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Sunday, March 22, 2015

My Favorite Uses For Lavender Oil

My Favorite Uses For Lavender Oil
Written By Cyndi Curtis 3/22/15

 In the world of essential oils, I think everyone knows lavender oil. Lavender oil is like a old friend, you can always go to. You know what to expect, and it feels comfortable. To me that is lavender essential oil. I have a couple of standard ways I use essential oils around the house weekly. 


I will use just about any essential oil, but there are a few favorites. What makes my favorites list isn't about brand it's more about value and quality. Take Insta-Natural's Lavender Essential Oil. I like it because it's in a fair sized bottle(4 oz.) and comes with a dropper(glass bottle and dropper). So for $19.97 I have confidence that it's a fair value. My recipes for lavender essential oil are below.

Insta-Natural Lavender Oil

Lavender Room Spray

A inexpensive water bottle(6 oz size)
1-6 drops of Lavender essential oil
1/2 cup of distilled water

Simply fill the water (spray) bottle up with room temp distilled water. Leave enough room for the drops of essential oil.
Now take the Insta-Natural Lavender essential oil and using the dropper, drop 1-6 droppers full of the lavender essential oil.
Replace the cap, shake well and set the sprayer to make sure it is set at a fine mist.

Spray to your hearts content!
(Tip: spray high in the air letting the mist fall through the air as high as possible for best results)


Lavender Oil Aroma Therapy

A small pot
2 cups of purified water
10 drops of lavender essential oil

(optional; 1/2 cup of lavender flowers dried)

Fill a pot up with about 2 cups of purifed water.
Using the dropper place approximately 10 drops of lavender oil
Turn the burner on low-med( a soft boil is okay)

Tip; close windows and doors so that you can fill the air with the steamy,scented mist of lavender oil.
You can also remove the water into a bowl and place the bowl in a room you want scented.

Lavender oil can help purify the indoor air and can be alternated between using charcoal(bamboo) and a combination of other essential oils.

*** Sometimes after I wash the floor with hot water, or steam my floors with the shark steamer, I break out the mop and bucket(old school for sure) and fill it with piping hot water half way, and drop in about 10-15 drops of lavender essential oil.  It just smells so nice and makes the entire house smell lavender-y for hours and hours. No other method of air purifying needed on that day!

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Smiles,
Cyndi



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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Why Omega 3's Are a Good Thing




Why Omega 3's are A Good Thing
Written by Cyndi Curtis, March 17.2015




I was sent this bottle of Omega 3s from Life Foods. I had been on fish oil in the past and you are going to laugh, but a psychic adviser informed me that it was important that I take them. You laugh now(it's okay, try and remember I am a holistic coach and esoteric findings are cool to me) but I crinkled up my nose too as I wrote it down during the reading.

That was more than 10 years back and funny thing is, I didn't actual heed his advice and wouldn't you know it, years later a doc told me to take fish oils. I eat and love fish, but I don't get enough that I need. That story is true for most women.

So what are Omega 3's good for anyway and where can we find them?
First off Fish oil contains DHA and EPA, a couple of important acids that help with heart disease. These acids are proven to help prevent hypertension.

There are downsides to actually intaking fish oils
1.Fish prep,cooking and eating

Some of us, can't promise to eat a piece of fatty fish each day-can we? I know I can't and I love fish like Salmon. I just can't see me eating it daily. Nor can I imagine cooking it either.

Supplements are just an easier way to make sure you get the proper dose each day. Of course other ways you can nab some Omega's are by way of foods like;

  1. Salmon
  2. ALA foods like- spinach, kale and brussels sprouts 
  3. Flax seeds (ALA)
ALA stands for alpha Linolenic Acid and it's another way to get your Omega's in the form of food. I understand that we can also get ALA's via soy along with a few other oils- like vegetable and canola(rapeseed oil). I wouldn't care to have to get my ALA's/Omega's through soy or oils like this. I  believe there is some reservations about soy products and cooking oils which are actually not good for us if we want to live a more organic/healthy lifestyle. Of course everything in moderation is what is said.

I try to incorporate a supplement of fish oil into my routine and I have been for over 6 years now. I admit I should be doing this routinely and consistantly- I find I take them for several months and stop for several months. The key is being consistant, and I try to be more mindful of that these days.

Life  Food Omega-3 
retail: $22.50

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Non-Toxic Leather Cleaners


Non Toxic Leather Cleaners
Written By Cyndi Curtis
March 17,2015


LeatherNova.com

 A 18 oz full bottle of leather cleaning love. That is what I call The Leather Nova brand of cleaners and leather conditioners. Here is what I like; no toxic ingredients, no harsh scent and it works right out of the gate. This brand carries the cleaner, restorer and protector and each one comes with the handy cleaning cloth.

 Seriously, I am just so happy it's got no toxic weirdness and it works. I have a leather sofa, a chair and numerous leather bags- not to mention the leather seats in the volvo that I have neglected all winter long.

Thrilled to see what this product can do for my leather items.

Leather Nova



Smiles,
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How to Tell Good Argan Oil From the Not So Good


How to Tell Good Argan Oil From the Not So Good
Written By Cyndi Curtis
March 16,2015




So you picked up some argan oil and you payed a small fortune for this golden wonder. This oil that also has a twin that is used as a dipping oil in Morocco. Read more on argan oil for cooking in another post I wrote.

I try many argan oils, because being a holistic coach, I revel in good for you things and I can't really be an expert on anything without two things- actually trying something and also being educated on a product or service.  I have blogged about a few of the argan oils I tried. There are some I try but do not blog on it. I try to give a truthful account and look for the "pros" in something as not to write negatively about a product or service. Why? I do that not because I am afraid to share my honest thoughts, it is because I rather spend my time on the positive side of something( including a person) unless I am at total, unmitigated odds with it.

One would think it is simple to tell good argan oil from a poor selection. It can be difercult for a untrained person to know that they are getting 100% argan oil and that it is fresh. Here is a few simple ways anyone ( that being someone not in the beauty field) can tell it's real argan oil.


  • The argan oil should be housed in a dark glass bottle
  • The argan oil smells "nutty" but not strong.
  • The argan oil should be a clear a light golden color
  • The label will say 100% Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil.
  • Argan oil isn't "heavy" or greasy. It is light and disappears into the skin.

The bad side of Argan oil
  • Companies that add other oils to blend with argan- that is not real argan oil
  • Companies that over process argan oil- using extreme heat & filtration.
  • Companies that add synthetic scents to perfume the oil
To me argan oil is best left closest to it's natural origin. That means, yes there must be some filtration and processing but very little. The oil should be a soft golden color, not a bright yellow oil. That is one visual you will know it is over processed. If you see the color yellow, in a clear plastic bottle(or any color plastic bottle), the oil is heavy or what we call greasy, then chances are it's not worth what you paid for it.

Try Radha's Argan Oil, the bottle is glass, a decent size and comes with a dropper.  Here is two of the best reasons to purchase from Radha Beauty. 
  1. A lifetime guarantee 
  2. One ingredient in the product- you guessed it argan oil.
Need a few more reasons to trust in this brand's argan?
  • Cold pressed- say bye bye to that over heating of oil that I mentioned earlier.
  • They offer a free Ebook on uses for the oil

Radha Beauty:


If you have tried another brand of argan oil and love it, please share your experiences with it in the comment box.



Smiles,
STANDARD DISCLOSURE: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. Please note, I only ever endorse products that are in alignment good ideals and I believe would be of value to my readers.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

No Wood Needed For This Simple Country Headboard DIY

No Wood Needed Simple Country Headboard DIY
By Cyndi Curtis March 15,2015



So, I got adventurous and created a headboard on the cheap. No saws, or hardware needed, just soft simple easy to find things. Granted this headboard might be ideal for a 4 -6 year old's room but it may be ideal for a younger kid, say 2-4, a spare bedroom for an adult or teen room.
Here is what you will need;

  1. Staple gun
  2. Scissors,measuring tape or ruler
  3. 4 yards of any material 
  4. Velcro strips (heavy duty) or small coat hooks like the 3M kind.
  5.  Kids project tri fold board
  6. Spray adhesive
  7. Exacto knife
  8. Foam batting ( flat kind in a roll) 1 package is perfect fo 47 inches or almost 5 ft of material.
Optional:
Embroidery thread, 6 big buttons, upholstery needles. 



How to:
Start by laying the tri fold board out white side up. Take the exacto knife and trim all the foam that over laps the edges of the trifold project board. When the board is covered with the foam, cut it to fit(trim) and grab the spray adhesive. Spray the foam and even the board but not sapping wet. It will be a strong smell of glue.
One the adhesive is applied- press down on the foam helping it along to stick. After a few minutes of dry time(10 or so) flip it and make sure foam is all trimmed up nice and tidy.
with the board flipped over brown side up- grab a ruler and if you would like to cut the headboard on a angle now is the time. Use the ruler and exacto to get the right angle. Start with one side, cute the foam and the project board at a corner angle. Use the cut off piece as a templet for the other side.
This will now be the top sides of the headboard.



After the corners are cut, go ahead and get the material and drape it over the table and lay the board with the white side facing down. Make sure the board is set in the middle of the material as best as possible.

 Once you have the material draped and covering the entire board.
Get the staple gun and start stapling the corners by first folding over the material on the corner- then staple.  Do the corners first and then start the sides by pulling the material as taunt as possible without making the material or the board buckle. Once that is done, you are DONE!!

Awe this project costs less than $20.00 bucks excluding the exacto, velcro,staple gun. You can pick up  a tri fold project board for around 5 bucks, the velcro for $4 and the adhesive spray for around $4 as well. The material cost varies, but check the markdown isle for potential ideas. I chose this plain brown material that has a slight texture to it- bringing it's wow value up. It really does look sharp in person. I paid 1.00 a yard because I settled on this, instead of the Damask I really wanted.


The finished headboard is embellished with four big brown buttons. I happend to have the embroidary floss ad big needle. I measured with a yard stick, and placed the buttons in identical spots at about 8 inches from the sides of the headboard. This is our spare room Notice the "matching" valance ontop of the window( same material). Sometimes, don't you wish you could reach back and seriously give yourself a pat on the back?


I am all about saving money, having things appear high end when I actually handmade them and things that have purpose. Do you have any handmade decor ideas to share? Send me a link in the comments. I would love to have a few comments on this DIY!
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How to Treat Scars Like a Boss



How to Treat Scars Like a Boss
Written by Cyndi Curtis March 15, 2015

 I end up with some knarely scratches on my hands- not very lady like. So when this product came across my craft room desk, I was definately peaked. Anyone who reads my blog knows by now- I'm a fan of a majority of serums because they heal the skin. My favorites being organic of course but I hardly ever get into creams. Here is one I do like enough to post about.



Insta-naturals sent me this medium sized tub of scar cream. The cream is thick ,white and has a slight flowery scent and it happens to help fade scars. I started using this on my hands because I know they take a beating between being my cat's scratching post to the ganglion cyst. I had removed about five years or so back. I remember the doctor saying, you days of being a hand model are over. Very funny doctor...

In case you are wondering a ganglion cyst usually shows up on the hands and sometimes the foot, They fill with fluid and cause some pain in the area for some. I know the surgey leaves a yucky looking scar and mind is on the top side of the hand. So off to use this scar treatment cream in conjunction with the scar gel I also have from the same brand.



Insta-Natural scar gel

There is tricks to how to use products that claim to heal, if you want to get the most of out them you need to do more than just slather it on and hope for the best. Some do's are listed below.

  • Don't just buy random products that you think will help
  • Research ingredients and note their healing properties 
  • Buy products that are all natural, better yet- organic
  • Try to find a way to test a product first if at all possible- say a beauty counter locally
  • Promise yourself not to never skip the most important step- exfoliation
  • Use twice daily
MY ROUTINE IN TREATING SCARS 
My routine with almost any cream(and I don't love creams, I'm a gel or serum type) is to;

  1.  Prep the area a few times(2-3) with a mild cleanser. 
  2.  Exfoliate the area with a decent scrub.
  3. Use in conjunction with another healing serum or gel
 So far I like the scar cream, I mainly like the scent and the texture is okay- it isn't overly "greasy" but it is of course a cream so it will have a fair amount of slip. Reading the label tells me there is a bunch of good natural ingredients in it- so it's not made with anything toxic. I will be using this over the next few months to see if the scars on my hand fade. With new scars results can happen within weeks, however with older scars like past surgery or kitty claws.. the results take over 2 -6 months. Small price to pay to get my hands looking more lady like again.

Again my thing will be to alternate use of the scar cream, with the scar gel. What can I say, I get bored easily and I just like the gels better. I reserve the cream for my night time routine, like after bath or before bed.

DERMA ROLLERS WHEN TO USE THOSE
Oh, and another helpful way to really get the products you like to sink into the first few layers of the skin- a derma roller(not for hands but fleshy bod parts like the thighs, cheeks, upper arms and so on).

Again cleanse first, exfoliate the area with a mild soap and roll any derma roller over the area were scaring or stretch marks are visible. The derma roller has hundreds of tiny needles that peirce the skin- after you quickly apply a healing serum or cream to the area rolled. I may have a
another post coming up dedicated to using a derma roller and healing products, so check back if you can.

Insta-naturals stretch mark and scar cream 
retails; $21.47  4.oz tub

Smiles,
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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Potato and Salmon One Pan Meal

                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                    Potato and Salmon One Pan Meal
written by Cyndi Curtis on March 14, 2015


                      smsblawgg

I was super hungry today and when I went to the pantry, it was pretty bare. I had some of this and some of that but none of what I had hoped to find. Buried in the back was this can of salmon. I looked at it and walked away. Back in the kitchen I noticed a basket of potatoes and I thought Wa-la! A recipe was born. A easy one at that. 

I was back in the day in a very long term relationship with a Cape Verdean Man who's family prepared these wonderful recipes from their Island. When they sat a hearty bowl of cachupa- I though I died.  Do you ever get like that, where a food looks so warm and soulful you want to dive into it like uncharted waters- an adventure you can get lost in the experience? Well cachupa did that for me. In fact it would be how his mother and father would try to lure me over to their house for large family functions that I would shy away from. His mother would say" Ahh, Cyndi, come-a over-a for some-a food, I make-a you some-a cachupa!" Nirvana calling...

It always hooked me in for a ride to Mai's house for dinner-reluctantly. I loved her, just not big family dinners- I was raised a only child. So this leads me into another yummy Cabo Verde meal it is made with white fish, potatos, onion,black olives and chick pead- it's baked too, in a covered dish- steamy cooked goodness. 
Enter my quickie version, albeit with some things left out. 


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This recipe is easy, quick fairly wholesome and it's better than micky D's or any over prepared nastiness we fall victim to. Here is what you will need.

Recipe

1-2 potatoes cut up in smallest cubes/diced
1 garlic clove
1/2 an onion diced small
3 teaspoons of coconut oil( or other light good for you oil)
1/2 a teaspoon of Celtic salt( or other finishing salt)
1 canned salmon,( or 1/2 fresh salmon pre cooked)

optional: Braggs liquid aminos all purpose seasoning from soy protein.

Prepare:
Wash potato
Dice potato into small cubes
Turn on stove top on low or medium add coconut oil
Dice onion
Chop garlic clove small

When coconut oil is hot add potato to fry pan. Toss potatoes untill covered in hot coconut oil-fry for 10 minutes on low to medium or until soft and golden slightly crispy brown. Add garlic and onion and blend into the potatoes moving them around the pan so as not to burn the onion and garlic.
Open the can of salmon now- drain well.

When the garlic and onion appear to be soft, place the salmon in the fry pan. You can toss the entire contents of the canned salmon in, breaking it apart while in the pan. If you don't want to cut the salmon into four or six pieces- you can mash it into the pan- this will make it cook up crispier in the end.

Cook everything together for another 10-15 mins until precooked salmon reaches 160 in temp(fully heated salmon). Same goes for the precooked fresh salmon- cook it until the salmon is a nice hot temp inside.

Plate this dish immediately- you can spritz on the Braggs liquid aminos now for taste. You can also use a dash of finishing salt( himilayian or celtic). Keep in mind the liquid aminos is already naturally salty( much like soy sauce is) so if you want you can leave out either one.

DONE! YUMM...
This recipe is fairly good for you. Yes you are frying the food but you are using coconut oil and only frying to cook the thinly diced foods until they are soft. The canned salmon isn't ideal if you are very health conscience but it is gluten free( canned salmon). The brand I had on hand was Walmarts Great Value. The ingredient lists: salmon, water and salt.
 Opt for fresh salmon you previously cooked. That would eliminate the canned product. Another option is to add a handful of black olives (cut in halves) into the pan time with garlic and onion.

I hope you try this easy warm and very filling quick meal soon.

Smiles,

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Friday, March 6, 2015

One Pot Fusilli Stoup



One Pot Fusilli Stoup
Written by Cyndi Curtis
#smsblawgg/stuffmadesimple
March 6, 2015

Fusilli Bucati from # HemisFares , ricotta cheese,artichokes,and oilve oil infused with truffle oil. The recipe is below.

This is what the #HemisFares Brand Looks like straight out of the packaging .

A Fusilli Wonderpot of artichokes,crushed tomatoes,Ricotta cheese and a dash of this and that. I have to say when the fusilli comes out of the packaging it's a very long piece of dried pasta. This pasta is folded over and dried by folding it in half. I broke my fusilli at the half way point and threw it in the pot. It's such a pretty shape - reminds me of curly hair when wet with it's 'S" pattern.

The finished fusilli,artichoke and Ricotta wonderpot- plated. I drizzled olive oil infused with truffles with a dash of pepper too. The truffle infused oil was very unique. If you haven't had truffle oil Aldi's has a olive oil infused one. I could have omitted the dash of black pepper and the hot pepper flakes( yes I'm one of those people always putting hot pepper flakes on everything). If you use truffle oil- I would say you don't need any pepper- it(truffle oil) adds a woodsy,peppery flavor all it's own. Besides I only used the truffle oil/olive oil at the end when plating the fussilli stuoop(wonderpot). Is it a soup,stew or pasta plate? I guess it's anyone's interpretation. I created this dish, using the one pot method- easy to make and easy to clean up afterwards- one pot! This meal is budget friendly, warm and satisfying for a middle, end or Sunday weekly meal. I stopped into Aldi's market to see if they carried artichokes and truffle oil since I didn't have these things at home already. The artichokes in a jar were all natural, and priced at $2.49, as was the truffle oil(shocker). I was also able to pick up the ricotta cheese there at 2.49 as well. I didn't have to purchase pasta, since I received this pasta product for free to try it and offer my take on it. I also received coupons for it. I would be happy to send you if you would like one( that's if I have any left)!
  Here is the recipe.


One Pot Fusilli Stoup


1 package of Hemisfares Fusilli Bucati Pasta.
1 can of crushed tomato
1 jar of all natural artichokes halved
1/2 a cup of ricotta cheese( whole milk)
2 tablespoons butter
2 table spoons grey salt( or table salt)


Begin by getting a full pot of water ready per package instructions for boiling pasta, add the salt to the water for flavor. While the water is heating up, you can tear apart or cut the artichokes in quarters, or leave em as is. Cut up any garlic you may want to add now. Make sure the garlic is diced or mashed well. 
Once the pot is boiling, drop in the pasta. Let this cook for 10 minutes or so, then empty the can of crushed tomatoes into the rolling water.Let the pasta cook a few more minutes with the tomato sauce- a total of 13 minutes is good. Turn the heat down to low, and fold in a half a cup of ricotta in a heaping spoon. Make sure the water isn't poping and splashing out of the pot. If the heat is too high you will have an erupting pot of sauce spotting your stove top red.
Turn off the heat as soon as you fold all of the ricotta in( 1/2 a cup). Let the pasta sit for a few minutes with the heat off.

Walk away.. it will thicken upon standing.

At this moment you may wish you had done up some fresh crusty but lightly garlicky bread. Oh well, it can't always be perfection. Besides this being the first time you made this Fusilli Bucati Stoup, you can get wild with it the next time since by then you would have mastered this easy warmly satisfying no meal meal.


Okay.. get back to the stoup- get your bowl( you need a bowl NOT a plate-trust me). The creamy sauce is bekoning you!
In your bowl, you can add olive oil or truffle oil. Don't need but a drizzle of truffle oil which I think is an aquired taste. If it's olive oil you have- a teaspoon will do- shake on some hot pepper flakes if you like spicy or do some fresh grated parmasan cheese.  When you taste this hot out of the pot you will feel like a grilled cheese sandwich, or crusty bread and maybe even loads of grated cheese.

The next fusilli pot.. could be pepperoni or artisan sausage!  

I hope you enjoy!  I started a Instagram page.. smsblawgg come check it out!

Smiles,

Cyndi


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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Funky n Fancy Stuff You Overlooked

Photo credit; Aha Life

I like funky, useful and playful stuff. I searched the web and found some goodies that I think kick the ass out of all the boring stores(online and otherwise). Oh and use AHALIFE20 for your next Aha Life check out.

Funky has it...


Literally green and useful too. Betcha, no one you know has this. Holds stuff and it's cute in an innovative cheeky way!

No one will call you stuck up, because this one is for the boys- too cool and happy to do away with black.

This is the classiest pocketbook to keep the rest of your wardrobe on the minimalist side. Ahem..I meant to say tote..classiest tote, hehe.

Now after viewing all this eye candy(nose pressed against the screen), I don't get this or this?
 photo credit;Aha life

Now onto useful....


Charge!

 Talk about useful things. Had enough snow in your area yet? I need a light- got one?

Do you like to dance around the house naked? Don't slip...

Ditch Plastic, get into glass. It makes everything more crisp.

Oh yes.. I'm wearing  mine later..okay okay I don't have one but I want it.

Finally,, here is the Playful..


(some of these are on my wish list on Pintrest)

Who knew felt could look so high end?

Do you know what time it is? It's truly time for you to get back to wearing a watch. But for other styles Aha Life shows us the boys can hang too. I really love unique time pieces AKA wearable art like this. Not to mention this company is from New England and you know I miss and love my New Englanders.
http://www.ahalife.com/product/149000001852/tyvek-big-bag?so=&mt=pg&ip=1&mp=1&src=s&us=0&pt=sr-b_1&ir=%252Fglobalsearch%252Fquery
photo credit: Aha Life

Anyone think Tyvek is cool? If you like anything new aged at all this may appeal to your senses.
Does anyone ever wonder what to get a guy for his new abode?  If he refuses to put anything girlie like scented soaps or candles because they don't pass his masculinity test. This might be a boyish touch.

EBATES has a discount available for shopping on their site and also use this code AHALIFE20 when you check out for even more discounts front to back, Go get your online shop on!


Share with me your favorite link to something great online! Thanks :)


Smiles,

STANDARD DISCLOSURE: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. Please note, I only ever endorse products that are in alignment good ideals and I believe would be of value to my readers.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

How to Get Around Amazon Prime and More

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photo credit; 5demayo

I'm a blogger still in my infancy I need to get all the help I can to secure products to review for the blog. Many companies won't work with a blogger unless we have Amazon Prime. I don't know if it's 100% worth it for me to carry it at $99 bucks a year. So I went on a www hunt to see if anyone else has clues on how to circumvent the fees. Here is my discovery and perhaps some remedies to getting by the hefty fees.

1, Play dirty- use someone else's Amazon account, like a family member's or friends account. Hey don't look at me like that- you know you thought about it!
2. Get a Amazon Student Account- same concept as above or,maybe you ARE a student. Work it baby!
3.Take advantage of the free shipping offers on the site- Shop and spend over $35.00 and you are in the free ship zone on Amazon.
4. Subscribe & Save- buy the same stuff every now and again? Then you can save by buying and having deliveries at the same time each week,month or bi monthly.
5.Use a App- Ever heard of Zinc.  I don't use zinc nor do I know much about it.
6.Get some Honey- go shopping and poof no more searching coupon codes or coupons.
7. Invisible Hand- gives you notification of a better deal-discretely. I just recently downloaded it so we shall see over time how it ranks.

Feel like cheating on Amazon with another online site? When you do, try Honey and Invisible hand and see how you fare, Good Luck and Happy discount shopping!

Did you remember to check out this months give-a-way go to the contest page here on the blog.

Smiles,
Cyndi




Monday, February 23, 2015

A Supplement that offers Detoxifying Cleans and a Review

A Supplement Review 

Recently, a company called Team Innovations sent me one of their products to try. The product was a cleanse. I had to kick it around awhile in my mind before I actually wanted to go forward and contact the company back to try it. A cleanse, doesn't bring about happy thoughts of the process. In fact most of us stay away from retail products that offer cleanses. Why? Because for one, I think of harsh maybe they work, maybe they don't work products that could potentially be a waste of cash. 
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Cleanse by Team Innovations
Team Innovation is a small company and when they reached out personally to me, I didn't exactly make a quick rash decision to take them up on trying their product. I did take some time to think about it. It was the second email that they were a" mom and pop shop" that got me to try.

(Give-a-way for the weight loss kit is on the contest page!)


Don't you like that the company is a small one that  reaches out to it's customers? That it is made in the USA.. that the product is easy to use? Here is how you use the cleanse;
Back label of the slender cleanse by Team Innovations
Take 2 tabs with a morning meal, and if you feel up to it, another 2 tabs with the next meal. At this is printed right on the label too. As with anything new you introduce- always check with your Doctor first. I noticed actions that I won't get into here but you should know it started working for me 3 days in or so.  Every one's system is unique to them much like I say with skin care products- every one's experience will be different. What I noticed with use so far, is the standard decline in appetite. The caps are large but typical sized for supplements.
Team Innovations LLC
Slender Cleanse + Garcina Cambogia
#dietkit
Cost: $39.95



Secondarily, I was sent a bottle of Garcina Cambogia which I love taking. I do really well with this supplement. I have a noticeable decrease in appetite and I meet my goals to lose weight- if I stay on it and follow the directions for usage. I don't always stay with Garcinia but a good 3 weeks to 60 days is all I need to feel right with the world. ;) Honestly, you have to becareful with GC. You want to look for no more than 60% HCA because taking this with before each meal( approximately 3 meals daily) can get up there in terms of how much HCA you intake. I believe 60% is the standard amount for this product. Also, for it to work, it must be taken with a full 6-8 oz glass of water -that you actually finish completely. No half consuming just a half of a glass a water. It really works with a full glass and a full 30 to 1 hrs before meals.
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Garcina Cambogia from Team Innovations




team innovations llc GARCINIA
Back label of Garcina Cambogia

Detox on the fly

So I started to thing rationally. Can I get a  detox on the fly or do I have to go the whole 21 day thing with a bunch of products and no-no list to eat? I don't like 21 day kits, period. So when I opened the box and out pops a normal sized bottle of supplements- my stress lighten a small bit. I'm going to show you photos for yourself and the labels on the bottles. As for being a #dietkit, I will say it has some impact together. I feel using this together gives a full feeling...which works to lessen cravings. Again, it's if you use this as it is meant to be used. So, to help others on their goals I am offering a giveaway of this product. I will be posting the give away on my give-a-way page here on the blog and with in my social media.
A winner will be chosen and announced via facebook first. So visit the page and enter there. The two products together are valued at $39.95 retail.  

This is a great way to test the products yourself and post your own review and insight on the product and get them for free! I would like to learn your experience once you try it.

Smiles,
Cyndi





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5 Important Things Rose Hip Oil Can Do




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Valentia's Organic Rose Hip Oil
The Benefits of Rose Hip Oil

Today I'm showcasing a tried and true brand, Valentia. They sent me this bottle of rose hip oil and I have to admit, I had never actually tried rose hip before but I always meant to.  I quickly realized how very good this feathery light(dry) oil is. I wanted to list a few awesome-isty things about this oil for others who may be contemplating using it as I did.


  1. Omega-3s - it's in here
  2. Scars - helps tone and hydrate
  3. Inflammation- have red,extra irritated dry patches apply rose hip oil nightly
  4. Uneven Tone- rose hip oil can help hyperpigmentation
  5. Hair- rose hip can quench hair and scalp 
Try using as a hair tonic. Take 1/2 cup of witch hazel and 3-4 drops of rose hip oil and spritz hair(scalp nightly). Try to concentrate on applying directly to scalp. No need to drench hair until it's soping wet- just a good mist once and wrap or pull hair back for sleeping.

Smiles,
Cyndi
I hope you have an opportunity to try this wonderfully useful oil you can check it out here.







STANDARD DISCLOSURE: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. Please note, I only ever endorse products that are in alignment good ideals and I believe would be of value to my readers.