Product Review: Firmoo Glasses

I started wearing specs when I was at the tender age of nine. It was 1996 and the larger your classes were (with thin barely there frames), the more stylish you looked. Times have changed, huh? I went from giant round glasses, to almond shaped black wire frames, to the thick black rimmed style I have now. Recently, Firmoo contacted me and I received the opportunity to check out some of their amazing styles. I love thick, square glasses, so when I saw all of the options Firmoo had, I was excited to start shopping. I’m not one to change up shapes, but I do love to change colors! So, I chose a simple shade of Burgundy since that still matches a lot of my style and colors I wear. 

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They came with a nice hard case (with a pretty cool world print on them) and with a soft cloth to clean the lenses. I love how the burgundy color is subtle but still adds a bit of character. My go-to black frames are me playing it safe whereas with these babies, I can step out of the box!

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Love the shape and the color!

 I wore them to work the other day to test them on the road. I love how they fit and how comfortable they are around my temples. Anyone who wears glasses knows that tightness around the sides = insta-headache. Not so with this style. It’s comfortable, secure, and flattering!

Firmoo was really great to order from since the website is so user-friendly and easy to navigate. Customer service was great and updated me each step of the way, too. Firmoo also offers prescription sunglasses which are just as reasonably priced and stylish. So, if you wear your glasses in the sun or in the shade, this website offers one stop shopping!

Best of all, when you spend $39.00 or more, you get free shipping with the code FREESHIP. 

Have you ever ordered glasses online? It sure beats waiting at the doctor’s office!

 Editor’s Note: The product(s) featured in this post were provided by a representative of the company named in this post for editorial consideration.  I was not in any other way compensated for this post. All reviews are 100% honest and of my own opinion.

Quinoa Black Bean Burger (It’s Vegan!)


It might not look too crazy, but this baby is bursting with flavor!

This summer has given me so many creative eating experiences! Keith and I have been entertaining often, and when it’s a smaller crowd we like to turn up the hipster heat and make our own veggie burgers. After trying three different recipes (and me sampling them), we finalized and tweaked this simple quinoa-based burger with some chili pepper and sun-dried tomatoes.

Quinoa Black Bean Burgers
Serves 8
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208 calories
38 g
0 g
3 g
9 g
1 g
96 g
316 g
4 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 208
Calories from Fat 22
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g
Saturated Fat 1g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 316mg
Total Carbohydrates 38g
Dietary Fiber 5g
Sugars 4g
Protein 9g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. ½ cup quinoa
  2. 1 small onion, finely chopped (1 cup)
  3. 6 oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and finely chopped (¼ cup)
  4. 1½ cups cooked black beans, or 1 15-oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained, divided
  5. 2 cloves garlic, minced ( about 2 tsp.)
  6. 1 tsp. chili powder
  7. 8 whole-grain hamburger buns
  8. Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Stir together quinoa and 1½ cups water in small saucepan, and season with salt, if desired. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 20 minutes, or until all liquid is absorbed. (You should have 1½ cups cooked quinoa.)
  2. Meanwhile, place onion and sun-dried tomatoes in medium nonstick skillet, and cook over medium heat. (The oil left on the tomatoes should be enough to sauté the onion.) Cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until onion has softened. Stir in ¾ cup black beans, garlic, steak seasoning, and 1½ cups water. Simmer 9 to 11 minutes, or until most of liquid has evaporated.
  3. Transfer bean-onion mixture to food processor, add ¾ cup cooked quinoa, and process until smooth. Transfer to bowl, and stir in remaining ¾ cup quinoa and remaining ¾ cup black beans. Season with salt and pepper, if desired, and cool.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F, and generously coat baking sheet with cooking spray. Shape bean mixture into 8 patties (½ cup each), and place on prepared baking sheet. Bake 20 minutes, or until patties are crisp on top. Flip patties with spatula, and bake 10 minutes more, or until both sides are crisp and brown. Serve on buns.
  1. Instead of cooking the burgers as mentioned above, you can also bake for 10 minutes on each side and then grill for 10 on your grill for a smokey flavor.

We make these all summer long. They’re easy, cheap, and they hold together nicely. I top mine with some grilled vidalia onion and a little bit of lettuce. Do you eat veggie burgers? Have you ever made your own?

Three Easy Summer Outfit Must-Haves

I’m so ready for summer even though I’m spending my summer working like a nut! Despite my packed schedule, I have still made time to host and attend some great parties and BBQs. This week we’re celebrating a lot since the beach is down the street and that’s where my town shoots off the fireworks. To stay cool while also looking stylish, I have a few key pieces that I rely on…paired with some awesome, basic accessories.

The Flowy Linen Pant


I became obsessed with Linen this spring. It’s airy, fun, and I love a good wide leg pant. These khakis are what I’ll be rocking when I host MY fourth of July picnic. Since I’ll be running around, I’ll add on a simple black flowy tank and comfy flats. But, because I like a whole, complete look, I’ll pile on one or two bangles and minimal makeup.

The Dress


When it comes to going to someone ELSE’s get together, I like to be a bit more casual. It probably seems strange, but I like to kick up the fashion notch a bit when I am running the show. This dress is perfect for being the relaxed (but ready to help, note the shoes) cookout guest. Its fun colors remind me of a sunset, and the pattern looks good on just about everyone. When I’m a guest I also like to bring a small, drama free bag and a good pair of shades. Who knows whether you’ll be outside or in?

The Shorts and Burnout Tee

This look has two feature pieces that I am OBSESSED with. I love a dark denim short and I love a burnout tee. It’s effortless and easy. If you’re not a dress girl, or you know that the crowd is much more casual, this look is key. I like the longer short for family parties or work functions. No matter what kind of legs you have, the daisy dukes need to stay home if you’re with a more reserved crowd. These shades are from my own collection and give a little bit of spice to the otherwise basic outfit. 

How many parties do you have coming up this weekend? What will you wear? 

Product Review: Radical Skincare Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum

If you’re been reading my blog for a while, you know that Radical Skincare was one of the first cruelty free beauty companies that I got the chance to work with. I was sent yet another amazing product to try out and couldn’t wait to share it with you all. This time, I’m reviewing their Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum

First, here is what Radical has to say about this product:

ONE SERUM for all skintypes, all ages, all ethnic origins to fight 16 identified causes of aging. The triple potency action of Trylacel™ technology in a complete, universal and multi-tasking serum designed to achieve fast and visible results. 13 active ingredients chosen for their efficacy ,their ability to work in synergy, their clinical results to reduce the deepest wrinkles, even skin-tone, improve skin elasticity and firmness. Feel and see Radical results : increased hydration and comfort, less wrinkles, and reduced wrinkle depth, improved skin firmness and density, more even complexion, better protection due to broad spectrum antioxidants.

Their claim that this is the ONE serum is pretty spot on. I didn’t use any other skincare products and my skin looked and felt great. The consistency is light and almost pearlescent. I thought it would have a bit of a tint to it, but it doesn’t. The color of the product does not show up on the skin. Immediately, I had a dewy, summer complexion and a nice base for my makeup. 

radical First impression? I loved the silver, sleek packaging. It caught m eye and fit nicely in my hand. I also loved the handwritten note from the ladies behind the brand. I don’t care of EVERYONE gets a hand written note, I like that the time has been taken to do it. It adds a personal touch to any product. 

Next up, the ingredients! This serum contains Coffee Seed Extract, Sunflower Seed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Cranberry Seed Extract, Jojoba, and Rosemary Extract. What a bouquet of amazing ingredients. The oils conditioned my skin and the extracts give a fresh scent that doesn’t overpower you. The Advanced Antioxidant Peptide Serum is also equipped with Trylacel Technology meaning that it fights the 16 causes of aging with three amazing methods. 1) Antioxidants, 2) Repairing Damage, and 3) Calming the skin.

I used this product in the morning as a base for my makeup and found that my skin was definitely smoother! I didn’t notice too many drastic changes, but I looked brighter and my skin tone was definitely more even. This product isn’t what I would call budget friendly, so I would most likely recommend this to someone over the age of 35.  Want to try some of Radical’s products? I recommend their Exfoliating Pads or their Revitalizing Mask!

 Editor’s Note: The product(s) featured in this post were provided by a representative of the company named in this post for editorial consideration.  I was not in any other way compensated for this post. All reviews are 100% honest and of my own opinion.


Leibster Award Nomination

Fancy, no?

One of the many reasons that I blog is to connect with others. I love reading about other beauty, health, and food fanatics. I learn so much from my fellow bloggers and many of them have had quite an impact on me in various ways. The blogosphere, and the lifestyle bloggers I’ve come to know, is such a unique community! With that being said, Sammy of Autumn Star nominated me for a Leibster Award which includes answering these quirky questions. Hope you all enjoy getting to know the girl behind the cruelty free makeup mask! :)

1. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Without a doubt San Francisco. I’ve been there five times and the next time I go, I plan on staying. 

2. If you play video games, which one(s) are your favorite(s)? I actually don’t play video games at all. Unless you count QuizUp for the iPhone. I am not a gamer by any means and actually damaged Keith’s stats by playing around on his Call of Duty game. Oops!

3. If you could be in the place of any video game character, who would it be? Why? I’m just going to change this to movie character and say Hermione Granger. 

4. What is one of your favorite hobbies and how long have you kept at it? I am an avid Yogini and have been practicing hot Vinyasa for over two years now. I also practice at home and meditate each day. I began meditation and Yoga when I quit smoking and never looked back. 

5. Have you ever met any of your online friends? Yes! I’ve met four of my online friends! There are still more I’d love to meet though. 

6. What year did you start your blog? Or did you have another blog previous to the one you have currently? I used to have a domain called when I was in high school. It was more or less like a LiveJournal full of angst and anti-government propaganda that lacked logic and poise. 

7. What is your favorite thing about blogging? I love learning new things. I’m a teacher, and with each blog I read I learn something different about people, products, and more. 

8. What is the first thing you notice when you step outside on a beautiful day? The temperature. I live near the water, so the ocean breeze is always present. 

9. What is your favorite season or holiday? As an East Coast girl, I love Autumn…but my favorite holiday is Christmas. 

10. Do you have any fur babies/other pet(s)? If so, what type are they and what are their names? Does my parents’ cat count? One day we’ll get our own!

11. What are you currently reading? Do you enjoy comic books? I’m not a comic book fan. I’m a stuffy English teacher, remember? Seriously though, I love girly fiction for the summertime. I’m currently re-reading Gabrielle Bernstein’s “Adding More ING to Your Life” and “The One and Only” by Emily Giffin. 

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