Saturday, December 13, 2014

Relax and Refresh with Harmony Bath and Body Products

Disclosure: I received a complimentary packet of four bath soaks from Eco Hip Products. To date, I have tried the Man Bath Muscle Soothing Salt Infusion. My opinion is my own.
I was delighted to receive a package in the mail containing one each of Harmony Bath and Body Products’ four bath soaks for grownups. It all started when I took a short seasonal job packing purchases from a major warehouse provider that receives thousands of Internet orders year-round. Wow, did I ever ache. Even worse, my feet were sweaty from all the walking I had to do. They stunk! Ugh!
I received an email from Lorie Mancias, owner and president of Eco Hip Products, about the newly introduced bath soaks under the Harmony Bath and Body Products brand. When I told her about my tired, stinky feet, she told me she would send some product for me to try. It was here in two days!
Each packet is plastic with a zip seal and contains 16 ounces of product. You can see what’s inside through the clear plastic on the front! I like that feature. It seems more consumer friendly than staring into a dark bag trying to figure out what’s inside.

It didn’t take long to tear open the packet of Man Bath Muscle Soothing Salt Infusion. The package directions suggested dissolving 1 to 2 handfuls of the product in a tub of warm water and soaking from 20 to 30 minutes. I glanced over the products while waiting for the tub to fill and the Man Bath to dissolve. 

There are two kinds of salts in Man Bath, 100 % pure natural Dead Sea Salt and fine Epsom Salt. Sandalwood and bergamot fragrance produced a light musk scent that wafted through the steam, helping me relax. Other ingredients are natural alkaline, baking soda vitamin E, Aloe Vera leaf juice, and Eucalyptus essential oil.
I remember my Grandma getting relief when her muscles hurt by soaking them in Epsom Salt.  Eucalyptus oil and Epsom Salt, also known as magnesium sulfate, combine to soften skin and neutralize foot odor. I swished the water around, stepped in, and relaxed for 25 minutes.

Was I surprised at the results? Oh, yes indeed! The fragrance on my skin was quite pleasant. Even better, I climbed up and down the two flights of stairs several times that night and walked the 10 miles or so the job demanded. My legs didn’t hurt! Not that night or in the early dawn as I went home or when I woke up from my rest. Better yet, my feet didn’t have any foul odor when I took my shoes off once I got home.
I have yet to try the other three soaks: Relax and Soothe, Rejuvenating Antioxidant, and Energize & Detox. Winter brings strenuous yard work as I trim fallen branches and cut them into firewood for next season. I also have seasoned wood to finish cutting so it can be used to heat my home. The time to open and experience the relief of each packet is advancing quickly.
Read more at the company website. All products are available through the Amazon Gateway.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Get to Know the Animals at Wildlife Learning Center

So maybe I am a kid at heart. Some of the simple pleasures of life include trips to the zoo and other facilities where animals are protected and cared for, whether they are in their natural habitat or out of it. Mary and I visited my sister in Los Angeles County. Instead of opting for the LA Zoo, we decided to visit the Wildlife Learning Center at 16027 Yarnell St in Sylmar, CA. 

This non-profit organization is usually open 7 days a week from 11 am to 5 pm. The website,,  keeps visitors up to date with changes, admission fees, and special events. 

A 5-year old boy was having a birthday party at the center when we visited. The parents and kids enjoyed the lovely Southern California weather and the shade of the eucalyptus trees while the kids munched out on cupcakes. One highlight was seeing Geoffrey from Toys “R” Us, who lives at the center between appearances!

 The center uses the donations and admission fees to care for and provide sanctuary to many wild animals. Helping the public learn about conservation, care, and sharing the earth with one another increases understanding and care for the other living things with which we coexist. 

The snake woke up shortly after I took this picture, and leisurely uncoiled his body so he could slither away.

 There was an inquisitive owl perched high above the visitors in the office. 

                                                    You can see the size of this shy little monkey!

Do you:

  • ·         want to commune with nature?
    ·         avoid long walks between exhibits?
    ·         prefer small groups of people so everyone can see what’s going on?
    ·         have just a short while to dedicate to something special?
Then this is the place to be! Schedule a visit at the Wildlife Learning Center in Sylmar the next time you are in SoCal.We enjoyed our visit and I know you will, too.