Ozeri Ultra Thin Professional Digital Kitchen Food Scale – Works Flawlessly!

This is a great scale. I have begun making my own health and beauty products, and many of the recipes I have found use weight rather than volume, and I have used it twice for that purpose, and everything has turned out perfectly. Additionally, we sell a lot of small things that need to be shipped, and I have always estimated the weight before printing out shipping labels, but now with this scale I can weigh up to 11 lbs (it has the option that you can change to metric as well). It has been accurate, and since I am remembering to turn it completely off between uses, the batteries seem to have a solid charge to them.

The design is clean and because of its thin profile, it is easy to find places to store it when not in use. The screen is easy to read, and there is absolutely nothing complicated about using it. I would highly recommend this product to anyone needing to weigh small items at home (or at a business for that matter!). Great product!

I received a complimentary sample of this product in exchange for an honest and unbiased review!

http://www.amazon.com/Ozeri-Professional-Digital-Kitchen-Stainless/dp/B002UEZ2FC/ref=cm_aya_orig_subj

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Modmo “Classic Aromatherapy Diffuser” – 5 stars – LOVE it!

This is only the 2nd diffuser I have owned, and is by far my favorite. It holds over 2 liters of water, so you don’t have to constantly refill it, and we keep this unit in almost continuous operation in our kitchen/living room. It is super-easy to fill, although reading the instructions is important. I doesn’t leak at all, and the essential oils go on a little sponge that isn’t immersed in the water tank (to ease in clean up and to prolong the life of the machine). I wasn’t sure it was working initially because it is so quiet, but when I saw the mist I knew it was. The power adjustment is really nice too, because you can adjust the mist from barely there to gangbusters! I’ve used orange essential oil, thieves oil as well as lavender and each aroma is nicely diffused without being overpowering. there are 3 sponges included so you can use different oils on each (although I like combining oils to experiment with scents and effects). I love this unit and am going to keep it in near continuous operation.

I received a complimentary sample of this product in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

http://www.amazon.com/MODMO-Classic-Aromatherapy-Diffuser-quietest/dp/B00N8JZ5AU/ref=cm_aya_orig_subj

Bluetooth Temperature & Humidity Weather Station. 3 of 5 stars.

I received this wireless thermometer as a complimentary sample for an unbiased review. I am not a technological whiz, but I am learning more and more about electronic devices. When I received this, I was actually quite excited because for some reason, knowing how hot or cold it is has become an obsession of mine. I constantly check the weather channel, but since I live in a rural area, I am never sure the closest reading applies to me. We are in the midst of an arctic blast right now in North Carolina.

There is a definite order to setting this thing up (which is why I love reading the instructions (and other reviews). I first downloaded the free app from the Play store, and installed in on my Nexus 7 tablet (it was not compatible with my phone). Setup was relatively painless, it asked for a couple location based things and whether you wanted Celsius or Fahrenheit, and then it began looking for the unit.

Once you install the batteries (included in the package *1 star*) in the device, it automatically turns on and begins looking for a Bluetooth connection. It paired effortlessly (1 star). It began reading the temperature in my office immediately, although in Celsius (even though I had set it up for Fahrenheit), but after about 2-3 minutes, suddenly it switched to something I understand 😛 (1 star). I was very excited because it worked!!!!! But the real test came when I walked the 10 feet or so from my office to the front door, opened the door and set the unit outside on my patio table (no more than 15 feet from the tablet with the app running) to see if it would continue to work. Almost immediately, the app disconnected from the device, could not see the signal. So, following the instructions, I went back outside (brrr), opened the battery cover and reset the device, then ran to the tablet and tried to get it to reconnect. Alas it did not. The app registers the last temperature it received from the device which is 71 degrees and oh I wish that were true (We had an ice storm last night!) The device itself is relatively accurate (although it took about 20 minutes to register anything close to the actual temperature outside) although having to go outside to check the temperature seems to defeats the purpose. I wish I could give this more stars because I really wanted this to work well, but after testing and trying this unit, it just isn’t working as it should or as it is advertised.

http://www.amazon.com/Cappecs-Wireless-Thermoblue-Temperature-Thermometer/dp/B00PQ51N28/ref=cm_aya_orig_subj

Natural Stress Relief Remedy from Essence of Cleopatra – Wonderful fragrance and great stress relief!

I received a complimentary bottle of this oil blend in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. I have been experimenting with and educating myself about essential oils for the last couple of months, and am really beginning to appreciate the benefits they bring to life. We as a household are also trying to eliminate chemicals and other things from our lives since we aren’t getting any younger. This particular blend by Essence of Cleopatra is absolutely lovely. I usually “poo-poo” exorbitant claims of effects from the literature of different essential oil companies, enjoying them solely for their fragrance, but this is a blend that may have converted me.

The name and packaging claims stress relief, so I stuck the bottle in the pocket of my jacket at work, knowing I had to sit through several meetings yesterday, some of which were on topics that can make my blood boil a little. Every so often I would discreetly take the bottle out, unscrew the lid, and take a whiff. Either I made myself de-stress by taking action like this or the blend really does work, because I could really feel the effects of being able to stay calm and relaxed during these meetings. I will definitely use this oil often in this manner, but also plan to make some homemade body butter with it, because the fragrance is simply divine.

http://www.amazon.com/NATURAL-Stress-Essence-Cleopatra-Aromatherapy/dp/B00OWFDNDA/ref=cm_aya_orig_subj

Homemade Lip Balm using multiple products – products linked to my reviews

Alright, I must confess, I have a new hobby.  A couple different merchants (Rahda Beauty & KateS Essential Oils) have sent me products for review and in order to be fair to them, I had to educate myself on them.  I was (am) an essential oils novice.  But doing my research on these oils, I found all kinds of sites describing how to make my own health and beauty products, that are all natural and free from preservatives.  I’m going to list the recipe I used with links to my individual reviews for the specific products that I used (although there are a ton of options for these different items out there).  I am not suggesting that those that I used are the best, only they are what I have and it worked out pretty good!

I adapted my recipe from one I found here  and it made 9 tubes and 1 little pot.

1 T beeswax pastilles 

1 T organic coconut oil 

1 T Shea butter

10-15+ drops peppermint essential oil – KateS

1-2 gel caps of Vitamin E

put all the ingredients in a 1 cup glass measuring cup and either heat on a double boiler or heat on 15-30 second intervals in the microwave until all items are melted (beeswax takes awhile).  Once heated thoroughly (it will be VERY hot), add the liquid from 1-2 Vitamin E gel caps, and at least 10-15 drops of peppermint oil (I added about 20 since my husband and myself love to ‘feel’ the lip balm working.)

I bought empty lip balm tubes and little pots so used both, as well as getting pipettes for transferring the hot liquid to the tubes/pots without making a mess.

I let it cool slightly before filling, and topped off each tube as the liquid settled and began to cool.  It was so easy.  Some things I would do exactly the same, others I would do differently.

Plastic Transfer Pipettes 3ml, pack of 100 – Ingenious invention!

I have been acquiring different essential oils and other all natural beauty products, and have begun making my own DIY beauty and health products, both to save money and to begin eliminating some of the chemicals from our lives.  These pipettes make it easier to transfer hot liquid waxy products to their container, to measure out essential oils and other liquids without cross-contaminating or spilling too much into a container. I am sure I will find other uses for this, like measuring flavorings into my baked goods, or as I have seen others do, as a decoration full of chocolate liquor or other goodies stuck in a gourmet cupcake.  But for now they are helping me be less messy, and if you ask my hubby, that is always a good thing!  I will definitely buy these again, but the pack of 100 is A LOT and they should last a long time.

http://www.amazon.com/Plastic-Transfer-Pipettes-Gradulated-Pack/dp/B005IQTSE0/ref=cm_aya_orig_subj