Tried & True – Kitchen Kemistry Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl Set with Lids

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Kitchen Kemistry stainless steel mixing bowl set with lids is tried & true.

Ended up throwing out all of my melamine mixing bowls after reading an article about too much exposure to melamine causing kidney issues. With that said, I landed on wanting a set of mixing bowls that were either stainless steel or glass. Ultimately, I landed on stainless steel due to being lighter in weight.

The set came just as pictured and we use them all the time. I love that they have matching lids and can be thrown into the dishwasher for easy clean-up. The lids aren’t airtight if that is what you need, but they do their job well.

I recommend this set to anyone that may be on the hunt for new mixing bowls. They are fully stainless steel, super lightweight, and overall just practical in function and design. Seeing that they are stainless steel, these mixing bowls will last you for life!

To My Classical Music Lovers

Put together a playlist of some of my classical favorites. I’ve been into classical music since I was a child, which was heavily influenced by my dad. My mom is also a classical music lover, but my dad really had me listening to classical music nonstop as a child.

If you have any favorites, please feel free to drop a comment and share!

Tried & True – Avene Cold Cream Nourishing Lip Balm

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Avene Cold Cream Nourishing Lip Balm is tried & true.

I think I’m becoming an Avene super fan. All of the products I’ve purchased from them have been great. I would say I have more dry skin, so I’m always on the hunt for products that moisturize, but aren’t too sticky or oily. Their products seem to offer what I need.

I was looking for a new lip balm after my horrible La Mer lip balm experience, so this was a much better experience and a product I would recommend.

It’s in a simple twist-up tube with a pull off cap, so it’s easy to take on-the-go. The balm is nice and creamy and matte. It’s not too thick and not too thin – the perfect consistency. I feel like it absorbs into my lips really well to make them more smooth and plump.

I’ll probably stick to buying the Avene Cold Cream Nourishing Lip Balm as my purse lip balm moving forward. I really like it a lot and definitely recommend this to others to give it a shot!

Tried & True – Watermelon Tequila Cocktail

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Bobbly Flay Watermelon Tequila Cocktail is tried & true.

Tried out this Bobbly Flay Watermelon Tequila Cocktail as the signature cocktail for a BBQ I hosted at our house. We loved it! It’s such a great summer cocktail and is not too heavy or sweet.

We made a number of adjustments from the original recipe, so I included my instructions below. If you’d like to try out the original recipe, just click the link & it will direct you to Bobby Flay’s original recipe.


1/4 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
8 cups diced seedless watermelon
1/4 cup lime juice
3/4 cup fresh mint leaves (lightly packed)
2 cups tequila blanco
Optional – fresh blueberries for garnish


*We cut extra watermelon chunks and froze them to use as watermelon ice cubes/garnish as well.

  1. Make your simple syrup. If you have one premade, skip this step.
    Use a small sauce pan to bring the water to a simmer with the sugar and stir over moderate heat until the sugar is dissolved – about 1min. Let cool.
  2. Puree the watermelon chunks in a blender in batches. Use a strainer to strain the juice out of the puree.
    We kept the pulp and put it into an ice cube tray in the freezer to make watermelon ice cubes.
  3. In a large pitcher, combine the sugar syrup with the lime juice, blueberries and mint leaves. Using a wooden spoon, lightly muddle the blueberries and mint.
    The blueberries weren’t looking too hot at the 2 grocery stores I tried, so we skipped them entirely.
  4. Add the watermelon juice and tequila. Refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours.
  5. Pour the cocktail into tall ice-filled glasses. Garnish with the mint sprigs and serve.
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Tried & True – Dior Addict Lip Maximizer

Credit: Amazon (paid link)
Credit: Amazon (paid link)

Dior Addict Lip Maximizer (paid link) is tried & true.

One of my sisters bought this for me for Christmas and so far it’s good.
It’s definitely on the thicker, stickier side and will make your lips tingle.
I don’t like wearing it all the time, so I really only use it here and there. I wouldn’t recommend this if you are looking for an everyday moisture kind of product. It’s also not the best product for days when it is windy and your hair will just stick to it.
Since the gloss is a thicker consistency, it does have good staying power.

Tried & True – Fully Jarvis Standing Desk

Making the big leap from a traditional office/travel role to a fully remote gig forced me to put time and effort towards building out my home office.

When it came to the office furniture, I settled on buying an adjustable standing desk, but the real challenge came with selecting which standing desk on the open market was best for me.

After reading countless articles on the “best” standing desks, I observed many articles seemed to rate which product was “best” by using Amazon ratings/reviews. If you’re like me, you take a lot of reviews with a grain of salt since so many people are paid or incentivized to leave good ratings and others will give terrible reviews for the oddest, most unnecessary reasons.

I narrowed it down and was torn between the Fully Jarvis and the Steelcase Migration. They are pretty similar, but my main concern was with the quality and build of the legs and mechanics. After much debate, I finally settled on purchasing the Fully Jarvis.

I’ve had the desk for a couple years now and absolutely love it!
I designed mine to be on casters, so the desk is super easy to move around and the mechanics have worked great. I also paid extra for outlets with USB & USB-C ports for both of the wire holes which have been really convenient.

The one regret I have is not paying extra for the larger range of motion. Since I got casters, the desk naturally sits higher and I made the mistake of not accounting for the height the casters would add. Due to this, the lowest height of the desk is a little too tall for me, so I have to adjust my chair height to be taller but then my feet cannot be planted on the ground. To offset this whole issue, I ended up buying a cushioned foot rest on Amazon (will share at a later date).

You would think I work for Fully the way I promote this desk to everyone I know. I’m a businesswoman that sits in front of multiple computers for hours on end daily for over a decade, so this desk was a gamechanger for me. I alternate between sitting and standing throughout the day and have noticed it keeps my neck and back less tense. In long meetings, I click a button to raise to standing position and then will use small hand weights to keep active.

Now for the kicker. For some odd, 100% unexplained reason, I ended up receiving a Steelcase Migration in the mail. I never purchased one and they didn’t have a purchase on record for my address to even process a return, but there I was with multiple super heavy boxes.

Here are my thoughts on the Steelcase.
The actual desktop is INSANELY heavy. Keep in mind I didn’t customize this, so I’m not sure of the exact specs, but I can tell you in lifting the desktop and fully assembled desk, it feels at least twice the weight of the Fully Jarvis. The motor controls are slightly different, but the actual function of the Steelcase Migration seems high quality like the Fully Jarvis. I don’t know the type of desktop that was chosen, but the wood color is comparable to my Jarvis and has a sort of coating or sheen on it. The coating/sheen on the desktop gives it a cheaper look when I compare it to my Fully Jarvis.

Overall, I would say both are very nice, but I still favor the Fully Jarvis for its lighter weight design and the actual feel of the desktop.

Tried & True – Moroccanoil Treatment

Moroccanoil Treatment (paid link) is tried & true.

I received a free sample of this oil along with a purchase I made at Sephora and fell in love. I mainly use it after I shower and while my hair is still a little damp. The oil smells so good and it makes my hair softer and smoother. You only need a few drops and the sample size alone has lasted me quite awhile.

If you have flyaway hairs or just want overall smoother, softer hair, I recommend you try out the Morocconoil Treatment.

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