Sunny Land Soap

I’ve been so excited to share this review with all of my readers! I had the pleasure to try out several different bath and body products from Pittsburgh-based Sunny Land Soap. This is a company that creates products that are both environmentally-friend and cruelty free. I am always very careful as to what I put on my skin and using natural, handmade products is important to me. If I can’t pronounce an ingredient in my skincare or food it’s probably not good for me.

Also of note, Sunny Land Soap does not create any of their products with palm oil. This was such a great thing to learn. I have tried very hard for years to stay away from beauty or food products that contain palm oil.  The method of harvestation not only destroys rain forests it also is known to be linked to animal cruelty and brutality especially with orangutans. If you would like to read more, Sunny Land Soap has this link on their site.

After speaking with the lovely owner Yvone, she agreed to send me products to review and for our June Give Away (yes, you could win these products-full size!) When my box arrived you could smell the goodness through the shipping box, I knew a few of the items were from her Summer Holiday collection, perfect now that summer is just around the corner. All of these products arrived nicely wrapped or in muslin draw string bags and I just love their logo of a lady in the bathtub with the sun shining behind her.



The first product I used was the Summer Holiday Triple Butter Handcrafted Soap. This blueish-green soap is awesome. Made from olive oil, coconut oil, sodium hydroxide, cocoa butter, shea butter, mango butter, castor oil, fragrance oil and vegetable glycerin soap coloring; I love the smell of this soap, reminiscent of a day at the beach. It has a nice lather and won’t leave a film on your skin, It is so moisturizing that I even use this on my face. Included with the soap is a hand made crocheted Soap Saver, after using your soap put it in the Soap Savor to prolong the life of your handmade soap. Summer Holiday Triple Butter Handcrafted Soap $4.50 for 3.5 ounces and Soap Saver $3.50



I don’t know about you, but I love to take a nice warm bath right before bed. It’s not often I get the chance to do so with a new baby who likes to pretend he is sound asleep until you get settled into a bath and he begins to sing the song of his people. Well, after a long day I finally got to settle into a bath and dropped in the Summer Holiday Giant Bath Fizzy made from coconut milk, citric acid, baking soda, castor oil, sweet almond oil, fragrance oil, bentonite clay, blue and greed powder color. This not only added moisturizing oils to my bath but as a fun element  it turned the water caribbean blue. The almond oil was fragrant and reminded me of a scent from my childhood that I just cannot pinpoint at this time. Bath fizzes are great for anyone but I think this would be awesome for a little kid to use in their bath. The best thing about these fizzies are their size. You don’t have to drop the whole thing into the bath- in fact I cut it in half with a sharp kitchen knife which allows me to enjoy for another relaxing bath. I would suggest cutting it into fourths if you were using this in a child’s bath. They fizz in your tub for quite a long while.  Summer Holiday currently on sale for $4.00 6.6 oz bath fizz.




Lucky for me, I still had two more bath fizzies to try out, the Tropical Smoothie Giant Bath Fizzy and the Soothe Your Skin After Sun Fizzy.  Once again, both of these are very fragrant and add components of moisture to your bath water.  They soak right up into your dry skin, and make you not want to leave the bath tub. Truthfully, we haven’t had much sun where I live and since I am fair-skinned, I know at least once this summer I will find myself slightly burned.  Therefore, I am looking forward to using the other half of the Soothe Your Skin After Sun Fizzy – the oatmeal, milk and almond oil will provide a soothing element to sunburned skin. The Tropical Smoothie reminds me of being on a beach somewhere sunny and warm sipping a fruity drink and working on my somewhat  tan. Tropical Smoothie on sale for $4.00 for 6.6 oz and Soothe Your Skin After Sun Fizzy $4.99 for (3) 4.0 oz fizzies.


Of course after a nice warm bath, I like to follow by moisturizing my skin with a creamy lotion.  Not only does my skin continue to stay hydrated and smooth but I love to smell good especially when crawling into bed. I couldn’t wait to try out the Summer Holiday Goat Milk & Aloe Whipped Lotion, after using this lotion it has moved into my top five body lotions. This whipped lotion is delectable and makes you want to eat it. The lotion is a perfect texture and does not leave your skin greasy.  It absorbs quickly and the smell lasts a long time. This lotion contains several different essential oils, sunflower,meadowfoam,jojoba oil, goat’s milk, aloe vera, vitamin C among other components that make up this fabulous lotion. Summer Holiday Goat Milk & Aloe Whipped Lotion $5.60 for 3.5 oz



My grandma always reminds me that I need to take good care of my feet. I find myself on my feet all day long, rocking my baby to nap or taking him on strolls through out our neighborhood.  At the end of the day my feet are tired. Included in my box of goodies, was a Summer Tootsies Energizing Foot Care Set, perfect for getting my feet in shape for summer sandals.  One night, my husband went on dad duty and I took a break to soak my feet in the tub. I filled the tub up with a few inches of water just enough to cover my feet to my ankles and dropped in one of the Energizing Fizzy Foot Soak Cubes. These smell so refreshing and are composed of citric acid, baking soda, castor oil, sweet almond oil, lavender flower powder, bentonite, lavender essential oil, peppermint essential oil and vegetable glycerin soap coloring.

Next, I took the Energizing Foot Scrub which are made from epsom salts, sweet almond oil, peppermint essential oil, lavender essential oil, dried lavender and vitamin E. This is a an invigorating foot scrub. I lathered both of my feet and scrubbed lightly with a pumice stone. This was great for removing the dead skin off of my heels. I will admit, I haven’t had a pedicure in a long time and this scrub really helped renew my feet.

Lastly, before bed I took some of the Energizing Foot Balm made from shea butter, olive oil, beeswax, jojoba oil, cocoa butter, vitamin E, peppermint essential oil, tea tree essential oil and eucalyptus essential oil. I made sure to use this nightly for a week to really test the foot balm; to lock in moisture I would wear socks to bed. I applied this balm to my feet and within in a week I saw a significant change in my heels. They went from rough and dry to smooth. Purchase all three in a set for $12.49 ( 6 fizzes, 1 jar 2 oz Scrub & 1 jar 2 oz Balm)


When reviewing beauty and body products I use them for a week straight. This allows me to really see how well they work and if they improve the quality of my skin. I am happy to say that these products hit a home run!

I could rave about Sunny Land Soap all day long! Overall, this has been one of my favorite companies in which to product test. I enjoyed every single one and I know you will too. Check out Sunny Land Soap’s entire product line on their website. They offer lotions, soaps, bath fizzies, wax tarts, lip balms, hand sanitizer and even a product for your pet’s paws (assuming your pet has paws).

Sunny Land Soap products would be perfect to add to your collection or to treat your mom, aunt, sister or a friend as a gift. How awesome would these products be for as a bridal shower, baby shower or luncheon favor?

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Conscious Box- Get Your’s Free

Conscious Box ($19.95/free shipping) Select from three choice boxes, Vegan, Classic & Gluten Free. Receive beauty products, natural goods and snacks. Monthly, 3-6-12 subscriptions available.

Get your first Conscious Box Free! Just pay $7.95 for S/H. Use code ESCAPEFREE at check out.

I wanted to try out their free box and recently received mine in the mail. This is not a box for me at this time since I do receive boxes from several health subscription boxes. I did cancel my subscription before I was charged for my first box.


Contents Inside


1.) All Natural IPS Egg White Chips- Pressure Puffed, Aged White Cheddar Egg White Chips. Gluten-Free, Non-GMO, 0g Trans Fat, 7g of Protein, 5g of Fat, 130 Calories & 240mg of Sodium. I have had these before from another subscription box. My husband and I did not like them. They have a bland taste. ($39.03 for 24 pack from Amazon)


2.) NeoCell Beauty Bursts- Gourmet Collagen Soft Chews. These are suppose to help rebuild Collagen, provide Vitamin C & bring hydration to the skin. ($13.19 for 60vitamins from DrVita)


3.) Scheckter’s Organic Energy Drink- 100% Natural Organic, No Refined Sugars, No Artificial Ingredients, 110 calories, 28g of Carbohydrates & 28g of Sugar. I am not a good judge of energy drinks and I wouldn’t drink this one because it has too much sugar. I know it’s not refined sugar but It’s still too much. My husband will have to give this one a try. ($32.53 for 12 pack from Amazon)


4.) Via Nature Soothing Skin Lotion Lavender Eucalyptus & Vanilla Coconut - Antioxidant Omega Essential Complex. Great for sensitive to normal skin. Contains Argan Oil to condition and Hydrate. I am a huge fan of both lotions! Great smell and makes my skin feel really soft! ($8.33 Vanilla Coconut from Amazon & $8.33 Lavender Eucalyptus from Amazon)


5.) Kramp Krusher Electrolyte Chewz- Chewable drops for athletes. Provides sustaining energy and reloads electrolytes lost during working out or racing. I tried these when I was sick- I was unable to tell if it made a difference but I knew I lost a lot of electrolytes and used this in conjunction with Gatorade G2. I think you would need to use these on a daily basis during work outs. ($29.99 for 12pack from Amazon)


6.) Pangea Organics Pyrenees Lavender with Cardamon Lip Balm – This is a long lasting lip balm with antioxidants and organic oils to nourish lips.  I did not try this. This will be part of a  JUNE GIVEAWAY. ($12.00 from C.O. Bigelow)


7.) Traditional Medicinals Organic Chamomile Tea Sample- Naturally Caffeine Free Herbal Tea. All Chamomile Tea taste the same to me. ($3.79 a box from Vitacost)

This was a great sample box. I was introduced to products I have never used. Does anyone subscribe to Conscious Box? What are your thoughts?

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Urthbox- April

UrthBox ($19.00-$79.00 / free shipping) Monthly subscription of Healthy snacks. Boxes available in Class, Gluten-Free, Vegan or Diet. There are several different size boxes-mini,small,medium and large. 1,3,6 month plans available.

I received my first Urthbox today and I was really happy with the contents inside. I was shocked by the amount of full size products included in April’s box. The box I received is the Medium Size Classic. I purchased a coupon through and got three months at a discounted price. This box is great, especially for me since I have changed my dietary restrictions and am focusing more on Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free and Vegan Products.


Contents Inside


1.) Annie Chung’s Roasted Seaweed Snacks- Sesame Flavored. 2.5g of Fat, 30 calories, 70mg of Sodium. I think I will pass on trying these! It brings me back to a terrible time eating Seaweed Salad at Tao in Las Vegas…one of the funniest…yet the worst stories ever!! ($1.44)


2.) Hail Merry Macaroons- 4 Choco flavored Macaroons, Gluten Free, Vegan, 11g of Fat, 130 calories, 30mg of Sodium. I can’t wait to try these! My mom’s macaroons are the only ones I love but now that I am doing Gluten Free, I hope these are delicious! ($40.00 for 8 bags)


3.) Elianni Vegan Mushroom Pate-Vegan, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, 5g of Fat, 60 calories, 70mg of Sodium. ($4.99)


4.) Rescue Pearls Natural Stress Relief- (Received 2 boxes with 28 capsules in each) These are dissolvable capsules, Non- Habit Forming, Alcohol Free and Homeopathic. I am interested in trying these, I will admit I have terrible anxiety and maybe these will help me. ($9.99)


5.) Wai Lana Thai Curry & Lime Chips- Gluten Free, Wheat & Soy Free, Cholesterol Free, 30% Less Fat than regular potato chips. 6g of Fat, 130 Calories and 204mg of Sodium. These are not for me, they have a nice light texture different from a potato chip but I don’t care for the taste. I will have to see what Grandma thinks! ($2.99)


6.) SunRype 100% Fruit Strip Strawberry Watermelon (2)- Nut Free, Gluten Free, 0g of fat, 50 calories, 5mg of Sodium. A Healthy version of the childhood favorite fruit roll ups. ($2.00 approx)


7.) Roots Blueberry Flavor Powder- A blend of powdered vegetables and fruites. A whole day’s worth of super foods. Blueberry Flavor. 0g of Fat, 30 calories, 51mg of Sodium. My guess is too mix this in a smoothie.($1.50)


8.) New Tree Orange Pearls- Belgian Dark Chocolate covered Orange bites. 66% Dark Chocolate, Rich In Fiber, Organic and Fair Trade ingredients. 2.5g of Fat, 97 calories, 12mg of Sodium. ($2.25)


9.) Caveman Cookies- Grain- Free, Paleo, All Natural, Dairy Free. 3.5g of Fat, 60 calories, 0mg of Sodium. This is a cookie that can be eaten while following the Paleo life. ($6.25 for 8 cookies)


10.) Zouq Curry Crunch Sweet & Sour Mix- Gluten Free,Gluten Free, Vegan No Cholesterol, MSG Free. Mixture of nuts, dried peas, and crisps. 9g of Fat, 152 calories, 129mg of Sodium. ($17.88 for 12 pouches)


11.) Unreal Candy (2)- No GMO’s No Preservatives, No Chemicals, No Corn Syrup. These are similar to a snickers bar and tasty. Did not have nutrition facts listed on product. ($ ?? unable to locate pricing)


12.) La Tortilla Factory Whole Wheat Tortillas- High Fiber, Low Carb, 2g of Fat, 50 Calroeis, 210mg of Sodium. These are prefect for my family. We eat a lot of turkey tacos and my husband is a “take a sandwich to work every day guy” these will be nice to pair with tuna fish. ($11.12 for 2 pack)


13.) Natural Delights Medjool Dates (BONUS ITEM)- Dried Dates, 0g of Fat, 140 calories, 10mg of Sodium. I am not a big fan of Dates so these will end up with Grandma. ($5.99 1lb bag)


14.) Honey Grams (2 BONUS ITEMS)- Gluten Free, Wheat Free. Does not contain nutrition information. These were delicious! (Unable to locate)

Overall, I was very happy with this box. Urthbox introduced me to a ton of new products that I was unaware of or would probably never even come across in the grocery store. Definitely looking forward to May and June’s box.

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Sock Fancy- April

Ok…Who is the first person that comes to mind when you look at these socks? Scroll down for my answer….


Did you guess Bill Cosby?

Ahh..come on! Don’t these socks remind you of his sweaters on the Cosby Show?

Out of all the socks my husband has received from Sock Fancy, these are my favorite! Absolutely loved April’s shipment.For some reason, I can’t help but think of Bill Cosby.

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April’s Give Away Begins April 15th, 2014

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Wantable Make Up- April’s Review

April 7th, 2014

Wantable offers three types of subscriptions: Accessories, Make Up and Intimates. All boxes are priced at $36.00 for a subscription or $40.00 for a one-time purchase, both choices offer free shipping.

If you don’t like the box you received, Wantable allows you to return it. Being able to return your box is an added benefit that most subscription companies don’t offer. Additionally, should you desire to skip a month or cancel Wantable provides the option to do so.

Wantable offers the opportunity to complete a style profile for each type of box. The style profile works this way – you are shown a picture of an item and rate it on a sliding scale ranging from love it to dislike it. Based on your ratings, Wantable is able to send items you truly desire and you are not left receiving something which does not match your taste or style. I assume this also keeps their returns to a minimum.

I started experimenting with make up in middle school but it wasn’t until high school that I started wearing make up everyday. Even now, years after high school and college I still love playing with make up. With age, you tweak your style, learn new tips and and evolve into wearing make up that best suits you. Even on days that I am staying home I still put on a little make up to make me feel better and it works every time.


After filling out my make up profile on Wantable, I was anxious to see what they would send for such a fair-skinned girl like myself. To their credit, every product sent was a perfect fit for my coloring!


The first item I pulled out of my box was a compressed mineral blush from La Bella Donna. It has a lovely warm peach hue which will high light my cheek bones nicely for the Spring and Summer months. This mineral blush is lightweight and formulated to give your cheeks a healthy and all natural glow. ($27.00 La Bella Donna )


Next out of my box was eyeliner from Cailyn Cosmetics. This black eyeliner pencil has the intensity of a liquid liner with the ease of a pencil. I tried this out and it has a nice rich black color making my eyes pop out quite nicely. ( $7.00 Cailyn Cosmetics)


Normally, I am a lip balm person for every day use but I do put on lipstick when I have something to do or attend an event. My third item was a nice subtle apricot color lipstick from DEX New York called Court Street Apricot. This color is perfect for everyday wear and I may even start wearing lipstick a bit more often then usual. ($22.00 DEX New York)


Of all the different types of make up on the market, I probably spend the most amount of money on mascara. If you are anything like me, you’ve spent a good time searching for a mascara that flatters your lashes, doesn’t clump and is reasonably priced. Right now, I switch back and forth between two mascaras – one on the higher end of price spectrum and the other, the low end and have been using them religiously for years. The last item in my box was black Extreme Volumizing Mascara from Sorme. This mascara helps your lashes get a full maximum look while it conditioning and strengthening. Extreme Volumizing Mascara contains Hyaluronic Acid, Aloe Vera and Vitamin E- all designed to nourish your lash. I did give this a try over the weekend and I was pleasantly surprised, it did not clump or smear and my lashes truly looked fuller. ($19.00 Sears)

This box retailed $75.00, an excellent deal (more than double) for the subscription price of $36.00. This is make up that I will use and look forward to wearing.

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FabFitFun- Spring Edition 2014

April 6th, 2014

Fab Fit Fun is exactly what it sounds like. This is a curated box put together by style host Guliana Rancic. Fab Fit Fun boxes ship each quarter which is great for someone who loves beauty, wellness products and accessories with out having to commit to a monthly subscription. Each box is $49.99 and free shipping.

If you want to sign up for their Summer box, you can use coupon code SUMMER5 and save $5.00- Must use by July 15th, 2014

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I received my Fab Fit Fun box for Spring 2014 and wait until you see all the great gifts inside!!!


Ordinarily, my mini make up bag contains a couple of perfume samples from department stores, perfect for when you need a refresh when your out and about. Fab Fit Fun included a Perfume oil by Kai. This is a roll-on oil perfume and the scent is amazing, very fresh and Spring like. It has a beautiful floral smell that is not at all over powering. I didn’t think I would enjoy this because I am suspect about the scents that come from roll-ons.  However, once I put it on it smells great! Kai says to roll it on your pulse points and claims it will smell different on everyone. What a lovely smell for Spring and definitely something I will throw into my on the go make up bag. This is a full-size bottle ($48.00 Nordstrom)


I’ve been blessed with really great skin and it’s probably because I am so fair that the sun is my enemy. Wearing sunscreen is something I do quite often in the summer months and I am always using an SPF moisturizer on my face. Cover FX is an SPF 30 Protection Primer that is water resistant, hydrates and smooths skin to extend your make up wear. I try to use products with the least amount of chemicals and this is a Vegan, paraben-free, fragrance free, gluten free, mineral oil free and talc free. It will be great for your skin. Included Full Size ($38.00)


Spring means it’s your last chance to get in shape before summer comes. Inside my box was a Merrithew Mini Stability ball and DVD. This ball and dvd will help you build core stability, stamina and resilience. It will also help you improve your posture and breathing. Retails ($28.94) **** This is an April GIVE AWAY****


Exfoliation is an important shower routine for me- at least once or twice a week I use a scrub to exfoliate my skin and I always feel wonderful afterwards. I’ve used Exfoliating mitts in past and have found them not to work or last more than a few uses. Inside my Fab Fit Fun box was a Dermasuri Deep Exfoliating Mitt. All you have to do is put the mitt over your hand and buff away dead skin cells. We will have to see just how good this item is. If your interested in purchasing you can get 25% off your order with code FFFVIP25 expires 12/31/14. Retails ($19.99)


When I saw the next item, I found myself with a love-hate opinion. Cult Gaia Turband, is a wrap headband- part turban, part headband. It has a wire like structure to wrap around your head and tie it in a knot like a turban. This style and print is not my cup of tea but the more I looked at it I started to like it. I put it on for my husband and thought I would get a crack or a laugh but no..he said I looked cute in it! I wore it for my mom and she said I looked like Rosie the Riveter. Honestly, this is going to get used- though I may not wear it out to restaurants or the mall.  But for activities like tanning on my balcony, going to the farmers markets, or taking my baby to the park, this is great. According to other receivers of this box we got different prints, I wish I would have received the blue and white polka dot but I will make due with this one. Retails ($48.00)


Next in my box was Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo Invisible Spray. This is a dry shampoo that helps you maintain your mane for a couple of days without having to wash your hair. Sprays on clear and helps to absorb excess oil while vitamin E and wheat proteins strengthen hair while volumizing your hair. Interested in a purchase? Use code FabFit20 for 20% off your next purchase. Retails ($25.00 Sephora) ****This is an April GIVE AWAY ITEM****


Back in my early post college days, I worked for a bath company that sold shower bombs. Not everyone is familiar with shower bombs and if you haven’t tried them you should, it’s a fun little shower treat. Level Naturals Shower Bombs change your shower from boring to refreshing. All you have to do is drop one in the bottom of your shower and  be amazed as the organic menthol and eucalyptus work with the shower steam to create a spa like experience. Full Size, 4 bombs ($7.99)


Lastly, a new chip ( I love me some chips!) to try from The Better Chip Spinach and Kale with Sea Salt. Contains natural ingredients, non-GMO verified and gluten free. Contains 7g of fat, 130 Calories, 100mg of Sodium and 0g of Sugar, I munched on these as a wrote my review and found them to be delicious! I bet you can’t tell, I took a picture of an empty bag of chips! Retail ($1.99)


Drum Roll Please………Remember this box sells for $49.99 with free shipping……the total value of this box is $217.91. Now that is a deal!  Don’t forget the Mini Stability Ball, dvd & The Dry Shampoo are all give away items, but you have to be a fan on Facebook to win!

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