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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Review Bloggers Wanted: ESSIO Spa Shower Experience



Have you ever thought about wanting a spa experience at home? Well, now you can with the ESSIO! This is a unique way to diffuse essential oils right into your shower by clipping into the shower! I love that idea! If you are a blogger, ESSIO may be looking for you to review!

This offer is limited to the first 100 bloggers to apply. Good luck!




Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Healthy Bite Giveaway


In honor of National Nutrition Month, Robyn Kievit, Nutrition Mentor, is showering you with goodies as a way to kickstart healthier habits!

Healthy Bite Giveaway March 1 - 22

Healthy Bite Giveaway!

Hosted by: Savory Savings

Co-hosted by: Michigan Saving & More




Did you know that March is National Nutrition month? Maybe that is because most of the resolutions from the new year are wearing off and less people are heading to the gym and watching what it going into their bodies.  This year's theme is Bite Into a Healthy Lifestyle and Krista over at Savory Savings has teamed up with Robyn Kievit, to help get you back on track and ready to lead a healthier, happier lifestyle!  To kick that off, we have an amazing prize-packed giveaway that will get you a phone consult with Robyn, healthy snacks, some fun inspiration goodies and even a magazine subscription!

Top Tips and a breakfast recipe from the Nutrition Mentor, Robyn Kievit!

~  Move your body 30-60 minutes a day or aim for 10,000 steps

~  Use an 8” plate and try to fill at least ½ of that plate with fruits or veggies at each meal

~  Start your day with a power breakfast like Robyn’s Secret Power Breakfast Recipe!


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½ Cup Steel Cut Oats cooked in skim milk, add 1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds after cooking. This super breakfast is full of protein, fiber and good fat in the form of Omega-3’s (thank, Chia Seeds!). At just 310 calories, this breakfast is filling and a great way to start your day!


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Would you like to a prize pack valued at nearly $375 from Robyn at the Nutrition Mentor?  If you would like a chance to win, enter with the Giveaway Tool below.  If you have won a giveaway from the Nutrition Mentor, from another blog in the last 12 months, you are not eligible to win.  The giveaway will run from March 1 through March 22, 2015 at 11 PM CST and is open to US residents (excluding HI/AK), ages 18 and older.  Entries will be verified.  Winners will be notified via email (consider adding gloriouslygreengal@gmail.com to your safe list) – winner will have 48 hours to respond and claim prize or another winner will be selected.




Good Luck!



Monday, March 2, 2015

Gentle, Soothing Showers with the HotelSpa® 10" Rainfall Color Changing Shower Head


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#hotelspa

Lately I have been trying out some products that offer personal pampering and care. Today, I have another to share.
I received a HotelSpa®10 Inch Rainfall Color-Changing LED Showerhead to review. I have been wanting one of these for a long time! I know a few people that have similar shower heads and I have heard good things. 
I've been using this one for a few weeks now and for the most part really like it. It was fairly easy to install. At least it looked pretty easy from where I was standing! :) The hubs helped with that part since he is taller than me and could do it without dragging ladders or other short people accessories up the stairs. It did go rather smoothly and he was able to have it connected and ready to use within several minutes.



The HotelSpa® shower head cascades water from the 10 inch head. It falls gently and gives the feel of being in a rain shower. It is incredible relaxing. The 15" arm allows you to adjust the height to your liking.

The shower head has LED lights in it that are powered by the water itself so you don't have to worry about wiring or batteries to power them. 
The lights give you an indication of the water temperature by changing colors. When the water is cold, the lights are blue. When it is warm, the lights turn green and when the water is hot, the lights turn red. 
It took a a few showers to get used to the water falling straight down instead of at an angle, but I'm finding that I do like it. 
I only have two things that fall into the "con" list. One is that the shower head makes a sound like a whine. I am not sure if it is caused from whatever makes the lights work once the water is flowing through it. Since there isn't a separate off switch for the lights, I just don't know. I have kind of gotten used to it for the most part, but I do still notice it when I first turn on the water and when I turn it off. 
The other thing I would have loved for this shower head to have is an adjustment knob so the flow of water could be adjusted. As much as I love the gentle rainfall feel, once in awhile I like to adjust the stream to a pulsating massage. 
Overall I am loving the HotelSpa® Rainfall Shower Head. It makes my shower a spa-like experience.

#hotelspa

You too can make your shower time a gentle rain-like experience. The HotelSpa® Rainfall Color-Changing Showerhead can be found on Amazon.

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Disclosure: I received the item mentioned above for the purpose of review. The opinions expressed are 100% my own based on my usage of the product. You opinion and experience may differ. This post contains affiliate links which simply means if you click my links and decide to purchase, I may make a small commission, which in turn helps me and my family.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Olivery Birds and Flowers Drink Coasters Review

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#Olivery

Doesn't the sight of a water ring on your table just make you cringe? If it's a wood table, it is likely to stay there forever. Even with glass tables, it is a chore that has to be repeated often. These Wood Drink Coasters from Olivery not only protect your surfaces, they look fabulous while doing it! 

I received a set of the Flowers and Birds design to review and they are even more beautiful than they looked in the photos. I can't get over how pretty they are! There are six coasters in this set and each one features a different bird in great colors and designs. They remind me of vintage photo postcards or greeting cards. 

If birds aren't your thing, there are some other designs to choose from. Olivery offers a set in Lavender showing different scenes with the herb in purple hues. They also offer a set called Popular Cites that feature landmarks from great cities from around the world.










I love the birds and Flowers set. There is a wooden holder included and they stack neatly in it, but these are so pretty, you might want to leave them out on your end tables and coffee table instead of stacking them up and hiding them.
Each lightweight coaster has little feet on the bottom, so there are no worries of scratching your surfaces. I have only had them and been using them a short time, but I anticipate that these great coasters will last for a good long time.
These would make lovely gifts for almost any occasion, too. They would be very appreciated for a bridal or newlywed gift, a housewarming, Christmas gift, birthday, anniversary, Mother's Day, etc. A set of these would be a welcome gift packaged with a set of drinking glasses!
#Olivery

If you're looking for a nice gift idea or simply want to add some functional beauty to your own home, Olivery's gorgeous Custom Drink Coasters s
ets are available from Amazon.

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Disclosure: I received the item mentioned above for the purpose of review. The opinions expressed are 100% my own based on my usage of the product. You opinion and experience may differ. This post contains affiliate links which simply serve to help me support my family.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For Snow Ice Cream!


For most of my childhood I lived in places where once Winter made it's appearance, casting white snow all over everything, it hung around like an overextended house guest. It went on for months and months. I don't remember thinking much about it because I was used to it. And I was a kid. I had FUN in the snow!

Now I am older and I love my garden and growing things. I also live in a place where Winter means drab, cold, windy and wet, but not often does it include snow. After this drags on for a few months, it gets OLD in a hurry. I get Spring fever and I just can't wait to get outside and grow something!
Well, this year Mother Nature decided to throw us a little curve ball and dumped nearly 10 inches of snow on us! I know it doesn't even compare to what others have gotten, but for an area that rarely sees it fall, let alone stick and stay for more than a day, it is a pretty big deal. It was also so pretty! It's times like this when I am reminded that Winter does hold it's own beauty.
While I remember making tunnels, building igloos, having snowball fights and eating LOTS of snow, when I lived in place where we saw snow every Winter, I don't remember making snow ice cream. With all the snow that has been dumped on people in the North East, I have seen Snow Ice cream mentioned numerous times. So when we got our little pile of snow, I had to try this! It was so easy! And delicious!

I used this very simple recipe:

~ 1 cup of milk
~ 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
~ 1/2 cups sugar
~ CLEAN WHITE Snow

PREPARATION

Bundle up or better yet, let the kids bundle up and go outside to collect 4 - 5 cups of fresh, clean snow (nothing yellow... or any other colors! :) Don't pack the snow, just scoop it up. Bring it in the house and set it in the freezer while you combine the other ingredients.
Mix together the milk, vanilla, and the sugar. Stir the mixture until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add the snow to the mixture slowly and stirring constantly, until it is as thick as ice cream. Once it is the consistency of regular ice cream, it is ready to eat and enjoy!
Now I have something else to look forward to the next time we get a good snow fall!

Invivo Essential Fractionated Coconut Oil Review


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When I first heard the words "carrier oil", I wasn't sure what to think...what was being carried and where would it be carried?

 I knew it had something to do with essential oils only because I started seeing the words as I tried to learn more about how I could use oils. So I set out to learn about carrier oils as well.
I learned that a carrier oil, like this Fractionated Coconut Oil from Invivo is used in most instances where you are going to use essential oils directly on your skin. 
They are also helpful for aromatherapy. I blended some of my peppermint oil with the fractionated coconut oil for my little diffusers. Now I get soft whiffs of peppermint all through the day. I love that!
I unexpectedly got to try out one of the "on-the-skin" remedies too. I woke up in terrible pain from a hiatal hernia and the pain would not stop. I tried my usual over the counter remedy without any relief. I remembered reading about peppermint being useful for stomach pain. I figured I would give it a try..... 
I poured some of the coconut oil, added several drops of peppermint, blended them together and rubbed them onto the area that was hurting. Within in a few moments I started feeling some relief. Enough that I could finally sit down and rest. It wasn't like a super *BOOM* I'm cured!, but there was definitely relief from the pain. 
You might be wondering what fractionated coconut oil is. Coconut oil contains both long-chain and medium-chain fatty acids. IN fractionated coconut oil, the long-chain fatty acids have been removed. This processing allows it to stay in liquid form, whereas virgin coconut oil can be melted, but returns to a solid state when cooled. As a cooking oil, it is very stable and doesn't go rancid easily. While it may not retain as much of the vitamins, minerals or anti-oxidants as virgin coconut oil, it is quite useful for the times when you don't necessarily want an oil that will return to a solid. It also doesn't smell like coconut so when you use it for aromatherapy, it won't mingle with the scent of any essential oils you use.

#invivoessential


You can find this large 16 ounce bottle of Invivo Fractionated Coconut Oil at a great price on Amazon.com.


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Disclosure: I received the item mentioned above for the purpose of review. The opinions expressed are 100% my own based on my usage of the product. You opinion and experience may differ. This post contains affiliate links which simply serve to help me support my family.