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SlimQuick Pure: A Review

SlimQuick Pure

Recently, I worked with SlimQuick Pure to test their new SlimQuick Pure Gummies for a month. The company describes the product as being able to help you lose 3 times the weight over a 13 week period (keep in mind, I only used the product for a month for the purposes of this review). The product is supposed to help you lose up to 25 pounds in 13 weeks.

Here are my results: 3 pounds in 4 weeks, that have since stayed off after finishing the product trial a few weeks ago.

I am not sure that I would have reached the 25 pound mark in 13 weeks, but I wasn’t trying to lose 25 pounds anyways. I didn’t really change anything in my diet or exercise routine: I do try to eat healthy though and exercise about 3 days a week. So, I feel like it did give me a bit of a boost during that time.

All said and done, I liked the taste of the gummies, the product was easy to use, and I feel like I did see better results than if I had not taken it during that same time period.

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Savings on SLIMQUICK Pure

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We are well into the New Year now and we know that about 2/3 of all resolutions made have to do with either losing weight or getting a better handle on finances.  If you are one that is looking to lose weight, I have come across SLIMQUICK Pure Extra Strength Gummies.  They are currently offering, for a limited time, a $5 coupon on SLIMQUICK Pure Extra Strength Gummies.

Here are some product highlights:
Lose 3X the Weight*
With Bio Pure Green TeaTM
Stimulant Free
Amazing Mixed Berry Flavor

SLIMQUICK Pure Extra Strength Gummies are sweet and juicy mixed berry flavored and are all-natural and free of artificial colors. In fact, they are such a treat you won’t believe they are actually helping you lose weight! SLIMQUICK Pure is a ground-breaking formula that’s designed to help women lose 3 time the weight in 13 weeks. It’s exclusive natural extract is so potent, it makes SLIMQUICK Pure the most effective female weight loss supplement.

SLIMQUICK Pure has isolated the fat burning components in green tea that speed up your metabolism better than any unhealthy chemical ingredient. SLIMQUICK Pure with BioPure Green Tea allows for three times the absorption of fat burning agents called catechins, and you can lose three times the weight. Guaranteed. That’s right, lose weight or your money back.

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Ok, I have to admit that after the holidays, I am definitely looking to lose about 10 pounds.  Stay tuned for my follow-up review of this product and for my personal results!

*A clinical study has shown that overweight women using SLIMQUICK Pure’s key ingredient, along with a 1350 calorie diet, lost 25 pounds vs. 8 pounds with diet alone in just 13 weeks. Copyright 2014. All rights reserved.

 

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Budget-friendly Superfoods

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The New Year is here, and that can mean a fresh start for your finances…. and your health.  With nearly ¾ of all resolutions made at the beginning of a new year relating to either losing weight or getting finances under control, let’s look at a way to make those goals achievable together: choose budget-friendly superfoods.
So what are superfoods?

Superfoods are foods that seem to offer additional health benefits beyond basic nutrition. Superfoods have the following qualities:

  • Low in calories.
  • Contain substantial amounts of omega-3 fatty acids or monounsaturated fatty acids.
  • High in fiber.
  • Contain phytochemicals that research shows may help to prevent disease.
  • Rich in vitamins and minerals.
  • Low in unhealthy substances such as saturated fats, trans-fats, or refined sugars.

Often, when we think of health foods, we think of expensive supplements or over-priced produce that you don’t even know how to pronounce. But superfoods don’t have to be outlandish or expensive. There are several, everyday items at your local grocery store that can provide the nutrition you need without blowing your budget:

  • Beans and Peas: Legumes, including kidney beans, black beans, lima beans, black-eyed peas, chickpeas and lentils, are an excellent source of meat-free protein, fiber, folate and potassium.
  • Dark Green, Leafy Vegetables: Kale, spinach, collard greens, turnip greens and mustard greens are excellent sources of fiber, folate, Vitamins A and K, calcium, and antioxidants.
  • Berries: Most of us just eat berries because we like the naturally sweet flavor, but, berries are also bursting with a multitude of healthy nutrients, including fiber, Vitamins A, C and E, calcium, and potassium. Don’t forget that frozen berries can provide the same nutrients as fresh berries, which may not be available year-round.
  • Broccoli, Cauliflower, and Cabbage: This group of vegetables is also low in calories and high in fiber and Vitamins A, C, and K.
  • Cinnamon: Polyphenols in cinnamon help to reduce inflammation in the body.
  • Low-fat, plain yogurt: Loaded with calcium, potassium, protein, and probiotics.
  • Eggs: contain 12 vitamins, including choline, which is good for brain development and memory.
  • Nuts: should be eaten in small quantities because they are higher in fat.  However, they are also a good source of protein, fiber, heart-healthy fats, and antioxidants.
  • Quinoa: whole-grain, good source of protein
  • Salmon: low in calories, low in saturated fat; high in protein and iron
  • Sweet Potatoes: high in Vitamins A and C, calcium, and potassium

Now, you may be thinking that nuts and quinoa can be expensive when compared to substitute items.  And the truth is, they are more expensive.  However, think about how much it costs to buy processed, pre-packaged meals and it is certainly less than that.  A one-pound bag of almonds or walnuts or one box of quinoa can be used as part of several meals, so even though it costs a bit more up-front, it will help stretch your dollars in the long run.

 

Valentia Even Glow Serum Review: Natural Skin Care Solution

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Our skin is damaged each day due to environmental pollutants, oxidative stress, and chemical laden cosmetic products. The amount of free radicals waging war on the skin quickly depletes our natural protective resources.

PRODUCT REVIEW

With each passing year, I see more and more the importance of taking care of my skin. I was intrigued by Valentia’s Even Glow Serum because of the benefits that it offers in a natural product. I have tried several “natural” products and not been very impressed… until now. I really like this anti-aging serum– and actually saw results very quickly. This serum goes on smoothly and dries in without leaving a greasy residue. My face and neck felt softer, my skin (which tends to be normal to dry) did not have any dry areas after using this product. I would highly recommend this product.

PRODUCT BACKGROUND

Valentia Skin Care has a premier formulation that is backed by scientific research into the efficacy of each of the natural ingredients that have been carefully selected.

The proprietary blend of *skin super oils compliment the 20% Vitamin C base, leading to a powerful antioxidant treatment. Each natural ingredient was chosen to support and enhance Vitamin C’s efficacy on the skin, leading to more well-rounded serum to add to your daily skin care ritual.

Valentia’s Even Glow Serum will repair, refresh, and renew your skin; restoring evenness to your complexion, giving you an extra boost of confidence each time you look in the mirror.

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SUPERIOR INGREDIENTS:

Vitamin C: With a 20% concentration does more than boost the body’s immune system; it also provides many benefits to keep the skin tight, smooth and looking ageless. Vitamin C has been scientifically proven to reduces the effects of sun exposure on the skin, including sunburn, sun spots, redness and wrinkles.

In addition to helping reduce the signs of aging, Vitamin C is essential for everyday maintenance to strengthen and smooth out the skin, as well as neutralizing free radicals before they can damage the skin.

***Additional Key Ingredients below were all selected for their ability to enhance and support Vitamin C’s effect on the skin.

ORGANIC ROSEHIP SEED OIL & ORGANIC SEA BUCKTHORN OIL – These oils promote skin hydration and lock in moisture to protect your skin from signs of aging and improve its beauty and youthfulness. Rosehip Oil specifically has been used in medical communities around the world for those with serious skin ailments and only recently has North America learned to embrace natural solutions from our ancestors. These two organic oils are full of antioxidants and therefore act as the perfect supporting cast for our best friend – Vitamin C

RESISTEM (Plant Stem Cells) – This provides the perfect mix of protection from stress-related aging and promotes skin detoxification. Resistem will help your skin regenerate faster while protecting it from environmental stressors.

HYALURONIC ACID(Botanical) – Holding up to 1000 times its weight in water and drawing moisture out of the environment and onto the surface of your skin ,there is not a more effective moisturizing agent on the market today. Penetrates deeply, and actives collagen production for a fresher, younger, firmer, and brighter complexion

GREEN TEA EXTRACT– The catechins in green tea are a potent antioxidant which also contribute to the overall anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant benefits of this ancient health and beauty secret.

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98% Natural Ingredients (see below for a description of Key Ingredients chosen specifically to enchance Vitamin C efficacy on the skin)

EVENS SKIN TONE:
Vanquish dark spots and skin discoloration with this new generation Vitamin C Serum. Quickly refresh uneven and ill-textured skin with smooth, wrinkle-free skin that leaves you looking flawless and ageless.

INCREASES GLOW & RADIANCE:
Revitalize your skin with essential fatty acids that leave skin smooth and visibly brighter. Smooth skin capable of reflecting light will give your skin a youthful glow and a brilliant shine for that well-rested and refreshed look.

ABSORBS RAPIDLY:
Moisturizes skin due to the capacity of the hyaluronic acid to absorb water, thereby increasing fluid between cells, giving your skin a smoother and younger appearance. This intense water absorption means no more dry, peeling or cracked skin, even in extreme weather.

BOOSTS COLLAGEN PRODUCTION:
The presence of Organic Rosehip Seed oil to support Vitamin C increases collagen production so your skin retains the elasticity responsible for a youthful appearance and prevents skin sagging associated with aging. Enjoy smooth and supple skin that takes years off your appearance.

REDUCES WRINKLES & FINE LINES:
Reduce the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles with the help of our foundation 20 % Vitamin C. Special ingredients such us Hyaluronic Acid and Organic Sea Buckthorn oil work to plump up the skin, which reduces fine lines and wrinkles in the skin so it is smoother, clearer and younger.

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Click here to try this antioxidant serum today!

*This product was provided to me at no cost by the company; no monetary compensation was given. Review and recommendation are honest and my own.

Homemade Popsicles: delicious and healthy

Organic Coconut Blueberry Popcicle

Organic Coconut Blueberry Popcicle

Even though summer is soon coming to an end and you are probably already getting in the back-to-school mode, eMeals has put together a few homemade popsicle recipes to get you through these hot days in August. eMeals is still offering a 20% off discount (code: SCHOOL) along with FREE Back to School Recipes Download with purchase of an eMeals subscription.

Recipe: Organic Coconut Blueberry Popsicle

  • 1 1/2 cup organic coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup Greek vanilla yogurt
  • 3 Tablespoons honey
  • 2 Tablespoons organic shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup organic blueberries

In a glass mixing bowl, mix together coconut milk, honey, shredded coconut, and greek yogurt until well combined. Choose your favorite popsicle mold and fill until half inch from the top. Add blueberries into mixture by pushing them down into the mold, spreading them throughout the popsicle. Fill the remainder of the popsicle mold. Freeze overnight.

Mixed Fruit Popsicle

Mixed Fruit Popsicle

Recipe: Mixed Fruit Popsicles

  • 1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
  • 1 peach, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 2 cups coconut water

Combine all fruit in a mixing bowl and place in your favorite popsicle mold. Pour enough coconut water in each mold to just cover the fruit. Freeze overnight.
Suggestion: taste your coconut water and see if it’s sweet enough prior to pouring into mold. If not, in a separate mixing bowl add coconut water and your favorite sweetener to taste. Then add to popsicle mold to cover fruit.

 

Chocolate Nutella Popsicles

Chocolate Nutella Popsicles

Recipe: Chocolate Nutella Popsicles

  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate milk
  • 1/2 cup hazelnut spread
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix the chocolate milk and hazelnut spread together until well blended. Choose your favorite popsicle mold and fill to the rim and freeze overnight.

Discount to join Melaleuca

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Through January 31, 2014, you can become a Melaleuca preferred customer for only $1! Definitely a great time to check out this wellness company. They have many eco-friendly cleaning products, natural health and beauty products, and a great line of vitamins and health supplements.

Join to get healthier products for you and your family or for the opportunity to build your own business working from home.

Click here for more information.

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