Monday, October 17, 2016

New book fun!

The "if you were me and lived in..." series by Carole P. Roman are great for making education about different time periods fun! This time we read about Elizabethan England. 

My son really likes the illustrations by Paula Tabor & hearing about a different period in history. Ans just like her other books, I liked how the writing made him feel connected to the story by using lots of "you" "your father" and "your mother".

I also liked how it asked some questions throughout the story to invoke some critical thinking in the readers.  There is a glossary in the back (for helping with words like "breeched" & "gentry") as well as some short bios on some influential people for the period.

This book covers the Renaissance, exploring, art, literature, clothing you would wear, the food you might grow and eat, what you would do in your free time, and how the settlements were built.

The author's blog is working on additional resources like worksheets, coloring pages, and more. Perfect for homeschooling!

I received a copy of this book complementary in exchange for my review, all opinions are my own. 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Dove Detox & Purify Dry Shampoo

I have tried several different dry shampoos. With long, thick hair that can get oily, it's been hard to find one that I really like! 

Enter Dove-Detox and Purify Dry Shampoo. I have to say I was impressed!! The first thing I noticed is that there wasn't a white powder/residue in my hair as I was using it. I also noticed the lovely scent, that lasted a while, not just while I was applying it. It gave my hair a little volume, and a little (good) shine, and it took out a lot of the oil. 

I got a few compliments at work, and most did not believe that it was from a dry shampoo.

 I did get this free to review, but I liked it enough that I'll be buying more!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Shiatsu Massager

I'm in love with my new Naturalico Shiatsu Massager! You can plug it into the wall, or the car (although I don't know when I'd actually use it in the car); no batteries needed. It's heated, and you can reverse the massaging direction with the touch of a button.

Its prime use is the neck and shoulders, although there are instructions for lower back and feet. I love using it on my neck and shoulders with the heat. The heat is warm, but not hot, which is nice and relaxing. The pressure and rotation of the massager feels like a person giving the massage- it's wonderful! Some similar massagers chop/pound/vibrate; this one actually kneads. After a long day on the computer at work, and then the long drive home in rush hour traffic, this is the perfect way to wind down and relax. 

While it is completely portable, and the box that it comes in has a handle and is pretty sturdy, it is a little on the heavy side (but most of these kind of massagers are!).

You can get yours here -

I received this product complementary in exchange for my honest review; all opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016


I recently got to test out a sample of ZzzQuil thanks to Influenster. If you have trouble sleeping, you should definitely try out ZzzQuil! It comes in LiquiCaps and liquid form.

Perks of ZzzQuil: 
- It is non-habit forming 
- You sleep soundly & wake up refreshed 
- It can help you fall asleep in less than 20 minutes

As a reminder though, ZzzQuil is only for sleep, NOT for any kind of pain relief. Please make sure that you are giving yourself 7-8 hours of sleep when you take it.  

I am not a dr or a medical professional- please consult your own doctor for medical advice! 

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Middle Ages

We now have four Carole P Roman books in our library. I have to say that, unfortunately, this one is our least favorite of all of them. It is about twice as long as the other three books, and it didn't hold my son's attention like the others do. I also noticed there were several spots where editing and proofing were missed. It didn't seem to flow as easily, either. 

However, it does tell of the time period (in an age appropriate manner too) - showcasing the naming practices, the clothing, different types of food, religion, schooling, social structure, etc which was definitely nice! It also has a section at the end of some famous people from the Middle Ages; as well as a glossary. 

I did receive this book complementary for my review. All opinions are my own.