Author Archives: Stephanie

New Year, Same Me

When I started this blog, I started with the intention of sharing my journey as a parent with twins with Autism.  We shared our story and started a Facebook page called Sam’s Voice, and Sam decided he no longer wanted to be a part of that, so we changed.

As I changed, I did so without direction, hoping it would just develop on its own.  Then, people started sending me free products in exchange for blog reviews.  I did that, and I hated every minute of it.  When I began to get paid to do the same, I did it with less dread, but I still felt we lost our mission.  I quickly became burned out.

I am not going to say that anything related to my blog is part of any New Year’s resolution.  That would be a lie.  There is no new year, new me.  The only thing I know is that I am not going to be doing this for anyone other than myself and my audience this time around.  I will not be burned out, and I will not do free reviews.

Now that I have said that, I hope you all had a wonderful New Year.  Much love.  Keep on smiling.

Remembering My First Day of 7th Grade

I will never forget that night.  My clothes were hung on the knob of my door, and a new bright

pink purse with a gold chain pulled delicately on the hanger, The anxiety and shame were

present before I even went to sleep.  I may not have slept at all.

My mother and I had gone shopping at Wal-Mart for 3 pair of jeans and a few shirts.  The shirt

hanging on my door was lemon yellow, sleeveless.  I had a bright pink tank top to wear

underneath, over my Sears bra handed down to me by my mother.  I loved that shirt.  On the

front, outlined in white, was a glass of lemonade and ice.

The jeans were another story.  They were cheap, and they had the Playboy bunny on the front

pocket.  I was maybe 12.  I had bad hair, worse teeth, and I wore those 80’s granny style upside

down glasses.  I had the ugliest haircut my mother made me get, and none of this was anything

I actually wanted.

I am not sure I slept at all.  I remember putting on my Wal-Mart version of Keds, missing the

label, and covered in the letters of the alphabet.  I went to school, anxiety set in, and I knew

I was going to be a target.

There is a certain level of cruelty you never face again after being poor in school.  It is the only

time I ever walked into a building and knew that I was ugly, I was poor, and I was wearing a

Playboy bunny on my jeans.

No one deserves to be harassed or bullied.

This was a time in my life that I hated.  I hated school, I hated me.  That self hatred was

because of harassment.

I am pretty sure it started the minute I walked in the school.  There was no way to hide that

bunny.  And, having a sleeveless shirt, someone had seen Sears on the tag.  All day, I endured

ceaseless comments about how ugly I was and shopping at Sears.  The hair was bad, yes, but I

was also 12.  I honestly think that was one of the worst days of my life.

I do not want to go into what was said to and about me, how many times I was tripped and hit, I

just want to remind you that as your children go into this school year, teach them better than

this.  Teach them to be kind to one another.  No child deserves to be bullied.

Silk Sleep Mask

I got this silk sleep mask free to review. It is very nice, it is soft, they have so many neat products everyone should check out if you like silk. I give it a 7/10 because the issue I found is it is tight around the eyes even if you loosen it. But, it is nice and soft, like I said. You can buy one here:

Instant Peel- The Best Beauty Product I Have Tested


Instant Peel is definitely one of my favorite products I have reviewed.  It comes in a box of 6

packs.  I found that there is too much in one packet to use on one application.  Instantpeel

claims to be a natural exfoliant.  As you use it, dead skin just peels off, and healthy skin is

unharmed. It leaves the skin super smooth and very soft.  How I did it was I used a warm, damp

washcloth on my face, then I applied the Instapeel.  I used a circular motion to remove the dead

skin cells from my face, then I rinsed.  My skin was so smooth, I do not recall it ever feeling that

smooth before.  This is by far the best beauty product I have tested, and I have tested many.  I

got this for free to review, and I give it a 10/10.

Instantpeel retails for $50 dollars, and you can purchase yours here.   I did a demonstration on

how it works:

Cardboard Cat Scratcher

I received the Catboard Cat Scratcher for free to review.

Included in the package was a hanging scratching board, one for the floor, a fishing toy, and catnip.

The cat loved all of them.  We got the review for you on video.

You can purchase your own here.

Summer Casual Cotton Tshirt Printed Pocket Cat Top For Women

I always like getting fun products to review.  This shirt is just a plain black pocket tee

with a cat in the pocket.  If you pull the pocket down, the cat flips you off.  The shirt is

comfortable and soft.  The issue is they run really small.  I ordered a large.  It fits like

a small.  Aside from that, and it does take a while to get it in the mail from them, I

love it.

The price of the shirt is 12.99 with free shipping here.  I also did a short video review.

I give the shirt an 8/10, it is just a little snug.


Mushroom Immune Support Supplement – Activa Naturals


I received this product free to review, and I have been using it about 3 weeks.  At first, I did not

actually believe any kind of mushroom pill could help me with my flares and the headaches I

have, but this honestly has helped me more than any other product I have tried.  My headaches

have gone from over a week at a time to 3 days, and I just feel better overall.

After feeling so much better, I decided to look the ingredients up and see how they help.

  • Shitake mushroom High in B vitamins, aids in weight loss, supports immune system
  • Maitake mushroom Cancer fighting, boosts immune system, lowers blood sugar, promotes weight loss
  • Reishi mushroom aids to stop tumor growth, balances blood pressure, fights allergies, improves liver function, fights asthma
  • Cordyceps mushroom anti-aging, fights respiratory infections, boosts immune function, fights diabetes, improves liver function
  • Lion’s Maine mushroom helps ease depression and anxiety, cognitive boosts as well as enhancement
  • Turkey Tail mushroom helps treat HPV, treats flu and colds, aids with digestion
  • Chaga mushroom contains around 215 phytonutrients and glyconutrients, benefit nervous system, boosts immune system, helps the GI tract, good for the endocrine system, makes a healthier cardiovascular system

I have been taking all kinds of vitamins and supplements for years trying to get a little relief.  I

am so glad I found some.  You can purchase these for yourself here.  I also did a video review.

I give this product a 10/10.

Indigo 2 Ash Flange Pillow in London Linen, Set of 2

Indigo 2 Ash is a really cool store that has all kinds of accents from chairs and sofas to pillows.

I was very excited when they sent me two flange pillows in London linen in exchange for a

review.   I got the lime green ones, and I love them.  

The pillows coordinate with their drapery and upholstry as well.  The feather insert is 100%

duck feathers, and it is soft but sturdy.  The covers can be bought separately.  There are

swatches available to check colors.  The zippers are hidden in these 22″ x 22″ square pillows

with 1″ flange borders.  The fabric can be dry cleaned and is 65% polyester, 35% cotton.  Here

are some examples of other pillows they have that I thought were really pretty patterns and


You can pick up some of the pillows like mine from this link.  I also did an unboxing video.


I love the color, the feel, and the simplicity of the pillows.  I definitely think they are a 9/10, great

quality, awesome look.  I would definitely buy these and other products from Indigo 2 Ash for

myself, or as a house warming gift.

Chrome Black Bluetooth Speaker

I received this super cute bluetooth speaker for free to review.  It is a new and upgraded version

of the older one, with a luxury, high end look.  It has an electroplated finish for a chrome

appearance,   The back side has a rubber finish.  It has a high end driver with an aluminum

speaker cone.  Music and light are combined in this little speaker.  The speakers get up to 6

hours of play for just music, 3-4 with the LED light on.  Palm sized, you can take this anywhere.

There is also a stand on the back, so the speaker can sit up.  This bluetooth speaker can also be

used as a hands free speaker phone, support aux-input, TF card, and FM radio.  It has a

recording function and voice prompt  with 4 light effect modes.

I found the speaker to have a pretty good sound to it.  After I figured it out, it was actually easier

to use than other ones I have reviewed.  The speaker did not get very loud, but the quality was

pretty good.  It was not the best one I have reviewed as far as sound quality.  It is the best

looking one, and the most practical one for use basically anywhere.  The product can be

purchased here.

If you are just looking for a cute, easy to use bluetooth speaker with quality sound, it is just that.

On a scale of 1-10 it is definitely an 8.  The speaker comes also in pink, which I would consider

buying for Lizzy.

I did a little unboxing video to kind of show the speakers a little better.


Headache Hat and Ice Halo

In my journey with cluster headaches, I have become pretty much defeated, lately. I can find no relief. I was excited to receive the headache hat and ice halo for free to review, so I waited until I got a headache, and I reviewed them.

When I get a cluster headache, I can be one of those people who bangs my head on something hard. I can also just be one who looks for something cold. This is why the headache hat provided a bit of relief for me.

The headache hat has 3 rows of these plastic ice cubes filled with sterile water, and you can adjust them around the head. I put the bottom row across my eyes and I did feel a bit of relief. The halo irritated me because of the pain of the cluster headache. I would say those would be amazing for any migraines, though.
You can purchase yours here.
I also did a video while I was in pain. Here it is.
One of the issues I have had with other headache devices are strong odors, which can actually be mild, and seem strong with a migraine, and ones that melt too quickly or all over me. This does not melt into a cold spot on your bed, if you can actually lie down during your headache.
I sometimes get migraine headaches still. They are not nearly as bad as the clusters, and I do get very nauseated with those. I am pretty sure that I can use the halo for those, the pain is so much milder, and they are sometimes easily relieved.
All in all, these are great products. I thank the company for the opportunity to try and use them.