Toucan Box Review + a Coupon Code!

Toucan Box gives kids hands on activities to do each month. It’s not just crafts, there are also games that encourage the kids to get active.

We received the May Toucan Box to review. My daughter loves stuff like this so she happily helped me to do a thorough review. The box included two craft activities that included a Nature Bag and Jelly Fish races. We did the nature bag first.

One of my daughter’s dreams is to become a “YouTuber” so she’d be thrilled to here some positive comments on her first narrated Youtube video!

After the nature bag was complete she could use it to take part in the seasonal nature bingo game that came with the kit. Kids can use the seasonably appropriate card to hunt for different items like sticks, acorns, leaves, spiders, etc. They can even collect some of the items in their bag if they would like. This is a fun way to get the kids active and exploring the world around them.

What we love about Toucan Box:

  • Comes with the materials you need to create the projects
  • Fun activities that encourage imagination and creativity
  • Affordable first month is only $5 with code: LUVSAVINGMONEY when you go through this link: after that it’s only $12.95/mo + $1.95 shipping.
  • Perfect for ages 3 – 8 years old
  • High quality craft projects that they won’t just be done with in 2 minutes.

You can also gift the gift of Toucan Box with ToucanBox gift cards available in 3 month, 6 months, and 12 months subscription intervals. 3 months is perfect for summer break, just sayin’!

I received this product at no cost in order to complete an honest review. Any opinions expressed are my own.

We Tried Colored Hair Wax + an Awesome Deal on Colored Hair Wax

My job doesn’t allow me to get too creative with my hair. According to the policy I can not have any “unnatural” hair colors. So pink hair or a blue streak is out of the question. That doesn’t mean sometimes I wouldn’t mind putting a few pink streaks in my hair in October or some blue streaks for school pride at my boys’ football games.

purple and gold colored hair wax

The colors are very vibrant in the container. It has a nice fresh scent as well. The consistency is more like a paste or whipped butter. Easy to smooth over your hands to work into your hair.

We had a trial the first day we got it.

The gold made my son’s hair look more like it had been frosted. The purple was a subtle purple in my daughter’s hair. My daughter has a dark blonde or sandy brown hair. So I was curious how the purple would look on my dark brunette hair.

purple hair wax on brunette hair

I just did a few streaks up front to give it a try. I did have to use a little more than I did in my daughter hair because my hair is darker and because it’s thicker.

The Ponyfly colored hair wax washer out easy in the shower and wipes off the skin easily with a wash wash cloth. I found it easiest to apply it buy coating my hands and working it through the hair, adding more as needed. Then after enough is applied I took a comb to separate the hair so it wasn’t stuck together. A comb would slide right through and do the trick.

As far as hold, I’d say it has a medium hold. My son wanted his hair spiked up. The hair on the top of his head is pretty long. I got it to stand up a bit. I think if I added more I probably could have achieved it but I was lucky he let me do this much lol.

Ponyfly colored hair wax is already a reasonable price at $4.99 but you can save an additional 5% off with code: LUVSAVINGMONEY5 and going through this Dealspotr link

What color do you want to try?

I received the above mentioned products at no cost in order to complete an review. Any opinions expressed are my own.

An Alternative To Prescription Meds and Cannabis

I have written a few times about my ulcerative colitis and IBS. Currently I do Humira injection every week. I worry though, because the potential side effects of the Humira can end up causing me more problems. I have to have blood work done every few months to check my liver function. In some cases, Humira can actually cause cirrhosis of the liver. That’s all I need is to have cirrhosis on top of my UC and IBS too!

Ulcerative Colitis can also manifest into the joints causing pain and discomfort not unlike arthritis. At only 39 years old have trouble getting up off the floor, finding a comfortable position to sleep because of joint pain, and have to make adaptions to my gardening because I just can’t crawl around like I used to.

In my quest for finding safer, alternative ideas to try I’ve come across a number of articles and research. CBD oil, cannabis, Turmeric, cayenne pepper, and even donor stool (yea I’m not trying that one). Each had benefits and each has had some research to support it. Not everyone is on-board with cannabis and it can be hard to get a medical script. CBD, because it’s not regulated, it can be hard to tell if you’re getting a quality product or even CBD at all.

Comfort! by Vergence has an option for pain relief, offering cannabis-like medicine without the cannabis.

Neuropath Brazos Minshew was featured on on NBC’s Desert Living discussing endocannabinoid system and plant based medicine:

This is where Comfort! by Vergence comes in.

Dr. Minshew and Abbatis successfully combined five phytocannabinoids to create Comfort!, including:

–          Turmeric phytocannabinoids and terpenes support a healthy inflammatory response without the side effects of cannabis. Curcumin from turmeric powerfully activates cannabis receptors for relief of occasional pain1.

–          Ginger phytocannabinoids and terpenes support a healthy COX-2 inflammatory response, balance leukotrienes and quiets certain genes associated with pain.

–          Kaemfera galangal phytocannabinoids and terpenes inhibit pain from multiple pathways, including histamine-induced, serotonin-induced and bradykinin-induced pain models.

–          Frankincense phytocannabinoids and terpenes strongly inhibit occasional pain that arises from the nervous system itself (neuropathic pain). This is important because, over time, the brain pathways related to occasional pain tend to experience pain even when nothing is really wrong.

–          Red Pepper phytocannabinoids and terpenes harmonize and amplify the cannabinoids of other plants. Further, pain is often worsened by obesity and obesity, in turn, may produce sensitivity to pain. Red Pepper reduces the pain process that is directly associated with obesity.

Dr. Brazos has dedicated his professional life to the development of wellness technologies that promote health and prolong vitality.  His cutting-edge work in bioscience has led to the creation of life-enhancing therapies and helped expand the knowledge and understanding of Functional Medicine.   He ranks among the most respected product developers in the burgeoning field of nutraceuticals. Brazos Minshew graduated Hollywood College in 1981 with a degree in Naturopathy, from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1985 in Psychophysiology, from Brantridge Forrest School in 1987 as a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and from Brantridge University in 1993 with a Master of Science degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He has been in clinical practice for more than 35 years.  Dr. Minshew has significant experience in creating formal and ad hoc Medical Advisory Boards and Scientific Panels in support of Wellness initiatives worldwide. As a media contributor, Dr. Minshew has prepared over 250 Weekly Wellness Reports for 320,000 subscribers, as well as more than 180 VitaJournal articles with circulations exceeding 450,000 and produced a series of audiobooks including the acclaimed Body Systems 101.  He.  At the same time, his collection of YouTube videos on Health and Wellness have achieved thousands of visitors. As a speaker, Dr. Minshew’s travels have taken across the US and Canada, Latin America, Europe and Asia, where he averages more than 60 speaking engagements each year.

So you just want to know if it really works. I have been taking 1 capsule a day for a little over a week now. I’ve also recently gotten back into a regular workout routine. I’ve noticed I definitely don’t have the joint pain I had in my knees like I did. Squats, lunges, planks, didn’t bother me near as much as they normally do.

I’ve read a fair amount of articles about how tumeric and cayenne pepper can have anti-inflammatory properties too. Comfort! by Vergence is a great alternative to those that just aren’t sure about cannabis or CBD options but also don’t like the prescription drug route. Prescription drugs can be pricey too!

You can order a bottle of Comfort! by Vergence on their website.

The is a sponsored post. Any opinions expressed are my own.

We Received a Package From Santa

I received a packagefromsanta for review purposes. Any opinions expressed are my own. 

My 9 year old son still believe in Santa. Every year I wonder how much longer I have to keep that magic alive. If he approaches me about it, I will, of course, tell him.  I also have a 5 year old that believes. My two oldest are 14 and 16 and stopped believing around 8 or 9.

We have been getting the Package from Santa along with the custom phone call and video every year for the past several years and my little ones honestly look forward to it.  I got one review package that I ordered for my daughter as I wasn’t sure if my 9 year old would still be interested.  He told me he wondered when his would come from Santa, so, I needed to order him one.

What I really like about is the high quality letters, the personalization available, and the phone call and video choice.  Each kid could get a phone call and they will all be different if I so choose.

There are different packages available.  I got the Silver package to review which includes:

-Personalized Letter from Santa
-Santa’s Special North Pole Return Address Label
-Genuine North Pole Stamp
– 90-day money-back guarantee
-FREE Personalized VIDEO
– FREE Personalized PHONE CALL from Santa
– FREE Personalized printable NICE LIST GUIDE

It comes in an eye-catching Christmasy envelope addressed to your child, if you so choose.  When my son’s came in he said “finally, Santa got my letter out” lol


I love the personal touches.  When you create the letter you can include things like achievements, things they need to work on, that special think on their wish list, etc.

Every year I think, this will be it, I’ll only have one more believer in the house after this year.  I always said that if they still believed by age 10 I would tell them.  Next year he will be 10 so I think it will be time.

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Holly Jolly Giveaway Hop: Estarer SLR/DLSR Camera Bag

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Welcome to the Holly Jolly Giveaway Hop on!

Several years ago now I invested in a Canon Rebel DSLR camera.  It’s earned it’s keep around here from family pictures to blog pictures.  I had bought a small camera bag but it was very small and I couldn’t always take all the lens or attachments I’d like to.

When Estarer contacted me to review their SLR/DSLR camera bag I thought why not? This bag is made like a backpack making it easy to take your camera with you on vacation, on hikes, to events, and more.  Adjustable velcro compartments ensure there is a space for all your lenses and attachments.

You can see there are still plenty of compartments left for me to fill up

There’s even extra spaces to keep things like your laptop or tablet so you can work while on-the-go.  There are smaller zipper pouches for memory cards or business cards.


laptop or tablet compartment

When I initially received it I was a little confused on how to set it up.  After looking at the picture on Amazon I realized that really I can set it up any way I want to. I started adjusting and readjusting each velcro compartment until I had a compartment for each of  my attachments I’d like to take with me.  There’s even plenty of space for more.  I guess I need more lenses and attachments lol.

Even if you don’t own a DLSR/SLR camera I think this would be good for on-the-go for kids’ toy collections, use it as a laptop bag and keep your charging cords, digital camera, mouse, etc in there or whatever other reason you can think of.

You can find this Estarer DLSR/SLR camera bag on Amazon


1 US reader will win the same DLSR/SLR camera bag I received

Holly Jolly Giveaway Hop: Estarer Camera bag


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