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Lavender Wow! Review of New York Biology 100% Pure & Natural Lavender Essential Oil


I love lavender. I love the smell, I love the taste!

I also love the wonderful and beautiful lavender-scented and flavored gifts I see for sale at practically any worthwhile boutique.  The price of those wonderful gifts (I would love to spoil myself with) is not as lovely, however. 😀

Then it occurred to me…maybe I could make some of those pretty things myself! (for myself…and, uh…gifts for others, I suppose ) 😀

So a little bit of Google-fu later and I’ve got a trove of free recipes to try out!

(Note: although some recipes add Baking Soda or Baking Powder, some folks have reported that unless the mixture is COMPLETELY dry, it will tend to explode, glass jar and all. So I didn’t add any of that to my recipe.)

Who doesn’t love a good soak in the tub (minus the shrieks of children) with a lovely dash of Lavender Bath Salts?

Thanks to the kind sponsorship of Tomoson and New York Biology, I was offered a sample of Lavender Essential Oil that I used for this review*.0I just needed epsom salts, sea salt, food coloring and a small decorative jar (you can buy the kind of jar I used at a good craft store), and of course, the Lavender Essential Oil, which you can buy HERE for a very affordable price.

It was so easy to make, and within mere moments of opening the bottle and adding just a few small drops of the lavender oil, my kitchen smelled like a lovely lavender sachet!  I can’t wait to try out my new pretty bottle of lavender bath salts!

I used 1/8 cup Epsom Salt and 1/16 cup Sea Salt, 3 drops Lavender Essential Oil, Several drops of red and blue food coloring, and mixed it well. Then I spooned it into the jar and applied a cute little label with a gluestick! That’s all there is to it!

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It smelled so good!  I’m thinking about also mixing this with some coconut oil (as a carrier oil, because you should never use essential oils undiluted on your skin!) as a lovely lotion for the inevitable winter-roughened skin every winter!

Unlike some other Lavender Essential Oil brands I’ve used in the past, New York Biology’s Lavender Essential Oil’s scent lingered for quite awhile, which I was very pleased about. Other oils I’ve tried in the past dissipated too soon, but this was not the case with this oil. 😀
New York Biology – 100% Pure & Natural Lavender Essential Oil
About the Product
  • 100% PURE, NATURAL, & AUTHENTIC Kashmir Lavender Essential Oil steam distilled without any fillers or additives.
  • OUR KASHMIR LAVENDER OIL contains Linalool 31%, Linalyl Acetate 34%. We proudly showcase the constituents & purity of our oil on the front of the bottle.
  • HIGHEST QUALITY GRADE & PREMIUM QUALITY originating from India and Bottled in the USA
  • LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL is frequently used in various forms including aromatherapy oil, gels, infusion, lotion, and soaps. It induces calmness and relaxation. This makes it the most popular essential oil on the market.

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*I was offered a sample of the product for the purpose of my honest review by Tomoson and New York Biology. No other compensation was received.  My review was my own honest experience and opinion of the product and was not influenced in any way by the sponsors.

 

Review of intelliARMOR 4-Port USB Charger (Sponsored Post) #intelliarmor

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When I first purchased my Kindle tablet, I was given the option of shelling out another $25 for a special Kindle charger that would power up my Kindle in about 4 hours, rather than take almost double that with a regular charger. Occasionally, immediate gratification can be nice to indulge in so I got one.  The only problems were that the thing kept getting misplaced, and I was out of luck if I wanted to use it to charge both my Kindle AND my cellphone at the same time, especially if I’m in a hurry and need both devices in a flash!

Well, my days of having to choose which device gets the love first are over! 😀

I was given the opportunity** to check out a little powerhouse (pun intended! 😀 ) of a multi-device charger called the intelliARMOR 4-Port USB Charger that retails for a mere $14.99 on amazon.

What this petite device does is allow me to charge BOTH my kindle AND my cell phone at the same time – and it does it at the same ACCELERATED SPEED that my teensy (and often misplaced) old 1-device charger did!

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The intelliARMOR also has 4 ports available, so if I decide to go ahead and get that additional tablet for the kids that I’ve been mulling over (so I can actually get to use my own Kindle once in a while 😀 ) then I can get that one charged just as lickety split as the other electronics I’ve tried out on it to put it through it’s paces.

The intelliARMOR charger is a piece of cake to use and my kids caught on quick.  Before I knew it, they sneakily snagged it right out from under me and scurried off to their room to re-charge the Kindle in a jiffy.  They had about 30 hungry cats to feed in the Minecraft game they were playing.

You can purchase the intelliARMOR 4-Port USB Charger here:

http:// www.amazon.com/dp/B01BNBCHDM  –  and don’t forget to use this special 20% off discount code just for TwiceBlessedLife readers:  SmartPwr

(Thank you intelliSMART, for the discount code! 😀 )

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The intelliARMOR 4-port USB charger is not your standard charger! With a compact, innovative design and state of the art technology that provides fast, convenient charging while ensuring safe, high quality results. Using intelliSMART charging technology, you can charge iPhones, iPads, Androids and smartphones, eliminating the need for multiple chargers. Save time and space with a single charger that enables you to charge up to four devices at one time. 
 


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Thin and lightweight while providing maximum charging speeds, the 4-port charger offers USB-enabled device rapid charging. It is small and easy to transport, so you can take it along wherever you need to go. It has a very accommodating size, measuring 3 inches by 2.5 inches. As an added safety precaution, the charger has circuitry that accurately detects the needs of each separate device so you can count on it getting the proper charge without overcharging. 
 

 

 Small, Portable Size; High Quality Charging in a Small Package 
 

 

Use it like you would any other charger, simply plug it in and attach any existing USB charging cable. That’s it, you’re ready to go. Charging begins right away and will stop automatically once your device has reached a full charge. Keep all your devices fully charged and ready to go with intelliARMOR.

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**The manufacturer provided me with a free intelliARMOR charger to facilitate this review and I received a small, additional monetary compensation.  Compensation received in no way influenced my opinion of the product or this review. #SponsoredPost #intelliarmor

#GBTravelSafe Infant Car Seat Sweepstakes! Win a $500 BabiesRUs GC.

**I participated in a Blog Blast Activation on behalf of Influence Central for GB. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

There’s a big difference between having your baby all nice and snug in the womb, and after birth when you have to trust their safety to a car seat.  We researched for weeks to find the right car seats for our twins, and then to find a place that would help make sure we’d installed it correctly!  Car seats are one of the baby care items you can NOT skimp on!  We did our best to find the right one – a convertible car seat – and realized when we put the girls in them for the first time that we hadn’t properly taken into account that even though the twins were full term (39 weeks), they were both kind of shrimpy compared to average infant sizes! The seats were a tad too large and needed adjustments made until the babies grew a bit more.  We also found that we needed a mirror in the back seat so we could see them reflected in the rearview while they were still in the backwards facing stage.

And please remember: DO NOT BUY USED CARSEATS!  You just don’t know what kind of inner structural damage they could have if they’ve already been in a crash – and you’ve got no way of truly knowing if they have or not.  Also, REGISTER your carseat, so the manufacturer has a way to get in touch with you in case of recalls.

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Car seats are one of the most important purchases parents make! That’s why GB places their priority on safety with the GB Asana35 AP Car Seat. Their unique 3-way FirmFit System provides Mom and Dad the ultimate peace of mind.

As part of GB’s effort to promote car seat safety and their recently launched Asana35 AP car seat, the GB Travel Safe Sweepstakes is offering Moms a chance to win a $500 Babies “R” Us gift card with second and third place winners to receive GB baby gear like the GB Asana35 AP and the compatible GB Zuzu stroller! Leading up to this grand prize, weekly winners will receive Babies “R” Us gift cards. Know any Moms with Babies “R” Us baby registries? They’ll get extra points for adding the Asana35 AP to their registry!

GB Travel Safe Sweepstakes

MAKE SURE YOU’VE READ ALL SWEEPSTAKES RULES AND REGULATIONS (LISTED ON THE SWEEPSTAKES WEBSITE).

  • Winners will receive:
  • Grand Prize:
  • $500 Babies “R” Us Gift Card.
  • Second Prize:
  • GB Asana35 AP Car Seat
  • GB Zuzu Stroller
  • Third Prize:
  • GB Asana35 AP Car Seat
  • Additional Sweepstakes Winners:
  • Each week, two Sweepstakes participants will be randomly selected to win a $50 Babies “R” Us Gift Card.
  • Each week, one Sweepstakes participant will be randomly selected to win a $100 Babies “R” Us Gift Card.
  • To enter the GB Travel Safe Sweepstakes and win the Grand, Second, or Third Prizes, Sweepstakes participants can get points during the time period of the Sweepstakes. Points are awarded by performing tasks found within the entry widget on the Sweepstakes website (http://gbtravelsafe.com), which consists of Tweets, watching a short video on the GB Asana35 AP, visiting the Asana35 AP product page on BabiesRUs.com, and pinning images from Pinterest.
  • If you have a Babies “R” Us registry, you can gain extra points by adding the GB Asana35 AP and providing us with your registry number!
  • Performing these entry tasks will also enter participants to win weekly $50 or $100 Babies “R” Us gift cards through the GB Travel Safe Sweepstakes

*Information in italics was provided by Influence Central, the post’s sponsor.

Feed Your Snack Attack With Funny Face Cranberries! #Free #Rafflecopter #Giveaway

One of the things I’ve learned in dealing with hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), is that I can’t rely on spur-of-the-moment snacking decisions to keep me healthy.

Really, how many of us start feeling a bit lightheaded because we’ve skipped a meal – hey, we’re busy parents! It’s easy to get distracted by rambunctious small children and let our own need for food go by the wayside.  Or maybe the kiddos actually cleaned their plate for once and the deliberately small portion we chose for ourself won’t be supplemented by our children’s leftovers.

And there we are, in the midst of our busy schedule and we need something FAST!  So we make a grab for whatever is closest – or make a pit stop at a convenience store or fast food joint – and hurriedly stuff our face with junk that’s overloaded with carbs, fat, sugar, chemicals and barely any redeeming nutritional value whatsoever.  The short-term sugar-high may feel good for a few minutes before you inevitably crash and burn, feeling a little ill and regret all the empty calories you ingested.

In my car, my purse, my workbag, my work area and my kitchen, I’ve got a stash of tasty healthy snacks that I can grab on the go. (Sometimes I feel a little like a squirrel hiding its stash in all these places!)

Here’s what I have in my basic Snack-Aid Kit:

  • A bottle of water
  • A mini-can or two of Low Sodium V8 (higher potassium than regular version)
  • A packet of nuts
  • Dried fruit (Currently, my fave is Funny Face Cranberries)
  • Whole grain crackers
  • A nutritional food bar like Clif or Larabar (no relation to me :D)

If my budget allows, I’ll even get those DIY Tuna Salad mini-kits and add that.

You can even combine the nuts and dried fruit in a tasty trail mix!

Try out this recipe for Choo Choo Cherry’s Easy Pumpkin Seed Trail Mix from the Funny Face Cranberries Recipe Page!

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Besides being a change-up from same-old same-old raisins, let’s do a nutritional comparison between the two:

famous brand of raisins                   Funny Face Choo-Choo Cherry flavored Cranberries

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There’s a heckuva lot more sugar and a lot less fiber in the raisins compared to Funny Face Cranberries!  Wow! Half my daily requirement of fiber in just one serving of the cranberries!  Half the sugar per serving, too!  And that’s with the raisins’ serving being a miserly 1/4 cup, while Funny Face treats me nice and serves me 1/3 cup of tasty goodness! (It means I get to stuff my face with a lot less guilt :D)

Funny Face Cranberries are also a great substitute for any recipe that calls for raisins – bread pudding, muffins, oatmeal, etc.

The little snack-sized boxes are the perfect size to slip into your children’s lunchboxes, too!

And with Thanksgiving coming up, here’s a useful tip: nibble on some of your healthy snacks prior to sitting down for the Big Meal.  You can still enjoy all your favorites, but it’ll be easier to keep to smaller portions if you’re not going into the meal while suffering from hunger pangs!

If you’d like to win a chance to nibble on Funny Face Cranberries for yourself, and receive a nifty reuseable lunchbag and other fun treats, please enter our giveaway below that’s been generously sponsored by Funny Face Cranberries!

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And if you enjoy hanging out on social media, you can find Funny Face Cranberries here:

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Happy Holidays!

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*I received samples of Funny Face Cranberries from the manufacturer to facilitate this review and they have sponsored a giveaway prize for my readers.  The opinions expressed in this review are my own and were not influenced by the sponsor and do not necessarily reflect the sponsor’s point of view.

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