Gifting A Unique Wooden Watch this Father’s Day

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Hey y’all! Today I am super excited to share my collaboration with JORD Watches.  They asked me to partner with them and since it’s my birthday month, and with Father’s Day coming up, I thought it would be a perfect time to do a giveaway.  And the best part is everyone is a winner!  Let me tell you about the watches and how you can enter to win.

I received my Cassia Series watch in Olive and Aegean Blue.  They are all hand-crafted wooden watches which makes them a one-of-a-kind accessory.

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My first impression was that the watch was fancy!  It arrives in a cedar watch box which you can use to store and protect your watch.  You can also use it to store the oil and cleaning towel that comes with it.

Another neat thing is they can engrave the watch and the cedar watch box.  JORD watches use only 100% natural wood and they refrain from the use of toxic chemicals to either treat or protect the wood.  They also have Apple watch bands and ship free of charge all over the world.

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JORD has an amazing selection of wooden watches for both women AND men.  They are versatile and go with just about any outfit!  Classy enough for business attire but transition perfectly to a casual dinner with friends

With affordable pricing as low as $139, you can definitely find one within your price range.

The giveaway takes only seconds to enter https://www.woodwatches.com/g/ourgrayhouse and the winner receives $100 shop credit to JORD’s website, FREE sizing and FREE shipping and each person who enters gets a 10% off code so really, everyone is a winner!

The giveaway will close 6/3 at 11:59pm so hurry and enter today!

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Good luck!

hugs ~lisa

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Tarte Maracuja Oil

Y’all – I have been saying the name of this product wrong for FOREVER!  I’ve been calling it marajuca oil and it’s not called that.  It’s maracuja oil.  Maracuja.  Maracuja.  Maracuja. Okay, I think I’ve got it now.

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I first discovered the tarte Maracuja Oil in one of my monthly beauty subscription boxes.  It also is one of the few products that I’ve liked enough to actually re-purchase from those subscription boxes.

Which skin type is it good for?
Maracuja oil is good for all skin types.  My skin tends to be oily and after talking to one of the lovely ladies at Sephora, they let me know that my oily skin actually needs more oil.  They said that oily skin will produce more oil if it is not hydrated enough.  As it turns out, in my case they were right.  I’ve noticed that my skin seems less oily now that I’ve been adding maracuja oil into my daily routine.

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What it is:
A vegan face oil for a healthy-looking skin without feeling greasy.  It’s made with Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Tocopherol and formulated without parabens or phthalates.  It’s great for dryness and dullness.

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How to use it:
Apply two to three drops onto clean, dry face.  The great thing about this product is you can also mix it with your moisturizer or your favorite liquid foundation to give a dewy finish.  I prefer matte so I apply it and allow it some time to soak up into my skin.

I’ve also been using it on my elbows (they are really dry) as well as the ends of my hair.  You can use it basically all over as it is hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested.

 

Considering this is a re-purchase of a product I’ve previously tried, I’ve found that this go around it’s still a great product.  It is a bit pricey for an oil, around $48, but I feel it is well worth it.

Have you tried tarte Maracuja Oil or another oil?  What are your thoughts?

(((hugs))) ~lisa

 

Primer Dupe: NIVEA MEN Post Shave Sensitive Balm

I jumped on the bandwagon (late) and tried the NIVEA MEN Sensitive Post Shave Balm as a primer and I think for the price, it’s a good deal.

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Some have tried it as an alternative to silicone based primers.  Others have tried it because of they hype and still others have tried it, like me, because of the price.  I wanted to see if it would work for me because it is a product that is easy on the budget.

The product was originally developed for men with sensitive skin.  It’s gentle and enriched with Vitamin E, Chamomile and Witch Hazel extracts.  It’s lightly fragranced and is formulated with no drying alcohol.

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The packaging is a simple blue and white box and the container is a slightly heavy white glass bottle.  If traveling, I’d recommending putting some in a lighter, more travel friendly container.  The NIVEA MEN Post Shave Balm is a bit runny but it spreads and absorbs easily onto the skin.  It feels tacky at first but dries quickly and is light light on the skin, not greasy or heavy.

I think that the balm does help my foundation blend easily and smoothly.  It minimizes the look of your pores and is moisturizing.  I’d say there is really only one con and that is the packaging.  It’s bulky and somewhat heavy but unless you are traveling this won’t be a big issue.  There is a slight scent to the product but it is not unpleasant and certainly not overpowering although I’ve heard some say that it smells “manly”.

Overall I do recommend this product as I think it works well and is super affordable.  Let me know if you’ve tried it and what you think!

(((hugs))) ~lisa

 

3 Second Brow | First Impression and Review

I saw another YouTuber try the 3 Second Brow product and it turned out great so when I was in Walgreens I thought…I’ve got to try it for myself!

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I purchased mine for $14.99 from Walgreens but here’s another link for you to purchase it for yourself.  I found it on Amazon for $9.99: 3 Second Brow

From what I could tell the product only came in one color that says it “will blend with most hair color and skin tones”.

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The applicator is a sponge/foam type thing and it comes in two shapes.  One is an arched brow shape and the other is a curved brow shape.

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When you put the product on it does take a little to get the product evenly on the applicator.  As you can see from the above pic, I didn’t quite get it even.  It also comes with a spoolie/angled brush tool so I used that to add some more product to the applicator.

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I followed the directions as closely as I could.  This product does work but the application part is very tricky.

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I was not successful on my first attempt but you can watch the full video here:  3 Second Brow Demo and First Impressions.

I will definitely try this again.  The product does stamp well but you have to really be careful in how you place it.  I will have to practice some more to perfect my technique.

Let me know what you think and if you’ve tried the product!

(((hugs))) ~lisa

 

Superior Bathhouse Brewery in Hot Springs, AR

We took a spontaneous side trip to Hot Springs on our way home to Dallas and were delighted to pop in to Superior Bathhouse Brewery.

They are actually the first brewery in a U.S. National Park and the world’s first to utilize thermal spring water as their main ingredient.  It’s definitely a cool place to visit when you are in Hot Springs.

I’m not a beer drinker so we opted for their homemade root beer floats which really hit the spot.  They do offer a great selection of beers and typical pub style food.  They also have a friendly atmosphere and sell artisan products such as soap that is locally made.

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I definitely want to come back when we have more time to experience the food and maybe even sample a beer!

(((hugs))) ~lisa

At The Corner in Little Rock, AR

Oh how my tummy misses the wonderful Christmas is Coming brunch we had at @ the Corner in Little Rock. This wonderful little spot prides itself on being locally grown, made from scratch and seasonally fresh.

We checked them out as we were leaving Little Rock to head back home to Dallas.  We love trying out local spots especially where the person helping you is the business owner.

It was a bit odd when we first walked in as they don’t want you to sit until after you order.  I was worried we wouldn’t find a spot but one opened up quickly just as we finished ordering.

I ordered The Sampler which came with scrambled fresh farm eggs, Arkansas apple-wood smoked bacon, cheese grits, #browns, seasonal fruit and a freshly baked biscuit served with housemade Arkansas honey butter and jam.

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It all was so delicious and I especially liked the fluffy biscuits and the jam….oh my goodness that was good!

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If you are in town you should definitely check them out! You can find them at the corner of Markham & Scott in Downtown Little Rock.

(((hugs))) ~lisa

 

Where To Eat When In Memphis: 2 Not-to-be-missed Restaurants

We have a tradition of taking a trip over the Thanksgiving holiday.  This year we chose Memphis and Little Rock as our destination of choice.

Before we left home, I did my typical research for restaurant reviews.  Since we were traveling over a holiday, I called ahead to inquire about the prices, reservations, etc.  I called The Cupboard Restaurant and the kind woman that answered the phone confirmed that they would be open Thanksgiving Day and that they had a meat and three veggie plate for $11.51.  I asked if that was the price for Thanksgiving and she said yes.  I remarked that I expected it to be more since it was Thanksgiving and she said if it was good enough to charge in May then it was good enough to charge in November.  I knew we had to visit.

We arrived and Memphis from Dallas and went straight to the restaurant.  There was a line out the door but everyone coming out was saying it was definitely worth the wait.  They also had someone come out with some warm cornbread muffins to whet our appetite and they were yummy.

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The Cupboard restaurant has been a Memphis tradition for 70+ years.  It has a down home diner feel where you would expect all the locals to hang out.  It is a Memphis’ favorite casual home-cooking eatery. They will not accept reservations, but are always popular, so keep that in mind when planning your day.

I ordered the turkey, stuffing, cucumber and tomato salad, cranberry sauce and macaroni and cheese.  I skipped dessert as we were planning on eating again later but it was all delicious and the wait staff was very friendly.

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If you enjoy down-home cooking and are okay with a no-frills atmosphere then you will love the great food and great prices at The Cupboard.  I would definitely try this again on my next visit to Memphis.  Find out more by visiting their website, The Cupboard Restaurant

The second place we tried on our weekend stay was Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken.  We did have two recommendations to go there and one person said, don’t go there if you don’t want to get fat so I’m assuming it must be good.

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But y’all I have a confession. I am not a fan of fried chicken.  GASP!!

I know, I know…

I live in the south so it should just be like a regular staple of my diet, right? I mean in general I do like it but it’s not necessarily my favorite.

But that may have changed….I need to tell you about my recent experience at Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken. It was A◦M◦A◦Z◦I◦N◦G and you should run (not walk) to Memphis and get you a bite! Their hot and spicy chicken was just the right amount of heat without being overpowering. In fact, it was so good that our daughter and son-in-law went back later that night for MORE chicken and sweet tea!

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Gus’s offers spicy, crispy chicken fried to order in peanut oil.  Served on simple Styrofoam plates with beans, slaw and bread it’s been around since the 1950’s.  It has a “hole in the wall but you know it’s going to be good” vibe about it and it did not disappoint.  I ordered my meal with an extra side of mac and cheese and it was all very good.  We also ordered pecan pie for dessert and they warm it up and serve it with ice cream and it really was delicious.

They do have a location in Ft. Worth that we’ll be trying soon but we definitely recommend trying it out if you are in Memphis.  You can check out their website, Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken.

Have you visited either of these restaurants?

(((hugs))) ~lisa