Skin Free Skin Care

July 11, 2009 by Cathi  
Filed under health & beauty, kids, reviews & giveaways, women


Before I say anything about Skin Free I want you to see the following photo.


These are the only Skin Free Extra Moisturizing Soap’s I could find in our entire valley. We love this soap!! We were so happy with it I forgot to order more and we didn’t want to run out so…I drove to three different Walgreen’s to buy all they had. If I had thought ahead, I could have bought them from the Skin Free website for the same price and received free shipping with an order of $25.00 or more. I have since (of course) ordered more!!

Product descriptions for my favorites:

Extra Moisturizing Soap & Shampoo Bar - Awarded the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance August, 2008, our soap is like no others. It’s rich, creamy lather will sooth and moisturize. Perfect for delicate, sensitive, or very dry skin. Helps with eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, and acne.

Whipped Tamanu Body Butter - The Polynesians discovered the healing and protective properties of Tamanu oil centuries ago. When the French arrived in Polynesia, they were fascinated by the 7-11-2009-3-05-38-pm1islanders use of this oil for everything from minor skin abrasions to severe sunburn, and major skin infections. French scientists discovered the oil contains a unique fatty acid that stimulates skin growth. Tamanu also possesses antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. We have combined the delicious Tamanu oil with Organic Extra Virgin Olive and rich Shea to make a remarkable whipped body butter to help sun-damaged skin, eczema, psoriasis, and reduce scarring.

Niaouli Butter Stick - The Melaleuca family contains three notable trees that contribute to the healing world: Tea tree, Cajeput, and Niaouli. After discovering this oil in the South Pacific region, the dpp_0042French used Niaouli in antibacterial spray to disinfect hospital wards. Niaouli Butter Stick is very effective for chapped or rough skin. Our clients tell us that it has a great effect against psoriasis and eczema breakouts. We have combined the aromatic Niaouli oil with the other healing oils of Olive, Sweet Almond, Cocoa Butter and Shea in a soy base to make a convenient butter for easy application on your skin problem areas. Because some people find the aroma of Niaouli too strong, we temper it with a dash of Madagascan Vanilla.



My review: I love Skin Free and my husband loves Skin Free!

We try our best to live green and use organic products. Skin Free is exactly what we like to buy and use on our bodies. Our favorite is the Extra Moisturizing soap. I love the lather. I use it with a bathing puff and my husband uses it with a wash cloth. Two different methods with the same wonderful results!

I have very dry skin and I’ve tried just about every product sold to remedy the dry feeling I have after bathing. The moisturizing Niaouli Butter Stick is quite remarkable. Much like a coco butter stick, the Niaouli Butter Stick rubs on anywhere you’d like. It’s great for hands, feet and elbows however I keep it in my hand bag and use it everywhere (and anywhere) I need it.

The After Shower Moisture Spritz is for spraying on immediately after showering for maximum hydration. As you towel dry, the oils soak deep into your skin to leave you free from dry, itching skin all day, with no greasy feeling afterward.

Skin Free has a product to suit most every one’s needs. From products for a beautiful body to facial care, Skin Free has it all. I love it when something comes along and make my life easier and makes me feel better and Skin Free has done just those things.


Four Wives

July 7, 2009 by Debra  
Filed under books, reviews & giveaways, women

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With a long weekend to look forward to, I knew I’d pack the new book, Four Wives in my suitcase.

Book Description:

Four Wives is the first novel for Wendy Walker, a former litigator turned stay at home mom…….someone whom I could definitely relate to.  The book focuses on four wives in wealthy suburb, each dealing with their own issues.

four wivesMy Review:

I love a good summer book - one you can finish during a long weekend.  Four Wives is perfect to grab for a weekend getaway or just hanging out by the pool. 

While the setting of the story is in an extremely wealthy suburb, the issues faced by each character could happen just about anywhere.  I found myself drawn to one character yet despising another.  Overall, the point is well made that you never know what is going on in other people’s lives, even if they are your closest friends.  Secrets are hidden.  Lies are told.  People let you see what they want you to see and nobody has a perfect life.

All this makes for an intriguing book about these suburban friends - betrayal, abuse, family issues, and love.  I look forward to what Wendy Walker will bring us later this year with her next book, Social Lives.

 Debra traded in high-powered suits and high-heeled shoes for a new role as mommy–crayon enthusiast, storyteller, and kisser of boo-boo’s. You’ll find her helping families at A Frugal Friend, where she teaches others how to reduce their expenses through coupons, rebates, freebies and deals.


Attune Probiotic Bars

June 28, 2009 by Kailani  
Filed under Food, health & beauty, reviews & giveaways, women

Courtesy of The Medical News:

One year after giving birth, women were less likely to have the most dangerous kind of obesity if they had been given probiotics from the first trimester of pregnancy, found new research that suggests manipulating the balance of bacteria in the gut may help fight obesity.

Probiotics are bacteria that help maintain a healthy bacterial balance in the digestive tract by reducing the growth of harmful bacteria. They are part of the normal digestive system and play a role in controlling inflammation. Researchers have for many years been studying the potential of using probiotic supplementation to address a number of intestinal diseases. More recently, obesity researchers have started to investigate whether the balance of bacteria in the gut might play a role in making people fat and whether adjusting that balance could help.

“The results of our study, the first to demonstrate the impact of probiotics-supplemented dietary counselling on adiposity, were encouraging,” said Kirsi Laitinen, a nutritionist and senior lecturer at the University of Turku in Finland who presented her findings on Thursday at the European Congress on Obesity. “The women who got the probiotics fared best. One year after childbirth, they had the lowest levels of central obesity as well as the lowest body fat percentage.”

“Central obesity, where overall obesity is combined with a particularly fat belly, is considered especially unhealthy,” Laitinen said. “We found it in 25% of the women who had received the probiotics along with dietary counselling, compared with 43% in the women who received diet advice alone.”

In the study, 256 women were randomly divided into three groups during the first trimester of pregnancy. Two of the groups received dietary counselling consistent with what’s recommended during pregnancy for healthy weight gain and optimal foetal development. They were also given food such as spreads and salad dressings with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids, as well as fibre-enriched pasta and breakfast cereal to take home. One of those groups also received daily capsules of probiotics containing Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, which are the most commonly used probiotics. The other group received dummy capsules. A third group received dummy capsules and no dietary counselling. The capsules were continued until the women stopped exclusive breastfeeding, up to 6 months.

The researchers weighed the women at the start of the study. At the end of the study they weighed them again and measured their waist circumference and skin fold thickness. The results were adjusted for weight at the start of the study.

Central obesity - defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more or a waist circumference over 80 centimetres - was found in 25% of the women who had been given the probiotics as well as diet advice. That compared with 43% of the women who got dietary counselling alone and 40% of the women who got neither diet advice nor probiotics. The average body fat percentage in the probiotics group was 28%, compared with 29% in the diet advice only group and 30% in the third group.

Laitinen said further research is needed to confirm the potential role of probiotics in fighting obesity. One of the limitations of the study was that it did not control for the mothers’ weight before pregnancy, which may influence how fat they later become.

She said she and her colleagues will continue to follow the women and their babies to see whether giving probiotics during pregnancy has any influence on health outcomes in the children.

“The advantage of studying pregnant women to investigate the potential link between probiotics and obesity is that it allows us to see the effects not only in the women, but also in their children,” she said. “Particularly during pregnancy, the impacts of obesity can be immense, with the effects seen both in the mother and the child. Bacteria are passed from mother to child through the birth canal, as well as through breast milk and research indicates that early nutrition may influence the risk of obesity later in life. There is growing evidence that this approach might open a new angle on the fight against obesity, either through prevention or treatment.”


I had the opportunity to review three of Attune Probiotic Bar’s new flavors - Coffee Bean Dark Chocolate, Raspberry Dark Chocolate, and Almond Milk Chocolate - and let me tell you, they were delicious. I would have never guessed that these bars were actually good for me and was providing me with calcium and fiber for better health. It’s definitely a prescription that I wouldn’t mind refilling over and over again!

Get yours in the yogurt case in your local grocery store.


Keep Your Pictures Safe With Picture Keeper (Giveaway)

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The winner is comment #159: Michael

I knew I had a lot of photos on my laptop but I didn’t realize just how many! I found out that my precious pictures are taking up 5.6 GB of my hard drive! To make matters worse, I don’t have them backed-up on a disk. I guess it just seems like such a hassle and all my other blogging duties always takes precedence. However, in the back of my mind I know that if anything happened to my hard drive I would be devastated to lose these memories. So when I had the opportunity to review Picture Keeper, I jumped at the chance.


The Picture Keeper USB flash drive creates a backup of images simply by plugging it into a computer and clicking the “Start Backup” button. The device automatically finds and copies all images with jpeg/jpg extensions on the computer. Folders and subfolders are copied just as they are on the computer, making it easy to find files once they’ve been copied onto the Picture Keeper. Updating a backup is just as easy, because Picture Keeper only adds images that aren’t already on the backup.


This has got to be the easiest way to keep your photos safe and sound. There were no downloads, no registrations, no passwords. I just plugged the Picture Keeper into the USB port and clicked a button. Picture Keeper did the rest.

What I liked best about Picture Keeper is that when I used it again at a later date, it just uploaded the new pictures. There were no duplicates to deal with. I was also able to use this device on my home computer and added those photos on as well. And because this system is so easy to use, I know I will be more motivated to actually use it!

Now I have all my pictures in one safe place. Talk about piece of mind!

So, if you want a quick and easy way to save your precious memories and free up your hard disk space at the same time, check out Picture Keeper! They are available in 4GB, 8GB, and their popular 16GB sizes. And for a limited time, Picture Keeper is offering everyone a 10% discount on your order. Just use the code Blogger10 when checking out.

Coming Soon: Developers at Picture Keeper are working on an external hard drive version, which would be able to hold 100 to 300+GB. How cool is that?


Picture Keeper has generously donated their product (4 GB or 8 GB) to one lucky winner! To enter:

  • Just stop by Picture Keeper before midnight, July 3rd and take the free tutorial to see what GB size you would need.
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In An Instant - Heidi Klum

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For most of my adult life, I’ve had the same skin care routine, with the same skin care products. This was going to be a new experience - how would my skin react?

Product Description:In An Instant - Products

The In An Instant Skin Care System consists of  5 revolutionary products that are designed to work together, synergistically, to deliver instant results while promoting improvement and protection.  They include:

Gentle Foaming Cleanser
Intensive Firming Serum
Instant Wrinkle Smoother
Instant Daily Tinted Moisturizer w/ SPF 15
Instant Warming Scrub
(There’s an extra Intensive Eye Treatment too)

My Review:

I actually love washing my face. Not before, but now. My mom taught me to wash my face first thing in the morning and definitely before bed, and I always have. But, I haven’t always looked forward to it. This is a change - I really do look forward to it now, thanks to In An Instant.

I am a huge fan of the Gentle Foaming Cleanser. It comes in a pump and instantly takes off makeup and dirt without much effort. What I love most about it is the scent, although I can’t quite put a name to it. It’s light, extremely refreshing, and really helps wake me up in the morning (something every mom could use).In An Instant - Heidi

There are some days when I just don’t feel like putting on very much makeup. On those days, I have used the Tinted Moisturizer. Unlike other tinted moisturizers I have tried, this one works to enhance your own skin tone. I’ve been quite amazed at how the grayish looking product magically transforms the color of my face……I never would have guessed. While I found the scrub a little too rough on my sensitive skin, overall I love the products, and smile as I wash my face!

Debra traded in high-powered suits and high-heeled shoes for a new role as mommy–crayon enthusiast, storyteller, and kisser of boo-boo’s. You’ll find her helping families at A Frugal Friend, where she teaches others how to reduce their expenses through coupons, rebates, freebies and deals.


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