That Toyota Highlander Commercial Cracks Me Up

I’ve seen this freaking Toyota Highlander commercial probably a hundred times already, yet I find myself laughing every time I watch it.

My two favorite quotes from the spot are “It’s got a bin for your chicken” (referring to the huge center console that can hold 53 juice boxes) and “A computer from the future” (aka the navigation system).

Toyota was smart to partner with The Muppets, as the typical Highlander driver grew up with them, so it hits that nostalgic nerve. And judging by how many new Highlanders I’ve seen on the road, it appears to be working!

What do you think of the Toyota Highlander commercial?

Happy Easter & Passover From Lavish Treats

Easter Cupcakes

Wishing a Happy Easter and Happy Passover to everyone who’s celebrating this weekend!

15 Things Only Girls With Curly Hair Understand

woman with curly hair

I recently came across this amazing list on Beauty High about the 15 things only girls with curly hair understand, and as someone who’s had to deal with curly hair my entire life, I felt compelled to share it with you guys.

As much as your straight haired friends can try to understand, curly hair is something that can’t be fully grasped unless you have it. Some days you look like you could be in a shampoo ad, while other days it looks like you’ve awoken some kind of beast that’s now sitting on top of your head. If you’ve got curly hair, you know exactly what I mean.

So here are 15 things only girls with curly hair will understand:

  1. Rainy days are the devil.
  2. When you’re at the movies and someone behind you says they can’t see over your hair.
  3. Girls with naturally straight hair constantly say they wish you had your hair. (They’re wrong)
  4. A morning with curly hair is like a box of chocolates: You never know what you’re going to get.
  5. If you want to use a curling iron, you need to use a blow dryer and/or straightening iron first.
  6. Bangs are not a possibility.
  7. Your hair will never look the same way twice.
  8. When you straighten your hair, no one will shut up about how your hair looks so much better like that.
  9. The underside of your hair — which is seen by no one ever — always looks flawless.
  10. The second you decide to put your hair in a ponytail, there’s no turning back.
  11. Brushes are a joke.
  12. You and your curly-haired friends will have hour long conversations about which products work best.
  13. You’ll never know what it’s like to straighten your hair in less than an hour.
  14. Frustration builds when one side is curlier than the other.
  15. You can never try a new hairdresser. Once you find one that works, you’re bound for life, or until they move.

How many of these things can you relate to?

I Attended An Early Screening Of ‘Transcendence’


If you’ve turned on the TV in the past few weeks, you’ve probably seen the commercial for the new Johnny Depp movie Transcendence. I was fortunate enough to attend an early screening off the movie on Monday night, and I wanted to give me quick thoughts on the movie for anyone thinking about seeing it this weekend.

The movie’s storyline is a little “out there”, but here’s the premise: Artificial intelligence researcher Dr. Will Caster (Depp) is dying, so he uploads his brain to a computer so that he can go on “living”. Inside of the computer, he’s able to transcend the abilities of the human brain, and we get to see how this plays out.

I can’t really say much more about the movie without giving away critical plot lines, but I will say that it was an enjoyable two hours, though it does get a little confusing at time. It’s one of those movies that you’ll leave the theater still thinking about, and that’s a good thing in my opinion.

There’s also LOTS of eye candy for the ladies in the cast, and I’m not just talking about Johnny Depp. Paul Bettany, Cillian Murphy, Cole Hauser, and Lukas Haas, among others.

It’s well worth the $12 price of admission, so if you’re looking for a movie to see this weekend, check out Transcendence. You won’t be disappointed!

Bonefish Grill Does Sunday Brunch – Who Knew?

Bonefish Grill

Bonefish Grill now opens up early on Sunday mornings for brunch. Sounds odd, right? After all, they’re a seafood restaurant. But after hearing good things about their brunch menu, we decided to go yesterday and try it out for ourselves.

Their brunch menu has a mixture of traditional breakfast meals (eggs benedict, specialty omelets, French toast) and lunch items (Kobe beef burger, Bang Bang tacos), and plenty of brunch cocktails to choose from.

We decided to stick with breakfast food. I ordered an egg white & asparagus omelet, and my husband went with the traditional eggs benedict.



Both meals were delicious, and we’re definitely going back again. Next time we go, hubby is going to try the Kobe Beef & Egg Burger, which sounds incredible. But I really loved my omelet, so I’ll be sticking with that.

If you’re for a new brunch spot, try out Bonefish Grill’s Sunday Brunch, and let me know what you thought of it!

Lil Bub Is The Cutest Cat You’ll Ever See!

Lil Bub

Have you met Lil Bub? This little cutie has taken the Internet by storm, and her fame has led to a book deal, a movie (which won Best Feature Film at Tribeca), and devout followers on her Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram accounts!

BUB has many unique characteristics that make her a very special one of a kind critter. BUB was the runt of an otherwise healthy litter from a stray outdoor mother, and was born with several genetic mutations that make her special. She is just one of nature’s happy accidents. Her foster family had a hard time finding her a home, but she now lives happily with a dude that feeds her only the best food and treats her like a queen.

BUB is a “perma-kitten”, which means she will stay kitten sized and maintain kitten-like features her entire life. She is also a dwarf, which means her limbs are disproportionately small relative to the rest of her body. She has very short, stubby legs and a weird, long, serpent-like body. Her lower jaw is very short compared to her upper jaw, and her teeth never grew in (yes, that’s right, she’s toothless!), which is why her tongue is usually hanging out. Don’t worry, BUB has a very healthy appetite and eats dry and wet food with no problems.

Additionally, BUB is a polydactyl cat, meaning she has extra toes, and in her case, one extra toe on all of her four paws. Her front paws each have two opposable thumbs. And then of course there are her big, bulging, wonder-filled green eyes. Some think she can see into the future with those things.

BUB squonks, squeaks, gurgles, snorts, hiccups, purrs and sometimes even growls. She also occasionally meows, but even those sound kinda funny.

Despite her weird looks and numerous “deformities”, BUB is a healthy, happy cat. She may not be able to jump on and off stuff, but she manages by climbing using her 22 claws. She also can’t quite run or walk very well… but she is a fantastic waddler. Even though she has no teeth, she has a fierce appetite, and can take down half of a bowl of dry food without any problems (the other half winds up scattered on the floor). Just like other cats, she poops and pees in the litter box, likes to chase bugs and is always cleaning her luxurious coat and sometimes even her dude’s beard.

Visit Lil Bub’s YouTube page, and you’ll be hooked in no time! 🙂

Review: T3 Featherweight 2 Hair Dryer

T3 Featherweight 2 Dryer

The T3 Featherweight 2 is a top-of-the-line dryer that styles your hair up to 75% faster than regular dryers and is healthier for your hair than air drying, dramatically improving your hair’s health, body and shine.

The secret? Proprietary T3 Tourmaline and enhanced SoftAire Technology that generates a greater volume of air and weaves it through the dryer at the ideal temperature and velocity, enriching it with negative ions and healthy infrared heat along the way. This allows you to dry larger sections of hair at a time, faster and healthier.

The Featherweight 2 is clinically proven to be healthier than air drying, with up to:

  • 73% Reduction in Frizz
  • 86% Increase in Body
  • 19% Increase in Shine
  • 33% Increase in Comb-ability
  • 48% Increase in Style Retention

Given my long thick curly hair, this was all I needed to hear.. If it even lived up to half of those claims, I’d be happy. And let me tell you, the results really blew me away!

When I first picked up the Featherweight 2, I couldn’t believe how light it was! No wonder they call it the Featherweight. It’s a huge difference from my old hair dryer, which was a beast that would leave my arm sore after 20+ minutes of use.

The biggest draw for me was the reduced drying time, and again the T3 lived up to the hype. The Featherweight 2 cut my dry time in half, from 20 minutes to just 10 minutes! And I could really see a difference in my hair, less frizz, more body, and a nice shine.

This video shows you the technology behind the T3 Featherweight 2:

My husband appreciates the fact that the dryer is nice and quiet, as the noise from my old dryer would sometimes wake him up in the morning. 🙂

The dryer has 3 heat settings (Hot / Warm / Cool), a cold shot button, and two speed settings. It’s versatile enough for all hair types. The switch/button placements are well thought out and easy to operate.

T3 Featherweight 2 Dryer

The T3 Featherweight 2 completely exceeded my expectations. It’s like the Rolls-Royce of hair dryers, and there’s no way I’ll ever be able to go back to a lesser dryer. Now I see why Miranda Kerr, Solange, and Octavia Spencer used the T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i for their big night at the Oscars.

If I had one complaint, it’s that the SoftTouch 2 Diffuser doesn’t come with the hairdryer. Considering that the T3 Featherweight 2 costs $200, you’d think they could include that. Regardles, I’ll be ordering one shortly, as a diffuser is a must-have for me!

Is the T3 Featherweight 2 really worth $200? In my opinion, absolutely!

Panera Bread’s New Cupcakes Are To Die For!


Did you know that Panera Bread recently started selling cupcakes?? I was super excited when I saw them in the display case, and last week while my husband was out of town, I decided to treat myself to one of these decadent treats.

They have three different varieties of cupcakes to choose from: Chocolate, Vanilla, and Red Velvet. Since I am a chocolate lover, it wasn’t a hard decision to make.

WOW! I have not had a cupcake this good in awhile. I loved the fact that it was so moist, and when I bit into the middle of the cupcake, a bunch of chocolate oozed out.


The icing had a nice texture, and it was loaded with chocolate shavings. The cupcake was priced right around $3.00. When I went, they were doing a deal where if you buy a meal and drink, you can add a cupcake for $0.99.

If you’re a cupcake lover, give the Panera cupcakes a try, you won’t be disappointed!