Thursday, April 3, 2014

ProGrade Resistance Band Review

It's April already?! Jeez, where does the time fly?! I have been posting less as I have been working hard on my business plan for OrganicallYou. Watch this space for more information! 
 Today I have an awesome review to share with you. ProGrade Resistance Bands are high quality, adjustable, anti-snap and can be purchased individually or as a set.
Three resistances are available: yellow (1olbs), green (20lbs) and red (30lbs) 

  • Professional Grade 100% Dipped Latex able to stand up to the most rigorus workout conditions
  • Premium Comfort D-Handle for continued comfort during repetitive movements
  • Adjustable Connection for consistent tension during any workout
  • Approximate Equivalent Resistance: Yellow- 10lbs, Green- 20lbs, Red- 30lbs
  • GUARANTEED to be the highest quality latex & handle on the market- 100% Money Back guarantee if you are not satisfied.

  • For this review I received the green (medium) band!
    I really enjoy the ProGrade Resistance Bands! They are perfect for working out at home, outside, bringing to the gym, or bringing with you on vacation or business trips!
    As the weather warms up here in Connecticut, I am taking my work outs outdoors. These bands are the perfect addition to an outdoor circuit!
    These bands are currently on sale for $14.99 and are regularly $27.99 which means you save $13 (that's almost half off!)
    The quality of these bands is excellent! The handles are soft and rotate. The resistance for the medium green band is perfect for my intermediate fitness level. I highly recommend ProGrade Resistance bands as a fantastic tool to help you reach your fitness goals.

    I received one ProGrade Resistance Band for review purposes ~ all opinions are my own!
    This post contains affiliate links, thank you for your support!

    Friday, March 28, 2014

    JUS By Julie Review & Giveaway {CLOSED}

    Juice cleansing has been a hot topic lately… and for good reason! The benefits of juice cleansing (or simply adding fresh juice to a healthy lifestyle) are endless. Juicing helps your body get rid of toxins, rebalance & reboot. Today I want to share with you JUS By Julie, a cleanse designed to rid your body of impurities through a series of specially formulated drinks. It's a healthy obsession!
    Julie explains why she started JUS By Julie:
    As a certified nutritionist, what I've drawn from studying many theories on diets and health is; our bodies need a lot of greens to function at peak capacity. Though greens aren’t normally our first choice of food, thus it's hard to get the daily requirement of fiber from just three meals and a few snacks. To achieve that healthy goal, I began to make green smoothies for my husband and me to drink first thing in the morning. 

    My health conscious family joined in on the juice, and soon we discovered that this was practically a miracle in a bottle as the effects were incredible. The smoothie provided all that much needed fiber, it was able to tame our sugar cravings, and it gave us a lot of energy. I felt leaner almost instantly, and amazingly my husband's cholesterol went down 70 points! When I went back to school three years ago to study nutrition, I said that if only I could make my own family healthier I would feel accomplished. 

    Since, I’ve been sharing my experiences with friends and beyond, who all wanted in on this wonder drink. I started to get up at four in the morning to blend and prepare these smoothies, and then before I knew it word spread and people were calling me for juice. From there on, smoothie-making has grown into a family business. 

    JUS, derived from French roots, means with its own juice. Just like its name, JUS is an all-natural juice from fruits and vegetables, nothing more, nothing less. All JUSes are made fresh, enriching the body full of vital vitamins and nutrients. 
    The juices are numbered on the side which makes it easy to drink in the recommended order! 
    I love that JUS is blended, not pressed. They explain, "When the nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables are blended, the whole product is included. It is the most nutritious JUS you can drink, as it provides all the natural vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and antioxidants found in the raw ingredients. The skin, meat, and all the juice of the produce are combined with the natural fiber contained inside to aid in optimal digestion"
    Have questions about the cleanse? Read the FAQ section & learn more about juicing!

    A three day JUS cleanse retails for $150 dollars and the juices can also be purchased separately for $8/each. These juices should be enjoyed within 3 days as they are not pasteurized and no preservatives are added. 
    JUS offers many delicious flavors: Morning Glory, Acai Blend, Chia Berry, Dr. Green, The Beet of Apples, All Green Everything, Nana Berries, Sweet Spin, Liquid Summer, Pine-apple Mint, Sweet Escape, Simple Green, Day Glow, X-Treme Greens, Choco-Nana, Island Coconut, Coconut Water, Not So Chunky, Java Jus, Almond Breeze, Spicy Lemonade & Spicy Pome-Nade.
    The bolded flavors are the JUSes that were included in my cleanse. 

    JUS By Julie is certified kosher, however it is NOT certified organic, serious bummer. I will continue with my thoughts on that in a minute. My juices were shipped overnight and delivered by 11am the following day. I loved the packaging and the reusable, insulated bag is perfect for future shopping trips!

    I drank 6 JUSes today and plan on continuing with the cleanse. I will be adding some fresh fruit & veggies to help me stay satisfied. I already feel lighter and my digestive system is thanking me! If juice cleanses are not your thing, JUS By Julie is a perfect addition to a healthy lifestyle!

    I especially loved the Sweet Spin (spinach, kale, pineapple, banana, mango), Choco-Nana (chocolate, banana, strawberries ~ this literally tastes like a chocolate milk shake! YUM!), Acai Blend (acai berries, strawberries, banana), and Chia Berry (strawberries, chia seeds, lemon, pomegranate). My least favorites were the Morning Glory (romaine, celery, spinach, apple, banana, strawberry) and Spicy Lemonade. I'm not a fan of spicy things, but I tolerated it for my metabolisms sake ;) Chugging the Morning Glory was not bad, just not something I'd like to sip on. It's definitely worth chugging for the amount of nutrients they pack in! I love drinking my greens! 

    The only negative for me is that JUS is not organic. I really prefer blending organic produce, that way you know there is no pesticides, GMOs, or other nasties in the produce. I know organic certification is expensive and sourcing organic produce can be difficult… but it is so, SO worth it! 
    I really, really hope JUS considers going organic in the future!  

    This is what one day of juices looks like:

    Are you thirsty yet?! 
    Enter to win a 3 day juice cleanse from JUS By Julie using the Rafflecopter widget below!
    All entries are optional! Winner's entries will be verified
    This giveaway will start March 29th and close April 18th 2014 at 12am EST
    Open only to the USA ~ I'm sorry International friends! Must be 18+ 
    Winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email or another winner will be selected
    I am not responsible for prize fulfillment
    I received product for review purposes, all opinions are my own!
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    Friday Favorites #7

    It's been way to long since I've shared with you a "Friday Favorites" post! I'm excited to share with you some things I have been loving over the past month!
    Linking up with Fitting It All In's Friday Five link up!

    1. Handmade lip balm! Wow, this stuff is amazing! I am beginning to make my own skincare using 100% high quality, organic ingredients. I will be sharing these DIY recipes & selling my products. If you are interested in purchasing OrganicallYou product (currently offering lip balm & deodorant) please email me at ~ everything will be made to order!
    This has been a goal of mine since I started this blog and I am overjoyed to be pursuing it and making it a reality!
    Stay tuned for updates on my Etsy shop! I will also be adding a section of this blog dedicated to my products! I'm so excited!
    This lip balm is made with coconut oil, beeswax, shea and cocoa butter, hemp oil, and essential oils. 

    2. This green smoothie is easily my favorite recipe. It has spinach, pineapple, tangerine juice, frozen mango & banana! YUM! I could seriously live off of this.
    Using my Glass Dharma straw!

    3. Speaking of tangerine juice, these babies are so sweet & tangy, I have been eating and juicing them nonstop!

    4. I love this quote, it really hits home with me. I am determined to make a life, not a living... how about you?
    So many people nowadays are so caught up in the "rat race" ~ I want nothing to do with that! Simplicity, self sustainability, and happiness are my goals in life.  

    5. I have an awesome giveaway going on ~ be sure to check it out! You can win a prize pack from NudeFood featuring all of their nutrient dense snacks! 

    What have you been loving lately?

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

    Be Pawsitive Review

    I have two furry children, a Bichon & Boxer; Mea & Maggie. They are both about 4 years old. Ever since I became interested in where my food was coming from, I was interested in choosing products for my dogs that were natural, organic, and good for them.
    When I discovered Be Pawsitive Organic Dog Treats, I was so excited! Be Pawsitive offers monthly treat boxes for $11.95/month (you will get a new flavor monthly) or you can purchase the treats separately for $12.95/each. 
    Each bag holds approximately 50 treats.
    Each purchase provides a box of treats to an animal shelter or rescue organization to help those dogs get ready for a new home. Our mission is to provide the highest quality all natural, USDA certified organic dog treats for your dog and at the same time give back to those dogs in need of a little extra love. While your dog is enjoying one of our treats, know that a shelter dog is too!
    For this review, my pups & I were given the Power Berry flavor! I think Maggie, the Boxer, enjoyed them a bit more than Mea. Mea enjoys them sometimes, however other times she will walk away and Maggie quickly scoffs it up!
    I was very impressed with the ingredient list:
    Certified Organic Ingredients:  Whole oat flour, Whole barley flour, Dark rye flour, Canola oil, Brown rice flour, Dried cranberries, Dried apples, Cracked flax seed, Dried blueberries, Quinoa, Sunflower seeds, Carrots  Apple cider vinegar, Alfalfa, Rosemary, Allspice, Ginger, Calendula, Rosemary oil.
    These crunchy snacks are filled with wholesome, high quality nutrition. 
    Be Pawsitive offers 9 varieties: Banana Split, Berry Power, Iron Dog, Cheesy Berry, The Original, Relax, Rise and Shine, Pizza Party & Pumpkin Pie.

    HOW TREATS HELP DOGS GET ADOPTED: The treats that we give to shelters do more than just provide a happy and healthy snack for dogs. They also provide a way to increase adoption rates. Animal shelter staff and volunteers use our treats to reward dogs during obedience training to help get them ready for new homes. Dogs that are leash trained and obedient are adopted at a much faster rate. Another key factor for adoption is the interaction between the dog and person looking to adopt during the meet and greet. Dogs that are loving and energetic are usually adopted quickly, however some dogs are more reserved and shy especially around new people. Being able to show the dog that your intentions are good by giving them a treat can be an ice breaker and creates a welcoming atmosphere between a person and dog.

    Be Pawsitive wants to help as many shelters as possible. If you volunteer at a shelter or rescue organization, you can contact Be Pawsitive to be added to the list of recipients! You can also recommend a shelter of your choice, simply enter the name at check out! How awesome is that?! Be Pawsitive is working extremely hard to give back to dogs in need and I feel great supporting that!

    I received product for review purposes ~ all opinions are my own!

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

    NudeFood Review & Giveaway {CLOSED}

    I have a new product to share with you today! NudeFood is short for "nutrient dense" and these products certainly do not disappoint. NudeFood was founded by Crystal River Organics which was built with the vision of creating amazingly delicious, nutrient-dense food options that everyone could enjoy and benefit from.
     Nude Food avoids using gluten, soy, and dairy. The Nude Food Bars & Ultra0Dense Breakfast Boosts are vegan, as well as being soy and gluten free. They are also virtually 100% raw as the bars are not baked or heated and the nuts and seeds are never roasted, and no oils are added in.
    NudeFood offers six delicious bars (brownie walnut mint, chai chocolate spice, cherry vanilla macadamia, mocha coconut cream, peanut butter chocolate chunk, pineapple pomegranate), three Licious Organics honey oat cookies (cranberry almond, cherry berry, chocolate peanut butter), and three Ultra-Dense Breakfast Boost blends (antioxidant berry, coconut pecan probiotic, original spirulina
    You can find the ingredient lists & nutritional information on their website!
    I especially enjoyed the cherry vanilla macadamia bar, the cherry berry & chocolate peanut butter Licious Organics honey oat cookies, and the original spirulina Ultra-Dense Breakfast Boost! I love that the Ultra-Dense Breakfast Boosts are made with a premium blend of quality almonds, sunflower seeds, hemp protein, and freshly milled golden flax seeds. These powders are perfect for smoothies, yogurt, cereal, in pancake or muffin batter… and more! I also love that their products are organic & nonGMO project verified!
    I was really excited to try the mocha coconut cream bar, however, the mocha flavor was a bit to powerful for my personal preference. If you love coffee, you will LOVE this bar.
    The Licious Organics honey oat cookies are a raw style unbaked "cookie" made with 100% pure raw honey and certified gluten-free organic oats. I loved both the flavors I was sent (cherry berry and chocolate peanut butter) they are perfect for a sweet, nutrient dense snack. They are great for on the go and are sure to be a hit with children!
    And now, for the part you have been waiting for! NudeFood has generously offered to give an amazing prize pack (featuring all of their products!) to one of my readers! 
    Enter to win using the Rafflecopter widget below!
    All entries are optional! Winner's entries will be verified
    This giveaway will start March 26th and close April 12th 2014 at 12am EST
    Open only to the USA ~ I'm sorry International friends! Must be 18+ 
    Winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email or another winner will be selected
    I am not responsible for prize fulfillment
    I received product for review purposes, all opinions are my own!
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