Thursday, June 23, 2016

LivRelief Pain Relief Cream #TryLivRelief

In January, I fractured my left humerus bone for the first time. It was the first time I had EVER broken anything. It happened the day after a bad snow day, I thought it was safe to walk to my bus that morning. So as I walked to my bus stop, I came upon a sloping part of my parking lot and one step in, I slid backwards and caught myself with my left arm.


It hurt SO badly. I tried to get home and told my mom that I needed to get to the walk in care facility that morning. It has been several months since then and the arm fracture has healed. Since then I've been recovering fairly smoothly and trying to get my flexibility back to that arm and so far it's going GREAT.

But the thing is as I'm doing my exercises and following the stretching exercises, that arm gets SO sore. It's something I've pretty much learned to cope with it but I recently had the chance to try a product called LivRelief. I'm not much of a medicine person but I was eager to try this.


So yesterday when I finished up my stretches, I followed up by rubbing this LivRelief pain cream on my left humerus area by where the muscle is. I actually noticed that this helped me! It worked within minutes, it felt like more of a warming sensation after putting this on. It didn't smell at all which is an enormous relief. I was so glad! This makes my stretching that much easier and I actually encouraged my mom to do the same for some areas of her muscles that sometimes hurt her at night.

I highly encourage you to check this out for yourself, especially if you deal with joint pain or muscle aches. I think this is a great product for that! 

If you like the sound of this product, you can purchase this on Amazon! Purchase it now by following this link. Buy LivRelief now and receive $2 off your purchase when you use promo code ONU56TLN during checkout on Amazon.com. Expires 11/1/16 at 11:59PM PT.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

My Favorite Gluten-Free Muffin Recipe [Featuring Bob's Red Mill!] [& Giveaway!]


I really don't think you can miss Bob's Red Mill. I mean, check out the length of their section in my local Whole Foods store. For me, Bob's Red Mill is a brand I wholly trust and know that I can go to for some pretty fantastic gluten-free options.

A few weeks ago I shared with you one of my favorite muffin recipes and I decided to modify it a bit by adding in a new aspect - flax seeds!It was a bit awkward in experience but it made the muffins taste amazing. 

I have been using Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free oats for MONTHS now, actually more than likely about a year. They're one of my favorites - I love the bag size and I love that you can trust them for gluten-free products.

For me when I'm using gluten-free oats as a flour, I grind up the oats myself with a coffee grinder. I recently used their already ground gluten-free oat flour to go with fried chicken and that turned out pretty amazing! I was so happy about that!  

So one of the things I love doing is making oat muffins. It started out after my boredom with oatmeal and after hunting around online I realized that I couldn't find any recipes that just used...oats. So this one does and I modified it a bit to consider the whole flax seed thing! If you don't like flax seed though, check out my original and STILL amazing recipe over here.
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What you'll need for this most amazing recipe -

2 and a 1/4 cup of Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free Oats (you can grind them yourself OR just use their already ground oat flour)

1/4 cup of Bob's Red Mill Whole Flax Seeds (again, grind them yourself OR just get their already ground flax meal)

1 cup and 1/3 of Soy Milk (or I will often use half and half)

2 TBSP of Butter (or Olive Oil)

2 TBSP of Cinnamon

1/2 TSP of cream of tartar

1/4 TSP of baking soda

1/2 TSP of Salt

1 large egg

1/4 cup of honey (I will let you be the judge of this; if you like muffins extra sweet, I would add a bit more! If you don't want them so sweet, I would use less). 

1 TSP of clovers (optional)

1/2 TSP of Vanilla Extract (optional)

Suggestion: Add mix-ins of your choice such as raisins, cranberries, dark chocolate pieces. 

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 350. I ground up the oats myself using a coffee grinder and then from there I measure out 2 and 1/4 cup of oats. I always start out with the dry ingredients first so add those in (except any added mix-ins), followed by the milk, the egg, the butter, and lastly the honey. Lastly add in your ground flax. 

Mix well with a mixer. Then fold in your mix-ins last.

Spray the muffin tin with Pam spray or line it with muffin cups.

Quick Hack! I personally LOVE aluminum lined muffin tins. They are a must-have. 

Pour the mix into a muffin tins.  

Quick Hack! For me, when I'm distributing a muffin mixture into muffin tins, I like using an ice cream soup! Saves me from making a mess. 

The consistency should be pretty thick. This batter should make 9 - 12 muffins.

Bake for 25 minutes.

NOTE about the Flax - I got whole flax seeds and ground them myself. I wasn't sure how much to use in all honesty so I researched on line and went with trading in a 1/4 a cup of flour to a 1/4 a cup of ground flax, which is what I did. 

And your results should look something like this -


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When I ground up the flax, I added it in right after the oats, then I usually add the rest of the dry ingredients, then the wet ingredients, and then mix. I noticed though that the flax made the whole mixture very sticky, very fast. I think next time, I'll measure things out first THEN I'll add the flax seed. When you add flax seed it adds a heartier flavor to it. And as you can see, they end up looking amazing too.

Overall, if you are looking for anything baked goods wise, you must check out Bob's Red Mill. They are very hard to miss, they're everywhere in your baking aisle. They have a million different kinds of flours and mixes and all kinds of things that you can use. It's my go to brand and one I completely trust to provide an excellent product. Check out what Bob's Red Mill has to offer by visiting their website!

And I'm so excited to announce that I get to giveaway one bag of gluten-free oats and flaxseed to one lucky winner! Enter via Rafflecopter below. US Only. Giveaway ends 7/9.

I received free products in exchange for my honest review.
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Friday, June 17, 2016

Giveaway Alert! Lip Gloss, BBQ Giveaway, & More!

It's Friday people! I'm so relieved. How has your week gone? I have some giveaways for you and hope something catches your eye. Let me know if you win anything!



Lip Pucker Lip Gloss
Ends 6/29
http://www.gurugiveaways.com/airahmorena08/summer_pucker_up_giveaway

4th of July BBQ Giveaway
Ends 6/27
http://jokari.com/blogs/jokari-blog/win-it-fourth-of-july-bbq-ready-bundle-giveaway

Solo Stove Giveaway (great for camping!)
Ends in 13 Days
https://wn.nr/nJnb58  (my referral link)

Lisa Graff Paperback Books
Ends in 7 Days
http://wordspelunking.blogspot.com/2016/06/celebrating-lisa-graff-review-and.html

Chocolate Tea
Ends 6/30
http://www.thebraggingmommy.com/2016/06/16/chocolate-tea-from-tisanoreview-giveaway/

Ida, Always
Ends 6/24
https://twowritingteachers.org/2016/06/17/idaalways/
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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Giveaway Alert! Soy Candle, Sunscreen, Sony Camera and more!

Hey everyone!

Looking for some giveaways? Here's a few that caught my eye, hope they catch yours too. It's Thursday! That means we're so close to Friday.

Wax Melts and Soy Candle Giveaway
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Dr. Sharp Oral Care - Flouride Free Toothpaste Review [And Giveaway]


I had the chance to try out some oral care products by Dr. Sharp. I was intrigued by this because they talk about having fluoride free oral care items and I have always heard quite the opposite about having fluoride in toothpaste. But if you check out their site, they say so much about the benefits of fluoride free products that you should take a look. This actually talks about their scientific findings and so I think that is so interesting.

But onto my review!

I had the chance to try out a few items - 



Fresh Mint with Green Tea Toothpaste 


I enjoyed this toothpaste a lot. I'm not sure it's entirely the best thing to say but I actually liked the taste of it. The green tea provides a sweeter flavor to it than simply having a toothpaste with just mint. What my mom and I both noticed while using this toothpaste was that it didn't burn afterwards. I appreciated that a lot!

One thing is that the price of this toothpaste is a tad more steep than I'd usually pay, but not by much. I pay right now about $5.99 for toothpaste so this isn't a huge jump. I'm only seeing this product online though, so I'm hoping to see it in grocery stores soon!


Berry White Kids Toothpaste


Is it a shame I wanted to try this out for myself? Sure it's kid's toothpaste but you know this tasted AMAZING. I really enjoyed it a lot. The only downside is that it leaves your mouth with kind of a flavored chewing gum type taste to it, which isn't bad necessarily but I tend to avoid flavored lip gloss or toothpaste right before bed, because I feel like it disrupts my sleep. But in the morning? Loving it! Also I noticed I had to use MORE toothpaste for the kid's kind, but I figure that's maybe the thing that happens when a grown up uses a kid's toothpaste. Hehe.


Fresh Mint Mouthwash


I really really liked this mouthwash and I think I liked this product the most. My biggest complaint with mouthwash was that it usually burns my gums and the lining in my mouth. Not the case here! I loved the taste of it and it left my mouth and breath feeling so fresh and clean. Great follow up to brushing my teeth.


Green Tea Mint Dental Tape

I wasn't a HUGE fan of the dental tape, I usually like a stronger mint taste when I'm flossing. It sort of makes the flossing experience nicer. But I like the type of tape that it was - it was a thread feeling, not weirdly stretchy or too thin. The major downside here is that the price is higher than I pay usually for dental tape - it's $5. 

Overall I liked these products and I hope to see them in stores soon. I think my only concern is the fluoride free aspect of the oral care products, but I think that's something I'd do my own research on before making a strong stance on it. I'd highly recommend considering these products if you are okay with the price. There is a deal going on with Dr. Sharp that says you can get free shipping for purchasing more than $40 worth of items. 

For one lucky reader, they will get the chance to win some Dr. Sharp's oral care products!
Enter via Rafflecopter below. Giveaway ends 7/9. US Only. 

I received the above items in exchange for my honest review.
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Monday, June 13, 2016

Giveaway Alert! Laptop, Beef Jerky, a Jord Watch and More

Hope you guys are having a nice Monday! Found some giveaways you may like - enjoy!



Enter to win Zoella beauty products.
Ends July 3rd
https://anniekayequinn.wordpress.com/2016/06/13/new-zoella-beauty-sweet-inspirations-unboxingreview-giveaway/

Clay Lion Young Adult Novel
Ends in 28 Days
https://feedyourfictionaddiction.com/2016/06/clay-lion-amalie-jahn-review-giveaway.html

The Alliance (an apocalyptic novel)
Ends in 3 Days
http://booksandbeverages.org/2016/06/13/alliance-jolina-petersheim-book-review-giveaway/

Jord Watch Giveaway
Ends July 3rd
https://www.lostinlit.com/2016/06/were-recn-it-jord-watch-review-giveaway/

Enter to win a laptop
Not sure when this one ends
http://woobox.com/usrueo/hfmcky

Chefs Cut Need Jerky
Ends 6/20
https://stephanyssweetlife.wordpress.com/2016/06/13/make-your-mouth-happy-with-chefs-cut-real-jerky-review-giveaway/
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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Kindle Fire, Massage Chair & More [#Giveaway Round Up!]

Hey everyone! Here's a little something to make you laugh...hehe....



Having a good weekend so far? I'm so excited about some of these giveaways I've spotted, so I hope you find something that catches your attention. I wasn't able to find out the end dates for a few of these giveaways at first glance, but any I do know I've listed. I've also mentioned if I'm including a referral link as well.

Enter to win a Kindle Fire
Ends in 3 Days
My Referral Link

Massage Chair Giveaway
https://www.relaxtheback.com/contest

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
http://www.readitforward.com/giveaways/enter-to-win-dark-matter-by-blake-crouch/

Janie & Jack Summer Prize Pack (and $250 Gift Card!)
http://milled.com/janie-and-jack/cRfRMEVlCdfAiUo-

Solar Camping Kit
http://woobox.com/mz6t3f

$100 Amazon Gift Card
Ends in 25 Days
http://www.barkingmat.com/giveaway/
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Save Money and Learn a New Skill by Repairing Things on Your Own [Guest Post]

Individuals who have an interest in learning a new skill and have the time it takes in order to learn a new skill can save a lot of money by repairing things on their own. Fortunately, there are many videos available on the Internet and how-to articles that can teach individuals how to do almost anything. Of course, some things are learned by trial and error. You can look for a video on how to build a computer and get some very in-depth information. However, once you give it a try, you may see that it is a lot harder than it looks. What you want to do is be patient and take the time to learn how something works and what it needs to be fixed.

Many individuals have appliances in their kitchen. They may have a microwave, refrigerator, dishwasher, and other things that have been designed in order to make their life easier. When one of these appliances break, do not simply throw it out and then go to a local department store and purchase another one. You can take the time to learn how to fix this appliance. It will likely save you money, and you will feel proud that you learned how to do something new.

Once you realize that an appliance is broken and needs to be fixed, you can look online for different how-to articles and videos. You will first get familiar with how the thing actually works. From there, you can watch some videos to see how individuals have figured out what is actually wrong with the appliance and then you can see what steps need to be taken in order to fix it. If it is not too complicated or dangerous, you can then begin to get the tools that are necessary and start the project.

In order to fix household appliances, you usually only need a couple of tools. These can be found at a local hardware store for a very reasonable price. Depending on what is broken, you may need to purchase parts in order to fix the appliance. For example, if you are fixing a microwave, you may need to purchase new directional couplers.

After you have fixed the appliance successfully, it is likely that you will start having friends and family members ask you to fix their broken appliances. Who knows, you may have just started your own small business.

This is a sponsored guest post.
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Friday, June 3, 2016

Jessica's Natural Foods - Granola That Makes a Perfect Snack! [Review + Giveaway]


I had the chance to try out some really awesome granola. Really awesome. So it's by a company called Jessica's Natural Foods and owner Jessica (of course hehe) started the company back in 2009. Her husband being gluten intolerant started her down the road of making granola and now the granola has expanded to 25 states! Read more about the start of the company here.


I actually had the chance to try out a variety of flavors. My absolute favorite that I was so sad to see gone was the Chocolate Hazelnut. As I was eating these, I couldn't help but think of those amazing cookies from my childhood I can no longer eat since going gluten-free - Teddy Grahams. So these were not only chocolately goodness, they were also nostalgic. So I have to give some major props there.

Probably the bad thing is that I started OUT with the Chocolate Hazelnut and everything else beyond that flavor got compared to that amazing flavor. The chocolate chip flavor and vanilla maple I thought were my next favorite. I did enjoy the other ones, such as pecan almond and cherry and berry but they weren't quite as memorable. Still amazing though!

The difference between this granola is that they came in big chunks. I actually really liked this because I don't always like the crumbly nature of granola, it makes it less of an easy snack to have at work. So this became more of like a granola bar type of experience for me, but much better and this is by far one of my new favorites. If you're more of a granola only in yogurt kind of person, this is totally possible to put in yogurt, I thought it worked better on its own.

The price for this granola is about average to me - about $6.99 per bag and you can buy this in bulk of six bags for about $41.94 (plus $8 in shipping). I personally think it's worth the price and if not to buy from their website than to make sure you see if it's in a store near you.

Best of all I get to giveaway three pouches of granola of your choice to two lucky winners! Enter via Rafflecopter below. US Only.  Ends 6/24.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I received the above items in exchange for my honest review.



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