Take Me Home Country Roads | E. Leigh’s Contemporary Boutique

A few weeks ago, The Summit at Fritz Farm officially opened!! The Summit at Fritz Farm is Lexington’s newest shopping destination. It will feature office space, a boutique hotel, and luxury apartments. It’s an upscale shopping experience with a mix of national and local boutiques. There also will be a mix of local and regionally sourced restaurants, such as Honeywood, which is a new concept from renowned Bluegrass chef and six-time James Beard nominee Ouita Michel.

This is definitely the place to be, and I can foresee myself spending time here a lot! In fact, I’ve already been several times since opening weekend!

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Put Some Pep In Your Step With AJ Apothecary | Pep In Your Step Foot Scrub

 

Whew! Things have been a whirlwind lately. We bought a house and a brand new truck all within the span of two weeks. In addition to all of that, we are in the process of giving our kitchen a makeover. More to come on that later, but now, I want to tell you about this amazing foot scrub from AJ Apothecary. I promise you that you’ll want to take notice to this product. We are in the midst of flip flop weather, so let those toes free!!

If you haven’t heard of AJ Apothecary before, let me tell you about this lovely company. AJ Apothecary is located right here in the Bluegrass State, and all of the products are natural. There are products for mothers, bath time, your body, and your face. These products are all made with high quality, safe, and natural ingredients. In addition to all of that, the products are non-toxic and cruelty free. How great is that? There are also no synthetic fragrances, artificial colors, parabens, phtalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, PEG, or other harmful chemicals in any of the products.

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Derby Like a Local | The Official Drink of the Kentucky Derby

It’s Derby season, y’all!

Woodford Reserve said it best, when they said:

“In Kentucky, horses are everything and bourbon is everything else.”

About a week or so ago, I was at Liquor Barn picking up a bottle or two of bourbon. Liquor Barn is the mecca of alcohol. At over 55,000 square feet, it’s the largest retailer in Kentucky for wine, beer, and spirits. It’s seriously a sight to behold. If you ever visit Lexington, be sure to check out the Hamburg location. Liquor Barn alone has over 200 different bourbons, and that’s not including whiskey or scotch, which are completely different things. All bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is bourbon. Confused? I explain that in detail in the post, Bourbon 101: Starting With the Basics.

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Maker’s Mark Releases UK Basketball Commemorative Bottle Honoring the 1996 Championship Team

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It’s officially springtime in the Bluegrass State. Not only was this past weekend the opening of Keeneland for the spring meet, but on Friday, April 7, Maker’s Mark released a commemorative bottle that featured the University of Kentucky’s 1996 championship team, affectionately known as the “Untouchables.” Of course, when I heard about it, I had to go stand in line!

“Our ’96 championship team was one of the best not only in the history of our program, but in the history of college basketball. This iconic bottle is a fitting tribute to them and all they accomplished during that historic season.” -UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart

The weather is pretty unpredictable in Kentucky. Just a few days prior, it was in the 70s, and on this particular morning, it was 37 degrees with a “feels like” temperature of 30 degrees (as I am writing this, it’s back in the mid 70s). I severely underestimated how cold it actually was, so I was ridiculously unprepared. I didn’t have any gloves, a scarf, a chair, or even a blanket with me. However, when I got there, the guy next to me went to his car and got me a blanket, so I could keep warm. When someone got in line behind me, he also went to his car to get a blanket for me to sit on. Waiting in line may sound crazy to some, but it isn’t just about getting a collector’s bottle or a rare bourbon, but it’s about the experience. You meet some of the nicest people! Of course they are nice, because they are Kentuckians (it’s that Southern hospitality) and they are bourbon people! I’m telling you some of the best people you’ll ever meet are bourbon people!

There were only 13,000 bottles released, and they sold out in less than an hour! I stood in line about 3.5 hours before the store that I went to opened. By the time I got there, there were approximately thirty people in front of me, maybe forty, if I had to guess. Some people had gotten there on Thursday to wait in line. Several of the local news stations were there, and I even saw myself on the news in the background.

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I Can See Clearly Now… | J. Galt Eyewear

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This post is sponsored by J. Galt Eyewear. All opinions are my own.

Some people may not know this, but I wear glasses and contacts. Actually, I’ve worn glasses since the third grade and contacts since the sixth grade (I’ll be 31 years old at the end of April). My eyesight is horrible (around -9.00 in both eyes for contacts and around -10.25 and -10.50 for glasses. I always chuckle when people with something like a -3.00 say they have bad eyes. They honestly have no clue!)

Growing up, I always hated wearing glasses, because they were considered “nerdy,” and especially since mine were super thick. It didn’t matter if I paid extra to have the thinnest lenses possible, it was still noticeable.  It’s actually because back when I was a child, I wasn’t told that certain frames just don’t look good with thick lenses and can actually cause distortion and even make the lenses look thicker (more on that later!). Throughout the years, people would always ask to try my glasses on, because they wanted to see what it looked like through them. Eventually, I would just roll my eyes and flat out say, no! because it’s incredibly rude.

I always thought that glasses can look so cute and be such a cool “accessory.” I hadn’t got any new glasses in about six years. I had been meaning to get a new pair, especially since I don’t want to wear my contacts all the time. I spend a lot of my time working from home teaching.

My friend, Tiffany at Bright on a Budget told me about J. Galt Eyewear (She’s also a fellow Eastern Kentuckian and we also went to college together at Pikeville College, now known as UPIKE – the University of Pikeville). She has a similar prescription and has worn glasses and contacts about the same length as me, so I figured J. Galt Eyewear would be a perfect place to go to.

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