Friday, February 27, 2015

Teadora Nourishing Body Polish - From the Rainforest to You!



I love discovering new beauty products (in case you haven't noticed!) -- I always like to dig around a bit and learn about the company - how did they start, how are they unique.....what's their story!? Some, I'll admit, are a very short read. Make a product. Pocket the profits. The end! But...there are so many that really have a great drive to give back and do good - and Teadora Beaty is one such company!

Harvested from sustainable natural & organic rainforest resources, the ingredients in Teadora's line of beauty, skin, and hair products are not only good for you, they're good for the Earth! Using fair trade sources and with a focus on carbon reduction, they also give part of their profits to help support the Brazilian rainforest through education & conservation!

Every Teadora ingredient is:

- 100% vegan
- natural
- cruelty-free
- paraben free
- no synthetic fragrances
- silicone free
- phthalate free
- sulfate free
- gluten free
- free of harsh chemicals
- biodegradable
- recyclable



I recently received their Nourishing Body Polish in "Rainforest at Dusk" which is designed to leave you with "brighter, healthier, smoother skin" -- and looking at my own dry, dull skin....(thanks Winter!)....I have to say couldn't wait to try it.

The scent is really pronounced and I seem to pick up a different note every time I use it...woodsy, citrus, floral.....a little eucalyptus in there too! On the days I use it (twice a week), I don't need to wear any other body spray or fragrance - the scent of the body polish lingers.


Phew!! If I'm ever in the rainforest, I'll still know how to use this!! (Clever touch!!)

The Nourishing Body Polish has a base of Amazonian White Clay and Acai Berries with a healthy dose of antioxidants, vitamins and fatty & oleic acids. They also incorporate the Teadora Hydration Elixir which is a blend of 5 revitalizing oils:  Babassu, Buriti, Rose Hip Seed, Brazil Nut, and Maracuja.

The grains are fine, but you will need to resist the urge to use this every day or scrub too hard - you don't over-exfoliate yourself! Teadora suggests 2-3 times a week.

You can use while in the shower for a quickie scrub or, for stronger exfoliation, you can put it on before you hop in the shower (apply right to your skin, no water) and leave it on for a couple of minutes - then hop in and rinse off. 

So did it work? Did it leave my skin 'brighter...healthier....smoother...'?? 

(drum roll please......)



I'd say so!!! 

I have to tell you, the only downside with the product I received was I wish it was bigger!! The 1.5oz tube ($10), when used twice a week, really doesn't last a long time. I would definitely suggest ordering the larger 6oz size ($34) so you won't find yourself in the shower screaming "Nooooooooooo, you can't be gone!!!!!!!" in your best soap opera actress voice! 

You can follow Teadora Beauty a number of ways socially:

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Pinterest
YouTube

Keep an eye on their Twitter page! They often hold giveaways where you can win one of their products and enjoy your own little journey into the Amazon!

Not only did I really like Teadora Beauty's Nourishing Body Polish, I love how they care so much about not only the way they take from the earth, but how they can give back to it!

xoxo,
Gigi






Disclaimer:  I received the above product at no cost in order to facilitate this review.  The above review is based on my own honest opinion of, and experience with this product and company.  Yours may differ.

Give The Perfect Gift With a Pandora Style Bracelet From "Jewels I Love" + Giveaway - US Ends 3/13


No matter what the occasion is: Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Anniversary, Birthday, Graduation.....or "Just Because", I have the perfect gift for any jewelry lover on your gift list!  

I'm talking about a beautiful Pandora Style Charm Bracelet by Jewels I Love. Each Jewels I Love bracelet is handcrafted and incorporates quality materials such as Murano style glass beads. <---Did you know that a Murano glass bead maker creates each design by hand within the glass...so no two beads are ever alike! You'll find a variety of both silver-plated and gold-plated charms which are threaded on a snake linked chain. Currently there are four designs available with plans of adding more to the line in the future.



I recently received a bracelet to review and, to be honest, I was anticipating receiving a close-but-no-cigar version of a Pandora bracelet.  I braced myself for the worst since I've met with from some disappointment from things I've ordered that are "in the style of......(insert designer)". My best friend is a charm freak, so I'm very familiar with Pandora and the high tag it comes with! 



However...when I received my bracelet and took it out of the box, I was legitimately impressed....it had the look, the weight, and the quality of a really high end bracelet.  The purple & pink beads were gorgeous and really replicated the look of the Murano beads - they looked hand-blown.  In between these beads were antique looking silver plated charms. You get 18 charms/beads and, if you have other Pandora, or Pandora style, charms at home, you can easily take some off and add those on to keep creating your own special look!



I thought the bracelet was really charming and feminine without being dainty - it's a really versatile piece of jewelry that would be equally pretty worn with out to a formal occasion or simply paired with jeans & a t-shirt! Just prepare yourself for the compliments!! The bracelet I received lists for $89.99, but is currently available for $54.99!



Each Jewels I Love bracelet is available in 5 sizes and comes in a pretty pink box, all set for gift giving.  



If there was anything I didn't care for, and this is really only a personal preference, but I didn't like that the bracelet itself was sealed in plastic and then put in the box.  I think opening up a box and seeing jewelry in the plastic, especially if you're sending to someone as a gift, kind of makes it look cheap - and this bracelet is genuinely too good for plastic! Maybe a nice tissue paper wrapping with a foil seal would be better suited for such a nice piece or have that option for anyone who is sending it as a gift!

One thing I wanted to mention about Jewels I Love --- which I only found out by snooping on the internet in an effort to learn about them  (Hey, they don't call me "The Googler" for nothing) -- it's a small, and very new, company founded by a woman named Deborah - a graduate of both the Fashion Institute of Technology (NYC) and the Technical Career Institute, who found herself caring for both her 94 year old mother and 23 year old daughter with Down's Syndrome.  Jewels I Love was created out of both necessity and her love of fashion...so she works right out of her home creating and selling these beautiful pieces on Amazon. Deborah hopes to inspire other women that "although life may throw you a curve ball, following one's passion is absolutely attainable."

You can follow Jewels I Love socially on Facebook (since they are a very new business, I'm sure appreciate the fans!) 

If you love beautifully made jewelry and supporting small woman-owned businesses, I hope you'll remember to check out Jewels I Love when you're looking for the perfect "I love you" gift!!



Jewels I Love has generously offered one lucky My Fab Fit Forties reader the chance to win one of these lovely bracelets for their very own!! 

Just enter on the form below and you'll be in it to win it.  Please remember, only one entry per person/email/IP address.  The randomly drawn winner will be contacted by email once the winning entry has been verified. Winner will then have 48 hours to respond or another winner will need to be drawn.

This giveaway is open to US only and will end on March 13, 2015 at 11:59pm.

Good luck!!

xoxo,
Gigi


Jewels I Love Pandora Style Bracelet



Disclaimer:  I received the above item at no cost in order to facilitate this review.  My post is based on my own honest opinion of, and experience with, this product and company.  Yours may differ.  My Fab Fit Forties is not responsible for prize fulfillment.







Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Enjoy Delicious Meat-Free Meals with Quorn



Being a vegetarian, I get asked "...but what do you eat?" a lot! (Spoiler alert: pretty much everything!) That question is usually followed by "Don't you miss (insert meat of choice here)?"  The answer to that one is an easy "No!" - because there's so many alternatives out there! I have yet to find a traditional meat-based dish that I can't make a delicious meat-free version of. 

One brand that has really helped me along is Quorn, which I have used for years. They have nutritious soy-free meat alternatives that have the same look, taste, and texture as meat - while being naturally non-GMO, low in saturated fat and high in fiber! Quorn is a good source of protein too! <--which is another question you get if you don't eat meat, "How do you get your protein??!!"

So.....what is Quorn exactly?

It's a Mycroprotein. <---that didn't help very much, did it? 

A Mycroprotein is a naturally occurring protein you find in the fungi family (like a morel or a truffle).  It is gathered through a fermentation process - kind of like brewing beer - only it uses the solids instead of the liquids. 

You can trace the origins of Quorn back to the UK in the 1960's when there was a real concern over the ability to feed the world. A man by the name of Arthur Rank set out with a plan to find a new source of protein.....and Quorn was born.



Quorn has been in the US for 12 years and has a wide range of products available -- from grounds, meatballs, and sausage patties to cutlets, nuggets, burgers, roasts, and boxed entrees (you'll find them in the frozen food aisle). I have to say, in looking at their site, I now realize just how many of their products aren't available around me, which is kind of a bummer! Now I'm on a mission to find them!

Because of that not-so-appetizing description of mycroprotein above, I'm sure you're wondering how Quorn actually tastes!

Like I said, I've been eating them for years and wouldn't be if I didn't think they were tasty! When used in recipes, they take on the flavor of whatever you put them in, so there's really no aftertaste or texture difference.  



With nearly 3 billion meals served, I think it's safe to say they're on to something good! If you have a sensitivity to eggs, milk, or gluten, you should know that Quorn products may contain these allergens -- so make sure you read the back of the box when shopping - they have these clearly marked which I appreciate.   

One of my favorite dishes is to simply add the Quorn Chik'n Cutlets (I cook & chop them up first) to whole grain veggie penne pasta and sauce.  Hearty and delish.  



I know...they don't look like much when they're just slapped in the pan...but wait for it......



Yum, right? A perfect dish to warm you up on a cold Winter night!
Nutritionally, the cutlets are 80 calories with 10g of protein, 4g of fiber, and just .5g of saturated fat.

Here's an eye opener....if you replaced the meat in a traditional spaghetti bolognese with its Quorn equivalent, you would be eating 90% less saturated fat - without losing out on the look or taste! Talk about being heart healthy!

Quorn's website has a ton of great information and recipes and they're very active on social media.  I love their Pinterest page! You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

If you're looking for a way to incorporate more meatless meals into your life, for ethical, health, and/or environmental reasons, Quorn can help you create healthier versions of all your favorite foods!

xoxo,
Gigi









Disclaimer:  I was provided complimentary products in order to facilitate this review.  This post is based on my own honest opinion of, and experience with these products and this brand.  Yours may differ.  #MyQuorn

Monday, February 23, 2015

Krusteaz Helps Make Wednesdays Breakfast Night + Giveaway - US - Ends 3/9


There are some things people will just never agree on (politics and religion come to mind), but I firmly believe there is one topic everyone can agree is pretty wonderful.  Uttering these three little words to your family can instantly put a smile on their faces....

"Breakfast For Dinner!!!!"

Since February is "National Hot Breakfast Month" (it's okay, I didn't know that either...but plan on taking full advantage of this new nugget of information), Krusteaz wants to help us turn Wednesdays into "Breakfast Night". That sounds much better than "Hump Day", don't ya think?

With over 91% of Americans having tried it, and 25% of the population partaking in it at least once a week, breakfast for dinner ("Brinner") is a great way to put a little spring in your mid-week step.  It's delicious and fun!!  I am almost 50 years old and I still get as excited at the prospect of digging into warm fluffy pancakes as I did 40 years ago!! 


Come and get it!!!!

Krusteaz  makes whipping up breakfast - anytime of the day - super convenient too with popular choices like Blueberry Belgian Waffle Mix, Buttermilk Pancake Mix, Honey Wheat Pancake Mix, and Chocolate Chunk Muffin Mix! They also have a gluten-free line!


We recently dug into some buttermilk pancakes - and making them couldn't have been easier.....you simply add water to the mix! If my rabbit had thumbs, I'm pretty sure he could do this! Bonus: they're just 180 calories for three 4" pancakes.  I opt for real maple syrup for a healthier topping or some fresh berries in between those fluffy layers.


3 pancakes, 2 tbsp pure maple syrup, 1 tsp butter 
= less than 320 calories!

With a batter filled squeeze bottle, you can get creative and make cute little designs too --- and it's so easy to whip up a bunch of pancakes and freeze them for a quick breakfast the next day - or snack anytime! I just pop one in the toaster and, by the time coffee's ready, I've got a nice warm breakfast too!


Okay, so I need to practice this a bit more - and looks aren't everything...
besides, I hear that pancake has a great personality!! The best part is, 
no matter what they look like, they taste delish!!

I'm not saying I did - or didn't - make these baby pancakes 
for the crows outside....that would just be weird..........but 
(rumor has it) happy cawing could be heard for blocks

Krusteaz has such a variety of affordable box mixes - from these delicious breakfast mixes to desserts and flatbreads - there's surely something to please everyone in the family! 

You can connect with them on the following social media:  Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram!  Their website also has great tips and recipes worth checking out too! I mean, how else would you get the recipe for Cinnamon Sugar Rollup with Nutella Hazelnut Spread??! (I'll give you a second to drool!!)

Krusteaz wants to help you break up the weekly dinner monotony by putting a little breakfast for dinner in your life too! 



In celebration of #BreakfastNight, Krusteaz is generously offering one lucky My Fab Fit Forties reader the chance to win a slew of breakfast mixes. This prize pack includes:

- Buttermilk Pancake Mix
- Honey Wheat Pancake Mix
- Belgian Waffle Mix
- Chocolate Chunk Muffin Mix
- Free Product Coupons

Ready to enter to win? You know the drill....simply fill out the form below and you're in the running! Only one entry per person/email/IP please! Winner is randomly drawn and will be contacted via email once winning entry has been verified.  Winner will then have 48 hours to respond or, unfortunately, another winner will need to be drawn.

This giveaway is open to US only, 18+, and will end at 11:59pm on March 9, 2015

Good luck!

xoxo,
Gigi


Krusteaz Breakfast Mix Prize Pack




Disclaimer:  My Fab Fit Forties received the above products in order to facilitate this review and as a thank you for participating in the #BreakfastNight campaign. The above post is based on my own opinion of, and experience with, this product - yours may differ.  My Fab Fit Forties is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Win a $25 Nike Gift Card - US Only Ends 3/6 #Giveaway


Since it's Heart Health Month, I thought it would be a great time for a little giveaway to help keep you moving in style!

Nike is one of the go-to names in athletic wear and shoes for the whole family. Whether you're a competitive runner or you walk for pleasure, Nike has something for you!

I have a $25 gift card up for grabs - which can be used at any Nike owned retail store or online at Nike.com

Just fill out the form below and you'll be in to win! Only one entry per person/email/IP please.  Winner will be randomly drawn and contacted by email once winning entry has been verified.  Winner will then have 48 hours to respond or another winner will have to be drawn.

This giveaway is open to US only, 18+ years old, and will end on March 6, 2015 at 11:59pm

Good luck!

xoxo,
Gigi

$25 Nike Gift Card




Disclaimer:  This giveaway is not affiliated with Nike or any social media networks in any way.  My Fab Fit Forties is solely responsible for prize fulfillment.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Kitten Makeup Brush Kit by Bella & Bear #Beauty #Review




I recently had the chance to try a set of makeup brushes by Bella and Bear called "The Kitten Kit".  I have tried expensive brushes and I have tried el cheapos before, but have found it hard to find something that meets my need for a brush that can hold up....that doesn't break the bank!

Luckily, The Kitten Kit meets my need for high quality makeup brushes at an affordable price.  Right off the bat, the box these come packed in is just too cute -- like too cute to want to throw out cute! It's really vintage inspired and you know I dig that! If I were to gift a set of these brushes to a friend, I wouldn't need to wrap them - the box is just that cute.



Inside the box is a very substantial black zippered case, with "Bella & Bear" embossed on the front and a dangling heart zipper pull! I had to fight the urge to put the word 'cute' in there.....(but it is!!) The kit is pretty substantial in size -- unless you tote around a gigantic bag, I don't think this case is very purse friendly, but it is suitcase friendly --- and I have taken them with me on two trips already!


The Kitten Kit -- don't leave home without it!

Unzip the black case and behold 15 professional quality makeup brushes made out of premium materials.  I love that the brushes are each encased in a plastic wrapping and, once taken off, they're still protected by a flap, which I thought was a nice touch with this case.



You'll find a brush for absolutely every need, including a really fantastic kabuki brush, "The Lynx".  The thinner brushes are perfect for precision makeup application and the fuller brushes are dense and silky - which means no streaking - makeup just glides on! The wooden handles have a great weight to them - you really can see and feel the difference between these brushes and the ones you just pick up at the drugstore.



I liked that, even though I've used these brushes daily since I received them, I have not seen any shedding - which I cannot say has happened with cheaper brushed I've used (and what makes investing in better brushes so worth it...you end up paying the same amount of money, if not more, for poor quality brushes you just end up throwing out & replacing over & over).



Speaking of quality, Bella & Bear makeup brushes are made by the same makers of Sigma brushes. If you're not familiar with those, they can cost $30+ per brush!!

You also get sent a chart that helps you know exactly what each brush is for! I thought it was really fun seeing that each brush is named after a type of cat --- and there's a sweet story behind the name Bella & Bear too!  

The only thing I do not like about these brushes is that there is no indication of which brush is which.  Some brushes do look a bit similar, so I think it would be helpful if there was some sort of number on the brush, if not the name of the brush itself, to help figure out the chart/usage better. 



You'll also receive detailed instructions on how to take the best care of your brushes to ensure they last you a lifetime!

Another thing I really liked about Bella & Bear....they give back! A portion of every purchase goes to organizations that help protect big cats from around the world.  

The Kitten Kit is normally $120, but is available from Amazon for $75!! That's just $5.00 a brush! These brushes would make a great gift for any makeup lover in your life too!

"People will stare. Make it worth their while!" - Bella & Bear

You can follow this great company socially too -- they're great about posting about specials and giveaways! You can stay connected on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest!

xoxo,
Gigi




Disclaimer:  I received the above product in order to facilitate this review.  The above review is based on my own honest opinion of, and experience with, this brand & product.  Yours may differ.  #BellaandBearMakeupBrushes




Monday, February 16, 2015

You Can Now See A Doctor Without Leaving The House with Doctor On Demand! #Sponsored

I participated in a Blog Blast Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Doctor on Demand.  I received a free trial coupon code to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. 



Sometimes when we're sick, it takes all the energy we have just to move out of bed, let alone drive to the doctor's office - assuming you can get an appointment! If you're a Mom, you know how hard it is to wrangle the kids up to go sit in a waiting room.....of sick people! If you don't have insurance, it can be scary to not know what the final bill could be after visiting a  doctor. Or maybe sometimes you just need some advice that doesn't warrant an in-person office visit.

Doctor On Demand (DOD) now makes it possible for you to now visit with a board certified physician, psychologist, and even lactation consultants, without even leaving the comfort of your home - leaving you with all of the one-on-one attention you would get going to a traditional appointment, with none of the wait time or surprise costs.



You might remember that I did a Doctor on Demand review last year when my husband was not feeling well.  You can check it out to see all the details of the process for signing up for the service, as well as the doctor's visit itself....but to give a brief rundown of how Doctor on Demand works:

- You download the free Doctor on Demand app on a smartphone or tablet -- or you can visit Doctor on Demand on your laptop!
- Register (spoiler alert:  I'm going to give you a free office visit code in a minute too!!)
- Let DOD know what the patient's symptoms are
- Connect with a healthcare provider, licensed in your state, and have an in home 'office' visit.




No insurance is needed and, if you have insurance, it will not be contacted through Doctor on Demand. 

A 15 minute visit with an MD or Pediatrician costs just $40 and, while no one should feel embarrassed to seek mental health counseling, many people put off getting help for that very reason  - so I think it's wonderful that Doctor on Demand also makes Psychological appointments available for $50 for a 25 minute session. 



You can connect with Doctor On Demand socially via Facebook and Twitter!

Doctor on Demand wants to make sure that everyone can get to see a doctor when they need one -- so simply use coupon code: FABFIT15 once you sign up ---- that will entirely cover the cost of either one Medical Video Visit or one Psychologist Video Visit!!  This is up to a $50 value absolutely FREE!!



No more having to take time off of work or otherwise disrupt your day to fit in a doctor's visit when they might have an opening! With Doctor On Demand, you can #FeelBetter today!

xoxo,
Gigi




Disclaimer:  I participated in a Blog Blast Activation on behalf of Influence Central (#IC) for Doctor on Demand.  I received a free trial coupon code to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.