Reviews, giveaways and memes - Jumpin Beans

31.8.16

Please send @DrTeals my way!

Life can be stressful for everyone, right? I know I am not the only one.  I am not even talking about BIG reasons to stress.  It can be anything from the stupid drivers out there... to those in school taking a test.  Yes, there are big and small issues out there, but we try to make the most out of it all.  One thing for me is to try and relax and take time for me when I can.  It can be a day at the spa, a trip to the grocery store alone or even a nice relaxing bath.  I had planned on making welcome to a new school year basket for Broxton's new teacher, but I know how people are about certain scents and I did not want to send in something she didn't like. Know what I did instead?  Made me a little care package and boy oh boy, I have been enjoying it!  
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Dr. Teals has a whole line of products out there.
Did you know that they also have Body wash, Bubble bath, lotion and even body oil?  Yeah, I had no clue.  Let me tell you this... I know about it now and I LOVE IT.  I have it all sitting together in my cabinet just waiting to be used when I have " me time."  Right now, the bubble bath and the Epsom Salt are on the side of my garden tub.  (I actually had an old candle jar with a lid that I kept and ended up using it to fill with the Epsom salt.  Now, when I need it, I just get some out of the jar and then refill it when it is getting low.)

As I mentioned, we normally always have the Dr. Teal's Epsom Salt on hand at the house.  I love the way it feels and smells in the water.  My husband has used it numerous times to help with sore muscles and cramps from working.  I use it to help relax.  Either way, it works and we love it.  They have several different varieties of the Epsom Salt. Head on over to the Dr. Teals site to see all the wonderful products they have.  They also have a great bit of information on Epsom Salt if you are not really familiar with it. 

A few of the Dr. Teals line:

Dr. Teal’s Ultra Moisturizing Body Wash Soothe & Sleep with Lavender combines Aloe Vera, Shea Butter and Vitamin E to help nourish and hydrate skin. Infused with liquid Epsom salt, muscle tension is eased by removing lactic acid and impurities.

Dr. Teal’s Foaming Bath Soothe & Sleep with Lavender has long lasting bubbles which gentle cleanses skin for a therapeutic bath ritual. This luxurious, aroma-therapeutic foaming bath transforms an ordinary bubble bath into an oasis.

NEW Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt Soaking Solution 1LB Soothe & Sleep with Lavender is a quick and easy way to rejuvenate your body and soothe tired, achy muscles. The solution is filled with lavender essence and essential oils, with soothing properties to encourage a better night’s sleep.


Dr. Teals would make a great care package for:
Moms (okay, dad's too!  Actually ANY care giver.)
Teachers

Nurses
Students

I know I would be happy to open up another box and have it full of the Dr. Teals line.  With the holidays coming up, it would make a great gift to go under the tree, or even a little hostess gift! Who else do you think this would be great for?  

Infusium23 keeps my hair healthy!

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I cut my hair a bit ago... See photo below if you need a reminder.  You see, to me, hair is just that... hair.  I grow it out, cut it, donate and go on.  I am not one to style it and fix it up all the time.  Normally, it is just pulled back in a ponytail and that is it.  It is funny, one of my best friends always has to laugh at my hair, since it is pulled back all the time and I have tons of little fly away's around the front. (Oh, and don't forget the baby curls around my ears.)
Having admitted that I don't do much for style, I do take pride in my hair.  Whenever I go to finally get it cut, I am always complimented on how healthy my hair is.  Yes, I can brag on that, since to me it is a big deal!   Why am I telling you this?  Well, I want to tell you about what I actually do use on my hair.
INSTAGRAM PHOTO when I cut my hair.

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I have been using the Infusium 23 line for a bit now.  I used to go to the shampoo / conditioner aisle and just sniff them all until I found the one that grabbed me. True story, you can ask my cousin if you don't believe me, since she was always right there with me smelling them all.  Well, I was lucky enough to have the chance to review the Infusium line and since it seems to work at keeping my hair clean feeling, looking and smelling, I have not changed it up.  (Full disclosure here, I will change it up soon, as I was told to not use the same shampoo / conditioner all the time, as your hair will eventually get buildup from it.  I don't know if it is true or not, but I normally change hair care products every 6 months, and when I do, I normally pour a can of beer on my hair to strip it all before moving on.  Again, not sure the validity of any of this and for all I know, it could all be old wives tales, but it works for me, so I do it.  To each his own, no judgements!)    Having just told you what felt like my life story in those parentheses up there, I  will say this.  Infusium is one that I keep in my rotation when I move on to other lines. So, while I do say goodbye for a bit, it isn't forever!

The infusium 23 line:
Infusium 23 Repair + Renew Shampoo is rich with intensive hair-healthy ingredients to strengthen and reveal hair’s true beauty. The i-23 Complex®, enriched with provitamins, proteins and amino acids, pampers and promotes soft, healthy-looking, manageable hair.

Infusium 23 Repair + Renew Conditioner is reinforced with hair-healthy conditioners and shine enhancers to recharge, renew and deeply treat dull, damaged, stressed-out hair.

Infusium 23 Repair + Renew Leave-In Treatment reduces split ends and tames fly-aways. Improves the quality of hair over time and protects against breakages. Instantly detangles wet or dry hair.

By simply washing my hair with the Infusium 23 line, I have no problems getting out there in the elements all around us. Swimming pools, swimming in natural water sources (we went to a local springs to enjoy over the summer)  and adventures to the park to play and hunt Pokemon...  My hair has been cared for, even if it is just in a ponytail.   (Yes, I normally get out of the shower and pull it up.  It is only dried / flat ironed if we are going to church or somewhere important where I need to be a bit more "presentable.")  

Do you make #BackToSchool care packages?

Most people are totally in back to school mode now.  Well, I guess most have already started, but as soon as I think everyone has started, someone posts a picture about how they are getting ready to go back.  While you hate to think of all the germs and what not that are out there, it is great to be prepared for all the other little "friends" your children will pick up during the average school day.  


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To get us all back to school ready, here are a few tips from our friends at Chloraseptic:

Maria M. Mantione’s Tips on Staying Healthy and Avoiding Germs This Back to School Season:

  • Be Prepared. A sore, scratchy throat is often the first sign of a cold coming on. Be sure to have Chloraseptic® spray and lozenges on hand to help as soon as it starts, they provide almost instant relief!


  • Stay on Schedule. During summer break, many families loosen their schedules – bedtimes are later, meals aren’t as planned. To stay healthy when you go back to school, get back on schedule! A good night’s sleep and a well-balanced diet is your best defense against germs that can make you sick.


  • Get immunized! Getting your flu shot is the best way to prevent the flu! Remember that the flu and the common cold are different – the flu shot does not prevent colds. Want to know if the flu is going around in your area? Visit www.chloraseptic.com/flu-tracker to find out!


  • Wash your hands often. And do your best not to touch your face! Germs are commonly spread from surfaces to your hands, and can make you sick when you touch your nose, eyes, or put your hands in your mouth. Break those habits!


  • Relax. Rest. Repeat. If you are sick, stay home and get plenty of rest. If you encounter sick people at work or school, stay away and clean shared items before using them. Computer keyboards and telephones are common culprits for spreading germs!"


  • Stock Up. Stock your medicine cabinet so you are prepared in case you do get sick. No one likes to shop when they don’t feel well. Keep pain and fever relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen on hand, as well as pseudoephedrine for stuffy noses, and Chloraseptic® spray and lozenges for sore throats.


  • While I can handle the every day common cold (although I don't LIKE to have to handle it)  one thing I am not sure about is Lice.  I know I had it as a child - UGHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh  Don't even make me think about it, as I start itching already...  I am not sure if we have had to deal with it being an issue at Broxton's school.  I know that we have spoken to him about not sharing hats and what not with his classmates, but luckily that has not been a problem. We are prepared "just in case" by having Nix in our medicine cabinet. 

    Did you know that there is now a SUPER LICE out there??  GROSS!!!!   They have a map online to show you the states that this Super Lice has been noted in.  (I'm talking to you, Georgia, California and others!)   One of the older boys has moved in to his first apartment away at college and of course we have Broxton in elementary school.  That being said, we will be keeping both Chloraseptic and Nix on hand at our house and making a "just in case" package to give to the older one. I really don't think you can be too careful and I would rather have it and not need it, instead of need it and not have it.  You and I both know if you are sick the last thing you want to do is go to the store to buy things...    

    What are other items you would place in a "just in case" box to send to a kid away in college?  

    30.8.16

    Two new books with beautiful illustrations

    Every night for part of Broxton's homework, he has to read for 20 minutes.
    That is the problem. HE has to read.  He loves when I read to him, but for him to read, he isn't a fan. I don't know what to do, so we make the most out of it.  Know what he does like? He loves to read to his little sister. Know what else?  That right there makes my heart happy. Every - single- time!    I have two new books to share with you, but I would love it if you have any help to getting him to enjoy reading his 20 minutes.  

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    We were just sent this book for review.  123 Dream by Kim Krans. I think it is beautiful and Savannah has grabbed it more than a handful of times and handed it to me.  As you can imagine, it is a counting book.  Each page has a picture on it and a number.  
    I love that they made the item for the count be the starting letter for the object.  See above?  Three Thistles. Another page has Eight Ears.  I have yet to figure out what the Nine is, so I use whatever I think at the time.  Check out my instagram and let me know what it is so I can read the book right, will ya?  

    From the publicist:
    From the creator of the popular lifestyle blog “The Wild Unknown” Kim Krans comes 123 DREAM (Random House Books for Young Readers | On sale September 27, 2016 | Ages 3–7), a stunning and elegant picture book for youngsters that visually demonstrates alliteration. Featuring delicate ink-and-water illustrations this is a truly artistic book that will dazzle readers.


    The other book we were sent?  Imagine a City by Elise Hurst.  This book was "different" to me. I thought it was cute, but it just did not grab me.  I took it to be that the world is full of different things. I also took it to say that you can escape in a book, as there is so much waiting in each one.  Other than that, I thought it was odd and hate to admit that out of these, it was not a favorite one.  I did love the illustrations, but with it geared to 3-7 year olds, I thought that color would have been much more attention grabbing.  

    From the publicist:
    Don’t miss IMAGINE A CITY by Elise Hurst (Doubleday Books for Young Readers | On sale October 11, 2016 | Ages 3-7, a stunning and dream-like visual voyage into the imagination. With simple, evocative rhyming text and page after page of unusual and mystical details to explore, this is a story that encourages readers to open their minds and dream of magical places filled with the unexpected.

    What are your children reading these days?

    29.8.16

    We went to our first #Endurocross event

    This past weekend we were able to go to an event we have never been to.  Let's just throw it out there, we had never even heard of it either.  It was ENDUROCROSS and it kicked off the racing season in Duluth, Georgia.  Well, from what I read online it was the kickoff, so don't quote me on that one!   

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    I will tell you this..  It was crazy!  
    We got there early, since I did not know how Atlanta traffic was going to be.  When we walked in, the had a bunch of the drivers out there sitting at a table signing autographs for the fans. I loved that, but we didn't get in line for that, we had to go get ready for the event.  
    The thing started and I looked over at a friend that we had invited to go with us.  It was a bit boring. If you have been to motorcross / supercross before, it was soooooooooooooo much slower.  I was about ready to call it a night, until the rider got stuck on the big log.  They worked and worked to get over it.  At that point, it made a little more sense to me.  It is "Enduro" cross, because it is a test of endurance.
    I still wish I knew the rules (like why not just get off the bike and put it on the other side of that big log?)  but it was fun.  My picture on my post stinks, I am used to using my good camera and they weren't allowed, so phone pics it is!
    The track consisted of this huge log they had to jump (a couple logs actually) there was a rock garden (I think I heard it referred to as that) a puddle of nasty mud water and even a pit full of wood like you would throw in your fireplace.
    The rock garden was the most exciting to me.  They were getting stuck, falling over their bikes and more.  Again, I wish I knew the rules, one time a rider was there for just a few seconds and an official came over and helped them get going again, another time a rider was there for a good while, I think they got like 2 laps down, and no one ever helped.
    I will say this... It was AMAZING watching them all keep going on and never giving up.  That was my take on it all.  When they knew good and well they weren't going to win, they finished what they started and for me that was a great message for all to see!
    Look up Endurocross.  If they are coming near you, try to go and see them. You will enjoy it. 


    Also, if you are in / near Duluth. Make sure to see what events are headed to the Infinite Energy Center.  It is a nice place and I need to try and watch their calendar more often!  
     
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