Sunday, August 31, 2014

School Zone Command Center


Ahhh, Back to School time...early mornings, catching buses, getting to school on time. It can all be halted by one misplaced shoe, missing backpack, or the lost library book that is due back TODAY.

My son is in second grade this year, and I am homeschooling my 3 year old, and I knew that if I was going to be able to handle both, I HAD to get a grip on some sort of schedule that keep everyone on track. So, the Sunday before the first day of school, I decided that we needed a School Zone Command Center. We had one last year, but it was very basic...a place to hang their backpacks, and a place to pin the calendar.

This year we needed to have a place for everything...and so, at 9:30 PM on the day before school started this was born!





  • I have a hanging organizer that holds a weeks worth of clothes, and a basket at the top that holds extra socks or underwear, which is hanging from a shower curtain rod, suspended between my two very large bookshelves. 
  • There is a shoe rack where ALL of the shoes go.
  •  A bulletin board for pinning everything important...lunch menus, schedules, calendars, etc..
  •  I also found that great little picture frame that had hooks on it (I will be adding a picture of the kids)
  •  Lastly, I placed my sons Kindergarten Diploma, and my Daughters Toddler Time Certificate, on the wall to tie it all together.

*I will be adding a book basket, for library books!*

I threw this together with things that I had around the house, because as a Thrifty Mom, the last thing I wanted or needed to do, was spend money on some fancy shmancy command center. This works perfect for our family, and as the kids get older, I can change it to fit our needs.

So what does your command center look like? Do you have one? What would you add? Please, chime in below, because I always love to hear from you!

HealthyNow Colon Cleanse Detox Plus Review



 I recently did a 15 day colon cleanse, as a means to help detox my system from all the junk that I had been eating. It worked great, and I have been feeling wonderful, especially since I have not gone back to eating junk since my initial cleanse.

However, I came down with a case of food poisoning, that had me so sick that I just couldn't function...and as any parent knows, that just isn't going to work!

I figured that maybe I just needed to do a good cleanse again, mind you not a full cleanse, but a one time void of anything that was making me ill. I had this bottle of Colon Cleanse Detox Plus from HealthyNow, and decided to see if it would help me feel better. I took one dose, which is up to 4 capsules (2 in the morning, and 2 before bed) and drank a lot of water, and waited for it to take affect.


Within 12 hours, it was working. The next morning, I was feeling significantly better, and by that night I was at about 80% As you can imagine, I am beyond pleased with this product, and highly recommend it. *DISCLAIMER* While I experienced these results, please keep in mind that not everyone reacts the same to supplements.

This brand of colon cleanse boosts a unique, all natural and extra strength formulation of herbs, seeds, fruits and fibers that help enhance digestive system functioning and cleanse the bowel. It is a natural detox cleanse, so it has no fillers, binders, or artificial ingredients. It also comes with 100% money back guarantee.


If you think that you might benefit from this type of product, you can get your bottle of HealthyNow Colon Cleanse Detox Plus for $19.97 down from $31.95 for a savings of 37%


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Supreme Garcinia Cambogia Review



Another review for Garcinia Cambogia, coming your way! This one is from Wellness Bioscience, and it has only two ingredients...Garcinia Cambogia, and Potassium (Chloride and Gluconate). As you might recall from a previous post, true Garcinia Cambogia should only have 1 or 2 ingredients, and if it does have potassium in it, it should be one that naturally occurs in the body. While this particular product does have the naturally occurring potassium, it has also been supplemented with another.

That being said, let me get to the meat of this post :) 


When I first received this bottle, I read that a serving size was 2 pills. That's not any different than any other supplement, but what was different, was that rather than capsules, this bottle contains large pills. They are quite a bit bigger than other Garcinia supplements I have taken, and are similar in size to large multi-vitamins. Not a big deal is you are comfortable swallowing a pill that size.  
This brand contains 1,500 mg of Garcinia Cambogia with 80% HCA. This is great as far as this type of supplement goes. As with the other supplements that I have tested, this one did a great job of suppressing my appetite, and it did so without completely wiping it out. I also noticed that it almost immediately gave me an energy pickup, but still allowed me to get a great nights sleep. 
One other thing that I did notice, that I had not really with the others, was that I did drop twice the amount of weight while taking this supplement. If you remember, I eat healthy whole foods, and work out...and while there was some weight loss associated with the other pills, there was more with this particular brand.


One other thing that stood out to me about this particular brand, was that they have an unconditional money back guarantee. They are so confident that their product will help you lose weight, that if after 90 days, you are not satisfied, you can return your bottle for a full refund. To learn more about this product, you can watch the YouTube video.

If you are interested in something like this, you can find it HERE for $26.89 down from $70.00 for a savings of 62%


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Barefaced Dead Sea Mud Mask Review



Ahh, Mud Masks...one of the greatest "pamper me" items ever, and I have to say, I have a new favorite. I was given the chance to review this awesome Dead Sea Mud Mask from Barefaced Skincare, and I LOVE it! It has an earthy scent, which I expect of a mud mask, because it lets me know that it is real. I have never been fond of the ones that have so many other ingredients in them, that they just smell like fragrance.

This mud mask is full of natural minerals, salts and nutrients, that are proven to have repairing and healing properties for our skin. The mud in this mask is harvested right from the bed of the Dead Sea, where layers of fine salt, sand and clay deposits have developed over centuries to form this amazing black mud.

I decided to pamper myself after a long day of wrangling some overly rambunctious children, so after washing my face with some simple face wash, I applied the mud to my face, massaged slightly, and left it to dry for roughly 15 minutes, before rinsing it with warm water, and patting my face dry. In this picture, the mud has been on for about 5 minutes, and was already feeling tight on my face.


Right away, I liked that it was thick enough that it stayed where I put it, but not so thick that I had to apply pressure to spread it. It had a nice scent to it, very earthy with botanical undertones, which include sunflower, lavender, aloe, and eucalyptus.

After rinsing my face, I followed up with a Vitamin C serum, and a good moisturizer. My face felt so soft and smooth, and by the next morning, some of my blemishes were already gone. I do the mud mask about once a week, and my skin is always happy afterwards!

If you are a fan of mud masks, I think you should give this one a try! Find your jar of Barefaced Dead Sea Mud Facial Mask  on Amazon for $27.98 down from $54.99 for a savings of 49%



I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Xium Garcinia Cambogia, and Raspberry Ketones - Weightloss Boosters

A few weeks ago I did a review on Garcinia Cambogia , and I mentioned that will it did assist me in balancing my mood, helping me sleep, and giving me more energy, it also made my appetite take a nose dive. Some of you might be asking yourself, "isn't that what it is supposed to do?" Well, in short, yes...however, my main complaint was that it did TOO good of a job. While I was interested in the appetite suppressant aspect of this type of supplement, that particular brand made me not want to eat at all. This can actually have a reverse effect on what your goal is...to lose weight.

I have heard great things about Garcinia Cambogia, so when I was given a chance to try the same supplement, but from a different company, I said yes.

The very first thing that I noticed when I received this bottle, was that it had only ONE ingredient...Garcinia Cambogia, with over 60% HCA. That's it! No added potassium, calcium, or chromium. That by itself made me happy. I also noticed that the pill size was a bit smaller than the previous supplement I had taken.

I took 2 pills a day (you can take3 up to twice a day) with lots of water, and I can say with 100% certainty, that I prefer this product. It did assist in suppressing my appetite, but not so much that I didn't want to eat at all. I have continued to eat healthy whole foods, and exercise, but this supplement from Xium is excellent. I went so far as to also take the Raspberry Ketones that they carry.

I have used Raspberry Ketones in the past, and this version of the supplement is on par with the other. Again, as with the Garcinia Cambogia, the only ingredient in this supplement is raspberry ketones. The pill capsule is smaller than the other, which I liked, and because I was already taking the garcinia cambogia, I opted to only take 1 pill a day (you can take 2 pills up to twice a day).

This combination had great results for me. There was no dizziness, no headaches, I slept great at night, and woke with renewed energy. If you think that you would benefit from these supplements, just keep one thing in mind. There is no miracle pill that will give you what you want, if you want to look and feel healthier, and most of all BE healthier, you will have to incorporate a diet and exercise routine. However, these will give you the boost that you need.



















You can find the Garcinia Cambogia HERE
You can find the Raspberry Ketones HERE
You can purchase both for  $9.32 down from $49.99 for a savings of 87% (These are add-on items)










I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Pure Shea Butter Review



I am in LOVE!...with 100% Pure African Shea Butter from Cleopatra's Choice!

I have horribly dry feet...I mean, they are horrible, and it seems like no matter what I do, they are always dry and cracking. I can soak, exfoliate, scrap, sandblast, and use an entire tub of foot cream, but nothing helps! Okay, that last part *might* have been a bit of an exaggeration, but seriously, my feet are my biggest problem area.

You have got to understand how excited I was to find out that I was going to get to try out this Shea butter, because I just knew that finally I was going to have something that would work. I had read all the testimonials on how great Shea butter had been on peoples skin. Helping with everything from dry skin, Psoriasis Dryness, Eczema and Acne, to scars and stretch marks. Shea butter is a deep moisturizer for skin, and contains Vitamins A, E, and F.

Shea butter is one of the top used ingredients by DIYers when making things like, body butter, deodorant, lotions, and soaps. One of my favorite DIY recipes for Shea Butter is for this Healing Heel Crack Salve from Shannon Buck over at Fresh Picked Beauty.

Her recipe using this Shea butter is working wonders on my feet! Even if you don't have the means to create this awesome salve, the Shea butter by itself is superb. The first night I had it, I did my usual soak, and exfoliate routine...only this time when I moisturized, I used this Shea butter and put on a thick pair of socks. The next morning, I could not believe how soft my feet were. I still have a little bit of work to do on them, but the cracks in my heals are not as bad as they were, my feet are softer, and even my toenails are stronger, which is huge because up until this point, not only were my heels cracking, but my baby toe nail was splitting right down the middle from being so dry.

I am telling you, if you have dry skin, or hair, you HAVE to get this Shea butter. Your hair and skin will love you for it. There is one little piece of advice I have though...because this is pure Shea butter, then scent might be a little off putting to some, so a good essential oil will help with that!

You can find this awesome stuff, by clicking HERE where you can pick up a one pound tub for $14.00 down from $26.00 for a savings of 42%


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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Purely Holistic Phytoceramides Skin Therapy Supplement Review



When we set out to change how we look and feel, we usually attack things from two sides...internally and externally. When we try to transform our bodies, we know that in order to be successful, we must change our diets (internal), and exercise (external)...together, we know that we will reach our desired goals.

It is no different, when you set out to improve your skin, nails, or hair...while cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing, will take care of the outside, how do we take care of the inside? One Word...Phytoceramides.

What exactly are Phytocermides, you might ask; Well, in short, they are components found in sweet potatoes, rice, and wheat, that penetrate each of the four layers of our skin, and have the ability to lock in moisture, thus creating a younger, plumper, healthier, and rejuvenated skin.

While it is true that you can find these components in each of the three foods I just mentioned, I am going to focus on one type in particular. Phytoceramides with rice, from Purely Holistic.

Purely Holistic uses rice based phytoceramides which have been clinically proven to be superior to Liowheat based Phytoceramides. Clinical studies proved that rice based phytoceramides were up to 33% more effective at improving the signs of aging skin than wheat phytoceramides. 



These tablets are NON-GMO, and combat crows feet, age spots, dark under eye circles, and other signs of aging skin.

I have taken one pill a day for the last few weeks, and while it does make me want to drink more water (which is a great thing), there are no negative side effects.It can take some time to notice the results, as is the case with most oral supplements, but I have noticed that my under eye circles are not as noticeable, and my face looks brighter. All in all, I recommend this product!

You can find this product HERE for $25.00 down from $39.99 for a savings of 37%


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.