Saturday, December 31, 2011

Token Year End Post

    I know!  I'm alive!  You may have been wondering what was going on and why The Daily Claire seemed to be much more of a Faily Claire...Living in the sticks has its disadvantages (too many to list here) but the main one has been that since mid October our internet has been completely unreliable.  However, it seems to be somewhat functional now (IE, works for more than an hour at a time at random intervals), so this little blog should be back up and running soon, hopefully with a way better layout and a lot more structure.
   I hope you all have had a wonderful holiday season, I shall be posting some pictures from ours shortly.  Also, for up to the minute (sort of...) updates, follow me on Twitter @thedailyclaire.  Have a safe and happy New Years! 

Monday, November 14, 2011

Burt's Bees Sensitive Skincare Review

**Disclosure-I received these products for review as a BzzAgent, however the thoughts are my own***

   I don't know about you, but the change in seasons doesn't do my skin any favors.  On a good day my skin tends toward the temperamental, on a bad one it's an all out battle.  I've tried way more products than I care to admit, in all price ranges, from natural/organic to I-can't-pronounce-one-thing-on-this-bottle.  Given my never ending search for good cleanser and also being all too aware that winter is fast approaching (read:moisturize!) I was excited to try a couple products from Burt's Bees new Sensitive Skin line.

   I've been using both products for well over a month now and they have worked really well for me.  The Facial Cleanser is a non-soap cleanser, so there isn't the lather I was used to, but that's OK by me.  It has a nice, creamy texture and rinses cleanly but doesn't leave your skin feeling dry.  So in the event that you get distracted and forget to moisturize, your skin is still left feeling nice.

   The Daily Moisturizing cream is my favorite of the two.  It has a light texture and virtually no scent and offers a lot of moisture without being greasy.  I loved that it soaks into your skin quickly and does not make your face shiny and it provides an even canvas for make up if you so choose.  Over all, I would actually purchase these products again, which is saying something coming from me.  The cleanser runs about $10 and the moisturizer is $15.  Burt's Bees is also offering $2.00 off on their website if you choose to purchase these products online.  If you like, I have a plethora of $2.00 off coupons if you'd like to try any of these products.  Just send me an email and let me know!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Virtual Fall Feast!

I'm so excited to be participating in Baking Bad's Virtual Fall Feast!  My contribution is my favorite Thanksgiving salad.  It was originally published on, but I have made a few changes to fit my tastes.

Mixed Greens with Goat Cheese and Pecans.

SERVES: 10 to 12
TIME: 10 minutes

 (Maple Dijon Dressing)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
3 Tablespoons real maple syrup
1/3 red wine vinegar
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
coarse sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

(Mixed Greens)
2 Large heads of endive, washed, chopped
1  large head radicchio, washed, chopped
4 large handfuls arugula, washed
1 1/3 cup goat cheese
3/4 cup toasted pecans, roughly chopped
3/4 cup dried cranberries

For the dressing:
  Mix garlic, mustard, maple syrup, vinegar and salt/pepper together.
 Slowly whisk in olive oil.
For the Salad:
  Toss your greens together and divide up into salad bowls.  Sprinkle
each salad with cheese, pecans and cranberries.  Dress with Maple
Dijon dressing.

  Feel free to substitute a bag/box of "baby mixed greens" for the
endive and arugula.  Also, to make the salad extra special, drizzle
pecan halves with real maple syrup before toasting them.  Chop and add
to salad as directed.  This is especially yummy with left over
thanksgiving turkey mixed in.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween !

   Due to a malfunctioning sewing machine and lack of seamstress skill on my part, the Angry Birds costumes were a fail.  However, Stormy still dressed up and I thought I would share his picture with you all.  He does make a pretty mean Catula.  

Monday, October 24, 2011

Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations to Ashley (MrsMarcus2) who won the Jamie B Designs Giveaway.  Ashley said "I like the Small Heart Suede Bracelet."  Thank you all for entering and checking out Jamie's awesome shop!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Claire VS. The Sewing Machine

In case you have been wondering where I have gone, I have, in fact, gone no where.  I've been extra busy battling it out with the sewing machine and sewing our Angry Birds costumes.  I'm pretty excited about them-pics to come soon!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Midweek Manicure-October Colors!

Just a look at the nails I'm rocking this week.  I wanted something that was Halloween-ish without being overtly ghouly.
   Orange Base-OPI, Flit A Bit
   Brown Tips-China Glaze, Midtown Magic
   Purple Accent-Stripe Rite
What kinds of nails are you wearing this fall?