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Health, wellness and working out can make you feel good about yourself, but what about doing a little something extra for people out there in the world that could use it. Giving back to the world can be easier than you think, especially when you can do it by buying the things you normally buy. 



This awesome brand Give Activewear, is offering women all around the world a chance to lend a helping hand to the children of #Uganda. The fight against malnutrition can begin here, by picking up a workout shirt, sweater, or pair of pants.  Give Activewear is partnered with Action Against Hunger to help send therapeutic foods to these children that are dying each day from living in poor conditions. 



I know there are many charities out there, but with Give Activewear you can wear the message as you go about your day. When someone asks you where you got your shirt that says "Give," you can tell them all about Give Activewear and how they can get involved in the fight against hunger and pass it on to the world. #ElloHoneyBee wears Give, will you?





LingeShoes, Ballet Shoes!

Turquoise Ballet Shoe, $59
Holy goodness! These ballet shoes are the most comfortable and dependable ballet shoes I have ever worn in my life. Not to mention how I love their Zooey Deschanel-New Girl-cuteness. I started doing Cardio Barre (via Barre3) recently and brought these babies with me. I received so many compliments on the beautiful color and style. Many of the girls even thought you could wear them as a out and about shoe. Personally I really want to take care of these babies and use them indoors, but I'm sure that you can wear them out too considering they're a lot more stylish than most "ballet flats". These are the real deal guys.
Purple Ballet Shoe, $59
What we love about the shoe's style at 'Ello Honey Bee is that they come in a ton of colors that would make a rainbow jealous. They also have an elastic strap that you can wear inside or outside of the shoe and an elastic tie to make yourself a dainty bow.



Fuchsia Rose Ballet Shoe, $59
The shoe itself really fits well on your feet, which makes all the difference when you are concentrating on your form and want to be able to move without the interference of a shoe. You can barely feel it, but when you do it supports you. They're reasonably priced and will last and last, going for $59 per pair. If you're thinking about getting back into ballet or are looking for a new ballet shoe that puts all the rest of them to shame, get yourself a pair of these Linge ballet shoes baby! They're a great gift for the holidays too!

You can find them on Facebook, Twitter and of course on their website at www.LingeShoes.com





Check it out guys, Seventeen Magazine and It's Sugar have combined their forces for good and bring you a line of candies that are to die for. Not only are they delicious, but they're adorable and perfect for so many fun occasions. Valentine's Day is just a few months away, Christmas is at our front door and who knows how many birthdays these candies would be for. I have fallen in love with these delectable treaties since they embody the very meaning of quirky-cute.



They have catchy names for each candy such as The Book Worm which is of course gummy worms inside of a book casing. Hello? Yeah, so me. You too? It could be. 

I would kiss someone if they gave me these attached to a gift! This is just the kind of thing that would make me feel like the person really understood my love for books. This is the perfect gift idea. 

We all have friends that have been on a dating kick this year, with all these new dating apps popping up all over the place and the holiday-love-hibernationstage has kicked in. There are some hilarious candies to make the experience a little more fun. How about sending your girlfriends a pack of these? My favorite of the dating gummies, as I have so deemed them, is the "Buh-Bye first date Butterflies!" and "Turn a frog into a Prince Charming" gummies. How cute are these? My friends and I needed a little laugh and these totally helped us out when it came to tired dating stories. Sitting around and laughing with your girls paired with some candied frogs is the best form of bonding. Plus, who doesn't love an apple flavored froggy prince charming. Yes, I kissed mine but nothing happened--relax.


Do people still ask that awkward date question, what's your sign? Well, now when they do, you can pop open a tin of your personalized star sign mints. Question answered and fresh breath. Done. 


Pick up a pack of your own at Its Sugar!






Looking for something stylish that can help get those heels in shape? The NightCare Heel Treatment Kit is the way to go. The kit is easy to use and offers some great results if you don't have the time to get to a nail salon during the week. I know a lot of heel calluses treatments require trimming down the skin on the soles of your feet, but with this kit you don't have to do that. Those processes can damage your skin more than they help it. Plus, if you're not sure how far to cut down or how to shape your skin then put the trimmer down and pick up some of this heel treatment lotion. 


All you have to do is make sure that you wash the soles of your feet, then apply a generous amount of the heel cream, put on the cutie heel socks with gel insulation that come in the package (mine came in fancy leopard), and let it sit while you sleep. I love this product since it saves you money on treatments and you can do it while you're taking care of your chores, the kids or whatever. It's well priced and it works. What more could you want?

How it works: There are moisturizing gel linings on the socks that help lock in moisture to your heels so that they are completely hydrated and continually softens your poor, tired, cracked heels. The cream is full of vitamins that penetrate your toughest patches of skin to rejuvenate layers deep within.

Check it out and order yours here




Good Belly is a fantastic probiotic line of drinks, yogurts and more. This company knows how to get the very best taste and the results into their packages. I personally loved the coconut water and the orange juice. The coconut water really got my attention because it's a great way to hydrate your body and help move your metabolism along. The probiotic portion of their products helps to keep your digestive tract in order so that you can, eh hem, maintain a regular set of bodily functions and keep your immune system up and running like a champ. 

They have an awesome 12 day challenge going on right now where you can pick up some coupons to get started and see how Good Belly can help you get back on tract. Your intestines are full of natural bacteria (flora) that help maintain the last steps of digestion in your intestines like absorbing nutrients from the foods you consume. Sometimes we don't get the proper amount of nutrition, but with Good Belly, you can get all of the vitamins and probiotics you need. I tried it for more than 12 days and honestly felt so much better. Sometimes I get weird stomach aches and this really helped lessen them when I was drinking the OJ in the morning and the coconut water during the rest of the day. You should also be drinking a lot of water, but when you want a little more flavor in your system you should try Good Belly. 'Ello Honey Bee approved!






Salonpas sent some samples over these last couple of weeks and they couldn't have come at a better time. Both of my parents had sore muscles, my mother from her surgery and my father from heavy lifting. They had been using another brand for muscle soreness for months and none of the pain was relieved. Salonpas is a topical analgesic that really works in under a minute, where it penetrates skin and offers pain relief that most brands cannot even hope to do. My mother said that when she had severe back pain at one time she used to use Salonpas' pain relief strips and they would take the pain away faster than any pill. Now that there is an ointment that is designed for deep relief, the other brands in our cabinets have gone into the trash because they just don't work like this one does. 



My father used the cream for a few days straight morning and night on his sore leg that had been bothering him. He would go to bed early because of the pain and said that nothing he did worked. I gave him a tube of the Deep Relieving Gel from Salonpas and he said in a few minutes he felt 100% better; he even stayed up for a couple of extra hours. The price is right, under $10, and the application is easy and gives fast relief. 

Active ingredients: camphor (3.1%), menthol (10%) and methyl salicylate (15%). 

The product treats all of the following after a simple rub in of the clear gel that absorbs quickly and doesn't linger on your clothing: sprain, bruises, neck ache and arthritis. 

If you have muscle pain or mild arthritis, this gel actually works and we use nothing else in this house. Questions? You can send me an email for more information: marie@ellohoneybee.com






Anyone who knows me knows that there is nothing more that I love than coconut and vanilla flavoring. When I got this lovely recipe for coconut vanilla ice cream and was armed with a bottle of Nielsen Massey's vanilla extract I was filled with glee. Hello? Yum. I have always wanted to make ice cream so I treated my family to some homemade ice cream from scratch. The recipe was easy to follow and so much fun. I wasn't sure if I could do it but viola! It was very rich but it's alright once in a while to splurge on something delicious. The extract from Nielsen-Massey's has the best flavor. We have always used that other red labeled stuff at home and it never tasted like this. I cannot wait to make it again in a couple of weeks for a friends dinner party. I love what they did here in the photo with the coconut shell as a bowl. This is the perfect summer treat! With this heat you need a little sweetness in your life. 


Want to try it for yourself?

Well, good news for you. There's a bottle with your name on it. Follow 'Ello Honey Bee on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter and watch for the posts for your chance to win through the next couple of weeks. Also, like Nielsen-Massey's on Facebook for some fun recipes and more.


Coconut Vanilla Ice Cream                         


(Yield 1-1/2-quarts)

Ingredients ½ cup heavy cream
¾ cup caster sugar* (baker’s sugar)
1 tablespoon
 Nielsen-Masseys Pure Vanilla Extract 

2 (13.5-ounce) cans unsweetened coconut milk
½ cup sweetened flaked coconut, toasted (garnish)

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk cream, sugar and vanilla extract until combined; set aside. Add coconut milk to a large glass measuring cup; add cream-sugar mixture and stir.
  2. Assemble ice cream maker and pour ice cream mixture through filling hole. For the perfect ice-cream follow the manufacturer’s appliance directions.
  3. While ice cream is churning, toast the coconut. Preheat the oven to 350°F.On a small rimmed baking sheet, evenly spread coconut; place in oven and toast, about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, as coconut will toast quickly. Cool and store until ready to use.





Review: Pre-Workout Activator, Natural Citrus
by Vin C. & Marie











Taste: 6/10

Mixability: 4/10

Pump: 9/10

Duration: 8/10

Overall Recommendation: 6/10


I’ve been using pre-workout for about 2 years now, taking it on and off every month or so. So today was my day to try the Twinlab Clean Series. It’s been about 2 months since I’ve taken pre-workout so I knew going back into it would be an intense rush. I took the normal dosage on the container and my first thought was that it tasted like watered down, poorly dissolved bits of vitamin C. I used a shaker bottle with the metal sphere for better mixing, but it still did not dissolve. I just had to chug the bottle to avoid that intense citric taste.


I started feeling antsy at about 20 minutes and for the next hour, felt the effects. My face, arms, legs, felt that itchy feeling that most pre-work outs give. I worked out moderate-hard and noticed that I was sweating way more than I normally did. Even after my cool-down, I was still sweating (Maybe it’s this damn heat wave in California).


Since I work out at night, I tried falling asleep after (it has never been an issue before, even taking other pre-workouts). The only thing keeping me up was that I was still sweating –much less than during the workout, of course, but still. I was still, however, able to fall asleep.


Overall, I rated this product a 6/10 because it has a good pump and a non-crashing effect that some other pre-workouts have. It lost points for mixability and for the fact that I couldn’t stop sweating even though I had already cooled down. 




We also received the sport protein mix. I tried it two ways, one was mixing it in cold water like the label suggested and I didn't too much care for the flavor. But, when I do what I usually do with protein mixes (blend a banana and mix water with a bit of nonfat milk) then it tasted actually a lot better than most. I would highly recommend the protein mix. It kept me full all morning until snack time and I didn't feel the crash feeling with the unnatural substances. The caloric intake was balanced as well being 90 cals per serving (minus banana). I will continue to use this mix as my default one. The chocolate flavor by Twinlab is quite tasty. 







Alright! I know some of you have ready the Fifty Shades of Grey novels and are always in desperate need of more Christian Grey. I know I am. I loved the books and though they made you feel a little embarrassed to read them in public, you kind of wanted to try some of the stuff that Mr. Grey and Anastasia tried during their arrangement. 



Well good news is, The Experience Channel has all of that waiting in their online store for you. They 'Ello Honey Bee one of the Greygasms Sensual Massage Soy Vanilla Scented Wax Candles. One of our writers, the lovely Laura, took the candle for a spin with her significant other and she says the candle smelled like heaven and set the perfect mood in the room. With the lights down low and the Greygasms candle wafting vanilla and a faint scent of cardamon, feeling like you're set in a scene from the novel is exactly what happens. 



The best part about this candle is that its all play just like everything is when it comes to the intimate moments with Christian Grey (although unless you were Anastasia then it wasn't meant to be too intimate). The candles wax is made of soy so it melts at a lower temperature than the average candle that is made of paraffin and it can be poured onto skin with virtually no pain at all. Try that with a regular candle and some very dirty words will be thrown your way, thus killing the mood. The wax can be rubbed into a massage oil for an entire night of fun. 

Set up the candle, keeping it burning as a prop, ready anytime you need something extra to spark a private moment. 'Ello Honey Bee loves this Grey collection. Get yours and some other fun toys here







Hey hey ladies! I have had the pleasure to try out some of these fantastic and chemical free feminine cleanliness products. It seems like the only brands that are available to us are St. Ives and Vagisil. I don't know if you have ever been to the market and needed to buy Vagisil, but I can't even say the name of the product out loud without grimacing or becoming (immaturely) embarrassed. Plus, they're full of strange chemicals that I don't recognize, let alone having my "hoo hoo" recognize. 




Which is why I was super excited to be asked to try out Healthy Hoohoo. The product comes in pretty little packages with fact sheets galore on how to properly deal with your lady parts. So many women don't know how to properly clean themselves and can make some things they were trying to avoid worse like unpleasant odor and other strange feminine issues. The on the go wipes were so much easier on my sensitive skin than most products that could sometimes give you a rash if they have too much fragrance or are too moisturized. Healthy Hoohoo gives you the skinny on how to get the process right and offers products that do the job. You feel fresh and clean without burning chemicals getting their nasty selves in your skin causing burning sensations that other well known brands have. 

Their pH balanced wash is the best, it makes you feel like you have cleaned where you should and it is wonderfully organic so it treats your body properly. Not sure if you know how important pH balance is, but it can keep you from getting nasty yeast infections which are not pleasant. You can also minimize any sneaky odor if you work out on a daily basis and need some extra care from over-sweating. Your hoohoo needs love and it starts with the brand that gives a damn and will help you learn how to take better care of yourself. Try it out and let me know how it fares for you. 


Get Rid of Those Wrinkles... Fast!



Mitoq has a fabulous new antioxidant wrinkle cream and moisturizer that literally removes your wrinkles from sight. This review was so much fun since I got to try out the product with my mom Lisa. She and I are obviously years apart and she has more of an issue with wrinkles than I do, but we thought we should try it together to see the difference on younger skin alongside mature skin.

We used the Mitoq cream for over three weeks and the brightness to my mother's skin was amazing and the wear and tear of sun exposure was minimized quite a bit. I have a couple of lines between my eyebrows that I call "wisdom lines", and after the first week I saw them soften. 

What's in it? 

CoQ which is a micronutrient that is made in our bodies until we reach the ripe age 0f 25 that helps keep our skin looking radiant and young. It energizes the skin, and helps reduce wrinkles. 

MitoQ which enhances and restores your natural antioxidant defenses and is 
scientifically proven to enhance and rejuvenate your skin.

It's also hypoallergenic, so if you have sensitive skin like I do, then this is the cream for you.  


All in all, I will use up this bottle happily because it shows you the results you want. Try it out. They have a great sale where you can buy one and get one free for a friend or a loved one.

There's also a 30-day money back guarantee if you're not sure. But trust me, you'll love it!


Fitness Gear Just Got Cute!

Sweaty Bands

As most of you know, Sweaty Bands is sponsoring a giveaway with 'Ello Honey Bee this month. I begged them to as soon as I got to try some of their headbands. This company has every style you could think of and in every print. If you're one of those girls who likes to matchy-matchy with your workout gear, then these bands will add the cherry on top for sure. 

Sweaty bands sent me some samples of their wonderful styles that I am gushing over. The first was a 3/8 inch Bling sweaty band in silver. This headband looks so great in the sun and in the moonlight when you're on a night hike. They also sent me a 7/8 inch adorable animal design (with Honeybees on it of course). I love reppin' the blog when I'm on a jog and asked: Where did you get that? 

I normally don't wear headbands because they just fall off my oversized head, but when I saw the slogan on these (they don't fall off) I had to try one on. I have a ton of baby hairs just flying around like those big blow up waving balloons at Kmart and these headbands keep them in their place! 

Check out the giveaways tab to learn how to get your hands on some of these sweatys from 'Ello Honey Bee and see for yourself.






So hows about a new Chapstick flava?



Chapstick has come out with some delicious new flavors that I cannot wait to try. I'm not sure if these sound good or are potentially too much. They have new flavors out called Cake Batter and Red Velvet Cake. I don't about you, but I am usually the one grabbing for a cherry regular. Try them out and let me know what you think.




Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil
$7.99 at Target Stores


If you haven't grabbed a bottle of this stuff, get on it now! I have horribly dry cuticles all the time and have finally found a cuticle oil that does the job. Essie is a fantastic company; they have the best colors in nail polish plus it's a quality product. Personally, I don't like to buy any other nail polish brand but when it comes to cuticle oils I didn't know if theirs would stand up to the challenge. It's light, convenient and only needs to be applied twice a day. The benefit of the apricot oil as opposed to other oils is that it's full of vitamin A and it's actually best for the skin. Massage therapists use apricot oil because of it's absorptive qualities. The best part is that it's reasonably priced and in case you're like me and hate getting manicures that are ruined ten minutes later, it'll allow you to give yourself the spa treatment.




Ok guys, so I just bought the cutest ring! I really like the designs from this Esty store so if you want to check it out here's the link. Maybe I will try and get one for a giveaway?

Christina Rose Studio on Esty



My new lovely ring... 





This is awesome!

I love love love me some Etsy creations. Look for some featured stores to come soon, hint, there will be giveaway items.

I found this Etsy store called The Geekerie and since I am a science and movie geek, I love everything they have.... especially these new Tim Burton posters! Go check them out.





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