Monday, December 15, 2014

Happy Holidays from Bone Fish Grill

The holidays is a great time to enjoy family & friends,  a meal  is one way to get everyone together. Here's a holiday treat for all my readers... http://bit.ly/12hXY3i

While you’re there, savor their decadent dishes from their new Colossal Winter Menu featuring favorites like Lobster Stuffed Shrimp with a creamy lobster and shrimp Imperial stuffing, succulent King Crab Legs, and Whole Grilled Mediterranean Branzino stuffed with citrus and served with a Mediterranean sofrito and arugula almond grains salad. To embrace the season and all its frost, sip one of Bonefish Grill’s Winter cocktails including the Cold Snap Blackberry Frost served in a glass made entirely of ice, mixed with freshly muddled blackberries, blood orange liqueur, vodka and fresh lemon juice or the winter-time favorite Winter White Cosmo, mixed with St. Germain Elderflower liqueur, white cranberry juice and fresh lime.


I am deadly allergic to seafood but you guys enjoy for me! Happy Holidays!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

8-week Skin Challenge- Dermera Skin Care

Turning 40 has been an adventure. I was expecting to do some crazy things, check items off my bucket list and be renewed but instead I have been falling apart. One area that has been bothering me is my face. I haven't been able to find a skin care line that makes me feel comfortable going bare faced out and about. I don't really wear much make up but my uneven skin tone, dark under eyes and overall appearance of my skin has made me subconscious about not wearing concealer and at least a little powder. I know my diet also has an effect on my skin and overall health so I know this challenge is more than simply washing my face.

The system I am going to use for this challenge is Dermera 3 Step Treatment by BrockBeauty. The kit includes a cleanser, an astringent & a complexion serum.  The contents are natural and promise to cleanse, refresh and renew. I will use it twice daily along with drinking at least 64 ounces of water and reducing fatty foods from my diet.  The Dermera Skin Care website offers a free custom skin care regimen and I will share their suggestions for me also on an upcoming post.

I would love for you guys to try this challenge with me, so 2 lucky winners will win a 3 step kit of
their own.  If you are looking for a skin care system and would like to give Dermera a try, leave a comment below,  tweet me @mslawanda or leave a message on my Facebook page telling me why you want to do the challenge.  I will select a winner from those comments. I am beginning week one Sunday September 14th and I am excited to see an improvement in my skin.


Do you have a favorite skin care line? Have you tried Dermera? Please share your thoughts!


* I will also being using Yes To Cucumbers Eye Cream 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Huntsville Restaurant Week 2014 - Huntsville/Madison County CVB Giveaway!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Retail Therapy- Happy Hour Pop Up Shop

I have to admit, I have a thing for retail therapy! Boutiques are the best because they have limited supplies of items making it very unlikely to find another fashionista in Huntsville rocking your finds. Well here's a twist on the traditional boutique, a"Mobile Boutique". Pretty Particular is a mobile, personal shopping and styling boutique that specializes in dress shopping for social, professional, formal, and bridal events. The owner, Dwaynia has a great eye for fashion and style and will be hosting an event this weekend


Make sure to RSVP, because space is limited and fills up fast! Don't miss your chance to have that amazing piece for your next event!        http://happyhourshopping.splashthat.com


Share your purchases from the Happy Hour Shopping event with me! Use the hashtag #SummerInHSV so I can check them out! 



Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sounds and Sights- Smooth Jazz at the Three Caves

The Land Trust of North Alabama is a not for profit, member driven organization that works to preserve the wildlife, rivers and historic sites of North Alabama. Friday I attended the Smooth Jazz Concert featuring Warren Hill that helped to raise funds and it was amazing. As a fan of Warren Hill, I expected to have a great time but I had no clue how in love I would fall with the scenery. Huntsville has an gem in the Three Caves! This former lime stone quarry was an amazing stage for the sounds of Warren Hill's enticing sax and only got better as the night sky went dark and the lights that surrounded us accompanied the band. I had the pleasure of speaking with Dennis Keim, one of the members of the committee that had the foresight to see this diamond in the ruff. " We were able to see the potential in this place but we could never imagine this", Keim shared admiring the beautiful mountains and all the people in attendance at the event. Dennis a photographer and blogger (http://www.dk-studio.com) had many memories of the area and is a strong supporter of the Land Trust and the city of Huntsville.

There are 2 remaining concerts in the series and you can't let the summer end without attending at least one of them! Tickets are still available and I can't think of a better way to spend a Saturday night then with smooth jazz and supporting an organization that supports us!

Special thanks to the Land Trust of North Alabama's Marketing Director, Cathie Mayne and all the volunteers that made this event happen.  To purchase tickets or become a member of the Land Trust please visit their  website http://landtrustnal.org

August 9th - Marion Meadows & August 23rd The Claire Lynch Band

Let's share the summer! Use the hastag #SummerInHSV and #MslawandaHSV to keep in touch.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Get Ready to Eat, Drink, and Be Merry! (Guest Blogger)



Have you ever wanted to try out multiple restaurants in one night? Are you interested in meeting fellow food lovers? Well I am, so I decided to check out the Homegrown Huntsville’s Dine & Dash event!

My friends and I met with the Dine & Dash group at Meza Luna in Jones Valley.  The menu was a mix between Greek, Italian, and Soulful Southern cuisine.  We dined on fresh tomatoes, fried bacon, field peas, corn, and fried okra. It  sent our taste buds into frenzy, the best dish of the evening!

Our chariot awaited us, actually a trolley, where our hosts shared information on other Homegrown Huntsville events, hilarious family stories and simply a fun atmosphere.  The next stop was Straight to Ale.

This portion of the event brought the experience of the newest crave in the city "Food Trucks"!  On –N- On food truck was the food host, with Straight to Ale providing us the beer. Nothing stood out for me on this stop (Meza set the bar high), but we still enjoyed ourselves. 

The third stop was Brix, known for their "happy hour"and events,  they had the drinks flowing.  My favorite hands down were the Cosmo Ritas, and all I can say is ...... oh those Cosmo Ritas!  We were then introduced to shrimp and spinach tacos with homemade sriracha. Yummy!  I didn't want to leave, but we hopped on the trolley for more jokes and crazy conversations until we arrived at our final spot, Anaheim Chili.

 The white chili and Texas chili combination was hearty, spicy, and downright delicious. The
Yellowhammer beer was a great accompaniment and a final wrap up for the night. So if food, libations, and new adventures are what you seek - don’t delay, dash over to Homegrown Huntsville to sign up for future Dine & Dash events!


















Monday, June 23, 2014

Money Making Apps

There are so many apps in the iTunes or Google Play App Stores but I have some favorites! I love to find apps that now only entertain but give free stuff for my time.  My latest obsession is ShopKick....

Photo Credit www.savingsmania.com
Shopkick gives you points for visiting some of your favorite stores, scanning items in those stores and making purchases with a registered credit card.  I'm really cautious about sharing my credit card after the big Target breach so I haven't benefited from that portion but my kids and I are some scanning and store visiting fools LOL! You accumulate points that can redeemed in the form of gift cards from places like Target, Starbucks, Macy's and items like headphone, iPads and even charitable donations. This app should be on your cellphone so when you run to Walmart for a loaf of bread or Old Navy for that big sale you can earn too! Referring friends also put extra points in your bank so be a gem and use my referral link when you join  http://app.shopkick.com/wr2/colorado23592

Photo Credit Krogerkrazy.com
Ibotta is next up on my must have apps. This app pays you, Yes it pays you for the purchases you make.  The app will give you stores in your area and items that offer rebates. When you purchase these items you earn money. It only takes $5 of accumulation to send to your paypal account or you can choice to redeem in gift cards also. Simply purchase the item and when you get home verify it on the app by scanning the bar code and submitting a copy of your store receipt with your phones camera. That simple.  Referring friends on this app also boost your totals so use my link and you get $ and I will too... https://ibotta.com/register?friend=abqryy

Viggle is an app I have posted about before and I still use it everyday! This app gives you points for watching television shows. The points from this app can also be used to get gift cards, discounts on entertainment, food and gifts and for merchandise like iPods, headphones and company merchandise. They have updated their app so my previous video is the old version but the video still shows you how to use the app. Google Plus  or iTunes 


Here's Part 1 and Part 2 of my Viggle Tutorial using the previous version. The app has since updated and instead of being able to do multiple shows in one hour you will only do one show an hour. It is still a great app with rewards for doing what you normally do for free....

Do you have some fun money making or money saving apps? Share them with me...
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