Friday, April 17, 2015

Resistance Workout Bands by #workoutbands: Product Review



FTC Disclosure: Product received at no charge in exchange for an honest review. No monetary compensation was received and review is based upon actual experience.

My husband and I have been looking for a nice set of resistance bands to use at home for quite some time. The ones we saw at our local retailers were not quite what we were looking for. They were also more money than we were willing to pay. I was so excited to get the opportunity to review the Exercise Bands by WorkoutBands. The set contained everything we were looking for. I wanted comfortable handles that would attach to my workout bands and my husband wanted a variety of bands with different resistance levels. The five different bands can be used alone or you can combine them for up to 70 pounds of resistance. I like that everybody in the family can use them regardless of their fitness level.

I have a gym membership and these bands are as good as quality as any I've used at the gym. The clips on the end are lightweight and durable.



I love the insert that comes with the bands. It shows a variety of different ways to use the bands and covers just about every muscle group. My muscles get a good workout and I like the bands better than weights for strength training. They are more compact, easy to store and great for traveling. I have a week long trip coming up and I plan to pack the bands to take with me. That way I don't have to worry about not being close to the gym. I can still get my weight training in.

After pricing resistance bands for so long, I was shocked to find this set was less than $25.00. For all that the set offers, that is a great price and well worth it. I can't wait until the weather warms up and I can move my yoga mat to my porch and enjoy the outdoors while weight training.

Product Rating:  ★★★★★

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Purex Crystals ScentSplash Review and Giveaway

FTC Disclosure: The Purex® brand provided me with a free sample of the product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are based upon my actual experience and are my own.



I've had a front load washer for about five years. While I like that it uses less water than top load washers, I don't like that it sometimes leaves my clothes with an almost sour smell. That is one of the biggest reasons why I like adding an in-wash fragrance booster. I got a chance to try the new Purex® 
Crystals ScentSplash in the Fresh Lavender Blossom scent and I love how it leaves my clothes with a fresh scent instead of sour. I don't like a lot of extra scent on my clothes so I found that using about a quarter of a cap works perfect. I get a subtle scent instead of a strong one which also extends the life of the bottle. The ScentSplash comes in liquid form which I like just as well as the crystal form.

I'm happy that Purex® Crystals helps to eliminate laundry odors. I have an active family which means lots of sweaty work out clothes. When I pull those out of my dryer, I don't want them to smell like sweat and they didn't with the ScentSplash. That makes it worth using on every load.


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Monday, April 6, 2015

System 911 Emergency Pak Hair Product Review

FTC Disclosure: Product received at no charge to facilitate my review. No monetary compensation was received and I all opinions are based upon my actual experience.




Between coloring my hair and spending time outdoors in the sun and wind, my hair takes a beating. When I was a teenager, I never though my hair would be anything but greasy. As I've aged, my hair has become drier and more brittle. It has long ago lost the shine of youth. 

I need products that will help me bring back a little shine and a lot of moisture to my hair. System 911 Emergency Pak by Hayashi gives my hair the relief it needs. After using it for a week and a half I found it made a difference.

What System 911 Emergency Pak did for me:
  • Gave me softer hair
  • Made my hair shinier 
  • I didn't notice as much breakage so it helped strengthen my hair.
  • My scalp didn't itch as much as it usually does.
Since I am sensitive to some smells, I always pay close attention to the way my hair smells after I use products. The System 911 has a mild smell that does not linger after drying hair. However, my hair still smelled fresh and clean after use; a big bonus for me. While the price of $23.75 seemed high  at first, I realized it was for an 8.4 ounce tube which is a little more than some salon products I've used for the same price. 

I definitely feel good about recommending System 911 Emergency Pack to my readers.

Product Rating:  ★★★★☆

This item can be purchased on the retailers website HERE.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Dial Miracle Oil Hand Soap Review and Giveaway

FTC Disclosure: The Dial® brand provided me with a free sample of the Miracle Oil Hand Soap in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are based upon my actual experience and are my own.




I just got a chance to try the Dial® Miracle Oil Body Wash and love it so I was more than thrilled to find out that it now comes in a hand soap too.

My active family needs a deep cleansing hand soap but my skin needs something that doesn't merely clean but provides refreshing moisture as well. The Dial® Miracle Oil Hand Soap does both. After working in the garden, I had no trouble getting my hands to come clean and I didn't have to use very much of the hand soap to do so. I love the Marula Oil that help keeps my hands soft after use.

My family likes the Miracle Oil hand soap as well. I have to keep taking it from the bathroom, to keep by the kitchen sink. The smell is neutral so my boys don't have to worry about smelling like a pretty flower. Another thing I love about the Dial® brand of soaps is that they are easy to find at my local retailer at a fair price. I'm so glad I got to try it.

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Rock Climbing in St. George, Utah: Prophecy Wall


My first visit to Prophecy Wall in St. George, Utah was awesome. Early spring is a great time to visit. It gets hot in St. George so March ended up being a great month.

Getting there
Drive north out of St. George on Bluff Street (Rt. 18) staying in the right lane as you exit town.
At mile post 18, turn left onto a dirt road.
Drive 2 miles past the Upper Sand Cove Water Reservoir (on the right) then turn left toward the cliff walls.

At the parking area, there is an obvious trail for a short hike to the cliffs. Most of the climbs are moderate 5.10's with a few more challenging ones. We used the bolts on the easier climbs to the right (southwest side). Our first climb was the fist pitch of a climb called Sticky Revelations. Though the climb is rated 5.10, that is only if you do the multi-pitch (3 pitches). Since we are beginners, we only did the first pitch which is about a 5.8.


We also did the climb next to it called Breaking the Sabbath which is rated 5.7. Bolts are already in place so we didn't have as much work to do. 

The rock is sandstone with nice varnish edges. I didn't have any trouble getting up either route after my awesome lead climber set the rope for me. We had a great time getting some quick climbs in after spending part of the day mountain biking.

Wildlife on Prophecy Wall





Pack up you're climbing gear and take a road trip to Southern Utah. There's a lot of climbing around Snow Canyon as well. You never know what you'll run into.


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Friday, April 3, 2015

How Make Your Own Body Butter with La Vida Essentials Coconut Oil




Ever since my daughter was diagnosed with cancer as a young adult, I have wondered about the safety of not only the chemicals that I put in my body but on it too. I'm always looking for natural products to replace those with artificial preservatives.

I was so excited to try the Fractionated Coconut Oil  by La Vida Essentials. It's 100% pure therapeutic grade which makes me feel good about using it on my skin. Just by itself, it is a great moisturizer. It absorbs quickly into the skin and doesn't stain my clothing. However, I was excited to try some of the recipes for bath and beauty products that came with my purchase and decided to share my step by step first time ever attempt at making body butter. The body butter ended up being nourishing to my skin but a little to greasy for my face.

Calming Lavender Whipped Body Butter

Ingredients
1/2 cup coca butter
1/2 cu shea butter
1/2 cup La Vida Essentials fractionated coconut oil
30 dros lavender essential oil (I used lemon)







Step 1

Combine all indredients, except the essential oils, and place in a glass container


Step 2

Set the container in a saucepan with approximately 1 inch of boiling water. Stir for approximately 15 minutes (until ingredients are fully melted and combined), removed from heat and let rest 10 minutes. Add essential oils and str, then let cool in the refrigerator about 2-3 hours).




Step 3

When the lotion is chilled, use an electric mixer to whip it for 4 minutes (until fluffy). I know it looks good enough to eat but don't. Instead, place in a small container (I used small canning jars) and use as a very moisturizing, all natural skin product.

Note: I used 35 drops of lemon oil and wished I had used 40. This is very easy to make right the first time.

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