Monday, March 23, 2015

Pink Papaya Hand Scrub Review

Lucky us, this month the lovely Brooke from Pink Papaya Spa and Beauty sent us some Pink Papaya Cranberry Orange Hand Scrub to review. Right out of the box I fell in love with this scrub. Even the container is wonderful with it's mirror like shine and adorable little spoon. But what's not to love about tiny spoons?

First things first, I gathered a little intell on the company. It's a home based sales company, yes, but I think it's their products that make them different.  They source USA ingredients and manufacture 98% of their products in the USA. They are part of the Natural Products Association and offer 100% natural botanically based products. I'm kind of a naturals snob when it come to products claiming to be natural because most in fact contain all sorts of chemicals. That is not the case here. The ingredients list for this particular item reads like a grocery list: Sugar, Sweet Almond Oil, Sesame Seed Oil, Cranberry Seed, Vitamin E, Corn Oil, Fragrance, and Papaya Extract. No parabeans, no PEG's, and no dyes, so we'll let them off the hook for the added "fragrance," for now.

Now for the good part, trying it out. This is where that cute little spoon comes in to play. That tiny scoop of scrub is all you need, really. It has a great oily grit that really rubs off the dead skin. Rub and scrub and enjoy the smell. The cranberry orange combination reminds me of pink grapefruit and is very pleasant, if not a bit strong (probably don't even need that extra fragrance they add). Scrub, rinse, pat dry and then, if you are anything like me, this is where you realize the oil has stayed on your hands leaving them silky soft and smooth and you will waste the next ten minutes caressing them. The smooth skin stays through several hand washings and even days later your hands are still softer than normal. Rub in a dollop of coconut oil after drying and they stay soft even longer.

So the final real test was to use this after cutting onions to see if it can remove the smell as claimed. And the results? It really does eliminate that terrible onion smell from your hands. I'm now keeping this by the kitchen sink so I remember to use it when ever I cook with something strong smelling like onions.

If you'd like to order hand scrub or any of the other wide variety of products offered you can visit Brooke at OR find her on Facebook at Pink Papaya Spa and Beauty.

I received all products complimentary from Pink Papaya Spa and Beauty.
The views and opinions expressed are purely my own.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Quick Easy Easter Wreath

I'm all about the cute decorations but I don't make fancy detailed projects. If a project takes more than a few minutes, involves supplies I don't have on hand, or requires skills I'm not willing to learn....then it will not be made by me!

That being said, this is seriously such an easy craft that you'll have plenty of time to get inventive and add your own extra touches when done.

You need plastic eggs and string. Yes, that's it!!

Lay out your color choice of eggs in circle as big as you want. Pop the eggs open and run your sting in the hole at one end and out the other, closing the eggs as you go. On the last egg run both ends of the sting to meet inside. Tie a knot in the string so it tight when the egg is closed. Add a length of string or ribbon to hang by, this will also help it stay in a circle when hung.

That's it, all done. Now you have plenty of time to add your own little touches to make it extra cute!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Quick Dinner : Bagel Pizza

Dinner time at our house tends to be a last minute affair during the school week. The hubby works a swing shift on a rotating schedule and we only see him for dinner 2-3 days a week. The other nights it's just me and three kids so I'm always in search of fast, simple, and tasty meals. Last week I was in the mood for pizza and was not about to load up the kids to go out so off to the fridge I went to see what we had that would pass for pizza. In less than the promised pizza delivery time we had homemade, hot, and yummy pizza on our plates.

This one is super simple and you only need 4 things. 1) Bagels (plain, herb, or cheese variety would all be good). 2) Spaghetti sauce. 3) Mozzarella cheese. 4) Toppings (olives, pepperoni, pineapple, mushrooms, whatever you like).

Cut the bagels in half and arrange them on a cookie sheet or pizza stone. Spread appx. 1 tablespoon of spaghetti sauce (more or less to your preference) on the inside of each bagel. Then top with cheese and toppings and toss it in the oven. We used frozen cheese and baked at 350° for 20 minutes but if you are using fresh ingredients it should only take about 10 minutes. When the cheese is all melted and starting to brown, take them out and serve hot.

This will now be our stand in for pizza night and with how fast and easy these are, I will never again buy a frozen pizza!