Monday, October 20, 2014

Do You Believe in Magic?

The boys gave Daddy and I their Cat in the Hat tickets, and said to use them at our house to see a magic show. We handed our tickets to Mica, and he punched it with a hole puncher.

We both sat down to enjoy our magic show.

Isaak was the star of the show. Mica told him what to do. 
Typical for a big brother to tell the little brother what to do.

Isaak pulled a rabbit out of a hat. 
He covered his hat with his magic cape, and did all the action under the cape. I really couldn't figure out how he did it. ;)

They did a few other tricks.

The pen was their wand. 

After their show they had a question and answer session time.

The cape I got a long time ago for review. It was from a company called Bean Soup. They had cute aprons on their site to. They must have gone under. Their site no long exists. 

Here's Isaak when I first got it. He loved walking around with that thing on!

Here he is today. Just as cute, but a little bit older.

Youth Express Eye Gel Review

I've always had what my mom called, "Allergy Eyes" my whole life. Some days are worse than others. I also have really light skin, so I'm sure the dark circles stand out me like a sore thumb.

Insta Natural sent me Youth Express Eye Gel - Ultimate Eye and Face Treatment to review.

1.7 FL Oz/ 50 ML - It's originally $89.99, but marked down to $23.75! That's a HUGE discount!

I've only been using the product for a few days. I haven't noticed the dark circles going away just yet, but I have however noticed the puffy feeling under my eyes eliminated. It feels like I'm more awake when I first put it on.

Yesterday I processed leaves all day long, so I would think my eyes would look and feel horrible today. They don't look and feel too bad.


Clean your face. You just need a little bit of their gel on a fingertip, and pat it under, and around the eyes twice a day. My skin is sensitive. I haven't noticed any burning, just a tiny tingling feeling. The product does contain tree nuts. If there is an allergic reaction, discontinue use.

 It can be used on the rest of the face if your face is aging.

It has a cucumber smell to me.

About Youth Express Eye Gel:

It's enriched with Plant Stem Cells, Hyaluronic Acid, Matrixyl 3000, Vitamin E and Jojoba Oil to help with dark circles, wrinkles, puffiness, and sagging skin.

The blend of powerful ingredients increases elasticity and enhances the tone of your skin. It provides a firm, plump appearance.

Full List of Ingredients:

Deionized Water, Organic Aloe, Matrixyl 3000, Palmitoyl Triepeptide-3, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Plant Stem Cells, Cucumber Hydrosol, Organic Jojoba Oil, Hyaluronic Acid, Methylsulfonylmethane, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Carrageenan Gum Silk Amino, Acid Blend (Sodium L-Pyrrolidone Carboxylate, Sodium Lactate, L'Arginine, L-Aspartic Acid, L-Pyrrolidonecarboxylic Acid, Glycine, L-Alanine, L-Serine, L-Valine, L-Proline, L-threonine, L-isoleucine, L-Histidine, L-Phenylalanine), Periwinkle (Wildcrafted Vinca Major), Organic Licorice (Glycyrrhize Glabra), Wildcrafted Reishi (Ganoderma Lucidum), Organic Gotu Kola, Frankincense (Boswellia Serrata), Vitamin E (Tocopheryl Acetate), Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin

  • Plant Stem Cells- Helps stop premature aging of the skin
  • Matrixyl 3000 – Tightens and firms the skin( around the eyes)
  •  Hyaluronic Acid- Moisturizes your skin deeply
  • Other Ingredients- Jojoba Oil, Aloe, Vitamin E, Cucumber, etc.

The only ingredient that popped out as a red flag for me was: Methylsulfonylmethane (I had to look this one up as I'm allergic to a lot of sulfates. MSM is a chemical found in plants, animals, and humans. It can also be made in a laboratory. People use it as a medicine. That's the only ingredient I questioned.) 

On their site it does say, SAFE & NATURAL INGREDIENTS - They are proud to use natural ingredients in our product with NO parabens, sulfates or alcohol. It is also full of organic ingredients and safe to use on ALL skin types. Our gentle, cooling ingredients glide on smooth to not irritate the delicate eye area. Each bottle is made in the USA in our FDA Registered Facility to ensure top quality for our customers.

So far I've had no reactions. My eyes feel more alive when using this product.

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Rock N Learn DVD or CD #Giveaway

I got Rock N Learn Earth Science DVD to review. This is a $19.99 value. 

This is the DVD Mica wanted from their catalog! He said, "Mom I like weather, I know I'll love their Earth Science DVD!"

I love that they have CDs and DVDs that are for older kids. This DVD is for grades: 3-8, but can be enjoyed by anyone really.

Earth Science is about:
  • Alternative Energy
  • Weathering and Erosion
  • Volcanoes and Plate Tectonics
  • Properties of Minerals
  • Geology (Types of Rocks)
  • Weather and the Water Cycle
  • The Solar System
The DVD is about a boy named Kevin who needs to study for his science test. Marko the Pencil, Terra the globe, and Bailey the butterfly help Kevin learn about earth science.

The boys thought it was funny that there is a character named Terra in it. She is the globe that likes to eat nachos Pacman style. They have an Aunt named Terra, so it added to the humor. 

There is a special bonus section where you can learn about the secrets to scoring high on multiple-choice science tests. Where was this when I was little? 

There are free study materials that go along with the DVD:

There is also a ruler/bookmark that comes with their products!

I went over with the boys on how to measure. I know this is hard to believe, but I have some college students that can not measure. I don't know if they choose not to listen to that part of school, or if schools just don't have the time to go into measuring. Regardless we have to go over how to measure every year in their Typography course.

It's Giveaway Time!

One US reader has a chance to win a Rock N Learn DVD or CD of your choice!  This would make a great holiday gift. I love that they have products for little kids and big kids.

Can't wait to win? Use this coupon code for 25% off your entire purchase: KR8822 

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Pure Yacon Syrup Sugar Substitute Review

I was given Pure Yacon Syrup to review. It's a natural sugar substitute. I'm pretty careful about sugar substitutes. Studies on Aspartame have been really bad! Yacon Syrup is a sweetening agent extracted from the tuberous roots of the Yacon plant, which is indigenous to the Andes mountains.

Pure Yacon Syrup is High in Prebiotics

It contains up to 67% FOS (Fructooligosaccharides), which among other benefits helps produce the friendly bacteria Microbiotas improving the function of the intestinal tract.

Unlike many other sugar substitutes and low calorie sweeteners Yacon Syrup has a high fiber content and aids in the lowering of cholesterol and your blood sugar levels. It's great to use if you have diabetes in your family.

It Helps Boost the Immune System, and With Weight Loss

Yacon Syrup naturally boosts weight loss as it not only acts as an appetite suppressant helping curb your appetite and your calorie intake but also by boosting your metabolism and increasing energy levels helping you burn more calories.

Boosts energy levels in the human body allowing you to burn more calories.

I've mentioned this before on my blog: Yacon Syrup tastes more like molasses than sugar.

What can you use it in?

I've been trying to stay away from making things like cookies {except for bake sales at my son's school}, but you could use Yacon as a substitute for molasses. Any cookie that has molasses in it - use Yacon Syrup instead.

I've used just a spoonful in coffee, and in smoothies.

I Also Make My Own Concoction:

This is great for if you have a cold, dry cough, or just simply feel like drinking something besides water. 

Fill a small mason jar with 2 sprigs of thyme, or rosemary. Stuff it with slices of lemon wedges, add finely chopped ginger, add 4 whole cloves, and pour 1/2 the jar with local honey, and the other 1/2 the jar with Yacon Syrup. Put in the refrigerator for a few hours before use.

Add a spoonful, or 2 to your water, stir, and you have a wonderful drink!

  • The Yacon Syrup is full of prebiotics and fiber
  • The ginger reduces inflammation of any kind
  • Cloves are anti-inflamnitory as
  • The rosemary is a great source of iron, calcium, and vitamin B6
  • The lemon has vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and fiber
  • Local honey can help fight allergies

What Does This Concoction Taste like?
It tastes like sweet lemon water.

100% Pure Yacon Syrup Manufactured In The USA at an FDA approved facility that follows Good Manufacturing Process (GMP).

It's originally $49.99, and on sale for  $13.99. That's a huge sale! The link to their Amazon page is in the first line of this post.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Organic Whole Cloves Review

I'm really happy to share with you - Jiva Organics Whole Cloves
Jiva Organics Whole Cloves are sold on Amazon for $14.95. They have other delicious products on there as well.

The word "Jiva" means life.

Jiva Organics is a small family business driven by care and respect for life. They respect both people and our environment.

Their products are completely natural, certified organic and grown with the underlying philosophy that promotes sustainability of mother Earth for the present and future generations. Their spices offer a tremendous value over mainstream alternatives. This product is a USDA certified organic whole cloves that is of extremely high quality.

The organic farms they work with are untouched by modern toxins. They are farms that produce pure and natural spices and grains of the highest quality, that result in delicious, healthy meals.

Jiva Organics - It's a simple choice that makes a big difference. 

I've used Jiva Organics Whole Cloves for 3 things so far: In loose leaf tea, in homemade cough syrup that I use when I'm stuffed up with allergies, and Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins. The cloves worked well in all 3 things.

I'm going to share with you the recipe for: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins.

Feel Free to Download the Recipe Below

If possible I try and ground my spices right before I use them.

The boys loved their muffins, cabbage, and apple as a snack. 

What kind of muffins do you like?

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Sing, Sing a Song Saturday

Sing, Sing a Song Saturday is all about me discovering something that is different. I don't want to post things that you and I have more than likely heard before. I want to find something different. It could be from another country, someone singing from the streets of NY, and more.

I really like the animations below. They are by Animusic. The animations are really well thought out!

I entertained the boys for a long while with their videos. They both were in awe. 

Animusic's founder Wayne Lytle began to envision algorithmically synchronizing music and animation almost 30 years ago, and started experimenting in 1989. 10 years later on computer artist David Crognale was on board.

Right now they are on Kickstarter.

Pipe Dream is their most popular video

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Random Tid Bits

  1. Even though this week has been busy, I've been thinking about my Dad AKA Grandpa Spiehs a lot! This past weekend he was in the hospital. He has atrial heart fibrillation. I know it's common, but he had a surgery that was supposed to take care of the issue years ago. It worked. Now all the sudden he's having issues again.

    In the past his heart would go all out of wack beat wise, and they couldn't get him regulated. It took them a few days to get his heart beating normal.

    One back story: One time he came in from being outside, and he looked horrible. I sent him to the couch, and made him drink tons of water. I didn't know it was his heart at the time, I thought he was dehydrated from working outside. When my mom took him to the ER he kept having to ask for a bed pan to pee and pee. I felt so bad. It was one of those stories that was funny after the fact.

    I was just hoping since he had his surgery he was over this! He has to wear a monitor, and see a Cardiologist sometime soon.

  2. My boss called and told me that he had a project to give to me that would take no more than 1 hour. He said, "Only if you have the time." I agreed because when he presented it to me later he said, "I want you to do this!" The project took literally all afternoon. 

  3. I was excited to see that my sisters actually talked at our last family function. I hope they just get over things, and move on. What they were fighting over seems silly now. 

  4. We went to this place to eat called Gandolfo's. I have no clue if they are local, or a chain. They claim to be NY style sandwiches. They were good. It's just that the menu was a little overwhelming. There were too many choices in my mind. It was all up on the wall to read. 

  5. I did manage to get a photo op. It's a little blurry, but fun. I'm pretty sure other people in Gandolfo's thought we were a little on the crazy side for taking this photo.

  6.  I'm ready for the weekend! I know I'll have some yard work to do. Leaves are taking over our driveway. What do you have planned for the weekend?

    Selfie Time

    I don't take a lot of selfies. We were waiting for Dr. Seuss to start. What better way to pass the time than to take a bunch of selfies? 

    At least I didn't hear, "When is the show going to begin Mom?" 5 times over again. Instead I heard, "Let me see my pictures."

    Mica and I

    Isaak and I

    Daddy and Isaak


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