5 Things To Like This Week

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  1. House Cleaning/Chores. You know what? I’m super busy (like most of us). My least favorite thing to do in my whole life are chores, like the dishes, vacuuming, and so on. I thought to myself, Can I afford to hire someone to come in and do a few chores? Turns out that YES I can work this into my budget. And OMG it’s the BEST THING EVER to come home to a clean house. I’m not even asking this person to do deep cleaning, just like, 4 chores and the rest I do during the week. I can’t believe how much of a difference this small job has helped me. If you were on the fence about it, I would say give it a try.
  2. Lipton Cold Brew Iced Tea. I love having iced tea at hand all the time. During the summer it is easy to make a big batch of yummy sun tea, but in the winter this cold brew is delicious. I like to add a little Truvia to mine.
  3. Lavender Essential Oil. I need to buy this in bulk. I use it in my Doterra diffuser every night for relaxation and snooze time. You can also put it on the palms of your hands and the soles of your feet for maximum absorption.
  4. Clinique Lash Building Primer + Clinique High Impact Mascara. I have blond eyelashes, so when I don’t wear mascara I look like I’m half awake. I love this primer and mascara by Clinique. It builds upon your lashes and make them lengthen and pop. This one’s pricier than the drugstore mascara, but it’s my main makeup staple–so I splurge.
  5. “Love” on Netflix. This show has already made one of my “5 Things To Like This Week” entries during Season 1. Now that we are on season 3, I’m into it even more. This show is so great because it really depicts what being in a relationship is like– from the fighting to the silliness.  Judd Apatow (the dude who brought us “Knocked Up” and “The 30 Year Old Virgin”) really captures the characters and what it means to . . . well, love.


5 Things To Like This Week

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  1. The Honest Company’s Lavender Hand Sanitizer Spray. My sister gave this to me for my birthday. I keep it on my desk at work. It is so fragrant and gentle that you forget it is a hand sanitizer.
  2. Tzo Tea Vanilla Bean Macaron Black Tea. My good friend from TX sent me this tea and it’s quickly becoming one of my new favorites. It is sweet, smooth and rich.
  3. Zum Frankincense and Myrrh Laundry Soap. If you’ve never heard of Zum soap, um, you need to click HERE. Their products are amaaaaazing, cruelty free, essential oil laden, and uber yummy. You will be glad you spent a little more, I promise. I just started using their laundry soap and it is divine, but their hand soap, bar soap and lotions are wonderful too.
  4. Food Saver Vacuum Sealer. I bought the small hand held vacuum sealer to, oddly enough, seal my cat’s food. Long story short, I got a batch of moldy dry kibble and/or it molded at my house. So this prompted me to look for another way of storing the dry food for the girls. I love this thing! It came with a couple quart sized bags and I bought the gallon size for the girls’ food. You can store coffee, cut up veggies, and all sorts of stuff. I just keep it charged on my counter and I am good to go. Plus, the vacuum sealer itself was under $20.
  5. Snapple Diet Peach Tea. I used to love these when I was in high school in the 90’s and guess what? I still do! They’ve been on sale at my local grocery store and I’ve been treating myself. They still have the trivia under the cap too. I still remember the Snapple lady from the commercial. *Sigh* the 90’s.


5 Things To Like This Week

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  1. Organic Hummus. This stuff is so good with cut up veggies, on a pita, or in a sandwich. Plus, I always think organic tastes better.
  2. Asparagus is now in season and it is so nutty and yummy. I just throw some on a baking sheet with a drizzle of EVOO, salt and pepper and bake for 20 minutes. Perfecto!
  3. EOS Lip Balm Tube. This is by far the best lip balm I’ve encountered on the market. I really like the tube over the round packaging. It makes my lips feel wonderful.
  4. Spider Plant. I got a little spider plant baby and I am going to try really hard to keep it alive. I’m terrible with houseplants. I think this little one and I are in it for the long haul.
  5. Labradorite . I recently purchased a really cool Labradorite ring. I’m really into working with this crystal’s energy right now. The crystal has healing properties and is used to enhance psychic gifts and bring out the best in people. Gotta love that!


5 Things To Like This Week

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  1. Van Life on Youtube. You guys, you really have to check this out on Youtube. This is the chronicle of a small family living in their van in Australia. I LOVE IT! The child Aya is beautiful and the mother is so calm and the father . . . I have a bit of a crush on the father actually! I have a feeling if you watch one episode you’ll be hooked. It’s adorable.
  2. Homeland. This show is on fire in my living room! You have CIA agent Carrie who has bipolar. Saul her mentor and fellow CIA agent. Brody the creeptastic marine POW turned terrorist. This show really keeps you guessing and I really like how you are along for the ride just as much as the characters. Like sometimes you will know more than the CIA and then other times you are in the dark. I just finished season 1 and this show is on season 8, so I have tons more to watch. It’s on Showtime, btw.
  3. Windshield Snow Cover. When you live in a climate where 2-3″ of snow overnight is commonplace and you don’t have a garage, this windshield snow cover comes in handy. All I do is put it in place and I don’t have to scrape at all the next morning. It’s genius and it was only $14 on Amazon.
  4. Heated Blanket. My mom gave me a heated blanket last year for Christmas. I would say this is a very good gift and/or little investment. Be careful tho, it seems every time I snuggle under that thing I get a cat on the lap and I fall asleep.
  5. Snow. Just like we need the sunshine in the summer, we need the snow in winter. The snow is where our waterfalls and rivers full of fresh water come from in the spring and summer months. My town received over 12″ of snow this past week. Although this is a pain, it is actually quite a good thing.


The Time Between

pablo (2)He will love Bruce Springsteen and other storyteller musicians and he will tell me this passionately at his sister’s art show

And he will drink his coffee black while reading the morning news–moved by the good and never defeated by the bad.

He will know the scientific names of plants and herbs, especially the fun, medicinal ones–even though that phase of his life is over

He will have a handsome, sturdy face with kind eyes and a thick beard which he’ll take pride in and trim when he visits his mother

And then he will shave completely and the stubble will rub my cheek and bare shoulder as we dance at a cousin’s outdoor wedding

He will woo old women with his chivalry and he will hold fat babies and wobbly puppies close to his chest with no need for ownership

He will hold me the same way

I will have learned to budget and still be a clumsy untrained artist who can’t help but create. He will love to budget and will quickly learn how to create sturdy, practical things: a wind chime here, a step stool there–birthed from knotty pine and delicate birch.

We will fantasize about selling our creations so we can live minimally in a van on the California coast, eating mango and coconuts, splashing in the ocean, meditating every morning and sleeping under a crisp down blanket every night

In the time between, we will dream of sand, art, each other’s faces, and the van. We will both hear Springsteen over the car radio, or in a grocery store buying dinner, or late at night in our hometown bar

And he will smile to himself and I will too


Image Credit: @annigraham