Thread Up. This is an online thrift store that is amazing. I’ve been ordering gently used clothing and been very happy with the really high quality items. Jeans, tops with the tags, kids clothes for my nieces and nephews, and even boots. I would highly recommend it. The shipping is fast and returns are quick and easy. Use this referral LINK for $10 off your purchase.
Brene Brown’s Netflix special: The Call to Courage. The part where she talks about joy being one of the hardest emotions to feel in terms of vulnerability really hit home for me. Sometimes when I experience the best times, especially with my family, I do catch myself fearing the other shoe is going to drop or some tragedy will occur and snatch that joy away. I’ve had to really work and teach myself to lean into joy and not rehearse tragedy. It is now a reminder to be grateful. I start thinking like that and then I start listing 3 things I am grateful for. Works every damn time: case in point–these blog entries.
Zappos New Orleans Style Cajin Dill Gator-Tators. How cool are things from New Orleans Cajun flavored anything?! Then you add dill and it’s just a flavor explosion. So you got the cool dill, right? But then they kick it up with some mild Cajun spices and kettle chips. I found these in a gas station in Wyoming. I’ll include a link to buy them online if ya want to. Plus, gator tators . . .huh, huh. That’s adorable.
Sun Basket. I really liked this meal delivery service. I ordered 3 meals: Fresh spaghetti with pancetta-tomato sauce and arugula salad, Spicy mojo-marinated steak fajitas with guacamole and salsa, and New Orleans po’ boys with cornmeal-crusted tofu and apple slaw. All three of these meals were delicious, more than enough for two people, and really fresh. I think this is a really cool thing to plan if you are having company, a date, or just want a break from grocery shopping. Okay, here is a code for $40 OFF your first order! You’re gonna love it and when you get $40 so do I!!
Magnetic Jewelry Clasps. I have acrylic nails and clasping dainty necklaces without help was a bit of a problem, but I found a solution on Amazon. So, you get these magnetic clasps and all you have to do is unclasp the lobster clasp on them and attach them to the necklace. Uh. Game changer!!
Harry and Meghan have an Instagram page! I am quite obsessed with the royal family. All of them. And now that there is an American in the mix!? Awesome!
Life of the Party movie. This movie was adorable. It’s about this mom whose husband is a jerk and ends their marriage out of nowhere. So she decides to go back to college and finish her archaeology degree. She does a little partying and may or may not have sex in the library? Haha! It was hilarious!
Robin’s Egg Coconut Cake. My Mom and I made this cake for my sister’s birthday and it fricken took ALL DAY. It turned out really nice though. Here is the recipe.
Aquaman. O.M.G. I just fell in love with Jason again. It cracks me up that he barely had a paragraph of lines in the movie, but I still watched. Def not expecting a compelling monologue for that guy. Shhhhh. Quiet, Jason. You’re so pretty. No talking.
Dark Chocolate KitKat Bar. I like KitKat bars and I like dark chocolate. I like this combo. Shhhh. Quiet KitKat bar. You’re so yummy. No talking.
In the April 2019 issue of DISCOVER magazine is a fascinating article about the T-Rex. Was this dinosaur really the lone hunter we see on the big screen? Or did T-Rex have a brain big enough/capable enough to run in packs and even take care of each other’s young? These dinosaurs scare the crap out of me. Now wondering if they hunted in packs? Thanks for the nightmares Discover magazine.
I have discovered the coolest cleaning tool. It’s called Pumie Scouring Stick. We have very hard water here and this little thing works wonders on mineral build-up in the toilet, stove burners, and sinks. (I use a separate one just for the toilet, of course.) Today I cleaned all the carbon stuff off my burner covers, the mineral build-up around the faucet of my kitchen sink, and my aluminum tea kettle. It worked so well! Plus, there is no odor and it is non-toxic. I love it!
Beto O’Rourke. He just announced that he is running for president and I couldn’t be more excited. Beto is a fresh start. He listens to people. People keep squawking (mostly Bernie supporters) that he got money from big oil. People! That has nothing to do with NOW. He is running a grassroots movement NOW. OMG he got busted for a DUI when he was in his 20’s. Were you perfect in your 20’s? I know I wasn’t. Anyway, listen to him speak sometime. I did and I was moved. I’ve listened to Bernie too. He is angry, squandered his 20 years in congress, and he is TOO OLD to run for president. Period. BETO FOR AMERICA 2020.
Adrift Movie. First of all, the ocean scares the crap out of me. Second, I love survival stories. This has both. It was an amazing movie and I can’t go into it because you just have to see it to believe it.
Kind Breakfast Protein Bars (Dark Chocolate Cocoa). I love these! They are delicious and they keep you full until lunch. Can’t beat that! Yum!
The 2000’s on Netflix. Holy popular culture and politics from my 20’s! I get pretty riled up over the politics. I mean, people, you think the Cheetoh we have in office now is bad? Do you not remember/weren’t old enough to remember GEORGE W. (fu*king) BUSH???!!! How about the most meaningless war the US EVER fought? And, get this, if you protested said war, you were deemed unpatriotic. This is why nothing in current politics surprises me. I lived through 9/11 in real-time. I saw Barack Obama live on the campaign trail in Bozeman, MT and cried. He was a politician promising hope and not war in the Middle East! I waited in anticipation on Sunday nights for The Sopranos, and Deadwood. So, the 2000’s on Netflix is really great and it reminds me of how far we, and I, have come.
I am a big Shameless fan. That show has me genuinely cracking up. My favorite characters are Kevin, Lip, and Frank. My least favorite is Fiona. Kevin is just so adorable for this huge, sweet guy–considering he grew up in foster care on Chicago’s South side. Lip is just too handsome for words and has a big heart. Frank is a hot mess, but he is actually a genius and you never feel too bad for him when instant karma hits him every damn time. Fiona. Ugh. Fiona. Ya, ya I get it. She took care of 6 kids. She’s selfless. But is she? Sometimes I think people like playing the martyr–Fiona’s no exception. I’m pretty sure the last episode ever is next Sunday. Bummed, but it is a good show to binge if you are looking for a new show!
My snuggly cat Stella will sit on my lap (Bella wants nothing to do with me) when it is -20 outside. This is the only upside I can come to about it being -20 outside. Bring on Spring, please!
Here’s to Celebrating Women in Music. Stevie Nicks is being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the second time in her career. She is the only woman to ever do so. There is a great article about this in the March 2019 issue of Rolling Stone. Rock on Gold Dust Woman.
I spent nearly all weekend taking pictures and listing 20+ new items for the Etsy shop. Tons of vintage jewelry and vintage boho decor. There might be something over there that you want. Check it out here——>MysticTeaTrinkets.etsy.com
Mondays are for SNL clips. I don’t have cable NBC, so I rely on Youtube for my SNL fix. I love it. It puts me in a good mood. I still remember when I was in junior high and my Mom would let me stay up and watch it. She would even tell my Grandma, when we stayed at her house, that it was okay if I stayed up for it. Now as an adult, I appreciate it, and treat it as a comfort. We need that kinda thing right now, I think. Saturday Night Live is really not just a show–it’s a statement of where we are and, even though things seem wrong in the world, if we can still laugh, things are gonna be okay.
My “Bookshelf”. Are you looking for something new to read? I used to read a lot and then my Etsy business took off and my smart phone addiction was at an all time high. Now I am reading on a regular basis again and I am updating my “Bookshelf” on this website as I go. Go ahead and sneak a peek at what I’ve been reading!
So, I’ve got this thing for Post Malone. He’s adorable! There’s just something about him that draws me in. I didn’t get a chance to see him perform at the Grammys until this week and I LOVED IT. His performance of “Dark Necessities” with The Red Hot Chili Peppers was fantastic. Seriously, I almost squealed.
Hand me a box of Momoas please. Oh what is a Momoa? It’s my favorite girlscout cookie, the Samoas, with Jason Mamoa on the box. I’m coo coo for those coconuts.