Monday, August 18, 2014

The Flea Off Market in Louisville, Ky.


 

I love flea markets, but every time The Flea Off Market started up, I was never able to make it. I was lucky enough to catch it this summer, and I loved every bit of it.


 

The first thing that attracted me to this market, were the food trucks. I always see on Twitter & Instagram the pictures of all of the food trucks. (writing this is making me HUNGRY just thinking about it.)

 

They had a neat little area set up for dining. It was SUPER hot and humid, but the food made it well worth it.

 

We took a stroll around the trucks to scope out what they had, I hadn't tried Grind Kitchen before, so I gladly bought some Grind burgers for the boys and I.


 

Grind Burger Kitchen was really good. They Mexican cokes in glass bottle available, but I just grabbed some canned ones.


 

You can order your burgers rare, medium, or well done. They were delicious! They were cheesy and moist. (commence mouth watering lol.)



 

I walked around to do some shopping. I had both boys with me, so it was a little difficult to talk to vendors (It was so hot! Poor little guys. They just wanted to keep moving around so as not to stay under the sun :( ). This vendor had beautiful pillows, scarves, and tanks for sale. I was on a mission to find antiques... had it not been for that, I would have bought a tank.


 



 


 

There were tons of jewelry and trinkets available. I saw vintage purses, home decor, vintage toys... you name it, it was there!

 



 

 This is what I came home with :-) A woman had this beautiful antique Asian necklace. 

 

I'll probably pair this with a white tank and skinny jeans. I don't know why, but the tiny character on it caught my attention.



 

I bought these adorable aluminum cups, to use as vases for my bathroom. Another vendor had more of them, but she wouldn't sell individual ones (unless I bought them as a set.). They were all mismatched colors, so I wouldn't buy mismatching cups (even if thats how they are supposed to be.). Everything in my home has to be matched & even. I'm very OCD about that, lol. Too bad, I was willing to pay for one cup what she wanted for the whole set ha.


 

 I'm not familiar with the brand, but I saw some on Etsy, they seem popular. I'm in love with the color<3

 



 

These were an interesting find. I was trying to find little mint julep cups to put flowers in, but I've had no luck. I came across these cute little cups from India, close enough! They're pretty tarnished, and I couldn't make out any engravings when I was looking at them. The woman offered me $10 for the set, so I bought them :-) I figured even without markings, there was a chance they could be brass, or silver plated. I wish I knew what their intended use is for.

 





This is one that I cleaned up. I tried using ketchup to remover tarnish, but it didn't work. I used Tarnx which was better, but it still has splotches on it. I could leave as is, or try to find another way to clean them up. I thought they were cute! They'll be gracing a window sill soon.

My first time at the Flea Off Market was amazing. Ton's of fun, food, and shopping :-) there's a little bit for everyone!

The Flea Off Market
1007 East Jefferson
Louisville, Ky.

Its typically the first weekend of every month, next one is Friday Sept. 5th. @ 10:00am.

Here's their Facebook.
Here's their Twitter.

Grind Burger Kitchen
3311 Preston Hwy
Louisville, Ky.


 
Have you been to The Flea Off Market before? I had tons of fun.



Wednesday, August 13, 2014

First Day of School



 

The beginning of the school year seems to forever be bitter sweet. I'm happy, yet grateful, my son (7 years old) has the opportunity to go to school to learn... but on the other hand... I'm selfishly a little sad he's growing up so quickly. ❤ He had an awesome day at school today, and I wish him and everyone else starting school a wonderful year. May you learn as much as you can & I wish you a year full of great accomplishments. And for any mamas looking for a buddy to cry with, I'll be here all night. Bring wine.

Have a good year!!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Bridal Shower Time!

My brother is getting married in October!! I'm so excited for him and his fiance. Not only is she a wonderful girl, but I got to meet her sweet and loving family at the engagement party. I left the party feeling so blessed for him.

She was thoughtful enough to ask me to be a bridesmaid. I've never been a bridesmaid before, so I think this will be fun! I loved being a part of helping her choose her dress (My brother is going to *die* the second he sees her), as well as bonding a bit with her friends. Such a great group of girls!

I am throwing her a bridal shower a few weeks before her wedding, so right now I have a *ton* to plan. Not only am I in the middle of planning her shower, but I'm also trying to cram in as many activities as we can as summer comes to a close. I'm exhausted... but in a good happy way lol.

Pinterest has been my bff these days, so I rounded up some favorites that I plan to incorporate into her shower<3

 

 I'm throwing a bridal/lingerie shower. It gives me an excuse to play with cute, flirty ideas<3 Her favorite color is pink, so I decided pink, white & gold would be the color scheme. I loved how the strawberries looked above, so I think I'll be doing something similar to this.

 

 

Although the shower well be thrown in early fall (or close to), I still want to do some fun summer salads. (I wanted to try this dish this week, but I forgot to grab bow tie pasta.)

 


I want to incorporate a few bridal traditions, here's a pin from Martha Stewart using a pretty cake with ribbons. I believe each ribbon has a good fortune on the end of it that bridesmaid pulls out.



This is the color scheme idea I'm trying to do. I want to have a cute dessert table. Probably not elaborate as this, but hopefully something similar<3

Have you been to a bridal shower before? I'm open to any suggestions and recipes!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Love.

 

   :: Via Pinterest::

Because why not?

Sunday, August 3, 2014

New Ross Stores Opened in Louisville!

http://www.landoflalas.com/p/disclosure.html 


 


New Ross Stores opened up in Kentuckiana! They had their Grand Opening on July 19th, and they kindly offered me a glimpse into the store to share.


 


I stopped in this last week, just in time to pick up last minute back to school shopping for my 7 year old. I can't believe school starts in like a week. Crazy.



 

They had a nice selection of shoes (they even carry women's sizes as small as 5! fyi), tons of handbags, beauty products, and accessories. I came across some very pretty jewelry organizers, and clear makeup organizers as well (I know those are pretty popular right now.)



They also had a large selection of clothing, I saw a lot of lace tops (very on trend) and maxi skirts.




They had a big selection in toys and kids shoes (which was nice, because kids shoes seem to always have the smallest section when it comes to other similar retailers, not the case here!)



I purchased my son's new school shoes for 60% of the retail price (total score), and I found name brand school shirts for as little as $2.99. I'm happy I came here before I bought the rest of my son's school stuff, I got a ton of bargains.

Ross Stores carries name brand clothing at 20% to 60% off of department store prices<3 Awesome deals here.

New Stores Opening in Kentuckiana:

Ross
10391 Dixie Highway
Louisville, Ky 40272

Ross
1020 Veterans Parkway
Clarksville, In 47129

Store Hours
Monday - Thursday 9:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday - Saturday 9:00 am - 10:30 pm
Sunday 9:30am - 9:30 pm

Check out their Website here
And Facebook here

Have you guys been to Ross before? I'm glad to be done with my back to school shopping<3

Ross was kind enough to send me a gift card to check out their new stores. As usual, I promise to give my honest opinions.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Magimix By Robot-Coupe {Review} 4200 Automatic

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If you guys know me personally {or maybe you've seen this through my blog}, you know that I love to cook. Ever since I was little girl, some of my most fondest memories, were of me cooking with my mom or grandma, and our family gatherings surrounded by happy company and good food. My mom used to have a food processor by a well known brand, but seeing her use it, always seemed more of a chore than anything else. I was never impressed by it, so as an adult I never really ventured out into buying food processors. The closest thing I've ever purchased was this tiny little thing that I use once in a while to puree Chipotle salsa, nothing fancy, and nothing amazing. 

I was approached by the PR for Magimix to see if I was interested and trying out their products. It had been a while since I had used a food processor, and since I've been into cooking {and specifically, baking.} lately, I figured it would be fun to try out.

Per their website:

Robot-Coupe's original idea was to create a single machine that could perform a variety of tasks for professional chefs (such as chopping, grinding, kneading, shredding…).
Based on the technical breakthroughs and professional standards, Magimix was founded to develop domestic versions of Robot-Coupe Food Processors. Since 1971, Magimix has manufactured the Food Processor that was once acclaimed by The New York Times as: "the culinary revolution of the 20th century"

Magimix by Robot-Coupe Food Processors are now found in more than 60 countries and known worldwide as an indisputable kitchen essential. The original, it continues to be favored by top chefs, culinary schools, food writers and dedicated home cooks
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I was pretty impressed, merely by the fact, that these food processors that were once commercial grade, are now conveniently available for home use. I love that I can use a professional piece, that true culinary cooks use in their kitchens. {Now I have no excuse for not baking a perfect crust ha!)

 

Here is the Magimix in all of its glory<3 I love how stainless steel products look in the kitchen. Very sleek.

 

Not only is this food processor a 3 in 1 (Mini bowl & blade for smaller batches, Midi bowl for slicing and grating, & the main bowl for regular use.), it also comes with several useful attachments.





 
{Attachments came in this convenient storage container.}
 

{Cook books, instructions & a DVD, also included with the Magimix.}

 

My dad stopped by, and brought some delicious veggies from his garden<3 I didn't know what I was going to do with all of the bounty, but looking in the Magimix cookbook, I found a simple recipe for Gazpacho.

 

I had all of the ingredients, except the red bell pepper. I did however have a green bell pepper from my parents' garden (thank you guys!), so I just swapped that out.  I was pleasantly surprised at how powerful the blades were, and how soft the noise was. I own an obnoxiously loud blender, so loud, that my son covers his ears whenever I turn it on. I forgot to prepare him (he's autistic, so loud sounds are bothersome.), but he didn't budge a bit. I thought that was interesting to see!

 

This was my first time making Gazpacho (a chilled soup), and it was delicious! I added a dollop of sour cream<3 It was so incredibly easy! 


This made for a simple, delicious, & healthy meal. I couldn't have loved my Magimix more<3 I can't wait to use it throughout the end of the summer and into the holidays. With my Sister-in-law's bridal shower coming up, I can now make tons of tasty treats for the celebrations. I really recommend this for anyone who loves to cook! I know I'm personally going to be able to utilize this in all kinds of meals.

If you'd like more information on their products, I've placed a link on my side bar. Also, you may find them on their various social media accounts:

Here is their Website.
Here is their Facebook.
Here is their Twitter.

Per their Website: 

Magimix products are available at Williams-Sonoma, Chefs Catalog and Zola.

Not every store or catalog carries our full range of products. To check availability, please check on the website, contact the nearest store from you, or call the Customer Care Center:

Williams-Sonoma
Website: Williams-Sonoma|Magimix by Robot-Coupe
U.S.A: 1-877-812-6235
CANADA: 1.855.860.1081

Chefs Catalog
Website: Chefs Catalog|Magimix by Robot-Coupe
U.S.A: 1-800-338-3232

Zola - Wedding Registry
Website: Zola|Magimix by Robot-Coupe
 


 
I decided to add a new feature :-) Throughout the fall, as I cook more recipes using my Magimix, I'll be adding them to my recipe file under Magimix recipes<3  


Thank you Magimix & Suki for the lovely product!


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tazo {Organic} Jasmine Green Tea Review

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While walking around Lucky's Market, I was looking through their chilled drinks. I came across a Tazo Tea (I recognized the name from Starbucks), that was labeled Jasmine Green. I was little hesitant, because as much as I enjoy home brewed green tea, I have yet to find a chilled store version that I enjoy. An employee told me that they were on sale, (their weekly flyer sales **double** over on Wednesdays. In other words, anything on sale from the week prior, remains on sale on Wednesday, while the sales for the next week begins. AWESOME deals!!) so I grabbed a few, with dried bananas and Ciabatta Bread. (I made some awesome sammies from it.).

At first sip, I was like what in the world is this? It tasted like perfume lol, I was seriously a little thrown off because it was unexpected. After a few sips, I *really* began to enjoy it. Letting the taste linger, it was like I was drinking the scent of Jasmine! It has such a refreshing aroma filled flavor, I rushed back and grabbed 5 more bottles of this stuff!


 

I think I'm an oddball when it comes to scents and flavors. I can't get enough of floral scents in foods and drinks, and if you're the type of person that prefers deeper more complex flavors, I highly suggest this tea for you. This is a new favorite for me  ♥ → ☕ Love.


Have you had Tazo Teas before?

I grabbed this tea at:

Lucky's Market
200 N Hurstbourne Pkwy
Louisville, Ky. 40222