Traveling with family or friends… The duties of planning… etc

Hey friends. Well today this blog post is about traveling with friends or family. Actually it’s more about the planning process. Think many of you know I have two older brothers. Normally the three of us take a trip together.

So out trip this fall is a long time away. Today we went to the book store to look at books on Poland, Estonia, Finland, Sweden & maybe end in Paris. We still are not sure where we will go, but Poland is for sure on out list.


So as I said we went to two book stores today. Looking at the travel books. See we wanted to browse the books to see which we would like best, and then buy books on amazon. Hey got to save where you can. Personally I like to plan things out, and my methodical nature comes in handy. What bothers me is this… Both my older brothers expect me to do all the planning. Or they want me to do it. They claim any hotels, and flights I choose they will like. In the past they have never complained. My brothers even like me to plan out what we will do. Now I don’t mind doing it, but at least they should do some planning work. This is what I mean. Don’t mind doing the flight & hotel stuff, but the could help by finding stuff they want to see, and do. Now they have never fussed or complained, but it’s their trip to. Want to do some of the things they would be into. Yes we like some of the same things, but they should do some planning to. Both of the claim they hate to read. Heck they can watch travel shows.


Friends please be honest. Am I wrong in asking that they plan out some of the trip? Or am I just being fussy? Just feel it’s all of our trip, and we should all be involved in some way. Heck even have to remind them to pack their suitcases.

Just while ago was asking them to go over the books was planning to order, and they said.. Oh we trust your judgment. That is fine, but they need to be more involved. In many ways I do enjoy the planning process. Heck I even bought a notebook to write down notes as I read my travel books. With books I add in searching websites, and youtube videos. Thought maybe on the weekends we could watch shows like Rick Steve’s or Passport to Europe with Samantha Brown. Just want to inspire the to be apart of the process.

Please share your thoughts with comments….

Cellessence & Nuvacell Product Reviews….

Happy 2015 everyone. Hopefully this post finds all of you doing very well. I am back again with new product reviews. Today shall be reviewing Cellessence anti-aging face cream & Nuvacell a wrinkle repair eye serum. Just so you know I was sent the products for free in exchange for an honest & fair review. The thoughts in this blog are my feelings on the products.

First I will start with Cellessence anti-aging face cream. Have been using this product for many weeks. The anti-aging face cream comes in a 1 fl. oz jar.

Cellessence is pale white like color. It’s texture is like a thick whipped cream. I personally do not notice a scent, but a friend of mine says it has a faint scent. She said it was a spa like scent. While the texture looks thick it’s actually lightweight & absorbs into the skin. This product does hydrate your skin, but never makes you look oily. My skin just loves this product. Let me share a few of Cellessence features:
* Designed to help skin cells repair damage to DNA.
* Revitalizes stem cells within the skin.
* Optimizes epidermal stem cells and improves regeneration.
* Reinforces the skin barrier and reduces the signs of aging.

Think all of the above sounds pretty good, but let me share with you my thoughts. My thoughts are the feelings of a skin care lover. This product deeply hydrates my skin. Hydrated skin looks younger & healthier. My skin seemed to respond to Cellessence with in the first week. First thing I noticed was it helped with redness in my skin. Loved that! My skin also had a healthy glow to it. My fine lines on the forehead were reduced. My skin also appeared to have better elasticity.
In the above photo I put some of Cellessence face cream on a spatula. Notice how thick & rich it is! With a product such as this I use a spatula to get the cream out of the jar. I personally don’t want to contaminate the product. All you need for your face & neck is a pea sized amount of the cream. Apply Cellessence anti-aging cream to clean dry skin. Work the cream in light upward strokes. Personally I start from the chin up, and finish with the next area. I use it twice a day every day.

Next up is the Nuvacell wrinke repair eye serum. Regardless of your age everyone could use a good eye serum. All of us need a good serum for the eyes to repair damage from squinting, bright lights, & the environment. Out skin is under attack daily. The skin around your eyes is the thinnest & is one of the first areas to show aging. Personally I like to think of Nuvacell as a shield for the skin in my eye area.

Love the pump top for this eye cream. I am big into preserving the integrity of the product & not contaminating it. Want the product to be able to do it’s job. So what can Nuvacell do for you?
* Removes furrow lines
* Rapidly reduces lines
* Removes dark circles
* Reduces under eye inflammation
* Restores inflamed pores
* Hydrates skin
Nuvacell wrinkle repair eye serum comes in a 0.5 fl. oz pump top bottle. Serum is unscented & has a pale peach looking color. The formulation of this serum is perfect for the skin around the eye. Noticed that the tiny lines from squinting have smoothed out. My eyes look hydrated, and less puffy. My eyes look rested & refreshed. Use your ring fingers to gently tap the serum into the skin under the eye. Start from the inward corner of the eyes outward. This product should be used twice a day every day.

My review is coming from the point of view of a skin care lover, and not a scientific background. Noticed amazing changes in my skin from using Cellessence & Nuvacell. So let’s talk about prices. The Cellessence anti-aging face cream retails for $99.95 currently on their website. Of course prices do change, and not sure how long this price will last. Since Cellessence is a highly effective product it is worth the price charged. It delivers on what it promises. Nuvacell currently sells for $79.95 on their website. Note that Nuvacell is a eye serum. A serum delivers results very quickly. Would I purchase Nuvacell… YES! Do wish that the pump on serum would not release as much product. Other than the pump it’s a perfect product.

Please go to this website these products are high quality. Will continue to use these products, and I am very happy with the positive results. Now let’s be honest the only way to see results is to faithfully use the products. Would also suggest to use a spf to protect your skin. Thanks once again for reading this post, and have a blessed day.

If I Stay Movie Review!~Blogger Movie Monday~ #Review

From: A Day in Andrea’s Shoes

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It’s that time of the week again guys! Blogger Movie Monday! And if you can’t already tell by the title, this week I am reviewing If I Stay directed by John De Borman.

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The Movie stars Chloe Grace Moretz and Jamie Blackley.

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The movie was based upon Gayle Forman’s best selling novel.


Alright, so this is not a story like Dear John, Safe Haven,etc. Don’t expect to see the true passion. Honestly, this movie was a bit of bore to me. But, since I am coming at this with an unbiased opinion… Let’s go.

[Spoiler Alerts Warning! If you have not yet seen this movie, please do not read these upcoming words.]

When I saw the Tv Trailer for If I Stay, I was expecting it to be some movie that would have me bawling, was I wrong! The story line was set pretty good, only thing is…

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Product Reviews: InstaNatural’s 100% Natural Seaweed Powder, Argan Hair Elixir, Stretch Marks & Scar Cream.

Happy Tuesday everyone. Today I am going to be reviewing three products from InstaNatural. The products are their 100% Natural Seaweed Powder, the Argan Oil Hair Treatment & Elixir, & Stretch Mark + Scar Cream. Was really excited about the Seaweed powder, and so shall start with that product first.

A new product from InstaNatural is their 100% Seaweed Powder. This is a great multi use type of product. Love that it’s certified organic kelp(seaweed powder). So what does this powder do for you? Let me share with you InstaNatural’s product description.

*** InstaNatural’s Seaweed Kelp Powder is an excellent way to improve skin tone and texture while enjoying a luxurious spa treatment in the privacy and comfort of your own home. Our 100% natural and freshly harvested seaweed contains a high concentration of vitamins, minerals and iodine that remove impurities from your skin while relieving aches and pains. Most commonly it can be used for a body wrap treatment to reduce the appearance of cellulite and create a slimming effect. By absorbing excess water and detoxifying the skin, our Seaweed Powder will help to make your body appear more toned, tightened and firmer. When used as a facial mask or scrub, the seaweed will extract toxins and tackle acne and other blemishes, leaving you with a softer and clearer complexion. ***

So as you can see from the photo above it’s this pale green powder. The only ingredient in this product is 100% certified organic Seaweed powder from Canada. This product has many uses. On the label they have recipes for a cellulite scrub, facial mask, body wrap & facial scrub. All are great ideas, and you should play around with the product & come up with your own treatments. Now will share with you my facial mask recipe.
## 1 tbsp. of InstaNatural’s 100% Seaweed Powder
## 1 tbsp. of water
## 1 tbsp. of Pure Aloe Vera Gel
## Few drops of Sweet Orange Essential Oil
First add in your seaweed powder, next the water, aloe vera gel, and sweet orange oil. Mix them until a thick paste like mixture. Apply the face mask to your clean dry face, and let dry for about 20 minutes. Shortly after applying the mask you will feel a tightening of the skin. That’s the seaweed powder drawing out the toxins from your skin. After the 20 minutes use a warm wet wash cloth to remove the mask.
In the above picture you will see my ingredients oh forgot to put the sweet orange oil bottle in the picture. Actually any scented essential oil you like will work. To be honest the seaweed powder has not the best smell, but we should use it for it’s detoxifying properties.

I also made a body scrub using 4 tbsp. of Seaweed Powder, 4 tbsp. of Sea Salt, 4 tbsp. Olive oil & 3 drops of Lavender oil. Mix them all together in a boil. It should be a creamy like texture. My best tip is to apply this scrub to a dry body. Work the scrub in small circular motion. Let that scrub sit on your body for at least 5 minutes. This scrub has helped with the bumps on back of my arms. Love it!

Loving this product, and still coming up with my own skin care recipes. This product gives me the ability to control what I am using on my skin, & body. Still plan to do the body rap recipe. This product does not limit you. So the product comes in a plastic tub & you get 1.5 lbs of this powder. Currently you can buy it on Amazon for $21.95 which is a great deal.

InstaNatural’s Argan Oil Hair Treatment Elixir. So what is this product & how do you use it? First share with you their product description & directions. Then shall share with you my thoughts.
*** InstaNatural’s Luxurious Argan Oil Hair Treatment & Elixir revitalizes weak, limp and lifeless hair. It quenches dryness to make your hair velvet smooth, tames frizziness and infuses instant long-lasting luminous shine. Our unique formula contains 100% buttery rich plant oils that penetrate the hair fiber and rehydrate the dry scales of hair cuticles to ensure vitality and strength. Panthenol strengthens the hair shafts by filling cracks and Shea butter thickens the hair to add volume. ***

Directions for use: Apply this product at any time for a ten-minute, two-hour or overnight hair repair treatment (apply as much as needed). Shampoo after treatment. Rub a drop of it between your palms and smooth or scrunch into hair as a styling aid and healing elixir.

I love using this Argan Hair Treatment Oil. Personally this is how I use it. Now I think it’s best to use it on hair that is only slightly damp. If you hair slightly damp the oil absorbs better into the hair. Now if you want to use the oil on the ends add few drops and really work it in. Use the heat from your hands to help absorb the oil into the hair. Next wrap the ends with plastic wrap. Let it sit for about an hour or over night. Love the product as a styling aid also. Just take a few drops into your hands. Rub your hands together, and work through your hair. This Oil has helped the look, and feel of my hair. No longer does my hair look dry & gross. It feels healthier, and I feel confident.
InstaNatural’s Argan Oil Hair Treatment comes in a 4 fl oz brown glass bottle. Currently you can get it on Amazon for about 17.95, this bottle shall last a long time. Let me share with you some of the key ingredients.
# Argan Oil
# Coconut Oil
# Sunflower Oil

Last product is InstaNatural’s Stretch Mark & Scar Cream. It’s good for prevention & reduction of stretch marks & scars. So the product comes in a 5 fl oz plastic pump top bottle. The cream is nice & white. Simply apply it to any stretch marks or scars. Should apply the cream to clean dry skin twice a day. Massage the product into the area until fully absorbed.
This product has a nice clean scent. It does not burn or sting at all. It like using a rich body lotion that just happens to help with stretch marks and scars. Like the product, but did not start to see results until 3 weeks into the test period. Still I did see results. A few of the key ingredients are.
# Vitamin C 15%
# Cocoa Butter
# Rosehip Oil
# Mango Butter

Yes there are other great ingredients, but wanted to share just a few of them. This product is made in the USA & it’s not tested on animals. Like all of the product, but my favorite has to be the Seaweed Powder. Yes I am big fan of InstaNatural’s products, and the deliver on their promises. The products are priced fairly, and are affordable. Please find links to purchase the products from amazon. Will also include links to their homepage, and facebook page.

*** Buy Seaweed Powder on Amazon:
*** Buy Argan Oil Hair Treatment on Amazon :
*** Buy Stretch Mark & Scar Cream on Amazon:
*** Visit InstaNatural’s Homepage here:
*** Like their Facebook page here:

All products were sent to me in exchange for a fair & honest review. The thoughts in this blog are my own. Want to thank InstaNatural & Tomoson for allowing me to try these amazing products. Thank you for reading my blog, and please comment, and share this post. Have a blessed day.

InstaNatural Advanced Action Retinol Moisturizer: Product Review

DISCLOSURE: I was sent this product in exchange for an honest & fair review. Thank you to InstaNatural & Tomoson for allowing me to try this product.

Happy Saturday everyone. Today I am going to review another InstaNatural product. This review is for InstaNatural Advanced Action Retinol Moisturizer. Have been using this product for about three weeks along with the Retinol serum from my last review.


This is what InstaNatural has to say about their product:
*** InstaNatural’s Retinol Moisturizer contains a robust formula of handpicked ingredients designed to transform older, damaged skin into a healthier and youthful appearance. Retinol is a powerful antioxidant derived from Vitamin A, one of the strongest and most trusted ingredients for anti-aging skin care. Once absorbed, Retinol is converted into Retinoic Acid, which starts working to help restore skin and diminish the appearance of sun damage and signs of aging, such as wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, hyperpigmentation, rough texture, and more. Vitamin C – another powerful antioxidant – works synergistically to aid in this process of battling early signs of aging, as well as repairing existing damage to promote healthier skin. Simultaneously, Hyaluronic Acid, Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter and Green Tea deliver premium nourishment and hydration to keep your skin moisturized.

This intensive moisturizing cream is the perfect addition to your regimen to restore and renew firmness, elasticity and thickness of the skin for a flawless and radiant complexion. ***

This moisturizer is awesome. It’s a thick rich cream like texture. Love that this moisturizer fully hydrates my skin, but doesn’t leave a shine on your skin. Retinol products are often either to weak or to strong. However InstaNatural has come up with correct formulation. Let me share with you some of the key ingredients.
** 2.5% Retinol
** Vitamin C
** Hyaluronic Acid
** Jojoba Oil
** Green tea
In the past I could only use retinol products at night, but I am able to use InstaNatural’s Retinol product both day & night. Most skin starts to age due to lack of moisture. This retinol moisturizer hydrates my skin, and has evened out my skin tone. This product has also helped with the blemishes on my chin.

Start my skin care routine with a good cleansing. After drying my skin I apply a serum. Let me suggest using InstaNatural’s Retinol Serum. Finally apply a moisturizer such as InstaNatural’s Advanced Action Retinol Moisturizer. My skin needs about a nickel sized amount of product to cover my face & neck.

Love that the product comes in a plastic pump top. It comes in a 3.4 fl oz plastic container, and this should last you a long time. Currently you can buy it on amazon for $23.75 & that an awesome value. Love to support a company that makes products in the USA. Their products are never tested on animals. InstaNatural makes quality products at an affordable price.

Check the links to below to buy the product, visit their homepage & facebook page.
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Once again thanks for reading my blog, and have a blessed day.

InstaNatural Retinol Serum: Product Review…..

## Full Disclosure: This product was provided InstaNatural through All thoughts in this blog are my own. ##

I have been using a new serum over the last 3 weeks The product is from Instanatural, and it’s a Retinol Serum. Retinol is a great product, and it’s often used in anti-aging products. Honestly retinol products can be good for anyone wanting better looking skin.

Luckily I had the chance to try InstaNatural Retinol Serum. The product comes in a dark colored 1 fl oz bottle with a dripper top. Please have a look at my photo of the product below.

At first I was afraid to try a retinol product as have heard stories about sensitivity to this sort of product. Happily I had no adverse reactions to this product. Actually had a great experience using InstaNatural Retinol Serum.

Since using this serum my skin tone looks even, and my pores appear smaller. My skin looks hydrated, and healthy. This serum is light, but not watery, and it has a great citrus scent. My skin just soaked up this serum. While this is a retinol product was able to use it twice a day, and had no sensitivity at all.

Let me share with you a few of the key ingredients.
* 2.5% Retinol
* 20% Vitamin C
* 10% Hyaluronic Acid
* Fruit & Plant Acids
With the key ingredients & other natural organic ingredients used come together to be a effective yet gentle serum. Understand many people are nervous to use a retinol product, but have no fear when using an InstaNatural product. Let me share with you what InstaNatural says about their product.

**** Our Age-Defying Retinol Serum contains a proprietary blend of antioxidants and nutrients that nourishes your skin while helping it to look younger and healthier. The serum contains Retinol (Vitamin A), which is an antioxidant that protects against free-radical damage that causes your skin to look and feel older. It is highly effective in reversing the appearance of sun damage and signs of aging, such as wrinkles, fine lines, hyperpigmentation and rough texture. Vitamin C works synergistically to aid in this process of repairing and restoring damaged skin, while also stimulating new healthy skin to appear. Meanwhile, Hyaluronic Acid traps moisture in the skin to prevent further loss so you can enjoy a younger looking appearance with firmer, plumper skin. ****

This product delivers on it’s promises. Yes I am a big fan of their products. Find that all of their products are high quality. Do wish that the serum was slightly thicker. Still it’s an awesome product. Suggest using about 4 small drops of the serum. Just pat that serum in with your finger tips. Work my serum in for at least two minutes. Started to see results about week into the testing period.

Would suggest that you keep the product away from high heat & sunlight. That way the ingredients will stay active for a long time.

Please notice the links to buy the product on amazon, visit their homepage & Facebook pages.
** Buy InstaNatural Retinol Serum on
** Visit their homepage here:
** Show InstaNatural some love on Facebook:
Thank you once again for reading my blog, and let’s have a great 2015. Have a blessed day!