Saturday, January 24, 2015

Travel Pillow Review

My husband is the one that always seems to want a pillow in the car for when he dives any sort of distance. I got a Travel Pillow to Review. You can get it on Amazon for $29.99, and it's on sale for $19.99.

It came in a travel bag, for when it's not being used.

The pillow has a valve, you can open it, and it practically inflates its self. If it's not all the way full, you can blow into it to fill it more.

On the back of the pillow is an elastic band strap, so you secure it to the back of the seat. 

 I didn't have my husband review it. Shhh...I'm giving him this for his birthday. Let me tell you it sure is comfortable.

It fits right where your neck is. The valve doesn't get in the way of your comfort. 

This Travel Pillow is Unique:

This travel pillow gives neck or back support for travel in the: 

  • Car
  • Airplanes
  • Chair for basic support at home while relaxing. 
It is great as a customizable lumbar support pillow to give you extra comfort in office chairs, or anywhere you find yourself in need. 
  • Low Profile - Relaxing shouldn't require you to feel claustrophobic. Relax without the bulkiness of traditional U-shaped neck pillows. 
  • Self-Inflatable - Simply turn the easy-open valve, and within seconds your pillow will be ready to use. I did have to add extra air to ours.
  • Full Neck Support - The pillow center cradles the arch in your neck, providing ample support right where you need it.
  • Keep Your Head Up - Their unique side wings prevent your head from tilting, so you won't have to endure neck pain later.
  • Strap It On - No need to lose that perfect pillow placement. Secure it to your headrest with our handy elastic band.
  • Easy to Clean - Their fabric easily wipes clean with a damp cloth.

The Shape:

The unique, low-profile shape of the pillow cradles the arch in your neck--providing ample support right where you need it, and ditching the bulk where you don't. Unlike traditional neck pillows, the side wings of our design support your head from tilting, while still allowing you to interact with your neighbors. Best of all, its inflatable construction features a luxurious inner foam that gives support without a hollow, bouncy feeling of other inflatables.

Customers have also reported the pillow to be particularly useful for those with chronic neck pain and other spinal/neck conditions. Consider its use as a therapeutic neck pillow to reduce strain and provide ample support whenever and wherever it is needed.

My husband has both neck and back pain at times. I think this is perfect for him!

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

Dressing Up is Hard to Do

Recently Dad got this urge to get the boys belts. Mica got one around Christmas time. Isaak just got one.

I heard all 3 of them in the living room, and Daddy was showing them how to put the belt on, how to tighten it, and how to loosen it to go to the bathroom.

I didn't get a photo of Mica. He had it figured out before I got in the room.

Mica had a group assignment in school. He was put with 2 other kids, and Mica just started writing the commercial they had to write. I've heard he's a leader type in school. They day the different groups gave their commercials Mica had to wear his bow tie he got at Christmas time. 

He didn't end up wearing the glasses. Oh and his hair needed to be brushed. I was off to work, and shot the photo on the way out the door. Dad takes them to school.

Were you a leader, or a follower in school? When I was in grade school I was a follower, and in my upper years in school I was a leader.

Peppermint Essential Oil Review + Giveaway

There is so many uses for Peppermint Essential Oil. It's just wonderful stuff!

I really like how many oils come with a cap, and a glass dropper. 


It's: Kosher, Vegan, and NAH Certified. 

I use mine mostly to be able to breathe more effectively by adding drops to my bath water, or in boiling water. I have allergies to the extreme. 

I've also added it to coconut oil for the skin, homemade lip balm, homemade deodorant, and the list goes on.

Peppermint Oil Cures Headaches. Energize your senses with this stimulating and cooling essential oil! A natural approach to reduce stress, headaches and anxiety.

Peppermint Essential Oil for Steam Treatment. When placed in a steamer, peppermint oil can help reduce mucus in the throat. Simply add a few drops of peppermint oil to boiling water and breathe in the steam.

Peppermint Oil for Use around the House. Numerous household uses, including keeping mice, spiders and ants away.

Peppermint Oil (Mentha Arvensis) from La Lune Naturals. This is a highly concentrated oil and should be used with care. Always dilute before any use other than aromatherapy. 

I love that Lalune sends over a PDF book for recipe ideas.

DIY Peppermint Deodorant is so easy to make. There are a lot of chemicals in most of the deodorants that you buy in the store. I'm trying to move away from them.

  • 3 1/2 Tablespoons Shea Butter
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons of Beeswax
  • 3 Tablespoons Arrowroot Powder
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Baking Soda
  • 3/4 Teaspoon Vitamin E Oil
  • 23 Drops of Essential Oil of Your Choice: I used Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 3 Capsules of Powdered Probiotics


In a small pan melt Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, and Beeswax. Stir the ingredients until they are melted. I used a rubber baby spoon to stir everything, which worked really well.

Take the pan off the heat, and add in Arrowroot Powder (you can replace with corn starch), and Baking Soda. Stir the ingredients until it is not lumpy. Add in Vitamin E Oil, and Probiotic Powder. Stir, and let it thicken to the consistency of pudding.

Put the mix in the empty deodorant container. I bought empty deodorant containers on Amazon. 

It smells wonderful! Yes buying all the ingredients up front can be a lot, but it's just a little bit of this and a little bit of that. It takes awhile to go through a stick of deodorant. The ingredients last. 

I think about the future. Mica will someday be using deodorant. I don't think I'll make peppermint scent for him, but making my own is better than buying most of the stuff they sell in the stores. You can reuse the container after you are done with it to make yourself some new deodorant.

Win it!

One of my readers is going to win their own Lalune Peppermint Oil! It's a $35 value. If you can't wait to buy it, it's on sale right now for $19.99.

*Sorry, but this is for US only.

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Sing, Sing a Song Saturday

Sing, Sing a Song Saturday is all about me discovering something that is different. I don't want to post things that you and I have more than likely heard before. I want to find something different. It could be from another country, someone singing from the streets of NY, and more.

I fell in love with a video around Christmas time. It was an award winner at Clio's Awards. 

I decided to look up who sang the song in the video, and noticed that it's no one I've heard of. Go to find out that I like a lot of his music.

His name is Tom Odell. Have you Heard of him? He has a very large following on YouTube. He has a really grown up sounding voice, but looks really young.

He is a singer-songwriter from the UK, and has won some awards. He started writing songs when he was only 13, but didn't tell anyone because he thought people would think he was uncool. He went to Brighton Institute of Modern Music. There he was in a band, but decided to go solo, so he wouldn't have to depend on others.

I Know


Real Love

Video Games

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Random Tid Bits

  1. My left eye has been fluttering for 4 days. I have no clue why. I've been sleeping good. I can actually breathe through my nose now. 

  2. Isaak put yet another hole in the knee of his jeans. I think it's 4 jeans he's done this to this year. A long time ago I used to buy nicer jeans thinking that they'd last longer. NOPE! For a few years now I've been buying jeans on the clearance rack wherever they are the cheapest. 

  3. I was at the Y watching Mica's Ju-Jitsu class There's one kid in the class that is smaller than all the other kids, and 2 boys that are bigger than all the other kids. The smaller kid was jumping around, and pouncing like a tiger on Mica and one of the bigger kids. The bigger kid picked up the small kid, and walked him around for a minute. Then the bigger kid's dad said, "Put him down!" So he did.

    I didn't think anything of it. It was harmless boy play, and they were waiting for their next instruction.

    The little kid's dad came in the room after lifting weights and his son said, "Dad the big kids were picking on me. One of them lifted me up, and carried me around." I know this song and dace because Isaak pulls it. He taunts, gets hurt, and comes crying to me. I listen to Isaak then say, "Now I want to get Mica's side of the story." Trust me when I say this they are both in the wrong 99% of the time.

    All of a sudden the dad gets all mad about how the bigger kids treat his son, and how class doesn't start on time. He was valid in the class not starting on time. Tension was in the air. You could hear a pin drop. If he wasn't such a hot head I would have told him exactly what happened. I was in the room watching it all. I just hate how some parents automatically think their kids are innocent. Having two kids I know that most disagreements/fights, both kids have a part in. Not once did that parent ask his son, "Did you do anything to the other boys?" 

  4. I gave a brand spanking new assignment to my students last Friday. I showed them 5 examples of what I wanted, went over what I wanted, and had a handout on what I wanted. Usually I show more examples, but it's new. I don't have past student examples. All of my PowerPoints and handouts are on an external server for them to see. I asked if anyone had any questions multiple times? No one did. When I had them in a different class on Wednesday I had multiple questions about Friday's class.

    I would  have stopped everything, and pulled them in the lecture hall to cover it all over again in a heart beat. The problem is that I've gotten on my reviews that student's get my classes mixed up. I'm really careful about separating them. I never understood why they get my classes mixed up. One class is all hands on illustration. The other class is all computer done using the program InDesign. Shaking my head!  

  5. I said to the boys, "We can make Valentines, or buy them. What do you want to do? They want to make them. All the sudden both of them had elaborate plans for their Valentines. I looked at them and said, "We're not doing all of that!"

    Have you made your own Valentines, or do you buy them?

Thursday, January 22, 2015


We switched health insurance. Our monthly bill was going to go up $200 a month. It was already high. The Insurance company we were using was battling it out with a hospital that has too high of rates. 

I'm like: I'm done. I don't want to pay more, and what if we have an emergency and have to use that hospital they are at war with? 
Which has happened by the way! When Mica had a staph infection in his neck there were no bed at Children's hospital, so we had no choice, but to go to Bergan. Children's hospital was loaded with kids that had RSV. Their beds were full.

We filled for new insurance, and we were accepted. As of Jan. 1 we've been on Coventry. It's not as great as Blue Cross, but they aren't going through a war with a hospital either, and their rates were better for us. 

Guess what? I don't have insurance cards. None have been sent to me. Oh I made my payment. I had to pay for the boy's Tamiful out of pocket. If we get sick, or have to go to the emergency room I have nothing to show them except for a letter of acceptance.

Yes they have our address right. 

When I've called to ask why I haven't gotten our cards they don't know why. They see I've made my payment, but can't see our policy number. 

Yep I pretty much want to scream!  

Organic Seeds Sprouter Review

I'm already in the mood for spring. I love seeing the grass turn from brown to green, hearing the birds sing, sending the kids outside to play, and planting things we can eat.

Recently I got Organic Seeds Sprouter to Review. Cost: $15.90, and on sale for $12.90. I could choose between the following:

Beet seeds
Mustard seeds
Broccoli seeds

They are natural seed sprouts. I chose broccoli. It's not typical broccoli. It's sprouts. You can grow it, and have the sprouts on sandwiches, or salads. We have a lot of salads, so I imagine that's what we'll be having these sprouts on.

Packed Full

I like that the bag of seeds is packed full. I'll tell you why: The first and only time I tried getting them to grow I was not successful. I don't think there's anything wrong with the seeds. I just screwed it up.

I tried growing them 2 different ways:
  1. I folded a paper towel, wet it, put it on an egg holder, put the seeds on it, and kept spraying the paper towel. I kept clear plastic over the set up. First the seeds grew. Then they started molding. I took the bag off, and the paper towel kept drying up. That was that.

  2. I got a Chia Pet on clearance for super cheap. I soaked the seeds, and spread them on the Chia Pet. They grew a little bit, and that was it. I know that this planter isn't meant for these seeds, but I thought I'd give it a try. They are both sprouts.

Growing Them Different Now:

I'll admit that I don't have a green thumb. I'm trying. Dad does the garden work for the most part in the spring and summer.

I'm not giving up. The good thing is that there are plenty of seeds to try growing them again. I want my broccoli sprouts!

I don't think this is the products fault. It's mine. I just have trouble growing things. I get frustrated. It said they were easy to grow, but I failed. I'm thinking, If they are so easy to grow, how did I mess them up?


Sprouts are an excellent source of highly absorbable Vitamins including A, B, C, E and K, Chlorophyll, high quality balanced proteins, fibers, Minerals such as Calcium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Magnesium, Iron, zinc as well as trace Minerals, Carotene, Amino Acids, Enzymes, Anti-oxidants and Bioflavonoids.


Adds a little cabbagey flavor to your dish, with the slightest bit of tang. The broccoli sprout is quite humble in its flavor, but "full of itself" when it comes to nutrition! 

Maybe I'll be able to taste them the 3rd time I try and grow them. 

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Disclaimer: I'm writing this in connection to Tomoson. I got Organic Seeds Sprouter free for review. I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

WW: First Audio Book {Linky}

Isaak listened to Splat the Cat, and Mica listened to Mr. Popper's Penguins. I somehow got good pictures of Mica, and none of Isaak. Next week Isaak will get posted.

Do you ever listen to audio books?

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