Archive for the ‘Reviews & Giveaways’ Category

The Doctor’s Wife – Menthe Blanche Microfoliator and Cleanser – Review

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

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This superior line of skin care products was developed by the wife of a plastic surgeon that wanted to recommend friends items that would work.

Item reviewed: The Doctor’s Wife brand Menthe Blanche Microfoliator and Cleanser 4 fl oz | 120ml

What IS it? “Menthe Blanche clears surface dirt, debris, environmental contaminants, cosmetics, impurities, and aged cells, recycling your skin to a new surface daily.” (Fancy face wash!)

This brand was creatred by Joanne Laverson, wife of Dr. Steve Laverson. He’s a San Diego plastic surgeon, and with his wife they discussed that skincare products were not giving women the best results they could have.

They then set about creating this line, making sure each item is: cruelty free, has an effective formulas, uses 100% natural oils and is non comedogenic as well as hypoallergenic. Basically, these items are safe and good for your skin!

Grade: A

Pros: Smells truly and deliciously minty. Leaves your skin fresh and clean. It’s a microdermabrasion technique that also exfoliates.

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Eyebrow Pencil that stays on all day! Vanitymark Eyebrow Pencil Review

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013


You should always be giving good brow. And the Vanitymark Eyebrow Pencil by Brett Freedman is one of the best ways to do that.

Item reviewed: Vanitymmark Eyebrow Pencil

What IS it? Well, obviously it’s a brow pencil. Features a retractable point that never needs to be sharpened, pencil-to-powder formula, and the ability to create crisp definition while still diffusing the intensity as you choose. This line offers lots of hard-to-find shades and celebrity make-up artist Brett Freedman has recommendations for how to pick the one for you. I found them really helpful.

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Ozeri Pan Review – Perfectly nonstick bliss! Super easy to clean – score!

Monday, July 29th, 2013


Come see why I’m recommending this pan!

Item reviewed: 10″ Ozeri Green Earth Textured Ceramic Nonstick Frying Pan, 100-Percent PTFE and PFOA Free, 2nd Round.

What IS it? Don’t be so huffy, I’ll tell you! It’s a nonstick pan that also managed to be created without PTFE (a nasty thing that releases toxic chemicals at upper temperatures) PFOA (a pollutant that’s bad for the environment) and all other harmful chemicals you don’t want near your food.

Grade: A!

Pros: It cooks everything great and blah blah blah. The most important part, as far as I’m concerned, is that it’s incredibly easy to clean this pan. There’s no need for exerting yourself with a sponge, or soaking it overnight. (And, yes, you do get to use less oil. And it’s a healthy way to cook!)

Cons: If only there were more color choices than lime green! Actually, it does. Although the care of this pan is something you have to remember.  A few brown spots will develop on the bottom, but this seems pretty normal. (Another blog review said they saw some after a few months of use.)

Care: (Worth reading once!)

Bulu Box Review (Weight Loss) – 6 items, just 1 shiny winner

Saturday, July 13th, 2013


What is Bulu Box? It’s a good question to ask!

“Bulu Box is the first health, nutrition and weight loss discovery box designed to help you feel your best. Each month, you’ll get a custom box filled with a new mix of 4 to 5 premium samples from top brands to try. Every sample is sufficient enough to decide if the product is right for you. Of course, shipping is always free and you can cancel anytime. Share your thoughts about each product in our sample surveys and you can earn 50+ Rewards Points (that̵ ... Read More

Provenance Restaurant Reviews – Cleveland Museum of Art (My personal experience, w/ pictures!)

Monday, July 1st, 2013

The atrium has been completely re-designed and opened up in the past couple of years. Great light, great acoustics, great...big space to twirl in if no one else is there!

Last week, I went with my Mother and her friend (both artists) to the Cleveland Museum of Art. We took time to visit the exhibition “The Last Days of Pompeii” and also have a restorative lunch at the new restaurant within the museum, Provenance. Inside this piece, I will detail our lunch experience. Try not to read on an empty stomach.

You don’t have to pay anything to get into the museum, plenty of the wings are free. And the scenery inside (and out) is always captivating. In the main atrium area, you can access escalators, the gift shop, tables, Provenance the fine restaurant, or Provenance cafe. (The latter is best for a quicker meal, and the selections there are wide.)

The atrium has been completely re-designed and opened up in the past couple of years. Great light, great acoustics, great…big space to twirl in if it’s not too crowded!

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The Last Days of Pompeii – Cleveland Museum of Art exhibition review – A fresh eye on past tragedy

Monday, July 1st, 2013

A banner for "The Last Days of Pompeii." I dig the ombre. Sadly, no photography was allowed inside the exhibit.

I’ve only just gotten back into Cleveland about a week ago, and I’m still trying to recover from that hot sun. However, because “The Last Days of Pompeii” are in its last days at The Cleveland Museum of Art, I rushed out to view the exhibition that put me in the center of this heated tale. For those wondering, you still have 7 days left to go, yourself. Do I recommend it? Read on and see.

A banner for “The Last Days of Pompeii.” I dig the ombre. No photography was allowed inside the exhibit, however I have used some images of the artworks as they are found online. To see them all, get to the museum.

“The current exhibition The Last Days of Pompeii is a multi-faceted look at one of the most infamous natural disasters in human history.”

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Sarasota Music Festival Review – “Songs of Amour” left me feeling loved, musically nourished

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Susan Lorette Dunn . Image from

I recently got to experience some wonderful live music from the Sarasota Orchestras Music Festival. I went to the “Songs of Amour” artist showcase at Holley Hall.

Susan Lorette Dunn. Image from

This review will start off with a few of the negatives, but you should know that my overall experience was very positive.

For an hour before the start, there were complimentary hors’doueve. I was there only a half an hour early, and only got a few tiny sticks of fruit. I also believe they had cubes of cheesecake, but I did not get any. I also should have rushed more quickly to get good seats, since they weren’t assigned. There is no slope in the hall, so it’s hard to see if you are farther back. I was most dismayed to see how small the seats were, and how they were linked to others so you really couldn’t get much space to sit. As I was with older women, I tried to be nice and was leaning off my seat the entire hour. The hall and entire building here isn’t anything fancy, it’s very plain. But if you close your eyes, the musi ... Read More

The Mote Aquarium Boat Tours – Sarasota Bay Explorers Sea Life Encounter Cruise Review!

Friday, June 7th, 2013


The Sarasota Bay Explorers work in conjunction with The Mote Aquarium, to provide fantastic in-the-water action.

I don’t think your trip to the Mote is complete until you’ve taken part in one of these boat cruises, seriously!

This past weekend I got to experience The Sea Life Encounter Cruise. (They also offer a Nature Safari, Guided Kayak Tours, or the chance to have a private boat charter for the day to explore the area and its islands.)

The Sea Life Encounter was educational AND fun. It was really interactive, too. We went around the Sarasota Bay, with a boat captain who is U.S. Coast Guard certified, a Mote volunteer, and a marine biologist.

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The Mote Aquarium (Sarasota Attractions) Review with Pictures!

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013


This is a fantastic, educational and fun place for animal-lovers of any age.

Note: All pictures in this post were taken by Jessica Rae, and cannot be used anywhere without permission. Thanks!

Those who follow my Twitter know that I’m down in Florida, near Sarasota and Tampa Bay. And you know what they have down here? An abundance of wildlife! And aquariums! And it’s just fantastic for an animal-lover like me. I had the chance to get over to Sarasota this weekend to visit The Mote Aquarium. It’s got two main buildings, offers some different boat tours, has an interactive cinema, a cafe, and tons of exhibits.

This place is great for adults that love animals, as well as children. I saw a mix of both during my trip. And yes, they do allow strollers in most areas as far as I could tell. (Just not flash photography!)

Mote Marine Laboratory has been a leader in marine research since it was founded in 1955. Today, we incorporate public outreach as a key part of our mission. Mote is an independent nonprofit organization and has seven centers for marine research, the public Mote Aquarium and an Education Division spe ... Read More

Strawberry Lemonade Cake (Very Vera Cake Reviews) – You deserve a cake THIS pretty

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013


For established fans of Very Vera (and there are many of you out there!), you already know how popular their strawberry cakes and lemon cakes are. When combined, this strawberry lemonade cake takes my favorite summer beverage (strawberry lemonade!) and puts it in a decadent, beautiful cake form!

I know, I know…you’re probably drooling. Isn’t it PRETTY? You deserve to eat/serve a cake this pretty! You do!

Strawberry Lemonade Layer Cake Description: First comes love, then comes marriage . . . VeryVera’s Strawberry and Lemon Layer Cakes met in the summer of 2009. It was love at first sight. They married, and well, the Strawberry Lemonade Layer Cake was born. Perfect for Mother’s Day, gradu ... Read More