Building the yard of our dreams!

My husband and I recently moved into a new home with an amazing yard.  Some landscaping had been done by a previous owner/tenant, and there are trees galore, in fact our back yard is forested, with about 1/3 acre of protected wetlands coming up to within 10 yards of the house.  This makes for some interesting encounters with wildlife (our security cam picked up a VERY large cat near our back door the other night).  But two recent items we received for review are making the spending of time in our yard more pleasurable.  This would be a hammock and a swinging chair.   Both were offered at steep or complete discounts in order for us to provide reviews on Amazon, but the difference they have made in our yard has made me want to review them here as well.

The first is the Zeny(R) Blue Hanging Rope Chair by Natorytain . 

Zeny® Blue Hanging Rope Chair Porch Swing Seat Patio Camping Max. 265 Lbs (Blue, 1)

Lovely chair, and while this is not a photo of it on our patio (I would LOVE that patio), it is how this chair looks.  We have it mounted on a special hanger that my husband built on a tree in our yard.  It holds up to 265 lbs which means it is either for one or two very light individuals.  It is sturdy and well made and just adds a certain fun to our yard.  Very comfortable too!  The only thing I would change would be to have mosquito repellent  built in :P.

The other item is the hammock.  This is the

Driftsun® Patio and Lawn Portable Hammock with Steel Stand (Tropical)

This hammock was assembled very quickly, and is great for napping and enjoying cooler weather in our yard.  It is easy to move and will hold my husband without sagging.  I have always wanted a hammock, and now our yard feels like the yard of my dreams.  All I need to do is grow a green thumb and plant some flowers for next spring and summer. Marigolds would remind me of home and Mom’s rock garden with hens & chickens (the plant not the critters).  These both get five stars from me for their durable construction, as well as their bright colors that coincidentally went quite well with each other.  Hopefully we will have many years with this set up!

My husband received complimentary or discounted samples of these two items in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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Top Notch Organic Garlic Powder with a WONDERFUL Flavor!!!

I put garlic powder in anything (eggs, pizza, spaghetti, chili, fried chicken, grits) and I almost always have a little bottle of it or garlic salt for cooking or even adding at the table. This is the first time I’ve used this brand, and I must say it is really good. The bottle settled quite a bit during shipping, so it looked like it wasn’t full, but once I tasted it, I understood a bit more what real garlic powder is supposed to taste like. It is wonderful. Some spices you get at the supermarket have a taste that is hard to describe, but almost…chemical…or artificial. This is garlic. It tastes like what it is…real garlic..dehydrated, and ground into powder. This particular brand is GMO free and it’s ingredient list is as follows: Organic Garlic Powder. Nothing else, which makes it great for the vegetarian or even vegan lifestyle. For those who are carnivores like myself, this powder tastes great on meat too!

**I received a complimentary sample of this product in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. My only bias is that I love garlic, and this is the best powder I’ve used!**

http://www.amazon.com/Vedica-Organics-Organic-Garlic-Dehydrated/dp/B00BCI1HFG/ref=cm_aya_orig_subj

Portable Aromatherapy! Blank Nasal Inhaler Tubes…Ingenious – Five Stars

I had never actually thought of using this product…ever…until I found out that you could buy them empty, and frankly, I wish I had learned of it earlier.  I remember seeing these things when I was growing up, because my dad always had a sinus issue or stuffy nose, so he would get the inhaler tubes with Mentholatum or Vick’s Vaporub in it.  And I never really used those, but I have become quite the fan of essential oils and aromatherapy.  So when I saw these and realized that I can take my aromatherapy with me, and not worry about an outlet or water or…anything other than this tube, I was sold.  When the package arrives it is very basic, a Ziploc bag with everything you need to make 12 of these.  There are 12 tubes (each consists of 2 pieces, the inside tube and a cover), 12 wicks (cotton), and twelve caps for the main body of the inhaler.  Simply add your favorite aromatherapy essential oil blend to the wick (by simply using a dropper to put as many drops on the wick as you think you want, and pop the cap on the end, and voila…instant aromatherapy.  I have a stress relief blend that I have had for awhile that I usually keep the bottle in my bag and take a whiff whenever the world gets too much, and it calms me right down.  But I often wonder how calm I would be if that vial of essential oil were to break in my bag (probably desensitizing me to any helpful benefit of that oil blend at that point).  With this inhaler, I no longer need to tote around my oil, but rather I can pop this little inhaler in my bag and get the same benefit without the added worry.  Great product that I simply cannot say enough good about.  Wonderful!

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

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I have not tried this product from any other manufacturer, so cannot speak to the quality of any brand other than Cornucopia!

http://www.amazon.com/Essential-Aromatherapy-Breathing-Naturally-Refillable/dp/B00UW18J5K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1432404276&sr=8-1&keywords=Essential+Oil+Aromatherapy+Blank+Nasal+Inhaler+Tubes+%2812+Complete+Sticks%29%2C+Empty+Nasal+Inhalers+for+Essential+Oil%2C+Treat+Common+Breathing+Problems+Naturally%2C+Great+for+Essential+Oil+Blends%2C+Refillable

Radha Beauty Tea Tree Oil – The miracle oil!! (claims not approved by the FDA, merely my opinion)

I have been a fan of Melaleuca Oil for years, in fact long before Essential Oils became trendy, this was a staple in my home. Also known as Tea Tree oil, this has many uses and I will simply talk about how I use it.

I have begun making my own health and beauty products, and three that I use the most are my homemade shampoo, homemade laundry detergent and a skin softening healing salve. There are so many chemicals in the commercial versions of these products that I wanted to find healthy, organic or more natural versions, and tea tree oil is a prominent ingredient in each of these. I’ve been buying the small 15 ml bottles and if you make any quantity of these products, it can be quite cost prohibitive.

This product by Radha Beauty is of top quality, and by selling this in 4 oz. bottles, you can incorporate it in many ways without worrying about running out when you need it for something else. It comes in a lovely blue glass bottle, with a glass eyedropper so you can measure it precisely. I also rub it into my nails (both hand and toes) and while it strengthens my fingernails, it is rapidly clearing up a fungal toe nail infection I’ve dealt with for years.

My doctor gave me a product that has more health warnings on it than benefits, and I used it for two months with little results. Within two weeks of using tea tree oil, I can see new, healthy nail growing in. Granted nail growth is a slow process, but I’ve got a nice supply now to ensure I’ll finish the treatment with new healthier nails. Every house needs one of these bottles (in my humble opinion) because this one bottle can replace dozens of products. Wonderful!

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

I am simply providing the link where I found the product, I do not sell any of the items found on my blog, I am simply giving my honest opinion.

http://www.amazon.com/Tea-Tree-Oil-Therapeutic-infections/dp/B00VKHKH8C/ref=cm_aya_orig_subj

Calily TM Starter Gift Set of Essential Oils – 14 Bottles

While I am a relative novice at essential oils, I’ve been dabbling off and on for the last several months with using different blends for use in diffusers, as well as in several DIY health and beauty products I’ve been making. Both my husband and I are learning the benefits of different oils, and different oil combinations, and collecting the variety of oils needed for the different preparations can be quite expensive. This Set by Calily is a godsend. It contains fourteen (14) different oils, most of which are some of the more commonly used ones. Some are duplicates to oils I already have, so I was able to compare the aroma and the consistency of the oils, and how well they work in products I make regularly. The oils in this batch that I already have by other oil companies are lavender, Rosemary, Sweet Orange, Eucalyptus, Lemon and Tea Tree. Those are also the ones I use the most in my diffuser. Additionally, others that I had heard of and wanted to try are Bergamot, Clary Sage and Patchouli. To round off this kit, it also contains Spearmint, Grapefruit, Cinnamon Leaf and Lime, and while I do not know their use, I am certainly open to learning and experimenting with them. Each oil is in a dark 10 ml bottle, which is quite generous for the price they are charging.

My only complaint is that the label is extremely difficult for my old eyes to read, so I am going to have to add little labels so that I can tell what is what. These oils compare positively with the ones I already have, and seem to be of similar quality. If someone is just starting out with essential oils, this is the set I would recommend because it contains most of the oils in the more common aromatherapy formulas, so the newbie can get started immediately with oils.

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

http://www.amazon.com/Calily-Premium-Aromatherapy-Essential-Starters/dp/B00UGHNIWO/ref=cm_aya_orig_subj

Natures Alchemy – Citronella Essential Oil, .5 fl. oz oil

I bought this at a local vitamin store because I was bored and my husband was in the ColdStone Creamery nearby. I was thrilled to find out that this store has essential oils, because all the others I have bought have been online, and the few I had seen in stores in my area were either overpriced, or not pure. I bought Citronella essential oil to use in my own blend I am making as an insect repellent. I have been experimenting with essential oils only for the last 3-4 months, and through research found out that not only outdoor candles use citronella, but it can be used in other preparations as well, often more effectively. It smells heavenly,  a lot different than the commercial candles I’ve had, so I am hopeful that this will work well.

http://www.amazon.com/Natures-Alchemy-Citronella-Essential-Oil/dp/B005P0JQWS/ref=cm_aya_orig_subj

Lavender Population Essential Oil. 10 ml. by Plant Therapy Essential Oils

As many of you may know, I am an essential oil novice. There I said it. But I am loving learning about these products right now. I have used Lavender essential oil before, but when I received this bottle, it smelled different, so I looked closer at the bottle and saw that it said Lavender Population Essential oil. I had NO idea what that meant, but as in all things in my life, if I find myself knowingly ignorant of something (I know, an oxymoron if I’ve ever heard one), I set about to change that, so before I used this oil, I researched what exactly the word ‘population’ meant when referring to an essential oil. What I found out is really quite interesting. For many aficionados of essential oils, particularly lavender, ‘population’ is considered the finest and most ‘true’ lavender, because it isn’t cultivated or grown commercially, but rather comes from naturally occurring stands of lavender, which means that pollination isn’t controlled nor is the climate, all factors that can affect the plant.

The reason that I began exploring essential oils is because both my husband and myself are interested in being healthier (we are both in our early 50s), and both suffer from multiple minor issues that neither of us want to treat with traditional medicines. Once I discovered these and how well they work for our purposes, I have been adding to my repertoire as well as beginning to use oils in more than diffusers. I have begun making my own skin and beauty products (mainly skin), and have used this lavender in a body butter that I made. Unfortunately, I learned that cocoa butter has a very dominant scent that even this lovely lavender population oil cannot compete with, so for now it is used in my diffuser, as well as on little cotton balls around my house (for air freshener and insect control). I look forward to learning more uses, because this lovely oil needs to be put to use!

**I received a complimentary sample of this product in exchange for an unbiased review. My comments above are my genuine experiences and opinions of this product.**

http://www.amazon.com/Lavender-Population-Essential-Undiluted-Therapeutic/dp/B00JV8JRWO/ref=cm_aya_orig_subj