Knot Genie Review

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Well…we have done many reviews of hair care products lately that we thought we might add a review of a nifty styling tool/brush called the KNOT GENIE.

There are 3 products in the knot genie family they are pictured below:

 

The Teeny Genie

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The Knot Genie detangling products were created for every parent that has endured the foot stomping and screaming matches that come with brushing their child’s hair. With Knot Genie, even the curliest, most knotted up hair practically slips through the unique bristle configuration ~ gently and painlessly.

We were able to review the Original Knot Genie and the Supreme Genie (*note: the Teeny Genie is only a smaller version of the Knot Genie).

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The thing that makes the Knot Genie so wonderful is the bristles. Above are my pictures of the bristles. Below is a closeup:

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The Knot Genie products have different lengths of teeth on the brush. When brushing , they bend just right to gently untangle the hair. Knot Genie company claims that because of the lack of stress to the hair the hair’s cuticle stays unharmed…revealing the smoothest, shiniest hair you have ever seen.

We cannot agree more! The brush untangles the hair nicely and leaves hair smooth and shiny! Once more the shape of the brush fits nicely in the palm of the hand making brushing easier! … For little hands the Teeny Genie might be a better fit…but my 6 and 10 year old use the traditional Knot Genie with ease!

For those of you who like the feel of a traditional brush with a handle, try the Knot Genie Supreme…the only difference if that it has a handle!

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I suggest this product for anyone who has hair… long hair or short hair…young hair or old hair! It works wonders! I have to say I have used it on both my daughters and myself with wonderful results!

Find out more about the Knot Genie and buy one today!

 

 

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Babo Botanicals

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We have found a new love! Babo Botanicals! Wow…I cannot say enough about these products…they are new and innovative, not to mention safe and natural!

This brand is all about natural living…and their brand promise (below) proves that their products are pure!

  • Pure Flower and Plant Extracts
  • Sulfate Free
  • Formaldehyde Free
  • Paraben Free
  • Phthalate Free
  • Tear Free
  • Allergy Tested
  • Dermatologist Tested
  • No Icky Chemicals
  • No Synthetic Fragrances
  • No Synthetic Colors
  • Dairy & Soy Free
  • No High Allergy Nut Oils
  • Biodegradable Formulas
  • Color Safe for Mom’s Hair, too!
  • Recyclable BPA-Free Packaging

We also LOVE that a portion of all Babo proceeds go toward urban gardening projects in public schools… read more about it here (Social Responsibility).

We were able to review 6 of their products…and were pleased with everything! One thing we LOVED about the products is that they are SAFE and EFFECTIVE for the ENTIRE family! Yes … moms and dads can use this and it works great!!!

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Below I will highlight each of the products received and what we thought about them. But overall they were awesome!

Moisturizing Baby Shampoo and Wash

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This is an amazing product…especially for those with dry or sensitive skin. My daughter has eczema and it worked great on her skin. But I also used this product and I liked it too… although I do not suffer from dry skin… I do tend to get drier on my legs after bathing …and this worked great…no drying like I usually get! PLus, the scent is wonderful and do not forget their seal of Nutri-Soothe blend!

 

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Moisturizing Baby Lotion

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Who says baby lotion can’t be for the whole family! This is a such a great product that we all started using it after bath time! It goes on smooth and absorbs well to hydrate the skin. Since there are no chemicals we never have to worry about irritants! This is a wonderful lotion suited for baby or the entire family!

 

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Swim and Sport Shampoo & Wash

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This was by far our favorite product! My children are avid swimmers and swim at least twice a week in a chlorinated pool. We liked that this was a shampoo & wash specially formulated for swimmers and/or sports players. One thing the product does is removes chlorine… which was a plus for us! No more drying out of the hair…only hydration!

 

 

 

 

Swim & Sport Conditioner

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This product is a great addition to your shampooing regimen after play or swim! Get ready for hydrated hair! No more dry feeling! I used this on my three children AND myself after swimming and boy does it make your hair feel good! I LOVE that it is natural …why use a chemical laden shampoo to get rid of chlorine…. go the natural route!

 

 

The next two products I did not get a chance to use because school has just started and my children have not gotten that dreaded “lice” letter yet… you know the one  I am talking about…”there has been a case of head lice reported in your child’s classroom” Ugh…makes me shudder! Well … shudder no more! There are two great products that will repel lice and make moms breathe a bit easier when that letter comes home!

 

Lice Repel Shampoo

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I like this product because it is a preventative shampoo…use it before a lice letter even comes home. YOu can send your child to a sleepover or camp without worry if you use this first! If you get one of those dreaded letters use this shampoo to ward off the little pests!

 

 

 

 

Lice Repel Conditioning Spray

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The final product and perhaps the most intriguing of all is the spray! This detangles , conditions and repels lice all at the same time! NO more worries about lice ending up in your home!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over all Babo botanicals are WONDERFUL products at a great competitive price in natural market! Check out their site and shop today you will not be displeased!

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Back to School with CampusBookRentals.com

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Back to School with CampusBookRentals.com

Are you headed back to college or know of someone who is? College students should know about the perks of renting textbooks from CampusBookRentals.com I am sure my daughter will want to look into this for next year when she goes off to college.

Here are some perks:

-Save 40-90% off of bookstore prices

-Free shipping both ways

-Can highlight in the textbooks

-Flexible renting periods

-They donate to Operation Smile with each textbook rented

-Live customer support

….and so much more.

CampusBookRentals.com RentBack Program

CampusBookRentals.com started a new program, RentBack. RentBack is new initiative that allows students to rent the textbooks they own – to other students… which is an awesome opportunity for them to make 2-4x more money compared to what they’d make through buyback options! Buyback is selling their books back at the end of the semester.

Isn’t that a great idea?! Check out this CampusBookRentals.com RentBack video:


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Book Review ~ Made by Raffi

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Celebrated singer and actor Craig Pomranz debuts his new children’s book, Made by Raffi, that embraces differences and promotes diversity in children.

Synopsis:

Raffi is a shy boy who does not like noisy games and is often teased at school. But when he gets the idea of making a scarf for his dad’s birthday, he is full of enthusiasm even though the other children think it is girly to knit. Then the day draws near for the school pageant, and there is one big problem: no costume for the prince. And that’s when Raffi has his most brilliant idea of all — to make a prince’s cape. On the day of the pageant, Raffi’s cape is the star of the show.

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Our thoughts:

This was an EXCELLENT book! We enjoyed sharing it with our children. The story , message and illustrations all exceeded our expectations. The message that runs through the book is acceptance … it is so great to see a book written from this perspective. We often read books about a little girl being a “tom boy” but rarely …dare I say never do we read about a boy being a “tom girl”. This book did an excellent job tackling a subject about acceptance.

I cannot reiterate how much we enjoyed reading this book to our children. It was a GREAT way to start the school year and facilitated discussions each time we read the text …and even each time my children ran into a child that did not fit into the square box as I like to call it! I love books that help convey a message and values that I am trying to convey to my children… this book did just that!

Though thoughtful text and vivid illustrations the author have a winner here in my opinion! Go ahead and peruse the text over at amazon (you can even look inside the text and preview the book)  …you will not be disappointed!

 

 

 

 

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Natures Baby Organics & Giveaway

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We are pleased to share another company which offers NATURAL Organic products for children.

This company developed their products specifically for children with skin irritants. Thus, they avoid using any ingredient in their product line that might irritate skin!
We were able to review five of their products. The products came well packaged and they are nice large sizes so you get quite a bit of product for your expenditure in natural products, which is delightful!

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Children will look forward to jump into the tub with this fun new Bubble Bath. Made with 70% certified organic and the highest quality botanicals, essential oils and luxurious moisturizers. Our Bubbles are long lasting and extremely gentle so they will not dry or irritate baby’s tender skin, while the natural scents fills the air. Great for Babies and kids of all ages. Also Paraben free, SLS Free, 1-4 Dioxane Free, Synthetic Fragrance Free, Gluten Free & Vegan.

 

 

 

 

This was such a great bubble bath! My children really enjoyed being able to use a bubble bath again! The traditional bubble baths i buy in the store ALL irritate their skin and we have just forgone the pleasure of a sudsy bath time…but now I am pleased to say my children can bask in a sudsy bath once again with this product! …and boy are they delighting in bath time now that there are bubbles!

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A Healing Balm for Minor Ouchies, Eczema and Irritated Skin.

Organic Tamanu Oil, Shea Butter, Sunflower Oil, & Coconut Oil.

Use Organic Soothing Stick to treat minor cuts, scrapes, burns and any dry patches. Rub or touch lightly onto skin to soothe and promote healing. A roll-up tube for easy application, it can go with you in your pocket, diaper bag or purse. Ideal even for chapped lips and winter cheeks – you’ll be surprised by how many uses you find for this convenient skin-soothing product. Gentle enough for baby, effective enough for the whole family. Fragrance Free Scent.

This was an interesting and exciting product! This worked wonders on my daughters Eczema outbreaks! We also found it worked well on skinned knees from bike rides and outdoor play. Cannot wait to see what uses winter brings!

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Calms Dry, Sensitive Skin.

With Organic Aloe, Organic Chamomile, & Calendula.

When it comes to moisturizing and soothing the skin, nothing surpasses Aloe. It’s even ideal for those hard-to-treat irritations. Jojoba Oil and Aloe absorbs quickly, retains moisture and restores elasticity, leaving skin very soft to the touch. Calendula promotes healing and is gentle for delicate skin.

 

 

 

 

We liked that this product did what it said…without irritation and NO greasy feel! We also LOVE the fact that it is usable on the face. I have found that some products irritate or dry out the face if applied…NOT this one!!! It is AWESOME for sensitive and delicate skin!

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Made with the highest quality botanicals, essential oils and luxurious moisturizers like shea butter to pamper you and your baby’s tender hair and skin without drying. You will love how this luxurious shampoo and body wash will bathe your skin in luxury. Also available in Vanilla Tangerine and Lavender Chamomile, in both 8oz. and 16oz

 

 

 

 

We LOVED that this is a combination shampoo and body wash! This makes life so much easier! We can use this product at home or at the gym when we take the children to swimming lessons… having a combo product certainly makes life easier when showering on the go at the health club!

 

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This Conditioner uses organic & natural ingredients to provide an incredibly soft and manageable finish for your babies’ hair. Using ingredients such as Organic Aloe.

 

 

We LOVE that this product is a leave in or shampoo out product. My daughters’ hair is so easily tangled and this product is AWESOME at relieving those tangles and making brushing a breeze. We have used the product both as a leave in and have shampooed it out…either way it worked wonderfully! I can say that for hair that is severely tangled this worked well as a leave in conditioner to help alleviate the knots! My youngest is so pleased that the brushing routine in our house has gotten much easier with this product. No more crying when time to detangle!

Overall, Nature’s Baby Organics is doing a wonderful job at providing consumers with products that are Natural, organic and family friendly! We really enjoyed the product and hope you will take a moment to peruse their website and find your favorite products!

Natures Baby Organics Giveaway

In case the prize does not show up correctly in the rafflecopter, here’s the complete list of products you could win -
One winner for all five of these products:

1 – 16 oz. Shampoo & Conditioner Coconut Pineapple (New Scent!)

1 – 16 oz. Conditioner & Detangler Coconut Pineapple (New Scent!)

1 – 8 oz. Face & Body Moisturizer Fragrance Free

1 – 0.63 oz. Organic Soothing Stick Fragrance Free (USDA Certified)

1 – 12 oz. Bubble Bath Tangy Tangerine

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Mabels’ Labels

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Mabel’s Labels creates top-quality, durable labeling products.

The Mabel’s Labels personalized labels feature extremely durable laundry, dishwasher and microwave safe sticky and clothing labels plus child safety products, household labels and seasonal products. All labels are UV resistant.

Prices range from $12-21 per pack, with combos priced between $ 30-55. ALL Products are backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

The Mabel’s Labels line includes:

Baby Labels

Iron-On Labels

Sticky Labels

Allergy Labels

Waterproof Labels

Clothing Labels

Shoe Labels

Uniform Labels

Mabel’s Labels also has great fundraising ideas!

 

OUR REVIEW:

We received the ULTIMATE BACK TO SCHOOL COMBO from Mabel’s Labels.

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The Ultimate Back to School Combo is their bestselling combo. It has all the labels needed to identify children’s belongings and keep them out of the lost and found. This was really a great pack! There are so many labels you cannot help but label EVERYTHING! The labels come preprinted with the child’s name…so it makes labeling a breeze. I like that they are super sticky they stay where they are placed! We used the labels to mark all of my son’s school supplies, his backpack and gym shoes. After two weeks of school I can honestly say these labels stick! Any other labels would have been long gone by now…not Mabel’s! The Ultimate Back to School Combo includes the following:

40 skinny-minis ~ 50 Tag mates ~ 16 Shoe Labels ~ 2 Teeny Tags

(Choose from 4 limited edition solid color palettes or 40+ multi-colored designs, plus 3 special back-to-school motifs (bus, books and apple)!)

There are so many tags that if by chance (very slim) you happen to have to replace a tag you will have extras to replace the missing tag. I honestly am not worried about having to replace any tags… except for maybe a shoe tag. But…with 16 shoe tags I can easily replace a tag if it goes missing (which I doubt it will). This is such a GREAT combo…can I say AWESOME!!!

In the past I have gotten the children their own person first and last name tags…but this year since I decided just to get our last name printed on the tags so we could get more bang for our buck! The labels were used more frequently and were easier to use since I was not fishing around for whose label was whose when labeling school supplies… just slapped on the last name label! … NOt to mention it saved me $$$ I only had to order one combo instead of 3 (I have 3 children)… and let me tell you I STILL HAVE TAGS LEFT OVER…even splitting the one combo 3 ways! AWESOME!!!

Overall, we are ecstatic about Mabel’s Labels! This is such a resilient product…that will LAST! Not only are the products hardy but they are kid friendly and have such nice designs to choose from…you cannot go wrong with Mabel’s labels for your labeling needs!

I am definitely a fan of Mabel’s labels and will be back to order more products for my labeling needs!

You can find this product and many more at mabelslabels.com. I would recommend this site to ANYONE who needs to label products! They are so versatile!

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Ripple or Sorbet? Cool Recipes for Frozen Treats

Ripple or Sorbet? Cool Recipes for Frozen Treats

On a sweltering hot day, there’s nothing like digging through the freezer to find a chest of buried, icy treasure hidden in the freezer – especially if it’s homemade. It’s now possible to make your own ice cream in almost any flavour imaginable!

Case in point: Perry’s have brought out a chicken wing flavor, while rumor has it that it is possible to indulge in a pint of cheeseburger flavored ice cream in Venezuela. We’re not suggesting you try to top such taste insanity – instead, you can cool off with the following delicious treats, which the kids can help to make!

The Healthy One: Frozen Yogurt

For a lower calorie treat, try yogurt as a healthier base for your flavors rather than milk, cream and sugar. Bung some natural Greek yogurt, honey for sweetness, and a fruit or two of your choice into the ice cream maker for 30 minutes and await the perfect results. Peach, banana, kiwi and strawberry make for kid-friendly flavors that aren’t too tart.

The Chocolate One: Nutella

Fact: the number of Nutella jars sold in a year could cover the Great Wall of China eight times. Thankfully, for a swirl of chocolatey heaven in your vanilla, you’ll only need about half a cup for this recipe, which should be combined with whipping cream, milk and eggs once the ice cream maker gets going. Add crushed walnuts caramel sauce and banana for a banoffee spin.

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The Takeaway Option: Popsicles

Your kids won’t want to miss a moment outside if it’s sunny, so opt for popsicles for a quick-fire cool down. Blend ripe watermelon with lemon juice and sugar and pour into popsicle molds for a healthy snack, or freeze chunks of banana and strawberry on skewers dipped in chocolate for irresistible fruit kebabs.

There are of course an endless number of different flavour combinations to create, so why not do some research, create a wishlist, and start making your own ice cream today! You’ll never turn back to store bought, once you’ve had the first bite….

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Precisio Slant Tip Tweezer Review

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Precisio Slant Tip Tweezers

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I have been looking for a good tweezer for a while now…and jumped at the chance to review this new item by CRAVE! First of all I LOVE that they have a LIFETIME GUARANTEE… this makes the 19.99 price tag easier to swallow!

The tip is VERY precise! I was able to pull out or “tweeze” my eyebrow hairs very selectively and easily with these tweezers. It only took one tweeze to get a hair…with my old tweezers I usually pull and pull at a hair just to get it to come out! These went in grabbed the hair and out it come… no fussing and crying over hairs still in place! Since they work on getting hairs out the first time there is less pain while tweezing… and the tweezers actually pull the hair out by the root…no more half hairs as I call it (when the tweezer only pulls out part of the hair). BEST OF ALL THEY DO NOT PINCH MY SKIN!!!

The Crave Company GUARANTEES that these tweezers will stay sharp for life (no resharpening or replacement)… I will get back to you on that one…but I am HOPING that the claim is genuine (which I am sure it is!)

Overall the design is great…they are comfortable to handle and I like that they have a matte finish so that your fingers can actually grab on to the tweezer without slipping.

Additional uses:

Of course these tweezers can have a dual purpose such as first aid and tick removal. I have yet to take advantage of this option because there has been no need as of yet! However, I think these would be a great addition to any first aid kit. First of all they are made of high quality surgical grade stainless steel and come in a neat little sanitary holding case so that they are not damaged or contaminated during storage; fitting nicely into a first aid kit.

Actual picture of what I received

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Close up of Tweezer lets you see the precision tip!

 

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This and other crave products can be purchased on Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Tweezers-Slant-Tip-Stainless-Steel/dp/B00J6L7HAA

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Week #32 Saturday Top Five Laughs

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A little late in posting my Saturday Top Five Laughs post this week. We are once again joining Mel over at The Mommyhood Chronicles for week #32 (for us) in our Saturday Top Five Laughs of the week.

5. “The cat ate the frog!”

That is what I heard our children say this evening. They have had it in their bug box and left it in the garage where our mama cat is staying with the new kitten. It should be an interesting evening to say the least.

4. “Pretzels don’t eat bacon!” Ok, it’s one bizarre evening here. We just thought our oldest said, “Pretzels don’t eat bacon!” Not just me but the two younger ones thought that is what she said too. She smiled and corrected us (or herself) saying, “No, pretzels don’t need yeast​, they need baking powder.”

I’m still shaking my head.

3. My pinky hurting mommy….

Jr. is telling me his pinky is hurting….and he has two clothes pins on both of his pinkies! Take them off then, I tell him….and he keeps them on. Sigh.

2. “Do you want to go on a date with me?”

My four year old just asked my 14 year old this! I asked how does he know what a date is and one of the other children said, “He doesn’t!”

Too cute!

1. My oldest lightened her hair with peroxide and after all that decided she likes it her darker color! Silly girl! She claims she was bored of her hair.

What are some silly things your children do?

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In Perfect Time by Sarah Sundin

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In Perfect Time by Sarah Sundin


In Perfect Time
by Sarah Sundin is book three in the Nightingale series. Each book is a stand alone book. The series is set in WWII and is about flight nurses and the men serving in the war. I have enjoyed this series. You can see my reviews of the first two books of the series here and here.

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I enjoyed the adventure and intrigue of Lt. Roger Cooper’s flights in this particular novel. It kept me wanting to turn the pages. A couple of flights are based on true WWII flights, which my husband found hard to believe when I relayed information to him. He’s a skeptic though and a war buff so he likes the facts and the flights were pretty amazing feats so that’s why he was a doubter at first.

There is a definite Christian theme in this book, as there are in most of the books I read. This particular book’s theme centered on the fact that God loves sinners no matter what they have done. We are all redeemable and do not need to earn forgiveness but to accept it as the gift it is.

In Perfect Time provided me with the back stories of a couple of characters featured in the first two books. It was nice to finally learn more about them and what made them tick, as well as the follow-up story of some of the other characters.

I even enjoyed the romantic side of the book this time. It was realistic, romantic, humorous and heart-breaking all rolled into one.

There was an underlying theme of parents who do not display confidence in their children’s talents and abilities. For me this was sad to read about, it made me feel sorry for the characters and question if I am expressing my belief in my children so they know that I truly believe in them and what they are capable of doing with their lives. The characters in this book only learned in adulthood what should have been impressed on them in childhood – you are talented, you are worthy, you are capable and you can do anything you put your mind to. Every parent should instill self-belief into their children, especially if the child does not have it in themselves. What a responsibility we have as parents!

I give In Perfect Time two thumbs up and recommend it to all history lovers and romantics.

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