Ocean to the Rescue! – Review and Giveaway

Oh yes you say, now Mariah is going bonkers and she’s reviewing “the Ocean”, “which one Mariah? Atlantic, Pacific?” No no no, my friends, I lost my marbles a long time ago, but that’s beside the point,  I am reviewing products from Ocean, a company.

Ocean Logo & Products for Sinus help

I want to introduce you to a company called Ocean, that has products that spoke to me right away when I was invited to test them out. It was in a very timely manner too (more about that later.)

First off the products are for your sinus’ and I have a chronic condition, called Chronic Sinusitis. I have dealt with this condition since my 20’s. In my 30’s my parents told me about sinus irrigation… at first I was given a recipe that my parents doctor recommended, which was the beginning of my sinus irrigation adventures. I won’t go into the details here as I seldom used this as I was to sniff in the homemade concoction from my cupped hands and blow out. Yes, it is as gross as you may think, but if you suffer from sinusitis you know you get desperate for relief, however it felt like I was trying to drown myself!

Next came to the drug stores in the US another way to do this  treatment. I later discovered this treatment has been used for ages in ancient Hindu practice of Ayurveda (I watch the Discovery Channel). In the stores came “Neti Pots” (looks like a teapot used to pour the solution into your sinuses where it drains out the other nostril) and premixed packets that you just add your tap water to, for real proper and thorough irrigation. Now this is the method I used for years,although a few problems can happen when mixing this solution with tap water:

1) It stings if,

a) you’re not used to it
b) if you mixed it too strong
c) if not thoroughly mixed

2) it uses plain tap water!

Ok now to a great Modern treatment from Ocean… I was asked to test the products, just when I needed a new solution to my sinusitis the most!

Ocean Complete Sinus Irrigation Product

I was introduced to  Ocean Complete Sinus Irrigation. This was great timing, as had I stopped using the Neti Pot with the home mixed solution! Why? Because I started hearing about a brain eating Amoeba, first it was a young woman that had gone swimming and inhaled some water. They say that the shortest route to the brain for this Amoeba is right there, in the sinus cavity with inches to go. The young woman died within days. But not to worry it was in the wild, this brain eating amoeba. Well as horrified as I was, I happily continued to use my Neti Pot, after all the Amoeba is in the wild, in rivers etc.

Then came the disturbing news! The brain eating Amoeba is in some tap water! OMG, and the newest Neti Pot mix says to boil your water first and wait for it to cool down before mixing with the solution. Well, I did my irrigation at night-time before bed and was too lazy to boil the water & wait for it to cool before going through my routine.

Then all my fears realized, upon my further research into the guy that got tap water in his nose, and got the brain eating Amoeba. The research revealed “A man used a Neti pot & it’s believed the Amoeba was living in his home’s water system.” OMG my fears all came to realization, and so did the wording “it is important to boil water first before using their Neti pot, If users do follow these instructions, there is a slim chance they would be exposed to the Amoeba.” Slim Chance? Slim Chance… no not what this gal is willing to bet on then… slim chance, not good enough!

So now you see why I thought the invite to use the Ocean Sinus Irrigation came in a timely manner? No??? Oh I see, I forgot to tell you, it’s premixed, no addition of any water needed! Thank you Ocean, your products make me feel safe once again to irrigate and sleep well at night.

Ocean Premium Saline Nasal SprayAlong with the Sinus Irrigation came the Ocean Premium Saline Solution, a moisturizing non medicated nasal spray.  The Saline Nasal spray I bring with me when I go to the hospital as the air their tends to be super dry and this helps me a lot. I just know that it would also be super for airplane travel, in a small travel size… speaking of which Colorado is very dry for visitors that are unaccustomed to our dry climate, so I should pick up extras for out of state family and friends when they come to visit. 🙂

Here is some information on Ocean, that I was supplied with:

Many allergists recommend the use of a non-medicated saline nasal spray, like OCEAN, as a safe way to thin the mucus and rid the nasal passages of harmful irritants.  Unlike medicated sprays, saline nasal allergy products may be applied as often as needed.  Plus, they are frequently recommended as co-therapy with nasal steroids and other prescription medications which can have a drying effect on the nose.

Here are several products in the OCEAN line that are perfect for all ages:

 Ocean Complete:

  • Two-in-one saline solution for sinus and nasal relief of congestion
  • White tip contains the saline mist for nasal moisturizing
  • Orange tip contains an even bigger saline stream for sinus irrigation
  • Pre-mixed, easy to use, and non-medicated

  Ocean Premium:

  • Perfect for people suffering from dry nasal passages, nose bleeds, nasal congestion, or sinusitis
  • Best-selling nasal spray “recommended by most doctors coast to coast”

  Ocean For Kids:  Ocean for Kids

  • Specifically formulated for newborns to children up to 12 years of age
  • Perfect for children suffering from dry nasal passages, nose bleeds, nasal congestion, or sinusitis

Now thanks to Ocean, you can enter to win the Ocean Complete with the tips for nasal irrigation and moisturizing and the Ocean Premium also for moisturizing dry nasal passages. Good luck my friends and please take care of your health wisely.

#Win Ocean Sinus Products & read about Riah’s Adventure in Sinus Irrigation. Ends 12/14 #sinusitis #sinusirrigation

Disclaimer:

Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, Ocean provided me with a free sample of this product to test. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. . All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The photo’s used in this review were provided by Ocean and the large (first and long) photo was my work using their pictures to place them all together. (more…)

Review – Harley Keychain

 

Harley Keychain

Months back we were offered a chance to check out some keychains and review one. We received a a lovely Harley-Davidson Keychain to test out and My husband has been proudly displaying it on his keyring ever since we received it.

 

The keychain is a lovely silver in color with the Harley-Davidson emblem on the front, the emblem is carved into the keychain and is in black. After about 4 months of use this keychain has survived and looks like new STILL! It is a bottle opener too, and works very well as we’ve used it opening some beers while visiting a friend a while back, and hubby continues to use it when needed with no damage done!

 

The first thing I recall noticing when we opened the package with the keychain in it is that the weight of the keychain is very nice and has a little heft to it. I told my husband right away before handing it to him that it feels like it should be one that should last as it feels nice and has a nice weight. The edges are smooth and well designed and the carved out design was just perfect… and as I thought this keychain out of all the keychains we tried out there has put up with a lot of use and abuse and is still going strong and looking like new! And trust me this is the very best keychain that we’ve had for my husband to use, as he has so very many keys a lesser keychain would have and has (many times over) worn out in no time at all.

 

I highly recommend that you click right now and bookmark this website for your future purchases of keychains… I know some kids turning 16 soon who will need a keychain to place the key to the family car on, I am going to start looking ahead of time!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Winners for Mont Bleu Glass Nail Files – 5 winners!

Dear Readers & Contest Entrants,

While I was verifying qualifications for entries, I noticed many blogs with our button on them had the old button coding (for the old site), although the button looks the same the coding is pointing to our old site, not this one. Eventually this button code pointing to the old blog will call for disqualification of entries saying that they have our button.

I will try to take time out to make a newly designed button for this site so you can tell the difference before we turn off the redirects from the other site. However no promises, things are busy here… unfortunately the redirects will need to stop eventually so that the searches and archives here for our older posts will show. Just wanted to give you all a heads up.

Now for the good stuff:

our 5 Winners Glass Nail Files!

Announcing Winners from the review and giveaway: Mont Bleu Glass Nail Files – 5 winners!

Winners Announced for Mont Bleu Glass Nail Files - 5 winners! These winners have 48 hours from the time of my emailing them to respond with the information that I’ve asked for or I will be forced to pick another winner in their place.

Good luck winners!

((((hugs))))

Mariah (Riah)

Warning Dog Owners: FDA Warns about Chicken Jerky

WARNING… For people with Dogs!

 

QR Code to FDA Warning Dog treats Chicken Jerky from China

Animated Sad Puppy for FDA Warning Dog Treats Chicken JerkyThis is not the first time, as I realized after I heard about this warning and ran a search online for  the FDA link, that the FDA has put out a warning about Chicken Jerky for your Dogs! The last warnings about this Chicken Jerky for pets were in 2007, 2008… I Guess we best avoid any of these Chicken Treats of any kind that are imported from China, since this seems to be an ongoing problem. I’ve heard on TV that this could even cause Death! *sigh*

Now this is NOT just Chicken Jerky, my friends, this is also sold as Chicken Tenders, Strips or treats! The Symptoms could indicate kidney failure, so watch your dogs carefully if you’ve fed them these treats. here is a the FDA Report (below) and this is the link to the report for you: FDA Chicken Jerky Warning.

FDA Warnings Report for Chicken Jerky, Chicken Tenders, Chicken Strips or Chicken Treats. imported from China

I hope that none of you have had these problems with your dogs or have fed  your dogs these treats, I know my two dogs are a part of my family and I know the same goes of Joan with her dog. If you want to discuss this Warning, please do post in the comments area, and let us know if we need to send out prayers for your family pet.

(((hugs)))

Mariah “riah”

Anti Monkey Butt Powder, Safari Towels – Review & Giveaway

Hi there Friends, you may recall a post from me back in September about Anti Monkey Butt and their supporting our troops by donations to Veteran Outdoors, plus they sent a free Anti Monkey Butt products to a soldier through The Hugs Project throughout the month of September. If you know Joan and I, you know how we are very excited to see companies supporting our troops.

Today the time has come for me to draw your attention to the products by Anti Monkey Butt fortunately I was iinvited to test several products out. I was sent the Lady Anti Monkey Butt Powder (they also have and a package of the Anti Monkey Butt Safari Towels.

Safari Towels and Anti Monkey Butt Powder

Above: Yes, this is a picture of Anti Monkey Butt in my Bathroom.

I cannot say enough good things about these products, the Ladies product (Lady Anti Monkey Butt) comes in a pretty pink container with a pink powder with a very light clean scent to it. Looking at the container closer it says that the product is Anti Friction Powder with Calamine, satin-smooth (upon testing this is so true), and under the Lady Monkey Picture it says Sweat Absorber and Friction Fighter. Nice, and it arrived in perfect timing for me to test it out as I attend a workout/stretch class with a neighbor.

original, Lady and Baby Anti Monkey Butt Family I think the Anti Monkey Butt Characters Are so cute I just had to make a family portrait of them. lol
picture of 3 anti monkey butt powdersAbove: Original, Lady and Baby Anti Monkey Butt

I am a bit embarrassed to admit it, but since I feel that this is a great point (and I am honest to a fault at times)… Ladies and Gents if your like me, no matter what your weight (big or small) you may experience embarrassing sweat around your rear and between your thighs. I’ve gone through trying all sorts of things from pads to baby powder to those medicated powders and I’ve even tried using some antiperspirants and more, but none of them seemed to work well at all. I have to admit that I was skeptical and I expected the same disappointments of irritation, sweat and itchy rashes etc that I found with everything else I tried using before. I have to say that, with this serious workout in the Class I attended, this product held up to this work out. I was honestly surprised and I have never found anything that worked this well! I no longer have this problem no matter the temperature it is outside and no matter the work out! There was no itch, no irritation nor embarrassing sweat that looked like I had wet my pants or something. Yay, finally a product that will let me work out and I no longer have to worry about being embarrassed and now I can look at fun light-colored workout outfits and no longer be hunting down the so depressing black and the darkest Navy Blue to wear for my workouts. I am so glad that a little of this product seems to go a long way as well! 🙂

The Acontainer of Lady Anti Monkey Butt Powdernti Monkey Butt Powder will work nicely for hot summer rides on the Harley when those leather seats and the heat from the pavement really make you sweat, not to mention that leather doesn’t allow your skin to breathe nor let the sweat evaporate well. I really need to get some of this for my Husband and send some along to Joan as I believe that she (in Florida) could probably use this year round… Here in Colorado I will be using it while preparing Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinner Slaving in a hot kitchen. Gosh I can’t wait to use the powder for our long Harley rides in the mountains! This Brings me to the Monkey Butt Towels.

I am looking forward to using these ample 24″ x 14″ Safari Towels,by Anti Monkey Butt as we reach our favorite fishing destination. Our favorite fishing spot is Jefferson Lake in Colorado which is about a 3 hour ride. With the Safari Towels packed (and the Anti Monkey Butt Powder used pre trip), I will no longer have to wait to get home to wash off the road dirt, oils etc from such a long ride (which can make your face black and you will smell like old motor oil).

These Safari Towels have proven useful at home here when I was in a rush and I thought about my needing a good opportunity to test them out for the review.

Here is how/Anti Monkey Butt Safari Towels picturewhy I decided to test it out one day… Halloween week my husband was healing up as the result of bladder cancer surgery,because of that I have had to do all the raking and winterizing etc myself. As soon as I walked inside full of filth from mulching leaves etc. I heard the usual comment from hubby that he was hungry… well it just so happened that he took pity on me and offered that we go out to get something to eat so I didn’t have to cook that evening as well. 🙂 I decided it was time to test out the Safari Towels, so we could leave ASAP. Here we go with the trials of moving into a new home (and the home being old as the furnace and water heater are old too) our hot water heater doesn’t hold water hot or reheat the water until you run the dishwasher, the washing machine, then for some reason the hot water heater checks it’s temp and finally heats up the water.

Oopsie daisy, here we go again with the “Riah Rambles” sorry folks back on topic here. hehehe

The towels worked on the mess that was all over me. The Safari Towels are so large and moist that there is enough to clean everywhere and gentle enough that it didn’t sting. The first thing that I noticed when I opened the package and sniffed was a nice clean citrusy scent, which will be wonderful for either men or women. The towel left my skin feeling soft and lightly moisturized. I was very pleased with the results and glad with my realization that this was the prefect time to test out one of the towels so I could get my recovering husband out for dinner ASAP, while he still felt able to go out. 🙂 I do recommend that once you open the self sealing flap and use your first Safari Towel, seal it back up well and place it in a ziplock bag to help preserve the moisture… just in case, I always do this to products that have that flap.

You friend, should take a chance & enter to win your own Anti Monkey Butt… your choice of  Original or Lady Anti Monkey Butt Powder and you will also receive a package of Anti Monkey Butt Safari Towels! Just enter to win and Good Luck to you all…

(((hugs))),                                                                                            Riah