Pretty Skin with InstaNatural



  

Disclaimer: I received products for reviews. All opinions are my own. 

InstaNatural gave me the opportunity to review a couple of their facial products. I was excited to try something new, and was not disappointed!


 

The Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) Serum worked just as promised. It naturally moisturizes skin, fights acne, lightens the skin, firms, plumps, and helps with hyperpigmentation. I love the feel of this serum as I put it on my face. It is more of a creme than serum. It is nice and thick. This type of cream is said to help reduce scars. I was very skeptical. I have an incision scar beside my eyebrow that I am very self conscience of and have tried many many products. I actually can see a difference with this scar. Also the lines from making all those faces mom always told me not to make are fading. 


The other product that InstaNatural sent me was the Youth Express Eye Gel. It is optimized for dark circles, puffiness, wrinkles, and bags. This is a nice thick eye gel. Actually, it is almost a mix of gel and cream. It has an awesome texture. The only drawback is the packaging- the pump allows too much out, so use half on each eye. That is outweighed by the effects my eyes feel. They really do feel refreshed. I strain my eyes a lot, get little sleep, and they look like it. I also wear a lot of eye makeup, so I have the effects of that as well. I use this gel at night and when I look in the mirror in the morning, I am so happy with the look of my eyes that it makes my mood much better. I feel like I'm at least 5 years younger (pre kids). I noticed a difference after a week. 


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.

Jumping Rope #speedjump #skinnyjeans


  


Disclaimer: I received this product to review. All opinions are my own. 





I have been on my current fitness journey for a little over a month. One of the things I've been thinking about recently is getting out of my comfort zone and including some exercises that take a little more endurance and skill. Jump rope has intrigued me since I was a little girl (like most girls) but I've loved some of the excercises that I've seen done. It was a perfect opportunity when I received the King Athletic Speed Jump Rope, it was the perfect chance to start. 

First of all, how AMAZING is it that $1 of every purchase is donated to cancer research?!

Made with durable materials, this speed jump rope is lightweight and suitable to both children and adults. Although it is 10 feet, the length is adjustable. The ergonomic handles are designed to not tire hands or wrists, also ensuring an even rotation. Also included is a 30-day money back guarantee and a 5 year warantee! 

Did you know that jumping rope for 15 minutes can burn 160 calories? Also tone muscle and get the heart pumping!

 I really want to learn kickboxing, so this was a natural choice, as jumping rope is one of the training exercises. I found that I love this jump rope. 

I did read some negative things on Amazon, but those negatives were definitely positive for me. First of all, I'm very short (4'10") and most products are way too long for me and kid versions are just not what I need. Since this rope is customizable (basically needs to be put together), I was able to adjust it perfectly to my height. 

The other issue I saw was the weight. Since I am a beginner, I'm not sure about it being difficult because it is light weight. However, because I'm a beginner, the light weight was perfect for me. The other thing about it being light weight is that I can throw it in my sling pack (with my phone arm band, sweat rag, yoga mat, etc) and head outside for a nice workout with out being weighed down and feeling that is a workout in itself. Also, I can work out while camping, or in a hotel room without having to leave the site or room. 

My only complaint is that the handles have no gripping feature. My hands sweat a lot, especially during exercise. While I'm sure I can figure out a solution to this, it would be nice if it was a feature. 

While I understand the complaints other have, those things make it perfect for me.

*Note: When you purchase, save the email with the directions for trimming the rope. The box does not have them*




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.

Energy Boosting Jewelry


Disclaimer: I received a product for review. All opinions are my own. 

I have recently come across my newest fashion accessory. I'm normally a blingy jewelry gal, but I also like to stack bracelets, so I gave these Energy Balance Bracelets a shot. After all, what can it hurt? 

These Energy Balance Bracelets from EnergyBalanceShop.com are made from medical grade silicone and have 2 negative ion enriched holograms. They are pretty cute too. They come in a variety of colors, including clear, glow in the dark, and camouflage.  They even come with a 60 day guarantee. Get them on sale now for $14.99, either size (Medium 7.5 in and Large 8.1 in)

I'm sure you've seen these on people, but wondered what the hype is. Well, negative ions are said to increase mental health, power, stamina, and even strengthen the immune system. 

I was skeptical about the possibility of a bracelet having this effect on me, but with nothing to lose, its worth a try. While I cannot promise that the bracelets had any effect and that it was not a placebo effect, I'm pretty sure that my body likes the Energy Balance Bracelet. I seem to have more energy (even stopped taking naps), seem to be more focused, and even have fewer headaches. 

I'm hooked and almost always wear this Energy Balance Bracelet


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.

Everyone Needs a Toolbox

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post

Although I've always had an interest in DIY projects, and I've been taught a lot about working on cars, I was always able to just go to mom or dad's toolbox and grab what I needed. My first lesson in tools came my first semester of college, when I didn't have what I needed for a special project. Since then, I've started collecting tools... 

The First Basic Toolbox


Whether you are buying your first home or have moved into your first apartment, you need to have a set of tools that will help you perform the most basic tasks. Although there are many “starter” tool sets on the market, they often have lower quality tools and often don’t have all the items you need for your first toolbox. In addition, it is important to buy better quality tools, rather than the cheapest on the shelf in order to have them last longer.

The First Tool Box

The first thing you need to purchase is a tool box that will allow you to keep your tools all in one location and keep them organized. Most department and hardware stores sell reasonably priced toolboxes, or you can search online at sites like elitetoolboxes.com. The box should be sturdy enough to hold the tools you need but light enough that you will be able to carry it from room to room even with tools inside.

First Set of Tools

For your first toolbox, choose the following tools:

  • Adjustable wrench – a wrench with a jaw that expands so that you can use it on different sized nuts and bolts.
  • Allen wrench – in both American and Metric sizes. These are L-shaped bars with a hexagonal head at each end used to turn bolts and screws.
  • Phillips-head screwdrivers – These are the screwdrivers with the end that looks like a cross. You should purchase a mini, a small and medium size.
  • Flat-head screwdrivers – These are the screwdrivers with a flat end and should be purchased in similar sizes to Phillips-head screwdrivers.
  • Hammer – It is not necessary to purchase a large hammer for your first toolbox, as you will likely use it for hanging pictures or other light duty jobs.
  • Small level – A level comes in handy for many jobs, including hanging pictures.
  • Needle-nosed pliers – The pointy ends of needle-nosed pliers are perfect for tucking in ends or fixing items that need a smaller grip.
  • Tape measure – This is one item often overlooked in toolboxes, but can be invaluable, especially to a new homeowner.
  • Utility knife or box cutter- You will be surprised how much use you get out of this tool, but use it carefully as the blades are extremely sharp.

Other Utility Items

Other items that are beneficial for small repairs around a home or apartment are duct tape, masking tape, small nails and screws, as well as a small, sturdy stepstool or ladder. Flashlights, extra batteries and light bulbs are also good to have on hand as is a spool of sturdy rope and rubber bands in assorted sizes.

Use this starter tool set to put together the perfect graduation or wedding gift as tools are often overlooked when someone is setting up a new household. When it is time to hang that picture or fix that broken table leg, the recipient will be very grateful for your thoughtfulness.

5 Unconventional Uses for a Garlic Press

Disclaimer: I received a product to review. All opinions are my own. 

I have a secret love for kitchen gadgets. Yes, they can be hard to organize. Yes, they can take up more room than they are worth. CAN being the primary word. There are classic kitchen gadgets that do not take up much room. Many of these tools are things that have multiple uses that we never think of. To me, a garlic press is one of these things. I'm going to share with you some tips.

Note: a good quality garlic press is a most for these!

5 Unconventional Uses For A Garlic Press 

1. In a pinch, crush ice (smaller pieces work best)

2. Crush items for salad (eggs, nuts, carrots, etc)

3. Save your hands and use a garlic press instead of a knuckle buster when making laundry detergent. 

4. You could even use it to crush herbs from your garden for a variety of uses. 

5. MY FAVORITE Make baby food! Just load up the food you have fixed for dinner and crush it with the garlic press. Mix in a little milk, breast milk, or formula, and stir. I actually keep an extra press in the diaper for making food on the go! 


Aren't these interesting ways to use a garlic press. As I mentioned before, A good quality press is of the utmost importance when using one for any purpose, even garlic. It just so happens that I have an amazing new garlic press you just have to hear about!

The Propresser Stainless Steel Garlic Press

The Propresser Garlic Press is by far the best garlic press I have ever used (and I've used a lot of them). Because it is stainless steel and not plastic, it is durable and able to press more than "just garlic." It is easy to use and doesn't use a lot of pressure to get the job done. This is especially unique because it is light weight. My absolute favorite feature of this garlic press is the easy clean up. Simply flip out the basket, rinse out the residue, and wash. 

**Really cool feature: You can press the garlic without removing the skin first. Just pop the clove in, press, and remove empty skin! How amazing is that?! 

Not only is the Propresser Garlic Press backed up with a lifetime guarantee, but you get a free gift with your order. Get the "Home Chef" ebook when you order. 70-page kitchen management book that reveals how to create your ideal kitchen, great tips for you to start that dream Chef career and much more.

How do you use your garlic press?

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.

Best of Business Tools: Best of Signs



Disclaimer: I received banners to review. All opinions are my own. Thank you Best Of Signs




As a publicist, event planner, and business owner, the importance of branding and brand placement is something I often think about. This goes across my business, the businesses I help, and even the paranormal team.

Brand placement is one of my specialties. I like to get businesses started with the obvious to break that barrier and get them to embrace their branding. When it is on a sign in front of them, it is much easier to embrace.

Dealing with mostly brick-and-mortar businesses, signs are a huge part of what I do, so I wanted to share this amazing banner/ sign company with you entrepreneurs out there!

BestofSigns.com has become my go to place for purchasing signs and banners. Best of Signs is by far the best company I've worked with for signs and banners.

The creation process is quick and simple. The shipping is fast. The quality is amazing. The price is perfect. A 3'x2' Banner (like pictured) is just $9, with the largest (8'x4') being only $32.99. Best Of Signs also offers magnetic signs, mesh signs, window signs, fabric banners, yard signs, vinyl lettering, vinyl stickers, and much more with very competitive pricing. They really are a one stop shop for all of your sign, decal, and banner needs.

The quality of these signs has amazed me. They are thick, the printing covers the front, the seams are reinforced, and the grommets are of great quality. These signs will last quite a while.

I urge you to check out Best Of Signs and get a banner for your team. There are tons of uses and you will not be disappointing


Tips for creating an amazing banner:


  1. Make sure the name of the group is prominent.
  2. Include a hashtag and/or Twitter handle.
  3. Include the URL (If simple) or Vanity URL, such as from bit.ly
  4. Include a "call to action." I like to use a QR code because the landing page can be changed when needed.
  5. Either with color or size, make sure the intent of the banner stands out. For example, the Yellow of the Paralina banner gets attention, while the large #huntthenight on the CSPRI Inc banner draws eyes and encourages the use of the hashtab.
  6. Make sure your branding is consistent. If you need help with this, be sure to let me know- I'll be happy to help!


Do you have any questions about brand placement that Best Of Signs or Cari On Media can answer?

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