Monday, August 18, 2014

Raspberry Ketones

Raspberry Ketones... have you heard of them?  They are supposed to help boost your metabolism and help you burn fat, AND suppress your appetite. 

I have always been a bit of a skeptic when it comes to all the claims made by different supplements.  So when I was approached by Summit Nutritions to try their Pure Raspberry Ketones, well..... I tried to test this with an open mind but I came in being.... yes, a skeptic. 

Let me get some details out of the way.  They are all natural, and have no artificial fillers, or binders.  Just Pure Raspberry Ketones.  Even the capsule is vegan.  They are manufactured in the USA and are FDA approved cGMP (Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Highest Quality Standard for Manufacturing Supplements).

When the product arrived, I loved the color, pretty red.  It is recommended that you take one table twice a day, 30 minutes before a meal.  I did.  Took one 30 minutes before breakfast, and then forgot to eat breakfast.  I wasn't hungry and it's my hunger that tells me it's breakfast time.  Okay, Raspberry Ketones, you're off to a good start!

I've been taking them for over a week now, so this isn't a huge comprehensive trial, but I'll tell you what I've noticed.  First, my appetite is definitely suppressed.  I don't feel nearly as hungry.  I'm not searching for snacks throughout the day.  My meal portions have been smaller.  All good things!

I have noticed more energy.  I used to crash around 2 pm and had a hard time keeping up the pace for the rest of the day.  I haven't noticed that anymore.  I'm still plenty tired by the end of the day, but I'm not crashing mid-day.  Again, good things!

I've lost three pounds this week.  Now, I don't know if that is caused by Raspberry Ketones, or I'm just trying to generally eat healthier.  But, the whole appetite suppressant and energy thing had to have had an effect on my weight loss. 

Another little bonus, is...  Not that I burp (because, after all, ladies never burp)! but if I might have let a little burp slip out it tasted like raspberries!  No pill taste, no yucky taste, just sweet raspberry taste!  Okay, sorry if I grossed you out!

So, I will keep taking Summit Nutritions Raspberry Ketones.  I'll keep you posted on the ongoing results.  Right now, I'm definitely a thumbs up!

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

So Refreshing!

I love scent!  So many memories are triggered by smells.  I always use a body wash with a scent.  Depending on my mood that day, that's the scent I choose.

Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango body wash starts my day off right!  It has the most amazing scent!  It reminds me of a tropical paradise!  First thing in the morning I feel like I've been transported to a tropical island.  The scent is heavenly, and not too strong, not too weak!

Now let me tell you how my skin feels after using Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango Body Wash.... smooth, hydrated, refreshed!

I learned that coconut water is known to be rich in antioxidants and electrolytes that help with hydration.  Mango is known for being nutrient rich and adds a touch of tropical freshness.  I feel like I'm not only helping my skin be healthier, but I feel a little luxurious in the process! Visiting my own private tropical island (well, at least in my mind)!

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Now, if you'll excuse me it's time to visit my island again!

Disclosure:  I received this product and for the purpose of a review.  The opinions are all my own and free of charge!

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy

Groot is now my new favorite movie character!  I want my own Groot!  Do you think if I took a cutting, I could grow my own?  What/Who is Groot?  Why, he's a Guardian of the Galaxy, of course.

I had a chance to attend a preview of Guardians of the Galaxy.  I went in with high hopes and I was not disappointed!  It is full of ultra-villainy villains and incredible special effects!  Before I go any further, let me tell you what it's about:

"From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team—the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel's “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy's fate in the balance."

I don't want to give any spoilers away, but I guess I will say that I had some tears in the beginning, laughed uproariously throughout and was thoroughly entertained.  The special effects are incredible.  Two of the main characters are a raccoon and a tree guy, yet I totally believed them as characters.  In fact, Groot is my favorite.  Yes, I still want to grow a Groot!

I loved that this band of enemies come together to save the galaxy and become friends in the process.  Yeah, yeah... I know it sounds corny but I loved it!  Chris Pratt rocked it as Quill or "Star Lord" as he likes to be called.  Vin Diesel did an amazing job with Groot!  Have I mentioned that I want my own Groot?

If you are a fan of the Marvel comics movies, this one does not disappoint!  I think you'll really enjoy it!  Guardians of the Galaxy comes out Nationwide on Friday, August 1st!  Have fun and don't forget the popcorn!

Disclosure:  I was given the opportunity to see this movie for the purpose of a review.  The opinions are all my own and free of charge!