(This blog post was written April 2, 2020 – Things may have changed since then.)
Support your local craft brewery even while social distancing! I made it super easy for you to find Oklahoma craft beer. 2 of them are delivering – which is AMAZING. Alcohol deliveries are only legal until April 17, 2020 so hop on it. This is my list:
Stonecloud Brewing Company is offering beer to go and delivery. Delivery is Thursday-Saturday 3-7pm. You must show your ID and live within 5 miles of the brewery. There is a $20 minimum with a $5 delivery fee. Orders over $40 receive free delivery. Place your curbside pickup or delivery order here.
Vanessa House Beer Co is offering curbside pickup and delivery through this link. Their address is 118 NW 8th in Automobile Alley.
Twisted Spike Brewery is selling beer to go. 1 NW 10th Street in Automobile Alley. Their Instagram says they will be offering delivery soon.
Prairie Artisan Ales at PrairieOKC is selling beer to go at 3 NE 8th Street in Automobile Alley.
Skydance Brewing Co is offering beer to go at the Brewer’s Union on 520 N. Meridian Ave. Call ahead at 405-604-8989. They are doing a good job keeping you updated here.
Anthem Brewing is offering curbside services via call-in orders Monday-Friday 3-7pm and 12-5pm on the weekends. You can reach them at 405-604-0446 and their address is 908 SW 4th Street.
Coop Ale Works is suggesting you buy their beer through restaurants and other locations.
Did I miss anyone?
(Quarantine lewk by DODO BAR OR via Rent the Runway. I washed my hair yesterday but I don’t think I brushed it today.)
Inspired by Elsie of A Beautiful Mess, I tried my own No New Clothes Challenge from November 2019 to October 2020. I had three reasons: the environmental impact of fast-fashion really bothers me, I want to minimize frivolous spending, and I wanted to be more content with what I have.
- I will not spend money on new clothing or shoes for 12 months. This includes dresses, jeans, shoes, coats, etc. I will, however, allow myself to buy new underwear, tights, bras, swimwear, etc. if I need to. (I’m not THAT strict.)
- I CAN spend money on second-hand and vintage items on sites like Poshmark and ThredUp. (Photo above is a vintage 60’s dress I bought for $40.) I can also rent from Rent the Runway. (Photo below is a t-shirt I rented from Rent the Runway.)
After a two-year hiatus, I’m bringing back my site. It is extremely difficult to blog about beer while pregnant since you can’t really drink the stuff. You’ll see my posts naturally drop off in the early spring of 2018 when my husband and I found out we were expecting. The best news for me…not so much, for a blog about beer.
In December of 2018 I had my daughter and started my own social media management company. I barely remember 2019. Not sure if I slept at all. But in 2020 I feel like my life came back. My baby started sleeping (slightly) better, my work became more streamlined, and I found time for hobbies again. And yes! I can drink beer again!
But not only that, I feel like my passions and projects have exploded now that I know what all I can do in one day. Moms are incredible multitaskers. We have to be. I feel like I have the least amount of free time I’ve ever had in my life but now I’m somehow cooking more, writing more, reading more, and even picked up painting.
So my blog is coming back but instead of just beer, I am writing about all the things I’m interested in – and yeah, there will be some mom stuff. But, in the wise words of Regina George’s mom, “I’m not a regular mom, I’m a cool mom.”
Since I’m pregnant, my husband is going to continue my beer blogging so here’s his hairy arm trying out To Øl Brewery’s Tropical Rumble, a “session IPA brewed with mango, peach, and passionfruit.” Carter says, “tastes great with Pei Wei.” There you have it.
It’s a cool 85 degrees in Oklahoma and my skin is going through some changes. Hello clogged pores. Hello sweat.
I gathered my 7 must-have items from Beautycounter since they’re cruelty-free and non-toxic. Beautycounter’s mission is:
To get safer products into the hands of everyone.
If you want to feel good about what you’re putting on your skin, you’re in great hands. Beautycounter is more than just a cosmetics brand; it’s a movement that intentionally bands more than 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals through their “Never List”. And they actively lobby for change. In March of 2018, the founder marched on Washington D.C. to urge Congress to pass more protective laws for the personal care industry.
Enough of the scary stuff. Here is the good stuff:
- Dew Skin Moisturizing Coverage in SPF 30, $45. This top selling tinted-moisturizer also protects you from the sun!
- No. 3 Balancing Facial Mask, $49. This nutrient-rich kaolin clay mask deep-cleans and balances, absorbing excess oil and drawing out impurities.
- Color Intense Lipstick in “Garden Party, $34. Vibrant, statement-making color. Beautycounter’s first long-wearing, one-swipe lipstick in eight all-new shades.
- Matte Bronzer in “No. 1”, $40. Beautycounter’s bronzers deliver a refined, natural-looking glow containing Porcelain Flower Extract to help moisturize the skin.
- Volumizing Mascara, $29. Cleaner, plant-derived ingredients replace harmful emollients like carbon black. Mascaras shouldn’t be scary.
- Glow Shimmer Oil, $35. Get the sun-kissed skin without the damage. The luxurious dry-oil formula absorbed into your skin to deliver a radiant, even glow.
- Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Mist with SPF 30, $36. Formulated with non-nano zinc oxide and California Poppy, this formula provides an effective shield from UVA, UVB, and Blue Light rays. It’s air powered and coral reef-friendly. Yes, you can take this one to Hawaii.
Did you know that (under current law) you can buy wine in Oklahoma on Sundays? You sure can. I was in a pinch while hosting a Sunday night dinner party and tried out Waters Edge Winery. Oklahoma breweries are booming but Oklahoma wineries don’t get as much press. I think we don’t give them as much credit because we see wine as something more sophisticated and harder to produce than beer, which isn’t very fair for two reasons. For one, Beer IS hard to make. Beer IS sophisticated. And secondly, how is a business supposed to get better without customers investing in it? Oklahoma CAN make sophisticated products. I have faith in the makers of this state.
But back to Oklahoma wine…I tried to answer some frequently asked questions about it.
- Is Oklahoma wine good? – Well. It isn’t bad. We tried Concerto, a white wine, which was almost too tropical. Had I been drinking this wine on its own or with some fruit and not with a heavy Indian dish, I think I would have enjoyed it more. We needed something more dry. We also tried Excabular which was decent. It’s a medium body red wine with grapes from the Yakima Valley (which happens to be the Mecca of beer hops). It went well with the meat dish. But don’t take my review as the word of God. I know way more about beer.
- Is Oklahoma wine cheap? – Eh, no. It’s not expensive either. A bottle of Oklahoma wine costs around $20.
- Where are Oklahoma wineries? – They’re all over the state. You can find a list of Oklahoma wineries here.
- Where to Oklahoma wineries get their grapes? – It depends on the winery. Indian Creek Village Winery & Village Inn has their own vineyard but others fly in their ingredients. Don’t turn your nose up at that though. Oklahoma breweries RARELY use local ingredients besides the water.
- Should I drink Oklahoma wine? Uh, yeah. Buying locally is one of the best things you can do for your community. Grow where you are planted.
Are you a homebody like me? Subscriptions make it so I never have to leave my house ha! It’s especially nice when I leave the office around 5pm and it’s already dark. No one wants to run errands in the dark (and not to mention cold weather).
Scentbird perfume is a really cool service that sends you a new fragrance insert each month. This month’s fragrance is euphoria by Calvin Klein with notes of pomegranate, black orchid, cream, amber, and violet!
Freshly is incredible and their customer service is ON IT. I’m signed on for the 6 meals per week and they are very filling, packed with protein, and fairly healthy. They aren’t Lean Cuisines, if you’re looking for a weight loss tool. They are just delicious, healthy meals without artificial preservatives and other junk you don’t want in your food. The service saves me so much time and I really like their menu. Pictured are the cod cakes but I think my favorite is the Three Bean Turkey Chili. Don’t worry! They have vegetarian options too. The penne pasta with veggies is bomb. There’s also a southwestern bowl floating around. I need to try that one next. Let me know if you want a $20 discount!
OMG. Last but not least is the Book of the Month Club. I’ve been pretty happy every month and the books are only $10. It’s great for fiction fans and keeps you accountable for meeting your reading goals whether its a book a month or more.
I don’t think you can find happier sunglasses. These guys are the Oui Fresh Daisy Sunglasses in White Lightning. They’re only $32 and made by the gals of the very first DIY and “lifestyle” blog I ever followed, A Beautiful Mess.
Side note: Currently trying to get through The Power by Naomi Alderman. It’s about women simultaneously developing the power to generate electricity with their bodies and they begin to weaponize it. I thought it would be a really fun, timely book as the world of creepy men is slowing collapsing but it’s proven to be tough to get through. Halfway into it, one of the main characters starts to think of herself as Christ-like and I have this sense of dread that the ending isn’t going to be some glorious matriarchal society. I’m afraid it’s going to be a lesson of “absolute power absolutely corrupts”. Have you read it?
It almost looks like fruit punch but this is actually a fruit IPA! Just arriving at liquor stores in OKC, E-Juice is another exciting beer from Roughtail Brewing Co. If you had their mango version of Adaptation last year, you’re going to love this one. Very hoppy. Very juicy and fruit-forward (they used over 600 pounds of blueberry, blackberry, and boysenberry puree) but it’s not sugary-sweet. They did a great job!
This was my favorite part of The Zoe Report – Fall 2017 Box of Style. There were actually 5 Skinesque facial kits included but obviously I had to use a couple right away. They’re formulated without parabens, sulfates, phthalates, mineral oil, and synthetic dyes and they’re cruelty-free.
Included in each facial: gentle foaming cleanser, Hydra+ Essence serum, and a brightening face mask. This shit works. After 15 minutes, I took the mask off and really did have glowing, moisturizing skin. I topped it off with Beautycounter eye cream and their No. 1 Brightening face oil. Truly worth the time and money.
As a 30-year old, I’m very conscious about my skin’s appearance (and it doesn’t help that my husband is still in his 20’s). I abide by the philosophy that if you spend more time (and money) on your skincare, you won’t have to worry about what kind or how much makeup you use. After this at-home facial, all I needed before going out to dinner was under-eye concealer, mascara, and bronzer.