Monday, June 29, 2015

Silicon Wedding Ring for Men

Here is my husband posing with his new silicone wedding ring. We have been together for almost 15 years, and he has never worn a ring for me. He hates the metal ones because it makes him feel like he can't squeeze his fingers together without it getting in the way. So when I got the opportunity to try this ring, I asked him if he would be ok with wearing it.

He said he would try.

And he did.

For a day.

You see, he works with his hands. His hobby is woodworking and he makes gorgeous pieces of furniture. And so that is why he was willing to try this silicon ring.

But we ran into another issue. The "rubber" silicon makes his finger sweaty. He hates his hands sweaty so it makes him feel uncomfortable. We went for a walk in the semi-hot evening sun and he could barely take it anymore. He said he would wear it for me, but he didn't like it.

He is the most picky man ever, but that is why he chose an AMAZING WIFE!! :)

So, let me tell you a bit about this ring. It is said to be high quality, made from medical hypoallergenic silicone rubber. I did not know there were different types of silicone but it makes sense.

The medical grade silicone is non-conductive and 100% chemically inert. It isn't going to leach toxins into your skin, and if you wear it, you won't ever have to worry about getting the ring off during an accident when your fingers swell.

It is ultralight, and goes up to men's size 12. That is my husband's size so thankfully it fit him.

I don't think this would be a replacement for a real wedding band (my husband's wedding band is in a drawer, tucked safely away). Instead, this would be a GREAT token to wear when you are working with heavy machinery or industrial equipment, when you are camping or hiking, when you are running a marathon, etc. Any place you don't want to risk injuring yourself or losing your ring.

Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser

The Gentle Breezes™ ultrasonic essential oil diffuser is pretty neat. It is very sturdy and has a new water retainer design and an interchangeable ceramic disk. When you buy it you also get a BONUS eBOOK: Best Essential Oil Diffuser Blends and Recipes to get the best aromatherapy results using your favorite essential oils.

Right now I am using my "thieves" blend to help prevent sickness. I teach Sunday School at church and the kids cough, and sneeze and pick their noses. So I am extra cautious about preventing illness.

Some other favorite scents to use in the diffuser are pink grapefruit, lime, frankincense, lemongrass and lemon.

I now have diffusers for 3 rooms of the house, so I don't have to move them around if I don't want to.

This Gentle Breeze diffuser combines the essential oil and water into a pleasant fragrant mist. The water is not heated for evaporation so the essential oils keep their therapeutic benefits giving you the ultimate aromatherapy effect. That is why it is important to not heat the essential oils.

It also refreshes the air and relieves sinus irritation, dry cough, flu symptoms, and dry skin. Great for daily use.. The diffuser can take citrus oils and other various heavy oils so you can use it extensively for repelling mosquitoes during summer months.

My favorite oil to use to repel mosquitoes is catnip oil, it is 10x better than DEET and is safe and non-toxic. Plus, your cat will LOVE you!

Whether at the office or in your home let the ultrasonic diffuser whisk your cares away and leave you with an uplifting experience. Easily covers 250 to 300 square feet of aroma space.
The Gentle Breezes Aroma Diffuser is whisper quiet and energy efficient. The unit comes with a 120 ml water tank which supplies 7+ hours of continuous aromatic relaxation. Most important of all the auto shut-off function kicks in when water runs out. 100% BPA Free.

All you do is take the lid off, fill it to the line with water, and add some essential oils to the water. Then, put the lid back on, plug it in, and turn it on. You can change colors or even turn the light element off if you want.

The Gentle Breezes™ aroma diffuser also functions as a mood or night-light with 7 interchangeable soft LED colors, which can easily be turned on or off. It is a lightweight unit, durable and great to take along with you when you travel.

The ultrasonic diffuser is safe to use around children, pets and the elderly.

You can get yours today for under $50 HERE.

Raspberry Ketones For Weight Loss

I just started using these raspberry ketones, in hopes that they will help initiate a 25-lb weight loss that I want to achieve before summer is over! Research has shown that raspberry ketones burn fat and help lose weight.

So I will try using these for a month and see how they work. I am shooting for 10 lbs this month gone!

It has been said that they give you energy. That is something I am sorely lacking so I look forward to it. Severe adrenal fatigue is what I have known for the past years, and I want to be healthy and have energy to accomplish all the things that I want to do.

Raspberry Ketones proven powerful extract breaks down fat and helps your body burn calories by boosting your metabolism. maximize your weight loss by targeting fat stores from all over the body and get thinner and slimmer without having to eat any less.

These Raspberry Ketones have only all-natural ingredients with no additives, fillers, colorings, or preservatives, following strict GMP manufacturing rules. taking them is perfectly safe with zero side effects, no jitters, no nausea and no headaches. top of the line and best quality that you will certainly appreciate.


Saturday, June 27, 2015

This Hori Hori Knife - Cross Between Knife and Gardening Trowel

When I received this hori hori "knife" and took it out of the package, my husband thought it was a gift for him! It was sheathed and as I took it out, from across the room he said "that is cool!" but then I turned it over and showed him that it was a trowel for the garden.

Nonetheless, it looks pretty "wicked" (in slang terms!) It is very sturdy and is long (7.5" blade). It isn't small, for sure. It is made of stainless steel with a mirror polish finish. It won't rust! It has a straight knife edge, and a serrated edge. It can get through roots if needed!

I have plans for this -- I LOVE gardening and love the feel of the soil beneath my hands. This would be great for splitting daylilies, hostas and other perennials that need to be split every couple years.

This also will be good to help with planting bulbs in the fall. It has a depth scale (ruler) marked on one side so you don't have to guess to know how deep you are digging your hole.

I like how sturdy and tough it feels in my hands. It isn't heavy and it has a nice textured handle to keep a firm grip on without slipping. You can even use it with gloves.

As well as gardening, this "knife" is great to take with you when camping, hunting, or fishing. 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Liposomal Vitamin C

I first realized how important Liposomal vitamin C is about a year ago when the Ebola outbreak created an uproar and spread fear into everyone. I read about how it can collapse your veins throughout your body like a horrible case of scurvy (paraphrasing). And that doing an IV C therapy or liposomal C would be a good defense.

The reason why liposomal vitamin C is so awesome is that you are able to absorb almost ALL of it -- upwards of 90% or more! Regular Vitamin C pills maybe allow you to absorb 15-20% if you are lucky. So, in order to get enough you have to take a lot more, causing diarrhea!

This is perfect for keeping in your home medicine cabinet for those times when you feel like dying from the flu!

This Liposomal Vitamin C from NanoNutro offers 60 servings that are 1250mg worth of vitamin C. It is delicious tasting -- most liposomal C is disgusting. Even my homemade kind, I cannot take it! I think "I am starting to feel sick so I am going to make some liposomal C to combat this cold that is coming on" and then I make it (with an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner) so that I can take it, and then I never take it. It is THAT BAD. What is the benefit of being able to make it yourself if you can't stomach it? Even hiding it in a smoothie doesn't work.

But this stuff is DELICIOUS. Super easy to take. It's best to leave things to the professionals, like NanoNutro.


There are many benefits of Vitamin C. These include: protection against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, promotes bone health, cartilage, teeth, gums, connective tissue, may help prevent prenatal health problems and eye disease. It even has anti-aging benefits!

It is just over 10 oz and has 60 servings. Enough for up to 2 months for one person!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Warm Lemon Water in the Morning

Every morning I have a ritual. It includes drinking a small glass (4 oz about) of salt water sole' (I put two teaspoons of the sole' into a glass and put some water into it, and drink, this is for my adrenal health). (read this article from Wellness Mama on the benefits of sole')

Then, I happily make my lemon water. I always look forward to this because it is so delicious and makes me feel good. Besides the taste, there are so many health benefits.

To make it easier, I buy 5 lbs of organic lemons at a single time.

Then I juice them all and put the juice into these ice cube trays.They are super easy to pop the cubes out after they are frozen. I fill them all up with the lemon juice from 5 lbs of lemons.

Once frozen, I put the lemon ice cubes into a freezer bag.

Each morning I grab a "lemon cube", add a teeny bit of stevia, and a shake of organic cayenne pepper, then use my purified hot water tap to fill my mug about half way. The water is hot and quickly melts the lemon cube. I swish it around and then add a teeny bit of cold water so that my lemon water is warm. Not lukewarm, but not hot. In between.

This is my drink of choice to sip for the first 30 minutes of work. (I work from home so I have an easy commute! But I have set hours {6:30am to 3:30pm} so I am in my office, working, not playing around!).

Then around 9am, I make my bulletproof raw cacao, and by 10am I have a protein shake with moringa powder.

The benefits of drinking lemon water first thing in the morning include:

1. helps your digestion and liver
2. helps keep you regular
3. gives you a morning energy boost!
4. it may increase your metabolism
5. contains some vitamin C
6. may help prevent UTIs

And I add a little bit of cayenne for that extra boost for my metabolism.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Paracord Bracelet and "Grenade" Review

All my friends know I am big on emergency preparedness. I grew up in California and learned earthquake drills before kindergarten. I survived the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989 and have since tried to follow FEMA's recommendations for a 72-hour kit. This includes the bare necessities in an easy to grab bag, in case you have to evacuate or leave your house on a moment's notice -- due to a natural disaster: earthquake, fire, tornado, hurricane, flooding, etc.

Think Hurricane Katrina. Remember all the issues that people had when they evacuated to the Superdome? Things would have been so much better if everyone brought a 72 hour kit.

Anyway, I recently got this Paracord Grenade and Paracord Bracelet. It is so neat! It is a 2-piece set for only $14.99 and includes a ton of things you wouldn't believe unless I told you! Super easy to just clip on to your 72 hour kit, and wear the bracelet on your wrist.

Can you imagine that these little items can ensure that you and your family have the necessary tools to survive, find help, catch fish, or build shelter. They are equipped with everything to assist you during an unexpected night in the wilderness. Never go camping or hiking without one again!

Here's all the things included in this 2-piece set:

And here is a infographic that shows you how it is all fit together as a survival kit.

Isn't it cool? I am glad I have this product and will definitely carry it with me in my 72 hour kit.

Fruit Basket With Banana Hanger

This fruit basket is awesome! I received it the other day and immediately cleaned up my kitchen counters by putting my existing fruit in it (I set it on my table for the picture below).

Now we will be eating more fruit. The first thing my husband said was "put some fruit on your shopping list." Yum! It is nice how just having fruit available on the counter makes you eat it more.

The basket is sturdy and solid. It is larger than I anticipated, as you can see the picture is holding about 4 lbs of potatoes and 3 lbs of lemons. We only had 2 bananas left, so that is all that is in the picture.

I am excited. When we moved back to the states from Panama earlier this year, I had to leave a lot of my kitchen items behind. My fruit basket was one of them. I have been meaning to get one again for the past 5 months. It is on sale at Amazon now so click the link above and get it!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

My first experience using CBD oil internally

I moved to Colorado earlier this year, from Panama. Marijuana is legal for recreational use here. That is not the reason we moved here, but I was extremely interested in its medicinal purposes. I have made cannabis oil for external use and have seen mainly good results. Except that when it has THC in it I seem to get jittery (even from topical use!) But I am not qualified to make it for internal use (I don't know how). So I was happy to get this CBD oil for internal use!

It is legal in all 50 states. You can purchase it online here: and they will ship it to you.

Benefits of CBD.

 There are SO many health benefits that you can get from using CBD oil.

While THC (the main property of marijuana) are psychoactive, the main property of CBD is not. It is not a stimulant in any way. It can be used for nausea and vomiting (while this may help with morning sickness, they mention to not use while nursing or pregnant, probably for liability reasons!).

It also can be used to suppress seizure activity and also can be used as an anti-psychotic.

It can help as an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant, and can help with neurodegenerative disorders.

Some studies have even said that it can help kill tumors and cancer cells, which is fantastic!

And the benefits I am hoping to achieve are to help with anxiety and insomnia.

I admit the first time I tried it, I was a bit nervous. I tried taking a marijuana pill internally, as the "budtender" at the dispensary told me it would help with insomnia and anxiety. Instead, I was on the verge of calling 911 because my heart was palpitating so much and my blood pressure skyrocketed to 180/125. My pulse was 130!

So I started this with trepidation, as you can imagine. I am even wary about using anything with THC in it topically, so I do it sparingly on my hip bursitis pain.

But, as I was told, it did NOT have any negative effect on me. My heart did not start to race and I actually enjoyed the taste. (It is unflavored but has a mild sweet taste because of the stevia).

If you are sick, you should try it out. Especially if you have any chronic illness.

memory foam pillow

A few years ago we moved out of the country, and my husband's favorite pillow, a memory foam pillow, was left behind.

Now we are back in the states, and we got this new one.  It came packaged with an eye pillow and two sets of ear plugs for a restful night's sleep.

It is supposed to help keep you from tossing throughout the night and waking up un-rested. And it may help with neck or shoulder discomfort as well.

This memory foam pillow is made from German memory foam material that keeps its shape over time. It molds to your head but is hard enough to provide support. It has a granulated surface, eliminating perspiration and stimulating air flow.

It is designed to support your head to reduce snoring and take away back pain.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Collapsible travel dog bowls

I received this (3) pack of collapsible travel pet bowls. The Amazon page listed them for small to medium dogs. My dog is large, as you can tell by the picture, and so they don't work for him, unfortunately. I took the picture on their Amazon listing, and compared it to what I actually received. While these are decent quality, I really got a laugh about the size (although I read the listing and should have been able to convert the dimensions in my head).

They are made of high quality food grade silicone, which I love. I have some baking mats and other kitchen items made out of silicone and I have been pleased.

You can use these for food or water. But please remember that they are SMALL. I am now going to be using them for my cat as she is the right size for them -- she is about 13 lbs.  They are only 5" in diameter and 2" high. So that is the size you are looking at when using these.

Fits in your Pocket, Purse, Backpack or Glove Box, and is dishwasher safe.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Rawhide Bones For My Dog

I love giving my dog treats, and when an opportunity arises to review products for him, he is a willing participant. So we requested to try something fun for him.

In this case, we received 20 medium rawhide bones. They are probably better for a small dog. Aegis is around 90 lbs and when he carries one in his mouth it barely sticks out on each side.

Nonetheless, he acts like a crazy pupping jumping all around and attacking the rawhide. Then he rolls on it. And tosses it up in the air, and then shakes his head too and fro (ferociously) and finally settles in to chew it up.

My plan is to give him one of these occasionally, not every day. I do not know where they were made (I asked the company but they didn't respond) and when I asked what the ingredients were, they told me that they were made with the highest quality materials available. I have no clue what that means. If I lived in a cave, I wouldn't have many materials available to me so maybe I would use a leaf as toilet paper. That made me suspicious.

They say it is all natural rawhide. Ok, that is fine with me, but what are the ingredients? (They finally got back to me and said it is rawhide. That is it. No other ingredients. I am a dunce because I don't know what rawhide is... from beef? pork? I honestly don't know!!)

They also said it was the best taste ever. Ok. Compared to what? Everything in the world? My dog really likes a good t-bone steak and I am guessing he would choose that over this rawhide.

They said there were no artificial colors or flavors.

But I still don't know where they were made or what the ingredients are. Except that they are rawhide.

And I am ok with things that aren't perfect, but I do appreciate transparency. So, I am going to use these as if they are an occasional treat for my dog. Not every day. Maybe once or twice a week.

He sure does like them!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Many Uses For Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon essential oil is one of the few "must have" essential oils in my household. I use it for so many things (almost everything except for ingestion!)

You should NOT drink a drop of lemon oil in water in the morning like many EO consultants tell you to do! The ONLY times you should ingest essential oils are when you are under the care of a certified aromatherapist who knows your background and health history, or a naturopathic doctor with essential oil knowledge -- and even then it should be for a very short time, for acute issues. And properly. NEVER take an essential oil mixed with WATER! Ack! Nope. Oil and water doesn't mix, so it is the same as if you put the essential oil directly in your mouth and swallowed. Water does NOT offer any dilution of an EO. Besides, one drop is the equivalent of up to 75 cups of tea -- one drop!! Would you ever drink 75 cups of lemon tea for any reason? Craziness!

Ok, off my rant and back to the matter at hand.... all the wonderful things you can do with lemon essential oil!

My favorite of course is cleaning. Lemon essential oil is one of the number one cleaning tools in my house. I use it to make my basic counter top spray of distilled white vinegar, water and lemon essential oil. Put it in a spray bottle and you have window cleaner, counter top cleaner, wall cleaner, and any other surface area you want cleaned. Even your bathroom!

For a heavier duty clean I use a spray bottle with miracle soap and water, and lemon essential oil.

For a scrub I mix up baking soda, water and lemon essential oil. This is for dirtier areas that also require more elbow grease.

And lemon is one of my favorite essential oils to diffuse, as it is very uplifting and energizing. I have 3 essential oil diffusers for different areas in my house.

With LaLune Natural's lemon oil, you not only get 4 oz of 100% pure oil, but you get a free ebook with recipes as well!

Lemon essential oil blends well with many other essential oils, especially lavender and bergamot.