Garcinia Cambogia with green coffee bean.

As some readers may know, I have written a garcinia cambogia review previously, found here, and did not have the best luck with the product.

I was recently sent a bottle of GloryFeel’s brand free to review, which I have used my affiliate link to connect you to further down in this post, and decided that it couldn’t hurt to add the weight loss supplement to my daily regiment. I figured it would be much the same as last time but accepted the opportunity anyway, as there’s no risk to trying these- they’re natural, GMO-free and don’t include any fillers, cholesterol, fat, dairy, sugar, gluten, soy, wheat, peanuts or shellfish. I’m not worried about any of those ingredients but the GMO-free, U.S. made, FDA inspected qualities of the GloryFeel brand are a definite plus for me. Often times, I worry about things coming from overseas where I have no real idea of the authenticity of the ingredients, how things are regulated and how safe the product itself would be.

weight loss pill, diet pill, miracle pill, green coffee beans

With my mind at ease, I have been taking the supplement for just over a week now and it has added green coffee bean extract, potassium and black pepper (the last two are said to be for absorption). Now, I’m sure you’ve probably seen the online buzz surrounding garcinia cambogia but I was more intrigued by the green coffee bean, which is a controversial, widely used ingredient that’s been marketed as a weight loss supplement since the early 2000s. Dr. Oz, of whom I am not the biggest fan, supports this even under FTC scrutiny and reportedly gives this to his family members. Green coffee bean has also been a Health Ingredients Europe conference award winner for Best Ingredient and there are no known side effects relating to its usage. That’s enough to perk my interest!
I started the Isagenix program a week before adding the garcinia cambogia supplement and have been drinking plenty of water but, otherwise, have not changed my lifestyle and exercise routine whatsoever. It has been only dietary additions, yet I do still enjoy a glass of wine or a snack when I want one. Regardless, I have noticed dramatic results; In less than two weeks I am down 9 1/2lbs! I’m thrilled.

I lost 3.2lbs in the first week and the rest of it came off during the second, with the addition of the garcinia cambogia. I didn’t think to measure my waist line because I had not considered that there may be a noticeable change so quickly but my tummy is smaller and my upper thighs are definitely shrinking as well!
I do think Isagenix played a role but GloryFeel’s Carcinia Green Coffee has helped make the journey so much easier for me and I am getting faster results than what can be expected on average with the program. I am a big eater, especially for a lady of my size/stature, and struggle with having only a shake for a meal as part of the plan. I’ve found that the supplement, as noted with previous use, helps suppress my appetite a great deal. I don’t feel hungry and, therefore, don’t have slip ups and “cheat” like I was doing before I started taking the pills on a daily basis. My husband has also noted that I haven’t been “hangry” (his term for being hungry and angry about it, which has happened to me since I was a little girl) at all since starting.

I can genuinely say that this product is working for me, keeping me energized and feeling full. My weight is down, my mood is great and I’m beyond excited about being able to drop almost 10lbs in two weeks. I’ve been struggling to do that for a year now. Clearly, this was far more effective than other brands that I have tried.

Sadly, they do not ship to Canada on a regular basis so my readers from the States are the only ones able to take advantage of this handy weight loss pill for the time being.

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Thieves Oil And It’s Many Uses

Hi, my name is Alysia and I am an addict.I have only just recently come to the conclusion that I am hopelessly, utterly addicted to thieves oil.
I discovered Marseille’s Remedy Traditional Thieves Oil via the Still Eagle shop because it appears that Deb, from the store, has a knack for sending me things to review that I end up loving. I had heard of it before, I’ve used components of it previously, and I was most definitely open to trying thieves once I smelled it as a complete formula. The scent is quite powerful, although not at all unpleasant, and the notes that come through the best for me are those of rosemary, clove and lemon as the finishing fragrance. There is also cinnamon and eucalyptus within the mix, adding to the powerful pungency but it makes for a lovely aroma overall and it is one that you will keep going back for, once you have used it the first time.

thieves oil

The picture and date of 1413 on the bottle was intriguing for me, which made me do a bit of research into the origin and I found out that thieves oil was originally used by grave robbers in France, who were stealing from the bodies of those who died of the plague. They had mixed a blend of spices in a recipe that allowed them to be among plague victims without contracting the disease, which they eventually traded for a lesser sentence from the judge when they were caught and tried for their crimes (they were hanged, instead of burned alive). It is said that their blend of spices and perfume mix is the reason why plague doctors would wear beak-like masks filled with the concoction, although one can only speculate based upon old tales. What I know for certain is that thieves oil is an excellent antibacterial solution and, with a simple Google search, you can find over 100 uses for the stuff. I particularly enjoy diffusing it to kill bacteria within the air, which I have read that it can eliminate over 99% of it within 12 minutes.

thieves oil
I think so!

I have also started applying it to the soles of my oldest son’s feet before he leaves for school, which is supposed to help prevent him from contracting any of the other germy children’s viruses. Here’s hoping, as I have two toddlers at home with me and sniffly, sickly toddlers are not fun housemates. Come to think of it, a whiny and sick husband isn’t either and he is not at all partial to oil of oregano. Luckily, thieves oil tastes much better to ingest (I would recommend a drop in some tea).

I have also used it on acne spots since I got the bottle a few weeks back. My oldest daughter is potty trained but she had an accident in bed a while ago so we put her in Pull Ups for a couple of days, just in case, and they caused her to break out in some spots on her bum. The thieves oil lessened the redness and actually completely healed the pimple within a couple of days. Admittedly, I can’t wait to experiment with that aspect more but it will be a while yet before my children require remedies of that nature on a regular basis. When the time comes, however, I will update again.

My usage of choice is the headache remedy; I have suffered from something called “cluster headaches”, aka “suicide headaches” (as people who deal with these will kill themselves), since I was 19 years old. They come on out of nowhere, last for days on end and are like nothing that I can possibly describe but they are similar to a long-lasting migraine that has been sent straight from Satan. When they come on, I will be sick as a result of the kind of pain they cause and used to take pills that would cost upwards of $100 for 6 of the silly, little things. Now, I have not had a full-blown episode since I received the thieves oil but I have had a normal headache, or a preceding type of migraine, and the thieves oil took care of it quickly. I was absolutely shocked over how fast the remedy lessened the pain and had better luck with this than any over the counter medication; I put a drop onto my thumb, then rub it into the roof of my mouth. When I dealt with more severe pain, I also put some oil onto my temples and the pressure points in my neck. I actually found that to instantaneously relieve my headache, although it did also cause my eyes to water for about five minutes until the scent died down a bit. Worth it? I think so.

I have also used it to combat mildew in the bathroom, scrubbing my tub surround with it, and adding it to the Zero Xeno descaler. I also use it in my laundry and am going to try the stuff as a stain remover, as I have read great reviews for it online, tonight on my son’s grass stained pants.

My husband’s preferred method of application and use would be via massage, when blended with coconut oil, lavender and peppermint. It smells absolutely divine, helps to relieve muscle tension and pain, and is so relaxing to inhale that I end up falling asleep before he attempts to seduce me- or at least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

I am a firm believer in the benefits of thieves oil and love the organic blend offered by Still Eagle, due to the size of the bottle and how long it lasts. I suggest it for a multitude of remedies in the advice section of the Frugal Mommy Facebook group all the time and needed to write this post so that people finally know what the heck I’m talking about, as I genuinely do love the stuff and use it for everything. In the interest of an honest review, I must say that shipping costs are quite high if you are not placing a large order so be sure to stock up and make it worth the postage. Talks are presently in the works for a possible discount for readers so stay tuned for the next Still Eagle review.
If you want to check this awesome, germ fighting oil out for yourself, click here. If you want to connect with the store via Facebook, you can find their page here.

 

Kiss Me Organics Matcha Review

I have talked before about Matcha and I keep bringing it up, I suppose because I love the stuff. I am a weirdo, however, and enjoy things like brussel sprouts, broccoli, spinach and kale. I like the earthly, leafy flavours and was probably a rabbit in a past life.

Most people do not feel the same way about veggies and I am seeing an increasing trend among friends, or their children, who are steering away from greens. Now, that is a completely different blog post in itself and I hate that idea,  but nonetheless I may be alone in enjoying the matcha flavour. I know that is the case in our household, as I have introduced my husband to it and he nearly gagged when trying to drink the tea previously- and he’s one who will eat greens without fuss! He tried it as a result of the energy boost provided though and that benefit alone outweighs the taste for him. Dr. Oz recently did a show that featured a segment on matcha, which you can view here, and discusses the fantastic health benefits of using this product.
matcha
With the Kiss Me Organics Matcha, you’re receiving something that is USDA certified organic and they test their leaves in the lab to make certain that their tea is of the highest quality. This is important to me because it means that pesticides, chemical-laden fertilizers and herbicides have not been used on the plants, on top of the company taking steps to make certain that the tea was not exposed to unsafe toxins as a result of the geographical location.

With matcha tea you’re getting about 30mg of caffeine per cup, an excellent source of amino acids, 1/2 tsp is equal to 8-10 cups of regular tea where antioxidants are concerned and it improves focus, as well as memory. Very important point here for any other Mamas on the reader list; it also blocks fat from entering your cells! Oh yeah baby! I wouldn’t care if it tasted like gym socks, which thankfully it does not, I would be drinking it daily.

In all seriousness though, for me personally, I enjoy the calming ceremony of whisking matcha green tea and sipping from my ceremonial bowl. I’m a nerd, I know. This particular brand is not one that I would drink directly like that, however, as it tastes a bit muddy to me and I do not find it to be of the same vibrant, gorgeous green colour that ideal matcha is. The straight drink is not something I would recommend for this one but it works out alright as I do not always have time for that anways. I simply wish to include it in my diet, regardless of the rush that I am in. For that purpose, or so that my husband can enjoy the benefits without the flavour that he does not enjoy, we make a matcha smoothie. The value provided from Kiss Me Organics is excellent for the smoothies, as you can still gain the benefits from green tea powder but don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to include it in a wide variety of recipes.

In a smoothie, you can include nearly anything you would like, with any mix you so choose. I typically add in organic soy or almond milk, a tsp of matcha, some frozen berries, 1/3 of a cup of North Coast Naturals fibre and half of a banana. I say only half because my one year old daughter eats the other and I toss the remaining end in to use it up. Here is the result;

matcha

With Kiss Me Organics, you can find a multitude of uses for the matcha green tea powder with their recipe booklet, like matcha rice or lattes, and the product itself is of Certified Organic quality. It’s absolutely delicious in a smoothie and, if the mood suits, I add in some coconut oil for the additional health benefits.

How do you fit healthy choices into your busy lifestyle?

 
 
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Intelligent Nutrients, Not Just for Geniuses.

Hey you! Glad to see you on the page and here’s what I have to show you today, my find of the season;

This is the Intelligent Nutrients Bug Repellent Perfume Spray, which I was sent to review,  and I was absolutely thrilled with this product for a variety of reasons.
I have been hunting around for an organic bug repellent for ages and had either very little luck with effectiveness or an oily, stinky and poor experience. My homemade mosquito repellent, admittedly, did not work nearly as well and was not as strongly-scented as this one either. The Intelligent Nutrients one smells like peppermint and cloves, as far as I am concerned, and my hubby thinks it smells “like an herb garden”. It’s not offensive, like many commercial products, and is gender neutral in aroma- always an important thing for two, little boys who believe smelling the least bit floral is the equivalent to being put in a dress.

What is important for me though, and a pleasant surprise, is that it works to help ward off ticks, gnats, flies, aunts and mosquitoes! We took it up north to Muskoka, where the bugs were so bad that going outside meant you were putting yourself up as feast for dozens of mosquitoes at once, and I used it every day. This picture was taken about five seconds after spraying it on and, as you can see, there’s no oily film or absorption issues and I found it left my skin quite soft. The sensation is pleasantly cooling and I believe that is due to the peppermint.

We were also provided with the handy, little pocket-appropriate bug serum;
https://www.intelligentnutrients.ca/shop/certified-organic-bug-repellent-serum
Both products smell exactly alike, only the serum is more oily and I found it was perfect for massaging on our youngest child. She loved the snuggly bonding time and it was a great moisturizer, on top of being an effective mosquito repellent.

My husband, like most any normal human being, hates bugs and thought that our OFF Family Care would be more effective due to the Deet content and the reputation. The boys, wanting to be like their father, opted to wear the same spray until we compared bug bites at the end of the night and the boys ended up with a lot more than the girls. The Deep Woods version is the only one that compared but I was not pleased with the boys using the less harsh Family formula, let alone that, and the only one who wore it was my husband.
The spray was my top choice of the two but I really liked the oily serum for in a diffuser, which I use on my front porch now. I can genuinely say that Intelligent Nutrients makes the best natural mosquito repellent that I have used to date and highly recommend the product!

I was also sent their Harmonic shampoo and conditioner combo and, although I do not normally review sample size items, I decided to take these away with me as well. They are the perfect travel sized bottles;

Much like the bug spray, there is an herbaceous undertone to the shampoo and the peppermint is prevalent, as well as cooling on the scalp. I love hair care products that include mint and have become somewhat addicted to the sensation- It’s so refreshing! My only complaint about this product is the packaging- the bottles are very stiff and it leads to the whole harsh shake, wiggle and squeeze to try and get the shampoo out. It would be fantastic if they were in soft tubes, or if the shampoo and conditioner came out easier.

I found the scent to be slightly more masculine, in my opinion, and loved the smell of it in my husband’s thick, beautiful hair after he showered. The conditioner is moisturizing but not overly greasy and rinses very cleanly away. All in all, I had a pleasant experience with this where scent and sensation were concerned.

Last, but not least, is the certified organic sanitizer;

It is always difficult to find a sanitizing product that is free of parabens, sulfates, silicones, harsh chemicals and synthetic fragrances but this one contains none of those while still remaining 99% effective at killing germs. I found this to dry incredibly quickly and it was initially very pungent where the alcohol scent was concerned, then it quickly died down to smell a bit like vanilla and pumpkin. My husband said that the scent reminded him of Trix cereal, for some reason. He’s a strange man. What I liked most about this product was the fact that it came as a spray, not a runny liquid that you can squirt into your palm, and is therefore more difficult for children to use. I like the idea that my toddler will not get into this as easily as she could a bottle of the gel, although I would never leave her unattended around something like this anyways. An extra precaution, however, is always a bonus. I also like the spray for toting around in a purse, as it is less likely to leak and comes with the additional cap to put on top. Very handy.

Intelligent Nutrients was a company that I had not previously heard of and, upon discovering that they carry such a wide variety of Certified Organic health and beauty products, I am so very pleased to have come across them. If you want to find out more information for yourself, please check out their website here and stay tuned for a future review of their Renewal Complex Eye Gel this month!

 

Earthing; An Update

I recently wrote about my experience with “earthing“, or grounding, and just wanted to quickly post regarding what happened last night. My husband and I switched sides of the bed due to the positioning of our infant. As a result, he spent the night on my earthing sheet and I woke up in severe pain. My feet were sore once more, my shoulder ached and I did not sleep nearly as well as I have since the sheet had been put on our bed. I truly did believe that the sheet was effective prior to this. Now, however, I am resolute in that fact.