10/31/2014

Giving Thanks Giveaway Event #GivingThanks2014

It is time for Giving Thanks!

Now is the time when friends and families get together to give thanks for all the wonderful things they've been given throughout the year. We Three Moms (Anderson's Angels, The Joy of Mama Joyner and The More The Merrier), are so very thankful for our families and everything we have, we've joined with over 100 other wonderful bloggers, to bring you another huge giveaway event! One winner will take home all of the prizes we've managed to put together (it's almost $600 in prizes!) for The Giving Thanks Giveaway!

Giving Thanks Prize Collage

We've gathered prizes for the whole family! Here is a list of our Sponsors & the prizes ~

Giant Microbes - ornament set - $24.95
King Arthur Flour - baking set -$45.80
Misto - 1 stainless steel Misto - $14.99
Meal Measure - 1 Meal Measure - $12.98
Pixtagram - 3 sets of 10 magnets - $36
Chef's Planet - 1 Flavor Enhancer - $45
SoapBox Soaps - 1 Autumn Bundle Set - $23.80
Emerson Creek Pottery - Blue Crab Pie Plate - $31
DK Books - 2 Books - $20
Game Chef - Rollick & Been There Done That Games - $49.98
Lille Rabbagast - Monkey Toys - $20
Rollors - Rollors Game - $50
Zike Bike - Z100 - $249
It's exciting isn't it? Come enter to win! You never know, you may be the ONE to win every single prize!
 
Disclosure: Anderson’s Angels, Joy Of Momma Joyner, The More The Merrier, and all other participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. The sponsors will send the prizes directly to the winner. We are also not responsible for any unfortunate accidents that result from the use of any of these

9/28/2014

Quick #Review: First Degree Burn Cream

I received this complimentary product from Influenster to test and to review.


Product: First Degree Burn Cream
Product Description: Helps reduce the appearance of scars; protects against infection; soothes the pain & cools the burn

Disclaimer: I was unable to test this product, because (un?)fortunately no one in my household has burned him/herself since I received the product. When the time comes, I will update this post with a review.

When someone in my household has a burn, we use a product that is both an antiseptic and an anesthetic. First Degree Burn Cream is homeopathic, so the active ingredient list is a bit mystifying.

Active Ingredients: Calendula officinalis Tinc HPUS (wound healing), Cantharis vesicatoria 3x HPUS (burns and scalds), Echinacea angustifolia Tinc HPUS (antiseptic).

Here's some deciphering:

  • Tinc: tincture (an alcohol-based derivative of natural plant material)
  • HPUS: Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States
  • 3X: diluted to a concentration of 10^3 (1:1000)
  • Calendula officinalis: The flower of this plant is used as an analgesic and an anti-inflammatory and promotes wound healing
  • Cantharis vesicatoria: Derived from a beetle and used in the treatment of urinary conditions but also applied topically to prevent blistering from burns
  • Echinacea angustifolia: This plant is a natural antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and topical antibiotic.
Here is what the FDA has to say about homeopathic remedies. Be sure to follow the directions of any product you use. Be careful of dosage and of drug interactions.

To be continued, once I have the misfortune of burning myself...

Quick #Review: Bikini Ready Energy Gummies #BikiniReadyLifestyle

I received this complimentary product from Influenster to test and to review.


Product: Bikini Ready Energy Gummies
Product Description: Tastes great, boosts metabolism, increases energy

Disclaimer: I hate gummi candy. I hate any food that's gelatin-based. Furthermore, I don't ingest energy drinks or supplements because they're not FDA-regulated and are not usually good for your health.

Nutrition: 20 micrograms caffeine (same as about 1/4 cup of coffee); 333% Vitamin B12 daily value

For the sake of reviewing this product, I gave it a go. In this sample, there were two gumdrop-appearing gummies that were red and orange. I chose to start with the red-colored gummi, which I hoped was cherry-flavored. The first thing I tasted was the sugar (1.5 gram per gummi), followed by a very chemical, unnatural taste that was barely cherry. The texture was rubbery and not easily broken down in the mouth. Within one minute of chewing, I was assaulted by an unforgivingly sour taste that led me to spit the gummi out. I didn't even attempt to try the remaining orange gummi.

Bottom Line: Yuck. I expected the artificial flavoring but not the gag-inducing sour taste. I don't normally eat energy supplements, but I don't think that's a normal response. Avoid, avoid, avoid.

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