December 16, 2017

Smitten With Mitten Crate!


Either the people at Mitten Crate are mind readers, or they just have really great taste.
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Probably the latter, but you never know.
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Why am I saying this? Oh, just because they sent me the most perfect box I could ever ask for. It didn't contain just one or two of my favorite things, but the entire box felt personally made for me. I'm quite the healthy snacker. I like dried fruits, nuts, nut butters, and the occasional sweet and salty treats. Low and behold, that's exactly what was in my box. Not only that, but each product was from my beloved Michigan made businesses. Here's what they sent me:
Yogurt Pretzels from Germack Pistachio Company
Hot Cocoa Stick from Mindo Chocolate Makers 
Cinnamon Apple Chips from Greenetown Foods
Smoked Cranberry Sauce from Gus & Grey
Cocoa Peanut Butter from Nakee Butter
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I'd elaborate on how it all tasted, but the fact that it's already gone speaks for itself! Not only that, but each Mitten Crate purchased provides meals to 3 people through a donation to Gleaner's Food Bank. So start your own subscription today, or give the gift of monthly Michigan made goodness!  


Outfit: Top: Nautica, Jeans: Express, Socks: Jane & Bleecker, Watch: Michael Kors, Necklace: Francesca's Collections, Earrings: BajewelKits

December 12, 2017

Detox Day Spa!


I've always been fascinated with health and wholeness. I'm sure everyone now knows my rigorous health routines. Eating organic, drinking plenty of water and green tea, using all natural personal products, staying active, etc. etc. etc. When Anthony, owner of the Detox Day Spa requested I give their services a try, I knew it would be the true testament of my efforts.
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Boy, was I wrong.
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Upon arrival, Anthony was very friendly and informative, giving me the backstory to his Spa venture. Having personally been diagnosed with HIV and cancer, Anthony began his own Holistic health approach to healing. After much research and trial, Anthony wanted to share his wealth of knowledge and experience with those around him, as well as doing what he could to help others in need of a healthy turnaround. Detox Day Spa opened just 2 months ago, and is unlike any other "spa" you've experienced. It's a complete self service spa, with options for many illnesses. 
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First, I took a PH test to see where I stood. I came out at a 5.5. Folks, that is not good at all. To be considered well balanced, your PH should read 8.5.
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I felt like I spent years studying for a test and completely bombed it. 
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I tried out several foot massaging machines. Some advice? Give your feet a good massage, they will thank you! I then began the foot detox. I sat there staring at the brown and green water that began to form at my feet, and couldn't believe my eyes. Where had I gone wrong? Anthony answered that question very quickly. "Do you wear Secret deodorant", he asked? Why yes, yes I do. Being as sweaty as I am (sorry for the tmi, just being honest), I found natural deodorants didn't do the job. "You need to sweat", he said. "Not to mention, Secret deodorant (along with many others) contains Aluminum, known to be a cause of Breast Cancer." Next up was the HydroMassage bed, where I nearly fell asleep from pure bliss. Lastly, I entered the Infrared Sauna where I sweat my butt off at a whopping 157 degrees. I finished with a spoonful of 3 nutrient replacements, and downed 7 glasses of alkaline water.  
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Leaving the spa, I felt like a clean slate. Like I was starting brand new, and had the tools and information to improve my lifestyle. I was refreshed, and very thankful to Anthony for sharing his amazing story, beautiful spa, and wonderful insight with me! Everyone should detox at least once to discover what they can improve! Visit Detox Day Spa for the wellness experience you've been looking for! 
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I then immediately bought new deodorant ;)

Photography: Emily Joanne Photography 

December 4, 2017

Winter Menu At Bonefish Grill!


Being someone who lives in a state with 4 very distinct seasons, I've learned to love and embrace change. I used to want summer and fall forever, and wish that I could skip winter and spring. Now that I'm older, I can appreciate the new things that come with colder weather. The new array of food that appeals to me is always a welcomed change. That's why I love to visit a restaurant with a seasonal menu! Winter is the perfect time to gather for a warm family meal, and indulge in a sweet dessert. That's exactly why I took my family and Erik to try the new Winter Menu at Bonefish Grill. Here's a taste of what to expect:
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Imperial Dip, made with tender shrimp, bay scallops, lump crab, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses, served with house made tortilla chips. Chocolate Creme Brule, a chocolatey twist on a classic dessert made in-house with a splash of Grand Marnier, and Grilled Georges Bank Sea Scallops topped with bacon bourbon and crispy bacon bits.
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If I'm braving that snow, you can bet it's for Bonefish ;)
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 Give the gift of a great family meal by purchasing a Bonefish Grill gift card. Every $50 you purchase in gift cards gets you a $10 bonus card now through Dec. 31st. You can also get free shipping, gift card personalization, and a greeting card on their site ;) So go get in that holiday spirit and enjoy a seasonal meal at your local Bonefish Grill!

Pictures: Emily Joanne Photography and myself ;D