Thursday, November 24, 2016

*Guest Post* Simple Ideas To Make Your Nursery Eco-Friendly

Monday, November 7, 2016

The Dread Update

So, after being reminded that I had begun a blog about my dread journey I figured I would update everyone. If you read my first dread post you know my dread journey began on August 14, 2016 which means my dread babies are 11 weeks and 2 days old and some major changes have been underway.

It still looks crazy and messy and I absolutely LOVE it!
First, I switched from using my all time favorite shampoo from Shea Moisture and have opted for a baking soda wash with an apple cider vinegar rinse. It keeps my hair cleaner and free from residue, now I admit once a week I will wash my hair with the "detox ginger and mint" shampoo from Shea Moisture as a treat but most times it's the baking soda and vinegar I grab for. 

Trying to capture the loopies....such a difficult task on the camera

Second, my babies have really been crazy I started with a few little loops and soon grew into all sorts of loops on the top of my hair, the only hair still straight is the underside that just won't seem to stay locked but I hear this is a common issue with starting dreads.

I love the crazy little loopies!

Some things I have learned along the way...

1. Wash daily (if you want) clean hair locks faster
2. No brushing means more time
3. Washing your looped and knotted babies is awesome but they do take some extra time to dry
4. I love tying my hair back with my hair no more hair ties needed
5. I feel free but my hair seems heavier with the loops and bumps
6. Each day I love my dread babies more and more
7. Your hair will get super short as the loops form, don't worry it will grow long again.

Air Fryer Cook Book - eBook Review

Being the cook of the family really gets tough at times, trying to find new and exciting recipes that are delicious and semi-easy to make can prove challenging at times. I was given the opportunity to try out this new eBook Air Fryer Cook Book from Daniel Alley. The book is filled with delicious sounding recipes that after reading them seem easy enough to make. 

Such dishes include...But are not limited to...

Main Meals

Pork satay with peanut sauce
Beef roll up
Tortilla chips and Fish
Lamb chops with garlic sauce
Buttermilk chicken with sweet potato chips
Roasted lamb with a macadamia crust
Roasted chicken with herbs


Apricot and blackberry crumble
Orange chocolate fondant
Air fried Cheesecake
Chocolate muffins

Snacks And Side Dishes Recipes

Cheddar cheese biscuits
Mini pizza with broccoli
Potato skin wedges
Air fried onion rings
Air fried Donuts
Bacon wrapped tarter tots

Are you ready to try some new and delicious recipes to keep your family intrigued and their palate interested? Check out this eBook on Amazon and pick yourself up a new book.

Check out the book here.

*Disclaimer: I received this product at no cost in exchange for my honest and unbiased review*

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Ketogenic Diet eBoko Review

Back in 2010 I had weight loss surgery...gastric bypass to be exact, I started off weighing in at about 380lbs at my heaviest. When July 2011 came around I weighed in at 155lbs, and on my one year anniversary of my surgery I found out I was expecting my second child. Let's fast forward a few years to present day 2016 and I now have four amazing children (three of which came after my weight loss surgery) but I am also quite a bit heavier than 155lbs...72lbs heavier to be exact and no I am not proud of that.

I need to get myself back on track but to be honest I HATE eating healthy and I hate exercising even more, and yes I realize that is the key factors in loosing weight and getting healthy. This eBook really helps with my urge to snack. The Ketogenic Diet Fat Bombs: Delicious Dessert Recipes That Are High Fat and Low Carb For Weigh Loss written by Sam Kuma is amazing! The recipes are easy to follow, quick to make and are delicious.

While just changing this one part of my daily routine won't help me lose 72lbs it sure is helpful. Now, if only exercising was this much fun and tasty.

You can find this book and many others on Amazon

*Disclaimer: I was sent a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased feedback. All opinions stated are mine, 100% true and unbiased.*

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Learn How To Live The Scriptures With The Lifehacks NIV Bible

I have recently become a sort of collector of bibles, I love seeing all the different translations and comparing them, it's such a great thing for me personally that helps me to understand what I am reading better. One thing I have trouble with though is incorporating the bible scriptures into my daily life.

When I was given the opportunity to review the NIV version of the Lifehacks Bible: Practical Tools For Spiritual Habits I was really excited. I have to say I have been using this bible for a few months now and really enjoy it. The only thing about this bible that I didn't really care for was...Jesus' words were not highlighted in red in this version like they are in so many other bibles. This was a super easy fix though, I simply took a pack of highlighters and for each book that Jesus speaks in I highlighted all his words in a different color. It worked out really well.

The pages on this bible aren't as thin as they are on traditional bibles which is another wonderful part I liked about this because with 4 kids my pages take a beating and with this bible they didn't rip easily (in fact they didn't rip at all so far thank heavens).

This bible is filled with pages that help you to live out the scriptures in your daily like, pages like the do's and don'ts for living a Godly life, and just different things that will help you in life and your spiritual journey. This NIV version is easy to read and understand. The wording is bigger than the traditional style bibles so it makes it easy to read (at least for me).

Overall, I have to give this Lifehacks Bible: Practical Tool For Spiritual Habits a 5 out of 5 stars, it's wonderful in every aspect and I personally love it.

You can purchase your Lifehacks Bible at the Christian Book Store.

*Disclaimer: I was sent this selection from the Book Look Bloggers site in exchange for my honest and unbiased feedback. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own and may differ from yours.*

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Why Is Raise Them Well Better Than The Competitors...One Word...Safe

When my first born was growing up Johnson's & Johnson's was a name that was highly recognized among mothers, it was once thought the company provided safe and healthy baby care products that would keep your baby clean, smelling good and healthy but in recent years it has come to light that this was not and is not the case. If you think I am just saying things you can check out the 2014 article in the NY Times about how Johnson's and Johnson's is "phasing out" harmful chemicals and ingredients, but to be honest they should never have included toxic ingredients in the first place, our babies are the most vulnerable and should never be exposed to such harmful ingredients. But anyways enough about the toxic ingredients, I could write a book on all the companies whose sole concern is turning a profit and their least concern is our safety and health. My last word of advice is just research each ingredient in your personal care products both for yourself and your children and know what's in your products.

Now, I want to tell you about a company whose sole purpose in life is to make safe products that you can feel confident using not only with your baby but around your home as well. I give you *ba ba baaaa* Raise Them Well (insert confetti canons here) This company was founded by a pediatrician and a stay at home mom when they brought their first born into the world and they have only grown since the birth of their second son. This mom (Emily) is the most down to earth person and she truly cares about not only her children but all of our children, she strives to find safe, organic and natural ingredients to make products that are safe, effective and affordable.

Let's take a look at some popular brands of baby wash and their ingredients first, shall we?

Johnson's & Johnson's website lists the following as ingredients: (Resource here)

Water (eau), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate, Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, PEG-150 Distearate, Glycerin, Polyquaternium-10, Tetrasodium EDTA, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Benzoate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum

No big deal right? Well, let's compare those ingredients to the Raise Them Well ingredients: (On their Amazon product page, I also list them in my video.)

Certified ToxicFree Ingredients: Purified water, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Sodium Chlorite (Stabilized Oxygen), Vegetable Glycerin, Lavender Essential Oil

Now, let's take those ingredients and look them up on website, where they have over 62,000 products on file and break down their ingredients providing a scale and ranking the ingredients from 1-7, one being the lowest and 7 being the highest danger. I have highlighted the ingredients in the above ingredients which ranked in the warning to dangerous zones on EWG. Take note the highlighted ingredients ranked a 3 or higher on the EWG scale.

Now, I ask you which product would you want against your child's sensitive skin? Down to Earth's website states...

 "Your skin is the largest organ of your body and since it is porous, it absorbs whatever you put on it. A study published in the American Journal of Public Health looked into the skin's absorption rates of chemicals found in drinking water. It showed that the skin absorbed an average of 64% of total contaminant dosage."

That is a huge risk to take with some toxin filled baby wash, so why wouldn't you opt for a better product, a safer product? Some people have told me that paying $12.99 for a bottle of baby wash just isn't affordable, I ask you your baby's health and safety not worth $12.99 a month? Because when you break it down this baby wash literally lasts us a month and we have 3 little ones who use it everyday...sometimes twice a day! So, really it amounts to about $0.43 a day to help eliminate toxins from your baby's wash routine.

While we are talking about harmful products for our children, I came across this article written on WebMD and even though it was from 2009 I think it has relevance to this topic in general. You can read the article yourself here.

I know when you are thinking about all the harmful things in our world today it can be overwhelming, but I urge you to take one step at a time, change one thing at a time, and personally I would begin with the products you use for your children.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

The New Type Of Sippy Cup

If you are like me you have probably been somewhere that gives your children a cup with no lid and when you ask for a lid they look at you like you are nuts, right? Please tell me I am not alone on this issue. Well, with four of the little minions running around we don't go out to eat too often but even at home I have found the 2 year old is really stretching his "I'm independent" wings, while I love watching him grow and learn I am about sick of cleaning up spilled drinks, especially off the pets!

When I was given the opportunity to try out the newest silicone lids from the company OSip! I was excited. If we rewind a few months ago we were sent their lids with straw holes to try and the kids loved them. You can see more of that review by clicking here. These new sippy cup style silicone lids are just as awesome as their counterparts.

These silicone lids fit easily over pretty much any cup you can think of...plastic...Styrofoam, glass, stainless steel, even baby bottles and they fit snuggly which mean...*drum roll please* no spills! The super stretchy silicone gives you the freedom to use these on almost anything and thanks to the flexible silicone you can fit these right inside your diaper bag and always have one with you. They take up far less space than traditional sippy cups and you don't have to worry about harmful chemicals like BPA and others like it that can cause harm to your children's body.

While I am at the current moment in a feud with Amazon I will tell you that you you can find these fabulous lids on Amazon, but personally I am sure you can find them elsewhere too if you take a minute to check.

*Disclaimer: I was sent this product at no cost in exchange for my honest and unbiased feedback*