Author Archives: MissSteph

About MissSteph

Im a thirty something, single, just living the life in the Midwest. I started this blog to document my daily dalliances.

Happy Halloween….


Well, Halloween came and went. The Reet-ster and I handed candy out to all the lil chil’rens! Rita got gussied up in her Mini Mouse costume and played guard dog at the door all night!

I decided to shut it down at 8 bells…so the last trick or treater hit the candy lottery! I dumped about 20 peices of candy in her bag and skipped off a happy lil lady;)


I’m an Aunt….


Isaac Michael Cooney decided to grace us all with his presence a little early….2 weeks early to be exact! He arrived at 4:45pm on the 29 of September 2012 weighing in at just 5lbs 9oz!

NOLA for the first time….


I just got back from my first trip to the “Big Easy”, “NOLA”, “The Crescent City”, “Nawlins”…..New Orleans. I traveled for work, but I was able to fit in quite a bit of fun stuff each evening!!

We ate

and ate

and ate!!!


And then we drank one of these

and a few of these!!

We made time to see the things you MUST see while in NOLA, like the Carousel Bar…

the oldest building in AMERICA to house a bar

and this little local gem!

I’d say my first trip to the Big Easy was a success! I had a great time, was able to catch up with an old friend, and can’t wait to visit again!


Monthly Sample Subsciptions July 2012…


It is that time again….my monthly review of all the goodies I got in the mail!

Birchbox… This month they teamed up with Glamour, to bring us a Birchbox that “guaranteed a multi-sensory experience”!

1.  Harvey Prince Eau Flirt – Lavender Pumpkin. Soft with fall notes!

2. Tea Forté® minteas.Interesting!

3. Color Club® Summer Pastels Collection in Blue-Ming (get it?)

4. Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in black! Goes on sooo sssmmmoooottthhhhh & FULL SIZE! Score!

5. Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum. I can’t wait to share this with my Sister and see what she thinks!

6. Birchbox Exclusive Ear buds. Who doesn’t need a cute pair of ear buds?

Wanna learn more about Birchbox…click here!!

Sample Society…


1. Borghese Tono Body Creme – An intensive smoothing & firming moisturizer. Super thick, but it rubbed in smooth! Smells nice!

2. Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint – lightweight, water-resistant, oil-free and SPF 20 makes this tinted moisturizer a staple. I originally tried this c/o Birchbox and this is now one of my faves, so I was happy to get another sample!

3. VBeaute Eye Never Nourishing Repair Eye Creme – The company calls it an ‘eyelift in a jar’. They claims it will conceal and smooth lines and minimizes puffiness while boosting collagen. I will give it a whirl, but I won’t hold my breath!

4.  Sisley-Paris Hydra Global Intense Anti-Aging Hydration – Using a three-tiered approach to treatment, this combines botanical, mineral and aromatic extracts to replenish moisture, reduce fine lines & wrinkles and restores skin’s elasticity. This retails for $250 so the size included is worth $25. With a price tag like that, I hope to hell that I don’t like this product!

5. Vincent Longo Duo Lip Pencil – I got Roseberry & Spring Rose, maybe the perfect summer lip liners for me??!! This liner is extremely smooth, soft, and fills nicely! This is full-sized retailing at $26!

MyGlam Bag….

I  may have mentioned before that MyGlam has been on the edge of cancellation for me the last 2 months! But  I am happy to say, that this month is a hit and I will continue on with them! The bag is cute for “summer time” (the theme) and was filled to the brim with samples… including 2  full-sized treats!!

1. Travel pack of 10 “Yes to Cucumbers” Facial Cleansing Towelettes! A tried and true performer for me! I recently traveled to New Orleans with these and they were perfect for midday touch ups (aka…cleaning up my melting face!)

 2. Josie Maran Magic Marker Cheek and Lip Stain in Tango! Love it on my cheeks! FULL SIZE!

 3. Andrea’s Choice Nail Polish.  FULL SIZE!

 4. Kiehl’s Oil Free Facial Lotion. I already own the full size of this product, so I was ecstatic to get a sample!!

 5.  NuMe Hydro-Punch Conditioner. I’ve used it 2x. My hair smells great and seems to be shinier!

There you have it, July was a spectacular sample month! I’ve already put the majority of my goodies to use and might even pick up a couple of new items in full sizes!!





How to clean your gas stove grates/burners…



I have tried nearly every product on the market the promises to “cut the grease and remove cooked on stains” and all have left me disappointed!! Wanna know the secret to a SPOTLESS stove top? Here it is:

Place grates (drip plates and burner caps if you want) in a plastic garbage bag.

Pour in approx 1/2 cup of ammonia. The stove parts will NOT be submerged!! I suggest you do this outdoors or in a well ventilated room. 

**Ammonia can be dangerous..please click here for proper handling instructions**

Tie up the bag so it is airtight & wait 30-60 minutes

Remove stove parts. Simply rinse away the ammonia and cooked on food.  Some of the REALLY cooked on residue may require a little scrubbing, but most will have already dissolved from the ammonia fumes.

Waaaa-lll-aaaaaa!! Clean, clean, clean! You could eat off of those puppies!


Garnier on sale @ CVS


I was rudely surprised this morning by the “toot” sound coming out of my shampoo bottle….and you know what that means! Yep, empty!! My hair is pretty low maintenance (not colored, heat damaged, or breaking), so I buy the drugstore brands. So, I popped into CVS on my way home and came across one heck of a deal.

All Garnier shampoo and conditioners were on sale 3/$10. Lucky for me, my Extracare Card printed off 7 coupons…3 of which I was able to use immediately. $4.70 later I walked out with 3 bottles of goodies!


$3 off a $10 cosmetic purchase
$1 off a Garnier product
$2 off a hair care product

Cha-ching!! Stock up ladies!!


Can’t hardly wait….


for my garden veggies! I planted a rather small garden at home! In years past, my Dad has helped me plant a large garden on the 3rd tier of my yard. A few things always hindered its success, 1) deer, 2) no close water source, 3) 100% sun! Each year was either a total success or total this year I decided to keep it close to the house so I could “baby” it!!


I picked my first cherry tomato of the season this week! Judging by the smile on my face when I saw it, you would have thought Publisher’s Clearing House just knocked on the door!! Isn’t she a BEAUTY! I’ve had a cute little cherry to pick every evening this week! Once picked, they don’t even make it in the house! I give’m a little rub against my shirt (to clean it of course!) and pop it in my mouth! There is nothing better, in my opinion, than a fresh garden tomato!! I have just one rule though…they can never ever ever go in the fridge! Somehow, they lose their fresh smell and taste as soon as they do!


I can’t wait for more tomatos, lots of peppers, and cucumbers! My basil is flourishing/abundant/taking over and I will be making a fresh batch of pesto this weekend (stay tuned for that!)!

Keep cool and try to beat the heat any way you can!