Showing posts from 2015

Your Bijoux Box December 2015

Hello dear readers, it's December and time for a new box of jewelry!

 This just showed up. I was really excited to see how things would look after seeing two sneak peeks from YBB posts on social media. But first, the card with the details.

So, reveal number one, was the Chole Crystal Lariat.  This is also featured on the YBB website at the moment as part of the background image. It's really gorgeous. 

The second reveal, which appeared on Instagram, was the Juliette Statement Necklace. I love it and wore it yesterday. It's very comfortable for a chunky necklace.

The third item was kept a secret. I think the Emerald-green Baguette earrings are really simple and lovely.  There is a tiny clear crystal in one corner for a little extra accent. They are understated but beautiful.

There you go, merry Christmas to me! Thanks for stopping by.
P.S. 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 ser…

Your Bijoux Box November 2015

Hello readers! The latest box from Your Bijoux Box arrived over the weekend.  Are you ready to see what came inside it?

Here's the description card, three things listed here, but there was a fourth surprise piece included!

The first thing was the Chocolate Statement Chain. It's big, long, heavy, chunky, and perfect for fall.  There are some golden topaz colored crystals hiding in the golden fringe.

Second is the sparkly silver Renegade Y-Chain necklace.  I love it! The hook can be placed anywhere to adjust it to be worn with a longer or shorter drop.

Third are these lovely, simple drop earrings called Raise the Bar. They are not too small, not too heavy and add just a hint of bling to ears.

Fourth, this is the surprise piece. It's a golden chain with a shaped and polished tiger's eye stone. It didn't come with an official name, so I'm calling this the Tiger Eye Y-Necklace.

And finally, I ordered a necklace from the subscriber add-on sale.  I picked out the gray…

Turkey Kale Pasta Bake

Hello again, I'm back with a new recipe.

I've been ready for casseroles for a long time and now I'm on a roll.  I recently got a free jar of Ragu Sauce to test from Influenster. They asked me to use it and make up a recipe to go with it.

I used some things I already had around the house. We grew dinosaur kale in the garden this year so I was already thinking about using kale in a dinner dish.  I almost always have cheese and pasta on hand, so I didn't have to buy more. I did pick up some ground turkey at the store.

Then less than one easy-peasy hour later, I had a really tasty dinner ready to go. It also made a huge amount so we have plenty of leftovers. Give it a try, I think you'll like it.

1 lb organic ground turkey
1 bunch dinosaur kale, ribs removed and chopped
2 Tablespoons garlic flavored olive oil (or regular olive oil)
1-2 teaspoons dried red pepper flakes
1 16-oz box of Barilla Pasta,  campanelle, elbows, rotini, penne, or something similar
2 c…

Chicken Chorizo and Rice Bake

Hello dear readers.  It's officially Fall!  It's casserole and soup season!  You have no idea how happy I am for the cooler weather. Being pregnant during the summer was not so fun. I had no appetite and I was not interested in cooking anything in the oven that would make the house hotter than it already was.  I think we'll get the AC serviced in the springtime because it's just not cooling anymore.

Anyhow, FOOD! I've been hungry for something different than our standard, go-to meals.  I had to think back to the old days growing up and what kinds of interesting things we found at church pot-lucks. That brings me to home-cooked Basque food.

I perused my old community cookbooks and got some ideas. I perused the Internet for more ideas.  Food started flying into the pot on the stove. And then bingo! Basque chicken and rice was served.

Basically it all started because we took a short road trip back the old hometown to visit Grandma Rose so she could meet the baby.  We sto…

Your Bijoux Box October 2015

Hello again! The latest mystery box of jewelry arrived and it's another good one.  The October box features amethyst!

The card says the YBB has sourced more fair-trade goodies with 18k gold plated over brass.  Sounds good, doesn't it?

First, the wrapped amethyst necklace is lovely. The amethyst chunk has a piece of wire that wraps around and through it.  There is a chain tassel at the bottom. I really like this one.

The coordinating wrapped amethyst ring is huge. The stone really stands out.

The chain loop earrings have purple Czech crystals in the settings. They are a great shade of purple.

Finally, I took advantage of the monthly add-on sale and picked out these golden pave drop earrings. I think they match the pave drop bar necklace really well from February's box earlier this year.

So there you have it. My jewelry box is overflowing with stuff, good stuff. Thanks for stopping by and see you again very soon!
P.S. For the sake of transparency, I paid for this subscription myse…

Fall 2015 Influenster Comfort VoxBox

Hello dear readers.  I recently received a box of goodies to try out from Influenster. You never know when you'll get chosen and you never know what they will send.  Luckily, I got picked for a "mom" box!

Here's what I got. Also, full disclosure time, I received these products complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster.

1. Fisher Nut Exactly Snack Bites (plus a coupon).  These are clusters of almonds, peanuts, and popcorn with a little chocolate coating.  Each cluster is about 15 calories, so that makes it very easy to figure out how many calories you're getting. These are crunchy and tasty, not too sweet. It's a lot like Popcornopolis or Moose Munch, but lighter. The verdict is Yum!

 2. Annie's Organic Star Pasta and Chicken Soup. With the cooler weather, I've been sending the big kids a thermos of soup for lunch at school. I like Annie's products because they are healthier than regular brands. They are transparent about their contents …

Kinderbox September 2015

Hello dear readers.  I've been enjoying my jewelry subscription so much that my husband piped up for me to find a box for him.

After looking around at various men's boxes, like Cairn and Campbox, we agreed to order Kinderbox.  So I signed up for a three-month subscription to give it a try.

The first box arrived last week. Here is what we received.

 First, let's look at the Injinji Toe Socks. They sent a size M, which are too small for my husband who wears a men's 11 wide.  However, they fit our son who wears a men's 7.5 shoe.  The socks are solid black and made from a very nice soft fabric. The kiddo loves them! He's tough on socks, so I'm watching to see how they hold up, but we're off to a good start.

Second, we got a pouch of Insta-fire survival Fire Starter.  Husband declared that sounded really useful and whisked it off to put in his camp box for the next outing.

Third, the Combat Ready Karambit Knife was a hit for both boys. The young one really w…