Secret® Clinical Strength Deodorant Review

Sunday, April 20, 2014

I'm not afraid to admit that I need to use deodorant - in fact I need to use deodorant and antiperspirant. I used the same deodorant/antiperspirant for most of my life, until one day it just wasn't working anymore.

Something about my body chemistry had changed and I went on the hunt for a new deodorant. I tried many brands, unsuccessfully, until I found Secret® Clinical Strength. It worked great for me. Now Secret® Clinical strength is available in two new forms – Clear Gel and Invisible Solid!

I was given an opportunity to try these new forms, and I jumped at it. To be fair, I am very, very happy with the Secret® Clinical Strength in solid form and I have almost perfected the art of not getting it on my clothing.

What did I think?
Both of the new varieties of Secret® Clinical Strength worked great. They both did "the job" and I was happy with their performance. I prefer the invisible solid to the clear gel because I didn't like the feeling of (wetness) of the clear gel. It reminds me of how I refuse to use gel toothpaste and only prefer the "paste."

That being said, I enjoyed not having any "evidence" of my deodorant when I was wearing tank tops this past week (it's in the 40s now so it's basically summer!)

Interested in trying it for yourself?

You can find Secret® products at your local Walmart store,,  or online at

Disclosure: I received a Walmart gift card in order to purchase the products for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Belitae Fresh-C Vitamin C Serum

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

If you read any women's magazines or watch any health related television, then you've surely seen an emphasis on Vitamin C and hyaluronic acid for improving aging skin. Belitae Fresh-C vitamin C serum is a good choice for a Vitamin C Serum. 

The one major drawback of Vitamin C serums is the fact that Vitamin C degrades in light, and quickly!

The FRESH-C Vitamin C Serum is formulated with the proven highly active form of Vit C called "STAY C-50". This Vitamin C is converted to Ascorbic Acid by your cells providing the added benefit of remaining fresh in the bottle until absorbed by your skin.

Vitamin C can help stimulate collagen production, reduce spots and age marks, and brighten your skin.

I used it for 2 weeks before writing this review and found it to be very helpful. It does feel sticky, which is not what I'm used to in a facial product, but it goes on smooth enough and completely absorbs into your skin, not leaving any stickiness on my face.

The biggest benefits I have seen are an increased thickness to my skin, a slight reduction in wrinkles, a huge improvement in hydration (no more dry patches!) and a significant decrease in my freckles/age spots.

I am a huge fan and I would buy it again.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

HangerJack Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

My children cringe whenever we walk past the organization section of any retail store because I always have to stop and look. I am obsessed with storage bins, organizing, etc. Yet, I'm one of the most disorganized people....

Either way, I still love it. And when I saw this picture of the HangerJack being used in a garage, I knew I had to try it:

I detest clutter, and the idea of getting everything off the ground and up onto the walls is exciting to me. We have a few hooks that do the job well enough, but the HangerJack can do a few things that the hooks can't do.

The first thing it does is look decent. Hooks work but are a little aesthetically lacking.

This is what the HangerJack looks like:

The second thing that makes it different is it's ability to fold down (and out of the way!!)

You can use it to hang up bikes, shovels, leaf blowers, hoses, extension cords, small ladders, skis, camping supplies....or you could use it to hang clothes on hangers:

What did I think of it? 

I thought it was pretty awesome. It looked nice, was easy to assemble and is extremely useful. I wish it could hold more than 50 lbs, but realistically, I don't know that I have anything over 50 lbs that needs hanging.

I would definitely buy it again.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Vertical Tactical Grip Review

Friday, April 4, 2014

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Are you in the market for a Tactical ForeGrip?  If you are, you don't have to spend a ton of money to get a high quality foregrip that's built to last.

We had the opportunity to review the Vertical Tactical Foregrip. It's a high quality, but inexpensive, item that can make all the difference to your aim and comfort while shooting.

This particular foregrip is under $20 (you can find it here: and is built to last.

As you can see from the photo above, it really has only a few parts. You might pinch your skin between some of the parts during assembly, but if you're careful, the entire process from set up to use should be really easy.

All in all, if you are looking for a quality foregrip at an affordable price, I would definitely recommend this.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Nature's Best Vitamin C Serum Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
In the past month, I have read 2 books on healthy skin. Both of them recommend vitamin C serum for improving the tone and health of your skin. I recently had the opportunity to review Nature's Best Vitamin C Serum and am hopeful for good results.

The ingredients are high quality, it goes on smoothly, and it has a high concentration of vitamin C.

I have only been using the product for a few weeks, but I already feel like my skin is thicker (a big deal for pale thin skinned people like me!) and fuller. My skin is prone to becoming dull and riddles with little lines. This serum seems to plump my skin up, maybe temporarily, but I like the aesthetic effects.

It also smells good and comes in an appropriate (light proof and air tight) container. I would highly recommend it.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

The Grow Your Own Food Handbook

Monday, March 31, 2014

Want to grow your own garden but don't know how to get started? The Grow Your Own Food Handbook is a "start to finish" guide on how to grow just about anything that's easy to grow in most North American backyards.

I wish I had this book when I first started out gardening. It really takes you through the beginning to the end. From soil preparation to harvest.

For someone like me that has been gardening for years (sometimes unsuccessfully!) there isn't a lot of new information. I've conducted thousands of google searches regarding garden topics/issues, read a ton of books, and had a lot of hands on experience.

But with all that knowledge, I would say this book is a very complete guide. My only recommendation - allow it to get ruined.

That means: bring it out to the garden with you. Hold it open with a rock and let it teach you every step of the way. Let it get full of mud and ripped a little.  I know that sounds sacrilegious, but I think it would be the best way to learn. Personally, I would have read it, ran outside to get started, forgot something, ran back in the house, washed my hands, read it again, moved on to a new step, had a question, ran back into the house.... Great for calorie burning, horrible for progress.

If you are starting a garden this year - congratulations and good luck. If you need a guide to help you every step of the way (or even in just one area like exact directions on how to plant, water, and feed each type of plant) then you'll get a lot from this book.

* I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions expressed are my own and no compensation was received. If you are interested in receiving my (read but not really "used") copy of this book, send me an email. If it has been 30 days or less since I posted the article, I may still have the book. I do not keep most review items but give them away to readers, strangers, and charities. I abhor clutter, so I don't keep them for long. Most items are claimed quickly, but it's always worth an email if you are interested.

Edible Mushrooms: Safe to Pick, Good to Eat Book Review

Sunday, March 30, 2014

When I received an offer to review "Edible Mushrooms: Safe to Pick, Good to Eat" I was instantly interested. I love mushrooms and have tried unsuccessfully to propagate my own.

I also read foraging guides and feel like I know a lot about wild plants - but almost nothing about mushrooms. I thought this book would be a good guide to identifying safe mushrooms - but I was wrong. It was SO much more.

This book is my hands down favorite book of the year. It's straight forward. The pictures rock! It's both fascinating and absolutely scary at the same time!

I give away 99% of the books I review (to blog readers, friends, strangers, charities) because I do not like clutter and I feel like sharing the love (even for books I really like,) but I HAVE to keep this book.

This book would be a great field guide to identifying most edible mushrooms. It also makes a great coffee table book. Imagine the conversations that would start when someone opens up this book - a look of awe and fear in their eyes.

You can't imagine it, because you haven't looked inside. But once you do, you'll see what I mean.

The only drawback? I just finished this book while there is snow on the ground and I want to go out looking right now. I will most likely never eat a wild mushroom (until I find a local guide that can assure it's safety) but I want to hunt out their locations and know everything about them. I know where many wild food and medicinal plants are located in our area that would prove useful in an emergency situation. I have no plans to use that information, but I am so happy to have it.

Bottom line - this is a great book. I am keeping it. If you have slightest interest in mushrooms, you will probably like it. If you don't have an interest in mushrooms, I recommend you read the July/August 2013 Discover Magazine article on the amazing world of mushrooms and you just might change your mind. Or look up the nutritional benefits of mushrooms and you'll probably appreciate them a lot more.

* I received a complimentary copy of the book for review purposes. I was not compensated for this post and all opinions expressed are my own.

Taste of Nature Bars Review

Sunday, March 23, 2014

We had the opportunity to review Taste of Nature bars and I am embarrassed to say we ate them all in one day. They are so much better than "granola bars" or any of the bars on the market. I would absolutely pack these on a hiking trip, vacation, and for after school snacks.

I am also replacing my usual "emergency stash" of granola bars with these.

Why do I like them so much?
Obviously, the ingredients are everything you would hope for in a healthy snack. Each bar is 100% organic and contain ingredients like nuts, honey, fruit.

Looking at the bars, you can see each individual ingredient. You can see the honey, the nuts, the pomegranate pieces, etc.
And most importantly, they taste amazing!!!

What would I change?
They are not sold in my state!! Not at stores anyway. Since I have tried a few of the flavors, I will buy them in larger packs on Amazon (hello Canadian Maple Forest!)

Would I buy these?
Yes. I will be buying them. Even though they are not super long term storage foods, I will be replacing the granola bars in our emergency preparedness storage with these. I will just have to rotate them more frequently.

The plus side - we will actually want to eat these instead of suffering through dry granola bars because they are about to expire.

What type of flavors do they come in?
California Almond Valley
Canadian Maple Forest
Himalayan Goji Summit
Brazilian Nut Fiesta
Persian Pomegranate Garden
Quebec Cranberry Carnival
Niagra Apple Country
and many more!

*We received complimentary samples for review purposes. No compensation was received and all opinions expressed are my own.

Advanced Mineral Perfecting Concealer Review

Friday, March 21, 2014

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

I am no stranger to concealer. Nature blessed me with very dark under-eye circles and skin that stays red for hours after any irritation. Oh the benefits of being light skinned...

I have been using concealers since my teen years, and I've tried almost every type. Sticks, wands, yellows, greens, minerals, and more.

Advanced Mineral Perfecting Concealer is reportedly used on many sitcom sets by head makeup artists.  Who wouldn't want the chance to conceal like a celebrity? So I sent in my skin tone and the Advanced Mineral Perfecting Concealer arrived on my door.
What did I think?
I was surprised at how much it resembled and behaved like most other concealers I have ever used.

Did it cover my dark circles and red splotches?
Yes. It did a fine job covering my imperfections.

Did it cake or dry out?
No. It stayed put and did not get cakey.

What makes it different?
I was wondering this myself. In application, it felt and looked like every wand concealer I have ever used. The big differences were: 1. It did not get cakey. This is HUGELY important. 2. It contains Vitamin E, grapeseed oil, shea butter, and hylaronic acid - all hydrators, so it may be beneficial for skin.

Would you buy it again?
Yes. I liked it. I wasn't "blown away" by it, but it worked and I like that it has quality hydrators in it, so it might actually be beneficial to my skin while I'm wearing it.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Bulu Box Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
These days there are subscription delivery boxes for almost every need - educational activities for kids, cosmetics, and even health/fitness. The Bulu Box is a subscription box for health and wellness.

Each month, you will receive a Bulu Box with 4-5 vitamin and supplement samples for around $10 with free shipping. When you are finished with the samples, you can rate them and earn points (that translate into dollars) to use on full size product purchases.

I received a Bulu Box for review on this blog. Here is a look at the box I received:
What did I think of the box? 
I have never used a subscription box service, so this was the first one to arrive on my door. Initially, I was kind of unhappy with the size of the samples and the selection. There was only one item I would use, and one that my husband might use.

Even though this box did not do it for me, I like the idea of trying smaller sizes before you commit to buying a large package of something.

Was it worth $10?
Maybe. If you would have bought a whole package of the energy sticks, it would cost $65. What if you didn't like them and spent $65 on the whole shebang? It would be much better to try it for $10 and find out that way whether you liked it or not.

You can review the products you tried and earn points. Each product review is worth 10 points, so the 6 in my box would net 60 points or $6 off a full size product at You could do this every month and use the points you earn to get full size versions of the products you love at a discount.

Would I sign up for a bulubox?
No.  I wouldn't purchase any subscription box service. Even though I have purchased many full size products, only to be disappointed; I really, really do not like the mystery aspect of getting a box full of random products. I like to be in control of the products I buy, and not knowing what is coming is too much for me. Yes, one month might be an unbelievable assortment of great things, but I can't take the chance. I'm just not a gambler. I'm also not any fun, so make up your own mind.

If you would like to try Bulu Box, use the following codes to save even more:

  • Purchase a 3 month subscription and get your first Bulu Box FREE with code: JUMPONIT3
  • Purchase a 6 month subscription and get your first 3 months FREE with code: JUMPONIT6
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.