September 11, 2014

FulcrumGallery.com Art Piece Review











I was pretty excited when I was approached to review FulcrumGallery.com. I had actually never heard of them at that point, but who doesn't love some paintings to decorate their wall. The website is so easy to navigate and isn't too cluttered. They have their products arranged by room, styles, subjects, etc to make it easy for you to find what you like.

Aside from the thousands of paintings, prints, and mirrors they offer. You can also create your own masterpiece using your own photo. I am not a photographer so I didn't opt for this choice, but I think it's pretty awesome to have those special moments made into paintings. I'm thinking they would make a great gift for some parents and grandparents. The process is so easy too. I think the bigger the image is the better, so don't crop it. I made my image smaller and it wouldn't work because images need to be at least 900x900. Also right now they have a 50% off all "My Pictures" artwork, so for a 16"x16" gallery wrapped print it's only $50.99. That's pretty affordable for something that is of high quality.


Choosing your own print is super easy, but choosing a print from the thousands they offer, not so much. I saw so many images that I liked that I had practically made my choice 4 times before my final decision. They have a print that will match everyone's tastes and preferences. I finally settled on a print that said "Hope" by Grace Pullen. I love the background, it has a beach feeling to it. Just because this isn't your own print doesn't mean you can't customize it to your liking. Fulcrum Gallery let's you choose your frame and mat color. Those two choices can make the same print look totally different depending on the colors you choose. There are 3 other prints in this series: Love, Dream, and Relax. It was super simple to place my order in and I got a confirmation email within minutes. Shipping is standard shipping so it took about a week to get here.



When I got my print it came in a pretty large package. I was a bit confused because I didn't think the print would be that large. Upon opening up the package I saw why it was so big. FulcrumGallery.com makes sure your print will arrive to you safely and not messed up so they pack your print extra carefully. It wasn't too difficult to remove the print from the box, and any extra work was worth the extra packaging. My print was in excellent condition, not one blemish on it. On the back of the print there are two signatures: one for the personal framer, and the other for quality assurance. This means you can rest assured that what you're buying is 100% the best quality. On the back of the frame were two long metal hook type things. I obviously don't know the official name for them so bear with me. I used the one already attached to the back to hang my print. I wish there was perhaps some wiring to hang the print instead so it would be more sturdy. Either way my print looks fantastic on my wall and even with it being by the door, which gets slammed often, it is still hanging straight.

Shipping was on point and everything got here looking exactly as it did online. So I'll definitely be going back to Fulcrum Gallery for some more prints. I'm definitely thinking about getting a personalized print next time for my mom. A canvas print of all her grandchildren would make the best gift! So if you're looking to add some personal touches to your home, then you should definitely check out FulcrumGallery.com. They will have something to suit your tastes and decor in your home, I can pretty much guarantee that.   




Disclaimer: I was sent a print of my choice free of charge in return for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own and no compensation was received. This photo is indeed hanging in my house and looks great on my wall.


July 29, 2014

Fave All Natural Juice








We are big juice drinkers so I'm always trying to find the next best flavor, and the most nutritional. Nowadays juices are filled with dyes and HFCS which are not good for your body. High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is used to sweeten a lot of our beverages and foods. The top of the list of those foods is soda and juices. HFCS is cheaper than real sugar which is why so many companies use it. Most juice drinks, fruit punches, and juice cocktails contain only a small amount of juice and the rest is water and sweeteners.

So why should you choose Fave?
I was sent the three flavors available from Fave to try out with my family. Of course the first thing I did was check the ingredient list. Everyone should definitely get in the habit of doing this if you want to live a healthier life. The makers of Fave Juice have no problem with sharing all the info on their website. Upon reading the ingredients list for all three flavors, you can easily see why I gave them a passing grade. You can actually understand every single word and there are no added dyes! There are only 60 calories per 8 ounce glass and 12g of sugar. That may be a little high, but remember sugar occurs naturally in all fruits and you'll be getting 1 1/2 cup of veggies and 1/4 cup of fruit. What a great way to add some extra veggies and fruits into you and your children's diets.

The first juice we tried was the Tangerine, Orange, and Pineapple - sounds delicious, right? First off because Fave is an all-natural juice product you will get some settling. Don't worry, just shake the bottle up and you're good to go. With this juice the tangerine flavor was off the charts. We like tangerines so this was a good thing, if you're not a fan you may want to pass on this. It was pretty hot during the day so I froze the juice into some pops to give to the kids. As you can see they were a huge hit, very messy, and super tasty. My nephew kept wanting more, and well I can't say no, right?

The second juice we tried was the Strawberry Kiwi. I'll admit I passed on this one as I've tried this pairing in other juices and was not a fan. My kiddos loved it though and it was thirst quencher when they came in from playing outside. They play basketball daily and I hate giving them those sports drinks that are full of salt and HFCS. I would advise against freezing this into a pop though. I tried and well the juice ended up tasting salty, which no one enjoyed.

Last, but not least was the Pomegrante, Blueberry, and Goji. I've never drank anything with goji in it, but blueberry and pomegranate are a fave of mine. I used it in a smoothie and my younger brother used it in a protein shake after his workout. It is sort of tart and not very sweet, but it's still flavorful. I didn't try freezing this juice as I mainly kept it to myself. I kow that's horrible, but I've got to have something to myself, right?

I was super excited when I saw Fave in my area HEB. There they were all three flavors sitting nicely in a row on the the shelf. Of course I had to grab some up because they're super affordable. Less than some of the other juices that aren't as tasty and good as Fave. 
Disclaimer: I received all three bottles to try out and review. No further compensation was given and all opinions are my own.

June 18, 2014

My life with LBL





So I'm going to touch on a very touchy subject for many women out there. Many women over 45 start to experience LBL or light bladder leakage. Now I know its not something that many women will admit, but it's a real problem that effects women all over the world. There happens to be many types of LBL, but the two most common are - stress incontinence and urge continence. Some women happen to be "blessed" with both types. Stress is caused by laughing, coughing, sneezing or even exercise. Urge is when you've lost the ability to fully control your urge to urinate.

What exactly causes LBL?
  • Physical changes from childbirth, pregnancy, hysterectomy or menopause
  • Being overweight
  • Complications from surgery, stroke, or chronic diseases like diabetes, multiple sclerosis (MS) or Parkinson's disease
  • Bladder or urinary tract infections
  • Bladder irritants (certain foods and beverages)
My Story:
I'm a lot younger than 45, but many years of holding it in while in schools for fear of going in a public place obviously had a bad effect. Yup all during middle school I would literally hold it until I got home. I always ended my school day with a mad sprint to the house hoping that the front door wouldn't be locked. I only had one accident, but honestly the years of doing this have now made it harder for me to hold it now. It's the most embarrassing feeling in the world sitting there laughing with friends and you feel it. Of course to me it feels like a huge tidal wave swallowing me whole, but really it's just little squirts. Those little squirts always tend to happen when I'm far away from home and my panty drawer. You then have to scurry the closest bathroom to try and remedy things with toilet paper and hope there are some liners in that stupid metal box. Of course there never were any liners or pads in that metal box and the tp never worked. I wold be left feeling uncomfortable all day worrying that there may be some odor. I honestly never bought incontinence pads because those were for old people.  I just used regular panty liners and pads which obviously are not made for LBL. So when I got a little email from Crowdtap saying to apply for a new mission I jumped on it.


My friends at Crowdtap sent me a sample of Poise's products. When I first heard of Poise I automatically thought of old ladies and diapers. What I received in my little kit was far from that. I got a sample kit of 3 different liners and 1 pad in a super cute little purple "purse". They threw in some coupons for good measure - it's like they know about my love of coupons.

The kit included:
  • Microliner Original x1
  • Microliner Long x1
  • Liner Long x1
  • Ultra Thin Pad x1

The Poise Microliner is exactly what I'm looking for when it comes to a liner. Super thin and absorbent without it making me look like I'm wearing a diaper. I wasn't sure it would be long enough for my needs, but it did an okay job. The microliner long was definitely more up to par for me and did the job superbly. But if you're still looking for a little more protection then the long liner is still really thin and will give you even more coverage. The ultra thin pad isn't as thin as some menstraul pads, but definitely thinner than most incontinence pads. It is the same length as the long liner and offers a bit more absorbancy.

All the pads have odor neutralizers, are the thinnest liners in their category, they all feature SAM (super absorbent material) and the price is pretty darn good compared to other brands. I think that's one of the top features I like is that they are affordable. Price is an issue for someone who has three still using menstrual pads and then to have to buy liners for LBL, it's hard on the wallet. So if you're out there and you suffer with LBL rest assure that you aren't the only one. 1 in 3 women suffer from it and Poise is definitely a great liner to help keep you dry and happy.

Want to find out some more information about Poise and LBL then check out their website:HERE

Disclosure:
I received this kit as a part of a sample and share from Crowdtap and Poise. All opinions are my own and no compensation was paid. #LadiesWithPoise

November 24, 2013

Orajel Single Dose Cold Sore Medication




I was given a chance to try out Orajel Cold Sore medication which includes two single dose treatment vials and one tube of moisturizer. I haven’t had a cold sore, but I can honestly say I didn’t really know what one really was. It wasn’t until one fateful day that a cold sore reared its ugly head and a co-worker screamed, “herpes!” while pointing. I was shocked and appalled, why would she be yelling that, I wasn’t “that type” of girl you know. Well what I had always known as a fever blister was in fact a cold sore. I was told it was just something you got when you were getting really sick. I really had no clue and so when that event happened I went to get informed.

What is a cold sore?
Well first of all just having something appear by your lips does not a cold sore make. I actually didn’t have a cold sore at the time, but a pimple in a unfortunate place. So what exactly is a cold sore? Well they are called fever blisters and are actually groups of small blisters on the lip and around the mouth. It makes the skin red, swollen, and sometimes sore. These blisters may break open and leak clear fluid, which is the moment you have to be extra careful. Most cold sores heal within 2 weeks after scabbing over.

What causes cold sores?
Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus or HSV. There are two types of HSV - 1 and 2. HSV-1 is the virus that cause cold sores while HSV-2 is genital herpes. Apparently  both types can cause cold sores so its best to get checked if any appear.

What symptoms should you look for?
Well one obvious symptom to look for is a cold sore. If you’ve been infected you may get pain around you mouth and lips, a fever, sore throat, or swollen glands. Even though most people have these symptoms there are some that never get cold sores or any symptoms. That’s why it’s always get to get periodically checked out by your doctor.

Can cold sores be treated?
While cold sores themselves can be treated you can’t treat the virus itself. Once you have it, it will always be with you for the rest of your life. So the best thing is to try and prevent them.

So how can you prevent cold sores?
Well avoid contact with an infected person, whether its your partner or stranger. Kissing isn’t the only way you can get the virus, sharing anything that an infected person may have used can  also spread it.

If you do happen to contract the virus, relax it isn’t the end of the world. Because over 70 percent of adults in America have oral herpes (HSV-1); so you’re not alone.


With Orajel Cold Sore treatment you can cut the healing time and after just one application it starts to heal your cold sore. Also, it’ll take away the pain really quickly if you have any. It’s pretty simple to use, you take one vial, snap it in half, and then gently rub it on your cold sore. You could also just press down on it to
make sure it covers the cold sore completely. It doesn’t burn and the moisturizer you use afterwards help to keep everything from drying out and looking worse.

While it can be a little expensive there are really no other options when it comes to cold sore medication. Most will take weeks and many applications to start the healing. You can find coupons online and sometimes in the newspaper.

Click here for more information: HERE


September 26, 2013

Olay Shine Shine Go Away Cleanser






I received the Olay Fresh Effects Shine, Shine Go Away in my #ParadiseVoxbox courtesy of Influenster. I am always open to trying new facial cleansers because you never really know for sure if there is something out there better for your skin.

So when I opened it up to try the first thing I did was smell it. I'm huge on smells and if I don't like the smell of something I find it very hard to use it. It has a good clean scent, not medicine-y or even too soapy. The texture was stiff and creamy, and the color is a silvery gray. Now one thing to mention is that a little definitely goes a long way. I got my normal amount that I would use in my other facial cleansers and because its so stiff, I really had to work with it. If you get too much at once it is a bit difficult to lather up. So when the directions say get a small amount, they definitely mean it. It is meant to be like a mask, which I'm guessing is why it's so dense.

I have problematic skin, some cleanser give me major issues. They can burn, cause redness, itchiness - etc. This didn't at all, although I'm not really sure its made for people with sensitive skin. I can tell you that if you do have sensitive skin, you could still probably use this. The fragrance isn't very strong so it won't irritate your skin. It does have kaolin clay and witch hazel in it, so if those ingredients give you problems then its best not to use this.

I think Shine, Shine Go Away works best for those who suffer from oily skin. I am one such person and have tried many things to try and get a handle on my oily skin. This actually works and gives my skin a smooth, almost matte finish. I know it's not really matte, but my skin isn't shiny either! It feels clean and looks clean, no shininess on my nose and forehead. No splotchy, shiny redness on my cheeks either, just clean good looking skin.

The prices range anywhere from $6.99 to $8.99, occasionally it does go on sale, or there are coupons in the Sunday paper. Either way you should still try it out if you're looking for a facial cleanser that is tough on dirt, but not on your skin.

Olay Fresh Effects has seven products in the line, and I've tried three of them: Shine, Shine Go Away, Bead Me Up Exfoliating Cleanser, S'Wipe Out Make-up Cloths. I can assure you that they are all really great products. If you are a looking for a great new facial cleanser then I'd highly recommend checking out Shine, Shine Go Away.








Disclaimer: I received this product in the Influenster #ParadiseVoxbox for the sole purpose of reviewing it. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received. 

September 23, 2013

Goody TangleFix Brush






Another great product included in the Influenster #ParadiseVoxBox was a Goody TangleFix Brush. I had never heard of this brush before so it was a totally new product for me. I was pretty excited to read that it was 70% more gentle (with detangling) than your regular brush. For my niece this was totally going to be a worthwhile product.

The brush features:
• Super-flexible bristles work with the hair, not against it
• Lightweight for less fatigue
• Easy grip sides for better control
• Dual size design for children's or adult's hands


So looking at the features themselves, the bristles are super soft. They're made out of plastic, and honestly I didn't think it would work with my niece's hair. She has thick unruly hair so I use a heavy duty brush for it. My niece is 13 so she can brush her own hair now. She started out from the bottom and worked her way up her hair. She didn't complain at all about the bristles being to hard.

The brush is really lightweight, and the shape helps to grip it better. I have hand issues and can't really grasp things for too long. I didn't have any issues with using this brush, it was pretty easy and went quickly. I have a smaller hand and found that the brush still sat comfortably in my palm. Because you're able to grip it easier you don't get any slippage just in case the brush does get caught in your hair. I couldn't really say if it would be easy to hold if a young child were to use it as I don't have any. My niece's hand is actually bigger than mine and she definitely didn't have issues grabbing onto it.

My niece had fun playing with this brush, really trying to get her hair tangled up so she could try it. I thought it would be better for her to try because over the years my hair has thinned out. She said it went through really easily, it didn't hurt at all, and it left her hair feeling really soft.

The brush is fairly inexpensive being less than 8 dollars it definitely won't hurt your wallet to try this out. You can buy it at Target, for sure but I'd keep an eye out at other major big box stores. This brush will definitely make brushing your little ones hair much easier, less painful, and tear free.



Disclaimer: I received this product in the Influenster #ParadiseVoxbox for the sole purpose of reviewing it. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received.


September 18, 2013

Dr Scholl's Heel Insoles









One of the products that I received in the #ParadiseVoxbox from Influenster were Dr. Scholl's High Heel Insoles. They sent insoles that would fit a size 6 shoe up to a size 10. I have a size 7 foot so can't comment on how the insole works for a larger size shoe.

The package was easy to open up and the insoles were really easy to put on the shoe. The insoles are clearly labeled with left and right, heel and toe for easy application. You just have to peel off the backing and stick it on. Yup it has a sticky backing which means you can stick it on any shoe you have in your closet. Sadly the stickiness doesn't last forever and you're left with insoles that don't stay put. I understand that they aren't meant to last forever though, so I think the length of time it did last was very reasonable. For me that amount of time was about a month or so, and that was with numerous changes from heels to my favorite flats.



See the orange line - thats the arch on the insole!
It is perfect for all kinds of shoes,not just heels. For me sandals tend to hurt my feet the most because they have no arch. I have a natural arch on my foot so when I wear flats my feet pay the price. The insoles have some extra gel support where the toes are, and they have an arch. It makes wearing flats and heels so comfortable, especially when they don't have an arch. It means I can wear them longer and be on my feet for longer periods of time without wanting to cut my shoes off and chuck them out the window.

Now their price is a little more expensive when compared to other insoles, but they are well worth it. Also you'll get a good amount of wear before having to replace them. Dr Scholl's runs coupons in the paper periodically so you'll never really have to pay full price for them. So if you're looking for some comfy insoles and haven't decided on the ones you want to buy, then you should definitely try Dr Scholl's For Her High Heel Insoles.






Disclaimer: I was sent this product for the sole purpose of doing a review. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received.

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