Australian Gold Sunscreen and Jason Facial Toner Review

January 29, 2012 by  
Filed under beauty, health, product reviews

Are you looking for some new products to try?  Then I have two just for you.

First let’s talk about Australian Gold Sheer Coverage Sunscreen.  This sunscreen smells amazing!  I am a person who is very picky about how a sunscreen smells.  I hate the normal yucky smell of most sunscreens.  I hate putting them on me and I hate putting them on my kids.  I am always searching for one that smells good and let me tell you this one is it.  It is like a fruity coconut scent that just smells wonderful.

Another thing that I usually don’t like about sunscreens is that they feel like you just slathered Crisco on your body.  Most sunscreens feel heavy and oily.  Australian Gold Sheer Coverage Sunscreen is not either of those things.  It goes on smooth and does not feel heavy or oily on your skin.  It is also fast drying, mineral oil free, broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection, protects skin against harsh elements and water/sweat resistant.

Like all sunscreens it is recommended that you apply 20 minutes before sun exposure and also to reapply frequently.  Now you may think that you don’t need sunscreen in the winter months but let me tell you that is not true.  You should wear it all year long because you are always exposed to UV rays.  Even on cloudy days you are exposed.  It may not be as strong on cloudy days but it is there.

So if you are looking for a new sunscreen to try you should check out Australian Gold Sheer Coverage Sunscreen.  It can purchased is drugs stores nationwide for around $9.99.

Now let’s talk about JASON C-Effects Super C-Toner.  This is another wonderful smelling product.  Don’t you just love products that smell yummy?  I know that I do.  It is like having a special treat without having to eat it and get extra calories.

The Super –C Toner is a gentle astringent that is enriched with herbs, helps tighten and minimize pores while protecting the skin from free radical damage.  Skin feels fresh, clean and comfortable with a lasting softness.

When you first use this toner you can feel how clean a fresh it makes your skin feel.  You can feel the difference it makes on your face the more that you use it.  I have to say that I am pretty bad at being all girly and taking care of my skin.  I am such a tomboy I just roll with the normal face wash and go.  I am very happy that I was able to sample this product and realize that I can take a little bit of extra time out of my day to use this.  It made my skin feel great.

So if you are looking for a great toner to use this is a great one to try.  You can find it in your local health and natural food store for around $9.95.

*Note I was not paid for my review of the above products.  This is my honest opinions of these products.


Curious Critters Review

January 28, 2012 by  
Filed under books, educational, kids, product reviews

Are you looking for a new book about animals to help with homeschooling?  Or just looking for a book with stunning pictures of animals?  If so you should check out Curious Critters by David FitzSimmons.

First let me tell you a little about David FitzSimmons…

He is a free-lance photographer and writer as well as a university professor. David photographs and writes for various magazines, including Outdoor Photographer, Popular Photography, and Shutterbug, newspapers, and online publications. His 100+ calendar credits include numerous titles by BrownTrout and Barnes & Noble. Dave currently is at work on a handful of books. His most recent books include Animals of Ohio’s Ponds and Vernal Pools (Kent State University Press) and Curious Critters (Wild Iris, October 2011).

One of five Sigma Pro photographers in North America, David presents seminars and workshops to a wide variety of audiences, from public school groups and college classes to nature centers and civic organizations. His works have been exhibited at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, the National Center for Nature Photography, and the Telluride Photo Festival, among other venues.

David, a former high school English teacher, has been teaching for 20 years. He is a professor at Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio. He holds a Ph.D. in English from Ohio State University, with a specialty in narrative theory—investigating the components of storytelling—something that influences his photography and writing.

Dave was inspired to photograph and write about nature by his parents, Mick and Judy FitzSimmons, active environmentalists and life-long teachers, and he is assisted in his natural history endeavors by his wife, Olivia, a naturalist, and his two daughters, Sarah and Phoebe.

To see more of Dave’s work and to know more about seminars and photo workshops, visit

Curious Critters came out in November of 2011.  This hardcover book is recommended for ages 4 to 8 but I believe it can be for any age.  My 1 and 2 year old love looking at the pictures of animals.  My 2 year old likes to name the animals on each page.  My 5 and 8 year old of course love to learn about the animals.

Being any age you will enjoy the stunning photos of the animals.  I love how you can see every detail in each animal.  You can also imagine yourself reaching out and touching the animals and feeling the texture of their bodies.  At the same time I kind of get the creepy crawly feeling looking at some of the bugs.

So if you are looking for a book to add to your collection then this is one I recommend.  Curious Critters can be purchased for $19.95 here.  The book will also be signed and you can request it have a personalized dedication in it when you send an email when it is purchased.

You can also sample pages from the book here.

* Note this is my honest opinion of this book.  I did not get paid for my review but I did receive a complimentary copy for review purposes.


The Lima Bear Stories: The Cave Monster

January 14, 2012 by  
Filed under books, kids, product reviews

Are you looking for a new series of books for your children?  If so you should check out the Lima Bears.  Lima Bears is a series of books written by Tom Weck and Peter Weck.  They are a father and son team and the stories are based on stories the father used to tell his son.

I had the chance to review the book The Cave Monster.  I love spending time reading stories to my children and I enjoyed reading The Cave Monster with them.  I also love that at the end of the book there are ways to review the book and ask your children questions about what happened in the story.  I am a homeschooling mom so this is a great book to use for homeschooling.

So what is The Cave Monster about?  The Cave Monster is about a bear named Lima Bear who has to rescue his cousin L. Joe Bean from the Cave Monster.  Lima Bear gathers some of his friends together to help him save his cousin.  Even though all of them are afraid to face the cave monster they know that they must face their fear and save their friend L. Joe Bean.  This is a great story about friends who work together to overcome their individual fears and become brave together as a group.

At the end of reading the story I asked my kids a couple of the questions that are listed at the end of the book.

I asked them what their favorite part of the story was.  My 8 year old daughter said she liked the whole story.  My 5 year old son being all boy said he liked when the cave monster was shot in the toe.

Then I asked them what useful thing they would bring my 8 year old daughter said a sharp knife and my 5 year son said a flash light so he could see in the dark cave.

You can see just from those few questions how you can work in homeschooling.  You have to make them think about what they read and what they would do the same or differently.

So if you are looking for a fun and adventurous book to read with your children then you should check out Lima Bears The Cave Monster.  The book can be found on Amazon here for $11.96.

*Note this is my honest opinion of the book reviewed above.  I also was not paid for this review.


BrainString Advance

December 24, 2011 by  
Filed under games & toys, kids, product reviews

Are you looking for a present that will keep your loved one entertained for hours at a time?  Then you should check out Brainstring Advanced.

What is Brainstring Advanced?  It is similar to a Rubik’s Cube.  You have to match up colored strings with little rubber tips on the end.  The point of the game is to get the colors all on one side without the strings touching.  It seems like an easy thing to do but really it is challenging.  You can see in the picture below that the strings are all mixed up.  (Thanks to my kids.)

The age recommendation for this is ages 8 and up.  My 8 year old and 5 year old both enjoyed playing this game.  Neither one of them has completed the game yet but they are very determined to finish it. I have yet to complete it myself.   It took my husband a good half hour to an hour to complete it.  We all love that this game is a challenge.  In the picture below it shows the game completed by my husband.

So if you are looking for a fun game that challenges your mind then you should check out Brainstring Advance.  It retails for $16.99 and can be purchased from many stores that can be found here.

*Note I was not paid for my review.  This my honest opinion of the product above.



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