Reviva Labs Product Reviews

in , by Linda A Kinsman, Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Company description:

Reviva Labs The One " Health Food Store" brand used in over 1200 professional skin care salons.
A natural skin-care company who has introduced more skin-care firsts in the USA ( via health food stores) than many of the cosmetic giants.

My Take:

I was first introduced to Reviva Labs through a wonderful Mom Blogger Community I'm a member of  
Mom Says Aye.  Amber, the owner has worked tirelessly to provide a blogger friendly community complete with an Opportunity page, where Reviva Labs had posted a request for product reviewers.
One quick trip to Reviva Labs website and I was signing up.
I was approved and asked to choose a product for review. Since I am a gardener and a lady who cleans without gloves a vast majority of the time, I was very interested in their hand cream and treatments. 

 When I saw that the dry hand treatment was a 3 product process, I contacted my
helpful Reviva Labs liaison to ask her which product I should choose. I was pleasantly surprised when she said,   We'll send you all three so you can do a special "hand facial". 

 2 weeks later, I received 3 full sized products, a catalog, product information pages and a very nice letter
from my company liaison who also included a step by step guide on the hand facial. It's refreshing to have a company go above and beyond what is required of them. 

The Reviews:

Product 1: Alpha Lipoic Acid, Olive Oil & DMAE Hand & Body Lotion

My Take: I love this lotion! It is non-greasy, goes on nice and smooth, drys almost instantly ( a real plus on busy mornings). It has a pleasant almost fragrance free scent and it is non-irritating. I can use it right after shaving.  In fact, I started using this with my self tanning gel and it makes application 100% easier.
Because this hand & body lotion works so well I think it is worth $ 14.00 for 8oz and I would buy this again!

Product 2: Green Papaya & Hydrogen Peroxide Mask

My Take: This product worked wonders on my hands when I did my "hand facial".  It did as promised and exfoliated, conditioned and moisturized my hands.
This product has a nice, fruity scent that isn't overpowering. It's a little greasier than I like.
When trying this as a facial mask, I could not leave it on my face for the suggested 10-15 minutes. After 7 minutes, I started feeling a slightly uncomfortable itchy-tingling all over my face and washed it off. I had a couple of small bumps on my chin the next morning which may be because of the high moisturizing
properties of this product. I wouldn't buy it and/or use it in this summer months again, but I will use this product again in the winter months to see if that makes a difference.

Product 3: Pomegranate/Lactic Acid Peptide & Botanical Exfoliant

Reviva Labs product

My Take: Any time a product says it can gently remove dead, dulling skin and impurities, I'm interested. This product is amazing! It did just what it claimed it would. Not only did my face feel super soft, but it felt really clean without feeling scrubbed to death. Oh, and this product worked wonders on my dry hands
during my "hand facial"! The only thing that could make this product any better is purely aesthetic. The color and fragrance are bland. This product is $19.00 for 2oz, so I would buy again with my hand & body lotion to save on shipping, Reviva Labs currently charges $ 8.00 postage and handling per order.

The take away:  I liked working with this company and using their products. I would re- purchase 2 of the 3 products sent me .  Visit Reviva Labs HERE for more information.

Surviving Time Island Game Review

in , by Linda A Kinsman, Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Surviving Time Island Review
Sponsored by: MomSelect

I happily joined this opportunity to review and promote a non-violent, safe online game for kids in the 6-12 year old range. It's perfect for the girls I thought, who are, as some of you already know 8 and 12.
 Getting them to agree on a game or website, or video, or movie has grown trickier as they move further into tweenville. I was optimistic.
Ms. M -  my 8 year old was thrilled, and Ms. T-  my 12 year old was cautious at best. She was worried that if this game thrilled and 8 yr. old what could it possibly have for her?
More on that in a minute. :-)

Time Island game

About Time Island - From the Time Island Team

Time Island is a place of wonder and adventure. Your survival skills will be put to the test as you explore white beaches and lush jungles; tree-top terraces and dark underground caverns.
You will have to outsmart, out maneuver and outlast the troublesome green creatures that inhabit the island, known as the Goggs.
Meanwhile, it’s a good idea to stick together so you and your friends can create and join a tribe. Survival is always easier when you’re not alone. To survive you must also care for your cleanliness and hygiene, and keep your avatar well fed.
Most importantly, keep your eyes open and your wits about you. Around any bush and behind any rock, even in the giant trees and hidden in the darkest corners of the caves, you will discover countless games and activities.
To survive on Time Island is a challenge, but the fun is even greater!

Your Child's Safety
A safe, non-threatening virtual environment for your child is our top priority. Insofar as such, the virtual world and web site forums are supervised to protect against the use of bad language, inappropriate subject matter, cyber-bullying and otherwise predatory behavior.
Once a member is deemed harmful or unwilling to abide by the rules of behavior, the Time Island Team will immediately and permanently void the offending player’s membership and all Time Island privileges.
You and your child can take steps in order to help us provide a clean and safe environment. If your child is confronted with a player using offensive language or discussing inappropriate subject matter, you or your child can bring him to our attention. After a player is reported he or she will receive a warning e-mail. Following three reports against the same player that player will be removed from Time Island permanently.
Depending on the severity of the offense, a player may be removed after one warning or no warnings at all.
We suggest you discuss these issues of behavior with your child before he or she begins playing. Make sure they understand their own rights and obligations as well as those of other players.

We got our box full of goodies and Ms. M was,  as previously mentioned, thrilled!  Ms. T didn't bat an eyelash at the boxes arrival. Yeah, this type of reaction ( or lack there of), is becoming a staple for the 12 year old in my house. If it hints of little girl, she's not going near it.

Here's what it contained:

5 Time Island Wrist bands
5 Time Island Stickers
5 Time Island temp. tattoos
1 pair sunglasses
1 Time Island Backpack
1 Bandanna

The Review- My Take:

We visited and the girls took turns setting up their accounts. I was pleased with the safety measures in place. I opted to have Ms. M sign up in "supreme safe chat mode". which is a mode where players can only send & receive pre-loaded, kid-friendly messages. If a message is offensive, it will not show up. 

Ms. T however, being older used safe chat mode, where not only do you have the pre-loaded messages, players can type their own. There are filters to block bad messages, but they are not as strong.
 It looked like a fun game to me and I enjoyed the tropical soundtrack being played while the girls "survived".

Ms. T's Take:
  I think overall the game is a 6 1/2  out of 10. It's pretty fun, but because it's in Beta, I never saw another player or a Gogg, so it was a bit disappointing. Other 12-year olds may or may not enjoy it, but it will be MUCH BETTER when other people join up, so I think you should give it a try. I will keep playing, I'm Kalana on the game.

Ms. M's Take:

 I think the game is good for kids ages 4 yrs. old thru 11 yrs. It was really, really fun, but like my sister, Ms. T, I wished for more people playing so we could have a tribe and I want to see a Gogg! I think you should give this game a try. I will keep playing.
P.S. I'm Stella on the game if you want to play or start a tribe.

To start playing visit Time Island!

Thanks for reading this review. Come back and comment your kiddies user id's and I'll let the girls know to log on and form a tribe.

Thanks WonderDads!

in , by Linda A Kinsman, Saturday, July 30, 2011

We are pleased to be on WonderDads list of The Best Mom Blogs! To read the full list of the best blogs you should tell your wife about, visit WonderDads HERE.

Know a Wonder Dad? Why not share this great resource with him?

A Song for the Day

in , , by Linda A Kinsman, Thursday, July 28, 2011

I've been busy all week working on projects for my husband's business.

While I've been busy type, type, typing away; the girls and I have been enjoying the beautiful blue grass sounds and harmonies of Nickel Creek.  My all time favorite of theirs is The Lighthouse Tale. It is a haunting, beautiful, tragic love story. I hope you'll enjoy it as much as we do.

Coming Up on My WAHM Plan: 2 reviews and my very first giveaway! Stay tuned and as always, thanks for reading.

Inspiring Quotes

in , by Linda A Kinsman, Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Most of these quotes are focused on leadership, but I wanted to share them because they all have the ability to uplift, re-direct and inspire us as people. We sometimes let our roles or "labels" lead, but I humbly submit, that we should all concern ourselves with the content of our character first.

Of all the quotes listed, the one's that resonated with me most powerfully today were from Winston Churchill, Robert Townsend and Zig Ziglar. Which one (s) speak to you?

"Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality."
-Warren G. Bennis

"Management is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right things."
-Peter Drucker

"One of the true tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency."
-Arnold H. Glasgow

"Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced."
-James Baldwin

"If you want to know why your people are not performing well, step up to the mirror and take a peek."
-Ken Blanchard

"The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality, the last is to say "Thank you." In between the two, the leaders must become a servant."
-Max De Pree

"They don't care how much you know until they know how much you care."
-Theodore Roosevelt

"The greatest management principle in the world is: the things that get rewarded and appreciated get done."
-Michael LeBoeuf

"Excellence is...caring more than others think is wise;
Risking more than others think is safe;
Dreaming more than others think is practical.
Expecting more than others think is possible."
-Winston Churchill

"You get the best efforts from others not by lighting a fire beneath them, but by building a fire within."
-Bob Nelson

"Quality is never an accident: It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution. It represents the wise choice of many alternatives."
-William A. Foster

"Values are critical guides for making decisions. When in doubt, they cut through the fog like a beacon in the night."
-Robert Townsend

"A leader's job is to look into the future and see the organization not as it is, but as it should be."
-Jack Welch

"Giving people a little more than they expect is a good way to get back a lot more than you'd expect."
-Robert Half

"The most important persuasion tool you have in your entire arsenal is integrity."
-Zig Ziglar

"To lead the people, walk behind them."
-Lao Tzu

The Golden Pathway Book Review

in , , by Linda A Kinsman, Friday, July 15, 2011

Author: Donna McDine
Summary: Raised in a hostile environment where abuse occurs daily, David attempts to break the mold and befriends the slave, Jenkins, owned by his Pa.
Fighting against extraordinary times and beliefs, David leads Jenkins to freedom with no regard for his own safety and possible consequences dealt out by his Pa.
Suggested age for readers 8-12

My Review:

I was interested in reading a children’s book that dealt with slavery and was happy when Mrs. McDine was able to send me a copy for review.
I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was drawn into the story within the first few paragraphs. Mrs. McDine has so vividly portrayed the characters, (both good and bad); at first I was reluctant to read this story with my 8 year old daughter.   Not because of the subjects of slavery or the underground railroad, topics both my daughters have learned about in school. My reluctance was over the very real ugliness found in the Father or Pa.  I struggled with wanting my youngest to know that some fathers can and do live in such a manner.
After re-reading The Golden Pathway,  I decided that it was a great teaching tool with lessons in history yes, but more than that, this short story contained  powerful life lessons in :  bravery, kindness, making the right choices, which isn’t always easy,  sometimes parents/ adults make bad choices, and that kids have power to change things too.
This finely illustrated book will have you rooting for two boys thrown together by circumstances beyond their control, until one brave boy decides to help the other.  I did wish for one more chapter in which we could take at least part of the journey to freedom with Jenkins.

The Golden Pathway book review

Their Review:
Since this book was written for 8-12 year olds, I found it serendipitous that I am the proud Mom of 8 and 12 year old daughters. I thought I’d ask them to do a mini review.
They both liked the book, because it had a happy ending and because the son was really brave to help the slave. They both felt the book conveyed the special lesson that you should always treat others the way you want to be treated and that owning another person is wrong.
Their favorite part of the book was when David helped Jenkins get away.  And, like me, they both would have liked to see the story continue for at least a little while longer, just to make sure Jenkins got to safety.
I would gladly recommend this story to parents and kids just learning about slavery. I would recommend that parents read the story with younger kids as I did so that you can help them better understand not only slavery, but the very real ugliness that can reside in some people.

To learn more about the author, Mrs. Donna McDine visit:

Illustrations used in this blog review were done for The Golden Pathway by K.C. Snider. 

This popped up in my inbox this morning and I wanted to share on Freebie Friday. I'm not affiliated with either, just love sharing!

 If you have a Harry Potter fan in your house like I do, you'll love this freebie from All You Magazine and Kindle.

Harry Potter book

Free Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook Kindle Edition

Coming up later today: My Book Review on: The Golden Pathway by Donna M. McDine.