[Product Review] Jump Rope Crossfit Set By Shadibody


Woop! Its a brand new year and with every new year, new resolutions come into play. Most people would say, to kick off a fitness routine in a brand new year, in hopes of following through with it and emerging a brand new body. The thing is, most people forget that life does get in the way, and whenever these happens, we fall off the bandwagon. For me, is traveling. I prioritize time with friends and my husband more than anything else. That is the main reason why I chose to be a stay home wife. To be in control of what I spend my time on, and to make sure that I give time to those I care about.

In 2015, I managed to stick to a routine of working out at least 2 times a week, whenever the husband was away, I was able to work it up to 4 times a week. However, towards the end of the year, when the holiday season came, which is still happening now, all the traveling and feasting, Netflixing, and cocooning indoors have led to some weight gain, and I’m seeing my muscles loosing the definition I had before. :(

I’m so excited to receive this Jump Rope Crossfit Set By Shadibody to review. I’m sure this set will help me kick up my home workouts up a notch with the resistance bands and allow me to get my workouts done even while traveling.

ShadiBody Review

Here’s a quick description of Jump Rope Crossfit Set By Shadibody:

JOIN THE JUMP ROPE REVOLUTION – GET YOUR SPEED JUMP ROPE LIGHTWEIGHT WIRE CABLE FOR UTLRA FAST SPINNING AND MASTER THOSE DOUBLE UNDERS!
Short Intense Jump Rope Circuits are an Effective Way to Burn Calories Both During and Post Workout – Just 10 Minutes of Jump Rope Can Provide the Same Effect as 30 Minutes of Slow Cardio.
Perfect for Beginners, WOD’s, Cross-Fitness Training, Boxing, MMA Training and Much More!
–     Perfect Set Exercises guaranteed-High Quality Stress Free Product For Fast and Effective Workout
–     Suitable for all heights-Perfect For Children and Adults of All Height and Ages
–     Adjustable 7 inch red aluminum handles for maximum grip-Sturdy Material and Adjustable for Worry-Free Grip
–     Durable 15 ft long cable with extra cable included-High Quality Cable for Years of Use
–     2 Screw Handles Included  Carry Case for Tidy and Compact Portability Wire Cutter for Cable Adjustment Included
–     Fast Spinning-no cable kinking or tangles, just jump and enjoy
–     Perfect for Beginners and Advanced performance-develop or Master Your Skills, This is the Perfect Jump Rope set
–     Premium Quality Materials-Shadibody provides only qualitative products for your fitness investment

Shadibody Jump Rope Crossfit kit Review

What do I think of it?

I love this set of workout equipment. These items are just what I needed to start working out at home. The skipping rope comes with adjustable length and an extra set of rope to let you customize it to your height. There are 3 resistance bands that are of different resistances. These are perfect for working out when you are traveling or if you are trying to increase difficulty for certain exercises. I love using the bands for working out my thighs and glutes. I use the bands around my thighs and do walking squats.

These whole set comes with a drawstring bag for you to carry your equipment in, and 2 sweatbands to use while you are exercising. I was so happy to get the sweatbands inside, because I have carpeted flooring and I was trying to avoid having my sweat drip all over my carpet. Despite using exercise mats, there’s still a chance of sweat getting on the carpet during the more vigorous exercises.

I really love this exercise kit and would recommend this for anyone who are into fitness but are usually held back because of traveling. This is small and compact, but enough to work up a good sweat and tone up the body.

*I received this product in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

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[Product Review] Andin’s Essentials Peppermint Oil

I am a big fan of natural products and have been trying my best to avoid the convenience of what’s available off the shelves cheaply to seek for better alternatives so as to keep my home green and pet friendly. In order to keep things frugal, and eco friendly, I try to research and experiment at home how to create home made cleaning products, or getting base solutions and adding essential oils to help it smell better. I love that essential oils have additional benefits on top of adding a delicate fragrance to literally anything you add drops of EO to.

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Here’s a quick description of Pure Peppermint Oil from Andin’s Essentials:

We at Andin focus on providing you a quality product with quality packaging. We have no sales gimmicks like free e-books. Instead we’re proud our product has a shelf life of up to 18 months when properly stored!
⇒ Andin’s Essential Peppermint Oil helps rid of unwanted creatures such as spiders, bugs and mice.
⇒ Peppermint Oil exhibits antiviral, antimicrobial, antifungal, antioxidant, analgesic, radioprotective, and antiedema properties.
⇒ Customers put our Oil into a diffuser to help with allergies. Its aroma keeps the air fresh and clean.
⇒ Add it to a spray to clean and wash kitchen worktops, counters and surfaces. Also add a drop of Peppermint Oil in the dishwasher to bring a minty fresh smell.
⇒ Each bottle comes with a high-quality long glass dropper as well as a phenolic cap for long-term storage.
⇒ The glass bottle is colored darkly to protect the integrity of the oil. We also made it recyclable because we care about the environment!

What do I think of it?

I was surprised when I received this bottle of essential oil. Its huge! It came in a amber glass bottle with a glass dropper that fits in perfectly. I love using essential oils when it comes to making home made natural products to help give them a boost in benefits and most importantly smelling good! I use black soap for my hand wash and body wash and it does not have any fragrance with it. This is where essential oils come into play to add more benefits of the soap or cleanser, and making it smell so good!

I have used this for my home cleaning products, home made cleaning wipes. home made baby wipes and doggy wipes as well as my essential oil diffuser. It is good to know that peppermint essential oils helps rid of unwanted creatures such as spiders, bugs and mice as well as exhibiting antiviral, antimicrobial, antifungal, antioxidant, analgesic, radioprotective, and antiedema properties. While these effects are not noticeable now especially in the winter, I’m all too happy that everything is smelling real good, with a bottle this size, I can use this in everything and still have plenty more to play with.

*I received this bottle heavily discounted in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

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[Product Review] Omega-3 Supreme 1400mg Fish Oil

I wanted to take omega 3 supplements because of my recent run with eczema. It started on one of my fingers and then spread to the other fingers as well as the back of my hand. There has been several days where I wake up in the middle of the night due to the itch and it got even worse now as the atmosphere gets dryer. There is also many other added benefits that comes with omega 3s, which is known to help: joint health, reduce cholesterol and blood pressure, promote healthy heart functions and reduce inflammation.

I take alot of chia & hemp seeds now which already has plenty of omega 3s, but I still feel the need to have additional supplements for times where the body needs an extra boost to help keep it running smoothly.

Life & Food Omega 3 Supreme Review

Here’s a description of the Omega-3 Supreme Fish Oil 1400 mg :

  • NUTRIENT RICH ★ Our concentrated fish oil contains over 75% Omega-3s (1050 mg Omega-3), superior compared to other brands with 70% and LOWER. Our Omega-3s contains ABOVE the daily minimum requirements of 1,000 mg (1g) of Omega-3s with 644 EPA/336 DHA per serving.
  • SUPERIOR PROCESS ★ MSC Certified! Our multi-stage fish oil Refining Processes allows us to produce the HIGHEST standard of purity in our fish oils. This includes COLD EXTRACTION, MOLECULAR DISTILLATION and FILTRATION. By removing unpleasant fish odor, taste, PCBs, chlorinated organpollutans and heavy metal toxins, we are left with the most pure and fresh concentrated fish oil
  • BETTER BODILY BENEFITS ★ Our Omega-3 fish oil is widely known for its vast array of health benefits.*
  • FINAL PRODUCT QUALITY TESTED ★ 3rd Party Tested (Labdoor Inc, Eurofins) for purity and Omega-3 efficacy. Made and manufactured in world class GMP certified facilities in the USA (with a Finalized COA). Quality and safety are a primary focus for all Life & Food branded products.
  • SOFTGEL ENCAPSULATION ★ Easy to swallow soft gelatin capsules with Enteric coating for maximum fatty-acid absorption and no fish burps. Enteric coated softgels has been shown to reduce uncomfortable and embarrassing “fish burps” that can occur after taking fish oil supplements, and secondly to increase the absorption of the Omega-3s by blocking the acid in the stomach from breaking them down too early in the digestion process, allowing you to experience maximum health benefits from the essential acids.

Omega 3 Capsules review

What I love about Life & Food Omega 3:
-Made in a FDA facility.
-Made in USA.
-Free of GMOs, gluten, egg, additives, fillers, binders, artificial ingredients, soy, milk, peanut, shellfish, stearates, sulfates, dioxides, or laurates.
-1400mg, thats alot!
-No fishy burps!
-Alot of the other omega 3 capsules are long, which makes it hard for me to swallow. This is a big capsule, but they kind of made it a chubby short capsule which is so much easier to swallow.
-Its a big bottle, 180 softgels.

It is a supplement after all, and will take some time to tell whether it works or not.
Overall, I like that this is a top notch quality product, that is reasonably priced for the quantity provided. I also love that they took into mind the issues people have with other Omega 3 supplements, (size and fishy burps) while creating their product. I would recommend this!

*I received this product in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

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[Product Review] AYL Soundfit Waterproof Bluetooth Speakers

I am insanely in love with this. That’s a huge statement for me to put out because I really am quite the critic when it comes to products I recommend. It must be tested and proven that they work well as described and the quality has to match or exceed the price. This… has exceeded my expectations and has totally raised the bar for bluetooth speakers.

Is it too much if I said that this product has increased my productivity and efficiency I’ll explain that later. I know this doesn’t quite make sense to you now, especially when describing a speaker. But let’s look at it this way. Before this speaker, I would try to play the music or podcasts via my mobile phone, and try to make out the lyrics/words through the shower, which I tend to give up after the first song, or the first 5 mins of the podcast. The counter in my bathroom is about 5 feet away from my bathtub and it is so difficult to hear the phone through the shower and shower curtains. I’m using a Samsung S6 and obviously the phone is not waterproof. I have a waterproof cover for it, but when the phone is inside the songs come out muffled.

This AYL Soundfit Waterproof Speakers is a wish come true for me. I was given this set for review purposes.

Here’s a description of the product from their Amazon page:

  • MORE POWERFUL THAN THE COMPETITION Most Bluetooth speakers designed for use as shower speakers and outdoor speakers have 3-watt audio drivers. Our shower & outdoor Bluetooth speakers feature 5-watt audio for stronger bass and higher quality sound. Perfect for Outdoor Sports, Travel, Bicycle/Bike, Cycling, Climbing, Camping, Hiking, Running, Fishing Use.
  • QUICK & EASY TO PAIR Our Bluetooth shower speaker & outdoor speaker uses Bluetooth 4.0 technology, so it pairs with portable devices much more quickly than other portable Bluetooth speakers. The wireless speakers outdoor & shower range is 33 feet, so you can listen to your device even when it’s far away
  • LISTEN ON & ON Our wireless shower speaker has a high capacity battery that can provide up to 12 hours of endless music, even at 80% volume! The Bluetooth speakers outdoor model can be recharged in just 3 hours with the included Micro USB cable! That’s much faster than other outdoor wireless speakers
  • UNIVERSAL COMPATIBILITY Our portable speakers can be paired with all types of devices that use Bluetooth technology! Use the water-resistant Bluetooth speaker to stream music from an iPhone or Android smartphone, an iPad or Android tablet, an iPod Touch or even a computer or laptop with Bluetooth
  • READY FOR ANY TYPES OF CONDITIONS Our Bluetooth Speakers Waterproof level IPX5- Protected against low pressure water stream from any angle. Not submersible, but should withstand accidental drop in water. Guarantees that it will stay safe in the shower, in the rain, by the pool or on a boat (Just make sure if water gets in the speaker, to let it dry out before use)! We build our water-resistant speaker extra tough to ensure that it can be safely carried anywhere life’s adventures take you!

AYL Soundfit Waterproof Bluetooth Speakers

This speaker is truly made for toughness. I can think of so many areas where I can use it. Bathroom, when I’m bathing and cleaning. Kitchen when I’m baking. The great outdoors when we’re waiting for the fishes to bite. This speaker is covered by a tough, durable rubber material that wraps over the entire side of the speaker. I love that they backed every feature into this cube design.

AYL Soundfit Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker Review

The 4 buttons are located on top:

  1. Turn the device on/off.
  2. Lower the volume.
  3. Play/Pause/Answer the phone.
  4. Increase the volume.

What I think of it:

I think its awesome! I highly recommend it and there’s not one day I go by without using it so far. I’ve even brought it on my vacation recently and we used it while soaking in the tub together. Enjoying the music and each other’s company. *blush*

When I said that it helped increase my productivity and efficiency, I meant it. I can now listen to podcasts/audiobooks while doing other tasks now, which helps me process more information in my daily life. Whether its something I’m reading/researching, I can now listen while doing my other daily activities eg. bathing and cleaning. 30 mins listening in the shower is 30 minutes of productivity done!

The speaker is waterproof, so I have no worries about having water splashed on it or if I dirty it in the kitchen. I can just simply rinse off any sauce or flour that might have got on it in my kitchen madness. The volume does run really loud, (which I love when I play my favorite mash up remixes) and the bass is freaking awesome on this unit. The sound quality is amazing. I’m not even kidding. For this price, I’m a happy camper.

The battery life lasts long. I’ve been using it daily for an hour or so, and its been a week and I have not needed to charge it yet. While its a Bluetooth speaker, they do have a Aux Input for you to connect to any devices that might not have Bluetooth. Another interesting feature I found is that it has a hole at the bottom where you can screw it on a tripod. This might be helpful if you want to raise the speaker on higher ground to allow the sound to travel better. It also comes with a pouch that you can carry your speaker around conveniently. The charger is the standard usb charger. I used my Samsung charger on it and it charged just fine.

The speaker has an auto off function. It detects when you turn off the bluetooth connection of your mobile device, and after a few minutes, it beeps and turns off.

Also included in the box: Manual and wire for charging as well as Aux.

Overall, I absolutely love it and would highly recommend everyone get it if you’re looking for a bluetooth speaker, whether its a gift for a friend or yourself.

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[Product Review] La Magie Hair Organic Fast Growth Serum

I had gray hairs since the age of 4. Not 40. Its 4 years old when I started noticing my roots starting to lighten up. And at that age I never knew what was going on, except that, my father had the same condition as me. I was only growing gray hairs at the center of my scalp and it was spreading along the line where my hair parts.

I started dying my hair at the age of 6, and have been doing that almost every 3 weeks to 1 month since then. Needless to say, my hair & scalp is pretty damaged, yet there was nothing I could do unless I was willing to face the fact that my hair will resemble that of a skunk if I left it for 4 months. My scalp is very sensitive and sometimes hurts and feels raw to touch.

About 2 years ago, I have started researching more on natural products and have since change all my skin & body care products to the chemical free and natural versions. Except for hair dyes, which I can only get ammonia free. I’ve tried numerous products to nourish my sculpt because I know through all the years of bleaching and coloring, plenty of damage has been done. I know for sure that essential oils play a big role in hair repair as well.

I was provided a bottle of La Magie Hair Organic Fast Growth Serum for review purposes.

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Here’s the product description from the company:

  • DRAMATICALLY EXPERIENCE HAIR BEAUTY! Comes in a silk bag with bookmark for directions. An organic farm in the USA created this amazing healing blend with earth-friendly, aromatherapy. Luxurious beauty secrets from Mother Nature blended with modern laboratory precision at La Magie®. Organic Argan oil from artisan farmers in Morocco nourishes and makes the shaft supple
  • STOP HAIR LOSS: EXPERIENCE INCREDIBLE HAIR – Organic Pumpkin seed oil offers broad-Spectrum DHT Blockers which inhibit DHT formation (which causes hair loss) through its effect on 5-alpha-reductase activity.
  • EXPERIENCE HAIR REGROWTH: DRAMATICALLY SEE HAIR THICKEN AND GROW! Rosemary herbal extract deeply cleanses the hair from buildup of shampoo, conditioner residues and any dyes (does not GROW hair, other EOs do that)
  • WATCH THE SOLUTION WORK AS THE PHOTOS TO THE RIGHT SENT BY HAPPY CLIENTS PROVE. Lavender Absolute has a higher concentration of esters than lavender essential oil providing a healing environment.
  • WATCH AS YOUR HAIR GROWS! Secret essential oil blend of 15 oils (less than two percent very safe and gentle) which are part of La Magie’s solution which actually assist hair and create thicker hair. There are absolutely no artificial fragrance, color, additives, or impurities.
What the oils look like in the bottle. (Excuse my wrinkled palm.)
What the oils look like in the bottle. (Excuse my wrinkled palm.)

What do I think of it?
I was very excited to try this product because it uses essential oils to help repair the hair and scalp. It aligns with my skin & body care beliefs and it smells really good!
I agree with the other reviewers that it can get a wee bit too oily sometimes. But it is something within your control. A little goes a long way, so spray a little bit at a time and rub it in well before spraying again. After awhile it does get heavy on the hair, which is why instructions recommend that you apply it, wait 30 mins, then shampoo it off. Like all other natural products, it does take some time to see the effects of this, but I already love that my hair looks better visually and smells good! I’m sure its something the husband wouldn’t mind!

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[Product Review] BTipsy Muddler

Its the holiday season! Christmas is coming! Most importantly, its so cold outside! Post a comment if you’re like me and just about ready to wrap up the year by staying indoors and just hibernating. Maybe, wrap a blanket, hold a glass of wine, and just Netflix it through.

I’m a lover of outdoors, but only when its warm. I always joke about friends who enjoy the cold are polar bears. Because they get out when the temperatures are low. Well, if there’s a valid reference, I guess I’m a grizzly bear. I’m hyper when the weather is warm. I’m pretty sure my Chihuahua, Cupid agrees with me too.

My husband, the polar bear, is excited about winter though. He can’t wait to get out on the mountains and start snowboarding. Here’s what I told him: “If you leave me at home, I promise you that you can come back to warm meals.” He enjoys us doing activities together. I enjoy it too. We do almost everything together, and I love it! Because I enjoy trying out new things. But sliding down snowy mountains? Probably not my cup of tea. I prefer a pumpkin spice latte in my PJs in this weather. 😉 (PUNS!)

Along with the cold weather, comes trying out new recipes, LOTS of cooking/baking, and plenty of home parties, I hope. After all, Idaho’s cold weather drags from November to early May. That’s a whole lot of time to pass before we can get out near the water for some good fishing!

Things that I stock up during winter? Eggnog,  wine, vodkas, rum, bourbon. Hmmmm.. Yum. Well, I did mention baking above right? I’m using them for my fruit cakes… and… drinks… and.. cocktails. I love a good cocktail. Cosmo is like my go to drink when I’m out and ready to party. Wine is more of drinking to pair with food and winding down for the week.

I got really excited when I received the Cocktail Muddler Bar Tool By Btipsy

BTipsy Muddler Review

Here’s the description of it from the website:

  • ✓ HIGH QUALITY STAINLESS STEEL – This Premium mojito muddler made out of the strongest material available and WILL NOT BREAK when muddling. This bar tool muddler will not peel or rust.
  • ✓ BEST MUDDLER FOR YOUR BAR TOOLS COOLECTION – Using this cocktail muddler is a great way to create a delicious cocktails. This bar muddler is Perfect for: Muddling Mint Leaves, Mashing Citrus Fruits Herbs and Spices and Making Delicious Mojitos and Other Cocktails.
  • ✓ EASY TO CLEAN – Once finished using the Cocktail Muddler, it’s very easy to clean it by hand or just placing it inside the dishwasher since this Cocktail Muddler is DISHWASHER SAFE. So feel free to clean it whatever you’d like.
  • ✓ BONUS WITH EVERY ORDER – We LOVE our customers and we always try to make them feel good and with a smile on their face. This is why we decided for a LIMITED TIME, to include a special BONUS with each order. Further directions after item arrives to you.
  • ✓ RISK FREE – With a 3 YEARS WARRANTY, we are committed to our 100% customer satisfaction so if you find that you are not “5-Star Happy” with us or our products then please contact us and we will do whatever it takes to make sure you are 100% happy.

How to muddle

What do I think of it:

I was expecting a small stick that could mash my fruits & herbs to release their flavors in my cocktails but I was pleasantly surprised at how solidly built this thing was. There’s a little bit of weight to the muddler due to the materials used to make it. I’m quite sure you can use this to mash other softer foods as well, maybe to make a herb butter or even herbal infusions.

Using the Quarter to show the size of the base
Using the Quarter to show the size of the base

It is so easy to use, take it out and mash it. It has a nice wide enough base that allows you to move through whatever you have in your glass quickly.
The best part for me, after a day’s of entertaining, when I’m exhausted with a full day of prep, is that I can put this into the dishwasher with the rest of the dishes and I’m done. Especially in the cold weather now, I really hate having to be in contact with tap water.

This is truly good quality, the materials will not rust or peel, which is a big concern especially when preparing beverages.
It has a beautiful stainless steel finish that will match any bar accessories that you already own. I can’t wait to show this off during our Christmas parties.

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Ambronite Drinkable Supermeal Review


The world is constantly evolving and everything is happening quicker and faster. These days, most things are like served to our doorstep as quickly as possible. Amazon Prime’s 2 day shipping, fast food drive through and deliveries. Even food for our dog, Cupid, is prepared quick and easy with the healthiest options available. We feed him The Honest Kitchen Revel Chicken and Whole Grain Dog Food and it comes dehydrated, all we needed to do was to add water and it is ready to eat. We rotate among the different flavors for him to have a mix of different flavors so that it doesn’t get boring for him.

Some days as I prepare the food for him, I actually wondered if there was a similar food available for humans that we just have to mix with water and we get the maximum amount of nutrients that is easy to eat. I want food that is not just fast and easy to make, but to have it all natural and in the most nutrition that I can get in a cup. I thought about the options available in the market, and many times while shopping on Amazon & Costco, I was very tempted to throw a tub of protein powder in my cart just so that I could use them as meal replacements after a tiring workout or when I’m hungry at night, which happens a lot.

Ambronite Supermeal Review

I was really quite excited to try Ambronite, because of all the information that I’ve read on it. Their slogan: The world’s first organic drinkable supermeal that fulfills daily nutrition recommendations in 2 minutes. I received this sample box for review purposes.

Whats in the sample box:

Ambronite Sample Box

There were 5 packets of Ambronite in the box, together with 2 water bottles, a welcome flyer and a nutrition guide book, that explains the ingredients in Ambronite and the story & team behind it.

I had just done my workout for the day and I really pushed hard in it. My entire body is sore and I’m feeling lazy to cook a meal. Initially I wanted to drink this in the morning, as a breakfast to start the day, but since its a supermeal that’s supposed to replace any meals with ease, I thought why not have it for dinner today?

Nutrition facts that is on the back of the packet:

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I prepared the meal with the instructions listed on the back of the packet. 550ml of filtered water in the bottle with 1 packet of Ambronite. Then shake it to the beat of Taylor Swift’s song.. Ok, I added that myself, but here’s the song for your enjoyment. Its kind of stuck in my head right now.


What it looks like inside the packet:

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You can literally smell the nuts and rice bran upon opening the packet. I love nut milks and this got me really excited. Not so sure about the rice bran part though.

After mixing:

Ambronite Review

How did that turn out?

I thought about this carefully, and tried my best to compare the nutrition worth and the taste. But this did not work out for me. I made it through to 3/4 of the bottle before calling it quits. I do think that Ambronite needs to refine their recipe to taste better. I could not get over the grainy taste. Each mouthful was powdery and I found it hard to drink. The taste was also rather bland. I guess the creators did this as a base mix for us to blend with our favorite fruits. My blender gave up on me awhile back and I was not able to try blending this with fruits or hemp milk. Then again, for it to be convenient, it should not need a blender to make it taste better.

Again, this Supermeal is filled to the brim with maximum nutrition that our body needs. I think that’s perfect, and with a little tweak in the powder, maybe adding Acai or more berry powder might help. Maybe it takes a couple of packets to get accustomed to the taste. Alternatively, my suggestion would be to make Ambronite into snacks. I can see myself using this to bake and making superfood bars or Supermeal cookies, which will definitely taste so much better. I still have 4 packets, and I may just experiment with it.

Would I buy this again? Unless the company changes the recipe, the Ambronite, sadly, is not for me. I love my food and value my health. I have a greens powder that I drink regularly, and while its not the best tasting drink in the world, I’m still able to down the whole cup. For something to replace the real food that I prepare I home, I need it to have a bit more flavor or a drinkable texture.

Thank you Ambronite for giving me this sample box for review. While I’m not a fan of it now, trust me, I love what you’re on to, and I’ll be following your progress. Hopefully the next products you come up with will suit me better.

The above is my opinion of the Ambronite, everyone has different tastes and opinions in terms of nutrition. They have a huge following of raving fans which I’ve seen from the videos on Youtube and online. Do check out their website HERE.


 

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[Product Review] Vitamin C Toner by Joyal Beauty

I’ve actually reviewed Joyal Beauty’s Eye Cream before and really liked that it really did work the way they said it would. It is still my go to eye cream and I still believe in the opinions on that product I shared till today.

This time I was looking forward to review their toner because their eye cream really worked for me, and I was wondering if they would live up to the standards that had already been set by the eye gel. All I can say was, I loved every bit of it.

Here the description of the Vitamin C Toner for Face By Joyal Beauty:

Joyal Beauty Vitamin C Toner

  • THIS 100% NATURAL 100% VEGAN ORGANIC TONER HAS EVERYTHING GOOD TO SKIN BUT 0% CHEMICALS! Organic Witch Hazel, Vitamin C, MSM, Aloe Vera, Neroli Hydrosol, Glycolic Acid from Sugar Cane, Yucca, Spirulina, Sage, Pomegranate, Kelp, Gotu Kola, Cranberry. This Amazing All Natural Toner Even Has No Preservatives! It Is Naturally Preserved by Anti-fungal Herbs-Usnea and Lichen! Each Ingredient is 100% Good and Safe On Your Skin!
  • BEST ORGANIC WITCH HAZEL TONER+VITAMIN C TONER+ALCOHOL FREE TONER. This Organic Witch Hazel Toner Has More Anti Aging Functions Compared With Other Ordinary Witch Hazel Toners. WITCH HAZEL:Tighten skin, Eliminate Water Loss, Reduce Inflammation, Control Acne, Help De-puff Under Eye Baggage, Tighten Pores, Control Oil Production, Ease Symptoms of Eczema and Psoriasis. VITAMIN C: Brightening, Anti-wrinkle, Anti-spots, Anti-aging.
  • SUPERCHARGED WITH 17 HERBS, VITAMIN A,B,C,E, MINERALS. THIS FACIAL MIST IS SKIN’S HEALTHY “MULTIVITAMIN DRINK”. Spray It To Your Face Daily, Your Skin Will Become Soft, Smooth, Bright, Balancing, And Naturally Brilliant!
  • SMELL GOOD, FEEL GOOD. No Artificial Fragrance. This Toner Smells Wonderful For Its Slight Natural Floral Neroli Hydrosol. Neroli Can Tone and Balance Skin, Calm and Sooth skin, and Calm Spirit and Anti Stress. You Can Spray It At Home, Office, On-the-go, to Make You Feel Good and Pleasant!
  • MULTIPLE USES FOR ALL SKIN TYPES,FOR MEN AND WOMEN: Used as a facial toner after cleansing to build a perfect skin pH balancing level; Used as a facial mist anytime for soothing hydration; Used as men’s aftershave care to calm the skin; Used as herbal treatment for common skin disorders such as acne,eczema, psoriasis,blackheads,pigmentation; Used as safest anti aging antioxidants liquid for anti-wrinkle, anti-spots, and photo-protection.

What I think of it?

This toner is so easy to use! I bought many toners before, but were just too lazy to use them. I always either have no idea where my cotton pads are or accidentally splashed the toner and made a mess. As if there wasn’t enough steps in a skincare routine, I still had a mess to clean up after that. It just made me skip the toning part and went straight to moisturizer.

What I loved about this toner:
1) After bathing or washing your face, just close your eyes and spritz all over. And you’re done. It dries quickly. Only once or twice I had to dab at my eyes with a tissue for over spraying.
2) I didn’t detect any strong scent which is good since my nose is a little sensitive.
3) It is alcohol free, so it doesn’t sting or dry your skin.
4) You can really detect a difference. Maybe its because I have been using too many el cheapo toners before. I rarely detect any improvements in my face with toners, which is why I decided to skip that step altogether and save my money. I’ve been spraying these for the past few days, and my face really seems brighter.
5) It is made of all natural ingredients and doesn’t have all the nasties that we should avoid. Completely chemical free.
6) Made in USA.
7) Non aerosol spray.
8) It does what it claims: balance the skin, boost hydration, minimize pores, even skin tone, revitalize and refresh.

I foresee having a bottle of this in the fridge which is great for refreshing myself when I am feeling sleepy. This is like the good version of the Evian Spray that most of us have heard about. I’ll definitely have this in my bag during summer vacations. There are so many ways to use this because it is not drying, you can literally spray it on multiple times a day. I love it. I still hate the packaging, but I love Joyal products so far, they impress me with the results. Would I buy this again? Definitely.

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[Product Review] Lux Essentials Deluxe French Press Set

I’ve talked before about how I love to make cold brewed coffee and tea because they are so easy to make and less bitter too. You can check out how to make a cold brew coffee here  and it is super easy to make.

Today however, I made a hot brewed coffee in a french press. It was one of those days where….

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I had my usual instant coffee. I thought of doing a Nespresso Espresso, oh the pun. LOL!

Instead, I decided to try the hazelnut cream grounds that I got awhile back, and make it a super concentrated brew, so says the SavvyWife take takes an additional 4 shots from Starbucks for every cuppa she drinks. Addicted? That’s an understatement.

I brewed the coffee with this Lux Essentials French Press Coffee Maker . Yep, that’s the quantity for me alone. :)

French Press Review

Pros:
1) I love how this french press has some sort of like black plastic holder that goes around the entire class compartment so that you are able to hold it safely without burning your hands.
2) It comes with an extra replacement screen, I have not seen this in other french presses that I have bought.
3) They send you a coffee scoop as well, makes it easy for you to measure out the ground coffee for the amount that you need.
4) A full page instructions was included in the box, which I followed (and added 2 extra scoops of coffee for good measure.) and my coffee came out great.
5) The filter worked great, I didn’t find much residue in my cuppa, which is a great relief. Nobody likes drinking sandy coffee, if you know what I mean.
6) This is quite a big container so I love that you can make multiple servings in this and serve a few friends at a go.
You can easily brew cold brewed coffee in this french press, which is one of my favorite things to do.

Cons:
1) The plastic holder that is wrapped around the glass compartment is hollow on the inside. Every time I wash it, water and soap gets stuck inside, and I can’t seem to get it out, except to wait for it to dry out. This might lead to bacteria accumulation.
2) Big container. If you have limited cabinet space, do note that this french press is quite tall. About 9 inches.

Overall, I like the usage of this, and am very happy to use it to brew loose tea and ground coffee. I love that I can brew a bigger batch at a time and chill the beverages in the fridge and drink them whenever I want to.

*I received this product in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

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[Product Review] Getting organized + Panda Planner Review

December came too fast! In a blink of an eye, we’ll be preparing for 2016. Part of my vision for 2016 will be to live intentionally, to work towards my purpose, my goals, and to get outside of my comfort zone. Keeping things as simple and easy will definitely help since my upcoming projects for this website is starting to take more time and requires commitment from my end.

One of the reasons why I started doing product reviews is because I find that this will greatly help other homemakers in building up their home. Our homes come bare, and it is the items and tools that we get help make our lives better, or easier. These product reviews are part and parcel of helping you make the right choice in finding the items that are for you.  I usually list the pros and cons of an item and what it is good for, to help you make a better decision when deciding to purchase something in a similar category.

With everything that I am trying to squeeze in a day, and with all the upcoming ideas that I want to implement, and all the scraps of paper I have jotted stuff down on, I have seriously come to terms with me needing to get my day organized. While I am already using apps to help me plan my days, I still find it hard to focus on things that I need to get done. I always get distracted by social media and all the random things that happen. Yes, the shiny object syndrome. Yup, I’m that girl with 15 to 20 tabs open on her Google Chrome. Sigh.

I’m a lists person, and I make lists for everything I can. I enjoy ticking stuff off my to do list because it makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something, very much like completing daily quests in games. (Oops! the gamer geek is back!) I have a lot planned for 2016 and it requires me to be organized to follow through. I love challenging myself in all areas of my life, because when I get through that, I always come out a stronger person.

Panda Planner Review

I am so thankful to have this opportunity to review the Panda Planner. It is really simple and is in line with what I am planning for 2016.

I love the different sections in the Panda Planner, which I break down and share in the Panda Planner review on YouTube! Yes, I created a YouTube channel to share reviews of stuff that I receive, as well as to do unboxing videos, and to share my hauls! I am not so comfortable with getting in front of the camera yet, but we’ll see, I’m trying my best!

Here’s the flip through I did for the Panda Planner
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What I loved about it:

  • It is a pen and paper journal/planner which allows you to really pause and think through what you want to focus on for that day/weekly/monthly.
  • I love that it has reviews for daily/weekly/monthly, which makes you sit back to reflect on what you did well and what you would like to improve on.
  • The size is just perfect with enough sections to write stuff down.
  • The flow of how the pages are created. It is a top down approach from monthly reviews, to weekly, and then you go into micro managing your day.
  • The structure is great too because on the daily pages you start with gratitude, followed by what makes you great today. I love quotes & affirmations, and having to write that down and see it through the day just gives me a daily mantra to repeat in my head.
  • The whole flow of the planner is positive, habit forming journal that helps you focus and boost your productivity which is a necessity for success.

What I didn’t like about it:

  • There was only 92 daily pages, 17 weekly pages, and 6 monthly pages. This means that if I were to log into this book every single day, this would only last me 3 months, which is the equivalent of 4 books a year. Each planner cost $24.97. A year’s worth would be almost $100. Not really too cost effective.
  • I like having an entire year in a book because it allows me to put all my schedules in one place. Depending on this planner would mean when I get to week 85 onward, I may have to carry 2 planners out just so that I can jot my notes and schedules that I have planned in advance.

I do think if you lead a busy life or if you are looking to really transform and 10x your productivity in the coming year, a planner is needed. Which planner to use really depends on your objectives and what you want to focus on and how much you you are willing to spend on it. Planners range from the simple buy online and print off your printer, to the beautifully leather bound books. Are you using a planner now? How do you organize your days? Share with us in the comments below.

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