Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Bumble Bar Review!

I received a variety (chocolate chip, original, and almond) of Bumble bars to try and give my honest opinion.

With Mr. Crazy Life being Gluten free, I am always on the search for snacks that are less processed and gluten free. These bars are not very large but they are amazing, organic, gluten free, usda organic, vegan approved, kosher, and only around 100 calories. If you like sesame seeds these might be for you! The texture is slightly chewy and has the yummy flavor of sesame seeds.

An example of the ingredients on the almond bar: Sesame seeds, brown rice syrup, flax seeds, evaporated can juice, almonds, vanilla extract, cinnamon, sea salt Tocopherols (natural vitamin e), sunflower/safflower oil.

Bumble bar INC is located in Spokane Valley Wa. “Buy a bar, help build a school! Every BumbleBar directily aids in community development and the construction of a school in Ethiopia.”

QSquared dishes and silverware review and coupon code

I was sent the items below to review by qsquarednyc. These items are ADORABLE and make mealtime very fun! My daughter loves all the fun colors. It is nice to have something around that’s NOT princesses or other characters. We try to limit that but it has a way of sneaking in. This is a fun product for those after school snacks.   Q Squared NY has offered a 15% off  with the coupon code: CrazyLifeAsMom
The utensils have held up well with use and dishwashing. I try to hand wash when I can but, seriously, who has time? With work, school and chores (top that off with Little crazy Lifes school, sports, playdates and birthday parties) time is definitely stretched as it is! I KNOW you parents can relate!!

The dishes are all melamine so cannot be microwaved. They clean up quick and easy if kept up on. I don’t like to wait because I am afraid the patterns might come off eventually.

I was on QSquaredNYC and saw that they had adult dishes with patterns I love. HOLD THE PHONE.. They have a breakfast in bed setup! Oh yeah… that might be a gift that just arrives one day at the house as a blatant HINT!

Cheeqy 3pc set 14$ -Mirror-polished stainless steel.   ABS plastic handles.  Dishwasher safe.  Printed handles are treated with Xtra Wash, our unique technology that keeps colors looking like new after hundreds of washes.
Rock Paper Scissors set -Mirror-polished stainless steel. ABS plastic handles. Dishwasher safe. Printed handles are treated with Xtra Wash, our unique technology that keeps colors looking like new after hundreds of washes.
14oz Square - Blue Tumbler 7 -
100% highest quality melamine. Dishwasher safe (top and bottom rack). Heat resistant. Lightweight and durable. Not recommended for microwave use. Minimum order quantity is 4.
4" Square Deep Dish (Orange Leopard - Blue Python and Green Zebra) 7 -100% highest quality melamine. Dishwasher safe (top and bottom rack). Heat resistant. Lightweight and durable. Not recommended for microwave use. Minimum order quantity is 4.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Washi Tape Review and Giveaway


I received 2 packs of Washi Tape Pretty Tape for my honest review.

I have never worked with washi tape before. For my first project, and guaranteed success, I chose to do a light switch cover for my daughters room to start. I took a plain plastic cover and started in the middle of the light switch and wrapped the edge under the backside. I then matched up the pattern with the next strip of tape until the light switch cover was complete. The tape was strong and easily positioned when I laid it down crooked. I tried ripping the tape from the top edge where I cut and it ripped easily, but when I snipped a section, where the switch goes in, and pushed on it which did not rip easily. This resulted in the tape slightly bunching but it was easily fixed. This was before I fixed the bunching. But how adorable is this? I was able to smooth out the bumps and kept the extra on around the corners so it held down after I screwed it onto the light switch. We are in the process of moving so I didn't install but will update with a picture of it installed in the new place. :)
Now that I am hooked on Washi tape its time to go find new uses for this stuff! I LOVE it!! You could use this on a myriad of projects and for decorations that need fresh looks! I have been browsing for days now. There are SO many ideas, so little time! Here are some of my favorites

Decoration: Mirrors, cupcake stands, closet doors with insets, Corkboard borders, picture frames or a faux matting, jaxx up plain vases, cover cardboard letters for a child's room, paint a canvas in contrasting color and then do a chevron or abstract pattern on top, abstract wall art, baseboard or wall border, wrap around clear or frosted candle holders, wrap around rim of indoor potted plants, jazz up acrylic serving trays, or Christmas ornaments.

Kids: Washi tape race track on the floor, put a few strips of the tape across a plain colored not card for pizzazz, Headbands, wrap pencils to make them fancy, cover metal band aid containers for holding Band-Aids, mints, or little treasures, jewelry, transform jars into simple vases, coasters, wrap cheap plastic bangles with tape for fancy jewelry, step stools, or a door frame.
Gifts: For those who like to bake print a tag slightly smaller than your plain food grade boxes and take the washi tape to tape the boxes closed while holding your tag in place.  

Practical uses as well, wrap around phone chargers (if not a universal charger) to distinguish whose is whose, wrap a clear jar to make it a decorative pen holder, Use the tape to cover the home keys on a keyboard if your teen is learning to type (you may want to write the letters on top of the washi tape), or wine glass tags for guests.
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Saturday, August 3, 2013

I heart keenwah review and giveaway

I heart keenwah sent me these yummy snacks for review.

The bag I sampled was cranberry cashew. They were so yummy that I forgot to take a picture! They are  certified gluten free.  Its hard finding good gluten free snacks! These are a bit chewy and sweetened with REAL ingredients. I had to stop myself from hiding the bag from everyone. :)

The ingredients are natural and whole. quinoa (whole grain quinoa, quinoa flakes, quinoa crisps), cashews, tapioca syrup, raw sugar, dried, cranberries, honey, almond oil, baking soda, salt nutrition per serving: calories (120), total fat (3.5g), cholesterol (0mg), sodium (130mg), total Carbohydrate (20g), protein (2g)

Here is I heart keenwah's story. " i heart keenwah was started by four friends: fiteh, ravi, sarah, and terah. after touring bolivia and learning about the versatility of an awesome little seed called quinoa, we returned home frustrated by the lack of ready-to-eat quinoa options. we decided to do something about it and got to work in the kitchen, mixing quinoa with other all-natural ingredients to craft a crunchy, sweet treat that satisfied our cravings."

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Friday, August 2, 2013

Heart Strings Chewelry review and giveaway

Kid Companion Chewelry sent me this red/pink heart for my honest review.
KidCompanions Chewelry is free of BPA, lead, latex, PVC and Phthalates.
They have a breakaway clasp for safety and conforms to ASTM Safety standards. The Cotton necklaces are hand dyed.

Pierrette and Lorna d’Entremont, daughter and mother, are co-owners of SentioLife Solutions, the makers of the sensory tool line “KidCompanions Chewelry“. The original KidCompanions chew necklace was invented by Pierrette in 2007. Our sensory oral-motor tool is still made in Canada and sourced in Canada and the United states.  Our sensory chew necklace is a SAFE chewy/fidget that brings parents peace of mind and the user comfort, calming, and satisfying of sensory and fidgeting needs Read their story here. This product is designed by someone who knows and understands special needs.

There is a version with a longer lanyard for the caregiver to wear for a teething child and the other version for those who chew and fidget to wear. These could be an option for those who chew their nails or those with sensory processing issues. They come in a variety of colors that are muted or undyed. They have chewelry in circles or hearts. It might be harder for boys to wear this as they get older with social pressures, but I believe the hearts just look like a piece of normal jewelry. The stigma isn’t as high for girls wearing things like this. As a parent I believe this product is a very good solution to keeping their hands, clothes, or whatever else out of their mouths. Every child is different but this might be a great thing to try for your child! Especially if there are changes coming such as a new baby, moving or school. We are moving and putting little B into a new school the SAME week, so it will be interesting to see if this product helps. So far this has seemed to break my daughters nail biting habit!! :) VERY happy about that!
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Sibu Beauty Review

Repair & Protect
I received Sea Buckthorn Nourishing Facial Cream from Sibu Beauty for my honest review. 

I am careful with what I put on my skin. I was very pleased with this product and most of its ingedients and price point especially for moms who may not always have the ability to buy high priced natural products. This goes on very easily and I actually use it twice a day. It absorbs very quickly. I use the extra to rub on my hands. :)
The day dream has sea buckthorn and omega 7 fatty acids. Check out the Omega 7 fatty acid benefits. It is very light and has a nice citrus smell without being heavy or greasy.  It is paraben-free and cruelty-free, and contains NO dairy, yeast, wheat, gluten, sodium or preservatives.

I am not a fan of the alcohol in it but pleased there are no parabens or unnecessary color.

Sibu Beauty products are 100% natural and contain no dairy, wheat, gluten, sodium, yeast or preservatives. They are ethical and cruelty free. Sea buckthorn berries are a naturally sustainable resource growing wild at the source in Tibet. Additionally, our product packaging and literature is environmentally responsible, and certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).
From the website :
High in the Tibetan Himalayas (12,000 feet above sea level) grows a tiny but resilient fruit that resists the harsh weather conditions and high altitudes. The sea buckthorn berry fortifies itself against the elements by producing an array of powerful nutrients. With over 190 bioactive compounds, sea buckthorn is an unsurpassed source of Omegas 3, 6, and 9. And it's a rich source of the elusive essential fatty acid, Omega-7, an essential fatty acid vital to collagen production and healthy skin, hair and nails. Sea buckthorn is a natural product with 1300 years of traditional uses with the modern scientific research to back it up. Our superior processing techniques and our premium and exclusive source of sea buckthorn allow us to create a revolutionary group of beauty products.

This company is wonderful and I hope to try more products in the future.