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2016-09-07T08:05:08+02:00

Growing Faith, Gaining Wisdom | Focus Lifestyle Boutique

Posted by Candice Cornett

Hey y’all, I’m backkkkk. From vacation that is, with details on (IMO) the best little shop in Seaside, FL. Focus Lifestyle Boutique is the bees knees when it comes to the latest trends and best gifts for ladies, gents, and pets.

Focus (located in Seaside Square), along with He Said, She Said & Shaggy Dog Outfitters (both located in Grayton Beach), is owned/operated by my good friends, The Watkins’. Carletta & Tim moved their family from KY to the sunshine state several years ago when they saw opportunity to open their own business along 30A. And I’m sure glad they did!

I have a hard time visiting, for fear of my bank account status when I leave. They carry various big name brands, such as Jadelynn Brooke, Lauren James, Hammitt Handbags (swoon), etc. Trust me guys, you’re going to want to check them out. I mean just look at this awesome Aryeh bell-sleeve shift dress I picked up last week.

Growing Faith, Gaining Wisdom | Focus Lifestyle Boutique
Growing Faith, Gaining Wisdom | Focus Lifestyle Boutique
Growing Faith, Gaining Wisdom | Focus Lifestyle Boutique
Growing Faith, Gaining Wisdom | Focus Lifestyle Boutique
Growing Faith, Gaining Wisdom | Focus Lifestyle Boutique

But seriously, how adorable is this dress? Aryeh is big on bold patterns and vibrant colors. The length is appropriate for all occasions, the fabric is quality, the price is reasonable, and it can be worn (with heels) as wedding attire. DING, DING, DING! We have a winner. I can't get enough of their stuff!

I'm wearing mine with a studded sandal from Isola (similar linked), Bourbon & Boweties medium ivory cross bracelet, rafaelian gold Alex & Ani, and target fashion tear-drop earrings.

On another note, I look for new tumblers/drink containers everywhere I go, so when I saw Focus had picked up a new line of tumblers and canteens I had to try them out.

The brand is Corkcicle & it’s amazing. Period. Tumblers come in sizes 16 & 24 oz. Canteens come in sizes 9, 16, & 25 oz. Both come in a wide variety of colors, which I love.

I purchased the 16 oz canteen in “brushed steel”, which has yet to leak (major plus). Ice stays cold for 24 hours (whoa). So far, I’ve only used it with cold beverages, and I’ve been very pleased with the outcome. Seriously, I can’t wait to see how it does with coffee & hot teas. Will keep you updated!

Oh, and did I mention they're cheaper than YETI? Music to my ears.

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2016-09-03T07:46:16+02:00

Truck Loader Set

Posted by Gene Mar

Union Pacific Truck Loader Set.
This is from my childhood train set, circa 1977-78. No box and liner. The semi cab is disconnected. Springs on the loader are stretched out - do not function correctly.
Track piece is not included. Just in pic for display.
Ship via USPS priority, $13 (large irregular shape and heavy). Paypal accepted.
I am selling all my train set items, so if you purchase multiple items, I could group shipping to reduce costs.

Truck Loader Set
Truck Loader Set
Truck Loader Set

Click HERE, if you wanna play Truck Loader!

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2016-08-30T05:17:23+02:00

Growing Faith, Gaining Wisdom: North Lime Coffee & Donuts

Posted by nadine611

I'm not sure what weekends mean for you and your family, but for this gal it means donuts. With that said, there's one special little place I hold near and dear, and I think you'll love it too!

Ask any Lexintonian and they'll agree, North Lime Coffee & Donuts is the cream of the crop.

Growing Faith, Gaining Wisdom: North Lime Coffee & Donuts
Growing Faith, Gaining Wisdom: North Lime Coffee & Donuts

For a comparison, you Spaulding's fans will be pleasantly surprised. Now with two locations, (North Limestone & Clays Mill) you're sure to be pleased with numerous taste options and assorted drink combos.

Everyday donuts include plain glazed, chocolate iced, cinnamon sugar, funnel cake, and cinna-monkeys. YUM. But, they also have everyday specials such as PB&J, double chocolate, maple bacon, blueberry pancake, cheesecake, bourbon ball, cookies and cream, plus MANY more.

Let's just say I've never had a bad experience! For all of you coffee lovers, I recommend their drink called the Turtle Cheesecake. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

Half of the fun is finding out what the donut of the day is, which is posted on Twitter each morning. Each location offers different options, so be sure to check them both out.

Follow them at:

@northlimelex

-or-

@NLCDClaysMill

Also, their customer service is outstanding. So, whether you're looking for a place to host a business meeting, quick breakfast before class, a family outing, or just a chill atmosphere to surf the web, North Lime is the place to be.

This artsy sweet spot is sure to keep you coming back for more.

Grace and peace,

Candice

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2016-07-10T07:15:09+02:00

My Blessed Existence | Underwhelming Beauty Buys

Posted by Briana Davis

One of my favorite things to hear from other beauty product hoarders is what they regret purchasing. I love watching disappointing product reviews on YouTube and reading others honest opinions. When you love trying new products you occasionally buy some products that are less than superb. With that being said I thought I would share some products I have tried or purchased lately that I am not loving.. I might save yall some money.

My Blessed Existence | Underwhelming Beauty Buys

First off I should probably admit that I have a real problem with finding a mascara I like. I try them all and always go back to drugstore mascara.

My Blessed Existence | Underwhelming Beauty Buys

Too Faced Better Than Sex.. I may be the only person in the world that doesn't love this mascara but I don't. I actually hate it. I hate a gooey elastic feeling mascara. I hate to use the word 'gooey' but that is really the only way I know how to describe it. It makes my lashes feel weird. It doesn't come off at the end of the day. It just didn't do much for me. I am not a huge fan of the packaging either. Definitely not worth the hype or the $23.

My Blessed Existence | Underwhelming Beauty Buys

When it comes to bronzers I have been trying hard to find a drugstore one that works for me. Milani is a brand I am loving. It is affordable and excellent quality. Everyone raves about their baked blushes (myself included) so I decided to give this a try. This one is my fault though. As soon as I looked at the product closer when I got it home I realized it had gold glitter throughout it.... Ugh. I hate that. I tried it anyways and have since then. Every time I still hate the glitter. I like a sheen, don't get me wrong, but I hate a visible glitter. If glitter is for you- then you'll love it.

My Blessed Existence | Underwhelming Beauty Buys

I love Benefit. Benefit was the first high end make up brand I became hooked on. Even though I stick to drugstore mascara for the most part these days, They're Real was my first high end mascara addiction. It is still my favorite. When Benefit came out with this product I couldn't wait to try it. Though I can't say I hate this mascara it just isn't worth the price. It doesn't clump and looks fairly natural. However, it isn't the slightest bit voluminous and I always feel the need to use another mascara on top of it.

My Blessed Existence | Underwhelming Beauty Buys

I have raved about the Loreal Lumi foundation a few times this summer. I also picked up this concealer/highlighter as well. Unlike the foundation this product was a dud for me. I just don't love it. There really isn't anything special here. It isn't full coverage, isn't that luminous. After applying I always go back in with another product. Again this isn't something I hate but I will not repurchase.

My Blessed Existence | Underwhelming Beauty Buys

It was hate at first use with this product. Quiet possibly the worst mascara I have ever used. It was not even visible on my lashes. I received it in a boxycharm so that makes it a little less painful. This product retails for around thirty dollars. Total rip off. The packaging is cool though, if that counts for anything.

My Blessed Existence | Underwhelming Beauty Buys

I received a free sample of this Urban Decay High Voltage gloss from Sephora. Despite the fact that I can't ever see myself wearing this color this was the worlds stickiest gloss. I am picky with glosses. I prefer a lipstick- always. However I am always looking to branch out. This is not a product I would ever use again.

My Blessed Existence | Underwhelming Beauty Buys

Another mascara fail. I bet y'all are wondering why I don't stick to what works. This mascara came in a Walmart beauty box I got a few months ago. It is a lengthening mascara that did not really do anything for me.

My Blessed Existence | Underwhelming Beauty Buys

I have came to the conclusion that I am not a cream highlighter fan. This product came in a Boxycharm and it was very underwhelming. Upon swatching it I was impresed until I put it on my face. It magnified every pore with glitter basically. I tried mixing it with a primer and that worked a little better. I haven't reached for it since.

My Blessed Existence | Underwhelming Beauty Buys

I try to like tinted moisturizers. I really really do. I have not succeeded yet though. Luckily this product was cheap so it didn't sting as bad that I hated it. It has sunscreen and aloe? So maybe I could try it at the beach.


I hope this helps y'all decide if these products would be something you would want to try!

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2016-02-07T05:36:27+01:00

Coal Miner's Bride | Scalloped Pineapple

Posted by Nikki Bradley

This is a dessert I have been raised on. Nana never fixed a Sunday supper without making a dessert. This is one of my favorite desserts she prepared and she prepared it quite often. I always thought she fixed it pretty regular because it's so darn good, but as I got older and starting making it myself, I realized it's also made with basic pantry ingredients and a can of crushed pineapple. There isn't any fancy ingredients to make this sweet tooth satisfying dish.

Ingredients

3/4 cup of softened butter

1-1/4 cup of white sugar

3 eggs

1 (20 oz) can of crushed pineapple, drained

1 tbsp of vanilla extract

10 slices of white bread with crusts removed


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Coal Miner's Bride | Scalloped Pineapple

In a stand mixer, cream together the softened butter and sugar.

Coal Miner's Bride | Scalloped Pineapple

Add eggs, one at a time making sure each egg is mixed in before adding another. After adding all eggs, stir in your drained pineapple and vanilla.

Coal Miner's Bride | Scalloped Pineapple

To make sure you drain most of the juice out of the pineapple, use a strainer and a potato masher to squeeze the juice out.

Coal Miner's Bride | Scalloped Pineapple

Trim your sliced bread and rid the crusts.

Coal Miner's Bride | Scalloped Pineapple

Each piece of bread should be cut into 9 cubes. After the bread is cubed, place in a greased baking dish.

Coal Miner's Bride | Scalloped Pineapple

Pour the pineapple mixture over the bread cubes and fold it so it's roughly combined, bringing some of the bread cubes to the top,

Bake for 45 minutes or until top is slightly brown.

Wonderful served warm with vanilla or coconut ice cream.

Coal Miner's Bride | Scalloped Pineapple
Coal Miner's Bride | Scalloped Pineapple
Coal Miner's Bride | Scalloped Pineapple

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2015-08-15T05:06:06+02:00

The Mimosa Memoir : Woodford Reserve Distillery Launch

Posted by ERIN JOSEPH

This past weekend I was able to join The Original Makers Club and Woodford Reserve Distillery for their new series launch party. We were the first fifty guests in the world to taste the newly released products {the Old Fashioned was to die for}. Chef Ouita Michel prepared horderves to be paired with the mash. Soft live music on the lawn followed the tasting that ended with the flash charring of an authentic Woodford Reserve Barrel, burned with straw from the stall of American Pharaoh himself. It was truly a lovely, Kentucky evening.

The Mimosa Memoir : Woodford Reserve Distillery Launch
The Mimosa Memoir : Woodford Reserve Distillery Launch
The Mimosa Memoir : Woodford Reserve Distillery Launch
The Mimosa Memoir : Woodford Reserve Distillery Launch
The Mimosa Memoir : Woodford Reserve Distillery Launch
The Mimosa Memoir : Woodford Reserve Distillery Launch
The Mimosa Memoir : Woodford Reserve Distillery Launch

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2015-07-27T04:27:33+02:00

The Bourbon Soaked Mom | Moon in Leo

Posted by nadine611
The Bourbon Soaked Mom | Moon in Leo

I really can’t stress enough how much I love ETSY. There is so much on there to plunder through, and so many possibilities. Not too long ago, I was looking for dresses (vintage) of course, and I happened upon this amazing little shop, Moon in Leo, out of Canada. Moon in Leo specializes in funky, eclectic, boho chic with delicate hippie details, and mint condition vintage. Swoon.
With satin and silk slip dresses, scalloped lace blouses, and Mexican embroidered sheaths, I fell in love instantly. I ended up purchasing a shear champagne, sequin dress with scalloped edges, and hand stitched detail that was from the 70s and an absolute dream. For under 40 bucks! I call it my Studio 54 dress and I adore it.

The Bourbon Soaked Mom | Moon in Leo
The Bourbon Soaked Mom | Moon in Leo

Not to mention, Mitka, the owner is fabulous, efficient, easy to communicate with and more than accommodating to her customers! Here are some more of my favorite pieces available now in her lovely little shop!

The Bourbon Soaked Mom | Moon in Leo
The Bourbon Soaked Mom | Moon in Leo
The Bourbon Soaked Mom | Moon in Leo

Be sure to check out Mitka, and MooninLeoShop on Etsy and Instagram!
https://www.etsy.com/shop/MoonInLeoShop?ref=search_shop_redirect
Instagram is @mooninleoshop
All Photos of me are by Natasha Raichel Photography
www.natasharphotography.com

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