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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Erase Fine Lines with Hibiscus

Little did I know that the hibiscus flowers, that I just ignore can erase fine lines. Apparently, it is known as the "Botox plant" and it is a key ingredient in Chinese medicine. The credit goes to the flower's anti-aging alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), potent ingredients that exfoliate, firm and hydrate skin. What's more? The plant's high mucilage content acts as a humectant to lock in moisture, so skin appears plump and radiant.

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To Do: Steep 2 hibiscus tea bags in 1 cup of boiling water. When cool, pour the liquid into a resealable container. Twice a day, apply to clean skin with a cotton pad.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Four Reasons to Use a Professional Cleaning Service for Your Home

If you have never considered using a cleaning service for your home, then you need to give consideration to the following four reasons for hiring a cleaning service.

More free time

Whether you want to spend more time with your family or simply spend more time with leisure activities, by hiring a company to clean your home, you will have extra time for relaxation and entertainment. You can relax at the end of the day in a clean home and not have to dread the chore of cleaning the house.

Higher quality cleaning

Let’s face it; a professional is going to do a better job of cleaning your home than you do yourself. There are two good reasons for this. A professional is someone that is doing this every work day, so they are going to be able to do more work than you would do yourself, especially when you attempt to clean after a hard day’s work. Secondly, a professional will be able to do a higher quality cleaning job. Your home will be cleaned to a higher quality standard than you most likely will set for yourself. There will also be places that will get regularly cleaned that are routinely ignored.

Guaranteed cleaning of your home

When you are responsible for cleaning your own home, there will be days where you do not have the time, or you are too tired to do the job right. When you are paying a company to clean your home and the job is not up to your standards, you have someone to complain to. Reporting substandard work to a cleaning service manager will result in a prompt response.

It is cheaper than you think

Often people assume that having a cleaning service means you must be wealthy, but this is simply not true. Residential home cleaning is offered at reasonable prices. Naturally, the bigger the house, the more it will cost to keep it clean. However, medium sized and smaller homes can be cleaned at a good price. When you take into consideration what your time is worth and the added quality of cleaning that is performed by a professional, you will find that a cleaning service offers great value to you.

A professional cleaning service can give you a quotation based upon the type of work you need done in your home as well as the amount of work that is needed. There are several companies that offer professional cleaning for your home. Maid Right is one example of this type of professional company.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

HotelSpa® Designer Collection Shower Review

I was very excited when I found out I was approved to review the HotelSpa® Designer Collection shower.

Product Description

• 26" stainless steel slide bar - works with any hand shower or shower combo.
• Allows each user to use hand shower hands-free at their desired height and angle.
• Mounts in minutes without plumbing, drilling and surface damage.
• Positions anywhere in the shower where convenient to you.
• Does not interfere with existing fixtures and shower caddy, can be mounted around them.
• Height-adjustable hand shower bracket with angle-adjustable holder and height lock.
• Beautiful ergonomic arch design in polished chrome with mat silver accents.
• Includes elegant 180° Swivel Leaf-design soap dish .
• Mounts securely on any surface with patented Silicone Adhesive Brackets. No damage to surface, removes easily if needed.
• Includes traditional screws & anchors for optional screw-mounting.

My Thoughts

I was very impressed when I first saw the shower set. It looks very elegant and expensive. And yes, it looks like one of those cool showers you see in hotels and spas. I also love the bonus leaf-design soap dish I got with the shower; it swivels from left to right, which I found really convenient.

The good thing about this one is it's very easy to install. You don't need to drill your wall because the silicone adhesive brackets are enough to hold the shower securely. But if you choose to mount it on your wall, the set includes traditional screws and anchors. I would suggest you do the latter if you want it more sturdy. Another feature that I love is you can position it anywhere that's convenient for you and whether you are short or tall, you can easily adjust the head to suit your needs.

Overall, I had a wonderful experience with this shower. Even my twin granddaughters are loving it. They love playing with water, but bath time is more fun for them now since we installed the new shower.

Where to buy?

The HotelSpa® Designer Collection shower can be purchased through Amazon. It's fairly priced at $29.98.

I am also hosting a giveaway for this product. One lucky winner will receive a set of HotelSpa® Designer Collection shower.

Prize: 1 set of HotelSpa® Designer Collection shower 
Dates: 26 November - 11 December 2014 
Open to: US Residents 18+ Enter to win using the giveaway widget below. 
Good luck!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Soothe Tired Feet with this Soak

A long day of running errands left your feet aching and fatigued and the quick remedy is to soak them in warm water with powdered mustard. To do: Pour 2 liters of hot tap water into a basin and stir in 2 tablespoons of powdered mustard. Then soak your tired feet for 5 to 10 minutes. A compound found in mustard seeds, Sinigrin, helps reduce inflammation and stimulates blood flow in the feet to help put the pep back in your step. Plus, mustard's antimicrobial and antifungal properties will keep your feet smelling fresh.

Where to Wear a Promise Ring

Do you have an idea on what finger you should wear personalized promise rings? Actually, it doesn't matter whether you wear a promised ring on your right or left hand. What's important is what the ring symbolizes and not how it is worn.

Normally though, many choose to wear it on the ring finger on the left hand. Since it is a promise of commitment and it often precedes an engagement, a lot of couples decide to wear their promise rings on the wedding ring finger.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Pomegranate Seed Oil Moisturizer Review

I've tried a lot of oils already, but this will be the first time I will be trying pomegranate oil. Today's review is about the Pomegranate Seed Oil Moisturizer by BeautyOils.Co.

Product Description

- 100% Pure Cold Pressed Pomegranate Seed Oil
- Full of essential fatty acids and powerful antioxidants that help protect against free radical damage and promote the regeneration of skin cells
- Fragrance free, preservative free, cruelty free, vegan, all good
- This incredibly light, anti-inflammatory oil is ideal for aging skin
- Comes with a convenient press-top cap dispenser

My thoughts

The Pomegranate Seed Oil Moisturizer has no scent. This is a plus for those who are allergic to fragrances and for those who use a lot of other products on their faces. I was expecting that my face would look shiny after application, but I was pleasantly surprised that it didn't. It's non greasy, it's easy to work on the skin and it absorbs fast. Although it says it works as a moisturizer, it's more like a Vitamin C Serum for me. It does moisturize the skin, but if you're skin is too dry, this may not be enough and you'll have to follow up with a moisturizer.

What I like about the oil is that it does not make you feel like you're piling up a lot of products on your face. It is very light and it doesn't really feel like you applied it on your face. I've been using this for about a week and I am already noticing some improvements on my skin. The pores are slightly smaller and my dark spots appear lighter.

Overall, I had a wonderful experience with this product. If you are in the market for a product to brighten dark spots, reduce pores and delay the signs of aging, the pomegranate oil is worth giving a try.

Where to buy?

You can purchase the Pomegranate Oil through the BeautyOils.Co website and on Amazon.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Disaster Preparedness

Time and weather must really been changing. We're used to tropical storms because we get a lot of that all through out the year. What worries me is those storms have gotten really strong over the past few years; too strong that they have left a lot of casualties. The places that never experienced flooding were left submerged in water for days. Scary, isn't it?

We're lucky enough to be residing in a higher place and we've never experienced floods. I don't want to be too complacent though. There may be no floods in our area, but we have experiences lost of power for days. Imagine 14 days without power? Yup, that's the longest power outage we've experienced here. It was very difficult, especially that the kids need to go to school. I had to heat their water using the stove and carry the pot all the way to the bathroom upstairs.

So that's why my husband and I decided to solve the problem. Just in case it happens again [and I'm sure it will], we have to be ready. My husband immediately contacted Century fuel products. We've asked around and this company is the most recommended by friends. They are a leading supplier of tri-fuel portable generators and tri-fuel conversion kits here and abroad. These things run on natural gas, gasoline or propane. We chose gasoline because, it's the easiest to get around here.

We've experienced several storms after we've bought the generator, and although power outages only lasted for hours, it didn't let us down. It does not give off noxious fumes and it's very quiet. It makes us feel good that we are prepared just in case power will be out for days. How about you? Are you prepared for disasters, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and massive power outages? Century fuel products are very affordable and easy to use. It doesn't even take an expert to operate their generators. And should you decide to convert it from gasoline to propane, kits are available to make the conversion easier for you. You can check out the site for more information.

Protect Your Home With the Right Air Filter

If you have allergies, you know the impact they can have on your health and lifestyle. They can cause mild problems like sneezing and watery eyes or more severe problems like skin rashes and hives. By installing a filtrete air filter in your home's furnace, you can help protect your family from allergy related symptoms and illnesses.

The Most Common Household Allergens

As winter approaches, it's important to make sure your furnace has a filter than can protect your family from household allergens. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, more than fifty million Americans suffer from allergies. The most common allergies are triggered by inhalants that can cause mild to severe symptoms. Take a look at the most common triggers:

* Dust Mites – Tiny, microscopic creatures that can invade your bedding, upholstery, carpets and rugs, draperies and clothing.

* Mold – Mold, caused by excess moisture, can grow and flourish in dark, wet areas of your house like the attic, basement and foundation. Mold produces spores that float freely in the air.

* Smoke – Cigarettes, wood burning fireplaces and overcooked food can create smoke in the house. Breathing even small amounts of smoke can cause respiratory problems.

* Odors – Household odors produced by food, aerosol sprays and household cleaners can irritate mucus membranes and cause respiratory problems.

* Pollen – Pollen, produced by trees, shrubs and flowers in your yard, can easily enter your home through open windows or doors.

* Ragweed – Ragweed, a common weed that's found in every region of the country, is the top outdoor offender causing allergy symptoms from late summer through fall.

Most inhalant allergens affect your respiratory system and mucus membranes with symptoms that can include sneezing; coughing; stuffy or runny nose; itchy throat and ears; puffy eyelids; itchy, watery eyes; skin rashes; hives; and breathing problems. They can also trigger asthma and breathing problems in some people with existing allergies or compromised immune systems, especially in children and the elderly.

During cold weather when your furnace gets peak usage, you should change your furnace filter every 30 days to ensure proper airflow. If your filter is clogged or dirty, your furnace can't operate correctly. With restricted airflow, it will have to run longer and harder to create warm air, resulting in higher energy bills.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Super Youth Eye Gel by OZ Naturals Review

While I still don't have fine lines, wrinkles and laugh lines; dark circles, puffy eyes and crow's feet are my main concerns. Constant lack of sleep, of course, is the cause of my eye bags and dark circles. That is why I feel it's a must for me to have a good eye gel to help eliminate the "panda" look. Today, I am reviewing the Super Youth Eye Gel by OZ Naturals.

Product Description

Super Youth Eye Gel Will Provide Your Skin With The Following Benefits:
- Dramatically Radiant & Youthful Eyes
- Eliminate Dark Circles, Puffiness and Wrinkles
- Designed For The Delicate Skin Around Your Eyes; Including Eyelids
- Can Be Used As An All-Over Face Treatment For A Brighter More Radiant Complexion
- Safe For All Skin Types & Does Not Contain Parabens, Sulfates Or Alcohol.

My thoughts

The eye gel has a nice consistency; it's not too thick and not too runny. It's very easy to apply and it absorbs quickly. I like that it has a cooling effect that relaxes my eyes right after application. Staring in front of the computer for a long time makes my eyes tired and teary. The gel soothes the eyes and it does not leave an oily look. It's been more than a week and I'm starting to notice improvements on the skin around my eyes. The puffiness has diminished and the dark circles have brightened. My husband says my eyes look fresh and the tired look is gone. Yay!

I can't say much about my crow's feet since it's only been a few days. Lines don't disappear overnight, especially that mine is quite deep. I will continue to use this product and I'm sure I will be amazed with the results.

If you are looking for a product to brighten dark circles, reduce the puffiness of the eyes and moisturize the skin around the eye area, this is a good one to try.

Where to buy?

You can purchase the Super Youth Eye Gel through the OZ Naturals website and on Amazon. At $17.49, I say it's fairly priced.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Retinol Surge Moisturizer by Body Merry Review

Although I like to try new products, I still rely to brands I am already familiar with like Body Merry. Today I am reviewing their Retinol Surge Moisturizer.

My Thoughts

Retinol seems to be a very hot product when it comes to skin care these days aside from Vitamin C serum and Hyaluronic Acid. Body Merry's Retinol Surge Moisturizer has a creamy texture that's easy to apply. It absorbs fast and I love that it doesn't leave a greasy look. This one's great even for daytime use and even under makeup.

I've been using this for almost two weeks already and I've seen some improvements on my dark spots and pores. They are definitely lighter and my pores look smaller. I also like that it leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth for a long time.

So far I am enjoying the results I am getting from this moisturizer. If you are looking for a product that's non-greasy and works to delay the signs of aging, this is a good product to try.

Where to buy?

You can purchase the Retinol Surge Moisturizer through the Body Merry website and on Amazon. It comes in a big bottle and sells only for $25.99.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Sudz Club Bare Necessities Bag Review

There was once a time when I got addicted to subscription boxes. If you don't know what it is, a subscription box comes to you monthly and inside each box is different stuff. Food and beauty products are the most popular boxes. These boxes help you save money because you only pay for the subscription price and when you add up the retail prices of what's inside the box, you'll realize that you only paid half for the price of all of it.

Today I am reviewing the December edition of Sudz Club, a monthly subscription service that delivers all your basic toiletries to your doorstep in one simple package. is your way to take care of yourself or a loved one from a distance at a low cost.

How it works?

Pick a Plan
Each Bare Necessities bag, starting as low as $25, has a value of around $50 – and we make a constant effort to only bring you better products every month, at the same, or less of a cost. Choose Male or Female

Sudz Club compiles all your necessities
From that toothbrush you should have replaced months ago to the deodorant they all wish you had replaced yesterday, they got you covered.

Sudz Club will send out your bag at the beginning of every month!
Going to the store every time you run out of a bathroom necessity can be a pain, sit back, relax, and Sudz Club will bring your products to you.

My Thoughts

I love the bag! It was personalized to suit my needs. Before sending out my bag, Sudz Club asked me to tell them something about myself, so they can customize the contents of my bag. Other subscription boxes don't do that. They only send the same things to their subscribers. I love it when people consider how their subscribers would prefer their products because it makes you feel special.

My bag came on time and it has everything I need for a month.

They even sent me some extras... these are the goodies from GO VETS, a charity foundation that is starting up their own subscription box service (with all proceeds going towards educating veterans and helping them find jobs). They'll be launching soon, and their subscription box will deliver 3 packs of beef jerky a month and will also include some of their homemade fudge every month.

How to subscribe?

Packages are available at $29.99 monthly, $24.99 each month for a 3 month subscription, $22.99 each month for a six month subscription or as low as $20.99/month with an annual subscription. Visit the Sudz Club website to subscribe. Sign up for the Bare Necessities bag now and save 20% off your order when you use the code MARIA. You may also like them on Facebook for updates.


Overall, I like all the products included in the bag. This is a great subscription for those who are busy to shop, for college kids, for those who love to try different brands and for those who are looking to save money on hygiene supplies.

Disclosure: Product/s mentioned above were sent to me for free by Sudz Club for evaluation purposes. All opinions expressed here are 100% my own. However, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Soniclear from Michael Todd Review

Nothing beats a good brush when it comes to cleaning. Yup! Whether you are cleaning a hard surface, you are cleaning your teeth or your face, brushing can eliminate most of the dirt. I grew up using a soft brush every time I washed my face, so brushing the skin is not new to me.

I was recently given the opportunity to review the World's first Antimicrobial Sonic Skin Cleansing System. Here are some of the important things you should know about the product.

Introducing SONICLEAR, the World's First Antimicrobial Sonic Skin Cleansing System because cleaner skin begins with a cleaner brush.™ Powerful, yet gentle enough even for sensitive skin, Soniclear micro-massages away dirt and impurities and then protects itself from microbial contamination. Removes makeup 6x better and cleanses 2x better than with hands alone.

Fans of sonic technology range from Lady Gaga to Oprah. So for improved skin tone, reduced breakouts, better absorption of skincare products and overall better cleansing, meet SONICLEAR ~ your new favorite skin cleansing tool.

Soniclear includes:

1 Soniclear Device
1 Facial Brush Head with Cover
1 Body Brush Head with Cover
1 Charging Stand
1 Charging Cord

I used a gentle facial cleanser with the the brush. I placed a small amount on the brush and wet it with water, then placed it on the skin and I gently moved it in small circular motions. It felt really great because it's like gently massaging your face.

The brush has different levels of sonic speed and each speed addresses a person's specific skin concern.

 • 4th speed ~ Bottom red light on. This speed is intended for compromised or fragile skin, and is delicate enough for sensitive skin conditions. Use once a day or every other day to condition and improve skin without drying or irritation.
 • 5th speed ~ Top red light on. This speed is intended for normal skin types and cleansing six times better than hands alone. Use daily once or twice a day.
 • Top speed ~ Both red lights on. Use the Top speed when extra power is needed to loosen and remove dirt and debris.
 • With the body Brush Head attached, there is a three minute cleansing cycle with a beep each 60 seconds. After three minutes the unit automatically shuts off. When the Body Brush Head is attached, soniclear Handle automatically switches to the Body Mode, with a three-minute cycle. Pressing the speed button while in Body Mode toggles between the 3 body speeds from sensitive skin cleansing to extra cleansing power to loosen and remove dirt and debris.

My skin felt very soft and clean after using the brush. Even though I am in my forties, I still get a dose of acne from time to time, but ever since I used the brush to clean my face, it's clearer, glowing, and I noticed that my pores are smaller. I also used the bigger brush for my body and just like with my face, my skin felt soft and glowing.

So far, I am enjoying the Soniclear brush a lot. My skin looks more radiant and I haven't had a breakout since I started using it. This will definitely be an addition to my skincare routine and I'm sure I will continue more improvements in the weeks to come.

If you're wondering where you can purchase the brush, you can get it through the Soniclear website or on Amazon. It's fairly priced at $150.00. I've seen similar brushes that are more expensive and they don't have the amazing features this Soniclear from Michael Todd brush has. And because you are a loyal reader of this blog, you get 20% off when you purchase the brush. Hurry because the brush sells fast.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Protect Yourself Against Ticks

Ticks and mosquitoes may be invading your outdoor time and making your garden less welcoming during the summer. Ticks prefer warm, humid climates and are most active between April and September. The best solution is to contact a professional, such as, to rid your garden of the pests.

Why Ticks Are a Problem

Many people are not aware of the problems ticks can cause. When they bite, they can infect the host with Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Erlichiosis. They don’t fly, but they live in the bushes and piles of wet leaves and attach themselves to pets and clothing. Unlike mosquitoes, ticks will remain on the host as long as they can, and once they enter your home, they may live there for extended periods.

Some Prevention Tactics

There are several things you can do to prevent ticks from ruining your outdoor fun.

• Ticks don’t like the sun. Keep your garden free of piles of wet leaves, wood chips and other debris in shady places where ticks thrive. Keep your patio and play equipment away from such areas and keep your lawn short.
• Deer are very attractive to ticks. If you live near a wooded area where deer live, it is recommended that you choose plants and shrubs that don’t attract deer to your garden.
• You can regularly search the places in your garden where ticks may hide, such as fences, brick walls and retaining walls.
• If you have a dog that runs free in your garden, you can ask your veterinarian about sprays that will repel ticks from attaching themselves to your pet.
• Professional tick control not only uses sprays to kill adult ticks on contact, it will also install tick tubes. They are biodegradable and contain treated cotton that mice use to build their nests. These help remove the tick nymphs found by the hundreds in mouse nests. When the ticks look for their first blood meal from the mice, they are exposed to the treated cotton and eliminated.

You can also use sprays on your clothing and skin to repel ticks, but this isn't a permanent solution when you use your outdoor area every day. The professionals know the right timing for the different stages of development of the pests as well as the quantity required. These pests can cause serious health issues and can be avoided with the right treatment.

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