Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Support Living Sunlight, the Home of Stanford Water System

Recently I told you about the Stanford Water System, which is a compact, portable, and affordable water filter system because if you don't filter your water, your body is the filter. This campaign recently ended with $7,215 being raised with 82 funders. For each fully funded unit, $4 was donated to Charity:  Water. Now I'd also like to tell you about Living Sunlight whose mission is to make it easier for you to live a healthier lifestyle by providing you with up-to-date information and solutions to improve your life. They believe that water is the essential source of health and they want you to have a Stanford Water Purification System by offering you a $10 credit plus free shipping on Living Sunlight clean water solution if you use code HealthyWater14 at checkout.


*This exclusive offer is valid until May 31, 2014. Coupon valid for one-time use only and must be rendered at time of purchase. Limit one certificate per customer. Exclusions Apply. This coupon is only valid for any Living Sunlight clean water solutions when you spend $50 or more. When you return an item, you forfeit the savings allocated to that item.This coupon has no cash value and may not be redeemed for cash, or applied as payment or credit to your account. Not valid on prior purchases. Apply for retail price only. Offer good till May 31, 2014.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Get Your Pain Relief at Boots.com

*Disclosure:  I received free samples of Deep Heat Heating Patches, Deep Freeze Cold Patches, and Regenovex Gel for review purposes only. No other compensation was received. All opinions expressed are my own.*

For years I have struggled with neck and shoulder pain so I often use a heating pad, ice packs, patches, and creams for relief. I prefer these methods over taking medications. Boots.com offers a variety of pain relief products and I was recently provided with a few free samples to review.


The Deep Heat Heating Patch is an odorless patch that can be placed directly on the skin at the site of pain to provide an effective non-medicinal alternative to rubs and sprays. They effectively provide pain relief of muscle aches and pains, joint stiffness, backaches, strains and sprains for up to 8 hours. When the package is opened, the air activates a heat generating reaction that produces a warming effect when the self-adhesive patch is applied to the skin. I've used heating patches in the past but this is the first time I've ever used the Deep Heat brand. Sometimes I just don't want to mess with pain relief creams and while I have a heating pad that I love, sometimes it's simply not as convenient as wearing a patch. I applied a Deep Heat Patch to my neck/shoulder region where I was having some pain recently. I had just showered so my skin was clean and dry and it adhered to my skin extremely well and stayed in place perfectly for the hour that I wore it. It was easy to apply. Even when walking and performing normal activities it didn't come off. It took about 10 minutes for the patch to heat up. It did get warm but just barely. I kept hoping it would get at least a little bit warmer but it never did. My boyfriend felt the patch though and thought that it was plenty warm enough but I had to disagree. It never did really get warm enough to relax me and provide any pain relief so I took it off after an hour. It pulled on my skin slightly when removing it but I'd rather it do that than have it come off and have to be reapplied every few minutes. Overall, I wasn't very impressed with the Deep Heat Heating Patch as I wish it would have gotten warmer and I didn't notice any pain relief. They also make a Deep Heat Patch for back pain, which is twice the size. 



The Deep Freeze Cold Patch is a drug-free cooling therapy for relief from the pain of strains, sprains, and knocks to muscles and joints. It works like ice by cooling the affected or swollen area. Prompt cooling has been shown to effectively reduce pain and may help in the healing of minor muscle and joint injuries. Cooling therapy can also be used to soothe tense, tired, or sore muscles and joints. Deep Freeze Patch is convenient and easy to use is placed directly onto the skin and can be used under clothing. The cooling effect of the Deep Freeze Cold Patch can last up to 3 hours. I've never used a cooking patch before. I decided to apply a Deep Freeze Cold Patch to my neck after I twisted it the wrong way while I was at work, causing me some pain. This happens frequently and it is definitely bothersome. Several hours had gone by after hurting my neck before I could get home and apply one of these patches though. The patch was easy to apply and I felt the cooling relief immediately and my neck pain actually eased up a bit. There was only a very slight scent to the patch but that was no problem for me at all. This patch however was very difficult to keep on my neck and I had to sit very still when wearing it because it started to fall off even with the slightest movement. I did wear it for around an hour and a half and I felt that it provided adequate pain relief and continued to do so even after the patch was removed as my neck pain was less intense afterwards. Overall, I was impressed with the amount of pain relief that the Deep Freeze Cold Patch gave me but I was annoyed that it didn't stick very well. 




Regenovex is part of a range of joint care products and is made of a technologically advanced formula that is extremely unique with two very high quality, natural, active ingredients, Bionovex oil and high grade hyaluronic acid. Bionovex oil is a special green lipped mussel sourced exclusively from the fresh coast of New Zealand and it has an inflammatory effect as it is rich in ETA (up to 40 times more powerful than other green lipped muscle extracts due to the source and production of it). High grade hyaluronic acid is a long chain natural polymer molecule which is essential for maintaining the cartilage in the joint and a key component of synovial fluid, which protects and lubricates the joints. Regenovex is for all joints, including the knees, shoulders, and hips and it is suitable for daily use. The Regenovex Gel was easy to obtain from the pump and was easy to apply. It is yellowish in color with only a slight scent that isn't bad at all. It is non-greasy and absorbs easily. My hands do not feel grimy after applying this gel. I thought the Regenovex Gel was wonderful. It started working right away and eased my neck and shoulder pain. The relief lasted for around 30-45 minutes. The pump is small enough that I can carry this in my purse and I definitely do. I bring it to work with me frequently and leave it on my desk so it's there when I need it. Overall, I was extremely impressed with Regenovex.  

The Regenovex Gel, Deep Heat Heating Patches, and Deep Freeze Cold Patches can be purchased online at Boots.com. You'll also find other great products at Boots.com such as fragrances, beauty supplies, toiletries, toys, gifts, and more. You can sign up to receive Boots emails for access to beauty tips, health and parenting advice, special offers, hot deals, and much more.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Keep Your Hands Clean and Stay Healthy with GIANTmicrobes Moist Wipes

When I think of GIANTmicrobes I immediately think of all their humorous, fun, and educational plush dolls of microscopic organisms (over 1,000,000 times their actual size). However, you will also find other items at GIANTmicrobes such as a coffee mug, neckties, T-shirts, hand washing kit, and moist wipes. The kind folks over at GIANTmicrobes were kind enough to donate some moist wipes to me for some gift bags that I'm making my co-workers for National Medical Transcription Week 2014, which you will be hearing more about next month. Because my co-workers and I work in a hospital, we know that keeping your hands clean is the best way to stay healthy. We actually get emails all the time about different bugs or viruses going around the community and the number one thing they tell us to do is wash our hands often as this is the best way to stop the spread of germs. Pertussis, or whooping cough, has been an issue recently.


These moist wipes are great for use in the car, classroom, office, etc. I keep mine within reach on my desk in my cubicle so I can clean my hands in between trips to the bathroom or break room. Each canister includes 40 antibacterial wipes that measure 7 x 8 inches each. There are also hand washing tips on the back of the canister. Did you know that germs live in dirt and oil that get on your skin and they can double every 15 minutes! That right there is scary stuff. These wipes are only very lightly scented but it's a good, fresh, clean smelling scent. These wipes are soft but strong. They do a wonderful job at cleaning my grimy hands, making them feel refreshed for a long time after using them. Maybe it's just me but I also feel like they soften my hands up a bit as well. I'd love if these wipes came in a travel size also so I could throw them in my purse to take into stores and restaurants with me as well because sometimes anti-bacterial wipes get the job done better than hand sanitizers.

Where would you keep a canister of GIANTmicrobes moist wipes? 


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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Review of Regency Regent Guest Chair

**Disclosure: I received the below Regency Regent Side Chair for free from Shoplet.com as a member of the Shoplet Product Review Program. However, no other compensation was received. I was not influenced in any way and all opinions expressed are my own.**



The Regency Regent guest chair sold at Shoplet.com comes unassembled of course but can be put together fairly easily in around 30 minutes or so. I'm lucky enough to have a handy guy and he put this together for me with the easy to follow instructions that were included in the box. This chair is made of a comfortable black zenith fabric seat and back with stylish curved arm rests and a solid hardwood (cherry) frame. The fabric would be very easy to wipe clean. It measures approximately 34 inches from top to bottom and 22 inches from side to side and weighs 24 pounds. The seat is definitely more comfortable than most similar chairs and is padded very well. It's a very robust chair and can hold larger sized people well. It is very tastefully designed and would add a touch of class to just about any office, business, waiting room, lobby, etc. The chair is not bulky so whenever it's time for a change and you want to do some rearranging, this chair can be easily moved by yourself. My vacuum cleaner is also able to go under this chair perfectly from either side without hitting the legs so I don't have to worry about them getting damaged from my sweeper.  


Shoplet.com is the first place I check when I'm looking for office supplies or promotional products. Shoplet.com is where you want to go for all your office supply and office stationary needs and more. You'll also find a vast supply of promotional products at Shoplet.com, including top promotional products under $1.00 and promotional shirts, all of which can be personalized for your business needs.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Review of Ozeri Serafino Double Wall Insulated Beverage and Coffee Glasses

**Disclosure:  I received a set of four 12 ounce Ozeri Serafino Double Wall Insulated Beverage and Coffee Glasses by Ozeri free for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions expressed are my own and I was not influenced in any way.**





Ozeri Serafino Double Wall Insulated Beverage and Coffee Glasses are stronger and more durable than common glasses, made of durable, heat and shatter resistant, mouth-blown borosilicate glass of the finest quality. They are dishwasher, microwave, and freezer safe. They are made with a patent-pending double wall design that suspends drinks within an inner wall, creating a charming optical effect. Because of the double-walled design providing ultimate insulation, these glasses will keep your hands cool with hot drinks and free of condensation with chilled beverages. These Serafino glasses are great for drinking coffee, cappuccinos, hot or iced teas, cocktails, frozen beverages, and more. My favorite feature though is the wraparound contour that provides a natural aesthetic grip. These handmade glasses are designed for a lifetime of use. They look like they are bulky but they are actually lightweight and easy to hold onto.


I don't drink coffee at home very much, especially now that I have two 5-month-old puppies who are very curious about everything they see me with so I find it hard to sit down, relax, and enjoy a cup lately. Anyway, I made a cup of coffee in one of these Serafino glasses the other day and I sat down to try to enjoy it the best I could. Once my puppies noticed, they were climbing all over me so they could get a glimpse at what was in my glass. Since these glasses are insulated, my hand was not hot while holding onto my cup of coffee and because of the unique design and its lightweight, I was able to grasp it well and even lift it up over my head while shooing my pups away. I could have never done this while drinking my coffee from a traditional coffee cup. I'm definitely thankful for both of these great features. These are also great beverage glasses for one of my favorite drinks, orange pineapple juice. I can fill up a glass and let it chill in the freezer for 30-45 minutes and enjoy a nice cool drink without the glass ever sweating.

When my son wanted a cappuccino the other day, this was the only glass I wanted to use but as I was reaching for it in the dish drainer my son told me to stop because the glass was broken. Broken! What?! Sure enough, the Serafino glass I was reaching for was broken. It was chipped in one place and cracked in about three places. I have no idea how this happened since I didn't treat this glass any differently than my others. I had hand washed it and put it in the dish drainer to dry and it was like this the next time I went to use it. I contacted the company via email and they responded back with an apology and stated that it was unusual for something like this to happen and that it must have been a defect and they were going to replace my broken glass right away. I concur that it must have been a defective glass because they seem really well made. That's completely understandable and I was very pleased with their customer service. Things happen.


Despite the mishap with one of the glasses, I think the Ozeri Serafino Double Wall Insulated Beverage and Coffee Glasses are pretty great. I love the unique design and I love that I can use them for both hot and cold beverages. These will be the perfect glasses for summertime entertaining with my friends and family.