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Stillwaters Healing Therapeutic Scalp Massage Review

Stillwaters Healing Scalp Massage

Stillwaters Healing Therapeutic Scalp Massage Review – In 2017 I plan to make a conscious effort to make time for myself. I am starting off my mindful journey at Stillwaters Healing. Our plan is to review many different self care options.

Stillwaters Healing had a calming effect on me within minutes of entering the building. It may have been the smell of essential oils lingering in the air or the soft sounds of waves in the background. Possibly just knowing that I was about to be pampered, either way I was relaxed.

The aromatherapy scalp massage was therapeutic, relieving my stress and tension. I am trying to grow my hair out and was told that scalp massage can stimulate hair growth. Would getting a daily scalp massage be a bit overboard?

Owner Shawnah Breault used a blend of warm coconut, peppermint and rosemary essential oil, which smelled heavenly.  She applied the warm oil to the base of my hair and massaged into the scalp. The sound of wave and birds chirping in the background almost lulled me to sleep. The scalp massage lasts for 20 glorious minutes. 

In addition I should mention that there was no speaking during the massage which is a plus for me. Some massage therapists like to chit chat, me not so much. I don’t know about you but it ruins the experience for me.

Shawnah recommended that if I was able, to leave the oils in my hair overnight and it could aid in my sleep and be good for my scalp and hair. I was a bit nervous that my hair would be lifeless in the morning, boy was I wrong. My hair felt and looked the best it has in a long time.

What a great experience, I highly recommend going to Stillwaters Healing for a scalp massage. I left feeling relaxed and at peace. In conclusion I will be going back, my next visit I plan on getting a hand and foot massage.

Services offered: Massage, Reflexology, Scalp Treatment and Stone Massage. You can schedule your appointment on Stillwaters Healing website and be sure to follow them on Facebook!

Thank you Shawnah for starting my year off right, I look forward to returning!

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Phatphood Review: Truce Cleanse Part 2

Truce Cleanse

Phatphood Review: Truce Cleanse Part 2 – It’s a new season, and that means time for an all new seasonal 100% organic, raw, vegan and gluten free cleanse from Minnesota’s very own, TRUCE. As you may recall, during the Winter season I did their newly offered soup cleanse, you can find that review here.

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This time around I wanted to cleanse myself after a recent vacation and give their new Complete Cleanse a go. Now, I was told that I can consume my 5 daily products in any order, but I went by the order that they had basically laid out and typed-up for me and attached to each of my daily supplies.

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I started my mornings slamming a bottle of room temperature water as I always do, and continued drinking another 8 to10 bottles of water throughout the day.   I then enjoyed the remainder of my morning routines with my first juice, Morning Greens; Kale, cucumber, spinach, romaine, apple, lemon and ginger. This is your typical green drink that you may have read about (mean green), or may have had with most green juice cleanses that are out there. It’s good and refreshing and gave me a good amount of energy to start the day out.

Truce Morning Greens

I felt like it was a long stretch before I could enjoy lunch, so I had a small handful or two of raw nuts. Figured since this is an all raw cleanse that this wouldn’t do any harm at altering this three day diet I put myself on. Plus I was hungry!   Only on the first day though, the ingredients in each is designed to hinge your appetite as well as be a sufficient amount of daily requirements. So the next two days my appetite was balanced.

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Lunch time, woo-hoo! For the three-days, TRUCE gave me two different salads; The Isles Salad, which consisted of kale, carrot, beet, avocado, pistachio and hemp seed. Also included a Tahini-ginger dressing; extra-virgin olive oil, sesame seed, apple cider vinegar, ginger, salt and black pepper. Now normally I could consume a salad in 5-minutes-or-less. Not today, this mostly kale salad took me a good half hour. I’m pretty sure this was my first time eating raw kale. I’ve had it baked, sautéed and juiced before. This was a lot of work to chew. The beets, carrots and dressing added a good amount of moisture, but I didn’t give it much time to absorb. I plan on doing that when I eat the second one of this creation they gave me. It was still very good tasting, just time consuming and not all the fun. Also, I don’t recall having any avocado, especially like the picture shown on their website. So this was missing in two salads. The second salad that I had on the next day was the New Classic Caesar; Kale, cabbage, cucumber and capers with curried chickpeas. The dressing was made from cashews, grape seed oil, white wine vinegar, vegan Worcestershire, dulse flakes, garlic lemon, mustard seed, salt and pepper. This salad was much better and easier to eat since there wasn’t a large amount of kale.

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My midday snack was another juice called Glowing Greens; Grapefruit, pear, cucumber, dandelion greens, romaine, parsley and orange. Now this was a tasty refreshing concoction, a little more pleasing than the morning greens. I was told my skin had a nice glowing complexion throughout this cleanse, I give credit to this juice right here.

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My dinner every night was their Spicy Greens Soup; Avocado, kale, spinach, water, pepita, lemon, ginger, black pepper, salt and cayenne. Now even though this is a soup, it was recommended not to heat it. This is one of the same soups that I had with the previous cleanse I had from TRUCE and I treated it the same way, by letting it get to room temperature and then enjoying it while getting some work done. It is spicy like its name, mainly black pepper spicy, nothing that lingers, overall good tasting and obviously a bit thicker than the juices.

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This last one I considered a dessert that I looked forward to having every night. It was so smooth and delicious as well as a perfect way to end my evening, Cashew Milk; Cashews, dates, sea salt, maple syrup, water. I rarely drink milk these days, so I was a bit skeptical on this one, but it really won me over. It felt rewarding having this.

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Overall this is a great cleanse offered by TRUCE for approximately $50.00 a day. I had more energy than I did while eating my normal diet. Give it a go and try something new while shedding a few pounds while doing so, you will feel wonderful!

This Saturday, April 30th marks their 3rd year in business. So it would be a good day to go celebrate with them from 9am-5pm while enjoying some special giveaways and the chance to win a one day cleanse.

Truce is located at: 1428 W. 32nd Street, Minneapolis, MN

Alpaca Balls 2

Alpaca Wool Dryer Balls Review

Alpaca Balls

Alpaca Wool Dryer Balls Review: Go GREEN and save money was the promise when purchasing a set of 100% Alpaca Wool Dryer Balls. After a month of using them for all of our laundry I am definitely sold.

Alpaca dryer balls are felted alpaca yarn designed to bounce around the dryer with the laundry to shorten drying times and reduce wrinkles without exposing your clothes to any of the chemicals in dryer sheets or plastic dryer balls. You can re-use the alpaca dryer balls for years. The best results come when using 3 dryer balls.

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As they tumble around the dryer the alpaca balls fluff the laundry and gently pummel it to make it softer. They can also reduce drying time by about 25% by absorbing moisture, which can result in saving money on utility bills.

The alpaca balls help reduce static, but be careful not to over dry the clothes, which can result in the dreaded static cling. I have only noticed minor static in a load of towels which I had accidentally set on the extra dry setting. Speaking of loads of towels, the alpaca dryer balls won’t affect the absorbency of the towels like dryer sheets do.

Alpaca Balls Specialty Meats & Gourmet

The first use is best with a load of wet towels. The balls may initially become a little fuzzy. If this happens, carefully trim off the fuzzy hair with a pair of scissors, and you’re good to go. The dryer balls may shrink slightly with continued use, which is normal.

Do you really like the scent of dryer sheets? Use essential oils to scent your dryer balls. If you do use essential oils send the dryer balls through alone on a short cycle to dry the oil, otherwise you may get oil spots on your clothing.

Do you have a money saving tip or product we should try? Comment below we would love to hear from you.

We purchased our Alpaca Balls at Specialty Meat & Gourmet in Hudson, WI. Thanks Linda and Steve for the recommendation I will be in to get some for Christmas gifts.

Aspi Rub 350

Aspi-Rub Topical Pain Relief Review

Aspi-Rub

Aspi-Rub review: Relieving pain since 1972. Aspi-Rub spray is a life saver when is comes to any kinds of aches and pains. Not only did we try it out, we had our friends give it a try as well.

Aspi-Rub is a potent and effective topical analgesic for the temporary relief of arthritis, rheumatism, sprains, back aches, muscular aches and cramps. Just spray the affected area and gently massage for long lasting relief.

In order to give a better review we shared this product with a friend who works out everyday and suffers from sore muscles. Another who has been having knee issues. A family member who was suffering from intolerable back pain and we just it for shoulder pain that was most likely caused by stress.

In each case, everyone said the pain was taken away almost immediately. It is extremely fast acting. The only complaint was the smell. So we asked Aspi-Rub about the smell. Having been in the business for years, Anna said that the reason why all liniments have a smell is because the active pain relief and anti inflammatory ingredients all have a distinctive odor.  Aspi-Rub adds peppermint oil to the spray to lessen the odor and make it a bit more pleasant.

Personally I have used many different muscular pain creams and sprays and they all stink. I didn’t think Aspi-Rub was nearly as strong smelling as some. For me, the instant pain relief is worth a little odor. It truly works!

We are believer in Aspi-Rub and will be keeping a bottle around for all of our aches and pains. Don’t just take our word for it, you can view more testimonials here. You can watch the Aspi-Rub story below…

You can purchase Aspi-Rub here or a participating Walgreens stores.

Americas Best Contacts and Eyeglasses

America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses Review

Americas Best Contacts and Eyeglasses

I have been wearing the same pair of glasses for so long that I can’t remember the last time I went in for a exam. After seeing America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses‘ ad for 2 pair of complete glasses for $69.00 plus tax, I had to find out if this was too good to be true.

An eye exam fee of $45.00 was paid upon arrived.  After the exam I picked out two sets of frames and paid an additional $24 plus tax as part of the ordering process.  The turn around time is 6-10 days.

We posted the above photo on our Facebook page and asked our readers to help me pick out frames. I ended up picking #3 and #5 – I am thrilled with them both.

My plan is to go back soon and get a few more–for that price you can’t go wrong. You can spend more money if you choose to get glass lenses or coating, but I went with the bare-bones plastic lenses. They seem perfect.

I went to the Woodbury, MN location of ‘America’s Best’ and couldn’t be more please with the service. The employees were very friendly and my order arrived in the promised time frame.

Diane, the Woodbury office manager, has offered a 10% discount, at her location only, to our readers until December 21st, 2014.  All you have to do is mention ‘Weve Tried It.’

Here are some of the other great deals that they are currently offering:

Americas Best

Golds-Gym-exercise

Gold’s Gym Folding Upper And Lower Body Cycle Review

Golds Gym exercise

Gold’s Gym Folding Upper And Lower Body Cycle Review:  I am always looking to add some low impact training to my scheduled, so I decided to purchase the Gold’s Gym Upper and Lower Body Cycle and give it a try.

I paid $27.95 at my local Walmart store and while doing a some research for this review I found it was only $19.01 online at Walmart.com. Note to self, always check online for better deals first.

Product Description: Improve your strength, coordination and circulation with the Golds Gym Upper and Lower Body Cycle. It offers a simple, low-impact cardio workout while an electronic meter tracks your total workout time. This Gym exercise cycle provides upper and lower body workout that are designed to strengthen your legs and tone your arms, shoulders, and back without leaving your chair. It comes in a compact, portable design with pedal straps that give a firm grip to your feet. This cardio workout cycle has a durable steel frame and folds conveniently for storage and transportation. It is easy to assemble requiring no tools. Furthermore, it features a quiet operation and has non-slip feet that hold firmly in place while you exercise. The Golds Gym Upper and Lower Body Cycle runs on battery that come included.

Putting the cycle together was very simple. Unfold, put in the locking knob and the T knob in for resistance. Done, it is ready to use.

I used the cycle for about 45 minutes, starting at the least resistance and moving to the highest resistance that I could get it to do. Even at the highest resistance it is probably comparable to the lowest level on an exercise bike. It would have been nice if there was some sort of marking to know what resistance level you were actually at.

The motion of the pedals is not completely smooth, but is easy to keep in motion. I did not have any problems with the unit sliding while in use.

There is a warning label on the unit indicates that the surface may get hot. They are correct, the unit did get quite warm.

For the price I think this product performs quite well. I will probably use it as a fill in exercise, as it is easy to set it up and pedal away while I am watching my favorite show. I am also going to suggest this for my mother who is in need of an exercise that she can do while sitting down.

Do you have any suggestions on great low impact and compact exercise equipment? Comment below and we will check it out.

Homemade toothpaste

How to Make Toothpaste Using Coconut Oil

Homemade Toothpaste Recipe Weve Tried It

How to Make Toothpaste using Coconut Oil: Our plan has always been to try and make each and every beauty product that we use daily.  In the wake of recent headlines accusing Colgate Toothpaste of using cancer causing ingredient triclosan, we thought this may be the perfect time for some homemade toothpaste.

DIY health and beauty products have many benefits; budget friendly and free of most harmful chemicals.  The toothpaste recipe we found on Family Sponge was very simple and took less than 5 minutes to make.

Ingredients:
6 tbsp coconut oil
6 tbsp baking soda
25 drops essential oil (whatever you prefer— I used Peppermint)

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together thoroughly in a bowl. Pour into a mason jar and seal it up until ready to use.

Using a popsicle stick to get it out of the jar and onto your toothbrush works well. Do not dip your brush directly into the jar, you will be spreading the germs from your brush into the unused toothpaste.

The recipe we found online called for 1 tsp stevia (or more if you like it sweeter.) Since we did not have any on hand, we made ours without. The baking soda taste comes through pretty strong without the stevia, so next time we are at the store we will pick some up and add it in.

My teeth definitely feel clean after brushing with homemade recipe.

Do you make your own toothpaste? Comment below and tells us what you do different.

Diffuser

Ultransmit Aroma Dot Ultrasonic Diffuser Review

Ultransmit Aroma Dot Ultrasonic Diffuser Review. It is always great when you get a gift as fabulous as this one!

Ultransmit Aroma Dot

It wasn’t even in my home for 15 minutes and I already had it set up and ready to go. Pretty simple just fill the pot with water, put in 3-4 drops of your favorite oil, plug it in and it’s good to go.

My home has many different reasons for wanting this diffuser: sleepless nights, headaches, stress and the list goes on. Last night we used lavender oil for bedtime and I am not sure if it’s because of the lavender oil, but I got a great nights sleep!

Product details: Ultransmit Aroma Dot is an ultrasonic diffuser / humidifier / purifier that break up the mixture of water and essential oil into millions of micro-particles, a cold mist of air diffusers activated ingredients of the blended essential oil, which can be easily absorbed by the body and freshen the room for longer.

Diffuser is for essential oil, and depending on the type of essential oil you drop into the machines, it gives you different benefits. We called this aromatherapy. (see below)

Humidifier is for adding humidity into air, and it can help control allergies and asthma.

Hi-Tech ultrasonic purifier,  uses ultrasonic tech to break up the mixture of water and essential oil into millions of micro-particles, it also produces negative ions that have been shown in clinical studies to improve mood, while helping to purify the air.

How do you know what oils to use? It depends on what kind of results you are looking for. Here is a list for you:

Air Purify — Lemongrass , Lime , Clove Bud , Cinnamon Leaf

Allergies — Peppermint, Sweet Orange, Tea Tree , Eucalyptus

Anti-Bacterial — Lime, Tuberose , Palmarosa , Lemongrass

Anti-Depressant — Palmarosa ,Lavender , Grapefruit, Rose

Headache Killer — Peppermint , Clary Sage , Grapefruit ,Ginger

Immune System Booster — Grapefruit , Tea Tree , Tangerine , Eucalyptus

Prevent Cold and Flu — Eucalyptus , Lemon , Ginger , Spearmint

Relaxing — Tuberose, Rose, Sweet Orange, Cedar wood

Sleep Well — Lavender , Jasmine, Cedar wood, Vanilla

Stress Release — Sweet Orange, Vanilla , Lemon , Rosemary

Ultrasonic aromatherapy lasts for up to 3-4 Hours – the machine automatically shuts off when the water runs out. You can purchase the Ultransmit Aroma Dot here.

What are your favorite oils? Tell us in the comments below, we would love to learn more about the benefits of different oils.

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SweatBlock Product Review

sweat block

We were thrilled to hear about a product from our friend Angie that says it can stop excessive sweating for up to 7 days. We tested SweatBlock out in the harshest of conditions (my glistening)!

SweatBlock is a liquid antiperspirant soaked soft towelette. You use it once a week by dabbing the little towelette onto your underarm area. Let it air dry for 5 minutes, go to sleep and viola! No perspiring for the next seven days!

There are hundreds of options on the market to aid in the issue but most of these products do little for those who sweat profusely. I know many women who live in jackets and blazers, and who never wear any shirt color but black due to their fear of excessive perspiration.

We can attest that this product is amazing and we are 100% satisfied. My underarms were dry no matter what the weather and the day threw at me. SweatBlock even worked through my glistening episodes (HOT flashes) as well as my training sessions. The product is effective but still gentle on my skin – no itching or rashes on my (now extra dry) underarms.

You can order SweatBlock here. We have been told that you can pick this up at your local big box stores as well.

Do you have a great product you would like us to try? Contact us and let us know.

Running

Sole F80 Treadmill Review

Let’s talk fitness! I purchased my Sole F80 treadmill over the winter so I could continue my training without having to leave the house to get to a gym.

Sole F80 Treadmill

After doing a lot of research online as well as testing out quite a few treadmill models I felt the Sole F80 was the best choice for me. I loved all the different training modes it had and the running deck has a great cushioning system.

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The preset workouts are a great change of pace for me when I get bored with my regular workouts.

The only real downfall for me was the built-in fans. They are a little high up for those of us that are vertically challenged, so I just taped my small fan to the base and use that.

I am impressed with how quiet the machine runs.  This is a bonus for me as I tend to run early in the morning and I don’t have to worry about waking my family up.

The Sole F80 easily folds up and comes down with a pneumatic assisted unfold mechanism. The warranty on this is great, the motor, deck, and frame are all covered for life; electronics get 5 years; and labor gets two years.

Let us know what you train on and what makes it so fabulous in the comments below.

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