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Friday, August 18, 2017

Big Kids Like Babytime Too


 I am always on the hunt for body care products that my 9-year-old sensitive skin son can use and enjoy. I have found that even though the label says sensitive skin, it does not always past the Jesse test. There have been many products that I have tried on my son’s skin and he either breaks out in a rash or he complains it stings. It amazes me that this child can play in the dirt and his skin is fine but I can apply a lotion to his skin and he complains that it hurts.

Sponsored: I received bath products from Babytime to facilitate this post

  I was so happy when I discovered Babytime skin care products. I love that the colorful labels appeal to my big kid and are not babyish to him. My son loves that the labels have colorful fruit guys on them. The best part is how they smell. These awesome skin care products get their wonderful scents from natural oils and fruit extracts. I really like that Babytime color codes their healthy ingredients on their labels so you can know which ones are natural, organic, or plant based. That makes it really easy for me to spot ingredients that my son may be sensitive to. These products are also vegan and gluten free.

 My son was excited to try the Babytime products. I first applied a bit of the Snuggly Cherry scented lotion to his arm to check for sensitivities. My son said "it feels good!" and then I smelled his arm. His arm had a nice light cherry scent to it. I was so relieved that this lotion passed the sensitivity test as for now only shea butter has passed the test on his skin.

 My son was also excited to try the Playful Wash and Peaceful Bubbles as he thought they smelled awesome. I liked that both of these products could be used as a shampoo and had moisturizing oils in them. My son does not like to comb his hair so when it is soft it is easier for me to comb it.

 Bathtime was a success for my son also as he did not feel itchy afterward. I am glad these Babytime skin care products not only passed the skin test with my son but that they also passed the cool looking test. My son and I really like the colorful logos on these products.

                        Go check out these Babytime products and others at

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Sugarless Back to School Sweepstakes

My boys love the taste of AquaBall flavored water!

Exciting news! Beloved children's beverage brand AquaBall is hosting a Sugarless Back to School Sweepstakes with awesome prizes just in time for back-to-school season. AquaBall is the only zero-calorie, sugar-free and preservative-free children's beverage currently on the market. The naturally flavored water is available in four flavors – Berry Frost, Fruit Punch, Grape and Strawberry Lemonade – and features fan favorite characters from Disney's "Frozen", Disney Princesses, Marvel's "Avengers," and Disney Classic Characters.

AquaBall's Sugarless Back to School Sweepstakes will run from August 7th to September 2017. Entering is super easy! Simply visit and complete the entry form including a photo of your child with their favorite AquaBall – don't forget to tag #Sugarlessbacktoschool and @aquaballdrink.

Six lucky participants will win a one month's supply of AquaBall (one 6-pack of each flavor), which will be drawn every Monday between August 14th and September 18th.

Ten winners will receive a one year supply (twelve 24-count packs), which will be drawn Monday, September 18th.

                                                       So what are you waiting for?
 Go buy some delicious AquaBall, snap a picture of your kid with the drink and enter this sweepstake now! You might just win!

My Summer Yard Cleaning Tips

          I dread weed pulling time and tend to procrastinate when it comes to yard clean up.

     I love having a backyard but I hate the maintenance of the yard. Since I live in a desert area, my yard does not have grass but it has plenty of weeds. I am amazed at how weeds can grow so fast without any water. If weeds were a source of food, no one would be going hungry. My weed supply could feed the whole world it seems. I hate weed pulling and I put it off as long as I can until I can no longer stand looking at my yard. From a distance, these weeds look harmless but they are not. These weeks are about a foot high and have lots of thorns on them. They also multiply quickly. These weeds have long roots that are hard to pull and they tend to grow back. I had my yard all free of weeds at the end of May and they are all back.

  Even my favorite sitting area that I created by in June was looking bad. My sitting area had weeds and the chairs were covered with cobwebs. I even found a spider that looked like a black widow on one of my chairs. Eek! It was time to clean up my yard! So I stopped procrastinating and gathered up my supplies.

I knew the one thing that would make yard clean up was my new Pocket Hose. I needed this compact hose to clean up all those cobwebs and to chase that spider away. I was not going to do any work until that spider was gone. Did you know that getting weeds wet makes them easier to pull?

 So since my son was outside with me, I put him to work and made him squirt the spider away. I like that my new Pocket hose had a brass nozzle with 3 spray settings. The strongest one was best for the spider.

      Sponsored Post: I received a Pocket Hose to facilitate this post.

  I was amazed that this compact hose expanded 50 feet once I turned on the water. It was so cool to watch the hose shrink back to a small size once I turned off the water. Tip: Make sure to keep the nozzle in the on position when turning off the water so the hose does not burst. I just love that this hose does not kink and is so easy to put away as it is not heavy.

After I cleaned up my patio area, it was time for me to tackle the weeds. I was about to get them all wet with the hose but it started to rain. I was happy for the rain as not only did it cool things down but it was going to make my weed pulling so much easier. Note to self: pull weeds on a rainy day as weeds come out of the ground easier. The rain felt so good. I decide to pull the weeds while it was raining. The cool rain actually made me work faster and kept my skin from itching, I am allergic to most weeds. I always wear gloves when pulling weeds to protect my hands from the weeds and the thorns. It rained for a good hour here, which is most unusual for our desert area. I was amazed that I was able to pull all the weeds in an hour and a half with no help. My son abandoned me once it started raining. My teenager thought that I was crazy staying outside in the rain. It felt good and I did not care that I was a wet muddy mess. My yard got cleaned up and I took a shower.

   I can now enjoy sitting in my yard once again. Yes, that is a bathtub full of weeds. We remodeled our bathroom earlier this year and my husband wanted to save the bathtub to make a pond for the yard. So since it is in my yard, I put it to good use to store all the weeds in until trash day.

 There are still some small weeds left in my yard but I think I will make my non-chemical weed spray to kill those since they are small and a pain to pull. My homemade weed spray only uses salt, vinegar, and dish soap but it does a great job of killing the weeds. I am also loving that my new Pocket Hose does not take up my room in my yard, no more tripping over the darn hose!.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Lemon Pie Smoothie With Turmeric & Giveaway

  I recently went to a wonderful fitness conference and sampled a yummy lemon turmeric drink from a brand that was at the nutrition expo. So when I got home I just had to recreate this drink as I craving the tart lemon flavor and also wanted the benefits of the turmeric in my body. Did you know turmeric is great for those sore muscles after working out?

  I was excited when Siggi’s sent me some coupons to buy their yummy yogurt. They were also at the conference and provided us bloggers with plenty of yogurts for breakfast and snacks. I love that their creamy yogurt has only 11 grams of sugar and more protein (16 grams) than most yogurts. This wonderful dairy product is made from simple ingredients like milk, cane sugar, fruit, and fruit pectin. The milk is sourced from family farms that never use growth hormones. I think I found my new favorite yogurt! My boys were happy that there was plenty of Siggi’s in our refrigerator. The youngest loves eating yogurt and eats it all day. This mom approves!

So what makes Siggi's so special?
 Siggi's is an Icelandic skyr (pronounced "skeer") which is a strained yogurt that has been a staple in the Icelandic diet for more than 1000 years. The founder Siggi Hilmarsson was unhappy with the too sweet and artificial yogurts in the US so his mother sent him a recipe for skyr, a wholesome unprocessed food from his childhood. Siggi started making this strained yogurt in his small New York kitchen and soon realized that he needed to start selling this yogurt.  He quit his day job and open up a full-scale dairy plant in Upstate New York. 

                                              Lemon Pie Smoothie With Turmeric
                                                      makes 1 serving

                                one container Siggi's vanilla yogurt
                                1/2 cup cashew or almond milk
                                6 ice cubes
                                1/2 teaspoon turmeric
                                1 tablespoon honey
                                1 teaspoon True Lemon Crystallized lemon, or 2 tablespoons lemon juice
                                1 Graham cracker, crushed

Combine all ingredients, except Graham Craker crumbs in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a cup and sprinkle the Graham cracker crumbs on top.

 Want to win a month supply of Siggi's yogurt (30 coupons for free yogurt)? Then enter this awesome giveaway for a chance to win!

This giveaway is open to US residents 18 years of age or older.  Chances of winning this giveaway depend on the number of entries. All entries will be verified. The winner will be notified within 24 hours of the end of the contest and will then have 48 hours to respond to the email or a new winner will be chosen. Void where prohibited

Enjoy Smelling Your Armpits With Native Deodorant Giveaway

Don't judge me but I like to smell my armpits. #GoNative

  Last year I made the switch from aluminum containing antiperspirant to natural deodorant and it has been a great switch. When I made the decision to switch, I thought that my armpits would stick and be dripping with sweat. In fact, I secretly kept my old aluminum antiperspirant just in case. I happy to say that my pits smell great with no sweaty drips. My pits smell so good that I like to smell them frequently throughout the day. Don't worry, I only smell them at home and not in public as I am not some creepy lady. Although when I am out in public, I sometimes forget about my great smelling natural deodorant and wonder where the great scent is coming from.

Why did I make the switch?
   Since your skin can absorb things you rub on it, I didn't want those chemicals on my skin. I am also trying to switch out my chemical beauty products one by one for natural ones. Studies also show that aluminum can cause breast cancer and brain diseases.

  The other day I was looking for something in my bathroom cabinet and saw my old chemical aluminum antiperspirant. I tossed it into the trash. My husband later retrieved it and tried to recycle the container. I told him that he could not do so as it still had product in it. He was about to wash it in the sink and I again stopped him as I did not want those chemicals clogging up my drain let alone in the water supply. My teen calls me a green freak, I do like that title! So my husband threw the aluminum antiperspirant in the trash.

  Ok, back to my great smelling armpits. Today they smell like a fresh peach. Other days they smell like coconut and vanilla. Then there is the day that I smell like delicious grapefruit. Some say that the scent of grapefruit can lower stress! My deodorant is my wonderful aromatherapy. I can't wait to apply it every day! The scent from my Native Deodorant lasts a long time too! The best part is Native Deodorant is made from natural ingredients. They even have scents for men. You will like that these natural deodorants are made in the USA, aluminum-free, and paraben-free.

Native Deodorants get their wonderful scents from a proprietary blend of oils. The wonderful armpit aromatherapy products come in so many different scents that I am sure you will find one that you like. So go take a look at all the wonderful scents that Native carries. Use promo code:momknows10 to save 10% off your order.


So are ready to make the switch to natural deodorant? 

I have a set of three Native Deodorants (in your choice of scents) to give away to one lucky reader so they too can smell their armpits too. If they so desire. Just enter on the form below and good luck!`

This giveaway is open to US residents 18 years of age or older.  Chances of winning this giveaway depend on the number of entries. All entries will be verified. The winner will be notified within 24 hours of the end of the contest and will then have 48 hours to respond to the email or a new winner will be chosen. Void where prohibited

Electric Comedo Pore Suction Tool & Pimple Vacuum Extractor

So I was curious about how this beauty tool worked.

   I was online and I saw this beauty tool that was like a vacuum for your skin. I read that it was supposed to cleanse my pores by suction and that this suction tool could also renew and improve my skin. I immediately thought of my teen and his acne problem. I always wonder why teens have to experience a face filled with zits during a time in their life that they can be insecure. So I decided to try this Electric Comedo Pore Suction Tool & Pimple Vacuum Extractor for the sake of my teen's skin.

  When the mini vacuum arrived, my teen was excited to try it. I could hear him in the bathroom trying out the beauty tool. The tool made some noise but it was not that loud. My teen came out of the bathroom and told me that the pimple vacuum felt weird on his skin but did not hurt. He described it as a small suction cup on his face.The teen was hoping for this tool to suck out some gross stuff out of his pimples, like when he pops them and white gunk splatters out onto the bathroom mirror. He told me that the suction tool did not suck any gunk out of his zits and did not see the point of it.

 The teen can be impatient when it comes to zits as he wants them off his face and I don't blame him. While the Comedo Pore Suction tool is supposed to help with acne, I don't think it was to work the way my teen wanted it to work. This beauty tool is supposed to be good for those pimples but I think it takes several uses to help clear the skin. The instructions even say's: This device does not provide instant results.

 So I decided to try out the Electric Comedo Pore Suction Tool & Pimple Vacuum Extractor and see how it works. This beauty tool is a like a mini vacuum and it comes with several different tips that have different functions. The tool also has several different speeds.

Microcrystalline Probe: Using microscopic crystals together with strong suction make it possible to exfoliate the skin more thoroughly than other procedures.

Small Circular Probe: Effectively cleanses your skin and pores by vacuuming out dirt, acne, and blackheads. Helps to unclog pores. Suitable for sensitive skin.

Large Circular Probe: For lifting and stimulating to tighten the skin.

Oval Probe: Use it to prevent wrinkles by massaging fine lines areas such as corners of eyes, nose, and mouth.

  I like that the tool can be charged with a standard USB cord (included with the product) on my computer. I tried the Microcrystalline Probe first and it had a nice suction but it did not hurt. The tip of this probe had a texture thing on it and it exfoliated my skin as I used it. I could see some tan particles going into the suction probe and quickly realized that it was probably some dead skin with my foundation from yesterday. Ok, I was lazy last night and only cleaned my skin with a wet wash cloth so my face still had makeup on it.

  So I then tried the tool on my forehead on some fine lines. It felt like my skin was getting some stimulation and I could see that maybe being good for my skin. This beauty tool also came with some instructions to explain how to properly use the product which is good. I read online that one person had experienced some redness when they used it but I did not experience that as the suction was gentle and not powerful like a bigger house vacuum.

 So that is my first impression of the Electric Comedo Pore Suction Tool & Pimple Vacuum Extractor. I will have to use this beauty tool several more times to see if it works on my skin. Go to the below link to get more information on the product.

Here is information from the above website on what the beauty tool does for your skin:

Relieve coarse face pore, exfoliate dead skin, clean and remove blackheads, black heads, white head, comedo, comedone, pimples, acne scars, blemish, age spots, dirt, minimize large pores, wrinkle and brighten your complexion with this all-in-one pore vacuum cleaner. You can also use as acne extractor machine and skin tightening too. Better than the usual dermabrasion.

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