February 17, 2017

Get Your Groom On with Oliver Ridge Company

I love finding out about local entrepreneurs bringing their passions to life. Whether it's the next epic food truck idea, awesome music video, or 100% organic beard oils and beard balms from Oliver Ridge Company. Located in Omaha, Oliver Ridge Company are the makers of quality small batch grooming goods for men.



Almost everywhere you go, it seems like everyone is trying to do everything. The problem with that, is it all just turns out fine. Oliver Ridge Company isn't about pushing out a huge selection of products that are  'okay'. They want to release a product that is great before moving onto the next one. Right now, that product is beard oils and beard balms. Handcrafted in Omaha Nebraska, they focus on quality and are constantly testing to ensure they make the best products for your (or your man's) beard. The same men who make Oliver Ridge Company products are the same men who are testing the products on themselves. If it's not good enough for them, it's not good enough for you.



Oliver Ridge Company Beard Oils

All Oliver Ridge Company Beard Oils are made with all natural ingredients, and designed to be lightweight to give you a soft beard all day.


  • Woodshop Beard Oil: Scent of cedar, pine, and fresh wood shavings
  • Classic Beard Oil: Unscented
  • Idyllwild Beard Oil: Scent of a cedar forest after a good rain


Olive Ridge Company Beard Balms

Add a bit of hold and shape to your beard with Oliver Ridge Company Beard Balms. Also made with all natural ingredients, and designed to be lightweight to give you a soft beard all day.


  • Woodshop Beard Balm: Scent of cedar, pine, and fresh wood shavings
  • Pine Beard Balm: Scent of pine
  • Idyllwild Beard Balm: Scent of a cedar forest after a good rain


You can order Oliver Ridge Company products at OliverRidgeCompany.com, and they offer free shipping on all orders. Keep your eyes out for upcoming product releases, including shaving oil, mustache wax, and leather dopp bags. Plus, Oliver Ridge Company has joined the Beard Brothers Coalition, that was created to celebrate all the bearded brothers in business. They are putting together a database at BeardBrosCoalition.com that will have information on all beard related companies from around the world, as well as discounts and product offerings.


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January 2, 2017

20 Things to Do in Council Bluffs this Winter

January has arrived, and while we don't have snow on the ground, it is getting downright chilly. Don't let the colder temperatures keep you indoors during January and February. Here are 20 things to do in Council Bluffs this winter, for both adults and families to enjoy!




December 16, 2016

Locked Room Omaha is Ready for You!

You and six or seven of your most trusted friends and family are locked in a room. You are provided with little more than an introduction to the events that have happened within that room. Your job? Figure out how to escape or find the antidote so you don't die. Basically, Locked Room Omaha is ready for you if you think you are ready for them!

(Thanks to Locked Room Omaha for inviting me and my group out to experience their room. While they provided experience for free, any opinions are 100% my own.) 



Locked Room Omaha is located on 741 N. 120th in Omaha, situated behind Jensen Tire & Auto. When you arrive, the team at Locked Room Omaha will brief you on an escape room works, as well as give you the back story on the room you are about to enter. There are currently three escape rooms at Locked Room Omaha with a fourth "Fresh Meat" zombie style room being constructed right now. We got to take a peek and I can't wait for this room to open!



The room the we tested out was "Death by Wine". First of all WINE. Locked Room Omaha captured my heart with that alone! The room was a bit dark so we were given some lanterns and a flashlight to help us maneuver around. There were several locks throughout the room, and our job was to open them and find the antidote before we were turned into the next delicious wine served at the winery. I don't want to give away too much, but here are some pictures of the room.



Other escape rooms at Locked Room Omaha include "Back in the 50's" which is set up like super cool diner, and "Last Hour of the Titanic" which The Walking Tourists were experiencing while we were in our room.


Overall, every single one of us had a blast and left saying we wanted to come back and try another room. It was hard but not so hard you get frustrated and give up. The challenge of finding the antidote was a ton of fun and the Locked Room Omaha team was creative in how they hid they clues. We give them two thumbs and highly recommend experiencing them soon!



Reserve your Omaha escape room experience at Locked Room Omaha today and save 25% off for a limited time!
PS: They offer gift cards!


Locked Room Omaha Hours:

  • Monday-Thursday: Closed
  • Friday: 4:00PM - 10:30PM
  • Saturday: 11:00AM - 10:30PM
  • Sunday: 11:00AM - 6:00PM

November 29, 2016

Local Gifts to Give this Holiday Season

There are lots of great gift ideas that don't come from a traditional retail store. If you are looking to shop local this holiday season, you have come to the right place. There are lots of ways to save on local gifts to give this holiday season!




November 8, 2016

Christmas Open House at Community of Christ Thrift Store

Get holiday shopping out of the way, enjoy light refreshments, and maybe even win some prizes at Community of Christ Thrift Store's Christmas Open House! Lavonda Herrick is hosting this event, who just happens to be my grandma, so I know she put a lot of love, sweat, treats, and craftiness behind it. Stop out on Saturday November 12th for the festivities!

What: Christmas Open House
Where: Community of Christ Thrift Store at 17 N. 2nd Street in Council Bluffs
When: Saturday, November 12th from 9AM-2PM




November 6, 2016

Holiday Events in Council Bluffs

The decorations are up at Bayliss Park, and festive films are streaming on Netflix. That can only mean one thing. The holidays are here!! I love seeing the town get festive for the holidays, and I love all the Holiday Events in Council Bluffs for the community to enjoy. Concerts, crafts, and visits with Santa are all on this list, and it will be updated throughout the next two months.







Holiday Events in Council Bluffs 


October 27, 2016

Epic Gifts for Iowa Hawkeye Fans

Tickets to a Hawkeyes game are always going to be on the wish list of Iowa Hawkeye Fans. If I could buy them every year for my husband I would. But I can't. I always try to find him an Iowa Hawkeye Gift though. Sometimes it is handmade, other times it is store bought. If you are shopping for Iowa fans this holiday season, check out these Epic Gifts for Iowa Hawkeye Fans!

(This post may contain affiliate links to products I found.)

Gifts for Iowa Hawkeye Fans



October 3, 2016

Halloween Events in Council Bluffs

October has arrived and Halloween is on the minds of lots of kids! There are several Halloween Events in Council Bluffs to attend this year. Grab the costumes, the candy bags, and enjoy some Halloween fun! I will continue to add to this list over the next few week's as well.

Halloween Events in Council Bluffs



September 19, 2016

Autumn Ale Stew in Bread Bowls

Even though we still have warm temperatures here in Iowa, I'm in fall mode. Halloween decorations are up, leaves have been raked once, and the windows are open welcoming the breeze. The only thing I was missing were the smells of fall, and I took care of that over the weekend. A quick trip to Family Fare and my house smelled like Autumn Ale Stew in Bread Bowls! I partnered with Family Fare to create this delicious recipe and an upcoming Twitter Party!

Autumn Ale Stew in Bread Bowls



August 29, 2016

9 Reasons to Visit Honey Creek Resort

Do you ever want to escape and disconnect from it all? Last weekend my son and I did just that when we hit the highway for a getaway at Honey Creek Resort. If you haven't taken this 3.5 hour drive from Council Bluffs, you are missing out an a beautiful location with tons to do!

(Thank you to Honey Creek Resort for hosting my son and I for our getaway. We were provided with our stay and activities, and any opinions are 100% our own.)


9 Reasons to Visit Honey Creek Resort