Saturday, April 22, 2017

Live Clean Liquid Hand Soaps - Review and Giveaway

I received products for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.
Winter may be over but we are still experiencing some cold weather.  It's important to make sure you stay healthy during any season of the year because, honestly, who has time to be sick?  One of the easiest and quickest ways to avoid getting sick is by washing your hands.  What better way to fight the sickly scaries than with Live Clean’s line of liquid hand soap!

Live Clean was created with a simple vision: to create high performance skin and haircare products that celebrate natural beauty while honoring the earth. The company believes that living clean isn’t just about what we eat, it’s also about the products and ingredients that we put in our bodies. Live Clean harnesses the power in plant-based ingredients to create gentle and effective products that are safe for you, your baby, and the environment. All Live Clean products are created with naturally based ingredients, certified organic and free of harsh chemicals.  They are also pure vegan and vegetarian, cruelty-free and biodegradable and recyclable.

Live Clean has three varieties of hand soap:

**Live Clean Argan Oil Hydrating Liquid Hand Soap**

Live Clean® Hydrating Argan Oil Hand Soap features 100% pure Argan Oil to nourish and replenish the skin for improved texture and tone, while certified organic botanicals of Grape Seed and Olive Leaf Extracts help to protect the skin’s moisture barrier.

**Live Clean Fresh Water Hydrating Liquid Hand Soap**

Live Clean® Fresh Water Hydrating Liquid Hand Soap blends Vitamin E, Panthenol, and certified organic botanicals of Rosemary and Chamomile for optimal hydration. Experience soft and smooth hands as you gently cleanse and moisturize skin.

**Live Clean Coconut Milk Moisturizing Liquid Hand Soap**

Live Clean® Coconut Milk Moisturizing Liquid Hand Soap gently cleanses, hydrates and helps to restore moisture balance and luster to dry hands. Featuring luscious Coconut Milk and Apricot Oil, this nourishing hand soap is enriched with Vitamins C, E, B to deeply care for hands and improve their natural beauty.
All three hand soaps are 17 ounces and available at Walmart for $4.99.  With my super dry skin, I need products that will bring it back to life (or at least not make it worse).  Live Clean Liquid Hand Soaps leave skin feeling clean, soft and smooth.   Me, my husband, and older kids have tried all three varieties and everyone agrees they're top-notch in the hand soap category.

The fragrances are pleasant and the hand soaps are appealing to both women and men.  I sincerely like all three but think Coconut Milk is my favorite for the scent.  Live Clean hand soaps work away dirt, leave hands smelling clean, and are cost efficient.  Because the soaps don't contain harsh chemicals or additives, anyone who comes through the house can use them to wash their hands.

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Zak Designs Mother's Day Specials

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Zak Designs makes everyday meals a little more special by creating safe, innovative and fashionable products that add a touch of color and an element of fun to tables around the world.

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Movie Night - Smurfs: The Lost Village

Azra, T.J. and Jackson

I won some movie tickets to see Smurfs: The Lost Village some time ago, so I got together with my bestie and her kids to watch it in 3D.  I think there were a total of ten people in the theater, including us.  That's my way to movie!

Our future's so bright we've gotta wear shades....or 3D glasses.  Whichever.

I won't bore you with long details about the film but will say it was good enough.  I've seen much better but I've seen much worse.  I was overly excited that it wasn't all campy and full of slapstick humor.  That turns me off real quick and in a hurry.

As most of us know, Smurfette is the only gal in a land of guys.  She's not lost on this and wonders what exactly is a Smurfette.  It's the "ette" part she can't figure out.  She goes off on an adventure and happens upon a magical world of girl Smurfs.  Of course, Gargamel and his cat try to take all the Smurfs powers and use them for evil.  In the end, the Smurfs and Smurfettes win out.

Some movies aren't worth their weight in gold, 3D or not.  I think Smurfs: The Last Village is best seen in 3D.  It enhances the colors and visuals.  Gargamel isn't such a scary villain that kids will wet themselves.  There is one scene that portrays the death of Smurfette as a lump of clay but the kids didn't cry over it, so I'd say it wasn't too sad.

The popcorn was paid for.  The candy was snuck in.

Have you seen Smurfs: The Last Village yet or do you plan on watching it?

Friday, April 21, 2017

It's National Earth Day

I am not a tree hugger and I'd be a liar if I said I do everything possible to save the planet.  But, I am concerned about our environment and the planet we live on.  I think we should be more conscientious of our actions and behaviors to ensure future generations don't live in a huge planet of poo.

In order to make Earth Day a success, it is essential that each and every person set environmental goals, contribute and do their part.  Ask yourself what you can do to make the Earth a better place.  Then take action and do it!
Consider this:

65% of Americans plan to observe Earth Day this year.

And the most popular way to observe Earth Day? Doing a big spring clean.

To explore attitudes and behaviors around Earth Day and how they play out at home, Coyuchi [], a pioneer in organic cotton textiles for the home, ran the 2017 Home Habits Survey, a poll that asked 1,000 Americans about their household purchasing habits and beliefs about the environment. Key findings include:



The top three activities for observing Earth Day 2017 are:
1. Do a big spring clean (15%)
2. Recycle and/or compost waste (13%)
3. Plant something in the house or backyard (12%)


Sustainability is important to Americans—45% reduce, reuse, recycle, and compost. Another 44% try to recycle when they can. While 27% of Americans don't know what 'sustainability' really means, 23% consider 'sustainability' a selling point.


72% of Americans wash their towels once a week, and 83% wash their sheets at least every two weeks. 58% buy new sheets and towels about once a year, 19% replace their sheets several times a year, and 24% replace their towels as often.


Despite their desire to do good for the planet, 72% of Americans eventually end up throwing out used sheets and towels—contributing to the 10M tons of textile waste that end up in America's landfills every year.

1. Frayed, torn, pilling (37%)
2. Visible stains (25%)
3. Color faded or yellowed (23%)
4. Redecorate (9%)
5. Move to a new house/apartment (7%)

To help people continue their love affair with fresh sheets and towels AND do good for the planet, Coyuchi created 'Coyuchi for Life'—a first-of-its kind subscription model that gives everyone the best of both worlds—the luxury of fresh organic bed and bath linens without harming the environment (for roughly the price of a Netflix subscription).

To subscribe (and watch the official Coyuchi for Life video), please visit:
Do you have any plans for Earth Day?  What steps do you take to promote a healthy environment?

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Adam's Senior High School Pictures

Like I said the other day with Logan, it was like pulling teeth to get Senior pictures of the boys.  They're about as lackadaisical as it gets when it comes to getting things together for graduation.  I had to let them know that a cap and gown was necessary (not an option!)  They darn near didn't get the order forms for those turned in on time.  They have other things to concern themselves with. 

Adam is one of the hardest-working guys I know.  He volunteers regularly at church, has worked for Pepsi for a year and a half, and was one of my biggest supporters when my mom lived with us.  He gave up two of his teenage years to take care of her needs.  Not because he had to, but because he wanted to.

I thought for sure with Adam's junior high record that he'd be hell in high school.  He has had a couple of moments (like the time he got suspended for two days last month) but he's grown and matured so much.  Adam is one of the most laid-back and chill people you'll ever meet.  But if you make him mad, he has no problem voicing his opinion.  

He's ready to be out and away from school.  I'm almost sure Adam will not be attending college.  He's complacent with being in the work force.  And if that's the path he chooses, I'm quite all right with that.

After listening to us plead till their ears bled, the boys finally agreed to a brotherly hug.  This is as good as it got.

Slammers Organic Snacks - Review and Giveaway

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Parents know what kids are looking forward to: being out for summer break before long, afternoons of adventure, and an endless assortment of home-baked cookies and sweets.  Although decadent treats and unhealthy foods are okay in moderation, there are options available that are healthier and fun at the same time.

Slammers Snacks are great for those all-day adventures, but even better because there's no crumbs.  Slammer Snacks are tasty, superfood greek yogurt snacks designed to fuel kids with organic fruits and vegetables.  They are a portable, healthy alternative to candy and can be enjoyed frozen, cold, or at room temperature.

T.J. and Azra snacking on Slammers

Each flavor of Slammers organic snacks introduces kids to fruits such as mangos, acai, yumberries, kiwis, and pomegranates, and serves as a great source of essential vitamins.  Some of the flavors also come packed with seven grams of protein, perfect for active kids.

Slammers come in four squeezable pouches per box.  Some kids balk at fruits and veggies, but the packaging of Slammers is genius enough that kids want to try them.  The pouches have kid-friendly designs, with neat graphics on the front and pictures of the fruits and veggies on the back.  The way they work is that the caps twist off and the kids eat right out of the pouch.  I liken Slammers to having the same consistency of applesauce or pureed food.

back side of a Slammers pouch

We were able to try to flavors of Slammers - Chill'n and Watermelon Kiwi Burst.  The latter has added protein.  Watermelon Kiwi Burst has six ingredients for a delicious flavor combination.  Chill'n includes banana, butternut squash, greek yogurt, blueberries, and yumberry.

All of the ingredients in Slammers come from certified organic farms and contain no added sugar or artificial ingredients.  I think Slammers are a clever way to get kids to eat the good stuff.

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'The NKJV Woman's Study Bible' - Review and Grow in the Word Giveaway

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You're invited to receive God's truth for balance, hope, and transformation in the fully revised and redesigned The NKJV Woman's Study Bible. The new edition features a beautiful, full-color redesign and poignantly reveals the Word of God with Scripture insights and the contributions of more than eighty women from a wide variety of ethnic, denominational, educational, and occupational backgrounds. Special features designed to speak to a woman's heart appear throughout the Bible text, revealing Scripture-based insights about how godly womanhood grows from a woman's identity as a Christ-follower and a child of the Kingdom.

This spring, cultivate your heart's spiritual roots and enter to win the Grow in the Word Giveaway!

One grand prize winner will receive:
Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on April 27. The winner will be announced April 28 on the Litfuse blog.

About the book:

The Woman's Study Bible  poignantly reveals the Word of God to women, inviting them to receive God's truth for balance, hope, and transformation.
Special features designed to speak to a woman's heart appear throughout the Bible text, revealing Scripture-based insights about how godly womanhood grows from a woman's identity as a Christ-follower and a child of the Kingdom.
Now with a beautiful full-color redesign,
The Woman's Study Bible reflects the contributions of over 80 women from a wide variety of ethnic, denominational, educational, and occupational backgrounds. Since the publication of the first edition of The Woman's Study Bible under the editorial guidance of Dorothy Kelley Patterson and Rhonda Harrington Kelley, this landmark study Bible has sold over 1.5 million copies.

Features Include:
-Beautiful full-color design throughout
-Detailed biographical portraits of over 100 biblical women
-Thousands of extensive verse-by-verse study notes
-Over 300 in-text topical articles on relevant issues
-Insightful essays by women who are recognized experts in the fields of theology, biblical studies, archaeology, and philosophy
-Book introductions and outlines
-Hundreds of full-color in-text maps, charts, timelines, and family trees
-Quotes from godly women throughout history
-Set of full-page maps of the biblical world
-Topical index

About the publisher:
In business since 1798, Thomas Nelson is one of the oldest Bible publishers in the world and the largest publisher of the King James Version. Their mission is to inspire the world by using our talents, assets, opportunities, and influence to engage and equip people with Scripture and draw people to a deeper study and understanding of God's Word.

Find out more about Thomas at

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I own a couple of Bibles and am fine with using them but there's something about having a study Bible that makes things clearer.  The NKJV Woman's Study Bible has opened my world to a better understanding of verses and history.  One reason I like the church I attend is because our pastor does a great job at giving back stories and explaining verses in detail.  And, that's why I really like this study Bible.  It's enriched with word explanations, gives cross references to other verses, tells how and why people behaved as they did, and gives prominence to women of the Bible.  There's also maps and family trees that give a visual on the lands and people at that time.  The essays and quotes from women of all denominations are an added bonus.  The floral designs within the pages and on front of the Bible are pretty.  None of the added essays, notes, visuals, or quotes take away from the actual Bible.  There's still all the books of the Bible and they're told in NKJV version.  This Bible enhances the reading.