Saturday, February 7, 2015

Frosty Voxbox Reviews!

Celestial Tea
I am really not a tea person, so it was no surprise that this tea was not for me. I am sure others loved it, but I was just not a fan. It had a lovely holiday smell, but the flavor was not my "cup of tea".

*Edit- I just found this recipe and wish I had seen it before I just tried the tea on its own! It sounds delicious, and I bet it would have complimented the tea's flavor well.
  • 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • ½ oz. dark chocolate
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 bags Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Holiday Green Tea
  • 2 Tbsp. peppermint schnapps (optional)
  • Whipped cream
  • Candy canes
Combine 2 cups water, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, honey and tea bags in a saucepan. Bring to boil, simmer 5 minutes and remove tea bags. Stir in peppermint schnapps (if using) and pour into two mugs. Top with whipped cream, add a candy cane stir stick and enjoy.

Fruit Vines
The Fruit Vines Red Vines bites were a perfectly sized little snack. I prefer really soft licorice, like red vines, or pull & peels. These were a little too tough for me, but they had a great taste!

McCormick Gourmet Thyme
The McCormick Thyme had a great flavor. It was nice and bold, and really gave my Pork Tenderloin a great flavor. I have never had a bad experience with McCormick brand, and I have a whole stock of their products in my cupboard.

NYC New York Color
Typically I am not a lipstick person, its just too bold for my taste. However, the Plum NYC New York color was perfect. Not too bold, not too flashy, just dark enough to line my lips and give them a slight pop.  Not only was the shade perfect, but it also glides on very smoothly, and doesn't stain your teeth. I was very impressed with NYC New York Plum Lip color, and would definitely purchase it in the future!

Boots NO7 Protect & Perfect Serum
I really loved how smooth the serum went onto my skin. It is a very silky smooth consistency, which makes my skin feel the same way. The sample that I received was very small, and only had enough to last me about a week. This serum claims it shows results after 2 weeks, so I really can't say if it actually does what it claims.  However, I absolutely hated how it smelled! It smelled exactly how I imagine liquid plastic would smell, not a burnt smell, just very plastic-y. Based on the smell alone I would not purchase this serum.Also, I feel like I'm not in need of anti-aging cream just yet.

EcoTools Hair Brush
The eco tools hairbrush I received is not my favorite type of brush. The bristles on it make my hair very staticy. I would really love to try a different brush from EcoTools, because mine does feel like a quality product that will last a long time. This one just isnt for me. I would definitely try other products by EcoTools in the future, and will be looking to purchase a new brush from them in the future.

*I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes*

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

I have quite a few reviews to finish up and post, but I wanted to share an experience I recently had with another type of company.

A few months ago a mommy friend of mine shared an advertisement that kept popping up on Cafe Mom. It was a Walmart AutoVantage ad for roadside assistance, and the picture featured a child in a car seat that was very clearly buckled wrong. The chest clip was down at his stomach, and the child appeared as though he might not be old enough to forward face (AAP recommends Rear Facing until at least 2 years old). This ad really bothered me. As a parent who knows how important car seat safety is, I found it irresponsible of Walmart, AutoVantage, and Cafe Mom to feature an ad with such a huge mistake on it. I feel a parent who doesn't know better might see this ad and think that is how a child is supposed to be strapped in. 

I ended up emailing AutoVantage to voice my concerns. I expected to get a generic email stating they will pass my email along to the appropriate people. After a few days I didn't hear anything, and figured I never would. The next week I opened my email to find a response from an AutoVantage representative who took my email very seriously. So seriously that they removed the ad! I was thrilled! I never expected that anyone would even read my email, but for them to take the ad down completely blew my mind!
I want to give AutoVantage a huge shoutout for pulling an advertisement that did not properly fit proper car seat safety standards. I feel a company who admits wrong, and fixes their mistakes really deserves praise and acknowledgement.

How a child is buckled into their car seat can mean the difference in life or death in the event of a crash! If you are unsure if you are buckling your child's car seat correctly please do not be afraid to ask questions and learn the proper safety requirements of your seat. 

Please help spread awareness of proper car seat safety! This means:
-Chest clip at armpit level.
-TIGHT straps.
-Crotch buckle always buckled.
-No bulky winter coats.
-Carseat unable to move more than an inch once installed.

The following images were found at Dailymomtra and clearly illustrate proper car seat safety.