Wednesday, March 26, 2014

March Recommendations

Skimmers, recommendations are in bold. Aside from me, this month you get recs from Gwen at Confessions of a Gila Monster (today is Gwensday after all) and Steph at Insert Classy Here. Links to their blogs and other social media shebangs are under their recommendations. They're both on my daily reads, I hope you check them out. Go forth and enjoy!

1. Keysocks: Ladies, these are the bomb. With spring coming (but taking its sweet time) I have some cute shoes I want to wear. I don’t quite want to go sockless, and footies tend to slip off. Enter Keysocks, which are knee-highs with a cut out so it doesn’t look like you’re wearing socks. I bought some last year and now I see that they have wide-calf options, too!

2. Flats: Speaking of cute shoes, I’m in love with these Me Too flats. I have a super high arch and for years I pretty much only wore heels. Aging and my chiropractor have convinced me to start wearing slightly more practical shoes, but most flats are uncomfortable for me. I bought these in pewter last year and loved them so much that when I saw them again in December at DSW I bought another pair and one in black, too (and since I bought them at DSW I didn’t pay full price).
3. Bad Words, starring and directed by Jason Bateman. First of all, who doesn’t love Jason Bateman? Never mind, I don’t want to know, because I do love him. This, friends, is no Michael Bluth. His character is rude, crude and socially unacceptable, but if you can deal with that, he’s also hilarious. Don’t take your kids; it’s Rated R for good reason. It also stars Allison Janney, and the 10-year-old boy (Rohan Chand) should have quite a future.

4. Curly hair products: Are you a curly girl, like me? I tend to try out a lot of different products and for the most part I stick with drugstore brands. My current favorites are: Not Your Mother’s Kinky Moves Curl Defining Hair Cream; Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Beach Spray; and my number one with a bullet, I would want this on a deserted island as my only product even though no one would see me, Kevin.Murphy Undressed Paste. That last one is a splurge item. I use it after my hair is dry.

 5. These words to live by:

1.  Parenthood.  I just finally caught up on the seasons on Netflix and I can't get enough of that show. Just be prepared to cry big fat tears every episode.

2.  Wine Awesomeness.  This is a subscription service that delivers new wine right to your door.  March was my first month and we found some GREAT new wines.  (click here for more info

3.  Dirty Springwash from Lush.  It smells amazing.  Let's be real, I love everything from Lush.
This is a photo I took when I purchased this after reading Insert Classy Here Steph's recommendations!
4.  Etsy.  I know I'm a little behind, but I finally spent time browsing through so many different shops.  We are updating our gallery wall and I have found some amazing prints to include.  I could get lost for hours.

5.  This link up - I love the whole concept and a little self love is fantastic.

1. Night Film by Marisha Pessl: What a totally weird yet engrossing book. I was just on the edge of being frightened. I stayed up late to read it. That's like the best seal of approval I can give on a book.
2. Slashing your TV shows. I cut The Originals, Reign, and The Following without a second thought this month. One minute they were there, the next they were erased from my DVR forever. Fickle dee dee, that's me. I'll probably pick The Following back up On Demand at some point because...Kevin Bacon.

3. March Madness. I'm not a sports lover but I love the madness and mostly I love the fact that anyone can win. I love the upsets more than I care about my busted brackets.

4. Coach outlet emails. Sign up to receive invites to sales, you can't just go on and purchase. I love the quality of Coach and they truly do last, but I've never bought a full price bag and I never will. I don't even go to the outlet anymore, I just cherry pick sales. Visit Recent acquisitions using birthday month cash:
5. Mr. Clean with Gain. I make a lot of my own cleaning products, but I haven't been able to make the scent of Gain, which I find strangely intoxicating for my laundry and home. Lori introduced me to this on our last Target trip and if it wasn't poisonous I'd drink it, I love it so much.

Thanks to Gwen & Steph for playing my reindeer games. I love the monthly recommendations posts.

What do you recommend this month?

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Linking up with Kathy for Humpday Confessions.
 Linking up with Shanna for Random Wednesday


  1. I want to see Bad Words because I love Jason Bateman. Parenthood always makes me teary but I still love it. I love the Following so I can't imagine dropping it but I do love marathon session on Netflix.

  2. i used to watch parenthood but then i just...stopped. mostly because that wife is really annoying and all she did was whine and cry. also, dax shepard (i forget his character name in the show) got married and stop being a manwhore and that's when he was funniest. it seems that in all the shows i watch, love turns funny shit into lame shit. that's also why i stopped watching new girl.

    thanks for linking up!

    -kathy | Vodka and Soda

  3. Gain smells so good, just an FYI the Febreeze/Gain candle doesn't smell very much like Gain.

    I cut The Good Wife, who kills off a main character?

  4. Bad Words looks so funny, and Gwen's right- who doesn't love Jason Bateman?

    and I think I'm going to have to check out that wine delivery service thing.

  5. Love that Beach spray, Gwen! I have slightly curly hair! I do not want to watch or read anything that makes me cry.
    I am a weinerwhistle .Last night I was avidly reading Sweet Caroline about Caroline Kennedy. I am always amazed about the lifestyles of the rich and famous, but also the character and integrity of some of the Kennedy clan. Enjoyed Shirley MacClaine's What if. I am a non-fiction girl, mostly. OMG it is really wicked cold again. Looking forward to the real deal of Spring. Stay warm, Philadelphia and suburbs.
    Love your MOMMA

  6. Gwen sold me on those Keysocks. Footies have worked terribly for me and usually fall off within a matter of minutes!

  7. I found you through the link up and you got an automatic follow because of the 'em!

  8. Must.Have.KEYSOCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I hadn't heard of Dirty Springwash yet but I love me some LUSH products... I'll have to make sure to stop in and smell it next time I go to the mall.
    Our apartment smells like a Gain FACTORY. Gain detergent, gain dryer sheets, BULK sized Gain Mr. Clean, Gain air freshener spray, Gain air freshner sit down thingies. GIVE ME ALL OF THE GAIN!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Did you see Kevin Bacon on Jimmy Fallon? BRILLIANT. Thanks for letting me play along. I just had someone else text me and tell me they bought the Dirty Springwash too. It's an epidemic.

  10. 1. Keysocks?! I hate bare feet in flats, I need to look into these!
    2. I am addicted to Parenthood <3
    3. ...and I love Coach Outlets, but didn't know you could get emails for the outlets, too?!

  11. Night Film is definitely one of my favorite books. Incredible!

    And checking out the keysocks now! Thanks Steph!

  12. I love The Following. I'm not sure I could just cut it! LOL. And I love those words to live by!

  13. I love Gwen's quote, and I continue to watch The Originals as one of my treadmill shows, so I can catch you up if need be.

  14. hahaha please don't drink the poison! It does sound like it'd be amazing though, I'll have to look for it. Either before or after April, Gain will not make me break my spending freeze! Same for keysocks!

  15. Keysocks - brilliant but simple. Coach outlets? because duh. And a WINE subscription? Count me in. But here is my only question - one time I ordered a case of wine and I took me like 2-3 tries to get it because someone over the age of 21 had to provide a valid ID and sign in. Is that the case with yours?

  16. I love that brown coach bag!!!! Give me! I am going to have to check out those flats, I have super high arches too and have yet to find flats that I can stand for more than an hour.

  17. Love that there's a Coach Outlet online store!! It's so hard (and time consuming) to make it to the actual outlets. And wine delivered to my door? Sign me up!

  18. I haven't slashed The Following but I am three episodes behind. I just can't give up yet because...Kevin Bacon. I'm totally going to check out Coach Factory.

    I did give up on Parenthood when it seemed it would be cancelled and then it went on for several more years! Someday I might do a Netflix binge watch. And I think I'm going to go to Lush today and check out that Dirty Springwash. I haven't been to Lush in so long.

  19. I will have to check out keysocks! I wear the little ones and they are ok, but these sound even better!

  20. Gotta love a cheap (ish) Coach purse. Getting the emails would be dangerous for me, though! I just make a trip to the outlet mall nearby a couple of times a year and see if I can score a deal.

  21. Ooooh I like that brown purse! And I had no idea about the Jason Bateman movie, love him and Alison Janey, so I should check it out!

  22. i could totally use the curly hair products! i have naturally curly hair that i mostly wear straight, but for the times i wear it natural, it needs some help for sure!

  23. BAD WORDS! yes, can't wait for this. and i want things to smell good.

  24. My DVR did the same thing to me! One day it was just like "no I don't think I want to record these shows for you anymore" Ummm thanks DVR...

    1. Hmm after further review I see YOU decided to stop watching the shows not your DVR decided you should lol. I've done that with shows as well...I'm still mad at my DVR for giving up on HIMYM though.

  25. I want to see Bad Words. Looks hilarious. And I LOVE Parenthood. I have a son with Aspergers so I feel for Max.

    And also, I had to stop watching Reign because it was so far off from what happened back then. I just couldn't anymore.

  26. Keysocks!!! What a brilliant idea! They need to come in crew-length. < writes email to company >
    Thanks for the link!

  27. I love love love these posts!

  28. Those keysocks are brilliant! I see stuff like that and I'm like why couldn't I have thought of that honestly???

  29. Lovelovelove Jason Bateman. His usual hapless characters remind me of the situations Scott ends up in; always getting screwed over. It's kinda sad :(
    I think you'd be pleasantly surprised with the turn The Following took…

  30. Keysocks. GENIUS!!! Bet that person is making the bucks!! And Parenthood gets me everytime! ARGH!! And I am with you on Gain. Those commercials don't like, where everyone is smelling everyone and everything. We need a connection on the inside so we...or you... can recreate it and share it with the blog world!

  31. Thanks for all the great recommendations. I am with you on gain. I actually just got a new bottle this week. The scent is amazing.

  32. Gwen - My sister just got some Keysocks:and is obsessed. I need to get on it and order some! I'm excited to see Bad Words. I love everything Jason Bateman does.

    Steph - Parenthood seriously makes me cry every time. Especially last week. I had a meltdown over Max's scene. I keep meaning to try Dirty Springwash. I love all things Lush too! I'm about to go follow your blog. :)

    Steph - I'm putting that book on my reading list. I slashed a few shows recently too. I don't have time for mediocre TV these days.

  33. Jack hates my obsessive cleaning loves the smell of Mr. Clean's Gain. He dropped the Following when it returned from hiatus. Keysocks....awesome.

  34. I am almost TOO excited about keysocks! Hello life dilemma - solved!

  35. Just started Night Film last night!
    I haven't tried that Mr. Clean yet, I've been loving lavender pinesol though!

  36. LUSH is amazing! It always makes my Best in Beauty list!

  37. KEYSOCKS? Whoa, whoa whoa. Going to purchase all of them right meow.


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