Thursday, January 22, 2015

Charge Your Mobile Devices, Where Ever You Are! {Coosh Review}





As you all know, I prefer to write real reviews, with real pictures and thoroughly reviewed products.  Unfortunately, not only did I receive the wrong product to review, but I also must submit the review by midnight (and it finally came in a couple hours ago) so this review will be short, sweet, and not as detailed.  So, I apologize in advance if I am unable to answer all of the questions you may have before purchasing this product as I feel I wasn't able to fully review it to the best of my ability.

The product I was suppose to receive was the Coosh 20,000 Mega Power Bank for laptops and electronic devices.  You can see it pictured below:


Stock image found on Tomoson.com

I received the Coosh powerbank for mobile devices, such as phones, tablets, and bluetooth.  We actually have all of those mentioned, so we will definitely be able to use the product in the future and it wasn't a total waste.



When I took it out of the box, I was really impressed with the smooth and sleek design.  There's nothing poking out, or rough textures.  Its a great compact size and about the same height as my iphone with the Otterbox on, and about half an inch wider.  It fits perfectly in my back pocket and is easy to store in my purse, diaper bag, or carryon while traveling.  We actually just had a last minute appointment with our dentist before our big move, and as I was worried it was too close to our son's naptime for him to be well-behaved I made sure to grab his tablet as a 'just in case'.  As soon as I clicked my seat belt, though, I realized it was almost completely dead and would most certainly die before we arrived.  Instead of stressing, I realized this was the perfect opportunity to try out the new Coosh powerbank, so I put all of my faith into this little device and plugged it in.  

It was a 30 minute drive to the dentist and I knew this would be my make-it-or-break-it moment on whether this product would be worth it for parents on the go.  I'm sure there are many out there that commute for longer periods, but I don't know many who spend more than 30 minutes at a time in a vehicle.  Those 30 minutes need to count.  Now remember, I had just received this product.  Like, I caught the mailman as I was loading our son up just received it.  The product hadn't been charged fully; I didn't even have time to look at the instructions. But you know what? It may not have fully charged the tablet, but it charged a good 25% and that would've been more than enough for us if we needed it.  We didn't, my son loves the dentist and did great, but it was such a stress-reliever having the tablet charged if I needed it.  And, it didn't even seem to put a dent in the power left in the Coosh powerbank. 

Even though we were sent the wrong product, even though we only had a few hours to review, for a product that I can literally take out of the box and plug into a device as I rush out the door.....to know I can count on that....its worth it.  My opinion may change later, and if it does I'll certainly update this review, but for now I can certainly see this as being a staple in my bag in this modern world of always-dead mobile devices.



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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

HURRY!!! FREE: Cloud B Twinkles To Go Octo NightLight!!

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Been on the fence about trying a new subscription box? Not sure if you'll like what's inside?  Well, Citrus Lane has started doing sneak peeks at items in their monthly boxes and their September sneak peek just went live:
Featured are: Cloud B Twinkles to go Octo Nightlight, Tea Collection long-sleeve onesie, Crocodile Creek Firetruck puzzle, Boon Links bath toy appliques, Melissa and Doug Wooden Shape Sorting Clock, and Critters Creativity Can.
Usually there's only one product from each age group posted for the sneak peek, but this month they also did a customization for a few of the age groups so we know one guaranteed item in this month's box and this is a teaser on a second. The Critter Can will be in the 4 year olds, and the Tea Collection onesie will be in the 12-18months, but that's all we know for now :)
Now, where does the Cloud B Twinkles to Go Octo NightLight come in?
As you can see, this night light is $18.95 on Amazon.  If you sign up through this link, you'll get your September Box for $14.50.  Citrus Lane customer service has told us that these night lights will be in the 26month-31month age group (meaning you'll want to set their birthdays around May 2012). 
Buying a September Citrus Lane box with a child's birthday set at May 2012, you'll receive this awesome nightlight for only $14.50. BUT considering there will be three more awesome goodies like this in the box totaling more than the $14.50 price, it'll be like getting this light for free! Or, getting the whole box for free and just buying the night light at super discount, whichever floats your boat ;) Basically, this nightlight is one of 3-4 items and by itself is worth more than the price tag of the box!

Also, it turns out I can't use two Shutterfly Photobook coupons I have.  Since I can't use them I decided to make this deal even greater: I'm giving a FREE Shutterfly PhotoBook Coupon Code to the first TWO people to sign up through the link in this post!!! Please leave the name you signed up with in the comments below so I can verify and email you your codes :)
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Cleopatra's Choice 100% Organic, Raw Shea Butter Review


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The holidays are right around the corner, and you know what that means: DIY time!  Even if its not for gifts, it seems like the DIY bath and skincare projects fill your Pinterest and newsfeed from now until January every year.  The most common are bath salts, lotion bars, chapsticks, and body butter, and I personally can't wait to tackle these with some new goodies I have this year: essential oils, organic coconut oil, and Cleopatra's Choice 100% Organic, Raw Shea Butter!

Last year, we made these adorable red and white layered peppermint essential oil bathsalts in milk glass jars, shimmery lotion bars, and rose petal bath bombs for family members and they were all a big hit.  We've run out of the raw shea butter since we use it regularly with our son's severe eczema, so I was excited to discover this new company and their wonderful product!  On this year's DIY checklist, we want to add more projects with shea butter since it was one of our most useful and favorite ingredients.



So, why use Shea Butter? Using Shea Butter has lots of benefits, including:


        - Helps prevent stretch marks due to pregnancy as well as after significant weight loss.

        - Deeply hydrates and moisturizes dry skin, or skin of all types

        - Reduces itching, irritation, and flakiness due to extremely dry patches of skin
        - Helps reduce skin peeling and irritation due to sunburn
        - Helps restore hair's shine and luster
        - Restores elasticity to the skin, and helps reduce the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles
        - Excellent moisturizer for certain skin conditions like Eczema and Psoriasis
        - Reduces dryness and flakiness of scalp and hair
        - Helps reduce the symptoms of various skin rashes
        - Dramatically softens tough and cracked skin on hands and feet 



We received a 1lb tub to review, and it'll last us throughout the winter season.  I must make a confession: I adore the 'shea butter' fragranced lotions and bodycare items in stores.  I know they're filled with chemicals and the fragrances have little true ingredients in them, but I just love the smell.  The first thing I did when receiving the tub was take off the lid to take a big whiff.  Well, let's just say it wasn't what I was expecting! I was mortified. The 'Shea Butter' in stores I loved so much was all a lie. Like, a bigger lie than I was expecting because I already knew it was a lie. The 100% organic, raw, real shea butter sitting in front of me had a very subtle nutty smell.  A smell common in nature, because it was actually from there. Not that sweet, buttery, warm smell I was familiar with and expecting somewhat.  There was virtually no similarity between the two in terms of fragrance and that was a huge eye-opener!

Next, I dipped my fingers in to see what all the fuss was about.  Its very thick, but would make a beautifully creamy whipped body butter (Christmas gifts??) when paired with other ingredients.  Its a tad on the greasy side, but glides on smoothly and is absorbed quickly.  It reduces the discoloration on our son's legs from his skin problems, but I especially like that it softens the gashes and cracks throughout my hands from psoriasis.  My hands used to be rough and agitate our son's skin as I applied lotion for his own skin problems, but not anymore! Our prescription was always fairly greasy (and problematic when I wanted to open doors haha!) so his has become a nice replacement for the time being.  It doesn't heal the gashes and cracks, but it certainly makes them less inflamed, less abrasive, and less irritated.

A lot of the cheaper DIY items like coconut oil, essential oils, and shea or cocoa butter you can find in craft stores or Amazon are okay for simple skincare items (watch out though, many of the cheap ones will irritate skin with its artificial ingredients, fragrances, or fillers!!), but can't stand alone so to speak.  Its important to invest in the unadulterated, unrefined, highest purity, and no fillers products if you want to see ideal and beautiful results. :)

More about Cleopatra's Choice:

  • #1 RATED SHEA BUTTER ON THE MARKET! 100% Natural and Organic Pure Shea Butter – Made with Hand Selected Finest Nuts of the Shea Tree in Ghana. 1 POUND JAR – Packaged in a Resealable and Recyclable Container for Easy Access and Storage.
  • SHEA BUTTER BENEFITS: Raw Shea Butter has been proven to provide natural relief from symptoms of Very Dry Skin, Psoriasis Dryness and Eczema. Also very popular as a daily moisturizer. Excellent for Stretch Marks from Pregnancy or other reasons. Great to use as a tummy butter for expecting mothers.
  • HOW IT WORKS: Deep Daily Moisturizer for Skin & Hair – Contains Vitamin A, Vitamin E and Vitamin F – Does not clog pores – Highly Moisturizing and Long Lasting – Beneficial for Hair & Skin Health and Beauty.
  • THE COMPANY: Cleopatra’s Choice has been harvesting, importing and producing the finest Raw Shea Butter for over 6 Years. Unlike the recent newcomers to the market we are experts in what makes fine shea butter. Cleopatra’s Choice Shea Butter is Used by Top Skin Care DYI Experts for DYI Soap, DYI Lotions, Body Butter and More.
  • THE GUARANTEE: We are so confident that you will LOVE our Pure Shea Butter we stand by it with a 100% Unconditional Money Back Guarantee. If you don’t feel this is the BEST Shea Butter you have ever tried we will refund your money no questions asked.

You can purchase a 1lb tub of Cleopatra's Choice 100% organic and raw shea butter on Amazon for only $16!



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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

First Things First and Remembering to Date Your Spouse {Moon Pie Giveaway!}


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First Things First (FTF) is an award winning not-for-profit organization dedicated to strengthening families in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
FTF is a resource that collaborates with and is supported by a broad cross-section of community organizations, groups and individuals.
FTF accomplishes it mission through meaningful media messaging and skill building classes.
Did you know:
• 24 million children are growing up in homes without their biological fathers.
• Only 30% of divorces are due to infidelity, addiction or abuse, 70% of divorces are due to couples feeling disconnected.
• Couples who manage to devote time specifically to one another at least once a week are markedly more likely to enjoy high-quality relationships and lower divorce rates, compared to couples who do not devote as much couple time to one another.
• Fathers provide unique benefits to their daughters through their active and positive presence from the time of birth all the way through adulthood.

So, what's one way to help your marriage when work, the kids, or everyday stress seems to get the better of you and your attention?

Date your spouse.


Something I've learned over the years of marital bliss is the importance of dating your spouse.  Between a very demanding Buddy Doo that has only ever slept roughly two hours at a time since birth, its hard for me to feel rested and focused at times.  Couple that with a husband who very selflessly works anywhere from 60-80 hour work weeks, out in the elements and in Louisiana's heat and humidity, its very easy to see how there are days we are both just burnt out by the time its just us.  Its important to remember that a strong marriage isn't strong because of mere compatibility, its strong because it overcame the toughest trials and tribulations together.  Those moments when you have to give your all into work, or into your kids in the more demanding first years of their lives, or in other stressful times in life, its important to remember your spouse.  Remember that person you fell in love with, the person you chose to spend the rest of your life with, the person that supports you and makes you a better person.  Yes, working pays bills, and your children do need a significant amount of your time, but finding a balance between it all is the most important.  Let's remember to put first things first.

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