Places of Interest: Atlanta Botanical Gardens

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There are quite a few places that I want to visit while we are staying in Georgia.  We attempted to visit the Zoo Atlanta this past Sunday, however, parking was very chaotic and traffic was just unreal.  So my sister mentioned the Atlanta Botanical Gardens and we went with it!  I knew that I would be in heaven there-with my love for nature photography and all…I just knew I would feel right at home!

The weather was kinda overcast with a 40% chance of rain in the afternoon so it was good that some of the attractions were inside.  All in all it turned out to be a beautiful day to visit.  I just want to go back at night to experience the lights!

Best part of it all is that I got a chance to use my new baby.  Noah bought me a Canon Rebel SL1 to replace my Canon Powershot!  My Powershot was about 8 years old and it was due for a serious upgrade!  All photos are unedited and straight from the camera!  I’m loving it and can’t wait to do some more exploring in this busy city!

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Through the month of October you can see 28 fantastic living sculptures throughout the gardens.  The sculptures have been re-imagined with new plant designs and are located in different areas throughout the Garden.  My favorite is the Earth Goddess!

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The Four Seasons:  Monumental sculptures by artist Philip Haas

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Philip Haas is an American artist and filmmaker.  He is the creator behind these sculptures that consist of a whimsical embodiment of spring, summer, autumn and winter!  You can visit here to learn more about these very unique sculptures.

and here are some photos of my family that joined us on our adventure through the gardens:

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From L to R:  Chris, Katelyn, Kim, Scott, and Noah

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My <3!

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My bro-in-law Scott, and my sister-Kim!

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my niece Katelyn & her boyfriend-Chris!

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Ozeri’s Green Earth Frying Pan Review

I was tickled pink when Ozeri contacted me by e-mail to see if I would be interested in testing out another one of their products.  I was thrilled with the Ozeri Weight Master digital bathroom scale.  If you missed my review of the scale, you can go here to see it now.

I choose to test and review the 10-inch Green Earth Frying Pan this time and as with their Digital Bathroom scale I was very pleased.  Their products are very well made and these ceramic earth pans are no exception!

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 The Green Earth pans come with a coating called Greblon.  It consists of a non-stick coating that is ceramic based and contains a high level of resistance to scratches and wear…and to top it off the ceramic coating is derived from nature!  It is ultra safe to use, and 100% PTFE & PFOA free.

I’ve used my Green Earth pan to make scrambled eggs, grilled cheese sandwiches, grilled veggies, homemade hamburger helper meals, sloppy joe’s, and more! I really have enjoyed my Green Earth pan so much that it’s been replacing my cast-iron skillet for about a month now {and you guys know that I’m def a cast-iron skillet kind of gal}.

The non-stick coating is wonderful and I’ve only added a little olive oil to the pan each time while using it and I’ve not had any problems with anything sticking to the bottom of the pan.  The non-stick coating also helps with cleaning the pan…no mess, no worries.  That’s my kind of frying pan! This product is made in Germany and it is available in a variety of sizes including 8 inches, 10 inches, and 12 inches and as well as Ceramic Earth Pans they also have Stone Earth Pans and Stainless Steel Pans.  You can check out some of the other products that Ozeri makes here.

 I received this product for free in exchange for my honest review and opinions. 

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Tea Tree Oil Giveaway!

Hello friends!

Today I’m offering a giveaway for the Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil that I blogged about here last week.

Apothecary Extracts has graciously offered one 4 oz bottle to one of my lucky followers!

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 If you are interested in entering to win this lovely bottle of Tea Tree Oil…just leave a comment on this blog post.  USA only for this giveaway (sorry folks…soon I’ll be offering giveaways worldwide).  One entry per person.  Giveaway will end on October 7th at midnight.  I will announce the winner on October 8th.  Good luck!

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Insta Natural’s Argan Oil Hair Mask

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I received Insta Natural’s Argan Oil Hair Mask to test out and review courtesy of Insta Natural and Tomoson.

Have you ever heard of Argan Oil?

Argan oil is a plant oil that is produced from the kernels of the Argan tree which is native to Morocco.

Argan Oil is becoming a very popular product worldwide.  It is used as a cosmetic oil for skin and hair.  It can help people that experience acne issues and other skin diseases as well.  The oil can also be used to treat rheumatism and the healing of burns, as well as a moisturizer to prevent wrinkles and dry skin.  The main reason I use the Argan Oil is for hair care.  It not only gives your hair a glossy shine, it softens the hair and makes it more manageble.

This hair mask contains Argan Oil, Amino Acid Complex, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Vitamin B5, Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil, & Japanese Green Tea.  These all natural ingredients work together to get deep down to the roots of your hair so that it can provide a deep conditioning treatment for your lovely locks.  I will be applying this about once a week, but you are welcome to use it more than that as it can be used as a daily conditioning treatment as well.

Some of the benefits of using the Argan Oil Hair mask are:

your hair will have more of a shine and smoothness to it

locks in moisture so your hair will not be brittle giving it more strength

conditions and restores your hair

gives your hair more volume

stimulates hair growth

tames frizzy hair

Below are my results immediately after using the Argan Oil Hair Mask!

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I really enjoyed the hair mask treatment.  The product had a very pleasant smell {reminds me of the beach-coconut, jojoba, and shea butter}, and it was very easy to apply to my hair.  I left it on for 15-20 minutes and then rinsed it out and you could immediately tell a big difference in the texture and shine of my hair.

You can purchase the Insta Natural Argan Oil Hair Mask here.  It’s $16.97 for 8 fl. oz.  It will last a long time as you only need to apply a small amount.  A little goes a long way with this stuff.

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

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Apothecary Extracts 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil

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Tea Tree Oil is an essential and pure oil that is harvested from the leaves of a tree called the Melaleuca tree that is native to Australia.  It has been used for centuries. Tea Tree oil has many purposes one of which is it’s original use as a topical agent for the skin.  Tea tree oil is a anti-fungal, anti-viral, as well as a anti-bacterial agent.

There are over 50 uses for Tea Tree Oil including:

Eczema

Psoriasis

Acne

Bug Bites

Warts

Wounds

Athlete’s Foot and Toenail Fungus

Thrush & Yeast Infections

Boils

Skin Tags

Ring Worm

Lice

Household Cleaning

Feminine Care

Dental Care

Hair Care

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You can find tea tree oil in a lot of creams, ointments, shampoos, lotions, and other various products that are available today in most stores.  There are absolutely no preservatives, fragrances, chemical solvents, artificial colors, mineral oil, petroleum, or parabens in the Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil.

Tea Tree Oil should never be ingested and should ONLY be used topically.  Side effects of Tea Tree Oil are slim to none but could include burning, itching, or a rash.  When purchasing Tea Tree Oil you want to make sure you choose one that is 100% natural.  There are several companies that produce Tea Tree Oil, however, you want to make sure that the one you purchase has been tested for gas chromatography for purity and safety.  If it’s not listed on the bottle that it’s been tested then you probably should contact the company before purchasing.

I specifically used this product for my Eczema and also to help heal my mosquito bites!  I’ve had Eczema on and off for a few years now-it comes and goes.  Things like stress seem to make it worse so I simply applied the oil onto my trouble spots and it cleared it up within a few days.  As far as the mosquitoes…I’ve always been highly allergic to their bites and swell up like a balloon.  I used the tea tree oil after I was bitten and it seemed to help ease the itch and it helped with the healing of the bite as well.  I’ve also heard you can apply it prior to going outside and it will prevent those pesky little bugs from finding you…something to do with the strong smell that they don’t like and they seem to avoid.

With so many different uses it’s beneficial to have a bottle of Tea Tree Oil on hand.  There’s not many products that are available today that can cure just about everything.  You can go here to order the Tea Tree Oil.  Your purchase will include a 4 oz. bottle of Tea Tree Oil and you also get a free e-book:  53 Uses for Tea Tree Oil.

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

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Raspberry Ketones

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I recently received a full size bottle of Pure Raspberry Ketones Extract capsules to test out from Summit Nutritions and Tomoson.

What are Raspberry Ketones?  Raspberry Ketones work as an appetite suppressant and they are proven to burn fat and have been very popular recently for people that are trying to loose weight.  It has been known to reduce body weight as well as body fat.  As you know I’m currently taking the Garcinia Cambogia presently so I was not sure if I could mix this product with it but after researching online and through a friend that is a Pharmacist,  I decided to go for it and try the keytones in addition to the Garcinia Cambogia.

It seems the two work well together so far.  I have noticed a high increase in my energy throughout the day and my appetite seems to stay in check for the most part.  The suggested intake is 1 capsule twice a day 30 minutes prior to meals…taken with a full glass of water.  I loved the smell of the capsules…it really smelled like fresh raspberries!

The thing I love most about the Raspberry Ketones is that they are made from a natural compound that is found in raspberries (hence their wonderful smell) and they are completely safe to take.   This compound is used today as a fragrance and flavoring agent for cosmetics, perfumes, foods, and beverages.

You can purchase the Raspberry Ketones here if you are interested.

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

Spiced Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

I mentioned in my last post that I made these Spiced Pumpkin cupcakes with Cream Cheese frosting for my House Party event.  They were so good that I just knew they deserved a post all on their own!

I found the recipe via Pinterest and I knew that I had to test them out.  Pumpkin is by far my favorite holiday treat!

Melissa over at  So Freakin’ Delicious shares with us her recipe and it is to die for!   I have made a lot of cupcakes in my life and these are my most favorite to make and eat!  So from September to December you can catch me making a ton of these bad boys!

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I double dare you to go make a batch!

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