Sunday, February 26, 2012


Every now and again the TOS Crew gets to review something non-school related~ in that it isn't books or curriculum, or games. This time around we were sent product from BeeYouTiful ~ a "Healthy Living" company. (And really, being "healthy" does affect your homeschool, so it is related!)

Each crew member was sent a tube of B.A.L.M. ($3) in either orange or peppermint (I got peppermint~ my favorite). The lip balm goes on smooth and with a little less "Bite" than some peppermint balms I've used. Very nice, and I can pronounce all of the ingredients! :)

The item we received for review was a bottle of BeeYouTiful's  Tummy TuneUp ($18 for 60 caplets, with a discount for bulk purchases). Given the prevalence of the Noro-Virus this year, and a child with a severe fear of GI illnesses, I was more than happy to give this a go.

My children were more than happy to split open their capsules (Which are filled with an arsenal of 8 friendly bacteria~ a Pro-biotic, not Anti-biotic) and sprinkle them on whatever cool-ish food they were eating at meal time (extreme heat will kill the good bacteria).  There was no noticable flavor, unless they tried to eat the powder straight (Not recommended!), although they also determined that the actual capsules that hold the powder are not very "tasty."

We decided that since there HAD been a huge outbreak of noro-virus in our region, that it wouldn't hurt to be proactive and take the probiotics once a day as a preventative measure. After 2 or 3 days, my children began to complain about gassy pains~ and the only thing in our diet that had changed was the addition of the Tummy Tuneup, so we decided to stop the prophylactic dosing~ the gassy pains went away after a few days of no pills. My suspicion is that my children already receive an adequate amount of good bacteria from the all natural yogurt that they eat daily, and this was a little bit of overkill? Not too sure, but that's my guess.

While this product didn't seem to be a good fit for the body-chemistry of our family on a daily basis, I plan to keep it around to help boost the good bacteria the next time someone is put on antibiotics (Which kill bacteria indiscriminately), or we actually come in contact with a tummy virus (Not just the threat of one).

There were a variety of other items sent out to other crew members~ Berry Well, Tension Tamer, Ow-Ease, and Miracle Skin Salve, to name a few~ If those names make you curious(there are bath and beauty products, Supplements, and a variety of other "healthy living" products and information), you might want to hop on over to the TOS Crew blog, and read about the experiences of other Crew Members with the products they received from BeeYouTiful.

I hope that this has been a helpful "Out of the norm" review~ bringing new, alternative products to your attention as you care for the health of your family.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this/these item(s)/service for free as part of the TOS Crew Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."


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