Friday, February 27, 2015

Koru Naturals Review

Koru Naturals Review
I am in love with natural body products I make most of my own now using natural ingredients. But I love when I get to try a natural product that I don't have to make. I got a chance to review two products from Koru Naturals. This is there website its very easy to navigate and the prices are fair. I received two products from Koru Naturals. The first one I received was a 2oz. bottle of Emu Oil. The second item I received for this review is a four pack of Pure Lanolin Lip Balms.

I received a 2oz. bottle of  Emu Oil for my review. The 2oz. bottle sells for $9.85. Ingredients listed
for this product are 100% grade A emu oil with no preservatives or additives. This Emu oil is recognized by the Therapeutic Good Administration in Australia. It is milky white in color and doesn't seem to have much of a smell. It has been analyzed to confirm that it contains all the natural vitamins, minerals, and the essential fatty acids that are suppose to be in it.  Emu oil is hypoallergenic and is a wonderful moisturizer that penetrates skin easily and does not clog pores.

Koru Naturals ReviewI absolutely love my bottle of emu oil. I think I tested this stuff out on everything. My mom used it on her dry chapped lips.  My daughter put it on a scaly patch of skin on her elbow.  I have added it to my home made lotion recipe and I also use it as a moisturizer for my face at night. It is amazingly light and absorbed quickly enough that it didn't leave my face feeling oily and weighted down. My skin looks amazing and well hydrated in the morning. I have basically slathered it all over at some point or another. My daughters scaly patch on her elbow went away in a few days.  She is super excited that its not itchy any more. Pure Emu Oil is a definite must buy for any skin care product list. I have also used it on minor cuts and scrapes. I saw improvement in redness and irritation in just a few days.

The next product is Pure Lanolin Lip Balm. This lip balm sells for $9.80 and you get a pack of four. Each tube is .2oz the size of a standard tube of lip balm. This is pure pharmaceutical grade anhydrous lanolin. They put in a convenient twist up tube. Its water and sun resistant and makes for a great lip protectant. My favorite part it has no additives colors or fillers.

Koru Naturals Review
Some times I feel that I am cursed with chronic dry lips. They are cracked and chapped all the time. I drink tones of water but it doesn't seem to help. I have tried every lip balm you can get at the average store. All of  them seem to make it worse. I was excited that I was going to get to try the Pure Lanolin Lip Balm. I happened to be having a really bad week with my chapped lips just as it arrived. My lip was cracked deeply in two places and its so painful when it starts to dry out. I tried out the lip balm right away. Its the only thing I used on my lips during the trial period. This lip balm forms a nice barrier layer on your skin. I found it to be very thick and slightly sticky.  It lasted forever, even after drinking it stayed on. I think it took about 2-3 hours for it to finally wear off all the way. A little went a long way for me. I can see a single tube lasting a long time. It helped keep my lips from drying so that the cracks could heal with out the pain. While it did not cure my chronic dry lips. It helped to protect them from the cold dry winter wind. 

Everyone in our house loves both products. I will continue to use them in our home for as long as I can.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

We have SNOW!!!

This week we got our real first snow of the winter. We have had some light dusting off and on but this is the first one that was actually enough to go sledding in. We got a whopping 10 in of snow early yesterday morning. I though I would share this picture of our front yard just before dawn. (yes that is all our front yard all the way to the trees in the far back) I called a snow day and the girls took the day off form school. We spent most of the day either shoveling the snow off the decks and drive way or running around in it. Me and the girls attempted to go sledding but it was too powdery hopefully it will be better for sledding this afternoon. We did how ever manage to have a snow ball fight and we took a long snow hike. It looks like we will be getting some ice in the next couple days and possibly some more snow. For those of you who are enjoying the snow with us. Me and the girls wish you lots of FUN and HOT CHOCOLATE!!!!!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Its a new month

This week is going to be busy. Both of the girls are starting new curriculum all of which you will be seeing reviews on over the next month or two. They are so excited to start something new they are how ever fighting over who gets to use the computer first. I am looking forward to sharing the new curriculums with you in the coming weeks.

On the home front we are preparing for spring by clearing brush and picking out what we want to grow in the garden this year. I am working on two new wood projects this week. Both Items I am hoping to sell in my online store I am opening soon. If anyone happens to be interested in buying any of the items that I have written about feel free to send me an email. I am looking forward to sharing my shop with everyone and all the great things I am hoping to make.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Yum Yum Yum

This week I thought I would share a new recipe I found on the girls have fallen in love with it and I like it because its easy and I can cook it in the NuWave oven it takes less time and doesn't heat up the house. So hear is the recipe slightly modified to fit how I made it.

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole.


For the Casserole:
3 chicken breast roasted and shredded.
1/2 lb shaved sliced honey ham
1/4 lb sliced baby swiss cheese

For the Sauce:
4 tbsp. butter
4 tbsp. flour
3 1/4 cup milk
2 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp white pepper

6 tbsp. butter
1 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
3/4 tsp seasioning salt
1 1/2 tsp crushed dried parsley

Put cooked shredded chicken in bottom of round pan of the NuWave oven. Roughtly chop ham and scatter it over the chicken, Lay Swiss cheese on top of ham.

For sauce:
Melt butter in a large sauce pot over medium heat. When butter is melted quickly stir in flour this will form a smooth roux. Once it is smooth and bubbly, slowly pour in cold milk while stirring quickly to ensure a smooth sauce. continue cooking over medium heat tell sauce thickens. Stir in lemon juice, Dijon mustard, smoked paprika and pepper. Allow to come back to a slight boil and turn off your heat. Pour sauce over the casserole and be sure to get it around the edges.

For the topping:
Melt butter in microwave in a microwaveable bowl. Heat tell its melted. Take the bowl out of the microwave and stir in the panko crumbs, season salt, and parsley.  Spread evenly over top of casserole.
Bake your casserole in the NuWave oven for about 15-20 min on high tell it becomes bubbly and brown on the top.

I would like to say this is not an endorsement for the NuWave oven we just have one and I use it quite frequently. I also got the original recipe from

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Our clssroom

This week we are working on turning a bedroom into a Classroom. Its taken me and the girls three days to get it painted. This house has an incredible amount of trim that had to be taped off before we could even begin. We are currently on the second day of painting we chose to go with white because its a small room. Lets face it I am not known for my decorating skills so I was a little afraid to try painting the hole room a color.  The big dresser in the middle of the floor is going as soon as I can get some help to move the thing it weighs a tone. We have two old desk that we will be putting in the room one for each of the girls. I wanted to give them there own space to work. We are also going to have a small reading nook under those snazzy corner shelves. Not really sure what we are going to do for decorations though. Check out the pictures of our classroom in progress and if you have any great idea feel free to share them in the comments below. I would love to have some ideas.