 4 different flavors, Weleda hand cream sample, 2 tea bags from Yogi Teas, and a 4 pack of probiotics from Yum-V.   I will be including links for their social media information later in this post!

The hand cream sample from Weleda smelled lovely! I had received samples of their products in the past, but I couldn't remember much about them. I felt like I was trying this one for the first time!
My hands felt soft after using the Sea Buckthorn Hand Cream and it really didn't feel greasy at all. Very nice! I will probably end up buying more of their hand cream!  Welled products prices range from $8 to $45, and they contain organic and Biodynamic ingredients. You can use their products on delicate skin.  Thumbs up for Weleda!

The Yogi Tea... Their boxes of tea are $4.99 for a 16 count, and that is reasonable to me. Their collection of teas contain 60 varieties of herbal, green, and black teas. They also have labeling on their boxes for different things, like Skin Detox and Healthy Skin. I got the two mentioned in the previous sentence. The Skin Detox was a green tea with a blend of other ingredients including herbs, and it tasted decent. It wasn't my favorite one, though, of the two! I liked the Healthy Skin tea! The Healthy Skin tea had a Cinnamon Vanilla flavor that was quite interesting and extremely tasty!  If I was to drink those teas on a continual basis, I might be able to tell what the benefits were from the tea. But, when you only drink one tea bag of each, it's a bit hard to tell. I forgot to take pictures of the tea bag tags and the tea in one of my cups! Thumbs up, Yogi Tea!

Hills Bros. Cappuccino Single Serve Cups...  The boxes of 12 count of k-cups run from $5.99 to $7.99. I received 4 different flavors, and I tried two of them, and gave Steve and Steven 1 each. Steve tried the Double Mocha flavored one, and he really liked it! Steve had the English Toffee one, and he liked it, though I think that he would have preferred the one that his father had tried! I had the French Vanilla one in my Keurig iced coffee cup and it wasn't the same as having it hot! I had iced it, because I wanted to take it to work with me! It had a great taste. The Salted Caramel was my favorite! I had it hot, and in my Eeyore cup. I normally tend to drink my coffee black and iced, but the Hills Bros Cappuccino k-cups were a welcome change!  I also received Hills Bros. English Toffee individual packets in a box of 3. I'm not sure what their price in the stores runs.  I was the only one who's had them so far, and the one packet that I had was delicious! If you aren't worrying about sugar in your coffee, these are good! (I'm not diabetic, but am supposed to be watching carbs and sugars.)  Thumbs up for their cappuccino products!

Yum-V's... It's a probiotic with prebiotic fiber in it that can promote your child's health and helps with the immune system. They were white chocolate flavored. A comment about their product, though, it was sweet. Steven opted not to try the Yum-V's for me, he's 17 years old. I tried them, and I'm used to taking probiotics that aren't flavored like candy. They had a good taste, but I wasn't keen on the sweet part about them. Thumbs up that this product is providing probiotics to youth in a flavor that they will take! (I do believe in taking probiotics daily, though, and that's just my personal opinion!) They were priced at $12.99 for 40 count. They are gluten-free, preservative-free, nut-free, and GMO-free!

Last, but not least, I received a Country Crock coupon to go and get a tub of their product. I sent Steve to the store with it, and he came home with the 15 ounce tub of their Churn Style.  Country Crock costs $2.19 to $3.12 for 15 ounces to 45 ounces.  They use delicious oils, purified water, and a pinch of salt in their products. We used this product many years ago. However, we've been butter users for quite awhile, I'm not sure how long, but it's been YEARS! I opted to try margarine, but my guys didn't. I like the taste of it, and I was quite happy with the spreadability! Have I cooked with it or baked with it yet? No, but I have used it on cooked vegetables, cornbread, and waffles so far.  Thumbs up for Country Crock!

For social Media links:

Weleda: Weleda on Facebook
             @weleda on Twitter
             @Weleda_Usa on Instagram

Yogi Tea:  Yogi Tea
                @YogiProducts on Twitter
                 @YogiTea on Instagram

Hills Bros. Cappuccino:  Hills Bros Cappuccino
                            @HillsBrosCapp on Twitter
                            @HillsBrosCapp on Instagram

Yum-V's: Yum-V's

Country Crock:  Country Crock

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

"The Eleventh" (review)

Disclosure: I received information and the opportunity to view episodes of the show, along with a year's subscription, in order to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed are my own.

"The Eleventh", a new series on Feeln, has a very interesting cast! Many of you will recognize the names of some of them: Cloris Leachman (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Malcolm in the Middle), Christopher Atkins (Blue Lagoon), Ed Asner (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Roots, Up), Florence Henderson (The Brady Bunch, Dancing with the Stars), to name a few.  It starts out with a young woman showing up at Margaret's (Cloris Leachman) door in the first episode. The young lady proceeds to tell her that she's from Goodwill and that a letter was found in a book for her. Margaret opens the envelope, and there's a letter and a key in it. The key's familiar to Margaret, and she knows what it goes to ----a box that she had given her daughter. Margaret knows that the young woman is lying, because the Goodwill had closed awhile back. Janey, the young woman who is her granddaughter, drops off the box at her grandmother's house. Margaret finds a letter in it for Janey, and she delivers it to her. Janey's mother was Margaret's daughter, and she had died recently. Margaret had not been invited to the funeral. Janey's father (Christopher Atkins)  wanted to have nothing to do with Margaret, and did not want Janey to be in contact with her. Janey was going to be heading off to college soon.  She decided to get in touch with her grandmother and spend some time with her.

In the second episode, we find out that the daughter who had died had wanted her daughter and her mother to get to know each other. The father was still very much against the grandmother been involved in the granddaughter's life, since Margaret had not been there for them in the past. I don't want to give everything away about the series, because I really hope that you will want to scope it out and watch more! From the PR information, I will share with you what it says about the show: "The Eleventh" follows a young girl's journey to fulfill her mother's last wish - to get to know and reconcile with her estranged grandmother. This is a deeply touching series starring television's best. "
You never know, you may want to reconnect with family you haven't talked to in years!

I really enjoyed the two clips that I saw, and I honestly want to see more of this series! I'm already hooked on it! I love shows like this! I'm enclosing more information for you to check out about "The Eleventh"!

The Eleventh trailer