I Bought it, I Tried it: Gelo Hand Soap

This year, I bought a few different products that I kept seeing ads for. I’ll be honest, most of them I was pleasantly surprised with. All of these products I bought with my own money (they are not comped products). I figured if I kept seeing the ad on Facebook and Instagram then maybe other people have been curious too.

The first product I wanted to feature, was one of the first products I bought this year via a facebook ad. I kept seeing the ad, I liked the idea, when I saw the price I thought, what the heck I’ll give it a try. It also came at a time where we had just gotten through having a hard time finding hand soap during the pandemic. Not knowing if it would happen again and always needing a supply of hand soap on hand, I thought this might be a good way to stock up.

Gelo is hand soap with a unique approach. Biodegradable pods you can use to refill your hand soap bottles (or one of theirs) using just water. The scent choices were choices I liked. I also released I was spending anywhere between $1-$3 on bottles of soap at the store and throwing them away when they were done. Yo! I keep hand soap in the kitchen, downstairs bathroom, upstairs bathroom, and the laundry room!

Gelo products reduce the amount of waste of regular disposable hand soaps. If you have a reusable soap pump at home, you can even use the one year already have.

I did an instagram reel so you can get an idea of how it works:

The Gelo refill pods are made with plant based materials: shea, oat, and essential oils. Their pods are completely made up of biodegradable materials including the pod film. There are no sulfates, parabens, or fillers. When you order the refill bag it has enough for 4 refills. So I can literally refill all the soap dispensers I used in my house with one bag. Instead of throwing out 4 soap dispensers I’m only throwing out one bag.

They offer foaming hand soap or gel hand soap options for your preference or for the type of soap dispenser you already have at home. So one of my fave parts? It’s super affordable. I ordered two starter kits for our bathrooms a couple months ago and I’m just now getting to where I needed to order refills. So I ordered a starter kit for our kitchen and 2 more refill bags. $21 shipped and I have enough to refill 12 times. Even with shipping that breaks down to only $1.75/bottle!

Now I’m not an affiliate, ambassador, or anything else with them but I do have a referral link (that anyone can get when you order). It will save you $2 off your first order and give me 10% off my next order. Just go through my Gelo referral link here.

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Smithsonian Channel is Available on Paramount+

I did a post a little while back about Paramount+ offering a 30 day free trial. I’m gonna be honest, I jumped on the free trial just to see what it was like and so my kids could watch the new SpongeBob movie Sponge On The Run. I really thought I’d cancel after the 30 day free trial but, I didn’t.

My kids and I love watching nature shows and animal related shows. We discovered the Smithsonian Channel on Paramount+ and we’re hooked. Our first taste was the Strange Creatures series. I was so excited to see the Corpse flower featured. See I’ve been wanting to visit Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh just to see the Corpse flower in real life. I can’t be sure but it looks like the video footage could have been from Phipps.

Smithsonian Channel hit series are streaming exclusively on Paramount+. Try it FREE!

As we scrolled through the shows on the Smithsonian channel we saw other animal shoes that caught our interest like Africa’s Piranhas, Baby Animals, The Living Beach, Top 10 Deadliest Beasts, and so many more. My husband saw things on there that interested him too like Drinks, Crime, and Prohibition, World of Weapons, American’s Hangar, and more.

Paramount+ is still offering the 30 day free trial if you’d like to check it out. The Smithsonian Channel isn’t the only thing though. There’s tons of kids’ shows, Comedy Central, BET, MTV, Nickelodeon, movie, tons of shows, and more.

After the 30 day free trial it’s just $5.99/mo with commercials or $9.99/mo without commercials.

Have you tried Paramount+ yet? If so what are your favorite things to watch? We’re still exploring.

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Earth Day Feature: NOVICA

I’ve been a fan of NOVICA for a long time. They find true artisans, skilled in their crafts to hand make products and purchase them at fair trade. If you use my search bar on the upper right side of my page and search the term NOVICA you’ll find other posts. There’s a reason I keep agreeing to work with NOVICA and have made several purchase from them on my own.

NOVICA seeks out artists from around the world. They are skilled artisans often using natural materials. There are artists from all over the world such as Mexico, Thailand, India, Argentina, West Africa, etc. Finding jewelry makers, glass blowers, wood carvers, and more.

Each piece is unique. I’m absolutely in love with the NOVICA glassware that Javier and Efron create in Mexico. Each and every piece is just a little different, even if you buy a set. You can see the tiny bubble marks that are almost a hallmark of hand blown glass.

These glasses are a thick smooth glass. I has a beautiful turquoise color. When you pick it up you can feel that it has just a little more weight than a juice glass you’d buy in a store.

I have 2 other sets of glasses from NOVICA. When people come to visit and we use them I usually get compliments on them.

Another thing I like about NOVICA is that the artisans hand craft these items, NOVICA does not mass produce products in factories so it cuts down on the environmental impact.

I encourage you to check out Novica.com and see all the beautiful and unique handmade pieces there are. Jewelry, baskets, decor, clean beauty, and more.

I’d love to know one piece that catches your eye on NOVICA.com

I did received these glasses to review at no cost from Novica in order to complete this post. Any opinions expressed are my own.

What Invisawear is Doing During Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. The statistics can be scary. Nearly 1 in 5 women are attacked in their lifetime. That’s why I’m proud to be an affiliate with Invisawear.

Invisawear was created by a woman who had an encounter that scared her and really made her think. In that moment she didn’t have time to dig through her purse for her phone. From that encounter, the idea for Invisawear was created.

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Invisawear offers discreet jewelry that can get you help in an emergency. Call it connected jewelry, if you will. A simple press can alert designated friends or family that you need help and send out a text with your location. Invisawear is backed by ADT and can even alert trained ADT agents who can notify emergency services for you. Premium memberships can even get you access to activity tracking and virtual self defense classes. This would make an amazing and thoughtful gift for mother’s day or graduation gift for someone going off to college. Get free shipping on order of $100+

This security jewelry could quite literally save someone’s life.

Plus a percentage of the sales in April will be donated to RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network)

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VIP Pets S1 Mousse Bottle Surprise – Fun Basket Filler Idea

My daughter loves all those encapsulated toys and miniature toys. Things like L.O.L. Surprise, My Little Pet Shop, etc etc. Reading the description for the VIP Pets S1 Mousse Bottle Surprise, I know my daughter would love it. I’m thinking this will be a fun addition to her Easter basket this year. For reference, my daughter will be 8 in a couple weeks. She’s been playing with these types of toys for about 3 years now.

Just take a look at these! Aren’t they fun and cute?

The VIP Pets are the most fashionable pets around. There are 6 characters with 2 different looks, all with their own personalities and hobbies. However there is something that connects them all… their passion for all things hair! These fabulous pets come with 9 surprises to unbox and 12 inches of super long hair to style .

The VIP Pets like to wear their hair in different styles depending on the occasion but they need your help to create the perfect look. Unbox 6 unique and personalized accessories! My daughter enjoys that part. Of course, she loves to see what character she gets but the accessories add to the fun.

Once you’ve washed her hair you will discover her unique style! PLUS, there is a special water reveal on their face to showcase a special face design! 12 different dolls to collect in Series 1! Become a professional hair stylist just like Fabio and Fabia! My daughter thinks it’s absolute magic when things color change. She gets so excited.

Shop for VIP Pets S1 Mousse Bottle Surprise Hair Reveal Doll at Target, Walmart and Amazon.

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