Recently you saw I attended the Southern Women's Show. At the show I met a lot of fantastic vendors but there are a few that really stood out to me. They are the Mom -N-Pop vendors who really touched my heart as I got to know each one. I had promised a series of reviews displaying these vendors and their products of passion that makes them tick. I love made in the USA and love to support local business. It just thrills me to put my money back into my local community!
I am proud to introduce Horse O Peace Ranch. They make hand made soaps,balms,body butters etc. All natural to boot. The creator Elizabeth one day had the brilliant idea to use the extra raw goats milk at their family farm in something other than cheese. That is where the soap was born. It is all natural & organic goodness. I was given the chance to review a few product items in exchange for my honest review.
I would like to mention Elizabeth is the President of Horse O Peace Ranch and her husband who currently works in the IT filed is the VP. He hopes to someday soon retire from IT in hopes to continue in the family business with his beautiful hard working wife & four adorable kids. This really warms my heart. They are a true Mom- n- Pop business. The American dream is not dead yet!
This couple has a soap for nearly every type of skin issue. I was super impressed. I have been truly enjoying putting their products to the test. They have outstanding quality beyond many other homemade soaps I have seen.
I have not yet tried the Tea Tree Jojoba. I will be saving that for a review in a future shout out. Once all the Lavender is gone.
Unless another all natural soap company comes along that can out do Horse O Peace Ranch this soap company is now my favorite soap brand! I simply have to award the Homemaker-Mom Seal of approval! Keep up the great work Elizabeth & Nick I love your products!
Thank you for proving us with products of quality with no carcinogenics.
I was happy to recently attend a launch party for PDQ's new Zucchini Fries. What is PDQ you ask?
P = People
D = Dedicated to
Q = Quality
The original PDQ is called Tenders and was a Chicken Shack near Lake Norman (about 30 minutes north of Charlotte). They used no freezers and no microwaves and kept everything fresh. Bob Basham (founder of Outback Steakhouse) and Nick Reader (Youngest CFO in NFL history) loved the food and concept. They bought Tenders and developed into PDQ which opened about 4 and a half years ago in Tampa FL. We just opened our 54th location since then and are in FL, NC, SC, Nevada, GA, NJ, TX, and AL.
I love the fact that Hillary Hahmann the Carolinas Marketing Manager of PDQ is reaching out to the community in fun educational ways like this party. I like that even at PDQ they call your order by name and your treated as a valued person not just a number. She also told us also about how PDQ this summer will be feeding over 5000 hungry kids in our own area who can't have that meal they once had during school season while out for the summer. For every kids meal you buy at PDQ this summer one meal goes to a kid who is hungry. I say that is FANTASTIC & way to go PDQ!
The party room that PDQ offers is super for get togethers,meetings, birthday parties. I had no idea they even had one until this party! They had each place set for us with cute summer time swag to take home. Hillary even had us play Zucchini triva which I won a gift card! Woohoo. My teenager attended the party with me and she out smarted me in the triva winning the bigger gift card! Way to go Gabby! Reminds me of that show Who's Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? Who's Smarter Than A Teenager was her mantra that night.
There was pretty flowers to wear & a photo booth. So cute. I am not so comfortable doing selfies but it is bound to happen as a blogger. I am learning to not worry about it and just shine who I am as I am.
I learned so much about PDQ at this party as they hosted a tour of the back & showed us how they make the food. How fresh everything is and nothing is processed. I was won over by that. I love that it is ALL fresh foods, in house made sauces & drinks. They even gave us a shot at trying the potato press & making zucchini fries. At the end of the tour we even made our own milk shakes now how cool is that?!
I tried the potato press that was fun. But it was kinda tuff so this guy must have some muscles to do this, wow what a work out!
Now let's talk about the star of the night. The Zucchini fries. All of us agreed they are amazing. They are just the right amount of crispy & not soggy. The flavor is the best and simply keeps you grabbing for more. If you have a PDQ in your area you have got to try these!
If you have been following me a while you know I am on the hunt always for natural & pure beauty products, skin care products and such. I was excited Valentia reached out to me to test this Royal Rose Hydrating Serum.
They claim it will:
- Deeply moisturize skin
- Provide antioxidant protection
- Soothe & nourish dry skin
- Smooth skin tone & texture
- Boost skin radiance
More about the product:
- Rose Damascena: One of the most nourishing and skin friendly natural oils, providing balance, moisture, and a variety of vitamins and minerals to the skin.
- Niacinamide (Vitamin B): This potent vitamin has been clinically proven to fade away hyperpigmentation, sun spots, and acne..
- Rosehip Seed Oil: Naturally rich in Vitamins C & A, these essential fatty acids work quickly to lock in skin's moisture.
- Evening Primrose Oil: Provides light, non-oily moisture to the skin, never clogging or irritating the skin.
- Bearberry: Reduces melanin production, thereby lightening the skin, revealing a brighter complexion.
- Lavender: Heals the skin, treating pimples, wounds, and sores.
My take on this product:
I was happy to see a company try to create something for sensitive people. As part of the Social Insider network I recently got these Renuzit Sensitive Scents to review for my thoughts. BOY am I glad. I am getting more & more sensitive to scents over the last few years. Now I will say NONE of these scents of this new line made me sneeze! It's a dream come true.
I just discovered in my mailer this week Renuzit sent out coupons for this new line. So look in your mail box too for coupons. Or find them here to print!
Now how would you like to win one this week? Just comment below and tell me what kind of air fresheners you use. Are you sensitive like I am? Talk to me. I will draw a winner at random by this time next week and will notify by email.
Renuzit you did it and you did it great. SO you earn my Homemaker-Mom Seal of Approval for the Sensitive Scent line!
Visit Renuzit Online to find out more!
I am just so tickled pink to write today about a product that is made right here in my fine state of North Carolina. House-Autry was founded way back in 1812 and based in Four Oaks, NC. They produce authentic stone ground grits,chicken,seafood breaders,corn meal, hush puppy,biscuit & corn mixes. To me it is simply fascinating to learn this company has lived on for 200 years. Just astounding! A company that lives that long means it is innovative yet maintains stability & quality in their products. With House-Autry offering more than 3 dozen classic Southern products there is something yummy for everyone.
Now I would like to share today the House-Autry Seafood Breader. Of course you know you can use this to prepare your favorite seafood dishes. But today I want to show you that you can use it for even more than seafood. I wanted to do a new twist with it and make a vegetable tempura. This dish is sure to please. It is pure crispy southern goodness with a Asian flare! My family thought this was simply amazing.
To make the tempura all you need :
To make the tempura all you do:
I was provided this product for review & compensated to provide this post. ALL thoughts of this product are my very own.
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I just love shopping at the North Hills area Target in my neighborhood here in Raleigh NC. It is a great place to grab things to start my new year off right. This Target is just so much fun. So I made my list and checked it twice. I simply can not go shopping without a list or I will grab things I do not need and will walk out without what I might of gone in for. Has that ever happen to you?
So with my list in hand I went to my favorite go to store, Target, ready to shop for somethings to start off the new year. I needed a storage container, a new brush, soap & some skin care items. This year I wanted to truly start the year off with the same mission I have had all of 2015 to find all natural beauty products with out carcinogenics due to me being BRCA2. In my goal I will continue to review beauty lines that will offer that. I learned so much the past year. But I have some great news for you. I am happy to announce this year as of January 2016 at Target Derma e has arrived!!! I am so excited about this because Derma e is a powerful safe alternative to the high end department store options. Some of which those are loaded with junk not good for any of us. I do think it is possible to achieve beauty goals or anti-aging without the cost of settling for junk for a high price like I have in the past.
Your skin is the largest organ you have. It will absorb what you put on it and send it right to your blood stream. Derma e is 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten-free, GMO-free so it got my attention!
I am not getting any younger so I have been trying a few of the Derma e products. I am not upset growing older but I do want to look my best & as healthy as I can. I have been enjoying the following products.
My main focus was my eye area first. It is the first place that gives away age so I said to myself let's start there. Their video below tells more about it. As found on their site describing derma e Firming eye lift is: Visibly lift, firm and tighten the delicate eye area while smoothing crow’s feet with this doctor-developed, multi-action eye treatment crème that contains advanced, clinically proven natural ingredients. DMAE, a widely-acclaimed skin-firming nutrient, is clinically proven to boost collagen for firmer, more resilient skin. InstaLift® Goji Berry glycopeptides add further firming, lifting and tightening antioxidant power. Advanced peptides Argireline® and Matrixyl® synthe'6® work together to soften facial muscles and synthesize new key components such as collagen, helping smooth wrinkles and discourage new lines from forming.
My exciting results using all the Derma e products :
I am so very happy & thrilled with the results I am getting so far using my Derma e from Target. I am so very happy I can just go down the street to my neigborhood Target to purchase it at great prices. I will be a repeat customer of Derma e. You should try this line as well, because it works & is all natural. Head out to your Target today to try some oh and don't forget your list! Wink wink!
#NOTICETHELOTUS at Target in 2016...Derma e has arrived!
Chomps Snack Sticks came in the mail free of charge for me to try. I wanted to use them as a stocking stuffer for my family who loves beef jerky sort of things..... if they passed my testing that is!
The reason is these are 100 percent grass fed beef sticks. With..............
For those who can eat pork or love pork this Hormel inspired Harvest salad is simply delightful. You simply use Hormel's Slow Simmered pork roast ( it only takes 4 minutes to heat in microwave or stove top) & Hormel's Maple flavor Black Label Bacon. Throw in some cheese & apple slices and any other veggie you may want and your off to the races with a fresh tasting dynamic salad for any occasion.
I am a Hormel Extended Family Blogger. I receive Hormel products for free but all thoughts are my very own.
I just recently read Crystal Paine's newest book Money Making Mom. Personally any book I read that talks about success stories, how to get there and what it took inspires me. In this book Crystal clearly shares the do's & don't in a peep talk & let's get real manner that will stick with you in days to come. If you are looking to start a business of your own and be your own boss this is the eye opener & realistic motivator you need.
I read this book not from the perspective of wanting an at home business because I actually already have two. But I did read it with an open mind to see if she would share tips that I would also share with someone who wants to start a business and make money with little to no start up. Or if she shared anything new to me. I am always open to learn. Crystal spoke my heart as a mom business women. No matter your lack of training or skills you may think you do not have..you can learn skills. You can create money with not even a degree but with plain & simple hard work according to Crystal. It is so true because I too am doing it in my business ventures. Her success inspires me to keep going to make it where she is. This book truly spoke my heart in the simple truths she shared. I do not want to give them all away here you will have to read the book for yourself if you are ready to make a change and be your own boss! If you have tried businesses & failed your in luck. You can take that to build your path to success so do not give up yet. Crystal shares her brutal failures but shares how the lessons she learned actually got her to her successful business now at MoneyMakingMom.com. I love the way she values her mistakes and sees how they where important to the building ones path to success.
I couldn't put this book down. It truly went every where with me until I read it all. I so enjoyed it. It re-motivated me in my businesses I already have going and opened my mind to even more ideas for more business ventures. It inspired me to keep going. I have to quote my favorite line she said on page 64 " Do what you can, when you can,where you are". That is also how I view it all. Take it one step at a time. Do your thing and do what you can as you can, and build from there in your business. It does not and will not be perfect from the get go. It is truly important to make good goals but do not set unrealistic ones & get discouraged. So if you are wanting a business or in the middle of one, this book is a good investment of time and may give you some new perspectives.
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I have been interested to see all about this adult coloring book trend. I wanted to see why is it so popular all of the sudden and what is the lure? Leisure Arts was kind enough to provide these adult coloring books for my review. All opinions of these are my very own.
You can color these for fun or for crafting. You can use your colored pages in so many ways!
I found it very relaxing to color. I was surprised how fast I got into it. It's a no brainier craft option in which you do not have to do deep work or much thinking. Yet your creating which for me is super relaxing to do. I love that a book can fit right inside a large purse when your waiting in a doctors office or something! This I can see is truly great for any age. This craft was truly a breath of fresh air. I can see why Leisure Arts sells these they truly are super for leisure time & relaxing!
Leisure Arts has so many fine quality adult coloring books for all to enjoy. Stop by their site today to see! These would make great gifts for teens, adults, elderly & any one who wants a great creative way to relax.
Excited to share the Hormel Extended Family Blogger box this month with you. I received this for free to share my honest thoughts with you each month. I will be bringing you a new dish for each product you see listed that can be used for cooking. My theme this month is Casseroles!
Will have some great product ideas for you coming soon!
I am so excited to share with you my latest product review. This product is right up my ally with it's all natural and super healthy properties! I received the night time tea bags, the day time tea & strawberry infuser.
I wanted a gentle detox and Skinny Teatox was just the answer. This was a 14 day detox. I will first tell you more details of how a 14 day teatox will help you if you chose to do it too.
A 14 Day Teatox Help You With:
-Increase energy levels
All the ingredients in Skinny Teatox are 100% natural. There are no chemicals or preservatives. Gluten free. GMO free. Nut free.
I took the Skinny Teatox in the morning. I used the Skinny Teatox tea bags every other evening. They say only do the evening one every other night because of certain herbs that are in it. Also during this teatox detox you should drink lots of water and exercise. I did not do either of those as I should. But I will tell you I still saw results with this 14 day period. I lost 3 pounds! Amazing if you ask me. I also feel better. It did not upset my stomach in any way and it actually tasted fabulous! And, I think the strawberry infuser is just adorable. I am awarding Skinny Teatox my Homemaker-Mom Seal of Approval for an outstanding product. I think if you are looking for an all natural super easy to do detox this would be perfect!
Visit Skinny Teatox to see all the wonderful varieties of tea programs that they have for you to choose from.
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Are you frazzled by your family's hectic schedule and chaotic household? You feel like you can never get ahead? Then try Debbie Lillard's "A Mom's Guide to Home Organization." This book walks you through simple processes and tips for organizing your time, your stuff and your space. The second half of the book addresses how to teach your children the life skill of being organized.
Written by a busy mom for busy moms. I highly recommend this book!
I love the tips in this book. Some of my favorites is she walks you through exactly how to effectively plan. When you plan effectively it will indeed help bring balance. That is where a lot of us moms who feel like a hamster running on the wheel and never going anywhere can relate. We are moving yet not being effective. Not accomplishing all we desire at the end of our day. She simply has so many valuable tips to help in all areas of running your household. My favorite tip is to have a planner! I recently was blessed with an Arc planner and I am using it and it is changing my life! If you need a little help in organizing your home life to a better balance check out her book.
If you like like luxury but do not like luxury prices your going to love Dail's newest Boutique Collection with their Sugar Cane Husk Scrub Hand Soap! It truly is a fantastic hand washing experience with it freshly cut sugar cane & gentle micro -scrubbers it cleanses the skin deeply & gently while moisturizing for total smooth skin.
I have to say I love this hand soap! It is amazing. My whole family loves this soap and wants it in every bathroom in the house. This soap makes a great family soap yet leaves you feeling a bit pampered! I used this the other day after doing some gardening in my containers and it works at deep cleaning with such refreshing moisture! I love the after feel of my hands. The scent is heavenly & just right without being over baring.
Win a bottle of your own comment below. I will choose a winner in a random drawing on 4/6/2015
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If you have been reading my blog in 2015 you know one of my 2015 Goals is seeking natural skin care products that are worthy. Well one day I approached Utah's Own Beejunvenate. They are all natural bee's wax products that are supporting neighborhood bee keeping. I thought it is such a grand idea! Not only that you know that I also have a Made in the USA category now, I just had to add this to the family. You can check out my first 2 postshere & here.
BEEJUVENATE PRODUCTS ARE ALL NATURAL & CONTAIN 12 OF THE BEST INGREDIENTS FOR SKIN HEALING & HYDRATION!
I rubbed the beejuvenate lavender all natural bees wax perineum skin balm into my hand. It takes a minute or 2 for the natural oils to penetrate and absorb. But o boy once it did it is amazing. This is flu season. So I wash my hands even more so than normal at work. My hands have been so very dried out & itchy and of the lotions I have tried here at home none have done with this beejuvenate skin balm has done. When I apply lotion it helps only for a little bit. And it often causes my severe dry hands to break out in red dots. I rubbed this skin balm in my ruff dry skin thinking yeah right but YEAH RIGHT it was amazing. Not only did it really moisturize after the first rub in it also helped clear up my light red blotches! It also gives a non greasy coat so next time I wash my hands they are a little more protected. I just can't believe how amazing it is. Of all the skin care items I have ever tried for my face & hands etc this is the best by far. The best part is ,,, is that it is all natural. Since I am Brca 2 Positive high risk cancer I need not worry at all with this product that there are any parabens, sulfates, or carcinogenics. Beejuvenate has won my heart. As I review other skin care products this year I find it hard to believe I will find any that will beat this brand. It is made with bees wax, coconut, safflower, shea butter, grape seed, kukui, emu, macadamia, cocoa butter, avocado, apricot kernel, hemp seed. It is naturally spf 15.
Now the story of how this product came to be is amazing. Grant & Mark actually are neighborhood bee keepers! Yep that's right! To see these American businessmen & their neat story & how the beejuvenate product came to beeee ( hahaha I had to throw that pun in there)click here to read & see pictures! There are so many health benefits of bees wax & natural honey. Thank God for little bees, they are so important to this world for more reasons than we can realize. We need them for things to grow & so much more!
Beejunvenate is a fine product & I award it my Homemaker-Mom Seal of Approval!
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