FiberChoice 30-Day Get Picky Challenge

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Well, my 30-Day Get Picky Challenge using FiberChoice Fruity Bites has come to a close. You can look back at the challenge and why I decided to give it a try here:  Getting Started with the FiberChoice Challenge and here: The Get Picky Challenge.

After 30 days, I feel great. The product was so easy to use and (as mentioned in the prior articles) tastes like candy so it's amazingly easy to remember to take.

It really doesn't get much easier. If you're not a fan of gummy vitamins or need something specific in your fiber supplement, then you have many different products to choose from:


They have products that contain antioxidants, vitamins, calcium, and some that are formulated for weight loss help.

You can find them pretty much wherever medications are sold and also online (at places like Amazon and drugstore.com)

If you head to the FiberChoice website, you can download a $2 off coupon to purchase your first bottle.


There's also a chance to win money and free product coupons! Head to www.fiberchoice.com/consumerchallenge and sign up to get started.

Each week in September, five winners will be selected at random to win high-value coupons. At the end of the month, one participant will win a $500 prepaid gift card!


Disclosure: I received complimentary product and compensation for my participation in the FiberChoice 30-Day Get Picky Challenge. All opinions expressed are my own and should not be deemed as medical advice.



Bake It Fun Silicone Baking Mat Review

Thursday, August 28, 2014



I recently had the opportunity to review the Bake It Fun Silicone Baking Mat. Ever since I discovered parchment paper, I had dreamed of a product like this. Parchment paper is a game changer - and this silicone baking mat is like parchment paper but without the waste. I always hated throwing away parchment paper.

This particular mat measures 16 1/2" by 11"  (fits a 13x18 pan) and is safe to use in a freezer, toaster oven, microwave and oven (up to 450 degrees F.)

It is everything you would image - a non stick baking sheet. No more scraping food and washing pans.

It works amazingly and even comes with measurements on the sides! Ever had a recipe tell you to roll something out to a precise number of inches? I have, and I always guessed. Now you can be certain and roll your pastry out without having it stick to the table/counter/pan.

I am in love with this product and will most likely be buying them for my friends and sisters this holiday season.
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.

Ageless by Thera Vita Reivew




Hyaluronic Acid is essential to healthy skin and I recently had the opportunity to review Ageless by Thera Vita. Ageless is an organically infused hyaluronic acid serum for smoothing fine lines and keeping moisture in your skin.

I used it in the evening and after any skin injury (chemical peels, sun exposure, swimming pool use, etc.) I could feel a difference in the firmness and thickness of my skin. My skin looked younger and felt plumper after use.

It's also easy to apply. The product features an easy to use pump and glides into the skin smoothly. It fully absorbed into my skin within seconds and I could apply other products soon after.

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.

Galley Essentials BPA free silicone baking cups review



There are a ton of great uses for Galley Essentials BPA free silicone baking cups. I recently had the opportunity to try them and I am hooked! I don't think I'll ever buy paper cups again.

They are great for the obvious things like muffins, but they are even better for the not-so-obvious. I use them to make homemade almond butter chocolate cups (like Reeses peanut butter cups but without all the sugar and without peanut butter.) I use them to separate snacks in my children's lunch boxes and I use them to make individual egg dishes. I even use them in our solar oven!

They are so fantastic, I even thought of starting a pinterest board with all the great things I can use them for!

They are easy to clean, easy to use, and are truly non-stick. They are also dishwasher/oven/microwave/freezer safe and BPA free. I highly recommend them to anyone.

Right now you can save $3 off your purchase at Amazon by using the code: TOM25OFF 
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.

Organic Tart Cherry Juice - Sleepytime antioxidant review


Many of my friends take sleep aids. Even though I suffered from insomnia for decades, the thought never occurred to me to "take something." Then I came across this Organic Tart Cherry Juice and had the chance to review it.

I am no longer an insomniac - my problems were mainly psychological and I fixed them on my own, but if I were to take a sleep aid - something natural like cherry juice would be at the top of my list. I never take "medicines" that are not natural in origin.

So we had the chance to review this cherry juice. The thing that appealed to me the most was the antioxidant levels. I love cherries and would eat hundreds of them in one sitting if they were readily available.

I relished the idea of having concentrated cherry juice readily available. My first thought was to keep it as an emergency supply, and I still think it would be a good addition to anyone's emergency food storage. Though people often think about storing calories, they often forget antioxidants and vitamins.

At this point I should let you know that this product comes with a guarantee - "upgrade sleep, relieve pain, or your purchase is on us."

Since I no longer have sleep or pain issues, I can not comment on the products effectiveness in these areas. I had no issues to heal. I also did not develop any sleep or pain issues as result of trying this product.

So how in the world did we use it? I first tried to drink it straight. Not a good idea. I love cherries, but this is a whole lot of cherry at once. The flavor is good but intense. Instead, I used it as a flavor enhancer.

When I made smoothies or popsicles, I added cherry juice. It brightened the colors and gave a depth of flavor. I also added it when I added fruit to yogurt. Again - a boost of antioxidants and a level of flavor.

I added it to my food and to my children's food. I considered it the same as adding vitamins or simply the same as adding cherries.

In all, I really liked it and the flavor is so intense that a little really goes a long way. This bottle (used the way I use it) would last for at least 2 months.


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.

Prevent illness when you travel - a review of Culturelle Kids

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Whenever we travel, two things happen - #1 I get acne and #2 I get sick. The main reason for those two unfortunate side effects are a change in diet and sleep while vacationing. Let's be honest: vacations mean bad food.

It's not that I want to eat bad food or that I pig out on junk. It's just that travelling means you are the mercy of what's available, and what's available isn't all that healthy. It also means you will interact with new people and most likely more people, so you are apt to run into new germs.

Then there's the change in water.... All of these things can lead to illness while you're traveling. As a parent, you also have to be concerned about your children's health. Nobody wants their child to get sick, but you especially don't want to get sick on vacation. You're supposed to be having fun!

We've all seen probiotics for adults, but now Culturelle has come out with a line just for kids. I keep a stash of probiotics to bring with me on travels and last Christmas I actually remembered! For the first time in a long time, I didn't get sick. I did get acne...but that's a whole different situation.

We had the chance to try Culturelle's  chewable probiotics.

The chewable tablets are super easy. I had my kids take them for a couple days. They aren't sick that often and don't have any tummy issues (yay fruits and vegetables!) so I wasn't surprised that they didn't seem to feel any different.

The best part - they didn't really like the taste (or the after taste) so they didn't ask for them like candy. They understood that they were medicine and not to be craved. I really, really appreciated this. I hate all the gummy "vitamins" on the market. They add extra sugar and condition our children to want to eat sweets...all the time.

That being said, I am excited to use these when we do travel again and when my kids go back to school. The same things apply - a change in eating and sleeping and exposure to a ton of new people. I'll be happy to have the probiotics to help their immune system keep up with the onslaught of "new."

You can find Culturelle probiotics in most major stores and online at Amazon.

*I received complimentary product samples for review purposes. No compensation was received and all opinions expressed are my own.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Can You Control the Costs of Your Healthcare?
Face it: something’s going to happen to you during the course of your lifetime that’s going to require you to seek some form of medical treatment. The human body, for all of its amazing complexities, is subject to wear-and-tear. Such abuse often falls beyond the scope of the natural healing process. Yet the inordinate cost of healthcare is often precisely what keeps people from seeking it when it’s needed.
Yet you do have some measure of control over what kinds of healthcare costs you’ll be required to pay. As you know, it costs a lot more to be seen in an emergency room than it does to be treated in a doctor’s office or clinic. Yet surprisingly, many of the more common problem treated in America’s ERs are for issues that can also be addressed in a clinic. While the treatment that you receive will be the same, the bills for such treatment can be very different. Before we jump into some tips on why the emergency room should be avoided, take a glance through this infographic comparing the two services:
Tips to Avoiding the Emergency Room
The most common reasons given by patients who could have been treated in a clinic but choose to instead go to the ER is that they needed treatment at odd hours when clinicians weren’t available to be seen in their offices. Yet that excuse disregards those patients’ own role in their healthcare. By following just a few simple practices, you’ll find that avoiding unnecessary trips to the ER isn’t all that difficult:
Don’t wait for symptoms to worsen: Too many people feel that they have to be near death in order for a doctor to take their compliant seriously. Yet the truth is that you know your body better than anyone. If you know you’ll eventually need treatment, go to the doctor now. This way, you’re not left in agony in the middle of the night, with your only choice being a trip to the ER.
Have a primary care physician: While clinicians can’t diagnose you over the phone, your primary care doctor is at least aware of your medical history and your current overall state of health. He or she will also typically allow you to reach out to him or her after office hours. His or her personal knowledge of you can allow him or her to make a good assessment of your need for treatment over the phone.
Live a healthy lifestyle: The easiest way to avoid needing to be seen in an ER is to avoid the habits and practices that may land you in one. By being healthy, you not avoid trips to the emergency room, but you lower the costs associated with your healthcare altogether.
Just because you can’t control the fact that you will require medical treatment at some point doesn’t mean that you can’t influence the type of care that you receive. By being mindful of your body and exactly how it responded to injuries and illnesses, coupled with living a healthy lifestyle, you can help ensure that your typical medical care rarely rises beyond of the occasional clinic visit.

Sunsella Silicone Baking Cups Review




There are a ton of great uses for Sunsella Silicone Baking Cups. I recently had the opportunity to try them and I am hooked! I don't think I'll ever buy paper cups again.

They are great for the obvious things like muffins, but they are even better for the not-so-obvious. I use them to make homemade almond butter chocolate cups (like Reeses peanut butter cups but without all the sugar and without peanut butter.) I use them to separate snacks in my children's lunch boxes and I use them to make individual egg dishes. I even use them in our solar oven!

They are easy to clean, easy to use, and are truly non-stick. They are also dishwasher/oven/microwave/freezer safe and BPA free. I highly recommend them to anyone.


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.

Paradise Coconut Oil Review



If you are familiar with any of the the hip diet trends, then you are most likely aware of coconut oil. Vegan, Primal, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Celiac and many low-inflammation diets recommend natural oils like coconut oil.

But where do you find it and how do you buy the right one? Well, the hardest thing about choosing a coconut oil is finding a reputable manufacturer that makes pure cold pressed oil. For this, you're most likely going to need to go online.

The second issue is size. Most coconut oil is sold in outrageously huge containers to make it economical to ship. That's great for saving money and because coconut oil generally lasts a long time (and is shelf stable.) But if you're just getting started using it, you want a more manageable size container.

That's one of the main benefits of Paradise Coconut Oil. Paradise coconut oil is organic certified 100% coconut oil.  But it comes in a reasonably sized package. It contains just the right amount so you can most of the recipes you'll come across in starting a new diet/lifestyle but not so much that you'll end up with an endless supply if you decide to change diets again.

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.


Australian Tea Tree Oil Review

Saturday, August 9, 2014


I had to opportunity to review Australian Tea Tree Oil. I wanted to try it because there numerous claims at the ailments it can cure online. I even used tea tree oil shampoo on my daughter as a baby to heal cradle cap (worked great) but had never used real tea tree oil. It was completely different from how I expected.

First - the product smells so strong and volatile. A little definitely goes a long way. I was glad the product came with a How-To guide because it had so many great ideas for uses. I followed the recipe for the acne treatment and hair conditioner.

I used both of these products and really liked the hair conditioner. The acne treatment seemed to work okay but I haven't had any raging acne lately to really give it a try. It was easier to use as a hair conditioner spray (mixed with vinegar and water) than the acne cream because of the dilution and scent.

I also used the product to try and destroy a plantar wart. Tea tree oil is supposed to able to cure all sorts of skin ailments. I have battled this wart for 5 years and NOTHING has ever gotten rid of it. I have been applying tea tree oil - covering in a bandage for about 3 weeks. The wart is still alive and well, but does seem to have changed a bit. The center (where the roots are, way too much info, I know) is dried out and I can pick it out with my finger nails. Maybe it's dying? Maybe it's changing? It's still here and is the same size but if it is dying that it's worth continuing to apply the tea tree oil and see if it eventually goes away.

Also, this bottle will last a super long time. You use such small amounts in any of the recipes and it is so strong that you will want to use it sparingly. I like it but it does take some getting used to.
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.