Review Wednesday: Jamberry nail wraps

I have talked about my thin, peeling nails before.

For more than a year I have been trying to get them back to healthy with no more peeling.

I started using Nail-Aid after gel rescue, which seemed to help a little. I also started taking calcium every day.

My friend Heather is a Jamberry consultant. I asked her to send me a sample.

I tried the sample on my pinkies. I am hard on any nail polish on my fingers. The sample lasted on my nails until I removed them, which was nine days.

My samples only “chipped” ever so slightly throughout the time I had them on. The nail wraps don’t really chip like regular polish does.

The true test of Jamberry was when I washed my hair. After I washed my hair while wearing them and saw that they were holding strong I went to Heather’s Jamberry site and ordered a sheet of Glacier nail wraps.

One sheet is $15, plus shipping and handling. The cost is a little steep and I think the S&H is too high. What I did find out with my second order was that whether I order one sheet or four the S&H is $3.99. … Continue reading

Review Wednesday: Brawny Produce Protector Reusable Bags

At some point at the grocery store I had noticed green bags for sale, which claimed they could keep produce fresher longer.

My grandpa and I even discussed these. He mentioned he had tried them and they worked. But he didn’t know why.

So I decided to experiment with them myself using Brawny’s Produce Protector Reusable Bags.

I used two fresh slightly green bananas that looked pretty much the same. One went into the green produce bag the other sat in the fruit bowl. (Top left photo)

After four days (top right photo) I compared the bananas. The bottom banana had a few spots.

After a week I compared the two bananas (bottom left photo). The bottom banana, the one that stayed in the fruit bowl, had many more spots than the top. The top hardly had any spots.

After two weeks (bottom right photo) the bananas were both gross but were very different looking. The bottom banana was almost completely black. The top one looks OK. But I didn’t want to eat either one of them.

These Brawny Produce Protector Reusable Bags worked. I think a week is the max they should be utilized … for bananas anyway. I haven’t … Continue reading

Review Wednesday: Wine2Go

A few months ago I was wine tasting at a Fred Meyer, a one-stop shopping retail supermarket company. (Fred Meyer stores are located in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska.) After perusing the wine area I noticed an item called Wine2Go.

Wine2Go is a foldable, reusable wine bottle.

I filled it up with some white wine and used it recently at the pool.

The packaging claims it holds a full bottle of wine, which it doesn’t quite do. It holds almost a full bottle of wine. And it’s easy to fill.

The packaging also says, no glass, no worries, leave the bottle at home.

And all of that is true.

You can take the Wine2Go to the pool, camping, tailgating, while picnicking, anywhere you can’t or don’t want to tote glass.

When full, the Wine2Go takes up little room. When empty you can roll it up or just flatten. Whether full or empty the reusable, foldable wine bottle is light weight.

The bottle and Flask2Go were designed right here in Portland. And the packaging and information online claim to be BPA free and that the “containers” are recyclable.

According to the FAQ, Wine2Go makes you funnier and better looking. Ha!

The … Continue reading

Review Wednesday: SodaStream

For the past eight or nine years I have made sure to get in a regular and healthy amount of water in daily.

Last year after returning from my birthday trip to Bora Bora I decided reducing my alcohol intake might be a good idea.

Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t eliminate wine and beer and the occasional cocktail. I just reduced how much I was imbibing.

I started buying sparkling water to sip in the evenings with a slice of lemon. It was a nice alternative to booze (all those calories) and I was drinking even more water.

A friend told me she got a SodaStream to make sparkling water.

Recently I bought my own SodaStream Fountain Jet Home Soda Maker Starter Kit from Amazon. (SodaStream offers eight different sparkling water makers.)

I’ve been adding bubbles to my water quite regularly. I no longer have to stock up on bottled sparkling water, which is better for the environment.

I shopped on Amazon and found the SodaStream Jet on sale for about 60 bucks.

When I received the SodaStream I unpacked everything and started looking through my starter kit. It came with drink samples, which can be added to the water after … Continue reading

Review Wednesday: Dry shampoo part drie

I have done two reviews in the past on dry shampoos, which you can read here and here.

Today I am posting No. 3 (drie in Dutch) review.

If you have been a reader of GFG! even for a short period of time you probably know that I have a smell sensitivity. I get what I call mini migraines when I come into contact with certain smells.

Anything perfumey or sweet or unnatural will trigger my ragging headaches and nausea.

If a product I am reviewing has a perfumey and/or sweet and/or unnatural smell it won’t get a high score.

What I wonder is why would someone want some smelly thing lingering in their hair when they could also possibly be wearing perfume and smelly lotion?

Anyway, yea, smells, unless fresh and/or natural are bad news for me.

Today I am reviewing four dry shampoos.

Like in the past I will review least favorite to favorite.

The Dove Hair Therapy dry shampoo has a super sweet smell.

The spray has a white residue, which can be brushed out or slept on if using the night before. The dry shampoo works. But that smell. Wow, it is sickly super … Continue reading

Review Wednesday: Spotify

A little more than a month ago I took the SPINNING® teacher training. Soon after that I took the test (and passed), which made me a certified SPINNING® teacher.

One of my indoor cycling teachers has been my mentor and personal cheerleader through me becoming a yoga teacher and now an indoor cycling teacher.

One of the things he recommended was Spotify for my music for classes.

I have a good and varied selection of music in my iTunes library. But as a teacher of any sort of exercise class you need to keep it new and fresh. Buying songs regularly can get quite pricey.

I had heard of Spotify but had never used it. (It is now on my iPhone, iPad mini and laptop.)

You can use Spotify for free. But there are ads and you can’t play your music offline (meaning, if you aren’t on wifi you can’t play the music). Neither of those work for teaching an exercise class.

If you want to play your music offline, you have to hit the available offline button on each device for each playlist, including your song library.

Spotify gives you a free week of premium (no ads and you can play … Continue reading

Review Wednesday: Aveda’s Scalp Remedy

I have dry scalp, which shouldn’t be confused with dandruff.

I won’t go into all of the details. If you want to know more feel free to look it up.

What I will quote from a blog post titled There is a difference between dandruff & dry scalp is that dry scalp is due to loss of moisture from the skin and can be caused by the application of soap, strong detergents, cold weather, product build up, hard water, and diet (example: caffeine).

When we switch from summer to fall my scalp gets a little irritated. But when we switch from fall to winter my scalp goes nuts.

Over the years I have tried all kinds of things, including dandruff shampoos, which don’t work for my dry scalp.

At the suggestion of my hair stylist (years ago) I decided to try Aveda’s Scalp Remedy.

It’s a spray that I massage into my scalp. I have found it works best right after I have washed my hair (which I only do about twice a week) while my hair is still wet.

If possible I like to have the Scalp Remedy on my scalp over night. But sometimes it is just on … Continue reading

Review Wednesday holiday roundup

For at least the past five years (maybe a little longer) Curt and I along with our families have stopped giving each other Christmas presents.

We have decided we all have what we need. This helps to ease the stress of getting each other gifts.

So instead of giving to others we give to charity.

Curt and I still give each other small gifts, aka stocking stuffers.

Over the past two years GFG! has occasionally had Review Wednesday, where I review items for myself and my readers.

Many of the items I have reviewed would make great stocking stuffers.

I am going to do a quick review on the Fuller Brush, which would fit in a  stocking just great, before I summarize items in past Review Wednesdays.

A friend gave me Fuller Brush’s Veggie Brush as a gift. Let me just say this thing is amazing. It cleans carrots and potatoes strongly and quickly.

It’s amazing how much dirt comes running into the sink compared to other brushes I have used to scrub my root vegetables.

I got this as a gift but the cost is reasonable at $7.99.

This would be a great stocking stuffer and it is … Continue reading

Review Wednesday: Bear Naked nail wipes

I am trying to get my fingernails back in shape and healthy again. They are thin and peeling.

At a recent visit to the nail salon the woman giving me my mani/pedi gave me some suggestions on how to get my nails growing and strong, which, of course, spurred a blog post titled: My nail experiment.

I am still working on getting them healthy. It’s taking a lot longer than I thought it would.

As I was doing my research for the above mentioned post one thing I read that nail polish remover with acetone shouldn’t be used.

Beauty and Style said you should avoid nail polish remover. Don’t use nail polish remover more than once or twice a month, if possible. And never use a nail polish remover that contains acetone, which can dry and damage nails. … And, a clear coat of nail polish may also help protect nails.

I was at Sephora a few months back and asked if they had nail polish remover without acetone. They had one brand: Josie Maran Bear Naked nail wipes.

I figured there was no way one little wipe would take the polish off of all 10 fingernails, as the package stated. But … Continue reading

Review Wednesday: Make-A-Bolster

When I travel I usually pack exercise clothes and tennis shoes to make sure I keep up with my regular exercise routine. Sometimes hitting the gym at the hotel is successful and other times not at all.

Once I started my teacher training last year I developed a home yoga practice. The more I did it the easier it got.

I have a travel yoga mat, which makes practicing at a hotel a lot easier and easy to shove into a suitcase or even a carry on. Towels and blankets can help with other needed props.

In one of my last classes of my teacher training we had a class on props. We all presented different ways to use various props, some typical you would find in a studio or possibly a gym. A few presented props that were quite unique.

One of my fellow teachers in training brought in her Make-A-Bolster.

According to the website, Make-A-Bolster is portable, compact, and flat. A blanket from your hotel room or home is folded to approximate the bolster width, tightly rolled incorporating a sleep pillow, placed in the center and zipped to form the round bolster.

What a brilliant idea! I ordered … Continue reading