Friday, August 22, 2014

Yamali Naturals Review

Yamali Naturals is owned and operated by a family of twelve in the Allegheny Valley of Western Pennsylvania.  Emma, the soapmaker, kindly sent me some products to review.  I knew I was in for a treat when I opened my mailbox and I could smell the yummy soaps!  I tested three soaps, a lip balm, and the green goo herbal salve.  Only pure and natural ingredients go into making each and every one and the end result is perfection (in my opinion).

I know I've reviewed several natural skincare brands lately, but I'm a strong believer in bath time being relaxing and a little escape from the everyday busyness of life.  With that being said, using products with natural aromatherapy and healing properties is an absolute must!

I love everything about Yamali Naturals.
I love the simple flower logo (more on how it came to be here).
I love their motto: "LIVE. LOVE. LATHER."
I love the Bible verses they choose to print on their soap labels.
I love the natural ingredients.

I would describe their soaps as an affordable luxury.  They're rich and creamy, lather well, and safe for the whole famliy!

Oasis Soap- hand & body bar
This one has a blend of eucalyptus, tea tree and lavender essential oils.  I thought the scent was refreshing and uplifting.  I felt more energized when I used it, so it would be great for mornings when you need a little extra pep in your step :)

Herbal Roots Soap- shampoo bar
I've never used a bar for shampooing my hair, but I must admit I liked it!  As the name implies, this bar smells earthy and herbal-y.  It's scented with lavender, patchouli, cedar, orange and a hint of ylang ylang, and infused with marshmallow and comfrey root.  My hair definitely felt clean and since I didn't have to use a separate shampoo and conditioner,  I cut down on my shower time.  I can't say for certain if my hair was as moisturized as it would have been if I had used regular shampoo and conditioner.  However, it's nice if you're short on time or don't feel like going through the effort of using two products!

Nani Soap- shampoo & body bar
This was my favorite bar of the three.  The scent and colors are vibrant!  Hawaii was the inspiration for this bar and it's scented with grapefruit, orange, ylang ylang and lavender essential oils.  It's also a multitasker because it can be used for your hair and body!

*Side note: you will need to use a soap dish to elevate the soap so it isn't sitting in a pool of water.  The bars will last much longer that way.

Tangrapefruit Lip Balm
I always have lip balm within arms reach and this one is a keeper.  It's not too thick or too slippery and it has good staying power.  It has just the right amount of fragrance from essential oils.

Green Goo Herbal Salve
I've been putting this stuff to the ultimate test...on my husband!  He was cursed with super dry skin and this goo has made a difference.  The skin where I applied the herbal salve is noticeably more moisturized and less cracked.
I also coincidentally burned my finger cooking supper one night.  At first I was mad at myself, but then I thought, "perfect opportunity to try the green goo!" After using it once, the puffiness went down and the burning was completely gone.  I could have used this stuff when I was a pastry chef!

Overall, I highly recommend Yamali Naturals and think their products are excellent quality and value!  I look forward to trying more soaps.  Christmas will be here in no time and you know what makes a great gift for the person in your life who has everything? Soap :)

Yamali Naturals has generously offered a discount code for our readers!  Use MIRANDA15 for 15% off your order in their Etsy shop!

Be sure to connect with Yamali Naturals on Facebook!

I was sent the above products for free in exchange for my personal opinion.  As always, all thoughts are my own!


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Patsycake Baby Review and Giveaway

I was given an item for review and the opinions expressed are my own!

Patsycake Baby is a WAHM diaper maker who makes much more than diapers!  You can read more about her and how she came to open her shop here on her etsy site.  For my review Kimberly sent me one of her All-In-Two Diaper Combo's which is a 4 leaf clover diaper and a cover.

The diaper is made of 100% Organic cotton and made in the USA.  This makes me feel good about putting it next to my little ones!  The cover has two rows of snap downs to allow for your little one to grow.
I am reviewing it for both of daughters the first is two and a half and she weighs 27 pounds and my second is a newborn we started using it at two weeks old and she weighed about 9 and half pounds.

I decided to try the diaper on my toddler first for night time because it looked super absorbent and it certainly held up great on her.  She is not much of a heavy wetter except for night time.  We are potting during the day (with exception of poop which seems hopeless) but I still have to put her in a diaper at night!

Toddler Review:

Fit:  You can see by the picture that the fit was great on my toddler and it is a bit bulky but it is three layers of material in the inside!

Function:  The organic cotton inner held up unbelievably well for a night time diaper.  My daughter sleeps around 11 hours and there were no leaks it actually wasn't even soaked that much.

Other features:  I LOVE the print on the cover it has veggies with rainbows and fruits.  I like how the snaps are different colors making it even more adorable.

Newborn Review:  

 Fit:  The top of the inner has a fold down rise which I did of course.  Instead of using the diaper insert like the picture I actually turned it over the second and further times we have been using it.  I think it fits better on her that way!

The only thing I was worried about was around the legs but folded down on the lowest snap setting the legs actually fit rather well and I had no leaking.  It does look as though she is swallowed in these pictures but she has plumped right up (good mamas milky) and two weeks later we are getting a great fit!

Function:  My newborn is a very heavy wetter!  This diaper is the one I have been putting on her first thing at night because she will sleep sometimes five hour stretches (Great compared to my first).  The inner holds up very well it was wet but not overly soaked so I am hoping this will last us for a good while and I am saving up to get some more inserts to get more use out of my cover!

Overall, we are loving the All-In-Two four leaf clover diaper from Patsycake Baby!  The whole diaper system is very reasonably priced at $28.00 and you can get extra four leaf inserts for $13.00 each!  Please check out Kimberly's shop and see all of the awesome things she makes.  Some of which inlclude, Wool covers, bib sets, natural teething, blankets and for you Babywearing mama's she makes Wrap Scrap diapers you can see them here!

Connect with Patsycake Baby on their website, FacebookTwitter and Pinterest!

Kimberly has been so generous and offered one reader a diaper to enter the giveaway simply fill out the form below!

This giveaway is open to US readers 18 and older please.  The winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be drawn.  Mommy Miranda is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

As stated above I was sent a product for review in exchange for my own opinion!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Go Chews Code

Go Chews are delicious bites that are great for Moms and Moms to be they are made by momme meals and the owner and chef is adding a new flavor to her already awesome line!

She graciously shared with me a code just for my readers if you want to try them out or get a bag or two for a mom you know you can go to their website to order here:  momme meals  and when you check out use the code:  GOMIRANDA  to get 10% off of your purchase!  The coupon is valid until 11:59PM on Sunday, 8/24/14. 

I did a review about a year ago on the original flavor you can see it here!  I just got my bag of new flavors and I will be sharing with you soon!!