Mother’s Day gift ideas – Anjou Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser and Anjou Essential Oils



Mother’s Day is almost here (May 8, 2016). Have you found that perfect gift for that very special lady in your life? Flowers, jewelry, candy, dinner out… they are all wonderful ideas that any mom would love and appreciate. If you are looking for something more unique, I have a gift idea for you!

I am a HUGE fan of things that smell nice. My home is filled with essential oils, plugins, scented candles, wax melts and similar items. I use sprays but sparingly. We have a cat with severe asthma so I have to be very careful with the products I use in our home. That is why I tend to use natural essential oils. I use them to make my own cleaning products as well as to scent my home.

A brand name Anjou offers consumers essential oils and oil diffusers that would make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift (or year round gift). It’s something mom can enjoy every day.

Anjou sent me to review their diffuser and a package of essentials oils. Together they make a delightful gift.

Anjou Diffuser

The Anjou Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser Portable Ultrasonic Aroma Humidifier not only makes a pretty decoration for your home or office, it also serves as a vessel to deliver essential oil aromas to your home, it also acts a a humidifier, adding moisture to the air.

The Anjou Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser Portable Ultrasonic Aroma Humidifier features include:

  • Huge capacity. The diffuser has a huge 300 ml capacity for up to eight hours of use.
  • 100% safety. An auto shut-off when the water runs low, providing peace of mind.
  • Small and portable. You can take the diffuser from room to room with you (you just need an electric outlet to plug it in).
  • Forever décor. Seven color changing LED lights (each with a bright and dim mode) that can both blend into and accentuate your home, office, yoga studio, gym, or patio.
  • Cleanse your life. Ultra-quiet ultrasonic humidifier keeps your living space clean and properly moisturized. Prevent dry air and flu/cold germs from infecting you and your loved ones.
Inside the diffuser

Inside the diffuser – it holds a lot of water. You can see the oil spots from the essential oil I dropped into it (Peppermint)

Set up is easy.

  1. Remove the plug from inside the unit.
  2. Fill with water using the included measuring cup.
  3. Add a few drops (more or less, depending on your preference) of your favorite essential oil or oil blend.
  4. Plug in the unit.
  5. Set the time you want it to run for, as well as the strength (a light steam/mist or stronger one).
  6. Select the color you want for the diffuser or allow it to cycle through all the colors. You can even run it without a color (just white).

Here is a brief video I made of how it cycles through the colors. You CAN make it stay on one color (or just white). I also tried to get the steam in the video. I’m not sure how well it turned out.


Cleaning the device is easy too. Simply unplug it and using a damp paper towel just wipe down the inside where the water goes. Be sure to remove any excess water first.

I recommend that you clean it out after every use, otherwise the oils can build up and the scents will start to blend together and that might not smell so good.

I like that you can change the color of the diffuser. It’s a fun way to have it match your mood or to give a room ambiance. I tend to keep it on green because green is my favorite color.

I also like that the unit is small and you can easily tuck it inside a cabinet or the closet when not in use.

The works beautifully. Depending on how much essential oils I use I can smell it in the other rooms.

In addition to the lovely diffuser, Anjou sent me a set of their Anjou Essential Oils. I LOVE essential oils. I have a nice collection of them. One day I really need to go through them all and see what I have. I keep buying them. I probably have doubles of the more popular blends, which is fine for me because I use them daily.

Why use Anjou Essential Oils?

  • Therapeutic grade quality. The Anjou Essential Oils are GC/MS tested to ensure 100% certified pure therapeutic grade quality. There are no pesticides, herbicides, fillers, GMO, or additives. The oils are stored in temperature controlled rooms, with minimal light, to ensure that therapeutic properties are not compromised.
  • Variety—the essential oils set features six authentic essential oil flavors cultivated and produced from around the world.
  • Lift your mood. Fill the air with the lovely fragrance of the sweet essential oils, uplift your spirit and relieve stress.
  • Bury unpleasant smells. Cigarette smoke, pet odors and dirty laundry odors go away.
  • Relaxation. The essential oils are great for aromatherapy and relaxation, usable in fragrance diffusers, oil burners, massage oil, shower gel, shampoo, bath water, etc.
Great packaging. I love the box you get the house the oils in.

Great packaging. I love the box you get the house the oils in.

The scents that come with the set include;

  • Lavender: The most popular scent that recovers, relaxes, and exhilarates, produce of South Africa
  • Lemongrass: Citrus flavored, purifies and refreshes the air, also calms and sedates
  • Peppermint: Soothes, clears and stimulates your nerve, for when you need a clear mind
  • Eucalyptus: Cools and clears respiratory system, a drop in massage oil effectively relieves pain
  • Tea Tree: Known as the healer, effectively cures fungal infections and boosts skin suppleness
  • Sweet Orange: The fruit of joy, uplift your mood with a slice of sunshine in the scent

I use Peppermint, Sweet Orange and Lavender most often.

I love them. I cannot get enough of essential oils. I use them in my diffuser, to make homemade cleaning products, to freshen up the garbage can or closet and so much more.

I also enjoy how Anjou packaged their essential oils. The box is beautiful!

Both the diffuser and essential oils would make a fantastic gift for Mother’s Day. On their own they are wonderful but when combined they are awesome.

Anjou products are available at Amazon.com.

You can save 20% off your purchase using the discount code – BZCWHEZM. It’s good until the end of May. 

If you have Amazon Prime you get FREE 2-day shipping too.

What do you think about the Anjou diffuser? Does it look like something you’d want for your home, or to give as a gift?

Are you a fan of essential oils? Do yo have a favorite? What do you use it for?

Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.



*I received free products to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Happy National Cubicle Day!



Did you know that today is National Cubicle Day?

I had a couple of jobs that had me sitting in a cubicle. Sadly, at both jobs I was unable to decorate and personalize my cubicle. They were just dreary, gray spots void of anything interesting to look at except the computer.

My husband used to work in an office where everyone had their own cubicle and they were able to decorate it any way they wanted to (within reason of course).

One year at my husband’s old job they had a contest to see which floor could come up with the best holiday decorations for the cubicles. You have to see how my husband and his co-workers went all out (they won too!). My favorite is the fireplace set up.


If you are allowed to do stuff like this where you work I say “go for it!” Why not have a fun and pleasant work environment.

Thankfully, I don’t have a job that requires me to sit in a cubicle anymore, however I do have a corner desk in our home and if sort of feels like a cubicle. Since it’s my home I can decorate my desk area any way I see fit.

My desk is currently covered in toys and collectibles. I’m just a big kid at heart. Some people might see my desk as a bit “odd” for an adult, but those who know me personally know that my desk is a reflection of me and how quirky I am.

One thing that I don’t see in a lot of cubicles are plants. If anything, plants should always be considered for your work space. Not only do they add color and flair, they also have health benefits and can help you to do better at work.

Adding a simple plant to your desk can boost your productivity by almost 50% according to a study by the University of Exeter. I find this amazing. Who knew a simple plant could do that (REAL plant – not fake ones).

Plants also have help to make your working environment cleaner and healthier. Plants eliminate carbon dioxide so there’s more clean air for you to breath in.

For example, the Hedera helix (a clinging evergreen vine) can help to reduce airborne fecal matter particles and filter out formaldehyde. Gross!

Plants can also make offices seem less “stale” by helping to circulate fresh, clean air.

I was sent some lovely house plants from Exotic Angel to bring life (and clean air!) to my desk.

Plant 1

Plant 2

Plant 3

I DID make the mistake of leaving them outside. When they arrived they were in cups. I went out the next day and picked up small pots to replant them in. I also put them outside because it was a beautiful day and I thought they would enjoy some fresh air and sunshine after traveling in a box to our home. I ended up accidentally leaving them outside too long – and over night. As a result a few leaves got a bit brown. Thankfully I have a neighbor with a “green thumb” so he helped me to take care of them and now they are looking good again.

Exotic Angel has a lot of fabulous plants that would make a beautiful addition to any cubicle, office or work space. They can also look lovely in your home.

We have cats and a dog, so always take pets into consideration when selecting a plant. If the plant is for your office work space I’m sure you’ll be OK with any choice. If you are purchasing a plant for your home, and you have pets, be sure to check and see if the plant/plants you are interested in are safe for pets.

Exotic Angel has a delightful assortment of plants to choose from and in various shapes, sizes and colors. Be sure to pick one that is best suited for the area you plan on putting it (low light, a lot of sunlight…).

If you would like to see what Exotic Angle has to offer, visit them online www.CostaFarms.com/Collections/Exotic-Angel.

Do you work in a cubicle space or office? How do you add your own personal touch to your space? Do you have plants in your cubicle/work station?

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*I received free samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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April is Car Care Month (giveaway ends 4/30/16)



Did you know that April is Car Care Month? I just learned about this recently. I guess it makes sense. After a long winter, and for most of us, rock salt, sand and other debris can really do a number on your cars exterior. I know when the first sunny day occurs many people are seen in their driveways washing their cars or sitting in mile long lines at the car wash.

I have owned many cars over the years. I’m on my 7th car in 30 years. All of my cars, except one, was purchased used. Some cars I loved, others I truly disliked for numerous reasons.

My current car is a PT Cruiser. I forget what year it is  (2005 or 2006).

I love my car. I love everything about it.


My car the day I bought it.

Having children the inside of my cars tend to get dirty and I used to find toys, food and whatnots all over my car. It was never clean. Now that my kid are teenagers and I don’t have to worry about the being so messy, I pride myself on keeping my car in tip top shape – both inside and out. If I see so much as a spec of dirt in my car I make sure to clean it up right away.

Living in a condo means that we don’t have a way to clean our cars in the parking lot. We have no access to a hose and I’m not about to trek a bucket of water up and down six flights of steps. In order to keep the outside of my car clean I need to take it to the car wash or one of those self-serve car washes.

I keep a supply of car care products in the trunk of my car for spot cleaning or for when I have some free time to clean inside my car.

Recently I was sent some car care products from 303 Automotive Appearance Line. I was sent to review the following products.


303® Protectant offers superior protection of your vehicle’s interior and exterior surfaces against the harmful effects of UV rays. It brightens all vinyl, rubber and plastic to keep it looking new, longer. It also helps prevents fading and cracking, repels dust, lint and staining and dries with a non-greasy finish.


303® Protectant Wipes offer a convenient and portable version of 303 Protectant. Each container includes 40 individual wipes perfect for quickly brightening up vinyl, rubber and plastic surfaces.

Speed Detailer

303® Speed Detailer instantly shines and protects clear coat, fiberglass, plastic, chrome and glass. It blocks the sun’s harmful rays, helps protect against fading and keeps your vehicle looking clean between washes.

Quick Wax

303® Quick Wax is ideal for getting a glossy showroom shine. It gently cleans and protects paint for a longer lasting shine and contains superior UV protection that lasts up to 30 days, helping to prevent color fading. It contains Carnauba wax and is 100% silicone free.


303® Leather is a 3-in-1 complete care solution- it cleans, conditions and protects. It is safe to use on all finished leather and vinyl and helps prevent fading and cracking, reduces dust, lint and staining and is a rinse free formula – just spray on, and wipe off.

Wiper Tablets

303® Instant Windshield Washer Tablets – Eco-friendly and super concentrated tablets deliver three times the cleaning power of regular windshield wiper fluid.  Simply drop a tablet into your cars reservoir and add a gallon of water. No disposal of plastic containers required and the powerful solution removes bugs, dirt and grime to make your windshield sparkle.

To be honest, I haven’t tried the 303® Leather or 303® Quick Wax (yet). My car does not have leather seats (nor does my husband’s car). I also haven’t tired the wax yet because I am waiting for a day that I can fully wash my car then wax it. I don’t want to wax a dirty car.

I have used the 303® Protectant on the interior of my car. My seats are vinyl. I worry about them getting sun damage, especially because I have a sunroof and the sun beams down on my car’s interior. I was concerned it might make the seats slippery after use, but that was not an issue at all. I think it actually made my seats look cleaner too.

Car Dashboard


I LOVE the 303® Protectant Wipes! I use one every few days on my car’s dashboard. My dashboard is a magnet for dust. I don’t know why. Now that I drive with my windows opened it seems like my dashboard is getting even more dusty. I keep the wipes inside my car (not in the trunk) so I can give my dashboard a quick once over at any time.

I’m sorry that the pictures didn’t turn out so good. It looks much nicer in person.

We’ve tried the 303® Speed Detailer on the chrome (I think it’s chrome) accents on my car. The door for my gas tank, the head of my gear shift and a few other areas of my car have a metal appearance to them. I have used this spray on those areas. It seems to clean them off and make them super shiny.



I put one of the 303® Instant Windshield Washer Tablets in my car’s wiper fluid, but I haven’t really had a need yet to use it. Thankfully no birds have left their mark on my windshield (yet). I also haven’t had any bug splattering on my windshield as of yet either. Once I do I’ll have to update this post with my thoughts on how well it worked. A bird did leave a mess on my passenger’s side window, but not on the windshield.

Now that the weather is warmer and there are no worries about rock salt and dirt from snow covered roads, it’s time to keep your car clean both inside and out.

f you would like to learn more about 303 Products visit www.303Products.com. You can also find the products at Gold Eagle Co. Their social media links are found on their website. 303 also has products for indoor/outdoor living and boats.My Car 1

303 has generously offered to give a lucky reader ALL of the products that were sent to me to review AND a $50 Amazon gift code. Thank you 303! 

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on May 1, 2016. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will need to reply within three days or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this prize package?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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*I received free product samples to review as well as an Amazon gift code. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Pinterest Colors of the Year with T.J.Maxx & Marshalls



Are you familiar with Pantone? Pantone is a company that releases the Color of the Year each year that designers draw upon for inspiration. The top color (or colors) are used to create fashion, home decor and more.

The Color of the Year for 2016, according to Pantone, is Rose Quartz and a color called Serenity.

According to the Pantone website;

A symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.

For the first time Pantone introduces two shades, Rose Quartz and Serenity as the PANTONE Color of the Year 2016. Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.

The colors are found in the quote featured below.

PHOTO SOURCE: Pantone.com

PHOTO SOURCE: Pantone.com

This year a new contender is casting their vote on the Colors of the Year – Pinterest! Interesting…

Pinterest surfaced the top hues for 2016 for both women and men’s fashion, hair, beauty, and home, by analyzing the dominant color of each Pin.

According to Pinterest, the top colors for women fashion are Blush Pink (similar to Pantone’s Rose Quartz) and Mint Green, with grays taking over the home space.

Check out some lovely fashions from T.J.Maxx & Marshalls, in the latest on-trend colors – Blush Pink and Mint Green. You can find these fashions at unbeatable prices.

Blush Pink


Mint Green


I find these colors to be very soothing and relaxing. I do appreciate and enjoy pops of bright colors, but when it comes to decorating my home I tend to stick with more relaxing colors, like these. The same applies to the fashions I wear. I wear a lot of black and gray, as well as more muted color like the Blush Pink and Mint.

What do you think about these color palettes? Are they colors that you find yourself wearing a lot – or would you wear fashions and/or decorate you home in thee colors? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below.

T.J. Maxx and Marshalls are your one-stop shops where you can get the latest on-trend designer home décor and fashions – and more!

To find a TJ Maxx or Marshalls location near you visit TJMaxx.com and/or MarshallsOnline.com. Both brands can also be found on social media. Link are found on their websites.



*I should be receiving a gift card in exchange for my participation. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Learn how Clarus Power creates renewable energy and how you can earn money as a brand ambassador



I care about our environment. I may not be 100% “green” yet, but I am getting there.

It both horrifies me, and angers me, when I see all the damage we are doing to our environment.

My family and I enjoy taking strolls by the Hudson River here in New York. I cannot even begin to describe to you the garbage we see washing up on the shore. I don’t even want to think about what is floating around in the ocean.

It’s not just the garbage. I worry about water, electricity and gas. What will we do when these things finally run out?

Living in a condo we are at the mercy of the condo board. There are only certain things we are allowed to do. We were able to replace our windows with more energy efficient ones. We adjusted the toilet so that the water level is not too high (so as not to waste water), we limit our showers and we hand wash dishes rather than use our dishwasher.

I wish we were able to get solar power to save on energy costs. I wish the board would consider it. It would save not only the residents money, but the condo board too. They have to foot the bill for the parking lot lights and lights around the buildings.

If/When we are ever fortunate enough to own a house; one of the first things I plan on looking into is solar electricity. I see more and more people in the community turning to the sun for electricity. I am seeing more and more solar panels on homes around our neighborhood.

Solar energy concept.

I truly believe that more people would turn to solar power if they knew that the benefits that come with utilizing solar power. Just a few benefits include;

  • Better for our environment
  • Its an investment in your home
  • It’s sustainable energy
  • You can save money
  • You can earn money

That’s right. With solar energy you can earn money too.

A company called Clarus Power is looking to educate people in the community about the benefits of solar energy in hopes of bringing renewable energy to the masses.

For Clarus Power their #1 goal is the educate people about solar energy. And they have a fun way to do it, by hosting Power Mixers.

Did you know that for most homeowners there is no cost to switch to lower cost solar energy? I did not know that. Thanks to Claus Power, now I do.

You can even become a Clarus Ambassador and educate communities about the power of solar electricity. If people are interested in following up, you refer them to Clarus and receive a commission if they become customers.  Clarus also has an in-house professional solar design team and relationships with multiple top solar providers, so that customers receive exactly what they need at the best price. Solar is not one-size-fits-all and Clarus delivers what is best for each customer.

Solar Power

Clarus is focusing on educating women about solar energy. Some studies have found that 86-94% of women are responsible for household budgets and home improvement projects (those infamous “Honey Do” lists –  LOL). Women evaluate their household products with a lens for safe and smart choices. Affordable, renewable energy resonates as an important household choice.

Clarus has also made it fun, and financially rewarding, for women to learn about the benefits of solar power.

The brand has a special social referral program where consumers can earn money for referring people to Clarus Power that become customers. There is no actual selling, nor are there any out of pocket expenses (start-up costs, supplies…). Simply sign up for FREE on their website and start referring friends, family and neighbors to Clarus Power.

They are the only party plan social referral program in solar.

“Clarus is offering an exciting opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a truly innovative, early-stage company in a growing and dynamic industry,” stated Kristina Swift, Vice President of Field Development. “We are looking for Ambassadors that are passionate about changing the energy conversation – lowering monthly energy costs and building a clean energy future. Best of all our Ambassadors don’t need to sell- they simply refer customers to our in-house support team”

“Ambassadors receive upfront commissions for their team’s referrals that become solar customers as well as long-term, residual income,” Swift continued. “Our team members love referring a product that people already use energy and helping their neighbors save money.”

There is certainly nothing wrong with referring people to a service. A couple of years ago we referred a relative to a service we use and she saved $10 off her bill and we received $10 off our bill for the referral. Had we referred 3 or 4 people we could have saved $30-$40 on our bill. That would have been nice.

If you are interested in learning more about Clarus Power’s Ambassador Program visit the brand’s website, ClarusPower.com.

In addition you can check out Clarus Power on social media – Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Do you use solar energy to power your home? Have you been “on the fence” about getting solar energy for your home?

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*I have partnered with Clarus Power to provide readers with this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are entirely my own (unless otherwise noted) and not influenced in any way.

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Organic & Fair Trade bedding from SOL


King sized bed in a luxury hotel room

This is NOT our bed – we sleep on a pull out sofa bed.

If you follow my blog on a regular basis you probably know that my husband and I don’t exactly have a comfortable sleeping arrangement. We have to sleep in the living room on a sofa bed. If you have ever spent time on a pull-out sofa bed – even for one night – you know how incredibly uncomfortable they can be.

I dream of the day when I can have a bedroom with a REAL bed. I have bookmarked on my computer several bedding sets that I would love to have someday.

There is no way we can put a bed skirt on our sofa bed – and having a beautiful comforter is pointless since we have to fold it up and pack it away every morning. No one sees it but us and it doesn’t matter to us what it looks like since we only see it at night just before we go to sleep. As long as it’s comfortable that is fine with us.

There is one thing we do put a lot of thought into – sheets. After all, we want to be comfortable when we sleep at night. A great set of sheets is a must on our list.

I was recently introduced to a bedding company call SOL (Sustained Organic Living). They sell organic and Fair Trade bedding.

According the brand:

Since 2012, SOL has made a sustainable difference by producing luxury organic cotton products. That means we uphold fair trade practices with our partners in India, who also reap the benefits of organic production. It also means that our customers sleep easier on soft, smooth organic sheets they can afford. To us, that’s luxury without compromise.

It simply makes sense: Our families strive to eat chemical-free, organic vegetables and foods. Why would we sleep in or wear anything else?


All cotton is not created the same way. Many of the cotton products we use today (clothing, bedding…) is made from GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) cotton. Another words it’s not real, pure, natural cotton. The seeds were genetically modified in a lab. You don’t really know what you are getting with GMO products. Not only that, they are harmful to our environment since they are not natural.

SOL uses only natural, untreated cotton. Their methods of growing the cotton seeds, tending to them and collecting them for their products are done ethically and with without harming our environment.

SOL products are:

  • Grown without any synthetic agricultural fertilizers or pesticides.
  • Never uses genetically modified seeds.
  • Conserves soil though crop rotation.
  • Retains water more efficiently due to increased organic matter in the soil.
  • Controls weeds through physical removal rather than chemical destruction.
  • Controls insects by maintaining a balance between “pests” & their natural predators.

I appreciate companies who have their consumers and our environment’s best interest in mind.

SOL sent me a set of sheets to try out for myself. Because we sleep on a sofa bed (which is currently put back into a couch) I don’t have an actual photo of my sheets. I think it’s safe to assume most people know what sheets look like too. LOL!

SOL sheets are incredibly soft. In fact, the more you wash them the softer they get (we have give cats and a dog – we’re always washing things). They wash up very well. There is no “pilling.” You should wash/dry them with low heat to keep them soft and not to cause wrinkling (who wants to iron sheets?).

SOL sheets are available in Full, Queen and King Size. Their sheet sets are available plain, pleated and hemmed. Currently they are only available in white, cream and a beautiful light blue. Because these are organic and made with the environment in mind I like that they are not dyed a variety of colors. In order to make them red or purple (for example) you’d have to add a lot of dye to color them and that sort of defeats the purpose of keeping these as natural as possible. Organic cotton is not purple, that is for sure.

Sheet Set

The sheet sets are a bit pricey, but keep in mind they are organic and made with Fair Trade practices. These are not mass produced with synthetic, GMO products like other sets on the market. Like my mom always said “You get what you paid for.” Buy cheap products – get cheap products. These sheets are far from cheap – these are luxurious, soft, beautiful, quality bedding.

For more information about SOL products and their practices, visit SOLOrganix.com. They are even offering consumers 30 nights on their sheet sets. If you don’t love them you can return them.

You can save 20% on your order if you use the special discount code she20 upon checkout. 

You can also find the brand on Facebook and Twitter.

SOL carries other products including lovely candles (I LOVE candles!), organic cotton body wraps (back wrap, headache pillow…) and individual pillow cases (they come in a 2-pack) for those of us (like me) who use more than one pillow.



*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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