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June 2015

24K Gold Vitamin C Serum Hyaluronic – Product Review

Want to feel like a million bucks? This 24K Gold facial serum is a great way to do just that, each and every morning!
I love the gold flecks included in this serum that add just a tiny bit of extra shine to my face, especially in the sun!

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Steam Train Engine Car Bubble Blowing Toy Train – Product Review

My girls absolutely LOVE this ‘bubble train’! They went through the entire bottle of bubbles that came with the train in one day, and still constantly ask to play with the bubble train. Continue reading “Steam Train Engine Car Bubble Blowing Toy Train – Product Review”

How To Coffee in College

I’m in my final quarter now, but I wish I had this years ago! 🙂

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Getting addicted to coffee young is a hindrance. It sets the tone for a life of groggy mornings and raging afternoon headaches. That doesn’t discourage too many of us enthusiasts, though; so when it came time for college, my whole coffee set up came with me. Granted, I was used to working in a shop with thousand dollar burr grinders and a state-of-the-art espresso machine, so the transition from luxury to sub-par was discouraging. But I coped. It is possible to brew a great cup of coffee in a dorm room. The essentials are standard: good water, good beans, and a good set up.

I found the water to be the most difficult variable to deal with. The first time I brewed with unfiltered water, the smell alone was a good enough indicator that it was going to be terrible. I soon learned that not only must the water be purified…

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Brillante Manual Coffee Grinder – Product Review

I Love, Love, Love coffee! I love coffee at coffee shops, but I’m a thrifty girl, so I make most of my coffee at home! Before I had a grinder, I would carefully pick out coffee from the gourmet section of my grocery store, then use the store’s grinder to grind my precious coffee beans…but I hate doing this for a few reasons: First, I never know who ground what kind of coffee before me…The store’s grinder always seems to have residue of grounds in it, and I’m always left wondering what else I’m getting with the coffee that I chose. The other reason is that it’s just so much BETTER to grind your coffee right before your brew it. The beans don’t get all dried out or lost their aroma like if you pre-grind them, or, worse yet, buy them pre-ground. But…that’s how I’ve bought coffee for years, because I couldn’t be bothered to invest in a grinder. Boy, was I STUPID! I love the way coffee tastes black, and fresh-ground coffee tastes soooo much better black! I use creamer sometimes, too…either way, there is a difference between fresh-ground coffee and stale coffee, no matter how you drink it!

coffeegrinder2This grinder is great, for both my french press, and my automatic drip pot. I can adjust the grind for either a coarse or a fine grind. I fill up the top, grind it all into the bottom, and I’m ready to go! It’s not as quick as an electric grinder, but i never have to search for an outlet, AND I can take this camping with me! It’s super-quiet, compared to an electric grinder, and the crank is super-easy to turn! 😀 This is great, and you can find one on Amazon here: Brillante Manual Coffee Grinder – Excellent for Brewing Espresso, Pour Over, French Press and Turkish Coffee At Home or Away – Hand Crank Design Works for Coffee Beans, Pepper and Spices – Compact Travel Ready Size & Adjustable Ceramic Conical Burr / Mill (Model: BR-MCG-SS1)

As Always, Stay Beautiful & Think Divergently!

~Rachelle

I received this manual coffee grinder for the purpose of my review, but my opinions are 100% my own, and based on MY personal use. I was not told what to say, only asked to give an honest review based on my own experience with the product.

Booty Fresh – “Private” Odor Remover for Your Buns – Product Review

Keep your booty fresh with Booty Fresh! 😀 This is a unique odor remover, designed specifically for your bottom area! Lol if nothing else, it’s sure to provide a few laughs when you bring it home.

YES, THIS IS A SPRAY FOR YOUR BUM, AND HERE’S THE DEAL:
Booty Freshâ„¢ is not a deodorant spray, cologne, or perfume. Booty Fresh™ neutralizes odor-causing bacteria absorbed under the skin of the anus and surrounding area. After it’s rinsed off, it leaves your bootay smelling like… well… nothing! It‘s no joke! Booty Freshâ„¢ deodorizes when soaps and wipes fail. Yes, it really, really works.

THE MOST AMAZING SPRAY FOR YOUR BUM: With a full application of Booty Fresh, you won’t notice a scent from offending areas for up to two weeks or longer.

BEYOND HYGENE: Get’s Where Soaps, Wipes, and Toilet Paper Can’t.  Regular washing can not remove everything permeating the skin.  In fact, toilet paper is a huge cause of a “permanent” odor down there.

DATING | EXOTIC TRIPS | CAMPING: Spray on Booty Fresh for that extra boost of freshness where you’ll need it most. Complete confidence that you are clean and sexy wherever you are!

UNSCENTED & EXTRA SOOTHING: Booty Fresh is made with soothing aloe vera & leaves your bum smelling like… well…  nothing! That part is for you to decide.

ALL NATURAL & SAFE: Safe to spray in mouth – safe to swallow (yuck! – we DO NOT recommend) – 4oz Spray –Made in the USA – 120 Uses

IN OTHER WORDS:
This will give you a totally stink-free-bum (or whatever your word for it is), even if nothing else seems has worked. I don’t know how to say it any other way: It Totally Works.

I would say that it works…though I haven’t had anyone ‘smell my booty’ for me! It’s safe to say that Booty Fresh is a fun, new, useful product! You can find it on sale on Amazon here: Booty Fresh – The Very 1st “Private” Odor Lifter

As Always, Stay Beautiful & Think Divergently!

~Rachelle

I received booty fresh for the purpose of my review, but my opinions are 100% my own, and based on MY personal use. I was not told what to say, only asked to give an honest review based on my own experience with the product.

ORGANIC Pest Repellent Review By Eco Defense – Product Review

Squirrels! Squirrels have completely taken over my parents’ yard! My parents used to have dogs that chased away the squirrels, and the squirrels learned to stay away from the yard, mom’s flowers, and dad’s garden. Unfortunately, mom lost most of her eyesight, and has a seeing-eye dog instead of a ‘regular’ dog, and guide dogs are well-trained not to be distracted by, or to chase squirrels, or any other animal. That means that, over the past few years, the squirrels have decided that their yard is safe and full of tasty things to eat, so they have set up residency in their trees, and bring their young down daily to steal mom’s cacti, strawberries, and other plants! My poor momma has been losing her mind, so when I was offered the opportunity to try this organic pest repellant, I jumped onto it, and took the bottle right over to my mom’s house and started spraying. I like that this product is eco-friendly, and not made of chemicals. It’s designed to taste bad and be unpleasant to pests, instead of hurting them physically, which is a huge deal to me, and very important when spraying something all over the yard that mom’s guide dog spends his non-working days relaxing on.

ecodefense2The spray left the leaves of all of the plants looking wet, which was nice, because it helps me see what I’ve already covered. Unfortunately, out of the last 49 days here in Lincoln, Nebraska, 28 of those days have been rainy, with only two dry days in a row, so the heavy rains washed a lot of the product away. It definitely doesn’t stand up to heavy rain at all, and the squirrels quickly learned this, stealing our strawberries before we could get back out to spray again. But…if you’re not experiencing crazy ridiculous amounts of rainfall, this really works well! It was funny watching the squirrels jump over the flower beds to get into the tree, instead of climbing through them. It’s very obvious that the squirrels don’t like the way this stuff feels, smells, or tastes! If you have pest issues, you should really try this! It’s on sale on amazon here:Pest & Animal Repeller – Naturally Repels Deer, Squirrels, Rats, Rabbits, Moles, Gophers, & Other Pests Guaranteed – 100% Organic Pest Control – Best Rabbit and Deer Repellent – Eliminates Rodents and Other Pests Both Indoor and Outdoor – Child, Pet, and Plant Safe – No Chemicals, Traps, Poisons, or Pesticides – 32 oz Ultra Concentrated Scent and Taste Deterrent – Money Back Guarantee.

As Always, Stay Beautiful & Think Divergently!

~Rachelle

I received this organic pest repellent for the purpose of my review, but my opinions are 100% my own, and based on MY personal use. I was not told what to say, only asked to give an honest review based on my own experience with the product.

Natural Shoe Odor Eliminator –Product Review

I am loving this shoe odor eliminator from Amare Terra! It smells so nice and fresh, and really helps my shoes to de-stink overnight while they’re waiting for me to put them on again. Shoes can get kind of gross here in the summer…especially with all of the rain that we have had this year! Lots of wet shoes in my entryway, but now I finally have a solution so that walking into my home isn’t unpleasant at all!

I keep this on the shelf by our shoe rack, and spray everyone’s sneakers at night after we’ve all taken them off for the day, and they all smell so fresh now! I really love this stuff. It’s biodegradable, and derived from 99% natural ingredients, which is great. I really don’t want to spray a bunch of harmful chemicals into our shoes…especially with little ones around! This company is truly amazing. 10% of purchases of the shoe odor eliminator go to build clean water wells for those who need it most! This is one product and company that I completely stand behind! Check them out at http://www.amareterra.com, or go straight to Amazon to buy it here: Natural Shoe Deodorizer & Odor Eliminator Spray

As Always, Stay Beautiful & Think Divergently!

~Rachelle

I received this shoe odor eliminator for the purpose of my review, but my opinions are 100% my own, and based on MY personal use. I was not told what to say, only asked to give an honest review based on my own experience with the product.

IceCarats® Sterling Silver 2 Carat 6mm Cubic Zirconia Earrings – Product Review

I love earrings! 😉 Really, I love pretty much anything shiny, but shiny earrings just really add that something special to any ensemble. Some days, I could have amazing hair, a great outfit, and awesome-looking makeup, but nothing looks right until I add the perfect earrings!

I used to love big, dangly earrings, but after having kids, they’re definitely not for me. I love expressive, shiny little stud earrings, so these are absolutely perfect for my ears! These cz studs are really shiny, and the came in a really pretty little gift box that I would be thrilled to give to anyone on my list, but absolutely had to keep for myself!

earrings side viewI received compliments on these pretty little gems the first time I wore them out! It was awesome! I wear them every chance I get. They’re perfect for dressing up any outfit that I can put together, and go with literally everything, even just a T-shirt! Check them out on amazon here: IceCarats® 2 Carat 6mm Cubic Zirconia Sterling Silver 925 Studs EarringsThey’re a $50 deal for only $9.99! They’re perfect for any lady on your list. 🙂

As Always, Stay Beautiful & Think Divergently!

~Rachelle

I received these beautiful earrings for the purpose of my review, but my opinions are 100% my own, and based on MY personal use. I was not told what to say, only asked to give an honest review based on my own experience with the product.

Discover the Secret to Smooth Feet!

RECHARGEABLE Pedicure Callus Remover – Product Review

Let’s face it, feet are not pretty! Well…the perfectly-manicured, smooth feet you see in commercials are pretty, but real peoples’ feet don’t generally look like that…unless you’ve got one of these! (And the ability to paint your toenails well, which I really don’t. Haha) These little callus removers are the perfect tools for those rough patches that you get on your feet.

callusremover2I’ve had other electric callus removers before, but this one really takes the cake, because it’s rechargeable! No more finding batteries when they run low, and having the thing work great for a few seconds, then cut out on me. I just make sure it’s charged up before I start, and I’m good to go! This works so well to very gently remove the calluses without any pain at all. Now I just need to get out and get that professional manicure…

Check this out and get yours here:Naturalico Rechargeable Electronic Pedicure Foot File and Callus Remover – Gently and Effectively Remove Dead Skin and Reduce Calluses in Just Seconds

As Always, Stay Beautiful & Think Divergently!

~Rachelle

I received this callus remover for the purpose of my review, but my opinions are 100% my own, and based on MY personal use. I was not told what to say, only asked to give an honest review based on my own experience with the product.

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