Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Between the Fine Lines

I hate to admit it, but I am only a few years away from the big 4-0.  That was once my "scary age", like the age I thought my parents were old.  The thing is, I know 40 is no big deal anymore.  I don't feel old, and I like to believe the kids I work with when they (lie) tell me I look young.  Some of that may be in part to good genes.  My Nana is 92 and you would never know.  The other part is good skincare.  I don't do chemicals, and I don't personally believe that they are the only anti-aging answer for my skin.  Evan Healy is always a go-to for my skin care.  When I started noticing a few "life lines" on my face, I started upping my skincare game. 

The Sea Algae Serum is a must for my daily skincare.  I use it at night, and I am so pleased with the effect. 

Formulated with fresh raspberry leaf extract, known for its skin firming effect, to better target signs of intrinsic aging and Hyaluronic acid, which holds moisture to skin forming a protective barrier. Seaweed, algae, and sea buckthorn berry oil combine to firm, nourish, and tonify the skin, and Gotu Kola supports the body’s synthesis of collagen, and connective tissue maintenance.
Described by one customer as: "deep yoga for skin", our Sea Algae Serum visibly transforms wrinkles and fine lines into silky, smooth, radiant skin. Used consistently it helps protect and soften the skin. Sea Algae Serum revitalizes skin damaged by sun, pollutants, and aging.

I use this under my daily moisturizer (more on that in a minute), and I love how it makes my skin look and feel.  I have noticed plumper skin and less of those lines.  My skin feels incredibly moisturized. 
                                             (sea buckthorn berry)                                            (sea algae and seaweed)

For my daily moisturizing needs, I use the Light Moisture Replenishing Fluid.  I have yet to find a moisturizer that feels as good as this does for my skin.  It is light enough for my combo skin, but feels deeply moisturizing (even after being in the pool and ocean all summer).  It never congests the skin and my skin drinks it up.  It also smells so amazing! It features organic and sustainable Argan oil from Morocco’s Berber Women’s Co-Operatives, along with Tamanu and Pomegranate Seed Oil, and is energized with Flower Essences.

(Evan Healy at the Berber Women's Cooperative)
With this two in my arsenal, I am one happy camper.  I can kiss fine lines goodbye and embrace my skin.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Flip Brew Yourself a Cold Drink

I am known to drink either iced green tea or iced decaf coffee all summer and fall long.  I also suffer for this because I spend what seems like a small fortune on purchasing these cups of goodness.  I was sent a Flip Brew by Zing Anything to try out.  The Flip Brew has honestly changed my life!  Yes, dramatic sounding, but so true!  I make my own iced tea and iced decaf right at home and it actually tastes better.  Using Flip Brew I can cold brew my coffee.  What does that mean? Well,  the Cold brewing means a better tasting, less acidic, and more concentrated coffee compared to traditional brewing.  Even better, the Flip Brew  is BPA/Halogen/EA & Phthalate free Eastman Tritan Plastic.  It is so easy to use, just fill the included basket with either coffee grounds or tea, hot water, flip brew, and enjoy!  What could be more simple? 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Sun Goddess with a Side of Shade

I am a devoted Evan Healy skincare fan.  I use so many of her products, it prompted my husband to ask if I secretly work for her without his knowledge.  She is just that good and giving the world amazing skincare.  We have all been warned about what the sun does to our skin.  It has made more than a few of us afraid to go into the sun.  I am a pale gal.  I also worship the sun.  I love the beach, and being outside.  I am also a massive hypochondriac with a history of skin cancer on the maternal side.  I wear a high SPF at all times.  I don't tan, I burn.  That being said, I don't avoid the sun, I just protect myself as wisely as I can.  Evan Healy came out with the Sheer Tint Sun Stick.  I am obsessed.
Oils, waxes, butters, and minerals - These are the only ingredients that make up our Sheer Tint Sun Stick. This creamy balm-like formula is completely free of preservatives and designed to protect and nourish all faces. Non-nano Zinc Oxide acts the sole mineral solar-protectant, bouncing sunbeams away from your precious countenance.
Antioxidant-drenched red raspberry seed oil combines with two of our most beloved ingredients — Al Amal Co-operative argan oil and Kpersi Village shea butter — to add a hefty dose of essential fatty acids, vitamins and phytonutrients. The subtle mineral tint blends with all skin tones and is only included to diminish the white cast that is caused when using zinc oxide alone.

This blends seamlessly into the skin. The above pic is to show it heavily applied and not blended yet.  It smells incredible.  My daughter claims it smells just like an orange creamsicle.  I use this daily, and it is the only sunscreen my daughter does not fight me on when I lather up her nose.  This is a product I will be taking on beach vacations.  With the convenient size it is TSA-approved and perfect to throw in a purse.  You have no excuse to not protect that gorgeous skin.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017


If you are like our household, you have at least one mason jar (or ten lying around).  We are a bottle carrying family as well.  We never buy plastic bottles of water for numerous reasons, but mainly waste and leaching chemicals.  Zing Anything has come up with genius JarGo

Transform mason jars into portable, drinkable bottles with the JarGo. From cold brew coffee to morning smoothies, the JarGo makes sipping out of your mason jars easy, stylish, and fun.
This 23 ounce container adds to the volume of a standard mason jar, with a leak-proof cap, and an easy-carrying loop. Add some fruit to your water or iced tea for a refreshing drink, or pour some milk and coffee over iced for a delicious morning jump start.
Take glass jars on-the-go!

As I mentioned, we love bottles in this house, and when the JarGo arrived, we actually fought over who could have it.  The ten year old won!  She uses it every single day.  I did manage to pry it from her once and I love it.  I plan on buying more.  It has been really spill-proof for us, and even better, it has no weird taste some metal bottles can leave.  This is a truly amazing product.  Grab one and hydrate!

Back...back in the blogging groove!

It has been almost eight months since you last heard from me.  It was a long and arduous eight months of dealing with some stressful situations. My husband dealt with some minor health issues and a major change in jobs.  We also moved to a home more suited to our needs.  While we love our new place, we did not love packing and dealing with all that entailed.  The new place has a gorgeous fenced in back yard with room for lots of plants (and a VERY persistent groundhog who loves eating them).  My daughter spends most days outside practicing soccer (futbol for my European friends) and playing on various ride-on toys.  We have been enjoying summer, but I decided its time to get back to blogging to and to what I love.  I love sharing new products that my family uses with you, my readers.  I cannot wait to share some exciting new products.  Drop me a line and let me know how you are doing and what you do to deal with stressful situations like health issues, moving and job changes.  I have missed you!

Friday, December 9, 2016

All I want for the Holidays is Wonderful Skin

We are all well aware of my obsession with Evan Healy products.  This entire natural skin-care line allows your skin to not only breathe, but uses the power of nature and years of knowledge to do so.  Evan Healy is a holistic aesthetician, who I am convinced breathes pure magic into her formulations.  I write about them often because I love them so much.

The Patchouli Rose Cleansing Milk is  the classic Rose Cleansing Milk blended with Evan’s special reserve of Patchouli Essential Oil to create a decadently deep chocolatey floral cleansing experience.
  • Our creamy cleansing milk, handmade with regenerating plant oils, antioxidant-rich gotu kola and purifying white kaolin clay, leaves skin feeling clean, relaxed and refreshed
As an avid user of the Rose Cleansing Milk, this new formula is another bonus.  It is a sensory journey that leaves my skin glowing and the most delicious fragrance lingers in the most unobtrusive way.  I hope this becomes a permanent part of the line.  My skin loves it.  It does a wonderful job of rinsing away even my toughest makeup.

The Lemon Thyme Hydrosoul smells like a garden and completes my process before putting on my favorite Evan Healy moisturizer.  This is perfect for hormonal, teenage and blemish prone skin.  It does not dry me out at all which is an added bonus (with that yummy lemon scent). 

My absolute newest obession that I cannot get enough of, is the Lemongrass Facial Polish.  I love a good exfoliating product.  This one is in my top three of all time!  It can be used as a masque or as a skin polish.  I employ it in both manners.  It is a brownish color that really purifies skin and polishes it without harsh chemicals.  Skin looks refreshed rather than raw and scratched (which conventional facial polishes are infamous for).  Kiss chemical peels goodbye!

Give the gift of beautiful skin this holiday season.  

Monday, December 5, 2016

Fun with Stitchables!

We are a crafting family.  I believe crafting gives children a life-long appreciation for arts and also helps tremendously with creativity and hand-eye coordination.  Fun with Stitchables is a fantastic new book by Suzy Altman that brings cross-stitch to kids from ages 5-10.
Fun with Stitchables introduces young crafters to the fun of simple embroidery. Quick and easy cross-stitch sewing cards are included with punched holes for easy stitching, as well as a 16-page project book with instructions for designing your own unique stitching patterns and color combinations. A project gallery shows examples of what the hand-stitched cards can become once they are complete: everything from ornaments to greeting cards! The simple stitching patterns taught in this book promote growth and development, hand-eye coordination, as well as creativity and imagination. Fun with Stitchables will entertain and delight crafters of all ages and inspire a lifelong love of embroidery.

This is a great gift for little crafters and so fun!  My daughter and I both love the colorful  illustrations and ease of learning embroidery.  The directions are simple and the materials are easy to find.  What a great way to learn and have fun.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Paper Trax

I know it is depressing, but summer is making its way out the door, and iffy weather might make for long hours of trying to entertain the kids.  For years, kids and adults alike have been enchanted with toy cars.  My nephew and even my daughter, spend hours zooming cars across my floor.  I have a very strong dislike for the tracks that go with these cars (step on one in the night and see what I mean).  I heard about Paper Trax and had to try them!

Paper Trax is a completely recyclable, all paper based race track created to race cars on Trax attached to your walls. Each Trax is designed by a local artist with your kid's imagination taken to heart, and truly meets Einstein's famous quote, “Play is the highest form of research.”

These are 100% recyclable, but with the hours of fun kids will have, you will never want to see these go.

I know a few little people who are definitely getting a set of these for the holidays.  There is so much fun to be had and these foster creation in such a great way.  I can even see these being a fabulous way to decorate a play room or even bedroom.  Vroom, vroom!

Hydro Flask a Hydration Saver

When I want to keep my family happily hydrated, there is really only once place I can go.  Hydro Flask bottles can legitimately keep up with the coldest winters and hottest summers.  I have left my bottles in a boiling hot car and got them the next morning to find the ice still in place.  They are honestly that good.

I made a pledge to keep myself hydrated.  I am not a soda and juice person, so water is my mainstay. I work in a place where I am constantly running around.  The 40 oz. wide mouth bottle with straw lid is my new best friend.  Here are some the things this baby boasts:
  • TempShieldTM Protected
  • Keeps cold up to 24 hours
  • Keeps hot up to 6 hours
  • 18/8 Pro Grade Stainless Steel
  • BPA-Free and Phthalate-Free
  • Durable, sweat-free powder coat finish (or our Classic Stainless option)
  • Lifetime Warranty

Yeah, so why don't you have one yet?  This lasts me all day at work and I swear it has become an extension of my own arm. 

We have reviewed the 64 oz. Growler, and we are equally in love with the 32 Oz. Growler

  • Hydro Flask created the first stainless steel insulated growler on the market
  • Fresh Carry System™ keeps beer cold and carbonated for hours
  • Streamlined handle for easy one-handed pour
  • Smaller size is ideal for stowing in a backpack - (why limit yourself to just one craft variety!)

My daughter grabbed this before I even had time to try it and made it her soccer game water bottle.  I ended up buying another for my craft-beer obsessed husband.  We love it!  This has won design awards for very good reason.  It actually keeps the beverage carbonated, and you look pretty fancy using it too.

Stay hydrated and happy!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Everything is coming up Roses!

I try to use only the purest ingredients on my skin.  Our skin is our biggest organ and the thought of putting unnecessary chemicals all over it, is less than appealing.  Evan Healy  is a holistic aesthetician with over 30 years experience.  She puts care, love and the purest ingredients into all she does. Her entire line is my opinion, unparalleled.  She has single-handedly saved my skin.

I was looking for a new cleanser.  I don't wear a lot of makeup, and what I do is all naturally-based, but I still need seomthing that makes my skin feel clean, and not stripped.  Enter Evan Healy with her Rose Cleansing Milk.

  • For all skin - especially dry, oily, or combination
  • Our creamy cleansing milk, handmade with regenerating plant oils, antioxidant-rich gotu kola and purifying white kaolin clay, leaves skin feeling clean, relaxed and refreshed
  • Vitalizing plant hydrosols combine with fresh steam-distilled rosy-leaf geranium to thoroughly cleanse combination skin
  The Rose Cleansing Milk smells like a garden in a bottle.  It keeps my skin toned, clean and never dry.  I cannot believe there was a time when I was not using this.  It draws out impurities and I can boast clearer skin since I have this in my arsenal.  And after washing my face, well, enter magic in a bottle...

What was originally a mistake of adding too much hydrosoul to the Rose Vetiver Moisturizer turned in to my favorite facial moisturizer ever!  Yes, a big statement, but this limited edition bottle of magic is the best!  The Limited Edition Rose Vetiver Fluid Moisturizer is light, smells like heaven and I am coveting every last drop.

  • A light-weight version of our beloved Rose Vetiver Day Moisture
  • With hand-pressed Argan Oil from the Al Amal Women's Cooperative in Morocco , and traditionally produced shea butter from the Kpersi Village in Ghana, and HydroSoul from family farms from the Columbia River Valley in Washington State.
  • Seabuckthorn, horsetail, mallow, kelp, elderflower and wild carrot seed work in synergy to smooth, soothe and beautify all skin.
  • Enriched with flower essences to address the whole being

The Limited Edition Rose Vetiver Fluid Moisturizer is both moisturizing while being balancing.  My horomonal combo skin drinks this up.  This is my official plea to Evan Healy; make this a permanent part of your line.  I can't live without it.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Windsor Edwards Kisses

If you have ever read this blog, then you know I not only like natural products, but I also have a lip balm obsession.  Windsor Edwards lip balm is perfection in a paperboard tube.

Rumored to be the best lip balm out there, I am all natural and come in a generous 1/2 oz earth friendly paperboard tube.

It is a yummy blend of shea and cocoa butters with nourishing oils.  Plus is tastes and smells like a candy cane.  I adore the chic packaging and the fact that this keeps my lips kissable all day long.  If the lip balm is this good, I cannot wait to try more from this amazing line.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Aye, Aye Captain Blankenship

For "beauty wild with nature", there is only one place to turn to: Captain Blankenship.  I am having a Captain Blankenship love affair this summer.

Let me let you in on my new obsessions.  The Blue Chamomile & Lemon Oil Based Cleanser and Remover makes raccoon eyes a thing of the past.
A nourishing blend of light but powerful organic plant oils make this oil-based cleanser gentle yet effective at cleaning skin and removing makeup. This sweet citrus smelling multitasker can also be used as an eye serum. It will leave your face clean, soft, and glowing.

I use this to take of my mascara and as suggested, I use this as an eye serum and the results have been amazing.  My Uncle Fester eyes circles seem to be fading and those fine lines are softening, so yeah, I am in love.

The Mermaid Detox Face Mask is the perfect way to mermaid your day.
This mask deeply cleans your skin with a potent blend of organic seaweeds, organic plants, organic tea and clay. It is rich in antioxidants and minerals that help skin naturally detox leaving it radiant and firm. It is good for all skin types, but particularly combination and oily skin.

I use sunscreen year-around, but I double up in summer (even under my giant hat that embarasses my family).  This heavy sunscreen schedule causes breakouts (even in my mid-thirties).  This mask is a wonderful way to clarify my skin and force me to relax.  I pop this on before a bath, or even before cleaning, and my skin looks amazing after wards.  It is not too drying like a lot of masks.  Perfection!

Petal Gentle Flower Face Mask is great for those days when I need a quick exfoliant.  Because dear readers this can be used as a mask or exfoliant.  
A lightly exfoliating and hydrating mix of organic flower petals and French Pink Clay that can be used as both an exfoliant and gentle face mask. It will softly exfoliate and rejuvenate your skin, leaving it smooth and dewy. Good for all skin types but especially sensitive, dry and mature skin.

I use this in the shower and after a particularly long day in the drying chlorine pool, this mask gave me back the moisture I needed.

I am a huge fan of this line for very good reason.  You will also notice most beauty editors singing the praises of this amazing line.  So what are you waiting for?!

Sunday, September 18, 2016


Whether you are a parent or not, you are bound to get stumped after your eighth friend has their kid.  What to get?  Well, TinyBitz founders and best friends Sera and Petina often struggled to find children’s gifts that were memorable, accessible, well made and affordable.  As the need to buy baby shower gifts for family and friends increased, they realized that babies outgrow most gifts before they have a chance to use them. For a mom, getting to dress their baby in something that’s ‘just SO cute’ to only have them wear it once can be frustrating.

With TinyBitz, you can buy kits for summer, or winter, and even kits where there are options for numerous sizes, so the clothing grows with the child.  These "Growing Kits" are genius.  I was able to review a summer set for my niece.  The clothing is well, made, comes in adorable recyclable packaging, and most of all parents adore them.

Take the hassle of trying to find the "perfect" gift and just click on TinyBitz and the job is done!

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