Wednesday, April 6, 2016

NOVICA Pina Colada Glasses


Have you heard of NOVICA? Well NOVICA, works in association with National Geographic, and works together with talented artisan designers around the world to produce stunning, keepsake treasures. Their mantra is to spread global happiness and allow us to enjoy the fruits of their labor.

I recently came across these amazing Pina Colada glasses that Novica was selling. They come from the artists Efren and Javier. They created these pina colada glasses from hand blown glass and created masterpieces. These are definitely works of art and something I would have bought if I was vacationing in Mexico.

You get a set of six glasses that each hold a good amount of liquid aka pina coladas. Yes please! So because I am talking about pina coladas I figured you may need a good recipe for one. So normally I would buy a mixer but I wanted to find one that was little more authentic. 

How we make it is equal parts of a light rum (I use Malibu pineapple), cream of coconut and pineapple juice with ice. Put it in a blender to crush the ice and there you go. You can garnish it with a pineapple slice I like to throw any real pineapple and some shredded coconut to give it a little texture. 

To give it a little flair, I took some toasted coconut shreds crushed it and then dipped the glass in some water let it drip off and then dipped the glass in the crushed coconut, pour in the pina colada into the glass and garnish it with a tad more of the crushed toasted coconut on top and add a little umbrella.

These glasses hold quite a bit of the pina colada so adjust the rum to your liking and alcohol limits. 





I would like to thanks Javier and Efren for making such beautiful glasses. These are definitely the best glasses I have ever bought. If you would like to add these to your collection also you can buy them here on Amazon


Don't forget to check out all the other NOVICA items in their store, there is some amazing merchandise and it helps people from all over the world.


**Items were received at a discount for review purposes. All opinions, experiences and photos are my own**

Saturday, February 13, 2016

New Mixing Bowls


Are you in the market for durable mixing bowls? Maybe even ones that don't slide around the counter when you are using them? I know it seems like an obvious answer, but I have to be honest that I did not know that bowls that didn't slide around was even a thing.


Well walk in the Kukpo set of mixing bowls. I love that these 3 bowls all come with tops and also nest within each other. That is a big space saver. They are also FDA approved and BPA free. It is nice to know that the bowls I am using is safe to eat from.Well okay maybe not eat with but prepare food that I will eat.

The bowls come in three sizes which are 1.5 quart, 3 quart and 5 quart. So these bowls will cover all your needs. But the rubber bottom makes it also very practical. They do not slide around when you ar using them. The lids at first may seem like they do not seal but you just need to push them down in the center and they seal really well. 

Clean up is also a breeze. These bowls are safe in the dishwasher or just use soap and water. They are  smooth and clean up quickly. I really like that because I don't like using my dishwasher and these cleaned up quickly.

So if you are looking for some new bowls you really should grab a set. The price is right and they perform very well. To buy these bowls check them out here on Amazon. You will not be disappointed. 

*This item was given to me at a discount for testing and review purposes all opinions are my own.


Sunday, February 7, 2016

Midnight Glo UV Face & Body Paints

Today I am reviewing the Midnight Glo Paint Kit For Body and Face. These paints are high quality, safe for skin use and non-toxic. The paints themselves do not glow in the dark, but are UV light reactive. Which if you have a glow in the dark party I’d suggest you use an UV light since it is bright and creates the same effect a black light does. In this kit you get everything you need to have some real fun. The set includes an UV flashlight that requires 3 AAA batteries, paintbrushes, painter’s palette, palette knife and 7 paints. The paints are neon and nice colors that include Pink, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue and White. There is 2 oz. per bottle, which is quite a lot to do face painting. I would suggest you do a spot test to make sure you are not allergic to the paints before you start. Also, be sure to carefully paint around the eye area and I wouldn’t suggest you do that if you plan on sweating since the paints can run and that would not feel good in your eyes. I decided to paint a picture and decorate a gift tag to show how well these paints really do glow. It was actually really fun to paint this and I had a lot of fun. But you can use this for so many things and would make a great gift. I plan on giving this set to my daughter for a sleepover, as I know she and her friends will love to paint each other and take a lot of pictures.







 This set is available here on Amazon and is priced right. I like items that come complete so you are ready to go once you get it. Just make sure you have 3 AAA batteries for the flashlight although if you’re having a party I am sure you will have a bigger bulb anyways which would work a lot better to showcase the paints colors. **I received this item at a discount for testing and review purposes. All opinions and pictures are my own.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Got an Outdoor TV?

Living is So Cal we do a lot of entertaining in our backyard. So that means we also have a TV out there to watch shows, games or listen to music. But having a TV back there can be a lot of maintenance to make sure the TV stays clean, out of the direct sun when it is really hot or to not get wet. It also can get real dusty out there too, and that isn't good for it either. 

So when I saw the Outdoor TV from Clicks on Amazon I went out back and measured my TV and was ecstatic to find out it would fit! So I placed an order and got it so quick, I mean this is Amazon Prime we are talking about. 

The cover was easy to see it was made from high-quality and premium material that can protect your television from rain, extreme heat from the sun, dust, dew, mist and other contributing factors that can cause damage. The inside will prevent scratches while the double stitched edges make sure this cover lasts a lifetime. Literally a lifetime, they guarantee their cover! The back and bottom has velcro to close the cover around your television. The cover measures 42 x 26.5 x 4.5 inches so make sure you measure that TV! It also has a small pouch for your remote control. The cover boasts to be dust-proof, waterproof, and weatherproof, so you wouldn't have to worry about your TV's condition. You also get a large microfiber cloth to keep that TV clean and free of fingerprints. 









It was suer easy to install I literally just took the cover and placed it over it and closed up the velcro on bottom. It took me no time and no extra help needed to put it on. I really love it and I know that the TV is safe and when we get the rain this season I won't have t worry so much. i also included some pictures of it on. 





What are you waiting for? Go get your TV cover before the prices go up! With a lifetime warranty it is definitely a great deal and saves your TV! Go get your Clicks Outdoor TV Cover here on Amazon.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Quest to Organizing my Baking Sheets


So let's talk about your kitchen cupboards. Messy right? I know mine are! So I went on a hunt for organizing my kitchen to make life easier when I want to cook or bake. I'm tired of opening up my cupboards and everything falling out. So that's where this rack comes in from X-Chef. 



I had initially thought I would use it for my pot lids. But then I got to thinking about all of my my baking sheets, tins, etc. They really need more help then the lids do. Let me face reality for a moment because I do realize I just need to throw some of them away. NOOOOO!!!! But I get attached to certain baking sheets for different cooking or baking needs. This one burns cookies just right, this ones never burns, this is the catch all for all drips, etc.  Well walk in the X-Chef Kitchen Cabinet and Pantry Organizer Rack that I was given the opportunity to receive for testing and review purposes and this couldn't have come at a better time! 

This works out perfect and I am already planning how many more I need because one just is not enough for me! The rack is sturdy, a nice silver color and has a good weight to it. This is a must-have to get those baking sheets in order or even your pot lids.






So how many do you need? You can find this rack here on Amazon.

*Item was received at a discount for testing and review purposes. All opinions are my own. 

Monday, January 18, 2016

Dog with Joint Pain?


Arthritis is one of the most common of dog ailments. Commonly found in aged dogs and dogs of certain breeds. Natural deterioration of joints during the process of aging affects the flexibility of joints. For an owner, it is a heart-breaking situation to observe their beloved fur baby, limping and moaning due to pain. Young dogs can also be affected by arthritis after serious injuries or accidents. Dog parents should be aware of some the symptoms and treatment of arthritis in dogs.

So what are some of the signs? Here are a few I found online:
·      Loss of appetite
·      Constant licking of the joints
·      Difficulty in sitting or standing up
·      Unwillingness to go for walks or walking with a stiff gait
·      Resistance to touch
·      Swollen and/or hot joints
·      Because of pain in joints, you may find the dog sleeping what seems to be or is all day

Glucosamine works great for dog arthritis. It is available in various forms, for example, chewable pills, powder, liquid, tablets of different strength, etc. I chose a liquid form for my dogs. They are quite the picky eaters so I figured adding a little bit in their water or raw food was the easiest for me. So what does it do? Well it helps repair and renew the worn and damaged cartilage by providing the matrix that is useful in the process of regeneration. The liquid I got from TerraMax Pro also has Chondroitin sulfate, which can be the best supplement for dogs diagnosed with arthritis. It helps reduce the symptoms of arthritis and hip dysplasia. There have been no major side effects of these supplements that have been noted. Glucosamine promotes the repairing process of the damaged cartilage while chondroitin blocks the flow of enzymes, which destroys the cartilage. I love that in liquid form you can expect fast and complete absorption of the ingredients. Besides the fact, it is easy to feed. The supplement is regarded as a safe nutritional supplement. It helps reduce the pain and slows down the advancement of arthritis. But results are not instant. You should have patience.

Now it is important to note that medications meant for human beings should not be given to dogs. Before purchasing and feeding your dog any medicines, you should always first consult with your vet. Instructions from your vet, regarding dosage should also be strictly followed. The vet will check factors such as age, weight and medical history of your dog and would then determine the dosage. You should religiously follow the instructions on the labels too. Apart from feeding correct glucosamine doses, arranging a soft and comfortable bed, healthy diet, massage, etc., are considered as big part of the treatment. Since pets cannot tell you what the problem is and how much pain they are experiencing, you should try to collect as much information as possible, for providing proper care. Overweight dogs are more likely to suffer from arthritis. So, you should always be careful about the diet and exercise program of your dog.

Here is a link to the Liquid Glucosamine I got for my dogs, which can be found, on Amazon. I do buy my dog food with glucosamine in it but since switching my smaller dogs to a raw diet I noticed that my chiweenie (half Chihuahua half dachshund) was achy again. I am hopeful this will get him back to his spunky self. TerraMax Pro also provides for a money back guarantee so you can try it risk free. So what are you waiting for?





Below is some information from the company about their liquid “gold”.

TerraMax Pro is 100% Safe and All Natural. It's very well suited for a lifetime of use. Side effect are very rare and mild in nature. A very small percentage of dogs may display minor side effects, such as vomiting or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually alleviated by reducing the dose or when given with food. TerraMax Pro can be used with most other drugs and vitamins without complications. Always read and comply with all labels, warnings, and directions before using or consuming a product. Always seek veterinary advice before adding any new product or drug.

Ingredients
Active Ingredients per fluid ounce: Glucosamine Hcl (shellfish): 1600 mg; Chondroitin Sulfate (beef and/or porcine): 1200 mg; MSM (Methyl-Sulfanylmethane 99.9%): 1000 mg; Manganese Chelate: 7 mg; Hyaluronic Acid (as Sodium Hyaluronate): 10 mg.

Ingredients
Inactive Ingredients: 100% Pure Aloe Vera Juice, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Purified Water, Sodium Benzoate, Stevia, Vegetable Glycerin.

Ingredients
Contains No: Sugar, Salt, Starch, Wheat, Gluten, Yeast, Corn, Milk or Soy Derivatives.

Directions
Easy to Administer! Simply add the recommended dosage to your dog's food or drinking water. Under 10 lbs: 1 teaspoon (1/6 oz.); 10-24 lbs: 2 teaspoons (1/3 oz.); 25-49 lbs: 2 teaspoons in AM (1/3 oz.), 1 teaspoon in PM (1/6 oz.); 50-100 lbs: 2 teaspoons in AM (1/3 oz.), 2 teaspoons in PM (1/3 oz.); over 100 lbs: 3 teaspoons in AM (1/2 oz.), 3 teaspoons in PM (1/2 oz.). For even faster results start with an initial loading phase. Simply double the recommended dosage for the first 4 weeks. You will see significant results after only a few weeks!

Legal Disclaimer
Always read and comply with all labels, warnings, and directions before using or consuming a product. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

Seller Warranty Description

Unconditional 100% Money Back Guarantee.... TerraMax Pro has the purest and highest amounts of Glucosamine, Chondroitin and OPTI-MSM, which are proven to increase overall health and to help rebuild cartilage and joint tissue. Not all glucosamine and chondroitin products are created equal. Some products are made with ingredients that are simply unhealthy for your dog, so make sure that the supplements you give your dog contain only the best. If you're serious about your dog's health Order Now, you're covered by our Unconditional 100% Money Back Guarantee!

My take on Isa Professionals Victorya Ceramic Flat Iron

Hello everyone! I told you I'd be writing more this year. So let's start with a product review. If you are an online shopper like me then you know how many choices you have out there for any product. So reading reviews are so helpful because they can sway your decision one way or the other depending on your needs. I hope to do more product reviews for you all and give you my truly honest opinions of each and every product. I don't want to be one of those sites that always says every item they get is amazing. But if it deserves the toot I will definitely toot that horn.  So anyways lets get to the flat iron. I don't know if you all know but I have blessed by the hair gods, I think of it as a curse some no most days. It is long and thick. Read that as heavy and a pain in my ass neck.

Let's start wth the basics of the flat iron. The model I got is ISA Professional's Victorya Flat Iron Hair Straightener. This is their 1" Solid Tourmaline Ceramic Plated flat iron.The plates are said to help protect your hair and leave it silky smooth. The plates get hot so you definitely need all the help you an get to protect your hair. This iron also has Smart Temperature Technology, so basically it will self adjust the temperature depending on the thickness and texture of your hair. I find that really handy because I don't want to have to remember what temperature to set it to for the different parts of my hair. And the cord has a 360 degree rotation meaning your cord won't get all twisted up with use. I can't remember how many times I used my curling iron and half way through having to untwist the cord. 

So in the box is really nice, easy to read and open. I like boxes that you know exactly what's inside.
Picture of the box
Inside you will find your flat iron and a manual. Not that you really need on but I guess some people would. Its simple to use this iron. Just plug it in and turn it on. But make sure you have a heat safe surface to lay the flat iron down on. The plates won't actually touch your countertop but they will still radiate a lot of heat.



So before you start! Make sure you have dry hair! Do not use this to dry your hair as it will scorch it. I also use a thermal protective spray, also make sure this dries before you start. I like to brush my hair throughly and spray the spray in after I was it so it can soak into the open cuticles. Once my hair dries naturally (if I'm not in a rush) I add a little bit more spray  and allow that to dry before I flat iron my hair.  So what I did for this post was to flat iron only half of my hair so you can see what my hair looks like when I don't flat iron it and when I do. Now some of you may say but you have straight hair why in the world would you use a flat iron? Well I like my hair flat. I know everyone else wants their hair to look fuller but when you have as much hair as I do then flat works better for me. I mean I  do not want to add more volume to my head. It has enough. It only took me about 15 to 20 minutes to do the one side. I like to start in front and move my way back. If I am in a rush I will spend most time on the top layer of my hair and quickly flatten the underneath since all you will see is the top. Also make sure when you run the iron through your hair to keep it moving. Do not hold it in place or you can burn your hair to the point it will sear right off! When I finish straightening my hair I always add a little shine serum. I mostly do this because I like the anti-frizz component and a lot of them also protect your hair to keep humidity out so that your hair won't unravel if you live in a high humidity climate. 
pictures
Left natural Right after the Flat Iron

Left Flat Iron Right Natural 

I had absolutely no problems straightening my hair with this flat iron and it ran smoothly through my hair. When you straighten your hair make sure you don't touch the strands right after you ran the iron through it. Trust me it's HOT!!! I would definitely recommend this flat iron if you are looking for a quick and reliable flat iron. While the price may be off putting sometimes you have to pay a price for a quality item. You don't want something that doesn't heat properly or heats spotty. Your hair is important and you should take care of it. If you are interested in this item you can find the Victorya here: http://www.isa-professional.com/products/victorya 

If you bought it or have other questions please feel free to contact me. I am no professional but I know what works for me and am happy to pass along any knowledge I may have. Let me know if you like this post and what other items you'd like to me to review.

*Disclosure: Item in post was provided to me for free or at a discount in exchange for a review. All opinions of the item are my own real thoughts and 100% honest.*