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Amazing Graze

I see a lot of subscription boxes out there and although I'm really jealous of some of the cute things people post and the idea of a monthly surprise sounds like a lot of fun I just don't need more random stuff. After years of fighting the good fight I finally have a facial care regimen that works for me and I don't want random products messing with that. But when a friend told me about a snack subscription box it sounded like a really good idea, when I found out my 1st box would be free it sounded like a great idea. 
Here's a not so shocking confession: I am a total workday vending machine snacker. I know it's awful but sometimes I just need a little pick me up and I never seem to be good at keeping up with stocking my desk with snacks. But thanks to Graze, this is no longer a problem. For $6.49 per box (which includes shipping) I now get four snacks delivered to my office each week. If I was really being good I would get the low calorie box, but gosh darn it some …

$40 date: Mambo Italiano

This weeks date place is a location that I have been going to for years. My family is originally from New Jersey and one thing my parents always looked for whenever we moved to a new town was a good place to get NY style pizza. So imagine the delight of young MandySue (circa 1999 freshman year of high school) when she was taken to a restaurant for a friend's birthday and discovered that yes Virginia, you can get NY style pizza in Memphis, tn. I went home and told my parents and my family had been dining at this establishment ever sense: The Brooklyn Bridge.

Here's the deal with the bridge, it's not really a pizza place per say, it's actually a nice Italian place. Not only have I been on many dates there I've witnessed many dates there. But it's also a great family dining spot too and I've seen tons of large groups there as well. Here's my ambience shot to give you an idea: 

If you like wine and order entrees with a shared appetizer and dessert a couple …

The Great Ronald Reagan

Like all good republicans I recently made the pilgrimage to the shrine of The Great Ronald Reagan . . . Actually I just begged the bf to consider a visit when I found out his parents lived an hour away but the opening line just has more flair about it. But here's my recap of our visit to The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library: 
We arrived around 9:45 on Labor Day, the library opens at 10am. The library is set at the top of a hill in Simi Valley, CA and it is a beautiful setting. On the lamp posts up the hill are flags for each American President leading up to Reagan , and on the way down are the ones after him - agh, this cute attention to detail alone told me I would love this place. The front of the library looks like a beautiful ranch home in a very typical Cali style with a center courtyard 

Inside the lobby are the names of big donors engraved on the granite walls - lets just say this place has BIG money invested in it. The tour begins down a long hallway that serves as a waiti…

Disney Princess Fun

Whew, things are finally settling down and returning to normal. September is over halfway over and I haven't had time to breathe since August it seems. I love vacations but I hate how they're supposed to give a break from stress and they just create more upon return , especially when your dog goes missing during said trip. Ah, I'm really looking forward to the weekend. But don't get me wrong, we still had a fabulous vacation, we even squeezed in an impromptu visit to Disney. 
While at Disney I got to fulfill the life dream of five year old girls everywhere - meet Disney princesses. I did this plenty as a kid myself but for some reason it has not lost it's appeal. Like a good obsessive planner I turned to Yelp and researched places at Disney in California and noticed a princess lunch at Ariel's Grotto - heck yeah, sign me up! Now I could have just gone to fantasyland and waited in line to meet princesses but if I'm going to be a creeper hanging out at a child…

Haley's "great" adventure

As you all know the past week of our lives has been consumed with the hunt for our dog Haley. Here is her story that Shaun and I wrote together: 
    This is Haley! 

Shaun and I left her with my Dad in Jackson while on vacation in California. She has been several times before and was always well behaved - at least by Haley standards, for those of you who don't know Haley she is a high energy, mischevious dog - the kind of dog that tears apart feather pillows and expensIve purses. The week started off well with no more than Haley's usual high antics. On Wednesday September 3rd while being let out in the backyardvd  as was the routine Haley took off. What was unusual is that she didn't come when called, and she turned the corner onto a busy street. My Dad got in his truck to catch up with her but she had vanished. He drove the neighborhood for hours calling her name and then alerted the authorities. He was advised that Haley would most likely get hungry and come home - he wai…