Tuesday, April 14, 2015

PopSugar MustHave Box April 2015

Hello friends, I'm back with another review. Yes, I'm still cooking, but you don't want to hear about the goofy things a pregnant lady wants to eat. Except maybe the raspberry balsamic grilling glaze and chimichurri sauce I came up with.

Anyhow, I put the other jewelry box on hold for now. I wasn't too excited about the April selection, and I wanted to check out a different brand. I was curious about the PopSugar boxes, so I ordered the April box back in March.  It's already sold out, so this selection is no longer available.

First, I had to check out the little card. I love the little cards that tell you what's what.

The first thing I grabbed, the first thing that got my attention was the Garden in a Bag by Potting Shed Creations. We've been working in the garden and getting vegetable seeds started in the house, so I was excited for this baggie of Basil. It's one of the herbs I hadn't started already, so this is definitely welcome!

Next, I had to check out the candle. It's called Rhubarb Spring by Produce Candles.  I love it. The scent is very pleasant and it's soy wax. Soy wax burns well without being at sooty as other waxes.

This little ball caught my attention. Turn it out (literally) and you  discover that it's a mashable travel bag. It's called the 24-7 Bag by Flip and Tumble. That's super handy when we go places shopping. More and more places are avoiding plastic bags and something that packs this small is great.

There was also a very cute blue and white polka dot umbrella by Dabney Lee. It's small enough to carry in my purse on those days when the weather is uncertain.

At first, I wasn't sure what to make of this product. I had to read the box and try it out.  The Gardenia + Tea Antioxidant Body Serum by One Love Organics had me fooled. Was it a scented body spray? Was it some kind of anti-aging treatment? Apparently, yes to both! The fragrance was not to strong and it absorbed quickly without irritating my sensitive skin. Hooray!

Lastly, there was a gift card for $25 towards a purchase for Mott 50 UV protection apparel at their website www.mott50.com.  Honestly, I was excited for the gift card, but then when I saw the price point of the actual products on the website, I was taken aback. Bland products above my average price point ($38 for a ball cap, $58 infinity scarf???). I suppose you could say I was miffed that they wasted my time with this.

Overall, I wasn't sure what to expect since the PopSugar boxes provide a wild variety of products. Of course I was hoping for jewelry and food, which are two of my favorite things. I think the Spring theme came across very well with this selection though and I'm dying to see what's in the next box.

See you next time!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Rib cook off 2014

Hello readers!

I've been slow to post this, mainly because I forgot to hit post!  Silly me!

So let's take a look back at the 2014 Best in the West Rib Cook-off.  It was in the typical location along Victorian Square between the Nugget hotel and the Sparks Century 14 Theater.  In recent years, many of the older building were demolished and turned into a vast parking lot. This comes in very handy for events like this.

There were rib booths spread out more toward the theater. Normally they are crowded together all down Victorian Avenue, and the lines of people waiting for food can get very long. It can be hard to even walk. I liked that the booths were further apart.

We tried a few places that we didn't recognize. Everything was hot and fresh off the grill.Yum! In my opinion, that is the best way to eat ribs.

We didn't get tickets to the Rib Village this time. No, we took our time meandering through the vendors on foot and stopping at places that piqued our interest.

I think these two are definitely related! Look at those faces!

This one didn't waste any time either. I was lucky to get a taste.

Also, the hats were brand new. We bought them walking in from one of the booths. It was a bright day and these two needed some shade.

The Nugget Rib Cook-off has a Facebook page and you can also follow on Twitter!

Results for the 2014 competition
2014 Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off - OFFICIAL RESULTS
1st Desperado BBQ & Rib Company
2nd Bone Daddy's BBQ
3rd Famous Dave's BBQ
4th Butch's Smack Your Lips BBQ
5th Checkered Pig BBQ
Best Sauce Porky 'N' Beans
People's Choice Back Forty Texas BBQ

Friday, March 13, 2015

Your Bijoux Box March 2015

Hi there my readers. I decided to try something new.

Since I started (infrequently) getting products to test and review, I thought I should also add in the the things that come in my subscription boxes.

I started getting Your Bijoux Box in January and I was really pleased with what I got. I'll have to save that for later though. We're already in March!

So just last night, I picked up the mail and my latest mystery box had arrived. Here's what was included.

I like that they include a card describing what you just received.

First on the list was the Avril Beaded Strand. It's cute and very long. I love the turquoise colored beads. I wear a lot of turquoise so this will really get used.

Second was the Elyse Emerald Collar necklace. I really like that it's trendy and matches other things I've seen in catalogs, like Stella and Dot jewelry. Also, I like the green. It will be great for layering.

The third piece is the Petite Etoile Necklace.Very cute, and I'm wearing today. I like that is is two-tone with clear crystal jewels. It's really versatile and a great length.

If you love these items, it's not too late! You can still sign up and get your own March box at YourBijouxBox.com.

Lastly, I ordered an add-on.The January box came with two pieces called Sabine, a collar necklace and a leather wrap bracelet.  They offered these Sabine earring to coordinate and I just could not pass them up. I've already worn the Sabine necklace quite a few times. It's really close to a set sold by Chloe and Isabel at a fraction of the cost.

By the way, for the sake of transparency, I paid for this subscription myself. It was in no way free or provided to me for some exchange of services. I just really liked the products and wanted to share my opinion.