Father’s Day Gift Idea: Taste Trunk

Father's Day Gift Idea

Taste Trunk has been around for awhile, with mixed reviews. You can read all about Lisa’s experience here. With that being said, I think it’s about time they are given another shot! :) Get it, shot? Gin. Do you shoot gin? I’m obviously not a huge gin drinker, but I digress. Anyway, with Father’s Day right around the corner, I thought what better gift than this! It’s something completely different and unique. And right now you can save 25%!

Taste Trunk Coupon: Use code “FD25″ at checkout to receive 25% off the Father’s Day Gourmet Food Trunks!

Prices range from $49-$149 (before the coupon), depending upon which trunk you choose.

The Mixologist trunk, pictured above, is $149 and includes the gin making kit that we included in our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide. I think I’m going to grab this for the hubby!

Or perhaps he’d like the Beer and Bourbon Trunk ($59). Or the Sausage Trunk ($49). He’d love them all- I can’t decide! Maybe I’ll go with the Smoked Trunk ($85). Hmmmm.

For this deal, I could grab one for all the dads in my life. There’s something for everyone!

Have you tried Taste Trunk? Are you going to pick one up for Father’s Day? Be sure to use the code FD25 for 25% off.

I will note, it’s hard to tell, but I’m fairly certain that by buying a trunk you are not signing up for the subscription. I’m pretty sure it’s just a one time thing.

NewBeauty TestTube Review

New Beauty TestTube

It’s frequently said, including by me, that Birchbox was the site that started the subscription box movement but that’s actually not true. The NewBeauty TestTube was really the first beauty subscription program, having launched way back in 2006. It was Birchbox, however, that helped take this genre mainstream.

Here’s the funny thing: I was actually one of the first subscribers to NewBeauty TestTube. I read about the beauty sampling program in a magazine and subscribed immediately. At the time the tube was shipped out quarterly and I think I received two tubes before I canceled thinking that it was really weird that I was spending money to get samples from an internet company. (Oh, if I’d only known…) While I enjoyed receiving the tube, I was also in my mid-20s at the time and thought the products were a bit old for me as I was receiving anti-wrinkle products, night creams, etc.

Well fast forward 8 years and I finally got my hands on a NewBeauty TestTube to review for this site and while I’m closer to their ideal customer now I still thought the tube was just a little old for me, and you’ll see why below.

The NewBeauty TestTube costs $29.95 (plus $8.95 shipping) and it now ships out six times per year. In addition to the tube you will also receive a quarterly subscription to NewBeauty Magazine.

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The TestTube comes filled with products! It was so full that there was maybe only room for one more small sample. This is something I remember from when I subscribed way back when – I was never disappointed with the number of products I received!


Treat Yourself: I Could Give Up Shopping But… Accessory Bag

I Could Give UP Shopping Accessory Bag


This morning I was up at 4:15 a.m. I never thought there’d be a day that I’d be up at that hour and ready to get some work done, but my three-month-old despises naps so I find myself trying to get stuff done before he’s up for the day. Oy. I did find myself mindlessly searching the web for a few minutes though, when I came across this I Could Give Up Shopping But I’m Not a Quitter Accessory Bag at Zazzle that immediately brought a smile to my face.

The bag above is the 9″ x 6″ bag that costs $41.95, but this being Zazzle, multiple sizes and styles are available.

Since it’s the weekend of sales though, you can take 25% off the bag with code “READY4SUMMER” and pay $31.46. The Zazzle Memorial Day Sale runs through May 25, 2015.

Attending a Wedding? Rent Your Dress for Less!

Wedding-Wednesday1Rent the Runway has been around pretty much forever at this point and provides an awesome opportunity to wear fancy designer dresses without having to pay an arm and a leg for something that you may only end up wearing once. The dresses at Rent the Runway are gorgeous and constantly rotating so that they carry the latest styles.

If you’re attending a wedding or two or three this summer, Rent the Runway is a great place to look for dresses! Truthfully, I usually only buy one dress to wear to weddings each summer… unless I’ll be seeing all of the same people at the weddings in which case I’ll purchase multiple dresses. That can get pricey quickly though, and I generally find that I can rent two dresses from Rent the Runway for the price of purchasing one.

There are a few things I really like about this company:

  1. They carry traditional AND plus sizes.
  2. You can order the same dress in another size for free to help ensure a perfect fit!
  3. Shipping is free both ways.
  4. They take care of the dry cleaning.
  5. Other users upload photos of themselves wearing the dresses to the website, which gives you a more accurate idea of how the dress will look in “real” life.

Rent the Runway Coupon: If you haven’t yet tried out Rent the Runway, you can get $25 off your first $75+ rental with code “FIRSTRTR25X75X”.

With wedding season about to kick off, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite dresses that are currently available at Rent the Runway.



ML Monique Lhuillier Ella Dress – $498 retail; $30 to rent // (Plus Size) Carmen Marc Valvo Kyoto Garden Dress – $425 retail; $70 to rent // Halston Heritage Draped Stripe Maxi Dress – $525 retail; $100 to rent

red lace

floral maxi CR florals RTR2


Shoshanna Lace Sierra Dress – $385 retail; $40 to rent // (Plus Size) Badgley Mischka Wild Meadow Maxi Dress – $1,100 retail; $165 to rent // Cynthia Rowley Voltaire Dress – $498 retail; $75 to rent


slate and willow

plunge dress floral maxi RTR3


(Plus Size) Slate & Willow Just a Mirage Shift – $348 retail; $40 to rent // ML Monique Lhuillier Plunging Dress – $600 retail; $100 to rent // Badgley Mischka Painted Petals Maxi Dress – $960 retail; $150 to rent


Click here to check out the dresses at Rent the Runway!

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