Wednesday, December 17, 2014

St. Pete Brew Tours - Walking Brew and BBQ Tour


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Two of my absolute favorite things are BBQ and craft beer. When these two are combined, I am one extremely happy Woman. When I heard that St Pete Brew Tours had a walking brew and BBQ tour, I could barely contain my excitement. This was definitely something that I NEEDED to check out. I lived in downtown St. Pete for a little over a decade. It is my all time favorite city. St. Pete is constantly changing, so you are bound to find something new on a tour like this. 
 
We met our tour guide Audrey on the sidewalk in front of a gift shop. We all introduced ourselves and then we made our way to our first location: Witches BBQ Den (which is associated with the Ale and The Witch). We have actually tried to eat at Witches BBQ Den several times in the past. We have always had bad timing and arrived as they were closed. I was excited to finally try their food. 

When we arrived the Witches BBQ Den was abandoned. I am not really sure if they were closed or what was going on. Audrey pointed out where the BBQ sauces and the drink machine were located and we started sampling the sauces. The wide range in different sauces was probably my favorite thing about Witches BBQ Den. Audrey also gave us a fun picture scavenger hunt to complete throughout the tour. We arrived back to the table and we were handed a sampling of their food:


Honestly, I wasn't in love with it. The mashed potatoes were pretty good. The meat was a little fatty for my tastes and I am not even sure what kind of meat it was since the Witches BBQ Den employees didn't say a word to us. Luckily, the company in our group was great and we still enjoyed our visit. 

After Witches BBQ Den, we were off to our first brewery. I was very excited to learn that we would be going to St. Pete Brewing. I actually first tried St. Pete Brewing Orange Wheat Ale on tap at a bar in St. Pete years before the brewery was open (it was being brewed in another state!). 
 
 
 We were each allowed to pick two flights and we were able to hang out for a little while. St. Pete Brewing had an area with some old gaming systems hooked up which is pretty cool. It was definitely a fun stop and the beer was pretty good. The beer we most wanted to try (3 Toed Paw Belgian Pale) was tapped out for our visit. We will definitely be back. 


After St. Pete Brewing, we headed to Green Bench Brewing. On our walk in between locations, our tour guide Audrey pointed out local features. I lived in this city for a long time and still learned a lot of new facts on this tour. She also showed us a lot of street art. She told us how the city of St. Petersburg commissioned artists to create huge murals to keep the street art clean and make it more than graffiti. Here are a few of the pieces that we encountered: 


Green Bench is already one of our favorite breweries. They have great beer and an awesome environment. We each received a pint at Green Bench. I had a hard time deciding what to get and I was able to try several before deciding. Honestly, this didn't make my choice easier since I loved everything that I tried. I ended up with a Temple Mound Brown Ale which is one of my favorite Green Bench brews. 
 
 
 
At this point in the tour, we were all feeling happy and having a great time as a group. One of the employees from Green Bench was talking to us a lot and offered us a tour of the brewery! This was something we had been wanting to do, so we were pretty excited about the offer. 



After Green Bench, we headed to my favorite BBQ restaurant: Urban Brew and BBQ. You may remember reading about them from my previous review. We were treated to a heaping pulled pork slider at this stop.

Note: the sauce was served on the side

Of course, the Urban pulled pork slider was delicious! I was happy to see that the owner Andy was there. He was telling me about his upcoming restaurant and brewery: Urban Comfort. Be on the lookout for more information on that here as it develops. Some of the people in our group ordered beer or sides at Urban Brew and BBQ as well. I ordered a half pour of pineapple cider. It was perfect with the slider. 
 
 
Our last stop of the night was 3 Daughters Brewery. 3 Daughters has been on our "must try" list for awhile now. I immediately fell in love with this brewery. It has the BEST atmosphere. There is a huge warehouse with every game you can imagine and then some: Foosball, giant connect four, cornhole, giant Jenga, etc. There were even several families with kids there enjoying their Saturday night. They also have a huge stage and they even had a really neat Christmas display. So fun!


We were able to pick out two flights each at 3 Daughters. I liked my beer, but thought that my two choices tasted pretty similar. The star of the brewery was definitely the warehouse. 
 
We determined the winner of our scavenger hunt. I was so busy enjoying myself that I slacked and didn't win. Boo. The prize is AMAZING. No spoilers here, but make sure that you compete and try to win the scavenger hunt. I was really jealous when I found out the prize. We then parted ways from our tour group. My Husband and myself went to a few other places in St. Pete and then ended up back at 3 Daughters because we adored it so much. 


This tour was such a great time! It is a lot of walking, but they do plan on incorporating buses in January to make the tour easier. While we did go to a few places afterwards, we were really happy with our night by the end of the tour and could have easily gone home satisfied. It was nice to be able to learn about St. Petersburg and the locations. I also loved that we were given something at every spot. It was enough beer and food to satisfy and give you a good idea of the business. With the exception of maybe the Witches BBQ Den, we will be returning to all of the spots on our tour soon.

I would definitely take this tour again and I highly recommend it. The nice thing is that this tour is great for locals and visitors. You can buy the tickets for the St. Pete Brew and BBQ tour discounted right now on Living Social! If you are more interested in food tours, then you should check out Eat Sip Indulge which is a food tour by the same business. The food tours are located not just in St. Pete, but in several local cities and even in London. Yes, London.
 
Let me know if you try St. Pete Brew Tours. You won't regret it. Cheers! 

*Disclaimer: I received free tickets in exchange for this honest review. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions are completely my own.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Earn $15 on $20 purchase at Sephora via Swagbucks!



I have some great news for Sephora fans that are Visa cardholders. Swagbucks has an incredible deal right now - register your VISA card via this offer and you'll get $15 in Gift Cards of your choice (1500 Swag Bucks) when you make a purchase of $20 or more at any Sephora store!

The best part is that you can complete this offer up to 5 times, meaning you can get a total of $75 in FREE gift cards through this offer.

If you haven't joined Swagbucks yet, this is the time to join - just click this link and you'll be taken straight to the offer!

Here is the fine print on this offer:  Not valid for online purchases and Sephora stores inside JCPenney. Award is issued in the form of 1,500 Swag Bucks, worth a $15 in gift cards of your choice in our Rewards Store. Offer valid through December 27, 2014

Thursday, December 4, 2014

CushionCare Memory Foam Seat Cushion #CushionCarePromotion




I have several herniated discs in my spine from car accidents and other injuries. As a result, I have severe lower back pain. It becomes particularly flared up after a week at work because I have a desk job and spend the majority of my time sitting. I have been wanting to try a support pillow for awhile now. When I was offered the chance to try CushionCare, I could not wait for it to arrive. 

CushionCare has the following features: 

1. Tailbone Orthopedic
CushionCare is fitted with Coccyx Visco Elastic Foam, which is a medical grade orthopedic mesh
that allows the cushion to yield appropriately without losing its excellent support on the body.
2. Non Flatten
This seat cushion does not flatten over time, even when used extensively for long periods of time.
In fact, it is designed to be used by people who spend long hours sitting.
3. Superior Comfort
The 100% memory foam ensures maximum comfort level for those long hours of sitting.
This cushion is designed so that the blood flow to and from the thighs and legs is not constricted.
4. Easily Washable
For tidy (but very busy) people, this feature is very important since CushionCare is machine-washable. The fact that it's made of tough materials allow for regular machine washing without any danger of wearing out the outer covering.
 
CushionCare also comes with a Lifetime Guarantee. "It will last you a lifetime, and if it does not, you can have your money back without any questions." I love this reassurance! 

note: I had the cushion facing in the wrong direction in these pictures!

This CushionCare Memory Foam Seat Cushion is really nice! It has a soft microfiber cover that can be removed and washed easily. The cushion is extremely thick (see below picture) and contoured to make it extremely comfortable to sit on. It made my uncomfortable work chair (pictured above) actually feel plush and cozy. It also helped with my posture a lot. Since the memory foam conforms to your body, it makes you want to sit evenly. Therefore, you sit straighter which is much better for your back.
 

After sitting on the CushionCare all night, I tried to remove it and just sit in the chair for comparison. I could not do it. I needed my CushionCare. I am glad that this product has a lifetime guarantee because I really do not want to have to sit in a chair without it. I have also used it on my couch (which is way too soft and makes me sink into it) and it really helps me there too.

I highly recommend this product if you have any sort of back pain, if you need to improve your posture or even if you need a more comfortable spot to park your booty. :) 

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*Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Hyperbiotics PRO-Immune #Probiotics



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I am sure that you have heard about probiotics, but did you know that not all probiotics are created equal? There are many different versions of probiotics on the market. They have different strands of bacteria, different strengths and some of them have additives that will give you other benefits too. I was recently offered the chance to try hyperbiotics PRO-Immune.
 
Hyperbiotics PRO-Immune has 4 Billion CFU with 5 different broad spectrum strains. It is Vegetarian, Lactose free, Gluten free and all natural. It also contains Vitamin C, Zinc and Echinacea to help support your immune system. PRO-Immune also has a long stable shelf life. They guarantee a shelf life of at least 18 months from the date of manufacture.
 

 The PRO-Immune tablets are about average size for probiotics. They have a slight herbal scent and taste. For normal daily maintenance you take two tables daily. For intense immune support you take two to three tablets twice per day. There are 60 tablets per bottle.
 
I have been taking two tablets a day for several weeks. While I have not noticed much difference from my previous probiotics, I have also not been sick since I started taking these. I would need to take them for a much longer period of time to truly be able to say that they helped my immune system. However, I figure that the extra Vitamin C, Zinc and Echinacea could not hurt. Let me know if you try them!  

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*Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Michael Todd #Soniclear Sonic Cleansing System



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I have had a Michael Todd Soniclear on my wishlist for awhile now. It is the world's first antimicrobial sonic skin cleansing system. I am so happy to say that I am now a Soniclear owner and it is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

This Michael Todd Soniclear has 6 different cleansing speeds with up to 300+ micro-massage movements per second. It comes with two heads: one for the body and one for the face. Soniclear is cordless and waterproof. This means that you can use it in the shower!
 
What is sonic cleansing? Watch this video from Michael Todd to find out:
 


  I have been using my Soniclear every day in the shower and to cleanse my face at night before bed. I have used it with various shower gels, soap, shaving gel (to exfoliate before shaving) and of course, a Michael Todd cleansing mask and cleanser. The heads are really easy to change. You just have to twist and pop them off.

I definitely feel like my skin is getting a deeper cleanse with Michael Todd Soniclear. It makes my night time routine much quicker. I just squeeze out my cleanser onto the wet Soniclear head and turn it on. After 60 seconds the Soniclear beeps to tell me my face should be clean enough. I then rinse my face and rinse the Soniclear head. I moisturize my skin and then I am done. The whole process takes less than 5 minutes. I also really love using it when I shave because my legs come out the smoothest that they have ever been. It makes them feel amazing.


Soniclear is really easy to charge too. All you do is drop it into the charging station. You don't have to plug it in or full with batteries. The charge also lasts a really long time. I fully charged my Soniclear when it first arrived and I have not had to charge it again yet. I have used it a lot!

I really have nothing bad to say about Michael Todd Soniclear. It is an amazing beauty tool and I am so happy that I now own one. Soniclear retails for $150 (Hint: see their website for a special Cyber Monday deal that is still going on to buy it for $90! That is 40% off!!).



*Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

#OldFactory Candle Gift Set + Giveaway


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Candles are one of my absolute favorite things to give and receive as gifts. They are the perfect gift for the people that are difficult to buy gifts for. Everyone loves candles and you can never have too many.

Old Factory candles are soy candles that are handmade in the US. Old Factory sells their candles in gift sets of three 2oz candles. Each 2oz candle burns clean for at least 20 hours. That means you have potentially 60+ hours of amazing scent per set. You can also have the set gift wrapped through Amazon. Old Factory sent me my set wrapped. It was a very pretty package to open.


Once the wrapping paper removed, I realized that this gift set really does not need it. Old Factory Candles come in a pretty box that could function as the wrapping by itself. 


Old Factory has a dozen different sets to choose from. The sets are all themed. Fall Harvest has Pumpkin, Cranberry and Autumn leaves. Winter Wonderland has Hot Cocoa, Roasted Chestnut and First Snow. Happy Holidays has Christmas Tree, Candy Cane and Gingerbread. It was a tough decision, but I knew I had to pick one of the sets with Lemongrass. Lemongrass is my all time favorite scent. I decided to pick the Spa Day set: Cucumber, Lemongrass and Green Tea.


I made a great choice! These candles all smell fantastic and they work well together too. I have used all three candles quite a bit and they are still almost full. The jars that they come in are very nice. The glass is thick and it helps keep the candle from getting super hot when burning. They have screw on lids that cover the candles to protect them when they are not in use. The jars are so nice that I will be re-purposing them once they are empty. They would be great for homemade sugar scrubs. 

Old Factory will have your house smelling amazing in no time! I really love these candles and I wouldn't mind getting a few more for Christmas (hint, hint). They would make great gifts as a set, or you could separate the set into three different stockings.


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*Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.