Tough as a Mother Jewelry

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Thank you to Tough as a mother for sending a gorgeous necklace, for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

 

Parenting is one of the most rewarding experiences on earth. The joy and the love and the pride that our children bring us is beyond compare.

However, let’s be honest.

Parenting is also challenging. It’s tough. The worry, the sleepless nights, the energy drain, the intense desire for good things and happiness for our children is also beyond compare.

When I received info about Tough as a Mother jewelry, I immediately knew that founder Jennifer Cervantes got it. She understands what the parenting journey looks like and feels like. She unites with other mothers and also cheers them on.

Learn more about Jennifer’s mission in life and her beautiful, energy boosting jewelry.

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Meet Jennifer Cervantes, Founder of Tough as a Mother

Before she had kids, Jennifer envisioned motherhood. She saw herself at the park with her children, sipping a latte and wearing cute flats, with her trendy diaper bag beside her.

The reality is different, two kids later. Jennifer discovered the days are way more messy, loud and chaotic than she ever thought possible. Motherhood isn’t necessarily worse, just different.  It’s no wonder, she says, that we talk about being tough as a mother – moms need to be strong!

Jennifer built her company for all the women living through their own journeys, from finding the strength to endure miscarriage to the deep darkness of postpartum anxiety, through sleepless nights and physical and mental challenges of all kinds.
No matter what the  motherhood journey looks like, Jennifer knows we all deserve to call ourselves tough as a mother.
Tough as a Mother Jewelry founder Jennifer Cervantes
Tough as a Mother Jewelry founder Jennifer Cervantes. Image from her website.

The Birth of Tough as a Mother Tribe

Jennifer discovered her calling, making jewelry for mothers, when she hit the lowest point in her own journey. Working 12 hour days as a teacher to underprivileged children, her body began to shut down. Unable to nurse her five month old baby, Jennifer knew she needed a change. She utilizes gemstones to design pieces that honor the most joyous and the most raw parts of motherhood. And her personalized pieces allow mothers around the world to unite in a quiet, but strong, bond. Our triumphs and trials become shared experiences as we cheer each other on.

Jennifer shares:

“Whether you are buying for yourself, a first-time mom just embarking on her motherhood journey, or a third-time mom choosing hope as she carries her rainbow baby, you are in the right place. You are strong, beautiful and tough as a mother. Let’s honor your journey.”

Tough as a Mother Jewelry bracelet
Tough as a Mother Jewelry – bracelet to remind you just how tough you are

A Peek at the Tough as a Mother Jewelry

Intrigued by Jennifer’s story and her passion for encouraging mothers, I visited the website. I love what I found.

The gemstone necklaces boost energy in different ways, depending on the stone.

Cool Mama Necklace with Chalcedony Stone

This necklace with the light blue chalcedony stone helps mamas stay cool, calm and collected, even under the pressures of motherhood. The cool mama necklace is perfect for new mothers or those wearing many hats while they parent their children.

The chalcedony stone necklace calms racing minds, balances thoughts and increases communication between ourselves and others to help us find a clear path forward, no matter the circumstance.

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Tough as a Mother Jewelry – Cool Mama Necklace. Image from Tough as a Mother website

Balanced Mama Necklace with Quartz Stone

This clear quartz stone necklace helps mamas maintain patience and energy because motherhood requires both. The balanced mama necklace is perfect for mothers in all stages of parenting.

The clear quartz necklace helps mothers maintain balance – simply grab ahold of it whenever you need a tangible reminder to take a deep breath. Quartz also promotes positive energy and perseverance.

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Tough as a Mother Jewelry – Balanced Mama Necklace. Image from Tough as a Mother website

Cool Vibes Mama Necklace with Labradorite Stone

This blue/brown stone necklace helps mamas live with clear minds, positive thoughts and a deep connection to their intuition. The labradorite gemstone enhances our ability to reconnect with ourselves and our true identity as a mother and only let the good vibes in, so all mama guilt can fade away.

The blue labradorite also clears worries, protects from negativity and promotes strength and perseverance. Every mama can benefit from this beautiful necklace.

This is the necklace I chose!

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Tough as a Mother Jewelry – Cool Vibes Mama Necklace

Initial Necklaces and Custom Necklaces

Tough as a Mother also offers initial necklaces. The initials are .925 sterling silver with 18K gold. They come on a 16″ or 18″ 14K gold-filled chain and may be customized with a gemstone of choice at the back clasp.

Wear your child’s initial on a necklace. Or customize a necklace by spelling out your child’s name or by adding the initials of all of your children or grandchildren, up to six initials.

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Tough as a Mother Jewelry – initial necklace. Image from Tough as a Mother website
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Tough as a Mother Jewelry – custom necklace. Image from Tough as a Mother website

I’m Tough as a Mother…and You Are Too

I received my Cool Vibes Mama necklace, with the labradorite stone, and I love it. I’m one who appreciates the beauty of gemstones and also recognizes the benefits the stones impart.

The labradorite stone is perfect for me as I connect ever deeper with my intuitive side, distance myself from negativity and absolutely embrace who I am 100%. My wild woman nature rejoices as I wear my necklace.

I’m thrilled and honored that this company reached out to me. Jennifer’s mission and values align with my own. My mother and my daughters and daughter-in-law…all fierce and tough mothers…are receiving necklaces from Tough as a Mother, for Mother’s Day.

How about you, mama?

Which gemstone necklace draws you? That’s the perfect necklace for you.

Or perhaps, in honor of your children or grandchildren, you love the initial necklaces. How fun to create your own customized necklace, to wear near your heart.

Use this LINK to check out all the meaningful possibilities available, for yourself or for the mamas that you love and encourage in your life. These necklaces…and the bracelet too…are perfect for Mother’s Day or shower gifts or any special occasion.

Actually, every day is the perfect day to encourage mamas on their parenting journey. Because every day is another opportunity to mother our children well. Join the tribe.

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Loving my Cool Vibes Mama necklace.

 

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The World’s Most Nutrient Rich Foods in Four Sigmatic

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Have you heard of Four Sigmatic? I’ve seen this Finland based company’s products before, most recently at The Veggie Table in Bella Vista, Arkansas.

I’ve tried four of their products now, and I love what Four Sigmatic offers so much, that I became an affiliate with them. This health conscious company makes it easy to add the most nutritious foods on the planet into your diet.

How you ask?

Read on. The world’s most nutrient rich foods in Four Sigmatic are available to you.

The World's Most Nutrient Rich Foods in Four Sigmatic

About the Company

The founders of Four Sigmatic grew up in Finland, foraging in their backyards and enjoying the benefits of all kinds of mushrooms. They recognized that perhaps the rest of the world didn’t use mushrooms as much as they did and wanted to change that.

From their website:

“Four Sigmatic foods are the 100 most nutrient dense, most studied foods on the planet. And now they’re easy to add to your daily routines. We’re making these foods as easy as possible to eat and use and talk about. Because the world is asking more of you. Of everyone. We’d all feel a lot better doing that work if we got off the hamster wheel of coffee jitters and hangovers and sugar highs.”

Tero birthed the company. He grew up on a family farm in Finland that’s been home to 14 generations…and counting. He deeply respects nature and founded Four Sigmatic with others who do as well. Four Sigmatic products are in more than 65 countries now, including the US. They only use the most studied ingredients from the most trusted sources.

Four Sigmatic includes familiar foods in their products such as green tea, cacao, hemp and coconut. And they included some less familiar, like Reishi, Cordyceps and Ashwagandha.

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The Products I’ve Tried

These are the four products I’ve tried so far. And let me just insert this here, because I know you might wonder. The Four Sigmatic products contain medicinal mushrooms, the healthiest kind not the hallucination inducing kind. So do the products tastes like mushrooms?

Not at all. There’s no mushroom taste, just the added benefits that they deliver.

Adaptogen Beauty Shots with Tremella

The first product I tried from Four Sigmatic, these ready to drink shots are amazing. Pomegranate and blueberry juices combine with Tremella mushrooms, biotin and vitamin C to give skin a healthy glow, from the inside out.

Tremella helps to retain moisture, revitalizing skin. Pomegranate, blueberry and vitamin C are antioxidants that fight aging. The shots are vegan, organic, gluten free and very low sugar, with 1 gram. The juices provide a delicious tart flavor that I love.

The shots don’t need refrigeration. Simply twist off the top and drink…at home or on the go. Four Sigmatic also offers Focus shots and Immune Support shots.

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The World’s Most Nutrient Rich Foods in Four Sigmatic – Adaptogen Beauty Shots

Mushroom Cacao with Reishi

I love a cup of hot chocolate, however since becoming plant based, it is difficult to find a dairy free, low sugar one that I like.

This blend from Four Sigmatic is perfect! The decadent drink contains organic cacao, organic coconut sugar (2 grams), organic Reishi mushroom powder, organic stevia and hints of cinnamon and cardamom. It’s refined sugar free, vegan and gluten free.

The Reishi mushroom, called the queen of mushrooms, reduces stress and prepares the body for a restful night’s sleep. That makes this hot chocolate an excellent nighttime drink, especially after a busy day.

Simply add the contents of a packet to a cup of hot water or warmed almond milk. Mmmm. I heat a mugful of almond milk in a small saucepan on the stove, just to the boiling point, whisk in the cacao mushroom mix and serve. It’s such a delicious, warming drink and I sleep well after finishing my cup.

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Get a great night’s sleep with Four Sigmatic Hot Cacao with Reishi

Mushroom Cacao with Cordyceps

This hot chocolate blend makes a great substitute for coffee in the mornings. (And just so you know, coffee lovers, Four Sigmatic sells amazing coffee.) Rich with organic cacao, organic coconut sugar (2 grams), organic cordyceps mushrooms and organic ginger you’ll feel revitalized and ready to go. Like its evening counterpart, Hot Cacao with Cordyceps is vegan and refined sugar and gluten free.

Cordyceps mushrooms provide endurance and help performance, especially during exercise. It also reduces fatigue and boosts strength. Mix the content of one packet in 1/2 cup of hot water or plant based milk, stir well and go!

I heat water in my electric kettle and pour over the blend in a mug. It tastes like dark chocolate to me and gets me going strongly into my day without the jitters.

The World's Most Nutrient Rich Foods in Four Sigmatic hot cacao with cordyceps
The World’s Most Nutrient Rich Foods in Four Sigmatic – mushroom cacao with cordyceps

Chai Latte with Reishi and Turkey Tail

This luscious blend makes a wonderful nighttime drink as well. Delicately sweet, the chai latte contains organic coconut milk powder, organic coconut sugar (1 gram), organic Reishi and Turkey Tail mushroom powders, organic stevia and a wonderfully spicy blend of organic cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, ginger and black pepper.

And of course it’s vegan and caffeine free so there’s nothing to interfere with a good night’s sleep.

Reishi helps the body relax and Turkey Tail contains powerful antioxidants that support the immune system. Plus Turkey Tail improves the balance of gut bacteria, which positively impacts immunity.

Mix the contents of one packet in a mug of hot water or plant based milk and enjoy. I’ve tried this with both water and almond milk and I like it both ways. For the first time, I’m considering the purchase of a frother to use with my chai latte blend.

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The World’s Most Nutrient Rich Foods in Four Sigmatic – spicy and sweet chai latte

Get Your Four Sigmatic Products

I love this company’s focus on healthy foods…and not just healthy foods but the best of the best! And I love that I’ve found a hot chocolate that tastes so delicious without dairy, refined sugar and additives.

Ready to try something from this wonderful company? They carry an assortment of coffees, hot cacaos, shots, elixirs and plant based protein powders. This is a company I already trust. I know you’ll love them and trust their high quality products too.

Use my LINK to check out their website and their products. Then use my discount code CINDYLAUDERDALEMOORE to save 10% off of your order.

Questions? Ask me. And if you enjoy Four Sigmatic products too, let me know what your favorite is!

The World's Most Nutrient Rich Foods in Four Sigmatic products

 

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CBD Living Energy Shots

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This is a collaboration with CBD Living. All opinions are my own.

I’ve enjoyed and benefitted from CBD Living products. Their bottled living water, infused with CBD, is amazing. (See my review HERE.)

Their product line continues to expand and includes health boosting items for people and pets. From gummies to tinctures to roll on pain relief to lotions and hand sanitizer, CBD Living has you covered.

CBD Living energy shots appeared on their fall line up. I’m excited to share about them after giving the shots a try.

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The Benefits of CBD

CBD is not the same as THC, the psychoactive compound known for producing mind altering effects. You don’t get high from CBD. Instead, this component of cannabis acts as an anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant and antioxidant.

Health benefits of CBD include:

  • Reduces anxiety and may be effective for people with social anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and post traumatic stress disorder.
  • Helps to fight cancer by inhibiting cancer cell migration and invasion.
  • Treats neurological disorders such as epilepsy. Early studies show that CBD may be promising for treating resistant seizures. Other benefits include increased alertness, better mood and improved sleep.
  • Promotes cardiovascular health and lowers the risk of diabetes.
  • Relieves pain and inflammation, which is the most common reason for CBD use. It is proving especially helpful for chronic pain and inflammation.
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CBD Living Energy Shots – box of 12

The Company

Established in 2013, CBD Living is headquartered in Corona, California. The company uses only 100% organic hemp sourced from state-licensed farms in Oregon and Colorado

The secret to their superior products, according to their website, lies in the use of nanotechnology that reduces CBD into nano-sized droplets, without the use of emulsifiers. This technique allows the CBD to immediately penetrate the body’s cells, giving increased bioavailability at the cellular level with no waiting.

CBD Living pays above market rates to their extractors and manufacturers. Their products are all fair trade and never tested on animals.

CBD Living Energy Shots
CBD Living Energy Shots

CBD Living Energy Shots

These mixed berry shots energize, focus and relax. Made with purified water, each 2 oz shot delivers 200 mg of caffeine and 30 mg of nano CBD.

The shots are sugar free, THC free and contain 100% organic hemp.

And they are easy to use.

Drink half a bottle or a whole one, not to exceed 2 bottles in a 24 hour period.

Refrigeration is not required. Discard any remaining product within 72 hours of opening the container.

Do not use the shots if pregnant, nursing or under the age of 18.

And do not use in combination with other products containing caffeine. Excessive caffeine intake may cause nervousness, anxiety, occasional rapid heartbeat or sleeplessness.

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CBD Living Energy Shots – in a shot glass

My Experience with CBD Living Energy Shots

I appreciate the energy shots. And I had the perfect opportunity for experiencing their benefits.

My new granddaughter, Finley Grace, arrived last week. I am so grateful for her safe delivery. She is a beautiful, healthy baby girl.

Her delivery process began on Tuesday evening, with the birth taking place Wednesday night. Due to COVID, for the first time I could not wait at the hospital for the arrival of a grandchild. However, I kept vigil from home.

Naturally, I didn’t sleep. I was too excited. When tiredness crept in though, I’d drink half a bottle of the CBD Living energy shot. In all I consumed 1 1/2 of the little bottles in a 24 hour period.

The taste is perfect. Since embracing a plant based, low sugar lifestyle, I don’t like sweet drinks. The shots contain zero sugar. The mixed berry extract creates a delicious juice with a slightly tart flavor that I loved.

And this is how I described the almost immediate effect of the shots, to my daughter. I felt energized and yet calm. I did not experience an increased heart rate or jitteriness or anxiety. My ability to focus increased. And yet I felt very relaxed.

I also did not experience a crash later, which I appreciated very much. In fact, I didn’t feel any lingering after effects at all. And as a bonus, my body stayed pain free, in spite of passing the hours waiting for news hunched over a laptop or cell phone.

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These shots taste delicious.

Purchasing CBD Living Energy Shots

Purchase your energy shots through the company website.

And do yourself a huge favor. Check out their many, MANY products and give them a try. I’m looking forward to sampling the Orange Grapefruit Sparkling Water and the assortment of loose leaf teas!

Plus I’m excited about the Travel Bundle with travel sized versions of their most popular products. It’s a great way to feel my absolute best while exploring the world.

What product do you want to try?

CBD Living Energy Shots bottle
Energized…and calm.

 

 

 

 

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Next Level Blogging with LadyBossBlogger

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Thank you LadyBossBlogger and Elaine Rau for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

 

I began my blogging journey seven years ago. What started as a fun hobby gradually transformed into a keen passion. That passion ignited a desire for a career in writing. 

I moved my blog from a free blogging site to a paid one. And I considered monetizing it. My big WHY, to earn a living working remotely from anywhere in the world and enjoy doing it, motivated me.

Eighteen months ago, I took my blogging down the path of monetization. Everything in my life shifted, in positive and exciting ways. There’s no stopping the momentum now, nor do I want to. 

In fact, I’m ready to go next level blogging with LadyBossBlogger and explore making more money as an influencer. In particular, through this amazing online course, I’m learning how to better create content on Instagram and connect with my audience there.

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LadyBossBlogger Origins

Elaine Rau is the lady boss behind LadyBossBlogger. After launching a successful blog for female entrepreneurs, that quickly garnered more than 200,000 followers, Elaine created her own unique brand. She began teaching others how to make money as bloggers, influencers, and entrepreneurs through her online classes at LadyBossBloggerCourses.com.

How to Make Money as an Influencer

One thing that I learned quickly last year, as I expanded my blogging knowledge and abilities, is the importance of social media.

While Google plays a crucial role in driving traffic to a blog, social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram provide a highly visible place to promote and market the blog. 

I’ve worked very diligently providing great content and connecting with my audience and with brands I love. As growth occurs on those social media platforms, growth follows on the blog. And, opportunities arrive.

One such opportunity came through LadyBossBlogger and the online course, How to Make Money as an Instagram Influencer. I’m thrilled to experience this course and learn new techniques for expanding my reach. 

I am so excited that I’m sharing what I’ve learned thus far in this sneak peek post and offering an amazing giveaway, in partnership with LadyBossBlogger. See the details at the end of the post.

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Next level blogging with LadyBossBlogger. I’ve already taken 11 pages of notes during this module!

What’s in the Make Money as an Instagram Influencer Course?

The course is divided into nine modules with multiple lessons in each:

  • Introduction – course overview and expectations
  • Branding –  all about creating a personal brand on Instagram
  • Content – the foundation of an Instagram post, great content
  • Pitching – creating the perfect pitch to brands
  • Brands – how to find brands to work with
  • Money – creating income as an influencer
  • Legal – all you need to know about the legal side of blogging and influencing
  • Conclusion – becoming an affiliate
  • Bonus – there are 12 INCREDIBLE exclusive bonuses at the end of the course, including checklists and how-to’s.

The lessons are well designed with high-quality content that is easy to understand. The modules build on each other, so that you can implement what you learn as you go.

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Taking it to the next level blogging with LadyBossBlogger.

What I’m Learning Through LadyBossBlogger

I’m loving this course. I’ve completed 25% of the material and I’m learning valuable tools for improving my Instagram account.

In the Branding Module, I am discovering how to better build my own personal brand, and why that matters. Part of that is creating an Instagram feed that beautifully represents who I am, what I do and what I offer to others.

I’m taking lots of notes as a way to highlight areas I intend to improve on or change. Information in the lesson “Costly Mistakes Everyone Makes with Their Bio” helped me to create a bio that tells more about what I offer to others.

I appreciate the wealth of information, tips and suggestions in this course. I’m serious about my blogging and committed to investing in myself.

After I complete the entire course, I’ll write another post. I’m excited to share more insights and results from implementing what I’m learning.

LadyBossBlogger Giveaway

Right now, I’m excited to share about a giveaway for a LadyBossBlogger blogging or influencer course! The contest runs until July 14, 2020.

One Instagram reader will win the course of her choice by following these simple rules:

  1. Follow me on Instagram @CindyLauderdaleMoore
  2. Follow @LadyBossBlogger
  3. And follow @ElaineRau
  4. Like this photo on Instagram and tag a friend
  5. Earn extra entries by tagging more friends

More details on the Instagram post. I look forward to awarding the winner on July 14!

40% OFF Any LadyBossBlogger Course

If you don’t want to wait for the giveaway, I have a great deal for you. Use my promo code: CINDYMOORE to receive 40% off the price of the course. 

Or click HERE to order your course at an incredible price. 

It will arrive in your email inbox and you can work through the modules and lessons at your own pace. Two month and six month payment plans are available.

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Investing in myself and my business.

Invest in Yourself and Your Business

For years into my blogging journey, I traveled alone. As best I could, I figured things out for myself and built my blog and readership step by slow step. 

Don’t do that. There’s no reason to. It’s not noble… it’s time-consuming and mistakes get made.

The best thing I ever did for my blogging business was to invest in it by learning from others. Classes not only brought info and awareness, but they also introduced me to other amazing bloggers, who now journey alongside me.

Is it time for you to invest in yourself and your business? 

Are you ready to go next level blogging with LadyBossBlogger? 

You won’t regret such a powerful commitment to your blogging… and influencing… future.

 

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Smartr Skin Vitamin C Serum

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THis is a collaboration with SMARTR SKIN, who sent ME PRODUCT FOR REVIEW PURPOSES. ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN.

 

Almost two months ago, Smartr Skin sent me a couple of their products to experience. The Eye Treatment and Moisturizer impressed me greatly.  I use simple routines and practices to care for my skin. Smartr Skin is a perfect fit for me. The company produces products that are vegan, cruelty free and paraban and phthalate free as well. Plus, they include natural ingredients that deeply nourish the skin.

I continue to use the eye treatment and the moisturizer and love them.

So when Smartr Skin offered to let me try another of their products, I enthusiastically agreed. To my delight, the company sent me their Smartr Skin Vitamin C Serum.

This is my first experience with a vitamin C serum. After using it daily for about a month, here are my results and my honest opinion.

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A Better Idea for Skin Care

Smartr Skin is a physician created line of skin care products. The company embraces a whole-person view of health. They believe that feeling healthy and confident is a result of caring for the whole self…body, mind and spirit.

They also believe that smarter, higher quality ingredients lead to better results. Therefore, they’ve created custom formulations from clean ingredients that nourish the skin, from the inside out.

 

Smartr Skin Vitamin C Serum product review
Smartr Skin Vitamin C Serum – product

Smartr Skin Vitamin C Serum

This luxurious enriched serum smooths easily onto the skin of the face, neck and chest. Just a few drops is all that it takes.

The vitamin C serum contains skin supporting ingredients such as aloe, vitamins C and E, MSM, botanical hyaluronic acid, witch hazel, jojoba oil and horsetail, dandelion and geranium extracts.

The hyaluronic acid helps create new collagen, restoring the elasticity and structure of skin damaged over the years by the sun and harsh elements in the environment.

Smartr Skin Vitamin C Serum may be used twice a day, morning and evening. Check out my routine below.

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Smartr Skin Vitamin C Serum – a dropperful, but you only need a few drops

Benefits of Vitamin C Serum

Regularly using vitamin C serum brings the following benefits:

  • moisturizes and regenerates skin
  • protects against sun damage
  • soothes sunburns and irritations
  • speeds the healing of acne and helps prevent scarring
  • lightens dark spots on skin
  • brightens and smooths complexion
  • minimizes pores and fine lines
  • tones and tightens skin

People with sensitive skin should test vitamin C serum on a small area of skin. Occasionally those with sensitive skin experience mild irritation. Use only a few drops and if applying during the day, finish with a SPF 50 or higher sunscreen.

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Smartr Skin Vitamin C Serum – just a few drops

 

Applying Vitamin C Serum

I added the serum to my daily skin care routine. At this time, I’m only using it in the evenings.

After washing my face with a gentle foaming micellar cleanser and applying micellar solution as a toner, I add four drops of the vitamin C serum to the palm of my hand.

Beginning with the delicate under eye area, I smooth the serum gently beneath both eyes and over the lids and then down the bridge and sides of my nose. Using my fingertips I apply a small amount of serum to my forehead. Next I focus on the area around my mouth, including the tip of the nose. And finally, I apply serum to both checks and my lower face, including the chin and jawline.

I smooth any remaining serum over my neck and upper chest.

Truly, a small amount of serum goes a long way! It absorbs quickly into my skin without leaving an oily feeling or residue.

After the serum dries, I apply Smartr Skin Moisturizer over my entire face. That’s it for my evening routine. In the mornings, I skip the serum and apply Smartr Skin Eye Treatment over my whole face. Then I apply makeup.

You may use the vitamin C serum in the mornings too. Just make sure you apply sunscreen as well.

Smartr Skin Trio
Smartr Skin Trio

My Results

I love this addition to my skin care routine.

I’d already noticed improved smoothness, softness and clarity using the Eye Treatment and Moisturizer. Including the serum, my skin responded by becoming firmer.

My skin texture is better and my pores, which are large, are so much smaller. Fine lines are disappearing. Overall, my skin is brighter, more toned and elastic, and my complexion has evened out.

I’m thrilled with the results and the company’s high standards of quality. I just placed another order.

If you’d like to see how your skin responds to such nurturing and pampering, hop over to the Smartr Skin website. Use my special discount code CINDYM20OFF to save 20% off of your order. And please, let me see photos of your radiant skin!

Smartr Skin Vitamin C Serum results
Smartr Skin Vitamin C Serum – results

 

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Smartr Skin

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my Disclosure Policy for details.

Thank you to Smartr Skin for sending me product for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

 

My skin care routine is very simple. I eat a healthy diet and drink lots of water and herbal teas, knowing skin care begins from within. I clean my face twice a day with a Norwex microfiber cloth and warm water. And for years I’ve used a face serum that I make myself, from coconut oil, essential oils, vitamin E and raw organic honey.

So when Smartr Skin contacted me, about trying two of their skin care products, I did my research before saying yes. I immediately appreciated that their products are vegan, cruelty free and paraban and phthalate free as well. Plus, the inclusion of natural ingredients impressed me.

I received Smartr Skin Eye Treament and the Moisturizer. After trying them for several weeks, these are my results and my honest opinion.

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A Better Idea for Skin Care

Smartr Skin is a physician created line of skin care products. The company embraces a whole-person view of health. They believe that feeling healthy and confident is a result of caring for the whole self…body, mind and spirit.

They also believe that smarter, higher quality ingredients lead to better results. Therefore, they’ve created custom formulations from clean ingredients that nourish the skin, from the inside out.

Smartr Skin cruelty free products
Smartr Skin cruelty free products. Graphic from company website.

Smartr Skin Eye Treatment

This lightweight, deionized water based lotion absorbs easily and quickly into the delicate skin in the eye area. A small drop goes a long way, without leaving behind a greasy residue.

The lotion is unscented and rich with superior anti-aging ingredients such as aloe vera gel, hydrolyzed rice bran protein, and extracts of grape, cucumber, pineapple, passion flower and lemon.

Use Smartr Skin Eye Treatment morning and evening to minimize the appearance of dark circles, puffy bags and wrinkles beneath the eyes. This silky formula firms and lifts, while helping fresh new skin cells to form.

Smartr Skin Begins with Eye Treatment
Smartr Skin begins with Eye Treatment

My Results Using Smartr Skin Eye Treatment

As a teen I first began paying special attention to the delicate under eye area. Over the years, I’ve used a variety of lotions and serums. This area around the eyes is the first to show signs of aging. My desire is to age gracefully. However, taking excellent care of my skin is important to me as well.

I’m finding, I can do both!

I love the Smartr Skin Eye Treatment. The lotion smooths easily onto the under eye area and the lids. A small amount covers the lids and under eye area and I smooth the remainder over my forehead.

This luscious treatment firms and smooths the skin. I can see and feel the difference . My skin feels soft and yet toned, and drinks this lotion up.

Smartr Skin Eye Treatment
Smoothing on a drop of Smartr Skin Eye Treatment. No makeup yet.

Smartr Skin Moisturizer

This gentle, rich formula hydrates the skin, locking in moisture for a healthy, glowing complexion without clogging pores. Great for all skin types, the moisturizer repairs sunspots, eases dry patches and minimizes the appearance of wrinkles, crow’s feet and fine lines.

The superior ingredients in Smartr Skin Moisturizer include sweet almond oil, hydrolyzed wheat protein, aloe vera gel, and extracts of avocado, carrot root, cucumber, ginseng root and linden tree leaf.

Use the moisturizer morning and evening on the entire face, neck and chest to improve skin’s ability to retain moisture, and to reduce inflammation and protect from free radicals.

Smartr Skin Moisturizer
Hydrate with Smartr Skin Moisturizer.

My Results Using Smartr Skin Moisturizer

I appreciate the moisturizer as well as the eye treatment. The lotion is so creamy and lightweight, absorbing quickly into the skin.

My routine the last few weeks is to clean and gently dry my skin and then apply the eye treatment around my eyes and upward onto my forehead. As it absorbs I brush my teeth and get ready for bed or for the day, depending on whether it is evening or morning. I then smooth on a small amount of moisturizer, paying attention to my cheeks and the skin around my mouth. Any remaining lotion goes on my neck and upper chest.

I still use my homemade serum on my lips. To give the Smartr Skin products a fair try, I have not used my serum otherwise. Honestly, I love how my skin looks and feels, using these amazing products. My complexion seems clearer and brighter and my skin is more toned and resilient. And I’m grateful for the natural ingredients and the cruelty free practices.

Not only do I intend to keep using these two products, I want to try more of the Smartr Skin line, including the Vitamin C Serum and the Jade Roller for the Face.

The skin is the body’s largest organ…and often the most neglected. If healthy skin is important to you, like it is to me, check out the Smartr Skin products, for men and for women, on their website HERE. Use my discount code CINDYM20OFF to save 20% off your order!

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Smartr Skin means healthier skin. Both products used and a small amount of BOOM makeup applied.

Pick up the Trio Bundle

This bundle includes Vitamin C Serum, Moisturizer and Eye Treatment, for a special sale price!

And Smartr Skin products are available on Amazon as well. Check out the Jade Roller here.

 

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Decocrated Subscription Box Review

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Thank you to Decocrated for sending me the Winter 2019 subscription box for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

 

Subscription boxes are a fun…and popular…way to try products from different companies. For a set fee, boxes are delivered right to your front door. And the possibilities are endless.

Do you have a pet, love beauty products, enjoy the latest fashions? There’s a subscription box to meet your needs or further your interests. In fact, it’s estimated that in the US alone there are more than 500 different kinds of subscription boxes. Subscriptions vary in price and frequency of delivery, providing affordable options for everyone.

When Decocrated contacted me about trying one of their boxes, I responded immediately. This opportunity offered a fun first experience and created anticipation for receiving a box full of products, curated for the home.

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What is Decocrated?

Decocrated is a subscription box company that offers carefully selected home decor items. The boxes ship every three months, coinciding with the change of seasons. The company’s mission is to create a beautiful story every season and deliver it to your front door so you can focus on important things, like creating memories.

The pieces all work together, and easily mix with what you already own, creating a fresh look without spending hours shopping. Each box typically contains six to eight pieces, worth approximately $200 total, for a quarterly fee of $79.99.

Included in the box is a booklet filled with decorating tips and ideas for incorporating what you have on hand, so that you can create your own personalized look. A Decocrated subscription box is a fun way to transform your house into a home and tell your unique stories.

Decocrated Subscription Box
Who doesn’t love to receive a box full of goodies?

The Decocrated Subscription Box – Winter 2019

I felt extremely excited about receiving my first subscription box. Mine arrived the third week in December, giving me an early Christmas! I’m especially fond of home decor and creating vignettes, which do indeed tell stories.

Here are the beautiful items from the winter box:

Double Sided Art Print

This 4×6 inch art card is printed on both sides. One side features iconic winter items while the other lists the memorable elements of the season. Pop the card into a frame, clip to a board or simply attach it to a mirror or the refrigerator.

I placed mine in a 5×7 frame, using a piece of festive scrapbook paper behind it. I love that it works well during the holidays and then remains suitable for the entire winter season.

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Decocrated Double Sided Art Print, framed.
Two Double Sided Pieces
The two double sided items…art card and tabletop sign.

Double Sided Tabletop Sign

I also appreciate the double sided tabletop sign. It works wonderfully well with some of the other Decocrated winter decor. And flipping the sign over, it becomes an inspirational quote for the rest of the year. I love the versatility of such pieces.

Decocrated tabletop and ceramic trees
Decocrated tabletop sign and ceramic trees.

Ceramic Trees

I have a thing for trees. In nature they draw me. At home I group them throughout the house, using real trees in pots and an assortment of tree-shaped decor pieces. I love this ceramic set from Decocrated.

These beautiful pieces mixed well with my Christmas decorations, however, I enjoy trees year around. I’ll find fresh vignettes for them with every seasonal change.

Decocrated Holiday Vignette
Holiday vignette with Decocrated pieces.

Winter Pillow Cover and Woven Throw

These textile pieces create such cozy vibes. The pillow cover fits standard 18″ or 20″ foam pillows. I used an 18″ pillow that I already own. The colorful print on the pillow looks great on a bench or sofa, paired with the soft woven throw.

I created a cheery holiday vignette with the pillow, throw, tabletop sign, tray (included in the Decocrated subscription box as well) and ceramic trees. After Christmas the pieces combined in fresh ways with other items.

Cozy Decocrated Pillow
What a fun print on this pillow cover!
Soft woven throw.
Soft, woven throw is large enough to snuggle under.

Holiday Tray

I love using trays to create vignettes on. This tray has a stamped metal base and walnut finished sides, with metal handles. It’s the perfect size to hold decor or a stack of books or an afternoon snack.

This adorable…and functional…tray will remain in use throughout the year.

Tray with metal base
Sweet tray with stamped metal base.
Decocrated Tray
And it’s perfect for afternoon tea.

Metal Envelope

Metal items add such interest to decor. I use metal pieces in my garden and in my home so I ooohed and aaaahed when I opened this box. The galvanized metal envelope hangs on the wall or tucks upright into a wooden box, holding mail, floral arrangements or keepsakes.

I hung the envelope in my creative studio. It currently holds artist cards that I purchased last summer in Edinburgh, Scotland. With a bit of artificial ivy added, it pairs cozily with an inspirational metal sign.

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I enjoy metal pieces, such as this envelope.
Metal Envelope holding artistic cards.
Decocrated metal envelope holding cards from Edinburgh.

Wooden Tags

These fun tags are just the right size to hang on the tree as ornaments or attach to gifts. Sorry, family, I kept all of mine! I hung the messages of joy and peace on a small artificial tree in my studio. Daily they remind me of all that I am grateful for.

Wooden tags
Wooden tags…
Decocrated tags
…adorn a small tree.

My Thoughts About the Decocrated Subscription Box

I am delighted with the quality of this subscription box. The pieces are fun, versatile and charming. They mix well with any style decor and work with a multitude of other pieces. Although the winter theme is definitely coziness, I love that most of the decor items transition from the holidays to other seasons.

As the seasons change, I enjoy switching up my decor without having to buy a lot of additional accessories. I like to primarily use the vintage pieces I own, in fresh ways, creating vignettes that tell unique stories.

That makes Decocrated a perfect match for my decorating style. Their pieces allow me to create more with what I have and to freshen any room in my house.

Check out their website by clicking the link below. The winter box is currently on sale for an amazing price. I’m excited to see what spring beauties Decocrated offers!

Decocrated Subscription Boxes

Use code CINDYM15 to save $15 off of your first box or a yearly subscription.

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Oh how exciting…to open a Decocrated Subscription Box!

 

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Better Health with HempFusion

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Thank you to HempFusion for sending a basket of products for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

How amazing, timing wise, to receive a basket of products from HempFusion just after my return from Scotland. Feeling a bit weary from a long day of travels and a bit stiff around the knees from sitting in airports and onboard planes, these hemp infused products looked promising.

I like to try out supplements for a period of time, before writing a review post. Therefore, I’ve used the products for the past month. That’s enough time to note changes or improvements. I’m ready to give my honest opinion.

The short truth is, it’s possible to enjoy better health with HempFusion.

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HempFusion the Company

The company’s founders, Ian Dequeiroz, Dr. Jason Mitchell and Andrew Oliver, are energetic, highly motivated entrepreneurs with the desire to bring quality hemp products to the market.

The result? HempFusion is a leading US hemp-based CBD company that manufactures, markets and sells whole food hemp extract products in more than 3,400 retail locations across 47 states. Their product line is all natural, plant-based and built upon the extraordinary health benefits of proprietary Whole Food Hemp Complex™ derived from full-spectrum nutritional hemp. The company is dedicated to creating a global brand.

HempFusion uses eco-certified, premium organic hemp in their line, which currently includes 31 products.

HempFusion Logo
Company Logo

Why Use Hemp Based CBD?

CBD is the abbreviation for Cannabidiol, one of the cannabinoids in the hemp plant. The compound is not psychoactive in nature, meaning you won’t get “high” from using it. CBD has anti-inflammatory properties and it is considered antioxidant and neuroprotectant, with many promising health benefits.

HempFusion offers “full spectrum” hemp extract products. This means they extract all nutrients from the hemp plant, not just the CBD. Full-spectrum extract contains vital terpenes and other phytocannabinoids along with vitamins and minerals. The result is a better supplement that supports the Endocannabinoid System in the body.

Better Health with HempFusion
Assortment of products from the company.

HempFusion Products

To experience better health with HempFusion, I needed to try the products. The company sent an assortment in a 100% hemp and cotton woven basket, made without chemicals. And the letter accompanying my care package is printed on recycled paper that is embedded with flower seeds. I can plant that sheet of paper and flowers will grow. How impressive. HempFusion had my respect and appreciation already!

I didn’t use two of the products. The Twist Liquid Dietary Supplement, in key lime flavor, contains fish oil. Due to my plant based lifestyle, I passed on it. And the My Little Bugs Probiotic for kids, in watermelon flavor, will go to children in my extended family to try out.

HempFusion Liquid with Black Seed Oil
Better Health with HempFusion Liquid with black seed oil.

Better Health with HempFusion

Here are the products I did enjoy:

HempFusioin 5 mg CBD Hemp Extract Liquid

This tincture contains hemp extract, cloves and black pepper fruit in a base of virgin black cumin seed oil. It is rich in terpenes and omegas, to support the Endocannabinoid System. Plus it provides anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

The product is non GMO and soy, gluten, wheat, dairy, eggs and shellfish free. It does not contain artificial colors, flavors or chemical processing aids.

Take one milliliter daily, using the convenient dropper included with the bottle.

HempFusion Stress

This non GMO formula contains hemp, black pepper and clove oils plus CBD. Also included is a patented form of Ashwagandha for maximum stress relief and mood boosting properties.

Each capsule is soy, gluten, wheat, dairy, eggs and shellfish free. It does not contain artificial colors, flavors or chemical processing aids.

Take one capsule daily, with food.

HempFusion Sleep

I quit using over the counter or prescription sleep aids years ago. Occasionally, however, we all need help falling asleep. This product features PharmaGABA, a more natural form of the amino acid GABA. Clinical studies have demonstrated that it can play an important role in reducing occasional stress and promoting relaxation, which may facilitate restful sleep.

Each capsule contains CBD and hemp, black pepper and clove oils. The product is also non GMO and does not contain soy, gluten, wheat, dairy, eggs and shellfish free or artificial colors, flavors or chemical processing aids.

Take one capsule an hour, or less, before bedtime.

HempFusion Lotion and Balm
Better Health with HempFusion Cream and Balm.

CBD Hemp Extract Cream and Balm

This soothing cream contains hemp extract CBD, terpenes, peppermint oil, MSM and magnesium oil in a rich aloe vera base. It is perfect for aching joints or muscles.

Apply the creamy lotion to clean, dry skin.

The balm contains hemp extract CBD, terpenes, peppermint oil, rosemary, carnauba wax and organic coconut oil in a jojoba and sunflower oil base. It too relieves pain and soothes joints and muscles.

Apply the balm to clean, dry skin.

Probulin Women’s Health Probiotic

I was not currently using a probiotic in my daily health routine, so I was excited to try this product. Created by Dr. Jason Mitchell, in collaboration with Dr. Shekhar Challa, author of Probiotics for Dummies, Probulin is touted as the “next generation of probiotics.”

Stress and lifestyle challenges such as diet, aging, medications, environment and alcohol consumption can all contribute to digestive imbalance of essential beneficial bacteria. Probulin Probiotic includes a patent pending delivery system called MAKTrek 3-D that ensures that the beneficial probiotic bacteria survive better in the body.

Each non GMO capsule contains 20 billion cfu (a unit of measurement for good bacteria and yeasts) that support digestive balance and health. The product does not contain soy, gluten, wheat, dairy, eggs and shellfish free or artificial colors, flavors or chemical processing aids.

Take one capsule daily, with or without food. For best results, take at bedtime.

Better Health with HempFusion Probiotic
Better Health with HempFusion Probiotic for Women

My Results Using HempFusion Products

I’m experiencing great health and wellness, overall. However, I am always open to improving wellbeing and trying new products.

Cream and Balm

Arriving home after a long international flight, I first tried the hemp extract cream  on stiff muscles in both legs. Because of years of inflammation, the muscles around my knees can tighten up easily, if I sit for long periods of time. I massaged the creamy lotion into muscles around both knees before bedtime, and noticed immediate improvement. I have gardening work coming up, as the season shifts to fall. I’ll definitely be using this cream again!

And, coincidently, a few days after I returned home, I “popped” my right thumb out of place. I got it back into place, however, the whole lower portion of my hand throbbed with pain and the joint felt weak. I used the balm, which is drier than the cream lotion. At night before bed and the next morning after a shower, I massaged the balm into the joint area of my right thumb.  The pain lessened right away and within a few days the weakness in the joint healed as well. I love this product!

Liquid, Stress and Sleep

I’ve been taking the hemp extract liquid daily, and I feel calm yet energized throughout the day. Additionally, I’ve noticed a decrease in inflammation around that tricky left knee. In fact, my legs feel the best they have felt since January, when I injured the left knee in a fall. I use a dropperful of the oil under my tongue. The flavor is mild. I like it.

I rarely have what I consider a “stress filled” day any more. However, I’ve taken the Stress capsules several times. Again, I’ve noticed a calming effect that is greater, perhaps, than when I’m using the liquid alone.

And as for the Sleep capsules, they put me right out! I’ve only used them a few times, to see how effective they are. And believe me, they are effective. I take one as I am getting ready for bed…which takes about 15 minutes. And I’m asleep as soon as I lie down. The capsules don’t dry out my mouth, like other sleep aids I’ve taken, and the drowsiness doesn’t linger into the next day. I appreciate that very much!

Probulin Probiotic

I’ve especially appreciated this product. I have had digestive issues all my life and have an especially sensitive gut. Switching to a plant based diet has helped me so much. These probiotics seem to take my digestive health up a notch, and I didn’t even know that was possible. This product is not on the company website, however it’s available on Amazon. Click link at the end of the post.

I am very pleased with all of the products that HempFusion sent me. And I’m grateful for the opportunity to try them and experience better health with HempFusion. My intention is to continue using the products. Try them too, and experience greater health yourself!

Better Health with HempFusion Care Basket
Better Health with HempFusion Care Basket. I’m enjoying the hemp and cotton basket as well! It’s currently found a home in my creative studio.

Check out HempFusion website HERE.

Probulin is available below:

 

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Good Idea Sparkling Mealtime Beverage

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Thank you to Good Idea for sending me product for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

We’ve all experienced those blood sugar spikes, after a carb rich meal. Big holiday feasts come to mind. However,  those slices of pizza or that burger and fries for dinner do the same thing. Eating any food raises glucose levels, temporarily, as it should. Our bodies need that fuel. Meals high in sugar and/or fat can cause a build up of glucose in the bloodstream that the body can’t process quickly enough.

Then, after the spike comes the crash as blood sugar levels drop. We feel tired or amazingly, hungry again, even though we just ate recently. We crave more sugar.

Those repeated blood sugar spikes, over time, can put stress on the body and lead to inflammation and diseases such as diabetes.

Drinking a Good Idea Sparkling Mealtime Beverage with a meal helps to balance out those spikes and crashes, in a healthy and all natural way.

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A Good Idea from Sweden

The Good Idea Sparkling Mealtime Beverage is the creation of Dr. Rickard Öste and Dr. Elin Östman, the scientific team behind the company. Dr. Öste is a leading European scientist in nutrition and food chemistry. And Dr. Östman is a food scientist focusing on the preventative properties in food, in relationship to lifestyle related diseases.

They found that a proprietary blend of five amino acids and the mineral chromium can provide a 25% – 30% reduction in blood sugar rise, following high carb meals. Clinical studies show that the amino acids help the body process carbohydrates from food in a more productive way. The chromium enables insulin to push the energy from the carbs…glucose…into the cells more efficiently. According to the scientific team, the result is a metabolism that performs better at mealtime, leading to a more controlled blood sugar curve and a body and brain that stay sharp and energized. In other words, no wild spike, no after meal slump and no cravings for sweets after the meal.

The Good Idea Sparkling Mealtime Beverage is simply sparkling water with amino acids and chromium. It comes in three natural flavors…orange-mango, lemon-lime and dragon fruit. The drink is unsweetened, vegan and non GMO with zero calories.

Good Idea Sparkling Mealtime Beverage Flavors
Good Idea Sparkling Mealtime Beverage comes in these three flavors.

Trying the Product

The company suggests drinking a Good Idea Sparkling Mealtime Beverage before and during a meal, for the best results. The 12 ounce can is perfect for sipping on while prepping a meal and dishing it up, and then finishing while eating.

I appreciated the opportunity to try these drinks from Good Idea. Sugar consumption is exremely low for me now. However, it is a real problem for most people on a typical American diet, as it was for me before embracing a plant based lifestyle. And that high sugar, high fat diet is making us sick.

Vasanti Malik is a research scientist involved with the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health Study. He headed a study on the connection between drinking sugar sweetened beverages and premature death. Malik and his colleagues analyzed the results of studies on 80,000 women between 1980 and 2014 and 38,000 men between 1986 and 2014. His conclusion? The more sugar sweetened drinks people consume, the higher the risk of premature death from cardiovascular disease and secondarily, from cancer.

He shares:

“Compared with infrequent sugar sweetened beverage drinkers, those who drank two or more servings per day of sugar sweetened beverages had a 31% higher risk of early death from cardiovascular disease. Each additional serving per day was linked with a 10% higher risk of a cardiovascular related death.”

That’s a very sobering statistic.

Good Idea Sparkling Mealtime Beverage Orange Mango
Drinks come in convenient 12 ounce cans.

My Experience with the Good Idea Sparkling Mealtime Beverage

The company sent me an assortment box of 12 cans, containing all three flavors. I tried them all.

My favorite is the orange mango, although the lemon lime and dragon fruit are excellent as well. Because of the sparkling water, these drinks are a superb and healthy replacement for soda. Don’t expect a syrupy sweetness however. The beverages are mildly flavored and sugar and artificial sweetener free.

I appreciate that. I gave up drinking soda years ago. And I drink my herbal teas plain, without sugar or honey added. I like unsweetened. Switching to unsweetened beverages might require a slight adjustment time for those used to sugary drinks.

Print out Malik’s statement above and post it on the refrigerator! Eliminating sugar is so worth the effort, even if it feels like a sacrifice at first. It’s life changing…and life extending.

I’m drinking my Good Idea beverages when I eat a higher carb meal, like gluten free pasta. As I plate my food I begin sipping on the drink and continue drinking through meal time. I’ve noticed that my energy stays steady after my meal, without a spike or a slump, and that I don’t crave anything else to “finish off the meal”. I don’t get the yawns or feel like a nap. All I experience is energy, which is what the body is supposed to do with food…convert it into life sustaining, health boosting energy.

Thank You Good Idea

I’m grateful for the experience of trying the Good Idea Sparkling Mealtime Beverage. I especially appreciate the science behind their product and the company’s desire to increase and support health and wellbeing.

I heartily recommend the beverages, which can be purchased HERE through the company’s website. When you checkout, use this discount code on your purchase and save 30%: cindygo30

Or you can find Good Idea on Amazon. Click the link below. The discount code does not work with Amazon however.

The drinks are a wonderful way to lower blood sugar spikes and create greater health by weaning off of sugary drinks.

Do yourself, and your health, a tremendous favor. Ditch the sugar.

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Sitting outside on a breezy day, drinking an orange mango sparkling beverage from Good Idea.

Link for Good Idea Through Amazon

Order through Amazon by clicking photo below. Remember though, you receive a 30% discount with the code above, when you order through the company website.

 

 

 

 

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The Town Shoe by Arcopedico

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Thank you to Arcopedico for sending shoes for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Traveling internationally with a carry on, space for clothing, shoes and toiletries is at a premium. Just before departing on my recent trip to Scotland, imagine my delight when I received the perfect pair of travel shoes. The Town Shoe by Arcopedico is lightweight, comfortable and oh so easy to tuck into a suitcase. My pair of Town Shoes took up less than half the space of a regular pair of walking shoes and added very little weight to my carry on.

I was excited to try out The Town Shoe by Arcopedico while in Edinburgh.

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The Arcopedico Company

In 1966 Arcopedico’s founder, Italian scientist Elio Parodi, invented the company’s first product, a knit walking shoe. The unique shoe features techno elastic uppers, blended with special knitted nylon fibers, creating a custom fit for each wearer.

Parodi understands that the arch of the foot is the central pillar of the spine, and must be properly supported. His shoes have a patented orthopedic sole with two lengthwise support structures.

For many years, the knit shoe was Arcopedico’s only design, and it remains their top selling shoe. However, in recent years the Portugal based company has released several other designs, including the Lytech Line.

The Town Shoe by Arcopedico

The Lytech Line

Arocpedico’s Lytech Line, which includes the Town Shoe, was introduced in 2011. This design features an upper made from patented Lytech material, an ultra-light blend of polyurethane and Lycra. The shoes are flexible, breathable, machine washable and water resistant. The uppers are non-binding, conforming to the wearer’s foot for all day comfort.

The soles are durable and lightweight, with the twin arch support system characteristic of Arcopedico shoes. Because of the sole’s construction, body weight is evenly distributed through the entire plantar surface.

The Town Shoe is available in four colors: black, grey, khaki and Bordeaux, which is a burgundy color. I received grey shoes. They pair well with jeans, capris, shorts and dresses.

The Town Travel Shoe

Wearing the Town Shoe

Traveling with The Town Shoe by Arcopedico

These shoes are so easy to travel with. Pressed together, upper to upper, they take up very little space in my carry on.

In Edinburgh, I enjoyed wearing the Town Shoe as my sister Debbie and I wandered about the city. The shoes are incredibly soft and the stretchy uppers guarantee a perfect fit, as they gently mold to my feet. And, as promised, the support is amazing. Lightweight and comfortable, the Town Shoe by Arcopedico is an excellent walking shoe, ideal for wearing while exploring a neighborhood or a city.

I gave the shoes a proper trial by walking all over Edinburgh in them. Debbie and I spent a lovely Sunday wandering through the Old City, from Princes Street to Victoria Street and the length of the Royal Mile. We also climbed Calton Hill, which offers splendid views of the city from its peak.

And in the New City near our apartment we strolled down Thistle Street with its charming cobblestone surface. All together I walked, climbed and strolled five miles that day, in blissful comfort. The occasionally rain shower didn’t hamper these shoes. The Lytech material protected my feet while allowing the uppers to dry quickly.

Town Shoe by Acropedico

I Love My Town Shoes

These comfy shoes have become a favorite already. I love them. Not only do they travel well and serve as excellent walking shoes, they are that unique blend of pretty and practical. I can pull them on quickly and head out the door.

I appreciate the opportunity to try these shoes out. And I wholeheartedly recommend them to the traveler or to anyone who enjoys a comfortable and gorgeous pair of shoes.

My Town Shoe by Arcopedico will accompany me on all my adventures!

Wearing My Town Shoes

 

Order the Town Shoe HERE. There is a handy size chart on the page, to convert European sizes to US sizes.

You can also order the Town Shoe by Arcopedico HERE from Amazon.

 

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