Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Northport Naturals Skin Care Review


At some point, everyone in my household has had to deal with a different problematic skin issue (eczema, molloscum contagiosum, different kinds of dermatitis, and pityriasis rosea) so needless to say my family has very sensitive skin. Mine seems to be the most sensitive so when it comes to using skin care products, I prefer using all natural products such as those from Northport Naturals. Here's a little bit more about Northport Naturals directly from their website:  

"All of the good-hearted patrons associated with Northport Naturals are deeply passionate about the organic and natural movement and are fully committed to providing high quality, affordable organic and natural products accessible to everyone. Our products are for everyone who values their body and wishes to care for and nourish it with the finest ingredients FORMULATED BY NATURE. At Northport Naturals we hand-craft all natural and organic body care products in small batches for strict quality control. We practice a ‘zero waste to landfill’ approach during and after product creation by recycling 100% of waste. We also pride ourselves on providing cruelty-free, VEGAN CERTIFIED products and never implement any animal testing of any kind. 


At Northport Naturals, we only implement sustainable practices in the production of our products and use sustainable raw ingredients from suppliers who are FDA Registered, GMP Compliant and are powered with 100% renewable sources, such as wind and solar energy. We never use synthetic fragrances, sulfates, phthalates, parabens or any other harsh chemicals in any of our products and are fully committed to providing consistent, quality, and sustainable products.


We believe in caring for the body’s largest organ, the skin, by offering the highest quality products allowing the skin to function at its optimal level.


When you support businesses that offer organic and natural products you support the movement that helps keep our planet’s air, water, and soil free from a host of pesticides, harsh chemicals, and toxins. When you make the choice to use organic and natural products, you are making the choice to live a happy and healthy life for you, your family and for future generations. Thank you for making this choice."


So with that being said, Northport Naturals was generous enough to send me their entire line of skin care products. This line includes a Foaming Facial Cleanser, Roman Chamomile and Tea Tree Toner, Ocean Mineral Serum, Detoxifying Clay Mask, Rejuvenating Enzyme Mask, Body Milk Souffle, and Oil-Free Toning Moisturizer. 


The Foaming Facial Cleanser is vegan certified and 99% organic. I've been very interested in essential oils lately and was very impressed when I read the ingredients list and found out this facial cleanser contains 100% natural tea tree essential oil, lemongrass essential oil, and lemon essential oil, which are all great for your skin. It smells wonderful and is a great facial cleanser . The Roman Chamomile and Tea Tree Toner is vegan certified and 100% natural. It too contains tea tree essential oil, as well as roman chamomile essential oil. This toner is used to remove excess makeup, impurities, and dead skin cells from your face. The Ocean Mineral Serum is vegan certified and 72% organic. This ocean mineral complex contains 92 plus highly bio-available minerals, phytonutrients, and beneficial polysaccharides that have restorative and healing properties to protect and revitalize the skin. I especially love how this serum feels on my skin. I use this combination of products two to three times a week.  They do a wonderful job at removing makeup and other impurities from my skin and afterwards my face feels soft, fresh, and rejuvenated with a pleasant lemony scent. They are very gentle on my skin and I've never had any adverse reactions whatsoever.

The Detoxifying Clay Mask is vegan certified and 100% natural with it's main ingredient being calcium bentonite clay, which is derived from naturally aged volcanic ash rich in natural calcium and silica. The Detoxifying Clay Mask comes in powder form and you simply put a small amount of it in a bowl and mix it with equal parts water. It was easily to mix and easy to apply to my skin and it covered my face nicely. I left it on for about 10 minutes or so and by this time it had dried completely but it came off easily with warm water and a wash cloth. As it is drying, you can really feel it working and tightening up the skin on your face. This something that I'll only use occasionally, maybe once or twice a month as needed.

The Rejuvenating Enzyme Mask is my favorite Northport Naturals products. It's 100% cruelty free and 74% organic. It feels absolutely wonderful when applied to my skin and it does a fantastic job at gently removing damaged and dead skin cells, leaving my skin feeling renewed and looking positively radiant afterwards with a nice healthy, natural shine. It's gentle enough on my skin that it can be used everyday. The Body Milk Souffle is vegan certified and 70% organic. This is an all over body moisturizer that I use once or twice a day where needed. It has a nice, natural scent to it, it absorbs quickly, and it isn't greasy at all. It does a great job at moisturizing my skin, especially the rough and dry skin patches I get on my upper arms. It is also excellent for skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis, which is great because my son gets flares of his eczema occasionally. The Oil-Free Toning Moisturizer is vegan certified and 70% organic. When first applied, it makes my skin feel very cool, which is a rather invigorating feeling. I use it once or twice a day to keep my skin feeling moisturized. It has a nice scent, dries quickly, and leaves my skin feeling great with a nice healthy glow. 

You can find a complete list of ingredients here.

Overall, I was very happy with the Northport Naturals skin care line. All the products have nice, natural scents, contain ingredients I trust, are gentle on my skin, and extremely effective. They can be worn under your makeup as well. It's easy to make Norport Naturals products a part of your daily skin care routine. I highly recommend this skin care line to anyone, especially those with dry, sensitive skin like me. I've been using this line for approximately 2 weeks and my face looks and feels wonderful with a nice healthy shin that I just love. Northport Naturals products really help accentuate my natural beauty. 



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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Movie Review: Captive {and Giveaway}


About the Movie:  CAPTIVE, based on a miraculous true story that drew the attention of the entire nation, is a thrilling drama about the spiritual collision of two broken lives. When Brian Nichols - on the run as the subject of a city wide manhunt and desperate to make contact with his newborn son - takes recovering meth addict Ashley Smith hostage in her own apartment, she turns for guidance to Rick Warren’s best-selling inspirational book, The Purpose Driven Life. While reading aloud, Ashley and her would-be killer each face crossroads where despair and death intersect hope.

My Thoughts:  I found Captive to be a truly inspirational movie. Despite the very different roads that both Ashley Smith and Brian Nichols were on, they were both lost and I firmly believe that it was God's purpose for them to intercept when they did. When Ashley was given a copy of Rick Warren's The Purpose Driven Life she had no idea just how much it would change her life, as well as the life of Brian and countless others in the process. Never hearing about the original story in the news, I didn't know how everything began or how it all would end so I was happy with the outcome of things, happy that both Ashley and Brian were both able to find redemptionAs far as the acting went, I think that Kate Mara and David Oyelowo both did exceptional jobs playing the characters of Ashley and Brian.

Check out the official movie trailer below and also enter my giveaway to win your own copy of Captive.




You can find out more about Captive at the below links.

Official Website:  http://www.captivethemovie.com/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/captive

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Recipe: Quick and Easy Chicken and Dumplings

Quick and Easy Chicken and Dumplings



Ingredients

  • 1 - 32 oz carton of chicken broth
  • 1 - 26 oz can of cream of chicken soup
  • 1 - 16 oz can refrigerated jumbo buttermilk biscuits
  • 3 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
  • Flour for coating and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat chicken broth and cream of chicken soup in a pot on medium-high heat and cook until gently boiling. 
  2. Cut each biscuit into 4-6 pieces and coat with a mixture of flour and pepper. Shake off excess flour and add to pot. Stir well and let cook for approximately 10 minutes. 
  3. Add your cooked and shredded chicken to the pot. Stir well and cook for an additional 10 minutes. 
  4. Top with pepper to taste.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Review of Merrick Kitchen Bites Dog Treats

Disclosure: I received the below product for free in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received. All opinions expressed are my own.



Merrick is a name my dogs and I have come to love recently. Merrick Pet Care was founded in 1988, first offering natural dog treats and soon after introducing handcrafted, all-natural pet food. In 2003, Merrick introduced recipes like Grammy's Pot Pie, Turducken, and Thanksgiving Day Dinner. Just a year later in 2004, Merrick created their award-winning grain free dry recipes with chicken, beef, or buffalo. In 2012, Merrick started the "Real Food Revolution" by reformulating their Classic and Grain Free lines of dog food with new recipes that were unsurpassed in quality, nutrition, and taste. Then in 2013, the revolution continued with their Purrfect Bistro menu with 21 high-protein, grain free canned and dry cat food recipes. Over two decades later, Merrick is still going strong. This is just a smidgen of Merrick's story, but you can tell they truly care about pets.




Chewy.com recently sent my two dogs, Tyson and Crook, some Merrick Kitchen Bites to review. Merrick Kitchen Bites are all-natural, oven-baked biscuits based on Merrick's innovative and award-winning classic can recipes.  These treats are made in the USA and are grain-free and gluten-free with real deboned meat as the #1 ingredient for a single source of high quality protein, along with fresh fruits and vegetables. My dogs got to try Grammy's Pot Pie biscuits, which are made with real chicken, potatoes, peas, and carrots. They have a nice aroma to them. The treats are in the shape of little slices of pie. They are of decent size and thickness. They have a nice crunch to them, similar to the crunch of dry dog food. They were easy for my dogs to eat and they were gentle on their tummies. My two dogs loved these treats and they begged for more. We were all three very impressed. Another win for Merrick.


Crook and Tyson waiting patiently for another Grammy's Pot Pie biscuit.
You can find Merrick Kitchen Bites and other Merrick products for both dogs and cats at Chewy.com.

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Monday, January 4, 2016

Get Your Love a bella j. Jewelry Candle From Zindigo For Valentine's Day


If you happen to be reading this post, then chances are you are a social media user and have at least one an account with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. and you may even have your own blog. If so, then you may be interested in learning more about Zindigo

Zindigo is revolutionizing the world of retail by offering social media users the opportunity to partner with luxury brands and designers and open their very own fully merchandised social boutique absolutely free. Zindigo empowers social users to become entrepreneurs and offers a 40% return on every sale. This is the fashion industry's first-ever social commerce solution to offer its brand ambassadors such a high return on sales. All of this is possible because Zindigo connects its shop owners directly to brands, effectively eliminating the costs and markups of a typical retail store, which translates to a larger percentage of sales going directly to brands and shop owners. 

My friend Angie over at Luv Saving Money blog happens to be one social media user with her very own Zindigo shop. But what exactly can you find in a Zindigo shop? Well, you can find apparel and accessories for both men and women....dresses, coats and jackets, shoes, handbags, etc. all of which would make perfect Valentine's Day gifts, which will be here before we know it. Zindigo even carries those highly sought after jewelry candles that all ladies seem to love and huge thanks to Angie for sending me one over for free for review. 

The bella j. Lotsa Love candle combines hints of freesia, jasmine, sandalwood, and warm amber to create an air of romance. bella j. candles are all natural and made with quality soy wax. Each candle has a burn time of 60-65 hours but after just a few hours you'll find a hidden surprise inside, a piece of collectible jewelry. Each candle contains gorgeous gold plated or silver plated, dyed quartz, and real diamond charms on bracelets or necklaces. Each one is stylish and chic, with an estimated retail value of $10 to $450. A lucky few will be thrilled when they discover an extraordinary jewel inside with an estimated value of $10,000!



While I wasn't the lucky recipient of a $10,000 jewel, I did receive a very cute amethyst jewel on a necklace. I've been very interested in learning more about stones recently so I was thrilled with the jewel I received because amethyst happens to be a meditative and calming stone which works in the emotional, spiritual, and physical planes to provide calm, balance, patience, and peace. I really liked the floral scent of the candle too and it seemed to cover a huge area of my home. If floral isn't the scent for you (or your Valentine), there are plenty more scents to choose from.   

I'd love for you to shop Zindigo Fashion With Angie anytime, but especially for Valentine's Day, and I highly recommend the bella j. candles. You can also keep up with Angie at the below links: 

Zindigo Shop:  https://shops.zindigo.com/Zindigo-Fashion-With-Angie 

Blog:  http://www.luvsavingmoney.com/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/LuvSavingMoney/?fref=ts
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/LuvSavingMoney
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/angwith4/
Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/LuvSavingMoney/

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Born This Way and Megology

One of my favorite new reality TV shows is a docu-series called Born This Way which airs on Tuesdays at 10/9 c on A&E. Born This Way follows the lives of seven young adults with Down Syndrome, Elena, Megan, Steven, Sean, Rachel, Cristina, and John. I find this new show to be very enlightening in so many ways. It's one reality show that my teenager and I can watch together.  


One of the inspiring young adults on the show, Megan Bomgaars, is a woman on a mission. In addition to being a public speaker and a college student, Megan manages an ice dye clothing company called Megology. At Megology, you'll find eco-chic, one-of-a-kind, durable pieces that are created by using a special hand-dye technique. These pieces include scarves, tote bags, silk ties, women's T-shirts, leggings, and yoga pants, onesies, and socks. I'm so in love with the scarves!   

I'd love for you to check out Born This Way where you can following along with Megan and the rest of the cast as they pursue their passions and dreams, explore friendships, search for love, and much more. Also, be sure to check out Megology and take a look at Megan's stunning ice dyed clothing and accessories. 


You can also find Megology on social media. 


Whatever you do, DON'T LIMIT THEM.