Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Latest Dollar Tree Finds

I stopped in at Dollar Tree recently and was really impressed with some of their latest offerings.
I usually don't pay much attention to their wall decals but these caught my eye.
The designs are definitely more on trend and just plain cute.
I think they'd be fun in a teen/tween's room.
I always get my Super Glue at DT but I just saw these single use tubes and snapped them up. Super Glue usually dries up after I use it and I end up throwing out the bigger tubes so these will be perfect.
I've got travel on the mind and I was impressed with these little 5 piece travel kits that contain two travel size bottles, mini jar, tooth brush cover and mesh bath pouf in a little zippy pouch. I picked up the blue set to see how well they work.
This one is just for fun. Nice Lady for women eau de toilette spray...no, I didn't buy it.
There was a huge selection of party goods. I thought these large tissue paper pom poms would be great for dorm decor too.
I loved their line of Christmas gift boxes and the birthday ones are just as cute!
Sheet masks are all the rage right now so I picked this set of TWO (for a dollar!) up to give the DT masks a try. I won't model it for you but I did test one out already and my skin felt soft and smooth afterwards.
I love the DT storage bins for organizing projects but now they come in some fun decorative options like this reversible sequin bin.
This bright blue shade is a new color to me and I can see it working in many different room styles.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

{Recipe}Easy Peach (and Plum) Cobbler-Vegan

I had a request for my Peach Cobbler recipe from Laura@Not A Trophy Wife so I made it again to photograph the steps. Anything for the blog and Laura! 
This time I only had two peaches left so I supplemented with some fresh plums.  Berries work well in a cobbler as well.
2-3 cups of sliced fruit (peaches, plums, nectarines, apples, berries)
1/4-1/2 cup sugar of choice (I used coconut sugar)
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour or 1/2 flour/1/2 oats
cinnamon for sprinkling
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 TBS coconut oil (or shortening of choice)
1/2 cup non dairy milk

  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  •  Mix fruit with cinnamon and 2 TBS sugar. I added a few blueberries too!

  •  Place fruit into lightly greased baking dish.

  •  Mix dry ingredients (flour, oats (if using), remaining sugar, baking powder and salt in a bowl.

  •  Cut in coconut oil and add non dairy milk. Mix to incorporate ingredients.

  •  Spoon batter onto fruit and sprinkle with cinnamon

  •  Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown on top.

  • Enjoy with some (vegan) whipped cream or ice cream!
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Thursday, August 9, 2018

August's Daily Goodie Box

{Disclaimer-I was given a Daily Goodie Box to review but all opinions are my own.}
I'm always thrilled to get see one of these Daily Goodie Boxes in my mailbox.
This month's offerings were awesome! 
Their motto is: Daily Goodie Box. It's more than just Free Samples!   Let's see what was in the box.

Veroni - Iron Energy 
This is a premium European energy drink by Mike Tyson who should know a thing or two about energy drinks!

RunGum - Energy Gum
You can chew this gum when you need a boost in your day.  Chewing the gum helps you absorb the ingredients faster and can lead to an immediate burst in energy and alertness.

Napz - All-Natural Sleep Solution
Napz capsules are made from passion flower, chamomile, lemon balm and hibiscus and can help you relax and wind down for better sleep and longer naps.

BrightDay - Hangover Preventions
According to their website, this proprietary blend of natural ingredients removes toxins that cause hangovers from alcohol.  

Trust Fund Beauty - Nail Polish
Their products are non-toxic, vegan and cruelty free..yay!!  I had fun perusing their site of cleverly named beauty products. I can't wait to try out my Extra Gauc nail polish!

The Grandpa Soap Co - Witch Hazel Shampoo and Conditioner
This company has been around since 1878 so they must be doing something right.  The Witch Hazel Shampoo and Conditioner are made with a blend of witch hazel, lavender flower and argan oil to protect against build up and leave hair softer and fuller. Its natural ingredients make it safe for color treated hair and gentle enough for daily use.

WOLO WanderBar - Peanut Butter Protein Bar
Each layer of this WOLO WanderBar  Peanut Butter Protein Bar is peanut butter laden. Yum!  It sounds perfect for your next road trip!

Teapigs - Rhubarb & Ginger Tea
This is a fun website to browse if you're a tea lover like me. Teapigs is a British company that is passionate about high quality, great tasting tea. What makes their product truly special is their biodegradable tea "temples" (well designed mesh tea bags)--which offers all of the space whole tea leaves need to infuse properly. Rhubarb and ginger sounds like a delicious crumble!

That’s it - Apple + Blueberries Fruit Bar
I've already been a fan of That's It Fruit Bars.  I love that they contain just fruit, no fillers. Each bar is packed with yummy fruit and contains only 100 calories for portion controlled snacking. They are gluten free, all natural, high fiber, non GMO and approved by the Paleo Foundation if you're into those sort of things.

Wasn't this a fantastic Daily Goodie Box this month? You can visit them here and sign up for a chance to get your own Daily Goodie Box. No credit card is ever needed!

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

[Travel} NYC-A Tale of Two Theatre Weekends!

I didn't know what to title this post because it started out as a Girls' Theatre Weekend and then there was a development that caused it to morph into something else...
Intrigued, are you? We had an overnight trip planned to NYC to see Rogers & Hammerstein's Carousel on Broadway with my sister and niece. Sounds awesome, right?
We also got matinee tickets to an Off Broadway play called Puffs or "Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic".
 If you're a Harry Potter fan, you will love this show. We all want to see it again!

It was so clever and so funny!
We had just enough time to check into our hotel, get ready and go to dinner before heading out to see Carousel.
College Girl had done Carousel in summer stock so I knew the music and the story.  This was so exciting because it was the original Broadway cast of the 2018 revival and it was AMAZING!  The show and actors were nominated for a lot of Tony awards this year.
 The next morning we checked out of our hotel and went to Chelsea for brunch.

We had brunch with City Girl at Urban Vegan Kitchen and walked around Washington Square Park before we had to go home.

 What a fun, theatre filled weekend!
Here's where it gets interesting! I have been entering the lottery for theatre tickets on and off but I ramped up my efforts after we got home and it paid off! I couldn't believe it when I saw this email!  The lotteries are for a few select shows and if you win, you get to purchase tickets at a very reduced price. Score!
 You can only get up to two tickets so just the two of us went back to NYC the following Saturday night!

We didn't know a thing about Kinky Boots so the entire show was a delightful surprise! David Cook from American Idol was the lead and he was very impressive as was the entire cast! I get the hype now!
The Al Hirschfeld Theatre was stunningly beautiful.  
We were there a little early so we explored the whole place.
And...look at our seats! They were BOX SEATS!  We felt so fancy!!

Speaking of fancy, the bathroom was extra fancy! It had a fireplace and stained glass windows.
 Right off of our seating area was this little private exit.
I highly recommend all of the shows we got to see.  Going to the theatre just makes me want to see ALL of the shows!  Have you seen any shows lately? What's your favorite?
Here's where you can enter the ticket lottery.
We hadn't been to a show since we saw HAMILTON last summer in Chicago.

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