Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Planet Box- Review

Once in awhile I get really excited about a product I know I get to test out when I know it is on its way. Our package that was coming from PlanetBox was one of these products. We received the Rover lunch container for my son to try out and we were lucky enough that he also got to pick the lunch bag and the magnets that went with the container. In short we LOVE this product.

Basically, PlanetBox is a bento-type system that both children and adults can use. There are three different PlanetBox systems and they vary in size so it really depends what you are going to use the product for. The Rover is the perfect size for my second grader. There is a large section that is big enough for a sandwich or something like chicken nuggets. Then, there are smaller sections that are perfect for fruit, crackers, veggies and more. There is even a small little section right in the middle where you can sneak in a small dessert option. All of  the containers are stainless steel and are dishwasher safe.

The stainless steel tray snaps shut tightly and fits right into the lunch bag that you can also purchase from Planet Box. There are a number of options available, and my son chose the basic black. The bag zippers shut nicely and on the front there is a water bottle pocket and another velcro pocket that we will use for extra lunch money. There is a strap to hold it by the handle but you can also hook up the included strap to wear it longer.

On the stainless tray you can purchase magnets that are sized just right for each compartment. My son chose Dinosaurs thanks to his current Dinosaur obsession and he loved putting them on and making it 'his'.

We're on summer vacation right now but we're happy to have this school supply on hand for September. Rather than using separate bags or containers for everything, this is going to be a great, one piece system to have on hand for each day's lunch. The system is a bit pricey but keep in mind, it will last you a number of years before needing to purchase anything new.

You can find more information at www.planetbox.com.

Weleda- Product Review

As much as I would love to find the time to frequently go to the spa or salon to pamper myself, the fact of the matter is that I'm just too darn busy most of the time and don't make the time for myself. I do like to take a few minutes here and there though, and use some nice products to either perk up my hair or treat my body for the evening. Weleda has a great line of products that include a bunch of natural ingredients designed to make you feel your best while improving the quality of your skin and hair.

Since its inception in 1921, Weleda has always been dedicated to delighting the senses in a safe and healthy way. The company now has an extensive line of products that include shampoos, conditioners, body washes, lotions and much more. You can find less fragranced products that include oat as its main ingredient or opt for something else like pomegranate. Cellulite oil, deoderent, and cleansing milk are all part of the product line as well.

For more information or to shop the Weleda product line you can visit www.weleda.com. You can also find Weleda products at many local retail stores and grocers.

Three Lollies - Product Review

I always recommend this brand of products to people since I tried them seven years ago. Three Lollies makes a few different products that include Preggie Pops and Queasy Pops. These items can be used for morning sickness and well as general nausea from illness, health conditions and even chemotherapy. Natural, safe and effective, Three Lollies were developed by health care professionals. There are a number of prescription medications on the market that doctors often prescribe for nausea depending on what condition it is related to, but for those people who like to avoid taking prescription drugs, Three Lollies' products are much more safe to keep on hand.

Preggie Pops are the perfect drop or sucker to have on hand during the first trimester. Each product is created with all natural essential oils that are effective at treating nausea. Simply unwrap one when you feel the nausea setting in and you should be able to ward off any throwing up or gagging that you would otherwise experience. They often saved my life when I was pregnant with my son and I would absolutely have them on hand again if I needed them!

Whether you have morning sickness, motion sickness or just hate the thought of being queasy when you are sick, Three Lollies products can be found both online and at a number of retail stores. They are affordable and have a great shelf life.

More information can be found at www.threelollies.com.

Friday, June 5, 2015

SinfulColors - Patriotic Summer 2015 Product Review

Lots of parties are coming up this summer and if you want your fingers and toes to look festive for July 4th, Labor Day or the rest of the summer, you can use some of the awesome new products from SinfulColors Summer 2015 collection. I love this line because this is the best time of year to show off a cute pedicure and better yet, you can be patriotic with it!

I received a number of colors from this season's line including blue, red, white, silver and a fantastic glitter coat that has red, white and blue sparkles along with white stars. It made for the perfect toenail polish.

As always, you can find these great shades from SinfulColors at your local Walgreens or other retail store. More information can be found at www.sinfulcolors.com.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

LyteShow - Product Review

You may know from a number of my product reviews and posts that I deal with a condition called Dysautonomia. Dysautonomia basically means that the autonomic nervous system in the body does not function properly. Every person experiences different symptoms but the most common are typically high heart rate, uncontrolled blood pressure, digestive issues, breathing issues and dehydration. It is unknown why hydration and blood volume is such an issue for people with Dysautonomia but there are people all over the internet and in support groups that try to find out the best way to hydrate at home. Many patients have to head to the doctor weekly to get hydration therapy to keep up their blood volume because we just don't retain our fluids properly. When we are hydrated, our heart rate is more even as is our blood pressure. I find my mood is much better, I get less headaches, my stomach likes me a lot more than usual and I can run around after my son with ease.

The best way I have found to combat this symptom, because it is one of my trickiest, is that I hydrate each day with electrolyte water. The only time I drink plain water is when I am out at a restaurant or somebody's house. I can tolerate it, but I don't get hydrated very well from it. I used to drink watered down Gatorade to get my hydration in each day but the sugar was an issue for me. Also, Gatorade is not actually the safest beverage to consume daily contrary to popular belief. And don't get me started about the artificial dyes.

Luckily, there are some great products on the market that are designed to help athletes and such stay hydrated while they are training or recovering after a competition. LyteShow is one of these products and I'm thrilled to share this product review with everyone.

LyteShow is free of anything harmful like artificial sweeteners, sugar, dyes, calories, gluten, etc. It is made up of sea water, purified water and then all the good stuff I need to stock up on everyday like:


This is a concentrated solution so you will add 3mL of LyteShow to about 32 ounces of water. You can use a little more or a little less if need be. I find with these kinds of products I can use way less than the recommended dosage and I retain my water like a champ. I really can't say enough about LyteShow. While it was never created to be a medical-type of product, it is bringing great results to people who have issues with retaining fluids.

For more information you can visit www.lyteshow.com.

Bravado Designs - Product Review

I received three samples of Bravado! Designs nursing bras as samples. I'm not currently nursing but I remember those days. I remember how important it is to have a comfortable bra on hand that is not only comfy to wear but it is also functional. These nursing bras from Bravado Designs are probably some of the highest quality nursing bras I have ever seen.

Bravado Essential Embrace
This one I receive in black and purple. I love that the material feels more like a sports bra. After I had my son, sports bras were the most comfortable thing to wear so this product is awesome. It is made out of premium cotton as well as microfiber. It is breathable and there is a bra extended included with the purchase which is nice for use throughout your nursing experience.

Body Silk Seamless
This is the softest and most comfortable nursing bra you'll find. It is completely seamless an wire free which I adore. There are also removable foam inserts so you can wear this bra however you would like. I got this bra in gray as well as pink. They are both adorable and I wish you could wear them all the time!

For more information on Bravado! Designs; A Medela Company, you can visit www.bravadodesigns.com. The prices are affordable considering the high quality product you receive. There are tons of styles and colors to choose from and most importantly, these bras will make it that much easier to nurse your little one.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Bebek Baby Products - Review

If I wander through the baby aisles at the store it seems like so long ago that I had a little one who was using bottles, diapers, baby food and more. My son is only seven years old but so much has changed over those seven years and there are tons of great products that are now available. I wish I had items like Bebek's Baby Products on hand when my son was younger!

For example, the Bebek Plus+ is a bottle system that is designed with a natural response nipple that will reduce colic but also it lets the baby control the milk flow. Babies can breathe more naturally while they feed. There are far less pieces to this bottle system than what we had for our son when he was a baby. 

For older kiddos, the Bebek Plus+ Sippy Cup is a great item. There are two easy to hold handles, the cup is 100 percent spill proof and the sippy portion is bite proof. I remember how often we would go through sippy cups because they would get chewed on. Also they are leak free and anti-colic. 

You can purchase a Bebek starter set which is perfect for any new set of parents. You get three sizes of bottles and a bottle brush that is perfectly designed to clean the bottles and nipples, All of the items are BPA and PVC free.

For more information you can visit www.bebekbabyproducts.com.