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Try It Tuesday: Oil Pulling

Try It Tuesday: Oil Pulling | I tried oil pulling for 4 weeks and I'm sharing my results with you. Head over to the blog to see how it went! #tryitttuesday #oilpulling #coconutoil

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It’s a new edition of Try It Tuesday and this week I tried oil pulling. Well, the past four weeks I’ve been trying oil pulling. Have you ever heard of it? Ever tried it? Want to try it? Keep reading to see what oil pulling is all about and what kind of results I got!

What is oil pulling?

Oil pulling is the act of swishing around oil in your mouth to improve dental health. From the research I’ve done, there isn’t any solid evidence as to the effectiveness of oil pulling, but many sources indicate oil pulling has the following effects, among others:

  • Whiter teeth
  • Healthier gums
  • Less dental sensitivity
  • Fresher breath
  • Cures tooth decay
  • Reduces plaque
  • Improves skin
  • Helps with headaches

It’s believed that oil pulling literally pulls the toxins from your mouth, teeth and body, creating a healthier mouth and healthier you. Okay, so how true is all of this? I have no idea, but I thought I’d give it a go.

Process

The process of oil pulling is really simple. You swish a tablespoon of oil around in your mouth for 10-20 minutes, spit it out, rinse with water (or salt water), and brush your teeth as usual.

Easy right?

Try It Tuesday: Oil Pulling | I tried oil pulling for 4 weeks and I'm sharing my results with you. Head over to the blog to see how it went! #tryitttuesday #oilpulling #coconutoil

I’ve read you can use just about any type of oil, and have seen instances of vegetable oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, coconut oil and sesame oil being used. I’m not sure if it really matters which oil you use, but I chose to go with coconut oil just in case I happen to swallow a little.

You’re not supposed to swallow any of it because you’d be swallowing the toxins you’re trying to get rid of, but if I happened to swallow some by accident I didn’t want it to be something like vegetable or olive oil. Yuck! I’m gagging just thinking about swallowing those.

I also chose coconut oil because of it’s known healing properties. I have been having really bad tooth sensitivity the past few months and would try anything to get rid of it. I would have gone to the dentist by now to get checked for cavities, but I don’t have dental insurance, so a home remedy it is.

Try It Tuesday: Oil Pulling | I tried oil pulling for 4 weeks and I'm sharing my results with you. Head over to the blog to see how it went! #tryitttuesday #oilpulling #coconutoil

The brand I used was Kala Coconut Oil from Kala Oils. I had this on hand from an Ecocentric Mom box that I had previously gotten and hadn’t used it yet, so I figured why not. It was a way for me to put it to good use!

Results

The exact process I followed was a tablespoon of coconut oil once a day, for 10 minutes, for four weeks (minus a few days because life happens).

Right away I could tell a difference in how my mouth felt. Throughout the day, and even after eating, my teeth and mouth just felt cleaner and fresher than usual. And you know how sometimes you might wake up with a nasty taste in your mouth. That was completely gone.

As for my tooth sensitivity, I think oil pulling has helped a little, but the sensitivity hasn’t completely subsided. I’m thinking there’s a good chance I already have enough damage to the sensitive area, that nothing can help but maybe a cavity filling. I’m also starting to wonder if maybe one of my fillings has fallen out. So, looks like I’ll be paying for a dentist’s visit sometime soon after all.

As far as whitening my teeth, there’s been some subtle lightening. It’s hard to get great photos of my teeth with the same type of lighting to ensure I’m showing actual results, but I did the best I could. So take a look at day 1 and day 28.

Try It Tuesday: Oil Pulling | I tried oil pulling for 4 weeks and I'm sharing my results with you. Head over to the blog to see how it went! #tryitttuesday #oilpulling #coconutoil

I can’t really say how many shades lighter my teeth are, but I can personally see a difference when I look in the mirror. Nothing drastic, but a difference nonetheless, so I’ll take it.

So is it worth the effort? I say yes if you’re looking for better general dental health. I like how my mouth and teeth feel compared to before and that’s good enough for me. But I don’t think it’s necessary to practice oil pulling every day. I’ll continue to practice it, but maybe just twice a week or so. For tooth sensitivity relief I’ll have to look elsewhere, and for whitening I think oil pulling longer term will offer better results, but I have plans to try some other things too.




Tips & Suggestions

If you’re going to try oil pulling, I’ve come up with a few do’s and don’ts. I’m sure if you go at it alone, you’ll come to the same conclusions.

Start small – If you feel like a tablespoon is too much, start with a teaspoon and test it out. You don’t have to jump right in. You also don’t have to start at 10 or 20 minutes, but try 5 minutes instead.

Do not use hardened coconut oil – If using coconut oil, you don’t want to start with it’s hardened form. Do something to melt it to liquid before putting it in your mouth. The oil would eventually melt in your mouth from the warmth, but it takes longer than you’d probably like and when measuring a tablespoon of hardened coconut oil, once it melts you’ll end up with more in your mouth than you bargained for.

Do not swish aggressively – There’s no need to swish the oil aggressively like mouthwash. It will tire you out. Just occasionally swish it through your teeth.

Do not swallow the oil – It’s really hard to hold and swish around a tablespoon of oil in your mouth for 10-20 minutes without swallowing. The tablespoon doubles in size as time passes, supposedly from the toxins it’s pulling and also the saliva that collects in your mouth. There were times I just had to swallow and suggest pushing all of the oil to the front of your teeth so you can swallow lightly without taking in too much of the oil and toxins.

Practice oil pulling while occupied – Let’s be real. When you are holding something in your mouth for 10 minutes, those can be the longest 10 minutes of your life. I suggest practicing oil pulling when you are occupied with something. My favorite time to do it is in the shower. From the time I jumped in, bathed and got out and dressed, it was right at or just past 10 minutes. You could also do it while folding laundry, loading the dishwasher, anything that keeps your mind occupied on something else.

Spit the oil in the trash – Whatever you do, always spit the oil out in the trash. Don’t spit it down the sink, especially if you’re using coconut oil because it will harden as soon as it cools off. I’m sure the last thing you want is a clogged drain to deal with.

Try It Tuesday: Oil Pulling | I tried oil pulling for 4 weeks and I'm sharing my results with you. Head over to the blog to see how it went! #tryitttuesday #oilpulling #coconutoil

And not really a tip or suggestion, but hope that a sneeze or yawn doesn’t come along because if you can’t stop it, you’re going to end up with oil everywhere. Trust me. I know from experience.

Have you tried oil pulling? I’d love to hear about your experience and results!

Check out previous Try It Tuesday’s:

10 Day Foot Mask

*I am in no way, shape or form a dental health expert and am strictly sharing my experience with oil pulling. For dental facts and emergencies, it’s best to consult your dentist. This post contains affiliate links, in which I will receive a small commission for your purchase. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Purederm 10 Day Foot Mask

Wonder if those foot mask things work? I've got the answer for you and I think you'll be amazed! Join me on my 10 day foot mask journey (with video updates) and see just what type of results I got. #healthyfeet #Purederm #footmask
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After seeing photos and a short video of women using what seems like a miracle foot mask, I knew I just had to try it out. I haven’t had a pedicure in a really long time and with sandal weather on it’s way, my feet were in need of some love.

The photos and video that I saw depicted the layer of dead skin literally peeling off the bottom of the foot in large sheets. I thought to myself there’s no way this could be, so I took thing into my own hands to find out for sure.

After browsing foot masks on Amazon, I decided to get the three pair pack of Purederm Shiny & Soft Foot Peeling Masks. The same day they arrived, was the same day I tried them out. I was so excited and just couldn’t wait to see if they’d really work!

Wonder if those foot mask things work? I've got the answer for you and I think you'll be amazed! Join me on my 10 day foot mask journey (with video updates) and see just what type of results I got. #healthyfeet #Purederm #footmask

Day 1 – Application

Application of the foot masks was really easy. You’ll see everything in the video below, but the masks are just a foot shaped bag that has a liquid-type substance inside. You place your foot in the mask and wear them for 60-90 minutes.

Wonder if those foot mask things work? I've got the answer for you and I think you'll be amazed! Join me on my 10 day foot mask journey (with video updates) and see just what type of results I got. #healthyfeet #Purederm #footmask

I was a little concerned the foot masks would be kind of loose, but they actually fit nice and tight. For the 90 minutes I wore them I was sitting for the most part, but you’re still able to walk around if you need to. The masks aren’t uncomfortable to wear, but just a squishy feeling if you walk around.

Wonder if those foot mask things work? I've got the answer for you and I think you'll be amazed! Join me on my 10 day foot mask journey (with video updates) and see just what type of results I got. #healthyfeet #Purederm #footmask

After about 30 minutes I started to feel a tingly, almost minty-like feeling and when the 90 minutes was over, I took the masks off and rinsed my feet. I noticed that the nail polish on my little toes and big toes had been affected by the foot mask.

Those particular toes were in positions that they directly rubbed against the sides of the foot mask, so I think that’s why they were the only ones affected. The three middle toenails on each foot were perfectly fine.

Also, that minty-like coolness continued probably until I went to bed that night (I first applied the masks at about 8 pm).

Wonder if those foot mask things work? I've got the answer for you and I think you'll be amazed! Join me on my 10 day foot mask journey (with video updates) and see just what type of results I got. #healthyfeet #Purederm #footmask

Day 3

Day 3 rolled around and I was totally surprised. The masks actually work! The night of day 3, I took my socks off and looked at my feet and there were spots of loose skin just waiting to be peeled away. I peeled what I could (watch the video) and waited to see what else would happen over the next few days.

Wonder if those foot mask things work? I've got the answer for you and I think you'll be amazed! Join me on my 10 day foot mask journey (with video updates) and see just what type of results I got. #healthyfeet #Purederm #footmask
This is everything I peeled off on Day 3!

Day 4

Day 4 came and, again, there was some additional peeling. Even the bottoms of my toes started to peel a little bit.

Day 7

In the video you’ll see I did a 7 day update just so you could see the progress that had been made before actually getting to day 10. The majority of the bottom of my feet had peeled and there were visible rigid lines all the way around the sole of my foot, where you could see at what point it peeled up to. The line stopped right at the top of the sole, all the way around. I figured that was as far as the peeling would go and that the top and sides of the foot wouldn’t do anything, but I later found out I was wrong.

At this point I also had peeling on the front and tops of my toes, around my toenail. I mean the peeling literally went all the around my toenails and all the way up to the crease of my toenails. There was even peeling in between my toes.

The only places that had yet to peel on the bottom were parts of the rougher, callused spots and also the inner sole.

Day 8

On day 8, it was warmer out so I decided to pull out my sandals. My feet needed some moisturizing, but I wanted so bad to wear them so I did. They were thong sandals that went between the toes and up across the top of my foot.

When I got home and took my sandals off, I noticed that there was slight peeling across the tops of my feet. It was nothing like the large pieces that came off the bottom of my feet, but was peeling nonetheless.

Day 10

Finally day 10 arrived and I was amazed at how well these foot masks had worked. Those rough spots that hadn’t yet peeled a few days ago, had peeled at this point. My heel looked amazing and wasn’t at all dry and cracked in the creases. The rougher, callused spots still felt a little rough, but they did peel and were visibly better. Just what I need for sandal wearing!

This also means that the foot masks delivered exactly what they said they would. By day 10 the calluses are supposed to be all gone and as of day 10, all of mine had peeled. The tops of my toes had also started peeling down to the base of the toes and the inner sole that hadn’t peeled yet was very dry and peeled off in small strips.

Day 12

As a little added bonus, after taking a shower the night of day 12 I noticed the tops and sides of my feet were peeling. Again, not in large pieces like the bottoms of my feet did, but with some rough rubbing, the skin kind of rolled off.

Wonder if those foot mask things work? I've got the answer for you and I think you'll be amazed! Join me on my 10 day foot mask journey and see just what type of results I got. #healthyfeet #Purederm #footmask
This picture doesn’t even do justice, but you can see that the dry, flaky skin from the “before” picture is now gone. You definitely want to watch the video!

Ready to get your feet sandal ready?

Head over to Amazon and get your order in now! When I ordered, the pack of three was just $10.99 and today the pack appears to be $11.99, so know that prices on Amazon change all the time. There are a few different scents that Purederm offers, too. I assume since they’re the same brand, and have the same purpose, they’ll all work the same.

Order Your Favorite Scent: Lemon Apple | Apricot

Also, order when you seem them! They are currently out of stock and every single time I go back to check, it’s the same thing. It just so happens that when I ordered back in February they were out of stock at that time too, but lucky would be restocked in just a few days. As soon as that date came, I believe it was the next day that my order was shipped.

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Beauty Box 5 is a Makeup Lovers Dream Box

Beauty Box 5 is my newest subscription box addiction. Five beauty must-haves delivered to my door every month, for as low as $9/mth? Sign me up! Head over to the blog to check out February's "The Kiss Kit" and get more info on BB5! #BeautyBox5 #BB5 #beauty #makeup

~Thank you to Beauty Box 5 for providing my first box for review. This post contains affiliate links, in which I may receive compensation for your purchase.~

Have you always wanted to try the hottest and most glam makeup products and trends, but don’t know where to start? This is exactly how I feel about makeup and beauty in general.

I haven’t looked through the latest fashion magazines, but that doesn’t matter because I’m not a makeup guru and have no idea how to get the glam looks anyways. Besides, I haven’t a clue as to what shades will work for me, but that doesn’t matter either because I have no time to get to the store to even buy any beauty products.

So what is a girl like me to do? Get myself a Beauty Box 5 subscription, that’s what!

Beauty Box 5 is my newest subscription box addiction. Five beauty must-haves delivered to my door every month, for as low as $9/mth? Sign me up! Head over to the blog to check out February's "The Kiss Kit" and get more info on BB5! #BeautyBox5 #BB5 #beauty #makeup

I just got my first box delivered last month and was amazed at everything that was included. February’s theme was “The Kiss Kit” and the box included nothing but lip products. Pucker up baby, my lip game is about to be on point!

  • Jean Pierre Cosmetics Pink Moisturizing Lip Mask
  • Tint Beauty Unicorn Lippie
  • Tint Beauty Unicorn Liner
  • So Susan Colour Hybrid
  • Style Essentials Lip Glow

Every month, with a Beauty Box 5 subscription you’ll receive 5 beauty must-haves delivered to your door. Some products are full-size and others are samples. In “The Kiss Kit,” 4 products were full-size! The only one that was a “sample” was the Pink Moisturizing Lip Mask. It’s sold as a pack of 5 and the box contained just 1.

Beauty Box 5 is my newest subscription box addiction. Five beauty must-haves delivered to my door every month, for as low as $9/mth? Sign me up! Head over to the blog to check out February's "The Kiss Kit" and get more info on BB5! #BeautyBox5 #BB5 #beauty #makeup
If you haven’t had a good laugh today, here it is! This is the Jean Pierre Cosmetics Pink Moisturizing Lip Mask. Looks funny, but is a pretty neat little item.

 

Each month the products you get are worth a combined $35+. The total value of “The Kiss Kit?” – $38.50. How much is the subscription? – As low as $9/mth (depending on which plan you choose)!

  • Pay monthly – $12/mth
  • Pay quarterly (every 3 months) – $10/mth (This is my favorite option!)
  • Pay annually – $9/mth

I’ve already told you I’m no makeup guru and to be honest, I’m pretty much making things up as I go. But that’s okay! When I find something that works, I stick with it until I master something else. And I’ve realized that I don’t have to get all fancied up to wear makeup. Even the simplest of days deserve a little mascara and lip color!


What I like about Beauty Box 5 is that I get new products or shades that I would never pick up in the store (when I do actually get there) and sometimes find that I love them. That’s what happened last month with “The Kiss Kit.”

It came with a Tint Unicorn Liner and Lippie in the Fairytale shade. I pulled them out of their little black boxes and immediately thought there was no way this color would look good on me. It looked Barbie pink at first glance and I tend to wear darker colors. But I tried them anyways. Low and behold, I really like the color! Never in my life would I have chosen this pink shade while shopping myself, but now that I’ve tried it, I find it to be a perfect color for spring and summer, and one that I can pull off.

Subscribe & Save

Ready to get your own Beauty Box 5? Head over to BB5 and choose which subscription plan works best for you. Then sit back and wait for the mailman. Mail surprises are the best, aren’t they?! By the way, when you subscribe now, you’ll receive a free gift in your first box – an Elizabeth Mott Glitterati Liquid Eyeliner!

OH! And if you want February’s “The Kiss Kit” you can still get it, too, for $15! Get it here. I can’t wait to see what this month’s box holds!

What product would you like to see featured in the next Beauty Box 5? Anything you’ve been dying to try?

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*Thank you to Beauty Box 5 for providing my first box for review. This post contains affiliate links, in which I may receive compensation for your purchase. My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Blue Apron: Tasty Food? Worth the Cost?

I recently got a great deal on my first Blue Apron delivery, so I took the long awaited plunge and tried it out. Visit the blog to read about my experience and what my thoughts are on whether the food is tasty and if the service is worth its cost. #BlueApron #subscription #fooddelivery

For months I’ve been contemplating trying Blue Apron food deliveries, but could never fully commit to paying the $60/week price tag. But just recently I was emailed an amazing deal and paid only $14.94 for my first delivery. At that price, I knew it was the right time to give Blue Apron a try, so this time I didn’t hesitate.

The weekly Blue Apron plan I chose to get was three meals for two people. The service tailors the meals you receive to your diet preferences and tastes. For example, if you don’t eat seafood, you can designate that in your profile and no seafood dishes will ever be sent. There are even options for vegetarians and much more.

And to take it a step further, you’re offered a menu each week where you can pick and choose which meals you receive. It’s not a type of service where you’re flying blind and each delivery is a surprise, although you can keep it a surprise if you want to. Going to be out of town for a week? No problem. Just skip that week’s delivery and you won’t be charged for it. It’s definitely a perk that it works around your schedule and your family’s preferences.

We eat pretty much everything around here, so we don’t have any diet restrictions and after browsing the menu, the three meals I chose to receive were (1) Chicken Paillard with Potato, Fennel & Meyer Lemon Sauce, (2) Bucatini Pasta Bolognese with Brussels Sprouts, and (3) Lemon-Caper Catfish with Spiced Lentils & Collard Greens. I felt like these dishes would give us a good sample of different types of meals Blue Apron has to offer.

I recently got a great deal on my first Blue Apron delivery, so I took the long awaited plunge and tried it out. Visit the blog to read about my experience and what my thoughts are on whether the food is tasty and if the service is worth its cost. #BlueApron #subscription #fooddelivery

Delivery

Once I signed up I believe it took about 2 weeks to get my first delivery. When it did arrive, it was on time and as promised. I was very pleased with how everything was packaged. All the foods looked fresh, much of which looked better than I’ve purchased at the store before; and with large ice packs keeping the food cold, I easily transferred everything to my fridge.

I recently got a great deal on my first Blue Apron delivery, so I took the long awaited plunge and tried it out. Visit the blog to read about my experience and what my thoughts are on whether the food is tasty and if the service is worth its cost. #BlueApron #subscription #fooddelivery

I recently got a great deal on my first Blue Apron delivery, so I took the long awaited plunge and tried it out. Visit the blog to read about my experience and what my thoughts are on whether the food is tasty and if the service is worth its cost. #BlueApron #subscription #fooddelivery

I recently got a great deal on my first Blue Apron delivery, so I took the long awaited plunge and tried it out. Visit the blog to read about my experience and what my thoughts are on whether the food is tasty and if the service is worth its cost. #BlueApron #subscription #fooddelivery

Cooking

When it was time to try our first meal, I chose to make the Chicken Paillard dish. Each dish that comes in the delivery has its own recipe card, so all I had to do was pull the ingredients listed on the card and follow the cooking instructions. As far as ingredients, literally everything I needed was included with the exception of salt, pepper and water, and obviously these are basic cooking staples that everyone should have in their home. Even simple things like butter were included.

I recently got a great deal on my first Blue Apron delivery, so I took the long awaited plunge and tried it out. Visit the blog to read about my experience and what my thoughts are on whether the food is tasty and if the service is worth its cost. #BlueApron #subscription #fooddelivery

I recently got a great deal on my first Blue Apron delivery, so I took the long awaited plunge and tried it out. Visit the blog to read about my experience and what my thoughts are on whether the food is tasty and if the service is worth its cost. #BlueApron #subscription #fooddelivery

As far as the recipes, I’d say they’re fairly easy to follow. If you’ve never worked with certain foods it could be somewhat of a challenge, but you’ll still figure it out. For example, I have never cooked with fennel before, but this dish included fennel. I really didn’t know how to prepare it, but after rereading the instructions a few times (ya know, just to make sure I was clear, haha), I made it work.

That just happens to be one of the things I like about Blue Apron. In every dish I made, I got the opportunity to work with certain foods and ingredients I’ve never cooked with before, including the fennel, black lentils, capers and brussels sprouts. I’ve never even cooked with red pepper flakes, which was part of this chicken dish.

Eating

When all was said and done, the Chicken Paillard was delicious! There is no doubt I’m keeping this recipe card handy and making this dish again. If you’ve been reading Making Time for a while now, you know my family loves chicken, so finding new flavors is always a plus for me and this is a flavor I love.

I recently got a great deal on my first Blue Apron delivery, so I took the long awaited plunge and tried it out. Visit the blog to read about my experience and what my thoughts are on whether the food is tasty and if the service is worth its cost. #BlueApron #subscription #fooddelivery

The second dish I made was the Bucatini Pasta Bolognese and once again, this dish did not disappoint. In fact, my kids even loved it. My boyfriend and I didn’t get to eat our full meals because the kids were indulging too. I had actually given them a night off from family meals (my son is a picky eater) and let them choose what they wanted – chicken nuggets. But when they saw what we were eating, they tossed their nuggets to the side and headed to our plates.

I recently got a great deal on my first Blue Apron delivery, so I took the long awaited plunge and tried it out. Visit the blog to read about my experience and what my thoughts are on whether the food is tasty and if the service is worth its cost. #BlueApron #subscription #fooddelivery

The last dish of our Blue Apron delivery was the Lemon-Caper Catfish. We love seafood, but I left this particular dish for last because I wasn’t so sure we were going to like the black lentils mixed with collard greens. Alas, I still cooked the dish per its recipe card and we gave it a try. Personally, it was a very different taste for me, but was doable. I would say that there were too many black lentils and they overpowered the dish.

I recently got a great deal on my first Blue Apron delivery, so I took the long awaited plunge and tried it out. Visit the blog to read about my experience and what my thoughts are on whether the food is tasty and if the service is worth its cost. #BlueApron #subscription #fooddelivery

My boyfriend actually spit his food out and said heck no. He ate the catfish, but nothing else. So in my opinion, less of the black lentils would have made this dish much better, and I actually didn’t even plate all of the lentils that I cooked. This was just one recipe we didn’t care for as much as the others, but everyone’s tastes are different so to each their own.

Final Thoughts

Is the food good? Yes. We absolutely loved the chicken and Bolognese dishes, and will make those again in the near future. And even though we didn’t much care for the seafood dish, it was still a great experience to try something different.

Is Blue Apron worth the price? For my family, no. $60/week for three meals that’s just enough for two people, simply isn’t affordable. There’s another option that offers two meals for four people, but again that’s still not affordable for us. I can go to the store and purchase all the ingredients for these recipes for much less than that.

That being said, with Blue Apron you’re not only paying for the food and recipes, but you’re also paying for the convenience. It’s definitely nice to have everything I need to cook my family nice, hearty dinners delivered right to my front door. If we had disposable income, I may consider keeping my Blue Apron deliveries, but for now I’ve cancelled all future orders.

Have you tried Blue Apron or any other food delivery service?

*This post was in no way sponsored. My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

New Year, New Organized You

I'm going bold but classy with my organization this year, using my new Kate Spade New York large black/white striped agenda.

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As the New Year arrives, many of us are reflecting on the previous year. Did we accomplish our resolutions? Was the year meaningful? Did I do everything I could to make it great?

When it comes to reflecting on the past year, all I have to do is flip through my planner/agenda from 2016 and see just how much I accomplished. Knowing I conquered it all like a boss makes me feel like a super woman/mom/boss/girlfriend (and all the other amazing things I am).

As a working at home mom, I have tons to do and keeping up with it all gets difficult. I get involved with so many different things between work, blogging and family, taking on multiple tasks, all of which have their own deadlines. And quite honestly, I can’t keep up with them all unless I write them down. This is the main reason a planner is a must-have for me and you can definitely get a good look at my schedule just from taking a peek inside.

This year I decided to go bold, but still keep it classy with a large black/white striped Kate Spade New York agenda. I’ve actually been using it since the beginning of December since it’s a 17 month book and so far I’m really loving it.

I'm going bold but classy with my organization this year, using my new Kate Spade New York large black/white striped agenda.

With tab dividers for each month, there’s a mini to-do list compliments of Kate Spade New York featured for each one. I consider this a simple reminder to not get too busy to live and have fun.

January’s To-Do’s:

  • Send lots of thank-you notes
  • Read between the lines
  • Make a snow angel
  • Host a clothing swap
  • Join a book club

I'm going bold but classy with my organization this year, using my new Kate Spade New York large black/white striped agenda.

Behind each tab you’ll find a full monthly calendar, along with weekly divisions broken down by day. This is where I make a lot of entries in my own planner. It’s the only way I can keep up with what I need to get done that specific day and an easy way for me to mark each item off as I complete it. It’s certainly nothing overly complicated, but exactly what I need to keep my year organized.

Other notable features:

  • Large size (9.25″ x 7″ x 2″)
  • Beautiful hardcover
  • Elastic closure for secure keeping
  • Metallic gold spiral binding
  • 2 interior pockets for filing
  • Complete annual calendar
  • Section to note celebrations by month
  • List of 2017 holidays
  • Multiple pages of notes in the front as well as a couple pages behind each month’s tab

I just love the black/white stripes of my Kate Spade New York agenda, but if stripes aren’t your thing, there are other designs to choose from including Gold Polka Dots, Gold Caning and a Floral design. No matter which design strikes your eye, it can be purchased for $36. And I have to say this is probably the best $36 I’ve spent so far for the New Year.

I'm going bold but classy with my organization this year, using my new Kate Spade New York large black/white striped agenda. I'm going bold but classy with my organization this year, using my new Kate Spade New York large black/white striped agenda. I'm going bold but classy with my organization this year, using my new Kate Spade New York large black/white striped agenda.

Do you use a planner/agenda to stay organized? Which Kate Spade New York agenda design is your favorite?

*This post contains affiliate links, in which I may receive compensation for your purchase.  I did not receive product in exchange for a review, but am simply sharing my love for a new organizational tool. My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Tights Are a Staple That Never Go Out of Style #itfitsitflatters

Ladies, do you hate wearing hosiery? I did until I came across Berkshire, which changed my outlook on wearing tights and pantyhose myself. With sizing from regular to curvy, and even maternity options, Berkshire definitely has the right fit for you! #itfitsitflatters #berkshirelegs #alookforeveryleg
~Thank you to Lipton Publicity for providing samples for review.~

I have a confession to make. I have never been a big fan of women’s hosiery. Am I the only one? I mean, I see so many women all the time wearing some type of hosiery and always thought it was the perfect finish to an outfit, but I just couldn’t ever get with it. And I honestly think it’s because I could never find ones that truly fit me. I’m considered a plus sized woman and even as a child, have had my fair share of tights and pantyhose that I couldn’t even get over my butt.

But just recently I got the opportunity to try some Berkshire tights and I really feel like I’ve been missing out for so long. I finally found a brand of hosiery that has sizing that works for me and I absolutely love the fit. Their sizing ranges from regular to curvy and they even have maternity options.

Ladies, do you hate wearing hosiery? I did until I came across Berkshire, which changed my outlook on wearing tights and pantyhose myself. With sizing from regular to curvy, and even maternity options, Berkshire definitely has the right fit for you! #itfitsitflatters #berkshirelegs #alookforeveryleg

The first thing I got to try from Berkshire is their Easy On! 40 Denier Plus Size Tights ($16 or 2/$26). It was love as soon as I put them on!

  • Cooling fibers with knit in ventilation.
  • Extra stretch for room at the top.
  • Comfy control top.
  • Coverage and colors to love.
  • Easy to wear super soft fibers.
  • Easy on the toes.

Ladies, do you hate wearing hosiery? I did until I came across Berkshire, which changed my outlook on wearing tights and pantyhose myself. With sizing from regular to curvy, and even maternity options, Berkshire definitely has the right fit for you! #itfitsitflatters #berkshirelegs #alookforeveryleg

I love how just one pair of tights can add the finishing touch to so many different looks. It’s easy to take summery type outfits and make them winter ready. Just like every woman needs that rocking little black dress, every woman needs a good pair of black tights.

Ladies, do you hate wearing hosiery? I did until I came across Berkshire, which changed my outlook on wearing tights and pantyhose myself. With sizing from regular to curvy, and even maternity options, Berkshire definitely has the right fit for you! #itfitsitflatters #berkshirelegs #alookforeveryleg

In the past I never would have given red tights a second thought and most of my wardrobe consists of dark colors, like black. But I’ve recently started stepping out of my comfort zone and trying to add pops of color here and there, so I went for it. I am so glad I did! I took this all black look of mine and made it something special. I’ll definitely stand out in a crowd, but in a good way.

And I didn’t stop there! In addition to the tights, I received a pair of Berkshire’s Stretch Fishnet Pantyhose ($11). Most people tend to associate fishnet stockings with burlesque, but I’m here to tell you that they are so much more! I took the same outfit as above, with my red tights and just layered the fishnet stockings over the tights. One simple addition changed up the whole look!

Ladies, do you hate wearing hosiery? I did until I came across Berkshire, which changed my outlook on wearing tights and pantyhose myself. With sizing from regular to curvy, and even maternity options, Berkshire definitely has the right fit for you! #itfitsitflatters #berkshirelegs #alookforeveryleg

Of all the outfits I put together with my new hosiery, this one was my favorite. Who would have thought a hosiery hating lady like myself would go from nothing, to this. All it took was finding ones that worked perfectly for me.

Berkshire, where have you been all my life?! I will never again go without tights in my wardrobe. They’re a staple that simply put, will never go out of style!

Ladies, do you wear tights?

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*Thank you to Lipton Publicity for providing Berkshire hosiery samples for my review and inspiring me to step up my fashion.  My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Easily eRase Unwanted Winter Hair #GiftIdea

 The eRase e60 Epilator from #Emjoi is the only tool you need to keep those beary hairy winter legs at their smoothest throughout the holidays. #eRasee60 #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

~ Thank you to Lipton Publicity and Emjoi for providing product for my  review. Opinions are 100% my own.~

Ah, the things winter is made of – gentle snowflakes, cozy fires, hot chocolate, leggings, boots and – hairy legs? Ladies, you have to know what I’m talking about. When cold weather hits, we live in our leggings or pants, and quite frankly that means no task of shaving in the near future. No one’s going to see our grizzly bear legs so why bother?

The eRase e60 Epilator from #Emjoi is the only tool you need to keep those beary hairy winter legs at their smoothest throughout the holidays. #eRasee60 #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

But at some point, enough is enough. We can’t go all winter with hairy legs and Emjoi has just the thing to help – the eRase e60 Epilator. Have you ever had a wax before? eRase is like getting a wax, but without using wax. Instead, eRase uses a series of 60 tweezers to electrically remove unwanted hair.

eRase e60 Highlights:

  • Removes hair from root for up to 6 weeks.
  • Removes hair as short as 0.3 mm.
  • Can be safely used on legs, bikini line, underarms and face.
  • Precision Hair Removal Technology effectively removes majority of hair in first passing to prevent skin irritation and save time.
  • Dual speed control.
  • Includes sensitive attachment for sensitive areas.
  • Corded electrical use.
  • Compact size great for easy use, storage and travel.

The eRase e60 Epilator from #Emjoi is the only tool you need to keep those beary hairy winter legs at their smoothest throughout the holidays. #eRasee60 #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

I have never personally had a wax before and certainly never tweezed my leg hairs, so the eRase e60 Epilator was quite a first experience for me. When I took the plunge, I hadn’t shaved my legs in a good 2-3 weeks (I’ve been in serious winter legging mode) so my hairs were fairly long. I knew the eRase e60 would have no problem grabbing them, haha.

The eRase e60 Epilator from #Emjoi is the only tool you need to keep those beary hairy winter legs at their smoothest throughout the holidays. #eRasee60 #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

I plugged in my eRase e60, pushed the power button to the first speed setting (wasn’t so sure I was ready for the second yet) and got to work. I ran the epilator up the shin of my leg, feeling every single hair it pulled from the root. Was it painful? Yes. Yes, it was.

Emjoi suggests showering and exfoliating the area before using eRase, to help with comfort. Warm water helps open the pores, so I’ll have to do that next time. But since I was able to go at my own pace, I got used to it after a few minutes, upped it to the faster speed setting and eRased my leg hairs.

The eRase e60 Epilator from #Emjoi is the only tool you need to keep those beary hairy winter legs at their smoothest throughout the holidays. #eRasee60 #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

When I was done, my legs were covered in red spots where hairs had been pulled from the root. This didn’t last very long though and my legs were the smoothest they’d been in 3 weeks. The best part is they’ll stay this way for up to 6 weeks. That means no wasted time shaving in the shower, no wasted water from shaving and NO HAIRY WINTER LEGS! This girl has smooth legs under her leggings! Do you?!

Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

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The eRase e60 Epilator would be the perfect gift for women (or even men who have unwanted hair) this holiday season. Ladies, get one for yourself or maybe even your daughter. Fellas, why not get one for your wife? I know you’d prefer her to have smooth legs over beary hairy ones. eRase e60 is the solution this winter!

You can find the eRase e60 in the Bermuda blue color, right at Emjoi for $79.95. And throughout the year, limited edition colors and patterns can be found at QVC.

Who will you give the gift of smooth legs to this holiday season?

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*Thank you to Lipton Publicity and Emjoi for providing an eRase e60 Epilator and inspiring me to get rid of my beary hairy winter legs.  My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Toss Your Tongs & Claim Some Clongs #GiftIdea

Clongs are the only kitchen utensil you need to get tons of tasty dishes from the stove to the table. Grasp, stir & serve with ease! #Dreamfarm #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

~ Thank you to Dreamfarm for providing product for my  review. Opinions are 100% my own.~

Have you ever been cooking and thought of a cool gadget, or even just a tweak to an existing product, that would make your cooking experience so much more efficient and effective? No matter how wild you think that idea is, there’s a good chance you’re not the only one thinking about it.

In fact, Dreamfarm turns some of those ideas into a reality. I own a few different Dreamfarm products and they definitely get the most use out of everything I have to choose from in my kitchen. One such product from Dreamfarm are the Clongs.

Clongs are the only kitchen utensil you need to get tons of tasty dishes from the stove to the table. Grasp, stir & serve with ease! #Dreamfarm #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

Clongs are the only kitchen utensil you need to get tons of tasty dishes from the stove to the table. Grasp, stir & serve with ease! #Dreamfarm #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

Clongs are a unique kitchen utensil in that they (1) have a few different uses, (2) have a design that allows them to sit off the counter or stove top, and (3) implement a click-lock system.

Using Clongs

Clongs have a V-shape just like tongs and can be used for grasping literally anything, just as tongs are. In my experience, most people use tongs for salads, but I use them for all kinds of stuff, and my Clongs for so much more.

Clongs are the only kitchen utensil you need to get tons of tasty dishes from the stove to the table. Grasp, stir & serve with ease! #Dreamfarm #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

Just a few days ago I was cooking stuffed peppers and Clongs were the perfect tool for grasping the peppers. The tips are made of silicone, so unlike metal tongs, they provide a much more gentle approach to grasping. In the case of my stuffed peppers, after boiling them for a bit they become fairly soft and brittle, so the gentle touch of Clongs helps prevent tears.

The silicone tip is also good because they’re scratch resistant. I can’t tell you how many non-stick pots and pans I’ve ruined from using metal kitchen utensils.

Clongs are the only kitchen utensil you need to get tons of tasty dishes from the stove to the table. Grasp, stir & serve with ease! #Dreamfarm #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

Clongs are the only kitchen utensil you need to get tons of tasty dishes from the stove to the table. Grasp, stir & serve with ease! #Dreamfarm #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

Aside from the silicone material of the tip, the tip design itself is something to note. The wavy waffle design makes Clongs great for serving all kinds of foods, and the flat tip makes picking up smaller foods a cinch. When I was making my stuffed peppers, I even used them to stir the rice and actually stuff the peppers.

So as far as use goes, Clongs are a great tool and are the only kitchen utensil I need to use to get my stuffed peppers from the stove to the table.

Unique Bend Design

One of my favorite features of Clongs is the bend design of the handles. When sitting Clongs on the counter or stove top, the curve in the handle keeps the tip off the actual surface. This prevents counter and stove tops from getting dirty and also keeps any germs off the tip.

Clongs are the only kitchen utensil you need to get tons of tasty dishes from the stove to the table. Grasp, stir & serve with ease! #Dreamfarm #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

The bend design also comes in handy to prop Clongs on the side of a pan. This means no more worrying about propped utensils sliding down the pan and splattering food all over the stove top.

Click-Lock System

Of course, I saved the best feature for last. Clongs have a click-lock system that makes it super easy to open and close, lock and unlock them with just one hand. Just like a clicky pen, the push of a click button on the end unlocks the Clongs. To close them, it’s the same thing. Just hold the handles together and push the click button. Easy peasy!

Clongs are the only kitchen utensil you need to get tons of tasty dishes from the stove to the table. Grasp, stir & serve with ease! #Dreamfarm #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

This is definitely time saving and much easier compared to tongs that require slipping a metal piece into position to lock and unlock. It’s such a pesky piece and quite frankly, I had removed the one that was on my metal tongs. I just left them in the open position all the time.

And I’m not going to lie. When I took my Clongs out of the box, I sat there and continuously pushed the click button to open and close them. It’s just as addicting as sitting at a desk and clicking a pen. I absolutely love this feature when cooking because I can open/close the Clongs with one hand, freeing up my other hand to hold the pan or do something else.

As soon as I experienced how much of a difference Clongs made in the kitchen and how easy they were to use, I immediately tossed my metal tongs!

Where do Clongs get their name?

Have you figured out where the name Clongs comes from? It’s simple >> click-lock sit up tongs = Clongs!

Clongs are the only kitchen utensil you need to get tons of tasty dishes from the stove to the table. Grasp, stir & serve with ease! #Dreamfarm #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

Buy them now!

Do you know someone who is always in the kitchen? Someone who loves cooking? Someone who entertains a lot? Someone who wishes there were more practical kitchen utensils? Heck, even if you want some Clongs for yourself because I mean, who wouldn’t want some?! Clongs are a great gift idea for any one of these people! Just visit Dreamfarm and get your order in before the holiday rush.

9″ (shown in red) – $19.99

12″ (shown in black) – $24.99

Plus, when you place an order of $50+ you’ll get FREE shipping! Spend $100+ and you’ll also get a FREE set of Levoons! I’m not going to tell you what those are so you can check them out for yourself, but trust me – if you just glance at all of the products Dreamfarm has to offer, you’ll want them all and spending $50 or $100 will be a breeze! Making time for Dreamfarm is easy and once you get your first product, you’ll love them just as much as I do!

Will you toss your tongs and claim some Clongs?

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*Thank you to Dreamfarm for providing a 9″ and 12″ Clongs, and inspiring me to get creative in the kitchen.  My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Just a Girl and Her Shoes

As my toddler learns to walk, Stride Rite Soft Motion shoes provide her with stability, comfort and the protection her little feet need. #StrideRite #SoftMotion @StrideRite

There’s no doubt women (or men for that matter – I live with a sneaker head) can have a special bond with their shoes. I know I have a few pairs (okay maybe more than a few) that I just could never live without. Whether our personal preference is comfort or style, some shoes just hold a special place in our hearts.

Not only that, but think about the shoes you put on this morning. What do they say about you? Are you wearing a comfortable pair of sneakers that have good traction? I might guess you’re athletic, are going for a run, or simply just want to be comfortable. Are you wearing a high pair of sexy pumps? I might guess you’ve got a really hot date or are headed to have lunch with the girls or a girls’ night out. You get my point, right?

Our shoes say so much about us personally and even give others an indication of what type of mood we’re in. On any given day you can find me wearing a pair of sandals or flats. I’m usually in full on mom mode with the messy bun, leggings and kids in tow. I need something simple, quick and easy, and that’s what sandals and flats are to me. But get me on a day where I’m going to take on the world and you’ll find me wearing some of my hottest pumps or wedges. And watch out because here I come and nothing is going to bring me down!

As my toddler learns to walk, Stride Rite Soft Motion shoes provide her with stability, comfort and the protection her little feet need. #StrideRite #SoftMotion @StrideRite

I like to think the same goes for my kids. My daughter has recently started learning to walk and just like the rest of the family (mom, dad and brother included), she loves getting new shoes. She sees that little shoe box and knows exactly what’s in store. She’s a true shoe lover in the making.

Her newest addition is a pair of Stride Rite Kellen Soft Motion shoes. What exactly do THESE shoes say about her? Everything you’d expect of a toddler who’s learning to walk. She’s ready to get up and go, but needs gentle comfort because it’s all so new to her.

As my toddler learns to walk, Stride Rite Soft Motion shoes provide her with stability, comfort and the protection her little feet need. #StrideRite #SoftMotion @StrideRite

Soft Motion Features:

  • Rounded soles for improved balance.
  • Flexibility for natural movement.
  • Oversized openings for easy on/off.
  • Memory foam interior footbeds for comfort.
  • Secure closures to keep shoes on.

The new Stride Rite Soft Motion shoes have quickly become my daughter’s favorite pair. Once she took them out of the box, being the little independent kid she is, tried to put them on herself and she hasn’t wanted to take them off. Every time I tried to take them off she’d grab my hand and put the strap back down. She’s making time to explore the world of walking, with or without mom.

As my toddler learns to walk, Stride Rite Soft Motion shoes provide her with stability, comfort and the protection her little feet need. #StrideRite #SoftMotion @StrideRite

As my toddler learns to walk, Stride Rite Soft Motion shoes provide her with stability, comfort and the protection her little feet need. #StrideRite #SoftMotion @StrideRite

As a parent, my favorite thing about Stride Rite Soft Motion shoes is that they are soft and flexible, but still durable enough to protect my daughter’s little feet. Not to mention, they are THE easiest shoes to put on. I remember having such a tough time trying to get shoes on my son’s feet when he was smaller, simply because of how they’re made, but Stride Rite Soft Motion shoes, or at least the Kellen style, slide right on with no fuss.

As my toddler learns to walk, Stride Rite Soft Motion shoes provide her with stability, comfort and the protection her little feet need. #StrideRite #SoftMotion @StrideRite

What’s your favorite feature of Stride Rite Soft Motion shoes?

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*Thank you to Stride Rite for inspiring my toddler to learn to walk in comfort. I received a pair of Stride Rite Soft Motion shoes compliments of Stride Rite and BzzAgent. My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

How My Little One Indulges in Fall Flavors

With this #recipe calling for @Gerber 3rd Foods Lil' Bits, my little one can enjoy the same fall flavors I've come to love and is also learning to chew and eat solid food. #GerberBabies

One of my favorite things about fall is all of the amazing flavors – pumpkin, turkey, ham, sweet potatoes, roast beef, apples and any recipe that has crockpot in the title. I can’t wait to pull my crockpot out!

On the flip side, my little one can’t enjoy all of the same fall flavors I do because she’s still learning to chew solid food. There’s no way I can give Sadee small pieces of turkey, ham or roast beef quite yet, but I would love for her to experience the same savory fall tastes that I love and enjoy.

With this #recipe calling for @Gerber 3rd Foods Lil' Bits, my little one can enjoy the same fall flavors I've come to love and is also learning to chew and eat solid food. #GerberBabies
Eeny meeny miny moe, so many Lil’ Bits to choose from, yes it’s so.

 

My solution is Gerber 3rd Foods Lil’ Bits! With flavors like Garden Vegetable & Beef Dinner and Autumn Vegetable & Turkey Dinner, I can share my favorite fall flavors with her.

Gerber 3rd Foods Lil’ Bits provide Sadee with a puree consistency she can handle, but also introduces her to small pieces of soft, solid food. I love it because it’s teaching her how to chew and progress into real, solid table food. It’s only a matter of time before she’ll be eating everything we eat right from our table.

With this #recipe calling for @Gerber 3rd Foods Lil' Bits, my little one can enjoy the same fall flavors I've come to love and is also learning to chew and eat solid food. #GerberBabies

Crockpot roast beef is a favorite fall dish of mine and one that I make at least 3-4 times during the fall season. I wanted to see how well Sadee would like some of these same flavors, so I made time to try a quick mashed sweet potato recipe for her and topped it with Gerber 3rd Foods Lil’ Bits Garden Vegetable & Beef Dinner. It gives her a little taste of the sweet and savory flavors of fall, but in consistencies she’s able to handle at her age.

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Gerber 3rd Foods Lil' Bits
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Serves: 6-8
 
This recipe allows your little one to experience the sweet and savory tastes of fall, while maintaining a consistency they're able to handle, and even introduces them to easy to eat, small pieces of solid food.
Ingredients
  • 3 small sweet potatoes (peeled and cubed)
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1, 5 oz. container of Gerber 3rd Food Lil' Bits Garden Vegetable & Beef Dinner
Instructions
  1. Boil the sweet potatoes for 20 minutes, until tender.
  2. Drain the sweet potatoes and return them to the pot.
  3. Mash the sweet potatoes, and mix in the milk and maple syrup.
  4. Place desired amount sweet potatoes in a bowl.
  5. Top with desired amount of Gerber 3rd Foods Lil' Bits Garden Vegetable & Beef Dinner.
  6. Let sweet potatoes cool before serving.
Notes
Feel free to substitute the Gerber 3rd Foods Lil' Bits Garden Vegetable & Beef Dinner, with another flavor your little one may like.

With this #recipe calling for @Gerber 3rd Foods Lil' Bits, my little one can enjoy the same fall flavors I've come to love and is also learning to chew and eat solid food. #GerberBabies

I’m happy to say, it was a big hit and Sadee loved it! She had no problem eating the small, solid pieces of carrots in the Gerber 3rd Foods Lil’ Bits Garden Vegetable & Beef Dinner, while the rest of the dish was a puree consistency. I think she really enjoyed having a little taste of both the sweet and savory sides of fall dishes because up until now her meals have been pretty one-sided – either sweet or savory.

Which flavor of Gerber 3rd Foods Lil’ Bits would your little one enjoy?

*Thank you to Gerber for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to prepare my little one for solid table food. This is a sponsored post in which I will receive compensation.  My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.