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Himalaya Toothpaste Review

My latest review is on Himalaya Toothpaste!  Who doesn’t love brushing their teeth?! (Besides maybe preschoolers or people with no teeth…hmmm.) Anyways, I was excited to receive my sample package from Moms Meet and see that it came with some….wait for it….Swag!!


This is a beautiful pouch decorated with the traditional art form of block printing.  It’s also made with unbleached cotton and non-toxic or natural dyes.  You can learn more about the impact of Matr Boomie and view more designs at

I also received a nice little tote bag…and we know that I love tote bags!


This beauty is made from upcycled saris worn from the women of India.  Himalaya Herbal Healthcare supports Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) by sponsoring this amazing bag!  I think this is a fantastic partnership and I really love seeing collaborations like this!

So on to the toothpaste!


I was able to try out six different flavors as well as a 100% bamboo toothbrush.  I was really curious about the bamboo toothbrush, I mean how can bamboo be comfortable to brush with?


Well, I was pleasantly surprised because the entire brush was very lightweight and the bristles were incredibly soft!  It felt like I was brushing my teeth with a pillow!  I find this especially pleasing because I have sensitive teeth so some toothbrushes can be a little rough.

The first flavor I had to try was the cinnamon.  I love cinnamon on EVERYTHING…I seriously can’t get enough so of course I had to go for the cinnamon toothpaste first.


I could not believe how amazing this tasted!  It was like brushing my teeth with a pack of cinnamon Trident gum!  Now, I know cinnamon is not for everyone and many people are allergic…but for you cinnamon lovers out there, this is a must for your toothpaste collection. –I don’t know if anyone actually has a toothpaste collection, but you get the idea.

Then I tried the spearmint, mint, and peppermint flavors.


The unique thing about this line of toothpaste is that it is gluten free, SLS free, carrageenan free and fluoride free.  I know there is some debate on whether or not fluoride is good for you, but if you are completely against fluoride then I definitely recommend this line for you.  –You can do your own research on the pros and cons of fluoride.  What I was most surprised about was the taste of all of the toothpaste flavors.  They tasted just like any popular brand toothpaste.  I was expecting it to taste a little bland, but was shocked at how good they all were.  I will say that there was a slight “fake sugar” aftertaste, but it wasn’t strong enough to be deal-breaker.

Then I tried the Whitening toothpastes!


I was a little bummed that there wasn’t a cinnamon version of this one, but the mint and peppermint tasted just fine, too.  The flavors were more subtle than their non-whitening counterparts, but still tasted just like any of the popular brand pastes. Again, I have sensitive teeth so I wasn’t sure what to expect from the whitening products.  But, after a few brushes there was no irritation or sensitivity.  Win!  As for the whitening aspect, I’m not sure I used them long enough to see an effect.  I will have to continue using them for a while and then report back with an update.

Overall, I was pleased with this product and I like the idea that it doesn’t contain a lot of the harsh chemicals that can be found in other products.  You can learn more about the ingredients here.

You can also get a free sample for yourself by visiting this link –>

What do you think?  Is this something you would try?

I received this product for free from Moms Meet (, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.

Can’t wait to review the next product!



My latest review is for San-J, which is a brand that makes Tamari soy sauce and other quality marinades and gluten free products.  Again, I was provided this opportunity through the Moms Meet blogger program.

When the package first arrived, I was pretty stoked to see….you guessed it!  Swag!


My package came with three different flavored sauces, a brush, a cutting mat, an adorable San-J shaped thumb drive, and a canvas tote bag.  I was excited to see a lot of fun stuff that I can actually use!

First, I tried the orange sauce (60 cals per 2 tbsp.) as a marinade on some chicken.


This was my favorite marinade out of all three.  I liked that it just had a subtle hint of orange and wasn’t too sweet.  I would definitely use this one again as a marinade or as a dipping sauce.  The brush was also helpful and it’s a handy little tool that I plan to use with future recipes.

Then, I tried out the cutting mat!  At first, I thought it was just a flimsy little thing and I wasn’t expecting a whole lot out of it.  But I quickly changed my mind after learning how easy it was to use!  You just chop everything up, fold and pour into your pan, pot or even crockpot!  It was extremely lightweight, but thick enough to get the job done.  The food also slid off and didn’t stick like some cutting boards tend to do.


Then I tried out the Mongolian sauce (70 cals per tbsp.). I’m not really a big beef or steak eater so I used it on some chicken and vegetables.


I really liked the hints of ginger and garlic in this one and I think it would be great to use on more stir-frys or even some salads.

Lastly, I tried the Thai Peanut sauce (80 cals per tbsp.).


I knew it was going to have a little spice to it, but I was kind of surprised at how spicy it actually it was.  It wasn’t inedible, it just wasn’t pleasant.  I probably would not use this one again just because of the spiciness. Obviously, you could go Pinterest-crazy and find some really awesome recipes to incorporate these sauces!  I just kept it simple with chicken, veggies and rice so I could really taste the product.

Overall, I was pleased with San-J!  I like that they keep their sauces free of preservatives, artificial flavors, GMO’s and gluten.  I will definitely use these  (except probably the peanut sauce) in some future recipes!  What special recipes would you use for San-J?!

I received this product for free from Moms Meet (, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.

Can’t wait for the next review!



MegaFood Review

The latest product I had the opportunity to review through the Moms Meet Blogger program is MegaFood children’s supplements!  These are vitamins in a powder form that contain no coloring, flavorings or sweeteners.  There are a few different varieties, but I tried the Kids Daily Multi, Kids Daily Immune and Kids Daily B-Centered.


I also received a tote bag and a few recipe cards or as they cleverly called them: “Vitamin Hiders”.  I like simple stuff and my kids are at a picky age so I didn’t delve too much into the recipes they suggested.


So this is interesting…you can actually log onto and checkout out their facility.  This is all part of their Big T Transparency initiative and it does give me a little peace of mind knowing that I can see a lot of stuff that goes on behind the scenes.

Well, let’s crack ’em open!🙂


They basically look, feel and smell like someone took a bunch of rocks and threw them in a food processor.  These are definitely not a gimmicky, sugar-coated type of children’s vitamin.  I first added the Kids Daily B-Centered to my daughter’s juice and she said it tasted like a weird blueberry flavor and wasn’t real thrilled.


So I had to think a little bit more creatively on how to hide these supplements.  Here a couple of the ways I hid them:


Surprisingly, despite the grainy texture of the vitamins, there were no complaints and she didn’t seem to notice that I had added some extra nutrition to her snacks! I even snuck it into one of her treats!


There are actually many foods where you could hide these: applesauce, pudding, yogurt, oatmeal, etc. Note: The serving size for each of these vitamins is one scoop for children ages five and up.  Since my daughter is almost four, I only did about three-quarters of a scoop.  Overall, I really enjoyed this type of vitamin for my kids.  The chewable and liquid form of vitamins haven’t worked too well for us and I never liked all of the added and artificial ingredients to make it more appealing.  I would definitely purchase this product again for my little picky eaters!  What do you think?  How do you get your little ones to take their vitamins?

***I received this product for free from Moms Meet (, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.



Every April and October, the San Diego Kids Expo & Fair comes to town and it’s a whole weekend filled with fun for the whole family!  So why should you go?  I’ll give you six reasons!


  • Del Mar – The event is held in the coastal and picturesque town of Del Mar at the Fairgrounds.  It’s right off the freeway and it has a fairly large parking lot.  I’ve always found a parking space fairly close to the entrance with no issues.  It’s also right near the beach!  So after you attend the event, you can drive a few blocks and see some pretty amazing views!


  • The Shows and Performances – The expo provides an opportunity for local dance and drama groups to show off their awesome talents!  These shows are all included in the price of admission so check the performance schedule before you head out so you don’t miss your favorite group.


  • The Animals – Keep an eye out for your chance to get up close and personal with a unique animal or reptile!


  • Outdoor Activities – Make sure you take the kiddos outside to jump in one of the many bounce houses or take the zip line for a spin.  There are also bungy jumps, human hamster balls and rock n’ roll bands providing some sweet entertainment!  This is where the tiny ones can burn off some serious energy!


  • Interactive Exhibits – The main focus of the San Diego Kids Expo & Fair is to educate the community on all of the awesome opportunities for the kids of San Diego.  Take some time and visit the vendors and partake in some of the demo activities that many of them offer.  The kids might be able to kick a few balls, run through an obstacle course, tour an ambulance or hop in a photo booth. They will also love spinning the prize wheels at some of the tables! And if you have super tiny kiddos, don’t worry…there is a mommy and daddy lounge for nursing, changing or just some quiet time for sleepy babies.


And last, but not least…my favorite part of the Expo!! Can you guess?!

  • SWAG! – You will not leave this event empty handed!  You will be loaded up with samples, coupons and maybe even some prizes!  I actually won free movie tickets and got free photo booth pictures!  My daughter also loved spinning all of the prize wheels and getting lots of stickers and tattoos!


These are just a few reasons to attend the Kids Expo!  Checkout the website for a full list of vendors and schedule of the entertainment and shows.  Also, note that this expo comes around twice a year and each time the vendors change.  So basically, it’s almost like a new event each time you attend!

What about pricing? Tickets are $10 at the gate (children 12 and under are free), but you can save money by purchasing on the website.  The outdoor activities also require a wristband which is a separate purchase. But, again, you can save money by bundling and purchasing packages online.  Also check Groupon for group deals! I received free tickets both times I attended through local mom’s groups (I scored these tickets from Mom’s Guide to San Diego).  Check out mom’s groups on Facebook and Instagram and search hashtags for a chance to win free tickets!  Unfortunately, parking is $10 and there really isn’t any way around that.

Have you attended the San Diego Kids Expo in the past?  What are you looking forward to the most at this year’s event?  I’d love to know what you think!

See you at the next event!


Homestyle Ragu Sauce

My latest review comes courtesy of the Moms Meet Blogger program.  I am able to receive certain products for free in exchange for an honest review. It’s a great website to discover new and healthy products that can benefit the whole family!

This time, I was selected to try Ragu Homestyle Pasta Sauce.  I received free coupons to purchase the product on my own as well as a recipe to go along with the sauce.


I didn’t care for the supplied recipe, so I just made spaghetti with vegetables along with the sauce all in the crockpot (because the crockpot is the only thing in my house that doesn’t need my undivided attention.)


The sauce is available in five different varieties, but I went to a small Vons near my house in Southern California and only found these two flavors.  I did also look for this sauce at my military commissary, but they didn’t have it in stock.  So with a little chopping and mixing and simmering, a pretty easy dinner was in the works.

The sauce had an Italian aroma and a fairly thick and chunky consistency. I was really excited about this sauce because it is supposed to be healthier than other sauces. I like that it doesn’t contain artificial colors or high fructose corn syrup and it is only 100 calories per half-cup serving.  So another hour passed by and BAM – spaghetti!


Then it was the moment of truth!  Was this new sauce everything that my dreams were made of?  Healthy sauce in a jar?  Could it be? Welllll….yes and no.  I liked everything about it, except I wasn’t quite sold on the taste.  It almost had too much Italian flavor, to the point that it took away from the vegetables and sauciness of the meal.  I typically add in my own spices and flavors when making spaghetti so I wasn’t quite ready to relinquish control of my spice levels to this new sauce in town.  But my one-year-old felt differently and totally embraced it all.

Overall, I wouldn’t proclaim this new product as awesome-sauce (get it?) But, I like where Ragu is going with this new line and perhaps the recipe could be slightly tweaked.  I would be even more excited if they came out with a less-flavored version of this healthy sauce.  I can’t wait to see if this new Ragu gains popularity!  What do you think of the new sauce?  Have you tried it?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Can’t wait to try out the next product! *As a reminder, I was given this product for free in exchange for an honest review.




As busy moms, we don’t always take care of ourselves or get the sleep we so desperately need. This often leaves us with tired or puffy eyes covered up with concealer and bronzer so the world doesn’t see how truly exhausted we are. This is why I was excited to try out an eye serum from Naturel Commodity! I typically use some sort of eye cream, but haven’t dabbled too much in the serum world so I wasn’t sure what exactly to expect.

This product is available through Amazon Prime (let’s all have a moment of silence to praise the awesomeness of Amazon Prime.) and goes for about $50. I was able to try this product for a deeply discounted price in exchange for an honest review through Tomoson. If you’re not familiar with Tomoson, it’s a cool website where you can try and review products in exchange for your honest opinion.

So, I received my serum and immediately put it to the test!

It comes in a cute little bottle with a nifty little pump function which makes it easy to use!

There you can see the consistency of the formula. And just a reminder to always use your ring finger (the weakest finger) when applying products around your eyes so you don’t tug too hard on the most delicate area of your face.

So what did I think of this product? Well, I originally came into this thinking that I wouldn’t see a big difference after only using it for two weeks. Here is how the company describes the product per their Amazon page:

“The BEST Eye Serum For Dark Circles & Puffiness – Reduces Wrinkles, Fine Lines, Lifts & Brightens Tired Looking Eyes – With Powerful Vitamin C, Plant Stem Cells & Triple Peptides. Try Risk Free Today!”

Since I don’t have super puffy eyes or a ton of wrinkles (yet-knock on wood), I was putting all my eggs in the “brightens tired looking eyes” basket. Soooo…did it really do that? Well, after using twice a day (morning and night) for two weeks, here’s how it turned out-

Ta-daaaa!! I will say I did notice a bit more brightness around my eyes, but probably not $50 worth of a difference. I probably would have the same results had I drank $50 worth of water and had a good night’s sleep. I do like that this product is plant-based, paraben-free and doesn’t test on animals…but I don’t see myself spending $50 on it. I’ll most likely stick to my $10 eye creams for the time-being!

If you’re interested in checking out this product, you can find it at

Note: I was offered this product at a deeply discounted price in exchange for my honest review.

Can’t wait to test out the next product!







Periwinkle Earring Review

I recently had the pleasure of trying a really awesome product for little girls!  Periwinkle is an earring subscription service that provides not only adorable earrings, but encouraging quotes for little minds as well…all shipped right to your door each month!  Can we say, “GGGiiiirrrrlll Powwweerrrr”??!!


Each set comes in a cute box with an uplifting quote that you can put on display or keep in your bag if you need to arm yourself with some daily inspiration.  I posted my quote on my fridge low enough for my almost 4-year-old daughter to see everyday!  Although she can’t read quite yet, I still like her to know that she is surrounded by encouragement and positive vibes.

With Periwinkle you can choose between the Heirloom collection, which are sterling silver post earrings or Editor’s picks, which are super cute themed earrings. There is also a Now or Never option, which are a small selection of specially chosen earrings.

I received a set of Heirloom and a set of Editor’s Pick earrings for review.  I asked my daughter which ones she wanted to try first and she wanted to try the Heirloom collection.


She loves animals so I’m not surprised she wanted to try out these cute little sharks.  She put them on and immediately started playing in the yard.  I also liked that the backs of the earrings are comfortable and soft which is great for tiny ears.


She really seemed to enjoy these earrings and told everyone she met that day that she “had sharks in her ears”.🙂


Next, we tried the Editor’s Pick earrings!


Yep!  Tiny oranges!  How adorable are these?!  These particular earrings were made of a different material than the shark earrings.  They were softer and more flexible, almost like the texture of an eraser.  My daughter also seemed to do better with these.  She wore them for a few days straight, even sleeping and bathing in them.  I was really surprised at how well they held up and that the backs stayed on the entire time!


So what’s the pricing like?  Here’s the breakdown:

Editor’s Picks – $40.00 for 3 months, $72.00 for 6 months, and $95.00 for 12 months

Heirloom Collection – $69.00 for 3 months, $119.00 for 6 months, and $195.00 for 12 months

I think the pricing is reasonable considering you are getting a different pair of earrings delivered to your door each month.

Overall, I was pleased with this product!  I found that the Heirloom Collection is probably best for younger girls since they are bit more cutesy, whereas the Editor’s Picks seemed to have a more mature feel to them since they are sterling silver.  I think these would be a great addition to any little girl’s jewelry collection or the perfect gift for that sweet young lady in your life!

Sign up for Periwinkle here! You can also follow Periwinkle on social media for updates and specials!





As an added bonus,  This week I will be giving away a free pair of the orange slice earrings on Instagram!  So make sure you follow me so you don’t miss out!

**Note: I received this product for free in exchange for an honest review.

Can’t wait for the next review!


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