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Monday, November 3, 2014

Braun® Thermometer Review

I'm back from my recent MIA with a great review of the Braun® No touch + forehead thermometer. This came in handy with my recent cold!

The Braun® No touch + forehead thermometer can be used two ways, touch or no touch. There is a guiding light to line up distance for no touch and a soft ring for resting the forehead for touch. The touch option is great for taking your own temp or when you have a small child who is wiggling too much to line up those little beams. The best feature is the changing color display. Green is a good temperature, yellow is a low grade fever, and red means your temperature is high. I hit 102 at the peak of my fever and it flashed red. The color alerts you to temperature range before you even read the numbers. The display is perfect for nighttime temperature taking. It is just bright enough to read without being so bright as to wake a child. The light beams are a little too bright for night time since they are directed straight at the sick persons face. All in all, this is a great product and will definitely be replacing our currently use thermometer.

I received all products complimentary from Influenster.
The views and opinions expressed are purely my own.

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Hits Keep On Comin'

I posted a few months ago that we had a couple surgeries, injuries, illnesses and dental procedures and now I guess I get to update with more of the same. September is coming to an end and this has been one of the busiest and most physically and emotionally draining months of the entire year.

My two oldest went back to school. 

Big A started Jr. High this year, so that was scary.

We decided we don't own enough pets *wink* and got two adorable mini-dwarf rabbits. They have been named Peaches and Cream(y).

Hubby had surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome and had to be off work for two weeks. Then upon returning to work he injured his knee during his first week back.

Big A had her first ever filling in a tooth! And her 12 yr old molars are coming in as well. She also managed to get in the way of little man's rock throwing and currently has a black eye.

Little man turned 4 this month. We have put his birthday off until next month to afford us a small break. In the mean time we took him out to dinner on his birthday. We told him we would go anywhere he wanted to eat. His pick? Costco! Boy after my own heart! Tomorrow he goes for his birthday check up, and being 4 means he is due for shots.

Speaking of check ups I had one this month too and am 2 weeks over due for a blood draw, so looks like I will be rounding out the month with that tomorrow as well. Then earlier this month I had yet another filling done and the dentist hit something causing my face to swell and bruise. Two weeks later I was still a little green and yellow. Now later in the month I am having bad headaches and jaw pain.

But finally the actual worst news is that my Grandpa ended his battle with cancer this month. He turned 81 this year and was the most amazing person I have ever known. I'm very lucky to have had him in my life and I will be forever grateful for every second, every moment, every lesson, every adventure, every project, every memory, everything I had with him. I love you Grandpa!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Surfs Up VoxBox Review

Surfs Up! Time for another Influenster VoxBox filled with awesome stuff for us to review.

Here's what's inside:

Jamba Juice Smoothie Kit

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration After Sun

First Aid Shot Therapy

SinfulColors Professional Nail Polish

COVERGIRL Bombshell Curvaceous by LashBlast Mascara
First up is the Jamba Juice Smoothie Kit. We had to make a special trip to another grocery store to pick these up. There are tons of options to pick from and with all the yummy choices it did take us awhile to agree on just one. We settled on Caribbean Passion with mangoes, strawberries, peaches and non-fat yorgut. The packs are pretty small, just enough to make two 8 oz glasses. You dump the contents in the blender with the recommended or your juice choice and mix. I was a pretty disappointed by the fruit content as the sum total of cut up strawberries would have made one strawberry. Not enough to add any flavor to the mix at all. In fact the only thing you could really taste when blended was the mango. Good fruit and flavor just not a good mix of either.

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Next up is Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration After Sun. This product combines lotion and aloe gel for a ribbon layered look. The scent is a nice sweet smell. Not overly scented but enough to enjoy. As far as moisturizing it seems to feel good at first but the moisture doesn't stay. On dry or sunburned skin it relieves the itching but the dryness lingers. I would use this more for the scent I think than the moisturizing.
Now on to First Aid shot Therapy. We had to wait for the opportune time to try this out. So one day after hiking and getting a bit too much sun and not enough water I had a seriously bad headache. Perfect testing time for this. A good shake and then bottoms up. I had to drink it in little sips. The taste is a little strange but not unpleasant. I did begin to feel some relief from my headache fairly fast but my stomach did not appreciate the shot at all. I had to sit still and close my eyes for about 10 minutes to keep from revisiting the shot for a second time on the trip out. So all in all I'm not sure that the time I had to wait for my stomach to settle justifies the benefit of quick pain relief.

Almost at the end is SinfulColors Professional Nail polish. We were sent the Aqua color. The polish is kind of thin so two coats are required. The finish has a metalic look to it and the color is awesome. There's some blue and green in different lights, it looks great! Deffinetly a color I would have picked for myself. Just wish it hadn't leaked a bit in the box when it came so I had more of it to use!
Finally we have COVERGIRL Bombshell Curvaceous by LashBlast Mascara. This mascara is a great two wand, two formula product. The step one side separates and adds a little curve to the lashes and the second coats each lash for a dark accentuated lash. The end result is a nice full clean lash look. Very nice dual product. I like to use just step one on lower lashes for an accented but lighter lash.  

I received all products complimentary from Influenster.
The views and opinions expressed are purely my own.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

TLC VoxBox Review

Here we go again. Another awesome VoxBox came our way from Influenster. This one is the TLC VoxBox and it was filled with all things Mommy!!

Here's what's inside:
Neosporin Neo To Go
Breyers Gelato Indulgences (coupon)
Ivory bar soap
AVON Anew Reversalist Express Wrinkle Smoother
Puffs To Go
Shell Fuel Rewards Network card

Starting at the top we tried out the Neosporin Neo To Go. I had the perfect chance to use this when one of the kids popped a blister on their foot playing outside. It wasn't bleeding but stung a lot and I couldn't get them to come inside to clean it off. So out came the Neo To Go and with a quick squirt the pain was gone. Worked really fast! It took a few tries to get it to spray the first use but once it came out it was easy to aim. It comes out looking like a frothy foam then dissolves away. I have added this to my purse first aid kit and it fits perfectly.

Next up Breyers Gelato. I had to go to a different store than normal to get this and then that store only had two flavors to pick from. I was nice and went for the kid friendly option of raspberry cheesecake. I want to say that I completely loved this because it was really good, but there was a huge negative in that it didn't taste like cheesecake at all. The raspberry sauce is very sweet, almost too sweet, and the gelato is very creamy. I don't think the graham crumble added anything to the flavor or texture so aside from the look of it when you open the package it really could have been left off. All in all it was very tasty just not how I expected it to taste.

On to the Ivory soap. Ivory has always been awesome. It floats, it explodes in the microwave, what more could you ask right?! Well unfortunately for me, I need a soap that doesn't strip you of moisture. I have dry sensitive skin and was itchy after one use. The rest of the family has used it just fine and I do enjoy the smell. So for those of us with skin issues, not so great, but for the average population this one gets a thumbs up.

Now for the AVON Anew Reversalist Express Wrinkle Smoother. First a How-To of opening this product because I seriously messed with the lid for several minutes before I figured it out. I felt pretty stupid but found out I'm not the only one! The lid slides open, like a slider phone. Okay, now on to the actual product. The texture of this is really nice. It goes on like a powder would and feels very similar. No need for blending and it can be used under or over makeup. You may notice there is no picture for this one and that's because I found no difference in my wrinkles to photo to share. Not to say this doesn't work but I don't have deep wrinkles. Not that I don't have my fair share of wrinkles just I'm still on the younger side of adulthood so not so many. So to give this a fair shake I passed it along to my mom to get her two cents. (She had trouble with the lid too!) She says that it does appear to smooth the deeper lines. We both like that the case is it's own mirror. Has a nice surface we may have to keep for later use after the product is gone.

Almost done we move to Puffs To Go (with lotion). I'm not sure if it's the lotion of just the tissue but these are extra thick. They are super soft and we tested them out a lot with both allergy season and a summer cold going through our house. Even after multiple uses they don't irritate the skin on the nose so you can keep right on being sick or allergic or crying and not have a bright red nose as well! One draw back to these is that the package opens at the top so you have to try and separate the folded tissue from the rest and pull it out the tiny opening. Much prefer front openings with pop up next tissue dispensing.

Finally we get to the Shell Fuel Rewards card. Normally I go out of my way to make sure I try out everything that comes in the VoxBox, but this one I just couldn't review. There is only one Shell station in my city and it's well out of my way to go to. On top of, we currently get our gas at Costco where we get both a lower price and earn basic simple cash back. I will pass the card on to someone who can use it, just unfortunately it will not work for us.

I received all products complimentary from Influenster.
The views and opinions expressed are purely my own.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Quick Banana Cookies

In the mood for cookies? Got a few ripe bananas? Then you're in luck, because these are the fastest, easiest 2 ingredient cookies you will ever make. Don't believe me? You will when you try them. Plus they are healthy and delicious!

2 large over ripe bananas
1 cup of quick oats.
YUP--that's it!!

You can add in choc chips, coconut, or nuts if you'd like. We did some with chocolate chips and a few with Hershey kisses just for fun.

Mush together the bananas and oats (and anything else you want to add).
Place mix in small clumps on a cookie sheet.
Bake at 350º for 15 mins and ENJOY!