Wednesday, July 29, 2015

July Recommendations


Hello hello friends! You know the drill. Skimmers, recommendations are in bold (and typically clickable). Kelli from Kellibeans and my long-time friend Frank (his birthday is today!) are joining me for recommendations this month.



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1. KIND Vanilla Blueberry Bars - When I was waiting for my diabetes test results I was looking for something sweet but not sugary or heavy in starch. I found the KIND Vanilla Blueberry bars and fell instantly in love. Made with 5 super grains and sweetened with Vanilla and Tapioca they're the perfect healthy treat.
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2. Fresh Fruits and Veggies From the Farmer's Market - Not only is fresh much better than anything found in your grocery store produce section, helping support your local farm community is important. Buy fresh and buy local whenever possible even if it costs a little bit more.

3. Bath and Body Works Oahu Coconut Sunset - When BBW discontinued coconut breeze I had to find a new summery scent. With a little bit of amber added in the musky yet summery scent is perfect for after beach showers. 
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4. Mary Kay at Play triple layer tinted lip balm - One of my new friends sells Mary Kay so even though I'm not a huge make up person I wanted to support her endeavor by ordering something. This lip balm leaves lips feeling soft but not too heavy or waxy and the light hint of color is perfect for summer. It smells good too!

5. A Library Card - Everyone is always concerned with exercising their bodies but what about your minds? The library offers tons of mind exercise for free, whether e-books, audio books, or the real thing are what you crave most libraries offer a little bit of it all.
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1. Juststrings.com. It is the best site for buying strings for instruments that are on the more rare side. It's impossible to find good banjo strings in retail music stores.

2. Snark SN-8 Super-tight all-instrument tuner. Snark tuners are the absolute best tuners when there are 50 horns blaring and you need to tune your banjo/guitar.
3. Bruno's Pizza & Restaurant in Haddonfield, NJ. Bruno's is a great local italian restaurant near us. It's small and hard to park near but it is worth every penny. Bruno is an awesome host and the seafood is as fresh as down the shore.

4. Summer Infant Pop n' Play Portable Playard. This play pen has made our trip to Sea Isle with a one year old unbelievably pleasant. It folds up in minutes and is light and lets in plenty of shore breezes.
5. Luther on Netflix. It is well-acted, full of suspense and the characters are all insane.
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1. Reusable cold brew coffee filter pouches. I'm not sure I can describe how much easier these little ditties have made cold brewing my own coffee at home. No more messy straining and fighting against cheese cloth. No more inability to make cold brew coffee when I travel. As long as there's a refrigerator, I'm all set. There was much wringing of hands before my trip to Emerald Isle until I found this solution to my how to get my cold coffee made there problem. 

2. eBags slim packing cubes. I'm into the packing cubes in general right now, and I'm about to color code my entire next trip but for now the only ones I've used are the slim packing cubes and they are awesome. 

3. The Naked Bee Lavender & Beeswax Lotion. This feels like a fucking dream, and it smells like one too. It's a little pricey but quite soothing. The pomegranate version is not too bad, but for the love of god do whatever you need to do to avoid the orange blossom honey version. I haven't smelled the sandalwood. Use at your own risk.

4. Lucky Brand Betwixt Bootie. I bought two things from the Nordie's anniversary sale and these were one of them. They arrived and I put them on and proceeded to parade around my home Tuesday night in booty shorts that never see the light of day and these booties that will see plenty of days. I'm sure I looked ridiculous (and sorry for the crap photos) but the bottom line is these suckers are comfortable. Like, more so than a lot of my flats. They have a lot of cushion and I hope they don't lose that as I wear the shit out of them this fall. 
Thanks to Kelli & Fronk for joining me this month. Let us hear yours! What are you recommending this month? Oh yes, I'm also recommending you enter to win $25 giftcard to Amazon. Anyone can win so step right up.



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35 comments:

  1. I'm all about that library card. In fact, I got a NEW library card. Now, I have one for the city AND one for the 'burbs. Those booties are great - looks like you can pretty much wear them with anything.

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  2. Nothing like a cute yet comfy boot. When I find ones like that I have to resist all urges to buy in bulk! I wish we had Bath & Body Works in the UK... Sigh....

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  3. i have been so into cold brew coffee lately, and have been scouring the internet so the best recipes/techniques, so this bag has piqued my interest!! i'm ready for booties and fall. over this heat.

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  4. Lovely lists. Those booties look comfortable. The packing cubes sound interesting. I will google them. I just saw a lunch box cube thing in the Target ad. Everyone stay cool
    Today! Heat wave! Love, Your Momma

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  5. looking up those reusable coffee filters/strainers right meow!

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  6. I love the smell of coconut in the summer. Haven't heard of Luther but will check it out. I think I need to try the cold brew iced coffee. Love those boots, and walking around in them at home is a must to try them out.

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  7. Ummmm I want those boots!!! Also, I think I am the last person to try cold brewed coffee

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  8. Why is my picture not as cool as Frank's, I need to step up my game next time!

    I'm never sure how to style booties so I don't own any.

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  9. Um those boots are CUTE!!!! I love them!

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  10. I'm so in love with those booties. I totally need to get myself a pair before the sale ends.

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  11. the bags work better than nut bags?

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  12. AMEN to that library card!!!

    The boots you found are cute! I sadly, cannot wear books that cut right at the ankle since I have tree stumps for legs lol

    Love the tuner suggestion as well, for my own guitar!

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  13. All the characters are insane? Count me in for Luther! Such a good call about the coffee filter pouches, I need those!

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  14. I don't know how to wear booties and I normally don't care for them but those are cute.If they're actually comfortable, that's an added bonus, obviously. I'm intrigued by these filter bags as I just paid $4 for an iced coffee that isn't that good. I would love to be able to make my own if it isn't too hard!

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  15. Those booties are so cute! I've been perusing the Nordtsrom sale online but haven't pulled the trigger on anything yet. I need some new shoes desperately. I love the Kind bars that Kelli recommends, they are so good!

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  16. KC loved Luther, but I've never watched it. I LOVE kind bars, so good. Haven't tried that flavour yet. happy birthday to Frank!
    yayayyyy packing cubes. Okay I am totally getting them.

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  17. Will definitely be checking out Luther on netflix - we need another binge show!!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  18. I will have to check out the Kind bar. I just got myself a library card a few weeks ago :) Umm that lotion sounds amazing and those booties are so freaking cute!!! I love Lucky Brand. Always have! Happy birthday to Frank!!!

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  19. We use reusable Keurig cups and fill them ourselves. So that + only brewing 1 cup at a time has resulted in such a reduction in coffee waste & money. I love it.

    Also, getting a library card is something I plan to do within a month or so! Been thinking about it for awhile!

    Anddddd, I know you love this term so I just wanted to tell you that your nails are on fleek in that pic.

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  20. I love those booties! I wonder if that teeny tiny heel is a little too much for me though. I'm looking into that lotion!

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  21. I was giddy when I first got my library card.
    We have those pop up play pens for our youngest grand. They are fantastic!

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  22. Those booties look super comfortable. I'd like wearing those and love the color of your nails in that photo!

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  23. Oahu is hands down my favorite B&BW scent, I stocked up at the semi annual sale. And YUM to Kind bars, my new fav :)

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  24. Those booties are great! And I'm looking into these cold brew filters too! If I had a July recommendation it would be the new chapstick I found (and then purchased 10 of), Chapstick Brand Aloha Coconut. It's like Tigers Blood flavor and it's PERFECT for summer time chapstick addicts like me.

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  25. I've wondered about those eBag cubes.

    Kelli, I'll have to check out that BBW scent. My sister-in-law works at their corporate office and I'm always bugging her when my favorite scent is discontinued. So frustrating!

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  26. my husband would love just strings.com that's so cool! I love those booties they seem comfortable!

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  27. Oh my god those booties are GORGEOUS! I'm super curious about packing cubes too; glad to hear another thumbs up for them. Might need to grab a set before a few trips I'll be taking this fall!

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  28. The. library. card. No one ever gets it until they've had one revoked. IT IS THE BEST LUXURY ITEM IN THE WORLD... and often FREE.

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  29. I have BBW Oahu and its a lovely scent!!!

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  30. Getting a library card & finding a farmer's market are towards the top of my list when I move & get all settled into my new place.

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  31. Those boots are lovely.
    I did buy the brand of espresso you said you use to make cold-brew coffee but...I haven't gotten around to making it. Procrastination I suppose.

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  32. I've never heard of cold brewing! Will would LOVE that. Killer boots!

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  33. Love your new pieces, can't wait to hear more about clay studios!
    I will add $5 to your five, we have a solid 10 which is now double his worth.
    I can't put into words what I feel sometimes, that's where I turn to you. Especially with what's been happening in the world. it just shakes your core.

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  34. Definitely recommend the library card too. Something about summer, I really up my reading game. I would recommend snow cones: a summer treat I'll never outgrow!

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