Ice Ball Mold

Ice-Ball-mold-2I’ve seen these around for a little while now and always thought they’d be pretty cool to try. And they are. I love how you can make ice cubes in the shape of a circle. This brand is rather large so one ice ball will keep your drink cold for at least an hour. I like to use it in tea so while it slowly melts my drink doesn’t get watered down.

My only problems with these are that 1. it can be hard to get the ice out of the mold. It’s supposed to pop out of the top where it’s made of soft rubber (or silicone) that lets you press in to push the ice ball out. It doesn’t work that way. We’ve only had it come out in the top part about 5% of the time. 2. The edge where the two molds go together often creates a jagged line that isn’t pretty. It doesn’t hurt anything, but if you wanted these for a fancy party, you’ll have to run warm water over the edge and refreeze. And 3. The top isn’t perfectly smooth either. If you fill it up too far, it looks like a nipple on top of a boob. If you don’t fill it up far enough, you’re left with a flat top. It takes several attempts to get it just right and even though there is a line on the mold, it overflows if you fill it up to that point.

 

So with that being said, we make several each day and keep them in a pitcher in the freezer for when we need ice. I love seeing the looks on guests faces when we bring them a drink with on of these in it, it inevitably ends with them asking how to get their own!

 

We’ve experimented with making ice balls with tea, soft drinks, chocolate milk… Anything that we drink on a regular basis has been poured into one of these. We love that we can make fancy/cute ice that won’t water down our drinks!

 

You can purchase these from http://www.ice-ball-mold.com/
where they will link you over to Amazon.

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Learning French With Pimsleur


71xaAmI7iNLThis wasn’t the first time I’ve studied French, but I don’t think a semester in high school really counts. I had a really hard time of it back then and eventually gave up and did the bare minimum to pass the class. Pimsleur s French 1 was a lot easier to learn with than having a teacher in front of me. No one was there to make fun of me or to treat me like I was stupid because I couldn’t get the accent right. I can try as many times as I want to perfect a word before moving on to the next part.

With Pimsleur, repetition is key. They remind you of words you previously learned to keep them fresh in your mind. Not in a boring, repetitive way but by prompting you to answer their questions and take part in the conversation. I probably shouldn’t do this but I add in my own stuff to the conversation.

 

I love learning new languages with Pimsleur because it shows me that I can do things I never thought I’d be able to.

 

You can purchase Pimsleur s French 1 from Amazon.

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Learning German With Pimsleur

crop_6699e3c5e34054ebf2d252100e15909f1548fd4a4c17dd2a94333b2937ff47418de2281c100100Being born partially deaf left me with mega issues. It isn’t noticeable, I just make up for the words I can’t figure out how to say by having a larger vocabulary and I became proficient in the art of reading a pronunciation guide in the dictionary. But I don’t usually understand accents. Heavy accents are hard for me. Once I’m around it enough I can figure out what’s being said but for the first few hours I’m completely lost.

 

Because of this, I’m learning languages a lot slower than what the timeline was meant to be. Instead of one thirty minute lesson per day with Pimsleur, I do about one per week. But I listen to that lesson multiple times until I’ve grasped the words. My best friends pick them up pretty quickly and usually listen to them with me the last day of that lesson. It gives me a good chance to make sure what I’m saying matches the speaker since I don’t differentiate between sounds very well. If I’m having trouble in the middle of a lesson when no one is around, I turn my cars speakers up as loud as they go (I’m  pretending they weren’t already like that to let me catch everything being said lol) and I call my mom to see if she can translate over the phone. If she can’t then I stop by her house on my way home from work and read her lips as she repeats it so I can figure out how to form the words properly.

I’m telling you all this not because I want you to feel sorry for me or picture me with a hearing disability (most people don’t realize I have one in person) but because I want you to understand and know that if you were born with hearing problems, you CAN learn a new language. And Pimsleurs language program is the perfect way to do it.

I’ve tried other programs but they were really hard to understand. Pimsleurs program is very repetitive and uses the words in a multitude of different ways to make sure you learn it. This isn’t memorizing, it’s truly learning. They have each lesson spaced out to be about thirty minutes each and they go over previous lesson material a lot in later courses. They also offer a learning guide you can download from their website but I chose to not download it. I rely on reading a lot and wouldn’t have paid enough attention to the way each word was said if I had opted to download the reading material.

I love that it’s in CD form because I have a long drive to and from work each day so I listen to it in the car. That guarantees I’ll pay attention and not get distracted by my cell phone or a million other things that call my name when I’m at home. I tried playing it in my laptop once but then I smelled bacon and got hungry. I’m so easily distracted.

The only thing I’m not crazy about is the amount of time you have to reply. I know the words I need to say but by the time I say them in my head so I can remember how to form them with my mouth, I’m out of time. I understand that the response time is short because  it’s encouraging you to answer without thinking but for someone that has to think of each word before speaking or she stutters, it can be unbelievably frustrating. Speech therapy taught me to picture forming the words before speaking and its really hard to get out of that habit. The good news is that the accent in my head is perfect!

You can purchase the Pimsleur Language Program straight from Amazon. It has some pretty amazing reviews and multiple languages offered. The German is the hardest one for me so farm because the language is so guttural but I’m picking up on it, slowly but surely.

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Italian Is FUN With Pimsleur

71bxLsfctdLItalian is my fifth language that I’ve been learning. Spanish, German, French, and now Italian, English is my first language, of course. Italian is, by far, my favorite language. I’ve picked it really easily and have sped through the courses.

I love how easy it is to learn a new language with Pimsleur. You pop the CD in, give it thirty minutes, and you’re already well on your way to speaking entire sentences and holding conversations!

Each course comes with the ability to download a learning manual with it so you can follow along while you listen. I didn’t do this because I like to skip ahead and wouldn’t have paid enough attention. Plus, the length of each lesson, thirty minutes, coincides perfectly with my drive to work each day. You’re told to listen to one lesson per day but I usually listen to each lesson multiple times until I don’t hesitate at all when taking part in the conversations.

 

You can purchase this from Amazon and I highly recommend that you give it a try. I LOVE these courses!

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Collagen Booster Lip Gloss

I’m a bit of a lip product whore. I have tons of them because I constantly buy every new product that comes out in hopes that they’ll measure up to the perfect one in my head. They rarely do because most lip products dry my lips out pretty bad. It’s gotten to the point that I’ll lather on EOS lip balm before I go to bed in the hopes that while sleeping I won’t lick my lips or talk so the product can stay on there as long as possible.

I hadn’t tried collagen boosting lip glosses yet so when I heard about them, I might have squealed with joy. I admit to nothing though.

0fc3f53c00601ab5f71e3634f44a92b339dcbfafCollagen Booster Lip Gloss from Inventia is supposed to restore your skins natural barriers on your lips, blocking out things that will dry them out and keeping moisture in. Let me tell you, if more people in Texas new about this product, they’d all be flocking to purchase it. Our summers are dry, filled with sunlight, and involve a ton of water every year. All of these things usually lead to chapped lips.

Inventia made a pretty great product (that smells like strawberries) in that the first time I put it on I could feel my skin starting to heal. My lips love this stuff. Like all other lip products on me, though, it does still make them feel dry when it starts wearing off. That could be because I’m a smoker and it all gets rubbed off eventually before it can sink in. So I tried using it before I went to bed and lo and behold my lips felt great when I woke up!

I was pretty stoked!

The only thing I wasn’t crazy about was the fact that it comes in a little pot. I’m not a fan of dipping my fingers into something to put on my skin, the risk of bacteria getting into the products freaks me out a little. I just make sure that I wash my hands really well before use each day before I go to bed.

 

You can purchase this from collagen.in as well as see a list of ingredients and browse their other products (which all looks really fun, too).
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acf1544d06e181792c2fec3c6c74edd17df536a6Bellafab Skincare Matrixyl 3000 Serum is a perfect product to use with a derma roller. It has been proven in clinical studies to reduce wrinkles by up to 85% in just two months. Two months! That’s pretty darn awesome.

A little of this goes quite a long ways. It feels cool and refreshing on your skin and doesn’t have a strong scent like a lot of beauty products do. I quite like it. I’ve been using it regularly for about a month now and while I haven’t seen any wrinkle reduction (let’s face it, I only have on wrinkle right now) my skin does look healthier so I’m pretty happy with this even if it doesn’t do anything for this darned wrinkle.

Studies have also show that this product ups the amount of collagen your skin produces and reduces puffy skin and under-eye circles. When you consider that it’s backed with a guarantee, it’s totally worth it to purchase it to try out.

 

You can get this from Amazon.

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Adovia Mineral Eye Gel

31rXRWFUBmLThere aren’t many things I can put around my eyes because they are so sensitive. I usually stick with pure coconut oil mixed with vitamin e oil for an eye cream and I’ve only found one brand of eye liner that doesn’t make me tear up (Clinique) and two mascaras (the really cheap ELF and Mary Kay). Because of this, I always try new eye products on a day that I’ll be home and don’t need to go anywhere in case it causes an allergic reaction. I keep the hot water pulled up with a wash cloth next to the sink and some liquid benedryl for a worst case scenario.

 

So when I tried Adovias Mineral Eye Gel for the first time, I was pleasantly surprised. It didn’t have a strong scent like most of their products do, which is a huge plus to me. The phrase “a little goes a long ways” really counts with this product. The first time I tried it, I had a tiny dab on my finger and it was enough to cover both eyes and have some left over. Now I get it off by swiping a finger on the lid to get a tiny bit of residue. That tiny bit is enough for one eye and then I do it again with a different finger for the other eye. Since I have such sensitive eyes, I wash my hands before applying and make sure to use a different finger just in case.

 

This eye gel works by reducing puffiness and fine lines. It makes the skin around my eyes appear younger when I have it on. Not really brightening the skin, but somehow making it look more youthful. I think it’s witchcraft.

 

In case you have the same sensitive eyes that I do, I wanted to include a list of ingredients so you can see for yourself if there is anything in it that you wouldn’t be able to use. This is a really light gel that doesn’t weigh down on your skin but as the day goes on it will travel a bit so I don’t recommend putting it on your eyelids.

 

Demineralised Water & Dead Sea Water, Stearic Acid, Propylene Glycol & Chamomile (Anthemis Nobilis) Extract & Algae Extract & Papaya (Carica Papaya) Extract & Aloe Vera (Barbadensis) Gel, Caprilyc/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Sweet Almond (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis) Oil, Glycerin, Carbomer, Olive (Olea Europaea) Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Evening Primrose (Oenothera Biennis) Oil, Urea, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hydrolyzed Keratin, Peach (Prunus Persica) Kernel Oil, Cornflower (Achinicea Pallida) Extract, Lactic Acid, Hydrolized Collagen, Benzoic Acid, Chlorphenesin, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzalkonium Chloride, Propylparaben, Dead Sea Salt, Exotic Verbena (Litsea Citrata) Oil, Ginseng (Panax Ginseng) Extract, Soybean (Glycine Soja) Extract, Ascorbic Acid, Retinyl Palmitate.

 

You can buy this directly from Amazon, along with all of their other products that I love like their shampoo and conditioner, their sea salt soap, or their fine sea salt that works so much better than the baking soda I used to use to scrub my face with. I LOVE Adovia’s product and will continue to use them for a long time.

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