6/26/15

Dazzling Handcrafted Jewelry by Sand Glasses Design's Young Sons

Sandglasses Wave and Sand Glasses Design offers dazzling handcrafted jewelry and beautiful "Nature-to-Nature" paintings for your enjoyment.  The jewelry is the focus of this post today and the two handsome young boys that help create jewelry and their story.


The owner of Sand Glasses Design Etsy Shop has two very smart, intelligent and outstanding boys. The oldest is 8, and the youngest is 5.  They are inseparable and love each other dearly.  They are home schooled and measure up to any their age.  More often than not, these two are much more mature and every bit as smart as kids their own age.  Many adults have commented on how impressed they are that these two boys can carry on a decent intelligent conversation with adults.

Each day they see their mother enjoy working with her talents in creating stunning handcrafted jewelry and creating charming paintings.  She is a natural artist and is so full of talent.  The best part is that she is sharing that talent with all of us, and along the way teaching her sons her talents.  I envy her that she is so talented and has talents she can teach her children.  I wished I could have had talents I could have passed on to my own children.

The oldest boy has a couple of summer camps he wishes to attend this year.  His parents told him he would have to earn a certain percentage towards these summer camps if he wished to participate. When a child has to earn something such as this and work hard at it, they are more willing to appreciate that more fully.

Cub Scout Camp Theme
Cub Scout Camp was the first camp for the summer, and currently is going on at the writing of this blog post.  The oldest boy worked hard at doing his chores, but realized this was not going to pay off like he desired.  He asked his mom if he could make earrings and then sell them to help earn money for camp.  Before long, he was making at least 5 pairs of beautiful earrings in a day.  Once his wonderful mother told others what her son's desires were, the earring sales soared and he earned the money he needed for Cub Scout Camp.
Packaging Designed by 8 year old with his mother
The earrings are threaded through the back of a button.
Colors are Yellow, Pink and Lime Green
These earrings sale for $8.00 and our reproducible.
Designed by 8 year old.
 
Packaging designed by 8 year old with his mother.

Earrings created by 5 year old.
Pink Crystal Beads.
These earrings sale for $8.00.
These are reproducible.
The 5 year old has such a tender spot in his heart for his older brother.  He saw how hard he worked to earn money for his camps.  He asked his mom if he too could make earrings.  Not to earn money for himself, but to help his brother achieve his goal of earning the money he desired for his summer camps.  I was so impressed, touched and proud of that 5 year old boy who loved his older brother so much he was willing to help him achieve his wishes.

Soccer camp is the other camp the older boy would like to attend.  He's not quite there with his sales but with your help, he can achieve this.  Please help an 8 year old boy achieve his summer dreams by attending the camps he would like.  He works hard at making the beautiful earrings and his mom works hard at helping to sell those for him by attending various craft/jewelry fairs etc.  His younger brother helps too by making earrings as well.


These earrings are high quality, despite the fact that an 8 and 5 year old boy are making them.  They have been taught very well by their mother, and she inspects each one just to make sure everything is just right.  Every time I wear earrings made by these two boys, every one is so amazed that boys so young have done such a fantastic job.

Made by 5 year old

Made by 8 year old

Please join with me and others in supporting these two boys in their endeavors to earn money for the oldest to attend his Cub Scout and Soccer Camps this summer.  Be sure to click here to see the earrings for sale made by these two young boys.  You can read more about their adventures and lessons learned here.  This blog is filled with fun parables for young children and adults alike.  And don't hesitate to purchase a painting or two, or other jewelry made by their mother.




6/23/15

Digital Bathroom Scale with Color Alert by Ozeri

Details:  The Ozeri ZB21-W Weightmaster Digital Bath Scale with BMI and Weight Change Detection will withstand up to 400 pounds.  It displays your BMI, current weight, and your net weight change since your most recent weigh-in for the last 3 and 7 times.


It has Smart LCD with Color Alert Technology which draws your attention to your weight trend instead of the actual numbers by showing your weight change in color.  Green represents weight loss, Red represents weight gain.

Able to keep track of 5 unique users.  Auto-calibrates with StepOn technology.  Made out of impact resistant glass and has non-slip scratch-resistant  Feet.  Backed by Ozeri's 100% Hassle-Free Satisfaction Guarantee.

My Review:  Bathroom scales are so much fun, especially right now where my husband and I are really trying hard to drop not only inches but weight.  This scale is awesome because it gives us a quick glance when we step on it if we gained or lost pounds from the last time we weighed. We don't have to remember our weight from day to day, or write it down somewhere, this scale does it for you. That's really cool. Green lights mean you lost weight, red lights mean you gained weight.  Therefore, it is best to just weigh yourself once a day. That way you know how your weight is from day to day, not from morning to night.
Green Backlight shows 1 pound lost since last weigh-in

Red Backlight shows .02 weight gain since last weigh-in
Since this scale not only measures your daily weight, but it lets you know your progress after 3 and 7 weigh-ins. For instance, after 3 days, you get a total that shows how much you either lost or gained during that time.  The same goes for after 7 times.
Day 1 ~ 1 pound lost

Day 3 ~ 1.3 pounds lost

Day 7 ~ 2.3 pounds lost

I always like to way myself at night.  That's when I weigh the most.  If I can get my night time weight to where I want, then I know that the morning and day time weight will be great.  My husband prefers a morning weigh-in.  It gives him more encouragement with his weight loss.  Everything he ate the day before shows up, but he also has time for his weight to even out from his food consumption and exercise during the night. Therefore, morning weight is always lower.

The Ozeri ZB21-W scale also shows your BMI, based on your height and current weight.  Take that as you will whether you are interested in your BMI or not, but personally I like to see it.  It just gives me another parameter check for my total weight loss.


This bathroom scale is perfect for those who are in a weight loss program.  It gives you a quick yet immediate feedback (red/green ~ up/down) with your progress.  Being able to see how much you lose or gain every 3 or 7 days or weigh-ins is also a great tool.  The base of the scale (what you stand on) is perfect for those with large feet, yet not so big it takes over the bathroom.  Dimensions are 31 x 30 x 2.3 cm or approximately 12 in. by 12 inches.  It runs on 3 AAA batteries which are included.

Pros:  Love the Color Alert Technology to see my weight loss or gain every 3 and 7 days.  Nice large base for those in my family with large feet.  (One son wears a size 13 shoe.)  This is my husband's favorite bathroom scale for the above listed reasons.  He was so excited to get this.

Cons:  None.

My Rating:  A Big Thumbs Up!!!




6/18/15

Aloe Vera ~ The New Botox and More

Details:  Aloe Vera is one of the panaceas of today. The Egyptians called it the plant of immortality. The whole leaf is used for a variety of health related issues and is popular in the health and beauty community today.  The leaf can be made into a juice, a gel, salves, creams, lotions, soaps, etc.


Aloe has been used for a millennia.  It's uses have been documented centuries ago in countries such as Egypt, India, Mexico, Japan, China and Greece.

Some of the most widely uses of Aloe are:
*support for healthy digestive system
*promotes healthy regularity
*supports healthy immune system
*reduces toxins in the body
*moisturizes and hydrates skin
*helps with absorption of nutrients
*provides relief to sunburns
*is a natural antiseptic
*clinically proven to bolster collagen reproduction naturally


It is very beneficial for each household to grow their own Aloe Vera plants.  They are easy to grow, spread quickly, hard to kill (unless you over water) and before long you'll have enough to harvest.

My Review:  Ever since I was first married, and that was 34 years ago this month, I've had an aloe vera plant in my home.  Currently I have 4 medium/large sized pots filled with aloe.  My husband's grandmother gave us our first one.  She grew hers on a ledge near her back door.  She was often seen picking leaves and using them for one thing or another, mostly bumps and bruises.  She said no home should be without them.  I agree.

BURNS:  When our daughter was about 18 months to 2 years old, she was burned severely.  She had gone up to an old fashioned radiator to get warm, and got too close.  She burned her arm from her wrist to her elbow.  Many were telling us to take her to a doctor immediately, but others swore by the fact that if we would just cut open aloe vera leaves and place them gel side down on her burn, leaving no part of the burn uncovered by the aloe leaves she would heal faster and more completely.  We did the latter.

Every morning and and every night we replaced the aloe leaves on her burn.  We then wrapped an ace bandage around her arm to keep them in place.  When we ran out of aloe, we ran downtown and searched every store selling plants until we found more aloe.  We bought every plant we could find, like maybe 6 of them.  We only had to go through about 2 1/2 more plants, and 3 weeks later her burn was completely gone and no scarring.  Today, at age 31 she still has no visible scarring on her arm from that burn.

I must say that the biggest convincer of all to have us go that route was a lady whose son had a serious burn on 1/3 of his body.  The doctors could not help him cure his pain, nor the burns sufficiently.  His mother begged to let her treat her son while in the burn unit with aloe vera. Needless to say all were amazed at the quick recovery her son made and with very little scarring.

(Disclaimer here: I am not a doctor.  Please consult your doctor before treating any burn with aloe vera.)

My mother came to visit us once in Texas and after spending the day at the beach she was fried despite having used sun screen.  She was so impressed at how fast the cooling aloe gel from fresh leaves felt to her sunburn.  She was even more impressed when she only needed one application.

NATURAL BOTOX:  My husband has applied aloe vera gel right from fresh leaves picked from our plants to his face nightly for years.  I should have done the same right along with him.  Wow! He looks so much younger than I do.  No wrinkles around his eyes, or mouth.  It's amazing.  I must admit, it wasn't until I recently read that aloe vera is the modern day Botox that I actually made it a part of my morning and nightly beauty routine.  Within 4 weeks I have seen a dramatic improvement.  I did notice positive changes in just 2 weeks, but the next 2 weeks was outstanding.  Believe me, I will not quit using this.

HEALTH:  My daughter and her family drink aloe vera juice daily.  They have improved their health immensely. Her mother-in-law swears by it.  I've seen how it made a positive difference in my grandchildren's health. Drinking Aloe juice benefits the body with weight loss, immune function, digestion, helps with internal healing, cleansing and repair, plus so much more.

ABRASIONS:  One of my son's is starting his own little farm of aloe vera.  He often uses its gel from the leaves to help his cut up hands from his construction job.  His hands heal almost overnight.  He also gets dry and cracked knuckles each winter, and the aloe vera gel heals those as well.

AIR FILTER:  Aloe vera plants also pull contaminants from the air.  It specifically removes formaldehyde.  I have a large aloe vera plant near my cold air return, and by far that filter collects the most dust on the filter than any other.  I truly believe it is due to the aloe vera plant doing its filtering job.

These are just a few of the many wonderful uses we have personally benefited from aloe vera.

Just know that it is very easy to grow and harvest.

Pros:  Aloe Vera is considered a "Miracle Plant".  I agree.  It has so many uses it is hard to list all in just one post.

Cons:  None!

My Rating:  A Huge Thumbs Up In My Book!!!

5/28/15

Sand Glasses Design ~ Sand Glasses Wave

Details: Sand Glasses Design is an exciting new Etsy Shop that just opened up.  The owner is on a mission to "Bring a Bit of Beauty to Your Life through handcrafted jewelry and original works of art."  This is a must "go to" for all who love art, beauty, and jewelry.

Sand Glasses Design on Etsy
Each piece of art, whether jewelry or canvas art is made with love and inspired by natures beauty. The owners specializes in "Nature-to-Nature" artwork.  She paints Nature using Nature.  Leaves, grass, weeds and bark become her art brushes, templates, her texturizors.

Sand Glasses Design can be followed on the blog Sand Glasses Wave.  Here the designer of the gorgeous  jewelry and inspired yet innovative nature pictures displays her creative pieces of art.  She explains how some of her inspiration for the various artwork, and how she is sharing her talents with each of us.

Liisi Carr is the beautifully talented woman behind Sand Glasses Design and Sand Glasses Wave. She also was the founder of Mom's Thumb Reviews.  She has shared her knowledge of various products to benefit families through Mom's Thumb Reviews.  Now she is sharing her talents through her Etsy Shop, Sand Glasses Design.

Review:  I have been blessed to have received many of Liisi's stunning art work.  They hang on my walls in many rooms.  I will be ordering more of her paintings shortly.  I especially like her "Make Lemonade" "Hope" and "Rain Drops".  Each painting carries a special message or meaning for not only the artist, but for those who purchase them as well.  The best part about these pieces of art is that they can become customizable.  You can contact her directly, and specify size, colors, words, thoughts, etc. to be used on your very own "Nature to Nature" art work.

This one isn't one of the Nature-to-Nature Paintings
However, still one of my favorites she painted for me.






Liisi's talents extend in many directions. Creating stunning jewelry is no exception to this.  She has that artistic eye that captures what many women enjoy wearing.  I have several pieces of jewelry she has made from earrings, necklaces, and bracelets.  I receive compliments every time I wear her jewelry.  In addition she makes full jewelry sets, ear cuffs, has cute charm bracelets, cuffs, fabric rose necklaces and will soon be adding essential oil infused pendants and necklaces.





Be sure to Subscribe to her blog, Sand Glasses Wave, to get the latest sales codes.

Pros:  Very beautifully designed, quality handcrafted jewelry.  Enjoy wearing each item.  Looking forward to purchasing more items from her.  Paintings are intriguing.  Love the Nature-to-Nature theme used in all.  Will be purchasing more artwork from her as well.

Cons: None.

My Rating: A HUGE THUMBS UP!!!