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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Protect Your Skin With Ageless Derma Daily Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 35+ And A giveaway

    I live in New Mexico and for the most part, the sun is always shinning during the day. I also love to go for walks everyday. I love the sunshine when I am out walking but it can do damage to my skin as the effects of skin exposure to the sun’s rays, even for a short amount of time every day, can create early lines and wrinkles, cause sunburn, decrease the skin’s natural moisture levels, mark up the skin with unsightly dark spots and even be the cause of cancerous lesions. I want to keep my skin looking nice so I protected it with a good sunscreen.

 I love using Ageless Derma Daily Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 35+  on my skin as it not only protects my skin from the sun’s potentially dangerous rays, but it also provides deep moisturizing benefits that are absolutely necessary after experiencing solar exposure. 

So what makes Ageless Derma Daily Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 35+ so special?

Ageless sunscreen utilizes a Safflower Oleosomes technology system to deliver broad-spectrum protection from ultraviolet (both UVA and UVB) sun exposure.  This unique patented delivery system allows for maximum penetration of the moisturizing sunscreen, giving the user the most reliable and powerful sun protection combined with the highest levels of hydration.

What are  Safflower Oleosomes?

   Oleosomes are natural, botanical oils found in certain plants and seeds. These oils provide plants with a source of energy and thereby allow the sunscreen element in Daily Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 35+ an active delivery system and a stable environment for the effective ingredients contained within this double-duty moisturizing sunscreen.

   The Safflower Oleosomes also allow for less emulsifying chemical agents to be used, a necessary formulaic ingredient but one that can potentially interfere with the sunscreen’s activation process.  The Oleosome in Daily Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 35+ enables the SPF, which is already more than 35, to become more intense and at the same time non-irritating to skin.  

   The oleosomes in  Ageless Derma Daily Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 35+ are time-released to deliver maximum sun protection over a period of time.  As a result of the least amount of emulsifying chemicals needed for more than adequate sun protection, the skin is both protected from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays as it adds moisture.

So I am going to use Ageless Derma Daily Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 35+ before I greet the sun and protect my skin from the damaging effects of the sun and prevent premature aging and skin cancer.


I have a tube of Ageless Derma Daily Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 35+  to giveaway to one of my readers. Just enter on the Rafflecopter form below and good luck!

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"These opinions are my own and I received the above mentioned product to facilitate this giveaway."

I Love Using Globally Good Silicone Baking Cups For My Egg Muffins! & A Giveaway

I love making egg muffins for breakfast. I remember the first time I made them and the mess they made. I used a regular muffin tin and greased it very well. The egg muffins got stuck in the muffin tin and it took forever to get the tin cleaned. I soak my muffin tin all day but I still had a hard time getting it clean.

    I found a better way to make my egg muffins! I now use Globally Good Silicone Baking Cups when I make my egg muffins. The muffins slide right out after baking and clean up is a breeze. These silicone cups are amazing! These colorful cups save you money as they reusable, unlike muffin papers. You just place them in your muffin tins or on a cookie sheet. There is no need for greasy, sticky sprays, just fill and bake. The stickiest of recipes will pop right out.

These silicone cups are FDA approved, BPA free, and stain resistant. They are safe to use in the oven, microwave, freezer, and dishwasher. They have many uses beyond muffins too. You can use them for cupcakes, kids snacks, making chocolates, mini cheesecakes, candles, ice cream treats, and more. I just love the way my treats look in these silicone cups! I now make my egg muffins more often as no more mess involved with these cups.

Broccoli and Cheese Egg Muffins

1 cup cooked broccoli, chopped into small pieces
6 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Makes 6-8 muffins

Place the silicone cups on a cookie sheet or in a muffin tin. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Dived the egg mixture evenly between the silicone cups. Bake for 25 minutes or until eggs are set.


I have a set of Globally Good Silicone Baking Cups to giveaway to one of my readers. Just enter on the form below and good luck!

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This giveaway is open to US residents 18 years of age or older. No entry is mandatory. Chances of winning giveaway depends on number of entries. All entries will be verified. Winner will be notified within 24 hours of end of contest and will then have 48 hours to respond to the email or a new winner will be chosen. Sponsor is responsible for shipping out prize. Void where prohibited.

"These opinions are my own and I received the above mentioned product to write this review."

Friday, February 27, 2015

How To Make A Green Tea Latte With Enzo 100% organic Matcha Tea Powder

Green tea lattes are a popular item at the coffee shops. I see a lot of people ordering these green drinks. Green tea lattes not only taste good but are good for you. These yummy green tea drinks are loaded with antioxidants. See the end of this post for a recipe. Making this green tea latte is so easy and it will save you so much money.

The main ingredient in a green tea latte is Matcha. So what is Matcha? Matcha is green tea leaves that have been made into a powder. This green tea powder has 137 X more antioxidants than brewed tea thus giving you more benefits.

Enzo Matcha powder is 100% organic and contains  polyphenol EGCG, a well-known formula to increase metabolism and helps you to burn fat faster. It also  is a great source of catechin polyphenols, awell-known antioxidant to protect human body from cancers, cardiovascular diseases and great for skin health to make us young and beautiful. Also Matcha is high in chlorophyll, which detoxifies your body and remove all toxins.

Green tea Matcha is also great for you mood and memory as it is rich in amino acid L-theanine.

   I love using Matcha in my smoothies my morning smoothie as it helps me to be able to focus better to get my work done. I also love drinking a green tea latte made with Matcha in the afternoon before I go running. I have lots more energy that way. All it takes is one teaspoon of this green tea powder and the taste is not bitter like hot green tea.

      Click on this link to get more information about Enzo 100% organic Matcha Tea powder.

The price may see high, but this bag has 24 servings in it, thus making it $1.00 per drink.

                                     Green Tea Latte

                             1 cup milk or milk substitute like soymilk
                                            1 teaspoon Enzo 100% organic Matcha Tea powder
                                            2 teaspoons sugar 
                                            4 ice cubes
                   Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. You can use other sweeteners like Stevia or vanilla syrup and add more sugar if you want it sweeter. 

"These opinions are my own and I was sent the above mentioned product to write an honest review."

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Pura d'or Hair & Body Care Products Are Artisanally Handcrafted

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  I try to do good by my body so I can look and feel my best. I eat natural foods so why not use natural products on the outside of my body too. I don't want chemicals in my body so I need to stop putting chemicals on my skin and hair.

  I was sent three Premium Organic products for my hair and skin from a company called Purador. Their products are made with at least 95% organic ingredients. These products not only smell great but did a good job of making my skin and hair look nice.  I just love their Vision and Mission statements.

Our Vision
All our ingredients are grown on trees, not in test tubes. Our products are artisanally handcrafted by a hybrid team of artists and scientists, not by machines. Some say that this is a step backward, but we believe that this is a step in the direction of how things should be.

Our Mission
For more than four years, Pura d'or has been growing a culture planted on a natural set of values and beliefs. But when all is said and done it comes down to one unified mission—to create organic personal care solutions that naturally work.

Here are the products I received

 Premium Organic Argan Oil Based Hair Loss Prevention Shampoo

+ Prevents Hair Loss 
+ Strengthens Hair
+ Adds Volume
+ All Natural and Organic 
+ Vitamins for Hair Growth 
+ Paraben, SLS and Gluten Free
+ 12 DHT Blockers

Premium Organic Argan Oil Based Conditioner, Lavender Vanilla

+ 99% Vegetable Base Ingredients
+ Manages Frizz
+ Enhances Shine
+ Argan Oil Based
+ Paraben, Sulfate and Gluten Free

Pure and Organic Argan Oil

+ Diminishes wrinkles
+ Stimulates skin cells
+ Reduces appearance of scaring and stretch marks
+ Creates softer smoother skin
+ Reliefs for eczema and psoriasis
+ Restores nutrient content to skin cells

  I loved that I was able to use natural products in my hair. I had to get use to how the shampoo worked because it was free of sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), the chemical that makes a rich lather, I had to get use a no lather clean. The conditioner had a great lavender scent to it and it made my hair easy to manage and soft. 

The Argan Oil had an enjoyable light scent and made my skin fell smooth. The Argan oil, being a natural oil, did take longer to absorb into my skin, but the softer skin made it worth it.

So if you want better beauty products made from ingredients that are all natural with no harsh chemicals and animal cruelty free, try Pura d'or Hair & Body Care Products.

"These opinions are my own and I received the above mentioned products to write this review."

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Vegetarian Slow Cooker Sloppy Joe's Made With Jiva USDA Organic Whole Moong (Mung) Beans

  I have a wonderful meatless recipe for sloppy Joe's and the awesome thing is that it is made in the slow cooker. This is an easy recipe to start in the morning before and dinner is ready when you come home. This meatless recipe uses Moong Beans for the protein source and tastes just like sloppy Joe's.

    So what is Moong Beans? Moong Beans are a green legume, also known as mung beans. These beans are used in Indian cooking to prepare Dal and Curry. These beans can also be sprouted to make bean sprouts. These little green beans contain no cholesterol and very little fat, making them a healthy addition to those seeking a high-protein and fiber addition to their diets.

       I was sent a package of  Jiva USDA Organic Whole Moong (Mung) Beans and I could not wait to cook with them. These beans are USDA Organic Whole Moong Beans grown in certified organic farms in India and are a perfect complement to vegans and vegetarian lifestyles.I love that a serving of these beans contain nearly half of the daily recommended intake of protein per serving and 47 percent of daily iron. 

 I have used bean sprouts, sprouted from the Moong Beans, in my cooking to make Egg Foo Young but I have never used the Moong Beans in the original form. I had to cook up a batch of the beans to see what they look like. They were easy to cook*. Below is how the green beans look before and after they are cooked. Once cooked the  beans are ready to use in many recipes.

This is what the Moong Beans look like when they are sprouted. These are sprouts that I had bought from the store but I have heard of people sprouting them at home. The bean sprouts are yummy in in dishes like Egg Foo Young and salads. 

To buy these Jiva USDA Organic Whole Moong (Mung) Beans so you can make this recipe or try sprouting them, just click on the below link.

Vegetarian Slow Cooker Sloppy Joe's

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium-size yellow onion, chopped
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 cup Jiva USDA Organic Whole Moong Beans
one 15-16 ounce can chopped tomatoes
3 cups water
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon black pepper

1. Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and saute for 3-5 minutes until lightly brown. Add the chili powder, stirring to coat.

2.Transfer the onion mixture to your slow cooker. Add the Moong beans, tomatoes, water, soy sauce, mustard, brown sugar, and black pepper. Stir to combine. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours.

Serve on toasted buns or English muffins. These can also be served in bowls.

*Cooking instructions for Moong Beans

Soak 1 cup beans overnight in 2 cups water. Drain water and place beans in a pot with 2 cups water. Bring the beans to a boil and then cover pot, lower temperature and simmer for 1 hour. Drain the water and the Moong beans are ready to use in recipes.

"These opinions are my own and I was sent the above mentioned product to write this review."

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Turn Your Favorite T-shirts Into A Blanket With Project Repat

       I had a lot of t-shirts that I now longer wear as they were too big, worn out, or had stains on them. These shirts all had special meaning to them and I just could not part with them. Project Repat allowed me to keep my shirts and enjoy them in a new way. They made them into a blanket that is so cool. I can now snuggle with all my memories.

How does Project Repat make a blanket out of my shirts?

Step 1 
Visit  and choose the size of blanket you want and the color of the fleece that goes on the back. The blanket size will determine how many t-shirts you will need.

Step 2

Pay for the order and then Project Repat will send you instructions on how to get the shirts to them.

Step 3

Gather all your t-shirts and send them to Project Repat.

Step 4
 Project Repat takes all your t-shirts and makes them into a blanket.

Step 5

Enjoy your blanket.

I received a lap size blanket, which is great for snuggling with while you watch TV. Project Repat makes blankets from a lap size to a king size. I just love how soft my blanket is as the t-shirts I sent in were soft. This blanket makes a great gift. You can make a blanket out of all those cute baby clothes or out of shirts from all those races you ran. A sports person would love one made with his favorite team shirts This would make a great baby shower gift to a new mom. The possibilities are endless and you can use sweatshirts too. 

Another cool thing is, the fleece backing of the blanket is made out of recycled plastic bottles. Each yard of fleece is made from 23 plastic bottles that would otherwise end up in landfills.

Check out how you can turn your t-shirts into a blanket.

"These opinions are my own and I was sent a gift certificate to order a blanket with my shirts."