It may not be super obvious, but I am the world’s biggest Star Wars fan. So today’s deal from Marbles: The Brain Store seems like it was created just for me. Wow, did my dorkiness just come out or what?! 😉
I’m like a kid in a candy shop right now.
The only downside? I don’t have the time nor the patience to put these bad boys together. And I have a very active son who would probably a. eat the pieces or b. destroy them. Heck, I may as well as add a c. in there and say all of the above.
If you are a Star Wars fan, or know someone who is, then you know how awesome today is. And how great these are.
Your brain, like these Metal Earth model kits, is pliable. Which means you can enhance your mental mojo and create new neural pathways simply by popping out the kit’s pieces, bending the tabs and connecting them at the attachment points to create a remarkably detailed 3D sculpture that fits in the palm of your hand. Each DIY model starts as a four-inch square sheet of intricately laser-etched metal and takes about an hour to assemble. You won’t need any glue, but we do recommend a pair of tweezers or needle nose pliers to help you bend the metal pieces into a desk-worthy accessory.
Aside from my child, my husband, and my dogs, there are two things I love above all else in the world: travel and dessert. Usually these two things go hand-in-hand. Before going anywhere I will do some research to find the best dessert place(s) to try. My last job involved quite a bit of travel and it became a drag after six years, but it was during that last year that I really made the effort to seek out new desserts and it made the work trips all kinds of awesome.
I have the world’s worst memory when it comes to things like television show characters or music or even what I did yesterday but was blessed with a steel trap mind when it comes to desserts. I can tell you my favorites in any city that I’ve visited and I will forever rave about some of the best things I’ve had the pleasure of eating. For instance, Gourdough’s in Austin may forever be ranked as the best doughnut place I’ve ever visited, both in terms of ambiance (a food truck!), novelty (doughnuts are made to order) and taste — you should all go if you’re in Austin!
While I originally started this dessert-centric post for Mother’s Day, it occurred to me midway through that it’s a little late for Mother’s Day shipping for many of these, so instead, here are some of my favorite treats EVER (all of which can be shipped to your door and many of which can be visited in-peson) that you should treat yourself to, or perhaps someone else that you love!
I wasn’t familiar with this chocolate bar or Alma Handmade Chocolates, a Portland-based shop, until I wrote a Chococurb review. Thanks to that review this candy bar quickly skyrocketed to become my favorite chocolate bar EVER. This is saying a lot considering I dislike hazelnut. But this bar? It is decadent perfection.
Momofuku Milk Bar is pretty much an institution in New York City. Years after opening, I still had to wait in line for a half hour when I was there this past August. You can’t go wrong with anything at Milk Bar, though I think the Crack Pie and Cornflake Marshmallow Cookies are particularly delicious.
Delicious nougat, even better caramel, and rich chocolate. These candies are fairly simple and simply delicious. They’re like an artisan Snickers, without the nuts. These are made in Chicago and you can find them across the city including at Amy’s Candy Bar.
The gourmet marshmallows from 240 Sweet are some of the first fancy marshmallows I ever tried and they are still some of the best I have ever had. There are so many different flavors and I’ve enjoyed quite a few, but the caramel swirl is my absolute favorite. You can find these marshmallows in stores across Indiana. I always get mine from Farm in Bloomington, IN.
The ingredients list for Spoonable Caramel is so basic: Caramelized sugar, 40% heavy cream, unsalted butter, sea salt. All ingredients that people not only know but can also pronounce converge to create a caramel sauce that you might be hard-pressed to stop yourself from eating by the spoonful.
Truth: I visited ‘Lette in Beverly Hills a few years back and I wasn’t impressed. Then this year my mom ordered ‘Lette macarons for my baby shower and they were OMG delicious. I don’t know if something changed or if I just visited ‘Lette on an off day, but I now cannot recommend these more.
I also included these bon bons in our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide and have talked about them multiple times. If you like dark chocolate, peanut butter and sea salt then you are pretty much guaranteed to love these treats. If you’re in Chicago the Vosges shops are always full of samples and as I’ve tried just about everything I can confidently say it is ALL delicious.
I’m pretty sure I was introduced to Crispycakes in one of the many subscription boxes I’ve received. There are a bunch of different flavors of Crispycakes, which are giant rice krispy treats, and they’re all moist, soft, and uber-marshmallowy.
A couple of years ago we thought we might be going to Brazil for the World Cup so I ordered some brigadieros, which are a Brazilian chocolate delicacy. I’d never had chocolate such as this before – so deliciously smooth! If you’re in New York City, be sure to stop by Brigadeiro Bakery in Soho.
There you have it. So much dessert.
I’m always looking for recommendations so do tell: What is your favorite dessert and where can I get it?
Dang – There are a TON of sales this weekend! Surprising, considering it’s not a historically big sale weekend and one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year – Memorial Day Weekend – is later this month!
Not that I’m complaining. There are some really great deals here. It’s hard for me to pick a favorite but the Cost Plus World Market Friends and Family Sale is up there. It’s incredibly rare for this store to offer a 25% discount!
Spend more to save more at the Adidas Mother’s Day Sale! Spend $50, Save $10; Spend$100, Save $25; Spend $150+ Save $40 with code “JUST4MOM”. The discount applies to “women’s, unisex, and mi/custom items.” Offer valid through May 6, 2015.
Check it out: While Grace & Lace is known for their leg warmers and boot socks (both of which were featured on Shark Tank), they also make great items like this Lace Dress Extender, which is perfect for dresses that are just a tad too short to be worn out in public. Normally $39, you can get it for $33.15 after the discount is applied.
Check it out: According to the Google Fashion Trends Report, boyfriend jeans are one of the most popular denim styles of the moment. Take advantage of this Lucky Brand sale to grab a pair for less! We like the Dylan Boyfriend Jeans (normally $129, now on sale for $77.40) and the plus size Georgia Boyfriend Jean (normally $89.50, now on sale for $53.70).
Take 30% off everything at Shop the Shoe Box with code “SPRING30″. Shop the Shoe Box sells mostly designer brands, so this is a great opportunity to save on shoes that aren’t usually marked down. Valid through May 3, 2015.
Hot Deal: Shop the Outlet for the best savings! We found the Cole Haan Alice Skimmer above, which originally cost $138, on sale for $98. After the additional 30% discount the price drops to just $68.60.
Hot Deal! Receive a free aromatic soy candle with the purchase of your first bundle from The Honest Company! Use code “CANDLE4MOM” at checkout. Offer only valid for first-time bundle customers only through May 10, 2015.
I am a sucker for inspirational or literary quotes. If I didn’t stop myself I could easily have them hanging everywhere in my house as constant reminders of whatever is being expressed by the quote. As we get ready to think about buying a house my mind has gone into overdrive thinking about how to decorate and of course I find myself attracted to quotes.
Somehow I stumbled upon House of Belonging on Etsy earlier this week and their store has been open in my browser ever since as I’m slowly going through and favoriting nearly everything they sell. Everything they sell is made by hand and absolutely gorgeous.
I thought I’d share a few of my favorites because I just don’t feel like I should keep this shop to myself.
This A. A. Milne quote has always been a favorite of mine but it’s usually created for nurseries. This Braver Than You Believe Wood Sign ($140) would look great hanging in any room of the house.
This Most Beautiful Person Sign ($140) would look fantastic hanging in a nursery as it is in the image above, but I could also see hanging this over my own bed. I wasn’t familiar with this F. Scott Fitzgerald quote but I love it!
Kindle First allows Amazon Prime members to download one free pre-release Kindle book per month! These books are only free to Prime members for one money and then they will become available to everyone else – at cost, of course – the following month.
Scientist Peter Bernhardt has dedicated his life to nanotechnology, the science of manipulating matter on the atomic scale. As the founder of Biogineers, he is on the cusp of revolutionizing brain therapies with microscopic nanorobots that will make certain degenerative diseases become a thing of the past. But after his research is stolen by an unknown enemy, seventy thousand people die in Las Vegas in one abominable moment. No one is more horrified than Peter, as this catastrophe sets in motion events that will forever change not only his life but also the course of human evolution.
Peter’s company is torn from his grasp as the public clamors for his blood. Desperate, he turns to an old friend, who introduces him to the Phoenix Club, a cabal of the most powerful people in the world. To make himself more valuable to his new colleagues, Peter infuses his brain with experimental technology, exponentially upgrading his mental prowess and transforming him irrevocably.
As he’s exposed to unimaginable wealth and influence, Peter’s sense of reality begins to unravel. Do the club members want to help him, or do they just want to claim his technology? What will they do to him once they have their prize? And while he’s already evolved beyond mere humanity, is he advanced enough to take on such formidable enemies and win?
In 1676, an unlikely pair—a young Puritan widow and an English spy—journeys across a land where greed and treachery abound.
Prudence Cotton has recently lost her husband and is desperate to find her daughter, captured by the Nipmuk tribe during King Philip’s war. She’s convinced her daughter is alive but cannot track her into the wilderness alone. Help arrives in the form of James Bailey, an agent of the crown sent to Boston to investigate the murder of Prudence’s husband and to covertly cause a disturbance that would give the king just cause to install royal governors. After his partner is murdered, James needs help too. He strikes a deal with Prudence, and together they traverse the forbidding New England landscape looking for clues. What they confront in the wilderness—and what they discover about each other—could forever change their allegiances and alter their destinies.
If you don’t want to wear this trend too loudly, you can go a simpler route and sport this anchor bracelet. It’s dainty, yet cute. I love it!
Color: Black, Blue, Mint, Peach, Red, White
Description: Open, gold metal, thin textured bangle bracelet with colorful anchors and crystal detailing.
I am head over heels for these striped loafers. I would totally be the envy of the town!
Available in black, brown, grey and red. I want them ALL.
Lastly, this Polly striped scarf reminds me of sailing. The beige color kind of looks like rope and the stripes, well, that’s totally nautical! What do you think?
Are you a fan of the nautical trend? I think even if you are on the fence about it, at 50% off it’s worth a try! There’s subtle little touches you can do, or you can wear it full on. Either way, you are going to look fantastic!
Quite often, I will be shopping and smell the same perfume on fellow customers over and over. Thierry Mugler’s Angel is an incredibly distinctive fragrance that an overwhelming amount of women wear, as is Viva La Juicy. Where do you go when you want to find a truly original scent? One that is tailored to your preferences, and might just become your signature? Scent Trunk, a service that custom selects fragrances for you based upon a Scent Profile, then aims to find a niche scent that complements your personality and style.
Scent Trunk started out offering solely men’s fragrances, and they officially launched their women’s perfume subscription box today, May 1st. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to test drive their process before it is available to the public and show you what they are all about!
The “Scent Profile” questions weren’t what I expected. Instead of a long list of specific scent preferences, they asked more questions revolving around personality instead.They also asked preferences that revolved around fragrance such as favorite place to visit (below). They even asked what my favorite cocktail was (this question was probably the toughest of all….I mean, what is the season? What am I eating? I could go on and on). After you complete your profile, you can then sign up to have three different custom sample scents sent to you. You then review the scents you received, and Scent Trunk uses that information to make additional recommendations. The sample scents are available for purchase in full size format on their site, with products ranging from low $30 range up to almost $200.
I received three small sample bottles, each with an accompanying description card. The descriptions told a little background story about the fragrances, appropriate seasons and time of day to wear, as well as longevity and Sillage (how long a fragrance’s scent lingers in the air). I do wish, however, that they listed the perfume notes in each as I like to be able to identify familiar scents.
Panda by Zoologist
This was described as a “fresh green fragrance that combines the delightful scents of bamboo and zisu leaves.” When I first put the scent on, it was a bit too sharp and green for my tastes. As the day wore on and the fragrance adjusted it became pleasant and light.
Darcy by PARFUMS de Marly
Neither my husband nor I were fans of this, it was way too floral and “mature” for my liking. I think I sensed a hint of patchouli or musk, which are two scents that don’t work well on me.
Elisa by RANCE 1795
This reminded me of a perfume that I wore when I was in high school! It was a combination of rose and vanilla I think. It was a little on the young side for me, but very wearable and light. It is a “good mood perfume” if that makes sense!
I do like the fact that you can find rare, unique fragrances that fit your personality. I think it is a novel concept that could be tweaked to accurately represent and mix with the person it is meant for. One thing, however, I would change is to focus more on what particular notes customers like and don’t like. For example, musk, patchouli and rose are three scents that I am not a fan of. I definitely love vanilla, coconut, lemon and verbena. If Scent Trunk could combine personality and scent preferences in their Scent Profile, I think this would be a hit! As with all perfume, the ability to try at home before you buy a full size bottle is key.
Scent Trunk costs $15 per month and for that you will receive 3 personalized fragrance samples. The box ships for free to the United States and Canada.
Scent Trunk Coupon: If you want to try this service for less, enter Scent Trunk coupon “mothersdsay” at checkout to take 25% off your first box. The coupon is valid through May 15, 2015.