Ozeri INSTAVAC Nesting Food Storage Review

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Thank you Ozeri Instavac and US Family Guide. I received this product to review for my honest opinion. This post contains affiliate links. #ad

I have never used a food storage product due to seeing others reviews of them that were not so great, but with the need to eat better and be able to have some of the fresh fruit and vegetables last longer, I jumped at the chance to review Ozeri Instavac containers.

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I had purchased some veggies from my local Kroger and when I find that specially priced produce I am on it, but I forgot to use it quickly so what did I do? I used some of the veggies and then used the 3 cup size bowl and put it in the refrigerator.

So easy to use and all you have to do is push the air out and the airtight container does the rest. You put down the valve and then press the air out and as you do that it makes a cute noise (whistle) and then you can change the date to the day you put it in the refrigerator.

The Ozeri Instavac kit comes with 4 bowls and lids in different sizes. The sizes are 21 cups (5.0 Liters), 12.7 cups (3.0 Liters), 6.3 cups (1.5 Liters), and 3 cups (0.7 Liters). The lids have a dial on air valve, so you can set the date that you put your food in there so you know how long it’s been in fridge.

Ozeri-WebThe kit is BPA-free, stain-resistant, shatter-proof and as transparent as glass; Freezer, microwave and dishwasher safe; Satisfaction guaranteed.

What everyone wants to know is whether or not it worked? It did work! I went out of town for 4 days and still did not touch it for 3 additional days, so more than a week later the veggies were still good. Worth the purchase? Yes indeed,

Do you use a Food Storage Kit? If so, what kind and how well does it work? 

 

 


Natural Soap That Will Leave Your Skin Soft

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Natural Soap That Will Leave Your Skin Soft

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You know after a long day of work and trying to relax you want to come home and pamper yourself without the cost of a 5 star rated spa but want the feel of one? That is what I wanted and I have found a great brand that enabled me to do just that. Green Goo is a natural organic brand that will leave your skin soft and has no harmful ingredients. I was sent a few items to try in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.

I admit after using the healing bar that had lavender and comfrey in it, that I was initially worried because I had that squeaky clean feeling which usually at least for me is accompanied by my skin needing moisture/lotion, but immediately after I felt my skin and it was smooth and soft. Lavender calms tensions and disinfects the skin, while Comfrey root is a skin cell regenerator widely known for its external healing abilities.

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I have heard of Castille Soap, but did not know what to do with it. According to the brand, Castille Soap, is an all-natural, all-purpose wonder cleaner, so natural dish soap here you come.

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Ahhhhh. With wonderful scents that are sure to satisfy, like Fresh Citrus, and Lemongrass Zinger, will make you forget that you are washing away dirt and germs.

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I totally swapped out one of my bar soaps, but the natural bar soap that has palm oil as well as other essential oils. Sometimes using natural products, it seems that they just do not last as long, but Green Goo apparently goes through a 35 day cold process, which helps ensure a longer lasting bar guaranteed to pamper your skin which is AWESOME!! That was one reason that I did not purchase natural soap often because I always had to replace it sooner than I thought I should.

Have you tried any of these great products from Green Goo? If not, what are you waiting for? Try the natural soap that will leave your skin soft.


ZeroWater Provides Cleaner Hydration

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ZeroWater Provides Cleaner Hydration

(Sponsored post. This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I will receive a small commission which helps to support God4bandme.com.)

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Hydrating is important and drinking more water is part of that, as I have mentioned in my last post, there are different ways to achieve that, but the most common way is just good old water, whether it is filtered or not, flavored or not, etc.

Usually my go to water is seltzer water, but at times costs a lot of money especially to get the kind without sodium, sweetener or other additives/preservatives. There have been times during a visit to my local, Home Depot, where I would see signs about testing your water and I was always interested and intriqued.

I was given the chance to try Zero Water and this was what I was looking for. The opportunity to check my water to see if there is actually a difference from filtered and non filtered water.

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So, I dived right in and opened the Zero Water pitcher box, which included a TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) Tester and so I turned on the water and put some in one of my favorite glasses and then put the TDS tester in the glass. The results were 047, so I had to see what the number was filtered……

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Different glass, and poured some water from the ZeroWater pitcher (filtered) and once again put the TDS Tester in glass and the results were (drum roll please): 001. Different from the sink and it is enough for me to take notice.

About ZeroWater

  • Only Filter Pitcher Certified by NSF to Reduce both Lead and Chromium
  • 5-Stage Filtration removes 99.6% of Dissolved Solids
  • BPA Free
  • One-handed “push to dispense” spout to fill any bottle or cup
  • TDS meter that provides a digital reading so you know when it is time to change your filter

This product is a good way to provide cleaner hydration to your families. To get your own Zerowater Pitcher ⇒ Cleaner Water for less than $35.00 for the pitcher and replacement filters can be found here ⇒ Need More Filters.

Have you tested the results of the filtered water you had recently?

Hydration Smoothies New at Smoothie King

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Hydration Smoothies New at Smoothie King

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It is truly official this year has been the worse for heat, humidity and just plain energy draining. Maybe I am just spoiled coming from the North, but it is just sometimes just too darn hot to do anything and what I have found is that water and more water is the key to surviving in this type of heat.

Keeping yourself hydrated is one of the most important things to do if you are finding yourself doing a lot of outdoor activities, working out and at times just standing out in the heat. To help keep me hydrated in particular after working a full time job and a side gig until we get up some more faithful staff, I have found myself needing more help than just regular water. I am good for wanting something sweet instead of water which of course is the best for you, but hey if you are like me and want something other than water try the Hydration Smoothies New At Smoothie King to replenish yourself after sweating in the Georgia sun.

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I had the pleasure of trying the Dragon Fruit and it was totally delicious. I could not get enough of it. I had the 32oz and it was more than enough for me. I had it as a quick pick me up and you will find that the dragon fruit according to www.smoothieking.com, it has 6 grams of fiber. Some of the ingredients were: mangos, stevia, coconut water, dragon fruit of course and juice blends. What I love about these the most are that there is no artificial sweeteners or sugars added.

Never fear, if you do not like dragon fruit, try one of the other members of the hydration line: Watermelon Hybiscus and Lemon Green Tea.

Have you tried the new hydration smoothie line? Which one(s) are you looking forward to trying?

Ooops almost forgot, here is the recipe:

At-Home Dragon Fruit Hydration Smoothie Recipe

  • Pitaya Plus Smoothie Pack 1 Pack
    • “Pitaya” is another word for dragon fruit; these are organic and frozen dragon fruit cubes that can be found at Whole Foods.
  • Mango                           ½ Cup, Diced
  • Coconut Water               ½ Cup
  • Papaya Juice                 1/3 Cup
  • Ice 1 ½ Cups

Place all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

 


Sustainability at it’s Best with PrAna Clothing and Apparel

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The bLink Marketing Network and prAna. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Sustainability at it’s Best with PrAna Clothing and Apparel

Not many clothing lines offer a great look with a great price that can be worn anywhere at anytime to do anything including yoga, running or any exercise that your heart desires all while being and having a great impact on the earth like, prAna.

prAna’s ultimate goal is to make sustainable clothing accessible and important to everyone. I have heard the term, “sustainability”, but never really knew what it meant so I checked out prAna and I would like to share it with you:

Why Organic Cotton Matters | Sustainable Clothing Movement http://www.prana.com/life/2016/11/16/why-organic-cotton-matters/

I have been one to purchase clothing blindly and not think about the impact it has on the environment and to me more importantly the people who are creating it.

Here is hoping that other brands will also use more organic cotton one clothing item at a time and help seek ways to spread positivity. With prAna every purchase made makes a positive impact on the earth. prAna offers organic, sustainable and fair trade items so you as a consumer can feel good about what you wear.

 

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As I mentioned you this wonderful clothing line allows you to wear an outfit one day to work out in and then the next wear it to your place of employment and look and feel great. I personally have had several pieces of prAna clothing and they all are so soft. There is no roughness on the skin and did not cause any irritation.

After hearing and reading a bit about prAna clothing line, you too will want to take part in improving the lives of others and helping our plant, so to help you do that I have partnered with the brand to be able to offer you 15% off by using code S17BLSH at www.prana.com.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The bLink Marketing Network and prAna. The opinions and text are all mine.


Natural Girls’ Secret Weapon – Divatress

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Natural Girls’ Secret Weapon – Divatress

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine. 

Awesome-style-divatressSecrets are something everyone tends to have and it is no different for me. Being a 4b naturalista for over 4 years, I have found that I had to come up with some secret weapons that help me maintain my healthy hair and I am going to share them with you.

1st Secret Weapon Tip: Regularly dust or trim the split ends

2nd Secret Weapon Tip: Keep it simple sweetie, which is using the liquid, oil and cream method that so many of us have heard about. Remember as well a lot of manipulation is not necessary.

3rd Secret Weapon Tip: Protect your ends, use protective hair styles, i.e. two strand twists or cornrolls as an example and use a wig to help bring another dynamic to your hair. Face it there are some times I do not want to wear my twists out and I use them as a means to an end. So wearing a wig can help when you have a party to go to in a hurry, or a job interview and you want to shock and awe some people as well as look hot and professional.

The beautiful wigs that I have selected below will look good on any woman. I selected these as my top 3 favorites, due to the style and different colors they come in which makes it next to impossible to just purchase just one. The ones that I have featured are all under 30.00 dollars.

 

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Have you ever worn a wig, if so how many do you have in your arsenal? Please share some of your secret weapons. 


Partying Like A Rockstar at BQE Restaurant

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Partying Like A Rockstar at BQE Restaurant

2017 was like I mentioned the year of many firsts and this year I believe hubby and I had some of the most fun. We love to shake our booties when we can and we were able to do just that this birthday with a bunch of old school songs and some new ones. Hubby surprised me with a new restaurant out of the Dining Out Atlanta Passbook, so yes ladies and gents he is handsome and knows how to have a great time at a discounted price.

As I have mentioned in my last birthday post, I had on my favorite new dress from Happy Yellow Dress and was ready for a fun night out on the town in the ATL.

About BQE:

It is not your average soul food restaurant. It’s soul food amplified! The decor and unique lighting fixtures remind you of a modern day New York speakeasy. Expect to hear cool sounds of neo soul and jazz to free your mind while you dine.

Now the day we visited, it was a Friday and there was a live band there that played for a bit that played some tunes we were able to groove and dance to and the dj was spinning some great music and as usual hubby and I were in our own world and enjoyed every minute of it.

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We had several and I mean several drinks and of course we ate good (Blackened Salmon with 2 sides), so we welcomed using the Passbook to get some money off our bills:)

So Partying Like A Rockstar at BQE Restaurant can be done at a discount (Buy 1 Get 1), as well as enjoying some other great Atlanta Area restaurants by purchasing your Dining Out Atlanta Passbook here: Click here for savings but don’t forget to use the code G4BMPass2017 to get yours for only $35!!

Tell me the way you Party like a Rockstar at a discount? 


Happy Yellow Dress Brand Sure To Turn Heads

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Post sponsored by Happy Yellow Dress and all opinions are all mine.

2017 and this is another great year and another year older. With this year, I have decided to try a lot of new things. Some of which worked out well and some not so well, but this one was one that worked out perfectly.

My birthday, is my day to do whatever I wanted and my hubby treats it like it is a holiday:) To celebrate it in perfect style and with class, I chose to wear a dress by Happy Yellow Dress  and pair it with an equally as classy brand, Liz Claiborne.

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Happy Yellow Dress Brand Sure To Turn Heads

Hubby surprised me with 4 Liz Clairborne purses and one of them, a tan crossbody satchel that has gold lettering that I paired with gold sandals.

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My dress, Lana (just so happened to be named after one of my favorite people), was the dress of choice and it was not a mistake. This beautiful vintage style dress evokes images of Grace Kelly in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window. This fabric is our very own print! So you’re sure to be the most unique gal at the party!  And I was the most unique gal in the place!!! It fit perfectly. 

Now about that Liz Clairborne purse:) I have found a similar one for you if you are interested and information is found below and it is only $30.00.

 

Do you have a favorite outfit that turns heads? If so, what is it?


Ibotta Luster Premium White Deals

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Great evening all. I am writing you today just to give you a heads up about a wonderful deal. If you love to save money and I do not know too many people who don’t, but for a limited time only (June 9th), you can get up to 12.50 cash back by purchasing one of the following when you use the Ibotta app:

Now through June 9th users can save on:

  • Luster Pro Light Kit – Earn $7.00 cash back
  • Luster 2 Minute White Kit – Earn $2.50 cash back
  • Luster Power White Toothpaste – Earn $1.50 cash back
  • Luster NOW! Toothpaste – Earn $1.50 cash back

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Luster Premium White is distinguished by having no messy strips or trays, no inconvenient or expensive office visits, and best of all, no tooth sensitivity thanks to breakthrough technology and premium ingredients including stabilized peroxide.

I had my teeth whitened once and it was quite the experience. I loved the results, however I could not afford to keep it up, but this is the next best thing for a lot less money:)

I love saving money especially when it is on products that I purchase anyway and this is one product that I would purchase more often if I can either catch it on sale and/or with ibotta cash back deals. Plus, you can earn an additional $.50 bonus with the purchase of a Luster Premium White whitening kit (Pro Light or 2 Minute White) and a toothpaste (Power White or Luster NOW!).

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Have you used a teeth whiting system before? If so, do you still use it?


Varuni Napoli Opens in Krog Street Market

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Varuni Napoli Opens in Krog Street Market

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On a beautiful day in Atlanta, I was given the opportunity to attend a media night preview for a wonderful restaurant opening, Varuni Napoli in Krogs Street Market thanks to Culinary Local. My guest and I were not paid, but were able to try various menu items for free in exchange for our honest and unbiased reviews.

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Most of my life I have wanted to go to Italy and eat my way around the area, but due to it being so expensive, we will have to save up a little more before I can get there. In the meantime, I jumped at the chance to try an Italian pizzeria and it was in an area of Atlanta that I had never been and we had a ball.

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Guests were given a special event menu to select the items they wanted to try and we noticed that everyone from the cashier, servers, bartenders, pizza maker station and the owner, were very inviting and nice. Just their attitude made me want to come back before I even tried the food.

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Fresh ingredients, some of which were/are from Atlanta suppliers and some flown in from Italy. I am already spoiled and I know that any authentic Italian restaurant that I try from this point on, better taste just as good or I will not go back:) The crust: 4 simple ingredients and 1 of which is from Italy. Awesome restaurant and atmosphere.

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Next time you are looking for an authentic Italian pizzeria, make sure to check out Varuni Napoli in the Krog Street Market and let me know I may just meet you there.

There are 2 locations in Metro Atlanta and to find out more information about the Owner, restaurant or ingredients, click here: https://www.varuni.us/.

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Have you tried Varuni Napoli? What is your favorite pizza?