aa2bc036db6a1eacb74b3e971193871d7d265c95_1Every weekend I spend the time to do a long beauty routine but it’s always been a bit of a chore. Until Adovia. I flipping love Adovia products. With the wide variety of things they make, I use at least one of their products daily. While I have found the rare thing from them that I don’t love, for the most part, I’m in serious lust with their stuff.

I usually use baking soda to exfoliate my face with. It does a good job of getting the dead skin off and is super cheap. It did have a bad habit of drying my skin out so I always had to moisturize really well after use. Usually by using a mud mask and following up with Vitamin C serum and Hyaluronic Acid.  But now I’ve been using Adovia Exfoliating Facial Sea Salts and I love it. It makes my skin feel smooth and soft (a rare feat on nearly 30 year old skin that only gets pampered a few times a month).


The best thing about the sea salts is that it brightens my face! Like SERIOUSLY brightens my skin. To the point that I haven’t been wearing makeup because when combined with other products that I use I don’t need makeup. This stuff is awesomely awesome. You need it in your life. If it wouldn’t be so strange, I think I would take these to bed with me and put them on their own pillow just so I could pamper them like they do me. I’m not even exaggerating. I’ve sang their praises on the phone to my best friends, made family members wash their faces and use it when they darken my doorstep stop by for a lovely visit. The conversation typically goes like this:

Me: Hi! How’ve you been?

Family Member: Great! I wanted to come say hi because I haven’t seen you in awhile, you look great.

Me: It’s this new product I’ve been using. *grabs hand and drags them to my bathroom* Here, try this. Now. No seriously, here’s a washcloth.

I’ve been getting weird looks but they stop once they’ve tried it.


You too can experience the awesomeness of Adovia Exfoliating Facial Sea Salts. They’re available from Amazon and are fantastically fantastic. Seriously.
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79a99ce4fc2d3e257e6047b52890e29bfd1f1de6Most of the fruit we purchase comes directly from a local fruit farm that grows their produce naturally but every now and then we want something that isn’t in season. The same goes with our vegetables—we grow almost everything we eat ourselves and do a lot of canning to store up for the winter months. But when we do go to the store to buy fruits or veggies, I worry a lot about the chemicals that were used to grow them. I love having a safer alternative to be able to wash them off instead of having to use just plain water to rinse them.



Enter iGozen. iGozen is a safe vegetable and fruit wash that is made naturally from seashells. It is ground down into a micro-fine powder that you can then add to water to soak your produce in or put in the spray bottle the company provides to spray  it down with. It rinses away completely and leaves no film or product behind.

My dad and I tried it with grapes. We did a bunch with iGozen and a bunch with water. The grapes that we rinsed in a bowl of water looked the same as the grapes in iGozen but the water looked different. There was a lot more stuff in the second bowl than in the one with plain water. It also had a tiny bit of film on the top that looked strangely like when the light reflects on an oil spill, just clear.

We’re sold on this product from that one test. We love it and we can’t wait for summer to be over so that when we need to start purchasing fruits and veggies from the store again, we can rest assured that we can make them as safe as possible before consumption.

You can buy iGozen from their website, www.igozen.com.

Oh! And did I mention that the box the product comes in has multiple uses after you finish with it? It eve has suggestions on what to do instead of tossing it in the trash! We’re keeping it on our fridge with the washing powder packets in it so we don’t forget about them come fall because it has a magnet in the box.

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Invita Skin Beauty Review

08e055529cca50223f37f9709626d7aa2134ff21I’m calling this my pretty pill. Not only does it do amazing things for your skin, but when taken regularly it does some pretty awesome things for joint pain too! A few years ago I had a car wreck. It messed my shoulder up pretty bad to the point that some days I can’t raise my hand above my head without wanting to scream in pain. I’ve tried everything natural that I can think of and use heating pads and back massagers often. I even keep them both plugged in beside my bed for when I start feeling those first pangs of pain.

But you know what? I haven’t even needed to use them in several weeks! I’ve pretty impressed with this product because my skin is clearer than usual, I seem to have that glow that everyone loves, and my body doesn’t ache constantly anymore.


The pills are odorless and tasteless. They are a bit on the big side but aren’t any bigger than your regular vitamins. I didn’t have any problems taking these. It’s recommended that you take them with a glass of water with some lemon in it. I tried this but since I’m not the biggest fan of lemons, I couldn’t keep it up. Plus, have you seen the cost of those things recently? It makes me want to plant a lemon tree in my yard just to be able to avoid the store. But then I remember that I don’t like lemons. Meh.

You can buy these here, just choose the amount of pills you’d like. I personally love these and they’re going on my “After I pay my mortgage and put food on my table” wish list!

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71VvuwfHsuL._SL1500_I really like Azure Naturals. I’ve used quite a few of their products before and I’m always happy with the results. They have great quality products that really work. Except this one. I tried their Vitamin C Serum recently and used it exclusively for several weeks.

When I try a new serum, I look for several things. Smell, color, moisturizing abilities, and the feel of it on my skin after it dries are some of them.

Smell: This had basically no smell, which was great for me. I’m not a big fan of companies that add scent to their products.

Color: It was clear. This is also a good thing. Vitamin C serums have a relatively short life-span due to how volatile Vit. C is. It only lasts a few months (no worries, if used properly you’ll finish the bottle well before it goes bad) and starts to turn a brown color once it’s no good. This is partly why these serums usually come in a dark brown or blue bottle, it keeps the sun from damaging your product.

Moisturizing Abilities: This is where I started having issues. Most serums that I’ve tried keep my face feeling nice and supple to the point that I’ve stopped using moisturizing creams. This one didn’t. I felt the need to go dig out my old Clinique cream and slather it on by the third day.

Feel: It felt like nothing was on my face, and not in a good way. The moment it dried, I couldn’t tell if I even had any on. When comparing it to other serums I’ve used, this one falls pretty low down on the list.

I never saw any improvements on my face, including the dark circles under my eyes. They actually started getting worse. For awhile, they had been going away until I could barely see them anymore. When I stopped using my favorite serum to try this out, they got so bad I couldn’t even cover them with makeup.


The price is good for this though so I would say that if you’re younger, don’t have dark circles, or put a separate moisturizer on each morning, then you should try this. You can purchase it from Amazon.

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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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