Friday, May 31, 2013

Piccadilly Summer Lunches

Disclaimer: I was provided the opportunity to have lunch at Piccadilly in order to facilitate this review. All opinions in this post are 100% my own. No other compensation was obtained. 

   When I was little from time to time we went to Piccadilly after church. I remember it being so special and even "fancy" because we didn't often have a ton of money to go out to eat. Now days I am not sure many people think of Piccadilly as being fancy- but I was excited when I got an email offering me the chance to try their new line of summer salads. I figured this would be an interesting visit. I was looking forward to comparing my old school memories to the "modern day" Piccadilly. I wondered what the restaurant was like now, how the food tasted, and if it would be like I remembered it from my childhood.

  Weston and I set out to have a little lunch date just the two of us. Our main missions? Trying the new line of summer salads and checking out the restaurant. I knew from the promotional information that the rep sent me that these salads include : Asian Chicken Pasta Salad, Italian Chicken Fettuccine Salad, Shrimp Rotini Salad, Chicken & Strawberry Salad, Taco Salad, Spinach and Citrus Salad, Blackened Chicken Wrap, Piccadilly Club Salad, Southwest Fiesta Chicken Salad. I had my heart set on the taco salad but when I went through the cafeteria line it was unavailable.  I decided to try the Italian Chicken Fettuccine Salad. While it was a fresh combo of lettuce, chicken, and fettuccine noodles I honestly don't think I would buy it again. It was good but not amazing. That being said you can't really beat a sit down meal with a large portion of salad for $6.29. You know what did make my heart beat faster? The darn fried okra that came with Weston's kids meal. Down right delicious. I was also excited to hear that if I had visited after 4pm I could have gotten Weston's meal for just 0.99.  Every kid’s meal comes with an entrĂ©e, two sides, a dessert, and a kid’s drink for only 0.99! That is impressive!! 

  The service at Piccadilly was impressive and very child friendly. A very nice lady took my tray from me and escorted me to my seat. Weston devoured his chocolate pudding and in the process wiped it just about everywhere he could. No one even gave me a second glance when I asked for second and  third helpings of napkins. The restaurant was fresh and clean. Fancy is not a word I would use to describe it at this point in my life but It was really a nice dining experience especially for someone that has a small child with them. Being that the restaurant is so kid friendly I think it's also wonderful that they are launching a new reading program, Back to Books, to encourage children to continue learning through the summer months. Kids will be given a reading log to record their summer reading. Once the reading log is complete with ten books they can receive a free kid’s meal. 

Have you ever been to Piccadilly? What did you think? Did you try the okra? If not you should! 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Accessorizing with Mindy Mae's Market


Disclaimer: While  I received a complimentary product in exchange for this review. All opinions are 100% my own.

I have said it before and I will say it again. I am no fashion blogger. Certainly no fashionista either. I have fallen into the mom slump and funk for sure. Workout clothes on most days (even when I don't workout) are just the truth and reality of the situation. So when I do get ready to go out sometimes I have a hard time figuring out what to wear. My secret? Black top or dress and a hunk of jewelry. I love triple strand necklaces and chunky finds that bring the eye away from my faults and right on up to my accessories.

  I recently found Mindy Mae's Market, an easy to order from, relatively inexpensive, apparel and accessory business online. I have not tried their clothes but really love the look of the Chevron Maxi Dress with pockets. I would love to know more about the quality. These days it is important to me that my maxi dresses be of a thicker fabric. I don't want all my lumps and bumps to show. If I had a little girl their Little Heart Leggings would be in my cart in a jiffy, perhaps even in every color. Mindy Mae's Market was kind enough to send me a complimentary Falling Colors Necklace so that I could check out the quality for this review.

  Please excuse my freckles and lack of tan. I thought about airbrushing and using self tanner in picmonkey but oh wouldn't that take the fun out of it? haha. 

 When the necklace arrived I was pleased at the quality. This is no chincy fall apart piece. It did take a little work to get all the little beads facing the right direction and I do wish I had it for this past fall. I feel like the colors are a little less summery than what is in at this moment. Alas, that is no fault of the companies, just another error on my less than fashionable behalf. At the price of $14.99 I think its fair to say that it is well worth holding on to it until next fall.


Monday, May 20, 2013

Pillow Wars In Our House- A Sleep Number #Sponsored Pillow Review


     My in-laws have a Sleep Number bed that is just unspeakably incredible. You can elevate one side, make it softer, make it firmer. The plethora of options that they have in their bed probably outweighs the number of options at some fast food restaurants. Some people like to get order their burger exactly how they want it, well with sleep number you can get your bed exactly how you want it AND so can your spouse at the same time. Before I go any further gushing about the amazingness of Sleep Number beds I will stop and tell you the truth. I can NOT afford one and I don't have one. I may not ever be able to afford one but I was really excited when Sleep Number contacted me and offered to send me a complimentary pillow to review. In lieu of my aforementioned feelings about their beds my response was, " Yes, yes, yes!"

   I was able to take a short assessment quiz on the Sleep Number website in order to determine which pillow would be best for me. The quiz results came back that I should try the Down Alternative Inner Core paired with the Silver Outer Shell. Prior to this I had never even heard of a two part pillow. I was more than kind of excited to try it and then more than disappointed when it arrived and my husband stole it. That's right, you heard it correct, my husband straightup nabbed my pillow. This started a serious pillow war. You know...the kind where you race to bed to try to get it first? Yes, we are mature!

    He loves it. Claims its the perfect combo of fluff and firm. The directions say you should fluff it every night and occasionally throw it in the dryer. Who knew? I've never dryer fluffed my pillows before. Perhaps thats what you do with fancy pillows? I have never had a pillow that cost more than 20 dollars either so I wouldn't know.

   In summary, I don't think that everyone needs a super fancy pillow. We certainly don't have the money right now to be out buying Sleep Number pillows BUT if you can - take the survey, buy yourself a special pillow, my husband says it's worth it.

Disclaimer: I was provided a free product in exchange for this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own. Also, I apologize for the lack of pictures in this review. I feel like pillow pictures are....uninspiring? I also wouldn't want to bore you with a picture of me using my pillow :)

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