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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Peanut Butter Cups Review

1. Justin's. Very good, I've had the milk chocolate on numerous occasions but no others unfortunately. These are the most popular. 

2. Atkins
You may be surprised to know the diet program Atkins makes peanut butter cups. Their ingredients are not 100% ok, since the main focus seems to be less carbs. Also if you want an alternative to M&M's you should try their peanut candies, they're really good. You can can buy them on Amazon.



Atkins Peanut Candies with Forgotten Ice Cream and Let's Do Organic ice cream cones. 



3. Unreal Peanut Butter Cups
These are my favorite, because I love the smaller company brands. They taste good too.

Check:
Non Gmo
Fair Trade USA certified
some are vegan

4. Newman's Organic
I haven't tried them yet, but am listing them in case anyone wishes to do so.

Pretty and Cute Things Roundup

Hipster Row website

Their vintage and cherry theme clutches are my favorite. Here a couple of their aprons (disclaimer: I won them) 




Betsey Johnson Purses
I think floral is beautiful which is why I like these purses. Betsey uses a lot of flowers (and bows). A lot of her designs are more food related too, like pretzel and milkshake purses. The first two pictures below were taken at Nordstorm Rack.



Small size from Amazon for $29.99 (this pattern is no longer available)


Lauren B Beauty 

Pretty polishes! 


Little Miss Matched

They sell cozy, fuzzy, ankle, and other types of socks aimed at girls, also available in adult sizes. Most of them are three socks (that don't match of course!) sold in a set.

Here are mine:


And a sock change purse I bought:


Keds

They have interesting patterns. I was considering orange but bought watermelon instead.



Saturday, November 21, 2015

15 Gifts $30 and Under for Women and Teens

These are good additional gifts to give, or can stand alone depending on the occasion. The prices range from $10-$30. Some of these would be good to gift adults as well, like the macaron items.

1. HipFits. At $10, these are a good price. They are accessories you can clip on to a purse, backpack, etc. I discovered if you go on their site, a window pops up offering you a code for free shipping! So there you have a good gift for exactly $10. 


2. Earzings. These are an alternative stick-ons, and real earrings that require pierced ears. They come in different styles..I like this purple one.

3. Glasstic Water Bottle. A shatterproof bottle made of glass and plastic. The floral one is pretty. This might make a good back to school gift rather than a present for a special occasion.


4. David Maitland charm bracelet. I found out about these on librarianlavender.com. There are many different bracelets, like Sweet 16 theme, 18th birthday, or 21st. You can customize it, if for example if there is a charm you want substituted.


5. Candles. Some people enjoy candles with jewelry, and there are many brands to choose from: Jewelry In Candles, Prize Candle, Show & Tell Candles, and so on.

I would get a scent of the recipient's favorite dessert, flower, etc. for instance. One thing to keep in mind is some tweens/teens might not be allowed to have candles.

6. Macaron trinket box. They can hold small pieces of jewelry, as well as be extremely decorative.

And there is also this macaron floating pen if you want to spend more money.




7. PoshPak. They have an option to gift a single box for $30. These boxes seem to be of great value, because they contain accessories, tech, and trinkets. The teen box usually has more makeup. There are many reviews online with photos, available by searching for example "PoshPak October 2015 Review."




8. The Secret Garden coloring book. This is VERY popular, and the designs are beautiful. This book is likely responsible for the rise in popularity of adult coloring books. You can gift some coloring pemcils or gel pens with it if you like.



9. This fashion sticker book. A fashion book of illustrations complete with stickers to decorate it with.



Here is a sneak peak inside: Usborne Clothes and Fashion book

10. Lilly Pulitzer. Since the bright prints and floral patterns are so pretty, it might be nice to buy a Lilly phone case, tumbler, or tote bag. This one here is only $10.
11. A necklace (fashion jewelry): amethyst, sapphire, ruby etc. Here is an amethyst neclace on Amazon that was recently on sale for about $10. 

12. BYOU magazine subscription. This magazine encourages a girl to be herself, and of course uplifting messages are always good. A year's subscription is $18.


13. KissNaturals beauty craft kits. They have DIY lip gloss, bubble bath, hair chalk etc. I really like how they use natural ingredients. This mini lava lip gloss set pictured below is sold online for $10.

14. "Popular: A Vintage Guide For The Modern Geek" by Maya Van Wagenen. It was released in paperback earlier this year, and seems to be a lovely memoir published a couple of years ago when the author was 15.


15. A SunCoat natural nail polish gift set. This one is my favorite, retails for $17.




Thursday, November 19, 2015

Tate's Bake Shop: An Ode To Their Brownies

Tate's Bake Shop is my favorite sweet shop these days, mainly because of the brownies. They're moist, and rich with good quality chocolate. They will sparkle up your day,  even without a birthday candle. I usually eat the brownie over the course of a day or two to make it last. 

I like their chocolate chip cookies as well, but can only pen praises about the ones I am best friends with.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Dr Lucy's Cinnamon Thin Cookies Review

                                              Disclaimer: I received a product free in exchange for a review

Dr. Lucy's cookies are gluten free and certified non-GMO. They also sell brownie crisps. 

From the cookie category, there are lemon, sugar, pumpkin, chocolate, oatmeal, maple bliss, and what I chose: cinnamon. I think there are 16 of these charms in a box.


The cookies are hard (I'm not being hard on them, just in case anyone wants to know) as opposed to soft. They're the perfect size, larger than bite size but not as big as a cookie you may buy individually.

They were flavorful and a fine silk bed of cinnamon is resting on the cookie (excuse the poetry.) 

Dr. Lucy Gibney made these treats with the intention of being allergy friendly (this all began when her child developed food allergies) so they do not contain peanuts or tree nuts. They are have 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, and are vegan. See more certifications here

Anyway, these were delicious and my brother and I ate them quickly and would definitely recommend them as snacks.

I plan on purchasing Dr Lucy's other cookie flavors. Which would you choose to buy, if you saw them on the shelves of the supermarket?

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Preppy Southern Clothing Brands


Even though I am not from the south myself, I admit their traditional southern preppy brands are cute. Here I am going to share with you some of the less famous ones. I learned about them searching for free stickers, I admit. :) One of these places sends a sticker for only $1... in case anyone is googling things you can buy online for a dollar.

What you notice about a lot of the upcoming tees is they are "proudy made in the USA." I might buy a couple even though I usually don't spend that much on Tshirts (these are more pricey).

Southern Girl Prep: free stickers when you follow and tag on instagram or facebook. 

And one of the stickers that can be purchased from their site:





Dixieland Collection: This is on tees and a free desktop background



Fraternity Collection: This shirt can be found here.




Itsa Girl Thing: Great for everybody, as not all their shirts have "south" written on them. For eg in the "Just Fun" tees section there are a lot of kinds of Tshirts.


Fripp and Folly: outdoor lifestyle brand for guys

Southern Fried Cotton: countryside and coastal theme shirts with their logo

Lauren James: a huge selection (well at least comparatively) as they sell not only tshirts but other clothes and many accessories. Their stickers are really nice. The artwork on the shirts are airy and pretty. 

Lily Grace: preppy clothing and accessories for women e.g



Tied to the South: Mainly bow tie (logo) and dog shirts 

Southern Marsh: "The Original Southern Outfitter" 
Southern Tide: "Preppy Clothing: Best Polo Shirt Brands"

Southern Proper: "Preppy Clothing and Accessories"

Southern Lure: nautical theme tshirts, hats, rope bracelets etc



Burlebo: outdoors and southern theme shirts and caps (for guys)

Jadelynn Brooke: "My Mason Jar Runneth Over" shirt



Sticker Request: (This is what they look like)


Southern Anchor: shirts, hats, koozies etc with anchor logo



Crescent Cotton Tees: "Deeply Rooted in Southern Ground" 
Shirts and hats with their logo on various backgrounds

Southern Shirt: Tshirts with Southern theme such as state flag, bowties etc

A couple others:

Bayview Prep (Florida based, supports wildlife there)
free sticker: http://bayviewprep.com/pages/free-preppy-stickers

Makai Clothing (supports turtles)

These are actually not all of them, if a brand (especially small) stumbles on this and wants theirs added, please email or leave a note in the comments.

Monday, August 24, 2015

London Themed 3D Stickers Purchase


I bought London theme stickers from this Etsy store a while ago. (It says sorry it's sold but I'm not sorry because it was me. :) I searched for 3D stickers and found them. Stickers are great if you're into the new Let's Send More Snail Mail phase (which I am). They make nice decorations on letters and in journals. Between stickers and coloring books, I think people will realize children get all the good things. When will they start a playground for adults? I want to play on the slides without getting weird looks.

The stickers came wrapped in red tissue paper, and the envelope was quite pretty as well. It made opening the package fun too, instead of just the item.