Friday, August 29, 2014

Choose A Natural Alternative to Diet Sodas with SweetLeaf's Sweet Drops

I used to be a soda addict. I can't go through a day without drinking at least 1 can of soda. That's how much of a soda addict I am. All that changed a few months back when miraculously, I just stopped. Maybe it's because I started drinking iced coffee with a flavored syrup I love, or maybe because I stopped drinking soda for a week.. Which turned into a month.. And now I don't crave for soda anymore. I tried to drink my used-to-be favorite Cherry flavored soda a few days back but it tasted a bit awful. It's like I drank a weird-tasting, tingling drink so I now wonder why I couldn't live without soda before.


As a Moms Meet Blogger, I was given the chance to try SweetLeaf's Sweet Drops Liquid Sweeteners in Cola flavor. The Sweet Drops Sweetener Drops is made with stevia leaf extract, which is USDA Certified Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified. It is natural, has zero carbs, zero calories and gluten-free.

I bought the Market Pantry Raspberry Blackberry Sparkling Water Beverage from Target so that I could try the Sweet Drops by SweetLeaf. For this 8 oz. cup, I used about 5 drops of the Sweet Drops since the Sparkling Water I bought is already flavored. The Sweet Drops Sweetener in Cola flavor has an amber color.

After dropping 5 drops of the Sweet Drops, I tasted my creation. It tasted a bit sweet and actually nice. My mom tasted it but she didn't like it. She's a regular soda drinker and she said that this tasted much different than soda. For me, it actually tasted better than the Cherry Soda I drank a few days back. I do think I like it better than the regular soda because my taste buds has already adapted or adjusted to not tasting soda that's why I can appreciate more natural-tasting alternatives.

If you'd like to try the Sweet Drops by SweetLeaf or learn more about their other products, you can visit their WEBSITE.

DISCLAIMER: I'm a member of MomsMeet and I have received one or more product/s mentioned above to try however, all opinions are honest and my own and are not influenced in any way. No other form of compensation was received. I only recommend products I think are worth sharing. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC 16 CFR Part 255.

No PUR Filter?! No STARS!!! Benefits of Filtering Your Water at Home + an Awesome Video #contest

For more than 2 years now, we've been using the PUR Advanced Plus Water Filter to filter our drinking water. Before, we used to bring our water containers to the water filtering machines (the one where you drop coins to get filtered water) to get filtered water but ever since we discovered that the we can filter our own water at the convenience of our own home with the PUR Advanced Plus Water Filter, we never went back to the water filtering machines.

Since we're on the topic of water filters, let me tell you the benefits we got by using the PUR faucet mount water filter at home:

1. It saved us gas because we don't need to go the water filter machines anymore therefore saved us money.
2. It's so easy to install.
3. One PUR Replacement Water filter can filter up to 100 gallons of water which is about our 2 to 3 month supply of drinking water.
4. We filter our water at the convenience of our own home.
5. You can switch between filtered water and tap water just by putting the black switch of the PUR faucet mount down or up.
6. The PUR Faucet Filter provides us with a clean, crisp-tasting water.

If you'd rather watch a video showing how a PUR faucet-mount filter is installed, watch this funny video by Arthur Tweedie.


If you found that funny, you should watch more of Arthur Tweedie's videos on youtube because he has a lot to say about being a Water Critic. :)

DISCLAIMER: The PUR Advanced Water Filter in the photo above was purchased by our own money. By sharing the youtube video above, I am entered into a separate drawing for a chance to win a NEW PUR Ultimate 11 Cup Pitcher with MAXION™ Technology.  No other form of compensation was received. I only recommend products I think are worth sharing. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC 16 CFR Part 255.

Omega 3 Fish Oil by TRUE SOL Review + Giveaway 9/15 US/CAN


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I'm familiar with fish oils in the past because my grandmother takes it and I've read about it in the internet. I've read about a lot of benefits from taking Omega-3 but one of the cons I've read about it was that it has a fishy/slimy aftertaste when your burp. I do eat fish and seafood regularly so I thought why bother taking a fish oil supplement which leaves a fishy aftertaste if I already eat fish and seafood on a regular basis. Right?

Well I did my research and found out that in order to get the recommended daily dose of omega-3, NIH recommends 1 to 4 grams of Omega-3 per day which means I have to eat oily fish daily which includes salmon, mackerel, herring and sardines to name a few to get my Omega-3. I do eat fish and seafood regularly but NOT daily so I still don't get the Omega-3 my body needs. So I decided to give True Sol's Omega-3 Fish Oil Supplement a try.

Before we dive into my review, here are some benefits of taking Omega-3/Fish Oil Daily.

- It promotes heart healt.
- It increases brain function.
- It helps inflammation and joints
- It decreases depression and improves mood.
- It promotes healthy skin.

Why should you choose True Sol over other Fish Oil/Omega-3 Supplements?

1. True Sol's fish oil capsules have enteric coating for optimal absorption & no fishy aftertaste.
2. True Sol uses molecular distillation so you get the highest purity.

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I received my True Sol Omega-3 Fish Oil in a white plastic bottle. I opened it and removed the inner protective cover. I whiffed the scent of lemons when I tried to smell it I was a bit shocked with the size of the fish oil capsules because they are BIG. It has a light yellow color and is in a soft gel capsule form. The directions are to take 2 capsules a day.

So I was a little scared to take it at first because they're so big. I mustered the courage to try to swallow True Sol's Omega-3 Fish Oil and was a bit relieved that they are easy to swallow considering the big size. Maybe because they're in a soft gel capsule form so I didn't have a hard time swallowing it. The soft gel capsules has a light lemony/sour taste which I think is okay.

I've been taking this for a week now and I love how I don't get the fishy burp-aftertaste. I also noticed that I've had less breakouts and I noticed that I don't get irritated or angry as much as before. I'm happy that even though I don't eat the oily fish on a daily basis, I still get the Omega-3 I need to help improve my health and wellness.

* Just a quick note. If you're taking any medications or have any questions about taking ANY medication, be sure to check with your health care provider first. :)

You can purchase True Sol's Omega-3 on Amazon priced at $19.95 for a 60 soft gel capsules good for a month supply. BUY IT HERE.

Now True Sol has generously offered a giveaway to my readers for a chance to win a month supply of their Omega-3 Fish Oil! Just head on to the rafflecopter below to enter. :) Good Luck! :)


DISCLAIMER: I have received one or more product/s mentioned above to try however, all opinions are honest and my own and are not influenced in any way. No other form of compensation was received. I only recommend products I think are worth sharing. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC 16 CFR Part 255.

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.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Join Swagbucks and Shop And Earn Points for Rewards!




Have you heard about Swagbucks? If not, you're missing out big time! You earn points when you shop, take surveys, by using their search bar to search the internet, and lots more! Interested?! I've already claimed a couple of Starbucks Gift Cards just by taking surveys, shopping at my favorite stores like Walmart and Target, using the Swagbucks search bar and by watching videos through their site. It's that easy! They also release Swag Codes once in a while through their facebook page, twitter or their blog page and this brings in more points for you!

If you'd like to sign-up for Swagbucks to earn points click the link below. :)


DISCLAIMER: Signing up using my link above will earn me points. No other form of compensation was received. I only recommend products I think are worth sharing. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC 16 CFR Part 255.

100% Plant Based Konjac Facial Sponge by Oleavine Review


I always use a loofah or a sponge for my body but I can't believe I've never thought of using a facial sponge before. I regularly use facial masks and use a cleanser everyday but this is the first time I'll try a facial sponge so when Oleavine sent me their 100% Natural Konjac Fiber Ultra Soft Facial Sponge, I was a bit excited to try it.

Oleavine's Konjac Facial Sponge is 100% natural, eco-friendly and biodegradable. The Konjac Fiber used is grown on the pristine plains of Jeju Island in South Korea, free from chemicals, pollution and irritants. The sponge gently exfoliates, cleanses and is naturally pH balanced. The activated bamboo charcoal absorbs toxins, fights bacteria and excess oils leaving your face glowing, refreshed and radiant. Even preps skin to boost the absorption of your favorite serums and creams. It is relaxing and gentle for daily use for all skin types.

When I received my Oleavine Konjac Facial Sponge, I was kind of shocked at how hard it was and thought my face would definitely peel if I used this. It has a dark gray color and has a teardrop shape. My shocked phase didn't last long after I read the instructions. :)

So I removed the plastic wrapper of the Konjac Sponge and followed the instructions. There's also a string at the broader side of the sponge for easy storage/hanging.


I initially let it soak under luke warm running water. It took less than a minute for the Konjac sponge to absorb water and soften up.

When it was thoroughly soaked in water, it became soft and squeezable. Since I had make-up on when I decided to try the Konjac Facial Sponge, I squeezed a little of my cream cleanser onto the sponge then used it to cleanse my face. The sponge felt smooth and soft against my skin and it feels nice and relaxing. The next time I used it, which was the next day, I was in the shower. I used it just before I stepped out of the shower. I didn't put any soap or cleansers on the sponge and just used it all over my face in a circular motion. At first, I wondered how it can exfoliate my skin if it's so soft and smooth but after using it everyday for more than a week now, I saw a difference on my skin. My skin looked clearer and felt smoother. I also noticed decreased whiteheads on my nose. My complexion also became a little even and I noticed less breakouts.

After trying out Oleavine's 100% Plant Based Konjac Facial Sponge, I have to say I should've discovered this way way before. I've noticed a difference in my skin and I love how it gently exfoliates my skin.

Just a tip, squeeze excess water from the Konjac Sponge by pressing it in between your palms. Do not crumple it while squeezing as this might destroy the delicate fiber networks inside the sponge. :) This will prolong the life of your Oleavine Konjac Sponge. :)

You can visit the Oleavine WEBSITE to learn more about their products or if you'd like to purchase your own Oleavine Konjac Sponge, you can buy it on Amazon for just $10.00 and free shipping on orders over $35.00. BUY IT HERE.

DISCLAIMER: I have received one or more product/s mentioned above to try however, all opinions are honest and my own and are not influenced in any way. No other form of compensation was received. I only recommend products I think are worth sharing. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC 16 CFR Part 255. 

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.

Deep Cleansing Facial Oil by InstaNatural Review #InstaNatural


Whenever I put on an eyeliner and/or mascara, specially the waterproof ones, I've always had a hard time removing them. I've been using an alcohol-free eye make-up remover but I have to rub the pad quite hard to remove my eyeliner and mascara. Sometimes, the area around my eye gets red because of all the rubbing but since it does work and I don't get breakouts from the eye make-up remover I'm using, I didn't bother looking for another one.

InstaNatural sent me their Deep Cleansing Facial Oil which is a skin & pore purifier as well as a make-up remover. Since I've never tried any other make-up remover yet, I was kind of excited to try it.

InstaNatural's Deep Cleansing Facial Oil is made with natural ingredients. Some key active ingredients included are: Jojoba Oil, Olive Oil, Lavendar Essential Oil, Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil, Tamanu Oil, Hemp Oil, Sea Buckthorn Oil and Geranium Essential Oil. These key ingredients melt away dirt, impurities and makeup without stripping the skin of its natural oils or disturbing the natural pH balance.This energizing blend of oils will gently clean your pores and remove dead skin cells, leaving your skin smooth and nourished.


My InstaNatural Deep Cleansing Facial Oil came in a big 4 oz. amber bottle with a pump as a dispenser. It has a simple gray and orange label. I tested it out the day I got it because I applied a gel eyeliner earlier that day.

The Deep Cleansing Facial Oil by InstaNatural has a yellow color. It has a nice, citrus scent and has an oily consistency. I was at first a bit skeptical to try it since I have a combination skin type, leaning to the oilier side, so my initial thoughts were it'll make my face more oily or worse, cause me more pimples!

I dispensed 4 to 5 pumps of the Deep Cleansing Facial Oil in a disposable facial cloth I have at home and proceeded to test it if it can remove my eyeliner.
I was amazed because with just a couple of wipes, my eyeliner was gone. I didn't even have to rub the cloth too much to get the eyeliner off. It also didn't sting my eyes which was nice. However, it did leave the area around my eyes a bit too oily so I had to wash my face with my facial cleanser to get the oily feeling off.

I also did my own nightly routine with InstaNatural's Deep Cleansing Facial Oil. After cleansing my face with my facial cleanser, I dispensed about 3 pumps of the oil in my disposable facial cloth, then wiped it all over my face. After wiping my face, I can't imagine all the dirt my skin accumulated during the day because the used facial cloth shows it all!  I let the oil get absorbed for about 15 minutes then rinsed it off with warm water. After rinsing it off, my face feels softer and a lot cleaner. It doesn't clog my pores and didn't cause me any breakouts. My skin looked brighter than usual and although not less oily, I've had less breakouts since I used this. I love how it can be both a make-up remover AND a facial cleanser and since I only need a few pumps of the oil, this bottle will last me for a long time.

DISCLAIMER: I have received one or more product/s mentioned above to try however, all opinions are honest and my own and are not influenced in any way. No other form of compensation was received. I only recommend products I think are worth sharing. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC 16 CFR Part 255. 

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.

80% HCA Pure Garcinia Cambogia by Pure Body Naturals Review


I take weight loss supplements not because of hopes of losing weight just by taking it alone but I pair it up with a good diet and exercise. For me, weight loss supplements help me lose weight by boosting my energy and metabolism and controlling my cravings and hunger pains.

Pure Body Naturals sent me their 80% HCA Pure Garcinia Cambogia to try and I was happy to try it.

Ever since Dr. Oz. featured Garcinia Cambogia in his talk show, I've noticed an increase in Garcinia Cambogia sellers. I've taken other brands of Garcinia Cambogia before and as I've said, I don't rely on weight loss supplements to lose weight. Instead, I look for the supplement's ability to boost my energy and metabolism, specially when I workout in the afternoon/evening and help me control my cravings and hunger pains.

The Garcinia Cambogia by Pure Body Naturals contains 80% HCA Garcinia Cambogia which is the most effective and most potent formula designed to curb hunger pains without restricting calories or changing your normal routine. It has zero side effects like nausea, jitters or headaches. It is fully lab tested and offers the highest dose formula available. Each bottle contains 180 Tablets which is for a 45-day supply.

I received my Pure Body Naturals' Garcinia Cambogia in a white plastic bottle. It has a colorful label and clear directions at the back on how to take the supplement. When I opened the bottle, I was surprised to see that the Garcinia Cambogia is in tablet form. It has an oblong shape and is a bit big. The past Garcinia Cambogia supplements I've tried before were all in a vegetable capsule and I find them easier to swallow than a tablet. I followed the directions and took 2 tablets twice per day. For me, I took it in the morning and evening.

After more than a week of taking the Garcinia Cambogia by Pure Body Naturals, I was satisfied because it served its purpose of boosting my energy and suppressing my cravings and hunger pains. I do have quite a bit of a sweet tooth and taking this controlled my sweet cravings. Although I'm still overweight, I've achieved my weight before I had my 2nd daughter. As I've said, I pair this with a healthy diet and exercise. I find that I lack energy when I exercise in the afternoon/evening and the Garcinia Cambogia gives me the extra energy I need to finish my exercise. I also didn't feel any side effect like upset stomach or jitters while taking the Garcinia Cambogia by Pure Body Naturals.

If you're looking for a weight loss supplement which will help you suppress hunger pains and sweet cravings as well as boost your metabolism and give you extra energy, you might want to try the Garcinia Cambogia by Pure Body Naturals. As for me, I take this everyday but I still have a hard time swallowing the tablet. If you don't have any problems swallowing any form of pill/tablet, my hubby can take any form of tablet easily, then this is a must try. Like I've always said in my previous reviews of weight loss supplements, I've yet to find a TRUE miracle weight loss supplement which will make me lose weight even without doing anything. With proper diet and exercise, weight loss supplements are there to aid and help you lose weight so don't rely on the supplement alone.

** If you're taking any prescription medicine or have any questions, ask your health care provider before taking ANY type of supplement. :)

You can buy the Garcinia Cambogia by Pure Body Naturals on Amazon priced at $25.95 for a 45-day supply (180 Tablets). BUY IT HERE.

DISCLAIMER: I have received one or more product/s mentioned above to try however, all opinions are honest and my own and are not influenced in any way. No other form of compensation was received. I only recommend products I think are worth sharing. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC 16 CFR Part 255.


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.