{Favorite Brands} Not Soap, Radio

Leave it to BirchBox to create an EveryGirl affordable luxuries box that included this amazingly lemon scented soap. The soap was so lemony that it was like my puff magically transformed into a lemon and my worries melted away. Not to mention the tongue and cheek label had me giggling like a mad woman as I soaped up.

I had to know more about the tongue and cheek make a girl giggle like crazy in the shower labels. Turns out that Not Soap, Radio is a good old home grown company that is the brain child of sisters, Laura Cabot and Suzanne Cabot. Laura and Suzanne have created an aromatherapeutic line of products that are affordable and deliciously scented. The Not Soap, Radio product line is free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates and are never tested on animals. Which you totally know is an A+ in my book, I don’t do chemicals nor do I support animal testing.

Soap is no longer getting the short end of the stick and your shower has just become the hottest spot in town. Well at least my shower is the hottest spot in town. You can ask the muppet like dog, he will vouch for me as he has to put up with my giggling. I have very sensitive skin and I have to be very careful with the soaps that I use as many ingredients can trigger an auto-inflammatory response. No one likes red splotchy skin and it always makes me second guess my outfit. I thought I was doomed to a life of boring unscented bar soaps. Dropping the soap and slipping is for the birds. That all changed the day my August BirchBox showed up on my doorstep and I haven’t looked back.

I traded in my bar and grabbed Not Soap, Radio. My skin, it sent me a thank you note. I bet your body wash doesn’t make you giggle, I know mine does. Oh and my body wash gives me advice and positive affirmations. Each formula is cleverly crafted and scented, each scent is designed to boost your overall sense of well being. How amazing is that!? A body wash that improves your well being all while cleaning you – now that is what I call multitasking!

Let’s talk about Not Soap, Radio!

When life gives you one too many lemons (and you’ve misplaced your happy place…).™
—————————> Joy inducing, if my happy place had a scent this would be it. I am the girl who goes to IKEA and buys a pallet of the lemon scented candles. I love lemon scented things. The scent of lemon reminds me of home and it makes me happy. This body wash definitely puts a bright spot in my day. You need to buy this! Go to: http://www.notsoapradio.com
Liquid Freud (when you need to turn up the volume on your inner voice of reason).™
————————-> This wash is scented with coconut milk with a dash of mango and it is infused with St. John’s Wort for an immediate mood boost. This is the first full-sized Not Soap, Radio product I purchased and it is amazing. I love the scent, it reminds me of tropical beaches, cabana boys, and tiki drinks. If you live in the frigid north then this is a staple for your shower. Go buy it here: http://www.notsoapradio.com I will be checking your shower to make sure your Liquid Freud is front and center.

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The Phoenix (when you need to rise from the ashes–yet again).™
———————————>Instant optimism in a bottle! I love plums almost as much as I love lemons. I was intrigued by the scent description: persimmon plum infused with optimism-promoting Bergamot. Oooo that sounds like a bottle full of optimistic nice and I needed it in my life. It smells so good. I catch myself popping the top off and just taking a whiff when I need a little boost. Trust me – it’s that good! You need a boost in your life, go get a boost and rise from the ashes at http://www.notsoapradio.com

Not Soap, Radio Original Hand/Body Lotions TO GO
———————————> Not Soap, Radio’s amusing and delicious scents in a portable pocket sized bottle. I ordered this set because I could not make up my mind and I wanted to try them all. I needed all of the Not Soap, Radio scents in my life and this affordable set did the trick. Holidays are coming and you need a cute little lotion for your purse. Go get it at http://www.notsoapradio.com

I am a Not Soap, Radio fan girl for life. Laura and Suzanne believe in there brand and if you tweet @notsoapradio they will be the ones responding to you. How do I know? They responded to my tweet the other day and I about died with excitement! I told the lady next to me on the bus “OMG Not Soap, Radio just responded to my tweet and they re-tweeted me.” She just looked at me like I was nuts and snarled. I hands down love this brand and I cannot wait to try every single product in the line. Go on now, go get yourself your own Not Soap, Radio. I promise it will change the way you look at showering and leave you feeling dandy!

***I was no compensated for my post. Opinions are my own***

{Favorite Brands} theBalm.com

theBalmI have been reading reviews about this wondrous San Francisco based brand that believes makeup and skin care products should be wholesome and cute. Cute is an understatement, as the packaging is to die for cute. theBalm.com was the brain child of Marissa Shipman, in 2004 she created a plan and launched her fabulous brand of cosmetics and skin care products. theBalm offers quick solutions and great products at a fabulous price point.

Many women have drawers of makeup, serums, lotions an potions, but really how many of those do you actually use? Probably not as many as you think you do. Marissa knew that she only needed a few staple items and she had no doubt that we needed the same staples in our makeup drawer. Her cleverly named and fabulously packaged products are the staple of her brand. A brand that you will fall in love with, just like I have.

A few weeks ago theBalm.com had a flash 50% off sale and I knew that I had to get on that train. The sale was to last for only 2 hours and the goal was to crash the new server. We completely succeeded and it crashed, but not for long with a little persistence I was able to get my order through. I should mention that I received a theBalm sample in my April BirchBox, which prompted me to buy the full-sized product. Thou I didn’t purchase How Bout’ Them Apples directly from theBalm.com I am going to included it in this review.

“Hey! What did you order from theBalm.com?” Oh, I am so glad you asked, let’s find out!

How Bout’ Them Apples – Lip and Cheek Pallet (ordered from birchbox.com): is a multi-functioning lip and cheek cream palette.
———————-> I hands down love this pallet, the colors are perfect. Not to mention the packaging is too stinking cute for its own good. I love the fact that the color lasts a really long time, bonus it leaves my lips feeling soft. No one likes dried lips, but every one loves a good apple. This cute little pallet will set you back $32.00. Which is a steal because you are getting six amazing duel used colors in one handy-dandy pallet.
theBalm out of the box

White Tea Lavender Foaming Face Cleanser – for all skin types: is soothing and non-drying. Soy Proteins nourish by providing depleted skin with a rich source of Amino Acids and Peptides. Paraben-free, Synthetic Dye-free, Phthalate-free, Cruelty-free & Made in the USA.
——————–> I received my order on Saturday and I have been using the cleanser since I ripped the package open. I love the calming scent of lavender and that this cleanser leaves nothing behind. As in nothing, no makeup, no dirt, no oil, just good clean skin. This really great cleanser will set you back $19.50. I am truly in love with it, who knew a human could be in love with a cleanser. I sure didn’t.

Peppermint Hydrating Face Moisturizer – For Normal to Dry Skin: feels cool and revitalizing as it works to retain skin’s natural moisture. Lightweight botanical extracts add needed hydration and nourishment to dry areas. Paraben-free, Synthetic Dye-free, Phthalate-free, Cruelty-free & Made in the USA.
———————-> Where has this moisturizer been all my life? My skin after four uses has never been this soft. I love that the moisturizer is light and not gloopy, it soaks in quickly and leaves behind soft refreshed skin. I am now a convert and will never go back to my old Serious Skin Care moisturizer. If you want to become a convert this amazing moisturizer will set you back $18.00 Come on you know you want to convert, take the plunge and spend the 18 big ones on one amazing moisturizer.

What can I say, I am wowed by theBalm.com and I am now a life long customer. If you want to have a few fabulous cosmetics and skin care products in your draw give thebalm.com a try. You will be glad that you did.

**Opinions are my own. I was not compensated for this post**

{Freshpet} The Muppet Like Dog Goes Fresh

FreshpetHave you ever strolled down the pet food isle and wondered “why is there a refrigerated case here?” I know I’ve wondered that. Have you ever peeked inside the case and mumbled to yourself “I am not gonna put dog food in my refrigerator next to my food?” Who on earth would buy dog food that needs to be refrigerated and who would pay that price for such a small bag? These are questions I asked myself as I stood in front of the Freshpet case in the dog food isle at Wal*Mart. Yes, I shop at Wal*Mart, but that is besides the point.

I am a mom to a muppet like dog and I want what is best for him. His heath and life are very important to me. I buy him the best and settle for nothing less. I mean I drove around for hours on end during the big power outage last summer just so my little guy could have air conditioning and hang his head out the window. My dog literally almost goes every where I go. My family treats him like he is a child, my Mama tells people “my grandson has four legs and a tail.’ It’s true Cullen has a tail and four very fury legs. With dog treats on my list I headed down the isle and started to Google Freshpet.

I liked what I was reading and started to see the light, that fresh truly was better. Freshpet is packed with vitamins and proteins. Freshpet meals offer fresh meats, poultry, and vegetables that are from local farms. The Freshpet team gently cooks the meals at lower temperatures, so vital nutrients that go into Freshpet foods actually stay in. As a result, Freshpet is 1/3 less processed than leading dry foods. That’s a winning recipe for pets everywhere.

97% of Freshpet ingredients come from the USA and Canada. Freshpet does their best to source locally whenever possible. No Freshpet ingredients come from China. Wooho! No ingredients from China, that right there is what sold me on Freshpet. I do my best to steer away from all dog food/treat products that are manufactured in China. That big story a few years back about arsenic in dog food and treats manufactured in China still scares me. I love my dog to much to expose him to products from China. (I have nothing against China, they are nice folks, just they make bad products for dogs)

Cullen has been eating fresh pet since July and I cannot begin to describe the difference it has made in his life. The muppet’s fur is shinny, he has more energy, his eyes are brighter and he can’t get enough of Freshpet in his bowl. Its kind of funny when Cullen is hungry he will go and sit in front of the fridge and look up at me with his big brown eyes. He gets so excited when the door opens, he practically eats the food right out of the scoop, and the same goes for the treats. Feeding time has become very entertaining as the muppet like dog gets so excited for Freshpet.

“What Freshpet Products does Cullen like best?” Oh, I am so glad you asked! Let’s find out!

Freshpet Dog Joy Beef Treats: these bite sized treats are made in he USA from all natural beef that is slow cooked to perfection for that BBQ smell.
———————> The muppet like dog loves these things! I finally have him weaned from his beloved Pupperonis and Dog Joy Beef treats have taken there place.

Freshpet Select Roasted Meals With Carrots & Spinach: Made of tender pieces of fresh chicken accented with carrots and spinach.
——————-> The muppet like dog gives Frespet Select Roasted meals four paws. He cannot get enough of this food. When I was feeding him dry dog food it would take him a week to eat a bowl full of food. It would break my heart to always see a full bowl of food. I would often have to throw it away for fear that it had gone stale or something. I no longer have that problem, he literally licks his bowl clean at mealtimes.

Freshpet has a great line of products for all of your dog’s and cat’s nutritional needs. Freshpet has a great website with all of the information and reviews that you need to become a believer. To find out more about Freshpet please head on over to http://m.freshpet.com to find out if Freshpet is right for your four legged friend.

****I was not compensated for this post. Reviews an Opinions are my own*****