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REVIEW: Men’s Black Forest Timber Soap from Soap.Club


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My husband is a big believer in body wash, but he’s seen me using craft soaps so many times, I knew eventually he’d have to get curious.  We were able to try the Black Forest Timber variety from Soap.Club!

Soap.Club sells a large selection of handmade essential oil soaps for both men and women. They are crafted right in the USA! The soaps themselves are beautiful, and they also come in a decorative outer box, which makes them great for gift giving.

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One reason my husband had preferred body wash over bar soap was that he though a bar soap wouldn’t be able to lather enough to get him clean.  I’m happy to say he was proven wrong.  The bar lathered up very nicely, and rinsed easily from his skin.  He also remarked that he thought it left his skin feeling pretty soft.  I noticed that even after he got out of the shower, the delicious, manly smell of Black Forest Timber remained on him!

The only thing I would change is that I don’t think the bar lasted long enough–I’ve had other craft bars of soap this size last several months, while my husband’s bar lasted only a couple of weeks.  Maybe it’s because it was in the shower and getting hit by a lot of water?

Soap.Club makes a great product and I would be happy to try the other varieties!

REVIEW: Zakia’s Morocco Moroccan Ghassoul Clay Mask


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In the summer, nearly everyone has an issue with their skin.  For me, no matter if I wash twice a day, my skin will quickly get oily and my pores clogged.  I am a huge fan of facial masks, no matter what the season, so I was excited to try out a mask you can DIY: Zakia’s Morocco Moroccan Ghassoul Clay Mask.

A weekly mask with natural and organic clay from deep inside the Ancient Atlas Mountains of Morocco are the perfect skin treatment for cleaning, detoxifying, toning and rejuvenating. A facial mask treatment made from Ghassoul clay can be relaxing and give your skin a new healthy glow. Ghassoul clay’s most impressive properties in skin improvement are its capacity of absorption and adsorption due to its high level of ion exchange. Ghassoul is a mineral rich, light brown clay that blends extremely well with water making its application to the face and skin a smooth and delightful experience. Use on skin and hair – it even makes for a fabulous shampoo; mix a small amount of powder in your favorite shampoo – wash and rinse. Super cleansing!

What is so cool about this mask is not only can you mix it to your own specifications, you can use it in several different ways!

I first used the powder itself, mixed with water, to make a facial mask.

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The clay itself doesn’t have any scent to speak of, so that should appeal to those with more sensitive skin.

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The recommended instructions call for one part clay to be mixed with five parts water, but for my preference I found this to be way, way too thin.  The photo above shows one heaping tablespoon of Moroccan Ghassoul Clay combined with two tablespoons of water.  This made more than enough to completely cover my entire face.

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The mask, even when nearly dry, was really easy to wash off–I didn’t need the help of a washcloth at all! I could immediately feel the results of the clay working on my pores; my skin felt tighter, more radiant, and refreshingly clean.

I also had enough of the mask left to add to my regular shampoo and use to wash my hair.  My hair definitely felt squeaky clean, but I would use extra conditioner as the clay may strip your hair of its’ natural protective oils.

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I loved being in control of mixing my own beauty product.  I can’t wait to make an even larger batch of Zakia’s Morocco Moroccan Ghassoul Clay Mask to use on other parts of my body!

Zakia’s Morocco is offering my readers a special discount in their purchase!  Visit www.zakiasmorocco.com and enter code ZMBLOG-208 at checkout to save 20%.  Even better–the Moroccan Ghassoul Clay Mask is on sale right now!

REVIEW: EZ-PZ Baking Mixes for Kids

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My 6 year old loves to get in the kitchen and help mom, but sometimes the grown up stuff is too hard for him to handle.  Kids this age are also eager to learn about what happens when you mix different things, which is what baking is all about, right?

I’m happy to introduce you to the world of EZ-PZ Mixes!  EZ-PZ Baking Mixes are perfect for kids who love to get in the kitchen and create, but aren’t quite old enough to bake with the adult stuff yet.  EZ-PZ mixes are formulated to be baked in a real oven, and all you have to do is add water!

We were able to try out the Little Bakers Club Box, which is a pretty cool way to get everything your little chef needs to get in the kitchen and make goodies!

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You get the mixing bowls, pans, and utensils you need to make your mixes.

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My boy wanted to make the One Fish Two Fish mini cupcakes! The box comes with baking cups, the cake and frosting mix, sea blue sprinkles, and little fish candies to decorate with.

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Putting in the baking cups.

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He added water and got to mixing.

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The little cakes came out perfectly!

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He also frosted and decorated all by himself.

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N was so proud of his finished product! He doesn’t love a lot of frosting so he only put it on half.  The blue raspberry flavor was unique and tasty.

EZ-PZ Mixes are a great way to give your kids a little more independence in the kitchen, and the opportunity to make something they will be very proud of!

There is a variety of mixes to shop for, so you’re sure to find something your child will love.

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EZ-PZ Mixes has been kind enough to provide a giveaway for Sweet Southern Home readers!  You can win a baking kit with the very same mix I made, One Fish Two Fish, and all the cookware and utensils you need as well.

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CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!

Also, be sure to visit the EZ-PZ Mixes Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages!

REVIEW: Dial Kids Foaming Hand Wash AND Baby Body & Hair Wash

I have to wonder sometimes if little girls hate bathtime as much as boys…well, lately, my boy at least!  At six years old, stopping playtime to get in the tub is just a bother to my son.  But at least with Dial’s new line of children’s products, getting him clean is quicker and easier!

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Dial Kids Foaming Hand Wash comes in a deliciously fruity watermelon scent that kids (and adults) will love.  The pump is easy for little hands to use. The soap is hypoallergenic, and contains no artificial dyes or parabens. It’s pH balanced and gentle on kids’ skin.

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My little guy was able to easily get soap out and rinse it off as well. He kept sniffing his hands and telling me how yummy they smelled!

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Dial Baby Body & Hair Wash makes giving your kid a quick bath a snap, because you only have to use one product! It lathers up so nicely but rinses well too.  The formula is fragrance free for kids as young as newborn, but as they grow you can get Dial Kids Body & Hair Wash in yummy fruity scents like peach or berry.

I love that the bath products that are a favorite for mom and dad are now available to kids! I feel great knowing Dial Kids Products are developed with pediatric dermatologists to give kids and babies perfect skin.

Visit the Dial Website or Facebook page to learn more about new products or promotions!

REVIEW: SweeTarts Soft & Chewy Ropes

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SweeTARTS Soft & Chewy Ropes offers a new mouthwatering licorice rope with the electrifying flavor fusion of sweet and tart.

The result is a delightfully chewy, smooth texture, never tough or waxy candy, that makes a tasty anytime treat! Don’t miss out on SweeTARTS Soft & Chewy Ropes when you’re reaching for something sweet & tangy!

 

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This candy is pretty unique.  It’s really a candy within a candy.  It’s a sour powder filled licorice, that is very soft and so easy to eat.  I found the candy to be a bit too tart for my own liking, but my six year old LOVED it.

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I didn’t feel too bad about giving it to him, either, because SweeTarts Soft & Chewy Ropes are made with NO artificial colors or flavors.  I think this candy would be a great road trip or baseball park snack…so stock up for the summer!

DISCLAIMER: I was sent free product for reviewing purposes from Smiley360. No other compensation was given, and my thoughts and photos are my own.

REVIEW: Mixcups Coffee Subscription Box

 

We were early adopters of the single serve coffee trend.  Our trusty Keurig is used several times daily, and my husband and I both enjoy everything from coffee to cappuccino to cider to cocoa.  We are always looking for a new beverage to try, and that’s why we were so thrilled to try Mixcups!

Mixcups is a single serve coffee subscription service for those who want to try a little variety in their morning drink.  For $28.95 a month, you are sent 30 individual cups, in your choice of regular or decaf coffee, or tea.

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The box is beautifully basic, and reminiscent of those cardboard sleeves you can get for your cups at coffee shops 🙂

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Here are all 30 of my cups.  As you can see, I got a mix of flavored and non-flavored coffees. There are dark, light, and in between blends.

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Out of 30 cups, there were 10 individual flavors, meaning that yes, some of the cups were repeats. I was thinking there would be a bit more variety, but it was alright, because all of the brands featured were ones we had not yet tried.

My husband’s fave was the Mystic Morning Marley Coffee.  It had a little bit of cinnamon that paired nicely with the flavored creamer he likes to use.  It is also organic, so that’s a big plus.

Personally, I preferred the Cake Boss Italian Rum Cake.  I liked that it was on the lighter side, and was just sweet enough that it complemented the sweet snacks I usually have with my coffee in the afternoons.

The espresso was something we both liked if we needed a little extra help getting up and going in the mornings.

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Mixcups is a great way to get introduced to coffee brands you may not have heard of, and to maybe find a new favorite!

You can subscribe per month, or shop the website for the flavors you liked in your box.

**DISCLAIMER: I received free product from the company above to test for this post.  No other compensation was given, and my photos and opinions are my own. Powered by BrandBacker.

REVIEW: Purex ScentSplash Scent Booster

 

If you haven’t yet used Purex Crystals to freshen your laundry, you don’t know what you’re missing! The scent has the power to keep your clothes smelling fresh for weeks in closets and drawers.  And now, the crystals come in a new form: Purex ScentSplash.

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Purex Crystals ScentSplash is the next evolution in laundry in-wash fragrance boosters. It contains refreshing scent beads that release bursts of fragrance with irresistible freshness that lasts! This new Liquid Crystals formula is convenient and versatile enough to be used directly in the washer or in-wash tray, and is safe for all wash fabrics.

The formula is more like a thick gel than a liquid to me.  It comes in all of the Purex scents you already know and love, including Fresh Spring Waters and Fresh Mountain Breeze.

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A half cap full is enough to scent even big loads of laundry!  It’s even fine to use in HE washers.  Your clothes will smell amazing out of the dryer, and just as great when you put them on days later.

Purex Crystals ScentSplash is available now in your favorite store.

Check out the Purex Website or Facebook Page for more info and promotions!

REVIEW: Dial Miracle Oil Hand Soap

If you regularly follow my blog, then you’ll know that I recently posted a review of Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash. Today I’m going to introduce you to another Miracle Oil product: Dial Liquid Hand Soap with Marula Oil!

The Miracle Oil Hand soap is made with the same Marula Oil as the body wash.  Marula Oil is added to nourish and deeply hydrate your skin while protecting it from skin-damaging free radicals.

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The soap is definitely moisturizing and you will feel a difference in your hands after the first wash.  My favorite thing about this soap is its’ scent, which is not too flowery and is perfect for my husband and son. A lot of times a hand soap may be overly perfumed and my guys deem it “too girly” to wash their hands with!

Dial Miracle Oil Liquid Soap is just what your hands need to recover from the harsh winter weather.  Treat your hands and your body with nourishing Marula Oil!

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For more info on Dial products, visit the Dial Website or Facebook page.

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Veri Soda Organic Soft Drinks

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If your kids are anything like my son, they are always asking for soda. Of course, you don’t always want to give it to them! Now there is a soda you can feel a little better about giving your kids–organic, low calorie, Veri Soda.

Veri Soda comes in four delicious flavors that are made with the finest ingredients, including organic stevia, cane sugar, and real fruit juices.

Veri Cola delivers the subtle taste of cola with hints of cinnamon and real lemon juice.
Veri Orange is made with 12% real orange juice from oranges grown in Mexico and
Turkey.
Veri Lemon Lime is created with real juice from organic lemons and limes to deliver a
truly refreshing taste.
Veri Ginger Ale harnesses the flavor of Asian ginger and finds the perfect balance of
spice, sweetness, and light carbonation.

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The lemon lime soda is my son’s personal favorite.  He likes to drink the brand name version, of course, and I sometimes let him have it because it has no caffeine–but giving him the Veri Soda version is even better! It’s made with a low glycemic load, meaning I won’t have to worry about him having a sugar crash after drinking it.

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The cola was the one I liked best.  I am into eating healthier, but I haven’t been able to give up my soda a day habit!  Veri Soda Cola definitely has a different taste than I am used to–the cinnamon is the most prevalent taste.  I still found the cola quite refreshing, and a unique change from the soda I am used to.

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My husband likes his cocktails after work, and so the ginger ale was the perfect base for him to make some new ones.  The one he liked best was ginger ale and spiced rum over ice.  He reported that the realistic ginger flavor really made the spice in the rum pop.  He also appreciated that the ginger ale was not adding extra calories to his day!

Veri Soda is the better soft drink for your family! Try all four flavors for yourself and taste the organic difference.

Connect with Veri Soda online to learn more and get exclusive access to discounts and special offers!
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I have several coupons for FREE Veri Soda that I would love to share with my readers! Please leave a comment letting me know which flavor you would like to try. US only, please.  Winners will be drawn April 19.

DISCLAIMER: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, 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 opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the Manufacturer of this product.

Find the Perfect Gift for Mother’s Day at ClubsGalore.Com!

If your mom is anything like mine, you have quite a hard time shopping for her.  You know she deserves a great gift, but she has everything. You know what she likes–and so does she, which is why she’s already got it! Instead of spending a ton of time searching for something your mother may or may not like, why not gift her a subscription from ClubsGalore.Com?

ClubsGalore offers more than 40 monthly clubs that make an amazing choice for any occasion! If you are not tempted by the Wine Club, the Cheese Club, or the Cookie Club, maybe you would rather pamper yourself or someone you love with the Bath & Body Club or Plant Club!

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I myself got the opportunity to experience the Chocolate Club. For $31.95 per month, you receive a one pound selection of fine chocolates, expertly packaged and ready for gifting.

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The outside of the package distinctly makes it known that you are receiving your monthly gift from ClubsGalore!

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My box of chocolates were nestled in a bed of shredded gift paper.

The chocolates come in a festive gold box that is suitable for any occasion.

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And here is a look at my selection! My candy got a bit jostled, so this pic was taken before I could get all the pieces back in their correct compartments. There is a fantastic variety of truffles, caramels, nut clusters, creams and more, in both dark and milk chocolates.  My favorites were the peanut butter crunch, the butter toffee, and the coconut clusters.

Here are a few closeups of individual chocolates to show you how finely crafted they are.

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As your can see, ClubsGalore offers items of superb quality.  The most difficult thing is choosing your subscription!

In preparation for Mother’s Day, ClubsGalore is offering $5 off your first month’s purchase of any subscription.  Shipping is always free!  You now have the choice to pay by month, or you can purchase deliveries for up to a year.  If you order by April 25, the package will get there in plenty of time for Mother’s Day with the free shipping option; or, you can order with two day shipping between April 26-May 7; and finally, there is an overnight shipping option available for orders from May 6 to May 8.

Something that’s really cool is that you can print a gift announcement, perhaps to place in a card, to let your recipient know their gift will be coming to them soon!

Visit ClubsGalore today and use code CGMOM5 at checkout for a $5 savings.