Product Review: Cozia 2-in-1 Julienne/Vegetable Peeler #juliennepeeler

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When I think about eating lunch, I almost always want to eat some type of salad. Not to say that I do this everyday, but if you were to ask me what I love to eat, then salad is almost always the answer. Unfortunately, I often run short on time, and don’t bring my beloved veggies to work for lunch. And store bought salads are not to my liking for sure!

When we have people over for dinner, I usually make a salad of some sort. Making it look pretty is a priority. I like to use a variety of vegetables, preferably with lots of colour. Presentation is important. It makes my guests feel good, like I put a bit of effort into dinner, instead of just slapping something on a plate.

When I learned that I was going to review the Cozia 2-in-1 Julienne/Vegetable Peeler, I was stoked. First of all, my day to day vegetable peeler is pretty bad, it has needed to be replaced for some time. Second of all, I was intrigued to finally have a tool to make julienne cut vegetables. (I don’t have a kitchen mandolin, which is the tool that many foodies use for this purpose)

It didn’t take long for me to decide that I totally LOVED my Cozia 2-in-1 Julienne/Vegetable Peeler. The vegetable peeler is very effective, and much sharper than the old clunker that I had been using before. My carrot was peeled very easily. The julienne peeler was used to make pretty long threads of carrot to top my salad. That job was also done very easily. It made long, elegantly curled carrot strands which looked awesome! Here is the yummy display!

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So in summary, here is what you need to know. This little gadget will peel most fruit and vegetables very easily. It also can be used to grate blocks of chocolate and hard cheeses. You can use it to cut julienne strips of many types of vegetables, to dress up your salad, stir fry or dinner entree. This peeler is made of stainless steel, and can be washed safely in the dishwasher. It also comes with a little wire brush, so you can get in there and clean it thoroughly if it gets gunked up with food. When you buy this product through Amazon, it also comes with a free digital e-book which shows you how to use the tool, and how to create fabulous, healthy recipes.

This is a great product for people who like to eat fresh fruits and vegetables. It is very effective, handy, and reasonably priced. Two enthusiastic thumbs up!

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Product Review: Jammy Jams Pop Goes Lullaby 3 #jammyjams

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A few months ago, I published a review of a lullaby CD called Jammy Jams: Greatest Naps Volume 2. At that time,  I had never heard of this make of lullaby music. However, my kids have always listened to lullaby CD’s before going to sleep, so I was eager to try this one out. It became an instant hit in our house. My sons loved Greatest Naps Volume 2, to the point that it has been the CD player in constant rotation since I first downloaded the music.

When I learned I was going to review another Jammy Jams collection, I was really excited. This collection is called Pop Goes Lullaby 3. This CD features a selection of lullaby renditions of hits by artists that have been in constant rotation this summer. The track listing is as follows:

1. Dark Horse (Lullaby Rendition of Katy Perry)
2. Stay With Me (Lullaby Rendition of Sam Smith)
3. Fancy  (Lullaby Rendition of Iggy Azalea)
4. Maps (Lullaby Rendition of Maroon 5)
5. Ain’t it Fun (Lullaby Rendition of Paramore)
6. Summer (Lullaby Rendition of Calvin Harris)
7. Problem (Lullaby Rendition of Ariana Grande)
8. Am I Wrong (Lullaby Rendition of Nico & Vinz)
9. My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Lullaby Rendition of Fall Out Boy)
10. Chandelier (Lullaby Rendition of Sia)

My kids knew all of these songs by name, and so they were very excited to hear this CD. (As a matter of fact, they had previously purchased almost all the original versions of these songs for download on their tablet). By looking at the songs themselves, you wouldn’t think they would all necessarily translate well into a lullaby. Well, that’s what I thought at first glance. However, after listening to the CD a few times, I can honestly say that I was happy surprised. I absolutely loved these renditions, and so did my kids. They look forward to listening to this CD every night before bed. I can hear them whispering the words to the songs as they drift off to sleep. It’s so adorable.

If you are looking for a new, fun twist on lullaby music, then I strongly suggest that you give this collection a try. You can check out their website, and see their full product line which includes many lullaby albums based on a wide variety of popular music. Their albums are available for purchase by CD or digital download.

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: Simply Essentials Precision Tweezers #simplyessentialstweezersforingrownhair

ef53159c7b9ec3fa6906c754e9d0e6dd56f7d489Think quickly: you are going on a trip NOW, and you have only 60 seconds to pack your beauty/hygiene essentials. What do you bring?!? What’s the most important part of your beauty routine?

Well, for me that is easy! I would bring toothbrush, toothpaste, facial moisturizer with SPF, lip balm and tweezers!

Tweezers have been a true essential part of my bathroom arsenal since I have been a teenager. My mother’s ethnicity is Mediterranean, and my Dad, though Canadian, has black hair and darkish skin. (possibly some First Nations bloodline from way back). So, I was born with brown hair (fairly dark). When I hit puberty, my eyebrows and facial hair (also dark!) started becoming a problem. My mom bought me my first set of tweezers in high school, and I have never gone without a pair (or two!) since. At present, I have 2 pairs, one larger set for everyday tweezing, and one smaller set for travel.

When I learned I was going to be reviewing Simply Essentials Tweezers for Ingrown Hair, I was very excited. I have never owned a set of tweezers specifically for ingrown hairs. Having ingrown hair is a common problem for me, and I suspect for others as well.

As you can see from the image above, these tweezers have a very long pointed end. This design enables these tweezers to get at ingrown hairs easily without damaging the skin. They enter the skin through the fine point, and then you can get in there and get out that pesky ingrown hair. The shape and length of the tips of these tweezers also make them ideal for extracting splinters. (easier than using a sewing needle, and far less frightening for my kids)

The tips of these tweezers are made from high quality stainless steel. What this means is that they will not easily bend, which is super important for maintaining their effectiveness, and strength. They are calibrated as well, which means when you use the tweezers, the points come together perfectly.

I used these tweezers a fair bit, and have to say that I really found them to be easy to use. Despite the size (larger than my usual pair), they were no problem to handle. They were very lightweight, and the precision tips made it easy to grab even the tiniest hair. I really appreciated the precision!

Although I have not had cause to use them for first aid, I can already see how useful they would be for extracting splinters. My two kids get splinters a fair bit in the summer months, so I have no doubt I will be using them in the future.

In summary, I really liked Simply Essentials Tweezers for Ingrown Hair. They are a great addition for your beauty kit and first aid kit.

You can find Simply Essentials Tweezers for Ingrown Hair 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.

 

 

Book Review: Under 15 Minutes Quick and Easy Vegetarian Recipes

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It seems that it was not so long ago that vegetarianism was seen as an unusual dietary choice. People who chose to exclude meat from their diets were labelled or stigmatized. Well, that certainly has changed. Now, the health benefits of vegetarianism are very well documented. Many people have chosen to eat this way for health reasons, religious reasons or simply for taste.

There are an abundance of choices when it comes to vegetarian eating. People have developed a myriad of different ways to cook fruits, vegetables and whole grains in ways that our ancestors never dreamed of! Even if you are not strictly a vegetarian, you may go through stretches of time when you choose to limit meats in your diet. For this reason, having access to tasty vegetarian recipes is both healthy and smart!

I was really happy to review this new e-book: Under 15 Minutes Quick and Easy Vegetarian Meals by Jonathan Vine and Tali Carmi. There were several reasons why this title intrigued me! First, I love the concept of an easy meal, because I am not an accomplished cook. Secondly, I try to stick to recipes that are quick to make. As a mom who works full-time outside the home, I don’t have much spare time. Therefore, I want to make healthy meals quickly!

This book has an abundance of really great recipes. There are literally recipes to tempt the most inexperienced palates (read: kids!) to accomplished gourmets. I tried a couple recipes, and I was really happy with the results! The first that I tried was Vanilla French Toast. This recipe was just a subtle twist from my regular one, but it was incredibly tasty! It took less than 15 minutes to make, and my family loved the taste! You could eat them as is with some fresh fruit or jam, or traditional maple syrup. Two thumbs up for sure!

Another recipe that I tried were the Deviled Eggs. I never used to eat deviled eggs for some strange reason. Then about a decade ago, I tried them, and realized that they were absolutely delicious! Whenever I go to a party, I inevitably eat them if they are offered. Jonathan Vine’s recipe was very easy to make, and the result was fantastic! The eggs turned out amazing! I packaged them up and brought them to a pot luck dinner that we were headed to.

I can absolutely say that I will be returning to this cookbook many times over. I love that the recipes are healthy, and easy to make. My only criticism is that there are no nutritional numbers associated with each recipe. I really value these numbers, especially when I am doing my Weight Watchers point tracking.

If you are looking for a reasonably priced e-cookbook with delicious vegetarian recipes, then definitely give this book a try!

You can purchase this e-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.

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Join The Influenster Community!

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One of the primary activities I do on this blog is write product reviews. Truthfully, I love receiving new products and trying them out. I think it is really interesting to see the latest innovations out there and figuring out the pros and cons.

I have been asked before, where do you get all that stuff that you review? Well there are several places to get started! One of my favorites is Influenster!

So what is Influenster? Well here is the low down, directly from their website:

Influenster is a community of trendsetters, social media hotshots, and educated consumers who live to give opinions of products and experiences.

Influensters meet here to learn about new products from our favorite brands as well as review the products they already use in their day-to-day lives!

We invite our most active and social media savvy members to participate in exclusive rewards campaigns

The basic premise is this. If you love social media and have a strong interest in sharing your opinion on products with your friends, family and followers, then Influenster wants you to join their growing community!

So how do you get started? It is incredibly easy! First of all, let me emphasize that Influenster is completely FREE to join. There are no membership fees of any kind. All you do is enter your basic information, then connect all your social media accounts through your personal Social Impact page. The more connected you are on social media, the higher your Influenster score will be.

Once you sign up, then you should definitely LIKE the Influenster Facebook and Twitter pages. It is here that you will hear about many upcoming and ongoing campaigns (called VoxBox programs) that are happening.

Personally, I only found out about Influenster in the last year. In that time, I have been invited to participate in two campaigns. Firstly, I sampled and reviewed Broadway imPRESS press on nails. Recently, I reviewed some Lancome Grandiose mascara. Both campaigns were hugely fun, and as a beauty product junkie, it was so cool to try out these new products, and share my views.

So, are you INTRIGUED? Do you want to join? Well, all you have to do is click here!

Product Review/Giveaway: Dr. Song Vitamin C Serum (Can/US) (10/07)

drsongSkin care is really a changing field. Once upon a time, it seemed that everyone owned a few staples, like cold cream. There were not a ton of options, and certainly people’s individual skin needs were not seen as important.

Now skin care is really an emerging field for scientific research. It’s not just a matter of putting a pretty looking package together, people want to know that what they put on their face is actually backed up by hard science. We know what kinds of things contribute to aging skin, now companies are racing to create products which help to mitigate the effects of pollution, UV exposure, smoking, stress, and genetics.

Science is the principle which underlies Dr. Song’s Vitamin C Serum. Dr Song Medical is a medical cosmetic laboratory that originally manufactured products for professionals, doctors, and medical facilities. Their products are manufactured in the U.S., and are all fully FDA compliant. They adhere to strict quality control procedures, so that you can be assured that what is on their labels is actually in the bottle.

Their vitamin C serum is comprised of 20% vitamin C, but also other ingredients which help to restore the health and appearance of aging skin. These ingredients include: vitamin E, aloe vera and hyaluronic acid. Vitamins C and E are known anti-oxidants which help to reverse the effects of damaging free radicals to the skin. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance which is known to decline in aging skin; using this ingredient in a topical formulation helps to restore the fullness to your skin.

I have been using this serum for approximately 3 weeks and have been very happy with it. I use a small amount in the evening after I wash and dry my face. The serum is dispensed using an glass eye dropper. It is a fairly viscous liquid, so I rubbed it quickly between my hands to increase its temperature and decrease its viscosity, and then I applied it to my entire face and neck. I waited at least 5 minutes to allow it time to completely absorb through my skin before applying my nighttime moisturizer. Despite its texture, I didn’t find this serum to be overly sticky. It seemed to absorb very nicely through my skin, and it didn’t leave any residue. Also despite the label which indicated that it contained a fragrance, I didn’t detect any noticeable scent.

You can currently purchase Dr. Song Vitamin C Serum on Amazon. (It is being offered at a very good promotional price right now, an excellent value!)

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: Spongellé Pedi Buffer

spongelleIt’s getting to be that time of year here in Canada; the nights are getting colder, the days are getting shorter, and my skin is getting dryer. It’s a subtle change, but I definitely sense my feet are getting worse.

My feet take a terrible beating in the winter with the combination of two factors: being on my feet for 8 consecutive hours each day at work, and cold, dry weather. It gets really bad at this time of the year. My feet get super dry, and begin cracking. It really doesn’t let up at all until the weather starts to warm up in late spring. Brutal!

It takes a real committed regimen of exfoliating and moisturizing in order to keep your feet healthy. If you start to neglect this part of your body, it takes very little time before your skin starts looking and feeling terrible.

Enter the Spongellé Beach Grass Pedi-Buffer. It’s a product which is specifically designed to cleanse, smooth and rejuvenate tired feet. It’s a 3-in-1 product which really helps you take care of your feet while making them feel fabulous.

So how do you use it? It’s really easy. Simply moisten the buffer and squeeze to produce a rich lather. Use the softer side of the buffer to wash your feet. Then use the coarser side of the buffer to exfoliate and remove dead skin from your feet. Then you squeeze any excess water out of the buffer, and put it away for next time. Each buffer is multi-use, and meant to last for approximately 30 washes.

It is formulated with many natural ingredients including peppermint, arnica, sea kelp and bladderwrack. This product is not tested on animals, and is manufactured (and patented) in the U.S.A.

I have been using the Spongellé Pedi-Buffer for a few weeks, and I absolutely adore it. The scent is light, but absolutely dreamy. I love the combination of soft and rough textures, which allows you to clean and exfoliate your feet very easily. After showering, I used a nice heavy moisturizer, and my feet felt and looked great.

The Spongellé Pedi-Buffer makes a wonderful gift idea or simply get one for your own tired, achy feet! You can find out more about this product at the Spongellé online store.

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: 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.

 

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: 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.