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My Body Utopia Product Review + Giveaway

I received these products complimentary or at a reduced price in exchange for an honest review. The views expressed here are honest and entirely my own.
I only review products I would consider purchasing for myself or my family.

My Body Utopia Shop Spotlight & Review + Giveaway

My Thoughts:

First of all, this review for My Body Utopia has been a long time coming, so long in fact that the packaging on the product that I received has been updated as you can see in the above picture. Don’t worry pictures of my actual product will be seen below! 

Sparkling Meadows Natural Deodorant:

This was my first time trying an all natural deodorant and, I must say, I was skeptical at first. I had been using the same deodorant for so long and I knew that it worked so why rock the boat! I am so glad I tried this product!

The deodorant I was using did work but I didn’t realize how poorly it had been working until I tried My Body Utopia’s natural deodorant. Not only did it smell better, it lasted long and kept my underarms dry longer too. (All important characteristics of any deodorant, in my opinion.)

The one thing that I didn’t like at first was the texture. It seemed like it was too soft compared to the deodorants I knew. However, after I had been using it for a while the texture became less of an issue.  

Another thing I like is that it seems to last a little longer than the tube I bought at the store and when you consider the benefits of all natural the difference in price is no big deal!

Deoderant

Product Details:

All of My Body Utopia’s natural deodorants are hand made. The Sparkling Meadows scent that I reviewed is made with coconut oil, shea butter, vitamin E, beeswax, arrowroot powder, baking soda, bentonite clay, and floral fragrance. Currently, you can purchase a regular size 2.5 oz. tube ($8.50) or a 0.625 oz. trial size tube ($3.25) in whichever scent you choose.

Currently available aluminum free scents include: Fresh Cotton, Fruity Splash,
Land of Lavender, Pure Man of Steel, Scent Free, Sparkling Meadows,
and Zesty Lemongrass

Kitchen Clean Hands Soap:

First impression of this bar of soap? It smells wonderful!

I am not a big fan of bar soaps because they usually leave my hands feeling almost too clean. You know kind of squeaky. I hate that.

This bar of soap doesn’t do that. My hands felt clean but it was a good kind of clean feeling. A natural kind of clean feeling.

My Body Utopia advertises that this soap will get rid of onion and garlic smells that stick to your hands after cooking. A claim I was skeptical of because, let’s face it, onion and garlic odors hang around forever. So I tested it out!

Much to my surprise, it worked! I didn’t completely get rid of the smell with the first wash but after a second round, if I hadn’t known I had just been slicing and onion, I wouldn’t after smelling my hands either.

 

Kitchen Clean Soap

Product Details:

All of My Body Utopia’s bar soaps are hand made. The Kitchen Clean Hands soap that I reviewed is made with palm kernel oil, coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, castor oil, lye, water, lavender essential oil, lemon essential oil, melaleuca essential oil, and colorants. Soaps are cut so you receive about 4.25 oz. in each bar.

Currently available handcrafted specialty soaps ($8.00) include: 

  • Dolphin Smooth Shaving Soap 
  • Dude Degreaser Soap
  • Garden Grit Bee Gone
  • Kitchen Clean Hands

Other handcrafted soap scents ($6.00) available include:

  • Bunches of Lavender and Mint
  • Cutting Down Lemongrass
  • Just Lavender 
  • Perfect Man

My Body Utopia also has some discounted and discontinued soaps still available for $2.50-$2.75 in the following scents.

  • Cherry Honey Bomb
  • Cup of Chai Tea
  • Gingerbread House
  • Glass of Berrywine
  • Holiday Candy
  • Rolling in Cloves

Current Shop Favorites:

I really enjoyed both of the products I was able to review and will definitely be ordering more of both. When I went to peruse the website I found a whole host of other items that I might want to try, here are a few of my favorites:

Spearimint Madness lipbalm

Spearmint Madness Lip Balm: $2.99

Cooling Wintergreen Toothpaste

Cooling Wintergreen Toothpaste: $5.99

More About My Body Utopia:

My Body Utopia is family-owned and operated by Candice Garcia, her husband Antonio, and daughter Kaitlin. They make all of their products by hand, with love from their home in Upstate New York.

If you want to keep up with My Body Utopia and be informed of new products and sales check out their website and follow them on social media!

 

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Giveaway!

I loved my products so much I want to give one of you wonderful readers a $10.00 gift certificate so you can try out the My Body Utopia products that caught your eye!

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God’s Garden Shop Spotlight + Review

Today I’m going to introduce you to another fantastic shop that features all natural products – God’s Garden Products. For this piece I was able to try out their Grapefruit Mint Body Scrub, their Lavender Chamomile Bath Soak,and their Siesta Natural Sleep Aid Spray.

My Thoughts

 Over all I was very pleased with all the products I got to try.  The first one I want to talk about is the Siesta Natural Sleep Aid Spray. When Mignon and I were conversing about the products I mentioned that the Dragonling hadn’t been sleeping well. She said she had a product that might help her sleep better, and let me tell you it does help!

She still doesn’t sleep all night but I can definitely tell a difference when I use the room spray; she is so much calmer and is able to rest for longer periods of time.

Aside from the perk of a few extra hours of shut eye, the spray has a wonderful scent. Lavender, ylang-ylang, palma rosa, and sweet orange essential oils all combine to make a soothing scent that really does help you relax.

God's Garden|Siesta! Natural Sleep Aid Spray
Photo Credit: God’s Garden Products

The second product I was able to check out was the Lavender Chamomile Relaxing Natural Bath Soak. I’m sure many of the Mommas reading this will understand when I say it is a rare time for me to get a nice relaxing bath, so when I got this in the mail I was eager to test it out!

Luckily I have a wonderful husband who offered to give me time for a soothing soak shortly after it’s arrival. 🙂

The scent is very nice and the fact that the lavender pods open up in the warm water is a beautiful added bonus. (Even though they are a bit annoying to clean up afterward.)

God's Garden|Lavender Chamomile Relaxing Natural Bath Soak
Photo Credit: God’s Garden Products

 The last product I was given to review was the Bliss! Grapefruit Mint Body Scrub. Although the scents seemed a little unorthodox when I read the name, I was pleasantly surprised at how fond I was of it when in use. The citrus-mint mix is very refreshing!

I have used numerous body scrubs in the past and I always feel that it takes an inordinate amount of time to rinse them off. They usually feel thick and it is hard to get everything rinsed away.

This body scrub was different.

I would compare it to salon grade scrubs used for many pedicures. It was easy to use and easy to rinse off, all while being very effective! I used it after shaving my legs and I can honestly say I don’t think my legs had ever felt so soft. I will definitely be making it a regular part of my bathing routine going forward.

God's Garden|Bliss! Grapefruit Mint Body Scrub
Photo Credit: God’s Garden Prodcuts

Now, faithful readers, I have a great special exclusively for you! Use the code WHW15 when you check out and receive 15% off of your order from God’s Garden Products!

Current Shop Favorites

I loved the Grapefruit Mint Body Scrub so much I would love to try another scent. Currently God’s Garden Products has 7 scents available for purchase: Lemon Drop, Juniper Rosemary, Harmony Ylang-Ylang, Bliss-Grapefruit Mint, Jasmine Blossom, Peppermint, and Lavender. They also have a Chamomile Rose Facial Scrub.

I think I’d like to try Lemon Drop first. It sounds so refreshing, especially as we move into the Summer months!

God's Garden|Lemon Drop Body Scrub
Photo Credit: God’s Garden Products

Another product I’d like to check out is their body mist. Usually I’m not much for perfumes or cologne but their body mist sounds so light I think I would really enjoy wearing it.

God's Garden|Radiance: Lavender Jasmine Body Mist
Photo Credit: God’s Garden Products

I’d also like to try out their Refresh Room Spray. I was so impressed with the Siesta Sleep Room Spray I’d be interested to see if the Refresh works as well.

God's Garden|Revive! Citrus Mint Room Spray
Photo Credit: God’s Garden Products

More About God’s Garden Products

Mignon Murrell is the owner and creator of God’s Garden Products. She started researching natural and therapeutic products that could be used for healing and maintaining her own health while on a sabbatical from her career in full time ministry. Her research led her to create God’s Garden Products.

These are all natural products made with 100% therapeutic grade essential oils for use in home, for health, and body.

You can stay up-to-date with new products and information about God’s Garden Products at the links below.

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Disclaimer: I received this item for free or at a reduced price in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. I only review items that I would be interested in purchasing for myself or my family.

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Babymoon Boutique Shop Spotlight & Review +Giveaway

Today I’m introducing you to a different kind of Etsy shop than I’ve posted about before. Babymoon Boutique specializes in one-of-a-kind machine embroidery.

Babymoon Boutique

My Thoughts

My first thought as I pulled these key chains out of the package was that they seemed durable and they were adorable. In my opinion, durable is a good characteristic for a key chain to have and being cute is just an added bonus!

I received two key chains and a bag charm for this review.

The breastfeeding  key chain is done on black leather with teal stitching and the cloth diapering key chain is on white leather with purple stitching. They are a little less than 2 inches wide by 2 inches tall and fully double sided. These two fold over the metal ring and then stitched together, keeping the leather securely attached to the key ring. The ring it is still very mobile, making it easy to attach and remove from your keys.

Breastfeeding & Cloth Diapering
P.S. The tiny blue thread on the breastfeeding key chain is because I snagged it on my purse zipper. Oops!

Another thing that I like is that the stitches are neat and the threads are trimmed nicely. The bright colors are a lot of fun and Dragonling loves to chew on them! (Teething means everything is fair game for our chewing needs!)

The other product I received was a blue Police box bag charm. The bag charm is done on blue pleather with black and white stitching and backed in a white pleather. The charm has a tab that flips through the clip at the top and secured with a grey plastic snap.

Blue Police Box

Again the stitching is nice and even and the threads have been clipped so you don’t have strings hanging down. A perfect gift for any Whovian!

According to Sheila’s Etsy page,

“I’ve been sewing as long as I can remember, and it is no stretch to say that sewing is in my bones. Literally. When I was a child, my mother and my grandmothers were excellent seamstresses and let me create with them my whole life growing up. At some point in my life, while under their guidance, I must have slipped away and stepped on a needle…because some twenty years later an X-ray revealed one embedded deep in my foot! This caused a minor panic in the ER, but it was painless, and had been present for years so I opted not to have surgery. That needle remains with me even now as a very special connection to my craft.”

Kind of a fun little story! Sheila has been sewing her whole life and you can definitely tell by the level of craftsmanship in these beautiful leather key chains.

*** I received complimentary product for the purpose of review. The views expressed here are entirely my own. I only review products I would purchase for myself or my family.

Current Shop Favorites

There are so many things in Babymoon Boutique‘s shop that I love it was really hard to narrow down to just a few favorites. Please take a few minutes and go check it out for yourself, there is literally something for everyone!

This first group would be adorable hanging off the side of your purse or craft bag. Tell the world what you like to do!

These would make great bag charms to keep track of your kids’ various activities.

There’s even things for your nerdy side! Perfect for any Whovian or Minecraft connoisseur.

Your Nerdy Side

If you’re not into key chains or bag charms then you should check out her felt puzzles. I love this l little Jelly Toast puzzle! Perfect for tiny hands.

PBJ felt puzzle

No matter what your interests Babymoon Boutique has something for you!

More About Babymoon Boutique

Sheila Ryan is the heart and soul of Babymoon Boutique. She decided to open her own shop after the birth of her fifth child. She had been working in another shop and decided she was ready to set out on her own!

The things in her shop may be made by her but she has a supportive team in her husband and her nine children. Who better for an honest product review than family, right?

From her Etsy About page,

A babymoon is that sweet time when a mother, and family, welcomes the newest little addition to their home. It is a time of gentleness, reflection, love and peace, and it is these qualities I strive to incorporate in all of my products. The time with a newborn is so very precious and short, but so incredibly powerful in the life and growth of a new mother. Supporting new moms is one of my dear passions in real life, and the bonds I’ve made with dear friends through my former work with la leche league will last forever.

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Ladybug Jewelry Shop Spotlight + Bracelet and Earrings Review

First impressions are everything in the crafting industry. What a customer sees when they walk by a booth  or scan through a webpage will ultimately determine if a designer will make a sale. So when I scanned through the photos of the custom designs at Ladybug Jewelry it didn’t take long to decide that I liked what I saw!

The vibrant colors and variety of styles caught my attention from the start and I’m so excited to share this one-of-a-kind shop, and her creative designs with you!

I’m not a big jewelry wearer normally, but I do love dangle earrings and bracelets. Necklaces tend to get in my way or get pulled on by the Dragonling so I have started to steer clear of them, at least until she’s a bit older. So today I’m excited to share a bracelet and set of earrings from Ladybug Jewelry.

My Thoughts

Like I said above, first impressions are a big deal so let’s start there. When I opened the padded mailing envelope I saw two little packages. The little packages turned out to be my earrings and necklace that had been carefully wrapped in some pretty tissue paper to protect them during shipping. To me this extra step of care meant that the surprises inside each package were made with a great deal of love.

Jewelry Packaging

Upon opening I was greeted by a lovely lavender color and very pleasing jewelry pieces. The earrings have a large lavender colored sea-glass pendant with silver wire coiling accented by a pearl and translucent lavender faceted bead. The earrings also included little rubber backs to keep them from sliding out of your ears, a very nice perk since I’ve noticed many handmade jewelry creators leave those out.

You can tell there was a great attention to detail, as the earrings are mirror images of each other. The wire coils are very uniform and the color of the translucent faceted bead matches, almost exactly the color of the sea-glass pendants. The color is actually a little more vivid than in the picture, but because the sea-glass is somewhat see through it’s hard to photograph.

The bracelet is made from lavender leather cording with silver accents and clear glass beads with colored centers. There are four strands of the leather cording with a variety of beaded patterns on each strand. I love the silver moon and start pendents and the amount of beads to leather cord ratio is perfect. One strand is almost fully beaded but the other three balance that out by having just a few beads so that the bracelet doesn’t become overdone.

Another thing of note about the bracelet, it is the easiest bracelet to put on solo. One try. It only took one try. I don’t know if it’s the way the leather cording causes the bracelet to stay curved at all times or the clasp and chain that was used, but whatever the reason, I love it!

Bracelet Fit

Plus it fits perfectly! What more could a girl ask for?

Head over to Ladybug Jewelry on Etsy and leave me a comment with your favorite piece of jewelry, or tell me what you’d like to have custom made.

*** I received complimentary product for the purpose of review. The views expressed here are entirely my own. I only review products I would purchase for myself or my family.

Current Shop Favorites

Michelle’s Etsy shop has so many beautiful pieces I wanted to share a few of my favorites from her current stock.

This blue moon pendant necklace is the first piece I want to highlight. I love her Tree of Life pendants and this one is no exception. The addition of the ombre shell bead is perfect and the wire bending looks just like a tree. Someday when Dragonling doesn’t pull on necklaces so much I may have to get one for myself!

Blue Moon Tree Pendant
Photo Credit Ladybug Jewelry

Next up, these gorgeous turquoise sea-glass drop earrings. I have a weakness for dangle earrings of any kind and these are no exception to the rule. I love the color, it’s not a color I have a lot of so it would be an excellent accent piece to add to my collection.

Photo Credit LadyBug Jewelry
Photo Credit Ladybug Jewelry

Then we have this customizable photo frame bracelet. So adorable and the style would work for so many people. It can be customized using your own photos or scrapbook paper to add color to the frames. Photo orders need some extra customization, obviously, so an interested buy would need to contact Michelle from her Etsy store to work out the details.

Customizable Photo Frame Bracelet
Photo Credit LadyBug Jewelry

Finally, a special bonus for you, dear readers! Michelle, at Ladybug Jewelry would like to give you 15% off of your total order until May 31st. Just use coupon code SPRING15 at checkout.

More About Ladybug Jewelry

Ladybug Jewelry is owned and operated by Michelle Maple.  Michelle started making jewelry a few years ago to help raise money for Girl Scouts. Since then she has expanded her Etsy shop and is now selling some items in a local consignment shop. In addition to those venues, Ladybug Jewelry can be found at a farmers market and craft shows in the Somersworth, NH area.  In addition to her self-inspired creations, Michelle also enjoys the challenge of a custom order, so if you don’t see something that is just right she would love to work with you to make the perfect piece!

To stay up to date with Ladybug Jewelry follow her at the link below:

If you are in her area you can click here to see the schedule of events Ladybug Jewelry will be attending this year, schedule may change so tune into her FB page for updates!

 

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iDesignStudio1 Shop Spotlight + Birth Announcement Review

If you’ve been following my blog, no doubt you’ve heard about my little Dragonling or, at the very least, know she’s been teething… (Still is, if you’re wondering.) Well, Dragonling hatched over either months ago and until very recently I still didn’t have a birth announcement for her wall.

That all changed when I found iDesignStudio1‘s Etsy shop and browsed her fantastic digitally handmade designs.

The Product

When you order from iDesignStudio1 the product you will receive is an 8 x 10 sheet of acid free paper, printed with your custom design. Ghayda, the owner of iDesignStudio1, personally customizes each print that is sent out.

To customize the announcement, I sent Dragonling’s full name, birth date (including the time), as well as her height and weight. The design I chose also included the place of birth. Along with the birth stats I was able to customize the colors of the print to fit in with our nursery decor.

After the information had been exchanged I waited for the proof of the design so that I could make any adjustments and approve it before printing. Normally the time between information exchange and viewing of the proof is 2-4 business days, in my case it was much faster.

Birth Announcement Design Proof
The birth announcement proof image sent from iDesignStudio1 for approval.

Once I approved the design, it was printed and mailed to me. When I received the print it was packaged between two pieces of cardboard wrapped in thick brown paper, sure to keep it from getting bent or dirty during shipping.

Print packaging.
Print packaging.

The packaging materials are also great for keeping the print safe once in your possession until you are able to get it framed and on the wall! (Especially with a baby around.)

I am thrilled with the final result and I cannot wait to find (or make) the perfect frame to hang this on Dragonling’s wall. In my opinion, the end result looks exactly like the proof, down to the color appearance. Sometimes the colors you get in person look different than what was on the computer screen and this time that was not the case, what I saw was what I got.

The final product.

Other iDesignStudio1 Prints

There are a variety of print options and themes available from iDesignStudio1. Besides the adorable giraffe print I picked out, there are numerous others I may find myself wanting for future decor projects.

I like the one below for a future family picture wall. Since we may or may not have more children, this ‘family established’ design is nicer than one that lists children’s names since we won’t have to worry about replacing it later on.

Family Established

Here is another print I like and I think would make a great gift. I’m sure one could get it customized with Grandpa instead or maybe even “Only the Best Parents Get Promoted to Grandparents”! Very cute idea and fun to personalize with the names of your littles!

Best Moms Promoted to Grandma

Head over to  iDesignStudio1’s shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/iDesignStudio1 and tell me which print you’d like to have personalized.

 

TATaGIRL Jewelry Shop Spotlight + Earrings Review

TATaGIRL Jewelry Earring Review
Photo from TATaGIRL Jewelry

 

I’m back again with another fabulous Etsy shop for you to check out.

If you haven’t figured it out by now, I LOVE handmade things! If I had more time I’d probably attempt to join the ranks of Etsy entrepreneurs, but alas, my free time is not in infinite supply. After all, as Albert Einstein put it,

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.

(A little Math humor to get us going.)

This week I have had the good fortune to review a pair of gorgeous, tatted earrings made by Melanie from TATaGIRL Jewelry.

My Thoughts

These earrings are fantastic!

First off, I was pleasantly surprised at their size when I opened the package. The size was given in the item description, but I was still having a hard time visualizing what they would look like, especially with the intricate design involved.

Earring Quarter Size Comparison - www.mathlovinmomma.com

The craftsmanship is second-to-none. I attempted tatting once in my life and it was a lot harder than I thought it would be, especially since I knew how to crochet before said attempt. It is very difficult to find the right tension to make the stitches uniform. The individual stitches in the TATaGIRL Jewelry earrings are nearly perfect.

The thing I like the least about the earrings is that they are so light weight. When I have them on I can’t tell they’re there. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, just a personal preference I hold, primarily, because I forget I have them on and then Dragonling tries to steal them. (If it’s pretty and it dangles it belongs to her.)

 

Photo by Michael Phelan - www.mathlovinmomma.com

Another plus, caring for tatted jewelry is very simple.  You just store your items away from dust and heat. If the tatting does get dirty or lose its shape, just hand wash with a mild soap, carefully blot out excess water with a towel, then reshape and lay flat to dry.

***TATaGIRL Jewelry provided me, The Math Lovin’ Momma, with a pair of earrings free of charge for the purposes of review. The views expressed here are entirely my own, I only review products I would purchase for myself or my family.

Other TATaGIRL Products

TATaGIRL Jewelry doesn’t just have earrings, Melanie makes bracelets and pendants as well! Pictured below are my favorite bracelet and pendant from what she currently has posted in her shop.

First, a Celtic knot style pendant tatted in high quality Raspberry Frappe thread which variegates through various shades of raspberry pink, boysenberry, and magenta.

Raspberry pink Celtic Knot tatted pendant - TATaGIRL Jewelry
Photo from TATaGIRL Jewelry

Then this beautiful bracelet is tatted using Vineyard Harvest thread, whose colors variegate through dark olive, medium country grape, dark boysenberry, and dark mulberry.

Purple, Pink, and Green Tatted Bracelet - TATaGIRL Jewelry
Photo from TATaGIRL Jewelry

Visit TATaGIRL Jewelry and leave me a comment telling me what you’d like to have from Melanie’s shop.

More About TATaGIRL Jewelry

TATaGIRL Jewelry was created by Melanie Fulton, a work-at-home-Mom who lives on a hobby farm in Missouri with her husband and three children. In addition to her work at TATaGIRL Jewelry, she is a former Mathematics professor and currently writes and edits for Math companies. (Yay Math!)

Melanie learned how to tat from a friend  and she loves it! According to her, tatting is the perfect craft; you can take it with you wherever you go and you can pick it up or put it down as needed. (Which is helpful when you have three kids!)

To stay up to date with TATaGIRL Jewelry follow her at the links below:

 

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Shack on the Rock Bath Tea Review

Shack on the Rock promo
Photo from Shack on the Rock

Everyone needs a little ‘me’ time every once in a while, and as a new parent I am coming to realize quickly that getting ‘me’ time with a baby around is sometimes a challenge. Papa Dragon and I try to make sure the other gets some time to themselves most days but in the end we don’t always get what we want.

This week I was able to try out a new product from the Etsy shop Shack on the Rock called bath tea.

About the Product

Shack on the Rock created bath teas with busy, hard working women in mind. One tea bag can turn a regular bath into a soothing spa retreat in just a few short minutes.

This unique product was created after doing research to find the best combinations of salts/oils/botanicals, essential /fragrance oil blends, and goat’s milk.

Each bath tea recipe includes:

  • European sea salts – Sea salts that are solar evaporated and harvested from the waters of the Mediterranean Sea, and one of the purest salts in the world.
  • Himalayan Pink Sea Salt – Sea salt that has been hand-mined from ancient salt beds in the Himalayan Mountains which have been protected from pollution and impurities. These salts are known for their stimulating and soothing properties.
  • Colloidal Oatmeal – Colloidal Oatmeal is finely ground oatmeal that creates a barrier over the skin. It is a great additive for people with dry skin because it helps to seal in moisture, it is also known to alleviate itchiness.
  • Organic Rose Petals/Buds – Roses are a natural botanical known for aiding relaxation. Rose petals are also known for their antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Essential/Fragrance Oil Blends – Shack on the Rock creates their own oil blends in order to achieve beneficial scents for their bath teas.
  • Goat’s Milk – Goat’s milk is moisturizing and nourishing for the skin because of capric-caprylic triglyceride. Capric-caprylic triglyceride is a naturally occurring  skin moisturizer that helps contribute to skin’s softness by forming a barrier which inhibits the loss of moisture. Protein strands in goat’s milk are shorter than in other kinds of milk and so are more easily absorbed by the skin.

Shack on the Rock‘s bath teas come packaged in a set of three, one time use teas bags in a high quality, reusable tin.

Tickled Pink Tin

Currently the teas come in two varieties, Tickled Pink and Dreamweaver.

To use simply place a tea bag under the faucet, run warm water and let the bag “steep”,  then squeeze the herbal mix into the water and enjoy!

Tickled Pink Bath Tea Bag
Tickled Pink Bath Tea Bag

My Thoughts

I was able to try out their Tickled Pink recipe. As stated on the item page,

Our Tickled Pink Bath Tea was created with women in mind. An airy blend of soft pink petals, creamy blonde woods, and vanilla bean chiffon come together to give you a sweetly scented bath time.

My opinion?

It’s perfect. The scent is perfect. Kind of like you’re walking through a flower garden on a warm Spring afternoon. Divine.

I’m not usually one for flowery fragrances, but the scent was very subtle. As it soaked in the tub the salts, oatmeal, and goat’s milk pieces dissolved and dispersed throughout the entire tub. (Not unlike a tea bag in a cup of water.)

After my soak, I felt relaxed and my skin was soft and moisturized. My skin also smelled faintly of the oils and rose petals. I can easily say it was the most relaxing bath I’ve had in a long time, and I cannot wait to use another tea bag for my next bath.

***Shack on the Rock provided me, The Math Lovin’ Momma, with a tin of bath teas, free of charge, for the purposes of review. The views expressed here are entirely my own. I only review products I would purchase for myself or my family.

Things I Want to Try

Here are some of the items currently in Shack on the Rock‘s Etsy shop that I would like to try:

First, I would love to try their handmade lip melt in the Berry Kisses flavor. This particular flavor includes strawberries, raspberries, with a touch of cotton candy. Sounds heavenly.

Berry Kisses Lip Melt - Shack on the Rock
Photo from Shack on the Rock

I would also like to try their Lavender Mint Goat’s Milk soap. The soap has a blend of lavender and spearmint essential oils and, of course, goat’s milk. That’s it, no extra stuff that you can’t pronounce, 100% natural.

Lavender Mint Soap - Shack on the Rock
Photo from Shack on the Rock

Last, but not least, I would like to test out their solid lotion stick. Not only does it seem like a great, on-the-go, product to keep in my purse, but it comes in the same Tickled Pink scent as the bath tea. Count me in!

Tickled Pink Hard Lotion - Shack on the Rock
Photo from Shack on the Rock

More About Shack on the Rock

Traci Cornell is the creator of Shack on the Rock.

As a young girl, Traci had a passion for experimenting on the women in her family. (Don’t worry there were no crazy science experiments done on anyone.) She simply loved natural skin care and wanted to try out new things! According to her, it was a common site to find bananas, sugar, and lemon juice smashed on her face in an attempt to rid herself of freckles or clear her face of dead skin cells.Now her first passion is soap, but her conviction to want all body products free of chemicals means she has been branching out, as evidenced by the lip balm and lotion seen above.

Shack on the Rock knows that most people do not have the time or energy available in their busy lives to make natural body care products and they are happy to be able to provide such products to their customers.

According to Tracy,

“If it says 100% natural it’s because it is! We pride ourselves on honesty, so while we may use some organic ingredients in our recipes, we will not promote our products as being completely ‘Organic’ unless ALL ingredients used in that recipe are, indeed, organic. I promise you can pronounce ALL of our ingredients and if you can’t, don’t hesitate to ask me about it!”

The company also likes to take part in recycling and keeping their products as eco-friendly as possible. Traci owns four dairy goats who produce more milk than their babies and Traci’s family can consume. So, rather than throwing it away, Shack on the Rock has re-purposed it for use in their hand made products.
Products from Shack on the Rock are free of soybean oil, sulfates, parabens, petroleum by-products, and contain no synthetic detergents or fillers.

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Creations By Ashley H Sewing Charm Bracelet Review

Creations by Ashley H square promo

What woman doesn’t like jewelry? Some may like it more than others, but I think you’d be hard pressed to find a woman who has zero interest in the subject.

Personally I don’t own a lot of jewelry but I like the idea of jewelry. In my dreams I have coordinating accessories for every outfit, but for now I try to  look for original pieces that I know I’ll love for a long time.

The sewing charm bracelet I received from Creations by Ashley H is definitely one of those pieces.

Sewing Bracelet Shop Photo by Creations by Ashley H
Photo by Ashley Hilmer

 

My Thoughts

The moment I opened the link to Creations by Ashley H I knew it was going to be a shop that I really enjoyed. The pictures just jumped off the screen, begging to be clicked for a better look.

As I perused the photos this sewing bracelet stood out.

I know how to sew, even though I don’t do it often. However, my mother, aunts, and grandmother all sew, so I felt a connection with this piece.

Left Side of BraceletRight Side of Bracelet

I like the incorporation of the buttons in with the charms, it gives it an eclectic look. It reminds me of the feeling you get going into a sewing or craft room. It is definitely a one-of-a-kind piece.

Cameo Thimble

 

Each of the charms is attached with a small jump ring, and all are secured completely so there is no risk of losing anything. The cameo and the thimble are my favorite parts of this piece.

 

The clasp is a little tricky but with a little patience it can be done without help. I think anyone who wears jewelry expect the clasp on bracelets to be a little challenging, this one is challenging but it is a good size and feels secure once it is done.

***Creations by Ashley H provided me, The Math Lovin’ Momma, with this bracelet, free of charge, for the purposes of review. The views expressed here are entirely my own. I only review products I would purchase for myself or my family.

My Favorites

Here are some of my favorite items currently in Creations by Ashley H‘s shop:

First up, this gorgeous Tinkerbell inspired necklace. I love the cameo-like pendant and the little message in a bottle. What a statement piece!

Tinkerbell Inspired Necklace
Photo by Ashley Hilmer

Next we have this adorable photo print of a piggy peeking through a fence. I grew up in small town Iowa, I have a soft spot for adorable farm animals!

Peek a Boo: Fine Art Print of Pig Peeking Through a Fence
Photo by Ashley Hilmer

And last but not least, this vibrant granny square cowl. What’s not to love? The colors are fabulous and it’s a little bit country, not a lot, just a little. It’s perfect.

Granny Square Cowl
Photo by Ashley Hilmer

If you’re looking for a unique gift or just want a little something for yourself, I’d definitely recommend checking out Creations by Ashley H.

More About Creations by Ashley H

Creations by Ashley H is owned and operated by Ashley Hilmer. Ashley is a photographer and crocheter, as well as a custom jewelry designer. All of Ashley’s pieces are quality, one of a kind, works of art so you can be sure you won’t run into someone on the street with an identical piece.

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MKnits4Sanity Infinity Scarf Review & Shop Credit Giveaway

MKnits4Sanity Infinity Scarf Review Promo

As a life long Iowan, during the winter, I am always on the look out for a good scarf! In my opinion you can’t have too many scarves, they really are the perfect accessory.

Today, I am happy to be able to bring you a review of the perfect addition to any scarf collection.

My Thoughts

The multi-color wave crocheted infinity scarf from MKnits4Sanity is the ideal three seasons scarf.

Wrapped twice around the neck it provides a little warmth that would be right for blocking the chill in the Spring or Fall. Then, if you wrap it a third time it adds just the right amount of bulk to cover your whole neck for wear during the frigid Winter months.

MKnits4Sanity Wave Infinity Scarf Double Wrapped
Double Wrapped
MKnits4Sanity Wave Infinity Scarf Triple Wrapped
Triple Wrapped

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The scarf is crocheted on the diagonal using Red Heart Boutique Treasure Yarn in Tapestry. This type of yarn is 70% acrylic and 30% wool, giving it a durable, yet soft feel. This also means the care of the scarf is very simple, just wash on cold and lay flat to dry. The Tapestry yarn has a variegated color palette, which includes deep purple, forest green, red, orange, and brown that naturally form stripes in the finished product.

MKnits4Sanity Multi-Color Wave Infinity Scarf
MKnits4Sanity Wave Infinity Scarf

Being a crocheter myself, I’d also like to point out that the tension in the yarn is perfect. The stitches are nice and even, making the width down the entire length of the scarf very uniform. The finishing is also nicely done with no loose ends hanging down to get caught in a loose zipper.

Even Tension & Uniform Stitches
Even Tension & Uniform Stitches

Overall, MKnits4Sanity has provided a beautiful, expertly scarf that I cannot wait to show off!

***MKnits4Sanity provided me, The Math Lovin’ Momma, with this infinity scarf, free of charge, for the purposes of review. The views expressed here are entirely my own. I only review products I would purchase for myself or my family.

More About MKnits4Sanity

Margaret, the founder of MKnits4Sanity, is a stay-at-home-mom with three children, a husband, and a dog. She loves to knit, crochet, sew, and share her love of handmade items!

To stay up to date with Margaret and MKnits4Sanity follow her at the links below!

Etsy Shop: MKnits4Sanity.Etsy.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/mknits4sanity
Instagram: @margaretlh83
Twitter: @MKnits4Sanity

The Giveaway

It’s your lucky day!

Margaret from, MKnits4Sanity, is giving away one (1) $20.00 shop credit to one of my wonderful readers. Just click the banner below to get to the giveaway page and fill out the form.

Giveaway runs from noon Friday, March 6, 2015 until midnight Friday, March 27, 2015.

Good luck!

MKnits4Sanity $20 Etsy Shop Credit

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