Zim's Max Crack Creme

How many of you are like me and keep searching for a great lotion for dry skin?  This is what has led to my lotion fetish.  I'm all about wanting to try the next new thing to see what will work best for me, more specifically, my feet.  I hate to wear socks, so during the spring through fall, my feet are bare. They toughen up and and can handle being bare.  What they can't take is sandals, shoes, and socks.

I do have one of those PedEgg Power gadgets which works great.  Love it!  I also have multiple sanding devices (aka foot files) to help keep the rough edges I get once something gets on my feet. Since I love working out in my yard, I really don't like to be barefoot.  Too many bee stings from my childhood days of doing that.  Even when I prep my feet with various lotions and creams, once something gets on them, they become rough.

Now having rough feet are necessarily that bad, after all, my feet aren't really that bad, I just make it out to be worse than it really is.  However, what I do notice is that once in bed on those satin sheets, my feet snag them to death.  I love my satin sheets, but I detest and almost can't sleep on them anymore due to the pilling caused by my feet.

Sooooo, like I mentioned, whenever I get the opportunity to try out a new lotion or cream, I'm all for it.  Zim's Max Crack Creme was founded over 60 years ago to help cement workers treat dry cracked hands and feet.  The base ingredients include arnica and aloe vera along with other herbs formulated to soften and moisture dry, cracked skin on hands, feet, elbows, and cuticles.

It's very simple to use.  Apply a small amount of Zim's Max Crack Creme on your dry and cracked skin a few times each day.  Within a few days your skin will feel amazing.

Zim's Max Creme comes in the Original Liquid Formula and a Creme Creamy Daytime Formula. Each are $6.99 each on www.zimsusa.com.  They offer a sundry of over-the-counter solutions using naturally-based herbal ingredients for pain relief, skin care, lip care, elder care and first aid.

My personal experience with Zim's has been very positive.  First of all, I do not apply during the day, as I don't like to leave foot prints from any lotions or creams applied on my feet to show up on my bamboo floors.  Therefore, I only apply at night.  I probably apply twice as much as is recommended, but my feet are dry and soak in all that creamy moisture goodness.

I have had a couple of rough spots on the balls of my feet that have been difficult to remove by "sanding" and this cream in just a weeks time has made a big difference.  My feet snag my sheets less each night.  That's the biggest mark I have to know this lotion works.  Throughout the day, I will apply the lotion to my hands, especially after doing dishes and working outside.  My hands feel so much better afterwords.  It's an instant relief, I don't have to wait for it to work, it works immediately.

If there was one thing I could change about this product, it would be to make it fragrant free.  Don't get me wrong.  I do like the fragrance, and my husband thinks it smells like lavender which he likes, but it does clash with my perfume.  That's the only thing I don't like about it.   The good part is that the smell from the lotion doesn't linger.  Within 30-45 minutes the fragrance has dissipated and my perfume isn't fighting to compete with an additional fragrance.

I highly recommend Zim's Max Crack Creme to those looking for the best solution to relieve dry cracked skin.



Miracles of Magnesium Citrate

For about a year and a half now, I have discovered the miracles of magnesium citrate.  At first I didn't realize just how important magnesium is to the body, yet I know how I and my plants have benefited from the magnesium in Epsom Salts.  After having an opportunity to review magnesium citrate, I got to experience first hand all the benefits it can do for me.  When I ran out, I went searching online for the best magnesium citrate I could find, as well as the best value.

According to Natural News, the best form of magnesium is magnesium citrate. It is not only inexpensive but easily absorbed.  They also recommended Bulk Supplements as having one of the purest forms of herbs offered. I ordered my next supply of magnesium citrate from them.  They shipped quickly and this was very affordable.  Best of all, it works.  

Their supplement does not have a taste, unlike my first experience with magnesium citrate which had a citric acid type flavor.  I didn't mind drinking it mixed in water, but since the product from Bulk Supplements does not have any flavor, I find it best to mix it in something.  I've tried cereal, yogurt, applesauce, main dishes, soup, etc.  I prefer yogurt and applesauce best.  

I find that between 1/2 to 1 teaspoon daily is sufficient for me to take.  I base the amount on how much my restless legs respond.  I do have restless leg syndrome and magnesium citrate has been the best thing to quiet them down. I also find when I have a hard time sleeping at night, I need to up my dose of magnesium.  One other thing I know when I need to take more, is when I have a hard time swallowing.  Often times while eating, I can have a bite of food in my mouth, and my throat won't allow me to swallow the chewed food for up to 30 seconds or more.  This is caused by magnesium deficiency.

Many times I find that within 15-30 minutes of taking my magnesium I notice results.  I usually take it with my dinner meal, even though that's about 6 hours before I head off to bed.  I still feel the results of the magnesium helping my legs to quiet down and my sleep is so much more improved.

My mother-in-law swears by magnesium in keeping her bowels regulated, and helping her to absorb the calcium tablets she needs after having gone through cancer treatments.  I've seen a dramatic improvement in stress relief from both myself and husband as we are enduring a difficult trial right now.  It has been said to think of magnesium as the relaxation mineral.  Anything that is tight, irritable, crampy and stiff, including body part or mood, is a sign of magnesium deficiency.

You can read here the various symptoms that indicate you are magnesium deficient.  However, I caution you to be sure to order your purest form of the most easily absorbable form of magnesium from Bulk Supplements.


Top Summertime Kitchen Gadget ~ Madame Cuisine's Watermelon Slicer

Watermelon slicers are really the top summertime kitchen gadget this year.  There are so many uses for them besides slicing watermelon quickly, easily and without having to use dangerous knives.  No sticky messes.  And one of the great features of this one from Madame Cuisine is the comfort grip handle.  You don't feel like your hands will get cut just by using it.  And since it is anti-slip, you can really get a grip on this cutting business.



The watermelon slicers are a 2-in-1 gadget.  With the spoke-like blades up, it glides along the inside rind of the watermelon, quickly carving perfect slices.  Flip the tool and you now have tongs in which to serve those slices.  Using the notched edges, you can scrape the seeds out of your melon.

We have found that it doesn't matter which way you slice your watermelon originally to start using the watermelon slicer, (and yes a dangerous knife will have to be used for this part) but once you remove all the watermelon slices, the empty melon can now be used as a serving dish.  The secret to this tool is the cutting bar that gets to the inner contour of the rind.  If you place the slicer right at the rind and push down then pull towards you, it seems to work better. 


We've tried the regular half size slices using this tool, but last night we tried triangle shapes and that worked well too.  (My husband prefers the triangle shapes.)  The melon baller, of course, is very simple and easy to use, and forms nice round balls.  However, this can also be used for cookie dough, ice cream, or other foods.  In addition, the watermelon slicer can be used to slice cakes, brownies or cornbread, even while still warm.  These tools are very versatile.


These are made from durable stainless steel, and are dishwasher safe, and water-tight.  Comes with a 100% lifetime guarantee, and ships free on Amazon.  Don't be left out this summer, get your top summertime kitchen gadgets today.


We did receive this product for free in exchange for our honest opinion.

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