Spring is here and that means it’s time to clean out the old and in with the new. For me, that means getting some new must-have items to last the new year and make me feel refreshed. I’m always looking for new things that will help me do this, and I’ve found some great items that I’d love to share, so let us get started.
Ok, so no one likes to talk about bathroom issues. Except when it comes to kitty’s litter box. We’ve all got a litter box story, that hilarious one you pull out when you gripe about the cats making a mess…again.
- – That time Fluffy tried to balance on the side of the box while pooping, lost her balance and fell onto the floor flat on her face.
- – Or the time the new kitten finally figured out how to use the litter box, but then curled up and fell asleep in it.
- – And how about the time the chicken you were recuperating from an injury in the mud room decided to roost on the wall of the box and laid an egg in the litter. No, never happened to you? Well, then you haven’t fully lived, my friend. LOL
If you have pets there are going to be times that they need a little extra help with their daily toileting needs whether it’s due to injury, illness, arthritis, or just plain old age infirmity. The Kitty Box Ramp is something I never knew existed, but I wish I had as I just lost a cat who could have really used this kind of assistance.… [read more]
I bet you don’t give much thought to not having access to your shampoo, hand soap, or body wash. Like me, you probably take for granted you will always be able to have these products in your bathroom. It’s likely you don’t stress about just picking up more when they run out. For millions around the world, having access to something as simple as soap isn’t a given. This doesn’t have to be a reality thanks to Soapbox, a company giving hope with soap around the globe.
SoapBox with Mission
So how does Soapbox make a difference in the world? With every purchase of one of their products, Soapbox donates a bar of soap to those in need.
These bars of soap, made from recycled and sanitized hotel soaps, can help improve livelihoods and lives by teaching the importance of proper hygiene. In many places, life-threatening diseases can be spread because of lack of access to clean water and by not performing the simple act of handwashing.
To date, SoapBox has donated over 2 million bars of soaps to over 60 countries. You can actually see exactly where your bar of soap is heading because each SoapBox product comes with a Hope Code. I looked up all five of my Hope Codes on the website and was excited to learn I was helping families in Baltimore, Nepal, Cambodia, and India.
In addition to donating soap and employing hygiene ambassadors, purchasing Soapbox products also funds groundbreaking research. You can read more about all the good Soapbox is doing on their website.
SoapBox was kind of enough to send me their Coconut Oil Shampoo and Conditioner, Sea Minerals & Blue Iris Body Wash, and Citrus & Peach Rose Liquid Hand Soap and Bar Soap. Not only do these products smell amazing but they work amazingly well. I also really love that they are cruelty-free, made in the USA, and free of SLS, SLES, paraben, silicone and artificial colors.
Let’s start with my favorite products of my bundle, the Coconut Oil Shampoo and Conditioner. I was a little apprehensive to use these at first because they are designed to nourish and moisturize. I have oily prone hair so many times moisturizing hair products don’t work in my hair.
This is not the case with Soapbox’s Coconut Oil line. My hair never felt or looked so amazing days after I washed it. I actually have to use less dry shampoo, which is a miracle. When I do use dry shampoo, it seems to work better because my hair is less oily.
Next up is the Sea Minerals & Blue Iris Body Wash. Infused with shea and aloe, the body wash helps to seal in hydration and leave my skin feeling lightly moisturized and clean. I really like the creamy, lightweight formulation and the addition of the sea minerals, which naturally detoxify my skin.
Since I have dry skin, I’m curious to try SoapBox’s Coconut Milk & Sandalwood Body Wash, which is designed for deep moisture. I would recommend the Sea Minerals & Blue Iris Body Wash if you only need gentle moisture.
Last, but certainly, not least is the SoapBox Citrus & Peach Rose Liquid Hand Soap and Bar Soap. These soaps smell amazing. Although I haven’t used the bar soap yet, I’m halfway through the liquid hand soap. This is how much I love it, plus I wash my hands a lot throughout the day.
Formulated with aloe, shea butter, and olive oil, these soaps are designed to provide much-needed moisture. I love that they remove dirt without stripping my skin of hydration. And even better, my hands smell incredible all day and all night.
I know I will be repurchasing everything I tried from SoapBox and trying more of their products again and again. It’s hard not to support brands who make amazing products and are on a mission to do good in the world.
Have you tried SoapBox products before? Which scent would you try first?
In addition to eating a healthy diet, taking vitamins can help ensure you’re getting the nutrients you need. As much as I try, I sometimes skip taking my vitamins because I hate swallowing such huge pills. Recently, that all changed when I was asked to try Nanoceutical Solutions Nano Glutathione, as well as their Nano Methyl B12 and Nano Vitamin D3. Unlike traditional vitamins, these come in liquid form for easier swallowing.
What also makes Nanoceutical products so unique, besides being made in the US, is their proprietary manufacturing process. This process keeps the molecules of the vitamins and supplements intact so your body can easily absorb them.
In addition, this inventive technology also creates formulas that are “nano” in size. The smaller the particle, the more effective the vitamin. In other words, when you place the formula under your tongue, it can easily travel through your mucus membranes and into your bloodstream. This means your body is better able to absorb the vital nutrients while also receiving the most health benefit.
So, now that you know a little bit about how the delivery system of these vitamins, let’s talk about my experience with Nano Glutathione, as well as with the other supplements. Since I had never taken Glutathione before, I was curious to learn more about its benefits and why it is called the “master antioxidant”.
Glutathione is essential for every cell of our bodies. This antioxidant is naturally produced in the liver and helps your body rid itself of toxins and fight off cell-damaging free radicals. It also plays a role in metabolism, immune response, and general health. Some research has shown that a lack of Glutathione in the body may lead to an increase in brain diseases, some cancers, autoimmune disease, infertility, problems with vision, pain, cardiovascular disease, and more. (You can find more details on the Nano Glutathione product page, linked above.)
After reading up on Glutathione, I decided it was time to put it to the test. And what better time than over the Thanksgiving holiday, especially when I would be traveling and spending time with my nieces and nephew. As much as I love the little munchkins, as I call them, they not only wear me out but also get me sick. I usually spend days trying to recover or get over whatever new illness they’ve passed on to me. Not this time.
It did take some adjustment getting used to taking a vitamin from a dropper and then holding the liquid under my tongue for 30-60 seconds. However, it was worth it. I was able to keep up with all the holiday activities and travel and managed to survive it all without acquiring a cold or other sickness. I’m actually still noticing the benefits of using the Nano Glutathione beyond the initial two weeks.
I’ve also enjoyed using the Glutathione with the Nano Vitamin D3 and Nano Methyl B12. The Vitamin D3 helps improve calcium absorption, which in turn is great for bone health. It’s also great for brain health and your immune system. The Methyl B12 improves brain health, boosts immunity, and helps fight cell damage caused by aging. I can see these three little blue bottles becoming a staple in my health routine for a long time to come.
If you’re interested in trying Nano Glutathione, you’re in luck. Nanoceutical Solutions is offering Beauty Brite readers a discount up to 43% on bottles of Nano Glutathione, plus a free bottle of Methyl B12. For more information on these special discounts visit their Product Discount page.
Have you ever used Glutathione? Do you take your vitamins on a regular basis?
Canning jars can be used for many purposes: to can and store foods, to combine ingredients to create meals, salad dressings, or marinades; as serving containers; and to store and organize any number of small household goods such as buttons, pens and pencils, spices and oils. The uses are just about endless and are only limited within the bounds of your imagination.
I enjoy making jams and jellies as well as canning pickles, so these are the ways I most often use canning jars. But, I also have one that I keep spools of thread and sewing needles in for quick access to materials to mend garments and stuffed animals that develop holes with repeated use.
Canning jars make great gift receptacles for many types of small gifts. Not only do you minimize waste since wrapping paper or gift bags aren’t required, but you can use other small and simple things to dress it up such as ribbon, twine, and/or a gift tag. This minimalist approach allows you to let the gift itself (rather than the wrapping) take center stage. In addition, gift recipients can keep the jar to re-use in their own home in any way that is useful to them.
I’m going to show you two ways that I like to use canning jars utilizing the new Ball® Collection Elite Design Series Sharing Jars. First, I’m going to use one to combine the ingredients to make a delicious fall drink using Mocha Chameleon Cold-Brew Coffee. Then, I will illustrate how I use them to make gift-worthy food items, like the Spiced Pear Butter I recently made, that are great gifted on their own or as an item in a larger gift basket to friends, family, co-workers and acquaintances alike…. [read more]
Fall is my favorite time of the year! The chill in the air, the changing leaves, and the yummy flavors like apple cinnamon and pumpkin spice that can be found everywhere!… [read more]
There was a time when I worked full time outside of the home. I miss it. I miss the adult interaction. However, I love being a homemaker. The amount of time I spent at work was so much, I felt like I was so exhausted by the time I got home.
After a few interruptions, like evacuating from a hurricane, I’m finally back with part 2 of my Going Green with Your Mattress experience. In part 1, I talked about setting up My Green Mattress, which was a fun, yet challenging process. Today, I’m sharing my thoughts on what it’s like to sleep on the mattress.