The Ozeri Body Tape Measure and Body Fat Test Caliper Combo Pack

My Thoughts

In my quest to lose the last few pounds of baby weight, body fat percentage has started to become more important to me than just the number on the scale. I actually have an Ozeri scale that measures my body fat percentage as well as pounds so I was curious to see how this would measure up – literally!

When I first tried the Body Fat Test Caliper, I thought it felt a little cheap to me. I was worried it wouldn’t work well. t was also worried about it’s accuracy. Grabbing skin anywhere on my stomach doesn’t seem to be a good way to measure fat to me. After having three babies, I have extra skin on my stomach that isn’t really fat.

But my fears were calmed when I saw that you actually measure an inch above your hip bone and there is less leftover skin there so it seems to be a fairly accurate assessment. It was easy to just grab the skin and measure it as instructed. When you pinch your skin together, the inner dial automatically slides over and locks in place so you can still read it when you pull it away from your body.

The Ozeri Body Tape Measure and Body Fat Test Caliper Combo Pack

Now I don’t know about you but when it comes to fat measurement, I want it to read as little as possible! So I pinched that thing until it hurt! I was curious to see if that really made a difference. I tried several times putting different degrees of pressure on it but the most difference it ever made was a millimeter. There is a chart included where you can look up the measurement against your age to determine your body fat percentage. It wasn’t exactly the same as my scale says but it was close and I’ve heard this is the more accurate way to measure. In my case that turned out to be good news!

I didn’t have as much luck with the body tape measure. I was actually really exited about this one. I mean why hasn’t anyone thought of this before? A body tape measure that is curved to fit your body and you can lock it into place with the little barrel to read the number while it’s still on your body.

The Ozeri Body Tap Measure

Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to be well made because it broke the first time I tried to use it. The little barrel on the end broke off and when I pressed the button to wind up the tape, it pulled it completely back inside rendering it useless. Luckily, Ozeri has 100% money back guarantee.

The Body Fat Test Caliper worked great and was a quick, easy way to measure body fat. I loved the idea of the Tape Measure but it didn’t survive my very first try! Sad day. At only $9.95 for both, you get what you pay for.

Product Description

The Ozeri Body Tape Measure and Body Fat Test Caliper empower you with the critical tools needed to measure and track your weight management program. These tools provide a simple and accurate method of determining your waist and other critical measurements, along with your actual body fat. Measuring in both inches and centimeters the Body Tape measures up to 78 inches (200 cm), features push-button locking and retraction for easy and accurate measuring, and is constructed with a durable ABS Cover and Vinyl Measuring Tape for long-lasting use. The Body Fat Test Caliper employs a simple and time-tested mechanical means of determining body fat, without relying on electrical and battery-powered devices. It includes a body fat chart for men and women that categorizes and helps you understand your body fat levels. Best of all, the Ozeri Body Tape Measure and Body Fat Test Caliper take seconds to use, and everything can be done from the convenience and privacy of your home. Simply EVERYTHING you need, backed by Ozeri’s 100% Hassle-Free Satisfaction Guarantee.

Top Quality Stainless Steel Measuring Cups By KitchenMade Review

My Thoughts

Wow! Amazing! I never could have imagined that measuring cups as nice as these stainless steel ones from KitchenMade even existed! I have definitely been missing out using my trashy old plastic set. I will never go back!

This set is so heavy and sturdy I was literally shocked by it! After using plastic ones for so many years, these are truly luxurious!

They are made from Stainless Steel and just shine beautifully and look nice! I liked the brushed finish so that it doesn’t show streaks on the inside but has the nice polished finished outside.

My favorite feature of these measuring cups is that they all have more than one measurement on them! There are some obscure measurements that aren’t your typically most used that are actually on these cups like 1/6th for example. The line that you see on the outside also carries over to the inside which makes complete sense since that’s where you’re putting things but most don’t have it!

The measurement is also engraved instead of just stamped on so it can never fade or rub off. AND it’s on the outside, inside and the handle! No more searching all over to figure out which measurement you have!

I also like the groove in the handle that’s perfect to rest your thumb in comfortably so it doesn’t slip and fall out of your hands. The small lip on the edge also makes them perfect for pouring liquids nicely and evenly without it spilling over too fast. There’s also a tab that sticks out if you want to hold it with two hands – or encourage your little ones to do so!

The nice heavy weight of them also makes tipping over less likely which is nice when you have little ones helping you cook! Priced at $29.97  on Amazon, I think that’s about right. It sounds a bit high when you’re dealing with measuring cups BUT when you see them, you’ll know they are worth every penny!

These Measuring Cups from KitchenMade are truly a treasure and have made my life in the kitchen so much more enjoyable!

Product Description

This set of measuring cups will last a lifetime.

Made of top quality polished stainless steel.

A set of 6 nesting measuring cups in mls and cups engraved on the handle and side of the cup so markings will never rub off.

This sturdy set will suit home bakers or commercial kitchens.

With pouring lip so great for measuring liquids or dry ingredients.

ICKY STICK – Toilet Ring Remover Review

My Thoughts

Toilets, cleaning them and everything about them is icky so this Icky Stick is appropriately named in my opinion!

Cleaning the toilet is probably my least favorite job in the house and with a family of five, I have to do it often! I like to clean it before it really needs it so I’m not as grossed out. But to truly put this product to the test, I let it go for a week to get the full effect of the before and after. I did actually take pictures but I just can’t bring myself to post pics of my dirty toilet!

The Icky Stick is actually a pumice stone and as soon as I saw it I thought, why hasn’t someone thought of this before? Pumice stone is known to naturally remove hard stains and residue so why not for the toilet?

This was super easy to use. I just dipped it in the water first as instructed and then scrubbed the stain right off. I literally removed the ring in less than a minute! I was literally excited about this! I did both of our toilets so quickly with minimal scrubbing.

The only bummer is how quickly the stick gets used up. I cleaned both our toilets and probably used a quarter of the Icky Stick so it won’t last long. But at $5.49 for one, that’s just a little over a dollar a cleaning for two toilets which is still cheaper than the expensive cleaners I usually use and with NO chemicals. AND the effects last longer. I cleaned with it over a week ago and still don’t even see the beginning of a new ring.

The Icky Stick is a miracle in a stick and I will never go back to using regular toilet bowl cleaners again!

Product Description

…. “What the heck is an ICKY STICK?… and how can this be more effective than the chemicals under my sink?…. “ Easy, this actually works and doesn’t harm the environment in the process. If you have rust, hard water, calcium and/or mildew rings around your toilet bowl, then the ICKY STICK is for you! With just a little bit of water, you can gentle rub away all types of rings and stains instantly. The ICKY STICK is 100% natural pumice and works great even on porcelain toilets. But that’s not all…. 😉 It works on pools and hot tubs too for removing unsightly stains and marks. Ditch the brush & chemicals and try an ICKY STICK! Check out the fun video that basically showcases what “men” do when trying to clean and how hard they make the simplest task:

6 Piece Bamboo Kitchen Utensils Set Review

My Thoughts

We have a nice set of Non-Stick Pans that I love BUT the downside is that you can’t use any metal utensils on it or it’ll scratch off the non stick surface. Had I realized this at the time, we probably wouldn’t have bought them. Now I have to use utensils that won’t scratch but it seems like the plastic ones always melt and the wood ones chip and splinter. Neither are good options! I was eager to try the Bamboo Kitchen Utensils since they aren’t supposed to have either problem!

These utensils are made from Bamboo which is hard and not supposed to warp or crack. AND additionally is a renewable resource so they are green utensils! I was ready to put them to the test.

I have used nothing else since getting them almost a month ago. I use them to cook daily and run them through the dishwasher too. They have been really durable and resistant to my abuse! I’ve even left them in the pan a few times which usually results in warping and splintering in my other wood-non-bamboo set. Not these! They look the same as the first day I got them.

I like that I have something that protects the investment we made on our expensive pans and is environmentally friendly. I also really like the way they look. I’m an outdoorsy woodsy type of girl so I love the style. I also appreciate when a set comes with multiple things because it’s much more cost effective than buying them all separately!

The 6 piece Bamboo Kitchen Utensil Set stood up to my abuse and have served me well! I threw away my melted plastic ones and splintered and warped wood ones and now use only these! Since they come with each type that I need, I’m all set!

Product Description

Bamboo Style’s® Premium Bamboo 6 Piece Cooking Kitchen Utensil Gadget Set (Spoon, Spatula, Fork, Slotted Spoon, Slotted Spatula, Single Hole Spoon.

Eco-Friendly Resource. Durable Moso Bamboo Kitchen Accessories. Moso Bamboo – Harder than Maple Wood!

Durable 6-Piece Kitchen Utensil Gadget Set That Won’t Crack Or Warp or Scratch Your Cooking Equipment – Or Your Money Back!

Are you looking for a complete kitchen utensil set for all your cooking needs, that won’t hurt the environment? Want to add that natural look to your kitchen? Do you want new kitchenware that is stylish, effective and eco-friendly?

There’s nothing worse than buying a new kitchen utensil set only to find out the tools are made from low quality materials that only break and become useless in a few weeks.

Fortunately, our premium bamboo range use only high-quality hard Moso bamboo that is compressed so won’t warp and crack. Our products are FDA tested too. This ensures they contain no nasty chemicals, so that you can be confident in serving your family and friends a meal that is purely your own ingredients. We guarantee no warping or cracking or your money back!

Benefits of Bamboo Styles 6-Piece Kitchen Utensil Set

-Durable Moso Bamboo
-15% Stronger than Maple and 33% Lighter than Oak
-Easy to Clean & Maintain
-Natural Bamboo with No Dyes or Colors
-FSC Certified – To Ensure Sustainable and Ethical Harvesting
-Doesn’t Scratch Pans and Pots
-Renewable Resource
-Anti-Bacterial Properties

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Xira Multi Layer Brewing for Keurig Review and #Giveaway (@XiraBrew, #XiraBrew)

My Thoughts

I am a coffee lover! Scratch that – I am a coffee addict! I tried to stop drinking coffee before but then I thought, why? It really is all about the small pleasures in life and coffee is one of those things that give me a daily little boost of happiness. And yes, a daily boost of caffeine! I have three kids so I need it!

After trying to get a Keurig several years in a row, I finally just bought one for myself! I love the tasty little coffees and that I can have a couple different cups with variety instead of a pot of the same thing each time. The one complaint I’ve had about my Keurig is it just doesn’t brew strong coffee. Those tasty little individual K-cups aren’t very strong. So when I saw Xira Brew Multi Layer Brewing for Keurig, imagine my delight!

The Xira system makes a nice, strong, hearty cup of coffee! Here’s how it works:

Use Less Taste More
Multi Layer Brewing incorporates an extra interior layer to the standard “drip method” capsule, utilizing all the grinds by entirely submerging them. The forced circulation flow allows the water to stay in contact with the grinds slightly longer promoting a more robust cup of coffee.

Jasmine Ylang Ylang Relaxing Bath Oil Drops from Shea Terra Organics Review

My Thoughts

Taking a nice hot bath at night before I go to bed is one of my rituals I try to stick with. It relaxes me before I go to sleep. When given the opportunity to try Jasmine Ylang Ylang Bath Oil Drops, it made my routine bath sound like a whole new experience.

Reading up on the benefits of the bath oil, it sounded like just the things I would hope for in a spa experience. When I walked in the bathroom and smelled the aroma from the sweet bath oil drops, I immediately had a moment that I thought I was in a spa room. The smell was wonderful.

I enjoyed the aroma and came out of the tub with my skin feeling feeling soft and silky. I could see how the 100% natural oil drops in my bath water would help release stress and create a sensuous relaxing bath.

Jasmine Ylang Ylang Relaxing Bath Oil Drops would be the perfect gift for a mom that has it all. A true spa experience in your own home. A daily routine of nightly pleasure!

About Jasmine Ylang Ylang Relaxing Bath Oil Drops

Description 100% Natural. Do you need an enchanting escape? Go no futher than your bath tub as rare, sweet essential oils will transport you to the exotic island nation of Madagascar. Soften your skin with pure shea oil and feel as though you’ve just walked off a crystal white beach. Size: 4 oz

Ocean® Saline Nasal Spray Review

Product Description

OCEAN® Saline Nasal Spray is the original, #1 pharmacist-recommended nasal saline moisturizer. It offers natural, non-medicated relief for dry, irritated nasal passages due to allergies, colds, flu, rhinitis and sinusitis. It is safe for frequent daily nasal care and is gentle enough for infants.

My Thoughts

This time of year always brings on colds, allergy symptoms and sinus infections. The winds bring on dryness that can affect your health. I have never had allergies, however this time of year seems that extra moisture is needed in your nose. Nose sprays are a great tool for clearing your nasal passages, but they can be addicting and doctors do not recommend that you use them regularly.

Ocean Saline Nasal Spray would be an exception to that rule. It is natural and gives non medicated relief. It is safe for frequent daily nasal care, while it moisturizes and irrigates membranes. The packaging even states that it is safe enough for infants. The saline nasal spray would be great to keep on your night stand to use for nasal dryness from the ceiling fan at night too.

I have other members of my family that suffer from allergies that will benefit from the use of Ocean Saline Nasal Spray too. Unlike other nose sprays that we have used, this one can be used on a daily basis. This is a great product for our whole family!

Are you being called to go cash?

For the first two decades of our married life, I handled all the finances and did it poorly. Of course, I didn’t know I was doing it poorly, but now I do.

I thought it was great that I was taking care of the money, so my husband didn’t have to worry about it. It seemed like a good wifely thing to do, taking that burden off his already heavy plate. But now I see that what happened was me and the money went into a dark room, and bad things happen in the dark.

Matt’s really frugal, and he didn’t need money for stuff most of the time. But then every once in a while he would say, Hey, can we buy… I would go ballistic. Are you crazy? Do you know what our finances look like? No, we don’t have money for that!

Of course he didn’t know what our finances looked like.

The money was in the dark.

A few years ago my monthly spending got really bad. We were starting to spend money we didn’t have, encroaching into the next month’s paycheck —a dangerous place to be. I realized one day that I was swiping the debit card without evening looking at the amount I was spending. I would leave the grocery store having no clue what I had just done to our monthly budget.

Until the bank statement came, and I would be appalled at what I had spent. But that’s what happens when the money is in the dark.

So in frustration three years ago, I decided to follow my friend’s lead and go to using all cash.

Best decision EVER.

You know what happened? I went to the bank and saw the money in the envelope. I put money for Matt in separate envelopes for his spending —right out there where he could see how much he had. I placed real money in see-through plastic sleeves in a purse-sized money organizer. Now even the kids can see how much clothing and allowance money they have.

I used to be horrified to talk to Matt about the state of our finances. It didn’t seem nearly so bad when it was just me and the money in the dark, but when I pulled out the truth for him to see I would realize how bad it was. Now that we have gone to using all cash, I have no shame. We all can see how much money there is. Our spending is well under control. (Thank God!) It has brought a peace into our marriage that I didn’t know was missing until I experienced it.

So let me ask you—is your money in the dark where things go bad, or have you brought your finances into the light?

Face Reality with Robitussin Maximum Strength Multi-Symptom

Robitussin Maximum Strength Multi-Symptom formula is designed for the peak stage of your cold, to relieve mucus/chest congestion while also relieving coughing and nasal congestion.

Relieves:

  • Cough
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Chest Congestion/Mucus

My Thoughts

Robitussin is a must have in our house! With flu season approaching, it is best to be fully equipped for the bad germs that may come our way. Too often we aren’t stocked up, we catch some nasty cold, and then have to run to the store in our pajamas to get medicine. My husband is always looking for a non-drowsy medicine to help relieve his cold symptoms while he works. Robitussin Multi-Symptom Maximum Strength Cold medicine relieves cough, nasal congestion, and chest congestion/mucus. The best part is that it isn’t thick like other cough medicines. I often avoid cough medicine because of the consistency. I have a hard time because it is too thick and hard to swallow. This medicine is fast-acting and tastes good! It is easy to take and actually works quickly!

If you catch a bad cold, need relief from congestion, mucus, and coughing…check out this Robitussin. You won’t regret it. It would be a good idea to slide a bottle in your spouse’s stocking for Christmas. You will be well stocked up for when flu and cold season comes around. Another great idea…print a coupon from their website! I love great medicine and love great deals even more! Everyone wins!

Maty’s All Natural Baby’s Chest Rub Review

Maty’s Healthy Products, a leader in all natural remedies dedicated to promoting holistic health and wellness for the entire family, announced today that its All Natural Baby Chest Rub will now be available in select Walmart stores throughout the United States. Maty’s All Natural Baby Chest Rub is a petroleum- and menthol-free rub that provides soothing relief for sinus and nasal congestion while boosting the immune system. It was recently awarded Gold Award status from the National Parenting Publications Awards in the Natural & Green category.

Maty’s All Natural Baby’s Chest Rub

Approved for children ages 3 months and older, the Baby Chest Rub uses only natural, immune-boosting ingredients to help provide relief and comfort. The petroleum is replaced with coconut oil and castor oil so it is safe for your loved ones. Made with Maty’s proprietary blend of essential oils from eucalyptus, lavender, dill weed, coriander and chamomile, the Baby Chest Rub helps boost immune function while calming and soothing your young one. It will also help to enhance blood circulation and provide antiseptic and antioxidant properties to the entire body.

All of Maty’s Healthy Products are made in the USA using socially responsible practices. For more information on Maty’s product visit it’s page on Amazon.

My Thoughts

I had never heard of Maty’s All Natural Products before I tried their All Natural Baby Chest Rub. I am so glad that I know about them now. I am totally impressed! I will be passing on my new love of the Maty’s product to many of my homeopathic and all-natural-product-loving friends.

We were so excited to try the All Natural Baby Chest Rub during my daughter’s bad cold virus. She was having trouble breathing, especially at night—and with her asthma and tendencies toward croup, we get nervous at nighttimes—thinking we may have to rush her off to the ER for a breathing treatment at any time.

We have tried vapor rubs in the past, mostly at night—rubbing them on my daughter’s chest or feet to help improve her breathing. We have had some success with them, especially when we rubbed them on her feet and put socks on her afterwards. But we never liked that most of them have petroleum as an ingredient. With all my daughter’s health issues, we try to be as all-natural in food and medicine, etc. as possible.

I love everything about Maty’s products and their ingredients. I perused their website after using and loving the All Natural Baby Chest Rub. I read the story behind their products, their ideology, their product list, a lot of the blog entries, and the store list that told me where I can purchase their other products.

I’m looking forward to trying the Breathe Better Nasal Ointment and the All Natural Couch Syrups for my kids next. Yea for Maty’s for coming out with safe, helpful products for our kids to use when they are not feeling up to snuff!