Monday, August 6, 2018

Boozy Creamery by The Curious Creamery

I don't know why no one thought of it before. Ice cream made for adults, with alcohol. Sounds good right? Well, let me tell you, it's DELICIOUS. We whipped up a batch for a girls night, and it was so good, it had all my friends asking where they could get more.

Boozy Creamery is so easy to make. Take the pouch/flavor of your choice, blend with the listed water or milk, and add the alcohol. Freeze for a few hours, and there you go, you have your own alcohilic ice cream, no ice cream maker required!

The flavors available are:

If you are not sure which one you would like to try first, you can buy a sampler pack! 

The Boozy Creamery provides a revolutionary new way to make alcoholic ice cream at home, no ice cream machine required! Just add a chilled liquid (water or milk) and alcohol. Then whisk for 5 minutes, freeze and enjoy. It’s the perfect adult treat for any day or occasion.

You can purchase a single pack, a sampler pack or a 6 pack of 1 flavor here. Be sure to check out the other products for The Curious Creamery, they all look great!

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact with any questions.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Paw Pods Biodegradable Pet Caskets and Urns

It's never easy to say goodbye to your pet. I have done it so many times, today I'll share a story about when I wish I had a Paw Pod. 

Gizmo was my shih-tzu. My husband bought him for me for Valentine's Day in 1996, the year we got married. He was 8 weeks old, and the cutest puppy ever. People would stop and ask us where we got such a cute dog. Gizmo traveled the states with us when he was 3 years old, we drove across country and all up and down the west coast. When we moved to Los Angeles, my husband and I only had him, we were married for 10 years before kids, so to us, he was our baby. In L.A. we would take him to dog parks, and to the Malibu beach, and Santa Monica Pier...the long train on Venice Beach..he went everywhere with us. 

When Xander was born, he loved him, he would curl up and sleep next to Xander every night, I think he was protecting him. 

Then, when I was 6 months pregnant with my 2nd child, we got up one day and my little Gizmo (who was now almost 11 years old) was bleeding when he urinated. We had just moved to FL from Nevada, and had JUST been able to afford to get the apartment we were in. So I knew this was not good. We rushed him to the nearest vet, and they told us that he had kidney stones. He needed immediate surgery which was going to cost $1500. We didn't have it, we didn't have credit cards to put it on, we didn't have family to ask or any friends in FL to help us. It was such an awful feeling to know we had to put him down. The vet said that was the only other option. 

I cried. I sat there with him while they did it, and I remember his big sigh when the pain medication had gone in, I cried so hard that I pushed myself into pre-term labor, and almost ended up losing my newborn too. 

I didn't have any other pets for a long time, because I didn't want a pet if I couldn't ever not afford to get it the care it needed. 

Gizmo's body was kept by the vet's office, I left with nothing. Nothing to remember him by, well, I do have a stuffed toy that was his that I cherish, but I wish I could have buried him. The vet asked if I wanted to take him home, but I couldn't deal with the thought of putting him into a box. If I had already had a Paw Pod, it would have been much easier, and now I am keeping a Paw Pod for my dog and my cat, just in case, for someday.

Paw Pods eco-friendly, biodegradable pet burial pods and urns help provide closure for your customers during one of life’s most difficult times. Paw Pods make the terrible experience of losing a pet better by delivering the body of the beloved family member in a dignified manner. At Paw Pods we want to do our part to protect the environment. Our Pods are made from 100% biodegradable materials. Our remarkable durable pods and urns are constructed of bamboo fiber and rice husk. Each Pod is accompanied with a sympathy card and seeded leaf designed for planting with the pod to create a living memorial. Our green-conscious philosophy underlies all of our development and production activities.

You can purchase Paw Pods at Bed Bath and Beyond or on Amazon. With so many size options available, you are sure to get the right one for your pet.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact with any questions.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Live Clean Products for the Entire Family!

Live Clean is a collection of eco-friendly beauty products that are made for the entire family. The brand has a simple vision: to create high performance body, hair, and baby products that celebrate natural beauty while honoring the earth. Live Clean harnesses the beautifying power in plant-based ingredients to create gentle and effective products that are safe for you, your baby, and the environment at an affordable price with all products under $5.99. Live Clean products are:

  • Naturally Based Ingredients: Grounded in respect for the environment, Live Clean products are made of 98% renewable and sustainable plant based ingredients. We preserve the beauty of the planet by never using petro-chemical based ingredients.

  • Biodegradable and Recyclable: Every little bit counts. We take great care to source local, biodegradable ingredients, and to use the most recyclable packaging available to reduce our ecological foot print.

  • Certified Organic: Live Clean products are created using certified organic extracts derived from beautifying botanicals, including Rosemary, Chamomile, and Lavender.

  • Free of Harsh Chemicals: Harsh chemicals, who needs them! We believe in using CLEAN, SIMPLE ingredients. Our products are always; SLS Free, Phthalate Free, Petroleum Free, Silicone Free, Paraben Free, DEA Free, Phosphate Free, and Dye Free.

Pure Vegan & Vegetarian: We love and adore animals. The majority of Live Clean products are Vegan with a small portion being vegetarian

Cruelty-Free: Live Clean uses responsible practices and NEVER tests on animals. We believe in embracing in the beauty of life and living cruelty-free.

Live Free, which is available at Target, Walgreens, and Whole Foods, has three distinct collections: The Fresh Water Collection, The Argan Oil Collection, and the Coconut Milk Collection. Each of these collections contains a shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and hand soap.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact with any questions.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

BasicBites Soft Chews for Oral Health Care

Oral health is not always easy to get, especially when out all day. I love knowing that I can throw a BasicBites in my purse and have it when I need it to keep my mouth and teeth clean and healthy.

They may look and taste like a candy, but BasicBites® are a major breakthrough in oral care. BasicBites take advantage of your mouth’s natural protective processes to neutralize harmful sugar acids and enrich and fortify tooth enamel. This revolutionary technology was developed by renowned research scientists at Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine.

Eating two BasicBites a day is good for: 
 Adults, teens and children*
 Those with dry mouth 
 Anyone interested in extra oral care support

BasicBites are delicious, sugar free, chocolate soft chews that can help maintain healthy teeth and support the acid-base (pH) level on tooth surfaces that are already in the normal range. BasicBites contain the patented AlkaGen Technology. This breakthrough technology was developed at Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine. BasicBites coat the teeth with a unique blend of vital and natural nutrients. These nutrients were discovered to be present in healthy saliva and mimic saliva's supportive, natural benefits.
Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact with any questions.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Father's Day Gift Guide 2018

Since I grew up without a dad. Father's Day has become important for my kids and I to celebrate with my husband. I think it's a great way to honor dad and give him a special day. This year, these are my top pics for gift giving. I hope you enjoy!

My husband is really into tech. He loves to play with and use all the new products. I love this EZVIZ Mini O because it's a great compact size, and has great features! I know when I give this to him for Father's Day he is going to install it in the kids room, so we can keep an eye on them at all times! All EZVIZ cameras now work with Alexa! So you can use your Echo show to ask Alexa to show you your kids, and BOOM there they are! Plus, I love that this works on so many devices, and that I can check the camera from wherever I am. 

EZVIZ Mini O 1080p ($59.99) an indoor, smart home Wi-Fi camera built for the connected home. Mini O 1080p works with your favorite apps, websites, email accounts and smart devices, and it only gets smarter. With just the press of a button your cameras automatically become smarter and work with more devices.

Recently I received a sample of this, and it's amazing. My husband and my boys all have stinky feet. My husband is definitely getting some of this for Father's Day. I think really it's a gift for me though, since I am the one who doesn't have to smell the feet anymore! You can purchase at most mass retail stores and drug stores. 

First ever cake free invisible foot spray powder, leaving no white mess on clothes, shoes or feet
Sweat Activated Fresh Guard® Technology keeps feet feeling fresh all day
Ultra clear dry spray contains ARM&HAMMER™ Baking Soda and odor neutralizing ingredients to absorb moisture and sweat 
Burst of cool fragrance lasts all day
Talc Free

ARM & HAMMER™ Invisible Body Spray Powder, $6.99
First ever cake free invisible body spray powder, leaving no white mess on clothes, shoes or body
Sweat Activated Fresh Guard® Technology keeps body feeling fresh all day
Ultra clear dry spray contains ARM&HAMMER™ Baking Soda and odor neutralizing ingredients to absorb moisture and sweat
Unisex spray 
Talc Free

Sunglasses make a great gift for dad! Especially sunglasses made by a company like DYNAMIKOS. DYNAMIKOS donates 20% of their profits each month to charity. With styles for men and women, you will be sure to find a pair you love, and a pair for dad too! 

My favorite is the Emery Shiny Tortoise which features
Extra-rich details give this classic and comfortable wayfarer-style frame a refresh: golden accent rivets and a keyhole nose bridge. Respect the past and change the future.
  • Frame Fit: Medium
  • Material: Acetate
  • Measurements: 51-22-145
  • Hinge: 3 Barrel 
  • Lens: 100% UV and UVB protected, scratch resistant, CR-39
  • Lens color: Cognac gradient

Mission Cooling Towels make a great gift for dad! I plan to give my husband one to use at the gym. All you have to do is wet the towel, then wrap around your neck and it will instantly cool you! Mission Cooling Towels are available in a variety of sizes and colors, and are priced at around $20!

MISSION, the leader in instant cooling technology introduces the MISSION HydroActive Max Instant Cooling Towel. Our fastest-acting instant cooling towel with 30% greater COOLING POWER cools fast and lasts, and is perfect anytime you need relief from the heat. Simply wet, wring, and snap for instant cooling relief.

When activated, the ultra-soft, breathable fabric cools down to 30 degrees below your average body temperature and provides a cooling effect for up to 2 hours. Re-wet and re-snap when the cooling effect wears off as often as you like to stay cool for hours. 

The MISSION HydroActive Max cooling towel feels ultra soft on your skin and stays soft whether wet or dry, unlike other cooling towels on the market. The towel is reusable, anti-microbial and machine washable, with permanent technology that will never wash out. Perfect for the whole family, the HydroActive Max instant cooling towel provides instant relief at the beach, in the yard, during fitness activities, or anywhere you want to feel cool and comfortable.

The EZVIZ Mini Trooper is such a great camera! I love that I can use it indoor or outdoor, and it's super easy to install! Plus you only need one base station to control 6 cameras, this means I can put the cameras all around the outside of the house and access them all from one port! 

This camera has a battery life on 9 MONTHS! No worry about having to charge the battery weekly, this one lasts a long time. With night vision and motion alerts if anyone is within a few feet of the camera, a push notice shows up on my phone and I can see what's going on. 

EZVIZ Mini Trooper is a customizable 720p battery operated, wire-free indoor/outdoor camera with HD video quality. It’s unique wire-free design provides the flexibility to be easily installed at any location, including hard to reach locations that a traditional wired camera can’t access. The base station can control up to 6 mini troopers.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact with any questions.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Tips for Keeping Your Pet Calm During the Holidays

Just like people, pets require special care during those long winter months to protect them from painful joints, arthritis, and other cold weather ailments. Here are some winter pet tips from Dr. Hillary Cook, a holistic veterinarian who works with NHV Natural Pet Products, makers of veterinarian-approved and formulated plant-based natural supplements from organically grown and wild crafted herbs, to keep your pet safe and happy this winter.

Winter Walks – After walking your dog during the winter months, make sure to towel dry them completely. Take extra care around paw pads. Wipe this area with a wet clean cloth to remove any salt or chemicals from the road. Rub NHV Heal Care Ointment on cleaned paw pads to protect and soothe. Without proper care, pet paw pads can become dry, cracked and very painful. For other pets, like cats, outside time should be limited, since they may seek warmth in unsafe places, such as a car radiator.

Shake Off Those Winter Blues – Most pet owners tend not to take dogs and other pets out for long periods of time during the winter, because it’s understandably too cold even for us humans. However, pets need still need exercise and mental stimulation. A lack of both these needs may cause stress, anxiety, and destructive behaviors. There are plenty of indoor games that can keep pets occupied and out of trouble. Try treat dispensing toys, puzzle toys, tread mills, exercise balls… which can keep dogs occupied for hours; for cats, a motorized mouse would work. To ease restlessness and stress from being indoors, use NHV Lesstress for dogs or NHV Matricalm for cats. These formulas help calm the nerves without affecting moods and personality, and are safe for long term use.

Happy Pets Have Healthy Skin – As the cold weather begins to blow, dogs and cats are prone to dry skin. To improve overall coat condition, and help with skin issues from the inside-out, add omega-3 fatty acids to their diet. Studies show that dogs and cats given omega 3 fatty acids (try NHV PetOmega 3) had improvement in clinical signs of pruitis, self trauma, coat character, and alopecia (loss of hair).

Staying Cozy – Cats and dogs feel the chill of winter extra deep in their bones (just like us people!). Be sure to give them more blankets during the winter months. If taking small dogs outside, dress them in a sweater or jacket as they are unable to generate the heat they need themselves. Larger dogs tend to suffer the effects of stiff joints and arthritic pain, and as they need all their muscles to support their weight, keeping them limber and pain free is important. There are plenty of orthopedic beds for larger dog breeds that will help. In addition, supplement their diet with NHV Yucca and NHV Old Timer, which will aid with joint pain, soothe inflammation, and help pets suffering from arthritis. Remember to keep arthritic dogs and cats moving in the winter especially, if joints are not mobile arthritis is compounded.

Don’t Hold It! In the winter, I see an increase in UTI’s from animals holding in urine because it’s too cold outside. Make sure dogs get enough time outside to do their business. If a UTI develops see your veterinarian. You may also want to try NHV Tripsy, a natural supplement that will help support the health of the kidneys and bladder throughout the winter months.

Watch That Winter Weight: Less exercise means less calories are expended, and is true for any indoor dog who is not going out for their regular walks. Follow recommended feeding guidelines for your dog, but do not over feed. However, if dogs are housed outside, they need more calories. Studies suggest that dogs who are exposed to low temperatures need three times the normal calories as they would need in moderate temperature. Use NHV Multi Essentials, a herbal multivitamin to fill nutritional gaps for outdoor and indoor pets. Both NHV and myself as a veterinary practioners strongly recommend that pets be housed indoors, especially in the winter.

Don’t Get Close To The Heat – In an effort to stay warm, pets may get too close to heat sources, which can be dangerous. Be sure to keep fireplaces gated or closed, and heat sources like baseboard heaters and radiators out of reach from pets. Should pets accidentally burn themselves, take the animal to the vet right away. For after emergency care of burns use NHV All Clear Ointment and NHV Ouch Away Spray to help heal external trauma, fight infections, and reduce inflammation.

Dr. Hillary Cook, NHV's lead holistic vet, is a graduate of Virginia Maryland Regional Veterinary Medical school. She has been practicing holistic and integrative veterinary medicine for fifteen years. She certified in Veterinary acupuncture and is fully qualified in Western and Chinese herbalism. She is the owner of Animal Wellness Center, an integrative veterinary clinic in Crozet, VA.

NVH NATURAL PET PRODUCTS provides veterinarian-formulated supplements derived from natural botanicals to support the health and well-being of pets including dogs, cats and small animals. In addition to the safe and effective manufacture of a full-line of Veterinarian-approved pet supplements that contain organically grown and cultivated herbs and botanicals, NHV also offers vet consultations to provide professional support and guidance for disease prevention and treatment for over 43 conditions. For more tips, visit

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact with any questions.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

New Teletubbies DVD Gift Sets Available TODAY!!

When my boys were little, we used to cuddle up under a blanket after daddy went to work and watch Teletubbies. They both really loved Laa-Laa and when Dipsy danced, they got up and danced too! I loved showing them these DVDs and plush gift sets, and we had some great memories. Children of all ages can enjoy Teletubbies!

Silly Fun DVD: Tinky Winky, Laa-Laa and Po laugh themselves silly with a funny joke and when Dipsy does a funny dance, they all laugh together! Don’t miss the Teletubbies as they learn a new dance, watch children take a ride on a steam train, and look at their reflections in a puddle. 

Let's Sing & Dance DVD: Sing and dance with the Teletubbies in this special collection of episodes dedicated to music and rhythm! In this volume, Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po become a pop group, do conga dances over the hills and watch a children’s choir sing.

You can purchase these gifts sets exclusively at Target!