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Real Mom Review: Fresh Start to 2018 With FreshWave!

Real Mom Review: FreshWave Odor Reducing ProductsI’m not ashamed to admit it. My house stinks. Whether it’s the day old milk cup that’s been left out or my washed but not dried laundry that starts to get musty, my house can get smelly! I’m always on the hunt for solutions to help cut down on the stank so I was thrilled to partner with FreshWave to try out some of their products.

This post is sponsored by FreshWave. I’ve partnered with them to try out some of their products and share my thoughts and opinions. And don’t worry, I’m always going to be real with you about my experiences. #ad

FreshWave peaked my interest because they use all natural ingredients to help deodorize. I try not to have too many harsh chemicals around my kids so that was very appealing to me. And they have a wide variety of products from odor removing spray, gels, pet shampoo, candles, vacuum beads-they have the works!

FreshWave sent me a box of goodies to try and the timing couldn’t have been better. We were preparing to leave for a week long vacation so I tried some of the products out before I left and put the rest of them to the test when I returned. Here is a recap of my experience! 

One aspect I want share right off the bat is the smell of the FreshWave products. I tried their original scent (it doesn’t have a name, maybe natural?) and it is certainly potent. I found it to smell very ginger-y which was overall pleasant, but a bit overwhelming. The ingredients include all-natural plant oils like pine needles, aniseed, clove, cedar wood and lime. So if you have a sensitive nose, I would try one product first before purchasing a bundle. They also just introduced a lavender scented line of products so you may want to give that a try.

FreshWave Odor Removing SprayWith that being said, let’s jump in to some of the specific products. The first item I tried was the odor removing spray. The directions indicate the spray can be used for deodorizing clothing, pet bedding, backpacks, sports gear, and trash cans. But I knew how I wanted to put it to the test. On my husband’s smelly shoes!

He has a pair of boat shoes that he loves and since he doesn’t wear socks with them they are always stinky. I knew this would be a great test to see how the spray holds up. I put about five or six sprays in the shoes and let it sit for a while. When I came back, the smell had improved but was still there. I gave it a second round of sprays and that did the trick! The spray bottle doesn’t have a ton of pressure so I think I just needed to spray more solution and it will work! And the ginger-y smell didn’t linger as strong as when you first spray it. 

Mom review: Overall, the spray did the trick! My husband’s shoes are super smelly so if it can tackle that I have confidence it can handle most smells. Spray bottle is a little weak, so spray vigorously.

FreshWave Odor Removing PacksThe next item I tried was one of the odor removing packs. These packs contain beads filled with natural plant extracts. The directions say you can toss them anywhere a smell may lurk. They suggest inside shoes, gym bags, or the diaper pail. I would have LOVED to have had these when we used a Diaper Genie with my kids but I tried it on the next stinkiest place in my home: my kitchen trash can. FreshWave has a small container you can place these packs in and then you can stick them inside your trash can. I’ve had mine in place for almost three weeks and it’s still going strong!

I’m curious to see how long they last and how often I would need to replace it. But for now, it’s working great!

I’m not sure I would use the packs without being inside the container only because I’m afraid my kids will think they are a toy. I can see them ripping the pack open and those beads going everywhere. But after they get a little bit older these might come in handy for their sports bags. I might throw one in my car to help stave off the McDonald’s and dirty socks smell that I can’t seem to ever be rid of. 

Mom review: I like using the packs inside the container by placing them in garbage cans or diaper pails. Seems to help remove the harsh odors and after three weeks the packs are still going strong. Will I remember to change it out? Jury is out…

FreshWave CandleNext up is the FreshWave candle. I put this in a place I think would benefit from its use the most: the master bathroom. We all know what goes on in a bathroom so I’ll spare you the details but rest assured I mentioned to my husband that he should light the candle before, well, you know…

The candle smelled like the same natural ginger-y smell I’ve mentioned before but I don’t really think it made a huge difference in deodorizing the smells. And I have other options that I use that are more effective in my opinion. So unless you just really like the smell, I wouldn’t use the candle again.

Mom review: Smells fresh, but other products can do the job better.

FreshWave Odor Removing GelThe odor removing gel was the next product I tested out. This is a sealed container that contains squishy gel-like cubes full of natural ingredients used to neutralize odors. I placed the container above my garbage disposal on the counter. I left it there for about a week and I’m not sure I saw much of a difference in odor or not. If I got near the sink I could smell the gel’s natural scent but I think this might work better in a more enclosed area. Maybe a teenager’s bedroom or a small closet would be a better choice. 

I’m not a big fan of clutter on my countertops so the real estate this container took up wasn’t worth it for me. But I will try it in a smaller space and report back on whether I think that’s a better fit for this product.

Mom review: Might be good in small spaces, but I didn’t find it made a difference in my kitchen.

FreshWave Laundry BoosterThe last product I tested out was the laundry booster. I put this to the ultimate test by using it on all my dirty laundry I came home with after vacation. Since we went to the beach, all of our clothes and swimsuits had a pretty thick stink to it after being bundled up in a bag for days, some of it still damp. I poured a few capfuls of the booster  in with my detergent and sure enough all the smells were gone after one cycle. 

Honestly, I’ve never had too much trouble getting smells out of my laundry but every now and again I get some tough odors. This will be nice to have on hand to tackle those when they come up. I think one bottle of the booster will last a long time.

The other way I used the booster was to freshen up my laundry machine. I have a front loading washer and sometimes it gets stinky and musty. I used a damp cloth and put some of the booster on it and wiped down the rubber part on the front and all the seals and that really helped to get it back to a funk-free zone. 

Mom review: Not necessary for every day laundry, but great for tough smelling pieces. Bonus points for being able to use in on my front loading washer. One bottle will last quite a while.

Being a mom is hard AF

I really enjoyed testing out the FreshWave bundle of products and I think a few of them will find a permanent place in my home. I would like to try out the lavender scent as well as a few other products like the vacuum beads. The best part of their products is their use of non-toxic, non-geo and non-hazardous ingredients. If you have pets or kids that has to be a sigh of relief knowing you can safely use these products in your home.

If you try FreshWave out, let me know in the comments! Would love to hear about your experiences. 




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Real Mom Review: Target Beauty Box January 2018

 review target beauty box January 2018I have never been on the cutting edge of beauty, hair, or fashion but oddly in the last few years it’s become something I pay more attention to and actually enjoy exploring. Does it have anything to do with becoming a mom and suddenly looking 30 years older, haggard, worn out and exhausted? Who knows. (yes)

But my peaked interest in the beauty and style industry has made it glaringly obvious that I knew NOTHING. Nothing about how to apply makeup (why do I need to contour?), nothing about how to style my hair (I have two styles: straight and curled), or how to jazz up mom jeans (bedazzling isn’t cool, right?). But I’m trying and I’m starting to catch on. A little at least. 

And I know I’m not alone. I see comments online all the time from fellow moms who are equally in the dark on how all this works but are eager to learn. So I thought I could share some of my journey of FINALLY starting to figure some of this out at the ripe age of 30-something in hopes someone reading this will say “hey! She’s a complete fool when it comes to this too!” and not feel alone.

Kylie Jenner watch out, it’s time for a Real Mom Review!

*Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. What the hell does that mean? It means I might get compensated if you click on and purchase something from some of the links below. And by compensated I mean pennies. But hey, beer money is beer money.

Target Beauty Box January 2018
This review will take a look at the Target Beauty Box from January 2018. Every now and again Target compiles a grouping of beauty products together at a really reasonable price (this month is was $7). The sizes of the products vary from travel size to full size and there is usually around five items in each box. 

This month’s box contained six products ranging from eye shadow to a clay mask.

Pillow Plump Lip GlossSexy Mother Pucker Pillow Plump Lip Gloss
Let me start by saying I’m not a huge lip gloss fan. Lip gloss can be sticky and my fast food sticks to it. No one wants to see leftover french fries on your mouth. BUT, I gave this gem a try. And I hated it. Mostly because it felt like someone slathered Icy Hot medicated cream on my lips because they started tingling and heating up. I’m all for a good tingling now and then, but not on my face! I thought I was having an allergic reaction. Then I read the back label where it said “caution: this lipgloss will tingle”.

Goes to show ladies, always read the directions.
Real Mom Review:
Hell no. 


Botanics Clay Mask

Botanics Shine Away Ionic Clay Mask
I jumped on the clay mask bandwagon after becoming increasingly frustrated at my random adult acne breakouts. Who knew that shit didn’t go away? Not only do you have new wrinkles furrowing their way into your once sleek forehead, you also get to enjoy the occasional pimple add insult to injury.

I’ve been making my own clay mask concoction using this Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay and mixing it with apple cider vinegar and I think it does help speed up the process of getting those little effers off your face. It’s fun to paint the mixture on but the clean up is a bit of a pain in the ass. You have to be careful the clumps of clay don’t go down your drain because it could clog it up pretty easily. And it takes a little bit of effort to get it off. 

So when I saw the Botanics Shine Away mask in my bundle I was pretty excited to try it. Application was SUPER easy. It’s a thinner mixture than I’m used to so I could use my fingers to put it on. Wait 10 minutes then wipe it off with a damp towel. The removal was much easier than my DIY version and my skin was left feeling smooth. I had a major pimple going on under my nose and I do think it dried it up faster than had I left it untouched. But then again, who the hell knows. I’m not a dermatologist. 
Real Mom Review: Easy application and removal, leaves skin smooth. Seems to help with ridiculous adult acne. Would buy! Here it is in full size and travel size if you want to try it out. 

Sleek Eye ShadowSleek Eyesahdow Palette
The palette came with quite a few sample shades to try. I was really drawn to the sparkly colors and could tone it down a bit by covering it in a muted shade. I have no idea if that’s how you do it, but I liked how it looked. My one and only concern with eyeshadow is whether it gets clumpy and stuck in my lid creases. These did not! So it’s a win for sure.  
Real Mom Review: Would buy! This link takes you to the exact palette I used called When the Sun Goes Down.



The Righteous Butter Body Moisturizer
This was heaven from the get go. It felt like they have the formula down where it doesn’t feel greasy but it’s not thick as mud either. Smells delightful, though there is a fragrance to it so if you are sensitive to that I would stay away. I applied after taking a shower in the evening and even after sleeping all night I woke up and could still smell the lotion. I’ve never used a lotion that lasted that long so I’m sold. But again, if you hate the smell that could be more of a nightmare than a dream soooooo.

Real Mom Review: Would buy! Long lasting, great texture. Here it is in full size and travel size


Being a mom is hard AF

No7 PrimerNo7 Airbrush Away Primer
This was probably the most surprising product in the box. I was excited to try the primer because I am always on the hunt for a product to even out my skin. And I was surprised to see it come out in a white color because I thought all primers were tinted. (They aren’t. I’m still learning.)

I smeared it all over my face and was immediately taken with it. It felt like silk draped on my face. No joke. It was glorious. And I could tell it was creating a bit of a barrier between my skin and my foundation and made for a nice smooth base. It does seem to help make my makeup last longer throughout the day as well. I never thought primer was a must have, but I think I’m changing my tune. Maybe not everyday use, but for days you have enough energy to put some work in to your look, this is a delightful addition.
Real Mom Review: Would buy! Less than a minute to apply, this silky tube of goodness makes your makeup look better. 

No7 SerumNo7 Restore and Renew Face & Neck Serum
I’m admitting defeat on this one. I don’t understand serums. It seems like voodoo meant to make you think you are reversing time on your wrinkles. I’ve never seen any actual results from them and this one is no different. My skin felt good, but my wrinkles persisted. Plus, this shit is pricey. Good reviews on Amazon though so judge for yourself!
Real Mom Review: Nope. Too pricey and no tangible evidence that my kid-induced wrinkles will be going away any time soon. Much like the kids who caused them to begin with. 



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