Saturday, October 25, 2014

Key West Health & Beauty 2.5% Retinol Cream Review



This is the first time I've tried a product from Key West Health & Beauty and I must say I was impressed with their Retinol Cream. Why? Continue reading and I'll share it with you. :)

Retinol Cream is used to stimulate the regenration of skin cells while exfoliating dead layers of skin. Using a retinol cream has lots of benefits which includes:

- helping diminish or remove age spots, hyper-pigmentation and sun damage
- helps to deep clean and unclog pores
- helping skin to restore its bright and youthful look
- boost collagen production to help firm, plump and tighten skin which in time will help eliminate fine lines, wrinkles and diminish large pores.

Key West Health & Beauty has over 35 years of experience in the spa and beauty industry. They've limited their product line to include only the most natural, organic and results oriented products available.

Their 2.5% Retinol is an advanced formula with 97% natural and 71% organic ingredients. Their retinol cream is different than other retinol creams because most retinol creams contain heavy amounts of synthetic ingredients and fillers. The 1.7 oz. size they offer also is almost twice the size of most retinol products available in the market. The strength of their retinol cream is the strongest percentage available without a prescription.

The Key West Health & Beauty 2.5% Retinol Cream came in a nice bottle. It looks classy and expensive. I like the simple design of their label because I think that sometimes, simplicity is more.

I removed the bottle and the cream is dispensed through a built-in pump. The cream has a creamy texture, white color and is unscented.

I decided to use this once a day at night. I incorporated this into my regular bedtime routine which is cleanse face, pat it dry, apply a peel I'm trying out, apply my Vitamin C Serum and then apply the Key West Health & Beauty Retinol Cream. In between the different product I use, I let each product absorb first before applying another product.

The Key West Health & Beauty Retinol Cream has a creamy texture but absorbs very quickly. It is light and doesn't leave my skin feeling greasy at all. I like how only 1 pump of the cream is enough for my whole face. It helped unclog my pores and reduced my acne break-out. I also like how it made my skin less oilier. The retinol cream neither dried up my skin nor did it cause any peeling.

I used this at night to reduce the chances of getting a reaction due to the sun. I am aware that retinol can cause sunburns specially with extended sun exposure. Applying sunscreen can prevent this but I'd rather use it at night since it's effective as well.

HAVE YOU TRIED A RETINOL CREAM BEFORE?

You can visit the Key West Health and Beauty WEBSITE to learn more about their other wonderful products.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a sample for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I tried personally and believe will be good for my readers. No other form of compensation was received. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Discover The Sky At Night With Nancy B's Science Club Moonscope #educationalinsights

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I was super excited when we received Nancy B's Science Club Moonscope from Educational Insights. Why? Because I haven't really used a moonscope before and I wanted my 6 year old daughter to learn how to use it with me. :)
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The Nancy B's Moonscope and Sky Gazer activity Journal arrived in a nice looking box. I was so excited to try it when we received the box.
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The Moonscope needed to be assembled so I had to read the instructions first. The instructions were very easy to understand and I set the Moonscope up in about 5 minutes. It's lightweight and the tripod works well to support the moonscope if it's in a stable and flat surface. It almost toppled over when my 3 year old daughter accidentally hit it so I do suggest anchoring it for added safety.

I familiarized myself with the parts of the moonscope and how to use it. My 6 year old daughter was beside me and I explained to her what the moonscope is and how to use it.
 

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I set up the moonscope on our front porch and following the tips on how to use the moonscope, I first tried to focus on the trees in broad daylight. I tried the 2 eyepieces included to see if I can focus them properly. The moonscope is easy to use in broad daylight and I had no problems focusing it. My 6 year old daughter though, wasn't ready to learn how to focus the moonscope yet. The suggested age for the moonscope is children age 8 and up so I had no worries with that. She can however peek through the moonscope and see what I focused on.

It's easy to focus the moonscope in broad daylight but at night, it's a different story. It's harder to focus the moonscope. We're waiting for the full moon next month to see if we can focus on the moon. My daughter is excited to view the moon through the moonscope. :)

The journal has lots of fun and educational activities and I can't wait to help my daughter finish it.

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The built-in red light doesn't interfere with the moonscope and it's effective in viewing the journal in the dark.

I do suggest that they provide a container for the eyepieces to minimize the risk of accidentally losing the eyepieces and moon filter and to protect the eyepieces too.

You can purchase the Nancy B's Science Club Moonscope on Amazon.

You can also visit and connect with the Educational Insights' social media sites:

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a sample for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I tried personally and believe will be good for my readers. No other form of compensation was received. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Make Cute Halloween Ballon Decor With Glow Stick Bracelets By Super Bright


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My daughters like to play with glow sticks so when they saw this big tube full of glow sticks from Super Bright, they immediately asked me to snap a few to make them bracelets.

I searched Pinterest for some ideas on what to do with glow sticks and I found a cute and easy craft for kids. The original pin was for a ghost balloon and I modified it a bit. My daughters made some "scary" (at least for them it's scary) zombie, pumpkin and the original ghost balloon from Pinterest. :)
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For this easy DIY Halloween craft, we used the following:

- The Glow Sticks from Super Bright
- Permanent Markers
- White balloons
- bike pump (to pump air into the balloons)

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Here are the instructions to make the cute/creepy Halloween balloon decors:

1. Snap the glow sticks to activate their glows. For the Super Bright glow sticks, so far, the colors we saw were blue, red/pink, yellow and green.
2. Tape both ends of the glow sticks to form a loop. This would make it easier to put into the balloons.
3. Put the bended glow stick inside the deflated balloon. I find it easier to insert the rounded part first.
4. Inflate the balloon to the desired size and tie the bottom of the balloon.
5. Draw silly, scary or funny faces on the balloon using markers.
6. Turn off the light to see your glowing balloons! :)

Both my daughters had fun doing these fun glow balloons. :) Want to see the effect?

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The glow balloons look normal when there's light and looks great when lights are turned off.

The Glow Stick Bracelets by Super Bright comes in a tube with 100 different colored glow sticks. It also comes with the small plastic tubes to make these glow sticks into a bracelet. They glow brightly for approximately 5 hours and then the glow starts to fade away. It continued to emit light (although the emitted light becomes weaker) for up to 24 hours for me.

I'll leave some unsnapped glow sticks so we can use them when we go trick or treating this Halloween. :)

You can purchase the Glow Stick Bracelets by Super Bright on Amazon.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a sample for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I tried personally and believe will be good for my readers. No other form of compensation was received. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

GUEST: Angry Birds Take Flight Sweepstakes (Daily Entry)


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Their Name Is Today: Reclaiming Childhood in a Hostile World Book Review By Johann Arnold + Giveaway 11/6 US/CAN

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

There's hope for childhood. Despite a perfect storm of hostile forces that are robbing children of a healthy childhood, courageous parents and teachers who know what's best for children are turning the tide. Johann Christoph Arnold, whose books on education, parenting, and relationships have helped more than a million readers through life's challenges, draws on the stories and voices of parents and educators on the ground, and a wealth of personal experience. He surveys the drastic changes in the lives of children, but also the groundswell of grassroots advocacy and action that he believes will lead to the triumph of common sense and time-tested wisdom. Arnold takes on technology, standardized testing, overstimulation, academic pressure, marketing to children, over-diagnosis and much more, calling on everyone who loves children to combat these threats to childhood and find creative ways to help children flourish. Every parent, teacher, and childcare provider has the power to make a difference, by giving children time to play, access to nature, and personal attention, and most of all, by defending their right to remain children.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

People have come to expect sound advice from Johann Christoph Arnold, an award-winning author with over a million copies of his books in print in more than 20 languages. A noted speaker and writer on marriage, parenting, and end-of-life issues, Arnold is a senior pastor of the Bruderhof, a movement of Christian communities. With his wife, Verena, he has counseled thousands of individuals and families over the last forty years. His books include Why Forgive?, Rich in Years, Seeking Peace, Cries from the Heart, Be Not Afraid, and Why Children Matter. Arnold's message has been shaped by encounters with great peacemakers such as Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, C├ęsar Chavez, and John Paul II. Together with paralyzed police officer Steven McDonald, Arnold started the Breaking the Cycle program, working with students at hundreds of public high schools to promote reconciliation through forgiveness. This work has also brought him to conflict zones from Northern Ireland to Rwanda to the Middle East. Closer to home, he serves as chaplain for the local sheriff's department. Born in Britain in 1940 to German refugees, Arnold spent his boyhood years in South America, where his parents found asylum during the war; he immigrated to the United States in 1955. He and his wife have eight children, 42 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. They live in upstate New York. To learn more visit www.richinyears.com 

MY REVIEW:


This book is an eye-opener for me. I've always known at the back of my mind the huge difference on how we were brought up and how me and hubby are bringing up our daughters.

20+ years ago, when we were children, technology wasn't that advanced compared to today. I grew up in the Philippines and during summer, I remember we always stayed at our grandparents' house in the province. We would spend our day playing with toy clay pots and pans, bike around our grandparents' driveway or catch fish in their fish pond, this is popular in provinces. We didn't have video games or handheld consoles available today to young children. We would play pretend or run around and play "chinese garter", a popular game in the Philippines. The closest thing we had in our grandparents' house compared to today's technology was a television and we would rather play outside than watch it.

Fast forward 20+ years, I now have 2 daughters of my own and being 3 and 6, they can already use the laptop and tablets without difficulty. If I don't interfere with their gadget use, they would stay glued to the laptop and the tablet the whole day. Some days, specially when I'm busy, I would oversee their gadget use and I am guilty of that. Most days, I would limit their tablet and laptop use and bring them to the playground to play. We would go biking and pier fishing once in a while and their joy and satisfaction in catching a fish cannot be compared to while they're in front of the tablet or laptop.

As I read the book, I saw some points to why the world has changed drastically and children have been more inclined to using their gadgets instead of going out and play. One of the things I read in the book is that kids playing outside is not that safe anymore specially when they are not watched over by their parents or guardian. I do agree with this because I read and watch a lot of news about missing children as well as adults. This is one of the reasons to why I prefer my daughters inside the house. If me or my hubby can't go with them to the playground, then they stay inside our home.

There are a lot more things I wanted to share about my experiences as a child and as a parent that I've related to the book but I wouldn't finish my review. :)

This book has taught me new things as well as reaffirm me on what I have to do to raise my daughters the same way my mom raised us. It's a great must-read for new and old parents.

You can purchase the book: Their Name Is Today on Amazon.

Who wants to win a copy of the book?! You can win a copy of the book by entering on the rafflecopter form below. Good Luck!


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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Nancy B's Science Club Microscope From Educational Insights Review #educationalinsights

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I have a B.S. in Medical Technology and currently a stay-at-home mom. I have 2 daughters age 3 and 6 and I specifically chose to review this microscope for my 6 year old daughter.

I can say I know a lot about microscope and how to use one because we had intensive lab hours when I was studying. We started studying plant cells to human cells to body fluids and different kinds of parasites and microorganisms. There were A LOT!
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I want to introduce my daughters, my 6 year old specifically at this time, to the amazing things she can see under the microscope. I want her to learn how a small dot to the naked eye can be an insect or something else under the microscope.

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The Educational Insights' Nancy B's Science Club Microscope is a great product to start young children and kids on the things they can see under a microscope.

The microscope itself is made of plastic and operates on 3xAAA batteries. This is a simple microscope and my 6 year old daughter learned how to focus the lens up to the 100x magnification. There are also 4 prepared slides with several specimens included which is nice.
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There's a journal included for suggested activities and my daughter asked me to help her with the cheek cell experiment. I helped her focus the cheek cell specimen on the 400x magnification and she was super excited to see them. :)
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This microscope is great for young kids because it works. It's very simple and easy to use and perfect for beginner scientist. The recommended age of the Nancy B's Microscope is for children ages 8 and up but my 6 year old daughter used it with no problem. :)

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This microscope has 3 magnifications, 30x, 100x and 400x and has 2 light-settings. One light setting shines on top of the specimen, giving a top view of the specimen and the other light setting shines below the specimen (under the stage) to give a view of the specimen's structure.
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The extra accessories were also very cute. There was a plastic scalpel, some vials and test tube, a stirring rod, pipette, petri dish, and tweezers. It really seemed like she was in a laboratory and she loved it. :)

I love the extra slides, cover slips and labels although the cover slips are just clear stickers, they actually work for this microscope. I helped my daughter get an aphid (a very tiny insect, looks like a dot) in our bell pepper leaves and we viewed this under the microscope. I showed her the top view of the insect and the view from below. She was creeped out at how that small, dot-like insect looked like under the microscope. LOL.

I love how the Nancy B's Science Club Microscope. It is far from a real microscope but this is great for a starter microscope specially younger children. I wouldn't have to worry about my daughter destroying expensive microscope lenses. The magnification works nice and I just wish there were more slides and cover slips available because my daughter wanted to view lots of different things. :)

You can purchase Nancy B's Science Club Microscope on Amazon for $24.65 with free shipping if you have Prime.
 
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a sample for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I tried personally and believe will be good for my readers. No other form of compensation was received. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Nancy Drew: Labyrinth of Lies Review + Giveaway 11/10 US/CAN


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ABOUT THE GAME:

Thread Your Way Through a Maze of Deceit in this Epic Greek Drama!

A museum curator hires you to assist with the most anticipated event of the year, but artifacts from the exhibit are mysteriously disappearing. Are these mishaps connected to the amphitheater’s upcoming performance? Or is an unseen villain pulling strings behind the scenes? Uncover the truth and recover the missing artifacts from the Labyrinth of Lies!

GAME FEATURES:

  • Organize Greek Displays and Exhibits! Fill in for the museum curator and assemble exhibits before the grand opening
  • Use Stagecraft Expertise to Survive Backstage! Sneak behind the curtains to explore the treacherous underworld stage sets
  • Experience the World of Ancient Greece! Solve challenging puzzles based on actual Greek myths and artwork
  • The Hardy Boys are On the Line! Use your in-game mobile phone to hear potentially lifesaving tips from Frank and Joe
  • Select Difficulty Levels! Play at Amateur or Master Sleuth level and erase any mistakes without starting over

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When I was younger,  my mom bought the Where In The World is Carmen San Diego game. I've played that game lots of times and I never got bored or tired of solving the where Carmen San Diego is. From that moment, I've loved playing PC games such as RPG, mystery, strategy, adventure and puzzle games.

HER Interactive creates high quality, inspiring and fun games for girls of all ages. They've won 27 Time Gold Awards and 3 Time Silver Awards for Parent's Choice Best Software, ages 10 & Up for their Nancy Drew Games.

They sent me a copy of their Nancy Drew: Labyrinth of Lies and I've been playing it for quite some time now. I actually chose the Master Sleuth setting and I still haven't finished solving the mystery.

The Nancy Drew: Labyrinth of Lies has nice graphics. That's the first thing I noticed about the game because I like games with good graphics. The sounds and effects are also nice and appropriate for each scene. There are only a few places to visit which makes it a bit easy to go to navigate through the different scenery. The puzzles are a bit hard for the Master Sleuth level and I had to spend a bit of time solving each puzzle.

At one time, I went ahead and tried to jumped into the lava. I thought it wouldn't let me but I got a "You've made a fatal error" message. I haven't saved my game yet and thought I would start at the very beginning when I loaded my game BUT I was glad that I restarted at the bridge before I jumped into the lava.

I also like the setting of the game. I loved Greek Mythology when I was in high school and I love how I was able to recall some of the things I learned when we studied Greek Mythology.

The Nancy Drew: Labyrinth of Lies is an addicting mystery adventure game. The game made me feel like I'm Nancy Drew and love how I have to work and think to solve the puzzles.

Nancy Drew: Labyrinth of Lies is available on the Her Interactive Website.

You can also connect with them on their social media sites.
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Now, who's ready for a giveaway? :) Her Interactive has sponsored a giveaway for a copy of the Nancy Drew: Labyrinth of Lies PC game! Just head on over to the rafflecopter form below to enter! Good Luck!! :)

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GIVEAWAY: 1 Winner will receive a Nancy Drew: Labyrinth of Lies PC Game. Giveaway will start October 23, 2014 at 12:00 AM PST and will end November 10, 2014 at 12:00 AM PST. This will be open to US and CAN residents only. The prize cannot be shipped to a P.O. box address. Winners will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. Mygreatfinds is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a sample for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I tried personally and believe will be good for my readers. No other form of compensation was received. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.