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Bachelorette Party Ideas (And Not A Club Or Cocktail In Sight!)

 

Before the chaos of married life ensues and before the gifts begin to pile up, there is that lull before everything ramps up. This is usually the perfect opportunity for the bride to take stock in the situation and look forward to married life or tie up admin loose ends. But from the perspective of the chief bridesmaid, it’s now time to take them into the world of bachelorette parties. And while your natural instinct could be to get them into the most decadent state of debauchery you’ve got to remember that not every bride goes for full-on party mode. But there are so many different types of bachelorette parties out there. Let’s show you you the smorgasbord of celebration.

The Stylish Approach

If you really want to treat the bride you could very well think about hiring a limousine to ferry everybody around. And although this usually feels like a lap of luxury, if you want to go one step further you might want to ask yourself how much does a jet cost? You can hire private planes and if you really want to keep everything as stylish and luxurious as possible you cannot do far better than this.

The Holistic Methods

Maybe the bride isn’t a full-on climate change activist just yet but if she’s very averse to the idea of hitting clubs you can do things more in keeping with her day-to-day life. A very good example is yoga or Pilates. And there are many companies that provide yoga for bachelorette parties. After all, bachelorette parties don’t have to be clubs in the traditional sense. There are companies out there that provide group yoga sessions, letting you relax and preparing yourself for a more modest bachelorette party.

The Cultural Approach

If you want to take the bachelorette party to the next level you might want to think about immersing yourself with cultural traditions. If you want a very unique experience there are companies like Takayo Malone that give you the opportunity to get involved in traditional Japanese garments. Dressing up in kimonos and learning about all things Japanese is another alternative to the traditional bachelorette party.

Rent A Property

As a bachelorette party can be about getting all the girls together and reminiscing about times gone by as well as looking towards the future, you may want to keep it very low key. Renting a property that gives you the opportunity to let your hair down without worrying too much is a very simple idea. In fact, it’s something that many people are doing because bachelorette parties can become quite costly affairs. Taking the opportunity to sit and relax with a few bottles of wine and just talking could be the ideal way for you to prepare the bride for the big day. Bachelorette parties don’t have to be those debauched affairs. Naturally, if you all sit around and you get bored, you can just hit the town.

Go For Cocktails In A Different Way

This is probably your first thought but instead of just hitting the bars and swinging numerous mimosas you might want to mix it up with something a little bit more substantial. There are plenty of opportunities for you to cook up a storm. And if you are all mad on your food, there are plenty of cooking parties for bachelorettes doing the rounds. Taking the opportunity to build a meal from scratch that you can take home afterward could give you that perfect opportunity for some downtime eating a meal you’ve all prepared together. And besides, if you can swig a few drinks in between it’s going to be a far more fun experience. Just make sure that they don’t get mad and kick you out because you’ve had one too many cocktails.

A Simple Meal Together

If you want to hit the town, but without dancing until 4 in the morning, a trendy upmarket private dining experience is the way to go. You have the opportunity to hang around with the people you love the most with fantastic food, and bottle after bottle of wine. If there’s been an eatery that you’ve been lusting after for so long but couldn’t justify it, now is the perfect opportunity, Having a simple yet decadent meal together can feel like that one last blow out before the big day. If you want to keep it modest make sure it’s just a handful of the bride’s closest friends. You may feel that you are too old for clubbing, in which case, you can stay there until the early hours with a liquor coffee, catching up and reminiscing, especially when nobody has time to get together in the modern-day. Having a meal together is the perfect excuse for a catch-up.

The Spa Treatment

Many bridal parties can’t get away with having a treatment. In fact, it’s almost expected of you. Having that opportunity to rest, recharge, and cleanse ahead of a long day is indulgent yet relaxing. Many wellness providers can give you wedding packages for the bride or groom. Ensuring that you are relaxed in the lead-up to the big day is crucial. Having that opportunity in the middle of wedding stress to have a facial, foot massage, and a rich exotic mud bath is, for many people, the very definition of a bachelorette party. The great thing about having a spa treatment is that you can do it early on in the day and then progress to the more debauched elements of the party later. Every spa also provides a three-course meal for you to refuel. If you are trying to count your pennies it could be that perfect balance meaning that most of your friends can jump on board.

If you are trying to give the bride a perfect send-off and you don’t know where to begin these options can springboard you in numerous directions. A bachelorette party doesn’t have to be gulping cocktails until the dawning light but it can be something that the bride will truly treasure. This is their last grab at freedom and you know them well enough to give them the goods.

Have your own personal masseuse with Ryker Roll

 

What were you resolutions/goals for the New Year? Was eating better, drinking more water and working out one of them?

I’ve been trying to make more conscious decisions and better choices when it comes to eating (I haven’t lost any weight as of yet). As for exercising, I can honestly say that I have made zero attempt at that. Maybe when the weather gets warmer I’ll go for walks.

We have a gym here in our condo complex. It’s not that big, but it has a treadmill and exercise bike, to name a few.

I’ve always told myself that if/when I can lose some weight and feel less subconscious about myself and my weight, that I would go to our gym and work out. So far, that has not happened. But it is a goal of mine.

With working out comes aches and pains (sometimes, but especially for “newbies”). Actually, getting older comes with it’s own sets of aches and pains. I swear I sound like a breakfast cereal when I get out of bed in the morning – snack, crackle and pop!

My husband often gets a pain in his lower back when he shovels snow. Thankfully we haven’t had much snow this winter.

When one of us needs a massage, we rely on the other to help us out. Unfortunately, it’s not always possible since we both work outside of the home.

We do have some massager, such as one you lean up on with your back while sitting in a chair. That massager is only good for your back. It doesn’t help other parts of your body. It’s also very big and bulky and requires  an outlet to plug it into.

Let me introduce you to a handy little massage tool that you can take anywhere (even when you travel). It also does not require electricty and you can use it on your own. It’s called Rykr Roll.

Rykr Roll features both function and innovation, with a stylish on-the-go approach, Rykr Roll’s handheld self-massage product is designed for people to pinpoint pain, and easily apply acupressure and massage to the muscles, promoting better oxygen flow and blood circulation to achieve optimal pain and tension relief – even alleviating myofascial tenderness.

Rykr Roll can also be warmed or cooled depending on what your body needs.

I was sent a Rykr Roll to review.

Like I said, I don’t work out, but I do have aches and pains. My husband and I have slept on a sofa bed for the past 19 years… need I say more? If you’ve ever slept on a sofa bed for even one night, you know how horribly uncomfortable they are.

Rykr Roll is available in different product designs and colors. The one I receive to review is the Myro Rykr Roll.

This brief video shows the Rykr Roll in action.

 

I am currently suffering with tendinitis in my shoulder. The Rykr Roll can’t “fix it” (I needed a cortisone injection into the shoulder joint – OUCH!), but using the product chilled does make my arm feel better when it’s hurting, especially on my bicep muscle. I just pop the Rykr Roll into the freezer for 10+ minutes, then I use the “ball” end to roll it up and down my shoulder and bicep. It’s something I do for myself. I don’t need anyone to do it for me. That means, when my arm hurts and I’m home (while hubby is at work), I can use the Rykr Roll without assistance.

As you can see in the video, Rykr Roll can be used on just about any part of your body. It can be used to ease muscle pain, or to help increase blood circulation.

Dare I say it also just feels good, especially after a long day at work. You don’t need to be in pain or recover from a work out. It simply feels good.

I like to use it on the bottom of my feet. My husband can’t stand the bottom of his feet touched, but I love to roll the Rykr Roll back and forth on my sore feet. It feels really good (especially when it’s cooled).

I have not tried the Rykr Roll warm yet. Its made of metal (ball ), so it cannot be put into the microwave.

Rykr Roll carries other products and colors.

The Ryker Roll I received came in a velvet bag for storage.

You can take the Ryker Roll with you to the gym, work, or when traveling. It’s small in size (about as big as your hand) and lightweight.

No batteries or electricity is required to utilize the Rykr Roll.

I keep the Rykr Roll in the bathroom closet, because you never know when you or someone in your household might need it.

If you are interested in learning more about this or other Rykr Roll products, visit RykrRoll.com.  The products can be purchased on Amazon and range in price from about $20-$30.

The brand can also be found on social media. Their links are found on the bottom of their website.

Kimberly

*I received a free product sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinion expressed is my own and not influenced in any way. 

Give yourself a “boost” with Boost Oxygen

 

Do you watch Shark Tank? That is one of my “guilty pleasure” television shows. My husband thinks it’s boring, but he’ll watch it because he knows I find it entertaining. Some of the products are so off-beat whereas others are truly genius. You just never know what the next big thing will be.

I’ve also reviewed a few products over the years that were featured on Shark Tank. One of which was Tipsy Elves.

Not too long ago I saw the episode where Boost Oxygen appeared. The brand worked out a million dollar deal with Mr. Wonderful himself, Kevin O’Leary. I was very impressed by not only the huge deal, but also by the product. It seemed very interesting to me.

Boost Oxygen is 95% pure Aviators Breathing Oxygen, in a lightweight, portable, easy to use can.

Did you know that every cell in your body is designed to burn oxygen–it’s the basic fuel for cell metabolism. Cut back on oxygen and all of those cellular processes become sluggish… you start to feel fatigued or short of breath. If you are a jogger/runner, I’m sure you know what I mean. You can also experience shortness of breath hiking to high elevations.

Less oxygen equates to cells losing the energy they need to repair DNA. Your immune system begins to weaken. Your risk of becoming sick or contracting disease escalates. We NEED oxygen. There is no doubt about that.

I was sent some Boost Oxygen cans to review.

I am not a runner and I don’t hike up high elevations, but I was curious about Boost. Pure Oxygen in a can? Come one… you know you are just as intrigued as I was.

As per the brand;

Boost Oxygen manufactures portable, light-weight, oxygen canisters for use in sports, fitness, health and wellness, high altitude, hangovers and fatigue.

Boost Oxygen is 95% Pure Aviator’s Breathing Oxygen compressed into 3 convenient size aluminum canisters for any non-Medical use.  Our supplemental Oxygen is available in aroma-less Natural (no aromatherapy added), Peppermint, Menthol-Eucalyptus, Pink Grapefruit and our new Organic Rosemary ‘Think Tank’ product.

For Pocket Size canisters, remove tamper-evident plastic and remove cap. Place up to mouth, press button firmly and inhale. For Large and Medium size canisters, place mask under nose and over mouth. Press trigger down to activate flow. Breath in through the mouth.

Boost Oxygen is pressure filled only into the can (sort of like a tire). No aerosols or propellants are used. As the can depletes, the pressure of the oxygen flow from the can will also deplete until finally empty. When the oxygen no longer flows, the can is empty.

Interestingly enough, Boost Oxygen is also offered in different scents; Peppermint, Pink Grapefruit, Menthol-Eucalyptus and Natural (no scent).

I received three cans of Boost Oxygen – Small, Medium and Large.

The small bottle features a inhaler piece that you put in your mouth to inhale the oxygen. It looks a lot like an inhaler that people with asthma use.

The medium and large cans feature small mouth pieces that you place over your mouth to inhale the oxygen.

Boost Oxygen is not intended to treat medical conditions. It’s meant for recreational use.

This video by Boost Oxygen explains the product in more detail, as well as how to use it.

 

I’m not an athlete, and I don’t visit high elevations. But I was still curious about Boost Oxygen.

Honestly, you don’t really taste or notice anything weird when you use the product.

Boost Oxygen is easy enough to use. Initially my kids thought it was very funny when I placed the Boost Oxygen mask on my mouth take a few breaths. It does look strange.

I haven’t really noticed too much of a difference, but I will say that the Menthol-Eucalyptus scent does perk me up when I use it. I keep Boost Oxygen on my desk and for those occasions when I am feeling sluggish, I’ll grab the can, take a few breaths and it does seem to perk me up. I think the scent might have a lot to do with that. You can smell it, but you don’t really taste it.

I was also sent a can called Think Tank. It’s scented with Rosemary. As per the brand;

Rosemary oil has been used for centuries as aromatherapy for cognitive support. From the scholars of ancient Greece to the plays of Shakespeare to current aromatherapy infusers, Rosemary appears time and again. Modern studies have found that Rosemary aroma can increase short term memory up to 75%. We combined this traditional herb with 95% pure oxygen for the good of your brain. Other independent studies have shown that improved oxygen intake can have incredible benefits such as enhanced mood, memory, energy levels, and reaction time. Combining the Rosemary aroma and Pure Oxygen combines the two most effective, all natural inhalable cognitive supporters.

Just like with the Menthol-Eucalyptus, the Rosemary also perks me up. I’m not really sure if it effects my short term memory. What it does it perk me up and helps me feel less sluggish and able to get blog work done (which is why I keep it on my desk).

I think it’s also important that we stop and take some deep breaths from time to time. Breathing (deep breaths) can help you to release stress, regain calmness and peacefulness. I try to practice deep breathing from time to time (when I stop and think about it).

I’m not really sure if this product helps out athletes and people who are in high elevations, but for me, the scented products do seem to be helping me.

If you are interested in learning more about Boost Oxygen, visit BoostOxygen.com. The brand can also be found on social media. Their links on found on the bottom of their website.

Kimberly

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

Give yourself a flawless complexion with beauty products from Lumene

 

I enjoy doing beauty product reviews. I might not wear that much make up on a regular basis, but when I do, I do like to look my best.

When I go to work I tend to keep my make up simple. After all, I work with children. They don’t care if I have mega-long eyelashes or the “in” lipstick color of the season. None the less, I always try to look my best, even with minimal make up.

On those wonderful occasions where my husband and I get to go out on a date (movies, comedy club, dinner…) I look to look flawless. I love looking my very best for my loving husband.

I’m always on the look out for beauty products that will save me time, money, or greatly improve a product I am normally using. I’m also open to new products that I might not have tried yet.

I was sent to review some amazing products from the brand Lumene, specifically their Invisible Illumination line of products.

Instant Aluminize

I love! love! love! love! love this product! It’s amazing!

I use just a drop or two from the dropper on my fingers, rub my fingers together, and place this around my cheeks, forehead and anywhere else that I feel I want to add some brightness to.

This product WORKS! It really adds light and illumination to my drab and dull skin. It look healthier and “awake.” My skin looks so fresh and bright.

You can even apply this product to other areas of your face. I have used it on the area above my eyelids (but below my eyebrows) to add a pop of shine and iridescent color to my eyes for a night out with my husband.

Sometimes I am sent products that I love so much that I become a regular customer of the brand. This is one such product. I fully intend on purchasing more once my sample is used up. I NEED this product in my life. It’s amazing!

Instant Glow Beauty Serum 

This is a lovely product to use on a your face prior to applying your make up. I find that it makes my make up look BETTER after I apply everything on top of this product.

I have used this product “as is” on my face as well, with no other make up.

I have no problem running errands bare faced (with the exception of some mascara). Normally when I do that my skin looks worn, drab and dull. It look old and worn out. When I use this product on my face I think it makes me look like I have some “life” in my skin and it looks like I’m healthy. It looks like it helps to “hide” some of the things on my face I am not keen about (small wrinkles, spots, large pores…).

I don’t usually wear liquid make up, but this is the one product I will make the exception for. I don’t just see it as a make up. I see it as a beauty product I need to prime my face before the rest of the make up is applied.

Watercolor Blush

This product is really unique. It’s a liquid blush, just as you would expect with the word “watercolor” in the name.

This blush is very blendable. You can use as much, or as little, as you want.

I have to admit that it has taken me a while to figure out the best way to use this blush. I kept using too much of it and I wasn’t blending it in too well, so my cheeks looked like someone pinched them (but not in a good way). It has taken me some time, but I think I have finally got the hang of using this blush.

Watercolor Bronzer

I don’t use bronzers due to the fact that I am VERY fair skinned and pale looking. Bronzers don’t look right on me (trust me, I’ve tried a lot of them). For that reason I told the brand not to send me one of these products to review. Sorry about that.

I am very impressed with the Lumene products that I received to review. As I mentioned earlier in the post, the highlighter is my new favorite product. I am obsessed with it. I fully intend on purchasing that product over and over again once I run out of it. Thankfully, with all three products, a little bit goes a long way.

If you are interested in learning more about the brand and their products, visit Lumene.com. The brand can also be found on social media. Those links are found at the bottom of their website.

Products are available for purchase on their website, or you can check out Target, Amazon and other retailers.

Kimberly

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

Product Review: Elixinol’s Organic Balance

 

These days it seems like everything is made with CBD. It’s the latest craze. CBD in beauty products, CBD for pets, CBD to help you sleep, CBD to help with pain… the list goes on and on.

If you are not familiar with CBD, it’s the active ingredient in cannabis derived from the hemp plant (marijuana). It’s NOT the part of marijuana that gets you high, “stoned.” That ingredient is cannabis. It’s illegal in most states to have anything related to cannabis unless it’s medicinal. At least this is my understanding.

I am open to trying products with CBD in it. I do that because I do suffer from pain (nephropathy) and I do have issues falling asleep and staying asleep. These are conditions that other people use CBD products for. There are other reasons to use them too (not just pain or to help you sleep). Depression, anxiety, stress, and inflammation are other reasons why people use CBD product, however I don’t know if CBD really helps with any (or all) of these things.

In any event, I am always looking to try out new CBD products to see what works, and what doesn’t work.

One of the most recent products I received to review is Elixinol’s Organic Balance USDA certified organic tincture.

According to the brand;

Elixinol’s Organic Balance certified USDA organic tinctures are crafted with CBD rich organic whole-hemp extract carefully blended with organic MCT coconut oil. By using full-spectrum hemp oil, these tinctures are not only full of CBD, they provide the complete range of complementary cannabinoids, flavonoids and terpenes that define the entourage effect.

I was sent a bottle to review. It contains 300mg of CBD. That is a decent amount of milligrams. I’ve seen plenty of CBD products with a lot less, and a lot more, than that amount. I think 300-500 mg is probably a good amount for anyone. But that is just my opinion.

This CBD tinture has a “natural taste.” It’s not flavored in any way. To be honest, I’m not a fan of the taste. However, you only have to use a little bit (1/2 a dropper), so it’s easy enough for me to keep it in my mouth for a brief amount of time. The taste doesn’t last much after you swallow it.

You can use this tincture twice a day with food, or as needed.

I use this product before I eat lunch, and before I go to bed at night. I find that it makes me feel calm and relaxed. I work with kids who can be loud and very active. I like having a sense of calmness before going to work.

I take the product at night to help me feel relaxed enough to fall asleep (and ideally stay asleep). Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. I think other medication I’m on might interfere with the true effectiveness of this product. It’s not just this product. Other CBD products I use sometimes seem affected by my medications.

 

So far I am enjoying the benefits of this product. It works well in my life and with my lifestyle. I also appreciate the fact that this product is certified organic by Pro-Cert, a USDA-accredited certifying agent, in an organic facility. I feel good taking this product because you know it lives up to high standards.

If you are interested in learning more about this product, or other products offered Elixinol, such as Omega Turmeric CBD, CBD Cream and CBD Lip Balm, to name a few, visit Elixinol.com. They even have a clearance section!

The brand can also be found on social media. All of their links are found on the bottom of their website.

Do you use CBD products? If so, what do you use them for? Feel free to comment and share your stories/thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

Kimberly

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

Achieve your genetic potential with an NAD+ longevity supplement

 

Beauty products have come a long way since I was younger. It seemed like beauty products were more simple back then. These days science plays a bit part in how beauty products are formulated. They are so much more than a simple beauty product.

One of the perks of being a blogger is having the opportunity to learn about new brand and products, as well as the chance to try out some products I might not otherwise get the chance to learn about. One such product is NAD+ Gold™.  

As per the brand;

Achieve your genetic potential with an NAD+ longevity supplement: As we age, research shows that we continuously lose molecules called NAD+, which are critical to maintaining energy production, DNA repair and cell vitality. Enter Quicksilver Scientific’s latest breakthrough product, NAD+ Gold™ one of the most powerful, yet simple longevity products on the market designed to produce more NAD+ via liposomal delivery. This promotes healthy aging, cognition and metabolism. You can’t prevent aging, but according to Quicksilver Scientific, you can change the way you age in 2020.

This video from Quicksliver Scientific, goes into the science behind this product.

 

It sounded interesting, so I thought I would give it a try and do a review.

This product arrives with an ice pack. Upon recieving the product, you need to put it in the fridge. It’s OK if it arrives to you not cold. It’s OK to be at room temperature for 5-7 days (as per the brand’s website).

I thought it was interesting that it had to be kept cold.

I thought this was a beauty product that you put on your skin. Nope! It’s a beauty/health product that you ingest.

To use NAD+ Gold, put two pumps of the product in your mouth and leave it there for 30 seconds before swallowing. It does not say it on the directions, but I think you should pump it under your tongue (sublingual). I take other vitamins (B12) that I need to dissolve under my tongue so that I can absorb it better. When using this product, I pump it under my tongue and leave it there for 30 seconds before swallowing.

I’m not keen on the taste, but you put so little in your mouth that it’s not a big deal.

Ideally, you should take NAD+Gold 10 minutes before you eat. I take it in the morning before I drink my coffee (I don’t eat breakfast right away). When I get up I have things to do before I sit down for my coffee (litter boxes, feed the cats…), so waiting 10 minutes is not a big deal for me.

It doesn’t specify what time of day you should take the product. You could take it before lunch or dinner if that is more convenient for you.

Because the product has to be kept cold, it’s not ideal for traveling. But you do have 90 days after you open it before it’s not viable anymore.

I have been using this product for a few weeks. There are some days that I didn’t use it (I forgot to take it).

I honestly cannot tell you how the product is effecting me from a molecular level. I’m not a scientist, nor a doctor. I have no way of testing how the product is working.

NAD+Gold is suppose to help with;

  • Boost endurance and stamina
  • Increase blood flow
  • Sharpen memory and focus
  • Promote a more youthful metabolism

As far as endurance and stamina, I have not been feeling well for a long time. I have been dealing with tendinitis in my shoulder. So I have been taking things slow and easy so as not to aggravate my shoulder. I also take medication for nephropathy that totally zaps me of energy. For these reasons, I don’t want to say that NAD+Gold doesn’t help with endurance and stamina, only because I have contributing factors that could effect that.

I keep my NAD+Gold in the covered compartment on my fridge door.

Increased blood flow and a youthful metabolism are not factors I can comment on because I have no way of telling if this product has effected these areas.

As I get older, I worry A LOT about memory loss. I also suffer from focus issues (which is why it’s taking me forever to do an online course). Again, I don’t know if medication has an effect on that. I take Gabapentin and Lyrica, both of which can effect your focus.

I look at it this way, if the product does what it says it’s suppose to do, I’m all for it. I want to look and feel healthy.

If you would like to learn more about NAD+Gold, visit QuicksilverScientific.com, or you can go directly to the NAD+Gold product page.

The brand can also be found on social media. Their links are fond on their website.

What do you think about this product? Does it sound like something you’d be interested in trying? Why or why not? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.

Kimberly

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