Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Monkey Balm review

Balmers naturals send me a stick of Monkey balm. I have actually used this for a few years now so I am very familiar with this product. One stick lasts FOREVER and works like magic.

Co-founder and product developer Meagan McMullin explained “I am the mother of 3 wonderful boys, each with terribly dry-skin and eczema.  They would scratch that itchy dry skin to the point it would bleed.  Living in the Mountain West didn’t help either, with the super dry climate and extreme temperature swings.  After years of trying every over-the-counter and prescription cream under the sun to help my poor little Monkeys, I found out about Sea Buckthorn Oil.  It’s used in many luxury Asian and European skin care products and natural skin treatments due to its unique power to heal damaged skin and protect it from the elements. ”


The first ingredient is Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) which has been used in eastern civilizations for centuries.  My belief is that natural products should be tried before any other alternative, especially for our children and their delicate skin. Skin is the largest organ and everything we use goes into our system.

The ingredients in Monkey Balm are natural and I love them. I use coconut oil a lot in my house, but the fact that this stick has coconut oil, castor seed oil, jojoba seed oil, cocoa butter, vitamin E, beeswax, seabuckthorn berry, seed and fruit oils and plant sourced Squalene make me extremely happy.

Monkey Balm comes in an over sized stick. I LOVE that I don't have to put the product on my hands to apply. I have a spot on my neck that comes back every summer due to having longer, thick hair. I don't always have time to dry my hair before rushing out of the house, so this creates a moisture spot on my neck. This is the ONLY product that I have successfully been able to get rid of the rash. 
This will definitely stay in my must have products. I have read claims that this works on eczema, diaper rash, rough feet, dry patches of skin, and many other issues.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Seedles Wildflower Seed Bomb Review

Seedles sent me a make your own seed ball kit and northwest wildflower seedballs. The thing I LOVE about them, is you chose your premade wildflower seed balls based on your area. How cool is that? These are adorable!! You can check out their region map here.  If there is a blend that isn't perfect, they will even make one for you!

Here is a kit that includes everything in the make your own seedball kit. This neat kit includes compost, powdered clay, native wildflower seeds. The included supplies are enough to make 50-75 seed bombs. We plan on sending these to school for the kids to make and take home. That will be so fun.

We plan on throwing premade seed balls into abandoned lots on our walks in spring. Once we do that, my hope is that we will have pictures to update this post.

The following seeds are typically in the seed mixes.
Pacific Northwest Wildflower Seedles - California Yarrow, Godetia, Farewell to spring, Chinese Houses, Plains Coreopsis, California Poppy, Globe Gilia, Bird‰۪s Eyes, Tidy Tips, Mountain Phlox, Blue Flax, Sickle-keeled Lupine, Russell Lupine, Blazing Star, Five Spot, Baby Blue Eyes, Evening Primrose & California Bluebell.

  • Southwest Wildflower Seedles - Prairie Aster, Desert Marigold, Farewell to Spring, Plains Coreopsis, California Poppy, Mexican Gold Poppy, Indian Blanket, Bird‰۪s Eyes, Blue Flax, Tidy Tips, Arizona Lupine, Arroyo Lupine, Blazing Star, White Evening Primrose, Showy Pink Ev. Primrose, California Bluebell & Mexican Hat.
  • West Wildflower Seedles - Blue Columbine, Smooth Aster, Prairie Aster, Deerhorn Clarkia, Rocky Mtn Bee Plant, Plains Coreopsis, Fleabane Daisy, Perennial Gaillardia, Indian Blanket, Globe gilia, Blue Flax, White Evening Primrose, Rocky Mtn. Penstemon, Pruple Praire Clover, Yellow Prairie Coneflower, Black Eyed Susan & Showy Goldeneye.
  • Midwest Wildflower Seedles - Common Milkweed, Red Columbine, Butterfly Weed, New England Aster, Prairie Aster, Lance Leaf Coreopsis, Plains Coreopsis, Pale Coneflower, Purple Coneflower, Rattlesnake Master, Perennial Gaillardia, Indian Blanket, Ox-Eye Sunflower, Standing Cypress, Prairie Blazing Star, Wild Perennial Lupine, Lemon Mint, Evening Primrose, Purple Prairie Clover, Yellow Prairie Coneflower, Grey-Headed Coneflower, Annual Black Eyed Susan, Common Black Eyed Susan, Brown Eyed Susan.
  • Southeast Wildflower Seedles - Butterfly Weed, Partridge Pea, Lance-Leaf Coreopsis, Plains Coreopsis, Purple Cornflower, Rattlesnake Master, Indian Blanket, Standing Cypress, Blazing Star, Wild Blue Lupine, Lemon Mint, Drummon Phlox, Mexican Hat, Clasping Coneflower, Black Eyed Susan, Scarlet Sage, & Spiderwort.
  • Northeast Wildflower Seedles - Red Milkweed, Eastern Red Columbine, Butterfly Weed, New England Aster, Partridge Pea, Lanceleaf Coreopsis, Spotted Joe Pye Weed, Indian Blanket, Ox-Eye Sunflower, Blazing Star, Wild Perennial Lupine, Wild Bergamot, Evening Primrose, Beard Tongue, Black & Brown Eyed Susan, Sweet Coneflower, Rigid Goldenrod
  • Monday, September 5, 2016

    Essential Bracelet (diffuser bracelet) review

    Essential Bracelet  sent me two bracelets to review. These are the green peridot and the rainbow.

    My daughter loves her rainbow bracelet because it doesn't let on that she uses hers for anxiety. Her friends just think its a rubber bracelet.  In fact it is made from is made of 100% food grade safe silicone.

    Essential Bracelet is easy to use. You simply use 1 clay tablet and put a drop or two of your favorite oil and give it a minute or two to soak it up.

    Find the pocket in the back of the bracelet and place the clay tablet in it. You can enjoy for up to 7 days. The clay tablet can be reused over and over again and uses the heat from your body to heat it up and help the scents diffuse.

    The bracelets are easy to clean with just mild soap and water. They also have a number of other styles as well that I am pretty excited to check out. They have lava stone bracelets which I LOVE, as well as beautiful silver pendants.

    They have kid, adult and even items for pets!! Check out their blog.

    Little crazy life wears a small and we help her stretch it to put it on, so it does not fall off or allows more difficulty to be taken off. This could be great for kids/adults with disabilities.

    Sizing Guide:
    Small 6 Inch- Girls 6-12 years Boys 6-10 years
    Medium 7 Inch- Most universal size.
    Large 8 Inch- Larger wrists and Men

    Friday, September 2, 2016

    Battys Bath Review

    Battys Bath sent me their Hydra Healing Rescue Gel. It came with a purple seal around the lid during shipment.  I've been getting my diet under control again after summer. I admit I got a bit lazy, so now I'm trying to reel it in. 

    If you start healing with nutrition, you will find that most problems disappear. I have dry patches on my cheeks that I cannot seem to get healed. They have a skincare 101 and a blog full of information. We are all completely different, and have different causes for our skin issues. Make sure to look at your diet and what could be causing the issues. You can fight skin issues from the inside while healing them topically as well.

    The main ingredient is Aloe Leaf Juice. It does not have a pungent smell, and can barely smell the aloe. I have been using this for a few days now. The dry spots on my cheeks have started healing.

    In looking at their botanical product line they have facial skin carebody, hair, soap, etc.

    Thursday, August 25, 2016

    Jaxx Bags - Midtown Chair Review

    Jaxx Bean Bags sent me their Midtown chair. Because I love this chair SO much I am posting this in reverse order. This chair is AMAZING as a kids chair or gaming chair. This little model is 8 years old and 44" tall and you can see how it fits her perfectly.

    The back doesn't support an adults head like it does a childs, but its a great chair if you cant get on the floor with the kids but still want to be close. I find myself sitting on it all the time because its super comfortable.

    The midtown chair is made with smooth lines and is considered both classic and modern. It is ergonomic )especially for kids) and wrapped in a plush twill cover. We love the curve in this chair because it makes it easy to relax in.  

    The cover is easily removable if it gets dirty, and you can always buy a new cover to change it up. It is made from durable urethane firm foam.  This chair measures 29.75” x 42.65” x 24” and is made in the USA (Atlanta, GA to be exact).

     This is a front view. Its listed as a Mocha color but in some light it looks gray.
     I apologize for the pictures from this point forward. Little crazy life was SUPER excited to get this out of the bag. We have the a cocoon bag that we purchased on our own 4 years ago and she loves it so we were very excited to try this new addition to our Jaxx Collection. The beanbag we purchased has shown NO wear at all. We had an issue with the cover but customer service took care of it quickly.

    This is how the chair comes. Unzip the bag and...........

    Voila... you see how compressed it comes.  They ship it compressed to reduce cost of shipment and environmental consciousness.

    It took about 30 minutes for it to decompress, but to get fully expanded it takes about 12 hours.

    Check out their Beanbags, kids, indoor, outdoor, accessories, and their sale page. There are SO many things I want! I am so impressed with their products.  

    Tuesday, August 16, 2016

    DragonFly Nutrition Bars Review

    Dragonflly Nutrition sent me some of their amazing bars to review. These bars were cut into thirds and little crazy life snuck off with a piece of each. They are THAT good!  These are moist and have NO JUNK in them! I am almost ashamed to say we ate all of this in one night. We split each bar into thirds. They are gluten free and paleo friendly! I apologize for the bad pictures, but everyone was drooling and trying to snag all the bars!

    The thing I love about these bars is that they are NO sugar or fillers. Dragonfly nutrition are a bunch of self described fitness nuts who love to eat! They wanted to make a healthful alternative to the sugary nutrition bars. They hand make these nutrition bars and are not cooked. 

    Dragonfly doesn't add refined sugar or honey to their products. The only sugars are the ones come naturally from the dried fruits. Raw almond and organic dried fruit bar probably has the lowest sugars at 6.7 grams for a 50 gram bar

    The one above is the their walnut bar.  They are made from walnut, organic coconut, organic date, organic  fig, organic flax seed, egg protein, and guar gum, and vitamin E (tocopherol).

    Their almond is fantastic as well. Its just as moist as the others and has a similar flavor. This is made from raw almond, organic apricot, organic coconut, organic fig, egg protein, organic date, guar gum, vitamin E (tocopherol).

     This is their cashew bar and is my favorite. The cashews made it more buttery than the rest which is why cashews are my favorite. These delicious bars are made from raw cashew, organic pear, organic peach, organic date, organic rice protein, guar gum, vitamin E (tocopherols).
     The chocolate is my absolute favorite, because, CHOCOLATE! They are made from raw almond, raw walnut, organic peach, organic pear, organic fig, organic dark chocolate, organic coconut, organic date, egg protein, guar gum, coconut oil (medium chain triglycerides), vitamin E (tocopherols).

     Trail Mix was soft and delicious. This is made from Raw almond, organic pear, organic apple, organic fig, pistachio and No preservatives.

    If you want to buy some there is a discount code for free shipping: crazylifeasmom

    Monday, August 15, 2016

    Pure Life Boutique Review

    Pure Life Boutique sent me a pendant and a bottle of their lavender oil. I am no expert on oil qualities, but this lavender has a beautiful scent. Its an organic high alpine lavender. I love that its organic and I do like that they appear to be transparent as they list a ton of information on the source product and origin, extraction method, the part of the plant used, etc. Comparing this lavender to the one I have, PureLife seems softer and a bit less pungent.

    My oldest burned herself pretty badly on steam from a tea kettle. I put this in a spray bottle with distilled water. Her arm was healed within a week!

     To open this pendant you have to take the chain off which is the only downside for me.

    The pendant pictured Comes with 5 colored pads which can greatly change the look of the pendant with your outfits. I used the purple pad with lavender and the scent lasted about 3 days.

    This is one of the larger pendants I have reviewed at 1.29 " across. It has a pretty decent weight to it as well for those who like that. Its an antique-bronze color locket with a 24" chain.

    They are having a promotion to celebrate their launch. They retail for $27, but you only pay $5.95 on the first necklace. Pricing is discounted when you get 3 or more. There is purchase a limit of 10 necklaces per customer.