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Product Review // UpSpring VoxBox

 

 

 

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As an Influenster, I was excited to learn that I had been selected for the UpSpring VoxBox campaign. As a new mom who is also breastfeeding, I am always on the lookout for products that will help keep me healthy so I can keep Addie healthy. Using products that are chemical/GMO free is of utmost importance to me and since I have decided to become a Trim Healthy Mama (gotta lose that pregnancy weight!), I’m also excited about using products that are low in carbs and sugar such as the UpSring Milkflow drink mixes.

 

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My UpSpring VoxBox included the Milkflow mixes in three flavors – citrus, chocolate and berry. The packaging for the mixes states that they are all natural, gluten free and non-GMO. That was a really good starting point for me but I always like to check the ingredients to ensure that nothing bad is hiding inside the food and drinks I consume.

Although I didn’t research every single ingredient in the mixes, I did research the following ingredients that had me concerned:

Silicon Dioxide – Yes, it’s natural in that it occurs naturally but how it is commonly used is not so natural. Silicon Dioxide, or silica, is used in varnishes, pesticides and cleaners – not really my first (or last) choice for what I would want to feed myself or more importantly, my four month old.

Carrageenan – Yes, it is seaweed, so yes, it’s also natural but that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily healthy. Carrageenan is typically used as a thickening agent but has been linked to stomach/digestive issues. If you’ve had a little one for any amount of time, you already know that these are the exact things you try so hard to avoid.

While I appreciate that this product was created to help moms increase breast milk flow, I’d feel safer recommending an herbal tea that promotes lactation – these usually have a higher amount of the same herbs, are organic and free of unhealthy ingredients.

In addition to the drink mixes, I was also sent Milkscreen test strips, UpSpring’s product for testing the amount of alcohol in your breast milk. I personally have chosen to abstain from alcohol while breastfeeding because 1) I don’t drink it that often anyway (the last time was over a year ago – I mean, I enjoy a drink on occasion but I don’t get what the big deal is) and 2) I will not take any chances when it comes to keeping my daughter safe. However, I do like that UpSpring created a product that helps moms who are breastfeeding.

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The final product I received in my VoxBox was the UpSpring Wellmom Nipple Balm. I love that this product has absolutely NO junk in it! I have been very careful about what products I’ve applied to myself topically because I know that whatever goes on my skin is absorbed into my body. I have been using coconut oil instead of lotion because I don’t have to worry about chemicals entering my body (i.e. sulfates and parabens) but since the product is organic and contains good ingredients (organic coconut oil, organic beeswax, organic sunflower seed oil, organic shea butter, organic cocoa seed butter, organic calendula flower extract, organic rosemary seed extract), I gave it a try. The nipple balm is pretty much odorless which is always a plus and it was very soft. I actually tested it out on my lips first since they were really chapped and it was very moisturizing. I would definitely recommend this product to moms who plan on breastfeeding. I will be keeping this in my diaper bag to use for my lips, skin, Addie’s skin and diaper rash prevention.

Overall, I feel that UpSpring understands the main concerns of breastfeeding moms and takes those seriously considering what they use in their products. For me, UpSpring products are a #momwin and I’m so grateful I was able to test them out!

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.
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Product Review // Norwex Microfiber Cleaning Cloths

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I’m typically not into businesses that require you to attend parties in order to purchase their merchandise but for me, Norwex has become the exception. I have to admit that I was quite skeptical about how well Norwex would work when I first learned about the company. However, since one of my friends was selling the products, I decided to attend a party to support her business. For those of you unfamiliar with Norwex, it is a brand of microfiber cloths that work by just adding water. Norwex is unique in that it requires no chemicals due to the cloths containing silver which has antibacterial properties. I am all for reducing the amount of chemicals in my home and have been primarily using microfiber cloths (sans silver) and a home made vinegar/essential oil spray to clean my home.

At the conclusion of the Norwex party I attended, I wanted to purchase just about every item from their catalog. Since I don’t have limitless funds, I decided to start with the Microfiber Variety Pack (MVP) which contains a compact version of the EnviroCloth, Window Cloth and Body Cloth with BackLok (Norwex‘s antibacterial component of the cloths). The price for the MVP is $19.99 which had me a little skeptical knowing that I had paid about $10 for a pack of 24 microfiber cloths from Amazon but I wanted to give Norwex the benefit of the doubt.

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The day I received my Norwex items, my husband was bummed to discover a red wine stain in our  carpet. I had learned that the EnviroCloth could be used to remove just about any stain and decided to give it a try. I wish I had taken a before and after picture because the stain is completely gone! I went to town using the EnviroCloth to clean my kitchen (countertops, microwave, stove top, cabinets and fridge) and I was impressed with how well the EnviroCloth was able to remove gunk and stains so quickly and how much it was able to hold.

Window Cloth

The Window Cloth is a personal favorite of mine because after trying various chemical laden cleaners to clean our bathroom mirror, the Window Cloth is the only thing that has worked to keep it spotless. What I like about the Window Cloth is that you can use it dry and it has polishing properties. I used it on our bathtub spout and was amazed that it removed the hard water stains that my homemade cleaner couldn’t and it was shinier than I’ve ever seen it.

Body Cloth

I kind of gave the Body Cloth a try and wasn’t really a fan at first. The idea is to, again, just use the cloth and water – no soap. I recently made the switch to castille soap because my skin is really dry and I don’t want to contribute to the dryness by using products with sulfates. However, after hosting my own Norwex party, I decided to give the Body Cloth another go around. My consultant Brittany mentioned that some people are using the Body Cloth in lieu of shaving cream. To me that seemed like a quick path to skin irritation and razor burn, but I decided to give it a try. I am amazed to say that my skin was very soft after using the Body Cloth and I had absolutely no problems with it. I’ve also used it to clean my face and it has been able to remove all of my makeup.

I have been surprisingly impressed with the Norwex family of products and am excited to try more.

With the money I’m saving by not purchasing chemical based cleaners,

I may even have to add a Norwex category to my budget!

Norwex is a win for my family and I hope it will be for yours too!

 

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March Birch Box: A Review in Pictures

Birch Box is a service in which customers purchase a subscription to receive designer beauty samples each month.
The message inside my Teen Vogue edition Birch Box.
      
A closer look: A full size bottle of Essie nail polish,
one of the products I was most excited about!
The contents of my March Birch Box: A twistband hair tie in ballet pink, a sample of Twirl by Kate Spade, a full size Essie nail polish in As Gold As It Gets, a sample of Elixir Ultime by Kerastase, a full size LipSurgence matte lip tint in Lucky by Tarte. There was also a card with a discounted price for a subscription of Teen Vogue (it was tempting, but I don’t need anymore magazines). There was also a “gift card” for ModCloth (it was really $10.00 off a purchase of I think $60.00 or more, which in my book is a coupon).
A subscription to Birch Box is $10.00 a month which is clearly less expensive than purchasing the contents included in the box individually. I will continue to subscribe because I love the designer products and this is the only way I can afford them AND who doesn’t love getting packages in the mail???

For each purchase with Birch Box, you earn points. Once you have 100 points, you get $10.00 to spend in the Birch Box store. You have the option of earning points with a subscription, making purchases in the shop, referring friends and by giving feedback for the products that were in your box. 
Have a super Saturday!
Love,
Lolo
P.S. I no longer subscribe to Good and Lovely since Birch Box is slightly cheaper, but I may subscribe again since I’m getting into natural/organic products…we’ll see.
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Good & Lovely

  I first learned about Good & Lovely from my favorite blogger. At first I did not see the point of trying out a sample system that was created to help women during *ahem* a certain time of the month. I reluctantly decided that I would try it once with the intention of canceling if I didn’t like it. I really wanted to sign up with Birch Box, but since they were full, I joined their waiting list and signed up with G & L in the meantime. I have to say I was am pleasantly surprised and plan on continuing my monthly subscription. Here’s what came in my package, which by the way was supposed to arrive on the 20th but arrived on the 18th (now that’s what I call decent customer service!):  

                                                 

 

The little purple card says, “A lovely thought to ponder…” With the quote, “Don’t be afraid of the space between your dreams and reality. If you can dream it, you can make it so.” Belva Davis.
My card with the French words on the front was handwritten (maybe it’s an emotional appeal to keep customers, but I liked the personal touch). Finally, the contents of the box included a chocolate bar (at 381 calories I’m saving for when I NEED chocolate – yes, sometimes it is a need). I also received PMS Relief Bath Soak with earth minerals by Sinclair & Valentine, Wild Rose Body Oil by Weleda and a Moroccan Mud Spa Bar handmade natural aromatherapy soap by Pirouette. The best part about this service is that part of my payment provides feminine care for women in need! The best gifts are those that give back.
Love,
Lolo
P.S. Two days ago Birch Box sent me an e-mail and I was able to sign up with them after all! Yay!