Herbal Essences - Refresh Bio:Renew Shampoo & Conditioner - Review

Thanks to Influenster for sending me this product for free to review. :)

First of all, I think the packaging is super-cute for both of these. I love how the conditioner comes in a box. I'm sure that's due to the fact that it's a metal container. They probably do that for safety reasons, I'm guessing. But, either way, it seems fancy because it comes in a box. I like that.

The kind that I tried out is called the Refresh - Blue Ginger line. There's a regular shampoo with 0% parabens, crafted with bio:renew antioxidants aloe & sea kelp. The back says Herbal Essences with bio:renew essential antioxidants helps purify and protect against what your hair gets used to over time. The result? Soft, free flowing hair.

pH balanced - color safe

This shampoo is made in a plant that matches electricity with renewable wind credits, which is super-cool.

The conditioner says... Herbal Essences bio:renew whipped foam with essential antioxidants leaves your hair feeling soft and free-flowing.

On the back of the box, they tell you how to use it. I think everybody knows, but since it's a foam pump, they make it really clear exactly what you're supposed to do.

Step 1: Wash your hair with bio:renew shampoo.
Step 2: Shake well and apply a palm-size amount from roots to the tips. Adjust amount for hair length.
Step 3: Let absorb into hair, then rinse off.
Step 4: Dry & style your hair as usual. Use with every wash.

This is pH balanced, color safe, and all that good stuff. This also has the aloe & sea kelp.

I used this the first time today in the shower, and I liked it. It's about $6-7 a bottle at Target.  I usually use salon brand shampoo, so it's lower than the $40 salon brand bottle that I use. But, it's also definitely better than the $2 a bottle, super-cheap drugstore brand.  It's a good balance if you want to do better than the $2 bottle of shampoo or conditioner, but don't want to invest in the $40 bottle. At around $6-7,these are a great option.

The smell is always super-important to me when I shampoo my hair, so this, in the bottle, has a light, fresh, floral scent to it. And, when you put it on in the shower, the scent just explodes, and it smells amazing. It smells like you're running through a field of flowers, just really, really nice.

I skip a couple of days between my shampoos, so I did 2 applications of shampoo today, and then I followed it up with 2 palm-sized amounts of conditioner. It says to use 1 pump, so I'm sure I used too much, especially since I have short hair, but I used 2 anyways. I'm used to using a deep conditioning treatment on my hair, almost whenever I shampoo. So, this wasn't up to the deep conditioning treatment that I was used to, but it definitely conditioned my hair, and made it super-easy to brush through, and gave it that extra moisture back that wouldn't be there if I don't condition.

Overall, I think these are really great shampoos and conditioners, and I highly recommend you give them a try if you're looking for a good shampoo and conditioner that's not quite the $40 salon product, but also a decent step up from the $2 brands.

I'd like to thank Influenster for giving me these for free. I alwas appreciate that.

Love this review? Hate it? Let me know what did you think & leave a comment below! :)

Medieval Times Meal Options & Calories

This post was originally published on 4/21/14. It does make me want to go back now that I have 3 kiddos. We had an amazing time. :)

Thanks to Medieval Times for providing my family with free admission to the Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament.

I've been watching my calories like crazy lately. So, when my family decided to go to Medieval Times, the number of calories was one of the first things I thought about. I know that a diet isn't ruined in one day, but is the result of making healthy choices throughout your life. At the same time, I'm still very much watching every calorie I eat. I want to know what I'm putting into my body. I looked online, and I wasn't able to find out the information I wanted. So, I pulled some strings, and I'm excited that I was able to get the official calorie counts from Medieval Times for their adult standard meal as well as for their vegetarian 3-bean-stew and hummus meal.

As suspected, calorie counts for both meals were quite high.

Dinner Show Full Meal - 2,673.7 calories

Dinner Veg. (3-Bean Stew) - 1,078.4 calories

If you're watching your calories and want to go to Medieval Times, there are a few things that can easily help you cut your calories.

  • Chose the vegetarian option. You'll save 1595 calories.
  • Don't eat the full meal. Use the calorie info below to pick what items to eat and what items to take home for another day. For example, the tomato bisque soup, garlic bread, and bbq pork rib is only 566 calories.
  • Just eat half. If you want a bit of everything, go for it. But, eat half at the show. You'll also cut your calories in half! Not only that, but you'll save some of that delicious feast to enjoy an other day.
  • Pre-eat. Don't go in starving. Before you leave for the show, snack on some healthy, filling food. it seems silly to eat before gong to such a big meal, but you're likely to eat less when you're not completely starving.  

Menu Item Serving Size Caories (kcal) Calories from Fat (kcal) Total Fat (g) Saturated Fat (g) Trans Fats (g) Cholesterol (mg) Sodium (mg) Carbo-hydrates (g) Dietary Fiber (g) Sugars (g) Protein (g)
Tomato Bisque 8 oz. 55.6 17.8 2 0.2 0 0 766.4 9.2 1.4 6.9 1.2
Garlic Bread 1 slice 140 75 8 2 0 0 215 14 0.5 0 2
Oven Roasted Chicken Half 1 serving 1597 818 90.9 25.3 0 588.1 2335.9 0 0 0 182.5
BBQ Pork Rib 1 rib 370.4 274.9 30.5 9.2 0.2 103.9 1291.4 2.9 0 2.3 20.7
Herb Basted Potato 1 serving 284 194.3 22 1.6 0.1 0 407.5 21.1 2.1 1 1.8
Apple Pastry 1 serving 226 81.2 9 5.4 0 0 112.8 33.9 2.1 18.7 2.8
Oven Roasted Chicken Quarter 1 serving 1065 129.5 60.6 17.5 0 392.1 1557.3 0 0 0 121.7
Sweet Corn Cob 1 serving 205.7 74.5 8.3 1.6 1.6 0 144.5 28.1 3.2 6.1 4.6
Chocolate Chip Cookie 1 cookie 250 110 12 6 0 10 190 35 1 20 3
3-Bean Stew / Hummus Plate 1 serving 998.3 347.5 39.1 3.7 0.1 0 2502.6 135.2 26.4 12.3 31.5
Pasta Salad w/ Vinaigrette 1 serving 400.1 200.2 22.3 4.3 0 3.7 627.3 44.7 3.4 10.5 8.9
Fresh Melon Salad 1 serving 66.2 2.9 0.3 0.1 0 0 23.2 16.4 1.4 14.3 1.3
Italian Ice 1 serving 80 0 0 0 0 0 7 20 0 15 0
Beverage (Soda-non diet) 12 oz. 95 0 0 0 0 0 10 25 0 23 0

Dinner Show Full Meal 1 serving 2673.7 1461.4 162.8 43.7 0.3 692 5129 51.2 6.1 28.8 211
Dinner Veg. (3-Bean Stew) 1 serving 1078.4 353.9 39.8 3.7 0.1 0 2629.1 152 26.6 12.7 36.7
Educational Matinee Meal 1 serving 2014.7 1019.8 113.8 27.1 1.7 402.1 2504.2 107.2 6.9 32 133
Educational Matinee Veg. Meal 1 serving 1416.1 678 75.7 14.6 1.7 13.7 1597.4 168.3 11.6 56.8 21.6

So, have you ever  been to Medieval Times? What did you think? Leave a comment below! :)

How To Fit 3 Kids In 1 Car... Without Breaking the Bank!

Hey guys! I just wanted to do a follow-up post. Before, I shared a video about how I fit three carseats in the back of my 2007 Scion TC.

I've had that car for about 10 years now, and I'm finally looking to replace it, which I'm super-excited about. Looking at my different options, I'll need to fit one child in a convertible car seat, one child in a high-back booster, and one that doesn't need a car seat anymore because he's 9 years old.

So, I was looking into my different options and asked around a lot, and it seems like the consensus is that if you have three kids, that you NEED an SUV or you NEED a minivan, or you need a really big vehicle in order to make it happen. And, I know from my experience with y Scion TC (Rear hip width of 48.5"), that if I can get three kids in the back of that, I can probably get three kids in the back of anything. 

I'm looking at a couple of different cars for my family, to fit my three kids in the back of, and I wanted to let you know the best options I found for around $20,000. 

One of the best options that I've seen so far in terms of back seat size is the Kia Optima (MSRP $22,500), with a back seat hip width of 56". 

I'm actually looking at getting a Mazda3 (MSRP $18,100). I love the sporty look it has, as well as all of the cool bells & whistles that make it fun to drive. The Mazda3 also has a slightly smaller (by 2.5") back seat with a hip width of 53.5". But, since the price of the vehicle is also cheaper, I figured I can just offset that couple thousand dollars I'd be saving, while getting the vehicle I love, and put it into upgrading a narrower carseat. 

Currently in my Scion TC, I have a Graco MyRide 65, which had a max width of 21". After doing a little bit of research, I found out that I can get an Evenflo Tribute for $55, also a convertible car seat, and that had a significantly smaller width, at 17". So, this is going to save us a good 4 inches, just by switching carseats.

I'm looking forward to testing out the new Evenflo Tribute, and I'll show you how I fit three carseats in the back of that one as soon as I can. In the meantime, if things are tight in your car, I'd suggest upgrading to the Evenflo Tribute. It's only 17" across, which is excellent if you're in a tight car. It goes from 5-40 lbs. I know from experience that it's great having a convertible carseat that goes up to 65 lbs, but, like, a 3rd grader isn't going to want to be in a carseat any more. A carseat going up to 40 lbs is plenty.

The smallest carseat that you'll find is the Combi Coccoro, and that is currently around $170 on Amazon, so if you really need something even smaller, that's really your only other option.

Carseat Math
Current Scion TC = 48.5"-21" Graco MyRide65 = 27.5" left for siblings
2017 Kia Optima = 56"-21" Graco MyRide65 = 35" left for siblings
2018 Mazda 3 = 53.5"-17"Evenflo Tribute = 36.5 left for siblings

Clearly, the Mazda 3 is the winner in my book!

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