Sunday, May 15, 2016

Gardening Season

It has been a busy month. I've spent most of the last month outside doing yard work and getting the garden ready for the upcoming season. After all of the work Mat and his uncle did with the tractor in the fall, there was a bit of rock raking to do before we could lay down some grass seed. After many hours of activity, the majority of the rocks have been removed. Unfortunately, until the grass grows, I will have to pick up rocks all season as the rain reveals them.

The garden has been another mission. After all the digging in the fall, I found myself with an abundance of large rocks on the property. So I decided to make various wide, raised beds, instead of the traditional rows. The grass can grow between them and I will only have to worry about weeding the beds themselves and not the entire plot. This extra bit of work will save me so much time in the future. I spent many days lugging rocks from the area I now call "the quarry" to the garden. The hubby things it looks lovely but dislikes the rocks. He doesn't like anything that might interfere with his mowing, I use the whipper around the garden bed though, so it isn't a problem. He lovingly calls my garden "Stonehenge" now. He said the tourists will flock to see it. What a ham!

I've planted flowers this year. I usually only plant fruits, vegetables and legumes. This year I've planted a few wildflower seed packs from Vessey's Seeds and Cheerios. I've also planted some Lilies, Dahlias and Sunflowers. I have more flowers to plant in the coming month. I've also planted all of my cold weather crops too. My peas, radishes, garlic and onions have already sprouted and are growing nicely. My potatoes and lettuce should soon follow. I'm excited to watch things grow. 

I've also built a fire pit out of the brick from our old chimney. It feels so nice to have a fire pit near the garden. I'm going to be getting some strands of solar lights to hang in the garden. I want to make it more inviting for the night time, that way I can enjoy it more frequently on nights where the moon might not be as visible.

The hubby and I celebrated our anniversary last weekend. We've been together for 14 years. On our adventures, we stopped into a place that sold handcrafts and picked up a beautiful goofy looking owl for the garden. I haven't named him yet. Any suggestions?

Review - MagPops

Disclaimer: I received samples of this product free from Social Nature in exchange for my honest review. This review is based upon my personal experience with the product.

MagPop's are a great way to sneak in additional doses of magnesium. The product is fizzy but it didn't fizz up when I added water like I expected. I was also expecting it to be sweet and it wasn't. It did have an orange taste to it which probably does help the magnesium's overall flavor. I didn't enjoy the taste, but I wasn't turned off by it. I found it strange but adaptable. I love the fact that it is vegan.

It is not something that I can see myself taking every day, twice a day,  although it is safe. I would probably use it to supplement the second half of my menstrual cycle to help prevent weight gain and to regulate my menstrual symptoms. This would also be a great supplement for children as magnesium is such an important part of a growing body.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Review: L'Oreal Total Repair 5

Disclaimer: I received this L'Oreal VoxBox free from Influenster to test out and review. All opinions are my own and based upon my experience with the product.

This is my hair before trying L'Oreal Total Repair 5. I was actually having a decent hair day that day but you can still see its weight and you can really tell that I need to get about 3 inches of dead ends cut off the bottom. I hadn't used any heat tools this time around so my waves are plentiful.

After washing my hair with the L'Oreal Total Repair 5 shampoo and conditioner I put some of the Cica cream in my hair and then I blew out my locks. I was ready to straighten it. It is looking mighty frizzy right now.

I must say, the L'oreal Total Repair 5 did a great job at taming my locks. It doesn't look as dead and weighted down, considering the length of my hair. I still have an abundance of split ends, but it looks more in control. 

I do like the smell of the product, although it isn't sweet smelling like a lot of products on the market. It smells like shampoo used to smell in the 80's. It brought about a bit of nostalgia. I think I like the Cica Creme the best out of the product line.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Review - Lise Watier Hydraforce

Disclaimer: I received this product from the Glam Sense program, powered by Topbox, free for testing purposes. All opinions are my own and are based on my personal experience with the product.

I'm always on the hunt for a good moisturizer. That is why I was so excited when my Lise Watier Glam Sense box arrived that contained the very hydrating Hydraforce moisturizer, a weatherproof moisturizer at that.

But, I wasn't quite sure about this little rig. According to the note I received, I was supposed to use my smart phone to download the Hydra-Detect app issued by Lise Watier Cosmetics.

After downloading the app, I plugged in the hydration tool gadget as instructed. I opened up the jaw while waiting and I was amazed with it's beautiful presentation.

I used the app and the hydration tool to test the moisture content of my cheeks. Before applying Hydraforce, my skin was fairly dry. After applying Hydraforce to my cheeks, the moisture content in my cheeks had doubled.

Maybe you can't tell... I'm flushed, having just left the bathtub. The picture is also a little blurry. But, I can see the moisture difference in the bottom picture, can you?  I love this product. 

Now unfortunately, this product is a little outside my budget at $45 a jar, but it works. I will use what I have sparingly in the meantime and I will buy it again in the future, after I save some pennies. 

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Review: Simple Skincare

Disclaimer: I received these products for free as part of the ChickAdvisor Product Review Club but all opinions expressed are 100% my own.

I am very happy that I was able to test and review a few products from Simple Skincare, I am always looking for beauty products that are effective for my particular issues. I have sensitive skin and I am sensitive to certain chemicals. I also am allergic to certain artificial coloring. To top it off, I have combination skin and I have cystic acne that erupts when I ovulate and sometimes just before my period. It can be challenging to find products that are effective, long term.

I love having these wipes around, they are such and handy and convenient way to remove my makeup. I like that the product doesn't contain harsh ingredients and it did not make my skin feel tight and over dry like many other products. I was already in the midst of a hormonal acne eruption but I can tell you that it didn't make it any worse and I didn't break out in other places.

I like that it didn't have a scent. I love scents in many things but I don't think it belongs in any type of cleanser or make up remover. The wipe worked great on the majority of my makeup but it did struggle with my waterproof mascara.

I really enjoyed the simple Replenishing Rick Moisturizer. It was light weight and non greasy. It absorbed quickly, like water. This product did not sting or irritate my skin and it did not create any further imbalances. It works well under my makeup and as a pm moisturizer. It is refreshing to have facial products without scents and artificial coloring.

I used the Simple Micellar Cleansing Water. The product seems to work well and I haven't had any adverse reactions. My face was a little shiny after use and it tingled slightly where I already had an existing breakout, but it didn't seem to aggravate it. I'm not used to the idea of not having to rinse off product when I clean my face. I'm not entirely sure how this would work long term, I will have to test it for a few more weeks to know for sure.

I do have to try out the products for longer to see what the overall balance is like throughout my entire cycle but so far, so good!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Review: Dove Dry Oil

Disclaimer: I received the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil for Hair product free for testing purposes from the Chick Advisor Product Review Club. All opinions are my own and based upon my experience with the product. #GotItFree #ProductReviewClub

I have fine hair. I gets weighed down easily and I can't go very long between washes. Certain oils are just too heavy for my hair. My hair is very long and it is much dryer near my ends than at my roots. The Dove Pure Care Dry Oil really did a great job at nourishing the tips of my hair and it brought some much needed shine and added moisture without making my hair oily. The smell is a little strong at first but it smells very nice after it has faded a bit. I recommend this product and while I feel it would work best on thick hair, if used sparingly can definitely be used on all hair types.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Tokyo Treat Premium Unboxing - February 2016

Back in January, I was lucky enough to win a Premium subscription box from Tokyo Treat, it arrived the very last day of February. Tokyo Treat is a subscription service that offers 3 different sized boxes filled with premium Candy from Japan. The Premium box is the largest of the boxes and it comes with a drink and a DIY candy kit. Tokyo Treat offers free international shipping on all of their subscriptions. I was surprised that I received the box so quickly considering I live in Canada. I wasn't expecting the box for another couple of weeks.

February's Premium box contained the following items:
  • Pocky Fleck Strawberry Heart Full
  • Kiki and Lala Strawberry Crunch
  • Grain Gummies
  • Collis Strange Gum
  • Nagewa Mentai Mayo Flavour
  • Sweet Red Bean Soup
  • Kracie's Mr Fun Bakery
  • String Candy Grape and Muscat Taste
  • Fujiya Peko Poco Chocolate
  • Looks Two Types of Strawberry
  • Princess's Lost Treasure
  • Dontaco's Chili Tacos Flavored Chip
  • Lotte Koume Soft Candy

I have managed to sample most of the goodies with the family now that my tooth has been extracted, I don't think there were any that we disliked, although some were unusual. I find the culture very interesting.

The video below is my official unveiling. I apologize for all the wrong pronunciations, I'm pretty sure I pronounced everything incorrectly. 

I hope that you enjoyed it! I plan on doing more reviews on that channel, so keep an eye out.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Mathew Bridgeo - STP Singer Submission/Audition - #BridgeoForSTP #STPBand #StoneTemplePilots

If you haven't heard, Stone Temple Pilots is taking singer submissions. They are looking for a singer to replace Chester Bennington, who previously replaced the late Scott Weiland, after he left the band. Due to various obligations, is unable to continue his role with STP.

My wonderful spouse, Mathew Bridgeo (Lead Mule), has submitted to be Stone Temple Pilots' new singer.

Photo credit: Lisa Andrews

Where can I Listen to Mathew's Submission?

I have included the song submission on YouTube below, but you can also find Interstate Love Song and Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper Heart on Soundcloud.

How do you vote for Mathew?

Tell Stone Temple Pilots that Mathew Bridgeo is your vote, feel free to include the link to his YouTube submission and like any other posts that you see him tagged in!

Sharing is Caring!

Please share his submission to show your support! Tag @STPBand and use these hashtags #StoneTemplePilots #BridgeoForSTP #STPBand

We also have a post on Reddit and appreciate upvotes/comments. To all those who have shared, many thanks from Mathew and I. We can't thank you enough!

Bean Dreams (Shooter Parody) - Singer Submission Promo #BridgeoForSTP

I've also included a silly little promo we made to bring a little extra attention to the submission. We had loads of fun making this and I hope you enjoy it!

Mathew Bridgeo is the lead singer/frontman for the rock band Lead Mule. They are currently finishing up their next release; which is being mixed by Mike Turner of Krash Karma (formerly of Our Lady Peace). You can find them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Bandcamp.

Friday, February 19, 2016

BrickLoot Box Unveiling - February 2016

Brick Loot is a subscription service that specialize in boxes filled with Lego compatible products. They offer a 1 month and a slightly cheaper 3 month subscription plan. They currently ship to Canada, the US and the UK.

We received our February box from Brick Loot in the mail today. Tyler was pretty excited to receive it. The boys have managed to collect and pretty much fill a large Rubbermaid storage container over the years. He is always happy to add to it.

Tyler and I were both very happy about the Brick Popper. It can be frustrating to remove some of the thinner blocks at times. It was quickly a favourite item. Although, I really think the Comic book tiles were a neat addition. Tyler build the Demon Star first, I think it looks pretty slick and menacing.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Homemade Sushi - Attempt #1

My entire family loves sushi. There is an amazing Japanese restaurant about a 30 minute drive away from us and we go out and eat there a few times each year, but it can get expensive. Especially since we tend to go all out to make the trip worth while.

For Christmas, my mother and step father gifted us with a sushi kit so we can make it at home. The kit came with an instructional dvd, a book, a bambo mat, a couple really nice pairs of chopsticks, and a couple small wooden boards to present the sushi. The instructional dvd told us everything we needed to know to make all of the basic types of sushi, including the varying ingredients we can explore.

Mat was pumped to make some sushi with me and picked up an extra bamboo mat and some ingredients so we could get started. While he was gone, I got out the rice cooker. I made a couple cups of sticky rice and mixed it with the rice vinegar mixture and fanned it out. We didn't want make too much in case we messed up. This was considered a practice batch. Aside from the odd roll that was stuffed a little too full, we did wonderful for a first attempt. 

Had I known it was going to turn out this good, we would have made a larger batch. I was seriously craving leftovers that evening and the next day.

Most of the ingredients are on the table, prepped. All ready to roll!

We made Sweet potato rolls, Kappa (cucumber) rolls, Avocado rolls and California rolls.

Tyler is growing. His limbs are so long and so is his mangy hair haha. He finally let us cut it this week so he looks far less mangy. He's had a couple small growth spurts this year and I think he's going to stretch out dramatically over the next 12 months.

Mat is determined to be a "sushi expert" I think it's cute. Jeremy wasn't home but we managed to save him a few pieces. It was difficult to do so, we very easily could have finished it all off. 

The Sweet potato rolls turned out the best and we topped them off with some sriracha mayo, for that spicy kick. Mat brought home some teriyaki sauce for dipping but he didn't read the label well and it turns out it was made with Chinese soy which was too salty for sushi. I made that mistake once before when I ran out of soy sauce. It was terrible! Japanese soy is so much sweeter.

I can't wait to make another batch. This time, I'm going to make a lot!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Review: Olay Total Effects 7 in 1 Anti Aging Moisturizer #GotItFree

I've tried lots of different moisturizers. I have combination skin and I live on the coast, so the harsh elements and humidity often show on my face. I usually have to change my moisturizer with the seasons.

I was glad to have been selected for the Olay Bzz campaign. I was able to tryout the Olay 7-in-1 Anti Aging Moisturizer. I don't know if I can necessarily agree with the anti aging claims, but it certainly is a great moisturizer. 

I'm trying the product out in late fall, early winter conditions. My forehead has been extremely dry and my jawline has been oily. The moisturizer is light and it is not greasy. It left my skin feeling hydrated, but not oily. Also, it really helped replenish the moisture in the dryer areas of my face, without exacerbating my exiting breakouts. Overall, I was very pleased with this moisturizer. I wonder how it will fair in the other seasons.


Disclaimer: I got this free from Bzz Agent and Olay US to try out. All opinions are my own and based upon my personal experience with the product.