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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide Gift Idea - Pizzacraft Round Glazed Pizza Stone with Handles

disclaimer:  I received the product below for free in exchange for my honest opinions.  All opinions remain my own.

Pizzacraft Round Glazed Pizza Stone with Handles

  Another great gift idea for the pizza lover in your life (or for yourself if you love pizza as much as I do).  The Pizzacraft Round Glazed Pizza Stone with Handles will leave yourself asking why you never owned one of these before.  

  Mommy in GA:
Ok I try to reserve my OMG moments for those really great moments in life!!! Let me just say

This Pizzastone is AMAZING!!!!!!! I am not sure how I functioned before owning one of these!!!!

Ok the above picture is of my new FAVORITE kitchen item!!The pizza stone........ now I know it is called a pizza stone but......I have used this bad boy for MANY things!!! 
Pizza (obviously!!)
pig in a blankets (hot dogs wrapped in crescent rolls)
bagel bites
those are just a few things off the top of my head and I have not had this stuff for very long!!

  The picture above is of my first homemade pizza with my pizza stone (I have been going through some stuff this pregnancy so I did not get to try this pizza BUT, the kids said it was AWESOME!!!)
It looked and smelled AMAZING for the record!

Super easy to clean no soap required (seriously!!!Do NOT use soap!!!) the flavors soak right into the pizzastone!!!

As for anyone in your life that may say oh something else you don't need.........The same thing happened to me and now when I am cooking I get asked," why not use the pizza stone??"

Holiday Gift Guide - Kitchen Helper - My Pain Away After Burn Cream

disclaimer:  We received the product below for free in exchange for our honest opinions.  All opinions remain our own.

My Pain Away After Burn Cream

  Ok so baking during the holidays is a big deal for both our families.  Whether it's cookies, pies, or dinner rolls we all bake our fair share.  There is one thing that makes the whole experience a little annoying...burns.  It never fails, everything is going great, and next thing you know you are bumping your arm off the edge of the oven...that is if you even remembered to put on your oven mitt...LOL!

  Well the people over at Topical BioMedics have incorporated one of our favorite products (Topricin) into My Pain Away After Burn Cream that works for sunburn, wind burn, blisters, chaffing, itchy skin, scar healing, and you guessed it...oven burns : )

  As with the Topricin we reviewed, this product is also homeopathic so no need to worry about scary ingredients or using it too much.  It is also Diabetic-friendly.  

  How it works is by helping the body remove all the excess toxins and fluids at the injured area which in turn allows the oxygen and nutrients to flow back into the cells.  

  3 Percent of all sales of the Burn Cream are being donated to burn centers.  

  Mommy in GA: We LOVE homeopathic products in my house!!! You never know what you are putting on yourself or your kids when they have harsh chemicals :(

As for it being a burn cream, Hello you are right down my ally!!

I work in a school cafeteria so I burn myself a lot at work and at home!!!
I have used the after burn cream several times and it works great every time,  It pulls the burn out every time and almost instantly!

  Mommy in PA:  We are always excited to try out new products and always more so when we get to try out a new product from a company that we already love : )  

The very first test we used this product for was sunburn.  We had been out at the flea market for two days and my daughter had forgotten to apply sunblock to her arms : (  Needless to say she got a little burnt but no worries the After Burn Cream saved the day.  This is the first burn cream we have tried that worked in relieving the pain right away and helping to heal the sunburn quickly.  She put it on in the evening and by morning the redness had all but disappeared.  

The next test was the dreaded stove burn...she had been making some mac n cheese (noticing a trend here yet...don't worry, she's old enough to operate the stove by herself LOL) and had brushed her arm up against the pan.  My Pain Away After Burn Cream to the rescue again.  We don't even bother reaching for anything else at this point : )  

I haven't tried it for scar reduction yet but plan on doing so soon.  I really just wanted to make sure we had enough for burn treatment at this point : )

This is another one of those products that will be in our house for many years to come.  It is so great not having to worry that you are applying something too much or what terrible side effect it could be having on your loved ones.  Thanks again Topical BioMedics for another great product!

Holiday Gift Guide 2015!!!

To see a complete list of our favorite products for the holidays just click on "holiday gift guide" in the label section to your left.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide Gift Idea - Pizzacraft Rocking Pizza Cutter

disclaimer:  I received the product below for free in exchange for my honest opinions.  All opinions remain my own.  

Pizzacraft Rocking Pizza Cutter

  Do you love pizza as much as I do...well I guess it's possible LOL!  Well if you are a pizza lover or know a pizza lover that you are looking for the perfect gift for then the Pizzacraft Rocking Pizza Cutter may be just what you're looking for...if not stay tuned for other products from the Pizzacraft line that may be right up your alley.  

  The pizza cutter is made of solid wood for easy cleaning and also features a hole for hanging.  

  Mommy in GA:  Holy crap do I LOVE pizza!!!!  I was so excited when they opted to let me review the Pizzacraft items!!!

I always thought that the rocking pizza cutters were the coolest things but just never really got around to trying them........BOY have I been missing out!!!

The wooden Pizzacraft Rocking Pizza Cutter is wooden so you do NOT want to use soap just wipe it clean with a wet rag, let dry and put away!!

I was a little skeptical about the wooden part thinking only metal would cut through the dough...... they proved me wrong!!!

Plus BONUS this is  an under $10.00 gem  for any pizza lover that you may know :)

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide Gift Idea - Charcoal Companion Himalayan Salt Plates

disclaimer:  I received the product below for free in exchange for my honest opinions.  All opinions remain my own.

  Charcoal Companion Himalayan Salt Plates

    Are you looking for a unique holiday gift for the foodie in your family?  Are you wanting to add a little bit of elegance to a special holiday dinner?  Well you don't have to look any more thanks to Charcoal Companion Himalayan Salt Plates.

  These Himalayan salt plates can be used for serving meals on or cooking meals on your stove top or grill.  They can also be placed in your freezer for serving cold desserts or sushi.

  Mommy in PA:  I loved the fact that these came in a four pack that can be either used as one cooking/serving surface or divided up and used individually.  We chose to use them individually as serving plates for a meal consisting of venison steak and parsley potatoes (My son decided to have homemade french fries on his).  With there being four of us this worked out just right.  

  The first thing I noticed with these was how heavy they are.  So if you do decide to get these just be prepared that the package will weigh a lot more than you expect : )  After opening the package I was utterly amazed at how beautiful these are and how unique each one looked (everyone got to pick out which one they wanted to use and it was easy to keep track).  

 I was so excited to plate these up!  Just look at how gorgeous they turned out.  I am no professional but this sure did make my meal look more like it came out of a fancy restaurant : )

  One of the wonderful benefits of the salt plates is the fact that there is no need to salt the food you are serving as the salt is the plate itself.  We were all a little skeptical as my hubby and son love their salt and we were thinking that it wouldn't be enough salt flavor.  Well needless to say, nobody was reaching for the salt shakers during dinner : )  My daughter even tested a little further by taking a bite of her food that hadn't touched the salt plate and then one that had and said that it made a huge difference.  

  It is super easy to clean these too thanks to the fact that salt is a natural germ buster.  Just scrub them down with warm water to get off all of the food residue and oils and then just dry them very well.  Do Not Soak! 

  Great product that we will be using time and time again : )


2015 Holiday Gift Guide!!!

  Can you believe how fast this year has gone by?  Hard to believe the holiday season is upon us.  Well here at Money Saving Mommies X 2 we like to take this time to give our readers some ideas for unique holiday gifts, beauty products to help you look your best during these hectic times, and healthy snack ideas to help keep those calories to a minimum : )  Stay tuned over the next week or so for our favorite holiday picks.  Some will be things we have written about before and some will be brand new so be sure to check back regularly.  

Monday, November 9, 2015


disclaimer:  I received the products below for free in exchange for my honest opinions.  All opinions remain my own.


  The holidays are quickly approaching.  And what does that mean?  Holiday weight gain...yuck!!!  Well we could all just drink water and lose a lot of extra calories but if you're like me plain water seems just a little too boring for the palate.  

  Here's where SweetLeaf steps in.  With their SweetLeaf Water Drops you can choose one of four flavors to enhance your water drinking experience.  The flavors are Raspberry Lemonade, Strawberry Kiwi, Peach Mango, and Lemon Lime.  

  The SweetLeaf Water Drops contain zero calories, zero carbs (great for the diabetics), no sugar, and no artificial sweeteners.  In place of the artificial sweeteners they use Stevia.  

  Mommy in PA:  My family and I got a chance to try all four flavors of the SweetLeaf Water Drops and here is what we thought:  

  I was excited to be trying these as my son is a Type 1 Diabetic and we are always looking for ways to cut down on carbs.  My son didn't really care for any of these flavors but we are hoping that they will come out with more flavors soon : )  On a side note:  With these not containing any of the normal artificial sweeteners that my son is used to I believe that is why he wasn't a fan, as most of you know the artificial sweeteners have a certain aftertaste that I believe people just get used to tasting.  

  My daughter really loved the Lemon Lime and we were out of it in no time.  I don't think she wanted to share LOL!

  My mother seemed to enjoy the Peach Mango ones the best.

  I personally thought the Strawberry Kiwi was pretty good but none of us were fans of the Raspberry Lemonade.

  Another thing that I totally loved about these is the fact that they are clear.  So not only is this great for schools where kids are only allowed to bring in clear beverages but also great at preventing a colored mouth as I know all too well from some of the drink sticks we've tried in the past.  

  These are a great addition to the selection of water drops currently available : )


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

derma e Purifying Skincare Line

disclaimer:  We received the products below for free in exchange for our honest opinions.  All opinions remain our own.

derma e Purifying Skincare Line

  You read that right...derma e has a new line of products and we couldn't be more excited!!!

  The new line contains the Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask, Purifying Daily Detox Scrub, Purifying Youth Serum, Purifying Toner Mist, Purifying Oil-Free Moisturizer, and Purifying Gel Cleanser.

   Using ingredients inspired by the Earth and sea (marine algae extracts, Activated Charcoal, Green Tea, and Aloe Leaf juice) this line will help draw out toxins, replenish nutrients, and restore skin's resistance to oxidative stress.

  Mommy in GA received the Purifying Daily Detox Scrub and Purifying Youth Serum.  The Purifying Daily Detox Scrub is  gentle enough for daily use.  It lifts away impurities and pollutants leaving behind a healthy radiance.  The Purifying Youth Serum is a mineral rich treatment that shields the skin from environmental and age damage.

  Mommy in GA: I LOVE the Purifying Daily Detox Scrub!!!! I absolutely use it every day because I love the way it makes my face (and an added bonus my hands!!!) feel!!!

The smell when you use it is not fantastic but it does not linger on your face and it is not a horrible smell while you are using it. I am huge on smell good stuff and I will just tell yall it has not stopped me from usimg it!!!

Again, the Purifying Youth Serum didn't smell as great as I would have liked it too...but it could also be due to my oversensitive sense of smell due to the pregnancy.  As far as the product performing well I have noticed a definite glowier complexion...but alas, that too could be due to the pregnancy : )  Most folks say that I appear younger than I am anyway so I really didn't expect a whole lot from this product.  I am happy with it keeping my skin feeling radiant though.  

  Mommy in PA received the Purifying Toner Mist and the Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask.  The Purifying Toner Mist is a pH balanced skin mist that replenishes minerals and antioxidants to your skin.  The Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask is a dual-action, deep-detox formula that purges pores of toxins and exfoliates away micropollutants.

  Mommy in PA:  I just can't put into words how much I love the 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask.  As I have said so many times before I am a HUGE fan of 2-in-1 products and this is no exception.  What sets this mask aside from any mask I've used before is the fact that after you allow it to dry and you go to remove it with water you actually just wet your hands and exfoliate your face while removing the mask thanks to the Apricot Seed Powder within.  May I just say...BRILLIANT!!!  Now onto the even better news...this stuff really works.  I use this on Monday mornings and could literally get away without using any other products all day and my face feels wonderful.  

  The Toner Mist also works well, it leaves my face feeling cooled and refreshed though I don't really care for the light tackiness I feel after application but it does go away within a matter of minutes.  Well worth the fresh feeling : )  The mist also has a very pleasant scent which I personally enjoy in any product I put on my face.  

Monday, October 5, 2015

disclaimer:  I received the product below for free in exchange for my honest opinion.  All opinions remain my own.

  Do you ever just look around your house and feel like something is missing?  It's amazing what one art print or a collection of them can do to finish making a room feel complete.  Or do you have a multi-purpose room that needs a little help designating the areas...well art can help there too.

  Well once you decide on what type of art your are looking for then you need to find a place to order it and we know just the place. has a little bit of everything.  And not only do they have a little bit of everything, they have prices that make museum-quality art affordable.

YAY!!!!! Its here!!!!! I have been VERY excited for this review :)

They packaged it so well and snug so it wouldn't crack on the way to my house!!!!

Everything you need!!Just grab a nail and a hammer and get to it :)

  Mommy in  GA: This was one of my favorite reviews!!!!  I had looked everywhere for something to match the kids' crazy peace bathroom!!! So I went onto and actually just typed in my peace sign search and it brought up all of my choices!!

I found my perfect print...... picked my frame (several to choose from!!!!!) and you also get to pick your glass or plexiglass and your matte

I chose the colors for the matte also.

Super fun, easy and I got exactly what I wanted!!!!! You should head over and have a look!!!!

Friday, September 11, 2015


disclaimer:  I received the product below for free in exchange for my honest opinions.  All opinions remain my own.


  Scars...we all have them.  And when they are in a noticeable location they can really be upsetting.  Well what if there was a way to help conceal the scar without some expensive technique or cosmetic surgery?  That's where Dermaflage steps in.

   Dermaflage uses a simple three-step procedure to fill and conceal the scar.  And unlike makeup, Dermaflage is flexible so it moves with your skin. It is also waterproof (go ahead and take that shower or go swimming), and can last up to 36 hours.

  It was created by a Special Effects makeup pro and has been used by television and movie stars.  But don't think that superstar product means superstar price...Dermaflage costs $50 for a starter kit that contains multiple applications.

No Dermaflage above....... Ugly scar but a great day behind it!!!!

The pic above is the light color Dermaflage (A tad too light for right now I think!!!) Also my first attempt at Dermaflage ever!!!!!

The pic above is the medium tint and matches much better!!! My second attempt at dermaflage :)

  Mommy in GA:  I was super excited about trying the Dermaflage and got the entire starter kit!!! As stated above you get multiple applicators and also get to choose 2 color tones. you will get several uses out of one applicator (even more if your scar area is smaller)  You also get the compact where you keep the spnge to smooth your application.

It didn't look great but it was very easy to use and mine looked way better the second time!!!  After you use it for your special occasion or are just done it peels right off, super easy and no big mess :)

Country Save Laundry Detergent

disclaimer:  We received the products below for free in exchange for our honest opinions.  All opinions remain our own.

Country Save

  So in our quest for helping our families understand how important it is to use healthy and/or environmentally friendly products we often come up short when it comes to the "money saving" part of our name.  But in all fairness we do understand that research and some of the techniques used to make healthier/environmentally friendly products does cost more.  We really lucked out on this one though...Country Save has it all.

  If I did my math correctly it looks like it costs about 12 cents a load using the powder version purchased off Amazon in bulk.  You get 40 lbs. of powder detergent for under $80.  Hey, guess what I just found...a chart that compares prices to leading brands, and guess math was correct, chart found here.

  Now onto the health/environmental aspects of this product.  It is Fragrance and Dye Free, 100% Phosphate-Free, Completely Biodegradable, Safe for Septic Tanks, Cruelty-Free, No Animal Testing, No Animal By-Products, and is ideal for sensitive skin.

  Country Save was kind enough to send us each a big sampling of their Powder Laundry Detergent and some of their Powdered Oxygen Powered Bleach, try saying that three times fast LOL!

  Mommy in GA: There are A LOT of us and when you do as much laundry as I do........ This is one of the BEST review opportunities EVER!!!!!!!  I do a ton of laundry and have also tried out A LOT of different brands.

With so many kids you have somewhere you can use anything under the sun and not have a reaction and you can have others that are SUPER sensitive..... I got lucky and have a few of both :) So to save money we try to stick with the detergents that are gentle.

Country Save is in that market!!!! It is good for sensitive skin and it is easy on the pocket...... your clothes smell clean and the Powdered Oxygen Powdered Bleach helps keep those white clothes white and that includes your stinky socks looking and smelling better :)

  Mommy in PA:  I too was very excited about trying out this laundry soap.  I don't do nearly as much laundry as Mommy in GA but I too have one child with no sensitivities and one with sensitivities.  Let me tell you...we had no issues at all.  I also love the fact that the Oxygen Powered Bleach actually did help my clothes look whiter.   I have issues using some products in my water as we have a high iron content.  Some products actually turn my clothes orange because I guess they bind with the iron particles, not in this case though : )  

  I will admit I am not a huge fan of things being fragrance free but I just added a little bit of another product in sprinkle form to the wash on the loads that I really needed fragrance (towels and bedding mainly).  The product performed well and left my clothes feeling and smelling clean.  I was even surprised how well it cleaned my husband's greasy work clothes.  

Cave Tools

disclaimer:  We received the products below for free in exchange for our honest opinions.  All opinions remain our own.

Cave Tools

  Recently we each got the chance to choose and review a Cooking/BBQ tool from Cave Tools.  Mommy in GA received the BBQ Tools Set and Mommy in PA received the Digital Cooking Thermometer.

  Mommy in GA: This was awesome!!!  We grill out a lot and I love getting new utensils!!!  They are silver which is always appealing to the eye!!  I got the spatula, The fork and tongs which makes grilling easier!!!  You can use your fork or tongs for your chicken or pork chops (you know your thicker meats)  I LOVE the spatula for Burgers and Dogs.....these are the most common grill meats at my house :)

  Mommy in PA:  This is way better than the standard cooking thermometer that I have had for years.  I love how easy it is to read and how quickly it adjusts.  This thermometer has a lot of nifty features, my favorite being the cool little tube shaped case that it slides into when you need a free hand.  Just put the thermometer in the case and hook it in your pocket.  Another great feature is the fact that it is waterproof/shatterproof.  I can guarantee that the standard thermometer I have now is neither.  It actually will get fogged up if I hold it over the stove/grill for very long.  

  I also like the automatic off feature, it will actually turn itself off after 10 minutes.  This came in really handy for me recently when my fridge was on the fritz.  I got up the one morning and went to get a drink and realized that it didn't feel very cold.  Well thanks to the Quick Read Thermometer I was able to tell that my fridge was not keeping things as cold as it should.  I was able to continue checking the thermometer throughout the day.  I even used it in the new one to make sure that the temperature was cold enough to begin placing our food in.  This may not be its intended use but it sure helped me out : )

  To purchase your own set of BBQ Tools head over here.  Use discount code VLOMCLTN to recieve 20% off your purchase.  

  To purchase your own Digital Cooking Thermometer head over here.  Use discount code ONCTPYKL to receive 20% off your purchase.  

Monday, July 27, 2015

Tulip Body Art

disclaimer:  We received the products below for free in exchange for our honest opinions.  All opinions remain our own.

Tulip Body Art

  Looking for a fun thing to do at parties/sleepovers/sporting events?  Then Tulip Body Art will have you creating in no time.  

  Tulip Body Art has a full line of products that kids and/or adults can use to decorate their skin.  They carry Face & Body Paints, Crystals, Stencils, Glitter Tattoo Kits, Body Markers, and Hair Chalk to name a few.  

  Don't have time to wait for them to arrive in the mail?  No worries, the Tulip Body Art kits are available at Michael's, Jo-Ann, Meijer, Hobby Lobby, and AC Moore.  Or you can order them directly from  

Mommy in GA: This is one of my favorite products we have reviewed!!!! When they told us they were sending it out I jumped around and squealed like a 5 year old. We had so much fun with the kit, we got it out several times for birthday parties and sleepovers!
I have 3 girls so of course you add in their friends and you have a good size group for fun!!
The majority of it is really easy.... The girls were giving each other glitter tattoos because they had the stencils and the glue and glitter were easy to use..... Just keep an eye on them or you may have a glitter or glue overload!

  We had so much fun with the tulip body art and the supplies lasted quite some time but, are also super easy to order online! The only down fall was the hair chalk we were pretty dissappointed but, in tulip body arts favor I have yet to find a hair chalk we love, this hair chalk didn't work real well in the girls' hair as they all have kind of dark colored hair.

This is a product i would definately review again and even buy.

  Mommy in PA:  I can't say enough good stuff about the Glitter Tattoo Kit.  It was super, super easy.  My ten year old even did his own and they turned out great.  We actually did our tattoos for at the local fair but ended up not being able to go that night...bummer : (  I figured we'd have to do the tattoos again the next night but amazingly they were still intact and looked like we had just done them.  Well it is four days later and just to see how well they held up I was super careful not to scrub over my tattoo in the shower and it is amazingly still there.  Not as glittery as it was but still easily recognizable : )  

  My daughter and I actually tried the hair chalk too (we got the pink).  We, like Mommy in GA, were not impressed at all : (  It hardly showed up, we were looking for really bright.  But again, we have darker hair too so this may just work better for lighter hair color.  

  All in all we were very impressed with the Tulip Body Art for its ease of use and the fact that the product lasts a long time and you can even reuse the stencils as long as you stick them back on the plastic backing, or get creative and make your own designs : )

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

derma e Hydrating Night Creme

disclaimer:  I received the product below for free in exchange for my honest opinions.  All opinions remain my own.

derma e Hydrating Night Crème
  We all know how important it is to keep our bodies hydrated during the summer months, but how many of us really think about how important it is to keep our skin hydrated as well? 
  derma e Hydrating Night Crème makes it simple to keep your skin hydrated with minimal work on your behalf.   Just apply once daily to help keep your skin softer, smoother, and younger-looking.  
  One of the ingredients used is Hyaluronic Acid.  One molecule of Hyaluronic Acid is said to hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water.  This crème also includes anti-aging antioxidants, vitamins C and E, and Aloe. 
  Mommy in GA:I am so excited about our reoccurring work together with derma e!!! Derma e has soooooo many great products and they are decently priced for the amount of product you get and how long it lasts!!

I received the derma e Hydrating Night Crème this time and I really like it!!!

I am only 32 so I am hoping that not getting a miraculous result on looking younger is because........ I am already looking younger!!!!!!

The texture is fantastic!! Some lotions are too thick or too thin or too greasy etc....  The derma e Hydrating Night Crème feels like a thicker lotion, but it is just right!!! It does not leave a greasy feel on your skin which I LOVE!!!!!! I can not stand the feel of greasy residue on my face after the fact.
Another great thing I love is the smell of it I can't explain it but, it just smells good which is a great feature for a product you wear on your know...around your nose where it smells everything!!!

The jar is super cute, not very fancy but, it is relatively small and easy to keep out of the way, unlike the big bottles that take up so much room :)