Local Chef Kitchen – Local Restaurant Review

My boyfriend has been after me to try this restaurant location that opened up right down the road from us not too long ago. 

Today was our first ever visit to Local Chef Kitchen.

I was immediately impressed by the order boards over the register, they’re obviously re-written often.

The second thing that I noticed is that all the products that they sell are locally made. Their sodas (in coolers, tap is not available), their kombuca (both locally made AND available on tap!) and they also offer lots of locally made jams and jellies (I noticed strawberry rhubarb, plum and elderberry, in particular) as well as local honey.

The food was DELICIOUS. We both ordered the Eggs Benedict with Hollandaise. The fruit on the side was wonderful. It was a freshly cut mix with apples, grapefruit and blueberries with a little bit of pineapple. I’ve never had a side of fruit this good anywhere else, EVER. The fried potatoes on the side were a treat as well. I typically don’t care for fried potatoes. I would give up potato chips for the rest of my life just to have these fried potatoes at dinner every other night. They were to die for. The eggs on our Benedicts were delicious-tasting, with beautiful, healthy, golden yolks. I ate every bite of my food.

We also got to talk to the chef who runs the spot and he was everything I hope for in a chef ^_^ (this coming from someone who works in the industry).

This is an amazing option and we’ll be back very often, I’m sure.

They’re located at 15270 Manchester Road in Ballwin. Give them a try and then remember to tell your friends!

Baby Product Review! The Vintage Honey Shop’s Wooden Ring Teething Necklace, Part 2/3

Almost three weeks ago now, I typed up a blog post about how I had just ordered a handmade necklace from a website called The Vintage Honey Shop. I received it pretty quickly, it arrived from a bordering state in the mail in about a week, give or take. We’ll say take, because I really want to say that it only took about five days, but there may have been some weekend days in there that I’m forgetting to account for. vintage_honey_shop-vhjan2_17-0089_grande

This is the actual design that I ordered. The fabric is called Peachy Pink Cotton Blossoms.

I’ll start by saying that my little one is still too small to use this for teething purposes, but I’ll continue with my review because it seems like a promising product already anyway.

First off, the wooden teething ring. The site claims that this ring and the beads along the length of the necklace are made from organic wood. I can’t back that or deny it, I have no idea. I will say, however, that the ring is exceptionally smooth (the beads aren’t exposed) and feels very nice to the touch.

There are NO rough bits, edges, divots in the wood, etc. The fabric also feels very nice to the touch, very clean and new. You’ll probably want to work the necklace around a bit in your hands as it does feel stiff, though I’m not sure whether or not that will change or help.

I also like how the ends tie with a ribbon. Not the ribbon idea itself, as I’m not sure whether or not it will hold up and not unravel eventually, but the fact that you can tie it at different lengths depending on where you need it to come down to.

I’ve gotten my 1-Month baby to hold onto the ring itself while feeding, though that’s been all for now. I believe it’s a matter of training them with it as they get older, including popping the ring into their mouth to show them the example of chewing on it. I’ll keep putting her hands on it and when she can finally hold her head up on her own, I’ll be working on introducing her to the beads and the length of the necklace while I hold her. I truly believe that when she can be carried around and worn after she can hold her head up, that this necklace will be worth it’s weight in gold as a teething option, a toy and a visual for her to watch as the necklace moves around while it’s being worn.

I’ll make another post here in a month or so when she starts cutting teeth as an update to this review, though it’ll be in a different post.

Thanks for reading!

Comment below if you’ve tried one of these or something comparable ^_^

Baby Product Review! The Vintage Honey Shop’s Wooden Ring Teething Necklace, Part 1/3

I just sent off for one of the teething necklaces pictured below from The Vintage Honey Shop in the colorway Peachy Pink Cotton Blossoms. I haven’t received the shipping tracking code yet, so I’m not sure how long it will be before it arrives. Luckily, it’s from a state bordering mine, so hopefully it’ll be a quick mail delivery!

Now, to be honest, I probably wouldn’t have paid $30 for one of them if the silicone ones in every store weren’t already the same price. I wanted to get one of those silicone ones for the longest, but the price made me pause and then the fact that I wasn’t too sure about what they were made of or where they were made, with what standards. The ladies at tVHS claim that the wood used in their products is organic. It certainly looks nice and pretty in the pictures.

So basically, this post is a pre-product review post to let everyone know that there will be a review on one of these bad boys here soon!

(Also, it’s an easy thing to find a 15% off code for their site (check the blog link below), which made my order less than $32 with shipping).

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Baby Shower Blues

I’m feeling nervous about my baby shower.

I’m throwing it earlier than as is “traditional”, as I was reminded of immediately after receiving a complaint from one of the future grandparents about the date I chose and how they would be out of town. Not to mention, this was much too early of a date.

I was crushed.

I’m doing this by myself. I’ll be planning and setting up every increment of my own baby shower myself, without help from any family members or friends.

I entrusted a friend of 10+ years with taking care of all the details of the shower. She volunteered and told me she didn’t want me worrying about anything. She set up an event for it on Facebook. I filled in the details on the whole page. I sent out a message to all the invited guests, asking them to send their mailing information to her for the invitations. I checked with her three weeks later, she’d collected about four or five. My own boyfriend had sent her more than that himself that he’d gathered from friends and family.

Then I finally buy the invitations. I sent out another request to the guests in the Facebook event, asking them to send ME their mailing information as my planner had fallen through and I would be doing it myself. I waited two weeks and sent out multiple requests to everyone, on mine and my boyfriend’s personal pages as well. Finally, I sat down to write out these invitations, all forty of them and their envelopes, myself. I plan to mail them out the next morning, first thing.

Immediately, I’m being asked if I sent invitations to so-and-so and so-and-so. Well, did they send me their mailing information, like I asked them directly to? Of course not, but that’s on me in their minds. How could I have overlooked them while waiting for a response if they were interested for months? When did baby showers become about the guests being an inconvenience over it being about the mother and baby?

I always thought that when I had my children, they would be part of a larger family that was interested in them and wanted to be around. What I’m finding instead is more and more reasons to move away.


Gin and Jam Drink Recipe

I like the idea of adding Sprite or 7-Up to fill at the end of this recipe.

Makes one drink

1 oz gin

1 oz jam (any jam will do!)

1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lime juice

Crushed ice

Jam or mason jar that still has its lid

Pour gin, jam, and lime juice into the jam jar. Secure the lid on tightly and shake vigorously for ten seconds.

Add crushed ice and enjoy!

Green Bloody Mary Recipe

In a blender, combine and puree the following ingredients: 6 tomatillos, 2 yellow heirloom tomatoes, 1 dill pickle, 3 garlic cloves, 1 seeded Serrano chile, 1 ounce Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, 1 1/2 tablespoons preserved lemon, juice of half a lime, 3 dashes Tabasco, and 1/2 teaspoon each sugar, salt, and pepper. Salt the rim of a glass with a mixture of equal parts salt, pepper, sugar, and Aleppo pepper. Fill the glass with ice and strain the blended mixture into it.

Makeup Review! IT Cosmetics No-Tug Waterproof Mini Gel Eyeliner

Hello everyone! I’ve got another review from my August Ipsy GlamBag. Fortunately, my views on this product are vastly different than the last one. If you don’t know about Ipsy, check my last post, where you’ll find my rave reviews on it. So, here are my thoughts on this mini gel eyeliner by IT Cosmetics.

At first this seemed like any other pencil eyeliner, but it turned out to impress me.

It didn’t want to stay on my waterline when I applied it, but hours later, even when I was rubbing at my eyes, I didn’t have any of it come off on my hands. HOURS LATER, it was STILL THERE. Now, I don’t know what shape of eyes the rest of you have, but I’ve got Finn in my background and my eyes are slightly almond shaped. This means that any makeup around the corners, creases, etc of my eyes or face develops lines, mars or disappears QUICKLY. This showed no signs of that whatsoever and didn’t rub off.

A full-sized version of this eyeliner can be found here for $22, but you’d be better off checking out the GlamBag link above ^_-.

Makeup Review!* Organic Surge Daily Care Perfecting Face Polish *


Here’s another review for my lady friends. This one is a product that I received in my Ipsy bag from August of this year.

If you’ve never looked into Ipsy before, I can’t recommend it more highly. It’s a $10 per month makeup subscription service (AHHH, another subscription service?!) I know, but it’s BETTER THAN THE REST. Almost every single product that I’ve ever gotten in one of their Glam Bags (you typically receive 5!) has been worth more than the whole subscription for the month. Most of the time, these are such high-end products that I would never have tried them in my literal entire life had I not been signed up with Ipsy. One more reason that I’ll give to you and then I’ll stop, I swear, is that besides the things I’m sent like brushes (which means beyond my basic brush set that I already had, I’ll literally NEVER need to buy ANY kind of specialty brush that I PROBABLY wouldn’t have wanted to spend money on in the first place, but now OWN) you receive many full-sized products, plus an originally-designed makeup bag each month.

Anyway, onto my review.

I cannot say that I enjoyed this product one bit. It has a misleading appearance and I was definitely fooled. The packaging is pretty and I was excited at the mention of their use of essential oils.

I expected a face scrub, possibly similar to St. Ives apricot scrub? It couldn’t be further from that.
First, there are hardly any beads in this whatsoever. Finely ground olive stones, WHATEVER. I shrugged that off and after spreading it across my face, rinsed it all off in warm water in the shower and when I touched my face, it was COVERED in oil. It felt like I needed a SHOWER. I had to use another face wash to wash off all the oil this left afterwards. I would never buy this product and from reviews I’ve read, most of their products are rated similarly.

Once again, I would never recommend this product.

Makeup Review! Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme ^_^

Hey girlies!

Welcome to this edition of my blog, which is a product review for Too Faced’s Lip Injection Extreme ‘Turbo Power Supreme Plumping Lip Gloss’.

First of all, can I say that I adore this brand? Truly, I’ve only ever used two products of theirs without end, both lip glosses, the first of which I STILL HAVE (ten years later, shhh). I’m fairly sure that they don’t make it anymore because I’ve looked for it online and cannot find it anywhere. It’s their Status Gloss in Sugar Daddy, a beautiful, molten metal, peachy gold, thick, delicious-looking lip gloss that goes on like a coat of candy gloss. Did that make sense? It created the perfect visual in my mind.

Anyway, onto the Lip Injection Extreme lip gloss. The packaging is pretty, with a clear tube and a frosted, gold cap with detail. The gloss itself has quite the faint shimmer inside the tube, with a slight opal-esque shine. When closing the cap, no product gets pushed out the sides, which is something I can appreciate. The smell of the gloss is pleasant and reminds me of something I’ve smelled before, maybe another type of plumping lip gloss? Not too sure.

Of course, it has the typical, ten-minute sting that comes with any type of plumping lip gloss but it’s not bad at all and I can definitely see a visible difference in my lips. This will be in my purse for ALL OCCASIONS and just in case. I am SO HAPPY that I received this in my Ipsy subscription (Check it out HERE!) from September. I would even consider buying this again and if you’re interested in shopping on the Too Faced website as well, I have a code for you to enter at checkout for a Free Deluxe-Sized Melted Chocolate Lipstick with purchase. Just enter in IPSYGWP and thank me when you get it!

Another reason to check out an Ipsy subscription- it’s only $10 a month, you receive 5 products, often even full-sized and this lip gloss cost $28. Figure that into your budget, broads. You really can’t afford not to if you love cosmetics.

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