January 27, 2015

Peppermint Essential Oil Review + Giveaway

I have seen many recipes that call for different kinds of oils, but I live in a small town and I have a hard time finding them. Recently, I tried out the Seaweed (Kelp) Powder, which I used as a scrub and as a facial mask. Let me just say that you do need some sort of oil as the seaweed odor is a bit too strong for me. One of the recipes I found for a facial mask calls for Peppermint Oil.

What exactly is Peppermint Oil

Well, it is derived from the peppermint plant. Normally, it is used to flavor drinks and foods. It can also be used as a supplement or as a skin cream or an ointment. The supplements can help with vomiting (including morning sickness), cramps, diarrhea, colds, sinuses and menstrual problems. The oil version is known to help with irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion and heartburn. The oil can also be applied to the skin to help with headaches, muscle/nerve pain, toothaches, rashes and viral infections.

I received a 4 fl oz bottle of La Lune Naturals Peppermint Oil 100% Pure last week. The oil can cure headaches and it can be used with a vaporizer to get rid of a cold. It can also be used to repel ants, mice and spiders away from your house. There are no additives in this oil.

The ingredients include:

Peppermint Essential Oil (Mentha Arvenisis)

Triple-Strength Omega-3 Fish Oil Softgels Review

If you have ever been down the pharmacy aisle in Walmart or another department store, then you have probably seen bottles of Omega-3 Fish Oil as it is a very popular dietary supplement. It is known to prevent and to manage heart disease with the combination of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).

Now every person's body is different from one another, so just because one dietary supplement works for one person, doesn’t mean it will work for somebody else. However, Omega-3 Fish Oil has been known to lower blood pressure, reduce triglycerides, reduce abnormal heart rhythm, decrease plaque in the arteries and reduce the chances of a stroke or heart attack.

I have been taking Omega-3 Fish Oil for a few years due to the little fact that there is high-blood pressure and heart disease in my family. I received the Nutrigold Triple-Strength Omega-3 Gold last week to try out.

Some of you might be wondering what is the difference between this Omega-3 Fish Oil and all the others on the market. Well, for starters, according to LabDoor (an independent lab) the Omega-3 Gold is the No. 1 ranked Fish Oil Omega-3 Supplement in the US. It has a IFOS 5-Star Certified. It is free of GMOs, soy, allergens, artificial ingredients, colors, flavors, milk, lactose, gluten, wheat, yeast, starch, peanuts and shellfish. Each softgel has 1,000 mg of EPA and DHA.

The ingredients include:

Purified Fish Oil Concentrate (from MSC-certified sustainable, wild-caught, US Whitefish such as Walleye Pollock, North Pacific Whiting or Hake and/or North Pacific Cod from Alaskan deep ocean cold waters)

Review - A Stitch in Crime

A Stitch in Crime
Quilts of Love Series
by Cathy Elliott
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Pub. Date: January 20, 2015
ISBN: 978-1426773655
Pages: 240
Buy Link: Amazon
Blog Tour: http://litfusegroup.com/author/celliott


Last year I read several novels in the Quilts of Love Series from Abingdon Press. Each book in the series is written by a different author with a new plot and a whole new set of characters. And every plot somehow has a quilt or a quilt-maker involved.

A Stitch in Crime by Cathy Elliott is the newest installment in the series. It centers on Thea James, who has a big task at hand when she volunteers to co-chair her town's first quilt show. She thought it would be a great way to expand her antique business, but she is in for quite a surprise when a crime occurs. Someone attacks the town's matriarch Mary-Alice Went worth and steals her diamond brooch.

To make matters worse the quilt show's main attraction, a rare quilt, has gone missing. Everything seems to be falling apart. Thea James is determined to pick up the threads by solving the mystery of who is behind these crimes before she becomes the next victim.

January 26, 2015

Vitamin C Serum with Hyaluronic Acid & Vitamin E Review

I received the Vitamin C Serum with Hyaluronic Acid & Vitamin E from Ommm just over a week ago and I've been using it on my skin once a day.

This is a professional anti-aging serum that should be applied to the skin before using a moisturizer or cream. It will help your skin absorb the moisturizer/cream more effectively.

Each 2 fl oz bottle contains the following ingredients:

Aloe Vera Leaf Juice
Arbutin (Bearberry)
Ascorbyl (Vitamin C) Glyucoside
Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract
Xanthan Gum
Licorice Extract
Lavender Extract
Calendula Flower Extract

Monday Morning Maddness #50: Books, Halestorm & Into the Woods

I wasn't planning on writing a Monday morning post today, but then I noticed this would be my 50th post, so here I am writing this. I'm glad to say that I finally adjusted my workouts schedule as I exercised before10 AM instead of after 10 PM. I would've done my workout earlier, but I slept in for some odd reason this morning.

My weekend mostly consisted of me attempting to get caught up on reviews, which I'm sadly still behind on. It probably doesn't help that I signed up to review some more products. Actually, I believe I'll be receiving more packages in the mail today. By the way my local post office delivered another package yesterday, which was a Sunday. I was aware they were delivering on Sundays around the holidays, but I thought that had ended a few weeks ago. I guess I was wrong.

Whenever I need a light break from reviewing stuff, I hop on over to YouTube and watch music videos. This is where I stumbled upon the rock band Halestorm and took a liking to their music. On Saturday, I looked for their CDs at my local Walmart, but their music section is so small it is just ridiculous. However, while I was walking down an aisle I glanced over at the $5 CD bin and lo and behold, right there on top of the stack was a Halestorm album. I automatically grabbed it and search through the bin for their other album, but that was the only Halestorm CD in the bin.

I still had a $50 gift card leftover from Christmas which I was planning on buying the Games of Thrones Season 4 DVD next month, so I ended up using it to order Halestorm: The Strange Case Of... for $5.99. I also pre-ordered the new V.C. Andrews book that comes out this week and of course I pre-ordered the Games of Thrones Season 4 DVD.

January 25, 2015

Organic Matcha Culinary Green Tea Powder Review

If you're one of my regular blog readers, then you've probably noticed I just reviewed a green tea dietary supplement today and are probably wondering why I'm wondering why I'm reviewing another green tea product. Well, the truth is that I love green tea just as much as coffee and I will review any type of green tea product that comes my way.

A few days ago I received the 4oz bag of Organic Matcha Culinary Green Tea Powder! As you might already know, green tea is high in antioxidants (1,300), which is good for your body.

Some of the benefits of drinking this green tea powder are:

Enhanced Focus & Memory
Fat Blocker & Calorie Burner
Stimulates Metabolism

Green Tea Complex Review

It's no secret that Green Tea has many benefits that can approve your overall health as it has many antioxidants, such as Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG) as well as the Polyphenol Catechins.

It is known to:

Improve Brain Function
Works as a Fat Burner
May Lower the Risks of Cancer
May Lower the Risks of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's
Improves Dental Health
May Lower the Risks of Type II Diabetes
May Lower the Risks of Cardiovascular Disease

Green Tes is available in many forms, such as Matcha, tea bags and dietary supplements. A few days ago I received a bottle (60 capsules) of Green Tea Complex dietary supplement from PureNatureFit. Each capsule has 500mg of Green Tea Leaf (98% extract)! The label recommends taking 1 capsule twice a day with a meal. It can help support theromogenisis, helps fat oxidation and it gives an antioxidant boost.

DVD Review - Frankenstein vs The Mummy

Frankenstein vs The Mummy
Director: Damien Leone
Starring: Max Rhyser, Ashton Leigh, Brandon DeSpain, Constantin Tripes, Robert MacNaughton
Studio: Image Entertainment
Release Date: February 10, 2015
Retail: $27.98
Running Time: 114 minutes
Rating: Not Rated
Buy Link: Amazon


Throughout the 1930s and the 1940s, Universal Studios released many monster movie series, including Frankenstein, Dracula, The Mummy and The Wolf Man. The films became so popular that the studios eventually made three crossover matchups (Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man, House of Frankenstein and House of Dracula). The unrelated House Of The Wolf Man was releaed in 2009. Image Entertainment will unleashed Frankenstein vs The Mummy on DVD and Digital Download on February 10th! The film was written and directed by Damien Leone and stars Max Rhyser, Ashton Leigh, Brandon DeSpain, Constantin Tripes and Robert MacNaughton. The only Special Feature is an Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Damien Leone and Cinematographer George Steuber.

Frankenstein Vs. The Mummy centers on an Egyptiologist Naihla Khaul (played by Ashton Leigh), who returns to the Univeristy along the mummy of an Egyptian pharoah that she discovered. She is reunited with her on and off again lover, Dr. Victor Frankenstein (played by Max Rhyser), who is secretly performing dangerous experments in his attempt to re-animate a corpse.

While examining the mummy, Professor Walton (played by Boomer Tibbs) is accidently exposed to a gas-like substance that allows the mummy (played by Brandon deSpain) to take control of him. He helps the mummy gain strength by luring innocent victims towards the mummy, whom devours their flesh. After seeing a photo of Dr. Khaul, the mummy is convinced that she is the sorcerer that cursed him years ago and the mummy is determined to extract his revenge.

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