Thursday, January 21, 2016

Ayushi - Do Right by Your Hair & Skin

I had the chance to review a couple of items from a place called Ayushi. It's a company that prides itself on providing hair care and skin care products that are organic and do not have a strong impact on the environment. They use products made in organic farms and are free of pesticides or artificial ingredients. Also, it's completely vegan and are against animal testing. Basically you can purchase these items without an ounce of guilt. Find out more information here.

I had the chance to try out their summer herbal shampoo. My hair is temperamental I feel and most of the time I think when I use shampoos I use either too much or not enough and my hair ends up feeling either dry or too oily. I found that this shampoo matched my hair's temperament nicely. It didn't leave it too dry and not too oily rather gave it a nice sheen to it. You can purchase it for $17.95 and that may seem a bit pricey but considering you're purchasing good quality items, I think the extra cost is worth it. Purchase now.

I also had the chance to try out their Lavender Hue Moisturizing Lotion. This has a lot of good ingredients and I appreciated that it had a nice selection of oils to it. I tried this on my face but it seemed a bit too harsh on skin (remember, my skin is really sensitive) so I preferred using this lotion on my neck, chest and hands. I thought it worked better as a body lotion. Purchase now.

Lastly, I also had the chance to try out their paper soaps. I assumed at first the paper soaps would dissolve but they don't, which felt strange to me. You only use each sheet of paper once and they have enough soap on them for a nice lathering hand wash. I actually really liked these paper soaps. So many hand soaps leave my skin SO dry, so this was nice to use when washing my hands. These go a long way too and I really only needed one slip of paper per hand washing session. The prices of these are VERY reasonable - only $2 a pack. So I highly recommend this. Purchase now.

Overall I think Ayushi provides skin care products and hair care products worthy of your purchasing and consideration. I love the fact that they are vegan and use good quality ingredients in their products. Make sure you visit their website to find out all that they have to offer!

I received the above items in exchange for my honest review.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Get a Head Start on Spring Cleaning with @Dyson Ball Vacuum [Review]

Are you thinking about spring cleaning yet?

Alright so we're still in the heavy duty winter, so you may not be thinking of it yet. But just in case you are, and you're staring at your sorry excuse for a vacuum cleaner jammed in a closet, wondering if that will truly get you through to another year, well I have a great new vacuum for you!

It's the Dyson Ball Animal. It's my favorite new thing! This upright vacuum takes care of dirt and even microscopic dust. The ball allows the machine to turn on a dime - MY FAVORITE FEATURE - which means it can handle corners and turns. It includes a variety of tools perfect for handling hair and hard to reach cleaning. It also takes care of 99% of pollen, mold, and bacteria that it keeps trapped in its bin.

My impression of the Dyson Ball Vacuum?

Loving it so far!

When I first received it, it was a bit hard to put together. On a scale of 1 to 10, though, I'd give it about a 5. It's even easier if you read instructions first! Ha ha.One thing that threw me is on my old vacuums, I'm so used to having a lever I press down once the vacuum starts so I can pull back the handle and get to pushing the vacuum around. This didn't have that feature, so at first I wasn't sure what to do once the vacuum went on. After my second try, I was able to pull back the handle easily without needing a lever and use the vacuum as normal.

One of my favorite features was the ball and how smooth maneuvering this vacuum is! Taking turns and corners were easy. I'm so used to the clumsy quality of most vacuums that this was such a lovely surprise! Also I could see how much dirt this picked up. After vacuuming one small room, I got so much dirt. Take a look -

Okay it's a little embarrassing how much that picked up. But it had been a while because my last vacuum broke. So this one is such a winner! I can't wait to see how this lasts me over the years.

Overall this is highly recommended. The price may be higher than what you may usually spend but I think it's worth it. Purchase now on Best Buy for $499.99.

I received the above item s in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Santa Cruz Peanut Butter - Goes Great with the NewYear {Giveaway!}

I am such a huge fan of Santa Cruz Peanut Butter and now that the holiday season comes to an end, I hope you consider adding the Santa Cruz Organic brand to your shopping cart. I just finished up my breakfast and of course Santa Cruz Peanut Butter (with Dark Roasted Peanuts) and their most amazing blueberry-pomegranate jelly was part of the meal. I love spreading this on gluten-free toast and I occasionally will add in spoonfuls of peanut butter to my favorite muffin recipe. Not to mention, I highly recommend grilling your PB&J sandwich in a toaster oven or oven! It makes it taste so good!

Check out some healthy eating tips by Santa Cruz Organic to start your year off right.

Get your fruit on.

Even though the winter months are ahead, eating a variety of fruits and veggies is still the best way to get a wide range of nutrients. Organic fruit is the first ingredient in Santa Cruz Organic Fruit Spreads, making it a better-for-you topping option. And personally, I've gotten to love the tart flavor of pomegranate and was so excited to try out their pomegranate blueberry jelly. I highly recommend it with your toast, your waffles, and that classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Jump for joy!

Get moving this winter season with fun activities the whole family can enjoy. Sign up for a holiday run or walk in your area or visit your local ice-skating rink. I live in Portland Oregon and this is particularly hard this year as the cold and rainy season sticks around - plus I don't own a car. But just going for a quick walk can add just a bit exercise to your routines. Make sure you take extra layers and a huge umbrella! And maybe take some peanut butter snacks along the way!

Go certified.

Choose Certified Organic products to make a holiday meal that’s good for your family and for the planet. Santa Cruz Organic offers more than 60 great tasting USDA Certified Organic products, so you can create a delicious organic holiday meal from start to finish. I've committed myself to purchasing organic products and have done pretty well for myself throughout the holiday season. I love that Santa Cruz Orgnaic is USDA Certified and it makes me feel good about what I'm giving my body.

Treat yourself!

Going organic is all about balance. Feel good about treating yourself and your family! The occasional chocolate treat or peanut butter goodie is worth it this holiday season - indulging a little bit is okay!

What is your favorite treat for the holiday season?

Check out for recipes and tips on how to live an organic lifestyle.

I also thank Santa Cruz Organic for the chance to try out the most amazing dark roasted peanut butter and this really good jelly. Make sure you look out for them in stores.

I'm happy to say that i get to giveaway a Santa Cruz Peanut Butter prize pack to one lucky reader. Enter via Rafflecopter below. Ends 2/1. US Only.

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I received the above items\in exchange for my honest review.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Udderly Naked - Excellent Beauty Care Items to Add to Your Regimen [Review + Giveaway]

Looking for a natural product to add to your beauty regimen? Well, I think you should consider Udderly Naked. They makes their soaps and other skin care products using real goat's milk. They even have an actual FARM, how cool is that?

Well I had the chance to try out a couple of items. First, I tried out their Udderly Naked Goat Milk made from their very own goat milk fresh from their farm. I loved that! I tried out the Citrus Basil lotion. It definitely had a fresh green scent to the lotion. I actually really enjoyed this lotion and used this on my face. It blended with my skin nicely and gave it a lovely glow. This is the kind of lotion I could imagine purchasing again because it wasn't irritating to my skin, which is saying a lot because it's fairly sensitive. If you want to purchase a large bottle it's available at a great price of $10.00. Purchase now.

I also had the chance to try out their shampoo bar. Using a shampoo bar is a tad awkward to me, because I have long hair and I can't seem to get the same kind of lather as I do with liquid soap. My brother tried this out though and boy he loves using shampoo bars on his hair and has gotten to prefer this when he's washing his hair. He loved the shine this shampoo gave him and would definitely recommend this. Purchase the shampoo bar and other bar soaps on their website here.

I am also happy to announce that I am giving away some great Udderly Naked products to one lucky reader! You'll have the chance to win two soaps, one lip balm, and one lotion (choice of medium hard lotion or small goat milk lotion). Ends 1/25. US Only.

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Good luck!

I received the above items in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Your Menu Can Give Your Restaurant Pizazz

I love to eat out. I've got a list of favorite places that I go to all the time and I'm always game to try a new eatery. My top priority is the food. If I'm happy with the selection, the preparation, and the presentation, then I'm happy with the restaurant. Lately, I've been paying more attention to what I see when I walk into a dining establishment. I've made mental notes about my standby restaurants and a my latest discoveries. Besides the food, I've noticed the atmosphere and d├ęcor. I've figured out one more thing that can move a restaurant to the top of my personal list. It's the menus.

The Menu Should Grab Your Attention

A good restaurant is going to invest in menus. If the owners don't care about how their menus look, it suggests that they don't care that much about their business. On the flip side, putting time and money into menu covers can really make a difference for their guests. As I took a closer look at all of the menus in restaurants I recently visited, they were really eye-opening. I found out that an attractive menu made me want to look inside. It pulled me from page to page and better yet, it made me hungry. If the picture was unappealing, I was turned off.

You Do Judge a Menu by its Cover

If you're a restaurant owner and you're reading this, remember that people judge a book by its cover. The same holds true about your menus. Make sure they are colorful, have an attractive font, and include eye-catching photos of your best dishes. Make your patrons want to explore everything you have to offer. Put a little money into your menu and you'll reap the benefits.

Go Professional

Make sure you find a company that specializes on designing covers for menus. A good graphics design team can create anything you want in a menu. You can personalize it with your own photos or opt for stock photos. A menu company will pull it all together to give you exactly what you want. In the end, you'll have a menu that you are proud of, something that will decorate your tables alongside your napkins, tablecloth, and dishware. As you tick off your to-do list for the months ahead, take a look at your menus. If they need to be spiced up, find a company that can give you results. It could mean more loyal customers for you.

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