Arbonne Detox – thirty days and beyond

We finished up our 30-day Arbonne Detox sometime last week. The exact ending date is kind of blurred…. we went on vacation for a few days near the end of our 30 days, but tried to stick to most of the diet.  And we went back to it when we got home… so the end was a bit blurred. 

We still haven’t actually ‘quit’ the program either. We’ve tried adding things back in, but for the most part we like the program as a lifestyle. I plan to keep up with the shakes for breakfast and/or lunch. They’re super easy, I like the taste and (amazingly) they’re quite filling.  Honestly, I’ve tried a ton of shakes and hated most of them. I’m super picky about the texture and the aftertaste of the sweeteners. That I actually like these shakes is a near miracle. 

Brian uses the shake powder to make pancakes every morning. They look really good, he adds a bit of Swerve sweetener to them and I just can’t get past the stevia taste. (Incidentally, Mom and Brian swear they can’t taste anything… so really, it could just be me.) 

Okay, down to the nitty gritty… the real reason you read this far…. Brian lost 15lbs. (He’s a monster, right?!). I lost 5 ūüôĄ

I know, I know…. it sounds like a lot of work for a stinking’ five pounds…. but…. remember how I’d been complaining about feeling ‘off’ before we started the Detox?  The headaches and stomach problems?  Well…. I may have only lost five pounds, but I also lost the headaches and stomach issues.   I had one headache the entire month…. and I’m actually going to blame that on my massage therapist who was working on some neck issues that I was having…. those kind of headaches feel different anyway. 

The biggest confirmation that the detox helped actually came when we started adding things back in. We had pizza for lunch one afternoon. (Gluten free crust, but still high carb crust.) By mid-afternoon I was SO tired I couldn’t hardly keep my eyes open. That night I slept poorly. No headaches or stomach problems, but, boy! it sucked the energy right out of me. One evening we had dinner at a Spanish restaurant and had rice with our meals… I also had half a pitcher of sangria… and neither Brian or I slept well that night. Just couldn’t settle or fall asleep. We didn’t feel bad… we just couldn’t fall asleep. Normally when you think of food disturbing your sleep you think indigestion or over-caffeination.  That wasn’t our issue…. we just couldn’t get to sleep… or sleep well once we did finally fall asleep. 

I am extremely happy to report that I’ve had dairy and it doesn’t cause any tummy problems…. I think the sugar in the ice cream may have zapped my energy (zing and crash!) but I’ve had cheese again with no issues. (Yay! Fat Head Pizza Crust is back on the menu!) 

Brian and I both feel that the 30-Day program was really beneficial for us. It’s too easy to slip and slide through a ‘diet’ with little indiscretions here and there. The strict  regimen of NO (no corn, gluten, alcohol, soy or sugar) was exactaly what we needed. No counting or weighing, just NO. 

The Arbonne Detox products were well worth the cost in my opinion. Mom suggested that I could probably find equivalent products cheeper, but honestly, I liked just having everything put together ‘here ya go.’ ūüď¶  I liked the shakes. After some experimentation (shakes need ice, almond milk, and some berries blended with them) I found them tasty and filling. Brian was happy with turning the shake mix into pancakes. I often had another shake for lunch, but Brian liked to have sausage or sliced deli meat and a veggie. Dinners were generally some kind of meat with veggies. It took me a while to warm up to the Detox Tea, but I finally came to enjoy it as an after dinner treat in place of my usual cup of coffee. I also liked the Fizz Sticks with a packet of the Digestion Plus mid-afternoon. Brian couldn’t get past the taste of the 7-cleanse drink. (We actually took Option 2 and drank it at the end of each week rather than Option 1 where you started the program with the cleanse. 

I’ll keep ya updated as we continue on with the program…. mostly on Facebook, so be sure you’re following me there too! 

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Tijuana Flats

Our new house is in a new community… so there is construction going on constantly. Which is actually not as awful as I had expected it to be. ¬†Even when the house next door to our was under construction it wasn’t really noisy. ¬†There seem to be small teams of trades that come, do their part and then move on to the next house. ¬†My only problem comes from the teams that play the spunky music like you hear in the Mexican restaurants. ¬†Apparently I’ve got some Pavlovian response going on and the second I hear Mexican music I start craving nachos and salsa. ¬†I can’t help it… I can’t shut up about it either. ¬†I may be making Mom and Brian slightly crazy with my constant talk about nachos. ¬†We’ve had taco bowls for dinner twice this week! ¬†I really hope that team moves out of earshot soon. ¬†I don’t seem to have any uncontrollable cravings from country or rock music, so I should be fine soon.

Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on if we’re considering my detox or my crazed cravings…. Tijuana Flats just opened in Town Center. ¬†Even though I’m on this 30-day Arbonne Detox I couldn’t miss the grand opening. ¬†I checked the menu online first to make sure I wouldn’t be faced with salsa and chips as my only options… because I wouldn’t be able to resist. ¬†They actually had a really easy to read/understand Allergy Information page. ¬†(Why can’t they all be like this?!) It’s a nice chart that clearly list gluten, eggs, dairy, soy, nuts and fish…. and best of all… says sensible things like “dairy free if ordered without cheese.” ¬†So often these charts leave you to wonder…. is there dairy/gluten in there somewhere that I’m not imagining? ¬†Would it be safe if I just didn’t get cheese on it? ¬†Is it worth the risk???

I figured I’d be safe with one of the Bowls and could even stay within most of the Detox restrictions. ¬†I’d have to forgo the chips this time… but 20 more days and everybody better stand aside!

Mom and I tried to go at lunchtime, but that was just silly. ¬†The parking lot was packed and cars and golf carts were circling the lot like…. well…. hungry sharks. ¬†To celebrate their Grand Opening, Tijuana Flats was offering free burritos…. there was no way I was going to get a parking spot at noon. ¬†Duh!

We replotted the schedule and did our grocery shopping first… on empty tummies…. Can you even imagine what I threw in the cart?!

Fortunately I was finally able to sneak into a parking space around 1:00. ¬†Mom and I darted across the parking lot, dodging golf carts all the way and were promptly blasted back by the music and chatter from inside. I feel old just for saying this…. but damn, turn the music down! The greeter at the door supplied us with menus and when I asked about a gluten free menu she said they didn’t have a ‘menu’ but they did have the allergy info and offered to grab it from the counter for me. ¬†I already had it on my phone, so I passed, but she did add that the people at the order counter could help me too.

After glancing at the menu, Mom and I decided to stick to our game plan… Burrito Bowls. I told the ladies at the counter that we were gluten free and they all nodded confidently, and started rattling off a long list of things that would be safe. ¬†They even mentioned items that are gluten free, but would be at risk for cross contamination from the fryers. (Bonus Points!) ¬†We ordered our Bowls to-go since we still had the groceries in the car and I sent Mom out to turn the A/C back on while I waited.

It was crowded and noisy (just turn the music down a little?) but all the staff was just so darn nice. ¬†They must have been feeding them pixi-sticks and Mt Dew in the back room or something, because after that crowd I don’t know how everyone was still being friendly. ¬†The restaurant had a giant mermaid picture on one wall and I thought about snapping a picture, but it was crowded and I didn’t think I could crop out all the people… so I guess I’ll just have to go back again soon…. for the blog. ¬†There is a nice patio area outside where I’d probably choose to sit next time… just to avoid the noise. ¬†When your order is ready a server comes out and YELLS your name…. repeatedly, because apparently no one pays attention, or maybe they just can’t hear either.

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The Burrito Bowls were huge and absolutely delicious. ¬†We both ordered chicken, and had them hold the cheese and sour cream (this time). ¬†Everything was bright and fresh. ¬†I can’t wait until I’m done with this detox and I can try the tacos! The burritos were HUGE and look fantastic, but they’re made with a flour tortilla, so those won’t be safe for me even after the Detox Program is through. ¬†I’m just happy to have a safe and yummy Mexican place so close to home now!

I just noticed when I went to get the link…. I can order online… OMG!!!! Just think of the snacking possibilities!

 

Tijuana Flats – Nocatee

41 Settlement Drive

Ponte Vedra, FL 32081

Present Moment Cafe

Vegans are tricky.

Last week I had the chance to visit the Present Moment Cafe in St. Augustine. ¬†Someone had recommended it to me… with the warning that I shouldn’t let the “vegan-y” stuff scare me away. ¬†We’d been discussing gluten free restaurants and she told me that I just had to try the Present Moment. ¬†Almost everything on the menu is gluten free. Everything is dairy free… and meat free too….. It sounded like something I’d like to try eventually, but… but no meat? ¬†Ummm….

I’ve had Mom and Brian on this Arbonne Thirty Day Detox… forever…. a week. ¬†The Protein Shakes are good and dinners are easy enough, but dining out is a challenge. ¬†No gluten, dairy, soy or corn is really hard at a regular restaurant…. but not at a vegan restaurant!

The Present Moment Cafe is really cute with colorful, eclectic decorations. ¬†It’s not a very big place, but there are lots of little tables, perfect for visiting with friends and enjoying a Detox Smoothie.

The three of us chose a low table near the window, surrounded by two cushy couches. The menu is clearly labeled if the food contains wheat or soy.  Everything is obviously egg and dairy free since the food is vegan.

We ordered drinks while we decided what to eat.

Purple Haze Acai, blueberry, banana, cashew milk.

Detox Cooler Pineapple, cucumber, mint

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After a bit of arguing over who was getting what… we all have to try something different and share… we finally placed our order.

Tacos of Life Pine nut and walnut pate, with fresh
salsa, Mexican “cheese” and guacamole in two romaine
shells topped with cashew sour cream and jalapeno
vinaigrette. Served with two dehydrated corn chips…10

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Mom enjoyed the tacos. ¬†I tried a bite of the Pine Nut & Walnut Pate that was the “meat” of the dish. ¬†It was good. ¬†I’m not giving up meat anytime in the near future, but if I had to… this was a pretty tasty alternative.

Pad Thai Sweet and spicy Asian vegetables, served
over kelp noodles with a sesame garlic sauce, and topped
with curried cashews… 16

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The Pad Thai was delicious. ¬†The kelp noodles weren’t what I was expecting… I was thinking of something green and… sea-weed-ish… The kelp noodles were a bit chewy, but in an enjoyable way. ¬†They had a definite “bite” and “crunch” to them. ¬†We liked the noodles enough that we bought a bag to take home and experiment with.

Okay…. so what would you think if the day’s special was a carrot hot dog? I mean, they had “burgers” that were made out of beans and stuff… and an “Un-Tuna” sandwich. ¬†It’s not crazy to think that the carrot “hot dog” ¬†was made from carrots and other stuff smooshed together to resemble a hot dog, right?

WRONG.  Vegans are tricky!

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It was a damned carrot on a hot dog bun! ¬†I kid you not.. a carrot… smothered in sauerkraut… on a hot dog bun.

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Here’s the really crazy part…. it was actually pretty tasty. ¬†Yes, of course I ate it! ¬†I’d ordered it, I was going to try it. I’m pretty sure those Vegans were laughing at me for paying $10 for a carrot on a bun, but I’d show them…. I’d eat that damn carrot and like it!

It actually was pretty good though.

I only took a few bites of the bun because I am trying to avoid all the fake-y gluten free stuff while I do this detox, so I tried a few bites… (Yummy GF bun!) and then ate the rest of my sauerkraut covered “hot dog” with a fork.

The sweet potato salad was delicious and I’m planning to take a shot at duplicating the recipe soon. ¬†They had a cookbook of restaurant recipes for sale, but of course, that recipe wasn’t in it!

We’d made it this far and not broken many of the detox rules, so we decided to treat ourselves to desert. ¬†(The sugar was a no-no, but I¬†think everything else was okay..) We ordered one Banana Split to share.

Classic Banana Split¬†Homemade vanilla cashew ice cream, fresh berries, bananas, raw vegan vanilla and cacao creme topped with candied pecans… 9.5

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The cashew ice cream was delicious! ¬†I’d rather not have to give up dairy, but I certainly wouldn’t mind having cashew ice cream if it turns out that dairy is one of my food¬†nemeses.

I don’t think I’d like to become vegan, but the food at the Present Moment Cafe is certainly delicious enough that I don’t mind being vegan-ish for a meal or three. ¬†The staff was sweet and great about answering any food allergy/ingredient questions. ¬†The cafe itself is cozy and comfortable; perfect for a quick bite or a leisurely lunch with friends.

 

The Present Moment Cafe

224 West King Street
St. Augustine, Florida 32089

Arbonne 30-Day Detox ‚Äď Day Three

Still alive!

Most of us anyway….. more or less.

Brian’s having a bit more trouble with the whole ‘detox’ thing today. ¬†I think partly he’s just being a bit pig-headed and letting himself get hungry. ¬†I also think he’s having a bigger letdown from the sugar than I am. ¬†I’ve been trying to limit my sugar for a while now, so I don’t think I’m having such an issue with detoxing from sugar.

We tried to mix it up a bit at breakfast this morning with unpleasant results. ¬†Brian is of course blaming Pinterest. ¬†I saw a recipe for Pancakes using the Arbonne Vanilla Protein powder and thought they looked… interesting. ¬†The only thing in the recipe that was different from the shakes was the addition of one egg. One egg doesn’t add many calories and then you’ve got all the good things in eggs, so it seemed like a reasonable substitution. ¬†Too bad it didn’t taste so good.

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Yep, that’s a side of bacon. ¬†You just hush!¬†

Arbonne Blueberry Vanilla Pancakes

Ingredients:

2 scoops Arbonne Essentials Vanilla Protein
1 scoop Arbonne Fiber Boost
1 large Egg
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Swerve Sweetener ¬†(I’D SKIP THIS)
1/2 cup Blueberries
2 TBS Almond Milk

Directions:

  1. Combine protein powder, fiber boost, egg, and stevia, stir to combine. Add almond milk and whisk until smooth. Gently fold in blueberries.
  2. Grease griddle with coconut oil or spray with cooking spray. Heat griddle to medium.
  3. Pour batter onto heated griddle and let cook for 2 minutes or so until bubbles start to form. Flip over and let cook for another 2 minutes.

I think it was the sweetener that made them taste so… funky? ¬†The texture was perfect and they cooked just like regular pancakes, but there was this bitter aftertaste. ¬†I think I’m super sensitive to stevia and¬†erythritol. ¬†I’ve added it to other baking in the past and Mom and Brian say they can’t taste it, but I think it’s overwhelming. ¬†So maybe it’s just me. ¬†I’d like to try the pancakes again, but leave out the sweetener next time. ¬†I’ve also seen a recipe for muffins using a similar recipe that I’d like to try with the chocolate protein mix.

The tea is dull, but my Arbonne rep said no to honey, so it’s just going to have to stay dull for the time being. ¬†I may try to find some mint leaves to add to it… I’d just like a bit more flavor. ¬†I think it would be good iced though.

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I like the Citrus Fizz Sticks with the Digestion Plus. ¬†It turns an ugly color, but it tastes pretty good over ice. ¬†I’ve been using the Fizz drink for an afternoon snack. ¬†Today I had some cashews and a bit of sausage too. ¬†Since Brian and I split a serving of the pancakes we were both hungry earlier today.

Dinner was awesome, if I do say so myself. ¬†I found a recipe on (where else?) Pinterest that was similar to a recipe I already make… so I tweaked it just little to come up with something in the middle.

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Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

Ingredients
  • 2.5¬†lbs¬†Chicken, shredded*
  • 32 oz Chicken Broth
  • 2¬†cans¬†Great¬†Northern Beans
  • 1¬†8 oz Cans¬†Diced Green Chilies
  • 1¬†Onion,¬†diced
  • 1¬†Tbl¬†Garlic,¬†minced
  • 2¬†tsp¬†Cumin
  • 1/4¬†tsp¬†Pepper
  • 1¬†Tbl¬†Salt
  • 2¬†Cups¬†Chicken Broth
  • 1¬†Cup¬†Coconut Milk
  • 1/3¬†Cup¬†Cilantro,¬†chopped
Instructions
  1. Place the chicken, beans, chilies, onion, garlic, cumin, pepper, salt, chicken broth, and coconut milk in a crock pot. Cook on high for 5-6 hours, or until chicken is very tender.
  2. Add the cilantro to the soup just before serving.

*You can use frozen chicken breasts and just shred them in the pot with a pair of forks once they’re cooked though.

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I wasn’t real sure about the whole coconut milk thing. ¬†My original recipe didn’t call for coconut milk, but I have seen other similar recipes use coconut milk…. so… maybe? ¬†I didn’t want to ruin a whole batch if it was gross, so I made the chili without the coconut milk and then added a little to one bowl. ¬†It was actually really good. ¬†Even Mom and Brian liked it. The coconut milk has a light flavor… almost more of a smell than a taste… like Thai food. It works really well with the green chilies, surprisingly. ¬†The coconut milk also adds a slight creaminess to the chili. ¬†Don’t worry that this is going to make the chili sweet… it doesn’t, but it does add another interesting note of flavor.

So three days down… I’m doing okay with this whole detox thing. ¬†I like the Vanilla Protein Shake Mix and the Fizz Sticks. ¬†The tea isn’t exciting, but it certainly isn’t bad. The Fiber Boost and the Digestion Plus can be added to either the shake or the Fizz drink and they are hardly noticeable. ¬†There are enough components to the detox that I feel like I’m¬†doing¬†something, but not so much that it’s overwhelming or confusing like some of the other programs that I’ve tried.

I’ve tried Weight Watchers and it felt like such a chore… I did it before the app came along, so everything had to be looked up and logged by hand. ¬†I found it ¬†time consuming and frustrating. ¬†I liked that it gave me a better understanding of the amount of calories that I’d been consuming, but it still seemed tedious to calculate every Point. ¬†It was also easy to get into the habit of ‘banking’ Points (ie starving) and then blowing all your point on ice cream later. ¬†Not the healthiest meal plan… but technically, I was keeping within my Points.

I’ve also tried Slim Fast…. “Drink these shakes, don’t eat food!” Easy to follow, but boring as hell. ¬†Not a life change… just something to survive until you drop a few pounds, but then gain them back instantly when you eat food again. ¬†(Great business model though.)

I did pretty well on Atkins… it was basically a Gluten Free diet and the High Fat/Low Carb lifestyle mixed. ¬†I wish I’d understood the effect that wheat had on me back then and I’d probably have saved myself years of health issues.

I’m enjoying this detox because it’s giving me some structure and a routine to help get me back on track. ¬†I know I need to lay off the sugar and the carbs… I don’t think my alcohol consumption is so frequent that it’s an issue, but sure… while we’re at it, lets knock that out too. ¬†The dairy… I miss cheese… cheese makes the world better… but maybe that’s just the allergy cravings talking. ¬†Once the 30 days is up I can see keeping up with the shakes for breakfast and occasional lunches. ¬†Hopefully, too, I’ve gotten back in the swing of making healthier meals again. ¬†Living in that RV and traveling really let me go off the rails.

So…. so far so good. ¬†Follow on Facebook and Instagram to see weird and interesting updates throughout the day!

 

Arbonne 30-Day Detox – Day One

Technically, we’re not supposed to start until Monday if I’m playing along with the Facebook group…. but I’ve never been good about waiting for the group. ¬†Besides, my Arbonne box arrived yesterday and I’m motivated today.¬† So we’re starting today.

Wanna see the unboxing video?  Click HERE  I posted it on Facebook.

I’ve convinced my hubby to actually do the full 30 day detox with me. ¬†Mom has been a harder sell… she says she’ll just follow along, but skip the shakes and… well, most everything except the Digestion Plus powder (Prebiotics, probiotics and enzymes help support optimal digestive health.) I guess she figures as long as I’m not obsessively baking for a month, she should be fine.

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I started today with a Vanilla Shake… okay, fine…. I had a cup of coffee first. ¬†I never said I was giving up coffee! ¬†I’ll cut back to a cup in the morning, but I’m not giving up the morning cup…. nope, nope nope. ¬†But after the cup of coffee…. which made it safe for people to be near me and for me to operate the blender….. I had a vanilla shake with frozen strawberries and a few pineapple chunks. ¬†It was actually really good. ¬†No… I swear… it enjoyed it.

The chocolate shake that Brian had….. well…. it wasn’t the yummiest thing on the planet. ¬†He tried it plain first – 2 scoops of powder, 8 oz of water and some ice then I zipped it around in the Ninja Blender until the ice was smooth. ¬†It wasn’t gritty, but there was just an aftertaste. ¬†I added some frozen blueberries and that helped, but I still wouldn’t have called it yummy. ¬†My Arbonne Rep mentioned that she had some ‘recipe’ recommendations for the shakes. ¬†I just need to message her and ask for some ideas.

By lunchtime I was hungry, but not starving. ¬†I ate a couple of steak & avocado lettuce roll ups and had a Citrus Energy Fizz Stick with a Digestion Plus pack mixed in to drink. ¬†I liked the Citrus Energy Fizz Stick and I don’t think the Digestion Plus pack changed the flavor noticeably.

What a kickstarter. When you start to feel the afternoon sleepies, stir in a fizz stick to create a refreshing bubbly drink when you start to feel tired to temporarily help promote alertness and enhance cognitive performance◊, help promote endurance and enhance motor performance◊, and help reduce fatigue.◊ Contains antioxidants and a botanical blend of green tea, guarana and ginseng, combined with B vitamins and chromium, to help support energy.

Lunchtime was a bit more of a challenge for Brian. ¬†He’s missing his potato chips and the cheese that he normally has with rolled up deli sliced ham.

We had roast for dinner with a side of baked squashes. ¬†Squashes? ¬†Um… you know… those yellow squash that are¬†everywhere¬†all summer and people keep giving them to you and it’s fun at first and then you have to start yelling ‘NO’ when people even mention their garden and then you find they’ve hidden a bag of the damn things in your car when you weren’t looking and now you have to figure out something to do with them before they go bad and God forbid you throw the damn things in the compost pile ’cause before you know it you’re a squash farmer too…. you know… those squash. ¬†Except apparently I’m not in the right crowd now that I’ve moved to Florida. ¬†I’ve actually had to¬†buy¬†yellow squash at the¬†store. ¬†That really makes my brain twitch to have to pay money for the damn squashes that I used to have to hide from.

I tried the Arbonne Detox Tea later in the evening with an Avocado Brownie¬†. ¬†It was fine… tasted like… tea. ¬†Nothing special, nothing awful. ¬†I’m going to have more trouble remembering to bother to drink it… it tastes like plain ‘ol tea. ¬†Maybe with a bit of honey…. can I have honey? ¬†Another question to ask my rep.

Well, for the answers to this and other exciting questions, tune in to Facebook, Instagram and be sure to follow along on the blog!

 

I Tried Third Love (and now I want to punch someone)

This is a follow up post to my original Third Love Review, so read that post first, okay?

First of all, you guys are awesome! ¬†Thank you for using my referral code to try Third Love Bras. ¬†A bunch of you used my link to check out Third Love and several of you purchased a bra. (I’d love to hear your experience!) I was pretty excited to receive the emails from Third Love thanking me for the referral and telling me that I had $15 to use. Cool….. I’d wanted to try one of the other styles.

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I got five referral codes. ¬†Yay! ¬†Except that you can’t use more than one code per order, which would be okay…. but one bra isn’t enough to get free shipping (and you guys know how I feel about shipping), underwear doesn’t count and you have to spend $100 to use the code….. ¬†By the time I’d clicked around on the site I’d also talked myself into a couple more bras in a few different colors. ¬†I really should have just used the one code, ordered two bras and been done with the whole thing, but I was thinking 5 referrals seems like maybe they could at least let me combine two on an order…. maybe something?

Here’s what I sent:

I wrote a review of my Third Love experience on my blog and I have gotten 5 referral codes since that post. I’d like to order a couple more bras, but I can’t seem to combine the codes in my shopping cart. I don’t need 5 bras and the codes are only good for 60 days. Can you help me? https://phoenixrize.blog/2017/04/05/i-tried-third-love-bras/

I thought I’d send them a (private) message on Twitter because I’ve had good luck with reaching other customer service reps there before. ¬†(April 21st)

Hmm…. maybe Facebook? ¬†(April 22nd)

Or…. email? (April 25th)

Okay, now I’m getting ticked. ¬†I finally started getting a few replies, but they were basically to just blow me off.

Twitter CS took five days to respond and basically said “Yep, doesn’t work. Bye.” ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†*sigh* Fine

Facebook CS took seven days and sent me this:

Hello there Stephanie. Thank you for sharing your experience with us on your blog! We are thrilled to hear you received 5 referral credits. Be advised that referral codes cannot be combined and that the subtotal of the order must be $100. You can read more about the policy here: https://help.thirdlove.com/hc/en-us/articles/229380368-How-does-Give-15-Get-15-work- If there is anything else we can do to further assist, don’t hesitate to write back.
I’m not sure if they didn’t expect me to read the policy, or if they hadn’t read it themselves.
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Did you read that last line? ¬†The one about “if you refer 5 friends and they all place orders with us, you will receive a code for 50% off one Standard Collection bra….. Yep. I hadn’t even realized that was possible. ¬†Apparently they hadn’t either.

I asked repeatedly, Facebook and email (I’d given up on Twitter) how do I get the code for having referred 5 friends. ¬†(The Facebook CS quit replying and I gave up on them because the Email CS was replying… slowly, but at least they responded.)

I asked if I was misunderstanding… maybe I didn’t have the right kind of referral? Or maybe I’d earned the code, but I had to do something special to get it. I was asked for the codes I’d received. ¬†I sent them and also the link to the policy that Facebook CS had sent me.

Honestly I was just ticked at this point and hated to let it go.  A saner person might have just given up.

Eight days passed and apparently a manager was brought in at some point. Finally, on May 9th, Email CS sent me a code for 50% off one standard collection bra.  OMG!

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It was absolutely NOT worth the time and aggravation that it took to receive this one bloody code. ¬†Really, all I was hoping for when I sent the first message was maybe a Free Shipping code…. or a straight up “nope, sorry” but then they gave all the run around… and I do NOT like being ignored… especially when I’m trying to give you my damn money!

Code in hand, er… copied, I went to the Third Love site and tried to find the Standard Collection bras. ¬†Ummm…. that’s not a category. ¬†Can’t find anything that says Standard Collection. ¬†Fine…. I put three bras that I liked in my cart and decided I’d order whichever one the code worked on…… and I got 50% off all three.

I still can’t figure out which one of us wasn’t understanding the whole thing. ¬†Was I being unreasonable, or were they being dense?

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So my final review of Third Love bras is this:

They are awesome bras (dammit).

If you are an easy size, forget it! Go to Victoria’s Secret and buy all the cute shit you can get your hands on.

If you are a busty, difficult to fit gal…. you’re gonna love Third Love…. but only if you don’t have any interaction with customer service. ¬†Order the size you think you are and the next size up. ¬†Return the one that doesn’t fit for a refund, not an exchange. ¬†Now that you know what size you are with Third Love you can order whatever else you want.

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So are you one of my five referrals? ¬†How did it go for you? ¬†Love? Hate…. somewhere in between? ¬†Tell me!

Kamiya86 

Boo was sitting on my lap the other morning, trying to wheedle a few more nibbles of omelette from Brian. ‘She needs to get her teeth cleaned again,’ he said, falling prey to her big brown eyes and feeding her a bit of egg.

I’m not sure which one of us growled at him… honesty it could have been either one. Boo is a Pomeranian, and they’re prone to bad teeth. I try to brush her teeth, but she hates it and… well, I’m a terrible mommy.

Boo actually handles it all better than I do… I’m the one that needs to be sedated during her appointments. (I’m a Helicopter Pom Mom.) Once I dropped her off for her cleaning I had to keep myself distracted until it was time to pick her up, so Mom and I went shopping and out to lunch. Food and Retail Therapy are my solutions to most everything.

I’ve driven past Kamiya86 a dozen times and wanted to try it out, but when I’ve actually had the time Mom wasn’t feeling up to trying sushi (I’m still working to convince her that raw fish is yummy) or Brian was in the car (he’s going to take even more convincing). This time Brian was at home and Mom was feeling brave, so relying on the one review on the Find Me Gluten Free app we decided to give it a shot. (And we were only 20 minutes or so from home, so if we needed to, we could go home and die.)

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I asked the hostess if they had a Gluten Free Menu. ¬†She said they didn’t have a specific GF menu, but most everything could be made gluten free.

Our waitress was very sweet, but didn’t have the best English. ¬†She nodded confidently when I said that we had a gluten allergy and said ‘no problem.’ ¬†She returned with our drinks and a bottle of gluten free soy sauce then peered at the menu with me. ¬†We started off simple and ordered Summer Rolls as an appetizer. ¬†The hostess was hovering nearby and made sure that I was getting the Summer Rolls and not the Spring Rolls, which are deep fried. ¬†She stayed close while we made our order and reminded the waitress to bring us the sweet and sour sauce instead of the peanut sauce.

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Pad Thai is usually safe so I figured I’d go with an easy choice. ¬†The waitress nodded and agreed that it was gluten free. ¬†Mom wanted to be more difficult. ¬†She pointed at several different dishes that I was pretty sure weren’t safe for us.

“Please just order the Panang Curry, Mom,” I tried again.

“What about the Pad Thai? Do I like Pad Thai?” This is an old conversation.

“You hate the Pad Thai…. its noodles.”

She made a face, “I don’t like all those noodles.”

“I know! ¬†Order the Panang Curry.” ¬†Fortunately there weren’t many other diners in the restaurant to think that I am a horrible daughter for yelling at my sweet mother. ¬†(She just looks sweet, btw.) ¬†We have this conversation¬†every time we order Thai. ¬†I think she’s just messing with me.

Mom finally settled on the Panang Curry….. shocker! ¬†She and I have very similar taste except where it comes to noodles/pasta. ¬†I guess throw her off when I order things with noodles.

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I was actually a little jealous, the curry smelled delicious. Mom let me sneak a taste and it was very good. Surprise, surprise, she didn’t want to try any of my noodles. ¬†I did make her try the chicken from the Pad Thai though. So often the chicken in Pad Thai is dry and chewy, but it was nicely seasoned and juicy. ¬†The sauce was fabulous with just a hint of lime. The addition of bean sprouts added a nice fresh crunch. ¬†I wished for some crushed peanuts on top, but all in all, this is my favorite Pad Thai in Florida so far.

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I got a text from Brian after lunch that Boo had finished her dental cleaning… no cavities! and would be ready to go home in a few hours. ¬†Such a relief! ¬†Mom and I shopped until it was time to pick her up. ¬†Apparently I was still really wound, I shop a little wildly when I’m anxious…. because I bought a giant cat-cube-tower-thing at the pet store and then went a tiny bit bizerk in Home Goods (that store is SO dangerous!).

Boo was not the least bit amused with me when I picked her up. ¬†She did give the vet a couple friendly licks before we left, so I’m taking that as a sign that she was okay with them. ¬†Boo isn’t the most…. well, she’s a bit anti-social. ¬†She’s not mean, it just takes her a long while to warm up to people and other dogs. ¬†Until she decides if she likes you she not going to let you touch her… she prefers to just watch people from under the couch. ¬† She’s a distrusting little introvert…. like her momma. ¬†(Too bad I can’t fit under the couch.)

She whined a little on the car ride home until I turned the air conditioning on full blast and pointed all the vents at her. ¬†She’s not impressed with the Florida heat. (She didn’t like Missouri winters either though!) At home, she ran straight to Brian even though I reminded her that it was his idea to send her to the vet in the first place. ¬†Snot.

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A week or so later Mom and I drug Brain to¬†Kamiya86 for lunch. ¬†He was hesitant, but I promised that we’d just try a small sushi sampler and he could have Fried Rice for his meal.

We had a different waitress this time who seemed much more confident about the gluten free items on the menu. ¬†She said the Miso Soup was gluten free, and since it came with our meal anyway I figured I’d try it. ¬†(I did a quick google when she left and confirmed that while some Miso soups have barley they can be made gluten free.) The soup was interesting. ¬†It was a nicely flavored broth with bits of tofu and wide leaves of seaweed.

We picked a small sushi appetizer that our waitress assured us would be safe and give us a nice variety to try. ¬†I tried to use the chop sticks, but mostly ended up flinging raw fish around the table. ¬†Brian had better luck with the chop sticks and the waitress gave Mom a set of kid’s chopsticks to take home and practice.

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The sushi was delicious. ¬†Mom and Brian even enjoyed it and agreed that we’d need to come back soon and try a few more of the different options.

Full disclosure: I did have a bit of an upset tummy later. ¬†I didn’t feel like I’d been glutened, that’s a faster reaction and hurts more and usually comes with a headache. This was just more like something didn’t entirely agree with me. ¬†The Miso soup could have been to blame, maybe it wasn’t GF(?), but Brian did some googling and read that some people have trouble digesting the raw fish. ¬†I’m going to lean toward the raw fish theory…. or maybe just too much rice for me. ¬†Sometimes I have trouble when I eat a lot of rice. ¬†I will definitely go back, but I’ll go a little easier on the sushi and skip the Miso all together (it was good, but not something I’d crave).

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