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#EverBamboo HEI Face & Body Soap Review


To see results from many facial products, you tend to have to use it for a while.  For the most part, you aren’t noticing the changes immediately…  Not with Ever Bamboo’s HEI Face and Body Soap.  Use it once and your face is amazingly smooth and the impurities are immediately brought to the surface!  After a few days, you’re skin will be as clear as it was before you knew what a zit was!  Okay, so maybe that was a little bit exaggeration….  Maybe…  However, it is no exageration at all to say that you will love thie soap!  It’s amazingly easy on your skin, clearing it out and making it super soft after the first use!  I’m assuming it’s the natural stuff that makes it work, who knows.  What I do know is that it is awesome, you need it, and you should start using it now.  You’ll be done with all the other cleaners- I promise!

Product Description

From the Company

Your face and body deserve a natural cleanse and nourishment with healthy minerals. Ever Bamboo HEI, our bamboo charcoal skin care line, restores the natural beauty of your skin by purifying, exfoliating, moisturizing, and detoxifying.

bamboo soap

HEI Face + Body Soap
  • Deep Cleansing
  • Clears pores

Good for the Environment!!!

Wanna know what to do with the charcoal when it’s time to replace it???  Mix it in your soil!!!  Bamboo Charcoal is 100% natural and will help the soil.  Check out their site for more info.

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charcoalGo here and see my review on the Bamboo Charcoal Room Deodorizer.  You are gonna need it too!  AWESOME results!!!

Coming Up

I will soon get the pleasure of testing out a larger version of the Aquarium Filter for my koi pond.  I’m really excited, as this is a new one!  We’ll see how well it helps filtration in a large koi pond!  I hear they do awesome in aquariums!


Originally posted 2013-08-02 12:26:21.

#EverBamboo Bamboo Charcoal Review

Bamboo Charcoal

When I first came across the Ever Bamboo website, I was perplexed.  There are so many variations of the same type of products on the market, what makes Bamboo Charcoal so special???  Granted, I don’t think I’ve ever seen any with charcoal, but there are many products marketed to accomplish the same thing.  Of course, this meant I HAD to find out what was so special about them!

The Journey of Experimentation Begins…..

Okay, my house has smells.  Not all good, not all bad, just smells.  For example, I have a teen daughter.  She brings all kinds of smells with all those chemicals she insists on using, then there are the lovely habits she likes to have, like leaving her dirty, smelly shoes and socks under chairs where no one notices them until they have thoroughly smelled up the house…  Yeah, gotta love that one!

Then, if the Monkey doesn’t do it well enough, the dogs start in!  We have 2 chihuahuas and a great dane who don’t always respect house potty rules.  Well the chihuahuas don’t.  Thank GOD the great dane is respectful of them! Of course, our Dane isn’t all innocent.  She has more gas than the local truck stop.  You can imagine…

Of course, there ARE good smells in our home.  LOL.  It’s just that one seems to pick out the bad smells first and foremost.  You can smell the most recent meal we’ve cooked wafting through the house, which is our favorite.  I was once told by a guest that our house had a ‘homey’ smell…  He meant that it didn’t smell like artificial scents, but rather a culmination of the smells a good family home was meant to smell like.  Our friend is a rather honest and simple man, which is one of his many endearing qualities!

Needless to say, of the products I had the privilege of testing out, the Over-Size Deodorizer has become my favorite!  I placed it under a sofa chair in our living room, we have an open floor plan so it’s central to the kitchen, dining room, and the hallway entrance as well.  I will be honest and say I didn’t have high hopes that it would work in such a large area.  Umm, I am super excited to say that I’ve been proven wrong!  We all know that the stinky smell will be noticed over any other smell.  Whether it’s the surprise the kids left in the sofa, the one the pets left in the hallway, or the hubby’s stinky work boots he insists on not putting away.

I’m overly pleased to say that in the Zoo, the bad odors are no longer there.  The bag obsorbed the bad odors and now we can’t even smell them!  It’s amazing!  I have no idea how it works, I just know that I can still smell the good smells but I can’t smell the bad ones!

Product Specifics

From the Company

Bamboo Charcoal

Over-Size Deodorizer
  • Absorbs odors & moisture
  • Place in kitchens, walk-in fridges, basements, garages, warehouses, and pet areas (areas up to 400 sqft)
  • 1 kg


Good for the Environment!!!

Wanna know what to do with the charcoal when it’s time to replace it???  Mix it in your soil!!!  Bamboo Charcoal is 100% natural and will help the soil.  Check out their site for more info.

Where to Find Ever Bamboo

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Check out my review of the amazing HEI Face & Body Soap!  You will want this one too!  I’m not sure they are gonna have a product that wouldn’t get an amazing review!  LOL.  Trust me, you will love it too!

Coming Up

I will soon get the pleasure of testing out a larger version of the Aquarium Filter for my koi pond.  I’m really excited, as this is a new one!  We’ll see how well it helps filtration in a large koi pond!  I hear they do awesome in aquariums!


Originally posted 2013-08-02 12:02:13.

The Star DVD #TheStarMovie #flyby

The Star  crew is at it again! Check out this adorable film to make your whole family smile as they learn about faith and friendship

The Star DVD You Were Made for a PurposeMany of you may have seen my post about The Star a while back, the team were telling us all about Christmas before, now they’ll be helping us learn more about faith and friendship!  I’m so very excited that this new DVD will be out soon!  They have some awesome resources for the kiddos on their site, so be sure and check them out!  Just like their website, the DVD is stocked full of extras!  You’ll want to check out their Bible Study, You Were Made For a Purpose,  done by Devon Franklin that goes along with the film.  I love that there are so many wonderful teaching tools these days!  It seems like they are much easier to acquire than they were ‘back in the day’.   I frequently have thoughts of wishing I’d have had access to so many of these resources that are available now!  I’ll leave a list below of the resources I’ve collected in the past for you to use and share.

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In addition to being absolutely adorable, there are a ton of fantastic extras!  Personally, watching the kiddos do kareoke with the films is a favorite!  They have so much fun with them and get oh so serious!  There is an appreciation required for how intense they are focused on getting the lyrics and such correct!

The Star DVD Extras

Star-aoke: Sing-Along with Bo & Friends

Life is Good Dance-Along

6 Lyric Sing-Along Videos

Sweet & Sparkly Stars Recipe

Star Mason Jar Motives: Craft Tutorial

Faith All Year Round with DeVon Franklin: a children’s sermon

All-Star Cast: meet & learn about the cast

Additional Free Christian Resources for Churches, Sunday School, Homeschool, etc:

Salvation Bracelet Tutorial

Gospel Plane Printable

Free Gospel String Magic Lesson

Christian Music Resources

Originally posted 2018-03-06 07:52:14.

@SimplySnackin All Natural Jerky Review

Simply Snackin' All Natural Protein

My Thoughts

Simply Snackin‘ has a collection of gourmet, all natural jerky that I had the pleasure of checking out.  We had mixed reviews, some were loved some not so much.  Mr. Picky Eater wasn’t in love with most of them while Monkey ate them with a vengeance!

We tried the following:

  • Beef Sirloin with cranberries & blueberries
  • Beef Sirloin with apples & cherries
  • Teriyaki Beef Sirloin with pineapples
  • Chicken Breast with black bean salsa
  • Italian Chicken Breast with romano cheese
  • Teriyaki Chicken Breast with mangoes & papayas

Simply Snackin Family Fun!Obviously, these aren’t your everyday jerky’s.  They have a different twist, which is pretty cool.  The flavors vary so much from the norm it’s hard to compare them to everyday, regular ole beef jerky!  If you want traditional, these aren’t for you.  As demonstrated by the Chief Zoo Keeper in the pic!  LOL.  However, if you are out for a gourmet flavor that will give your taste buds a new experience, then you are in for a treat!  I really wish I had a case of them to put out for holiday celebrations!  I think they would be amazing on a meat and cheese platter!

Simply Snackin' Family Fun

I haven’t picked my favorite yet.  The jury is still out.  I feel like this is a product that you either love or don’t.  Monkey loves it.  Chief doesn’t.  Of course, his taste buds seek a more traditional set of flavors and these are meant to burst out some new flavors!  That having been said, I think if you like trying new things and nontraditional flavors, this is for you!  If you try them, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Simply Snackin' Family Fun

Bon Appetit!

From The Company

Gourmet Dried Meat Snacks

The idea of adding fruit to meat is no secret. Native Americans have practiced this tradition for hundreds of years. Pemmican, as it was named, provided Native Americans with a nutritious, high protein snack that could keep for a very long time.

Borrowing from that general idea, we’ve created six flavorful varieties of gourmet dried meat snacks made from lean, natural beef sirloin or chicken breast meat with up to 20% of the finest dried fruits, spices, and cheeses—with a touch of smoky hardwood and hickory chip roasted goodness. The result: an entirely new dimension of flavor and tender, moist texture that is the complete opposite of conventional jerky’s tough, dehydrated whole muscle cuts.

Pledge of Quality

Simply Snackin products are made using only the freshest and finest cuts of lean, natural beef sirloin or lean, natural chicken breast meat, combined with real fruits, spices and cheeses. You won’t find any added MSG, fillers or artificial anything.

No shortcuts are taken during production and packaging. Every artisan snack is individually crafted to ensure consistent form and weight, and produced in a clean, sanitary environment inspected daily by the USDA.

Finally, we don’t believe in using misleading marketing or exaggerated claims. What we say is exactly what we deliver.

We guarantee that we will give you exceptional products in every way,
and conduct ourselves with the utmost honesty and integrity.

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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.

Originally posted 2013-08-01 09:51:56.

Duff Goldman by Gartner Studios Review

Duff Product Review & Giveaway Ends August 15, 2012

I could probably do two reviews out of these fabulous products, but then you might only read one and you have to read about all three!  I had the pleasure of testing 2 8″ baking pans, Duff’s Tie-Dye Cake Mix, and Duff’s Cream Cheese Ready to Serve Frosting.  Amazing quality!  You will love them!  I’m gonna break it down a bit to give you a clear review of each product!

Company Description & My Thoughts

The Duff Goldman by Gartner Studios line of bakeware and cake decorating products was designed by celebrity bad-boy-of-baking and star of Food Network’s Ace of Cakes, Duff Goldman to let everyday bakers “unleash their inner artist” and easily create masterpiece cakes of their own at home. The line offers a trend-forward, high-quality collection of products never before available outside of professional bakeries, including such fun items as: edible spray cake graffiti; zebra striped and tie-dye cake mixes; cake tattoos; and an airbrush machine to create amazing edible special effects.

Let me start off by saying, if you go to a professional kitchen, you are quite unlikely to find the typical non-stick cake pans you’ll find at your local mass marketing store.  They just aren’t durable and don’t hold up to the wear and tare of a professional kitchen.  Ever ask yourself why it is we buy stuff that we will have to replace sooner than later?  I once thought it was just too expensive, however after doing my homework, checking out restaurant supply stores, and sites like the one by Gartner Studios, I’ve realized that I was wrong!  They aren’t more expensive and they tend to last longer!  Next time you need to buy a new pan, I highly suggest checking out the collection here!   The pans made perfectly identical layers, which is super amazing as I was the ‘chef’.  LOL

I received two 8″ round pans made of heavyweight aluminum.  The pans are super easy to clean (plus you don’t have to worry about scratching off the non-stick because there is none), takes just a few minutes to wash them out and you are done.  However, they aren’t dishwasher safe.  *Never put aluminum baking stuff in the dishwasher!*  Aluminum is great because it distributes the heat evenly and won’t warp.  I’ve read that aluminum isn’t all that great because they will stain easily, but honestly I haven’t had that issue.  In my experience, once the cake has been dumped out, run water in it and wipe it out with a wet rag and it’s done.  Obviously, if you wait til everything hardens, it will be harder to remove…  But then I think that’s common sense!

Duff Goldman by Gartner Studios Tie-Dye Cake Mix 
Experience a wild explosion of color with Duff’s “far-out” Tie-Dye Cake Mix. Blow your friends’ minds with this psychedelic cake! Duff Goldman by Gartner Studios’Premium Cake Mixes use low protein, low gluten flour, which makes for a lighter, fluffier cake. Top your cake with Duff’s flavorful fondant to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. Available at select Walmart and Michaels stores, and
We LOVED the cake mix!  The end result for us wasn’t quite as pretty as it could have been, but then that is a baker fault, it’s not due to the mix!  The directions were very easy to understand and very easy to complete.  It took a little more time, as you have to get the various colors separated and dyed, but it was very simple.  They didn’t leave any room for questions in the directions, which is always a great thing!
The only thing that we had a problem with is the amount of moisture in the cake.  The cake was SO incredibly moist that it literally fell apart.  That one made it hard for a layered cake.  That didn’t stop us from chowing down though, we ate the cake in two days….  I’m a little ashamed to admit that one…
Duff Goldman by Gartner Studios Cream Cheese Ready to Serve Frosting  
Looking for the most flavorful way to top your cake? Reach for the most delicious, easily spreadable frosting available, from the Duff Goldman byGartner Studios collection. Delicious flavors include: Cream Cheese; Fudge; Chocolate; and White. Available at select Walmart stores, and
AAAAAaah, the icing…  If you like cream cheese, you will be addicted to this icing!  It’s one of those icings that you want to lick the inside of the icing canister…  You can’t help but love it!  I didn’t look at the calories on it, mainly due to the fact that after one taste I was compelled repeatedly to sneak a taste of it!
Overall, I’m loving the Duff Golman line by Gartner Studios!  I had a little problem with the top wanting to fly off the bottom layer, I’m not sure if that was an icing issue or due to the excess moisture in the cake.  Not many negatives.  Amazing prices, great product.  This one is a must have!

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US Only, Sorry to my Northern Friends.  🙁



Originally posted 2013-08-01 08:01:37.

July Foodie Penpal Box

July Foodie PenpalPictured above are the contents of my July Foodie Box.  The lovely Mrs. Cheryl hooked us up this month!  She really outdid herself, I must say!   Awesome!  She also sent recipes to go along with the contents.  My favorite and seriously NEW FAVORITE recipe was the Coconut Lime Chicken Soup.  You can click the link to enjoy the recipe!

The Lean Green Bean

Here are the contents of the box.

Florida Oranges:  Being from FL, she had asked me if there was anything local I would like…  My answer of course was fresh squeezed orange juice!  LOL.  We all know that wouldn’t work, so she sent me fresh Florida oranges! 

Coconut Milk:  I’d never had it before, so it was cool to try!  It has a very meaty flavor and was the base for the Coconut Lime Chicken Soup.  I loved it!!!  If you aren’t a fan of coconut, you should still give it a try, it doesn’t really taste like coconut does…  I always thought if I got stranded on an island I’d starve because I’m not a fan of seafood and I don’t like coconut, but now I can sleep peacefully knowing I will at least have coconut milk!  😀

Dry Rice Noodles:  This one is a staple in our cabinet.  If you haven’t tried them, I seriously suggest it!  They taste a lot different.  Just a little tip: they have to be soaked for half an hour before you cook them!!!  Learned that the hard way!  LOL

Homemade Kimchi:  Kimchi is a fermented Korean side dish made out of vegetables.  It has a strong smell and strong flavor!  Very interesting!

Squid Brand Fish Sauce:  Also a staple in our cabinet!  We use it in a LOT of Asian dishes.

Raw and Unfiltered Florida Honey (Orange Blossom):  Let’s see….  Florida oranges and honey….  Certainly makes me want to hook up some chicken and dig in!!!  LOVE IT!!!  Amazing flavor!

Besan (Chick Peas Flour):  Hadn’t ever tried before!  The lovely Mrs. Cheryl included a recipe to use it with so I’m pretty pleased!  😀

All in all, this box is gonna be hard to top!!!  So far I’ve participated three months in the Foodie Penpal program and am excited and loving new products every month!  If you are interested, you should check it out!  Don’t worry, if you have allergies or things you just hate, you can let your penpal know so they’ll steer clear of those things!

If you enjoy trying new things, I seriously suggest trying it out!!!  You get to share your local favorites with someone and they share theirs with you!  It’s a win on both sides!!!


The following recipes were from Mrs. Cheryl in the box I got from her.  They are awesome so be sure and check them out!  😀

CocoLimeCKCoconut Lime Soup

Dragon Noodles Recipe

Dragon Noodles

As a little side note, I am LOVING the Orange Honey and if you are from Florida and would like to, I’d gladly accept more!!!  LOL.  But seriously…

Originally posted 2013-07-31 08:00:10.

Five Feet Apart: Enter to Win! #FIVEFEETAPART #AD #RWM

Five Feet Apart is the romance of the season!  Go to the theater, get your popcorn, blanket and settle in for this great new romantic film!

Five Feet Apart: Enter to Win! #FIVEFEETAPART #AD #RWM

In Theaters March 15, 2019!

Five Feet Apart looks to be one of the best romantic films thus far this year!  I, for one, am super psyched to watch it!  Definitely grabbing my bestie and heading to the theater on opening night!  I can’t wait!

This film is based on the book of the same name (Five Feet Apart) and I somehow missed it.  Don’t worry though, I’ll be reading the book soon too!  It stinks that books don’t get the notariety they deserve these days!

Five Feet Apart

Stella Grant (Haley Lu Richardson) is every bit a seventeen-year-old… she’s attached to her laptop and loves her best friends. But unlike most teenagers, she spends much of her time living in a hospital as a cystic fibrosis patient.

Her life is full of routines, boundaries and self-control–all of which is put to the test when she meets an impossibly charming fellow patient named Will Newman (Cole Sprouse).

There’s an instant flirtation, though restrictions dictate that they must maintain a safe distance between them. As their connection intensifies, so does the temptation to throw the rules out the window and embrace that attraction.

Further complicating matters is Will’s potentially dangerous rebellion against his ongoing medical treatment. Stella gradually inspires Will to live life to the fullest, but can she ultimately save the person she loves when even a single touch is off limits?

Now for The GiveawayFive Feet Away Giveaway! Ends 3/21 #FiveFeetAway #Ad #RWM

Open to U.S. residents of the 48 contiguous United States. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again.
One reader will receive Five Feet Apart Tote Bag, Five Feet Feet PopSockets Grip, and Five Feet Apart Book 
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I Can Only Imagine! Have you seen it yet?

I Can Only Imagine

The song I Can Only Imagine seems to have gotten so popular that most people have heard it at one time or another, whether on purpose or just hearing it in passing.  They’ve now turned the song into a movie!  In theaters March of 2018, the song so many has come to love will be brought to life on the big screen!  For me, the song makes my heart wish for that time, but I know that I have to wait and do good until then.  All too often I long for the day to meet our Father, but even more so to be reunited with my baby girl.  I’ll be honest and say that since we lost her, I can’t listen to that song (or most) anymore, my heart yearns and aches to a point beyond what I can tolerate and still be able to function.  I suppose that was a pointless side track, but that’s my prerogative.

Back on point, check out the description below.  The film seems to be a lot like many of the Christian movies that have come out in the past few years.  There are only two that stand out to me as different and I highly recommend them: Mom’s Night Out and The War Room.  Perhaps the hometown football story line is up your alley, I know a lot of people who will absolutely love this film.  I’m fairly certain my entire family will be buying tickets in advance to see the film.  Then probably pre-ordering it as well.  Just as the song will grip anyone’s heart strings, the film is sure to do so as well.

As a side note, if you love the song (or just see potential in the lyrics), check out Tamala Mann’s version.  That woman has the most amazing voice and can bring you to your knees and your heart to the feet of Jesus.  She truly has a gift!

I Can Only Imagine

Although he found faith at a young age, life wasn’t easy for Bart. He leaned into an active imagination and his love of music as escapes from a troubled home life. As he grew older, Bart turned to football in hopes of somehow connecting with his abusive father. But a career-ending injury—combined with the vision of a teacher who saw unlimited potential—set Bart on a musical pathway.

Chasing a dream while running from broken relationships with his father and Shannon, his childhood sweetheart, Bart hits the road in an old, decrepit tour bus with his new band MercyMe—named for his grandmother’s favorite expression. With the guidance of a grizzled music-industry insider, the band begins a journey none of them could ever have imagined.

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller/FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Originally posted 2018-03-01 08:00:34.

Codigo Cube Review

I honestly can’t say I really liked the game.  I don’t know if it’s because it’s a trivia game that is above my head, or if it’s the electronics aspect of it or what.  I will be honest and say that the game is actually hard for me to write about, due to my distaste for it.  The app is free to interact with the game and there is a QR code on the back of the package so that you can easily find it.
I’m going to just apologize for the length of this review.  I’ve honestly not been able to figure out what to write.  If you are a trivia person, this is probably up your alley.  I’m apparently not.  😀  I’m pretty certain that they will or have updated the app since I played, as I deleted the game pretty quick off of my phone.

Pros:codigo12 different trivia topics
Challenging questions!

difficult time getting the game to work on Samsung S3
Couldn’t get the Pick 6 part of the game to work


Originally posted 2013-07-18 08:54:00.

Muhammad Ali: Little People, BIG DREAMS Series

Muhammad Ali is arguably one of the greatest boxers of all time.  Did you know his dream of being a pro boxer began as a child? Check out this awesome children’s book to inspire your little one!

Muhammad Ali Children's Book: Little People, BIG DREAMS Series @QuartoKnows @CraftyZoo

I loved the quote in the picture.  Yes, it’s a bit cocky.  However, it also shows an amazing bit of confidence.  While I don’t wish to be arrogant, I would love to have the amount of self esteem it takes to say it!

Muhammad Ali

There are many, many books and pieces of media out there that will tell you all about Muhammad Ali.  I just learned that he has an autobiography as well!  Who knew?!?  (for those of you that did, you really don’t have to brag! haha)

This little book, however, is for children.  It’s all about what inspired him to become one of the greatest boxers ever.  It’s a simple book and would be perfect for any kid.  Not so much to learn to be a boxer, but that they can begin working toward their dreams even before they are all grown up!

Muhammad Ali: Little People, Big Dreams Children's Book Series

Little People, BIG DREAMS Series

This is the second book that I’ve read and reviewed from this series.  The first was about Maya Angelou.  I absolutely loved that one, but having had a daughter perhaps that is why I leaned in that direction.  Or maybe it was because I already loved her. Maya Angelou: Little People, Big Dreams

This book series was made to help children of all ages to discover the lives of outstanding people,  each of their dreams beginning as a child.  The books cover many types of people, in many careers and begin with their inspiring story.  They end with facts and photos about the subject.

A definite must have for your children’s library, classroom, or a perfect birthday/Christmas/Hanukkah gift!  I’m hoping to eventually review the entire series!

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