Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Have you heard about CBD haircare? I love these products from Emera.


I've featured CBD lotions and gummies in the past but did you know you can also purchase hair care products that are infused with CBD? Emera hair care currently has six different hair care products all included with CBD to help your hair looks it's best. But how exactly does your hair benefit from having CBD in your hair care products? Here is a short description from the Emera website explaining why it is useful and how it helps "A non-psychoactive compound of the cannabis plant that naturally integrates with the body’s endocannabinoid system to help reduce common dry hair conditions. This rich source of Vitamins A, C, and E has powerful antioxidant properties that help protect hair from external factors and promotes overall healthy hair and scalp." As an added bonus their products are 100% Vegan, cruelty-free, sulfate-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free and they use recycled materials for their packaging. They are both PETA approved + Leaping Bunny certified.


I was recently sent three of their products to test out and review, I honestly wish I tried all six because I enjoy them so much. For my review I will be sharing the nourishing CBD reparative treatment, scalp therapy and nourishing serum.


First up is the Nourishing CBD Serum which comes in a 2oz bottle for $30. Out of the three products I reviewed this one is my favorite for a few reasons, the first being that it smells really good. I also enjoy the fact that the formula they use is just right which makes it easy to apply, it is light weight and doesn't leave my hair looking greasy or overly oily like I haven't washed it in several days. 2oz doesn't seem like a lot of product, but when it comes to this serum you don't need a lot of it to achieve the look you are wanting, I use maybe a dime size amount each time I use this. It helps control my hair frizz and it helps keep my hair feeling soft. I have noticed after using this that my hair doesn't look nearly as dry as it used to which is a huge bonus since it gets pretty dry here in Arizona which can be harsh on my hair. This serum has quickly become one of my favorite hair care products!


Next up is the Nourishing CBD Scalp Therapy which comes in a 2oz bottle for $30. There are two other very unique ingredients in this product aside from CBD and that is peppermint + menthol, which gives your scalp an almost instant tingly cool feeling which is quite nice (I bet it will be even nicer in summer!). Even after exiting the shower you can still feel the clean, cool sensation for a short period after use.

The formula isn't quite as thin as the serum however it still spreads well though it does take a bit more product to get the full effect you are looking for. It also has a calming scent to it which makes this the perfect product to use during your bedtime routine. My scalp felt clean and refreshed after using this, and it felt healthier for several days afterwards. I honestly don't think this product needs to be used on a daily basis, once a week to once every two weeks should be just right. The goal of this product is to help deeply condition, encourage new hair growth, while softening and strengthening your hair.


Last but not least I reviewed the Nourishing CBD Reparative Treatment which comes in a 5.1oz tube for $30. I really like this product however it is slightly thick so I have to use a decent amount to reach the desired effect so I wish the bottle was slightly bigger. This product aims to help repair and strengthen your hair, while hydrating and encouraging hair growth.

After you've cleaned and washed your hair this is applied to damp hair then rinsed out after 3-5 minutes, I like leaving it in for the whole five minutes while I finish washing before I get out of the shower. My hair has felt softer lately and frizz control has been great, but my hair is a beast so there isn't much that will help control 100% of the frizz. Each one of those products has the scent "Seagrass Mint" which has notes of Sun-drenched Ivy, Lily of the Valley and Peppermint that smells fantastic, I wish I had a few candles with the same scent.

If you want to try them out you can save 25% OFF your order using code luna25 during check out.


PRIZE ALERT:
One lucky winner is going to receive a Emera Sample box which contains samples of their Shampoo, Conditioner, Serum and Scalp therapy.

This is open World Wide! Please remember if you DO NOT leave a comment on this blog post as your mandatory entry into the giveaway then all of your entries will be void. Doing the Daily entries will increase your chance of winning. Winners have 72 hours to respond to the notification email! 

This giveaway ends on 03/29/2020


Giveaway entry question: Visit their product page and leave me a comment letting me know which product you'd like to test out the most! 

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Disclaimer- The products mentioned above were provided by Emera Haircare for the giveaway + review free of charge no other compensation was provided. However, no product compensation will influence the outcome of any review. My honest opinions are used in all reviews, they are solely my own & they may vary from others. My reviews are posted for readers in order to provide an informed decision before purchase.

Saturday, March 7, 2020

March Beauty & The Book Giveaway!


It is time for this month's Beauty & The Book giveaway and this month I have a surprise co-host which is the brand Bubbles & Books. Later this month I will also be hosting a review of Bubbles & Books, the post office mangled my box from them so they are sending me out a new one.

What is Bubbles & Books? They are a monthly subscription company that sends out a box that contains one book along with several bath goodies. So that means that this month's book will be a mystery! Instead of selecting a book to go with this month's giveaway you'll be getting the book in the Bubbles & Books box instead in the genre of your choice. Along with the Bubbles & Book box you'll also receive all of the goodies shown above that I have included as part of this giveaway. The items include nail strips, perfume, lotion, a face mask, a ELF cosmetics lip stick and a Urban Decay eye shadow.

If you are in the Phoenix, Arizona or surrounding areas I currently have a giveaway up for a four pack of tickets to Jurassic Quest coming later this month. For those of you with young children I am also hosting a giveaway for two copies of the book Timmy Failure Mistakes Were made which was recently turned into a Disney original movie. Also coming later this month I'll be hosting giveaways for CBD hair care products, Photo tiles home decor and more so keep an eye out for those as well.

This is open World Wide! Please remember if you DO NOT leave a comment on this blog post as your mandatory entry into the giveaway then all of your entries will be void. Doing the Daily entries will increase your chance of winning. Winners have 72 hours to respond to the notification email! This giveaway is hosted by ME and is not associated with any of the brands mentioned above.

This giveaway ends on 04/05/2020


Giveaway entry question: Leave a comment letting me know what your favorite movie was that is based off of a book. 

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Disclaimer-  Books & Bubbles is providing a box for the giveaway free of charge no other compensation was provided. However, no product compensation will influence the outcome of any review. My honest opinions are used in all reviews, they are solely my own & they may vary from others. My reviews are posted for readers in order to provide an informed decision before purchase.

Friday, March 6, 2020

Craving Ribs? Check out Frasher's Smokehouse in Phoenix.


My husband and I are both fans of BBQ Ribs and we have looked around for restaurants near us that offer ribs, however we didn't have much luck finding a place that had ribs that we enjoyed. That was until now! This past Sunday my family drove over to visit a restaurant called Frasher's Smokehouse, which we came to realize we've driven past it dozens of times on our way to the zoo, we just never had the chance to stop in and check it out. They are located at 3222 East Indian School Road Phoenix,Arizona 85018. As soon as we popped out of our car we could smell the delicious smoked BBQ smell coming from the restaurant.


When you enter the restaurant you are greeted and they have a menu on full display or you could use a paper copy if you prefer (note, the paper copy doesn't have all of their food listed, I'd go with the signs behind the counter). You can place your order at the front, find a seat and they will deliver your food to your table or if you prefer to eat at home you can place your order to go. Along with their food selection they also have a full bar, the signature cocktail sounded pretty good however this time around we skipped ordering from the bar as we went in for a midday lunch. When we arrived there were a few other tables occupied otherwise we seem to have gotten in right before what seemed like the lunch rush. After looking at the menu and placing our order we were handed our cups and directed towards the drinks, they let us know that they had soda options but they also had a few house made options such as tea, lemonade and fruit punch. I am a big fan of lemonade so naturally that is what I choose, my husband and daughter decided to try the fruit punch and my son went with some soda.

I enjoyed the lemonade, it wasn't overly sweet but it wasn't bitter either it was just right, but once I tasted the fruit punch I was really blown away and the next time we visit that will be my go to drink.


So what did we end up ordering? My kids decided to try out their pepperoni pizza (which has been featured on the Food Network!), my husband selected the ribs with a side of garlic mashed potatoes and baked beans, I decided to go with the two meat combo of pulled pork and turkey with a side of coleslaw and green chili mac n cheese. We were also able to try their cornbread and the gooey butter cake. When I ordered the pulled pork I was asked if I'd like it with a bun or a side of toast, having the option to select the bread was nice.

It didn't take long until our freshly made pizza and order were delivered to the table. Before trying out the main courses we all tried some of the corn bread and Oh was it good! Their corn bread has a type of honey glaze on it which is delicious and really adds a kick to the cornbread. My husband is a big cornbread guy and he can be pretty critical when it comes to it but he didn't have anything negative to say about this cornbread.


My husband and I each shared a small piece of the pizza the kids ordered and can see why it was featured on the Food Network, it was delicious! The thin crust pizza was cooked just right and the way they added the toppings made it to where there wasn't any pepperonis falling off while you were trying to eat.

The ribs & pulled pork were so good and packed full of flavor! I was surprised at the quality of meat and that I didn't find any fatty pieces in my food. One of the biggest perks I found was that you decide on how much BBQ sauce you want on your food, they have a counter with bottles of BBQ sauce in three flavors that you can bring to your table and dispense as you please. The sweet was pretty tasty! The turkey was juicy and well cooked, tasty as it was I preferred the pulled pork.



How were the sides? My husband and I both tested out all four of the sides to see which we liked best out of what we choose. The clear winner was the garlic mashed potatoes, they were creamy and had just the right amount of garlic. The other three sides we were both one sided on, the baked beans had pulled pork in it which I thought added an extra element to it and an extra flavor kick however my husband didn't like the addition of the pulled pork. My husband doesn't like coleslaw in general so he wasn't a big fan, I thought the level of mayo was just right however I would have liked slightly more seasoning or flavor added to it, and the green chili mac and cheese had a light taste with a bit of a kick from the green chili but it wasn't overpowering.


Last but not lease was dessert, the gooey butter cake was pretty sweet. It was quite delicious, but we only each had two or three bites and saved the rest for later in the day. The gooey butter cake is a combination of yellow cake, cheesecake and a delicious sauce, if you stop in I highly suggest trying some in restaurant or take some home. The amount of food we received was enough to satisfy us for lunch and we had enough left over to take home for dinner. I think their prices are affordable especially with the amount of food you are given.

Customer service was excellent if we had any questions all we needed to do was ask, and the other customers were taken care of promptly as well. While we were eating we heard some of the regulars talking about which sides they had during their prior visit and which they wanted to order this time around. The restaurant itself has a cozy, welcoming feeling, although I found it a little dark (there are no windows along the sides or in the back) inside, but over all I enjoyed the atmosphere. The bathrooms were also quite clean and I thought the sink was really cute. On the way out of the bathroom I saw photos of Taylor Swift hanging up in the hallway from when she visited the restaurant, so if you are a fan of hers you can say you ate at the same place she did. All of us enjoyed Frasher's and we are planning on going back again for lunch.


Disclaimer- We were provided lunch by Frasher's Smokehouse for the review free of charge no other compensation was provided. However, no product compensation will influence the outcome of any review. My honest opinions are used in all reviews, they are solely my own & they may vary from others. My reviews are posted for readers in order to provide an informed decision before purchase.

Timmy Failure - Win a copy of the book!


Disney has recently turned the book "Timmy Failure Mistakes Were Made" into a movie, which can be watched now over on the Disney+ app! In celebration of the new movie the books publisher has re-released the book with a new cover, I have received a copy of the book to read with my kids and I will be giving away two copies as well. Want to see a trailer for the new movie? You can watch it below:



This seems like a really cute family movie & book about a young boy who runs his own detective agency, we are looking forward to watching it on our next movie night. The book itself seems like one that both my daughter and son would be interested in reading, it is a chapter book but it is also packed with fun drawings, diary entries and more.

PRIZE ALERT:
Two lucky winners are each going to win a copy with the updated cover.

This is open to USA/Canadian Residents! (No P.O Boxes) Please remember if you DO NOT leave a comment on this blog post as your mandatory entry into the giveaway then all of your entries will be void. Doing the Daily entries will increase your chance of winning. Winners have 72 hours to respond to the notification email! 

This giveaway ends on 03/18/2020


Giveaway entry question: Leave a comment letting me if you plan on watching this movie with your kids, or what your favorite part of the trailer is. 

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Disclaimer- The products mentioned above were provided by Candlewick Press for the giveaway + review free of charge no other compensation was provided. However, no product compensation will influence the outcome of any review. My honest opinions are used in all reviews, they are solely my own & they may vary from others. My reviews are posted for readers in order to provide an informed decision before purchase.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Jurassic Quest is coming to Phoenix & You can WIN Tickets!

Have you ever wanted to see a baby Dinosaur up close and personal? Well now you can!

Jurassic Quest is the most exciting, interactive, and jaw dropping dinosaur event that is traveling around North America! Jurassic Quest features over 100 dinosaurs, including some of our sky scraping classics, the Spinosaurus, Giganotosaurus, and Tyrannosaurus Rex. Our newest addition to our exhibit, Ancient Oceans, includes some of the largest prehistoric marine creatures such as a 50 foot - long Megalodon that you can’t see anywhere else! Experience the opportunity to ride atop some of the largest creatures in history, or fuel your inner paleontologist and dig up real dinosaur fossils. Take a stroll through our dinosaur exhibit, partake in an endless amount of prehistoric activities, and experience our walking dinosaurs and baby dinosaurs that love to play and nibble on our guests!


Jurassic Quest is coming to the Phoenix Convention Center March 27th until March 29th. The event is $22 per adult, and children have two different ticket options - you can purchase a normal ticket for $22 or opt for the Kids VIP ticket for $36 which includes unlimited rides and activities.


My family and I are pretty excited to attend Jurassic Quest and see all of the life sized Dinosaurs, and we want to send one of you along with your family to Jurassic Quest to join in the fun for yourself. Fill out the Rafflecopter form below to win the following:

PRIZE ALERT:
One lucky winner is going to win 2 Adult tickets + 2 Kids VIP tickets to the Phoenix,AZ Jurassic Quest event. Tickets are good for any of the three days.

This is open to Arizona Residents! Please remember if you DO NOT leave a comment on this blog post as your mandatory entry into the giveaway then all of your entries will be void. Doing the Daily entries will increase your chance of winning. Winners have 72 hours to respond to the notification email! 

This giveaway ends on 03/16/2020


Giveaway entry question: Leave a comment letting me know what your favorite Dinosaur is!

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Disclaimer- The products mentioned above were provided by Jurassic Quest for the giveaway free of charge no other compensation was provided. However, no product compensation will influence the outcome of any review. My honest opinions are used in all reviews, they are solely my own & they may vary from others. My reviews are posted for readers in order to provide an informed decision before purchase.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Arizona Renaissance Festival 2020!


If you've never been to the Arizona Renaissance Festival then you are missing out! Every year during the months of February & March a small Renaissance village off of Highway 60 in Gold Canyon, Arizona comes to life with games, music, festivities and more. Tickets are $28 per adult and $18 for children 5-12, they are open on weekends only from 10am until 6pm rain or shine.

For those who are a fan of dressing up, you are allowed to dress up for the festival and they even offer special event weekend days such as "Pirate day" and "Time Traveler's Day". We've seen a wide variety of costumes at the festival including pirates, fairies, dragons, walking trees, witches, a wolf, a cheetah, and we've even seen someone walking around with a brightly colored TV on their head. We enjoy dressing up ourselves and usually go as pirates/a elf/and a witch. The festival is very easy to reach and they have traffic handled quite nicely so you won't have to deal with too much of a traffic jam.


Can you have fun at the festival without spending a fortune? That all really depends on what all you are wanting to do at the festival, all of the shows including the jousting are free with entry ticket. In addition to the shows there are rides, games, tons of shops, lots of different foods, a petting zoo, a torture museum and more that all vary in price. You can find some cheaper souvenirs in the $4-$10 range and then you'll also find items to buy in the $200+ range, food varies as well drinks start at $2, and food starts at around $4 for a slice of pizza, there are also a few bakeries offering sweets. We've had festivals where the only thing we bought was food and then sometimes we find thing we want to pick up, this time around we each found something we wanted to purchase, the kids went on a ride and we bought lunch for the kids plus a mixed drink for my husband, in total we spent just under $200 which isn't too bad.

All of the Shoppe keeps are in costume and often speak with you in character which is a lot of fun. You won't have a chance to get bored because there is always something going on, they have several stages that have shows through out the day so there is always something to see. Need to use the bathroom? No problem, the festival has several bathroom facilities located in various areas, and yes they are actual bathrooms not port-a-pottys.


All of the rides and games at the festival are man powered! You won't find a roller coaster or a traditional carousel, instead you'll find rides like a hammock swing ride, swinging swan, and more that are all powered by the staff! Each one runs using the speed and strength of those operating the ride. If you love seeing cute animals stop by the petting zoo to see the normal and the magical! (they have a unicorn), they also have camel and pony rides towards the back where the jousting is.

The jousting is a lot of fun! There is tons of seating but it fills up rather quickly so I'd suggest grabbing a seat shortly before the tournament is set to begin. Shaded spots are very limited so I'd get there extra early to snag one of those. The staff help keep you engaged before and during the tournament and everything is easy to hear/see no matter where you are seated. The show time we attended had a clear winner (the green knight) who won the pre-games and broke two shields vs one but it was announced as a tie.


You'll do a ton of walking so wear comfortable shoes! Being in Arizona it get's quite sunny as you are aware, the spot where the Renaissance is hosted doesn't offer a lot of shade to escape the sun so you'll want to bring something to help or purchase something at the festival to help keep you shaded. My husband and son like wearing pirate hats to protect their heads from the sun, and this trip I bought a parasol to help shade my daughter and I.


We always have a lot of fun at the festival and we look forward to visiting every year, there is a ton to do so you won't be able to see it all in one go but it is worth visiting. We've been to the festival for the last three years in a row and we still haven't seen and done everything the festival has to offer! Next year we'd like to do one of their Escape rooms. We were a little bummed we didn't see our favorite Dragon this year, but other than that there isn't a lot we'd change about the festival. The main thing I'd change is just adding more shading!

💜 Have you ever attended a festival like this where you live? If not, what do you think your favorite part of a festival like this would be?

Disclaimer- The products mentioned above were provided by the Arizona Renaissance Festival for the review free of charge no other compensation was provided. However, no product compensation will influence the outcome of any review. My honest opinions are used in all reviews, they are solely my own & they may vary from others. My reviews are posted for readers in order to provide an informed decision before purchase.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Keep your feet warm with Fuzzy Babba!


When my little toes are chilly I usually put on a pair of socks, but why put on a normal pair of socks when I can put on a comfy pair of Fuzzy Babba slipper socks? They offer a variety of slipper socks for men, women and children so there is something for everyone. I was recently sent out a pair for my kids and myself to test out and we are loving them!


I received the Women's Fluffy knit slipper socks with pom poms that look like a Koala bear. They are a one size fits all slipper, I wear a size 9 to 9.5 in women's depending on the brand and these fit me just fine without any issues. The bottoms have small round non-slip grippers which help prevent you from slipping on tile and wood floors. The inside of the slipper socks have a plush sherpa liner that is not only comfortable on your feet but also quite warm! We went camping recently and I brought these with to wear inside of my sleeping bag and I am glad I did, during the night it was freezing and these helped keep my toes from feeling like they would fall off. The pom poms on the top are pretty cute, they giggle when you walk. I like that the pom poms seem to be quite secure on the slippers, each one is actually knitted onto the slipper vs being glued on like some companies like to do.


My son received the Kid's Camo print slipper sock in a small/medium. He was pretty excited to try them on that he wanted them on as soon as they were out of the bag. Like the slippers I received they also have a plush sherpa liner to help keep the feet comfortable and warm during the winter months.


Last but not least, my daughter received the Women's Glam Faux Fur socks with glittery kitty cat details in a M/L. My daughter is only eleven, but her feet are almost as big as mine so we decided to go with the women's slippers for her which fit perfectly. Instead of having a raised up knitted pattern like mine does, this pair of slippers has the cat details sewn into it. The faux fur is extremely soft, it feels silky smooth when you run your hands over it.

The sherpa liner helps keep your feet quite warm, when it gets a bit warmer in the house I usually end up taking these off for a bit if my feet feel a little too warm. They are perfect for wearing during the night and early morning when it tends to be chillier out. I can see these slippers lasting for many winters to come due to how well made they are, and price wise they aren't bad either. Each pair of slippers runs for about $12-$16 each plus they also sell booties and more, and at the moment there are quite a few pairs of slippers on clearance so you can get a pair for as low as $3.50-$6.

💖 Which of the three slippers above do you like the most? If you could have any animal on your slippers, what would you want?

Disclaimer- The products mentioned above were provided by Fuzzy Babba for the review free of charge no other compensation was provided. However, no product compensation will influence the outcome of any review. My honest opinions are used in all reviews, they are solely my own & they may vary from others. My reviews are posted for readers in order to provide an informed decision before purchase.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

A show worth checking out - Locke & Key on Netflix.


I am posting this slightly later than I meant too, but the show is still new enough that not everyone has heard of it. When I am at my day job, I am in a small quiet and chilly office all by myself (aside from co-workers stopping by my office through out the day). I do a lot of paper work, computer work and organizing/stocking products so when I am at my desk the quiet and cold can sometimes make me sleepy, to combat that I often listen to music or I watch something on my phone while I work.

I was recently scrolling through Netflilx and a show called "Locke & Key" popped up in the new section as something I would be interested in. I had never heard anything about the show prior to it popping up or the novel it is based on, but it looked intriguing so I gave it a go and I am glad I did! I was so enthralled by the show that I finished the whole first season in three days! My only disappointment was that there isn't more episodes.



What is the show about? Here is the quick summary from Netflix "Based on the best-selling graphic novels, Locke & Key follows 3 siblings who, after the murder of their father, move to their ancestral home only to find the house has magical keys that give them a vast array of powers and abilities." It is rated TV-14, created by Joe Hill (son of Stephen King).

I thought the premise of the show was quite interesting and as you watch the show you are able to see and learn about some of these magical keys, along with some of the history of this curious family home. All of the keys shown (so far) are pretty crazy and thinking about the possibilities you'd be able to do with the keys is almost limitless. But not all is fun and games in the Key house as you'll find out through out the series, some of the keys have serious and deadly consequences. I enjoyed the cast they selected and highly enjoy the plot, though I was left asking myself some questions such as why the youngest child hardly ever seemed to go to school or why he always seemed to be left by himself during the day. The show managed to compose their episodes so that each episode was full of wonder, information and twists that keep you engaged and wanting to know what happens next. Are there any crazy creatures? You won't find any werewolves or vampires in this show, but there are some creepy magical beings that make an appearance. Locke & Key does show several deaths, one of which is the first thing you see when you start the show just an fyi for those who are a little squeamish about the subject. The show ended off on quite a cliff hanger, I am curious to see how everything works out in the second season and how the show will work out the twist ending. After I finished this I asked my mom if she had seen the preview for it, and she let me know that she had just finished it herself (in the same amount of time I did). I can't wait until new episodes are released!

If you haven't watched this yet and enjoy a good mystery that has a bit of a horror/thriller theme to it, this is a show you should look into.

If you have seen it, what do you think of it? What was your favorite part of the show so far, or which key that's been shown do you like the most? I'd be interested in using the Anywhere key, or the head key.

**This is not a sponsored post nor do I blog for Netflix, I really enjoyed the show and wanted to share it with my followers.**

Monday, February 24, 2020

Upcoming Releases from Walker Books!



Time to share some new reads! When I was younger I used to read a TON, and I've always tried to encourage a love of reading with my kids as well and it has stuck. The three of us love working with Walker Books U.S (A division of Candlewick Press) because we get to read and review new books through out the year. This time around we received a box of chapter books, there were quite a few so they will be broken up into two or three posts, this being the first of them. All of the books are recommended for ages 7-11, for a reference for these reviews and the ages of the children reading them, my son is seven and my daughter is eleven.

Some of these books have not been released yet, we have received advanced copies to read and review. The copies we received may have incomplete artwork and the cover images may change by the time the book is released, I will make a note at the bottom of the review with the books release date.



This is a cute series about a little girl named Jasmine Green and her life/adventures. Her father is a farmer, and her mother is a veterinarian which she aspires to be as well. In each story she rescues a small baby who may not have made it on their own, the piglet was the forgotten runt of the litter and the duckling was the only survivor after it's mother and nest were attacked. Both stories make for a fun, easy and great reads about how much of a difference a little kindness can make. My daughter enjoyed both books because she is also an animal lover and would do the same as Jasmine if but in the situation. Both of these books will be released next month, and are recommended for ages 7-9.



This book focuses on two brothers named Louie & Ralphie Ratsos, along with their Big City scout group. In this book of the series the group goes out on their first camping trip with their special guide Grandpa Ratsos. Throughout the book the scouts learn that camping isn't always the easiest and that it is alright to ask for help and work together when they need it. They may have started their trip off a bit rough but it turns out to be a great weekend.

We enjoy camping as a family so my kids were able to relate to this book, and knowing what its like to learn the ropes of putting together a camp site. This seems like an interesting series to read, and my kids want to know what other adventures the Ratsos brothers go on. This book is due to be released in May of this year, the series is recommended for ages 5-8.



This book focuses on a young girl named Darleen Darling and it takes place in 1914, Darleen is a star who is working on a new film. As part of a publicity stunt her studio sets up a fake kidnapping which ends up not being a set up at all! Along with Darleen another young girl is kidnapped and both set out on a adventure to escape their captors.

Unfortunately my daughter didn't finish this one, she aid it took quite a while for things to start to pick up which made her lose interest in the book. She made it about half way through before deciding to stop reading and instead pick up another. She may give it another try in the future but for now the book seems a little lack luster, I have read books like this in the past as well that have spots that are hard to get past, but once you try again it is usually worth it. So if she decides to pick this one back up I will update this review. This book is set to release in April of this year, it is recommended for ages 8-12.

📚 Which of the four books listed above seem the most interesting to you?

Disclaimer- The products mentioned above were provided by Candlewick Press for the review free of charge no other compensation was provided. However, no product compensation will influence the outcome of any review. My honest opinions are used in all reviews, they are solely my own & they may vary from others. My reviews are posted for readers in order to provide an informed decision before purchase.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Skin care products by Skin Nation! Review part 1.

When I am looking at skin care products I like looking around for companies that create their products using natural ingredients and I love and support currently-free brands! So when I stumbled onto a brand called Skin Nation who creates products that are Cruelty-free, Organic and  natural. They create a large line of products for your face and body, and they also have a Men's line!


I was recently sent four different products to test out and review, I will cover two today and in a week or so I will cover the other two once I test them out a bit more. Today I will be covering the Scrubalicious Exfoliator and the Magic Masque, They also included a free scrubbing pad that is the perfect size.


The Magic Masque is designed to help keep your skin looking smooth, hydrated and dewy. It is made with natural ingredients and is gentle enough on your skin that you could use it on a daily basis. This product comes in a 2oz jar and retails for $40, 2oz isn't always a lot of product so is this product worth the price tag?

I was surprised just how smoothly this product applied, you need very little product to cover a large area of your face which means the product will last you a while depending on how often you decide to use it each week. The amount of product I used on my face only left a small area where you could tell product was taken out, you could apply the product with a brush if you wanted or with your finger which is how I applied it and I didn't have any issues. The mask is silky smooth and has a nice light scent to it that won't irritate your senses. It is also light weight so you'll hardly be able to tell you are even wearing a masque, the instructions say to leave it on for 5-7 minutes so I like using this before getting into the shower. I didn't have any skin irritation and the masque was easy to wash off with a bit of warm water and a cloth, my face was left feeling smooth and refreshed. When I woke up the next morning I could still note that my skin looked smooth and dewy.


Normally when it comes to "Scrubs" I like scrubs that you can actual feel the scrubbiness to it so I can feel the dead skin being washed away. This one doesn't really have that scrub to it that I look for, However even though to me it feels like more of a wash it does a really great job at cleaning my face. In fact instead of going for my favorite face wash recently, I've found myself reaching for this instead. As you can see in the photo it has a bit more of a face wash consistency to it than a scrub.

The scent is similar to the masque, it is a light fresh smell that helps you relax. My skin doesn't feel oily, tight or weighed down after using this product. Generally when "Aunt flow" comes to visit, I end up with a small break out like a lot of women experience, this time it wasn't so bad, I still had a blemish or two but they are easily controllable. It should be noted that this specific product has a note letting you know they use glycolic acid in this product which can make your face slightly sensitive to the sun, so you should use a light facial sunscreen while using this product (sunscreen is a great idea to use on a daily basis anyways!). I personally don't use this on a daily basis because I like having a day or two where I clean my face with just water so my pores can breath, but when I do use this my skin feels nice afterwards. This product comes in a 4oz bottle for $32, I do wish I had slightly more of the product in the bottle because I enjoy using it.

Disclaimer- The products mentioned above were provided by Skin Nation for the review free of charge no other compensation was provided. However, no product compensation will influence the outcome of any review. My honest opinions are used in all reviews, they are solely my own & they may vary from others. My reviews are posted for readers in order to provide an informed decision before purchase.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

CDB lotion from Liberty Lotion Review + Giveaway!


By now you've heard of CBD products at least once, there are a number of products on the market made using this all natural ingredient that helps with various issues. I recently received some CBD lotions to try out from a company called Liberty Lotion who also carries lip balms and even oils for pets.

Want to know a bit more info on CDB? Here is some info from the Liberty Lotion website, "CBD is a substance found in a variety of plants and other sources, usually deprived from hemp. Scientific studies have indicated that CBD has shown great promise for relief and appears to also aid the body in it's natural regulation".


For my review I received a Infinity Lotion which contains 675 mg of CBD, along with a Limitless Lotion which is CBD free but it mimics similar benefits. Before getting into the review it is important to note that this is note a cure all, and I do not suggest using it on open wounds. Prior to use I was given a tip that to get the most out of the product that when applying instead of rubbing it in until it is gone, you should instead apply a thin layer and allow your skin to absorb the lotion.

For the last week or so my shoulder has been bugging me a bit as I slept on it wrong which can cause me to toss and turn a bit while I sleep. I decided to use this lotion on my shoulder last night to see if it would help. I was surprised that it did help ease the pain of my shoulder allowing me to have a better nights rest, and today my shoulder/neck pain doesn't feel nearly as bad as it has the last few days. I still have a bit of a knot in my shoulder but between a little message and with some help from this lotion it should feel completely better soon. This product can also be used on sore muscles, and bruises however at the moment I don't have either of those so I can not verify how effective they are with both issues. I think this lotion would be great to help relieve muscles after working out or after a hard day of work. I am excited to use this product more in the future.

I do have two things to be slightly nitpicky about, the constancy is a bit thinner than I thought so when you go to pump it sometimes the lotion tends to splatter. I'd keep your hand cupped when pumping out some of the lotion, or perhaps use a spray top vs the pump that is currently on the bottle. My second small thing is I am completely on the fence about whether I do or do not like the smell of the product, It has a bit of an earthy smell to it while also being slightly citric in scent.


Giveaway:
One lucky winner is going to win a 4.5oz bottle of Liberty Lotion with 225mg CBD (Retail value $79.99) + a Liberty Lip Balm (Retail value $3.99)

This is open to US Residents! Please remember if you DO NOT leave a comment on this blog post as your mandatory entry into the giveaway then all of your entries will be void. Doing the Daily entries will increase your chance of winning. Winners have 72 hours to respond to the notification email! 

This giveaway ends on 03/07/2020


Giveaway entry question: Leave a comment letting me know what you'd like to use these products to help you with.

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Disclaimer- The products mentioned above were provided by Liberty Lotion for the giveaway free of charge no other compensation was provided. However, no product compensation will influence the outcome of any review. My honest opinions are used in all reviews, they are solely my own & they may vary from others. My reviews are posted for readers in order to provide an informed decision before purchase.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Some of our favorite CMOP spots!


As part of the Playfluencer team at the Children's Museum Of Phoenix, I write a blog post each month featuring different areas, events or programs at the Museum. This month I wanted to highlight a few of our favorite things and spots at the museum.


The first stop on our trip is always the giant play structure when you first enter the museum. It is large enough for adults to fit in, but I want the kids to explore so they are free to play in it on their own. The play structure runs all the way to the top floor of the museum, and it has lots of different areas you can visit. Oddly one of my favorite parts about the play structure is a boat they have that has a bunch of legs/feet with different socks on sticking out from it, I also love the flying bathtub. You can see the bathtub in a photo on the post I made of 10 Reasons why you should buy a CMOP season pass.



My oldest is too big for this year now and my youngest is starting to get to that point, but they have a section with a "car wash" where the kids can ride a bike along a set path through a car wash. The whole area is really cute, and well done. There are lots of bikes in a few different sizes so your child is sure to have a lot of fun in this spot.


The reading spots! There are a few different reading nooks and spots to stop to enjoy a good book. They have this really cute mushroom shaped reading spot on the second floor near the fort building area. They have a small selection of books in the room, and more books in different areas of the museum. Upstairs is a small library area that has more seating and cushions to relaxing.


Okay so technically this next spot isn't a favorite spot for us, but I am sharing it because I love that they have the space for those who wish to use it. On the top floor near the library tucked away in a corner that is normally not as noisy as the rest of the museum, there is a nursing corner. The corner is a small room with a chair, table, etc and a curtain to pull across if you are in need of a spot to nurse your baby.


Puzzles, games and interactive spots. Through out the entire museum you'll find dozens of spots that are interactive along the hallways. You'll find musical instruments to play, a look and find spot, fake food carts and more. There is so much to do you'll want to spend more than a day here really enjoying everything.

Check back again next month and I will explore more of the museum with you! There is so much to see and do, I can't fit it all onto one post.

Disclaimer- I am part of the PLAYfluenster team at the museum and I was provided a year membership by the Children's Museum of Phoenix for a monthly review, free of charge no other compensation was provided. However, no product compensation will influence the outcome of any review. My honest opinions are used in all reviews, they are solely my own & they may vary from others. My reviews are posted for readers in order to provide an informed decision before purchase.