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Get your recommended daily water intake with this stainless steel insulated water bottle with flip cap straw



I recently received one 16 and one 25 ounce stainless steel insulated water bottles from Hydracentials.  These stainless steel water bottles are awesome! I filled the 25 ounce one with cold refrigerator water at 11PM and it was still cold at 3AM when I woke up for a potty break. Too much info? HAHA! Well with one of these water bottles at your side, you will be drinking a lot more water. You can get a soft stretchy material cover (like a can cozi) to go over the stainless steel so your hands won’t be cold and mini straw scrubber to clean the flip cap straw. (Ask the company directly about these) The 25 ounce bottle is HUGE! 25 ounces is enough for most people for the whole day. I try to drink two of these 25 ounces a day now.

I let my son use the 16 ounce one when we go out and it fits in his car seat just perfect.  We both love these and don’t know how we managed without them before.

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I LOVE the sippy straw!!!! You do NOT have to tilt this water bottle towards the air to drink it. Just suck like a straw and it comes out. You can close the straw down so nothing nasty lands on it like flies or germs. It has a handle that you can attach to your own lanyard or clip. You cannot go wrong with this baby!! LOVE IT! Thank you for sending me these sporty bottles for my honest review!

Their Amazon Page (For the 25 ounce bottle) says:

  • The Hydracentials Sporty 25 oz Double Wall Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle is perfect for use at the gym, at the office, around your house and anywhere you need to take your beverage of choice with you. The loop at the top provides an extra convenient way to carry, or can hook onto backpacks or carabineers.
  • Made from durable and sturdy PREMIUM QUALITY 18/8 FOOD GRADE STAINLESS STEEL, this Hydracentials Sporty 25 ounce water bottle is a great eco friendly sports bottle. This double wall insulated water bottle is PERFECT for carrying while walking, hiking, camping, use at the gym or just on the go- as it fits great in most car cup holders. No more spills and messes while driving!
  • Ditch those plastic water bottles! GO HEALTHY with this BPA Free, FOOD GRADE stainless steel water bottle that holds a large capacity of liquids 25 fluid ounces and no longer worry about toxins and chemicals leaching into your beverage. Drink crisp, clean, healthy and refreshing drinks from Your Hydracentials Water Bottle every time.
  • Just Fill and Go! This sporty bottle features a flip up spout and straw drinking mechanism allows the ease of staying hydrated even while on the go! The flip cap top provides single-handed drinking ability and is perfect for your busy life on the go! Stay hydrated and DRINK MORE WATER with this large capacity 25 ounce water bottle.
  • COLD LIQUIDS ONLY! This is a double wall insulated water bottle is made of 18/8 food grade stainless steel water bottle, which is only recommended for use with cold beverages due to the flip spout and straw drinking mechanism. DO NOT USE WITH HOT LIQUIDS. Drinking hot liquids from a straw is not a pleasurable experience and therefore this bottle is a cold beverage water bottle only!


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

Vacay Water Enhancer Relaxes Mind Eases Stress and Kind of Anxiety

Always check with your doctor and read the ingredients list before consuming any supplementation, including this one.  Make sure you do not have any medicines that interact with the ingredients.
Vacay has L-theanine, passion flower, and chamomile.


I recently received one packet of 10 servings* (See below) of Vacay Water enhancer for stress relief and anxiety.  I took it a few days ago when I was having a rather stressful day and felt some anxiety.  I was a tad bit worried more because I just didn’t know how it was going to make me feel.


#drinkvacay to relax the worries away

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This is how I felt:

15 minutes after drinking, I still had anxiety but it did make me calmer if that makes sense.  I wasn’t jumping out of my skin with anxiety but I still had that slight feeling.

30 minutes after drinking, It did make me feel relaxed and my mind calmer.  I was overly worried about how the ingredients would interact with my thyroid medicine so that could be why I was so anxious and it didn’t COMPLETELY calm me down.  I know that having to take a thyroid medicine, you cannot take any supplements 4 hours after you have your medicine.  I took Vacay water 10 hours later so that wasn’t an issue.  I was just worried like normal.

1 hour after drinking and my body was really relaxed and my mind much calmer, yet didn’t take my anxiety away 100%.

This would be perfect for people with mild anxiety levels and stress.  If you’re like me and have high anxiety, it should make your body relaxed but your mind might keep going for a bit.  I was calm though.  It sounds like a contradiction, but really it’s not?  I just want to state my honest opinion.  I think this will work for the majority of people with stress and anxiety.

My other half took some too and he was asleep within a 1/2 hour.  I asked him how he felt and he said, “I feel sleepy.”  It was bedtime so this helped him relax for sure.

Taste:  It tasted like lemonade from like Crystal Light or something.  It probably was because of the Stevia, which gave it a “diet” flavor.  However, please don’t be deterred about Stevia, as this is much better for you than any sugar.


*I was confused about the packaging label.  It says take 1/2 tsp in 8 ounces of water 2/3 times a day.  However,  with only two uses, it looks like there is maybe 2 or 3 more servings left. I was worried again after that because I thought if there was supposed to be 10 servings in the package, and it looked like there would only be 2 or 3 more 1/2 teaspoons left, did we take TOO MUCH!?
I am in the process of asking the company and will post the response here.  I had more anxiety from questioning myself about if I took too much.

Received a response, however, I do know that I measured correctly.  I am not an idiot.  So make sure you check your servings too.  Maybe they met 1/4 teaspoon per?

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All in all, I did like the product and it’s a good concept.  I liked how it made my body relaxed.  My mind has a MIND of it’s own sometimes and nothing calms it down completely.  I like that you can take this anywhere with you and take it no problem.  Great for planes or anywhere, where you feel nervous. #drinkvacay

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100 Percent Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil Review

Today I received a big 4 ounce bottle of 100% Australian Tea Tree Oil from Apothecary Extracts.  I could smell it from inside the shipping box.  Then there was another box as shown in my picture.  I was sure that it was spilled or broken, given the smell, but sure enough it was intact.  This is pharmaceutical grade, so it is 100% potent.

So you are wondering what Tea Tree Oil is?

From WebMD: “Tea tree oil is derived from the leaves of the tea tree. The tea tree was named by eighteenth century sailors, who made tea that smelled like nutmeg from the leaves of the tree growing on the swampy southeast Australian coast. Do not confuse the tea tree with the unrelated common tea plant that is used to make black and green teas.”

I was interested in using this Tea Tree Oil to heal a dry itchy patch on my skin that keeps reappearing.  It’s the size of a quarter and it will fade slightly when I use Vitamin C serum, but still comes back if I stop.  So I wanted to try this.  Then I read on the box that I shouldn’t apply it to any irritated skin or rash.  Well, I didn’t listen.  I did listen to the warning about the strength though.  I got my coconut oil out and mixed four 1 teaspoons and 1 teaspoon of this Tea Tree oil together.  I applied it to the itchy patch.  It did slightly tingle the area but nothing too extreme.

UPDATE: 9/10/2014:  I’ve applied this to the itchy scaly patch about a dozen times, (mixed with the coconut oil as a carrier).  It did lessen the itchiness and the scaliness.  It seems to work just as good or slightly better than vitamin c serum for this particular problem.

I really like the ebook they sent with this.  It tells you how you can use the oil for different things like, household cleaner, skin and hair care, and over 50 different recipes for it!

Something that is always on everyone’s mind is if it’s really “100% pure” or “100% natural”.  This is copy and pasted from their Q & A page on Amazon:
Q: Can you confirm this is 100% Tea Tree oil? I’m tired of buying essential oils advertising as 100% just to find out stuff is added.

A:  That’s something we were concerned about as well. When we went looking for a source we spent a lot of money on sophisticated tests to find a 100% pure Australian Tea Tree Oil. What we found is that nearly everything coming out of China had been adulterated in some way. And even some of the brands that claim to be using Australian product are watering their product down with other substances. These 2 tests show that the ‘peaks’ of the graph are exactly where they should be for a 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil.  Hope that helps. (They provided links to graphs and a report.(See below as I got them from this companies links)

Apothecary Extracts only sell their Tea Tree Oil on Amazon.
More from their Amazon page:
Contemporary Uses: Tea Tree Essential Oil is best known as a very powerful immune stimulant. It can help to fight all three categories of infectious organisms (bacteria, fungi, and viruses), and there is evidence that Tea Tree Oil massages prior to an operation may help to fortify the body and reduce post-operative shock. Used in vapor therapy, Tea Tree Oil can help with colds, measles, sinusitis and viral infections. For skin and hair, Tea Tree has been used to combat acne, oily skin, head lice, dandruff, toenail fungus, yeast infections, skin tags, cold sores, dandruff, and ringworm.
The Australian standards require that the oil of Melaleuca alternifolia must be composed of less than 15 cineole and over 30 terpinen-4-ol. You can request copies of our Gas Chromatography reports which show that Apothecary Extracts’ Tea Tree Oil is not only compliant with these regulations but surpasses them. Apothecary Extracts is composed of less than 5 cineole and over 35 terpinen-4-ol which qualifies for Pharmaceutical Grade as established by the Australian Tea Tree Oil Industry Association. It is 100% pure and unadulterated. No fillers, additives, bases or carriers added.

History: Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil is a pure oil culled from the leaves of a tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) native to Australia. The aboriginal people of Australia have long used Tea tree oil. The Aborigines would bathe in medicinal pools of water where the tea tree leaves had naturally settled. In World War Two, the producers and the cutters of Tea Tree were exempt from military service until enough essential oil had been accumulated. The oil was a highly valued product as it was issued to each soldier and sailor as part of their kit in order to treat tropical infections and infected wounds. Description: The Tea Tree is a small tree or shrub with needle-like leaves. It can grow up to 7 meters (20 feet) in height and thrives in marshy areas, though it is now cultivated in plantations. The Tea Tree is very robust; it is ready for cutting only two years after its’ previous harvest. General Information: Packaged in dark amber glass bottle with euro style dropper. | Botanical Name: Melaleuca alternifolia | Plant Part: Leaves | Extraction Method: Steam Distilled | Origin: Australia | Color: Colorless to pale yellow clear liquid.| Aromatic Scent: Tee Tree Essential Oil has a fresh, antiseptic and medicinal scent. It also has characteristic mint and spice back-notes. | Strength of Aroma: Medium | Blends well with: Cinnamon Bark, Clary Sage, Clove Bud, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Myrrh, Nutmeg, Rosewood, Rosemary and Thyme.

I would definitely recommend this product for anyone wanting to use healthier products on their skin and around the house.  You can do so much with Tea Tree Oil.

Here are a few examples:

  • Use tea tree oil to clear acne
  • Use tea tree oil to remove makeup
  • Use tea tree oil to soothe sores
  • Use tea tree oil to fight foot odor
  • Use tea tree oil to eliminate toenail fungus
  • Use tea tree oil to treat the chicken pox

Or here is a magical list of 80 uses for Tea Tree Oil! (This will open a new page in your browser)

Tea Tree Oil should be in every medicine cabinet, and every essential oil connoisseur’s goody bag.

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

Preparation H Medicated Wipes for Women Review

preperationHwipesforwomenReviewToday I received an extremely useful product from Preparation H to review.  Let’s face it, we all don’t really want to talk about our bathroom business, but it’s a fact of life for many, including myself at times.  These wipes would have helped me out during pregnancy so much.  While I was pregnant, I was always using the gel hemorrhoid cream.  It was so messy, slimy, and greasy.  It was hard to get the gel off.  Well these medicated wipes are wonderful.  You just use the wipe (pat or blot) and you’re done.  (You can also use them as a cold compress for 15 minutes or on the vaginal area.)  No mess, no greasy fingers, and they are flushable!  You can use them up to 6 times a day.  They smell pretty nice too, they are the first hemorrhoid wipe to include chamomile, aloe and cucumber!  You cannot go wrong with these if you are suffering from the dreaded hemorrhoids.  It’s nothing to be ashamed of, so let’s talk about it!

I know I, along with IBS sufferers need these.  They are soothing and I love how it immediately stops any symptoms.  I love that they made them more feminine and make you feel like you’re not really using any kind of “medicine”.  I also love that you can take them WITH you in cute little packets.  No embarrassing tube of hemorrhoid cream laying in the bottom of your purse.


Their website says:


  • Designed just for women
  • Infused with refreshing cucumber, soothing aloe, vitamin E, shea butter and Chamomile
  • Protects the irritated area for effective hemorrhoid relief
  • Gentle, everyday cleansing to cool and soothe
  • Flushable

Their webiste is at and you can also get a $1.50 coupon to print!


I received my free samples and coupons via Smiley360!


100% Pure Green Coffee Bean Review

Today I received a bottle of Pure Green Coffee Bean for weight loss by Xium The Science of Thin, sold by Accelerated Intelligence Distribution to review for my opinion.  I didn’t know much about green coffee bean and it’s effects, so I broke out the old Google.  I learned that this brand, Xium, seems a lot more healthy than other brands.  The pill itself is clear, which to me seems a little odd considering the name of the bean, “Green Coffee Bean”.  Then I looked into it and realized Xium does not put fillers, colors, or binders in this product.

I researched green coffee bean and found out Chlorogenic acid (GCA) may also slow the release of glucose into the bloodstream after a meal. On the back on the bottle it says 50% GCA. So bottom line: It’s better for energy and keeping your blood glucose levels down. The energy should make you move – thus weight loss should happen if you are eating a sensible diet.


How Does It Work?

This product’s weight loss effects are not caused by caffeine. The key ingredient for weight loss in Green Coffee Bean Extract is called chlorogenic acid. Chlorogenic acids works by inhibiting the release of glucose into the body, while at the same time boosting your metabolism and burning fat in the liver. These two mechanisms work together to inhibit the absorption of fat and eliminate weight gain. Chlorogenic Acid, which is an especially strong antioxidant. Antioxidants act as sponges that stop and sop up free radicals within the body, preventing them from causing oxidative damage.

I was hesitant to try these because I get really jittery with too much caffeine. This product claims it will not make you jittery. I didn’t really feel jittery, but I did feel anxious. I felt awake and I liked that because I am always sleepy and tired no matter how much sleep that I do or don’t get. I always feel tired. The bottle does warn about taking it if you have a bad heart. A lot of people on the reviews say they didn’t lose weight. I too did not, but I do have hypothyroidism and it is difficult to lose weight when your thyroid is out of whack. I will say that if you have high blood pressure, then the green coffee bean pill could help you more then for weight loss itself.

Here is what they said on their Amazon Page:

♥Green Coffee Bean Extract -#1 Doctor Recommended Brand
♥100% Pure -Easy To Swallow – Rapid Release Capsules – MADE IN USA
♥200 MG Capsules Pure-Clinically Proven Green Coffee Bean Extract (HCA) Hydroxycitric Acid
♥All Natural Weight Loss Supplement – Zero Fillers, Zero Binders, Zero Artificial Ingredients
♥MADE IN USA -Caffeine-Free (less than 1% Caffeine). Non-Stimulating- Effective & Safe, Lose Weight For Male & Female and All Body Types

This seems like an outstanding product from and upstanding company, but I always check with your doctor with your concerns before trying any new regimen.     I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Stylish and Comfortable Leak-Control Undergarment Underwear Panties for Women Review

(There are a lot more styles for both men and women on the website!)

Today I received a pair of leak control underwear from WearEverUs.  The quality was impressive right out of the box.  I realized that these undergarments were made durable, if material can be durable, for frequent washing.  These undergarments are great in cutting down your cost of the disposable underwear for incontinence.  I know that after I had my child, it was hard for me to hold for too long.  These come in men or women styles.  All of the styles look like regular attractive underwear on the shelves at retail stores.  No one would be able to tell if you stripped down to your undergarments, that these were incontinence underwear.  The padding in the crotch area, (sorry for lack of better word there folks), was about 1/2 inch thick.  They are very comfortable.

To better explain how their undergarments are made, here is what their website says:

“Choose Women’s Incontinence Panties by Wearever
for maximum protection and re-usability. Our selection of absorbent
female incontinence panties feature sewn-in Unique-Dri™ pads that trap
liquid and are treated with odor eliminating Agion™ antimicrobial
fibers. Wearever offers cotton, lace, and nylon microfiber styles to
meet every preference. More economical than disposables, Wearever is
recommended good for 200-250 washes.”

The company WearEver, also sells diabetic socks and bed pads, along with
the incontinence underwear.  They are affordable.  The prices for the
women range from $12.99-$26.99, most are around $15.99.  For the men,
the prices rang from $15.99 to $24.99.

These WearEver undergarments would be great for after pregnancy, for prostate patients, and general incontinence.

Support Us TOO International with Wearever Purchases this September!

A portion of proceeds from select sales of Wearever undergarments will benefit prostate cancer nonprofit Us TOO International this September. Wearever is partnering with Us TOO International to raise money in support of prostate cancer awareness, education and support networks for patients and their families. September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

Throughout the month of September, 10 percent of proceeds from the Wearever men’s underwear line will be donated back to Us TOO International. This includes all sizes, styles, colors and purchases in singles, three-packs and six-packs from the Wearever Men’s Incontinence Underwear line. To learn more and purchase products to support Us TOO International, visit

To learn about the company quickly and for your convenience, read the copy from their website’s About US page:

An Incontinent Opportunity

The Prime Life Fiber story started back in the early nineties, when Bob Deerin noticed that a flourishing industry in Europe for reusable incontinence underwear had no equivalent in the US market. Seeing an opportunity to provide a quality product at a lower overall cost, Bob and his partner in those early days started importing reusable incontinence undergarments from Europe.

Soon, however, the cost of doing so made it clear that these incontinence garments would need to be manufactured locally in order for the business to sustain itself. And so, in subcontracting the manufacturing to a Thomasville, North Carolina fabric company, Bob started down the path to Prime Life Fiber’s patented 3-layer Hydrex™ system for total protection.

The Wearever 3-Point Philosophy

The successful evolution of the company from those early days to its position of leadership today is based on a drive to develop the best incontinence products on the market. In order to do so, they must meet the following criteria:

Consistent quality and performance – “it has to work”
Fashionable, stylish designs – “it has to be comparable with regular, contemporary underwear”
Attractive pricing – “it has to be cheaper over its lifetime than its alternatives”

This philosophy has carried Prime Life Fiber’s Wearever line based on the Hydrex™ system, and has now produced, after many years of trials, tweaking, and testing, the company’s latest innovation, the Unique-Dri™ system and the Wearever™ line of seamless panties.

The Future of Prime Life Fibers

Bob Deerin continues to be the heart and soul of Prime Life Fibers. And innovation and constant improvement continue to be the company’s mantras as they always have been. All of which means that wearers of incontinence briefs and incontinence panties can continue to look forward to a future of newer, better products.

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I’m giving a pair away to a woman or a man! Please visit my giveaway here! (Ended 9/8/2014)

I received a pair of WearEVER underwear in exchange for my honest review. All opinions and experiences are our own and may differ from those of your own.

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Raw Unrefined African Organic Shea Butter Imported from Ghana South Africa Review

Raw-Shea-Butter-Beauty-By-Shea-Block-4Today I received a 1 pound block of 100% Organic Raw Unrefined African Shea Butter from Beauty by Shea to review.

I opened it up and realized it was a nice big block.  I did not know that it was going to be in a block, for some reason, I thought it was going to be already in a lotion form.  After that initial shock, I was really happy to see it come in the block form, so I could make my own lotions and soaps.  I have never done that before, but I plan on making some in time to try it before the holidays.  Homemade shea butter lotion for stocking stuffers.  I think it sounds good.
Ok, so if you’re family or friends, pretend you didn’t read that!!!!

I really loved using this straight from the block, (it was more like a squished block.)  Due to the heat, the block got a little soft on it’s way to me, so it wasn’t actually a block.  I would suggest that you two day this product or even overnight if you want it in the block.

I put a dime-quarter sized piece of the block in my palm.  The directions said it will just melt in your palm.  It really did!  I took a picture of it.  As you see above, the middle of my palm still has a little piece that did not “melt” completely.  Around that piece is how the shea butter softens out and then you can apply.

I applied it to my dry feet.  I always have dry feet.  I wear flip flops 90% of the time and even in the winter.  (Hey, I live in Florida!)  Wearing flippy flops do dry out my feet.  I was amazed as soon as I rubbed this lotion into my feet, they looked nourished, healthier, and moisturized!  I didn’t see one dry area on my feet.  I also put some shea butter on both of my elbows.  They were much better after one application, but I did have to keep applying this to my elbows every day to keep them soft.  I did not have to apply the shea butter to my feet again for a few days.

It did take A LOT of time to rub that sized piece of the shea butter into both my feet and elbows.  I kept rubbing it in because there felt like so much on my skin that I needed to rub until it was absorbed.  So a LITTLE goes a long way!  Trust me on that one!  I would suggest a dime size, divide it in half, each half for one foot.  I cannot stress enough how a little goes a long way.

The smell was slight like a nutty aroma.  It did not overwhelm me or make me smell like peanut butter or anything.  As soon as it was absorbed into my skin, I could smell it even less.  Within a couple of hours, I didn’t smell any shea butter on my skin.

I did not try it in my hair yet, if I do, I will come back and edit and update!

You do not need to make a lotion or soap out of this to reap the benefits.  The raw organic twice filtered shea butter is perfect as it is, in my opinion.  You won’t be disappointed in the moisture it brings your skin.  You will feel happy knowing that this is a pure and natural one ingredient moisturizer for your whole body.

The description on their Amazon page says this:

Grade A, Fair Trade, Premium Shea Butter From Ghana- Great Natural Skin Lotion- Naturally Rich in Vitamins a & E – Unrefined Organic Shea Butter Is Extremely Nourishing and Perfect for Skin and Hair, in Homemade Soaps, Lotions and More- Net Weight 16oz (1lb)

Beauty By Shea 100% Ivory Organic Raw, Unrefined Shea Butter is imported directly from Ghana, and is 100% pure and natural, nothing else added!

South Africa!

Naturally rich in essential vitamins for beautiful skin, Beauty By Shea Organic Shea Butter will nourish your skin with Vitamins A, E, F & K.  Use this Beauty By Shea Organic Raw Shea Butter daily and often for beautiful, moisturized, luminous skin.

Raw Organic Unrefined Shea Butter is perfect for topical use on skin and hair, and the perfect essential ingredient for homemade lotions, soaps, conditioners and more!

16 oz (1lb) of Pure Organic Unrefined Raw Shea Butter from Beauty By Shea is made with extra care to ensure you receive the purest Raw Shea Butter. Beauty By Shea Organic Shea Butter is double filtered, which means it is made and filtered in Ghana, and then shipped to the US where it is filtered a second time to provide customers the purest Raw Organic Shea Butter possible. After being filtered a second time in the US, the Raw Organic Shea Butter is made into the 16oz (1 lb) bricks, packaged and heat sealed into the packaging thereby preserving the natural richness, and purity of the Shea butter for our customers.

You can only buy this on Amazon.  I googled like crazy to see if it was available on a website, but this is the only place.  If you’re interested in reading the many many positive reviews on the Amazon page, here is the link.

I’m giving away an 8 ounce block, go here to enter!!!

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