30 September 2014

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29 September 2014

..::Book Review::.. Animals Tails by Dan Jackson - Children's Book

My Review of Animals Tails by Dan Jackson - Children's Book

What is it exactly?

     From the website. . .
"This book describes animals and what they do with their tails. Join us and meet the Elephant, Giraffe, Fox, Cats and more. 
The book is a great book for kids to read alone or with their parents. 
The book contains great animals tails pictures. "


I was able to download a copy of Animals Tails with permission from Dan Jackson to read and share with my son, Charlie.
This book costs $2.99 and is available in Kindle (eBook) format.

My son Charlie is 6 years old.  Fortunately, he loves to read.  He is also infatuated with animals.  Therefore, this book was perfect for him!

This book allowed my son to sit down and scroll through pictures of well-known animals and learn what the actions of their tails mean.  

Animals communicate through their own language, most often through their tails.  

What I like most about this book is that it really held his attention and he focused on learning about this subject. 

What I didn't like is that this book is advertised as a 'Great Bedtime Story'.  Although it is a story, I would not read this to my son at bedtime.  It requires too much focus and a small child's brain cannot rest easy if they are trying to learn.  This is more of a 'sharing' story, where you can sit with your child during the day and explain the pictures and the actions.

We all really enjoyed this book.  Especially Charlie.  Since it is on my computer, he always asks me to sit with him and read it.

Are you wanting to read Animals Tails, too?  Click the link below, and check it out!  You can also give it as a gift!


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.

..::Product Review::.. Body Merry Cellulite Defense Gel-Cream

My Review of Body Merry Cellulite Defense Gel-Cream

What is it exactly?

     From the website. . .
"In a nutshell, Body Merry’s Cellulite Defense Gel-Cream is your ticket to visibly reducing the appearance of unwanted bumps and lumps and getting skin that feels and looks tighter, smoother and younger!"


I was sent a 4 fl oz jar of Cellulite Defense Gel-Cream from Body Merry to review.  
The same jar is available on Amazon for $25.99.  Shipping?  Free with Amazon Prime.

Packaging & Presentation of Body Merry Cellulite Defense Gel-Cream

I've never bought a jar of cellulite defense cream before, so I really didn't know what to expect.  The jar came packaged in a red an white box.

The back of the box explains how to use the product, the cautions associated with use, the ingredients, and distributor information.

Ingredients - Not tested on animals!
Next, I took it out of the box, and opened it up.  There is a security cover placed over the top.  

My Personal Experience with Body Merry Cellulite Defense Gel-Cream

Like I mentioned above, I've never tried a cellulite cream before.  It's supposed to absorb in your skin and reduce the appearance of bumps and lumps that you don't want to see.  It is also supposed to tighten your skin giving it a smoother and younger appearance.  With a combination of caffeine, 0.4% retinol, and seaweed-- I was looking forward to seeing what this product would do.
Body Merry Cellulite Defense Gel-Cream
My weight has fluctuated a bit over the past 6 years due to having kids, but I'm overall in pretty decent shape.  I do have a bit of cellulite on the back of my thighs that I tried this product on for a week.  I'm not going to get that personal and show you pictures of the process, but I did take a little bit of the gel-cream and rubbed it on my arm so you can see what it looks like.  It smells like a strong menthol.
The gel-cream on my arm
Another way that I applied the cellulite defense gel-cream was by putting a dollop on my thigh using a plastic spoon, and rubbing it in with my cellulite brush.  I'm not sure where I bought this brush, but I have had it a while.  I like using this method better so I didn't have to actually touch the gel-cream as it is kind of sticky in an odd way.

The cellulite brush that I used to apply the gel-cream

Did it work?  I used it for a week, and I can honestly say that I noticed that my skin was definitely firmer and tighter.  However, the same amount of cellulite still exists.  I'm pretty sure that if I keep using it as instructed that it will visibly reduce the spots that I am trying to get rid of.  As of right now the only things I have noticed is that it did help firm and tighten the areas.  Also, the name has the word 'defense' in it, so hopefully it helps fend off future cellulite.

Pros of Body Merry Cellulite Defense Gel-Cream
  • Natural and Organic.  There are no harsh chemicals in this product!
  • Easy to use.  Just grab some, apply, and rub it in!
  • It tingles, and I liked it.  When I feel a product working I know that something must be working!
  • This product costs a lot less than other creams that have less ingredients.
  • Not tested on animals!
Cons of Body Merry Cellulite Defense Gel-Cream
  • It is kind of sticky.
  • It has somewhat of a medicated smell.  Kind of like Mentholatum, if you've ever used it.
  • If you apply the gel-cream morning and night (depending on the area you intend to cover), it won't last a great length of time. 

After a week of venturing into the cellulite defense gel-cream world, I found out that I kind of liked it.  Although I still visually see the small imperfections of which I am trying to get rid of, I did notice a total difference in the firmness and tightness of the area that I used it on.  I did not like applying it in the morning and smelling like I just used Mentholatum, but my husband said that it wasn't noticeable.  I love the fact that this gel-cream is designed to work in the manner that it does without using any harsh chemicals.

Are you wanting to try Body Merry Cellulite Defense Gel-Cream, too?  Click the link below, and order away!  


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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.

26 September 2014

October Bulu Box Sneak Peek!

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25 September 2014

..::Product Review::.. Ecosak

My Review of Ecosak

What is it exactly?

     From the website. . .
"Ecosak is a premium food-grade nylon nut milk bag with a 
draw string that is designed to produce the creamiest 
nut milks.  It is also a versatile multipurpose kitchen tool also used for straining, soaking, and sprouting, cheese and yogurt making."


I was sent an Ecosak nut milk bag from Ecosak to review.  
This bag is $10.95 on Amazon.  Shipping?  Free with orders over $35.

Packaging & Presentation of Ecosak

Ecosak arrived in a pretty simple package.  A Ziploc bag contained both the 

Ecosak itself, and the brand paper.  There were no instructions on how to use it.

Ecosak packaging
The Ecosak cinches in order to make it easier to strain the nut pulp.

Ecosak cinched

My Personal Experience with Ecosak

I love non-dairy nut milks!  I've been drinking almond milk for some time now, so when I had the opportunity to review the Ecosak, I was pretty stoked. Ecosak makes it super easy to make almond milk at home! This was my first shot at making almond milk.


The first thing you have to do is soak your almonds in water.  I used about a cup of raw almonds.  Some people do it overnight, some do it for an hour.  I chose somewhere in the 3-4 hour time frame.  After you are done soaking your almonds, drain and rinse them, and then put them in your blender!

Next, you add about 3 cups of water.  I have a Berkey Water Filter, so I used that water.  Then you add your 'extras' to make your milk extra tasty!  I used homemade vanilla extract that my friend Emily made for me, cinnamon, Truvia, and some pink salt.  You can choose any ingredients that you want.

Add water and your other ingredients

Now for the fun part-- super blending.  You are going to want to kick that baby into high gear!  Blend everything together until you feel that it is the consistency of milk.  I blended mine on turbo using the pulse method for about 1.5 minutes.  The first picture is before I blended, the second picture is the final product.

Now here is where the Ecosak takes over.  If you look at the picture above, you can see that there is a bunch of solids mixed in with the milk.  You don't want those.  At this point, you take a big bowl and pour your mixture into the Ecosak.


Most of the milk will drain itself, but you are definitely going to have to squeeze some out of the remaining pulp. 

Squeezing the Ecosak

...and here is the finished product!  You can put it in any jar or container you want.  I used mason jars because it is what I had at hand.  It was very easy to make, and it tastes incredible!

All done!

Pros of Ecosak
  • You do not have to mess with cheese cloth.  Thank goodness, because that stuff is horrible.  It falls apart and you have to replace it every time you want to make a new batch.
  • It's easy to store. It's a mesh bag. 
  •  BPA free. 
  • Excellent price for the time and headaches you will save if you used other methods.
Cons of Ecosak
  • Washing it.  It took me quite a long time to get the small almond pulp pieces out.  
  • Warmer water makes it stiff.  Since there were no instructions, I didn't know that I should only rinse it under colder water.  What once began as a soft Ecosak is now a stiff Ecosak (that still works).

This is a really great product.  One that I am going to recommend. If you buy almond milk at the store, it is around $3.00-$3.50 per half gallon.  I bought one full pound of raw almonds from Publix for $3.81, and that is enough to make 3 batches of homemade, fresh almond milk.  Keep in mind that you can make other nut milks, too.  When you buy the Ecosak, the company gives you a free e-book that has a bunch of other recipes in it.  The only thing that I would like to reiterate is that when you rinse it after making your milk, do not use warm/hot water.

Are you wanting to try the Ecosak, too?  Click the link below, and order away!  


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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.