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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…)

Bare Feet Shoes – Beautiful Shoes at a Great Price

Written by: Riah
Have you been to Bare Feet Shoes Yet? I was fortunate enough to be invited to choose a pair of their shoes to try out. And I had one heck of a time deciding with their beautiful selection. I also saw that they had Clothing and Accessories there and their prices are very reasonable. I can’t forget to mention that I saw some really great jumpers and rompers there, girls these are the greatest for weekends at home as well as going out and about… just dress them up or dress them down! These Jumpers and Rompers are so easy and comfortable to wear, I know I will be coming back to pick one or two up for myself. 
Back to the shoes… I finally chose these shoes: (you can click on the picture to go and get yourself the same pair)
To see how truly lovely go ahead and click on the video below, I didn’t feel my pictures even did them justice. Sorry for the quality of the video I do not have a camcorder, but my digital camera has a feature where I can get short video clips even though the sound quality is bad etc, I still thought it was worth posting. 🙂
Silly me, in the video I indicated that this was mostly for women, that will teach me to record early this morning with out my notes, they also have shoes for Men and Kids!
Looking around their site they have a lot of platform and stilettos, but they do have flats and some lower height heels there as well. The lower heels are perfect for me, after breaking my foot on a move years ago, the break was never set and I braved the pain, but now heels can really be impossible to walk in with that old injury.
I had seen the pictures of the shoes I picked and thought that they looked cute but boy oh boy the pictures didn’t do them justice at all.  The shoes are truly lovely and the way my eyes have always gone to bling, even as a little girl, I am so in love with my sandals and the one inch wedge is not a problem for me at all which makes me so very happy.
I really think that if your into sexy shoes or sandals you have to look around Bare Feet Shoes and check out those fantastic prices, I know I will be coming back again and again, it beats dealing with the heat traveling to local shoe stores and dealing with their limited and disappointing stock in those places I usually end up shopping for shoes at. Let face it, a better selection can be found here and the price is right, maybe this gal won’t be an embarrassment to all woman kind any longer by having too few pairs of shoes very soon! 🙂
I’d like to thank Dianna for entrusting me in this review and inviting me to test out a pair of their beautiful shoes! Now onto the giveaway, thanks to Bare Feet Shoes, there is a $35 Gift Certificate up for grabs to go shopping at Bare Feet Shoes! Woot! 
Go for it folks, the rules are as follows:
MANDATORY: (Without these your entries will be disqualified! Also remember to include your email address in all entries! Also please include your name on Twitter & Facebook if you enter as a follower.)
1 ENTRY: Follow our blog on Google Friend Connect (located on the right hand side bar)
1 ENTRY – Visit Bare Feet Shoes and tell me your favorite item in the store and why you love them/it! (other then the items I mentioned above)
THE ABOVE MANDATORY ENTRIES MUST BE DONE BEFORE THE Optional Entries (below) can be done!
Optional Extra Entries:
2 Entries- Follow Bare Feet Shoes on Facebook
2 Entries – Like our Blog’s New Facebook Page
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2 Entries – Follow our NEW Blog Twitter Page
2 Entries – Follow us on Networked Blogs (found on our site)
3 Entries – Place our New button on your blog (and leave link)
5 Entries – Blog about this giveaway (and leave link-must blog at least 100 words)
1 Entry per Day – Tweet the following (and leave link for me):

Enter Now! #Win $35 Gift Certificate for Bare Feet Shoes! http://tinyurl.com/3k98k7m ends 08/15 US #Shoes #Sandals #Giveaway @barefeetshoes


Good Luck to all our friends!
Disclaimer: 
Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review. Bare Feet Shoes contacted me personally and provided me with a free sample of this product, and 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 me (Mariah Lockwood).  

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Kids Eat Free/mostly Denver but a few National Chains listed.

Ok, we are warming up FINALLY in the Denver Area… but now of course we have snow! Why am I so surprised? It was a mild mild winter until this past week or so, and of course now it’s February so we are making up for it!

So here is the latest that I found online, now this is for the Denver Area but of course there are Chain Restaurants listed that may also apply for other areas… so check it out and call in your area to see if these offers apply there too!
Debbie’s Deals: Kids Eat Free (Updated!) – Money News Story – KMGH Denver

Luv, hugs & keep warm & dry,
Riah