Friday, September 23, 2016

If You Were Me And Lived In... Elizabethan England (A book review)

So I'm pretty excited about today's review! My daughter loves reading, so I'm always looking for new books for her to read. This book is one that she not only loved, but it's one that she was able to LEARN from, also.

In this book, the narrator describes to the reader all of the differences between life in England today, and life in Elizabethan England.

The book isn't too short, but it isn't too long either. It's just the right length to keep a child's attention. My 8 year old loved this book! She really loved learning about what life was like in Elizabethan England, and she loved being able to see the illustrations that painted a clearer picture for her.

Additionally, in the back of the book, there is a glossary of terms used during that time period along with definitions for them. There's also a list of some of the most famous people of the time period, along with their portraits (My daughter loved this part, too!)

If you're interested in getting a copy of this book for your kids, you can find it on Amazon.

Also, there are many other books in the series! Other books that you can find in this series are listed below.

If You Were Me And Lived In...
  • Ancient China
  • Ancient Greece
  • American West
  • Colonial America
  • Middle Ages
  • Mali Empire
  • Renaissance Italy
  • Viking Europe

The books listed above are for civilizations throughout history, however, there are also books to educate kids about the world as it is TODAY, which are listed below.

If You Were Me And Lived In...
  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • China
  • Egypt
  • France
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Italy
  • Kenya
  • Mexico
  • Norway
  • Peru
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Scotland
  • South Korea
  • Turkey
I really do love the concept behind these series of books! My daughter has started on "If You Were Me And Lived In... Renaissance Italy," And I'm certain that I'll be buying more books in the series to stick under the Christmas tree for her this year! 

I did receive a copy of this book for free, however, all opinions stated in this post are genuinely my own! 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

My Review on Bino The Elephant #BuddyPlush

My youngest daughter absolutely LOVES animals, so stuffed animals are something we're always investing in for her. I received this Bino the Elephant for free in exchange for my review, and all opinions are genuinely my own!

Bino is a soft and shiny elephant that's perfect for little hands! My daughter has been obsessed with this since we gave it to her. It's not too big, but not too small either, which I love.

Bino is a Plush Buddy that stands out from the average stuffed animal. It's not just ANY stuffed animal. You see, Bino comes with his own unique story, which you can find here.

What I love about the stories attached to each plush buddy is that they benefit more than just my youngest daughter. I love that I can sit ALL of my daughters down to read Bino's story to them, and that they are each able to learn a valuable lesson from it! It definitely gives a unique aspect to plush animals. I love knowing that this is more than just the average toy. As a mother, I'm always looking to teach my children life's lessons, and this makes it easy to do that!

If you're looking for just the right toy that has real valuable lessons attached, you can find Bino on Amazon.

(As a side note, I think these would make great gifts for little ones during the upcoming holiday season!)

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

New York Biology Peppermint Essential Oil

If you've been following my blog here recently, then you know that I've been working on a series for New York Biology's Essential Oils. Today's post will be covering NYB's Peppermint Essential Oil. I was originally supposed to receive it for free, however, the original bottle was lost in transit. I made the personal decision to purchase a 2nd bottle at my own expense, because I truly love NYB's oils THAT much.

NYB's Peppermint oil (which can be purchased on Amazon) is from India.  It has a cool and soothing scent to it that literally leaves a person feeling refreshed.

Many people use peppermint oil as a way to clear up sinuses and relieve congestion, but there are other uses for it as well.

Some of the uses are as follows below:

  • Relieves stomachaches, and can help calm IBS
  • Help to provide headache relief
  • Can soothe nausea
  • Can help sooth muscle aches, and pain from Fibromyalgia
  • Can promote hair growth
  • Can help repel lice
  • Natural fever reducer
  • Helps to treat acne

There really is a myriad of ways to use peppermint oil! I definitely recommend this one if you're looking for a peppermint oil that works, but doesn't absolutely blow you away with the potency of the aroma! 

As a reminder, you can read about other oils in this series below!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

New York Biology Frankincense Essential Oil

So today, I'm giving you all a double-dose in my series on New York Biology's Essential Oils (you can catch my previous post here). For those just joining in, this is a sponsored series, meaning that I was sent these oil for free in exchange for my reviews. This does not change that all thoughts and opinions in this post are my own! That being said, let's talk FRANKINCENSE!

New York Biology's Frankincense oil is the Boswellia Serrata kind, coming straight from India. It's scent has a soft earthy tone to it. The earthy aroma makes it pleasant, and not overbearing, which I love! NYB's Frankincense oil can be purchased on Amazon.

Frankincense has many medicinal properties. It's even been suggested in some studies that it can help fight certain cancer cells that have become resistant to chemotherapy treatments.

So what are some of the other medicinal properties? Well, take a look at the list below.

  • Antidepressant
  • Reduces anxiety and stress
  • Helps to treat insomnia (my husband and I actually use this, blended with lavender, in our diffuser at night)
  • Helps to relieve congestion and other respiratory issues
  • Has antibiotic properties that can help with conditions like urinary tract infections
Granted, the list above is only a FEW of the many benefits that come from Frankincense oil. There are plenty more not listed! The fact that Frankincense oil has so many medicinal uses is exactly why it's one of the most sought-after oils on the market. It's definitely a staple in my own medicine cabinet.

As a reminder, if you're just joining this series, you can check out some of New York Biology's other oils below:
Tuesday, I'll be back with my review & thoughts on NYB's Peppermint Essential Oil, so stay tuned! 

New York Biology Bergamot Essential Oil

Continuing with the series I've been working on for New York Biology's Essential Oil collection, THIS post will be focusing on Bergamot oil.

Bergamot is an oil that has a sweet and uplifting citrus-y scent. I'd never actually tried Bergamot before, as I tend to stay away from strong citrus smells, however, the aroma isn't actually that bad! It's noticeable in a pleasant way, but isn't overwhelming.

Being as I'd never been adventurous enough to try Bergamot oil before receiving this bottle, I did some research to find out what sort of benefits it hold.

Some of the benefits are as follows:

  • Works well as an antidepressant
  • Has uplifting properties that also help to reduce anxiety and stress
  • Can be used to help treat insomnia (I always LOVE oils that help with that!)
  • Helps to relieve congestion and other respiratory issues
  • Has antibiotic properties
  • Because of the antibiotic properties, it can be used for things like urinary tract infections. 

There are a host of other benefits too, of course, which is why I'm honestly kicking myself for not introducing Bergamot to my oil collection sooner!

One thing that should be noted is that most Bergamot oils contain an ingredient called bergaptene, which becomes poisonous if exposed to sunlight, and causes photo-sensitivity. New York Biology's Bergamot oil (which you can find on Amazon) doesn't have this ingredient, which makes it even safer to use.

I received this oil free in exchange for my honest review, and I'm so glad that I did! If you're just joining this series, and curious about some of the other oils I've discussed so far, you can check out the list below!
The next oil that I'll be discussing in this series is Frankincense, so stay tuned!

***This is a sponsored post. I received this product free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are genuinely my own!***

Thursday, September 1, 2016

New York Biology Lavender Essential Oil

I promised you all that I'd be doing a series on New York Biology's essential oils. Number 3 in the series is their LAVENDER oil. Lavender is one of the most popular essential oils on the market, and with good reason!

New York  Biology's Lavender oil (which can be purchased on Amazon) is of the Kashmir variety, and is from India. The aroma for this oil is definitely potent. I could smell the oil faintly through the bag, and even more so when I actually OPENED the bag that it was delivered in. This is not to say that the smell is overpowering! The aroma is actually quite pleasant!

Part of the reason why Lavender essential oil is so popular is because it has many benefits. The benefits for Lavender oil include both, topical use as well as aromatherapy benefits. Let's start with the aromatherapy benefits (my favorite).

Aromatherapy Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil:

  • Helps to induce sleep, and increases sleep regularity
  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Can help with respiratory issues like sinus congestion, cough, bronchitis, and even whooping cough
  • Improves blood circulation, and helps to lower blood pressure

Topical Uses for Lavender Essential Oil:

  • Can help promote hair growth when regularly rubbed into the scalp
  • Can be used as a lice treatment
  • Natural bug repellent (Goodbye, mosquitoes!!)
  • Reduces irritation and inflammation from bug bites
  • Can help with pain relief

There are a lot of other ways to use Lavender oil that aren't listed here. It's no wonder why it's one of the most popular essential oils on the market! It's definitely a staple in my oil collection. Again, this particular Lavender oil can be purchased on Amazon.

Out of curiosity, what are some of your favorite uses for Lavender oil?? I'd love some fresh ideas!

Don't forget to stay tuned! The next oil I'll be discussing in this series is New York Biology's Bergamot oil!

***This is a sponsored post. I received this product free in exchange for my review. All opinions are genuinely my own!!***