Monthly Archives: January 2012

A lot of people like to say that energy bars are glorified candy bars.

I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing, especially if a bar can have candy bar taste + some added nutritional benefits.

This bar (Life Choice Cookies & Cream Energy Bar) is exactly what I’m talking about.

One bite in, I had to stop myself from saying, “Wow” out loud. It is delicious, with the taste–and consistency!–of cookie dough (yes, dough, not cream) wrapped in a yogurt coating.

Probably the best tasting bar I have ever eaten.

And I have eaten a lot of bars.

Eating this bar feels absolutely decadent.

With a price tag of 70-odd cents at Walmart, I say it’s time to treat yo self.


Truth: I think putting food in bar form makes it so much better.

I could absolutely live on protein/energy/granola bars, and I thought given the price of some of the bars out there, you might appreciate it if I try before you buy.

Think Thin bars are new to me, but with the help of a great coupon, a sale, and a Whole Foods case discount, I couldn’t pass them up.

As you can see, I chose the Chunky Peanut Butter flavor. (I was hoping to find the Cookies & Creme flavor, but they didn’t have it. No worries, though–I love peanut butter.)

That being said, I must caution you: When you bite into this bar, do so without expectations. It is not a Reese’s.

Fortunately, it does taste of chocolate and (more vaguely) peanuts, with the bonus of 20 grams of protein powder.

I don’t personally find  protein bars especially satiating (these bars lasted me approximately an hour), so I wouldn’t recommend using it as a meal replacement. Thumbs up for a snack, though.

Overall: I wouldn’t pay full price for these, but I would certainly eat them again if they were $0.35 before tax!

I would also like to try other flavors (remember that Cookies & Creme?!) because in my experience, you can’t judge a line of bars by only trying one flavor.

I (finally) recently got a card for the library system in my new city. Then I proceeded to just sit there for a while soaking up the peace that is always inherent for me within the walls of a library.

Some facts about me:

1. As a child, I had my library card number memorized. I still have that library card number memorized (even though I no longer have that card).

2. My first boyfriend and I met every day at the library and spent hours there. My husband (different guy) was also an English major back in college.

3. My all-time favorite book, Lirael by Garth Nix, features the most magnificent library that has ever been conceptualized. If it were real, I would be there right now.

I am usually a shower-and-mascara kind of woman, but I have recently been enlightened as to the benefits of a beauty regime. (Plus, who doesn’t want to refer to their “beauty regime”?)

Thus, I have set out to learn what that entails. Yesterday, I picked up a few books at the library, and I plan to give you guys a quick review as I read them in the event that any one else out there is in the same boat as me. (And if you’re not, please give me some tips!!)


The first book I looked at was Gorgeous Face & Beatiful Body: A Guide to Total Skin Care by the people at Marie Claire.

In short:  While I did learn some valuable information, it wasn’t as much as I would’ve hoped from 188 pages. Borrow > buy.

What I learned: 

  • Those of us with dry skin should consider using no-rinse facial cleansers and oily night creams.
  • Take your makeup off at night (no excuses!). Not doing so can speed up aging (eep!)
  • When using an exfoliating body scrub, work up the legs, not down. Don’t exfoliate more than once a week (oops…).
  • Take a lesson from the Japanese: emphasize vegetables (especially seaweeds), healthy protein (fish and soy) and starchy carbs (brown rice  and sweet potatoes) in your diet.
  • Make sure you’re getting enough magnesium (critical for energy and numerous physiological functions), which can be depleted by stress.

What I’d change:

  • I was looking for specific beauty tips (what to do and what products to do it with), and this book seemed heavier on general beauty knowledge (layers of skin, types of melanin). However, if you’re into the science behind beauty, you’ll likely find this an interesting read.
  • I know Marie Claire is a magazine, but what I will call the over-formatting (ie., the array of fonts and type sizes, the frequent use of bold and italics, and busy page layout) of this book made it fairly hard for me to digest its content.

After a long and restful holiday, I’ve had some trouble getting back into productivity mode, so last week I decided to step up my game and get motivated. I achieved this using two very signature Lisa tactics: lists and rewards.

Each week, I write down ten “To Do” items I’d really rather not and a reward that makes them worth it. This was was this week’s reward (and consequently, today’s Old Navy haul):

Cropped Active Leggings ($15)

Look awesome. Feel awesome. Make me want to run even more than usual! Love.

*Bonus find:

Active Sports Bra ($3.14!!!)

Found this bra on clearance and snatched up two. I suggest you do the same!


Your turn: Are you a list writer or self-rewarder? Any other motivational tips for me?

Things you can do to make me buy more clothes from your site:

1. Offer free shipping.

This is not exclusive to apparel. Free shipping makes people buy more of anything.

2. Don’t take pictures of light clothing on a white background.

To be safe, don’t use a white background for any pictures. If I’m going to buy it, I need to be able to see it clearly. 

3. Allow me to sort and filter listings as much as possible.

Sorting by price and filtering by size are both absolute musts. No excuses.

4. When you list things as “on sale,” put them on sale!

I love your brand and thus, I frequent your site, so don’t try to fool me: That sweater’s been the same “sale” price for a solid month.

5. Encourage reviews.

Buying clothes online is risky business. Make it a little easier on me by encouraging those who have already purchased the item to review it so I can feel more comfortable buying my own.