The Lake House (2006). I’ve been on a Keanu Reeves kick lately and so I watched this ten-year-old movie starring him and Sandra Bullock. I’d never seen this one before and I loved it! Very existential–depicting “time” as almost another character in the movie. It was so good and who cares if it is over a decade old!
Comedy Icons Radio on Pandora. I’m working on a TON of orders and I love listening to comedy–Tom Segura, John Mulaney, Dane Cook, Jo Koy, Chad Daniels and Jim Gaffigan are among a few that crack me up.
TikTok app. It’s just silly and another time gobbler. Some are gems and some are misses. It’s free if you want to check it out.
@kodyantle on Instagram. You’ll now exactly why I like this account when you see the long hair who runs it. Plus, there are tigers and a focus on conservation. I like it like that. Oh he’s so handsome what’s his name?
Guess What? I’ve extended FREE SHIPPING on the Etsy shop until 12/31, but you gotta get your orders in by tomorrow to guarantee Christmas delivery!!
Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation+Concealer. I love Clinique products and this foundation + concealer is wonderful. It’s full coverage, but also lightweight. The sponge tipped wand is the perfect applicator. I’ve gone through periods in my life of wearing foundation and then not wearing foundation. Because it isn’t a necessity in my make-up routine, I have to really like the product–and with this I really do.
“Candidly Kind” brings to life one-of-a-kind creations crafted by Grace Key, whose open heart since birth (est. 1998) has empowered love in all things.” Grace has Downs Syndrome and she creates art and clothing from some of her quirky sayings and art pieces. I love her “Be the Light” tee. I think I’m going to order that one soon.
VistaPrint.com. Do you have a small business or just a side hustle like me? Then business cards are a must. I get mine through VistaPrints online. I never pay more than $20 if I just keep it simple. They also have many other marketing products. Like I said before, I just like to keep it simple. For example, I paid $14.98 for 500 business cards. This works well for me because I include one business card with every order. If you are looking for a good, inexpensive place to purchase marketing materials, I recommend VistaPrint.
Nag Champa Wax Melts from Shortie’s Candle Company on Amazon. These are the best wax melts! Nag Champa is not a scent you’re going to find at WalMart. These wax melts are really high quality too. I’ve found that with other brands, the scent only lasts a few times, but with these, the scent lasts and lasts. I’ve had the same 3 squares in my warmer for, like, three months. They are a little more expensive, but they are worth it.
Dyson V6 Animal 4-Tool Vacuum. I hate cleaning. I hate vacuuming and I think it is a little weird that I am including a vacuum on this list, but it is amazing. There is no cord and it’s true that it “doesn’t lose suction”! It wasn’t cheap, but it was a good investment. I would recommend it over any other upright–they are just not worth the hassle and thinking, “Is my carpet really getting clean?” Anyway, yes, a vacuum made the list this week. LOL
Bleachers. I just recently got into this band with Fun front-man Jack Antonoff. They’ve been around since 2014, so not new, but I love them. The singles, “I Wanna Get Better” and “Roller coaster” are pretty popular. The videos are gold. The music isn’t too deep or anything. It just makes me happy when I hear it and I like that.
The Republic of Tea Detox Green. This little powerhouse is labelled as a “super green tea”. It contains Japanese matcha, green tea, chlorella, green apple, and mint. I’ll tell you what sold me was the green apple and mint. It’s a nice pairing. The Republic doesn’t really mess around with their teas either (and they are not cheap). So I feel pretty good recommending this blend. You get energy and antioxidants from the green tea and matcha and then flavor from the green apple and mint. Tea’s on at your place or mine?
Beekman’s Goat’s Milk Soap & Lotion. I was gifted these two for my birthday from my Mom. She raved about them! The soap she gave me is substantial and the lotion is lux not greasy.
Hair & Nails. Self-care is not just about Epsom salt baths and burning sage. I have to remember to schedule things like a hair trim and nails into my schedule. I wear acrylic nails so they need upkeep. Doing this just makes me feel put together. It’s a treat I give myself every 6-8 weeks and every 2-3 weeks. Remember that these things are a part of self-care too.
FREE SHIPPING until December 15th at the Etsy shop MysticTeaTrinkets.etsy.com So, if you’ve had your eye on something from the shop, now would be a great time to save some moola! Kinda my Holiday present to you!
What We Do In The Shadows (2014). Omg this movie had me laughing so hard. It’s about 4 flatmates that just happen to be vampires. “Vampires don’t do dishes.” There’s even a chore chart, werewolves, and something called the “unholy masquerade” where vampires, werewolves, zombies and other “unholy” creatures get together to dance and socialize. It got a 98% rating from rotten tomatoes. I highly suggest it. I honestly think it might be one of my favorite movies. (It is not scary at all.) Oh, and if you liked “Flight of the Concords”, which I did, you’ll probably like this movie because those guys created it. I’ll leave you with this, “BAT FIIIIIIGHT!!!”
You guys, ASMR!!! I love this girl’s youtube April.ASMR and her Instagram . For those of you not familiar with it, ASMR is basically mouth sounds of people eating things like sushi or candy. To me, it’s totally relaxing, but maybe not for others. It’s really popular right now.
“Make Sure Your Friends Are Okay”@makesureyourfriendsareokay and makesureyourfriendsareokay.com “We’re starting a conversation about conversation – building a community that encourages you to have meaningful discussions with people you care about.” I love this idea because it encourages people to start that hard conversation that might save a life. Sometimes, when you are depressed it is hard to reach out. I really like the idea behind this campaign. The people that started it are about ten years younger than I am and that gives me hope that someday (sooner than we think) the stigma associated with mental illness will be gone. I mean, these young people are putting this slogan on tees and sweatshirts! I just really like this idea and will totally support and promote it when I can.
Assorted Chocolates Holiday Standup Box, 6.4 oz. box. Yum. 4 different flavors: coconut and dark chocolate, caramel and milk chocolate, pecan with caramel and milk chocolate, and mint with dark chocolate. They are individually wrapped and delish! I like to treat myself to stuff like this as part of my self care.
“Milk and Honey”poetry by Rupi Kaur. Kaur has another book, the “sun and her flowers”, that I plan to read next. I love short verse. I love poems about the human condition–love, lust, loss . . . life. I plan on sharing a few of these poems when I finish the book. They are so beautiful.
Schitt$ Creek on Netflix. This show is adorable. It’s about a wealthy family that loses their finances due to poor investing and are forced to move to the tiny town of Schitts Creek. It’s hilarious seeing the two “cultures” meet.
Toasted Coconut Bigelow Tea. This tea was gifted to me, but in my opinion, you really can’t go wrong with Bigelow–they make great, flavorful tea. This one really did taste like a coconut macaroon. Get some!
Youtuber “Brandi TV“ who basically gets high off edibles and paints her face. She often recruits her husband in the videos and the two of them together are hilarious. He is so calm and chill and Brandi is bubbly and laughs at everything. This channel cracks me up. If you haven’t seen her before, you might want to check it out!
Poshmark. Oh another clothing, accessory and shoe store app! This one is interesting and inexpensive. I haven’t ordered from the site yet, but the person who told me about it raves about the prices and the fact that you don’t pay for your item until you receive it. I am also thinking about selling on the app myself. I’ll keep you posted.
“Destination Wedding” on Amazon Prime starring Wynona Rider and Keanu Reeves. This one is a classic romantic comedy starring two emotionally unavailable people who meet, fight, and well . . . watch it and see. Spoiler: There is a cameo by a mountain lion.