Thursday, September 20, 2012

#Review - Aloe Cadabra Personal Lubricant #Adult-Oriented @aloecadabra

The majority of water based personal lubricants on the market are filled with various chemicals. Personally speaking, I don't want any of those chemicals coming near my lady parts. I have sensitive skin and I found that over the years my sensitivity to synthetic ingredients has only increased. No one mentioned that I would also be sensitive to the ingredients in every single lube I've tried. No one talks about that stuff, they should.

Years ago Astroglide lube used to be a favorite of ours. Over time, I found myself increasingly uncomfortable with each use... too much heat uncomfortable.  I had similar experiences with K-Y Jelly and Wet. I stopped using lubricants all together, opting to just be careful and risk harm to my body because the alternative weighed heavier.

A month ago, I stumbled upon Aloe Cadabra. They sell a water based Aloe Vera lubricant made with natural and safe ingredients. It is marketed towards woman experiencing vaginal dryness menopause, or anyone who is looking for silicone free or petroleum free lubricant. Fortunately, I will not experience the menopausal life changes for a few more years and my vagina has been functioning just fine to my knowledge, again - no one talks about these things. I approached Aloe Cadabra curious about this toy friendly lube and I wondered how it measured up to its toxic competition.

Aloe Cadabra comes in 4 varieties. I got to try the Tahitian Vanilla variety which has a very subtle aroma. I love that this lube is sweetened with Organic Stevia; everything in this lube is food grade. This lubricant made from Organic Aloe is also PH balanced for a woman's body.

The lubricant isn't completely clear like most others on the market. It is pale yellow, cloudy and almost honey-like. It isn't sticky and clean up is a breeze. I'm thrilled that this product doesn't deliver the same "chemical burning sensation" that other lubes so lovingly provide. This product is fantastic and I will definitely be a return customer.

You can reach out to Aloe Cadabra on Facebook and Twitter.

Disclaimer: I received a couple bottles of this water based aloe product to sample for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own and are based upon my personal product experience. Your experience may differ. I received no additional compensation for this review.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Gardening: My Broccoli Bolted

I awoke this morning after a couple days of tropical storm winds and heavy rain to a broccoli plant that had bolted. This happens during extreme temperature shifts which we did experience here in coastal Nova Scotia. I did not mulch around the broccoli which probably would have helped. I cut of the top and although it is late and might not grow new sides, I'm going to leave it and see if it does anyway. You can't eat broccoli once it has flowered. As is the case with many herbs and plants, once it goes to seed it becomes extremely bitter. It really ruins the taste of the plant.

I am very grateful for the rain that fell though, my muscles have been achy. I have been in dire need of a muscle soak in some Epsom salt. Since we have a well, we monitor our water consumption quite heavily during the dry season and conserve where ever possible. After all of that rain, the land is replenished and our well has risen quite a bit. I am looking forward to soaking my sore muscles a great deal.

I harvested some more of my tomatoes, as early as the shine develops on their skin they can be harvested. This is the time to put them away in a dark cool place. When you want a tomato grab any that have started to turn red. If none have turned red just bring a couple up into the light and they will turn red in a few days on their own.

I brought a tomato plant in the house last year and successfully coaxed it to blossom and I harvested an additional two tomatoes, slowly over the course of months using natural lighting. It wasn't much of a yield and the tomatoes were very small but it was really neat to know that I could do it. Maybe someday I'll get a low wattage vegetation light for inside and get a really good start on my crops over the winter.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

#Win an Omega-3 Supplement from Ascenta [US/CAN] - #Review

I approached Ascenta about doing a product review and I was very impressed with the companies prompt service. Not only were they very happy to help me but the product arrived swiftly and right to my door. Ascenta offers a variety of liquid Omega 3 vitamins in a variety of flavors. I was interested initially in the Mango flavored NutraSea formula but I thought it would be in my bodies best interest to supplement with vitamin D now that the days are getting shorter. Even the idea of those shorter days depresses me... this is why I need the vitamin D. I feel SO good in the summer.

The product comes packaged in a 200 ml amber bottle and should last for approximately 40 adult doses. The product is safe for children aged 1 - 13. The dose for children is half that of an adult dose, allowing for 80 doses per bottle. The product should be stored away from light and heat and it is important to refrigerate and consume the product within 100 days of opening. Since it is flavored it is easy to forget that it is a fish oil. The texture will remind you that it is indeed an oil and not apple juice. When you open the bottle the smell of the apple hits you immediately. There is no fishy taste whatsoever. If the texture of the oil bothers you still, I recommend drizzling your serving on a small salad  where you might not notice it as much. I didn't have any problems taking it as it is but I realize there are sensitive pallets. My husband quite enjoyed it and was impressed that it contained good cholesterol.

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Disclaimer: I received a bottle of NutraSea +D from Ascenta for the purpose of this giveaway. I received no additional compensation for this review/giveaway. All opinions are honest, my own and are based upon my personal product experience. Your experience may differ.

Monday, September 10, 2012

#Review - Delicious Crunchy Cookies @ElfCEO

Enjoy Life sent me their new line of Crunchy Cookies to review. They have 4 flavors, Chocolate Chip, Double Chocolate, Sugar Crisp, Vanilla Honey Graham. These cookies are gluten free, vegan and kosher. They contain no artificial ingredients and are made with a variety of wholesome flours. I personally love that the cookies are free of the 8 most common allergens. A typical serving size is 2 cookies and for those of you counting calories, the Vanilla Honey Graham weighs in at 110 calories per serving.

My favorite was the Sugar crisp cookie hands down with the Vanilla Honey Graham a close second. Both of them had a really sweet taste and that appealed to me. I didn't want to share, it tasted so delicious. In the end, I really had no choice but to share with the children and the hubby.  I need to lead by example and not be a hypocrite. I wouldn't be fair to tell my kids to share and not share with them, not to mention, the kids really do love cookies. The sugar crisp variety was the cookie champion for my oldest son, while the youngest preferred the Double Chocolate. My least favorite cookie was the chocolate chip cookie, it didn't do it for me like the others. One thing I really love about this company is their ingredient glossary.

Disclaimer: I received samples of this product for the purpose of this review. I received no additional compensation for this product and all opinions are my own and based upon my personal experience with the product. 

Carrot Hugs for All!

I love it when vegetables have human characteristics, within reason of course. Too human would look a little creepy and while that could be fun, it isn't quite what I mean. 

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a lover of hugs. They can comfort the wounded and they spread joy. I pulled my little carrot friend here out of the dirt recently and I must say, it looks like it wants to dispense hugs to all the people of the land. Its carrot arms are opened wide for you.

Chive Blossoms and other Edible Flowers

My Chives have been blossoming which is fine by me, they are quite beautiful. I love watching things grow, including my kids. Although, sometimes their rate of growth makes me feel a tad "aged".

I found this really wonderful site on edible flowers that I want to share with everyone. So much useful information on that page, I encourage everyone to have a lil peak.