Monthly Archives: January 2012

Chocolate chips. Peanut butter. Together in a scrumptious cookie. Someone make me some!

Sweet Pea's Kitchen

Get ready to take peanut butter cookies to a whole new level by adding milk chocolate and peanut butter chips. Peanut butter and chocolate has always been my favorite of all flavor combinations, so I knew these cookies wouldn’t disappoint. These babies are crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside, just the way a perfect cookie should be. Lately I have been craving peanut butter like nobody’s business and instead of spooning right out of the jar I figured I would make some cookies that I have had my eye on for a while. I am really kicking myself for not making these earlier, they are “hide them from the family” good! I used smooth peanut butter for these cookies, but crunchy peanut butter will work just as well. Do yourself a favor and whip up a batch of these, I promise they won’t last long!

One Year Ago:Pecan and Almond Chocolate Toffee

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Jessica Alba’s Honest Company

Zulily recently ran a deal for 1/2 off a one-month subscription to The Honest Company, which is an eco-friendly company that delivers diapers, wipes, skin products, and/or household cleaning items to your door on a monthly basis.  The company is co-founded by Jessica Alba and is committed to creating quality, environmentally-friendly, and nicely designed products that average folks can actually afford.

I was curious to learn more about the concept, so checked out their website where I found you can sign up for a free trial.  You fill out a simple questionnaire and at the end select which bundle you want to try:

I chose the Diapers Bundle since I go through diapers/wipes way more frequently than I do skincare/household cleaning products.  The designs look pretty cute on their website, although I was never interested in swaddling my kid’s butt in the most fashionable prints.  Quite frankly, I’m a big fan of Jessica Alba so that’s the main reason I’m giving this product a try 🙂  Seriously, the power of a celebrity endorsement is nothing to laugh at…

Has anyone tried Honest products?  Are there other similar products out there that are just as good, or better?

Ruche – a cheaper alternative to Anthropologie

This is an example of the power of Facebook campaigns.  I’ve never heard of this company until I clicked on their ad on my profile sidebar.  They bill their site as “Vintage-Inspired Indie Dresses,” which is right up my alley, so I was definitely intrigued.

The site has a mix of Anthropologie’s whimsy with Modcloth’s affordable prices.  I haven’t had a chance to compare items from all three sites but there’s definitely a sense of deja-vu upon visiting Ruche (I did just see some BB Dakota items which Modcloth definitely sells too).

Some cute items include:

Clermont Polka Dot Dress ($46.99)

Vincenza Polka Dot Blouse ($32.99)

Windrose Rufflehem Coat ($98.99)

All Dressed Up T-Strap Heels ($94.99)

Pemberton Cropped Sweater

I wanted to browse some more but the site is extremely, painfully  slow!  However, I plan to stop by again in the future to do a little more window shopping, and perhaps purchase some items to check out the quality of their products and user-friendliness of their site.  More to come soon!

Modcloth sale!

Modcloth is in the midst of a huge sale right now.  Tons of cute clothing, accessories, and home stuff at great prices.  I’ve heard mixed reviews about the quality of their clothes, but decided to give them a try starting with the sale items (I’ve persued their site a lot but never purchased anything until yesterday).  I was in a very indecisive state of mind, so justified buying 4 dresses by saying it is in the name of research so I can share my findings with other potential customers!  lol!

I will follow up with a review of my purchases, but check out their merchandise (sale and regular price) before hot items sell out!

Does anyone have any thoughts or feedback on Modcloth merchandise that you’d like to share?  Please let me know – I’d really appreciate your comments!

Product review: Umi Shoes

I bought a pair of Umi shoes as a Christmas gift for A. this year.  It’s a company I never took very seriously because they’re quite expensive, but I was fortunate to stumble on their site during a 50% off sale they were having for the holidays.  I was really surprised at the quality and care they put into their craftsmanship and understood a little more why they charge a premium for their products.  They also have a social mission, dedicated to being an environmentally friendly company using sustainable products and packaging.  My son loves his Umis and always runs to me with these in hand when it’s time to go outside.

Style-wise, these shoes are super cute with a variety of colors and styles trending on the conservative side (no bling or big logos anywhere) but definitely versatile enough to dress up or down.

I can’t justify paying full-price for a pair just yet since toddler feet grow so quickly, but next time there’s a sale, you’ll totally find me there.  Speaking of sales, you can get 10% off any new styles with code NEWSPRINGSALE12 at checkout.  There’s also a nice selection of clearance items, including the cute Tendems I mentioned above.

Happy shopping!