Monday, July 20, 2015

Mommy TLC Toilet and Cabinet Lock

I have been experimenting with safety products to child proof my home for my 15 month old son who is getting into everything.  He really wants in our kitchen trash cabinet so I tried the Mommy TLC Toilet and Cabinet Lock on it to see how it would perform.  The Mommy TLC lock is the first strap of this kind that I have used in my home although I did purchase another popular brand to decide which one I like better.

Unfortunately I don't love it.  The two round pieces have 3M adhesive on the back and stick to the cabinets.  The idea is that the round parts flip open to allow you to open your cabinet. Both of them are able to be opened.  Based on my experience they flip open too easily. If you forget that you have installed them and try to open the cabinet by pulling on its handle the round part of the safety strap easily pops open. This happened every time to me, my husband and for my son.  Additionally although my cabinet faces were clean and dry when I installed them, the adhesive also wore off.  A few times when my son pulled the cabinet door the entire strap popped off because it was no longer sticky enough to hold.

Once it stopped working after less than a week I tried the other safety strap I bought and what a difference.  This one has one sticky piece that does not ever open; it is permanently locked.  The other piece will only release if you squeeze a button on each side.  I think this functions much better and provides me with peace of mind and the safety that I am looking for out of a product like this.

I received this product in exchange for an honest review however all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Hipoglos Skin Protectant Ointment

Hipoglos sent me a tube of their skin protectant ointment to test for my honest opinion and feedback. I had never heard of the brand before but understand that Hipoglos is the leading skin protectant ointment in Latin America and has been for the last 60 years.  That's a long history of helping to prevent diaper rash for babies and toddlers.  

Diaper rash can be a small bump in the road for babies and parents or a huge issue depending on severity.  I've seen some terribly painful looking diaper rash on babies and it is heartbreaking.  I think a parent would do anything to avoid and prevent it.  

I have been using Hipoglos for my 14 month old son for the last three weeks and have had no complaints whatsoever. No bouts of diaper rash here and I've felt comfortable and confident that the little guy is protected.  We've been very pleased with the results we've had using Hipoglos Skin Protectant Ointment.

Typically I use Boudreaux's Butt Paste or Desitin and have been pleased with the results from both of those products.  I believe the active ingredient in all of these products is zinc oxide. Hipoglos has similar amounts of zinc oxide with an added bonus of lanolin to help protect baby's sensitive skin and keep wetness out.

The only suggestion I might offer to the manufacturer is to include a flip top on the tube instead of a screw top.  

Hipoglos is new to the U.S. market and can be found on and at select Walgreens stores.  

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Hipoglos sent me a complimentary tube of their product for testing purposes; all opinions are honest and my own.

iPhone 6 Plus Flip Case with Mirror

I have recently been using the Abacus 24-7 iPhone 6 Plus Flip Case with Mirror.  Sometimes I like a case that keeps the face of the phone accessible and other times I prefer to use a case that is more protective and that offers more features like this one.  This type of case is especially appealing to me in the summer when I am spending more time outdoors and need more protection for my phone. 

In general I think this is a great case for the price.  I like that it closes with an invisible magnet and stays closed when I want it to.  The interior case that actually holds the phone is a great fit, with ample access to volume buttons, charging port, headphone jack and power button. There is also a hole in the back for the camera.  It is easy to prop up the phone so the case acts as a stand for charging or watching video.  It is a well made case and comes in a variety of fun colors.

Although I appreciated that they were there, I didn't find myself keeping credit cards in the card flap nor did I find the need to use the mirror under the card flap although I realize this could be a personal preference.  I would much prefer if there was camera cut out on the front flap as well because I would like to fold the case back to take photos and videos.  If you fold the front flap back it blocks the camera.  I would have also appreciated a wrist strap.  

I do think this case is of good quality and is offered at a great price but I take a lot of photos and found myself holding the case awkwardly to make it work.  This case might be perfect for someone who does not take a lot of photos and wants to leave their wallet at home.  

I purchased this case for a discounted price for my honest and unbiased feedback.  

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Mia Dora Premium Eyelash Curler

I have owned many eyelash curlers in my time and none of them has really impressed me. Some of them have handles that are too short, others pinch my eyelid and others are even shaped in a weird way that doesn't seem to fit my lash line.  I have pretty straight lashes and I have to curl them every day. 

Mia Dora sent me a discounted eyelash curler to review for my honest opinion.  Shipping was super fast and I was happy to see that they included an extra cushion in the box.  This lash curler looks very similar to others I have used except for 2 features which I think really helped.  

First there is a spring that Mia Dora says helps with precision and control.  Second is that there is a no slip grip; meaning there are rubber inserts inside of the handle where you put your fingers.  I think both are really nice touches.  

As far as results I really enjoyed how this lash curler worked for me. I felt the shape of the curler fit well with my lash line and even got the lashes towards the inner corner of my eyes that other curlers usually miss.  Most importantly there was no pinching or pulling.  

And if it doesn't work for you, no worries.  The lash curler comes with a 1 year warranty and is 100% guaranteed or your money back.  

I feel that this eyelash curler is a great value for the price and does a great job.  Find it here on

I received this product for a discount to test in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinions.  

42 BEES Slant Tip Tweezers

I received 42 BEES Slant Tip tweezers to review.  I like to make sure my eyebrows are in check all of the time and have many tweezers.  I have dark hair and don't like stray eyebrow hairs.

These tweezers shipped quickly and arrived in a plastic tube.  They aren't my sharpest or pointiest tweezers but are still able to do a great job of helping me keep my eyebrows neatly groomed each day.  The paint is black and they are not overly slippery which has been my experience with some other tweezers I have owned.  With  assistance from my magnifying mirror I am able to pluck the smallest stray hair. The blades are lined up evenly and there is no gap between them like I have found with some lower priced tweezers.

The best thing about these tweezers is that the end is also a brow comb.  I love that I can use just one tool to take care of my brows. This comes in handy especially while traveling because there isn't a need to pack a brow comb.  My new 42 BEES Slant Tip Tweezers have become a great addition to my travel bag as I have been spending a lot of weekends away recently.

I think these tweezers are a fantastic value at $7.42 on right now.  You can find them here.

I received a complimentary pair of 42 BEES Slant Tip Tweezers to review; all opinions are honest and my own.

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

aVo Essentials 100% Pure Lavender Essential Oil

I received a large 4 oz bottle of pure lavender essential oil to try from aVo Essentials. 

Over the past month I've really enjoyed using it in a number of different ways. I've made a calming room spray, linen spray, natural insect repellant and natural baby wipes.

I love that the bottle is so generous and that it comes with a glass dropper for easy measuring. It makes it so much easier to mix up all of the ingredients for my various concoctions while being careful; essential oils can be strong and without a dropper you can quickly use too much. 

I also appreciate that the product is 100% pure. With all of the different essential oils available online it can be hard to know if you are buying 100% pure essential oil. aVo says their lavender plants are grown without using pesticides, herbicides or other harmful additives. aVo also uses Bulgarian lavender which many consider to be sweeter and smoother than other lavender plants. I certainly agree that aVo's lavender oil smells light, sweet and fresh. 

It is available on and is a great value at $18.49 for the 4 oz. bottle.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Thai Deodorant Stone

I was very skeptical about this and deodorant crystals in general but I was wrong. I remember using a different deodorant crystal when I was in college but I don't think I was applying it correctly. I have been through just about every natural deodorant there is to buy and I have also made my own. They are all convincing with their explanations of ingredients but they don't work. I'm not a particularly sweaty or smelly person but I shower at night. Using all natural deodorants including the ones I made would leave me with the slightest hint of stink when I woke up. Not to mention burnt skin from baking soda. And a house full of beeswax, kaolin clay, essential oils etc. This is why I was suspicious of the Thai Deodorant Stone but I gave it a try. It kind of smells unpleasant itself but the smell does not transfer to the skin. I either wet it under the faucet or apply it while I'm still wet from the shower. The trick is to apply it in a much larger area than you'd typically apply traditional deodorant and to make sure to cover the area with several passes over. I haven't noticed a bit of stink at all even after exercising. I don't smell like anything. I reapply it in the morning as a just in case but have never had breakthrough stink overnight. I love it and hope it continues to work forever.

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

iPhone 6 Case

I had a chance to review Ravierri's clear iPhone 6 case.  I had been using a case I purchased from my phone carrier when I bought it and thought it was a bit bulky.

I liked this case for a lot of reasons.  It is very thin but provides protection for my phone while being clear.  I appreciate being able to see the color of the actual iPhone, not a design on the case.  I also really love that it is not slippery.  It's certainly not sticky but there is some grip to it so when I put it down in my car it isn't sliding all over as I drive.  The laser cuts for the phone ports are all cut perfectly.  I had no issues using chargers, headphones or using the camera and I know some less expensive cases have issues with the laser cuts.

One other positive I have noticed is that the case does not scratch.  I wasn't sure if it would dull and scratch and get beat up after use but I have not had that problem.  After several weeks of use it is still in great shape and crystal clear with no scratches. 

I only have one slight issue with the case.  I they cut it a bit small on the front.  The case stays on the phone just fine except when I pull it out of my pocket.  Then the case slips a little at the corners.  It seems if they had cut it to be a bit larger or cover just a tiny bit more of the front of the phone that it would not have this issue. Regardless it does offer a lip on the front of the phone that protects it if drops on its face.  Ravierri also provides a free screen protector film when they send you the case which is helpful to protect your investment.

All in all I am really enjoying the clear, minimalist and streamlined protection that this case offers for my iPhone 6. 

I received this case free to review for my honest opinion.

Monday, March 16, 2015

goPure Naturals Fractionated Coconut Oil

I was given the opportunity to test this new fractionated coconut oil for an unbiased review.  Up until now I have always used coconut oil that is solid at room temperature and melts when 78 degrees or warmer.

I like being able to use fractionated coconut oil because it stays in liquid form no matter what the temperature.  It has no smell and won't go rancid like other coconut oils.

I have been using this as my baby's exclusive moisturizer because it is so gentle, doesn't leave a greasy residue and can be blended with essential oils.  My son has a hard time falling asleep so I add a few drops of lavender to help calm him down after a bath and before bed and his skin is always so soft.

I have tried using it as a foot rub with a few drops of peppermint oil and slept with socks on to wake up to super soft feet.

You can even use this oil as a light hair oil, being careful to avoid applying to your roots.

The bottle is huge and is a good value for the money.  I think it will last me forever.

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This product was sent to me for my honest review.  These are my own opinions.

Pure Body Naturals Fractionated Coconut Oil-Large 16 oz bottle

I have been using coconut oil as a moisturizer for a long time.  I have always liked how it makes my skin so soft and that it is an all natural product that's good for you.  Coconut oil is supposed to have many benefits like being anti bacterial.  The one thing I haven't loved about using coconut oil moisturizer is that it either smells like coconut or is unscented.

I think I have a solution by using Pure Body Naturals' Fractionated Coconut Oil.  It is a large 16 oz bottle of coconut oil which stays liquified no matter what the temperature.  It doesn't solidify in colder temperatures.  The scent has also been removed.  

I have put a portion of the coconut oil in another container and have been using it mixed with lavender essential oil for a calming moisturizer before bed.  I love the smell and that as the label says is non greasy.  

You can also use this oil as a massage oil or in your hair.  The possibilities are endless depending on which essential oils you choose to mix with it.

I received this product free to try for my honest opinion.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Magnetic Screen Door

I have been looking for a product like this to use at our second home on the doorway that leads to the screen porch.  This magnetic screen door is the perfect solution.

It fits doors up to 36" wide and doesn't have any gaps where it is installed or where it connects together in the middle with magnets.  The mesh is a tight enough weave that it won't allow bugs into the house.

This will come in very handy since our 2 dogs love to come in and out of the screen porch freely. It also saves us the trouble and expense of having to buy and install a screen door in this location. 

The Magnetic Screen Door is a great solution for us and I can see also purchasing one for the door that leads to the garage.  It easily installs in about 10 minutes with included velcro and tacks. Other similar products I have seen don't have gapless install or magnets which allow bugs to fly in and out of your home. When you walk through the screen the magnets automatically close the mesh behind you which is fantastic for the dogs or if your hands are full.

I received this product to test for an unbiased review regardless I only recommend products I think will be helpful to readers.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Fox brim Advanced Formula Vitamin C Serum & Seaweed Complex Lotion

Foxbrim has been generous enough to send me samples of some of their products to test.  I recently tried their Advanced Formula Vitamin C Serum and their Seaweed Complex Lotion.  

The Advanced Formula Vitamin C Serum is a nice product that claims to help with anti-aging efforts and to boost collagen.  

Key Ingredients Include:

+ Vitamin C - Promote collagen formation while fighting against free radicals
+ Vitamin E - Essential antioxidant that helps protect and nourish skin
+ Amino Complex - Effective skin repair treatment to keep skin firm
+ Hyaluronic Acid - Unmatched natural moisturizer for plump and smooth skin

I found the serum easy to use and it made my skin feel smooth, hydrated and nourished.  

I used the serum in conjunction with Foxbrim's Seaweed Complex Lotion.  It is recommended that you use a moisturizer on top of serums with Hyaluronic Acid to seal in the moisture.  

The Seaweed Complex Lotion is also power packed with helpful ingredients to help keep your skin looking young and plump. 

Key Ingredients Include:

+ Phytochemicals - Effectively prevents premature aging of the skin. 
+ Polysaccharides - Essential building block for skin repair and renewal. 
+ Organic Spirulina (Blue Green Algae) - Reduce skin inflammation while boosting antioxidants and defending against free radicals. 
+ Hyaluronic Acid - Unmatched natural moisturizer for plump and smooth skin.

I like the fact that I can use these 2 products together and that I didn't experience any breakouts or dryness from using them.  I noticed some red spots on my face seemed to heal  faster than usual after using this regimen of serum and moisturizer for 2 weeks.  

Although I really enjoyed the scent I felt it was a bit too masculine for me and have passed the remainder of the bottle onto my husband so he can use it.  

I received both of these products free in exchange for my unbiased opinion.  I only recommend products I feel will benefit my readers.

Naturalico Vitamin C Serum


I was sent a free sample of Vitamin C 20% Serum to test from Naturalico. 

Lately I have been sampling a lot of Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid serums to fight the signs of aging.  Winter in the Midwest is especially harsh on my skin and I am up to try just about anything to help.  Naturalico's Vitamin C Serum is a helpful resource as I felt it protected my skin; keeping it firm and hydrated.  

This Vitamin C Serum is made with natural ingredients like pure sea buckthorn oil, organic hyaluronic acid and organic rosehip oil.  This is one of the only Vitamin C serums that claims to use 72% organic ingredients which I imagine is much better for you than synthetic ingredients.

It is odorless and colorless and is a thin consistency.  The instructions say to shake well to avoid the ingredients separating and to apply a moisturizer after use.

As I mentioned I received this sample for free for my unbiased opinion. I only recommend products I feel will be helpful to my readers.