five favorites

Sharing some of my favorite things at the moment before I call it a day and go raid my craft stash to figure some type of DIY project I can “relax” with Saturday while my pup is getting his ear procedure done. fave-TAZA

As much as I try to love tea…I’m totally a coffee person. But my blood pressure (and nervousness) lately has been a concern and I need to cut down on the caffiene…so I just bought this Taza Chai Vanilla Caramel tea a couple weeks ago to replace some of the coffee (too much coffee) I’ve been drinking.  I don’t add milk or sugar to it even though it would be AWESOME with either of those two, I’m sure. I quite like it all by itself. I got mine at Target, where, TBH, I pretty much get everything.


In a previous post I mentioned I’m a Birchbox fan(atic) and it might just be because the boxes they send are pretty fricken adorable, but the products are decent as well. If you’ve not done the whole subscription box thing before, there’s some initial setup involved but Birchbox has their sh*t together so the procedure is painless. You register your account, take a quiz to list your preferences, and setup your payment info ($10, shipping included). You get 5 products, one of them is full size. I’ve received my box consistently around the same time each month, nothing is missing and usually my samples are spot on as far as my preferences/beauty profile goes (which I cannot say for some other services, like Ipsy). I subscribed to both Birchbox and Ipsy for twelve months to compare services. In January I canceled my Ipsy and kept Birchbox. After you sample the goods you can go online and leave reviews…each review earns you points toward purchases on the site (update: BIRCHBOX NO LONGER AWARDS POINTS FOR REVIEWS-only purchases earn points now).


I really don’t do much with my hair anymore…or maybe I should say: it does what it wants. Currently, I’ve got curly moppy lob situation going on…my hair is fine but there’s a bunch of it (thankfully). Right now I’ve got highlights camouflaging most of the white hairs. I’ve been using this Palmer’s Coconut Oil Hair Milk Smoothie as a leave-in treatment after I shampoo/condition (once a week) and then in the morning I spray a mixture of the stuff plus water all over to perk up the curls I completely wreck overnight and that’s all I do, really simple. You can get it at Walmart, Target or other drug stores. It’s super affordable, like $6.


This one’s a bit, um, interesting. It’s a lip plumping lip gloss. My lips are not small to begin with…I also would not call them full…so I like to think that lip plumping gloss is helping me out…honestly though…I like this stuff because the color (spun sugar) looks nice on me and it’s glittery. It won’t burn your lips off but there is a tingly feeling like most plumpers. This gloss also doesn’t smell weird. I’m a big on the products I use smelling nice or not smelling at all. This one kind of reminds me of cocoa butter…which reminds me of chocolate milk a little. So, yeah, I don’t mind that at all. Another reason I like this gloss is the tube is see-through so I know when I’m out of it or about to be out of it…I’m notorious for losing lip gloss though so I can’t say I ever really run out of the stuff…I’m more likely to misplace it than run out. I got mine at Target, not sure where else carries Soap & Glory products – but here’s their website.


Daughter of the Woods

Saved the best for last. I LOVE MICHELLE’S INSTAGRAM. Go there now, it’s GORGEOUS. It’s animals, and forests, and flowers, and all kinds of charming. I also enjoy her blog and YouTube channel. I’ll put links below. It was pretty random how I found all her stuff, just scrolling around on Instagram, letting my mind empty and there was a forest image that grabbed my attention; trees that looked like they touched the sky. Michelle is completely lovely; an exquisitely sweet, insightful and gifted young artist.

Here’s where you can find her:





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