Monday, June 26, 2017

Review: Zim's Max Foot Creme

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The key thing to know about a daily treatment is, you gotta use it daily.

I don’t always do so well at maintaining a regimen, especially one that requires new habits. When I finished my review of Zim’s Max Crack Creme, I agreed to write a follow-up of Zim’s Max Foot Crème, a similar product that has a couple additional ingredients to help sooth and heal dry, cracked feet.

I made the mistake of waiting for the product to arrive before beginning to use it, rather than just buying a tube to fill the gap.

Even after I had the product in hand, I used it only sporadically for a couple of weeks, because I had not yet made it into a habit.

As a result, my skin dried again and a good deal of the cracking returned.

But then I picked up the pace and started to use it daily, along with a pumice stone on the callouses. My feet are improving again, but I set myself back almost to the beginning.

Zims Max Food Creme is readily available at a grocery store nearby and is quite inexpensive, so I will be using it daily from here on out. I am confident, based on the previous experience, that my feet will again be soft and pink soon, but they are not there yet-- and that is my fault.

As you browse through Zim’s list of products, you’ll see a broad range of products for healing damaged skin, and you might not know which is the best choice for your particular need.

For example, if you have dry and cracked feet, do you want the Crack Crème or the Foot Crème? In my experience, both work and have similar effects.

However, the Foot Crème is made with arnica montana, aloe vera and l-arginine (an amino acide which WebMD lists as being used topically to speed wound healing, and improve circulation when applied to extremities - a concern for those with diabetes) while the Crack Crème is primarily arnica and myrica oil.

But these two products barely scratch the surface of Zims’ product line. There is a third variety specifically designed for diabetics and intended for use on feet and fingertips.

The company also offers various other skin-care products, including a hydrocortisone spray, a cold sore treatment and an aloe vera gel for protecting minor wounds.

And if that were not enough, there is also a line of Max Freeze products for relieving sore muscles.

So how do you sort these out? The company has a lot of information on its website to help the perplexed choose the right products. However, you might also want to do some research on homeopathic treatments, or even consult a homeopathic healer, for expert advice in choosing natural herbal treatments.

Based on my experience, I am confident recommending the company’s skin-care products;  I have not tried the Max Freeze products, but if they are formulated with the same degree of expertise, they are probably equally effective.

 Zim’s does not sell through its own website, but its products are available through many online and brick-and-mortar retailers. Click here for the list.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Awesome Life Friday #118

Welcome to Awesome Life Friday!

We're so looking forward to seeing what you've been cooking, creating, growing, decorating, reviewing, giving away, and thinking about this week!

While you're here, leave your posts at the other link up we co-host here - Party in Your PJs!  It starts on Tuesday evenings, and runs through Sunday.  I hope you'll join us there as well!

Here's a bit of what we've been up to this week:

Jackie's family made up this salad, to fill a craving for that famous fast food burger while staying low-card.

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Big Mac Salad


My husband and I have been trying really hard to lose weight and eat better for most of this year. We followed a pretty strict Ketogenic diet for about 3.5 months that unfortunately failed on vacations and we haven't quite gotten back to it.

However, we've kept a lot of the same mindset and try to be as low-carb as possible without fully giving up carbs again.

So, what is it about any sort of attempt to eat healthier that automatically makes you want a burger? When on Keto, we often did open faced/no bun knife and fork burgers and that was great.

But even still -- where's my McDonalds Big Mac!? In reality, we rarely even eat fast food (living in Germany, it's not easily accessible, thankfully) but now of course, just because we're actively avoiding it, we need it!

So while trying to stick to our goals, but all the while wanting to make love to a Big Mac, the Big Mac Salad was born.

A Big Mac is unique compared to some other fast food burgers because of its copious amounts of lettuce as well as its 'special sauce', so it made the most sense to do it as a salad.  Here's what we did:

Yield: Serves 4

Big Mac Salad

A chopped salad inspired by the famous fast food burger, without the bun.


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 4 cups thinly shredded lettuce (try a blend of iceberg and Romaine)
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup diced dill pickles
  • 1 small white onion, diced
"Special Sauce" Dressing
  • ½ cup mayonnaise (homemade would be great!)
  • 2 tsp yellow mustard
  • ½ tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 ½ tbsp sugar or substitute
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp diced dill pickles


  1. Mix dressing ingredients together well, let chill in fridge until about to serve.
  2. Brown the ground beef in a medium skillet, seasoning with salt and pepper. Break it up into crumbles. Let fully cook, and drain excess fat.
  3. Combine remaining salad ingredients in a large bowl, including the cooked ground beef.
  4. Toss with chilled dressing and serve!
Created using The Recipes Generator

We were blown away how much this really tasted like a Big Mac. No one missed the bun at all!
I can't wait to make this many more times this summer.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Party in Your PJs! #163

Happy Tuesday!

Welcome to the Party in Your PJs Link Party, where your posts will be seen on three different blogs each week.   In addition to Kim from The Cookie Puzzle, you'll also find Party in Your PJs every Tuesday evening at Grandma Ideas, and here!

You'll also find the Awesome Life Friday link-up here at RCHReviews, every Thursday evening at 8pm ET so we hope to see you there as well.

Sadly, we are saying goodbye to Kim from The Cookie Puzzle at the end of June, so that she can make some room in her life for other things (have you seen her cookies?? I don't know how she does it all!).

Nina from Grandma Ideas will take over leading this wonderful party and we’re looking at selecting one or two new hosts by the end of June.

If any of you, Dear Readers, would like to be a host, please send an e-mail to nina (at) Please include a link to your site.

That’s coming up really soon so send her an e-mail really quick!

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Kim @ The Cookie Puzzle 

Kim is a small town girl who love simple things. Simple cookies, simple crafts and simple people. She is a wife, mother to one son and two adorable fur babies. Slightly addicted to reality TV and sitcoms, but she loves curling up with a good book or a good walk while listening to podcasts. You can find her at The Cookie Puzzle, where she shares her love for cookies and crafting. 

Nina @ Grandma Ideas 

How is this: Nina is wildly in love with her grandchildren. She delights in doing activities with them that strengthen their relationship –- playing games, doing crafts, snuggling, reading stories to them, and cooking together. She enjoys reading, technology, and traveling. (Tahiti is her most favorite place on earth!)

Lynda @ Reviews, Chews & How-Tos 

Lynda lives outside DC with her husband Michael and elderly beagle, Sadie. She and her daughter Jackie started RCHReviews as a way to spend time together in spite of living across country, and along the way they've added several friends as regular contributors. Between them all, they bring together many different perspectives and lifestyles with one common philosophy - try new things, have fun, and remember you are awesome!

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