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Mia Mariu Skin Nourishing Oil Review + Giveaway


Skin care has been a priority lately for me so I was happy to try Mia Mariu’s new skin nourishing oil when offered the chance. I first learned about Mia Mariu when I reviewed some of their mineral makeup products last year and new I liked the quality in general.

Mia Mariu’s NEW Skin Nourishing Oil contains oils from Sweet Almond, Avocado, Wheat Germ, Safflower Seed, Soybean, Lemon, Orange and Grapefruit – essential for keeping your skin firm, smooth and luminous.  It also has botanical extracts like Chamomile, Cucumber and Lavender that provide anti-inflammatory, moisturizing and healing support for your skin.

The deep penetrating soothing moisture rejuvenates the skin without blocking pores so no worries about that.  Importantly for me at my age is that it helps prevent signs of aging by promoting collagen production which helps keep the skin young and supple looking.

The Mia Mariu skin nourishing oil is alcohol free, sulfate free, paraben free and suitable for all skin types and ages.


When I put on the Mia Mariu Skin Nourishing Oil the first thing I noticed was the wonderful smell.  Those citrus ingredients are apparent but not overpowering.

Next I noticed how soft my skin felt and that it looked silky smooth.  It was great to have this summer for bare legs and arms.  Plus, it lasts all day long.  No need to reapply throughout the day. A little bit goes a long way and the 4 ounce bottle will last quite a while.

If you would have told me decades ago there would be a day when I’d be putting oil on my hair and body I would have thought you were crazy.  But it’s now a regular part of my personal care routine.

You can find the Mia Mariu Skin Nourishing Oil at MiaMariu.com.  The Mia Mariu philosophy makes the connection between beauty and health inside and out. Mía Mariu’s high performance products are formulated with the most natural ingredients available helping you achieve vibrant beauty and health inside and out.

Mia Mariu Skin Nourishing Oil Giveaway

One Weight Chronicles reader will win their own full size bottle of Mia Mariu Skin Nourishing Oil.  Entrants must be 18 years of age or older and have a US mailing address.

Use the rafflecopter below to enter and good luck!

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Giveaway Winners!

It’s time to share the winners of the last two giveaways hosted at Weight Chronicles.

The winner of the Swipe Travel Deodorant Wipes giveaway is:

Jodi R.


The winner of the Sol Republic Tracks Air headphones is:

Lisa J.

Thank you to all that entered and don’t forget to enter the current giveaway for a set of EcoTools facial sponges.  Five readers will win.  Plus I have several more giveaways lined up for the next few weeks so stay tuned.


Taking the Konjac Sponge Challenge {Giveaway}


EcoTools challenged me to use their Pure Complexion Facial Sponge for a week with my usual cleanser favorite gel or cream cleanser and compare results to manual washing.  Since I have rosacea and am not supposed to use wash clothes, I wanted to see if there was a way to get my face cleaner without irritating it and accepted the challenge.

I soon received a set of EcoTools sponges for review purposes.

About EcoTools Facial Sponges


The EcoTools Pure Complexion Facial Sponges comes in two varieties to best meet your skin needs:

Deep Cleansing – exfoliating bamboo charcoal removes old skin cells impurities and leaves skin glowing

Sensitive Skin – safe for even the most sensitive skin

Both sponges are handmade with 100 percent natural ingredients including Konjac vegetable fiber.  I’d never heard of Konjac and learned it is a renewable root plant indigenous to Asia and primarily used as a detoxifying food.

It’s recommended to use the sponges twice daily and replace after 1-3 months. The sponges retail for $5.99 and you can buy them at the EcoTools website or major retailers including Target, Walmart and Amazon.com.

Using EcoTools Pure Complexion Sponges


Because of my skin condition, I only tried the EcoTools Pure Complexion facial sponge for sensitive skin.  I was a little worried when I opened the package because the sponge is rock hard.  I thought for sure it’d scrape my skin off!

The sponge immediately softened when I added water and I was amazed on how soft it was on my face.  It washes dirt, make-up and who knows what else off my face and feels silky smooth.

After using it for a couple of weeks I can tell you my skin feels softer and cleaner than previously. Another benefit is that I use less cleanser because it lathers so easily on the sponge.  I will definitely be buying a replacement in two months and make this a permanent part of my skin care routine.

Facial Sponge Set Giveaway

Thanks to the generosity of EcoTools five (yes 5!) Weight Chronicles readers will win a set of the Pure Complexion Facial Sponges (sensitive skin and deep cleansing).  Entrants must be 18 years of age or older and have a US mailing address.

Use the rafflecopter below to enter and good luck!

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Note: I received product for review purposes. All opinions expressed are 100% mine.


5 Small Changes for Improved Bladder Control

I am participating in a Vibrant Influencer Network campaign for #Depend. I am receiving a fee for posting; however, the opinions expressed in this post are my own. I am in no way affiliated with Depend and do not earn a commission or percent of sales. #Sponsored


Do you have the facts about bladder control?  If you’re like most of us not really.  I was surprised to learn that millions of Americans suffer from this condition, also known as incontinence and it affects all ages and both men and women.

This condition doesn’t have to mean the end of a active life.  The Depend website has articles with tips and aspects for all aspects of living with bladder control issues.

For example you can learn about the four types of incontinence, get travel tips and real stories from people with bladder control issues.  I found these tips on the site of five changes that can help manage bladder control problems.

5 Tips for Improving Bladder Control

1. Lose 5% of Weight.  This isn’t an overnight fix but being overweight puts extra pressure on more than just knees.  If you need to lose weight, those extra pounds add pressure to the bladder and muscles supporting it.

2. Do Kegel Exercises.  Kegel exercises are small, strategic movements that can strengthen pelvic-floor muscles.  They’re the ones you’re using when you hold your urine in the middle of peeing.  I learned about these after having my first baby (yes I was a victim of incontinence at one time).  These can be done anywhere since no one knows you’re doing them!

3. Urinate Twice Before Bed.  This trick might let you sleep longer during the night without a bathroom run.

4. Switch to Decaf.  Caffeine is a common bladder irritant.  Switch to decaffeinated beverages (coffee, tea, soda, etc.) one cup at a time and see if that improves symptoms.

5. Eliminate Trigger Food(s).  I was surprised to learn that specific foods commonly trigger the urge to urinate.  Cutting them out of your diet may help with control.  Known trigger foods include spicy food, tomatoes and tomato juice, and citrus fruits.

Depend Underwear with Fit-Flex


Sometimes the changes aren’t enough. If bladder control issues interferes with quality of life Depend Underwear is available for both men and women.  The Fix-Flex Protections gives wearers a close-to-the-body fit and the confidence and freedom to live a normal, full life.

If you or someone you know is suffering from incontinence order a free sample of Depend underwear.  You’ll be surprised by the features whether it’s the soft underwear-like wasitband, pretty peach color or leg opening that flexes along with you.

Do you have any bladder control tips?


Workout Wednesday: A New Class


Early last year when I started exercising regularly again, I tried a class at a nearby barre studio.  Several people I knew at work went there regularly and loved it.

I hated it and left ready to puke in the parking lot.  The beginner class was not beginner enough for me!

I’ve been on their mailing list ever since and this week got an offer I can’t refuse.  They have a new gentle class that is “ideal for those looking for a softer, more nurturing, slower paced, relaxing barre experience.”  To top it off they’re offering free classes for the next two weekends so I’ll be trying it on Sunday.

Weekly Workouts

It’s time to report what I’ve been doing the past two weeks in terms of fitness.  My pledge is to be accountable (#Justtrollin).

Week 1
Week 2
WednesdayRestWalk - 3.1 miles
FridayRestWalk - 3.2 miles
SundayWalk 4.5 milesWalk - 5 miles
TuesdayPilates classPilates class

As you can tell, the first week was horrid.  After returning from BlogHer, I was tired and let get in the way of my exercise goals.   The bright spot was the two longer walks on the weekends. Look for a better report in two weeks!

How was your workout week?