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People are taking more and more photos these days with their smartphones. With the boom of social media and the selfie, people are always looking for ways to take a great photo. Social media has become the number one way for people to engage and interact these days, thus sharing their great everyday or artistic photo talent with the world. I love to see all of the vibrant photos that friends and family share via Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. I love it so much that it has drawn me in to sharing photos as well.

Many people share to see how many likes, retweets, and shares they will get on particular photos. Each photo posted has the potential to become a conversation on the internet and the simple press of a button opens a door way to involve yourself in that conversation. Since social media is so reliant on what we see, we need to make sure the pictures we share express the amount of fun we are having in life and translate amazingly. Also, we no longer have to wait to get photos printed at the local drug store. Photos are now uploaded as they happen in real time.  If you own a smartphone (which I’m sure everyone does by now) you can capture exciting pictures with your phone in an instant. 

Are you looking for a way to take brilliant share worthy photos at your fingertips. Did you say “Yes”? Well let me introduce you to LimeLens. I was absolutely thrilled with the opportunity to review the brand new LimeLens kit. It is a smartphone photo takers dream. The set includes both the thinker (dual macro / wide lens) and the captain (a supreme fisheye lens). You will also find all three versions of their Limeclip, a welcome envelope, instructional booklet, stickers and lens accessories such as protective lens caps and microfiber lens cleaners.


 I use my phone and iPad to take photos a lot, if I don’t use my DSLR camera. So I’m always trying to up my social media photo game to wow my tribe (you) with photos I think are awesome. When using the LimeLens set, I was able to kick up my basic photos into eye catching imagery. The fisheye is perfect for catching larger images. I adore this set so much, it’s always with me now. The convenient carrying case is great. It easily fits into your purse or bag. It’s very affordable too!

Overall, I highly recommend this product. This set is great for beginners and pros because it’s simple to use. All I had to do was attach LimeLens to my phone and boom, beautiful photos for sharing. Want to get your hands on the LimeLens set? Purchase yours here.

 

Are looking for some great food and snack options? If yes, I have an awesome brand that I want to tell you about. This brand is wonderful for those that are diabetic like myself or if you are a person that’s looking for low carb options to include in your daily diet. The products are not only low in carbs but are a good source of protein as well. This amazing brand is called Kay’s Naturals.

About the Company 

Many snacks and cereals are made of 80-90% starch and sugar. This is because starch and sugar are cheap. Protein, on the other hand, costs 15-20 times more than starch or sugar. Thus, most snack and cereal companies avoid using protein in their foods, and even when they use protein, it is only a small percentage (8-10%) of the final product. (Kay’s Naturals) Makes you think right?

Kay’s Naturals is an all-natural, gluten-free line that seeks to add a healthy balance to your life with food products that offer great taste, low calories, lean soy protein, zero cholesterol, lower carbohydrates and high fiber. All of Kay’s Naturals foods are free of artificial sweeteners, flavors, colors and preservatives. Their foods also provide a complete amino acid profile and have 35% protein.

I was sent their Honey Almond Cereal, Cinnamon Almond Cookie Bites, and White Cheddar Kruncheeze for free to try and give my honest opinion of the products. When I received the items in the mail, I was so excited! For a week, I tested the foods out. The products come in a box in with pre-portioned bags. You don’t have to worry if you are eating to much or too little. Awesome right! But how does it taste? We all know that sometimes when you encounter healthy food options they can really slack on taste. Not with Kay’s Naturals, the flavor is there! Some of you may be wondering if I stayed full and satisfied during the day. I can relate to your concern in this area and yes I did stay satisfied in between meals. 

Since Kay’s Naturals foods are high in fiber and protein I can say full through out my day. I love that they are low carb as I don’t have to worry about blood sugar level spikes. My levels can stay stable. I don’t fell guilty eat the foods as I know that I am eating food that are benefiting my body in a healthy way. 

Here is a look at the label from the Cinnamon Almond Cookie Bites.


I suggest that you give Kay’s Naturals a try for yourself. They have great cereal and snack options to choose from. Their foods can be accompanied by other high fiber and protein items to boost nutritional benefits. If you are looking for a meal plan to follow Kay’s Naturals offers on as well. To find out more about their foods and the meal plan visit their website at shop.kaysnaturals.com.

Have you tried Kay’s Naturals before?

Many people, man or woman like to keep their skin in order. Some may have different skin issues such as Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis, or Dry Skin and Dark Spots. Whatever the condition may be, they want to clear it up to reveal healthy beautiful skin. There are so many products on the market, it’s really hard to choose. The biggest question on people’s minds is “Will this product deliver on what it says and work for me?” 

They may find one that works great and then all of a sudden it doesn’t give the same results as before. Have you had that happen with a product you were using? Some products may contain very harsh chemicals. Those chemicals could be harmful to our bodies. I will pass on the harsh chemicals for $2000 Alex!

I have never really had any issues with my skin other than the occasional pimple here and there and dryness. As I have become older, I have noticed that my skin has become more dry. I also have some dark spots in my cheek areas. I have tried many products on the market, some worked and others not so much. I decided to look into more natural products for my skincare. 

In my search I came across Raw African Black Soap. When I researched this soap it really peeked my interest. I was too excited when I snagged the chance to test some out from Incredible By Nature. African Black Soap is a soap that is produced in West Africa by tribeswomen in Ghana from special secret recipes. The soap has a blackish-brown color to it because of it’s ingredients. 


What is in Raw African Black Soap 

African Black Soap is made with plants that are local to the area. These ingredients are as follows;

  • Plantain
  • Cocoa Pods
  • Palm Tree Leaves
  • Shea TreeBark 

 To start the soap making process, the ingredients are sun-dried and roasted, which is how the deep color is achieved. Then water and oils such as coconut, palm plus shea butter are added to the mix. Once the soap mixture is at the desired consistency, it is then left to sit and “cure.”

Benefits of Raw African Black Soap 

Black soap has been used for healing problem skin. It can cleanse and lightly exfoliate the skin giving it a healthy glow. Some claim that it can even out dark spots, ease eczema, thin fine lines, and help with acne or razor bumps. Black soap has been said to aid the scalp as well.

The ingredients in the soap offer many healing  benefits. 

  • Cocoa Pod/butter- softens and firms the skin, has antioxidants & anti-inflammatory properties that fight free radicals, repairs and renews damaged skin
  •  Palm Oil- rich in antioxidants vitamin E, treats acne, burns, eczema & reduces cell damage
  • Palm Kernel Oil- high in lauric acid with anti-bacterial/fungal properties
  •  Coconut Oil- reinforces the skin’s lipid barrier to lock in moisture, repair dry skin and reduce wrinkles

How to Use and Store Raw African Black Soap 

When you get your slab of black soap, cut a small size piece off. Then work a lather up in your hands. Make sure there are no whole particles of pods in the bar that may scratch your skin. Apply the lather to your face and gently rub it in. Wash, then rinse with cool water and dry with towel. If you experience dryness, follow up with your favorite moisturizer.

After use, you want to store your soap in a nice dry place, as it absorbs water easily because of its high glycerin content. I like to keep my slab in a ziplock bag and my working piece (the cut bar that I’m using) in a travel soap container. When exposed to air, black soap can develop a thin white film. Don’t worry, this is not mold and the soap can still be used.

The Verdict 

I must say I love using raw black soap on my skin. I liked the clean earthy smell that it has. When I tell you the lathering power of this soap is bananas, that’s what I mean. Amazing!  Just a small piece gives you a rich creamy lather. It washes away so clean, leaving your skin fresh, smooth, and glowing. I used the black soap twice (morning and night) a day. I did find that it improved the dryness that I was experiencing with my skin. I also noticed a tone change (evenness) in my skin too. The dark areas are also clearing. I am very pleased with the results that I am having from using this soap. I found that it removes makeup really well. I have not tried it on my hair yet, but that’s the next test. The soap is perfect for daily use and is great for all skin types.

Note: If you are latex or caffeine sensitive, test the soap on your arm before use. Since the soap has cacao pods (contains caffeine that can be absorbed by the skin) and shea butter (contains small amounts of latex naturally).


Want to get your hands on some African Black Soap from Incredible by Nature? You can get some by visiting their website or purchasing on Amazon. Do you use African Black Soap?

Are you looking for new office decor for your new home work space? Maybe you need some office supplies for your existing business. Shoplet is your one stop shop for all things office. If it’s a need for the perfect office furniture to tie your look  together for opening day or just a total revamp from old to new, they have you covered. You can even pick up cleaning supplies to keep your establishment clean and neat. You’ll be surprised that Shoplet offers medical supplies too. See I knew you’d be surprised! I told you they are a one stop shop, you will find all the items you need to have a great looking, fully stocked office. 

The folks over at Shoplet sent me some products to test that I really love. The items come from 3M and I received their Mouse Pad with Gel Wrist Rest and Ajustable Monitor Stand. When the products arrived, I was so excited. I am in the process of redecorating my home office. Plus, I had been looking for both of these items.

The Mouse Pad with Gel Wrist Rest is so comfy. The pad allows the mouse to glide effortlessly. The gel rest offers great support. After working for many hours, my wrist is usually hurting, but not when using this. 

I can’t get enough of the Ajustable Monitor Stand. It is sleek and simple in design and offer an adjustable lift to your computer monitor. The height can adjust in increments of 1 1/4″.  The stand supports monitors and laptops up to 20 lbs. The non-skid rubber feet keep this stand securely in place. The recessed platform helps to keep essential tools (phone, pens, notes, etc.) close by and easy to find. Stand Type: This stand has a maximum height of 5 1/2″. 

My over all thoughts about these 3M products are very good. I like them and I feel that they are wonderful to have in your home office or office away from home. 


Are you ready for a giveaway? If you said yes, I have a great one for you to enter. The beautiful folks over at Perlier have put together a fabulous Summer Prize pack filled with awesome goodies to get your skin pampered and looking glam for the summer months. I love Perlier products and if you have not checked out my review for them, you can view it here.

What You Get

One lucky winner will receive a Summer Prize Pack with the following products in it. (All items are from the Perlier Italian Sorbetto line)

  • Italian Sorbetto Bellini Leg & Foot Cream
  • Italian Sorbetto Coconut Body Water
  • Italian SorbettoLemon Crackling Ice Water
  • Italian Sorbetto Wild Berries Lip Balm
  • Italian Sorbetto Lemon Body Cream
  • Italian Sorbetto Lemon Shower Cream

This prize pack has a value of $135. Amazing right!

How To Enter

To enter For your chance to win this indulging prize pack all you have to do is follow the rules below.

This giveaway is open to all U.S. and Canada residents only and you must be 18 or older to enter. You must use the link “Rafflecopter Giveaway” below to enter the giveaway and complete each task to earn entries for a greater chance of winning. The giveaway will run from July 15 to July 22. The winner will be announced on July 23, 2016 at 2:00pm EST. Good luck to all of you that enter.

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Big thank you to Perlier for sponsoring this giveaway.

It is important to lead a healthy lifestyle. This is not only achieved with a good balanced eating habit and exercise, but it goes much deeper. Sometimes we have add things like supplements to our diet to power up our new lifestyle habits. Some nutrients are just not made by the body. So supplements are a ways of getting what we need for our health.
Their are so many reasons as to why individuals start a healthier lifestyle. For some it is to lose unwanted weight. Many people also use supplements to help them in weight loss too. As it can be very difficult to lose weight. For this reason, people have turned to all sorts of supplements in order to make things easier.

Beautiful Nutrition has a good selection of supplements to choose from. I was sent their Green Tea and Green Coffee Bean vitamins to try out. Since I am taking on trying to live a better lifestyle, it was right on time for me. I really wanted to see if taking the vitamins would offer any type of boost for my body. 

The Products

Green Tea is made from the Camellia sinensis plant. Green Tea is supposed to have many benefits. A few benefits from taking this supplement is support of weight loss by promoting thermogenesis and fat oxidation, provides antioxidant protection against free radicals, increases weight loss, and burns more calories than diet and exercise alone. 

Green Coffee Bean is actually just unroasted coffee beans. It contains a substance called Chlorogenic Acid, which is believed to be responsible for the weight loss effects. Some benefits of Green Tea Coffee Bean supplement is that it supports fat metabolism, weight reduction, and helps modulate healthy blood sugar metabolism. 

The Verdict 

I know you are asking , but does it really work? In my opinion, I would have to say they have been working for me. I have seen some weight loss and I also feel more energetic. But hey don’t take my word for it, try it yourself! You can find these supplements and more on the Beautiful Nutrition website. 

Have you ever tried Green Tea or Green Coffee Bean supplements?

Ban has been a brand that has been used in my household for years. I was introduced to it as a child by my mother and father, as it was their trusted brand of choice. Even though I have tried many other deodorant brands, it seems that for me nothing can compare to Ban. I love their roll-on deodorants. 

My favorite scent Powder Fresh and I like the Unscented one also. Ban’s roll-ons really keep me fresh not only during the duration of the day, but during my workouts and even on super hot days. You get 24 hours of invisible protection against odor causing sweat with these roll-ons. Now, that’s protection you just can’t beat! The formula glides on easily and contains Ban’s breakthrough technology, which specifically targets and virtually eliminates odor. No need to worry about not being fresh!

Recently, I was approached by Ban to try one of their latest products. I already love Ban and I was excited for the news of a new product line. I just thought this was an awesome creation from Ban, so I agreed to give it a whirl. Ban has come out with Total Refresh Cooling Body Wipes. These cooling cloths are said to work by slicking away excess body sweat with just one wipe. The wipes are supposed to leave your skin feeling smooth and silky, instead of wet and sticky! Hummmm…but do they really deliver? I know Ban has never failed me when it comes to their roll-on. But I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical when it came to these body wipes. Could they truly leave my body feeling refreshed after a killer workout and the gym or a hot day at the park? Could these lightly fragranced cloths cool my skin on contact?


I put these wipes to the test, I am pleased to inform you that yes in fact they do cool the skin and leave you feeling refreshed with a powder finish. Not only did they work great after a workout, they were wonderful for using them to refresh after a long trip. You can even use them before appointments or after work if you have an after work meeting or date. You can greet people in confidence with Ban’s Refreshing Cooling Body Wipes.

They are very simple to use. Just wipe the durable cloth on any part of your body ( neck, arms, underarms, chest) and enjoy the instant cooling freshness. These cloth are also safe for use on the face as well. After use, just throw the used cloth in the trash. It is best to use the cloths 45 days after opening them. 

The Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Wipes come in four different scents, Invigorate (the one I was sent), Restore, Energize, and Enliven. You can find them online and at most drugstores in your deodorant aisle. I suggest you give these cloths a try for yourself! I’m sure you’ll like them. They are sure to become a family favorite in your house, just as they are in mine.

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