Saturday, May 17, 2014

The Bouqs Flowers: Review

The Bouqs Flowers Review

There are few things that make me happier than fresh flowers in my home.  So when The Bouqs reached out to share about their flower delivery service, I was thrilled.  A no fuss way to send flowers?  Yes.  Sustainable growing methods that create jobs and quality of life programs for its farmers and communities?  Yes.  Affordable?  Definitely.  The bouquets start at $40 and includes delivery.

The Bouqs Flowers Review

I chose the small Cake N’ Cream ranunculus bouquet.  Ranunculus are one of my favorite flowers, so it was hard for me to resist these beautiful blooms.  The website was honest in its description that this was a smaller bouquet that would take time to open, and that the flower colors would vary.  Once I placed my order, selected my delivery date and instructions, The Bouqs Company sent me a confirmation email right away.  I also received an email when the flowers were sent from the source with a FedEx tracking number.  The communication was great.

The Bouqs Flowers Review

As the description said, my flowers did arrive as small closed blooms.  However, they immediately smelled heavenly!  I followed the directions on the box for cutting the stems, using the provided flower food, and placed in water.  (Greenery was also included in the bouquet, but I preferred the simplistic beauty of the ranunculus without the addition of the added greenery.)  Within two days the blooms started opening.  These photos were taken on the third day after delivery; Beautifully opened blooms, strong stems, and and a magnificent aroma. 

The Bouqs Flowers Review

Although my bouquet was gorgeous, my one tiny complaint is that the flower colors were nothing like the website showed.  The description did say the colors would vary, but I was really looking forward to the deeper hued tones showed in the image on the ordering page, as that suits my aesthetic more than the super-romantic pale blooms that I received.  Definitely not a deal-breaker considering the price and quality of the bouquet, but definitely pay attention to the details in the description.

The Bouqs Flowers Review

Have you ordered flowers from The Bouqs?  If so, what was your experience?  If not, take a look at their beautiful bouquets and let me know which is your favorite. 

~julee~

 

A sample product was gifted to me from The Bouqs in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions 100% mine.  This post contains affiliate links.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Local Louisville: Uber

Uber Louisville

Just in time for the multitude of Kentucky Derby festivities, Louisville now has a new option for car service: Uber.  Uber is a mobile app that will place you with a private driver within minutes, and all rides are charged directly to your credit card on file - eliminating the need to carry cash.

Louisville Uber riders can select between multiple vehicles: uberX, UberBlack, or Uber SUV.  Uber states that the most economical ride will cost you 20% less than a standard taxi.

Uber LouisvilleUber Louisville

Using Uber is simple: Use the app to request a ride.  Your driver will come to you and you’ll receive a text when your Uber arrives.  Your credit card information is on file, and will be charged directly.  A receipt will be emailed to you.  That’s it!

Uber Louisville

Uber Louisville

First time Uber riders can enjoy a $20 discount with code DIYLOU, expires 6/30/14.

Have a fun and safe Kentucky Derby week, DIY’ers!

~julee~

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Show Off Your Shoes with Ross Dress for Less

Ross Dress for Less Show Off Your Shoes Promotion
Confession time:  I’m a girl who loves shoes.  True story, my 1st and 2nd jobs when I was a teenager were in shoe departments in retail shops, and that wasn’t a coincidence.  So when Ross Dress for Less informed me that they were having a Show Off Your Shoes shoe selfie promotion and asked if I wanted to participate, I was all up for the challenge.

It works like this: Shop at Ross and find a fabulous pair of shoes, then take a shoe selfie with those beauties.  Upload your photo to Ross’s Facebook page saying why you love your shoes, and ask your friends to vote for you.  So fun, and you’ll have a chance to win a Ross gift card!  (Click here for more details.)

So what super cute shoes did I find at Ross this week?  Well, for starters, I was blown away by the selection.  So many cute and trendy summer shoes, in so many pretty colors and styles: Flats, wedges, heels, strappy sandals, flip flops, boat shoes, sneakers – you name it, Ross had it at affordable prices.

Ross Dress for Less Show Off Your Shoes Promotion

Because the selection was so great, I had a hard time selecting a favorite pair.  I am really in need of a new pair of heels to wear with summer dresses, but I fell in love these brown oxfords with the ribbon laces.  (Despite the fact that I already have two pairs of oxfords, but who’s counting.)

Ross Dress for Less Show Off Your Shoes Promotion

Ultimately, though, I found a pair of strappy wedges that may or may not have made me whimper a little when I saw them – I have been searching for a similar style since last summer and I felt like I hit the jackpot with these babies.  Behold (but look past the haphazard pedicure – it’s been a long winter, people):

Ross Dress for Less Show Off Your Shoes Promotion

This is my shoe selfie.  Show Ross yours!  Between now and April 18th, upload your favorite Ross shoes on the Ross Dress for Less Facebook promotion page for your chance to win.  If you enter, leave your link here – I’d love to come over and see your shoes!

If you'd like to vote for my shoes, you can do so here: http://bit.ly/1gRz3n6   Thanks!

~julee~

A gift card was provided by Ross to share my shopping experience.  All opinions are 100% mine.

Sugar Snap Pea Quinoa Salad

Sugar Snap Pea Quinoa Salad

Our meals rock a lot of quinoa around here.  It’s healthy, easy to fix, and  adaptable to just about any cuisine that it’s a staple at dinner quite often.  This is one of my favorite quinoa salads.  Just toss the cooked quinoa with the veggies and eat warm as a dinner side dish, or cold by itself for lunch the following day.  The prep to this is so minimal, even all you other non-cooks like me can give this a go.

Sugar Snap Pea Quinoa Salad

Sugar Snap Pea Quinoa Salad

Ingredients: 

1 cup quinoa

3/4 pound sugar snap peas, thinly sliced

2 scallions, thinly sliced

2 tablespoons olive oil

Kosher salt and black pepper to taste

1) Cook the quinoa according to package directions and 2) Toss with all the other stuff.  Then 3) Eat up.

Sugar Snap Pea Quinoa Salad

So a couple of things:  We use our rice cooker to cook our quinoa.  Add quinoa and water, push cook, and I never have to think about it again.  Makes perfect quinoa.  And, I never actually measure out the sugar snap peas.  I love snap peas, and some days I feel like eating a million of those sweet little pods so I’ll use up a ton for this recipe.  Some days, however, we only have a handful of the little gems hanging out in the bottom of the crisper so I’ll just toss in what scarce bit I have.  The point is, this recipe is good with either a lot of peas, or with a few peas- adapt it to your liking.

Sugar Snap Pea Quinoa Salad

Are you a fan of quinoa?  What are some of your favorite quinoa recipes?  I’d love to hear about them in the comments.

~julee~