Saturday, May 20, 2017

Vitanova Adds 4 New Supplements including Keep Calm and Sleep Well

I find it really amazing that so many different things we put in our body can do so many things. I mean, if we drink a lavender tea, we feel relaxed, and if we eat sunflowers, it can boost our brain power. I love that Vitanova has packaged each of these things for me, in one convenient tablet.

Vitanova has recently added to this line of distinctive supplements four new products designed to support daily living and wellness:
  • KeepCalm features sustainably sourced organic Ashwagandha supporting energy, stress relief, and health in today's high-stress world.*
  • Sleep Well has calming botanical complexes, because nothing is more important than a good night's rest.*
  • Beauty Collagen Renewal supports skin elasticity and firmness.*
  • Brain Food contains phosphatidylserine and polyphenols made from non-GMO sunflowers and blueberries.*

Keep Calm formulaAshwagandha can aid during times of stress and support an energetic and rejuvenating sense of well-being. Ashwagandha is known as an adaptogenic herb, which can modulate a person’s response to stress. Adaptogens help the body cope with internal and external stressors that may exhaust the adrenal system.

Sleep Well formulaVITANOVA SLEEP WELL Our Sleep Well formula is a vitamin-mineral-amino acidherbal combination to encourage natural, restful sleep. Two B vitamins play key roles in the production of adrenal hormones and neurotransmitters that regulate sleep patterns. Magnesium aids in calming the nerves and relaxing the muscles. GABA is an amino acid that calms an overexcited brain, and L-theanine stimulates the brain’s production of relaxing alpha waves. Four traditional herbs are included– passionflower, chamomile, lemon balm and hops– long known to reduce anxiety and aid sleep.

Beauty formula: VITANOVA BEAUTY Collagen is an essential structural component of skin, a protein that connects and supports bodily tissue. Vitamin C plays an integral role in collagen synthesis. Hyaluronic acid, a major component of skin cells, aids in tissue repair and maintaining moisture. Our Collagen Renewal contains the three types of collagen peptides (I, II and III)—the most abundant forms in the human body and essential for healthy, younger-looking skin—and potent antioxidants that help repair damaged skin and avoid premature aging.

Brain Food formula: Brain cell membranes are highly enriched with phosphatidylserine (PS). PS levels ensure the membrane’s fluidity, structure and function. Nerve cells in particular, depend on healthy membrane function for normal nerve signal transmission. Maintaining normal PS levels has been associated with normal and efficient brain glucose consumption, efficient signaling processes and other biological pathways to ensure healthy cognitive and mental functions. Our Brain Food is a daily source of PS, as well as polyphenols from blueberry, which have been studied for their role in brain health.*

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.

Forth- Delicious Plant Based Snacks For Everyone!

With all the Vegan/Vegetarian/Gluten Free/No Sugar/No Dyes people out there, I have a hard time bringing a treat I can share with my friends when we meet, and we always love to share new things. 

Recently, I had the chance to sample Forth products. Forth products will never contain dairy, eggs, soy, or gluten. No fillers, preservatives or artificial ingredients either. 

Additionally, every Forth product contains ingredients which burn at different rates, in order to provide sustained energy.   Fruit sugars burn faster than seeds, seeds burn faster than whole grains, and so on.  Eating any Forth product will help your body stay energized for a sustained time period.

The Belly Bar is by far my favorite! 

Forth Belly Bars/Bites have a broad nutritional base and a warm, comforting flavor from cranberries, lemon, ginger, apricot and honey. Grandma knew that ginger was soothing to the stomach and that cranberries were good for the urinary tract system and so do we. Grab a Forth Belly Bar/Bite and feel naturally vitalized!

The Calm Bars are very good too, and my kids liked them! 

Forth Calm Bars/BItes have a broad nutritional base and a soothing lavender, vanilla, honey and berry flavor. Forth is passionate about using the best ingredients to achieve optimal nutrition and health, and Calm products are a prime example.  The play between scent and taste is married in this bar, designed to uplift and soothe the soul!

You can check out the whole line of Forth products here

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.

Vita Coco Coconut Water

My husband has been drinking coconut water for the past 3 years or so. He has tried more than once to get me to drink it, but i was never sure I would like it, and I didn't really check the health benefits. After receiving a sample package of Vita Coco Coconut Water, I decided not only would I research why I should drink it, but that I would actually try it.

SO, what are the health benefits?
Coconut water is an ideal drink for weight loss. It is low in calories and easy on the stomach. In fact, this light and refreshing drink contains various bioactive enzymes that aid digestion and boost fat metabolism. Plus, coconut water is rich in potassium, which helps balance out sodium.

Ok, I had no idea. I should have been drinking coconut water for a long time, since I am seeing a Doctor now for issues with my metabolism. He didn't even tell me about coconut water!

There are so many different varieties of the Vita Coco Coconut Water, but I think the Lemonade is my favorite! It is so lemony and coconut-y, it's perfect for a hot summer day (which is pretty much every day in Florida!) 

Some of the other flavors include: 
  • Peach & Mango 
  • Pineapple
  • Twist of Lime
  • Chocolate
You can purchase Vita Coco Coconut Water at most grocery stores, and even convenience stores! 

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.

Alba Botanica Even Advanced Products

The Alba Botanica Even Advanced line is perfect for me. A mom in her early 40's, trying to get by without a lot of harsh chemicals, I'm against animal testing, and artificial colors.

even advancedsea plus renewal night cream

While you catch your z-z-z’s, this little gem works the night shift to help break up uneven pigmentation and dull spots for a bright morning complexion. When used nightly, our botanically powerful Marine Complex, enriched with DMAE, fortifies skin and reduces discoloration after 2 weeks while it plumps skin with continuous moisture. Potent antioxidant-packed Thioctic Acid helps minimize the effects of sun, stress and time. Sleep on it for more clarity in the morning.

even advancedsea moss moisturizer spf 15

A daily dose of sun doesn’t have to be a risky proposition with this lightweight, antioxidant-rich miracle worker. Our botanically powerful Marine Complex, featuring sea moss extracts, fortifies skin and helps correct uneven tone, while our breathable sunscreens help protect against future discoloration and sun-induced complexion issues. Wears well alone or under make-up.

even advancedsea algae enzyme scrub

Sometimes you need a touch of the tough stuff to get your glow on. This gentle but effective scrub fights off dull, dry skin to instantly create a smoother, more even complexion that seems to glow. Our botanically powerful Marine Complex, infused with sea enzymes, fortifies skin and encourages a more uniform skin tone.

even advancedsea kelp facial toner

To face the stresses of your day, your skin needs balance. Our botanically powerful Marine Complex, featuring micronized sea kelp, balances pH levels, fortifies skin and encourages a more even toned complexion. Instantly, your skin is balanced: evenly content and perfectly prepped for optimal moisturization.

even advancedsea elements eye makeup remover

Sometimes you need to mix it up to get the best results. This gentle, hypo-allergenic eye makeup remover needs a little shake to get it going, but then it can’t be stopped. Our botanically powerful Marine Complex, rich in nourishing sea algae, replenishes the delicate eye area while makeup simply slips away without irritation or oily residue. All 300 lashes are clean, nourished and naked in seconds.

    even advancedsea mineral cleansing gel

    Lather away the daily grime with this frothy cleanser that freshens and brightens your complexion. Our botanically powerful Marine Complex, rich in sea minerals, fortifies skin and encourages even tone while washing away dulling impurities. Get a fresh start every time you clean.

    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.

    Barnie's Coffee Cold Brew is Now Available in Convenient Pods!

    So I have to admit, I like cold brew coffee, but I don't exactly know what it is. Well, until now. I always thought it was just regular coffee that had been refrigerated without adding ice, so it didn't get diluted. I WAS SOOOOOOO WRONG.

    Barnie's Coffee recently sent me a kit to try making my own cold brew coffee at home, along with these awesome step by step instructions.

    Introducing Cold Brew Pods.
    One pod. One great cup of coffee.
    Cold brew is a process of brewing coffee that offers a smoother, more
    balanced flavor. It tastes naturally sweeter and bolder than its traditionally hot-brewed counterpart. It also gives you almost twice the caffeine with less acidity.
    Want to take it with you? No problem.
    Cold brew pods allow you to brew and enjoy cold brew wherever you go. Whether you’re traveling, going to work, or going on a road trip – you’ll never have to go without cold brew ever again. 
    You might be wondering - how do I even cold brew? It’s simple.
    1. Place single pod in 12 oz. glass
    2. Pour water ( 5 oz. | Filtered | Room temp )
    3. Wait 8-12 hours
    4. Remove pod
    5. Add water or milk ( 4 oz. )
    6. Enjoy!
    Are you ready to explore new Grounds for Adventure? Share your coffee journey with us and hashtag
    #barniescoffee and #doyouevencoldbrew

    Now, I make my coffee the night before and when I wake up, BOOM I have cold brew coffee waiting for me, ready for my cream and sugar!

    Barnie's Cold Brew Pods were super easy to use too, and they really taste great! You can check out the full line here.

    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.

    Lovely Candy Company Caramels and Fruit Chews!

    My family has been enjoying Lovely Candy Caramels for a long time. We have always been big caramel fans, and of course I love that Lovely Candies are non GMO and made with no high fructose corn syrup. 

    Our decadent and rich original caramels.#1 Seller! Non GMO, no HFCS, no SOY. Rbst free milk. Kosher and GF certified – Made in the USA Resealable bags

    The Caramels are creamy and delicious, I love how soft they are, and easy to chew.

    The Sea Salt Caramels are another one of our favorites, with a hint more of a salty flavor which really makes the caramel tasty!

    You can imagine since I love the caramels so much, how excited I was to try the Fruit Chews! I am in love with anything fruity and chewy, so this was a real treat for me!

    The Tropical Mix includes flavors like: 
    • Mango 
    • Passion Fruit
    • Pineapple
    The Original Mix is
    • Apple
    • Blueberry
    • Cherry
    I think the tropical mix is my favorite, I really love the mango and pineapple flavors! Again the Fruit Chews are made with NO HFCS, Gluten FREE, Vegan and NON GMO. 

    You can purchase Lovely Candy Company products online here, or at Whole Foods! 

    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.

    H2O+ Beauty Takes Hydration Technology to the Next Level with the MiLi Moisture Meter

    H2O+ Beauty today unveiled the MiLi Moisture Meter, a convenient tool that measures skin hydration levels and enables consumers to understand exactly how much moisture their skin needs.

    H2O+ Beauty has long been known for the impressive hydration capabilities of its products. Founded on the belief that pure water is the key to beautiful skin, its best-selling Oasis Hydrating Treatment harnesses the power of pure water through signature hydrogel technology to nourish dry skin, and the Oasis Ultra Hydrating Cream takes that a step further by doubling skin moisture almost instantly. Both products are clinically proven to boost hydration by over 100 percent and keep skin moisturized for 24 hours. With the careful measurement capabilities of the MiLi Moisture Meter, consumers can observe the effectiveness of these products in action and more carefully tailor their skincare routines to their exact needs.  

    The MiLi Moisture Meter is available as a free gift with purchase of any Oasis Hydrating Treatment or Oasis Ultra Hydrating Cream during the month of May ($59 value). Starting in June, it will be available for purchase as a bundle with these two products, at $45 with the Oasis Hydrating Treatment or $49 with the Oasis Ultra Hydrating Cream while supplies last. All products are available at

    • Recommended for all skin types, even oily!
    • Continuous hydration: Clinically proven to keep your skin continuously hydrated for 24 hours
    • Oil-free
    • Rapidly absorbing formula hydrates immediately, softens and smooths skin

    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.