Friday, August 29, 2014

Soap Box Soaps review and giveaway

 soap box soaps sent me this bar of lemon grass soap to review with my own opinion.
Look at this bar! I wish you could smell this. It is amazing. Here is a link to all their soaps. By purchasing their soaps you provide soap, clean water and vitamins to other countries. How great is that?  Read more on their movement and see what they are all about.
 Check the retail locator to see if you can buy it locally. Buy online and use HELLOWORLD20 and receive 20% off your purchase.

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Masterlock 5900D Space Safe review

Masterlock sent me this handy contraption to review with my honest opinion.

A trip to the beach recently made me realize we had no safe place for our things. If we wanted to lock something up it could easily be stolen. I then saw this product. It can hold cell phone and keys and wind the cord through the zipper pulls of a backpack. We usually position ourselves near the swings mid beach so we could actually attach this to the swing set itself. I don’t think we would ever leave our bags by themselves, but this would be great if we ever needed to.
When you set the lock to the combination the cable disengages and allows it to be free on one side. Then push it back into the slot and mess up the combo. This could also be useful for a teenagers locker, a desk drawer at work, bike, etc. The cord isn’t extremely long, but long enough it can be attached to a backpack and wrapped around a bleacher leg for school events etc. It is lightweight and has shock absorbing foam inside. SO Cool.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Clearly Filtered Pitcher review and giveaway

 Clearly Filtered sent me a water pitcher to review. I apologize for the compressed pictures. Apparently my phones settings got messed with.

This is a very sturdy water pitcher. The filter is easier to prep than the Brita. No soaking of the filter and no running through a pitcher or two of water before use.
The filter lasts 5 times longer than Brita.  This filtesr 200 gallons.  Brita filter 40 gallons
The cost of the filter is comparable to the other brands. However this one you use one filter vs multiple for the other brands.
The MAJOR DIFFERENCE:  Clearly Filtered removes impurities while Brita reduces.  
Brita does not remove fluoride.  
This pitcher makes water taste BETTER than bottled.  There is no regulation on bottled water so it can be taken from one source and bottled with no filtration whatsoever.  Brita makes no claim for many of the contaminates that Clearly Filter removes.
Easy website to maneuver through, the product is well packaged, and the instructions are easy.
The videos on website are great and they have great option for portable filtering (ie sports bottles for school)!
The down side is you cannot  buy filter locally.  However, with free shipping not that big of a deal
I also see no way to know when the filter needs replaced.  Maybe just have a location on the pitcher designed to write the replace date?
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Lukes organics crackers and chips review and giveaway

Lukes organics sent me a selection of chips and crackers to try.  
The founder was diagnosed with celiac disease when he was 7 years old and been on the lookout for great tasting, gluten free snacks ever since. 
Part of the proceeds from sales will go to the red cross (for severe weather disaster relief).
Finding tasty snacks that are gluten free is very difficult. These don't even taste Gluten free! They are non gmo and filled with great quality ingredients on top of it. The flavors are wonderful and have a great texture.
Organic, Gluten-Free, non-GMO, Allergy-Free, Soy-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free, Vegan, Whole-Grain, Multi-Grain and Seed Chips and Crackers!

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

The good ones shirt reveiw and giveaway

The good ones
“Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, put your hands together for Stuart, Adrian, Franklin and Bullfrog...THE FINAL HURRAHS!” Find out who they are.
WOW, these shirts are amazingly soft!! Mr CL put them on was so impressed at the fit and quality. He gave them an A with the caveat that they would have been an a+ had they been tagless. We received the anything ever adult tee and the stage stack tee.

Both are extremely awesome. The Stage stack tea came in a cool mesh bag. How is that for cool packaging?
Check out their gallery and find out more information about the band here. The great thing about these clothes is you don't have to know about the band to really enjoy them. The styles and prints are nice and not overbearing.
They have kids sizes as well! I would like to see more girly items since my little CL would never wear these styles (erhaps some cute skorts for girls). Little CL loves the drums, but is very girly.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

persnickety boutique tea party dress and giveaway


Persnickety Clothing sent me this AMAZING Tea party dress for my honest review.
I am completely amazed at the quality of this dress. I received it in a waterproof mailer and when I opened it I wished it was in my size.  It was a button up back which I was not aware of so for little crazy life it might be a special occasion dress. She is fairly particular about how dresses fasten. ;)
 Everything about this dress is stunning. From the print right, to the gently scalloped neckline, to the ruffles on the sleeves, and down to the buttons cascading down the back of the dress. There is not a single detail overlooked on this beautiful dress.
Persnickety Clothing offers only the best in girls' boutique clothing. Our unique designs are enchanting and playful, perfect for the little girl in your life. From humble beginnings – selling boutique clothing for girls at Utah fairs and farmers markets – Persnickety has grown to offer our fancy little frocks and accessories to girls everywhere. Our girls boutique clothing designs are sure to charm you.”
Isnt that the truth!! This dress is AMAZING and so soft yet very sturdy. The customer service is also outstanding. I was torn between two dresses (tea party and birdie) so I emailed with a couple questions. They answered promptly and were so incredibly nice.
They even have an outlet tab as well as accessories! Nearly one stop shopping! :
Check out their “Buying is Giving” program This is fantastic and a great way to give back to others. Their story gave me goose bumps.
I have never seen quality like this at a brick and mortar store before. With the quality being established I would have loved to see a tag or a name ironed on somewhere inside the dress. This dress will last after multiple hand me downs people are going to want to know who made this stunning dress. J
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Essential oil diffuser and pendant review and giveaway sent me a Now Foods Ultrasonic oil diffuser

This product is so awesome. Ive recently gotten into essential oils for health and healing purposes. The first place this went was in our room. Mr. Crazy Life has a hard time sleeping some nights. Per the instructions I grabbed some luke warm water and lavender essential oil. I filled the base to the fill line and added 6 drops of essential oil.  I clicked the button on the base to start a show of rainbow colors fading into eachother and the cold steam coming out the top of the cone.  

In the other one I put 2 drops of lemongrass, 2 drops of tangerine, and 2 drops of orange. I put this on the counter in our open kitchen.
I absolutely LOVE these diffusers. The only thing I wish was that there was a plugin battery option for them so I could use one on the tall shelf in my daughters room. The battery in the base would not mix well with the water being used, but would like to see another option. This unit runs for 6 hours with autoshut off. 

At night you are able to click the button a second time so that it just emits a soft blue light. Mr Crazy Life cant sleep with the blue light so I have to run the diffuser for the night before we get into bed. It would be nice to have a no light feature.
When we turned these on, instant amazement was had by us all. The house just seemed calmer and smelled amazing. We are able to customize the scents we want without all the chemicals in commercial products. We have even made a thieves oil blend and tried that for the upcoming school year. Thieves oil is supposed to help with the immune system, so we will most likely be running that blend at least once a week to help prevent any sickness.
Pendants  - Greenair is now offering a fabulous line of Essential Oil Jewelry. These are hand-blown glass but they have sterling silver pendants also. The necklaces allow you to carry your favorite essential oil. Add a couple drops of essential oil and the oil disperses from your body heat warming the glass/oil. These come with a velvet jewelry bag and 2 - 3ml droppers.

This could be very beneficial for kids who have problems focusing as well as adults. I would like to see some more masculine necklaces for boys and some more simple designs for young girls.

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

PuraVida bracelets Review and giveaway

PuraVida sent me an iPhone case and a 5 back of bracelets (aquarius).

Mission – Every bracelet purchased helps provide full time jobs for local artisans in Costa Rica. How awesome is that!?
Check out the PuraVida story here.  It has to do with a 5 week college trip after graduation.
The bracelets are beautiful.  Check out their collections.
The aquarius pack shown comes with several bracelets to stack or share. I would love to see more silver options, but the gold and blues go well together. They are pretty durable and Little Crazy Life  keeps trying to steal them from me.
They have a ton of accessories also. I received a Kilauea triangles Iphone case, but didn’t realize it was for the iphone 5 when I ordered. It is beautiful.
Pura Vida has such a beautiful website. They have a charity tab that  has products linked to each cause. I found myself clicking just to see the pictures.
You can get involved as a rep here.  I have sent two messages though and have not heard back. I'm hoping that their form is just broken and they aren't getting the message.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Dr Teals epsom salts review and giveaway

Dr Teals sent me two formulas of Epsom salts and a bottle of their bath and body treatment. It is made in the USA! Check here for retailers
Epsom salts are magnesium. So by using 2 cups in a bath of warm water, and soaking for 20 minutes, you are absorbing much needed minerals into your body. Magnesium is a much needed biochemic mineral that our body needs to function.

Check out their page for more information and links. 
Olive Oil Bath & Body Treatment – This is lightweight formula with vitamin E to soften skin. Use a few drops after a bath or add a few to your bath! Either way it has no parabens and phthalates. It has a scent of a light tropical flower – Monoi. The gentle oils absorb into the skin leaving no residue.

Epsom Salt – Epsom salt helps relive tired achy muscles. This naturally scented brand is awesome! The essential oils soothe the senses and help the brain relax. Peppermint is often referred to as the worlds oldest medicine. The baking soda helps eliminate odors and softens skin.

Epsom Salt Foot Soak –
This smelled amazing. I love the essential oils in the Epsom salts. The magnesium helps with tired achy feet and the peppermint refreshes. Take a skin brush after the bath and gently brush away the dead skin for beautiful feet. This in combination with the olive oil bath treatment worked wonders for MCL military feet ( I will spare you pictures of his boot feet). 

There are SO many uses for Epsom salt. Did you know that
-plain Epsom salt can also be used in the garden to help certain plants?
-Epsom salt and essential oils to replace commercial chemical “Crystals” for laundry.
-According to the National Academy of Sciences most americans are deficient in magnesium
-Epsom salt relieves tension  by removing lactic acid and toxins from the body
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Chapul bars -the original cricket bar - review and giveaway

Chapul sent me 3 flavors to try.

Aztec bar - Dark chocolate, coffee, cayenne - nice with a slight flavor of coffee but not overpowering
Thai bar - Coconut, Ginger, Lime - a twinge of spice, but very good.
Chaco bar - Peanut butter & Chocolate - This has to be my absolute favorite.

The catch to these amazing bars is that the protein is derived from cricket flour! YEP! CRICKETS!
Read up on the Chapul Story here. Their mission is to create a delicious energy bar,  introduce a revolutionary efficient protein, invest 10% of all profits in water conservation in the regions which inspire the bars.
You may be asking why eat insects? There is 15% more iron than spinach, twice the protein as beef, and comparable B12 as salmon. If you look at other countries upwards of 80%0 people eat edible insects as part of their regular diet
I learned a couple things while reading Chapuls site and blog.
Experts estimate that 92 percent of all freshwater consumed is absorbed by agriculture, the average hamburger patty has the same greenhouse gas impact as driving a Toyota Corolla for 10 miles, and our waterways are laced with antibiotics, hormones and pesticides. Soy and whey protein, popular alternatives to meat, still rely on resource-intensive agriculture, expose us to unhealthy levels of phytoestrogens and trigger dairy allergies.”
Now with all this information do they taste good? YES! I was pleasantly surprised! Little crazy life loved the peanut butter and chocolate.

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Mollys Suds laundry detergent review and giveaway.

Molly's suds sent me laundry detergent for my honest review.

Things I LOVE:
"No formaldehyde, no parabens, no SLS/SLES,  no harsh chemicals & no animal testing...ever"

When I opened the bag I was pleasantly surprised with a minty smell. LOVE! The resealable packaging  uses 70% less waste. Their site has Laundry tips, Stain tips, a list of Ingredients, and even cloth diaper tips.

We used two scoops per load of laundry because we typically wash full loads when possible. I was hoping the minty smell would last, but I suppose super clean laundry without aroma is pretty good too. Especially when its not full of chemicals!!

You can read their heartbreaking story here and how Mollys suds came about. They took an unimaginable circumstance and used it to educate others. I proudly support them for their efforts. Those footprints you see on the website and packaging are reminders that's the products are even safe for the newest family members. What a sweet reminder of their little girl and their mission.

" In the United States alone 80,000 chemicals were approved for use by the TSCA (Toxic Substances Control Act) and yet only 200 of the toxins were tested for human safety. Each year the list of chemicals change. There was a European study done that proves mothers pass chemicals to their babies via pregnancy and breast milk. Newborn baby cord blood and amniotic fluid had multiple non-natural toxins detected in it, as many as 240 chemicals in cord blood have been found! More than 120 of the chemicals were from toxins in food, personal care, household and environmental products."

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Naturally Fresh Deodorant review and giveaway

Naturally Fresh Deodorant Roll on – combines all natural ingredients to eliminate odor causing bacteria. 24 hours of non staining and hypo allergenic protection. Non sticky and non greasy. Chamomile is added to soothe and moisturize shaved arms.
Crystal spray mist – Liquid version of the crystal. It is made from pharmaceutical grade mineral salts. Highly recommended by doctors (oncologists, dermatologists and allergists).
Crystal stone - Moisten the stone underwater or use on wet armpits after the shower.

Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystal products are made of mineral salts, which are
·         Pure and natural
·         Fragrance Free (products also available in scented varieties)
·         Non-staining
·         Up to 24-hour effective
·         Hypoallergenic
The products function as natural deodorants that kill odor-causing bacteria, while permitting the pores to excrete toxins naturally.  This is vital to maintain healthy, auxiliary lymph nodes which are located in the underarm area

I have had a very hard time finding natural deodorants that actually work for me. I have used all three of naturally fresh and they are amazing. I have slight wetness at the end of the day but there is hardly any odor. I am so impressed with these.
To find where to purchase products online or in a store near you, visit the online store locator

Everyone’s body is different. On some people, it may work immediately but on others it may
take up to 2-3 weeks before it may begin to work as your body adjusts. Naturally Fresh
deodorant is not an antiperspirant. You will continue to sweat but will not have any underarm
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Kiss Naturals glycerine soap kit review and giveaway

Kiss Naturals sent me this glycerine soap kit for my honest opinion.

The directions were extremely clear and simple. Little crazy life had a blast with this one.
 I took one cube of glycerine and microwaved for 10 seconds. Little crazy then took the spatula and scooped out the mica dust to color the clear glycerin. Once it was the color she wanted we filled up two of the cavities in the mold. we repeated with a second glycerine cube and mica coloring.
Apparently waiting was the hardest part. We waited for 10 minutes and then put the mold in the freezer for 5 minutes to guarantee the soap were solid. This is the result. We tried to add purple to the top of the molds  for eyes to the penguin and dinosaur but the color sank when not solidified. This was a super fun project for little crazy.
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