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Simply Earth Essential Oil Recipe Box – March 2017 Review & Giveaway

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I love subscription boxes! From reading Gary Chapman’s ‘The Five Love Languages’, I know that one of my main ‘Love Languages’ is the giving and receiving of gifts, and wow, some of the subscription boxes out on the market nowadays are one heckuva gift!

Normally, I’m into the geeky, sci-fi fandom type of boxes, or even the ultra kawaii ones, but this time, I was happy to take a walk on the DIY & natural health side!

My journey began with Simply Earth’s Essential Oil Recipe Box for March 2017! ($39.99 USD per month for subscriptions, Simply Earth estimates that the value of the included items would be approx. $200 USD if purchased elsewhere individually.)

They sure pack a lot into that box!  Mine came with 5 essential oils (100% pure, therapeutic grade), a stack of recipe cards on a binder ring for putting those oils to work, a couple of small glass vials for storing any diffuser blends I whipped up, and…..drumroll please….everything I needed to make my own….SOAP!!!  That’s right, everything – molds and some melt-able soap base (a LOT of that was included, so I can make lots of soap!)

I’d never made soap before, but I see all these handmade soaps of every conceivable sort everywhere lately, and I wanted in on that – making my own, chemical-free soaps – ones that smelled exactly the way I wanted them to.  So I was VERY glad to get a chance to take a crack at churning out my own sudsy goodness!

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But first, a little licorice interlude – I dropped some of the box’s anise oil into my diffuser necklace and the whole world was smelling like licorice! YUM!!

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Then I got to work, melting the base (really easy!) adding the ingredients, doing a little stirring…

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And then a little pouring…

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Then I needed to let it cool & harden (I popped it into the freezer and that speeded things up a bit…)

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I popped it out of the mold – and voila! I had made my very own bar of Orange Cream Exfoliating Soap! Huzzah!! 😀

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Here is my video review of this box if you’d like to watch me make the soap step-by-step!

One of my favorite things about Simply Earth (besides their awesome boxes :D) is that they donate 13% of their profits to end human trafficking!  That’s really incredible and I’m really happy about that!  Use code “SIMPLYFREE” and get first month FREE w/diffuser purchase!

Also on my list of favorite things about this awesome company, is that they are letting me host a giveaway of one of their terrific Essential Oil Recipe boxes that come with oils and all the things you need to make the main DIY item!

Just complete the entries on the Rafflecopter below and you’ll be entered into the giveaway! 😀

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Giveaway Entries & Rules (In case something goes wonky with the Rafflecopter form, you can still easily complete all the entries with the links below. 😀

GIVEAWAY RULES:

1) 3 ways to enter (plus extra bonus entry):

-Subscribe to my YouTube channel:  
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4QCde-pSVLuP10hRDGLbKA?&ytbChannel=Geeker%20Joy1

-Leave a comment below on this Review/Giveaway post.

-Follow me on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/geekerjoy2017/

**BONUS ENTRY**  **BONUS ENTRY** **BONUS ENTRY**
– Visit Simply Earth’s website and take a little look around 😀
http://simplyearth.com?rfsn=542368.d319e   THEN, just comment below:  “Bonus Entry – I visited the Simply Earth Essential Oil Recipe Box website.”

2) You can do all three methods…one time each for a  total of 3 entries, and if you do the BONUS entry, that will make a total of 4 entries!
3) Giveaway open to residents of USA, Age 18+
4) Prize fulfillment will be from SimplyEarth and may take up to  4-6 weeks to receive.
5) Entry period is until 11:59 EST (New York time) on 4/8/17
6) Winner will be chosen by random drawing and will be notified via email.  Winner will have 48 hours to respond with a shipping address or a new winner will be chosen.
Good Luck! 😀

*Simply Earth provided me with one of their monthly subscription boxes (est. value $39.99 USD) to facilitate this review. The opinions contained in this review are my own and were not influenced in any way by Simply Earth. I received no monetary compensation for this review or giveaway.

 

LUVO – Healthy Heat & Eat Meals – Mama Feed Yourself, You’re Important, Too! – Review

In a previous blog post, I mentioned the phenomenon of Post-Pregnancy Depletion that can persist for several years, even more than a decade after giving birth.

Sadly, the majority of moms neglect to take proper care of themselves, while wearing themselves out to the bone taking care of their family!  We grab kid-chewed leftovers or whatever’s available within reach that our significant others haven’t already devoured, and stuff it in our mouths, or we go for the keep-us-going junkfood so we can be at least minimally functional, while we further starve ourselves of nutrition, because who’s got time to cook a nice gourmet meal for mama? Certainly not mama!

Well guess what? Someone’s got the time, after all: LUVO!

These two were my favorites: Orange Mango Chicken & Red Wine Braised Beef and Polenta!
These two were my favorites: Orange Mango Chicken & Red Wine Braised Beef and Polenta!
“Luvo [loo- vō] has Latin roots, and it loosely means to give aid or strength to accomplish a purpose. To us, Luvo is a person who takes care of themselves so they can in turn, care for others. Luvo is a movement that sparks the belief that leading a healthy lifestyles creates your best self and inspires the world around you.”
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You might have seen LUVO meals in your grocery’s frozen food section lately, as you were shopping for your family.  Mama, it’s time to do some shopping for YOU! 😀
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LUVO meals are heat and eat meals that are filled with tasty, natural and healthy ingredients.  While they’ll certainly be a treat for someone with a refined palate, they might not match a junk-food fan’s taste profile. You can actually taste the spices and herbs that are used for seasonings.  They aren’t over-laden with salt or other shelf-preserving ingredients. And best of all – they are EASY to prepare!  Toss one in the oven and a relatively short time later, you’ve got something yummy that’s not going to deepen your nutritional deficit.
Convenient steam-in-bag (non BPA) servings.
Convenient steam-in-bag (non BPA) servings.

You NEED healthy food, mama, and since no one’s likely going to be cooking it for you (including yourself if you’re like a majority of (sorry, it’s got to be said!) self-neglecting mamas, this is as close as you’re going to be getting to having a chef prepare tasty, healthy, chock-full-of-nutrition meals for you on demand, unless you actually do have a chef on your household staff.

Orange Mango Chicken
Orange Mango Chicken
Red Wine Braised Beef & Polenta
Red Wine Braised Beef & Polenta
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Luvo is all about helping people make healthier choices for themselves and their families.  We believe it should be easy to enjoy delicious and nutritious food that is responsibly sourced.  That’s why we’ve created chef-inspired frozen meals that have quality proteins (from whole plants and lean meats raised without antibiotics), whole grains, generous portions of fruits and veggies, responsible amounts of sodium and added sugar, and no artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners.”

Just the facts
• Signature Luvo meals offer delicious culinary recipes with full servings
of veggies, whole grains and quality proteins, flash frozen in custom
Steam in PouchTM packaging. Inspired by the French cooking technique
“en papillote,” which means “in parchment,” the pouch creates an
aromatic steam that gently cooks each meal in its own flavorful juices.
• Luvo Bowls offer delicious recipes in a convenient paperboard bowl
that steams quickly in the microwave. These Bowls feature a self-venting
film that does not require puncturing, peeling back or stirring
during the cooking process, maximizing convenience and locking in
flavor.
• Luvo PlantedTM Power Bowls offer delicious recipes with at least two
full servings of veggies, organic whole grain rice from Lotus Foods and
plant proteins – in a convenient paperboard bowl that steams quickly in
the microwave.
• Luvo meals use responsible amounts of sodium and added sugar.
While other frozen brands load up on salt, Luvo uses herbs, spices
and quality ingredients to deliver amazing taste. Luvo never uses any
artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners.
• Luvo’s people-, animal- and planet-friendly practices include using
antibiotic free meat and poultry, using non-GMO ingredients whenever
possible, and giving back to the community through partnerships with
local nonprofit organizations.

 

Learn more online
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* I received this product for free from Moms
Meet (momsmeet.com), May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the
manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest
opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.
** Text in italics was provided by Moms Meet and the manufacturer.

Uncommonly Good Gifts For the Special People In Your Life (That Includes You, Too!)

In the book “The Five Love Languages” by Gary Chapman, one of the ‘languages’, or main ways a person may best express or receive love, is “Giving gifts”.   I like to put a lot of thought into a gift, trying to get to know the person, what they enjoy, what would make them happy and what would best make them feel cared about. I also enjoy such gifts – ones that someone obviously put a lot of thought into, not just snagged at a convenience store on the way over (sometimes with the price tag still attached).

The best gifts I received and the ones I gave that got the best response were the ones that were SPECIAL!  Ones that you didn’t find on practically every big-box chain-store’s shelves.

Gifts that you may never have known about but once you see it, you just know that this was MEANT to be in your life! Or in a loved-one’s life. I’ll let you in on a secret: there’s a veritable treasure trove (good for wives or s.o.’s – hint, hint!) of such items at Uncommon Goods! 😀

THIS is definitely on my husband’s wish list:

Bonsai Forest
A DIY bonsai forest! How cool is that?
Aquaponic Garden
Or an Aquaponic Herb Garden!

And for the kids –

edible chemistry set
CHEMISTRY they can EAT!!!

Although, to be honest, I’d probably give all those gifts to myself. 😀  The hubster and kids can just look on in envy at my newly acquired awesome gifts. 😀

However, there are SO MANY amazingly terrific things on this site, that you’ll never have to resort to coffee mugs or socks ever again.

If you’re stuck for something truly special to give to your wife or mother for her anniversary, they’ve got a great selection of items already curated.

What makes it even nicer is that Uncommon Goods sells products that weren’t made at the expense of harming people or animals. <3

In addition to finding uncommonly great gifts for your loved ones (including yourself!), another wonderful thing about Uncommon Goods that I really like is that they donate $1 to charity for every purchase made. So far they’ve donated over $1,000,000 through their Better To Give program!

They’re also founding members of B Corporation, an organization that was “created to help customers understand the social and environmental impact of their purchases. The B seal means that a company has met the standards outlined in a comprehensive screening questionnaire, which evaluates a company on issues ranging from providing a living wage, to lessening their impact on the environment, to giving back to the community.”

I strongly urge you to go take a look at the amazing selection at Uncommon Goods, you won’t regret it!

And if you happen to be a friend or relative of mine, my birthday’s coming up… 😀  I’m really jonesing for one of their recycled glass nightlights – so beautiful! Those would probably also make a very memorable housewarming gift!

These teeny earring vases would also be PERFECT!

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This post is a sponsored partnership between Twice Blessed Life and Uncommon Goods. The opinions expressed are solely those of the author. Pictures and italicized text are from the Uncommon Goods website.

Cheesehat: A Mouse’s Tale – Discovering life beyond the confines of dogmatic belief systems.

I was chatting recently with another mama friend who’s questioning a lot of things lately, particularly religion and some of the dogmatic beliefs that unfortunately can be a part of many worship communities. And it called to mind my own ‘wake-up call’ in 2012 when my mind was opened just enough to let the Light in – and I saw my “church” in a whole new way.
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It was cataclysmic for me and I have sympathy for my friend because I knew something of what she was going through and would continue to go thru as she tries to make order of a world thrown topsy-turvy when she realized that the dogmatic beliefs she’d been following were there to control and constrain her growth, not to nurture it.
 
It inspired me to draw a little comic strip about some of what I experienced (I’m NOT a great artist.) and I thought – go big or go home – and made it into a little vid on youtube. Hope you enjoy it. 😀
Civilized comments are welcome. 😀
Cheesehat: A Mouse’s Tale – Discovering life beyond the confines of dogmatic belief systems.

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