I love bags, totes, containers, baskets, boxes… anything that holds other things. So when Jamie contacted me about partnering with her and Thirty-One Gifts, I couldn’t pass it up. Jamie helped me pick out a couple of totes to suit my needs and style.
Jamie sent me the Thermal Tote in Woodblock Floral. This little workhouse is perfect for summer. It’s just the right size to pack a small picnic for summer concerts and fireworks. I can’t wait to bring it along this summer at market. I’ve always had trouble keeping my fresh meat and pasta chilled while I browse the rest of the market. Thermal Totes come in a bunch of colors and patterns and will be 50% off for the month of May!
And then there is the Large Utility Tote. I love this thing. I find myself constantly using it. From trips to the post office, to laundry to loading and unloading the car in one trip. Not too big and not too small. I love that it has some structure but can be flattened and slid into a closet. It’s so well made and of course really cute.
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If you need a literary escape to hep you push through these last winter months, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Wildwood by Colin Meloy with illustrations by Carson Ellis. Wildwood is a novel (yes, an illustrated novel, not a picture book) that tells the story of a girl named Prue who must find strength when her little brother is carried off by a flock of crows and whisked to a nearby wilderness. It’s everything a modern fairy tale should be.
You can also now get the sequel, Under Wildwood if you can’t get enough.
You may have noticed I have another new affiliate in my sidebar. I’m so excited to partner with Uncommon Goods to bring you today’s post! The fine folks at Uncommon Goods offered to let me pick out something special to try out and share.
Men can be hard to buy for. I know Jared just buys what he needs/wants and whenever a gift-giving occasion rolls around I get the “I don’t need anything” shrug. So for our “halfiversary” (yes, we still celebrate our half year anniversary) I decided to treat him to a lunch date in our dining room. I picked up this tasting plate and this adorable tea towel and planned our date around them.
One of our favorite easy meals is from scratch chicken nuggets. I bread them using olive oil and a mix of panko, whole wheat bread crumbs, parmesan and spices and bake them for 5 minutes on each side. I know it’s not terribly fancy, but it makes for a nice lunch with a sliced pear and some veggies. We like to splurge a little on fancy dipping sauces (here we tried a spicy mustard, Carolina style barbeque sauce, yogurt ranch and a sweet and spicy barbeque).
I can see us using this plate a lot. It would be great for bread, olive oil and cheese or fruit with honey, yogurt and chocolate. It makes a simple meal a little more special. Find more great gift ideas for the guys in your life here.
I adore the tea towel as well. We already have an Oregonian tea towel to celebrate my childhood home. It’s time we added some Ohio pride to our kitchen. I love the handmade details and rik-rak trim. It looks so sweet hanging in our kitchen.
As a bonus, Uncommon Gifts to offering one lucky L&F reader $50 to treat themselves with a little something (or perhaps find something special for an upcoming birthday).
There are so many amazing items at Uncommon Goods, seriously something for everyone. $50 can go a long way. You can find lots of great ideas under $50 here.
There are a ton of ways to enter this giveaway. Use the widget below (if you are reading from an RSS reader, click here to view the widget) to enter. Some entries can be done once per day to earn bonus entries. Giveaway will close at midnight on March 6th, 2013.
This giveaway is courtesy of Uncommon Goods. I was provided with the reviewed products, but the opinions and description are my own. I only review products I love.
This week I have a slightly different kind of review for you. The new year brought a new workout studio to our little town. Here in Hudson, Ohio we now have a Pure Barre gym right downtown. I have heard some great reviews online and when I saw a social shopping deal for less than half off for 10 classes, I figured I would give it a try to see if I can kick-start a new workout routine.
I dragged my sister-in-law along so I would have some support. The studio is beautifully renovated. Make sure you sign up for a class ahead of time online. They fill up fast and are usually full in the evenings and mornings. Our class was full to the gills. We put our shoes, coats and purses away after checking and and headed into the studio. We were the last ones in and found two spots in a corner. Waiting for us was a small ball and a tension band. The instructor welcomed us and grabbed 2 pound weights for us. We took our seats and the class started promptly.
It was tough! I don’t work out regularly, but I’m not totally unhealthy. Pure Barre focuses on the areas that women face the most problems, mainly the thighs, hips, belly, seat and upper arms. I have tried a lot of home workouts that claim to burn those areas and rarely feel it. But at Pure Barre my thighs were shaking (they call it the “pure barre shake”) from muscle fatigue. The 55 minute class goes fast, but you use every second. I love that is combines stretching and some yoga inspired poses.
Here is a breakdown of the pros and cons…
If you have a Pure Barre gym near by I would give it a go. I don’t know if I can afford it long term (probably not), but if I had the extra cash I probably would. If you could do the class the recommended 2-3 times a week I think you really would see and feel some serious results.
Earlier this summer I worked with Bonlook when I needed my first pair of glasses in over 7 years. My buying experience was so good, I jumped at the chance to partner with them again, this time as an affiliate.
What’s my vision? Here are some of my picks!
A new year means a new vision insurance allowance for some of us! Why not start February with a fresh paid of specs? Check out Bonlook for prescription glasses, polarized sunnies or even fashion frames.