The Resurrection of C&NP

Hello loyal readers! It seems as if I’ve taken an unintentional hiatus from C&NP.  I’m truly sorry that there hasn’t been any new content here recently.  I took pictures of some nail polish swatches and never uploaded them because my camera died and I kept forgetting to charge the batteries.  Fear not! I have new content and LOTS of it, including some new food reviews.  This blog started off as a food blog and transitioned into a polish/beauty blog, so I think it’ll be nice to return to my roots.  Within the next few minutes (pending cooperation with my WiFi connection), you shall see at least one glorious new entry.  Please stay tuned! I have stuff from OPI, Illamasqua, Julep and butter LONDON to share with you guys.

See you VERY soon!

Sarah xoxo

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Product Review: Glade Expressions Collection

Hello everyone! Today I’m bringing you something new: a product review that isn’t about food or makeup! It’s a little different for the blog, but I’m branching out and wanted to do some other reviews for you guys.

Today I’m reviewing two products from the Glade Expressions Collection, the Oil Diffuser and Fragrance Mist.  I got both of these products for free through the BzzAgent program.  They sent me coupons to get these two products for free and I’m very happy that I get to share them with you.

Left: Glade Expressions Oil Diffuser in Fuji Apple & Cardamom SpiceRight: Glade Expressions Fragrance Mist in Pineapple & Mangosteen

Left: Glade Expressions Oil Diffuser in Fuji Apple & Cardamom Spice
Right: Glade Expressions Fragrance Mist in Pineapple & Mangosteen

First, I’ll review the Oil Diffuser.  In the past, I’ve had oil diffuser bottles with reeds in my house.  What I found was that the scents in the bottles last for a few weeks, but then you have to change out the sticks and the oil which can be pretty messy.  Also, it’s easy to accidentally knock the oil bottle over and make a huge mess.  I was happy to see that the Glade Expressions oil diffuser has a “no-spill” design.  I tested this out when I walked my completed oil diffuser upstairs to my room.  It didn’t make a mess at all, so I’m really pleased that this diffuser is portable and I’m happy to know that even if I do accidentally upset it, I won’t be cleaning oil out of my carpet.

Oil Diffuser in Fuji Apple & Cardamom Spice

Oil Diffuser Starter Kit in Fuji Apple & Cardamom Spice

Putting the oil diffuser together is really easy.  Inside the starter kit is your refillable holder, oil bottle and a scent card.

Fragrance Diffuser Parts
Left: Refillable holder
Right: Oil bottle
Bottom: Scent card

Simply take the oil bottle out of the holder and snap the scent card into the bottle until it clicks.  Then, place the bottle back inside the holder.  Set up literally takes 30 seconds.  You can immediately smell the fragrance coming out of your diffuser, and let me tell you, it is heavenly.

Completed oil diffuser

The Fuji Apple & Cardamom Spice fragrance was a good choice for me.  I love the scent of apples in the fall and I feel like it makes my home smell so warm and cozy.  Fuji Apple & Cardamom Spice smells like you’re baking an apple pie.  I love the fresh scent of the apples with the warm undertone of the cardamom.  I really recommend this scent if you’re a fan of apples.

I also picked up the Glade Expressions Fragrance Mist in Pineapple & Mangosteen.

Glade Expressions Starter Kit in Pineapple & Mangosteen

This product is also really easy to assemble.  The starter kit comes already assembled, but I took it apart to see how it works, and also to show you guys.

You just take off the starter kit label, unscrew the bottom of the holder and tap the holder with your palm to release the fragrance refill.

Fragrance Mist Starter Kit
Left: Fragrance refill
Right: Holder
Bottom: Screw-on bottom for holder

When you need to refill your holder, just remove the top of the refill, insert it into the holder and screw the bottom of the holder on.  This product also takes about 30 seconds to assemble.  It’s very user-friendly.

Completed Fragrance Mist

To spray the fragrance, you just squeeze the sides at the top of the holder and a nice mist comes out.  I sprayed the fragrance all over my room and was delighted at how it eliminated odors (I have pets and they tend to have accidents on my carpet, leaving a musty smell in my room).  The fragrance was really bold for about 15 minutes and my room still smells very pleasant.  Compared to my usual Febreeze, the Glade Fragrance Mist does a better job at eliminating odors.  Also, the holder is pretty stylish.

The Pineapple & Mangosteen fragrance is very tropical and reminds me of the beach.  It was a great choice for such a dreary day! Once I sprayed it I immediately thought of a bright, sunny day on an island (no kidding).  The scent is really fresh and fruity and is perfect for someone who loves tropical fragrances.

Both the Oil Diffuser Starter Kit and the Fragrance Mist Starter Kit are reasonably priced.  Even though I had coupons to receive them for free, I noted the prices.  I purchased both products at Target, but they are also available at WalMart and some drug stores.  The Oil Diffuser was $5.99 and the Fragrance Mist was $2.99.  These prices are great for such quality fragrances.  I definitely recommend going to pick these up for your home.  You’ll be delighted with how warm and inviting your space will feel after using these products.

If you’d like to try either product, I have coupons for both! I have a $4.00 coupon for the Oil Diffuser Starter Kit and a $2.00 coupon for the Fragrance Mist Starter Kit.  I posted both coupons on my Facebook, but I can also mail you a coupon if you prefer.  Just let me know if you’d like a coupon, or if you’ve already tried these products in the comments.  Which scent is your favorite?

New Things are Coming!

Hello readers! I just wanted to take a second and let you all know that I haven’t forgotten about you.  I’ve been collecting notes and pictures of my recent dining experiences to share with everyone.  I’m sorry there haven’t been any new posts recently and I really appreciate your patience.  Lots of fun new things are coming to Cheeseburgers & Nail Polish (including the long-awaited beauty reviews) soon.  Expect a post either later today or tomorrow!

PS: I’m going to finish my Christmas shopping.  I hope everyone else is already finished and ready to celebrate!

I also wanted to share this funny LOLCat I’ve seen floating around Facebook.  Enjoy!

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Food Review: Udi’s Gluten Free Bread

Today I had the most amazing breakfast.  I made a plate with cheesy eggs, bacon, fresh raspberries and gluten free toast.  I hadn’t planned on reviewing the bread, but it was just so surprisingly good that I decided to get the word out.

This morning’s breakfast; please excuse the nibble from the toast!

This week I have been eating Cinnamon Chex and yogurt, but I decided I missed having a good eggs and bacon breakfast.  Yesterday I went to Earth Fare in Greensboro and picked up some Udi’s Gluten Free Bread to include with my breakfast.  I had heard of Udi’s before and was told that it was top-notch as far as gluten free products are concerned.  Having never tried gluten free bread, I was pretty nervous about how it would taste, but also about the texture.  I have a thing about food textures– I don’t care how good it tastes, if the texture isn’t pleasant, I’m spitting it out.

When I opened the bread I immediately noticed that it wasn’t soft like most regular breads, but it had a pleasing aroma.  I popped a piece into my toaster and it came out nice and crispy.  I applied a thin layer of margarine and the bread soaked it up, which is a lot more than I can say for some regular breads I’ve toasted in the past.

The first bite was absolutely delicious.  This bread has a great flavor, as well as texture.  It wasn’t crumbly and it tasted very fresh, despite its not-so-soft feel.  The grains around the crust added some interest to the texture.  In my opinion, it tasted close to a homemade wheat bread.  It was extremely satisfying.

Udi’s Gluten Free Bread, Millet-Chia variety

Inside the package

Even my babies Grumpy (who’s in the middle of asking for a treat) and Daisy were curious…

“Mommy, can we have some Udi’s too?”

I give the Udi’s Gluten Free Bread (Millet-Chia) an A+.  Even though I don’t have anything to compare it to, the bread was completely satisfying to me.  The texture and taste combined make a lovely bread that I couldn’t even tell was gluten free.  This bread rivals the Nature’s Own Honey Wheat I’ve been eating for years!  If you’re looking for a great new gluten free bread, please try Udi’s.  I promise, it’s worth it!

If you’re interested in learning more about Udi’s Gluten Free Foods, please visit their website at http://udisglutenfree.com/

Welcome to my newest adventure

Welcome to Cheeseburgers & Nail Polish.  I hope you’ll enjoy your visit to my blog.  I’d like to start with a little background about me.

My name is Sarah and I’m 24 years old.  I graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a BA in English and minor in Creative Writing in 2010.  Since then, I’ve been on the hunt for a career.  Recently, I lost my job, which was devastating.  In between searching for jobs, I came up with the idea to do a food blog.  I love eating and writing, so I thought, “Hmm, why not start a blog?”  I already have a blog that I use for my personal thoughts, but I wanted something with more focus.  I also decided that I could write about beauty products because I have a slight obsession with OPI nail polish.  I’m hoping that this blog will be an adventure and will give me an outlet for my writing.  Perhaps it will also be the start of me becoming more worldly.

Something you should know about me: I’m a very picky eater.  Most of what you’ll see here is food within my comfort zone.  I’ll also feature dishes that my friend Chris eats, since he’s much more adventurous than me.  Also, I just started a gluten-free diet, so I’ll be able to provide feedback on the gluten-free options out there.

Please feel free to leave a comment or reply to any post.  I really appreciate feedback (good and bad) and would love to know how my readers are responding to what I write.