Archive | October, 2013

Happy Haloween Chickas

31 Oct

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Love a me,

Mario

Stages of Subscribing to Subscription Box Services

30 Oct

 

I can across this while googling some reviews, gotta love fellow addicts!!!

1. Denial

“What? People send you little presents every month? NO WAY!”

“I don’t know if I really need a makeup subscription.

“I would never subscribe to more than one makeup subscription. Come on, that is a little excessive isn’t it?”

“What? There’s a box that just sends you nail polish?! Well, that doesn’t really count as a makeup subscription does it?” 

“What? There is a box that sends you all full-sized makeup every month? Well that is just economical!  And those full-sized items would augment my samples so nicely!”

2. Anger

“Why didn’t I find out about this box before?! I missed the good month!”

“Ugh!!! When are they going to ship!”

“Argh!!! The shipping is so slow!”

 “Seriously SmartPost?! What magic journey will you send my box on this month? Is it possible for you to send my box on a slower, more indirect and bizarre route?!”

“Why does this box hate me? I never get the thing I want!”

3. Bargaining

“Okay, so if I skip a month of this sub, then I am only really subscribed to five, which is totally reasonable, especially since I would have to buy a lot of this stuff eventually, right?”

4. Depression

“I have spent HOW MUCH on subscription boxes?!  How did that even happen?! I cannot give up this one, or this one, soooo….it looks like you are on the chopping block this month. But I will miss you, I promise.”

5. Acceptance

“My name is Kitten Mittens, and I am a subscriptoholic.”

Delicious Eggplant & Feta Dip

29 Oct

Came across this in EatingWell, everyone was really impressed.  It’s become a staple in my house.  So easy, delicious, and healthy… what more could I ask for?

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  • 1 medium eggplant (about 1 pound)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese, preferably Greek
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 small red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

You may want to double the recipe because it goes QUICK!

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PREPARATION

  1. Position oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source; preheat broiler.
  2. Line a baking pan with foil. Place eggplant in the pan and poke a few holes all over it to vent steam. Broil the eggplant, turning with tongs every 5 minutes, until the skin is charred and a knife inserted into the dense flesh near the stem goes in easily, 14 to 18 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board until cool enough to handle.
  3. Put lemon juice in a medium bowl. Cut the eggplant in half lengthwise and scrape the flesh into the bowl, tossing with the lemon juice to help prevent discoloring. Add oil and stir with a fork until the oil is absorbed. (It should be a little chunky.) Stir in feta, onion, bell pepper,  basil, parsley, cayenne and salt.

The only critique I received was that it was a little chunky the first time.  I tried blending the eggplant next time, but I prefer the original.  Now I realize if you mix the lemon and eggplant really well while it’s still hot you can get a more natural puree type texture.

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Joseph Ambler Inn

28 Oct

Joe and I like random weekend getaways.  This one, In North Wales PA, was a pretty traumatic experience.

Joseph Ambler Inn Bed & Breakfast.

Not an authentic B&B, more like a resort.  Very pretty grounds, but on the small side.

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I have left this inn beyond unhappy, and I am not one to normally complain. This inn lost my reservation, so at my inconvenience I had to move days. I was upgraded rooms- in which I assumed the difference would be comped- it wasn’t  I mean it was two days before, you had this vacant room, I don’t see why it wasn’t   All I got (after putting up quite a stink) was a lousy drink voucher in which the waitress gave me a hard time about.

My room, a King Suite, was smaller than expected but pretty and full of potential.  I was disappointed  The dresser was so old the drawers barely opened and closed.  The table was stained with wine. The the door lock didn’t work nor did the Jacuzzi jets (glad I paid for an upgrade). Brian, whoever was in charge at the moment, told me to take it up with the manager who would be in at 8 am. He blatantly lied seeing as the manager wouldn’t be in for another two days. The font desk refused to call the manager or the owner and were perfectly OK with me leaving upset. It’s a Friday night/Saturday morning and there is nobody to deal with issues? The front desk said a superior- aka Brian- would be in at 4. Brian is a superior?!?!  Then why was he so useless? And why would I still be there  5 hours after checkout? I have never dealt with such poor customer service!

As for my dinner- the dining hall had a nice ambiance, but the food  was mediocre at best.  Not worth the large price tag.

Breakfast was a standard continental.  French toast was good, coffee was terrible.  Unlike upscale buffets, the tray would empty long before replaced. Happened to me twice the 5 minutes I was filling my plate.

My complaints thus far have gotten me nowhere, but honestly, even if they did the normal thing and gave me a gift certificate or something- I wouldn’t go back.  I don’t know why their are any good reviews.

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This is my updated review- I e-mailed the manager, seeing as they wouldn’t allow me to call him or call him themselves, and I told him about my unhappy stay.  About how they lost my reservation (I had multiple emails dated back a month proving so) and yet I was forced to pay for the only available upgraded room (which, at my inconvenience  was that Friday not Saturday).  About how the door wouldn’t lock and the Jacuzzi jets wouldn’t work.  It was a $25 fee, clearly after these issues, it should be waived.  This is the email I received back (four days later)

“I hope today is going well. This email is in regards to notes my front desk team presented to me upon my return after an extended weekend regarding your unpleasant stay.

Clearly you did not enjoy your stay and we the Joseph Ambler Inn are truly sorry for this unfortunate circumstance. After speaking with the General Manager and Proprietor of the Joseph Ambler Inn, we all feel that our property is not your fit.

On behalf of us all; we are justly sorry you did not enjoy our Historic Inn that we love so much.”

Oh… is that all I get?
My fit? Asshole.  That’s why you are $99 on Groupon.

After receiving this email, my card was charged. $37, not even $25.  It’s not that much money, I know, but this is principle.  How desperate can these people be that they won’t just waive this?  I’ve never heard of such a thing.

Legging Season <3

27 Oct

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Accent Scarf: Ebay $1

Biker Jacket: Ebay $15

I got it awhile ago so the link may not add up to the exact same jacket

Round Bottom Tank: Forever 21

Leggings

Knee-High Socks:  Target $4-$8

Boots: Payless $40 (or wait for a sale, I got them at $30)

Very affordable outfit 🙂

And this gorgeous burgundy lipstick is “ShowGirl” by Rain Cosmetics. I got it for $10 on Hautelook but it’s normally listed at $20.  I would definitely recommend it- this lipstick is well worth it.  It’s long lasting, moisturizing, and doesn’t get “flaky.”  I wish they all wore as well! Thumbs up on this product.

Love With Food SCARY DELICIOUS October 2013 + Promo

26 Oct

Since I’m such a subscription box hoarder I decided to designate the reviews to Saturday… which is today… my favorite day!!!

 

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Now, in case you never heard of them, LoveWithFood is a subscription service that helps you discover new organic, all-natural snacks . The membership starts at $10/month and you can cancel anytime, commitment-free.  Every month, Love With Food members will receive a curated box of unique, hard-to-find tasty snacks which varies based on seasonal themes. This October box came with a Halloween vibe, and a few Fall flavors.

I tried this box with a promo code making it only $2, try FBPROMO, FBGIFT or FBFOOD.

THE BEST PART- For every box sold, they donate a meal to several food banks such as the Feeding America Network and Share Our Strength – No Kid Hungry. This definitely makes this company stand out to me.

The box came with an order info card, that at first I thought was a greeting card!  Call me childish, but it put a smile on my face.  I’ve ordered a lot of snack subscription boxes and this is the only one that successfully made me feel like a friend rather than customer.

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Anywho- here’s what I got:

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Chocolate Pizzele Crisps from Silk City Snacks: $1 (guessitmate)

These are light and crispy Italian waffle cookies, under 100 calories!  I was excited because they had chocolate- but they turned out to be too bland L I will not purchase.

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New World Caveman Cookies by Caveman Bakery: 2 cookies: $1.90 value

Kind of frail looking, but made with a refreshing mix of pumpkin seeds and maple syrup.

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Organic Hard Candies from Torie & Howard & Glee Gum, triple berry from Verve Inc

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Pixo Pearls from Vinaigrette Gingras $1.80 value

This is apple cider vinegar flavor, I’m thinking I am going to pour it over my plain cheerios.

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Happy Squeeze from Happy Family $1.80

I keep getting these in all my boxes! Not that I mind sampling the different flavors.  They are pretty good when served cold.

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Toasted Coconut Chips from Dang $2.50

I was worried at first glance- but they are delicious! They have the consistency of plantain chips but the taste of coconuts 🙂 Amazing!

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Miniaturized Kind Bar from Kind Snacks $1.25

I’ve never really been into these bars and I don’t even feel it’s as healthy as advertised.

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A bunch of coupons, including a voucher for 1 Free Honestly Good frozen dinner from Lean Cuisine: $4.99 value

Unfortunately I could not find a box in my local Shoprite.

The value of the box doesn’t seem to be much larger than what I paid, but that’s OK, the point is discovery.

What do you think of this month’s Lovewithfood?

Lip Factory, Inc October 2013

26 Oct

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For $22 per month, each month, you will receive your Lip Factory Beauty Kit containing 5 to 7 of your favorite makeup brands. Although your kit may include a full face of makeup products, our focus is on your lips! Your kit may include lip products such as lip glosses, lip sticks, lip liners and lip therapy products. Our products are chosen each month by our expert team of beauty specialists and makeup artists.

Each month your beauty kit, filled with well known and new brands, may also contain a surprise beauty bonus.

This is my first Lip Factory box, and since I ordered so late in the month I basically already knew what I was getting with the exception of some color variation. I have to say, I’m so loyal to Ipsy because of how inexpensive it is, but this is really a bang for your buck. Well worth the price.

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This box’s theme was “Welcome to the Fall.” Love it all ready.  And the shipping packaging is super snug and safe.

 

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29 Cosmetics Dew Grape Seed Age Protecting Lip Gloss (Pink Champagne) ($24)

 

I’m not a big lipgloss wearer, but the fact that this one had all sorts of calming ingredients interested me… my lips are always in need hydration. The color is exactly as it sounds- a nude, shimmering pink.  It doesn’t seem to be long wear, but I don’t think glosses usually are, and the smell is amazing! Kind of reminds me of cupcakes.. I’m not sure why though….I think it’s linked to some childhood memory I can’t put my finger on.

 

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Michael Marcus Lip Gloss (Romance) ($22)

Now, because this promises to have long wear and strong pigment, it might be more up my alley… however, I already have a lipgloss just like it so I’m hesitant to break this seal.  Lip Factory’s next box promises to be all lip stuff- so this might best be saved as a gift.

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Alcone Make-Off Remover Cloths ($0.50)

Oh goodie!  I am crashing at a Halloween party Saturday so this might come in handy if I’m too drunk or sleepy to scrub my face properly. I haven’t even opened it yet and it’s already my favorite makeup wipe. I sense it.

 

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Befine Warming Clay Mask Packette ($0.40)

Ahh! I never buy my own face masks so I can’t wait to pamper myself with this one.  I’ll be on a week long business trip in D.C. with a whole bathtub to myself and tons of time to waste 🙂

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Palladio Beauty Baked Blush (Berry) ($7)

 

I love this blush!  I was a little bleh at first because it’s oddly small, but the color was very distinct on my brush and I just love it! I hope I start getting some new brushes in my boxes soon.  I also love that this is affordable because I think I’m ready to commit.

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This is a pretty color, the exact shade of brown I would of picked for myself.. and I desperately need a new liquid liner… but the concept scares the bejusus out of me.  wet the brush first?!?  It could definitely have it’s pros- what with long wear and all, but the idea just doesn’t suit my lazy girl lifestyle.  I might keep it as a shadow.

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J.Cat Roll It Up Automatic Lip Liner (RAL109) ($2.49)

This was a bonus item.  I have never bought a lip liner on my own so I don’t mind receiving them from time to time to switch it up.

 

I’ve totaled up a value of $73.40 for this box! Interested in subscribing to Lip Factory? How can you not be?!  Please use my referral code- 385368- This broke blogger appreciates it already :)!

1In my new Dew gloss 🙂