Friday, July 31, 2015

Constant Change

   When I was a child, there was a very popular song entitled Constant Change. Basically, the message was "Life is constantly changing and we have to move along." 

      Lately, I'm sure you noticed that I haven't been posting much. It's not because I'm not committed on writing anymore or I have nothing more to share about food allergies. 

     In fact, it is the exact opposite. I have so much to share. Aside from new recipes and product finds, I also would like to talk more about our daily struggles and adventures living this allergy friendly lifestyle including restaurants we frequently go to, home management and yes my own personal goals as a mom. 

     For years, I tried to limit myself in writing. Most of the time, editing what I truly feel because I fear that I am sharing too much.  After months of self searching and evaluation, I realized that the more I edited my writing, the more it became difficult for me. How come I can readily talk about allergies to other people yet I'm scared to write it down? 

      So, after so many days and nights of contemplating, I decided it's time to move out of my comfort zone. Starting this August, you will see big changes here at The Frugalista Mom's Allergy Friendly Home. Changes I'm really excited to share with you. We've been friends for years now yet I feel that I never really welcomed you into my home. 

     As I embrace this new perspective, I ask that you also open up and share with me what you truly feel inside -  Ask me questions, share your ideas, tell me your experiences... I love to hear all of it. You can reach me in the comments section, twitter, Facebook, Instagram and even thru a direct email 

     Thank you for being with me for almost 3 years. Here's to many more years together. 



Wednesday, July 29, 2015

CSCS Anti-Aging Serum for the Face Review

    Normally, I don't talk about beauty, more so, skin care. Though I love my bright red lipsticks (Yes, that's with an S) and rarely go out of the house without it, I'm generally a no fuss person especially when it comes to skin care routines. My arsenal is nothing more than a good facial wash and a moisturizer with SPF. That's it!

    For years, I've heard so much about the importance of having anti-aging products. It was only recently though that I started to be curious. Why? Let's just say that I realized that I'm turning 37 in a few months. Plus, I'm beginning to notice fine lines and yes, grays. Is it really that fast? 

    So when a CSCS, the makers of Hyaluronic Acid With Vitamin C Serum offered me to review their product, I accepted it with an open mind.

     For starters, I like that this Vitamin C Serum is made with 100% natural plant based ingredients. It is manufactured in a eco-friendly, cruelty free environment. Most importantly, it has no animal products and is not tested on animals. Also, it is free of harmful chemicals such as parabens, phthalates, sulfates and alcohol. Beauty product ingredients that I became very particular with after I learned about my children's allergies.

   According the makers, this Hyaluronic Acid With Vitamin C Serum restores the skin from inside out. It is rich in antioxidants, UV protection and moisturizing nutrients that penetrates deep in the skin to strengthen and defend the skin against damage from free radicals and unfavorable environmental conditions. It eliminates fine lines, wrinkles and evens out skin tone. The formula carefully combines natural ingredients such as essential oils, hydrosols, botanicals, herbal and fruit extracts.

     After using the product for a week, I did notice some skin tightening. My pores did look smaller. Though my brown spots didn't seem to lighten or disappear, I'm quite happy with the change in my skin's texture.  It's smoother and softer.

    Also, I liked how it felt in my skin. It's light and not greasy at all. There's no stinging as well. I have combination, sensitive skin.  I easily break out, experience redness or my skin easily peels when something harsh is put on my face. So far, I just experience a little peeling after using the product for 2 days. After that, there's really no significant reactions.

     Even if I haven't seen the big promises the product has claimed yet, (I just used it for a little over a week), I decided to still use the remaining product to see if there will be a big change in my skin particularly the age spots.

     Did you know that the product comes with a 100% money back guarantee? Yes, the company is so confident on their product buying it is totally risk free. You can buy the Hyaluronic Acid With Vitamin C Serum now for a sale price of $24.99.

      What's in your basic skin regimen? Love to hear your tips.

- Roz
(Note: I received free product from the distributor for this review. This set up however doesn't affect my opinions and experiences about the product. Also, this post contains affiliate links which help in the maintenance of this site. Thank you for support. Please see my full disclosure here.)


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Beat the Summer Heat with Philly Swirl Treats

   Hello July! Are you enjoying your summer temperatures already? Just this week, we started with a 107F here in New Jersey. With the high temperatures and humidity, there's no more denying that the peak of summer is here.

   Speaking of hot weather, one of the most common questions I get this season from fellow food allergy parents is what type of frozen treats to I give my kids. Well, here it is --- Philly Swirl.

     Philly Swirl has been my food allergy kids' best friend for years. I can still remember the first time we discovered these colorful treats. While I was reading the labels of non dairy milk cartons, one of my boys who's looking through the glass case of frozen novelties said "I wish I could have ice pops again." Without even thinking, I asked and they replied,

"Is it gluten free? Yes!
"Dairy free?"        Yes!
"Nut free?"           Yes!
"Soy free?"           Yes!
"Egg free?"          Yes!

Are you sure? .... Yes!

   I got really curious and headed their way. Can this be really true? Then after a thorough examination of the ingredient list, I gave in and grabbed a box of the Swirl Stix. The rest is history.

     So, what makes Philly Swirl a big hit in our family? Well, aside from being food allergy friendly, these frozen treats are packed with flavor. Since each is made by combining two or even three types of Italian ices that go well together, one can expect a variety of flavor punch in each bite or scoop.

    Child#1 and I are crazy over the Orange Dream as it reminds us of a Creamsicle. Child#2 loves the Cotton Candy and Mystery flavor. The Dad (yup, he likes these a lot because it's also fat free) enjoys the sour notes of Very Berry and Applelicious. As for the two boys, well, they like them all!

     Another thing that we love about the Swirl Stix, Swirl Cups and Swirl Poppers is its smooth and almost creamy texture. While most ices and ice pops get really hard and actually turn into solid ice, these Philly Swirls remain smooth and silky. No breaking of teeth or plastic spoons here.

     Now, here's something really exciting. The generous people from Philly Swirls would like to give a nice treat to Five (5) TFM Friends.  Each of those 5 lucky readers will receive a VIP Coupon to personally enjoy their favorite Philly Swirl product. Isn't that cool?

      Get free entries now by doing those tasks below. This giveaway is open to all US residents and will end on Aug. 5, 2015 11:59 pm EST.

       Good luck! 

 - Roz
(Note: I received free products to review for this post. This arrangement however, has no effect on the opinions I've written about the product. Please see my full disclosure here.)

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