Heritage Cookbook Review

Cook Book Final

*I received cookbooks at cost, in exchange for a review. The opinions stated in this article are 100% my own and are based on my own personal experience with Heritage Cookbook. See Disclosure.

Heritage Cookbook Review

I have always wanted to create my very own cookbook. A collection of my own recipes that were special to my family and I. This year heritage cookbook made my dream come true! I have decided that I would make my first cookbook for close friends and family. I wanted to see what their reaction to it would be before making one for the public. The reaction was good, really good! They loved it… and so did I!

 

Wondering what exactly heritage cookbook is all about?? 

Heritage cookbooks is a printing company that allows you to make your very own custom books. For me, of course, it was a cookbook.  Creating the cookbook was simple thanks to Heritage cookbook. Coming up with the content..well, that was a different story. To make the cookbook, you simply log into your account and pick the style of book (hard or soft covers) and the binding you would like ( you can change these at any time). Next it’s time to add your content and pictures. Most of my content had been copied and pasted from my blog. Then I just uploaded the photo I wanted for each recipe. It truly is that simple! The program is so easy to use, I LOVED it and will be using it again!

How was the service?

Virginia was great! She was so nice, I loved her. She was always quick to reply back to my emails and was very professional. She took her time helping me when I needed it. When it was time to print, I was having issues with my photos ( on my end, not theirs) and they helped me to fix them. I was also having trouble deciding how I wanted my cover to look.. after many attempts we came up with the perfect cover.

How long does it take to get my books after I order?

It really doesn’t take long at all. If I remember correctly, I was told 2 weeks for printing and 1 week for shipping. I believe mine came within 2 weeks. I remembered thinking it was quick! The books were packed nicely with lots of bubble wrap, nothing was damaged.

More Cool Details

When your books arrive they leave you with a little surprise, I could tell you but then it wouldn’t be a surprise 😉 . Another feature that I love about heritage cookbook is the built in calculator they have on the site.  This is awesome for keeping track of your total while you are creating your cookbook. They also have many templates for you to pick from if you do not have one of your own.

PRICING 

Membership pricing 

  • $29.95 – 1 month
  • $39.95 – 2 months
  • $49.95 – 4 months
  • $59.95 – 1 year ( Best Deal)
  • For $19.95 you can extend any additional membership by 1 month

Books

The books vary in price depending on the amount of books you buy and the cover you choose. The more books you buy the cheaper they are per book price.

For more details on pricing click here – PRICING 

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Smoke’n Deli Review

* Disclosure: I was not compensated and did not receive anything for this review. The opinions stated are 100 percent my own, as with any review.

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Have you seen the smoke’n deli in town but have yet to stop in? Well, trust me, you are not going to want to wait any longer! Owner, Aron Peachy, says his goal for the Smoke’n Deli is to have delicious homemade food ready so people can stop in, pick up, take home to their families and heat and serve the food. This takes the pressure of “what to cook for supper” off for busy moms and dads. And with so much to offer, you can’t go wrong stopping in. Let’s take a look at all they have to offer:

First, my favorite, the hoagies!

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Oh my, this was one of the BEST deli hoagies that I have had in a long time, and my husband agrees. They offer all the favorites such as Italian ( my favorite), turkey, ham, and roast beef. Hoagies are made on fresh Amorosa rolls and complimented with a slightly spicy oil. But don’t worry, if you can’t take the heat, or you are unsure of the oil, you can always get it without or on the side. I happen to LOVE the oil. I also love that they use hard salami on their Italian hoagies. Most places around the area use the salami with peppercorns and I am not a fan of peppercorns.

As soon as you walk into the Smok’n Deli there is a little stand with pens and hoagie order slips.  This is where you are to fill out the slip with your hoagie order, then hand it to one of the nice ladies behind the deli. You don’t have to do it this way, but it does save some time.

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Specials:

If you are not in the mood for a sub and are looking for something more homemade, the Smoke’n Deli is your place! They offer specials each night of the week along with a full salad bar every night of the week. Specials are as followed:

Monday- Pulled Pork

Tuesday- Hot Sausage ( I hear this is a busy night for them, which means it’s really good!)

Wednesday- Beef Brisket Sandwich

Thursday- Wings

Friday- Smoked Ribs ( I have yet to try these, but they looked and smelled amazing)

Saturday & Sunday – Closed for business

P.S. If you head for the  salad bar, try the chicken, I hear it is a hit.

EAT IN OR TAKE OUT:

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When you walk into the Smoke”n Deli you will see a small eating area on the left-hand side. This is great if you are going to watch a movie or do some shopping in town and want to get a quick bite to eat. Also, if you work in the area, this would make a great place to take your lunch break. I also noticed tables outside,( I think they are for the public, but I don’t think the Smoke’n Deli owns them) that would be nice to sit and get some fresh air while you eat.

 

TAKE ME HOME: 

While you are waiting for your order you will want to check out the rest of the store. They have everything from pre-cooked freezer meals to homemade macaroni salad to snacks & much, much more.

 

Here’s a peek of the Deli just to give you a quick idea of all the lunch meats & cheeses they have along with the special of the day.

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So the next time you are in the Lewistown area make sure to pop in the Smoke’n Deli and grab something to eat. Let them know that the Burlap Kitchen sent ya. I hope you will enjoy this new Deli as much as I do. =)

Smoke’N Deli- Location and phone:

10 W. Market Street, Lewistown, Pa Phone# (717) 513-4280

Catch the Smoke’N Deli on facebook for all the latest- SMOKE’N DELI 

Also, check out their sister company on Facebook-  KICKIN KATER

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Sweet Frog, Burnham, PA Review

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SWEET (F) Fully (R) Rely (O) On (G) God

If you are ever in the Lewistown/Burnham, Pa area, stopping in at Sweet Frog is a MUST. This Sweet Frog is family run and new to the area. They offer over 14 different flavors of frozen yogurt, and 21 if you count the middle flavors, which are a twist! And if you think that is crazy, wait till you see the toppings! They have just about anything you could dream up in your head to top your frozen yogurt with.. and I mean ANYTHING! Here are just a few of the 70 toppings they offer- potato chips, gummies, pretzels, lunch cakes, M&M’s, sprinkles; if you are looking for healthier options they have strawberries, blueberries, bananas… I could go on and on and on. And of course no ice cream is complete with out hot fudge and whipped cream, which they also have.

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While doing restaurant reviews, which I am new to, there will be a few important details I will be looking for and they are as follows- customer service, taste,  price, cleanliness, and atmosphere. This sweet frog gets an A+ in all mentioned.

Matt (one of the owners @ Sweet Frog, Burnham, PA) was very friendly and easy to talk with. He seems to have a great connection with his customers.

As for the taste, well… YUM! I actually get cravings for this place, but who doesn’t?

Pricing is fair; you pay by the weight of your yogurt after all the toppings of course.. I think it was something like 42 cents per oz. I know I fill mine up pretty good and it is usually right between $3 and $4 dollars.

This Sweet frog was very clean. If there is one thing that I can not stand it is when you go to a nice restaurant and the bathrooms are filthy. But this was not the case at this Sweet Frog. These bathrooms were spotless! They were so clean that my three year old commented about how clean they were and he also said they smelled good too! And he is a pretty tough critic 😉

And as for the atmosphere, just pulling in the parking lot and seeing the Sweet Frog car makes me giggle. As soon as you walk into Sweet Frog and see the cheery colors, friendly workers, and get blasted with a big whiff of the frozen yogurt smells, you will be smiling too! =)

 

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Sauce station:

Right before you check out, there is a station with hot fudge, caramel, strawberry sauce, peanut butter sauce, and more I can’t think of. One thing that I did not care for was that the whipped cream was not easy to find. It is in a can in the middle of the topping bar and I personally think it should be at the end with the sauce’s. Isn’t that the last thing you usually put on your ice cream, other than a cherry?

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PARTY ROOM-

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Sweet Frog Burnham Pa, also offers a pretty cute party room. This party room seats 25-27 people comfortably. And although it is called a party room, it does not necessarily have to be used as such. It can be used for life groups, bridal showers, book club meetings, business meetings, etc. When I was in a week before doing the review, I talked with Mark (Matt’s father/owner) and he told me that one night he saw some high school aged kids in the party room with laptops. He asked them what it was that they were doing, and they said studying, so he asked them if they would like for him to shut the door to the party room so they had some quiet and of course they agreed.. how cool is that?

Here are some details on the party room:

  • Price- $10 per child
  • Required – $50 deposit
  • Minimum 10 children (or pay a minimum of 10 children)
  • Party will last for 1 hr and 30 mins.

 * What is included in a party * 

Birthday child will receive :

  • 1 small 12 oz yogurt
  • lunch box
  • T-Shirt (non tie dye)
  • wristband
  • small stuffed frog
  • A  buy one get one free card

Each child will receive:

  • 1 small 12 oz yogurt
  • wrist band
  • A buy one get one free card

 

SAMPLE CUPS:

See a new flavor and not sure whether or not you will like it? With so many great flavors, Sweet Frog understands the importance of making the right decision, so they have plenty of sample cups near by.

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Sweet Frog has a frozen yogurt for everyone!  Whether you have allergies, are gluten intolerant, or just simply want live a healthy lifestyle, you should have no problem finding a yogurt at Sweet Frog. Most the yogurts at Sweet Frog only have around 3% fat in them, unless of course, you go for the Gelato, which has a richer flavor, that has anywhere from 3-5% fat… still pretty good!  All yogurts have information labels on them that say if they contain gluten and also list there allergens.

Here is a list of what they offer for those who have special food requirements:

  • non-dairy
  • no sugar added
  • low fat
  • non-fat
  • gluten free options
  • list of allergens on each yogurt

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Every time I go to Sweet Frog it is filled with smiling faces. =) So stop in and tell them Burlap Kitchen sent ya!

Here are a few Froggy faces =)

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Disclosure of Material Connection:The above post it 100% my own opinion. Each sweet frog is slightly different, this review was based off of my opinion of the Burnham, Pa Sweet Frog. I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. This post does, however, contain ads that I will receive comission for if clicked. This post may also include affiliate links. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Goodies Chocolate. Pittsburgh, PA – Review

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Every year my dad goes to a train show; it is not something my mother and I enjoy, but my son LOVES it… so we go. While we were looking around I noticed a small stand with chocolates. We passed the first time, but promised ourselves we would return before we left. And we did. You would have too if you seen them! Plus it didn’t help my will power any that Beth Ann ( owner @ Goodies Chocolates)  had free samples sitting out.

After purchasing some of these goodies I asked Beth Ann if she cared if I did a short review on my blog; she accepted my offer. She was so pleasant to deal with, and seemed to have a great connection with her customers. She was also very knowledgeable about her chocolates. While listening to her talk with some customers, I over heard her talk about the shelf life of the different chocolates and how to store them; I thought that was so cool! Some of her chocolates can be stored for up to 6 months at room temperature! As awesome as that sounded, I quickly reminded myself that this information was un-benificial to me; because I knew these delicious chocolates would be gone before the week was over… and they were.

I also noticed some very interesting flavor combos such as Salted Caramel malted milk balls and Penuche fudge. I am not a fan of Malted Milk Balls but still wanted to give them a try. The salted caramel coating was amazing but once I got a bite of the malted milk ball I was quickly reminded of how much I do not like them.. so I just ate the outer covering; it was too good not to! Now let’s talk about this penuche fudge.. it was out of this world good! I heard Beth Ann tell someone that it tasted like a Werthers original and she was right on; that’s EXACTLY what it tasted like. I also had to purchase my all time FAVORITE, a DARK chocolate covered rice crispy treat. That, however, did not survive the ride home. YUM.

Some additional notes on this company:

– All Chocolates are made to order

– This company uses Belgian chocolates

– Their fudge contains 30% less sugar than most others, making the fudge creamy & smooth

– Fudge is cooked in copper kettles

– This company is based out of Pittsburgh, PA

HOW TO ORDER:

This company only sales their products whole sale or direct manufacturer. They are currently working on a website for viewing their products and ordering. Ass of now, if you are interested in making any purchases, contact Beth Ann via phone or email: (412) 916- 7808  OR  juniordesserts@aol.com

 

 

Here are a few more photo’s from Beth Ann’s stand-

Chocolate covered Oreo’s!

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Look at all this yummy fudge! With over 18 different flavors they have Such a great variety!

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** The photo’s in the above best were sent to me by the owner of this company **

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I may have received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free or at a lower price in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. This post also contains adds that I will get a commission from when clicked. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

1.0mm Derma Roller + Eye Serum + Anti-aging Serum Review

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. The opinions in this review are 100% my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

Derma

 

This Derma Roller is AMAZING! I absolutely LOVE it! At first I was scared to try it because of the needles, it hurt a little but it was a good hurt if that makes sense? I noticed a difference the first week I started using this. My face looked more clear and felt much softer. I was a little worried about keeping it clean but turns out cleaning it is a breeze! When you are finished just rinse the roller with hot water and then after 4 or 5 uses soak it in alcohol to disinfect.  I even had my mom give this roller a try! she, too, was scared at first but ended up loving it ( it was disinfected before and after she used it, if you are wondering. LOL ).  To use the Derma roller you just roll it on your problem areas; staying away from any infected areas. Roll about 10 times vertically and 10 times horizontally, and you are good to go! I do not recommend doing this in the morning before or before you go anywhere.  It will leave you with a red face for a few hours, so I do mine right before I go to bed.

How to use your Petunia Derma Roller:

– Wash your face, use something that is gentle and do not use anything with scrubbing beads

– pat face dry

– Run Roller over problem areas ( 10 times horizontally and 10 times vertically)

– Rinse Roller with hot water and put it back in its case.

– Apply Petunia eye serum & Anti- Ageing serum

( I only used my Derma Roller about 3 times a week, I wanted to give my face a break in between treatments.)

– To disinfect I soak it in a cup of rubbing alcohol for about 5 minutes

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Here is a photo showing the needles. This particular Derma Roller has approximately 540 – 1.0 mm needles

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Along with the Derma Roller I also got to review Petunia Anti-aging serum and eye serum. Both were great products, but to be completely honest the Derma Roller was my favorite Petunia product.

The eye serum did make the bags under my eyes look a little better. I applied the eye serum at night after using the Derma Roller and also in the morning before I applied my make up. One small dab of the serum is all it took to do both eyes. The eye serum has a little bit of a yellow tint to it and hardly no sent at all.. which I like. When you put it on it just feels a little wet and once it dry’s it is dry… no greasy residue.

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And with some eye make up on =)

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The anti- aging serum comes in a bottle with a dropper, which I love. I applied this after I was finished using my Derma Roller. I put about 2 or 3 drops onto a cotton ball and rub it all over my face. I just rubbed it in till it was dry. The anti-aging serum does have a sent but a can’t put my finger on it? It is a little strong till you rub it in then it fades away.

Over all I thought these were some good products. Like I said earlier I was most impressed with the Derma Roller, I LOVED it! =)

Gurin Ceramic Flat Iron Hair Straighten Review

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I am pretty sure every woman owns some sort of flat iron, however, I am not so sure every woman owns a Gurin Ceramic Flat Iron, they need too! It. Is. Awesome! The Gurin Ceramic Flat Iron is unlike any flat iron I have ever owned…. mainly because I have bought “cheap” ones in the past. I love how this flat iron has a dial on it allowing me to choose a temperature I am comfortable with using on my hair. The dial starts at 140 degrees F and goes the whole way up to 450 F degrees.

Here is a close up of the dial.
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Another plus to this product is the red silky case it comes with. I LOVE the case! I have never had a case with any of my flat irons and now I will never go without one. The case is just so convenient, and makes it easy to store my flat iron. One thing that used to drive me nuts about my flat irons is that the cords would all get tangled.. even if I wrapped them, they still ended up unwrapped and tangled by the next time I used them, not anymore! I simply wrap the cord around my Gurin Ceramic Flat Iron and tuck it down into the case. No more tangled up wires! Did I mention the case had a draw string?? As little as this sounds it is still an awesome feature to the case because when I go on vacation I can just hang it somewhere for the duration of my stay rather than letting it on the sink or packing and unpacking it each time I use it. I also love the fact that this flat iron has an extra long cord ( this would be nice if you owned a salon!) for those times when you are not sure where the outlets will be and how close they will be to a mirror.

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Here are a few photo’s of my hair after using this product.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

NEW FORMULA- Garcinia/Cleanse Fast Weight Loss Kit Review

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This is going to be a fairly short review. Recently I had the opportunity to review the product New Formula-Garcinia/cleanse fast weight loss review and I have to be completely honest… it did absolutely nothing for me. The first day I felt the cleanse kick in but that was it. I looked up the amazon reviews and I see both positive and negative reviews for this product. I really think it just depends on your body, in fact the company had told me that it must just not work for my biology.  I do think it is worth a try… I mean you never know, just because it did not work for me does not mean it won’t work for you. The company was very nice to deal with and they were not pushy or rude to me when I told them it did not work for me… which it think is important.

More notes on this product:

* 100% natural

*  less than 5% caffeine ( I did not get jittery on this like have with other weight loss product I’ve tried in the past)

* Made in the USA in and FDA & GMP Approved facility

*  No fillers, binders, or artificial ingredients

Disclosure of Material Connection: * I received one or more products for free in hopes I would do a review. Please note I am not a Dr. and the opinions in this review are 100% my own. I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Dr.Song 20% Salicylic Acid Review

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Once again I get to review yet another great product from Dr.Song. I have reviewed Dr.Song’s Rosehip oil, Lactic Acid peel, and now I am reviewing their Salicylic acid… all GREAT products! The Salicylic acid is very similar to the lactic acid but there are a few differences. For one I don’t think the Salicylic acid stings as bad, at least it didn’t for me. And another difference is that I put the lactic acid all over (avoiding eyes and mouth) my face  and with the Salicylic acid I only applied it to my problem areas: blemishes, pores, red marks.

So far all the Dr.Song products that I have used came with droppers which makes it easier to control how much you use.

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Let me show you how I use my Dr.Song Salicycic Acid

 

First I wash my face with a light facial cleanser (Do not use any face scrubs or washes with scrub beeds)

 

Next I pat my face dry with a clean wash rag

 

Put about 3 drops of Salicylic Acid onto a cotton ball or facial pad and apply it to problem areas leave on for about 2-3 minutes… Start with 30 seconds the first day and work yourself up! ( WARNING: AVOID EYES & MOUTH!) You only want to use this about 3 times a week.

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Use a damp cloth to wipe Salicylic Acid off. Wait 10- 15 minutes and apply a good facial lotion.

 

Here is my before photo

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A week later photo

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A few notes on this product:

* Product is FDA compliant

* Product is made in the USA

* Company focuses on Natural Ingredients

* I would also like to note that I have never had any shipping issues with any of my Dr.Song products. Products are always in excellent condition and shipped in a timely manner.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

YALMEH Glorify vitamin C lotion review

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 The older I get the more I am realizing how important skincare is. Although I do not have wrinkles yet I am starting to notice fine lines under my eyes.. I guess that’s the “fun” part of approaching the big 3 – 0. Thankfully I came across Yalmeh Glorify Vitimin C glorify lotion. One of the first things I noticed when taking the cap off of this product was the nice light floral scent it had. I also like that it can be used by both men and woman but trust me ,you are not going to want to share! (Shh..don’t tell my hubby, he can buy his own!). Yalmeh leaves my skin feeling smooth and dry without any greasy residue , unlike other moisturizers I have tried in the past.

Additional Info on Yalmeh Glorify Vitamin C Moisturizing lotion:

* Light weight for all skin types

* powerful antioxidant

* reduces fine lines and wrinkles

* Natural & Organic Ingredients

* 100% guaranteed anti-aging product

* Company shipped my product in a timely manner and they were pleasant to deal with

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Konjac Facial Sponge Review

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I am so in love with this sponge! Being a mom it is hard to find “me time” and one thing that I do not take time to do like I should is wash my face. This sponge allows me to wash my face a few times a day because it is so easy to use. All I need to do is wet the sponge gently scrub my face with it, rinse it out and hang it to dry for later use. How easy is that? I will definitely be keeping one of these on hand! I also have issues with my face breaking out from time to time (who doesn’t?) , but I have notice fewer breakouts since using this sponge. I am also loving the fact that no face wash is necessary, it can be used with a gentle face wash, but I have yet to use face wash with my sponge and am still getting awesome results.

 

A few notes from the company:

* Gently exfoliates, cleanses, and naturally PH balanced

* gentle enough for daily use & for sensitive skin ( I use mine a few times a day!)

* 100% Natural, Eco- Friendly & Biodegradable

* Company offers a 100% money back guarantee

 

Click below to purchase this product:

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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