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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - Happy New Year & Desert Snow - December 31, 2014

The forecast for last night? SNOW!

We did get some snow last night.  It's a good thing we had the foresight to bundle up at 10pm to go out and play in it as it did not last too long.

Snow really makes the desert look beautiful! (it is usually quite drab)

The next morning is was mostly melted.

May you all have a happy and very blessed New Year.

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Monday, December 29, 2014

Treasure Hunt Tuesday Giveaway Link Up - December 30, 2014 to January 5, 2015


Time to link up your Treasure of a Giveaway
Dig up some Treasure for yourself!

A few rules:

  1. Linked posts but be linked directly to the giveaway
  2. Giveaways must be Family Friendly! No adult oriented giveaways. Watch those covers of some of those romance books, girls. Please no almost nude covers, thank you.
  3. Please list Geographical restrictions aka US, US/CAN, or WW (World Wide)
  4. Giveaways must include an End Date in Title

Link Up your Giveaways at Xmas Dolly's Showoff Tuesday

Thanks for stopping by and linking up on Treasure Hunt Tuesday.

May you have a most blessed New Year!


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Keep Your Skin Wrinkle Free With An Apple a Day the Ageless Derma Way - Review

Being a grandmother now for over half a year, I think I should have some grandma wrinkles, but I don't.  I'm sure happy about this, but a pesky wrinkle or two may just show up one of these days before I know it.  That's why I am using an anti-wrinkle cream right now to ward off those pesky wrinkles that come with age.

I want to keep my face as wrinkle free for as long as I possibly can, and using a good anti-wrinkle cream is the best way I can do this.  The only company that I trust with my skin is Ageless Derma.  They have this wonderful Stem Cell and Peptide Anti-Wrinkle Cream that I have been using for several weeks now.  I love it!

Ageless Derma Stem Cell and Peptide Anti-Wrinkle Cream incorporates an apple stem cell extract called PhytoCellTec that has demonstrated 100% effectiveness in measurably reducing facial wrinkles.  This is a revolutionary product that will protect and revitalize your skin from the signs of aging.

The reason why it is so effective at keeping wrinkles away is that Ageless Derma combined seven scientifically proven anti-aging ingredients into this one product.

Argireline: Reduces the depth of wrinkles in the face, especially in the forehead and around the eyes.

Maxtrixyl 3000: Improves skin tone and elasticity

PhytoCellTec: This uses the stem cells of a rare Swiss apple, improves the longevity of human skin cells, protects skin from UV damage, and assists genes that repair DNA

Sodium Hyaluronate: Increases the skin's moisture holding ability

Syn Coll: Increases collagen synthesis

Violox Powder: Reduces muscle contraction as an injection-free version of Botox

CoenzymeQ 10: Helps the skin retain moisture and prevents damage to collagen and elastin production.

The Stem Cell and Peptide Anti-Wrinkle Cream eliminates the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improves the firmness and elasticity of skin, removes crow's feet and re-energizes skin for a smoother, firmer, and younger look.  Even celebrities, who have access to any skincare product they wish, depend upon PhytoCellTec to maintain their luminous complexions. According to Vogue magazine, film stars such as Julianne Moore, Gwyneth Paltrow and Helen Mirren all enjoy the dazzling results of using the apple stem cell extract.

It's truly amazing! After using this for only two weeks, the very fine laugh lines that I have next to my eyes are not as noticeable.  My skin does feel more elastic and smoother.  I really love this cream from Ageless Derma.

Ageless Derma uses an unique airless pump jar and tubes to keep the products fresh and potent.  Ageless Derma Stem Cell and Peptide Anti-Wrinkle Cream is formulated by doctors and biochemist in USA, has never tested on animals, and has no parabens or harsh chemical in its products.  It is virtually fragrance free, and does not bother my very sensitive sinuses.

Seen at the Daytime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, there are many celebrities that use Ageless Derma products including the Stem Cell and Peptide Anti-Wrinkle Cream.

Would you like to join celebrities (and me!) and try Ageless Derma Stem Cell and Peptide Anti-Wrinkle Cream?  It's easy to purchase online at Ageless Derma.   If you purchase more than $75 at Ageless Derma, a FREE Gift of Ageless Derma Oil Free Purifying Cleansing Gel will automatically be added to your order.

Shop Ageless Derma for: Skin Care, Mineral Makeup, Hair Care, Moisturizer, Cleanser, Masks, Sunscreen, Rosacea

Saturday, December 27, 2014

iKuuk Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat - Review

During the holidays we cook a lot!  We have so many cookies right now, but we are still not done baking.  We have a few more that we would like to make.  Having a quality silicone baking mat is essential!

This is the iKuuk non-stick baking sheet liner that is made of the best USDA food-grade silicone reinforced with fiberglass mesh for durability.  So far this is the best Silpat-like silicone baking mat that I have gotten to do a review.  Why do I like this one best?

The iKuuk non-stick silicone baking mat fits a half-sheet pan perfectly!  There are no gaps in the sides except for the rounded corners.  The others I just took for granted that they were just a little short, but the iKuuk covers the whole pan.

The iKuuk mat provides a non-stick, 100% non-toxic surface for baking or kneading bread, cookies, or pastries. Baked items brown more evenly and are less likely to burn. This silicone mat transforms your sheet pan into a non-stick surface for delicate or messy baking and craft projects.

The mats will not absorb food orders or flavors and are perfect for the avid baker or the seasonal holiday cook. No cooking sprays, oils or parchment paper needed, helping you save both calories and money. These will quickly become your new favorite kitchen must have item

These are not to be used as a cutting surface. Sharp objects will damage the mats. Please use in conjunction with standard baking sheet pans; place silicone baking mat inside the baking sheet and then place food/cookie dough on the top of the silicone mat for either oven or freezer use. Mats are all BPA and BPP free. Safe to use from -40° F to +480° F - from freezer, to microwave, to oven.

- Place your iKuuK mat on your baking sheet, then place your food or project on top of the silicone mat, then bake or freeze. 
- Eliminates need for oils, butter & cooking sprays. 
- Great for delicate or messy projects, such as sugar art and craft clay work. 
- Perfect for candy making, gluing, and BHO processing. No waste! 
- Acts to even out heat so products cook more uniformly. Do not use directly on stove tops or other heating elements, such as broilers or electric oven elements. 
- Perfect for novice to professional cooks and bakers. 
- No parchment paper or aluminum foil needed, so you save money! 
- Easy to clean, just wipe with warm, soapy water, rinse, shake off water and let air dry. Store rolled or flat. Do not fold. 
- Approved for top rack only of dishwashers. 
- Durable and long-lasting - get up to 4,000 uses. 

When I cook anything in the oven with one of our half-sheet pans, the iKuuk mat is the first that I reach for.  Purchase the iKuuk Silicone Baking Mat at Amazon.  It comes as a two-pack and is sold for only $19.99.  The iKuuk mat is the Only Silicone Baking Mat With a Lifetime No-Hassle Free Replacement Guarantee!

Balanced Trio Multivitamins - Vitamins and Minerals in the Right Combinations at the Right Time - Review

Ever since my sister's first job at a small vitamin store, I have always taken supplements.  My sister would always be bringing something new home.  I remember there being at least 20-30 different pills for me to take each morning.   I don't take that many any more, but I do take a variety of herbs, minerals, and a good multi-vitamin.

I just recently started taking a new type of multi-vitamin that is formulated to be taken three times a day, and not just once in the morning - Vital Formulas: Balanced Trio.

Balanced Trio is a patent-pending vitamin supplementation system that consists of three complementary multivitamin formulas specifically created for Morning, Mid-day and Evening. These formulas contain all the essential vitamins and minerals, omega-3 fish oil, coenzyme Q10, anit-oxidants, plus plant-dervided compounds and other micronutrients in the forms optimized for absorption and bioavailability. Grouping of nutrients into three distinct formulas results in the synergy between the ingredients and eliminates inhibitory actions. Together Balanced Trio formulas ensure essential nutritional support throughout the day.

The main part of Balanced Trio Morning formula is a unique blend of broad spectrum antioxidants. These include vitamin C with bioflavonoids and anti-inflammatory rutin and quercetin. Plus, standardized extracts of berries and spices well-known for their health promoting benefits, such as bilberry, POMELLA® pomegranate extract, hawthorn, cinnamon, turmeric, and red wine extract.  The Morning formula also includes B vitamins and a blend of minerals, including ConcenTrace® trace minerals with 72 naturally occurring ionic trace minerals from the Great Salt Lake. Taking Morning formula is a great way to start your day.

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Benefits of the Morning Formula:
Vitamin C, citrus bioflavonoids, rutin and quercetin are antioxidants that work synergistically and are better absorbed when taken together. Rutin and quercetin offer anti-inflammatory effect and are used in many countries for blood vessel protection.

Iodine, zinc, manganese and chromium are essential minerals. Iodine is required for the synthesis of thyroid hormones. Iodine deficiency is very common. Zinc is an essential mineral for growth and development, healthy immune function, reproduction and wound healing. Manganese plays a major role in the body as a constituent and activator of many enzymes, which are important for metabolism of amino acids, carbohydrates, fatty acids and cholesterol. Chromium is important for metabolism of fats and carbohydrates. Particularly, it is important for glucose metabolism and enhances the effects of insulin.

Bilberry and hawthorn have been used for centuries in traditional European herbal medicine. Bilberry is praised for its positive effect on the eye function, especially night-time visual acuity. Hawthorn is valued for its support of cardiovascular system. Pomegranate and turmeric are powerful antioxidants that also have anti-inflammatory effect.

The main part of Balanced TrioTM Mid-day formula are fat-soluble vitamins (A, E, D, K), carotenoids, CoQ 10. All of them are best absorbed in the presence of food and some amount of fat, thus Mid-day formulas includes omega-3 fish oil. We recommend taking this formula with your lunch meal.

Benefits of the Mid-Day Formula:
DHA and EPA are omega-3 fatty acids. Higher dietary intake of omega-3 fatty acids is associated with decrease in cardiovascular disease risk and is beneficial in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and may help lower risk of chronic diseases.

Carotenoids are naturally occurring fat soluble pigments in food. Think of bright red-orange color of tomatoes, bell peppers, salmon, caviar, shrimp. Carotenoids are powerful antioxidants that support immune function and normal cell growth. Mid-day formula includes lycopene from tomato, lutein and zeaxanthin from marigold extract, and astaxanthin from algae.

Coenzyme Q 10 is an important antioxidant and vitamin-like substance found throughout the body, but especially in the heart, liver, kidney and pancreas. It is made by the body; however, as we age, the level of CoQ 10 production decreases. CoQ 10 is beneficial for the heart, blood vessels, high blood pressure, chronic fatigue, asthma and energy production in the body.

Copper, iron and selenium are essential minerals. Copper is involved in many functions in the body including energy production, iron metabolism, and functioning of the central nervous system. Iron is necessary for oxygen transport in the blood and production of red blood cells. It is also required for such essential functions as growth, reproduction, healing, and immune function. Selenium plays a role in thyroid function and is required for proper functioning of the immune system. It is also a potent antioxidant, especially when combined with vitamin E.

Folic acid is a vitamin B9. It is necessary for proper brain function and plays an important role in mental and emotional health. It aids in the production of DNA and RNA, the body’s genetic material, and is especially important when cells and tissues are growing rapidly, such as in infancy, adolescence, and pregnancy. Folic acid also works closely with vitamin B12 to help make red blood cells and help iron work properly in the body.

Vitamin B12 is essential for healthy development of red blood cells and nervous cells. Vitamin B12 and folic acid work together to produce SAMe, a compound involved in maintaining strong immune function and good mood.

The main part of Balanced TrioTM Evening formula is chelated minerals from Albion® and B vitamins. The minerals in this formula are known to help the body relax and are in the forms that are easily absorbed and utilized by the body. B vitamins in the Evening formula  are essential for good sleep. Another important component of Evening formula is a blend of relaxing antioxidant herbs: chamomile, lemon balm and hops. Taking Evening formula at the end of the day is a great way to help your body relax.

Benefits of the Evening Formula:
Calcium, magnesium, molybdenum and potassium are essential minerals. Calcium is a major contributor to the strength of bones and teeth. It also plays a role in constriction and relaxation of blood vessels, nerve impulse transmission and muscle contraction.

Magnesium and vitamin D are required for proper calcium absorption. Magnesium helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, steadies heart rhythms and supports the immune system. Additionally, magnesium helps regulate blood pressure and is required for energy production. It also contributes to the makeup of teeth and bones. Studies show that more than half of Americans are magnesium deficient.

Molybdenum is involved in many important biological processes, including development of the nervous system, waste processing in the kidneys, and energy production in cells.

Potassium is crucial to heart function and plays a key role in skeletal and smooth muscle contraction, making it important for maintaining normal digestive and muscular function. Potassium works synergistically with magnesium.

Chamomile, lemon balm and hops have been used for centuries in traditional European herbal medicine. Chamomile has soothing and relaxing properties, aids with insomnia and nervousness. It is also very beneficial for digestive system. Lemon balm possesses anti-viral and calming properties. Both chamomile and lemon balm are very gentle, although effective, so they are often suggested for children and babies. Hops has been used traditionally for nervous disorders and to help relieve anxiety and improve sleep. It also possesses antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

After taking these supplements for a few weeks now, I do find that my days does start off right.  I get that extra energy that I need to start the day out.  The Balanced Trio helped me to recover from the very bad cold that affected me for three weeks that started out a little after Thanksgiving.  I like that these supplements are broken up into three daily doses and spread to keep you going throughout the day.  I think the only drawback is that the Mid-Day Formula gives me fish burps all afternoon, but that really is not too much of a problem for me.

Balanced Trio vitamins are manufactured in the USA to GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) standards. We are committed to quality, purity and efficacy of our multivitamins.  Purchase Balanced Trio right at   Vital Formulas stands behind the quality and effectiveness of their multivitamins. If they do not meet or exceed your expectations, contact them within 60 days and Vital Formulas will refund your money, no questions asked.

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