Getting Started with the FiberChoice 30-Day Get Picky Challenge

Thursday, July 24, 2014



When you think "Fiber" do you think about going to the bathroom? Yep, that's my initial impression too. Except, I never really thought much about fiber. I'm one of those people that loves to eat fruits and vegetables. Really!
**the secret** butter makes all veggies taste like heaven.

So, I guess I never really needed fiber - or extra fiber - in my diet. It's not that way for many Americans. I know children that had to have their bowel movements extracted at the doctor because their diets were so low in fiber. I have friends that spend hours on the toilet and every time they have to use the bathroom is painful and scary.

You never want that to be you. And it used to never be me...then somehow I became anemic. My life was scary and full of icky symptoms. So I had to start taking iron supplements. My anemia slowly improved, but increasing iron concentrations in my blood, did something very sad to my bathroom habits.

Suddenly, I was the girl in the bathroom for an hour. What!!!?? I wasn't prepared for it. It was actually kind of scary. Some of you may have experience with constipation but it was new for me. In either case, it's not a good way to live.

So I started looking for products to help with my new problem.

Finding a product to help was different than I expected. First of all, nobody is watching while you pick out fiber products in the store. The cashier doesn't care why your buying them, and they are all pretty easy to take. Except, I don't like any of the drinks and swallowing pills is hard for me.

So when I had the opportunity to join the FiberChoice 30-Day Get Picky Challenge and try one of the new FiberChoice chewable products, I jumped at the chance.

I was given the FiberChoice Fruity Bites to review. My first thoughts - Yay, chewable!!  The product is super straight forward. I have been taking them for a few days and really like them. They are so easy to use and taste okay.  I will write another article to chronicle my experience with the product in a few weeks.

Disclosure: I received complimentary product and compensation for my participation in the FiberChoice 30-Day Get Picky Challenge. All opinions expressed are my own and should not be deemed as medical advice.



Foxbrim 100% Argan Oil review

Friday, July 18, 2014


Argan oil is my new favorite...everything oil. I use it for my skin, my hair, my face, my feet...

I have been very fortunate to be able to review 100% Organic Pure Moroccan Argan Oil from Foxbrim. This is a very high quality, organic oil.

For those of you not familiar with Argan oil or using oils in general, you should consider Argan oil to be a lot like olive oil except that it has a lighter smell and absorbs better into your skin.

People in Morocco eat Argan oil with their bread and put it on their skin. I have been using it to soothe my skin after being in the sun or bathing. I use it on my neck and face. I use it on myself and my children. I even use it in my hair (sparingly.)

It's a fantastic oil. It's light and absorbs well into the skin. My only complaint about the UNi oil is the size of the bottle. If you want to give it a try, 2oz is fine, but once you've used it a couple times, you'll realize that you need a much larger bottle. Or you'll want to order 2 at once.

If you're worried about the cost, realize that this one product will replace so many others. You'll probably never want to buy "lotions" again. I don't think I ever will.

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

Foxbrim Hyaluronic Acid Serum review



Foxbrim Hyaluronic Acid serum is a quality serum for fighting the signs of aging. I found it to be very hydrating and have a noticeable plumping effect on fine lines and wrinkles. It also seemed to make my skin thicker.

I use it as a nightly serum but also after times of skin damage: for example, after sun exposure and following derma rolling or acid peels.

The bottle is pretty small but should have you an indication of whether you like the product and then you can order accordingly for your monthly needs.

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

AzureNaturals Ultimate Vitamin C serum review



I have enjoyed reviewing AzureNaturals Ultimate Vitamin C serum  and found it to be a very good vitamin c serum. Like other natural vitamin c products, it comes in a brown bottle with dropper to to minimize light exposure/degradation.

It goes on smoothly and left my skin smooth and well hydrated. I have had trouble skin all my life and now feel like my skin actually looks healthy.

You have the option of 2 bottle sizes and in this case, you may want to start with the smaller bottle to be sure you will use the entire bottle in a month's time. Vitamin C does not last a long time and you want to use the newest/freshest vitamin c possible. I personally use 2 oz in about 35 days, but I use it liberally on all of my skin, not just face.

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

Azure Naturals Ultimate Hyaluronic Acid Serum Review



AzureNaturals Ultimate Hyaluronic anti aging serum is a quality serum for fighting the signs of aging. I found it to be very hydrating and have a noticeable plumping effect on fine lines and wrinkles. It also seemed to make my skin thicker.

I use it as a nightly serum but also after times of skin damage: for example, after sun exposure and following derma rolling or acid peels.

This is a quality brand and I would highly recommend it. Since it comes in two bottle sizes, I would recommend the larger 2 oz bottle.


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

Weight Loss Review - Free 14 day trial

Friday, July 11, 2014



I missed the boat on getting "swimsuit ready" this spring, so I'm more motivated than ever to get my body back into ideal shape. It had been 2 years since I last exercised, and my pantry was loaded with all the wrong foods. I had made a big mistake. Once summer started, I slowly started exercising and ridding the house of junk food.

To be honest, it was a lot harder to get into the groove than I expected. In fact, I think I kind of messed my body chemistry after 2 years of "what-evs" and I was paying the price.

I had to not only get into the fitness groove and start cooking better meals, I had to look at supplements to bring my vitamin/mineral reserves back into balance. Plus, I had to readjust my body's gastric flora.

Over the last 2 years, poor food choices and stress made my tummy a disaster (in more ways than one!)

I started using probiotics again to rebalance my gut flora and I saw night and day improvement. I had to take multivitamins for awhile to improve my iron levels. And I had to get the toxic load of 2 years of junky eating out of my system. I was making good (but slow) progress.

Of course I still have a long way to go, and recently had the opportunity to try ProbioSlim. It's a weight loss product that combines natural ingredients to improve your weight loss success.

As the name implies, it contains probiotics. Probiotics can make a huge difference in how you feel, and of course help with weight loss.

ProbioSlim also contains LactoSpore which is paired with greentea leaf complex to help in weight loss.

I'm not a fan of taking "weight loss supplements" so having natural weight loss supplements  is very important to me.

Since I currently take probiotics, I didn't notice a huge change in my stomach health or bathroom behavior. I did, however, notice an increase in energy. That not only helps me get through the day and all of it's stresses, but also makes exercise a little easier.

If you haven't used probiotics, you'll want to look into it. It can do amazing things for your overall health. Ever since my kids started taking probiotics, they haven't had to go to the doctor for anything but yearly check-ups. They used to have 2-3 ear infections each year - even as elementary age children!

Using probiotics on vacation allows us to travel without getting ill when we visit friends or try out new cuisines. They decreased so much of the tummy troubles that used to ail me.

Probiotics have changed my life. I'm so annoyed that I wasted 2 years not caring for my health. I didn't exercise. I didn't eat well. And of course, I didn't take my probiotics.

Well, those days are over. I have been exercising semi-regularly for the last 2 months, am eating fewer junky options. I'm also using ProbioSlim to help jump start my progress  to burn fat and achieve the goal of getting my health back.

If you want to try ProbioSlim, you can try a riskfree 14 day sample of ProbioSlim digestion aid by heading here:

Disclosure: I received a complimentary sample of ProbioSlim and compensation for taking part in this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Azure Naturals Ulitmate Retinol Anti Wrinkle Serum Review



I have been loving the newest Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid serums, but was desperately missing the retinols I used to apply. It turns out, retinol was the reason I was blemish-free for the last 5 years. 

I stopped using retinols because I loved the skin plumping and smoothing/moisturizing results of hyaluronic acid and vitamin C. I thought it "could do it all." 

I was so excited to see that Azure Naturals had created a product that contained all of the best skincare ingredients.

My skin is loving it. Plus, it's super easy to use. It comes in a pump top bottle and applies easily. It's the best of all worlds for skincare.



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

Kuisiware Heat Resistant Grill cooking gloves




What if there was an improvement on the "traditional" oven mitt? I recently had the chance to try-out the Kuisiware heat resistant cooking gloves. They are made to resist up to 662F heat, protecting your hands from fire and hot objects.

I have been using them as oven mitts and they work great. They give much better dexterity than a mitt. The only thing is you will have a hard time not thinking of the "Hamburger Helper" mitt when you wear them.

They are machine washable and one-size fits all.

They would make a great gift for the person that has everything.

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

Mandala Massage Ball Review

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Muscle aches can be greatly improved by deep tissue massage. Unfortunately, deep tissue massage generally requires another person and usually requires a steep fee.

Unless you use something like the Mandala massage balls. These balls are amazing for rolling out tight spots. In fact, you can even use them after a tough workout to help stretch and bring healing to your muscles.

You can use them for your feet (hello plantar fasciitis!) your back, your legs, your rear, your shoulders, your arms, even your neck. I have been using something similar for years and can attest to how well they work.

The Mandala massage balls are the right size to reach most of your major muscles and solid enough not to squish under your weight.

They work great and I would highly recommend them.

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

Propressor Garlic Press Review

Wednesday, July 2, 2014


I like to cook with garlic, a lot. I currently either chop the cloves by with a chef knife or I roll the cloves in this little grinder thing I own. I like the grinder because it gets the bits smaller than cutting by hand, but it's a PAIN to clean and only fits one medium (or one half of a large) clove at a time.

Then I had the chance to try out the Propressor Garlic Press from Orblue. The bottom line is this - This is a great product.

It is so easy to use. You just pop a clove into the press and squeeze. The garlic comes out (all of it!) and is evenly crushed. This is so easy and so quick!!

It also looks great. The grinder I currently use is fluorescent green and not too "professional" looking. The propressor garlic press looks like it belongs in an upscale kitchen.

But the best part is actually the clean up - for two reasons. #1 - You just rinse the press under running water. The center opens up (and remains completely attached) so you can clean all the inside parts. #2 - The press is made of stainless steel, so while rubbing the handles under running water, you remove the scent of garlic from your hands.

When you purchase the propressor garlic press, it comes with a 200% guarantee. That means if there is ever a problem with your product, they will refund all of your purchase price AND send a brand new unit free of charge for the lifetime of the product. Amazing!

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