Product Review: Hyperbiotics Pro-15 Probiotic Supplement

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Since I have been in my early teens, I have had intermittent problems with my digestive health. It’s nothing terribly serious, but enough that I have been on medication for most of that time. During the last five years or so, I toyed with the idea of taking a probiotic supplement to improve my overall digestive health. For one reason or another, I never did try one. So when I was sent a bottle of Hyperbiotics Pro-15 to sample, it seemed like the perfect time to start.

First of all, I should start with the basics. What the heck are probiotics anyway? Well, to put it simply, they are actually bacteria! Yes, bacteria! Not the pathogenic types that make us sick and land us in the hospital, these are what we call GOOD bacteria. They live in our bodies naturally, peacefully coexisting, and participating in many daily bodily processes of which we are blissfully unaware. It has now been theorized that a lack of good bacteria in our bodies can contribute to a host of medical problems.

When I received the Hyperbiotics Pro-15 Probiotic Supplement, the first thing that I noticed was the size. The tablets themselves are tiny, and circular! Here is what they look like in comparison to some other capsules you might see:

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So I loved the size and shape, which allowed me to swallow them easily. I can get easily turned off by a vitamin supplement if they are too large, so this one is really ideal.

A unique feature of this product is that they are designed to be released slowly into your intestinal tract, rather than being “dumped” into the stomach and upper intestines. The net benefit is a sustained effect throughout the day, and less chance of side effects like bloating, gas and diarrhea.

Each little pill contains 5 billion units of good bacteria, including lactobacillus, bifidobacterium and streptococcus. Because of the patented slow-release technology, these 5 billion units are equivalent to 75+ billion units of a normal (non-time released) probiotic supplement.

This product is a real winner with me. It is highly potent, very easy to take, and requires no refrigeration. It only needs to be taken once per day, and is very easy to integrate into your daily routine. If you are looking for a superior probiotic supplement, then I would highly recommend this product.

You can purchase Hyperbiotics Pro-15 Probiotic Capsules 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.

Product Review: Olixar Laserlight Stylus Pen #mobilefuncom

olixarI received a really cool product to review–a true multitasker. It’s the Olixar Laserlight 4 in 1 Stylus Pen. So obviously, it’s a writing instrument. And it’s a nice pen for sure. It has the feel and look of a high end ballpoint pen. What’s the whole 4-in-1 thing all about?

Well, besides dispensing ink, it also acts as a stylus for your smartphone or tablet. It has a soft rubber cushion on the end (see photo above) which you can use (instead of your finger!) to browse the internet, play games, or download apps. I gave this function a test drive on my smartphone, and can attest that it did the job admirably. I have a larger sized smartphone, and it did the job really well. (Plus, on the up side, it minimizes the whole “grubby fingerprints on the screen” problem!)

Next cool function of this pen? Torch light! Yup, you heard right, it’s a little LED powered flashlight! Now while I might now use this function quite as frequently, it’s still a pretty cool feature. Here is the photograph demonstrating its torch power:

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Lastly, you can also use the Olixar Laserlight Stylus Pen as a laser pointer. This is not a function that I would use in my day-to-day job, but my husband, who often has to give Power Point presentations at work, would really love to use it. I tried it out on our living room wall, and it worked beautifully. (However, the kids got a little too geeked about it, and I had to remind them that they are NOT allowed to play with laser pointers!)

This is a really cool little gadget, and a super gift idea for the tech-crazed, gadget loving, business executive friend or family member. It would make a great stocking stuffer this holiday season. It is a high quality product, and very reasonably priced. You can check it out at the MobileFun online store.

 

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Product Review: Dash Grab Universal Phone Mount #dashgrab

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Recently I was sent a Dash Grab Universal Phone Mount to review. I have not owned a product like this before, despite having a smartphone for at least five years. Generally, when I am driving, I keep my phone stashed somewhere, never in the same place. Its not the best system. More than once, my phone has slipped off the seat and gotten misplaced while I am on the road. Clearly, a better option is needed. Now that I own a car which allows a Bluetooth connection with my smartphone, it makes sense to have a dashboard mount to secure my mobile.

I really liked the Dash Grab Universal Phone Mount. It is literally “ready to go” right out of the package. No assembly required, which is important for me, because I am not good at putting things together. All you have to do is remove the adhesive on the mount, and stick it on the surface of your choice, whether it is your car dashboard or your desk.

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The construction on this phone mount is very durable. It easily held my smartphone, (an HTC One) and held it securely while I was driving. It is compatible with a wide range of smartphones including the Apple iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, Nokia Lumia, Sony XPeria and Moto X. Obviously it can also be used to secure something smaller like a GPS as well.

The Dash Grab Universal Phone Mount is able to rotate 360 degrees, and can also swivel side to side. The arm which grips your smartphone is able to open up to 4 inches. The silicone mount easily adheres to surfaces like the dashboard of your car, and there is no concern about it slipping around.

I really liked this product, and definitely would recommend it if your are looking for a durable and versatile phone or GPS mount. Thumbs up!

You can purchase the Dash Grab Universal Phone Mount 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.

Review: Brainwavz S1 IEM Earphones

brainwavz1It’s been the last few warm days of summer, so I have been taking advantage of the temperatures by taking my dog for lots of walks. It is one of my favorite things to do, and I know my dog loves it too. Typically it’s just me, the dog, and my mp3 player with some great music to get me moving.

Recently, I got the opportunity to try out some new headphones called the Brainwavz S1 IEM earphones. Having been previously used to wearing fairly low cost earbuds, I was eager to try out something new to perhaps offer me a better sound experience.

First thing to say about these earphones is that the cord is flat. This is a good feature and makes it less prone to tangle. I can attest to this fact as I am pretty hard on my earbuds, and am constantly getting them all knotted up.

Second thing that made these earphones unique was the aluminum metal housing which covers the portion which goes in the ear. It gives it a very durable feel, and it also looks great.

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The sound quality from these earphones was fantastic. I tested a number of different types of music (rock, hip-hop, pop and classical) and found that the bass quality was really nice. I also listened to several podcasts and it produced great sound for a wide variety of vocal types. The way that the foam tips fit into your ears snugly really helped to enhance the bass sounds.

The Brainwavz S1 IEM earphones come in a case which contains 6 silicone tips, 2 bi-flange tips, 2 tri-flange tips, an airplane adapter and an earphone carrying case. A really nice package setup, in my opinion!

While I am not an audiophile, I have used my share of earphones over the ears, and can honestly say that the Brainwavz S1 IEM earphones are the best. They are very durable, portable and great for the everyday listener.

You can purchase the Brainwavz S1 IEM earphones 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.

Review/Giveaway: Provacare Foaming Wash (09/17)

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Disclosure: I was sent a sample of Provacare Foaming Wash to review at no charge. No other compensation was received in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.

Sometimes you come across a product and you think “Hey! Why didn’t think of this before!”

This was the thought I had when I first came across Provacare Foaming Feminine Wash. This is a cleaning product for a woman’s pelvic region; it is designed to gently clean this sensitive area without using any harsh chemicals or fragrances.

Everyone wants to feel CLEAN. Especially at certain times of the month, it can be a very difficult problem to overcome. However using regular soaps or body washes is really not the answer. Conventional soaps are not designed for a woman’s private areas; the combination of fragrance and pH differentials can cause irritation.

Provacare Foaming Feminine Wash is ideally suited to a woman’s unique health needs. It is ideal for women to use on a daily basis. It can also be used for unique situations like menstruation, pregnancy or when she is suffering from a vaginal infection (bacterial or yeast).

Provacare Foaming Feminine Wash uses natural ingredients to achieve the CLEAN effect. It uses aloe vera and witch hazel to help gently clean a woman’s sensitive skin. You won’t find any fragrances or harsh abrasive chemicals in this product. It comes in a convenient pump bottle which allows you to easily dispense it onto a sponge, washcloth or puff.

I have been using Provacare Foaming Feminine Wash for about a week now, and can attest that it is very gentle. I didn’t notice any discernible scent and it was very easy and convenient to use.

Since discovering this product, I have been recommending it to my female clients at the pharmacy who have been looking for a feminine wash. Women have traditionally thought of a douche product as a way to clean their genital region, however this is not a recommended way to maintain hygiene! It is great to be able to recommend a product that meets a woman’s needs without harming her sensitive skin.

You can find Provacare Foaming Feminine Wash at most pharmacy chains and mass merchandisers.

Provacare Giveaway Prize

Great News! The generous folks at Mentholatum Canada have kindly agreed to give one of my readers a Provacare Spa Gift Set worth $60. It includes a bottle of Provacare Foaming Feminine Wash, Provacare Probiotic Vaginal Care Capsules, and a spa kit. Just enter below! Note: Giveaway is open to Canadian residents only.

 

 

 

Review/Giveaway: Sticker You Custom Labels (Can/US) (09/04)

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I was recently given the opportunity to sample some personalized labels from Sticker You. This company has an AMAZING online store which enables you to create custom made labels, decals, window clings, stickers or temporary tattoos. You think of the occasion, they have the product you need to make it truly your own. I was floored by the number of products that they offer. Having to choose one to review was difficult!

I reviewed some custom made vinyl labels which I made for kitchen use. One thing that I love to do is bake and cook for friends and family. A favorite gift around the holidays is to bake cookies, squares or bars and box them up in cute containers. It is always much appreciated, especially for “hard to buy for” relatives. The finishing touch is a customized label which shows that the baked creation is all YOURS!

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This is the container which I selected. It is soon to be filled with chocolate chip cookies and double chocolate chip cookies. (These are the favorites around our house!)

Another great idea that I saw on the Sticker Me site was jam jar labels. This was the first year that I ever tried making homemade jam, and at the time I did not have any cute labels. Next year, I will get some custom made jam jar labels from Sticker Me to dress up my creation.

If you are planning a wedding, then you should definitely check out Sticker Me’s offerings which can help personalize your big day. You can design your own custom made wine bottle labels or monogrammed labels for some cute party favors. Truly, your imagination is the limit.

If your school aged child is prone to losing their books, toys or clothes, you can also pick up some really cute personalized name labels to keep their stuff from going missing.

Check out Sticker Me’s online store for all their product offerings!

The generous folks at Sticker You are offering one of my winners a gift code! You can win 2 pages of custom made vinyl sticker labels in our new giveaway! Enter below, and good luck!

 

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.

 

Book Review: Time Out Of Joint

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I recently read a book of historical fiction entitled “Time Out Of Joint: The Story of a Family” by Dorothy Shefer-Venson. The book is a work of fiction, but based on historical documents which came out of Germany during World War II. The story centers around the Von Dornbach family, who are a thriving Jewish family living in Hamburg during the early years of the twentieth century. After the First World War, the political climate begins to change with the formation of the Nazi Party, and so too the fate of this family becomes much less certain.

The family consists of the patriarch, Robert, a successful tobacco merchant and his wife and children. His daughter Grethe is a free spirit who rejects the traditional life of a young Jewish girl, and travels to Paris to live a bohemian life with her boyfriend Roman. Siegfried, the eldest son, is a promising young man who is suddenly struck with meningitis in his teens. Though he survives, his health, both physically and mentally, never quite recovers. The youngest child, Hermann, is a sensitive soul who prefers the pursuit of music to that of his study books. The parents are trying to steer their children into solid, traditional roles against the tides of change which are swirling all around.

The tone of this story is somber, and it was sometimes hard to read. It reminds us of a time during which horrific events caused the deaths of millions of innocent people. It is hard not to root for this family as they struggle to surmount incredible odds. Knowing that the facts of this book are rooted in reality only adds to the emotional impact of this work.

I genuinely liked this book and highly recommend it to people who are fans of historical fiction. It is definitely a book which packs an emotional punch. The characters, though they inhabit circumstances vastly different from my own, are achingly human and face the same types of insecurities that we all face.

You can purchase this book 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.

 

Product Review: Foxbrim Hyaluronic Acid Serum

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I recently had the opportunity to sample a new serum from Foxbrim. This particular facial serum contains hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, vitamin E, MSM (methylsulfonylmethane). jojoba oil and green tea. Also of particular importance is the fact that this formulation contains no additives, fillers or parabens. And this product is NOT tested on animals. All good things indeed!

This company is very certain of its consumers satisfaction with this product. They are guaranteeing your satisfaction, or they will refund your purchase price 100%. That is an offer that you don’t see very often.

The idea of a facial serum is to moisturize, clarify and brighten your complexion by infusing it with vitamins and nutrients. It acts a base over which you can add your daily moisturizing cream.

I have been using Foxbrim Hyaluronic Serum for a few weeks. It has been incorporated into my nighttime cleansing routine. First I wash my face and remove my makeup. Next, I use a toner to remove any traces of extra dirt, oil or cosmetic product. After my face is dry, I apply a small amount of the Foxbrim serum to my face and neck. Then, after a few minutes to let it soak into my skin, I apply my nighttime moisturizer.

The consistency of this product was more like a gel than a traditional serum. You use an eyedropper to dispense the product from the glass bottle. It very easily absorbed into my skin. There was no stickiness or residue. Also, there was no detectable fragrance to this product.

I really liked Foxbrim Hyaluronic Acid Serum. I found that it was a really nice formulation in texture, and it makes my skin look great. The texture of my skin looked more even and bright. I would have no hesitation in recommending this product to others.

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.

 

Review/Giveaway: OXY Emergency Acne Vanishing Treatment Wipes (CAN) (08/16)

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It is a common misconception that acne is a condition that only affects teens and young adults. Not true! While it is more common in the younger set, it can happen well into adulthood. I am a living testament to that! While I had horrible acne in my high school and college days, it has improved greatly. However, I still get breakouts, which is incredibly annoying!

Acne pimples are caused by bacteria which live in the upper reaches of the skin. The glands which provide oil to our skin become filled with bacteria, and inflamed. This creates the redness which we often see, and the “white” portion is the pus which the bacteria produce.

As a pharmacist, I see people of all ages who are looking for solutions to their acne problems, and OXY products are among the most common ones that I recommend. I was happy to see a new product that is being offered! OXY now makes Emergency Vanishing Treatment Wipes. They come in a compact little package, 30 wipes in all. These wipes contain benzoyl peroxide, which is the strongest acne fighting ingredient which you can purchase without a prescription. Benzoyl peroxide acts as a topical antibiotic to kill the bacteria which cause the blemishes.

OXY Emergency Vanishing Treatment Wipes use an advanced encapsulated technology that controls surface oils and works throughout the day to fight breakouts. The formula does not use alcohol, so when you use the wipes you will not feel any burning or dryness.

I tried these wipes when I had a breakout of pimples on my face and neck. Typically, I would use a wipe at night after I removed all my makeup. I dabbed the area really well and went to bed. After I woke up, I definitely noticed that the blemish looked smaller in size. The pimples cleared up quickly and left no scar. So that to me was a definite success!

Each package of OXY Emergency Vanishing Treatment Wipes contains 30 medicated wipes, and the package is resealable. It is a very compact product, and fits easily into your hand. It would easily fit into a purse, backpack or gym bag. You can find this product throughout Canada at all major pharmacies, mass merchandisers and grocers.

The kind folks at Mentholatum Canada are offering one of my Canadian readers an OXY/Phisoderm prize pack which consists of: the OXY Emergency Acne Vanishing Treatment Wipes, OXY Emergency Spot Gel, OXY Emergency Cleanser, Phisoderm Cleanser UP, and Phisoderm Cleanser DOWN. (ARV $50)

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Good luck in our giveaway!

Disclosure: I received this product free of charge. No other compensation was received. All opinions expressed are strictly my own.

 

 

 

Product Review: Roaring Springs Paper Products

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Hard to believe the summer is half over, and the “back to school” sales have already begun. Wow! In some jurisdictions, kids are already back to school.

Even though I am no longer a student, I have always loved shopping the back to school sales. I am a junkie for new pens, highlighters and notebooks for my home office. When I learned that I would be reviewing some paper products from Roaring Springs, I was so excited!

The Roaring Spring Paper Company is an American manufacturer of paper products based out of Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania. They have an extensive selection of paper products including notebooks, file folders, binder accessories, legal pads and much more. Many of their products are made from recycled and sustainable paper.

One of the products I received is the CrossOver Multi-Function notebook.

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It is a spiral bound notebook which can be used to take notes in both portrait or landscape mode. Both sides of the page have lines on them. A backlight effect creates a grid pattern which is useful if you are making graphs or designs. The pages are also perforated, which is a great benefit if you need to detach a page without making a mess. The cover is made of a sturdy cardboard and the pages are made from recycled paper.

Another product that I received was the Genesis Premium 5-Subject Notebook. It too is made from a sustainable sugarcane fiber paper. It has several useful features which would be useful for a high school or college student. All the pages are perforated for easy detaching. The cover is made of a durable vinyl, and the notebook is divided into five sections. Inside the notebook is a double pocket which is useful for putting handouts or small notes from class. This notebook is a good size, 200 sheets total.

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Genesis 5-Subject Notebook

In the same product line, I also received a Genesis 1-Subject Notebook which was much the same as the 5-Subject Notebook. It had 80 pages, perforated paper, an interior double pocket, and one important feature for me: beautiful lilac colored recycled paper! I loved the color of the paper, it really appealed to my girlie side! And it’s just a little bit different from what you would normally see in a notebook. Thumbs UP! Incidentally, you can also get this notebook with light blue, pink, and light green shades of recycled paper.

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Genesis 1-Subject Notebook

 

Lastly, I received two Color Me notebooks.

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ColorMe Notebook

 

These notebooks are designed for children. They have a black and white printed “color me” picture on the cover which your child can fill in and make their own. The lines in this notebook are wider to accommodate little kid hands. My own children loved these notebooks, and each of them confiscated one for their own use and colored the covers in.

I was really impressed by the quality of the Roaring Spring notebooks that I received. The covers are durable and would be a really good fit for elementary, secondary and college level students. They are also perfectly awesome for the home office user like me! I like that this company is based in North America, and that they have a commitment toward using recycled paper in their products.

If you want to learn more about Roaring Spring products, check out their Facebook page! There you can get interactive, and win some of their fabulous paper products!

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.