Saturday, June 29, 2013

Adventures in Dining: O'Keefes Irish Pub

O'Keefes is a nice little Irish Pub, not too far from our home. A neighbor had mentioned having lunch there and, in the eternal search for a good neighborhood pub, we decided to check it out. While it's not much to look at on the outside, it's not too bad once you get inside. And like any good pub, the people were friendly and the food was good!

O'Keefes Irish Pub
A decent size bar, there's also a small dining area, a pool table, a few video games, and a small area where bands perform.

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Lots of Irish decorations, including a Smithwick's mirror I wouldn't mind giving DH for his birthday. Think it would look lovely in his Man Cave!

O'Keefes Irish Pub
DH had a club sandwich and a Smithwick's beer. Not sure why they put it in a Guinness glass, but maybe that's all that was clean? The sandwich was huge, and I still can't believe he actually finished it!

O'Keefes Irish Pub
I had the pulled pork sandwich with fries. The pulled pork was a little more vinegary than I like, but still good. Loved the fries!

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On our second visit, I went with a cheeseburger and DH had fish & chips. We both had waffle fries. I like the regular fries better, but the burger was oh-so-good! DH said the fish was good, but he could have easily eaten a third piece.

All in all, this is a nice lunch place with friendly people and a decent menu. Not too expensive either! Have definitely added this to our go-to list!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Mail Call!

mail call!
Having signed up for so many samples and entered so many contests, decided I needed a place to share the goodies that have started coming in the mail!

Atkins sample kit
Received a sample kit from Dr. Atkins, with a quick-start guide, a carb counter, and three sample bars. I've done this plan before and it worked, so may try it again.

Register on the site to get a Quick Start kit that includes a guide to the diet, 3 candy bars, and more - all free! Visit to take advantage of this deal.

WOW Color Security Shampoo sample
WOW Color Security Shampoo sample.

Specially formulated to prolong the life of your hair color and maintain your hair's healthy appearance. Unlike typical shampoos that strip color and moisture, this unique sulfate-free formula deposits moisturizing agents that keep hair nourished and color looking vibrant and true.

Shine, Shine Go Away sample
Shine, Shine Go Away sample from Olay.

Nothing says fresh like a deep, down-to-the-pores clean. Now get the purifying power of a mask that lathers and rinses like a daily cleanser. Dive into a deep clean that minimizes shine - even after you leave the sink!

Hylunia Colloidal Silver Mist floral water and Salicylic Facial Cleansing Gel samples.

The natural anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory agents in these products help keep your skin adequately hydrated without being oily, remove blackheads and buff away dead cells, repair cell damage and stimulate repair, and minimize future breakouts. 

DermaSilk 5 Minute Beauty Peel sample
DermaSilk 5 Minute Beauty Peel sample & coupon.

DermaSilk 5 Minute Beauty Peel offers all the benefits of a salon peel in an easy to use, enzyme-based formula for results in just five minutes.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Barielle nail polish

Had never heard of Barielle before, but it was recommended by one of the bloggers I follow and, since she was nice enough to post a 40% off coupon code, I decided to give them a try.

Barielle nail polish

Ordered Blue Cotton Candy and Island Breeze. Funny because I don't usually like blues, but both of these were calling my name. I seemed to have stumbled onto a deal, as it was buy one/get one 50% off, on top of the 40% promo! I'm impressed that I was able to resist ordering more, but was worried that I wouldn't like it or maybe it would be horrible or something. No worries, as this polish is awesome!

Barielle nail polish

Blue Cotton Candy. My new favorite polish! I seriously fell in love with this color and would randomly pause throughout the day to admire my nails! Lasted several days without chipping too, so think this love affair is going to last!

The nail polish is $8 per bottle, plus shipping. I'm going to wait for a good coupon before placing another order, but I do have my eye on Jillian's Jammin!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Where to sit? - The Birth of a Home (15)

Our new home has both a front porch and a back porch. In the morning, we can't use the front porch because it faces east and the sun shines directly into our eyes. In the evenings, the back porch is hotter than Hades because of the evening sun. So we knew that we'd have to find chairs for both front and back, as I didn't like the idea of hauling chairs back and forth throughout the day. Not that we ever seriously considered that, but still.


Very happy to find affordable rocking chairs at Lowes! Love sitting on the front porch in the evenings, rocking and rolling!

Saw these chairs everywhere, and they were even cheaper than the rockers! Still need to find a decent table, but the chairs are pretty comfortable.

We are settling into our new home very nicely...

Sunday, June 16, 2013

May Glossybox

Glossybox is a monthly subscription service that is available by the month ($21), or you can sign up for 3,6,or 12 months. Once you select a plan, you fill out your beauty profile, and wait for your box filled with 5-6 luxury-sized samples! A little pricey, but look at what you get!

Really like the box it comes in, as it's nice and sturdy. Can definitely use this again!

First look at May's goodies!

Collagen & Aloe Vera hydro mask by Etre Belle. The mask is supposed to give you an extreme moisture boost and they recommend using it right before bed. I've never used one of these before, so will be curious to see how it works.

Samples of Slow It body wash and lotion from the European Wax Center. There was also a coupon good for one free wax, but there's no locations nearby so I can't use it.

Nicka K New York Absolute! Perfume Stick. I received Parc de 59, which is supposed to be a light and radiant breath of fresh air. I like the idea of a solid perfume, but haven't opened this yet as I'm trying to trade for another scent.

Multi-Purpose Mattifying Moisturizer by My Prime. This one also doubles as a primer, so am curious to try it out!

Amore Pacific Color Control Cushion Compact in almond blush. This looks a little dark for me, so need to swatch it before using.

Sebastian Volupt Spray. I really like the Sebastian hair spray I received in my LBB, so looking forward to using this sample! It's a spray gel that's supposed to help with volume and enhance waves. I need all the help I can get with my stick straight hair, so will give it a shot! We also received a coupon good for a free 1.5 oz Shaper with any $15 Sebastian purchase at Ulta. 

All in all, not a bad box. Because it's one of the more expensive boxes, I cancelled in favor of Ipsy. Are you a Glossybox fan? Should I reconsider? If so, why?

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Little Black Bag - May box #2

Little Black Bag is a subscription service with a twist: after you place your order, you can trade items with other customers. Trading isn't as much fun as it used to be and I was going to cancel my account, but then I saw that Wrapp had a $10 LBB gift card available! It was for new customers only, so I set up a second account with one of my other email addresses. Only cost me $10, so worth it!

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Such a big box for only three small items. I'll never understand shipping departments!

Little Black Bag
Red Crescent Drop Earrings by Rain. These are larger than expected and I'm not sure how I feel about them yet. Took them in a trade for something I didn't like, but may try to trade them for something else on Facebook.

Little Black Bag
Carol Dauplaise Pave Starfish Ring. This is the ring I really, really wanted! I knew it was large from unboxing videos, but the heart wants what it wants. Think it's a great ring for the summer and I've worn it several times already!

Little Black Bag
Was trying to get another Pixi lip blush, but had to settle for this liner/lipstick hybrid. It's not bad, but I wish I could have snagged another lip blush instead.

Am happy with this bag as it only cost $10 and change, and I managed to snag the ring I'd been drooling over! The lipstick and earrings aren't bad, but the ring was my prize! Are you a LBB customer? Are you going to cancel your account or are you still hanging in there? Is trading annoying you as much as it annoys me? Plus, most of the items aren't as appealing to me as they used to be. Either their quality has gone down or I'm just getting tired of them....

Friday, June 14, 2013

June Love With Food box

Love With Food

Love With Food is a monthly subscription service which delivers gourmet foods directly to your home, some sample sized and some full sized. A nice plus is that for every order, they donate a meal to a hungry child! How great is that? You get to try great new foods, and help feed the hungry to boot!

Love With Food
This month's goodies!

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Pineapple Coconut cereal bar from Do More Bars and Mango Coconut bar from SoyJoy. 
Enjoyed the Do More Bar more so than the SoyJoy as it reminded me of a Rice Krispie treat, but with a nice pineapple flavor. The SoyJoy bar was heavier, dry, and very filling, with a hint of mango. The coconut flavor was faint in both bars, which is a shame because I love coconut!

Love With Food
Coconut and Mango Fruit Ice by Smooze! Coconut seems to be a theme this month, which I love! Haven't tried this one yet, but it reminds me of the frozen treats we used to get in grade school.

Love With Food
Surf Sweets organic Fruity Bears. These look like gummy bears, but I haven't had a chance to taste them yet. I like that they're organic!

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Pur Pomegranate Mint Gum and two hard candies from GoOrganic, in blood orange and apple flavors. Love gum and candy, but haven't tried any of these yet.

Love With Food
Citrus Hibiscus Immunity Drink by Flavrz. This is an all-natural liquid drink mix that's organic and supposed to give you a boost! Haven't tried this one yet, as it doesn't specify what type of "boost" you'll get. ;)

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Roasted Seaweed from Seaweed Love and Sweet Plantain Chips from Turbana. Am a little hesitant about trying the seaweed snack because, well, it's seaweed. The plantain chips were actually good, like dried banana chips but sweeter.

I actually liked this box better than last month's box, but decided to cancel my subscription for now as I don't really need multiple food boxes. I may alternate between this one and Goodies, but for now, Goodies wins.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

PopSugar Must Have Box for June

The PopSugar Must Have Box is another subscription box service that gets an awful lot of rave reviews, so when they recently had a 50% off promo, decided to give them a try! At $35 a month, I doubt I would have tried them otherwise.

PopSugar Must Have Box
Was very pleased when I saw the size of the box! Even though I knew they were all supposed to be full-size items, I wasn't going to believe it until I saw it. Happy to report that it's true!

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First look at this month's goodies. I've said it before, but I love it when the items are wrapped in tissue paper!

PopSugar Must Have Box
Revenge Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger. For some reason, I never expected to receive a book in any of my subscription boxes. I love books, and with a list price of $25.99, this is a good deal! Not my type of read and I've already swapped it for something else, but I appreciate it being included.

PopSugar Must Have Box
Fit Popcorn by Popcorn, Indiana was the special extra in this box. A full size bag, this didn't last long in our house! It was salty and tasted light, if that makes sense. At only 37 calories per cup, it's a great snack food!

PopSugar Must Have Box
Quench wintergreen mints by Project 7 was listed as the Must Have Food. Strange, as you'd think the popcorn would be the food and the mints the special extra, but whatever. 

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Juice Beauty Stem Cell Repair Moisturizer is the Beauty item in the box. I'm intrigued by the idea of an organic moisturizer, and like that there are two samples of CC cream included.

PopSugar Must Have Box
Hard Candy Fitness DVD - Addicted to Sweat 4. While it's interesting that Madonna uses this workout, and that it's with a chair, this is SO not me. Will either give this away or swap it.

PopSugar Must Have Box
This is the item I was most excited about; the Gorjana & Griffin Zuma Scarf! I love the stripes set off by the bright coral border. Very summer-y!

Despite the book and DVD debacle, I'm pleased with the overall box. Think it was a good value for what I spent, but wouldn't sign up for it on a monthly basis as it's just too expensive. But next time they have a half-off promo? I'm there!