Make Memories with Growing Roots Subscription Box

Growing Roots Subscription Box

I’m not new to the idea of subscription boxes. In fact, I love them. I think it’s fun having new products sent to my door on a monthly basis – especially when the products being sent are things I’d never think to buy for myself. I can say that I have really enjoyed my Growing Roots subscription box that they sent me. These boxes aim to connect families by building memories and they do just that.

The Going to Bed Book

Spending quality time with my daughter is very important to me, as is having “me”/ relaxation time. I love that there are amazing books in these boxes as well as pampering items for mommies.  As if the whole concept of the box is not great enough, with each box bought, a child in need has a book donated to them. Growing Roots box’s mission is “We believe in empowering families to spend more time together and in the benefits of early literacy.” I think that is so sweet.

Little Flower Relaxing and Detoxifying Lavender Bath Salt

I love that I’m able to build up my daughter’s book collection with quality books. I know these books will be in our family for a long time! I especially loved seeing that there was a Dr. Suess book in my box because growing up, Dr. Suess books and movies were some of my absolute favorites.

Someday book

Each month you receive 4-6 quality items sent to you for $39 + shipping. Something I like about these boxes is that items you get don’t all come from big companies. They come from small shops like ones found on Etsy. I think it’s really cool that Growing Roots Box supports small shops. You can tell a lot of thought goes into their product choices.

Bed Time Chore List

Products I received in my Growing Roots subscription box are as follows:

Ten Apples Up On Top! Book: I adore Dr. Suess books! I think they’re so great for children’s imaginations.

Growing Roots Eye Pillow: Wonderful for keeping cold or hot depending what you need it for. Whether you have a headache or just want to get rid of bags under the eyes, this is great.

Bed Time Chore Chart: My daughter can’t use this yet but I love how it’s designed! A metal sheet on wood with magnets that have chores for kids so they know what to do to get ready for bed. I, personally, am a visual person. I feel like this would make doing night time routines a little bit more fun for kiddos.

Ten Apples Up On Top! book

Someday BookThis is such a lovely book. It’s about a mother who dreams of all the wonderful things her child will do in life.

The Going to Bed Book: A cute book that makes going to bed more fun. 🙂

Lavender Seeds

Lavender Seeds: I love that they included these because I’ve always wanted to make a garden. Lavender is so great for helping people fall asleep. It has a relaxing aroma.

Little Flower Relaxing and Detoxifying Lavender Bath Salt: Firstly, this bath salt smells so wonderful. Secondly, it’s definitely relaxing. I could not wait to try this bath salt and pretty much immediately opened it and poured myself a bath. It did not disappoint.

Eye Pillow by Growing Roots

Overall, I liked what I received. I thought it was a great box. There were pampering items for me and lasting products for my daughter, so definitely nice in my book.

If you’d like to purchase a Growing Roots subscription box of your own, you can do so HERE. Follow Growing Roots on their pages below!

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*This box was sent to me free of charge for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Four Green Cleaning Brands That are Safe for the Family

Four Green Cleaners That are Safe for the Family

Since I’ve had my baby, I’ve been wanting to buy more green cleaning products and fewer products with harsh chemicals. It’s amazing how much your mindset changes once you have a little one to look after. You only want the best for them. Not to mention, little kids get into everything. I want to share with you four brands that I love. Their products are all mostly comprised of plant-based ingredients so they’re safe for both humans and pets.

Nature’s Magic

Nature's Magic

The first green cleaning brand I want to mention is called Nature’s Magic. I found this brand while on Instagram (a place where I tend to find a lot of my favorite brands lately :D). I was super intrigued when I read that there were few ingredients and that the ingredients were all natural and safe! They have essential oils in their products, which I think is really nice. There are loads of great benefits to using essential oils. On top of that, the products are powerful enough to actually work. Score!

Nature's Magic Deep Clean

Starting with my absolute favorite product of all of Nature’s Magic’s products is Deep Clean. This stuff smells amazing!! I want to use it everywhere because I just love it so much. I feel like it does work well to clean counters, floors, the stovetop, etc. I’ve used it to mop with a few times. The ingredients are as follows: water, organic almond castile soap, pure essential tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil, a blend of other essential oils, and grapefruit seed extract. Tea tree oil is powerful for getting rid of germs and so is eucalyptus oil.

Nature's Magic Glass Cleaner

Next up, we have Glass Cleaner. The only ingredients in this are water, vinegar, a blend of pure essential citrus oils, and grapefruit seed extract. Vinegar is a great household cleaner and can be used to do everything from removing odors to removing stains and polishing. I think this Glass Cleaner works totally fine and gets the job done. I’ve used it on both my mirrors and windows. 🙂 Of course, the smell of vinegar isn’t all that appealing at first, but that goes away fairly quickly — so no worries.

Nature's Magic Multi-Purpose Cleaner

Multi-Purpose. You can use this stuff for dusting, cleaning counter tops, toilets, appliances — anything really. Ingredients in this include water, vinegar, organic castile soap, pure essential rosemary oil, peppermint oil, and grapefruit seed extract. Again, I would say this serves its purpose. It cleans and gets rid of odors, which is nice!

Nature's Magic Wood Polish

Lastly, for Nature’s Magic, is their Wood Polish. You can use this on both wood and leather. I have used this to wipe down my couch and had no qualms with it. I also have polished wood and I think it does a great job. The ingredients in this are water, olive oil, organic castile soap, pure essential lavender oil, a blend of other essential oils and grapefruit seed extract. The only thing I would say I don’t like about this product is the scent, but that’s not that big of a deal.

Mrs. Meyer’s

Mrs. Meyer's Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner

Mrs. Meyer’s is my next green cleaning brand mention. I actually saw an ad on Facebook that mentioned if you spent $20 at Grove Collaborative that you got a bunch of free product. I ended up with a really nice haul of green products that I love. One of them is this Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner. I’ll be the first to say that I would not personally have chosen the Geranium scent for myself, but to be honest, I love it! I feel like whenever I use this, it lifts my spirits and the whole house smells great. Ingredients in this include Birch bark extract, Geranium flower oil, Rose flower oil, and Clove flower oil, just to name a few. I think this is a great everyday green cleaner. I use it in my kitchen and bathrooms a lot.

Dr. Bronner’s

Dr. Bronner's Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner and 18-in-1 Hemp Citrus Pure Castile SoapI absolutely am now a complete Dr. Bronner’s fan! They make green cleaning so easy. Not only are their products effective, but they smell and feel incredible. Dr. Bronner’s products are made with certified Fair Trade and Organic Ingredients. I have to brag about these two products because I absolutely love them! Firstly, I want to tell you about Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner — you can use this product for SO. MANY. THINGS. I’ve used it to wash dishes in the sink .. ummm amazing. I don’t know how, but all of the gunk on the plate literally feels like it slides right off. It is an excellent grease cutter which makes dish washing so effortless.  It’s effective and powerful yet you don’t need to use a lot because it’s concentrated. Also, it’s gentle on your skin.

Other uses for this cleaner are general house cleaning, stain removal, dish soap, laundry soap, floor cleaning (including wood!), car cleaning. You can also use this as a scouring paste by mixing it with baking soda. If you want an all-around cleaner, this is the one! I can’t say enough about it. Plus, it smells amazing. Some of Sal Suds ingredients: Siberian Fir Needle Oil and Spruce Leaf Oil (which give Sal Suds its amazing smell), Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Coco-Betaine, and Decyl Glucoside (these three are for grease cutting and cleaning).

Dr. Bronner's Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner and 18-in-1 Hemp Citrus Pure-Castile Soap

The second Dr. Bronner’s product that I can’t get enough of is their 18-in-1 Hemp Citrus Pure-Castile Soap. You can use this soap for everything! Here’s some of the things you can use this soap for – washing your body, hair rinse, washing dishes in the sink, laundry, mopping, washing the dog, cleaning fruits and veggies, all purpose cleaner, getting rid of bugs on plants,  and shaving.

I love the smell of citrus. It is such a relaxing scent to me. This soap smells like orange oil and it transforms my showers! I’m not kidding. I can have the most stressful day ever, and as soon as I get this soap out and use it, the smell just takes my mind to happy places and I feel at peace. You don’t need to use a lot of this at a time because, like Sal Suds, it is concentrated. I like how it lathers, I think the scent is to die for, and I feel clean without my skin feeling dried out, which I love. What I think is funny is that my husband, who loves his old spice scented body washes, has used this soap on numerous occasions. He, too, likes the scent and how well it works.

Norwex

Norwex Envirocloth and Cleaning Paste

Last but not least, Norwex! You may have seen some of your friends on Facebook selling these products. I was introduced to Norwex from my friend Jessica who sells it. What is unique about Norwex products is that you only use WATER with them. I know you’re thinking that doesn’t sound sanitary at all. And trust me, I am a germaphobe so thinking of not using bleach on everything makes me stop and wonder if it actually is cleaning /disinfecting everything. These products do work though. They use silver to disinfect as you clean. Silver smothers germs.

I especially love the Window and EnviroCloths. They are made of microfiber and you can use them on anything really. When I first got my EnviroCloth and  Window cloth, I cleaned my entire kitchen. I’m talking microwave, stove, fridge, countertops, and cabinets. It removed grease, dirt, and everything I needed it to and with the EnviroCloth and Window Cloth mixture, you are left with no streaks and nice, shiny surfaces. I would definitely recommend checking out some of their products. They have everything from cleaning products to laundry and body products.

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Are you still with me? I know this has been a long list, but I promise these products are amazing! I am so glad that I switched to green cleaners. They smell much better than ones with a million chemicals and they’re safe for my whole family so I don’t have to be scared if my child or pet get into them. Definitely, check them out!

*Some products in this post were sent to me free of charge for my honest opinion. All opinions are my own. Also, some links are referral links. 

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Lasting Lip Color with LipSense

I was introduced to LipSense through Instagram where I instantly fell in love with so many of the colors. In case you didn’t know what LipSense is, it’s a long-lasting, liquid lip color that dries on your lips and is waterproof. You can find loads of LipSense distributor pages on Instagram that are full of color swatches of their lip colors. While browsing Instagram, I found the sweetest distributor by the name of Kayla. She sent me a collection that included a LipSense color, Glossy gloss, and Ooops! Remover.

Hazelnut LipsenseKayla helped me choose a color I loved and even though she didn’t have it in stock at the moment, she found it quickly for me through a friend who also sells LipSense. My lip kit was shipped quickly and she also provided a tracking number for me so I could see where it was.  Kayla also allowed me to join her Facebook group which contained tons of videos and information on how to apply LipSense which was very helpful.
LipSense Glossy Gloss

Applying LipSense is a little confusing at first, but it gets much easier the more you apply it. You actually apply it by layers. Here’s a video to explain some tips and tricks and also how to apply it:

Here are my thoughts since trying LipSense:

Pros 

  • I like that the color lasts longer than your typical lipstick. Instead of constantly re-applying, you basically apply once and you’re set all day.
  • The Glossy gloss is soooo smooth. I usually have pretty dry lips and I love wearing glosses because they are so moisturizing. The Glossy gloss does not disappoint.
  • There are loads of gorgeous colors to choose from that compliment all complexions.

Ooops! Remover

Cons

  • I don’t like the taste or smell of LipSense at first. It does dry, but before it dries, it tastes and smells like chemicals.
  • Ooops! Remover can take a little bit of time to work so if you’re looking to take LipSense off quickly, you’re going to need some patience.
  • The application can take a few minutes to do which is not as easy as applying a regular lipstick.

Hazelnut LipSense

Overall, I like LipSense. The fact that you are able to apply it in the morning and it can last most of the day is cool. I like that you are also able to apply several colors in layers to create a different color. Like I said, the process for applying LipSense is not very hard but it does take patience and time.

If you’d like to order any Senegence products, reach out to Kayla! She is super sweet and will help you with all your needs. You can find her on her facebook group HERE and her Instagram page HERE.

*This product was sent to me free of charge. All opinions expressed are my own.

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All Natural Products By inVitamin

inVitamin All Natural Products

Not long ago, I found a company through Instagram called inVitamin who makes all-natural products such as deodorant, tooth and gum powder, as well as face wash, and  a wide variety of other products. When I showed an interest in their all-natural deodorant, an incredibly kind gentleman by the name of Dan messaged me and sent some products over for me to try. I have been trying these products every day for over a month, so I’ve been able to use them quite often.

inVitamin All Natural Coconut Oil and Baking Soda Deodorant

I’d been wanting to try an all-natural deodorant for years because solid, aluminum deodorants seem to clog my pores, ruin my clothes and cause more harm than good.  I was able to try inVitamin‘s Natural Deodorant Cream which only contains 5 ingredients : Coconut Oil, Baking Soda, Sugar, Vitamin E, and Beeswax.  When initially opening the package, it was melted and a bit messy because it had been in the heat. After letting the deodorant sit in my bathroom over night it was able to set up and clump together — creating a consistency that was perfect for spreading.

inVitamin All Natural Coconut Oil and Baking Soda Deodorant -Second Picture

Here were my thoughts on the deodorant:

  1. Easy to spread under my arms.
  2. Great scent. Even after wearing the deodorant for several hours, the smell of coconut and the freshness of the baking soda kept me smelling great.
  3. My underarms stayed dry, which is especially great in the summer when it’s so hot.
  4.  Compact container that you can easily take with you wherever — though, I’d recommend keeping it in a cool, dry place.

Over-all, I’d say it’s a very decent deodorant. It smells wonderful and it’s easy to use as well as effective!

Price : $6 (3oz) — A little goes a long way, so this is a great deal in my opinion.

All Natural Activated Charcoal Spearmint Flavor Tooth and Gum Powder

The next product I tried was the All Natural Activated Charcoal Spearmint Flavor Tooth and Gum Powder.  This is my absolute favorite product of the 3 products I was able to try. You use it like a toothpaste and it’s super simple to use. I like to wet my tooth brush and pour a little powder into my hand and then swirl my tooth brush in the powder. I believe now they’ve got little holes on the container that you can now pour the powder onto your toothbrush which makes it much easier to pour the product directly onto your toothbrush.

inVitmain All Natural Charcoal Tooth and Gum Powder

inVitamin has 3 flavors for their tooth and gum powder which are: Cinnamint, Orange, and Spearmint. I really have been liking the spearmint because I’m a mint toothpaste type of girl. The taste took a little bit to get used to but after a little while was fine. You can taste the spearmint as well as the hibiscus flower petal powder but you can also taste a slight bitterness of the charcoal powder which isn’t too overwhelming.

The tooth and gum powder contains : Bentonite clay – activated bamboo – Charcoal powder – myrrh gum powder – organic stevia leaf powderr – organic hibiscus flower petal powder – organic orris root powder – organic spearmint extract

inVitamin Charcoal Tooth and Gum Powder

Here are my thoughts on the tooth and gum powder:

  1. I noticed my teeth seem more white — even after a few uses, which is really awesome.
  2. The small pieces of charcoal really “exfoliate” my teeth and clean them so much more thoroughly than a toothpaste alone. My teeth have never felt more clean! Honestly, I wish I had found this product years ago.
  3. The taste is not bad — takes a bit of getting used to, but it’s definitely tolerable.

Over-all, I love this product. I would highly recommend it to anyone who’s thinking of trying an all-natural type of tooth powder.

Price: $9 (2.75 oz) : You don’t need to use a lot of this product at a time so I think $9 is very reasonable. I haven’t gotten down to a third of my container yet and I’ve been using this powder for over 2 months.

inVitamin All Natural Bug Gel

The last item I was able to try is the Natural Moisturizing Bug Gel which helps keep pesky mosquitoes and gnats away from your skin. It feels like a lotion and is very effective.

The ingredients for inVitamin‘s Natural Moisturizing Bug Gel are: Organic Castor Seed Oil, Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Organic Jojoba Oil, Guar Gum, pure essential oils of Rose Geranium, Virginia Cedarwood, Cinnamon Leaf and Clove Bud, Natural Vitamin E, Leucidal (a 100% plant based preservative).

Thoughts on the product:

  1. It’s effective. I found it easy to keep annoying bugs away from me by slathering on this gel.
  2. Because of the clove, I wasn’t extremely fond of the scent of the product, but if you like the smell of clove, you will like the scent just fine.
  3. My skin didn’t feel irritated while using this. The jojoba oil and aloe vera gel kept my skin feeling hydrated and soft.

Over-all, this gel is effective, and is perfectly safe for children! A great alternative to sprays that is a much safer option.

Price: $7

 

One thing I love about inVitamin‘s products is that not only are they all-natural, but they aim to make their products safe for not only adults, but for the whole family.  Their products are homemade in small batches, which I love! Every product they make, they use in their own homes and they stand by each product.

If you’ve not heard of inVitamin, I would highly recommend their products! Please support them by checking out their site and trying a few of their products. You won’t be disappointed.

*Disclaimer: I received these products free of charge for my honest review. All thoughts in this post are my own.

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Happy. Calm. Focused.

Happy.Calm.Focused

HCF Happy. Calm. Focused. are supplements used to nourish the neurotransmitters that help you feel good by providing amino acids and vitamins to help enrich them.

The amino acids, minerals and vitamins found in this are:

DL-Phenylalanine   – L-Glutamine – Vitamin A – Chromium – Vitamin E – Vitamin B1 – Vitamin B2 – Vitamin B3 – Vitamin B5 – Vitamin B6 – Folic Acid – Vitamin B12 – Biotin – Calcium – Iron – Magnesium –Zinc

DL-phenylalanine ( a mixture of D-phenylalanine and L-phenylalanine), if you’ve never heard of it,  can be found in : milk, meat, cheese and eggs and is used in this supplement. Your body doesn’t naturally make it so you must get it from foods.

Some symptoms of low phenylalanine have been: low energy, depression, and memory problems, as well as decreased alertness.

L-Glutamine ( mostly found in skeletal muscle) assists in cell hydration, metabolism, brain function, immune function, and can be used to help anxiety.

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I started taking these about a month ago. I received a 90 count bottle from HCF’s company to see how I liked it and here’s what I thought:

  • I had no jitters or buzz — which is good because, just like eating regular food, I got natural supplementation.
  • I felt more calm — like the edge was taken off my anxiety and I could kind of just “be” and not worry as much.
  • I didn’t have any physical side effects such as a sore stomach or headaches.
  • The pills were very easy to take. You just take 3 in the morning on an empty (important) stomach with 8oz water and take no more than 6 daily . It helps to maximize the effectiveness.

Over-all, I’ve liked these pills. You won’t get a jolt of energy or anything crazy like that but you’ll just feel better. I feel like they did what they said. I didn’t quite feel more focused, but that’s ok. I am a very multi-tasking person, so that’s hard for me to do when I want to do 10 things at once. Lol. Definitely give them a try some time.

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