Monday, September 1, 2014

Belli Anti-Blemish Face Wash Products Review

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image obtained from website

About the products

Belli is a physician-formulated skin care line focused on ingredient safety to provide expectant and new mothers with piece of mind. Belli teratology screens its ingredients for use during pregnancy, to avoid "teratogens" - chemical, synthetic or natural ingredients that have been linked to birth defects or miscarriage. Belli also LactMed screens its formulations to ensure that nursing mothers can use the products without hesitation. All products are allergy tested and free of parabens, BPA, phthalates, and artificial dyes.

Using Belli products:
1. PREP:  Belli Fresh Start Pre-Treatment Scrub exfoliates to help prepare skin for the application of other skin care products.  This invigorating scrub for face and body sweeps away old skin cells to reveal soft, smooth healthy skin for better absorption and the optimal efficacy of any products applied afterwards. It features green tea extract and ginseng, both are rich in antioxidants and includes the refreshing aromatherapy of peppermint oil. We recommend using 2-3 times a week.  SRP $24 for a 6.5 oz tube
2. CLEANSE: Belli Anti-Blemish Facial Wash leaves skin clear and refined, without over-drying. This pure facial wash features lactic acid to cleanse and gently exfoliate acne prone skin. It contains lemon peel oil, a natural anti-bacterial and skin brightener, as well as green tea extract and cucumber, both are rich in antioxidants.  Gentle enough to be used as a daily cleanser; it may also be left on the face for 5 minutes as an intensive facial mask.  SRP $22.00 for 6.7 oz. tube. 
Belli is available at fine retailers including buybuyBaby and DestinationMaternity and online at and And, in a week, Belli SKincare is doing a fantastic promotion with their products where you can have the chance to win products and receive 30% off their products!

Belli Birthday Bash (September 8th - September 23)
It may be Belli’s birthday, but the gifts are for you! Belli Skincare is proud to partner with like-minded mom and baby brands to celebrate our birthday and the full pregnancy to motherhood experience with a sitewide sale and online giveaways.  
Visit the Belli website to enjoy 30% savings sitewide on Belli Skincare products with promo code (BDAYBASH30). Enter daily to win exciting sponsored product giveaways from prestige mom and baby brands.  Participating brands include Healthy Mama, Pretty Pushers, Guava Family, Birds & Bees Teas, Angelcare, Swaddle Designs and Sticky Bellies.  
Each day a different prize and/or gift certificate will be featured from a variety of brands.  On the final two days of the event (September 22nd and 23rd), there will be registration for a Grand Prize Package  which features prizes from all of the Belli Birthday Bash event sponsors.  One lucky winner will take home the Grand Prize package valued at over $1,200 in mom and baby products.

My thoughts

I was so excited to hear that a company was making skincare products that are safe to use for pregnant and nursing moms! Ever since I became pregnant with my first kiddo, I had to make sure everything I was using, eating, and touching was okay during my pregnancy and then when I was nursing.

The Belli Skincare products are amazing! I have used them for a little over a month and am quite pleased with the results. My skin feels soft and looks more smooth. I don't have severe deep skin acne, but I do have some acne. I am the type that gets the small skin bumps that are only noticed up close.

Belli Fresh Start Pre-Treatment Scrub

This pre-treatment scrub is a great scrub to clean face (and body) because it helps get rid of dead skins cells. This is what the scrub likes it. I love how there is no artificial dyes! I only used this scrub twice a week, and I felt like I got the results I desired.

I tried to take pictures of how my skin progressed, but my camera just didn't do it any justice. So I decided I would just show what the products like on from the bottle and what it looks like after it is applied to your face.

Anyways, I just have to say how much I loved the smell of green tea, ginseng, and peppermint. The balance was perfect because it wasn't too strong or too subtle.

Belli Anti-Blemish Facial Wash

This facial wash was used daily and was really easy to apply. A little amount of the facial wash really goes a long way! The smell of green tea and cucumber was refreshing. My husband really like the way my face smelled after each time I used this facial wash.

I really like how the Belli anit-blemish facial wash could be used a daily cleanser and as a deep skin cleanser. I would do a deep skin cleanser once a week by leaving the wash on my face for about 5 minutes. My face felt so smooth and clean!

I love Belli products and love the fact that I don't have to worry about using them if I am pregnant or nursing. I completely recommend getting these terrific products from Belli Skincar.

*Disclosure: I received the products mentioned in this post at no cost in order to do this review. All opinions are my own. 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Ozeri WeightMaster Digital Bath Scale Review (#Ozeri)

About the product
  • BMI with Weight Differential Detection -- Instantly displays your BMI (Body Mass Index), current weight, and your net weight change since your last weigh-in. It also calculates your net weight change from the average of your last 3 and 7 weigh-ins to help provide a comprehensive understanding of your weight.
  • Accurate Weight Tracking with 7 Day Memory -- By measuring your weight once a day, the Ozeri WeightMaster empowers you to instantly see how your current weight changes from the previous day (e.g. -0.8 lbs), the average of the last 3 days (e.g. -1.1 lbs) and the previous week (e.g. -1.8 lbs), all displayed on an intelligent LCD with color alert technology.
  • Smart LCD with Color Alert Technology -- For users who want to focus on their weight trend instead of the actual numbers, this scale displays your weight change in color, with a GREEN illumination for weight loss and RED for weight gain, providing a visual form of intuitive feedback so you can see if your weight is trending up or down day to day, over the last 3 and 7 days.
  • Immediate and Flawless Results -- Performs and displays all calculations on the scale's LCD without complicated synching or data connection failures common to more expensive wireless and Bluetooth alternatives.
  • Quality Construction, Industry-leading Capacity and Built-in Intelligence -- Weighs up to 400 lbs with auto-recognition technology for 5 unique users at home, at the office, or at the gym. Automatically calibrates with StepOn technology and auto-powers off. Made out of impact-resistant tempered glass, and equipped with non-slip scratch-resistant feet that won't damage flooring.

My thoughts

I like to have a scale around the house just so I can keep track of my weight. I like to stay healthy. I find a scale useful when I am trying to get back to my pre pregnancy weight. I am the type of person that wants to have numbers.

Anyways, my previous scale was awful. I could gain and lose 5 pounds in 10 minutes! It very rarely provided an accurate weight. So I have been looking for a new scale. When I read about the Ozeri WeightMaster digital bath scale, I knew I had to try it out. I decided to get a black scale because all my weight scales would get dirty no matter how hard I tried to keep them clean.

When I opened the package, I instantly liked the scale. It was light weight and very sleek! I first had to program the scale to my height and then get my weight so the scale would remember me as a user. It was really easy to setup the user. Plus, the scale will allow up to 5 users which is super handy if more than 1 person wants to watch their weight. Once the scale has your weight and height, then it can provide you with your BMI so you can know if you are in your recommended zone.

I absolutely love the weight tracking feature! It is so nice to see if you have gained or lost weight from the previous week. The weight change is indicated by color which is helpful for the ones that like to see things visually. The picture (provided by Ozeri) shows how the weight tracking feature works.

I definitely have enjoyed this scale! If you want a scale that is easy to use and has some great features, then this is the scale for you!

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.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Little Elliot Big City Review

                                 Little Elliot Big World by Mike Curato

About the book

Amid the hustle and bustle of the big city, the big crowds and bigger buildings, Little Elliot leads a quiet life. In spite of the challenges he faces, Elliot finds many wonderful things to enjoy—like cupcakes! And when his problems seem insurmountable, Elliot discovers something even sweeter—a friend.

About the author

Mike Curato

Mike Curato has the fortune of possessing a designer's brain, an illustrator heart, and an artist vision. You can find him on any given day walking around the city eating a cupcake (or thinking about it).

Book trailer

My thoughts

My family loves books. I love sharing my love for books with my kiddos. When I was contacted about reviewing a new book, Little Elliot Big City, there was no hesitation on my part. I couldn't wait to get the copy of it and when it finally arrived, I quickly opened it so I could read it with my boys.

Monkey really loved the book. Each page is filled with colorful illustrations and simple sentences. By the time I was done reading the sentence on each page, Monkey was ready to see the next page. Little Elliot Big City is a cute book about the best treasure is a friend. I loved the message of the book about how friends are there to help each other out. And as you can tell, Monkey loves this book. I will catch him "reading" it frequently at my house. Now Monkey wants to have an elephant and eat cupcakes together!

This cute book will be on sale August 26! Make sure you get yours because you won't be disappointed.

*Disclosure: I received the products mentioned in this post at no cost in order to do this review. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Ozeri Fresko Duo Salt & Pepper Grinder Review

About the product
  • Designed in Germany and made of the highest quality stainless steel
  • Features powerful ceramic gears for effortless grinding action of peppercorns, salt, and spices
  • Boasts a space-saving design that combines dual BPA-free salt and pepper chambers in one grinder
  • Includes two adjustable knobs for grain adjustment from fine to coarse
  • Transparent container reveals the grinding action and makes monitoring pepper level easy; Satisfaction Guaranteed

My thoughts

I love using freshly ground pepper and salt so it is extremely important for me to have a good salt and pepper grinders. I was really excited for the chance to try the Fresko duo salt and pepper grinder because my pepper grinder broke last week.

The duo grinder is an interesting concept and I didn't know if I would like it. However, I do! The grinder is really simple to fill with salt and pepper, and it is really easy to use. I love how the grinder isn't super huge because it can easily fit in my spice cupboard. The only downside to the grinder is the fact that it doesn't hold a lot of salt and pepper. I think if the grinder was just a little bit bigger than it would be perfect.

I find having the pepper and salt in the small grinder super helpful because you only need to pass around one grinder when someone wants salt and pepper. The grinder has a sleek design and allows you to adjust how fine to how coarse you want your salt and pepper. I haven't encountered any problems with it as I have used it over the last several weeks.

 I absolutely recommend getting this salt and pepper grinder.

*Disclosure: I received the products mentioned in this post at no cost in order to do this review. All opinions are my own. 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Shake The Crave Review

                                                 Shake the Crave

About the product

Find Out Why Shake the Crave Works When Most Other Products Don't

You're about to learn the most common reasons why diet products and programs fail. Then you'll hear about what makes Shake the Crave different and why it works so well
But first, learn why diets don't work - the "vicious cycle" of dieting.

Have You Ever Experienced This "Vicious Cycle" When Going on a Diet?

If you've ever gone on a diet, you know that it's just not sustainable. It causes you to deprive yourself of food, puts too many expectations on you, and makes you feel guilty if you happen to "cheat" or get off track.
These crash diets often fail because they are based on the vicious cycle of:
Motivation > Deprivation > Craving > Indulgence > Guilt > Loss of Motivation.

Here's how this vicious cycle works:
You kick off the diet feeling really motivated. You then start depriving yourself of calories, nutrients, and your favorite foods. Next, you begin having these intense cravings for junk food, snacks and processed food...chips, soda, bread, you name it. At some point, you finally break down and indulge. Then you feel guilty, blame yourself and even have negative thoughts about yourself. You question your willpower and sometimes even your character. Finally, you lose motivation and slack off or just flat-out quit.
If any of us actually make it all the way to the end of the diet... most of us end up putting the weight right back on, because we're finally given the chance to live our lives again without all the restrictions, worry and stress about food.
Sound familiar?
If this has ever happened to you, you are not alone. And it's not your fault.

This is Why Most Diet Programs and Products Fail...

The Calorie Control Council recently surveyed dieters and asked them why they "failed" or quit their diets. The top reasons were:
  • They didn't exercise enough
  • They felt their metabolism slowing down
  • They splurged on favorite foods too often
  • They lacked self-discipline
  • They snacked too much
People often blame themselves for their diet failing - but more often than not, the diet fails the person, not the other way around.
You see, most diet programs and products are full of processed foods and ingredients - they might encourage you to eat less food, but they totally ignore the quality of the foods you eat. This makes it harder to get the nutrients you need from real food and to achieve your goals.
When you're starving for nutrients, you have less energy and you don't feel like exercising. When you always feel hungry, it's easy to give into junk food cravings for the temporary lift they give you.

Diet shakes and meal replacements aren't any better.
It's not just the diet programs that are at fault. Most diet shakes and meal replacements are filled with things like genetically-modified ingredients (GMOs), MSG, artificial sweeteners, fillers, binders, and synthetic or isolated nutrients that provide little or no nutritional value. Some of these ingredients could even harm your health and in some cases are designed to get you to eat more. (Have you ever just ate five potato chips and stopped?)
Besides that, these shakes don't taste too great either. Most of them taste pretty bad. What's the point of trying to get in better shape if you have to suffer through taking the product that is supposed to help you?

Why Shake the Crave is Different...

These problems with diet programs and products frustrated us deeply. We wanted to offer a simple and delicious way to support your healthy lifestyle goals, without the hype, artificial ingredients, or unrealistic dietary restrictions. should enjoy the journey toward your lifestyle goals, and taste is a big part of that. So we spent the last couple of years researching and developing a healthy shake that tastes great, fills you up and helps you feel full longer.
Most shake formulas are long laundry lists of cheap, low quality ingredients that together may or may not give your body much benefit. On the other hand, Shake the Crave is based on years of experience and research in physiology - the science of how your body works and what it needs in order to function best.
Most shakes have fillers, binders, flavorings, colors and preservatives... all of which make it tougher on your body to digest and absorb the actual nutrients in the product. On the other hand, every ingredient in Shake the Crave has a common purpose: to benefit your body directly. No fillers, no fluff. Just pure ingredients working together to nourish your body and help you feel fuller longer.

The Right Form of the Right Ingredients in the Right Combination = Shake the Crave
Our research has shown that it's not just about the individual ingredients, or number of ingredients, but rather about the best form of the right ingredients working together in the right combination to produce the best results for your body.
The result is Shake the Crave, the great tasting shake that fills you up, boosts your energy and helps you feel full longer.

Benefits and Features of Shake the Crave:
  • Thick and creamy - tastes like an old-fashioned, hand-dipped milk shake from a small-town creamery.
  • Experience a "new normal" in the way you feel.
  • Feel more satisfied and full longer.
  • Boost energy levels and feeling of well-being.
  • Great to drink at breakfast or lunchtime, as a healthy snack or quick meal on the go.
  • 100% pure ingredients.
  • One bottle has 15 delicious servings - about one week's supply at two shakes per day.
  • Contains no artificial sweeteners, flavors, colors, preservatives, or isolated/synthetic vitamins.
  • No gluten, soy, egg, GMOs, high fructose corn syrup, MSG, fillers or binders.
  • Available exclusively from Trusted Health Products.
  • Good source of protein.
  • Good source of calcium.
  • Low fat - only 0.5 grams.
  • Low sodium
  • 120 Calories

Get the Most Benefits from Shake the Crave with These 4 Simple Steps:

    1. SHAKE - Enjoy two delicious shakes a day – one at breakfast and one at lunchtime. These will help you feel full longer.

    2. SNACK –Eat two or three low-calorie snacks throughout the day to curb cravings and boost your energy – preferably around 100 calories each of raw and/or organic veggies or fruit.
    3. MEAL – Take your time and eat a sensible dinner. The more whole foods in the meal, the better.
    4. MOVE – Exercise with moderate aerobic activity (like brisk walking) 5 times per week, plus muscle strengthening 2 times per week.
These tips are designed to help you make simple daily choices that will ultimately lead you into a healthier lifestyle. There's no pressure here. This is a marathon, not a sprint. Just ease yourself into it and don't beat yourself up if you get off track. You can do this.
Whatever you decide to eat on a day-to-day basis, be sure to get the recommended daily amount of nutrients, vitamins and minerals.

Here's How We Developed Shake the Crave...
Organic non-fat dry milk
from naturally raised cows
Organic unrefined
cane sugar
Organic coconut powder
Organic ground
vanilla bean from
tropical vanilla plants
Electrolytes from
mineral salts
First we decided which ingredients to use that would taste great and help people feel more satisfied and feel full longer. Then we went about sourcing the best form of each individual ingredient that had the right profile to meet our proprietary formulation design.
After we found the best source of each ingredient, we then combined them into the proper proportions to produce a powerful formulation that gives your body the best benefits possible.
Then we tested... and tested... and tested some more. We tested for taste, for satisfaction, for texture, and for effectiveness.
The result is Shake the Crave, the delicious, filling, 100% pure and healthy shake on the go that leaves you satisfied and energized.
Organic Non-Fat Dry Milk, Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Coconut Powder, Organic Ground Vanilla Bean, Electrolyte Blend (Potassium Citrate, Calcium Chloride, Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Sulfate, Potassium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride).
Allergen information: Contains milk and tree nuts (coconut).
Add one measuring scoop (scoop included) to 8 fl. oz. of whole milk, 2%, 1%, or skim milk, almond milk, or coconut milk. For best results, blend for 20 seconds on low, then 3 seconds on high, let sit for 60 seconds, blend on low for 5 seconds and then immediately pour in glass. Let sit for 60 seconds so ingredients can rehydrate and then drink.
For a thicker shake, add up to 1/2 cup of ice and use whole milk. Blend as directed above.
For a smoothie, add fruits and blend as directed above.
Drink at breakfast or lunchtime, as a healthy snack or meal on the go.
Enjoy one or more servings daily.
Not to be used as a sole source of dietary calories. Keep lid tightly closed and store in a cool, dry place. Packaged by weight not volume. Some settling of contents may occur. Made from non-GMO ingredients. Made in the USA.

My thoughts

I will be perfectly honest here. I don't do "diets". I don't believe in them for several reason (starving yourself, buying "special drinks/vitamins/meals", eliminating random foods from your diet based on "their research results"). I believe in eating healthy, exercising, and moderation in ALL things. The best way I have found to lose weight is eating very little sugar (treats), eliminating processed foods, eating lots of fruits and vegetables, drinking lots of water, getting a good night's rest, and doing some form of exercise.

Anyways, I was interested about trying Shake The Crave because of its organic ingredients, how it helps curb your appetite, and how it isn't a replacement meal/drink. The idea of having a drink that would help fight the cravings would be great for so many people!

I decided to try the Vanilla Shake Mix because I am avoiding chocolate for personal reasons. I ended up making the shakes at night because that is when I start getting some cravings or the "munchies", and I hate the temptation to eat right before bed. I used my magic bullet to blend up the mix with some milk because the directions said that the mix is best done using a blender (trust me, you want to use a blender because a spoon doesn't mix it well enough). The shake had a rich vanilla flavor and had a mild sweetness to it. A little after I finished the drink, I noticed that I didn't have my cravings for a salty snack! It was nice to not have the temptation.

I tried the Vanilla Shake twice and it was really good. The first time I did a regular shake and the second time I made a fruit smoothie. I was pleased with both results. I feel that this Shake The Crave mix will be especially helpful for those who are trying to fight your cravings especially at night. I love the fact that the mixes are organic, are made in the USA, and and not a meal replacement. It is nice to know that the shake mixes are for a healthy snack or a good addition to your meal. I totally recommend you trying them out and make sure you take advantage of the special offer!! (see below)

Special offer
 Try Shake the Crave vanilla and chocolate shake mix! For a limited time, the manufacturer is willing to offer my readers 2 FREE sample packets of Shake the Crave vanilla or chocolate shake mix. They said they would love to have our readers try out Shake the Crave and agreed to send the 2 sample packets FREE if our readers would pay a minimal shipping and handling charge of $4.95. This is a one-time only offer! Click here to get your 2 FREE sample packets now!

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A Choice? Yes. But ALSO a disease

Dear Blogger,

Good morning. How are you today? Probably a bit angry with the response you received to your latest post. I would be too if 75-80% of the people who responded were insulting me and my intelligence. BUT, read through the anger, there's a reason it's there. You chose to address the death of a beloved man. One who made so many of your reader's childhoods just a bit unique. One who was, according to ALL who knew him, kind and generous. Who wouldn't think anything of helping anyone who needed it. One who cheered up others in their darkest moments even when he was fighting his. I agree with you to a point: A disease didn't take him, a choice did. BUT, what you seem to be glossing over, is that the choice was caused by a disease.

Have you ever had a moment where all you can hear is the negative? Where you feel as if you're sinking deeper and deeper in? Where you'd be willing to do ANYTHING to get out? Where you suddenly think, "I can end this permanently. I can take my life and then I'll never have to face this moment EVER AGAIN."? I have. In fact, the first time was when I was 11. Yup, 11. Luckily, I'm afraid of pain and I'm afraid of others thinking I'm a coward, so I've never followed through, but the urge has been strong. Don't you DARE belittle a disease like this. Having Depression is very different than being depressed. Very, very different. It's a constant battle. You'll have years where you'll think "I'm done! It's defeated! I haven't had an episode in over a year. Now it's a distant memory and I can focus on helping others past this." Then, suddenly, it's back. Sometimes it comes back in whispers and sometimes it comes roaring back like an express train. If you've lowered your defenses enough, thinking you'd permanently won the war, it can come back hard enough that it almost tips you over the cliff. That cliff comes up so quickly and the things you have to go through to get past it seem so scary, that jumping off it seems like a relief. The release you'd feel and the light you'd find would have to be better than the darkness you're battling.

It's not just you. I wish it was, boy do I wish it was. There are so many people who completely blame the person. Many of them are children of suicide victims. I get that. In that case, I'd blame the person too. It's hard to be objective when you're the one that was left behind. But, if you haven't been through that particular life-long trial, you don't have the right to judge. You have the right to help though. Offer a helping hand to someone who's having a rough time. Let people know that it's NORMAL to struggle, that there are ways to find the light through all of the swirling vortex of darkness that they're swimming through. In short: help normalize mental illness. For centuries people have chosen to ignore that it happens. For centuries the agreed upon way of handling it has been a special form of "don't ask don't tell" or "ignore it and it will go away". These teachings are dangerous. Personally, I believe that this way of thinking has lead to the significant increase of suicide by adults. People you'd think would be old enough to "know better" start thinking that the have no where else to turn so they take the only option they feel they have- they end it all.

I'm taking a stand. I'm putting myself out there and saying "This is me. I am who I am and some days I really don't like it. Some days I think the only way of dealing with it is by NOT dealing with it. Some days I have to almost physically fight to stay above the darkness. I am a face of Depression and I'm not afraid to own it.I will fight for others who have this and I will do whatever it takes to normalize this." No one deserves to go through what Robin Williams' friends and family are going through right now. No one deserves to have to try to rationalize the person they knew making a sudden and decisive choice like this, just as no one deserves the thoughts that lead him to this choice.

Please, have compassion. Please, use your blog for good. Use your platform of hundreds of thousands of followers to take a stand and say "It was a choice, caused by a disease, how can we help make sure no one makes that choice again?" Please, at least think about it.

Sincerely yours,

Hannah Horne

Friday, August 8, 2014

Scotch Duct Tape Review & "Tape On Back-to-School Contest”

About the products

Scotch tape is making duct tape in colors, patterns, and holiday themes. These novelty duct tapes are designed so you can do fun projects such as book covers, dog collars, and bracelets. On their website, you can see all the kinds of duct tape there are!

My thoughts

I don't do a lot with duct tape except the usual things for it. However, I have never heard about duct tape with patterns and fun colors. I was sent a box with an assortment of Scotch Duct Tape rolls. The rolls I got were: Batman, hot pink, grey elephants, and rainbow scales. I love to do craft projects; however, since I started a family my time for craftiness has been greatly reduced.

I decided I would first fix this credit card holder that my little boy got for free. He likes to play with it, and I felt it would be even better with Batman duct tape.

I think it looks awesome and it totally fits my little boy.

My next projects that I am planning on doing will be: 1) fixing up some frames with duct tape for my kids' bedroom, and 2) making my binders & planners in my project room more colorful. There are so many things you can do with duct tape!

Here are some more ideas:

Tape On Back-to-School Contest

Scotch Duct Tape is hosting a Back-to-School contest that asks teens to create an original back-to-school craft with duct tape and submit a photo that shows how they’re going back to school in style for a chance to win $1,000. The Tape On Back-to-School contest just launched and lasts until August 18th on the Scotch Facebook page.

Teen Vlogger, Sarai Jones, will be judging the contest and has a created a fun video with locker decorations for inspiration. The contest will include prizes for the top four winners with first place receiving $1000, second place receiving $500 and third and fourth place receiving $250.

Make sure you check out the contest!

*Disclosure: I received the products mentioned in this post at no cost in order to do this review. All opinions are my own.