Product Review: Jiraph Electric Stapler

I was recently sent a Jiraph Electric Stapler to review, and let me tell you, I was excited. Sounds totally geeky, right! However, I use staplers at work at LOT. And it may seem silly, but my co-workers and I often complain about how cheap staplers make our work miserable. I can honestly say that we have used 50 or more staplers in our little pharmacy since I started working there. All but one or two are in the trash, and those couple are in their last days.

Right now, we are only using manual staplers in my workplace, so I was intrigued with the idea of using an electric model. The last electric stapler that I have used was many years ago. So, with that in mind, I plugged it in and got to work.

It wasn’t long before I got to use my new toy. The Jiraph Electric Stapler was really easy to use. Feed the paper under the stapler, and it delivers a small “POP” and there it is. It was not noisy as compared with other electric staplers that I used many years ago. Typically at work, we staple between 2 and 5 pages together, so for this job it was not a problem at all for this stapler. I can’t comment on larger jobs, say 10 and 15 pages, because that is not something that we would typically do in a normal business day.

Overall, I am very satisfied with my purchase. If you are looking for a good quality stapler, then you should check this model out. You can purchase this stapler on Amazon.

Disclosure: I was sent a product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.


Product Review: Schwartz Bioresearch Probiotics #review

probiotic-20-sale_mediumI recently was sent a sample of Schwartz Bioresearch Probiotic capsules to try. In the past, I have tried probiotics and have found them a useful addition to the vitamins I take each day. Before I received my sample, I did some research on Schwartz Bioresearch.

Schwartz Bioresearch is a company which sells professional grade health supplements exclusively through their online store. All their products are manufactured and tested in the United States. They have a team of scientists and health researchers who devote thousands of hours into each product which is offered. Each supplement is tested rigorously by external agencies to ensure that the product is free of contaminants and that it contains the amounts of vitamin/nutrient listed on the label. The manufacturing facility is also registered by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure that best manufacturing practices are adhered to.

When I received my bottle of Probiotics from Schwartz Bioresearch, I read the insert contained in the box. It stated that probiotics are “the good bacteria found in your digestive system. They may help reduce occasional digestive problems by restoring a natural balance of bacteria in the digestive tract”. In my work as a pharmacist, I often see people who are dealing with digestive problems, such as constipation, bloating, and irritable bowel syndrome. For people whose problems are recurring, I often suggest using a daily probiotic supplement as a means of restoring the natural balance of bacteria in the intestines. While many people associate the word “bacteria” with infection, in the digestive tract, there are many types of bacteria which live there naturally, and keep your intestines in good shape.

The Schwartz Bioresearch Probiotics contain 4 strains of scientifically studied bacteria which are known to contribute to overall digestive system wellness. The way in which their supplement is manufactured ensures that the capsules will not degrade when exposed to digestive acids in the stomach, thereby delivering the bacteria to the intestinal tract.

I have been taking the product for about a week and half so far. This is not sufficient time to determine the overall effectiveness (normally this takes 4 weeks). However, I can say that the capsules are not overly large, compared to others that I have tried in the past. They are easy to take and have no discernible aftertaste. I did not find that they caused any side effects. I have been taking them as advised, which is 1 capsule twice daily, with plenty of water.

Schwartz Bioresearch sells their products exclusively through their online store, or on Amazon. Their supplements are all fully guaranteed, and should you be dissatisfied for any reason, they will refund your money. This company is dedicated to their high quality products, and have experts on hand to answer your questions. I would highly recommend checking our their products if you are looking for some good quality natural health products.

Disclosure: I received a bottle of Probiotics at no cost in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.



Female Friendships, Where Are You? (part 1)


I was idly browsing my Facebook newsfeed recently, and saw a post which piqued my interest. The person who posted it was a female friend/acquaintance of mine. She posted a photo of a craft or art project that she had completed at home. Though I am not entirely certain, it seemed like she had hosted a girls night at her home during which everyone did a similar craft. She tagged 9 or 10 other females in the post, and it did sound as though everyone there had a good time.

So why was I feeling sad? Well, it was a bit complicated. First of all, I do know this person, and like her. I don’t spend a ton of time with her, but would have considered her a friend if you were to ask me. Two things struck me. First of all, I was not included in this group of friends that gathered at her home, nor was I invited. Which led me to the second point, did she consider me a friend? Possibly not, or maybe she just thought of me as a casual acquaintance. The other thing that grabbed my attention was that she had a group of 9 or 10 (!) female friends at her home, which considering the complexity of people’s schedules, seemed like a really big deal to me.

At this point, I started thinking about my own situation. Right now, I have very few friends that live in my immediate vicinity. This fact has been very obvious to me in the last few years, especially since I have had children. While many women find that having children makes it easier to make friends with other moms, this has unfortunately not been the case for me. I can’t really say why. From time to time, I have thought that it had something to do with my age. I had my first child at 34, and my last child at 43. In general, I have always been older than other mothers with children my age.

My age can’t be the whole story though. Mothers tend to have very similar experiences, and whether you are 22 or 42, there are commonalities.

Where does that leave me? Why do I feel so isolated? I don’t have all the answers. Over time, I have thought a great deal about this topic in hopes of changing my situation. I feel like having a small group of good female friends would immeasurably improve my life right now. As much I love my family and my work, I feel like my identity as “Jennifer” has become lost in the mix.

In university, I had a great group of female friends. Some of my happiest times were spent with these ladies. After we graduated, we scattered to many far flung places. At the present time, these people live in a total of four different countries, and the nearest one lives 3 hours away. So while the friendships are still in place, the logistics of getting together are quite tricky to say the least.

Which leads me back to my original problem. Why have I had so much trouble making friends with women in my immediate area? How can I find ways to make connections with other women that lead organically to nourishing friendships?

I will talk more about this topic in my next post. If you have any feedback on this issue, please feel free to comment.
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Disclaimer: I have not received any compensation in exchange for this post.

Product Review: Intellident Toothbrush Shield #Intellident

IntellidentIt’s funny but true. I have this thing about always keeping my toothbrush covered. This has gone back a long way. I had read reports about particulates that fly around the bathroom (read: waste particles!) that land on all surfaces when the toilet is flushed. EWWW! Right after reading that, I bought a plastic toothbrush cover at the local dollar store and used it to cover my toothbrush. The only problem: the plastic toothbrush cover gets grimy and moldy! You have to keep tracks on these things, and often I forget. The toothbrush cover needs to get put into the dishwasher to sterilize it once in awhile.

Trying to keep your teeth and mouth clean is not such an easy thing!

When I was sent a sample of Intellident Toothbrush Shield to review, I was very interested to say the least. Basically, this product is a “breathable, quick drying shield…like a surgical mask for your toothbrush”. This product has been laboratory tested to be a 99.9% barrier against airborne and surface bacteria. This is a huge improvement against plastic toothbrush covers that trap and breed bacteria.


toothbrush shield

When I read some more into this product, I learned that a toothbrush can become contaminated in multiple ways including:

  • being stored in a shared cup or toothbrush holder with other brushes
  • being enclosed in a dark space (like a medicine cabinet) which can breed germs
  • being stored within 6 feet of a toilet

Using the Intellident Toothbrush Shield is really simple. All you have to do is peel open the package, and slide your toothbrush inside. It also has the benefit of wicking away moisture from your toothbrush while it is being stored. It can be used to keep your toothbrush clean for up to seven days. It’s really handy for use while either at home or traveling.

I really was excited to find this product, and find it a great addition to my toothbrushing routine. You can purchase this product at leading pharmacy chains including Walgreens, or from online retailers like or


Disclaimer: I was provided with a sample of this product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


Lise Watier Hydraforce Gel Creme #Glamsense

I was recently given the opportunity to test out a new product from Canadian beauty brand Lise Watier called Hydraforce Comfort Cream. It is a moisturizing product which can be used as either a daytime or nighttime moisturizer. I used it primarily as a nighttime moisturizer which I applied after using a cleanser, toner and serum.

The Hydraforce Comfort Cream contains a marine algae extract from the Gaspe region of Quebec. This algae is included because it enables the skin to thrive in a variety of environments. The extract is supposed to give the skin on the face and neck enhanced resiliency. The fragrance of this product reminded me of the sea, so the inclusion of the algae extract makes sense. The fragrance was noticeable but not overpowering. I liked it but people with allergies to fragrance would likely not be able to tolerate this product.

20160317_102547-1The Hydraforce Cream came with a plugin tool which plugs into your mobile phone. The tool is used to test the moisture level of the skin. The Hydraforce app is available for download on your Android or iOS device. You can test the moisture levels before and after the application of the skin. Not surprisingly the moisture levels of my face and hands were fairly low, because lately I have been lax in applying moisturizer. After applying the Hydraforce Cream, the moisture levels went up noticeably.

IMG_20160515_161003The Hydraforce Cream made my skin feel wonderful! I used it on my face, neck and hands. It had a lovely texture which made my skin feel silky smooth. When I woke up in the morning, I thought that my face still felt very soft. It was a nice sensation! I also liked the scent of this product, as previously mentioned, although it may not appeal to everyone.

I received this product at no charge in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.


Product Review: Dove Beauty Products #Dove #Glamsense

I was recently sent a box of Dove beauty products in exchange for my honest opinion. All views are my own. No affiliate links have been used in this post.

I have been a user of Dove products for a long time, well before it became a beauty staple for today’s women. In university, I started using Dove shampoo, conditioner and antiperspirant and I never really stopped.

The main reasons for using Dove are that they work great for my hair/skin and they are highly moisturizing. Way back in the day, Dove bar soap was known for its nice scent, and the fact that it is made with moisturizing cream. When looking at the beauty bar that I received, it appears that not much has changed. It still smells great, and it is the best choice for using in my bath. I love how it makes my skin feel nice and soft, and it leaves a nice (but not overpowering) clean scent. For the shower, I use the Dove Body Wash. I was sent the Purely Pampering Shea Butter and Vanilla scented body wash. Not only did it smell AMAZING but it also left my skin silky smooth. It definitely was a pampering experience!

Dove Beauty Box

Dove Beauty Box

I was also sent a bottle of Dove Shampoo and Conditioner, a new formulation called Dove Nutritive Therapy Nourishing Oil Care. It promises to remove frizz by 100%. This was a huge bonus for me because my hair is really thick and frizzy. After using this shampoo and conditioner only one time, I was stunned. My hair looked so soft, and the frizz was definitely at a minimum. I was so bowled over, I chucked my old bottles of shampoo and conditioner in the trash, because they were doing such an inferior job at controlling the frizz.

Last but not least, I was also sent a container of Dove’s new Dry Spray Antiperspirant in Original Scent. You have probably seen the commercials on television for this product. It uses a non-CFC formulation for the spray mechanism, and this allows the product to go on dry. It is an improvement, in my opinion, over the sticks and gel type antiperspirants. When it goes on, you don’t notice any white residue on your skin. However, I must caution that you should still wait a couple minutes for the product to settle, as I found that it left white marks on my black shirt. (I put on my shirt literally seconds after using the dry spray) However, that was really a minor complaint. I am a total convert to dry spray, and Dove does it right. In addition to the Original Scent which I was given, I also have purchased the Cucumber and Green Tea Scent. Both were very nice smelling, the original with a light floral scent was very pretty.

Overall I LOVED the Dove beauty products that I was given, both for their pleasant scent (all), their moisturizing properties (shampoo, conditioner, beauty bar and body wash) and the way they keep me dry and fresh (dry spray).


Product Review: Yalmeh Vitamin C Serum #YalmehVitaminCSerum

yalmehIf  you have read any of my product reviews, then you will know that I am a big fan of facial serums. I find that these are little concentrated powerhouses that deliver much needed nutrients to the skin on your face and neck. I use them in conjunction with facial moisturizers to keep my face looking refreshed and smooth.

A serum that I was recently sent to review is made by a company called Yalmeh. Their 20% vitamin C facial serum is a new product for me. In the past, I have used their eye creams and facial moisturizers, and have been happy with the quality of their offerings.

Their 20% vitamin C facial serum is the maximum concentration that you will find in a facial serum product. It delivers a very concentrated amount of vitamin C which helps to reduce sun related damage to the skin. Vitamin C also acts as an anti-oxidant to help combat the damage caused by free radicals to the skin.

Vitamin C is one of the main ingredients contained in anti-aging products that you will hear dermatologists endorse for its effectiveness. While such products sometimes have a slightly higher price tag, you are paying for active ingredients which deliver results, instead of hyped-up promises.

I used this serum in conjunction with a vitamin C nighttime cream and eye product. I found that the serum had a nice consistency, not too thick, not too thin. A small amount dispensed by eye dropper was all that was needed to cover my face. I used the serum first, then waited a few minutes to allow it to absorb before putting any more product on my face. I did not find this product to be the least bit irritating to my face; there was no burning or stinging upon irritation. There was also no discernible fragrance which can sometimes cause irritation.

I really liked this facial serum and easily incorporated it into my nighttime skin care routine. I would have no hesitation recommend this product to others. Yalmeh has a great customer service policy; they truly care about your satisfaction. If for any reason  you are unhappy with their product, just contact their customer service department and they will refund your purchase in full. It doesn’t get much better than that in terms of service.

You can purchase Yalmeh 20% Vitamin C Serum on Amazon.

I received a complimentary bottle in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.



Product Review: Forlan Skincare Night Cream #ForlanNightCream


I have been fortunate to test a lot of great night creams in the last couple years, and this product by Forlan Skincare is no exception.

Firstly, I would like to make a comment about the packaging of this product. It may seem superficial, but it points to an attention to detail. The bottle is sleek and elegant looking. It features a pump dispenser mechanism, which is cleaner to use. Also the opaque bottle protects the ingredients from degradation.

This night cream features several ingredients including vitamins A, C, and E which are antioxidants. These act as scavengers of free radicals, which cause damage to the skin over time. Also, the night cream contains several moisturizing ingredients including shea butter and aloe vera. All the ingredients work together to help keep your face looking fresh and moisturized.

I did not find the texture of this cream to be overly greasy. Each night, I used approximately 2 pumps of the dispenser to completely cover my face and neck. My night time skin care routine included washing with a non-irritating cleanser, toner, serum and then the Forlan Skincare Night Cream. Application of the cream did not cause any tingling, burning or irritation. When I woke up each morning, my skin felt soft and looked good.

I used this cream for approximately a month and was very happy with its performance. I would have no issue recommending this product to anyone looking for a good, non-irritating night cream. You can find this product on Amazon.

This product was provided at no charge in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


Product Review: Glow2Go Self Tanning Towelettes #thermalabs

go2glowIt’s summer time and people (including me!) want to have a nice glow on their skin. I choose not to spend a lot of time in the sun, because it makes my skin age prematurely, and also I don’t want to get skin cancer. But that doesn’t mean I want to have white skin!

So the solution? Self-tanning products are the choice for me. These type of products have been around for a bit over 10 years, and it seems that they are getting more and more refined. In the past, if you used a self-tanning lotion, your skin ended up looking orange and strange-looking. Now, things are much improved, and products will give you a nicer looking, more natural tan.

I was sent a sample of Glow2Go Tanning Towelettes by Thermalabs to try out. I was really excited to try this product, and try to get my fake tan started. Right now, I am six months pregnant, and very white, so it was a clean palette.

I followed the instructions that were provided by Thermalabs, because I was not familiar with the application technique. First, they recommend that you bathe/shower and also exfoliate (but no shaving). The exfoliation helps to give the skin a nice smooth surface on which to apply the towelettes. After completely drying the skin, you open up a single-use towelette, and apply it to the desired regions, which for me were the arms, lower legs and area around the neck/upper chest. I am going to be attending a wedding and christening in the next couple weeks, so I want to have a bit of color for those occasions.

After apply the towelette, you wash your hands to get the self-tanning product off the palms. Then, they recommend you wait at least 10 minutes before you get dressed, to allow the product to completely dry.

glow2goAfter using the product, I found a very light but noticeable color on my arms and legs. It was not drastic, but I didn’t want to look fake, so it was right for me. Later in the week, I applied another towelette to enhance the color a bit, and it seemed to do the trick. I loved how easy it was to apply this product, and it generated just the right amount of color on my skin. When I get closer to the wedding and christening dates, I will reapply the product again to keep the skin looking good.

I really loved this product, and how easy it was to use. If you are looking for a good self-tanning product that is easy to use, and no fuss, I would definitely recommend that you check this product out. You can find this product on Amazon.

I received this product at a discounted price in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.