Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Abrazo Designs Essential Oil bag and pendant Review

I love the story of how Abrazo Designs was created. The creator of Abrazo Designs was inspired by her mothers legacy after she passed away. She wanted to bring style and affordability to have also ealized the amazing uses for essential oils and their healing properties. As someone who has studied complementary health, this is a passion of mine. I look to find ways to rid toxins from my home where I can, and find ways I can treat illnesses or bumps/bruises naturally. I lost my father to cancer which helped spur my quest to research cancer and actually wrote my thesis on it!

Now, back to Abrazo.
 
Their 42 bottle Essential oil storage bag is made of quilted canvas on the outside  and has a nice handle. Inside the bag you will find beautiful velvet and padded dividers that are only secured at the sides.

You can also see this bag close up in my facebook live here.

Without the slightly adjustable dividers in the middle, this helps keep you oils even more secure. There are two bigger pockets near the back that can hold bigger one ounce bottles, more of the 15,10, and 5ml bottles, or other essential oil tools you may need. The bag has a heavy duty zipper and very well padded.
When I try to jostle the oils in the bag, they don’t move. This particular model can hold up to 42 oils and holds 15, 10, and 5ml bottles. The case is about 8”.x9”x3.5” high.
This would be a GREAT gift with some labels for the top of the bottles for a newbie and gives them room to grow their amazing collection. You can also get their products on AMAZON!


This stainless steel has an 18” chain and has a cutout with 8 hearts. They have three other beautiful designs on their site and you can also get these on Amazon! The 50 felt aromatherapy pads come in a variety of colors and are AMAZING for customizing your pendant above to match your outfits. 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Butcher Box Meat subscription review - $10 off and free bacon!


ButcherBox This is the first time I have tried ordering meat online and having it delivered. Use this code and get $10 off and free bacon!

I received a tracking email and I watched that thing like a hawk. I checked it multiple times when it was out for delivery. Once the box was shipped it took 4 days to arrive. I was curious to how it would fare with it taking that long. Much to my hearts delight all the meat was completely frozen! The green insulated bag was zippered and set inside an insulated box with dry ice bags. If you check out the live video, you can see how frozen the meat was.



- 3 packs of organic tenders = 2.75 pounds
- 2 one pound packs 85% lean ground beef = 2 pounds
- one pork loin tenderloin = 1.9 pound
- 2 beef ribeyes = 10oz
-2 grass fed beef striploin steak = 12oz
- 2 packs of sirloin steaks = 12 oz
- free bacon!! 10oz (Best bacon EVER!)

First of all, I was extremely impressed. ButcherBox is very high quality meat and the bacon is the best I have ever tasted. When I cooked it up there was nearly ZERO fat in the pan! I was shocked. Even with high quality meat from the local health food stores, there is always grease in the pan.



Butcher Box beef is 100% grass fed and grass finished. Chicken is Free range organic, and their pork is Heritage breed. Their 8-11 pound box of meat is $129 per month and can feed 20-28 individuals. Obviously we don’t have the 6oz portion control down because the meat did not last that long.

While ButcherBox is a subscription service, you can change the frequency or cancel at any time. You can try different cuts of meat and get handy recipe cards.

I learned while reading up on ButcherBox that nearly all beef for sale in the US is grain fed and processed in feedlots. When you have multiple sensitivities in the house, this is not good. Feedlot cattle are fed antibiotics, hormones, corn, soy and sometimes byproducts and even CANDY? WHAT? We always buy natural no antibiotic meat, but had no clue they fed them CANDY. What in the heck? In searching this its true. There was a recent publication in January ’17 that reported an investigation over red Skittles that do not make the cut for packaging (no white S on them). It turns out the massive amounts of skittles were intended to be used for feed. The candy is intended to provide a cheap source of carbs. The maker of the candy denied selling for feed, but apparently this is a common practice that was heightened in 2012 when the corn prices surged.

If you want to get your meat from a reputable source that guarantees quality check out ButcherBox!! I was seriously impressed with the quality of the meat, especially the beef.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

WayBasics Connect Cube review


WayBasics Sent me their connect cubes to review. We have a small open area under little CrazyLifes built in bookshelf that is completely open. It collects SO much random stuff due to its odd size. We have never been able to find anything to fit under this shelf, until now. If the connect cube came in half the width of this, we would have been able to completely fill the area. However, the open space does house a Barbie bin to the side of the cabinets.

Currently she is using the connect cubes to house her lego village creations so they don't get knocked over or broken. Once I can get a good picture of this, I will update this post.


With Waybasics products you get the sides, small wooden pegs, and the backing (and a lifetime warranty). The double sided sticky tape is already affixed to the connect cubes on one side. The boards themselves are made from from zBoard material. It is EXTREMELY strong, and much healthier than  particle board or MDF. Little Crazy Life can stand on the bookshelves without damage. I feel better knowing that these have NO VOC, toxins, or formaldehyde especially since they are in her room.

 The unique thing about the waybasics cubes is they have wooden pegs to put them together along with strong double sided sticky tape. YES, TAPE! I put these together without instructions. It is pretty simple.

Simply line up the holes and pegs after removing the sticky tape showing 3M. I did this by myself, but it is helpful to have another set of hands or a wall to lean the first side up.
 What I LOVE about the connect cubes is that they are not wood, yet they are so durable that you can stand on them (without breaking)! The pieces are made from recyclable materials. They are eco-friendly and little crazy life was able to help me put them together. I have her problem solve how to put things together, and this was pretty intuitive.



 and.............. a lifetime warranty!

After putting these together, and using them for awhile, I really like them. They are extremely lightweight and little crazy life can change them around in her room without hurting herself.

I would LOVE to get these in every style because waybasics provides such versatility and it helps keep little crazy life a bit more organized.

As I am eyeing their product line, you could easily use a combination of the waybasic cubes and make an easy lego desk to secure baseplates to. I would just secure the backs together with painters tape or decorative duct tape to keep them from separating. We have legos EVERYWHERE and this would be a fun project to try. If you do, let me know!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Time Block Swiss Botanical Science Review


I was sent time block supplement in exchange for my honest review. As with any supplement, I cannot guarantee what results you will have with them. Each person is extremely different in their supplementation needs. You will want to look at the ingredients and compare with any allergies/sensitivities you have. This is my personal experience with this product and your results may vary.

Time Block is a dietary supplement. This has a Telomer Complex which has plant derived nutrients, microalgae, vitamins and minerals. Supplementation is suggested as one morning and one evening which are indicated on the back of each bubble pack. 

Typically when you take supplements you need to create a constant balance of within your body throughout the day, that is why some dietary supplement suggestions are twice per day and not once a day. This helps the presence of the vitamins/minerals stay in your system. These are not heat pressed, which can cause them to be only partially digestible and hard on the stomach. I used to take a multivitamin and after years of seeing no results, I stopped. Those mass produced horse pills are nearly indigestible! Not to mention they are mass produced with such general ingredients. There will not be one multivitamin or supplement that is right for everyone.  


From reading the ingredients on Time block, one thing that strikes me is that I can pronounce everything in both the day/night capsules. The ingredients are Vegan, Not genetically modified, Gluten free, no added sugar and lactose free. This is a huge plus for me. We try to eliminate GMO's and highly toxic items from our house.  Time-Block was developed in Switzerland with GMP (Good Manufacturing Procedures). According to the company there has been decades of finding high quality ingredients that are harvested sustainably and grown in dedicated organic areas above 1500 meters in altitude. According to the EPA, this has a direct impact on air pollution or lack thereof. The EPA claims that the most impact is shown in human health and the lower concentrations of pollutants in the air. Translate this to plant health and it appears to be the same type of effect.

A quick breakdown of a few of Time Blocks ingredients are Biotin (preservation of skin), Folate (immune function and bones), Zinc (hair/vision/cell division), B12 (methycobalamin which is the non-synthetic version, cell division/nervous system), Selenium ( thyrdoid/oxidative stress). Calcium (Metabolism).  

As with any supplement, check with your physician prior to taking.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Glovax all purpose adventure gloves review



Golvax adventure gloves  light, slim,  cut resistance, water/oil proof, breathable and anti-skidding.
Check out their indiegogo here.

Mr. Crazy Life used these to trim some tall tree branches and was able to keep ahold of the extended clipper very well. He experienced no slipping and was able to manage a good grip. He then left them on to move the branches and had good movement of his fingers. I then used these to do some gardening. I had great flexibility in them and was not limited in my movement to work in the garden.

Glovax is an adventure glove that adapts to all of your needs. Glovax has many features to include cut resistance, anti-skidding, abrasion-resistance, water and oil resistant, flexibility, and comfort!



From what I found out, The glovax glove is made from special yarn materials developed by only two factories in the world. One is in Japan, another in Zhejiang China. It is abrasion resistance, blade cut resistance, tear strength resistance and puncture resistance.

They are said to be super comfortable and flexible for outdoor uses and some activities such as car repair, gardening, fishing, and hunting. We only used them for yard work and did not use them in the house of for adventuring. They were definitely lightweight and anti skid.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Simply Earth July subscription box review AND Giveaway


Simply Earth Monthly subscription box for July is shown here.

First things first, If you use my link and the coupon code CRAZYLIFEASMOMFREE you get a FREE diffuser with your first box! AMAZING! 

It is $39 a month and you can cancel, skip or pause any time. Their oils are 100% pure and smell AMAZING! Here are the July Facebook unboxing and Facebook live DIY video.

My favorite part of these boxes is that you get FULL size oils for $39!

Separately the oils are;
The oils alone cost $42.92!!

This box contains 4 oils mentioned above, recipe cards, an aluminum spray bottle, aloe vera gel and two labels. The only thing I wish is that the 2 round labels were water resistant.

The recipes this month are for
-hand sanitizer
-linen spray
-spa day diffuser blend
-Peaceful diffuser blend
-mini car air freshener
-Linen spray

The DIY aspect is fun and the kids LOVE IT! It gives you control of what you put on your body. There are SO many chemicals in commercial products that they just aren't healthy.

Simply Earth donates 13% of their profits to end human trafficking.

Simply Earth provides full size oils that can be used with future boxes or other creations that you come up with. This has been one of my favorite subscriptions that I have received. 

Check out my previous reviews of the March soap box, and the May beauty box.


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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Vermitek compost bins & raised garden bed review

HOLD UP! Don’t throw those food scraps away! Grab yourself a Compost bin/pail!  A compost pail is used to collect kitchen scraps before transferring them into your compost bucket.



Vermitek sent me a Stainless Steel Compost Pail

It is beautiful on your counter and will match all your appliances. The lid is the important piece because it contains activated carbon filters in the vented lid for odor removal.  Additional sets of filters are included for replacement. You will need to replace as you start smelling your scraps in the bin. This compost pail features a fluted, polished stainless steel body and a satin-finished lid to create a product that also is durable (it does not rust the way many other brands of steel buckets would). Another feature is the heavy handle that makes it easy to carry the contents to your main compost bin. This compost pail is dish-washable. This unit uses compost pail filters (large)-- available at their store. The capacity of this model is 1 gallon and is 7”







This is probably my favorite even though its only ¾ gallon. It is Environmentally designed, and is a green way to store daily kitchen scraps. We only have 3 people in our house, but I managed to fill this baby up in 2 days. Luckily we have a Vermitek bokashi composter in the garage. The exterior is made with real bamboo, and the inside lined with smooth plastic.  This model also has a replaceable charcoal filter. This model is 7”diameter, and 8” height and weighs 2 pounds.  This unit uses compost pail filters (large)-- available at their store.


RAISED GARDEN BED 

We live in the ‘burbs which means we have no control of what our neighbors use in their yards. We cannot rely on using organic soil and non gmo plants because we have runoff into our yard. I am VERY excited for this raised garden bed. Being in suburbia, we try to grow our own (fairly successfully) garden in large garden pots. This helps insure our food isn’t contaminated by chemicals from the neighbors who don’t have the same view as we do. We have taken this raised garden bed and lined it with material from Amazon. We then filled with Organic soil, and planted our veggies.
One reason I love Vermitek is they used 100% recycled plastic for their raised garden beds. These are great for a small plot of veggies. You can customize the shape of your garden to fit your area as well. Raised garden beds are supposed to keep pathway weeds from your garden soil, help prevent soil compaction, provides necessary drainage and can be a barrier to pests such as slugs and snails.
The sides of the beds keep garden soil from being eroded or washed away during heavy rainfall. Raised garden beds allow a longer growing season. You can plant earlier in the season because the soil is warmer and better drained when it is above ground level.

Another plus (because we aren’t young),  raised garden beds also reduce back strain when bending over to tend to the garden. Raised garden beds do not have bottoms and are open to the ground. What I found out is this offers the benefit of permitting plant roots to go further into the ground for available nutrients if needed.

Check out my previous review of their worm farm, and bokashi composter too! 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Woman Up Subscription Box

Woman up Box is a monthly subscription box with 6 to 8 beautiful items. These items are created by women for women. How amazing is that? If you want to see the unboxing click here.

There were 2 suckers from Lollyphile in this Woman up Box They are a texas company that create really fun flavors. These were pomegranate tangerine and strawberry mojito. Arent they beautiful? I love the swirl effect of the strawberry mojito. I chose to gift these to a co-worker and she was so excited about them.
This beautiful light weight Mala bead necklace is made of beads and shells. It is absolutely beautiful and would be great to pair with a neutral outfit.
This is a great way to remind yourself to be kind to yourself! The woman up box  motto is to uplift yourself and lift up woman. This is made by Kate Zhang.

I am very excited about this organic tea by Flying Bird Botanicals. We drink a TON of tea. This smells very light and I am most likely going to ice this as a summer afternoon tea. its a mix of lemon/mint mixed with Yerba mate in the Pacific Northwest!
This green parrot worrystone is a bonus! Its a beautiful color and such a smooth surface. It has a slight indent in it. I give little crazy life one at school for her desk when shes taking tests.
This Beautiful Gelato Sugar scrub has a wonderful scent.  its a foaming sugar whipped scrub. Doesn't that sound amazing? Its made with mango and shea butters along with natural oils. I'm using this in the morning! It looks so beautiful and comes with a little wooden scoop.

I think this has to be one of my favorites. I LOVE natural lip products and Hawaii, so its a win/win. This is made by Francesca Sakai and is called Passion Moon Potions. This is a deep red tint with hints of purple. It is naturally colore with lip safe iron oxides and mica. This is made in small batches in Hawaii.
Purse Mirrors are a must. This has a sweet saying on the front, and comes in a clear plastic case. This is made by Kate Kehoe with Chicalookate.
This is another item that I chose to gift. Such beautiful mandala cards! These are made by Anna Gaiownik with AnnaStamps1 on etsy. You can relax while customizing a beautiful card to spread joy to others. The artist hand carves her stamps then stamps her cards by hand. Each set comes with 5 different designs and mini colored pencils.
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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Blami Arts Chalk Markers and Labels

 Blami arts sent me their  pack of chalk markers that came with an eraser, 2 extra reversible tips, and 14 liquid chalk markers.
The marker pack is extremely fun. I haven’t had many colors to experiment with before, but this pack has silver, gold and bronze. SO FUN! I did notice that the silver and gold didn't erase as well, especially on the vinyl chalkboard below. They are gorgeous colors though.
Im looking for online ideas for learning the art of chalk drawings, so If you have any ideas, let me know.  You can erase these with a dry paper towel, the eraser that it comes with, or a wet towel. I find the wet towel is the quickest and cleanest way.


I love chalk markers and I have been wanting chalk labels for quite some time. We store our items in the pantry in mason jars, because I despise bags. Mason jars just look wonderful and organized. My biggest problem is that I can never remember what I put in them when I have multiple types of one item such as flour. These labels have solved that problem!
Blami Arts labels are very easy to use. You simply clean the area you want to apply, write on the label, and slap those babies on! To clean you simply wipe the label off with a damp cloth and reuse.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Cappellos grain and gluten free pasta and cookies



Cappellos sent me a selection of pasta and cookies. We have been on the search for good gluten free pasta that we can indulge in every once in awhile. Apparently this is in the refrigerated/freezer section which is why I have never ran across this brand before. I like the simple packaging and focus on great product. These were shipped in an insulated box with dry ice which kept them perfectly cold.

 
Capellos sent me their fettuccine and Gnocchi. Their pasta is fresh, gluten-and-grain-free, fettuccine is carefully hand-crafted. Their pasta tastes amazing. It has a totally different texture than boxed pasta. They use almond flour and cage-free eggs to create a low glycemic pasta. This pasta is so much better than boxed.
Capellos Pasta is Gluten Free • Grain Free • Soy Free • Dairy Free • Low Glycemic • Non-GMO
I cooked half a package in 90 seconds. I prefer less of a bite for fettuccine. For this pasta I used homemade bone broth and boiled it, then added the fettucine.

For the gnocchi, after they float to the top of your boiling water, you can lightly sauté them or add sauce. I chose to use homemade bone broth and then add a touch of parmesan cheese. It was AMAZING. They also have lasagna sheets!!


The base of all Capellos cookie doughs are made of Almond flour, organic Vermont maple syrup, arrowroot flour, organic coconut oil, organic vanilla extract, sea salt, and baking soda. 

The chocolate chip is amazing and has just a touch of sea salt.

The Double Chocolate
is made of Dark chocolate  and cacao powder. This is my favorite because it tastes like a brownie.

They also have Ginger Snap, Lemon Zest, and cookie dough rolls which I didn't try.  If you click here there is a bunch of desserts you can make with the cookie dough. These are grain free, vegan, and gluten free.

Capellos also has pizza! Check them out and I think you will be surprised at how good they are.




Friday, June 9, 2017

Kabana Creme AND Green Screen Sunscreen review

What you put on your skin, or rather what you DON’T, is important. Lessening chemical exposure is essential in this day and age. We are bombarded with all sorts of chemicals. They are in our soaps, skincare, haircare, makeup, laundry detergents, and our foods.

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SUNSCREEN  -  Did you know that many sunscreens block our production of Vitamin D? There are times when you need it, however, so make sure to read up!

All Natural SPF 31 Sunscreen OTC Test results! Kabana is the only manufacturer on Earth that publishes our OTC SPF testing data for your security and peace of mind!

Green Screen® Organic Sunscreen SPF 31 Tinted Neutral is great as a foundation! It is free of common allergens, gluten-free, corn-free, dairy-free and vegan.

This formula has all the benefits of Green Screen Original SPF 32, but is tinted to blend with skin tones and is excellent for facial use. This Neutral color is designed based on customer requests that we offer a lighter tint with a yellow undertone. It provides excellent Broad Spectrum protection.

Neutral tone created by the mineral cosmetic pigment iron oxide blends with skin tones. This can be used for the face and can reduce blemishes and blend sunspots. However if you have sunspots you want to check out your liver and kidney levels.

The sunscreens are non-nano, not-micronized Zinc Oxide.  Zinc Oxide is the only sunscreen active ingredient FDA-approved for children under 6 months of age.

Green Screen contain simply nine edible-grade, 86% certified organic ingredients and is completely petrochemical-free. This sunscreen works amazingly well. 97%+ broad spectrum UV absorption across the entire UVA & UVB spectrum. They are soy-free, gluten-free, corn-free and vegan, Fragrance-free & non-comedogenic.

Green Screen is Ecosystem approved – biodegradable formula is safe for reefs and the aquatic environment & packaged in 100% recyclable tubes. It is also Cruelty-free – never tested on animals – only tested on humans per 2011 FDA OTC Sunscreen Monograph regulations.

Green Screen® Organic Sunscreen SPF 31 is easy to apply at all temperatures and blends with skin tones, eliminating the cool chalkiness that mineral sunscreens may impart.

The average individual particle size of the Zinc Oxide USP we use is 0.260 micron (260nm) with Standard Deviation of 0.012 micron (12nm). This means that there are statistically zero particles smaller than 100nm, the cutoff for the nano classification. Most nano sunscreens on the market have particle sizes in the range of 10-20nm  Ingredients in Green Screen SPF 31 Formulas; 25% non-nano Zinc Oxide, Eldorado Springs Artesian Water, Certified Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Certified Organic Jojoba Oil, Vegetable Glycerine, Organic Shea Butter, Vegetable Vitamin E (non-gmo from sunflower seeds), Vegetable Emulsifying Wax NF (cetearyl alcohol & polysorbate 60), Iron Oxides

Green Screen® D Organic Sunscreen SPF 35 Original – is like the above but fortified with the United States Recommended Daily Allowance (USRDA) of Vitamin D3 (400IU/ounce of sunscreen), a critical vitamin that normally requires UV energy to be produced in our skin.

Since sunscreens reduce UV exposure (which is a good thing and critical in limiting cellular and DNA damage and aging processes), they can also limit Vitamin D production. Vitamin D deficiency is quite common and plays a significant role in diseases.


Kabana crème products might just be the solution you are looking for. They state “Beautifully simple. Effectively elegant. Healthful longevity. Love your skin. Kabana does.”

I was sent Kabana Crème Ultra Nourishing Moisturizer in a 6 oz container. This moisturizer is very thick and creamy. This is a fresh, perishable product. Kabana recommend refrigeration if you do not expect to use it within a month of receipt.

With warmer weather here, this feels AMAZING on the skin at the end of the day. I take a shower and put this on after its been in the fridge. SO awesome. By using this daily it helps your skin’s  moisture balance while enhancing glow and smooths blemishes. In turn this would also be helpful with eczema, atopic dermatitis and psoriasis. However with these conditions, I would highly suggest finding your triggers as many times its an allergic reaction or sensitivity. This can also be used on your face. Ingredients: Eldorado Springs Artesian Spring Water, Lanolin, Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Mango Butter, 3% Non-nano Zinc Oxide, Soy Lecithin, Optional Essential Oil (customized to your order).