Beauty, Natural Beauty, Reviews

My At-Home Brazilian Keratin Hair Straightening/Smoothing Treatment

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My At-Home Brazilian Keratin Hair Straightening/Smoothing Treatment

Remember when we were warned about the dangers of keratin treatments? It is a real danger the way they were being done in many cases. The chemicals were causing more damage than good and then formulas changed. Brands like Nutree found a way to give you the same straightening and shine using Hydrolyzed Keratin and Antioxidant properties of the Acai and Cocoa, natural extracts from Amazon – Brazil.

You DO NOT have to leave this treatment in for 3 days. This is a one-step process from wash and treat to rinse and dry in one session. You DO NOT have to make a salon appointment and leave your home. You WILL NOT pay over $200 like in salons for the same treatment type. You WILL HAVE shinier and very silky hair you can’t stop running your fingers through.

Here is my starting photo. I will say that it does have that treatment smell but it is pleasant. You still want to be in a well ventilated room as in a large bathroom and wear the provided gloves while applying the solution. However, I was able to remove my gloves after step 2 to get the hair cool-dried and straightened so I didn’t have to work with awkward gloves. You will want good clips to keep sections of hair you are not working with out of the way.

I jumped into the shower and used the Anti Residue Shampoo. Because this is my first treatment I washed twice with it leaving it on 5 minutes each application before rinsing. Once out of the shower I blow dried my hair about 85% dry and used hair clips to create 6 sections.

On each section you do a Treatment application (with gloves), cool-air blow dry and straighten per the guidelines included.

Here is the result of my first section.

After all 6 sections are treated, dried and straightened you need to hop back in the shower or you can sink rinse with the third bottle of Intensive Repair Mask. Coat your hair real well and let it sit the 3-5 minutes before rinsing.

Now you can blow dry like normal so you can immediately feel that dry, silky hair of yours! It’s that easy and in your own home which saves you so much money! I have very fine hair and I still have a second treatment left. At $50 a kit that means my at-home treatments cost me only $25 each! Nutree Professional Amazonliss Brazilian Keratin Hair Straightening/Smoothing Treatment Kit is available on Amazon in most countries!

Education, Father's Day, Gift Ideas, Graduation Gift Ideas, Reviews, School

We Are Celebrating Teachers and Dads with GIANTmicrobes

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We Are Celebrating Teachers and Dads with GIANTmicrobes

Can you believe another school year has come and gone? Now we begin to celebrate summer and Father’s Day as well as thanking our teachers for spending nearly 6 hours a day with our children. We are celebrating with GIANTmicrobes and it has been a hit!

Anthony wanted to gift his 4th grade teacher and his Health/PE teacher the Heart GIANTmicrobes from the 2-pack Heartfelt box for Teacher Appreciation Week last week. This meant we opened the box and got 2 gifts in 1! It was perfect in a year he did a lot of science in class and also for his health teacher. They thought the gift was so clever!

Each GIANTmicrobe comes with its own card with a bit of education and a connection to how relative it can be to your giftee. It’s the first thing Anthony grabs and reads on these fun plush!

 

The gift packs are really the way to go because the box designs are so adorable and they make great collections for your Teacher’s classroom or even dad’s office. No matter who or what you are celebrating you will have fun finding the right gift that will make for a great conversation piece with GIANTmicrobes.

Gift Ideas, Infant Toddler Products, Kids, Reviews, Toy Reviews

Building Toys For All Ages with Magformers Magnetic Construction Sets

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Building Toys For All Ages with Magformers Magnetic Construction Sets

If you have a young child you surely recognize these patrol pups! In the Nickelodeon line of Magformers there is the Paw Patrol 20 Piece Ready For Action Set. If your child is too young for this set aged 3 and older then Magformers has the Dolce plush line and for the older kids there are plenty of building sets aimed to challenge their creativity.

This Paw Patrol set has 14 magnetic pieces and 6 insertable character cards that can be combined in any piece for color and shape practice. These pieces really stick well as the magnet holds the characters together well for building up, down or side by side.  The magnets are Rare-Earth Neodymium for guaranteed connectivity.

It comes with a build booklet giving step-by-step instructions on building ideas to start their creative flow. Clean up is easy as they stack together and stay piled in the box or any way you wish to store.

This is the Magformers Dolce Cow for infants ages 0 months and older. There is so much happening with this toy. It comes with a ring so you can hang it from a seat, crib or stroller for play anywhere you go. It is sure to stimulate your child’s tactile and auditory senses.

The body is a soft velour with incorporated fabrics and even a teether tag. The feet crinkle, the colors are bright and there are click-clack sounds and squeaks.

These plush come in a few animal and character versions and are a great baby shower gift.

Find more sets for kids of all ages at Magformers and also find these at retailers like Amazon.

Apps, College Bound, Healthy Living, Natural Products, Promotions, Reviews

I Fall Asleep Faster Now with the Pzizz Sleep App

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When you write and try products for a living to help readers find products to live happier, healthier and more active lives, I sometimes come across something so genius I now have it incorporated into my daily life and don’t know what I did before using it. For me lately, it is the Pzizz App. I have been pitched and even tried many sleep products and this one is my nightly savior. Let me explain more so you can get better sleep just like I do now and save too with a promo code!

The Pzizz app is not only for your nightly sleep. There are 2 other modes, nap and focus. So this is truly meant to relax your mind and allow you to settle down a bit even during the day. If you are like me, you crave to rest then the moment you settle in your mind refuses to shut off. I used to give myself the excuse that I do my best thinking at night, but at what expense? It was a loss of precious sleep. The healthiest thing anyone can do, no matter your age or abilities is get proper sleep.

Sleep is more than counting the hours your eyes are closed. Sleep means deep, non-interruptive and prolonged rest and if you function on naps they need to be short and so effective and deep as well or you just want to keep sleeping through your day. Pzizz uses a combination of music, voiceover and sound effects in a sort of hypnotic way that is in a rhythm allowing your body to use the play as a daily ritual to train for falling asleep fast and allow you to wake up refreshed.

There are 2 ways to use this app. The Classic ‘FREE’ version gives you a simple ‘Dreamscape’ that plays a few variations for you each night in a soothing male voice. It gives you a classic version without options to choose sounds or even allow for the female voice playover. However, if free is all you can do you WILL still benefit from the app.

However, Premium (about $9.99/month or $99.99 a year OR Free for 7 days and I’ll explain below) Pzizz is truly the way to go and don’t worry because I have a savings code below for you and it saves you a whopping 80%!! Paid sleep apps are still a lot cheaper than those artificial sleep aids you take with water and hope for the best each night.

With Pzizz Premium you have over 25 Dreamscapes to choose from. You always have the voiceover and in this version you can switch from male or female voice (I love the female voice myself), but the Dreamscape is the background sounds and music. I love the choices and the Saturn Set and Hills are 2 of my favorites.

You also get an alarm option where it will properly wake you up without loud alarm sounds. You can even set a sleep reminder if you need motivation to stay on a schedule. I recommend buying some sleep headphones unless your partner is OK with listening but there is something about hearing it right up to your ear versus full volume to reach around the room that is most soothing.

Remember! I promised you a code to save off of the paid version and it is below! First, here is the official pitch I was sent that really sparked my interest and then you can head over to the Pzizz blog for more sleep topics:

Over two billion people (yes, with a “b”) in the world are affected by insomnia, but Pzizz has helped over 1 million people get the sleep they need, including some of the world’s most influential people. J.K. Rowling called Pzizz the best thing she’s used for sleep by a mile. Former Indiana Pacers Center Roy Hibbert told Sports Illustrated Pzizz helped cure his insomnia and Ambien addiction. Even The Duke of York is a Pzizzer!

Pzizz Savings Code Instructions

Here is how to use your Pzizz code: GRADGIFT that will expire on June 30, 2018! You have to redeem the code on the Pzizz website at https://pzizz.com/buy/ Once you redeem the code, you can use it on iOS, Android or both with the same email at app registration as you used on the site to redeem your code. This code saves you 80% off the yearly price option so that makes it only $19.99 a year or about $1.66 a month! How much do you spend a month on sleep aids that aren’t always cutting it? It makes a great gift for a grad heading off to college!

Still unsure about the Preferred version? If you download the Pzizz app right now on Apple or Android you can get Pzizz Preferred for 7 days free and no credit card is required. It will ask if you want it and you confirm and after 7 days it just reverts back to classic. I did this at first and it was very easy to try it for 7 days. However, I missed the features once it went back to free so I now am a Preferred user. I can tell you that I settle in each night and turn on my app and after a week I am not even 5 -10 minutes into the play and I am out! I used to have this 7pm drag everyday (or so I called it) and that is gone! You want to try this. You have nothing to lose! Start now— Pzizz on iOS and Android

Gift Ideas, Reviews

Easter Basket Gift Ideas for Teens – MyCharge Chargers Are A Hit

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Easter Basket Gift Ideas for Teens - MyCharge Chargers Are A Hit

I have 3 boys ages 9, 19 and 26. Let me tell you about the older boys and gifts…MyCharge portable chargers are a hit! When I was sent my first MyCharge charger our oldest was over for dinner and he spotted it getting excited I had a MyCharge. He knew exactly about the brand and I knew it was a hit and filed it in the back of my mind for gift ideas.

Here are 2 chargers I will feature for you. I recently shared about the MyCharge HubXtra and you can read about the HubXtra HERE! Read about the MyCharge RAZOR HERE!

These two I am featuring are the MyCharge AdventureMax and MyCharge Amp-ProngPlus portable chargers. Both are about the same size and weight. Both has the USB end for your charging cord you will need to connect from the charger to device. Both are portable and both will charge 2 devices at once. But there are some differences….

The MyCharge AdventureMax is a must for the rugged, outdoor type. It is built to be rugged. It boosts 10500mAh of power and 2 USB ports. It extends the life of your tablet, smartphone, bluetooth speaker or another USB device up to six times on full charge. In the box includes the charger, recharge cable, Carbiner clip and quick start guide.

Add this one to the basket for your Boy or Girl Scout, Skier and Outdoor Adventurous teen! Also available on Amazon!

Below is the MyCharge Amp-PronPlus. This charger is the ultimate powerbank for charging two devices simultaneously. It has a 2.4A output that will charge tablets and smartphones up to 65% faster than other powerbanks. Also has collapsible wall prongs and operates like a standard USB wall charger for your phone, tablet, or other USB devices. Pass-through charging technology prioritizes the charge to your smartphone or other USB devices, and then chargers the AmpProng+ itself.

This is great for the teen that has multiple devices being used frequently! Also available on Amazon!

These will be a hit in the baskets for sure! They will definitely get used and especially for traveling. I always take my MyCharge portable chargers on vacation with me when I ill be out all day taking photos and navigating where I wear my phone battery frequently.

Apps, Gift Ideas, Reviews, Reviews by Anthony

Jurassic World Pinball Games Available in Pinball FX3 – Video Review

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Jurassic World Pinball Games Available in Pinball FX3 - Video Review

Do you have Pinball FX3 downloaded on your console? If not you are missing out on some pinball fun. The Pinball FX3 app and download is a portal to many Pinball games with fantastic graphics.If you have a Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Playstation 4, Steam and Windows 10 you have access to the download. If you do not have a game console you can download the iOS or Google Play app and for Mac you can get pinball fun fro the Zen Pinball app.

Jurassic World Pinball™ Roars Onto Pinball FX3

We had the pleasure of obtaining Jurassic World Pinball and it comes with 3 pinball games in the package. For just under $10 you get Jurassic World, Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park Mayhem pinball games.

• Jurassic Park Pinball plays through classic scenes from the original blockbuster film, from classic T. rex confrontations to outsmarting raptors in the kitchen.

• Jurassic Park Pinball Mayhem™ returns us to Isla Nublar to restore order in an action-packed extravaganza — playable Stegosaurus included!

• Jurassic World Pinball enables you to train Raptors, view the spectacular Mosasaurus feeding, and escape the deadly Indominus Rex. You’ll even experience Gyrosphere Valley using a playable gyrosphere pinball.

>>Anthony plays Jurassic World on Pinball FX3 for you to see….

Download Pinball FX3 to start then within the menus you will find the new Jurassic World bundle!