Saturday, July 30, 2016

TorchStar Dimmable LED Recessed Lighting Fixture - Review

We recently tried a new recessed light fixture by the company TorchStar. Boy did we hit gold. This light rocks and it's the best light I've ever had in my kitchen. I will definitely be putting these in other places besides my kitchen. Let's get right down to the low down on these lights. 

I purchased one single light initially to try it, I quickly bought a pack of 4 after that to finish out my kitchen. I do not use the dimmable option, but it is there.

Energy Efficient: save up to 87% in electricity from your lights.
Long Lifespan: up to 32 years or 35,000 hours (based on 3 hours a day usage). When I'm 74 I'll stop back and give ya an update to confirm this.
Design: the design of this light makes for a little wiggle room between 5" and 6" recessed lighting housings. 
Easy to Install: this literally took 30 seconds to install. Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy. It's a Plug n Play type. Comes with standard E26/E27 screw base adapter, EZ connector, directly fit into light socket in housing.


Looks nice huh?


This is sooooooooooooooo nice in the kitchen now. Love Love LOVE how bright they are. 

Jeez, someone should have put those dishes away and made those muffins before photographing.

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Aside from being fantastically bright, my other most favorite feature is they are an instant on. So no waiting for lights to 'warm up'. I have no patience for that. 

Here's a little video to show you just how easy they are to install. Starring Husband as the Install Guy.

What awesomely bright lights do you use? Have you ever tried TorchStar?

Frankincense Essential Oil (BioFinest) - Review

I never realized how beneficial and useful and versatile Frankincense was until recently. It's like the King of Oils. I chose BioFinest because it's pure and organic. No added-anything, and they are a well trusted brand. And I'm finding their oil is of top notch quality. 


I don't describe scents well but I do like it. I've been using it in my Witch Hazel for an astringent, I put a few drops in my Rosehip Oil for a moisturizer on my face. Been using a drop on my toothbrush when brushing my teeth.  I am currently trying it on a few dark spots I have, but will need more time to fully report on that. I've been diffusing it and putting it on my feet at night for a more relaxed restful feel. The one I can tell a difference most right now is putting it on my calf's and feet after a run. And I'm still learning about all the things I can use it for, but I'm believing the saying 'when in doubt, use Frankincense'. I am literally blown away at how many uses their are for this one.

I received this product at a discount in exchange for my honest opinion.

One thing to mention, I signed up for the BioFinest VIP Club and received an A-Z Essential Oil Guide for Essential Oils. I'm sort of new to oils, been using the very basics for a couple of years. But I've got a lot to learn about each one. This e-book is fantastic. It's amazing for a beginner but I'm sure useful for a novice too. It's laid out perfectly and each oil has a few sections for uses and how to use them. It's just easy to read, easy to find what you are looking for, and it's just awesome and so very helpful. I'm definitely adding BioFinest and their products to my list of favorites

Do you use Frankincense? Any tips you have for me, please comment!


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Gel Polish Remover Clips - Review

Well hello there strangers !!!  Did you miss me? Wait, don't answer that. I've been on a 2 month hiatus to focus on moving and an incredibly busy summer. I'll do a summer recap post soon to catch you up. But first, a quick review on a great product. 

If you don't have gel polish nails or anything alike, you can just skip this whole post. If you do, then you must try these. You MUST. 

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Don't get me wrong, the foil method worked just fine and dandy for this gal. I had no intentions of changing my ways.

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But then I spied these and just had to give them a try.

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Ten come in a pack. So unless you've chopped a finger off, it should work out clip to finger ratio.

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You pinch em just like a clothes pin and clip over top of the acetone dipped cotton ball.

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It was very easy to do, even with my less dominant hand.

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One full cotton ball was a little thick in there, so I split the cotton ball in 2 and it was perfect size to fit and cover my nail.

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No hassle at all. Just pinch and clip. These also hold it in place well, they are snug but not too tight that it rings the acetone out.

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It also puts a little pressure on your nail, thus lessening the time it took to soak off my gel polish. Score !!!

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I really love these nail clips and highly recommend giving them a try.

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I received this product at a discount in exchange for my honest review.

Do you do gel polish?  What removal method do you use?

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Mother's Day - Photo Recap

I started out with a 4 mile walk. No run or jog, just a leisurely power walk with my tunes on.

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Then the boys got a turn.

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Someone slept in. For the first time in 8 years. Can you read the clock? That's 8:47 a.m.!!! Yes, I checked to make sure she was breathing. Twice.  Talk about Happy Mother's Day.

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Let the baking begin.

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Need some chocolate chip cookie dough.

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Need some brownie dough.

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Smoosh em nicely together.

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Cookies and brownies make brookies !!

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We delivered a few cookies via bike messenger, then headed out for a 5 mile bike ride.

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Taking a break to toss rocks in the canal.

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Had a small lunch with my Subway date.

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Preparing for mani's.

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And pedi's.

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Topped it off with movie night.

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Ironic how someone is so lovey dovey every time that popcorn bowl comes out.

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And finally....facials.

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Was going to end it putting Ashlyn to bed and soaking in the tub with a glass of wine. But I was too tired, I went to bed too. 

Hope all you Mama's out there had a great day. 


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Shaklee - Enfuselle SPF 30 for Body Broad Spectrum Protection

We are exposed to UV radiation anytime we're outdoors, even on winter or on cloudy days. Research shows that as UV radiation increases, so does the incidence of skin cancer, particularly life-threatening melanoma. 

UV rays are the primary cause of accelerated aging, contributing to the discoloration, sagging and wrinkling that results from UV-induced damage to the surface of the skin as well as to the underlying collagen and elastin that give our skin firmness and structure.

As I got older and wiser, and did my own research on this subject, I've been a pretty avid sun protection gal for about the last 10 years. But it doesn't do any good if you don't apply it well. Can you tell where I could and couldn't reach? In the areas that got coverage, look how well it worked. 


Over the years, I've also tried to reduce the amount of chemical-based products I use. Sunscreen being a big one. 

By combining UVA and UVB sunscreen agents with the patented antioxidant protection of Vital Repair+, Enfuselle SPF 30 for Body provides unique, patented, non-irritating and extremely effective sun protection while using the lowest levels of chemical sunscreens possible.  

Extensive independent clinical testing has demonstrated: 
  • UVA and UVB (broad spectrum) protection helps inhibit the UV-induced accelerated loss of collagen and elastin.
  • Provides both high-level and broad-spectrum UV protection without irritation. 
  • Very high protection against sunburn for blondes, redheads, and fair-skinned persons. 
  • Diminishes the visible signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Oil free.
  • Safe for sensitive skin.
  • Waterproof and sweat-proof.
  • Won't clog pores.

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Shaklee - Enfuselle SPF 30 for Body Broad Spectrum Protection - #32565

It's designed for all skin types, including the most sensitive skin, this patented, water resistant, oil-free sunscreen smoothes easily into your skin and absorbs quickly, without leaving a sticky residue. There's nothing worse than feeling like a grease ball that sand sticks too, looking like a chalkboard or feeling like a sticky hot mess after application. It's a thin consistency, soothing and moisturizing. I use it on body and face. Sometimes under make-up too. And it's paraben free !

Quick view of features:
  • Protect and prevent premature aging of your skin with the clinically proven and patented Enfuselle® formula.
    It provides broad-spectrum protection against both harmful UVA and UVB rays.
  • Vital Repair+® Complex adds extra protection against prematurely older-looking skin by neutralizing harmful free radicals
  • Filters out sun’s harsh rays to protect against skin damage
  • Nonirritating formula designed for sensitive skin
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Contains triple-patented Vital Repair+® Complex
  • Formulated with witch hazel and chamomile extracts
  • Alcohol Free
  • 100% dye, oil, and paraben free
  • pH-balanced
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Dermatologist tested
  • Not tested on animals
Shaklee's Unconditional Guarantee:  If for any reason a Shaklee product is not satisfactory, return it to your Distributor or Shaklee Corporation, for exchange or full refund.

Just like many other Shaklee products, a little goes a long way. Like many people, I didn't care enough to protect my skin from sun damage in my younger days. It's never too late to start. I'm just glad I knew about Enfuselle sunscreen to start protecting Ashlyn right from the start.

When to wear sunscreen & other protective items. 

Anytime you are playing in the water, sprinkler or pool. Even on cloudy days.
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When you're needing a drink. Swim shirts are great protection.
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When geese are crossing.
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When you wear purple and you are just so stinkin cute !
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When digging large holes. Lightweight breathable hats are great for baby's thin hair (the scalp can burn easily) and neck & face protection.
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Even if you are just trying to get a nice quick photo of your kids. That sun can be harsh, even if you aren't out long.
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When you just can't take it anymore and you fall asleep in your sandbox.
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When choosing flowers to pick.
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Especially at the beach. All those rays reflecting off the water and sand. At all times of the day, forget the between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm rule. At the beach, it's all the time.
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Sunglasses are a must. Ashlyn wore them more easily when she was younger. She seems to really not want to wear them now. Our eye doctor stressed how important a good pair of shades are for your eyes.
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Maybe even when you're having a bad day.
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Shades and sunscreen are a must when your ridin' your Harley cruisin' for cute boys.
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When your sloshing through puddles.
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When you are trying to sneak in some added fiber to your nutrition and diet.
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Even when it gets a little breezy.
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Enjoy your summer and be sun safe ! 

Do you have summer vacation plans? Lounging around home summer plans?

Shaklee - Enfuselle SPF 30 for Body Broad Spectrum Protection

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Garmin Forerunner 15 - Review

The running watches, activity watches, GPS's all very overwhelming. My choice was made easy because I didn't want to be forced to pair anything up with my phone. One - because I don't have a Smart Phone, iPhone or whatever. Two - even if I did, I don't want to be bothered by incoming text and phone notifications on my watch. And the data sent to your phone from your watch is so small and hard to read. I like to bring it up on one of those old school computer monitors and see it nice and big and all at once. 

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I ended up going with the Garmin Forerunner 15. Let's talk refurbished for a moment. People are so scared of refurbished items. Depending on where you are getting it from, whether you trust it or not, if they have any extending guarantee's, you probably have a reason to shy away from refurb items. Garmin and Amazon are very trusted sources. This watch is offered by Garmin as Certified Refurbished and it's backed by a 1 year warranty. 

Size & Color
I am wearing the size Small. If you are used to wearing a watch, it won't feel like any big deal. If you are not, it won't take much to get used to. It's extremely lightweight and you don't realize it's there most of the time. 

     Size Small: Black/Green, Teal/White, Violet/White
                      watch size: 1.58" x 2.05" x .62"  
                      display size: .81" x .77"
                      weighs: 1.3 oz. 
     Size Large: Black/Green, Red/Black
                      watch size: 1.79" x 2.25" x .62"
                      display size: .98" x .94" 
                      weighs: 1.5 oz


Easy & Simple
Before I hit all the features. This watch is very user friendly. It's simple and easy to use. It's uncluttered and uncomplicated. For the average person, it's perfect! I give the watch a huge thumbs up. I figured I wouldn't pay much attention to the daily activity tracking, but I found I like it just as much as I do using it for running and walking. I found no flaws or problems. All features function exactly as they are supposed to. I love the watch ! Glad I chose this one.

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  • Personal Records - Watch yourself improve, it tells you when you set a new fastest mile or longest run to date.
  • Activity Tracking - tracks distance, pace, heart rate, calories and sleep.
  • Heart Rate Monitor - Use with a heart rate monitor to track your heart rate and zone data for any fitness activity. (I do not have)
  • Foot Pot Pairing - Record your distance while running indoors and review your cadence later on Garmin Connect. (I do not have)
  • Garmin Connect - Upload to see your runs on a map. Save, plan and activities. 
Motivation by the Mile
It has an auto lap function that automatically alerts you when you complete each mile, giving you a beep and back lit screen that flashes your time for that mile. When you complete your run and save it, you'll see a summary of how you did, including your total time, distance, average pace and calories. It even lets you know when you achieve a personal record, like your fastest mile or longest run to date. 

Train Indoors or Out
For outdoor runs, the GPS accurately records your time, pace and distance. To track distance and pace when you hit the treadmill or an indoor track, just pair it with the optional foot pod, which attaches to the laces of your shoe.

Battery Life is Great - Water Rating
The rechargeable lithium-ion battery will last up to 5 weeks in watch/activity tracking mode or 8 hours when using it with GPS on your outdoor runs. It also has a water rating of 5 ATM (50 meters), which means it resists rain and sweat and can even go for a swim with you.

Garmin Connect
This is the free simple connection to your Mac or PC that allows you to upload your activities online. You can see your run on a map, get all the detail from each mile and see daily summary of your activities. You can customize it to what you like to view most on your dashboard. You can also join online challenges and earn virtual badges for extra motivation. 

It's very cool to be able to pull up the map of your run or walk and view all the stats about it. I won't be sharing photo's of that feature for privacy reasons, so that psycho stalkers don't have that easy route to my front door. Oh wait, I only have 1 reader any way. Hey Mom ! 

Just to show you 2 examples of what you can view. These are the expanded views. Your dashboard gives you a quick snapshot of all your activities. 

Your steps per day. I set my own goal for 10,000 steps per day. Green days, I met my goal. Blue days, I was too lazy. You can change your goal at any time. It will also auto set your goal for you, based on your daily steps if you want it to.

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Sleep Monitoring 
Monitors total sleep and periods of movement or restful sleep. I showed you one of my good sleep nights. Otherwise these usually show under an hour of deep sleep, only 5-6 hours total with lots of purple awake times in there. I would probably keel over if it ever logged more than 0 for a nap. Not likely to happen in this lifetime.

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Running Features
  • History: holds 7 activities. Once uploaded, you'll have them forever. Once device is full, your oldest data is overwritten.
  • Virtual Pacer: compares current pace to target.
  • Personal Records.
  • Run and Walk Intervals. (My favorite!)
  • Auto Pause: pauses and resumes timer based on speed. (Such as stopping for traffic or traffic lights)
  • Auto Lap: automatically starts a new lap.
  • Calculates calories burned.
  • Customize display screen(s).
  • Shock Resistant.

One day, I would love to upgrade to one of them that has the cycling, swimming, golfing, running and walking options. Especially the feature to create your workouts online at Garmin Connect and send them to your watch, then it will prompt you through your workout. How cool would that be? Who am I kidding, that would probably require phones and apps and be way too fancy-schmancy for this old school girl.

Apparently it's time to end this review and Move !
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Garmin Forerunner 15 GPS Watch with Activity Tracking

Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS Watch

What GPS or Activity Tracker are you currently using?

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