~ Starbucks ~ Easley, SC ~

On a cold and rainy night in Easley, SC, my daughter and I decided to stop into Starbucks for a hot coffee beverage.

I have been to Starbucks half a dozen times in my life. My main take away was that the drinks were either too bitter or sweet for my taste.

The decor is great at this location. It feels like you’re in the place to be. We had a lot of drinks to choose from but chose pretty readily. I ordered a hot butterscotch latte. The barista asked about my taste. From my reply, she said she would use one shot of syrup instead of two in my drink. It was tasty and the right amount of sweetness for my palate. My daughter loved her caramel macchiato, as well. Great job with the drinks.

The place had a fairly steady stream of customers, but it was not overcrowded or uncomfortable. Speaking of comfortable, we took the two comfy chairs at the front.

The two of us were enjoying our drinks, talking to each other, and I was leisurely writing on my laptop. I was feeling pretty inspired, which I think was mostly to do with the change of environment. We were appreciating this visit tremendously.

Before long, a woman sat beside me and started talking to us. We started talking about the coffee and the location. We talked about a variety of subjects. Before we knew it, it was about closing time and we’d conversed for hours!

Before we parted ways, we exchanged phone numbers, so that we could keep in touch and go for coffee again sometime. How many places do you think you will get a hot beverage and come away with the bonus of friendship.

I cannot wait to go again.

 

 

 

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~ Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers ~ Easley, SC ~

My daughter and I have been to Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers in Easley, SC several times in the last six months. We have had a great experience whenever we’ve stopped in.

The place is a bit retro like an old-fashioned burger and ice cream establishment. The other patrons seem to be having a wonderful time too. It’s a fun place all-around.

The employees are friendly and helpful.

The food has a bit more going for it than most burger places. The burger has a Steak-Umm quality to it. Our normal order is either the Double Steak Burger or the California Steak Burger. Both are delicious.

The fries are thin, almost like matchsticks. My taste on fries runs to liking them as thin as possible. My daughter enjoys steak fries, however. We both agree that they taste excellent. The seasoning that comes with them adds to their flavor. We both enjoy the regular and the jalapeno fry sauce, too. We tend to mix them together for more of a kick without it being too spicy. One of these days we will buy a bottle for at home. It’s that good.

I think the real star for us, though, are the custard sundaes. The coffee syrup is my favorite topping. You will find a number of them that appeal to you I am sure. They also sell concrete, but we have yet to try them. Maybe next time.

 

 

 

Sleep Number Pillow ~ Smiley 360 Mission

2016-03-14 00.55.24editI received my Pillow compliments of Sleep Number via Smiley360.

I am about to try it! Very excited!

I will update later. ūüôā

#Sleep Number #Smiley360

 

This pillow has exceeded my expectations. It is much heavier than I expected. It has some heft to it. It feels as soft as a cloud, however. It is a pleasure to sleep on.

For years, I have slept with multiple pillows underneath my head to avoid reflux sickness. That was a nuisance because they might shift during the night. The quality of my sleep was often affected. Many times a week I woke with pain as a result.

Now, I do not need to stack anymore. This one pillow works perfectly. It is neither too thin nor too thick. I highly recommend one of these or any which fit your particular sleep style.

Sleep Number Store Visit – Smiley 360

I recently visited my local Sleep Number store in Anderson, SC as a result of an assignment I accepted from Smiley 360. Who knew it would be fun and informative!

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It had been years since I had been in a Sleep Number store. I soon learned that if you haven’t been to one lately, then you have not been to Sleep Number.

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I did the whole tour. My guide was the amazing Ned Lovell, who is the store manager. The big question I had was answered in no time flat. My sleep number is 35! Good to know!

The technology they have now is amazing. They call it Sleep IQ¬ģ. It rates your sleep, tells you your best sleeping hours, and can communicate with your fitness and sleep apps.

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Other advancements include feet warming (yes!) and a light under the bed for those late night trips to the bathroom.

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The sheets there can make a difference in staying at a comfortable temperature overnight.

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The pillows are amazing. I tried one that has a curve or cut-out at the neck. I have never tried a more comfortable pillow. My next one will definitely have this feature!

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The entire store is summed up by the message on their doors. If you want to improve the 1/3 of your life spent sleeping and impact your overall health and well-being, then visit your local Sleep Number soon.

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So, what is your sleep number? What is your experience with your Sleep Number bed or accessory?

~ Divatress for the Diva in You ~ #Divatress #Beauty #Ad

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.

Hair is so important to the perception and pursuit of beauty. It sets you apart, so you cut and style, dependent on growth. You dye with an expanding palette of colors despite any damage.

Do you ever find yourself:

– In a time crunch getting ready in the morning and wishing for a faster way to look your best?

– Often sporting hats and hoodies.

– Wanting more variety than simple coloring, cutting, and styling?

РWith a 9 to 5 job that demands a conservative style but you crave something fun for weekends?

If you see yourself in any of these scenarios, take your freedom of choice back with Divatress. Go longer, shorter, or change your color in minutes. Solve bad hair days for good.

Their braids, buns, ponytails, and wigs help create an image you will love. Your own beauty shines through while expressing your unique mood and personality. I was amazed by the assortment of gorgeous hairpieces.

These contemporary and fashionable products offer a low-maintenance solution to hair boredom.

These¬†freetress hair¬†offerings are affordable.¬†They have over 60 items for only $2‚ÄĒ$26 each. The site offers free shipping on orders over $49. It really could not be easier.

Head over to Divatress, then you do you, Diva, you do you!

 

ÔĽŅExpower Tri-Fold Lighted Travel Makeup Mirror

UNBOXING:

– Tri-fold lighted travel makeup mirror
РCR2032 batteries (2) 

This box and packaging are gift-worthy if you are looking for a holiday present. The product is well-protected inside, so it should arrive intact.

The makeup mirror looks lovely in rose gold. The size is the height of an iPhone 7 Plus. Add two inches more than that of the phone for the width. It is equal to the palm width of my hand when my fingers are extended.

The bottom right corner of the mirror has the company logo in white. The back of the device has the battery compartment. Before the first use, you need to remove the plastic tab over the batteries, so the connection is made, and the light is operational. The unit takes two CR2032 batteries (included). The stand below allows the mirror to angle anywhere between 45-90 degrees.

At the top is the power button for the lights. There is no automatic shut-off feature.

The mirror opens like an old-fashioned wardrobe. Once open, you notice the larger surface in the center taking up 50% of the space and smaller ones on either side having 25% each of the total real estate. The mirror in the center has eight bright round led lights that glow through the shape of decorative white hearts; four on each side. There is no magnification on this mirror, so WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get). 

SUMMARY:

This makeup aid works perfectly for face or hair touch-ups. The size is small enough to fit in nearly any bag. Whether you are traveling a long distance or just local errands, it is there for you when you need it. It is far superior to car mirrors to check yourself before that interview or that important meeting. Recharging capabilities would be a plus, but I have the CR2032 batteries on hand for other devices, anyway.

 

If you are interested in learning more or purchasing one for yourself or others, here is the link.

Ibagbar Canvas Messenger Bag

 

The Ibagbar Canvas Laptop Bag is gorgeous! I ordered the dark gray one. The color is far from drab, but more of an eggplant-gray fusion. Exquisite! 

The styling is a traditional messenger. Nine pockets of varying sizes make it roomy. Most often, I transport a tablet, cell phone, small binder, and writing utensils. 

The strap is sturdy. You can sling it over a shoulder or wear it cross-body style. The magnetic snaps are perfect‚ÄĒneither too weak nor too strong. They have worked each time with precision. The stitching¬†looks first-rate throughout.

Expect compliments!

If you want one for yourself or for a thoughtful and fashionable gift, here is the Amazon product page.

 

 

 

iGOKU Bluetooth Speaker

This flowerpot intrigued me. It is perfect for small plants. I have been using it with one of the¬†popular succulents. An artificial flower could work well, too‚ÄĒand it needs no¬†upkeep!

This planter is full of unexpected surprises. With settings for either a 12- or 24-hour clock, having the time on the front display is handy. Beyond that, it has an alarm.

My essential oil diffuser has these same seven colors, so I feature the same static color. This ambient effect creates a striking theme and ties the room together.

The speaker is the¬†best¬†part. Pairing with a phone or tablet is easy.¬† Start Bluetooth on both devices, then select the choice that pops up on the list‚ÄĒdelightful simplicity! The sound is comparable to other players. Impressive, considering they do not have extra features.

The “magical” touch piano songs should delight young children. The volume is loud while starting. I connect to my playlist right¬†away to cut short the¬†sequence.

I charge it overnight, and that is enough. After I wake, the outdoor bistro set supports my flowerpot and morning java. The plant and I enjoy the fresh air, along with an audiobook or tunes. This coffee klatch starts the day off on a sweet note.

If you are interested in this versatile item by iGOKU, then here is the Amazon product page to check it out further for yourself.

HOLD THE PRESSES!!!

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Feel free to share with friends and family. It would make a lovely and thoughtful holiday gift!

Enjoy the savings! ūüôā

 

The Oriental Organic – Jasmine Green Tea

This Premium Jasmine Green Tea by The¬†Oriental¬†Organic comes in a 2.82 oz recyclable cylinder of loose leaf tea that makes upwards of forty cups, depending on your cup’s strength. I use one level teaspoon of the leaves and get a perfect cup every time. I drink mine plain, but you can easily use cream and sweetener according to your taste. This Jasmine feels wonderfully refreshing, hot or cold, so it is excellent no matter the season. I find it thoroughly delicious whether paired with something or on its own.

This tea is a Chinese origin Jasmine, grown organically in the mountains of the Yunnan province, where it is hand-picked. It is lead-free. Green tea is especially full of antioxidants which get rid of free radicals in your body for your continued good health.

The Oriental Organic offers a 60-day money back guarantee, so there is no risk.

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Should you wish to learn more about this Premium Jasmine Green Tea by The Oriental Organic, here is the Amazon product page.

Alisten Portable Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker and LED Light Lamp Alarm Clock

This Alisten Bluetooth Speaker with Alarm Clock LED Lamp comes with the unit, an aux cable, a USB cable, and an instruction booklet. The speaker is attractive, has three levels of brightness for the LED or can be turned off entirely for use while sleeping.

There is an FM radio, and it can play from Bluetooth devices and also as an MP3 player with USB and micro TF/SD Card input. Personally, I use it a lot out on my porch while I am working on my laptop. I use it in conjunction with Spotify or iTunes or even my microSD card full of my favorite songs. I have sometimes also had occasion to sleep while it is on. I love that it can be set to turn itself off so I can fall asleep to music and yet have darkness and silence after I have fallen asleep. 

It is true the instructions are not the clearest, but the features are not that terribly hard to figure out. I enjoy this little speaker and its portability. I move it from room to room when I change places I am working.

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If you if are interested in more details about this Alisten Bluetooth Speaker with Alarm Clock LED Lamp, then here is the Amazon product page.