Wednesday, September 17, 2014

::Eat:: Renee Kelly's Harvest

photo via Facebook

It's hump day, ya'll!! This is just a quick post about one of my favorite things (as you know)--food! This past weekend, the hubs and I tried a new restaurant that was recommended to us by friends. It's called Renee Kelly's Harvest.  The owner is chef Renee Kelly, and this is a "farm to table" that supports local Kansas and Kansas City area farmers.  So, in other words, the freshest food ever.

Renee Kelly's Harvest Kansas

This restaurant is thee cutest. Cute may not be the right word, but hey, this is me talking.  The building looks like a gothic-y cottage style house.  A slight castle vibe.  Upon entering, however, it has the feeling of a lodge because of all the wood.  It's very nice.  It has two dining levels, as well as a wine cellar in the basement.

Renee Kelly's Harvest Kansas
Duck tacos.

But why am I talking about the decor??  This place is all about the food!  The hubs and I started out with the duck tacos which were amaze!  I was really starving when we arrived, so these hit the spot like nothing else could.  For dinner I had a pork chop dish that was served with a savory bread pudding and thee tiniest Brussels sprouts I'd ever seen. They called them baby Brussels sprouts.  And I ate those babies too!  My husband had the duck breast with polenta and the seasonal veg.

Renee Kelly's Harvest Kansas
Pork chop with savory bread pudding and baby Brussels sprouts.

Renee Kelly's Harvest Kansas
Pressed duck breast with polenta and seasonal veg.

The food was amazing!  

Instead of dessert, we opted to have a an extra glass (or two) of wine and took a quick little tour of the building. We hung out in the wine cellar for a bit, and then took a peek at the patio and garden outside.

Renee Kelly's Harvest wine cellar
Really bad camera-phone pic. Thx to me having the junkiest iPhone ever.

I have to say, this was one of my favorite meals that I've had in Kansas City so far.  I guess I'm just a sucker for fine-ish dining.  That presentation, tho. 

If you're ever in the KC area, I highly recommend!

Renee Kelly's Harvest
12401 Johnson Drive
Shawnee, Kansas 66216 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Exuviance #PeelChallenge

I get a lot of questions about my skincare regimen. I haven't really shared much, because I hadn't had much of a real regi.  I'm pretty lazy with it actually.  BUT, I've been on a quest to step it up.  I never had skin issues as a teen, nor when I was in my 20's.  Things have been a' changing ever since I crossed that 35 yr mark, however.  I've notice changes in my skin's texture as well being prone to minor breakouts more often.

So when I got the sample Exuviance Performance Peel in the mail, it was perfect timing.  I'd been doing research on light at-home peels and have had a couple sitting in my cart on Amazon for a little while.  I've kept postponing because there are so many to choose from--TCA, glycolic, lactic acid, AHA, etc.  Since I had the Exuviance Performance Peel in hand--I thought "why not?"

I'm not going to go over the details of the peel.  All the information you need is here.  I just want to report back that it works. No lie.  I even had to go buy more for myself, so that I could try it a second time. The sample I'd gotten was only for one application.  All I can say is the second application was the charm for me.  It erased some really fine lines I have on my forehead, and tiny laugh lines. I'm not on needing-botox-level with the fine lines yet, but I'm all for trying to prevent them and prolonging the inevitable for as long as possible.  It is recommended that you use the peel up to twice a week.  I'm using it once a week for now, and will reduced that even more after about a couple more weeks.  I've been having an issue with whitehead breakouts on my forehead recently. They've been totally cleared. 

So, aside from that, I've tried to be more diligent with my skincare regimen and even bought myself a Clarisonic Mia 2 face cleansing brush.  I will be doing a post on that soon as well. 

#peelchallenge Exuviance Performance Peel

I suggest if you are having some minor skin issues, like like acne, blemishes or fine lines--give a gentle at-home peel a try...even if you don't try this one.  Just do your research first.  It has made a big difference for me!


This is a sponsored post. I was provided free samples to review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Chai Shai...Again

Chai Shai Kansas City Brookside

Didn't I tell you guys that I would be going back to this spot because the food was so good?!  Well, I went back sooner than I even thought.

Chai Shai Brookside Kansas City

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Weekend Mentions

I had a really interesting weekend--interesting in a good way.  We've all heard the Drake saying "No new friends.", but that, I tell ya is baloney!!

I've come across many people who I've developed online friendships with, back when I first moved to Atlanta and again, now that I'm in the Kansas City area.

Chai Sai Brookside Kansas City
Me, LaShonda of FashionPlateKC, Amber of Brown Bombshell Beauty, and Cyndi of Mrs. Wright Writes.

So this past weekend, I got the chance to meet-up with a few other KC bloggers.  I'd been chummy with the LaShonda of Fashion Plate KC blog for a little while, and she set up a lunch for a group of us to connect.  We had a great time!  I needed that "girl time" talking to other women and just "chopping it up".  I haven't had that in a while.  The other two ladies are Amber of Brown Bombshell Beauty and Cyndi of Mrs. Wright Writes.  Make sure to check out these blogs and show love.  You won't be disappointed!

We had a late lunch at Chai Sai, and Indian & Pakistani restaurant that's located in a cool little neighborhood called Brookside.  The food was great.  If you're in KC, I suggest you go. I may do a more detailed review another time, because I'm definitely going back.

Chai Sai achari chicken
Achari Chicken

Now, on Sunday, me and my family had lunch with my girl, Deia of Love In Tangles blog.  She's been on a huge blog hiatus (and really needs to come back. hint hint, D).  We've been online friends for a while now and I'm happy to have had a chance to meet her and her family.

By the way, it's not so much that she's super short (well, she is. Sorry D! haha), but that I'm an Amazon. 5 feet 9 inches ya'll, come see about me.  Most people don't expect that when they see me in person, and are quite surprised.

This was definitely an awesome weekend.  And with that said, I say yes to new friends!

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