Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Foodie Rhiflection: Tootsie Roll Hot Cocoa Sampler + Giveaway!


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Beauty Rhiview: Naturalico Organic Vitamin C Serum


Naturalico Organic Vitamin C Serum
Product Details: Vitamin C Serum can be used daily and works well with all types of skin. The serum will not clog pores & does not contain parabens or alcohol. This serum is thinner than our other serums and is considered to be the most bioavailable serum on the market. Due to the Organic Rosehip Oil and Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil, our Vitamin C Serum is super hydrating all day leaving your face with a refreshing, well-rested and radiant glow.
REVIVES DULL SKIN & REDUCES DISCOLORATION - Vitamin C has the remarkable ability to decrease the prominence of hyperpigmentation while brightening skin that is tired and stressed. Regular use of our vitamin C serum will help to restore that youthful glow and promote a more even skin tone.
SOFTENS LINES AND WRINKLES - The hyaluronic acid and sea buckthorn oil organic extract in our anti aging serum help to plump the skin upon application. Fine lines and wrinkles are diminished as a result, leaving your skin looking years younger.
PROTECTS AND FIRMS - The vitamin C present in our anti aging system face serum provides protection from the free radicals that damage skin cells and contribute to wrinkles. The anti aging serum also stimulates the production of collagen and elastin fibers, toning and firming aging skin to make it more resistant to wrinkling.Directions
Wash and pat skin dry. If you are going to use a toner, apply the toner before the serum. Apply a small amount to entire face, neck and decollete. Allow to dry. Can be used daily; can be used under make up. Follow with a high quality moisturizer.

Ingredients: 20% VITAMIN C, ORGANIC ROSEHIP OIL, ORGANIC SEA BUCKTHORN OIL, RESISTEM (PLANT STEM CELLS), HYALURONIC ACID(BOTANICAL), GREEN TEA EXTRACT All of our products including our Vitamin C serum are totally natural and organic. We do not use alcohol or parabens. Our Hyaluronic Acid Serum is 98% natural and 72% organic (whole foods). All of our products are created in a state of the art, FDA certified facility here in the US.


I liked it, but my skin did not... (4 Stars)

I've been on a kick of Vitamin C serums for about a year now. I like the way they brighten my complexion and help balance my skin type. I love that this one from Naturalico is organic and contains no alcohol or parapens. Unfortunately, as soon as I stated using it I had a huge acne breakout that I can only guess was that my skin—which is notoriously reactive—did not like the rosehip oil which is has had this reaction to with the pure oil used as a moisturizer.

It smells nice and spreads well but after about 10 days of waking up to new pimples every day I had to stop using it. While it caused my skin to go bananas I would still recommend it to other Vitamin C serum fans as an affordable and pretty eco-friendly option. If your skin is on the reactive side, however, you might want to be sure that rosehip oil is not too heavy for you.



Notes: I received a complimentary product in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Product Rhi-flection: Spacoustic Prescription Audio



I'm quite in awe dear readers. As you know if you actively follow the book blog I've had some very stressful months that were just capped off with losing the new job I had just started. Then came the nightmares—something I hadn't experienced in years—. I'd been experiencing heavy daytime fatigue thanks to very poor sleep. During that time I had the opportunity to sample part of the chill program from Spacoustic. It's designed for stress relief and anxiety reduction, two things I need in heavy doses. Finding time to fit it in was actually making me even more stressed out!


Last week I knew I needed to make the time and so I penciled it into my planner and made myself sit down with it. I didn't even make it through the entire 25 minute session because it relaxed me so well I dozed off at about 14 minutes in! After putting up my headphones and lying back down I wound up falling asleep and sleeping for 10 straight hours, something I haven't done in a very, very long time! I woke up feeling amazing, well rested and refreshed in a way I haven't experienced as an adult with any regularity. It sounds crazy but it's true. I figured it was a fluke so I continued with it again the next night and the same thing happened, save that my alarm then woke me up.

Chill, by Spacoustic, is a stress relief program that merges the science of Quantum Harmonis with the benefits of meditation in a revolutionary new technology that enables you to quickly and easily achieve levels of profound relaxation -- without the years of practice that is normally required. At the touch of a button, the chill program quickly and efficiently guides your brainwave patterns from relaxing alpha frequencies, to deeply meditative theta states within minutes. 

The chill program isn't even their program for helping insomniacs! I was so thrilled with it I decided I wanted to see if I could get the full program. Unfortunately, they do not have e-commerce set up on their website yet and I'm not sure how costly it will be when they do. As much as that one small piece has helped me though I would probably be willing to pay a reasonable amount. They currently have it in some big fancy hotels and spas in big cities that are far outside of my means but I love that they have used it to help PTSD sufferers.


I plan to write a second feature once Spacoustic has an online store available to be on the lookout. I would give them 5 stars if this was a true review and not a feature. In the meantime please head to the Spacoustic website to try a sample and look into their programs they offer including weight loss and smoking cessation. I'm very eager to try their Nocturne program because my anti-seizure medication does not work well with insomnia medications and sleep aids that are chemical in nature.

Also, this video explains the process and what has inspired Prescription Audio.








Notes: I received a complimentary sample product in exchange for an honest review.

Book Rhiview: Super Stitches Sewing by Nicole Vasbinder

Super Stitches Sewing: A Complete Guide to Machine-Sewing and Hand-Stitching Techniques

Hobbies, Sewing, Stitchery
Ebook, Print (176 pages, RANDOMHOUSE)
The Perfect Stitch for Every Project
Does your sewing machine come with lots of fancy stitches that you've never thought to try? This essential guide to machine and hand stitches will teach you how to use any and every stitch for professional-looking seams, hems, gathers, darts, and more. Unlock your full sewing potential with 57 machine stitches, 18 hand stitches, and tips to choose the correct needles, threads, and sewing machine accessories, complete with detailed step-by-step tutorials and illustrations.
This comprehensive stitch dictionary is a must-have companion for any sewer, whether you just bought your first sewing machine or you’re a seasoned expert looking to polish your skills. If your passion is dressmaking, tailoring, or simply mending your own clothes, Super Stitches Sewing gives you all of the information you need to make every project a success.


The ultimate stitching reference for EVERY experience level! (5 stars)

I first learned to sew when I was 7 or 8. My grandma took scraps she had from making pajamas for my father and uncle and taught me how to make tiny pillows for my doll house. Since them many other women have added to my knowledge but nearly 30 years later I still didn't know what 9 out of 10 of these machine stitches was or how to make my sewing machine do them and why I'd want it to. I've felt really silly about it to be honest but had never found a resource that was as useful in educating myself about them as SUPER STITCHES SEWING.

Not only does it cover machine-stitching but hand-stitching, such as embroidery and darning stitches, as well. Vasbinder breaks them all down so brilliantly this has become a reference I would hand to any newbie and even recommend to folks who've been sewing for decades. Everyone can learn something useful from this book.



Notes: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Wellness Review: Majestic Pure Cosmeceuticals Peppermint Essential Oil

Majestic Pure Cosmeceuticals Peppermint Essential Oil

Company Site: website
Product Details: PREMIUM QUALITY PEPPERMINT OIL - 100% Pure And Natural Essential Oil. NON-TOXIC, No Additives, Unfiltered and Undiluted with no Fillers. Therapeutic Grade. Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans. Packaged in the USA.
POWERFUL AND PURIFYING: Peppermint Oil is known to relieve headaches and anxiety, helps ease respiratory problems, works to ease symptoms of asthma, helps with stomach and bowel spasms, as well as helps to relieve fever, and arthritis pain. It's also helpful is soothing the mind and body with aromatherapy. It's safe for topical application, although it is necessary to dilute with a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil.
MULTIPLE USES: Peppermint offers multiple household uses. It provides a wonderful cooling sensation while it naturally alleviates discomfort. Our oil is 100% is NON-TOXIC and perfect for use around the home and gardens. It is effective in repelling mice, spiders, ants, fleas, lice, roaches and rodents.
LARGE 4 OUNCE and PREMIUM QUALITY DROPPER inside each bottle for ease-of-use


Well-priced and lots of uses! (5 Stars)

Peppermint is one of my favorite essential oils. It's wonderful as an aromatherapy tool but I especially like it for use on the body. Blended with a carrier (I tend to use almond or jojoba, sometimes even argan) oil it's wonderful for headaches and I find that it's a very energizing scent.

I've been quite pleased with Majestic Pure's peppermint oil. My most recent use of it was as a carpet deodorizer. I simply put about 4-5 drops into 1 cup of baking soda which I then sprinkle on my carpet, let sit for 30 minutes and then vacuum up. It makes the whole house smell fresh!

This is very much comparable to similar products and is at a price point that makes it a bargain. I'd recommend it for anyone hoping to use it in homemade cleaning and body products (which is what I use it for).



Notes: I received a complimentary product in exchange for an honest review.

Product Review: Reach It Grab It Stick

Reach it Grab it
Product Details: The secret to eliminating hand, arm, back and knee strain...Finding it a struggle to reach, stretch and bend? If simple tasks are no longer so easy 'Reach it Grab it' is the perfect solution. It's firm and accurate grip, allows you to pick almost anything, in fact its so accurate it can pick up a cent!
The best multi-purpose reacher grabber that gives you the easy way to pick up and clean up!
• Easy to use, perfect for the old and young
• Strong grip with and non-slip jaws
• Reliable smooth mechanism made from high quality precision components
• Sturdy construction for years of happy grabbing
• Easy to use ergonomic design
Benefits of 'Reach it Grab it'
• Improves quality of life for people with back pain including spinal injuries, arthritis, knee, hip and joint pain that would otherwise be too difficult or too painful.
• Picking up objects dropped/lost in tight spaces can be difficult even when using a normal reaching aid. Our 'Reach it Grab it' has a swivel head, that offers a full 90 degree turning angle, almost anywhere is accessible. For the swivel head to function, lift the head fist then twist! It's as easy as that!
• High grade aluminium construction means that it won't rust, making it suitable for all outdoors work including removing pond debris and litter picking.


The Dreaded Booty Grabber! (4 Stars)

I'm quite tall but I married into a family of very short people. We've had jerks in stores snicker at us when I reached for something for my husband (whom I have 6" on) or when they see my MIL and I out together (1' 3" difference there). So even though reaching for things has never been a particularly challenge for me, I've seen the struggles folks who are short go through up close and personal.

I picked up the Reach it Grab it thinking I'd probably give it a whirl and review then pass it on to my MIL for grocery shopping. I'm not sure her pride will let her make good use of it but my experience with it has made me hopeful she will find it practical.

I love that the Rech it Grab it is made with durable but lightweight materials and that it can be rotated for different needs. It can't do quite everything I had hoped—I've found that it does not grip bags well at all—but is excellent for bottles, cans, and boxes. But here's the kicker... I've had to hide the thing because every time I turn around somebody *coughmyhusbandcough* is using it for nefarious purposes! I've taken to calling it to Booty Grabber if that tells you anything about it.

If you're in the market for a tool that will aid someone who has mobility issues or has trouble reaching things because of their height I think the Reach it Grab it is a useful and well built one for the job. I'll be passing mine on to my MIL in hopes that I won't be cursing her to a like-son-like-father issue with the temptation of using it for less-than-helpful purposes.



Notes: I received this product for free in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Beauty Rhiview: Foxbrim Argan Oil

Foxbrim 100% Organic Argan Oil

Company Site: website
Product Details: PERFECTLY Radiant Skin and Silky-Salon Hair - What Could Be BETTER?
Foxbrim's 100% Pure Organic Argan Oil is the pure and absolutely NATURAL solution to your skin and hair problems!
• Unbelievably Lightweight and Easily absorbs into face, hair, skin and nails.
• You've seen the Hollywood GLOW. Get it. With a few drops!
• Extremely Fresh and Long-Lasting.
• Meeting the highest purity and quality standards available.
• EcoCert & USDA Organic Certified & Triple Extra Virgin - NO parabens, additives, silicones or fragrances used.
The #1 choice for a REASON! Foxbrim's Argan Oil is the "secret" solution to the most common skin and hair issues you face every single day.
• Sensitive Skin? Don't Stress! Foxbrim's Argan Oil is non-irritating and isn't 'oily' like those other oils and products.
• STOP using those harmful synthetic products. Buy with purpose! Foxbrim provides the ultimate natural moisturizer with this premium Argan Oil.
• Get rid of inflammation, remove redness and heal scarring with this delicate, yet powerful, moisturizing oil.
• Just a few DROPS is enough to see results in DAYS.


Not my fave from Foxbrim but... (4 Stars)

I've tried and loved several wonderful skincare products from Foxbrim over the past several months so I was eager to see if their Argan Oil compared to other brands I've tried.

In terms of quality it's nice. It performed like every other Argan Oil I've used without incident. Excellent for dry skin, light enough for the face, and great on my hair. My only issue really was that it smelled much stronger (and a bit funky) than other brands I've tried. I'm not sure if it was due to it having sat in cold conditions on the UPS truck for hours during shipping and then possibly reacting poorly once it was at room temp or if it's got something to do with the nature of the oil itself.

While I don't quite love their Argan Oil, I'd still recommend giving it a try. I've become quite the fan of their brand overall and really think they're a quality brand for the money.



Notes: I received a complimentary product in exchange for review.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Product Rhi-view: Seeds


Organic Seeds Garden by VREMI
Company Site: website
Product Details: 
PACKED WITH NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS: Rich in vitamins and nutrients, your delicious garden fresh vegetables are sure to satisfy everyone. From the person who enjoys vegetables daily, to those who would rather eat them just once a year. Gardening is also universally thought to improve health and be a great stress reliever. Most of all, growing your own organic produce will not only help lower your grocery expense, it will taste great while doing it!
ORGANIC NON-GMO: We only offer the highest quality USDA certified Organic Non-GMO seeds. This means you can be confident that you and your loved ones are only planting a safe and healthy top quality product. We are proud to make this our guarantee to you!
NUTRITION: An excellent source of highly absorbable Vitamins including A, B, C, E and K, Chlorophyll, high quality balanced Proteins, Fibers, Minerals such as Calcium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Magnesium, Iron and Zinc as well as trace Minerals, Carotene, Amino Acids, Enzymes, Anti-oxidants and Bioflavonoids. INCLUDES: Onion, Lettuce, Cucumber, Tomato, Cherry Tomato, Chili Pepper, Radish, Carrot, Red Pepper and Courgette
GIFT BOX: Our beautifully designed gift box includes different quantities of seeds. We believe plants are a gift of life, so we created a product that brought that vision to reality. Give yourself or those you love the humble yet powerful present that is a true symbol of health and growth!
EASY TO GROW WITH GREAT RESULTS!: Our seeds are easy to grow with simple to follow instructions printed right on the box. Our customers also have our Superior Quality Guarantee that our seeds will result in a high percentage of germination. The seeds are also easy to handle, the sprouting time is quick and the blooms are beautiful. Sow them right into your garden soil or potting mix, and before you know it, you and your green thumb will be admiring the results!





Makes a great gift! (5 Stars)

While I'm sitting here cursing all the snow, somewhere a farmer is rejoicing... or so the legend goes around my part of the nation. Because all of this moisture is going to be great for the soil come May when our growing season starts. In anticipation of warmer times I was happy to accept one of these lovely Organic Seeds Garden gift boxes to check out and review.




While I'm bummed I won't be able to comment on the quality of the seeds for another 8-10 months I think it would make a terrific gift once the snow is over and the prospect of starting seeds is an option. It's an impressive little collection with 10 packets of seeds including Zucchini (packaged as Courgette/Squash), Tomato, Radish, Chilli Pepper, Cucumber, Cherry Tomato, Lettuce, Onion, Carrot, and Red Pepper. Each packet has the information you'd expect from planting season and depth, sun/shade/water needs, and even how to use veggies once they're grown. Also included are craft sticks and stickers to mark your plantings. 



If you have a youngster with an interest in how things grow I would recommend making this a special spring time project. It's a lovely starter garden (we've got the vegetable pack but any of the other 3 would be great too) that I think would appeal to beginners and kids especially.




Notes: I received a complimentary product in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Wellness Rhi-flection: Pure Body Naturals Peppermint Oil

Pure Body Naturals Peppermint Oil


Soothing and Energizing Peppermint oil is recommended by doctors as it is a soothing remedy for many conditions. It can help: 
• Help ease respiratory problems and congestion with aromatherapy.
• Help Relieve headaches and migraines
• Help Reduce and battle symptoms of bronchitis and asthma
• Help Reduces dandruff and lice in hair.
• Calm the body and help with pain in joints
Relieves Headaches and Migraines.
Peppermint Oil is known to help relax strained blood vessels therefore preventing or relieving headaches and migraines. Use in strained areas and pressure points by applying and rubbing in those areas.
Relieves Stress.
Reduce anxiety levels with the use of the peppermint oil with aromatherapy. The mint, sweet, menthol aroma will help relaxation in the body and mind.
Steam Remedy.
Open up your airways and relieve mucus from the nose and throat. Put Peppermint Oil into boiling water and breathe in the steam from the water.
Our Peppermint Oil is Steam-distilled from leaves of the Menthapiperita (peppermint) plant. Completely Pure without additives or filler. Therapeutic Grade. Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans. No animal testing was used in the making of this product.




Economical!!! & how I use it for migraines. (5 Stars)

Yesterday I reviewed Pure Body Naturals Lemon Oil and my sentiments toward their Peppermint Oil run much the same.

Peppermint is one of my favorite things in general. I've had headaches and migraines since I was a small child and one of my favorite soothers has always been peppermint tea, it helps with the nausea and if sinus discomfort is involved, helps open you up. But I actually had not tried it in its oil form as a topical treatment before sampling this one.

I've recently had a migraine about twice a week and unfortunately, the nausea can make it hard to swallow my medication for it. So I began adding drops of this peppermint oil to my no-poo hair rinse and using it all over my scalp. The relief was amazing! To duplicate a similar treatment for yourself pick up a dollar store ketchup squirter, fill it with 1/2 Cup lukewarm water and 5-10 drops of peppermint oil depending on your tolerance for it. Then gently apply it to the scalp avoiding letting it touch your face or get anywhere near your eyes. Let it sit on your scalp for a minute or two, or gently massage if desired, then rinse.

This is an economical and cruelty-free peppermint oil and I would definitely recommend it!



Notes: I received a complimentary product in exchange for an honest review.
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