Monday, July 13, 2015

Exploring Charleston: Boxcar Betty's

A couple of weeks ago, I finallllly talked my husband into going to Boxcar Betty's.
He is pretty much a creature of habit and only wants to go to Taco Boy or Mex 1. I love both of those but I really enjoy trying new places and new food items.

Boxcar Betty's is easy to find as it is right on Savannah Highway. They have a good size parking lot for the area and it wasn't crowded at all. Of course, we were going during that in-between meals time and on a weekday, so I have no idea what it's like during peak lunch/dinner times.

The inside of Boxcar Betty's is really cute. The wall we were sitting next to was all reclaimed wood, which was super cool.

The menu isn't extensive but, honestly, that didn't keep me from having trouble ordering. Everything sounded so delicious.
I finally ordered the Boxcar which is a fried chicken sandwich with Pimiento Cheese, Peach Slaw, Spicy Mayo, Housemade Pickles. It was soooo good. Watch your first bite though because the chicken is coming to you straight from the fryer and it is HOT!
After finishing off the sandwich, we decided to order some dessert.
My husband and son went with a root beer float and my daughter and I got the Pecan Pie in a Cup.

A simple yet delicious dessert!
We all, husband included, enjoyed our meals and will definitely be adding Boxcar Betty's to our restaurant rotation!
Have you ever been to Boxcar Betty's?

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Beautycounter Makeup & Skincare

A few weeks ago, I attended a Beautycounter event at The Park Cafe where I met Director Ashley Flores. Ashley was down from Georgia to share with us the mission of this two year old company: "To get safe products into the hands of everyone".

Isn't the packaging pretty?!

Here are some more interesting facts from the Beautycounter website:

Only about 10% of the 10,000 chemicals commonly found in personal care products have safety data.

 What's worse is the Food and Drug Administration (the agency that regulates cosmetics) allows companies to use chemicals known to be extremely harmful (lead, formaldehyde, and phthalates) in the products we put on our bodies and on our kids every single day, day after day.

The United States has not passed a federal law to regulate the ingredients used in personal care products since 1938.

The European Union has spent the past two decades banning or restricting more than 1,300 ingredients, the US has only banned 11 to date.

[Beautycounter has} banned more than 1,500 ingredients setting a new health and safety standard

So now you're probably wondering if the make-up, lotion or cleansers you are putting on your face or your kids' faces are safe, right? Ashley also shared with us a website where you can find out: EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. Just type in the products you use and, if information is available, it will give you a hazard level. You want to be in the 0-2 range. My current cleanser is a 6. Yikes.

Beautycounter is also cruelty-free (no animal testing!!) and most products are vegan.

Some of the items I tried out and loved were:

Have you ever tried Beautycounter products?
If you want to know more, check out Ashley's website or e-mail her at

*I was not asked to write this post nor am I being compensated for writing this post. I just wanted to share an up and coming brand that cares about what is in their products.*