Bleu Bliss – Just for Denim Spray

I’m obsessed with all-natural sprays. I’m NOT obsessed with doing 95% of the laundry in our household, so I am always looking for shortcuts. Enter Bleu Bliss – Just for Denim spray.

About Just for Denim

  • Non-toxic
  • Phthalate, Paraben and Synthetic Free
  • Antibacterial and anti-odor properties
  • Made with natural ingredients and Non-GMO grain alcohol
  • Made in the USA
  • Not tested on animals
  • Biodegradable
  • Ingredients: Grain Alcohol, Distilled Water, Essential Oils and Fragrance

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Directions

Lay or hang garment in a well-ventilated area and spray from 5 inches away. Allow to air dry before wearing.

This product can also be sprayed on yoga mats, gym bags, shoes, luggage and car upholsteries.

Varieties

Just for Denim sprays are available in 2-ounce bottles in 3 different variations:

  • Explorer – citrus & sunshine
  • Traveler – lavender & powder
  • Voyager – woodsy, cedar, bergamot

Each bottle is priced at $5.99 USD a bottle.

 

 

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I wear scrubs to work every day. (I call them professional pajamas). I bring a zip-up to throw on when I get chilly. Since I refuse to wear antiperspirant and haven’t found the best deodorant, the armpits of my zip-up can get rather…funky. Again, I abhor doing laundry, so I used Just for Denim‘s Explorer spray to trial on my pits of my zip-up.

I followed the directions – it definitely goes on strong, so don’t put your nose right up to the garment like I initially did. Give Just for Denim time to work. After a few minutes, take a sniff. I feel like I just stepped into a Floridian citrus garden. It smells like my entire house has been cleaned (Yeah, right…some wish!) with lemons, limes, and a big bottle of liquid sunshine. I love the smell.

As for the stench – bye bye! No more smelly pits. And, the scent lasts a long time, too.

I have used this on my favorite pair of jeans, bedding, and my stinky work sneakers. The results are consistent so I would absolutely recommend this product.

Support an Entrepreneur 

Carmela started Bleu Bliss Company and invented Just for Denim sprays. Her boutique store is based in California. Realm of Vibes prides itself on helping women with small businesses.

Make sure you support Carmela and follow her on Facebook and Instagram!

Disclosure: The product above was given complimentary to Realm of Vibes for testing and reviewing purposes. All opinions within are my own. If you have a product that would like to be featured on ROV, please contact realmofvibesdg@gmail.com

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homesick Candles

Most of you know that I love my diffusers emitting aromatherapy, but sometimes I need the scent and nostalgic sight of a candle. It sets the mood – my mood – and makes me feel relaxed. 2017 was a year of change. I focused on creating my own products or switching to all-natural, healthier alternatives, which has included my candle selections.

I can’t thank homesick candles enough for sending me a beautiful Holiday candle. Homesick candles are hand-poured, using natural soy wax that is domestically sourced. The cotton wicks are free from any lead or plastics. Their scents are created from real ingredients like sage and peach. The candles are paraben, petroleum, and phthalate free. Even the glass container is 100% food grade quality and can be repurposed after a thorough wash. Each candle is $29.95 USD and made in the USA.

Homesick candles are known for their state candles. Each state represents a smell. My state, New Jersey, represents the beachy vibe from the shore including soft cotton and vanilla scents. Florida, one of my favorite states to vacation to, represents citrus, bergamot, amber musk and vanilla. What does your state smell like?

 

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Picture from homesick.com

 

Take a look at the homesick collections – where you can purchase candles representing cities, countries, holidays, or memories. You can also shop home accessories (cutting boards, soaps, oils, honey) and apparel (t-shirts and sweatshirts). What amazing gifts for any occasion!

I really love my Holiday candle. I feel good knowing that it is soy based and not putting toxic fumes into my home. Holiday smells like pine, mixed with sugar cookies. My living room smells like Christmas. The burn time for this 13.75 oz candle is 60-80 hours. (As always – please cut the wick and never leave lit candles unattended.) 

Give homesick candles some love on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Disclosure: I received homesick’s Holiday candle complimentary for review. All opinions within are my own. If you would like your product to be featured on Realm of Vibes, e-mail realmofvibesdg@gmail.com or visit my Contact page. 

BOOK REVIEW: Souping is the New Juicing by Cherie Calbom, MS

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When my mom knows I am feeling under the weather, she expects that I will ask her to whip up some homemade chicken noodle soup to ease my sniffles and congestion. As the weather gets colder, I love to experiment with new soup ideas using my slow cooker and pressure cooker. I was eager to review Souping is the New Juicing by Cherie Calbom since I am mostly dairy and gluten free. I have tried juicing and wound up selling my juicer for $25 at a garage sale. I didn’t care for the blueberry stained ceiling. And, who has the time to clean everything? Not me – so souping seems like a more efficient option.

I read Souping is the New Juicing in two days. It’s a very easy, informative read.

Souping is the New Juicing begins with Cherie’s story. I really enjoyed learning about the authors experience that lead her to live a healthier lifestyle. Sometimes it takes tragedy and hardship to change our habits, routines, and roles and ultimately prevail

Living Foods was one of my favorite chapters where Cherie breaks down important components of soups (i.e. asparagus, watercress, cilantro) and explains why they are important. I like to know why foods are good for me to eat, and I learned that rosemary, one of my favorite herbs, has the ability to improve mood, increases intelligence, boosts memory, and relives pain (Souping is the New Juicing, p 55).

Souping is the New Juicing then educates us how to detox with soup. You take quizzes throughout this chapter, discovering if you have a build up of toxicity, and/or if you are in need of a colon, kidney, liver, or lymphatic cleanse. This section is very thorough!

Cherie has a chapter on soups for weight loss. Cherie taught me that mushrooms, legumes, watercress, almonds and coconut oil are great for weight loss. (Souping is the New Juicing, 117-118). I haven’t tried watercress, but am going to put that on my shopping list for my next soup adventure.

I appreciate all of the research that Cherie has put into Souping is the New Juicing. She has many studies and sources listed, which helps me to understand why souping works!

The last chapter of the book is dedicated to recipes. Categories of soup recipes include:

  • raw blender
  • gently warmed
  • creamy
  • vegetable
  • healing
  • detox
  • soups with legumes
  • soups with muscle meat

I appreciate that all of the recipes are gluten, dairy, and sugar free.

Although it’s ideal to cook soup in a stock pot on the stove, most of the recipes in this book can be prepared in my Blend-Tec, pressure cooker or slow cooker. I also recommend a good immersion blender.

I experimented – not quite following the recipes in the book, but including ingredients that Cherie mentioned in the third chapter. (The right picture, below contains chicken broth, water, spinach, leeks, sweet potatoes, jalapenos, and onions that I threw together in my pressure cooker. The left picture contains vegetable broth, sweet potatoes, leeks, and spinach that was the result of 8 hours in the slow cooker.)

Soups certainly warms my soul, and they definitely make me feel good about myself. I know that I am giving my body what it deserves – nutrients, vitamins, minerals, enzymes…and the list continues… Souping is the New Juicing by Cherie Calbom

Souping is the New Juicing is a terrific reference and a constant go-to on my cookbook shelf. I would recommend Souping is the New Juicing to anyone looking to incorporate healthy soups into their diet.

About Cherie Calbom

Cherie Calbom earned a Master of Science degree in whole foods nutrition from Bastyr University. She is the author of 35 books including Juicing for Life with more than 2 million books sold in the U.S. and published in 23 countries. She has worked as a celebrity nutritionist with George Foreman and Richard Simmons, and has appeared on numerous radio and TV shows. Known as “The Juice Lady” for her work with juicing and health, her juice therapy and cleansing programs have been popular for more than a decade.

Visit Cherie’s website, and be sure to visit her on Facebook, and Twitter.

Namaste.

UncommonGreen: Streets. Neighborhoods. Coordinates. Etched in glass.

“Where have you traveled?”

I love hearing about where other people have experienced. Were they able to get to all the touristy spots? Did they enjoy the food? Tell me everything…

I haven’t been many too many places, but a few places stick out in my mind. When UncommonGreen reached out to me about a blog post, I jumped at getting a pint glass with a city of my choice etched on it. Cool, huh?

About

UncommonGreen is a lifestyle brand founded in Boston, Massachusetts. They create custom maps on glassware (like coffee mugs, pint, wine and whiskey glasses), states printed on slate boards (think displaying cheese and fruit), prep boards for dicing and slicing, and decor (candles and bar towels). 

UncommonGreen

Behind the Brand

UncommonGreen began in 2009 when designer Brian Johnson wanted to make everyday products that featured artistry paired with functionality, practicality, sustainability, and style. When his three college friends, Dave Reddy, Neil Angis, and Colin Woodworth came onboard, they decided to focus their vision on an innovative design. Creating exceptional goods with a conscience, UncommonGreen uses materials and packaging from the US, and employs Earth-friendly practices to create their unique form of art.

Experience

I ordered a pint glass with a map of New York City etched on it. I love traveling into the city to see a Broadway show, eat at a fancy restaurant, go to an exhibit at a museum, or go shopping. The city that never sleeps is a fun and exciting place. When I sit on my couch in the middle of my suburban NJ home, I get a wave of nostalgia from my teenage years into my twenties each sip I take out of UncommonGreen pint glass. I have many great memories in NYC and look forward to my next adventure in the Big Apple!

UncommonGreen makes a perfect gift for the person who has everything. If you have a family member or friend who has completed a marathon, why not get them a wine or pint class with the marathon route etched on it? What a great, celebratory gift!

UncommonGreen

Who on your Christmas list enjoys visiting mountains and canyons? Check out the topography rocks glasses where they could enjoy their favorite whiskey near the campfire and reminiscence about their vacation. One of these days I will visit the Grand Canyon!

Know a mathematicianUncommonGreen has a Math and Science glassware for Pi-fanatics, geneticists, chemists, and engineers. History buff? Read all the classics? Check out the History and Literature collection where you could get rocks glasses and candles with your favorite sayings.

Relive the cool summer breeze from your Nantucket honeymoon or the magic of Martinique in the moonlight. Every time you pick up a glass from UncommonGreen’s Island Collection you’ll be transported to a place you won’t want to leave.

You can travel the world, but there really is no place like home. The Hometown Collection enables customers to order custom glasses from ANY city, town or locale in the US! I would love to get another pint glass of Morristown, NJ etched on it; that is where my husband and I met back in December 2010.

UncommonGreen designs make unique, fun gifts and conversation starters. Reminisce your favorite trip with the intricately designed pieces from UncommonGreen this holiday season!

Namaste.

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Disclosure: I received a pint glass from UncommonGreen complimentary for review purposes. All opinions within are my own. If you would like your product or service featured on Realm of Vibes, please contact realmofvibesdg@gmail.com 

Half Marathon Hydration with Hydrant

Hindsight is always 20/20. My mom and I tackled our first half marathon a month ago. We didn’t train very much, and we certainly underestimated the hilly course. To make matters even more challenging, it was raining the entire duration of the 13.1 grueling miles. We learned to embrace the suck and really had to use mental strength to make it across the finish line. At mile twelve, Mom and I started to experience leg cramps. I was hydrating with coconut water and Gatorade, but if I stopped moving, even for one second, my legs would scream, “Sit down. You’re done.” I wish I had something to sustain me…

When John Sherwin, the founder of Hydrant, sent me samples of his new hydration mix product, I thought, “I really could have used this during the half marathon.” I went to his website to learn more.

Hydrant Hydration Mix

 

Hydrant is a simple, scientifically designed formula that has 3 times more electrolytes than sports drinks on the current market.  Available as small powder stick packs in Lemon Lime flavor (my favorite!), they are easy to store in a backpack or duffle bag. Outdoor enthusiasts or endurance athletes just need to add it to water and can hydrate anytime, anywhere.

Ingredients

Sugar (11 grams), Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Potassium Citrate, Salt, Magnesium Citrate, Zinc Gluconate., Lemon Juice Powder, Lime Juice Powder, Natural Lemon Flavor.

Highlights of Hydrant:

  • Includes a combination of balanced electrolytes, a bit of sugar and light natural lemon-lime flavor
  • Vegan
  • Kosher
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • NON-GMO
  • No artificial colors or flavors
  • 50 calories per stick

  • Claims to improve cognition, lift spirits, and reduce headaches.
  • Manufactured in the USA

Directions

Add one pack in 500 mL (16.9 ounces) of water.

Experience

My husband and I are very active people. We love hiking (we accomplished two of the 46 High Peaks earlier this year) and taking our dogs for long walks and runs. I go to weekly hot yoga and body pump classes. I also just took my first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class. I really enjoy exercise and strive to be a fit, healthy person.

This week I decided to try Hydrant after my 5-mile run. I came home, emptied the packet into a glass, added water, and stirred. Perfection.

 

Hydrant Hydration Mix

Hydrating with Hydrant after my 5-Mile Run

 

I love the flavor of lemon-lime; Hydrant does not disappoint. It’s cold, tart, and easily drinkable. Within 5 minutes, I feel like my life is restored! I am still sweating profusely from the class, but I feel re-energized and I am ready to go home, shower, and tackle the upcoming workday.

I would purchase Hydrant for my husband and I engage in prolonged, intense exercise. It was easy to mix together, the packets can be taken anywhere, and the lemon-lime flavor was delicious. Hydrant is the perfect during and post workout hydration beverage.

Purchase Hydrant on their website and visit them on social media: Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Hydrant Hydration Mix

Disclosure: I received samples of Hydrant complimentary for review purposes; all opinions within are my own. If you would like your product reviewed on Realm of Vibes, please e-mail realmofvibesdg@gmail.com or visit my Contact page for more information.

 

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