14 September 2014

..::Product Review::.. Bee Sili Ice Pop Mold Maker


My Review of the Bee Sili Lunchbox Containers & Ice Pop Molds

What is it exactly?

     From the website. . .
"It's Fun & Fast for Busy Families to Enjoy Healthy, Thrifty Snacks with Our Eco Friendly Silicone Lunch Box Containers & Ice Pop Molds! *6 ice pop molds stand up in a cup or glass for easy filling * Each mold holds 3.3 oz or about 1/3 cup * Leave 1" at top for expansion when frozen * Run warm/hot water over sides of frozen pop to loosen for easy push up * Let Your Imagination Run Wild * Fill pops: Left over smoothie mix, juice, jello, yogurt, pudding, coconut, almond or chocolate milk with berries, left over baby food, leftover sauces & more! * Adults Only: Margarita, pina colada, daiquiri mixes, jello shots & more? * Pets: On the go, travel snack keeper for your pet's treats * Keep snacks fresh: Nuts, seeds, dried fruit, granola, veggies, candy * Travel: Snacks, vitamins, Q tips, cotton balls, gum, mints * LOVE these BPA free, food grade silicone lunch box & ice pop molds as much as we do or we will refund you 100% for any reason, anytime!"

Review…

I was sent a 6-piece mold/container set from Bee Sili to review.  

On Amazon, these molds/containers are priced at $12.95 with free shipping if you have Amazon Prime.


Packaging & Presentation of the Bee Sili Lunchbox Containers & Ice Pop Molds

They finally arrived!  I was looking forward to this review, so without further ado...

Let's take a look at this packaging.  It's pretty colorful. Indeed it is.  But that's about it as far as that goes.  Wrapped in a cellophane bag (without a company logo), the (6) Bee Sili mold/containers were neatly packed as a set.  There were no instructions included.  

I know, I know.  Why would I need instructions for something so simple?  I like to think of it this way:  You are giving these to somebody as a gift.  When the recipient opens the gift, they are going to wonder what these colorful tubes are for.  Of course the directions are on Amazon, but do you really want to include a link to the product in your gift?  It would be so much easier if the manufacture included a little piece of paper that outlined the usage ideas for these.

Interior Package

The Bee Sili molds are 1.5" wide by 8" long.  Each of the molds hold 1/3 cup of product.  After unwrapping them, you can see that each mold is printed with a logo and includes an individual cap.

Bee Sili Molds

My Personal Experience with the Bee Sili Lunchbox Containers & Ice Pop Molds

When I found out that I was going to be reviewing these, I was pretty excited.  Since Charlie is in first grade now, he has to bring a lunch.  What better way to pack those 'loose' snacks than in a reusable container? (No more buying plastic baggies anymore-- yay!!)

Since these are designed to be lunchbox containers AND popsicle molds, I tested both methods of use.

The molds do have a plastic-y smell as soon as you take them out of the packaging, so please be sure to wash them before using them.  

To start with, I used this product as a lunch container.  I decided to pack some peanuts in the blue mold for Charlie's lunch.  It did fix exactly 1/3 cup with little room to spare.  They didn't spill at all, the cap held on nicely during the day.

Used as a lunch container holding peanuts

Next, I used the product as an ice pop mold.  I made cherry popsicles!  I made up my mix, and then poured it on in.  It was very easy to get the proper amount in.  You stick the molds in a cup so they stand up straight and just pour the liquid in using a liquid measuring cup.


Pouring the Popsicle mix in the Ice Pop Mold

After about 2 hours of being in the freezer, we finally reached a solid freeze. Looking at the surrounding area in which I placed the mold in the freezer, there were absolutely no leaks from the lid or elsewhere. This was the easy part.  You take your popsicle out of the freezer and run some warm water over the tube.  It pushed out nice and easy-- no mess!

Finished popsicle

...and of course Charlie is enjoying it!

Charlie eating his fresh popsicle

Pros of the Bee Sili Lunchbox Containers & Ice Pop Molds
  • Great way to save money and end useless waste products.  No more buying plastic bags for snacks.  No more buying plastic-wrapped popsicles.
  • Versatile.  Use as snack holders for your kids, pet treats on-the-go, ice pop molds, jello molds, and even (for adults only!) jello shooters!
  • Comes in a variety of colors suitable for either gender.
  • Small size allows these mold/containers to be ultra-portable.
  • FDA-approved food grade and BPA-free.
  • Dishwasher safe. (Yes, we all like this one!)

Cons of the Bee Sili Lunchbox Containers & Ice Pop Molds
  • They smell plastic-y right out of the package.
  • You have to be careful when you fill these with liquid and try to place the cap on.  If you do not leave room, it is going to overflow and create a large mess.
  • No instructions. This is a big one for me. It would be beneficial for Bee Sili's customers to quickly look at some usage ideas rather than having to go to Amazon to be reminded.

Summary

In short, I like these things.  They make it easy for me to pack Charlie's lunch in a pinch, and to also create a fun iced snack in no time.  If you are looking to slightly simplify your life, then go with the Bee Sili's.  You'll like 'em, the kid's'll like 'em and it is a win-win!

Are you wanting to try to try the Bee Sili Lunchbox Containers & Ice Pop Molds, too?  Click the link below, and order away!  

CLICK HERE TO ORDER!


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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

10 September 2014

75% off at Rite Aid - End of Summer Clearance Finds


Typical me.  I go in for one thing, come out with 20.  But it's important to always check the clearance shelves! (That's what I tell myself). Anyway, check out the haul below.


M&M's & Starburst Candles - $0.49/each
Saltwater Taffy - bag for $1.00
Cotton Candy (my favorite) - $0.64/tub
Flip Flops (this brand lasted me all summer long) - $1.99 
Wind Spinner - $7.49

.... and the best part ...



My hummingbird Wind Spinner!  I have wanted one of these since I've seen them in Home Depot, but I wasn't going to pay $30-40 for it.  I found the same exact one at Rite Aid for $7.49.  I just had to get it!

Check out your local Rite Aid and see if you can find anything good.  This time of year always makes for some good clearance shopping!


..::Product Review::..Instanatural Argan Oil Hair Mask




My Review of Instanatural Argan Oil Hair Mask

What is it exactly?

     From the website. . .
"InstaNatural’s Argan Oil Hair Mask is a deep conditioning treatment designed to transform dry and damaged strands into soft, shiny, healthy hair. Its restorative ingredients – such as Argan Oil, Japanese Green Tea, Amino Acid Complex, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil & Vitamin B5 – work together to penetrate hair deep down and deliver ultimate nourishment and hydration to enhance texture and shine. This intensive blend full of organic ingredients also serves to strengthen hair to defend against heat damage and other external aggressors."

Review…

I was sent an 8 fl oz jar of the Argan Oil Hair Mask from Instanatural to review.  

On Amazon, this hair mask is priced at $17.95 with free shipping with Amazon Prime, and on their website it is $19.95, so you are better off ordering from Amazon.


Packaging & Presentation

This product is in a large plastic jar that has a screw-on lid. The packaging is pretty bland, there is nothing super exciting about it. 

Instanatural Argan Oil Hair Mask

Underneath the lid is the protective covering over the product.

Protective covering

On one 'side' of the jar, we have the ingredients.  I want to point out the amount of organic ingredients.  That's what I like to see in a product!  The best ingredients in here are the following:  argan oil, amino acid complex, coconut oil, shea butter, vitamin B5.

Ingredients

Lastly, on the other 'side' are the directions. They are simple enough to understand.  You towel dry your hair.  Apply mask.  Leave in 5-15 minutes.  Rinse out.  1x or 2x per week.  Simple.

Instructions for use

My Personal Experience with Instanatural Argan Oil Hair Mask

I wanted to get the real effect of this product, so I used my husband, Trey, as a guinea pig.  He loves getting his hair washed, so he was fast to agree to testing it out.

First, I washed and dried his hair (with a towel) normally. Using his normal everyday shampoo.

Clean, towel dried hair

Next, I applied it.  It's pretty thick stuff, so you have to work it in to make sure you get thorough coverage.  Ensure you use a generous amount, don't be scared to use it.

This is how it looked directly after application

Now, the easy part.  We decided to leave it in for the full 15 minutes.  Here is how it looked after waiting.  It looks the same as the before picture, although it turned into the consistency of a pomade after 15 minutes.  

After 15 minutes - ready to be washed out!

After rinsing it out, we are left with the final product--  I wish you could reach into the picture and feel how soft his hair turned out. I was pretty impressed with the result.

All finished!

Pros of the Instanatural Argan Oil Hair Mask
  • It really leaves your hair feeling soft and manageable.  
  • Made from a lot of organic ingredients and it's not tested on animals.
  • You are able to use it as a standard daily conditioner if you wish to do so.

Cons of the Instanatural Argan Oil Hair Mask
  • I did not like the smell, but my husband loved it!  It smells kind of like vanilla, and is sweet smelling.  So, if you like vanilla, you'll love it.
  • You have to use a lot for full coverage.  

Summary

I can say that not only me, but my husband really enjoyed this review!  It was a simple product that really works.  This would be great for hydrating long hair once a week.

Are you wanting to try Instanatural Argan Oil Hair Mask, too?  Click the link below, and order away!  

CLICK HERE TO ORDER!


For further information, please visit Instanatural on:


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

..::Product Review::.. Vacay Water Enhancer



My Review of Vacay Water Enhancer

What is it exactly?

     From the website. . .
"Vacay was created for people that just love to chill. It’s no mystery that just as many people like to chill compared to those that like to consume energy drinks. In our eyes, there wasn’t a single relaxation beverage product on the market that had exactly what we were looking for. We wanted a product that tasted sweet and was all natural with no harmful preservatives, inexpensive with 10 servings in 1 package, and small enough that we could carry in our pocket for whenever we needed to chill."

Review…
I was sent the 10-serving 15g packet from Vacay Beverages to review.  

A 10-serving pack of Vacay Island Lemonade is $4.99, but you can get a better deal by buying the 60-serving envelope for $27.99.


Packaging & Presentation

Vacay arrived in a standard sized envelope, right to my mailbox.  

Taking it out of the envelope, the package did catch my eye.  The packet pictures a refreshing island and lays out what the product does.  This is important to know, of course!  Also, the flavor was printed clearly on front.  The package is resealable, so you don't lose any of the powder.  It is also easy to store for the next time you want to drink some. It was also a 'tear here' type of opening, so that was easy!

Vacay - front of the serving envelope

The back of the envelope is your standard Supplement Facts, outlining the ingredients used in this product.  There are also very simple instructions on how to use it.


My Personal Experience with Vacay Water Enhancer

I'll admit it.  I've been told to 'chill' quite a few times in my life.  When I was offered the opportunity to review this, I pretty much jumped on it!  

This is made to help people 'chill'. I made sure I took it on a super stressful day.  Let's see how it worked.

First, I had to set it all up, because I didn't want to mess up.  I got a cup of water (8 oz), a 1/2 teaspoon, and a glass.  

Setting Up


Next, I mixed in 1/2 teaspoon of the Vacay into my 8 oz of water.  This was a little tricky, I recommend stirring it in slow, or it clumps up, and it makes it harder to dissolve.

Mixing the Vacay into the water
This is how it looks when it is all mixed in:


Finally, I poured it in the glass, and was ready to drink!


After that, I sipped it to get a good taste of the flavor.  It definitely tasted like lemonade.  There was also another taste there, but I can't place it. I'm sure it was some of the herbs that it was made with.  It was not bad, though.

So, the big question.  Did it work?  In short, yes. I took it at 9 pm, knowing that I was going to bed at 11.  I had no idea what was supposed to happen, but around 35-40 minutes after ingesting, I began to feel relaxed.  I was able to read my book without having so much stress on my mind that I reread the same lines over and over again.  It was also easy to fall asleep when I was ready, and not having to beg my brain to turn off.

Pros of the Vacay Water Enhancer
  • Small envelope allows easy transporting in your purse, pocket, or wallet.
  • All natural ingredients, no preservatives, no harmful chemicals
  • Resealable envelope
  • This product is priced perfectly.  At $0.50/serving, it is one of the cheapest drinks you will find that actually does work.

Cons of the Vacay Water Enhancer
  • Flavor options.  Some people do not like lemonade.  By introducing new flavors, Vacay Beverages will increase its customer base.
  • For maximum effects, you are to take Vacay 2-3 times per day which can be a little overwhelming if you are at a job where you do not have that ability.
  • Mixing the powder in the water takes a while. If you do it fast, it clumps.
Summary

As a high stress person, I am proud to say that Vacay did let me have some relaxation during the evening without giving into running thoughts.  It was fairly easy to prepare, and pretty delicious. Also keep in mind that it is affordable. I would recommend this, and I would purchase again.

Are you wanting to try Vacay Water Enhancer, too?  Click the link below, and order away!  

CLICK HERE TO ORDER!


For further information, please visit Vacay Beverages on:


DISCLAIMER:  I received the product mentioned above complimentary for review purposes from Vacay Beverages. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  All opinions stated above are solely mine, and have not been influenced in any form.

08 September 2014

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