Thursday, October 30, 2014

Adovia Intensive Anti-Wrinkle Cream with Dead Sea Minerals, Seaweed, and Aloe Vera : Review



 
Unfortunately we are all aging, it's just a fact of life.
And as such we start to get fine lines and wrinkles!
I wasn't excited to see these wonderful signs of aging.
 
So when I received Adovia Intensive Anti-Wrinkle Cream to test and review, it got me excited.
Upon receiving and opening it,
I was surprised to see how elegant the packaging and jar were.  
 
 
The sleek frosted glass container has a silver lid giving it a decorative appearance on your vanity. 

 
I love that it has protective cover, which can be removed and replaced easily to protect the contents from oxidation.

 
The cream is rich, very creamy, not greasy and easy to use.
and has a fresh light scent.
 
 
at night so it is the only thing on my skin, so it can work it's magic.
It makes my skin feel very hydrated,
especially on those days spent outdoors.
 
I've been using Adovia Intensive Anti-Wrinkle Cream for couple weeks and am noticing how smoother my skin feels. Those fine lines are fading along with the wrinkles slowly diminishing.
My face is feeling tighter and more toned also.
 
I love that it uses natural
as well as, unique and special ingredients.
 
 
 Infuses skin with Dead Sea Minerals, Seaweed and Aloe Vera feed skin needed nutrients for maintaining naturally youthful skin.
Also contains Silicon and Vitamin A, deep-hydrating, natural Almond Oil which increase the firmness and overall vitality of your skin smoothing out the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
 
 This fast acting cream will firm and tone your aging skin making it more youthful and refreshed while reducing the appearance of wrinkles and helping prevent and delay the appearance of new wrinkles and fine lines.
 
Bottoms results:
I am very pleased with the outcome of 
see it as a staple in my beauty regime.
 
is available at Amazon by clicking here:
 

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

It's Getting to be THAT Time of Year!

 
 Time to get your pumpkins out and start carving!
when the kids were younger we used to have a blast making our own and also using templates. I need to dig out some old photos one of these days. We used to really do the front of our home up. Things are different when you have little ones. Seems as they get older you do too, darn that life thing!
 
Someone that has been missing for a few years is "Herman". I have an old pair of jeans and flannel shirt I stuff with fallen leaves for his body. He wears an old pair of shoes, garden gloves (for his hands), and an orange plastic pumpkin candy pail for his head. I had a strobe light that would go inside the pail, then an old tattered cowboy hat would adorn his head. Miss seeing him.....
 
Decorations for the Holidays have been sparse as of recent, but each year I think "Wait till next year, we'll do it up right".
next year WE WILL!  
 
Thought I'd help those of you out who still carve pumpkins with some ideas. I had fun searching these out. Some are more easy that others. But all would be FUN!
 
 
 Easy to do: Just right click and save image to your computer.
Print out a stencil and you're ready to make scary, silly, and fun Halloween pumpkin faces.

How to use these stencils/images:
  1. Using a carving knife, cut a circle around the stem end of the pumpkin. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and fibers from the pumpkin's center.
  2. Print your favorite stencil out in approx. size needed.
  3. Tape a stencil to your pumpkin.
  4. Using a push pin/nail or something with a sharp point, make a dotted outline of the stencil pattern on your pumpkin.
  5. Peel the paper stencil off.
  6. Following the dotted lines you've made, carve your design into the pumpkin.
TIP 
 
When you're all done coat the inside of your pumpkin with Vaseline. It will keep is from drying out and shrinking as fast.
 
Also, don't throw out those seeds!
Toast them for a great healthy snack!
 
Rinse well and remove strings.
Spread the pumpkin seeds baking sheet.
Drizzle with oil. Sprinkle with salt.
Bake 45 minutes in 325 degree oven,
stirring occasionally, until lightly toasted.
YUM! 
 
OK back to carving.
Some of these are more intricate than others,
some are more scarier than others.
Just have fun!!


 








 


  




 





 
 

 
 




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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fall is in the Air and so are Germs!



Cold and Flu Season: Are you ready?
Spark Naturals is happy to release the
Cold and Flu Bomb Kit! 
Autumn marks both the start of the holidays and cold and flu season, which, much like Back-to-school time, can bring a host of things into the house ranging from stress to bacteria.
I know EO's my family's first line of defense for prevention but if our defenses get low, we take action right away with Sparks Cold and Flu Bomb Kit.  They have put together the ultimate collection of oils to prevent and fight off cold and flu symptoms.
 
This affordable kit includes:
 
Oregano - Nature's strongest Antibiotic
 

Melaleuca - Proven to fight, bacteria, virus and fungi
 
 
Oregano & Melaleuca EOs
Both Oregano and Melaleuca (and many other essential oils) are
potent anti-microbial agents and are fantastic to have on hand for
cleaning, diffusing, and other appropriate uses during this season!
 
Shield - Spark Naturals proprietary blend created to support healthy immune function.

 
Shield Protective Blend
Kills bacteria, mold and and virus.
This blend is full of heavy hitters for supporting a
healthy immune system, including
Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Lemon,
Eucalyptus, and Rosemary.
It is perfect diffused, rolled onto the
bottom of your feet (diluted if necessary),
taken in a lemon tea, or
mixed with vodka or Witch Hazel
for a DIY hand sanitizer.
 
Directions for use:
 
A popular remedy for the onset of cold or flu is 3 drops of each oil in a gel capsule, a shot glass of water or,
applied to the bottoms of both feet.
Acute symptoms; take or apply every 3 hours.
For preventative measures, 3x daily.
For kids under the age of 8, dilute by half with a carrier oil.
 
We just add the drops to a glass of water and drink.
It gives the one two punch and we feel better quicker than with over the counter meds. Best of all it's a steal at $24.99 compared to the cost of similar kits from other companies!
 
You can even save 10% on your order from Spark Naturals by clicking here
 

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Many Uses for Flour


People have been using flour for eons!
The uses for flour that we think of include but aren't limited to: baking cakes, making corn bread, cup cakes, pie crust, desserts, casseroles, beans, etc! Flour is so useable even to thicken broth with. I don’t know if we could ever find all the uses of this kitchen and baking essential.
 
I ran a Home Daycare for 25 years, here are some fun recipes for crafting with the kiddos!
 
  Have fun, these are just in time for the upcoming Holiday Season. Making little ornaments, gifts and just plain keeping them busy during vacation time!

For the Kiddos



Recipe 1 for Modeling Clay

Mix together:
2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 cup water
Food coloring, optional
Store in plastic bag in the refrigerator.

Recipe 2 for Modeling Flour

Mix and cook over low heat until mixture thickens:
1 cup salt
1 cup flour
1 cup water
Food coloring, optional
Cool before using.

Recipe 3 for Modeling Flour

Combine over low heat, stirring constantly until mixture becomes stiff and comes away from sides of pot:
1 cup salt
4 tablespoons oil
2 cups flour
4 tablespoons cream of tartar
2 cups water
Food coloring
Cool before using.
Store in a plastic bag.

Recipe 4 for Modeling Clay

Mix:
1 cup cornstarch
2 cups bicarbonate of soda
1 1/2 cups cold water
Food coloring
Heat all over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture is dough like. Cool, covered with a damp cloth. Coat finished products with a sealant to seal and preserve.

Make Play Dough with Flour

Play dough is a classic childhood toy everyone can have fun with, and it’s so easy to make at home you’ll never buy that stinky store variety again.
Basic ingredient ratios:
2 cups flour
2 cups warm water
1 cup salt
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon cream of tartar (optional for improved elasticity)
food coloring (liquid, powder, or unsweetened drink mix)
essential oils (optional)
Mix all together.

Make Cloud Dough with Flour

The consistency of this dough is captivating to feel and hold. It can be powdery like flour one moment, then moldable like damp sand the next. This brought HOURS of entertainment to my home, hopefully it will do the same for yours.
Ingredients:
8 cups flour
1 cup vegetable oil
Essential oil such as lavender (optional, but remember lavender has calming properties ;) )
Instructions:
Scoop and pour the flour into the center of a large tub.
Create a crater in the middle of the flour.
Pour the oil into the crater.
Gently mix it all together.
Use your imagination. 
 
No-Cook Paper Mache Paste Recipe from Flour
 
Ingredients:
Paper Mache ~ newspaper strips
Water
Flour
Instructions:
To make this paste, simply mix together 1 part flour to 2 parts water. Pour the flour and water in a large bowl and stir it well. Keep mixing until there are very few lumps left. You want it to be runny like a white glue, not thick like paste. Add more water or flour as necessary.
If you don’t like the smell of the glue mixture you can add a few sprinkles of cinnamon or your favorite ground spice to sweeten it up. You should be able to store this glue in a covered bowl or jar, in the refrigerator, for a few days.
 
Paste
 
When I was little anytime I needed paste Mom would just mix flour with water to make a paste. Worked great for gluing paper projects together. So if you ever run out of glue or paste, reach for the flour. And it's safe for toddlers who seem to put everything in their mouths ;)

Household Uses



Refresh a deck of cards

You can spruce up an old playing deck by dropping the entire thing (loose) into a paper bag with about a ¼ cup of flour. The thirsty flour will soak up all the oils and grime from years of dirty fingers, greasy snacks, etc.

Use Flour to Deter Ants:

Flour and Borax. Mix 1 cup flour and 2 cups borax in a jar. Punch holes in the lid of the jar and sprinkle contents around the house foundation. Keep Borax out of reach of children and pets. 

Buffing Stainless steel with Flour

After cleaning your sink with a paste of baking soda and water, dry the sink out completely and shake in some flour.
Use approx. 1/4 cup. Simply buff your sink with a soft cloth rag and keep at it until your sink is glistening.
Wipe out leftover flour with your towel and shake into your compost bin or trashcan.

 
Polish Copper with Flour and Vinegar
 
Ingredients:
¼ Cup Fine Sea Salt
¼ Cp All Purpose Flour
White Vinegar
Mixing Bowl
A Soft Rag
Instructions:
1. Combine the sea salt and flour.
2. Add the white vinegar a little bit a time while stirring until you’ve made a thick paste.
3. Rub the paste onto the pot or pan using a cloth until it shines.
4. Rinse, dry, and done.

Making Spray Glue from Flour

Instructions:
1. Boil 3 cups of water and add 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Stir until the salt is fully dissolved. Reduce heat to medium.
2. Whisk 3 tablespoons of flour into the water. Add the flour a bit at a time, whisking the liquid as you do so to break up the flour and distribute it evenly in the water. Continue whisking after all the flour is added and until the mixture thickens and becomes somewhat gelatinous in consistency.
3. Let the flour mixture cool to room temperature.
4. Check the consistency of the flour mixture; it should be the consistency of heavy cream. If it’s thicker than this, stir in some water until it reaches the appropriate thickness. Mix well, whisking if necessary.
5. Fill a spray bottle 1/4 full with rubbing alcohol.
6. Add flour mixture to fill the rest of the bottle. Leave about a half inch of space at the top of the bottle to allow air mixture.
7. Cap the bottle. Shake well before using. Apply to porous surfaces, especially paper products.

In the Garden 

Flour

Flour is effective on beetles, grasshoppers and wet, soft-bodied insects. Sprinkle flour on insects to kill them. Beetles’ and grasshoppers’ wings and legs get coated in the flour and it impairs their movement. They fall to the ground and die or are attacked by predatory insects. Soft-bodied insects such as aphids and slugs become coated in flour and are unable to stay moist, then gum up or dry out and die. Flour mixed with salt may be more effective against large infestations, but salt can burn plants so take care to sprinkle only on insects. Personally I like to use the flour by itself. It's a safe non-toxic way to help keep infestations down with out worry about children or pets getting into it.
 


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Old Factory Candle Gift Set Review and #Giveaway



I was so excited to be chosen to review an
Old Factory Candle Gift Set. 
 
It arrived well packed.
You can chose to get it neatly gift wrapped
 with a gift card attached like shown,
 These would make for a wonderful any occasion gift,
remember the Holiday Season is right around the corner too!  
That Amazon smile always makes me smile!


I adore the old fashioned graphics and packaging.
I detected a delicious scent right away,
 even through the packaging!

 
 
The scent set I chose was ''Winter Wonderland'' which included:
Hot Cocoa, Roasted Chestnut and First Snow.
I don't know about you but I am ready for Winter!
 
 
Old Factory's Candles are hand poured with natural soy wax and premium fragrance oils, have self-trimming cotton candle wicks and are made right here in the good ol' USA.
Just love those labels! 
 
I lit the Roasted Chestnut right away.
We had a brisk breeze that day and
 thought it was appropriate
AND I wanted to smell it fully lit. 
 
  
As I sit here writing in an adjacent room,
the scent is enveloping me.
 It's a subtle warm Holiday scent,
not overwhelming as some candles can be.
Since they are made of soy wax they
burn clean for over 20 hours with no soot..a big plus!
 
 
This wonderful Gift Set is available through Amazon.
You can find the Winter Wonderland Set here.
But there are a total of 12 themed Gift Sets available.
You will find it hard to chose, I know I did.
Each Gift Set includes 3 - 2 ounce fragrance-themed candles,
each will compliment any room of the home.
They may look little, but they don't disappoint.
 their fabulous scent fills the room comfortably.
 
Pumpkin Spice
Cranberry
Autumn Leaves 
Christmas Tree
Candy Cane
Gingerbread

Hot Cocoa
Roasted Chestnut
First Snow

Rose Petals
Champagne
Dark Chocolate

Lemongrass
Olive Blossom
Fresh Linen

Cucumber
Lemongrass
Green Tea

Sea Breeze
Hawaiian Lei
Awapuhi

Coffee Bean
Hazelnut
Chai Tea

Straight Razor
Leather
Mahogany

Cannabis
Incense
Bag O' Cookies

Baby Powder
Baby Shampoo
First Blanket

Leather
Vanilla
Jasmine Bubbles
 
Now the FUN part!!
How would you like to win an
Old Factory Candle Gift Set of your own!!??
That's right!  
 
Old Factory Candles have been so kind
as to offer a Gift Set for the winner of my giveaway!
Once the winner is determined he/she will receive
an exclusive coupon code for 1 Old Factory Candle Gift Set.
 
Just enter the giveaway form below.
Entries will be verified.
Open to US residents only.
Promotions ends November 1, 2014    
 
 
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