Come to the Cheese Party!

by Jamie Sanford on September 9, 2021

I haven’t been super active here or on most of my personal social channels as of late, and that’s because I have been focusing on my new channel!

I don’t know if I actually coined the term “cheese party,” but I haven’t seen it anywhere else. I started using this phrase after a life-changing cheese experience at the New York Fancy Foods Show in 2014.

I am mostly focused on generating content for Instagram at this time, but I am also developing content on the website.

I am so happy to have an outlet to continue experiencing new cheeses. I have been pursuing cheese education and a few weeks back, took a Sensory Cheese Tasting virtual class!

Please follow on Instagram!

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My Sports Podcasting Debut

by Jamie Sanford on March 12, 2019

My love for Formula 1 has never waned, and I’ve recently made my podcasting debut, talking about the new season of Formula 1 on the Sports Landing podcast. In the episode dated 2/25/19, Phil and I talk about the new cars, driver changes, and the excitement of getting into Formula 1 as a sport.

Click here to listen to Sports Landing on iTunes  |  Click here to listen to Sports Landing on Spotify


Thanks to Phil for having me on the show!

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2018 Holiday Beauty Wishlist

by Jamie Sanford on November 17, 2018

This post contains affiliate links, which means I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on one of my links.

2018 has flown by (and yet also dragged somehow), and the holiday season is upon us. I was recently asked to provide some gift ideas, and of course, it triggered the idea to get on my own holiday wishlist posts for the blog.

First up, beauty items! (All of the links are in the widget at the bottom.)

I’ve got some products in here that are tried and true.

  • The Peter Thomas Roth retinol serum is a favorite, it goes on under moisturizer before bed.
  • Alien by Thierry Mugler is a top 5 fragrance for me, one that I don’t wear nearly enough as my husband is not the biggest fan. (This is a real struggle, because I mostly do beauty things for me and not anyone else, but I also don’t want him to smell me and think “eww.”) It smells delicious though.
  • MAC Haute and Naughty mascara is one that I haven’t used in a while, and actually miss—the two options for applicators is genius!
  • Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium is another top 5 fragrance, and no one in my household objects to it, so it’s a winner all around.
  • Kiehl’s Creme de Corps, a classic choice. It’s effective, the scent is mild and unmistakably Kiehl’s, and I will continue to restock it.
The rest of the products are things I haven’t tried yet but would love to.
  • Lancome Advanced Genifique serum. I actually did try a sample of this and it was wonderful. It’s quite expensive though, which has always stopped me from being able to press the purchase button.
  • Dior Beauty Lip Balm. Just look at that pink color! I can feel my hydrated lips already.
  • Dior Forever foundation. Just another foundation to try with high expectations that will hopefully deliver.
  • Tom Ford Creme Color for Eye. (The color Spice is my favorite.) I’ve seen YouTubers put one of these and nothing else on their eyelids and look amazing, so I expect that paying $46 for a single cream eyeshadow will do the same. Seriously though, I haven’t purchased one of these because I can generally buy a whole eyeshadow palette for around the same price.
  • La Mer Body Cream and Lip Balm. I only found out recently that Sephora won’t give you a La Mer sample. I think they used to, so I’m guessing that they were giving out too many? I really wish that La Mer would invest in creating tiny samples for purchase, because I would love to try their products, but the price of admission is so high that it isn’t likely. If I put the cream on and it changes my life, I might be more willing to splurge in the future.  The Lip Balm is $60, and I am curious as to what is in there that makes it worth $60.
  • Charlotte Tilbury, The Rock Chick Look Set. A tiny bit of savings from buying the items individually, you get all of the pieces for $230. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about Charlotte Tilbury products, and there’s no way I am not going to choose the one that will give me black eyeliner and dark shadow for a smoky eye, paired with a nude lip option. I’m into it.

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Why I Am Still a Big Fan of Amazon Prime

by Jamie Sanford on July 10, 2018

Amazon Prime Day is quickly approaching, and since it celebrates the launch of Amazon Prime as a service, it is a good time to review your account and see what it is doing for you.

There are a lot of perks to Amazon Prime, the biggest one being access to 2-day shipping on over 100 million items without incurring any additional costs (over the fee you’ve already paid). You also receive access to thousands of video titles in Amazon Instant Video – including Amazon’s own original content like Transparent or Mozart in the Jungle. (We started Mozart in the Jungle and fell off for some reason, but it was excellent and I need to begin again.) You can also use your prime account to store your personal photos, an interesting tie-in to Amazon Web Services, which a bit of research will show is a massive portion of Amazon’s overall business.

These are all great. We got a prime account for our household at the beginning because we were already shopping on Amazon quite a bit. However, over the years, I’ve come to appreciate Amazon the most for one big reason.

I don’t have to go to Target so much anymore.

Do not mistake this for a dislike of Target, because I love Target. I love Target so much that I am happy to need a reason to go there and buy stuff, and as the old (ish) adage goes, you cannot go into a Target and not come out with a cart full of stuff that cost you at least $100. The struggle is real.

Out of Swiffer dusters? Let’s go to Target. Out of hand wash? Let’s go to Target. You see where I’m going with this.

The realization that I could buy a number of the items I had mentally decided were only available at Target was a game-changer in terms of trips out to buy stuff that I do not need. I am as aware as anyone that we are living our lives online and that it is good to get out into the world, but it’s also good to not end up with a bunch of random nonsense that I probably didn’t need. I know that it is incredibly easy to shop online, but the tactile experience of shopping in a store is still very intoxicating and influential, at least in my own experience.

For that major reason, in addition to the gratification of quick shipping, I will happily be renewing my Amazon prime account this year. Here are a few of my recent additions to my own Amazon wish list.

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Last week, I wrote this post about the unfortunate experience I had at a Hyundai dealer’s service center.

At the end of that post, I mentioned that I had received a tweet from Hyundai in response to my sharing the previous post with them.

Since this Tweet, I’ve had a few emails and a phone call with Ally from Hyundai’s social media team. (I am assuming it’s a team.)

Ally has been exceptional in communication with me. Our phone call with friendly and pleasant, and he allowed me to air my grievances and seemed in complete agreement that my experience wasn’t as it should have been. He was also grateful for my extremely detailed blog post in which I logged all of those phone calls, Lyft rides, and the rental car.

Since I deal with Noritake customer service on a regular basis, I understand the experience of responding to an unhappy customer, and when I’m the customer, I try to be as honest and fair as possible when relaying my experience. I was really irritated with the whole scenario, but read and re-read my post to make sure that everything I wrote was factual. There are certainly opinion statements in there, but nothing about the actual interactions is exaggerated.

Simply having a conversation with someone from Hyundai who seemed genuine in his negative assessment of my experience was a huge step in restoring my opinion of the company as a whole. However, in following up, Hyundai were accommodating and helpful. I couldn’t be happier with the response from them.

I still suffer the issue of wanting to never go back to (specifically) Paramus Hyundai again, but that’s for another day.

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