Kathy M

Wonderful Products by #TheWonderSeed

WONDERFUL PRODUCTS BY THE WONDER SEED

May 29, 2016

I had the pleasure of reviewing The Wonder Seed.

I was beyond excited to receive and review on behalf of
Theresa the Co founder of The Wonder Seed. I am grateful
that Mary chose me to do this review.

It is so hard to find where to begin with these marvelous
products. I love everything about them from the packaging
to the size of the full size products to the scents and of
course the way these products make my skin feel.

The Wonder Seed unboxing

I love that for full size products they can go anywhere
with you from your home shower to the shower at the gym.

What impressed me was the silver protection cover which
you need to remove before using the product which ensures
freshness. That seal is important I think as you feel
more secure in knowing the company has taken the extra
step to lock in freshness and avoid contamination. I know
it may seem funny that I mention this but I have noticed
lately when I buy orange juice that they no longer have
that seal of protection. It is important as a consumer to
feel secure that your item hasn’t been contaminated with
and is sealed from the manufacturer. Anyways just my two
cents for what it is worth.

On to these fabulous little gems. So when I received them
I tried it naturally on my hands first. I smelled, felt,
applied, and enjoyed the feeling of each of the three
products.

I received the Hemp Seed Facial Cleanser in English Daisy,
the Hemp Seed Facial Scrub in Water Lotus, and the Hemp
Seed Facial Cream – Water Lotus.

I really loved the scents. They were not at all overpowering but
subtle with just that ahhh feeling as you took it all in. The
textures of the products are light and airy. The cleanser
is clear but turned into a light foam as you apply. The
facial scrub is delicate and the granules are tiny and
not hard or harsh on the skin and seem evenly dispersed.
The facial cream is light and soft for the most delicate
of skins. It gives radiance and packs a lot of moisture
without residue or any greasy feeling. Leaving the skin
soft, dewy, moisturized, even, and gives a subtle over all
glow.

This morning I used these three delectable products. They
fit beautifully by my sink. It was such a pleasure to use
after I brushed my teeth and while I prepped to get ready
to head out to the gym. Let me tell you I am a soap and
water kind of girl. This routine was simple and easy and
took maybe only a minute or two.

I have very dry skin from having hypothyroidism. My face
especially is dry and over the last year has become
sensitive. I guess the fact that I will turn 45 in a few
days also has my skin sensitive. Sometimes I wake up with
redness on my cheeks and may have the odd pimple/breakout
from hormonal changes. From one use of these products on my
face; my face is moisturized, soft, radiant, and feels
incredible for the first time in a very long time.

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Over the last year I somehow got eczema on my hands, and on
my elbows. From one use of these products on my hands I
can tell you I have a big difference in my eczema.

 

I love that this company is dong it right by being 100%
natural, vegan, with no parabens, and no artificial colors
or perfumes. They don’t test on animals and are eco-
conscious. The products are rich in virgin organic
hempseed oil. I mean it is no wonder that they have so
many excellent reviews and have won the best facial
moisturizer award. Congrats to Theresa that is HUGE!

I am eager to try out more of their products especially
their shampoo and body wash.

Our biggest organ is our skin. More and more people are
becoming more conscious of what they put on their skin as
we have learned that the ingredients we use on our skin
get absorbed into our bodies. It is important to know what
you put on and in your body.

I cannot wait to use these products right to the very end
and see what a difference it makes on my skin. I can tell
you though as I sit here writing this that hours later and
my skin feels incredibly soft and moisturized. Thank you
Theresa…My face thanks you!

The Wonder Seed

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A Letter to My Younger Self

So I decided to write this thinking it would be easy. Thinking I got this! So then I asked myself the question…what would you tell your younger self? My answer came naturally. I would say relax everything will be fine. Which it is. But then I was stumped. This couldn’t just be my post, could it?

My mind went blank as to what else I could possibly say. Days and weeks went by and still nada. I mean I knew what I wanted to say but didn’t know how to begin to put it into words. So here it goes…
I have a beautiful daughter who will be 20 this year so I thought she is a version of my younger self so what advice would I give her.

This is what I came up with: Always be true to yourself. Do what makes you happy. Never have any regrets.Take chances. Don’t do onto other’s that which you don’t want done onto you. Keep faith in God. Take care of yourself and your health…then you can take care of others. In this regard you can be selfish.
Live life to the fullest. Travel and do all you wish to do before settling down and having children. Always have your own money and be independent. Never depend on a man or anyone, except for God and yourself, ok and well maybe me (your mom). lol.
Be humble.
Be grateful.
Be kind.
Give.
Love hard and Never give up.

*not my photo taken from Google

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Hippie Love – Peace, Love, Scrub Is Natural Goodness That Leaves You Inspired

WAHMReviewer – Kathy-Ann Mohammed
I received this product for free in exchange for this honest review.
Peace, Love, Scrub

A little bit about Hippie Love – Peace, Love, Scrub and the owner Melissa Simoes:

 The name was chosen because we wanted to make all natural products. I also wanted a way to inspire people. So that’s where the phrase about all natural ingredients for your skin infused with inspiration for your soul, came from… every full size product has an inspiration quote on the packaging… because you never know who needs to hear some kind words.   Originally I loved peace love scrub but it was taken on FB where we started so I went with “Hippie Love” – I love things with a hippy/boho vibe and we try to bring it back to basics / natural. We just started in October doing local events and craft fairs, although I’ve been in direct sales for over 4 yrs (so the events & selling aren’t new to me, but creating is). I am a full time working mom and this is my side gig but I’m pouring my heart and soul into this business…I find creating to be therapeutic! I love all natural products but they can cost a fortune so we try to offer them at reasonable prices. We are launching a pet line coming soon, starting with dog lotion bars.
 Hippie Love – Peace, Love, Scrub makes natural skincare using 3 major ingredients: coconut oil, beeswax & fragrance oil/s. 
I was sent the lotion bar in the scent Relax.  Relax consists of coconut oil, beeswax, lavender, pine, jasmine, vanilla and light musk oils.  The scent is lovely and uplifting and does exactly what it is supposed to do which is calming and relaxing.
How to use:
You place the entire bar in your hands to warm up, using the coconut oil as it melts to rub all over (like you would after putting a blob of lotion in your hands if that makes sense).
How to store:
comes in a bag to store. 
I met Melissa is a networking group on Facebook and she was actually looking for reviewers to review her lotion bar.  I approached her and told her I was relatively new with blogging and new to doing product reviews and would love the opportunity to review her product.  She was so kind to respond right away and even though I am in Canada and she is in the USA she agreed to send me the product for review.  She was patient as the product took 1 month to arrive to me and when we almost thought it could be loss in mail land  she was ready and eager to send me another but finally it arrived.
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I am so delighted to be given this opportunity to review my first product.  I am happy and grateful that she trusted me to give my honest opinion about her product.  I love skincare especially natural skincare and was excited to receive the lotion bar and try it out.
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So I received the Relax lotion bar on Thursday but had a slight fever so I wanted to wait until the weekend to use it as I didn’t want the fever to speed up the time it takes to melt into my hand as I wanted my review to be based on accurate findings.  Yeah I’m a geek like that.  LOL.
Saturday I tried the lotion bar as planned.  I could smell the fragrance from outside the bag which made me anticipate using the product more.  However I am highly sensitive to strong scents and the scent of the Relax bar was subtle and not over powering.  I found the scent to be calming and relaxing just as it said it would.
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I placed piece of it in my hands and began to rub my hands together gently.  The texture of the lotion bar as it melts into the palms of the hand is creamy and a cross between a balm and a butter but not greasy.  It looks like a soap bar so it is a cool concept that it is a lotion bar.  This was the first time I tried a lotion bar.
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I have very sensitive skin and is careful as to what I put on my body/skin.  I have hypothyroidism so my skin is very dry especially in the winter months.  Over the last year I developed eczema on the back of my hands mainly although I do have a bit of it by my elbows and by my ankles but not as much as my hands. The Relax lotion bar was lovely and seemed to condition my skin well without using a lot of the product.  I am muslim and makes ablution before my prayer so even after I had been in water and dried my skin my hands were still conditioned and soft.  I do pray 5 times a day and so I make ablution 5 times as well and being in the water constantly dries out my skin more.  I used the lotion bar before bed as well and my skin felt conditioned in the morning.  What I love about this bar is it is so easy to use and store so it is perfect for your purse or desk or even for by your bed to use nightly.  Regular lotion tends to come out in blobs and sometimes you have the dried crust from the last application.  Sometime too with regular lotion I squeeze/pump too much out and have to find places just to distribute it without wasting or I get my hubby to stick out his hands to get rid of the excess.  I really like the Relax bar as the size is perfect and you use how much you want and it is not greasy.   It left my skin and the eczema patches smooth and conditioned.
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 Again I was glad to be given the opportunity to review the Relax lotion bar.  I am quite pleased with the product and would definitely use it again.  I would recommend this product to family and friends. I would buy this product.  The cost of the product/s is reasonably priced. In fact the cost is much lower than that of businesses like Lush or The Body Shop.  I would totally support WAHM/MOM/WOMEN owned businesses and buy from them instead of larger corporations where you are just a dollar sign.  It was a pleasure to get to know Melissa.  I love the name of her company and loves the inspiration quotes that come with each product.  I would love to review other products by Hippie Love – Peace, Love, Scrub

#OOTD with Kathy M

WahmReviewer Kathy M

I enjoyed playing dress up on this cold snowy day here in Ottawa. For today’s OOTD here’s what I picked out.

OOTD
Shirt: Shelton shirt from Silver Icing
Pants: Tummy Control crops in curvy from Silver Icing
Bag: Avalon tote in blush from Stella and Dot
Necklace: Initial pendant necklace personalized in my initials KFM
Stole: Faux fur stole from Zara
Boots: cute ankle boots in leather Leopard from Zara
Scarf: Chiffon in  Rose from Voile Chic
Hat: Burgundy hat from Garage

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Seasoned Fish

Ingredients

1 lime or lemon, juice of
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
½ cup unsalted melted butter
I tsp seasoned salt, or to your taste
¾ tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp garlic powder
1.5 lb Sole fillet (about 10-12 thin fillets)
1 lime or lemon, sliced (optional)
¾ cup roughly chopped fresh dill for garnish (optional)

Instructions

In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice, olive oil and melted butter with a dash of seasoned salt.
In a separate small bowl, mix together the seasoned salt, pepper, cumin and garlic powder. Spice fish fillets each on both sides.
Place the fish fillets on a lightly-oiled large baking pan or dish. Cover with the buttery lime mixture you prepared earlier.
Bake in 375 degrees F-heated oven for 10-15 minutes. Do not overcook.
Remove the fish fillets from the oven and garnish with the chopped fresh dill optional.

Seasoned Fish

Served with steamed chinese mixed vegetables and just drizzled a little olive oil on.