Thursday, February 26, 2015

AloeCure Grape Flavored Pure Aloe Vera Juice Review


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I had Gastritis when I was in Grade 6 and I remember how painful it was. For years, I would have this recurring pain in my upper stomach which would sometimes last for days, or even worse, more than a week. I would then have to drink Maalox for a week or more to treat my Gastritis but the pain I felt is something I would never forget.

Recently, I became pa bit paranoid because I would sometimes wake up in the middle of the night with the familiar feeling of a slight pain in my upper stomach. I can't help but think my Gastritis is starting again, to think that I haven't experienced it for more almost 7 years now. I have a bottle of Maalox sitting in my medicine cabinet because of my fear of my Gastritis acting up again.
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So when I had the chance to try the AloeCure, and I looked forward to trying it. What is Aloe Cure? Here is a short product description of the product:

All natural and drug free AloeCure® helps stop painful heartburn before it starts and helps to heal a damaged digestive system caused by acid reflux. This tasty and easy to use dietary supplement brings the best of the Aloe Vera healing plant directly to your digestive system. As a natural antacid, AloeCure® is brimming with malic-calcium, a strong acid buffer. AloeCure® is also loaded with polysaccharides, the unique natural wonder that soothes and heals your entire digestive tract to provide natural heartburn relief. Additionally, Aloe Vera juice is packed with vitamins, minerals, and amino acids making it great for boosting your immune system, helping fight against memory loss, and supporting joint health. Aloe Vera is a miracle plant that can provide multiple health benefits. There are more than 400 species of aloe plants but only one species delivers the miracle healing properties that have made the plant famous: Aloe Barbadensis Miller. This is the only kind of Aloe Vera that AloeCure® uses. The use of Aloe Vera goes back thousands of years. Its medical benefits were prized by the ancient civilizations of Egypt, China, Greece, Rome, India, and Arabia. AloeCure® relies on the most valuable, most exclusive Aloe Vera to enhance our health products. We own all the aloe farms and manufacturing facilities used to grow and make our products, and we guarantee the purity and potency of all our products. Our AloeCure® plants are certified organic by ECOCERT®, one of the most demanding organic certifiers in the world. Years of research has allowed AloeCure® to extract the true essence of organic Aloe Vera juice. We package and sell it every day for your health needs. AloeCure® is a superior product built around the miracle plant Aloe Vera.
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I received a box of AloeCure in Grape flavor. One box contains 6 bottles of the AloeCure and is good for a 1-month supply.
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I read the directions and it was very easy to understand. Out of the box, I tried the AloeCure even though it says it was better refrigerated. I drank 6 ml once in the morning and once at night.
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I shook the bottle first and used the measuring cup included inside the box. The AloeCure has an herbal, medicinal scent which oddly reminded me of the 3M Medipore I used when I was an intern at a hospital in the Philippines. It has a light yellowish color and has a bit of a thick consistency.
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In one big gulp, I chugged the AloeCure because I have no idea what it would taste like. I drink the ready-to-drink drinks with aloe jellies but this is the first time I drank a pure Aloe Vera drink.

The taste was a bit weird because it tasted similar to the Aloe Vera jelly drinks but this has a more natural taste. It tasted bland, a bit medicinal and herbal and although it says the flavor was grape, I didn't really taste the supposed to be grape-flavor. It wasn't bad but it wasn't good either. It's honestly tolerable and I got used to the taste after a few days. It also tasted better refrigerated.
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I've been taking this for more than a week now and I like how I don't wake up in the middle of the night with the weird, familiar feeling in my upper stomach anymore. I didn't get any negative side effects from drinking this and I like how it calmed my stomach.

You can purchase the AloeCure Pure Aloe Vera Juice HERE with free shipping if you are a Prime member.

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."

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

My Nimble Craft Sewing Kit Review


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 I'm not a professional when it comes to sewing but I can say I know enough about the basic things needed for sewing because we had a project back when I was in Grade 6 where we had to do our own chemise. I had a sewing kit back then and surprisingly, I can still remember most of the things I used to sew my own chemise.

When My Nimble Craft sent me their sewing kit, I was quite excited to see what's in store for me. It arrived in a black, durable zipper case with the logo of My Nimble Craft in front.
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 Inside, the sewing materials are neatly arranged in a way that each has a garter to keep them in place and in plain view. Included inside the kit are the following:

* A 60" fuss free retractable push button tape measure
* A stainless steel Travel Scissors with safety cover
* A Seam Ripper with safety cover to pick out stitches
* A sturdy Needle Threader to thread a needle fast and easy
* A neat Needle Compact with 15 sharp needles for different fabrics. To retrieve the needles, simply rotate the needle compact to the corresponding needle slot and remove the needles
* 12 Spools of Sewing Thread in various colors
* A Metal Thimble to protect your fingers from the pointy ends of needles.
* 3 Safety Pins, 3 Shirt Buttons, 3 pairs of Snap Fasteners and 2 Bead Pins - These will come in handy to mend a tear in a hurry

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I had a hard time figuring out the needle case inside and laughed at myself when I was finally able to retrieve the needles inside. I tried to pry the case open, turn it around and around and was almost close to destroying it when I figured out how to use it. There's a small hole on the side of the clear plastic and I had to rotate the hole in line with the needles' slots to get the needles to slide out. :) I like this protective case because (1) it would prevent the needles from accidentally spilling out of the hard plastic case. (2) My daughters wouldn't be able to accidentally release the needles from the case.

This sewing kit is a nice basic one and I like how it is organized. I like how I can do basic repairs at home as well as do simple crafts. The threads have very vibrant colors and I like how they're each in a spool.

I would like to see more of the pin heads as I call it, because for me, this is a must for sewing projects.

You can purchase the My Nimble Craft Sewing Kit HERE with free shipping if you are a Prime member.

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."

Eyelash Curler From liveWIRE Beauty Review


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The number one thing I look for in a lash curler is the no-pinch feature. I have small, round eyes and short lashes so an effective lash curler is a must for me. I like curling my eye lashes because they make my eyes pop out.

I received the liveWIRE Beauty Eyelash Curler and the first thing I noticed about it is how lightweight it is. It looks simple compared to my current lash curler so I was quite exited to see how it would fare.
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The liveWIRE Beauty's Eyelash Curler arrived in a plastic box. It looks simple and the lash curler is lightweight.
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 The handles are very easy to grip and it's easy to open and close the lash curler.
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What I loved about this lash curler is the silicone pad included. It's different than the other lash curlers I've tried because the pad springs right back up after I curl my lashes. It doesn't create a groove even after I've used this for a couple of times already. That means, I don't have to replace the silicone pads since it stays the same.

For hygienic purposes, I wash the silicone pad once every 2 weeks or if it has accumulated eye liner already. It's easy to clean and I like how I can just pop it back in the lash curler.
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Now, for the pinching part, I love how this lash curler is pinch-free. It's so light that I don't even feel it tugging on my lashes. It curls my lashes effectively and I love how quickly I can curl my lashes.

You can purchase the Eyelash Curler from liveWIRE Beauty HERE with free shipping if you are a Prime member.

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."

Set Of 24 Silicone Baking Cups From Home-Complete Review


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My daughters love cupcakes and muffins so I often bake at home. Before, I always use paper liners for our cupcakes and muffins but ever since I used silicone baking cups, I never went back to paper liners.

I have several brands of silicone baking cups and I only look for one thing in them. They have to be non-stick because I don't like pre-greasing liners. All the rest of the features of the silicone muffin liners are a plus for me. :)

I recently received a set of 24 Silicone Baking Cups from Home-Complete and what first caught my attention was that this comes in a set of 24. That means, I can bake larger batches of muffins or cupcakes and the price is just $11.99 for a set of 24.

The Silicone Baking Cups from Home-Complete also came in 6 different neon-colors. The cups are very vibrant and I love how colorful they were. Each silicone liner has a diameter of 2.75 inches and a height of 1.37 inches. That's approximately the size of a regular cupcake/muffin.

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Similar to my other silicone baking cups, these are a bit floppy by itself and flexible BUT they hold cupcake batter and cooked cupcakes very well.
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These silicone liners can be used in the oven and in the freezer. I love how our apple cinnamon cupcake turned out because the sides and the bottom didn't have a burnt color.

Here are the things I loved about the Home-Complete Silicone Baking Cups:
- Comes in a set of 24 so I can bake larger batches of muffins/cupcakes.
- The colors are very vibrant and cute.
- Love the non-stick feature even if I don't pre-grease the liners. Cupcakes/muffins come off with just a slight push from the bottom of the liner.
- I love that I can reuse them over and over again. They're durable and the non-stick feature didn't fade even after using it a couple of times already.
- Easy to clean because there's minimal cupcake residue on the liners. Just a few minutes of soaking removes the cupcake residue and easily comes off once I run it under running water. These are dishwasher safe but I prefer washing our kitchen utensils by hand. :)
- I love how versatile these liners are because I can use them to serve nuts, small snacks and use a Jell-o mold.
- I love how I save from buying paper liners because I can just reuse these. I also help keep the environment cleaner, even if it seems just a bit.

If you love baking and haven't tried silicone baking cups yet, I highly suggest trying them out. :) Home-Complete offers a 100% lifetime satisfaction guarantee with a full refund if you're not satisfied with their muffin liners. Check out their liners HERE with free shipping if you are a Prime member.

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."

Tiffys Terrible Top Hat Ebook By Lady Jenniviere Review + Giveaway 3/16 WW


ABOUT THE BOOK:

Twelve year old Tiffany Rinks is a beauty queen, talented, smart and the school bully. She spends her days terrorizing the other kids. But it looks like the tables have been turned. Now she is the victim of a cruel joke.
Can she unravel the cause of her torment? Or will her bullying and lies cause the loss of her most prized possession?
Some lessons are only learned the hard way. For Tiffy, it looks like this might be a very hard lesson. 
Tiffy's Terrible Top Hat is the first book in the Lady Jenniviere's Quill series of preteen books.  Each book has an underlying moral.  This book centers around anti bullying.  

MY REVIEW:

I got interested in this book because of a recent story I heard from a mom from my daughter's class. Let me tell you a bit of the story.

I recently accompanied my 6 year old daughter to a play date with her "BFF" at Chuck E Cheese and while we're waiting for them to use all their tokens, I got the chance to talk to her BFF's mom. She asked me if my daughter might've told me about a girl in their class who is a bit of a bully. To be clear, my daughter and her BFF is in 1st grade. Since my 6 year old daughter always have a positive outlook, I told her no I haven't heard of it. Her BFF's mom told me that her daughter told her stories everyday about this girl who kept friending and un-friending her daughter everyday. One day the girl is nice to her daughter and the next day, she'll pretend she doesn't even exist. I think it's a form of mild bullying so I got worried and asked my daughter about this girl in their class. She knows the girl and tells me that she does get in trouble a lot in class.

I never imagined bullies and bullying starts at such a young age. Tiffy's Top Hat is such a nice eye opener to younger kids. Although it's geared towards kids age 8 to 12, I love how my daughter understood this when I read it to her. I like how it teaches honesty and kindness. The book has a mix of humor, mild horror and full of lessons.

This is a great book for kids 8 to 12 as well as a nice book to read to younger children. The words and the story is easy to understand so my 6 year old daughter didn't have any problems understanding the story and the lesson of this book.

You can visit Lady Jenniviere's website HERE.


DISCLAIMER: 1 Winner will receive a code to download an e-book copy of Tiffy's Terrible Top Hat. Giveaway will start February 26, 2015 at 12:00 AM PST and will end March 16, 2015 at 12:00 AM PST. This will be open World Wide. 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. I am not responsible for prize fulfillment. My role is to give the sponsor the information of the winner and they will directly ship the prize to the winner. I have received a product/s mentioned above to in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are honest and my own and are not influenced in any way. No other form of compensation was received. I do not share or sell information and all information shared with me will solely be used for prize shipment. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC 16 CFR Part 255. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Had A Blast With Our #DisneySide Preschool Disney Princess @Home Celebration!

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Earlier last month, I excitedly opened an email from Disney Parks & MomSelect saying I was chosen to host a #DisneySide @Home Celebration with a Preschool Disney Princess Party theme. This is my first year of hosting a #DisneySide @HomeCelebration party so I was super excited and had lots of ideas on how I'll make our party cute and princess-y. Visit my post HERE to see our reactions when I received the huge #DisneySide box.

I had lots of ideas, even to the extent of a grand party, but, since we're on a budget, I decided on keeping our party simple and cute.

Last week, we had our #DisneySide Preschool Disney Princess Party and we had a blast with planning our simple party using the pretty and cute princess-y stuff included in our #DisneySide box.
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My 6 year old daughter drew hearts and helped with the party decorations. I helped her stick her handmade heart drawings on the wall of course.
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 The obligatory, pre-party picture is a must. :)
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I used reusable silicon muffin liners for our cupcakes and the colors of the liners match very well with the Sofia the First cupcake stand included in our box full of goodies.
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I placed treats in the Sofia the First treat boxes and placed a wand on each mini Sofia the First treat boxes.
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I decorated our table with the pop-up Sofia the First table decoration and Cinderella's coach horse
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I bought some Disney-themed bottled juice drinks to go with our Disney Princess motif.
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For the guests, I filled the Doc McStuffins bag with the goodies I got from the #DisneySide box so they can take it home with them. Inside the Doc McStuffins goodie bag are:
- HP CMYK (Create Memories You Keep Packs which includes photo paper and envelopes
- Disney Parks Disney Vacation Planning DVD
- Cinderella button pin
- Princesa nail file
- Sofia the First crayons (bought it to make the goodie bag more personalized)
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I used the small decorative boards included in the pop-up Sofia the First table decoration as cupcake toppers.
Before we started the games, we ate princess style first.
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Then came the games which are very easy to set-up but very fun to play. We played the "Pin The Smile On Mickey" game. The materials were already provided and all I had to do was cut out the Mickey smiles and hang Mickey on our door.
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We decided to skip on the blind fold and had a "no-peeking" rule. I think hubby won this round, no? LOL.
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We also played the "Which Disney Side Character Are You?" Fortune Teller game and I remembered my friends and I played a similar game when I was in elementary school.
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They also had fun playing with the "Disney Attraction Matching Game".
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The party ended with making a personalized barrette made with the My Ribbon Barrette Maker for the guests.

I was super tired after the party but it was all worth it. It was fun and exciting to plan the party and much more fun doing the games and seeing all the cure decorations. It was very simple to arrange a cute little setting because all the supplies and decorations supplied matched.

Sadly and unfortunately, my PCs hard disk crashed and I wasn't able to recover some of pictures during the party. There were more photos but a lot of the photos I recovered (pre-party and post-party) were already corrupted and I can't open them anymore. So, I had to make do with the photos which were recovered.

The party was a success and family and friends were amazed with how cute the party is. Thanks so much to Mom Select, Disney Parks for choosing me to host a 2015 #DisneySide Preschool Disney Princess Party and thanks to the sponsors who made the #DisneySide box amazing.

"I received free products in order to host a Disney Side @Home Celebration. The opinions expressed here are my own. No other form of compensation was received."

Monday, February 23, 2015

Imaginative University Activity Kit Review


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I like activity kits because I like how convenient they are and I like how my daughters discover and learn while having fun. They're 3 and 6 years old and they love asking the question why, how and what and love experimenting on simple things like panting seeds and a lot more.

This is the first time I received an activity box from Imaginative University and I was surprised when I received the big and heavy box filled with not one but 2 different months' worth of activities. Of course my daughters couldn't wait to dig through the contents and start the activities. :)

Before I start talking about my experience, let me tell you a little something more about Imaginative University which came from their company site.

Imaginative University is a subscription service that mails out activity kits to kids ages 4 to 10. It started in the Spring of 2014 with 2 goals:

1. Provide busy parents with a product that makes quality time with their kiddos a little more attainable.
2. Provide a means of employment for residents in our very rural town of Arkansas.

Pictured above is the January "Snow" kit. All the materials I needed for the activities were already included in the box except the red container, spoon and cup.
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Since we live in SoCal and we didn't get the chance to visit the nearest mountain here for the snow, my daughters were very excited when they learned that we're going to make a snow man. My daughters' voices singing to "Do You Wanna Build A Snowman?" filled the air as I ready the materials needed to build the snowman.

The materials were very easy to gather because they were color coordinated. I don't have to guess or find the materials needed because at the upper left corner of the instructions, there's just a specific color I needed to find to gather the materials. The materials inside the box have colored stickers to make it easier to find them.

The first activity we did was the "Do You Want To Build A Snowman?" Activity and the materials needed and included in the box were:
- Book - "Snowy Day"
- Baking Soda
- Shaving Cream
- Snowman-making kit
- Powdered drink mix

As I've said above, I provided the red plastic container, cup, water and spoon. It was nice because I have all these things at home already.
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We read the book entitled "Snowy Day" first before we did the activity.

The instructions were very simple to follow and my daughters were very happy when we formed their snowman. It was a bit messy so I made sure to put a box and a lot of papers below our activity space.
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The eyes, cap, stick and nose was also provided and it looked like real snow, no? :)

My daughters played with the snow for a long time and didn't want it to "melt" (using the powdered drink included). This was a super fun activity and I love how my daughters had fun,
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Next stop is the Cut a Snowflake activity. The materials needed for this activity are:

- filter paper
- scissors

Both materials are already included in the box so all we did was fold the filter paper and then cut holes on it. When my 6 year old daughter opened it, she was so happy to have made her very own snowflake. :)

Other activities included in the January "Snow" kit are:
- Symmetry
- Insta-Snow
- Crystals

The second kit included in the box was entitled CreARTivity, which includes 5 activities. We haven't done the activities yet so I'll update my post once we do it and post more pictures. In the meantime, here is the list of activities included in the CreARTivity:

- Beautiful OOPS!
- Colored "Sand/Salt" Art
- Kandisky Art
- ?Paint Brush?
- Shaving Cream Painting

My daughters are excited to do the Colored Sand/Salt art and the Kandisky Art. :)

The ImaginativeU (U is short for University) aren't as fancy as other kits I've received but the activities are very fun to do and I think they're at par with fancier boxes when it comes to my daughters learning and having fun. The activities are easy to do and my 3 and 6 year old daughter had fun doing them. :)

You can visit the Imaginative University on Facebook, Pinterest and their Website.

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."