Saturday, June 18, 2016

Bentonite Clay

I homeschool. I'm kind of granola, but usually more out of convenience than anything. Sometimes, I think some of the things my friends do are a bit on the strange side, but then I watch- and the things they do work!

For the last year, several of my friends kept talking about this stuff called Bentonite Clay. One friend said she used it in toothpaste. Another friend said that she used it in a healing salve. Yet another friend talked about foot detox baths and how amazing they are, but how gross the water gets when all those toxins leave your body. I was a bit skeptical, but realized that all these ladies were the kind of people I wanted to be like. Clearly, they were doing SOMEthing right.

So when the opportunity came up to review some of this "Magic Clay," I jumped at the chance. 

Here is the clay I received:

While waiting for it, I asked my friends about what they do with THEIR clay. Answers included
Face Mask
Added to Deodorant
Drinking it as a Detox (disclaimer, this brand says external use only)
Bee Stings
Bug Bites
Abnormal Skin Spots
Detox Bath
Black Ointment
Toothpaste

Now, I did try it the foot detox that I found a recipe for on Pinterest, but I don't think I did it right. I know my water wasn't hot enough and I'm not sure I had my ratios right. I'm going to try it again eventually.

In the meantime, here are some other pins I'd like to try:
Toothpaste- now, I've tried one homemade toothpaste that used clay, but it wasn't my favorite combination of ingredients. I'm willing to try again, though, starting with some of these recipes.

Dry Shampoo- I LOVE Dry shampoo, but I hate that it is SO WHITE and I have dark hair. So I'm excited to try THIS VERSION

Makeup- I adore makeup, but it upsets me a little that FDA pretty much has no regulations on what people can put, so I'm starting to use it less. This makes me sad because putting on makeup is like an art project to me.


Deodorant Bars- this makes me curious. 

Sinus Relief Bath Bombs- though there are several versions of these I'd like to try, this is the one that calls for Bentonite Clay. Side note- do NOT use Eucalyptus for kids under 10!

For my husband, I'd kind of like to make these Shaving Soaps for him. He wears a beard about half the year, but the other half, he's going to want nice skin, right?!

This is the Foot Detox bath I told you about. I totally bombed it, but pretty sure the error was on my end. I'd like to try again.

I asked on a Facebook group what these ladies do with theirs, and I'm getting a LOT of answers saying
Face Mask
Wound Healing
Drinking for Stomach Issues
Sunburn
Slivers
Cuts 
Food Poisoning
Nausea
Tooth Powder
Skin Infections
Warts
Bee Stings
Skin Injuries
I'm betting most make a poultice like this one. 

I'm going to make a video explaining what I DO with this stuff in just a few. I'll post the link when I've got it!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Ice, Ice Baby!!!

We all know by now that I love to do reviews. Most of you also know that we homeschool. I've combined the two in my latest adventure. Unfortunately, my review own't be as awesome as it COULD be because I haven't had time to do all the things I have planned.

I have gotten the COOLEST (pun intended) ice cube trays for review.

First up is the Bar Brat. This makes 4 round ice cubes that are SO COOL!!!! Purchase here. #barbratlove



Next up is the SUMPRI. This came with two molds, one for really big cubes and the other for round ones, just like the Bar Brat, except 6 instead of 4. Purchase here. #SUMPRI



We also reviewed these Star Wars molds, but found they were way more fun to use for CHOCOLATE!! Purchase here.


On top of that, I also bought hubby some fun Gun and bullet molds. Purchase here and here


Now, aside from chocolate and ice, what do I plan on DOING with these molds? We're going to have SUCH a fun summer!!!

We are going to PAINT with ice! http://www.learnwithplayathome.com/2014/01/paintsicles-frozen-paint-cubes-for.html

We are going to PAINT the ice! http://playcountsdenitadinger.blogspot.com/2012/03/inspiring-imaginationsleprechaun-day_02.html

We'll RACE the ice! http://www.toddlerapproved.com/2015/06/ice-boat-racing-for-toddlers.html

We'll RESCUE the guys from ice! http://amypessolano.com/rescue-the-lego-men-ice-excavation-activity/

We'll EXCAVATE the ice!! http://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/frozen-dinosaur-eggs-ice-excavation-sensory-play/

We'll MAGNATIZE the ice!! http://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/magnetic-ice-science-activity-ice-magnet-play-kids-stem/

We'll SALT the ice!! http://www.sciencekiddo.com/salt-melts-ice-experiment/

We'll GLOW the ice! http://www.growingajeweledrose.com/2013/09/glowing-oil-ice-experiment.html?m=1

We'll even just PLAY MARBLES with the ice!! http://www.readingconfetti.com/2013/07/frozen-marbles.html


Needless to say, these molds will get used a LOT and we can't wait!!!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Dauber Dawgs Dot Marker

I don't know why, but I've always been fascinated by these dot markers. I bought some at the beginning of the school year, but we've only used them a handful of times. I was stoked when this coloring book came up for a review!!



Now, when I got it (for free, in exchange for honest opinion), I was thrown off -and maybe a tiny bit annoyed- that it was not a bound book. I didn't stay annoyed, though, because I quickly realized how GENIUS this was!!! Paisley played with these for a long, long time and has so much fun. I love that they hone her gross motor skills!! #DauberDawgs

Check out Paisley's review video!!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ss9nLPS8v1s

Buy the Dot pages here:
http://www.amazon.com/Activity-EXCLUSIVELY-Markers-Daubers-Download/dp/B01E0VWG9W/ref=lp_13937896011_1_2?srs=13937896011&ie=UTF8&qid=1462943138&sr=8-2

Thursday, May 5, 2016

The Hunger

I'm not gonna lie. I'm pretty picky about what books I read that  involve magic. I've read a few that I just didn't love. And then there are ones like this. This was exciting. This was COLORFUL. This I could relate to!! This is called The Hunger and it's written by Michael D. Young.  It's available on Amazon right now for $.99 and it is well worth it. I received an advance copy to read for free, but I liked this so much that I bought the Kindle version as well. It's one I want in my collection. You get to know all the main characters and what drives them, see very imaginative scenery, and experience a search for knowledge. #futurehousepub

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Double Review

You get a two for one today!!! Juliana will be reviewing a book, Subtle Beauty, an I'll be reviewing my new favorite household item!! Remember, we got these things for free or at a discount in exchange for our honest review.

First, Jules-a-Bean:
I really liked The Subtle Beauty by Ann Hunter because it had twists and turns and you never expected what happens next! It had mystical creatures, princes, princesses, evil daggers, magical men, Kings, queens, and a enchanted man! Think Beauty and the Beast, but mixed up!! Get it here: http://amzn.com/B00HNJX0Q2



Finally- you've been wondering this whole time what item I was talking about, huh?! Well, as a mom who has kids that react to every smell and every color, it's frustrating. Why is it more expensive to buy dye free/ scent free stuff? This makes no sense to me. Then I had the opportunity to review #GoTriNova Castile Soap. HOW have I never heard of this stuff?! It's dye free. It's scent free. It's usable for counters, bathrooms, dishes, even my BABY! And it doesn't cost very much, either! Check it out:
http://www.amazon.com/Castile-Soap-Unscented-Counters-Ingredients/dp/B0195BSVKU/ref=sr_1_35_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1456417426&sr=8-35&keywords=castile+soap+unscented

It's super duper concentrated, so a little bit goes a long way. I'll definitely be using this often!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Born To Run

Juliana here! I'm excited to review the book, Born To Run by Ann Hunter

I got this in exchange for my honest review.
I really enjoyed this book because it has (race) horses (like black Stallion), and a technically out-law. Alex goes to this family that she has to stay with for ten days, after running away from a foster home. She bonds with one of the really fast horses that I think is named Magmite. There's also another horse that goes in a race that I think is named Victor Galixies. I loved it so much (and Piece of Sky #CrownsoftheTwelve) that I want to read the rest of the series (of both).

 Get the book here: http://www.amazon.com/Born-Run-North-Oak-Book-ebook/dp/B00U68Q8JI/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8


 Visit Ann Hunter's page here: http://www.amazon.com/Ann-Hunter/e/B00HNL6K3K/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Absolutely Genius

Every now and then, someone in the world comes up with something so genius that one wonders- WHY was this not here before?! This has happened again!

I have a 7 year old. He's cute. He's smart. He's funny. He plays soccer. But he CANNOT tie his shoes. We've tried teaching him by example. We've tried walking him through it. We've tried having his siblings teach him. We've tried other adults teaching him. We've tried YouTube videos. Nothing. Soccer cleats MUST be tied to be safe. I was at my wits end. Then I was offered to try these silicon shoelaces. I'm so happy I could cry!!

Look how cool!!!



 My video is short, but soccer practice was moved to tomorrow, so I couldn't get the actions shots I wanted. Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WL2vxgnQQY8

While I did receive these for free in exchange for my honest review, I will willingly buy more!!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Scale-O!

Don't laugh at me, but I get excited about..... um, everything. It's not on purpose, it's just who I am. So when I was accepted to review a BATHROOM SCALE, I was ecstatic. What, it doesn't make YOU jump for joy? Then you are missing out! I've been married for almost 13 years and have always WANTED one, but never felt it was high enough on the priority list to justify spending any money.

However, this one IS. I decided to make a list of things you can use a scale for. Ready?

1. Seeing how much you weight.
2. Seeing how much your kids way so you know if it's time to go up a carseat!
3. Having a contest between you and your husband and making sure he keeps weighing more than you!
4. Weighing small animals- No really, I'm kind of tempted to weight the chickens.
5. Seeing what time of day you way the most and the least.
6. Seeing if you really did drop 10 pounds when you were throwing up
7. Comparing your REAL weight to your drivers license.
8. Weighing things around the house that don't fit on the kitchen scale.
9.  Checking to see if your airline bag will fit without paying for extra baggage.
10. Figuring out how much your food storage weights

Anywho, if you like this one (which WE do!), you can pick it up HERE.  #EatSmartScale


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

A Piece of Sky- review by Juliana

Hello I'm Juliana and I'm going to tell you about "Piece of sky" by Ann Hunter. It's about a chicken named Rose that finds an " acorn" but it's a magic "acorn" but she calls it a piece of sky. The characters are Rose, Grainia, Abaven, Nurgal, dog, mare, the kelpie, Shiver, Cerennunos, and E.N.Ts. 



The book teaches us even though we are small, we can do BIG things. In it she is gone so long she forgets about the farm. She went on a long journey and almost froze to death on the mountain. Then she, a little chicken, had to face Nurgal the lord of decay! She had to go through many trials, and exhaustion to save the world! 


GO READ IT BECAUSE IT IS AMAZING AND IT'S A GOOD BOOK!  #CrownsoftheTwelve

Oh, and we have a video review, too!

Purchase it HERE! 
*We did receive this book for free in exchange for our honest review.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Stone Bearers

I love having the opportunity to be part of something new and exciting. As most of you know, I've recently had the chance to start reviewing products and books. I like it because it makes me feel important, lol! #sorrynotsorry #FutureHousePub

One of my most recent reviews was for a book. It's called the Stone Bearers by Jacque Stevens. It's a clean, exciting book that I'm excited my 11 year old wants to read. Right now, you can get a free, SIGNED copy of the book if you head here:
http://wp.me/p4x4ek-mX 

If you don't want to wait (and I wouldn't), the book is currently $.99 on Amazon, so grab it here:
http://amzn.to/1SCEA8L

Lastly, if you are on Goodreads, first follow me (imafishtank) then find Stone Bearers:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29420265-the-stone-bearers