Playing Favorites

Monday, May 13, 2019
Playing Favorites is a monthly series where I share my latest obsessions, favorite finds, and any kind of entertainment (books, movies, TV, podcasts, and magazines) that I am loving. Here's what I am loving this month.

1. Parker & Bailey Kitchen Cabinet Cream - Our kitchen cabinets are pine and are stained a honey color. They don't show dirt and grime easily, which is great. However, it can be deceiving as you think they are much cleaner than they actually are. On a recent Saturday morning as I was standing at the kitchen sink, I caught a glimpse of the under-the-sink cabinet doors (thanks to the fantastic lighting from the skylight!) and I couldn't believe how dirty they were. I tried a Magic Eraser. Although it cleaned the dirt off the cabinet, it left a dull finish. I immediately pulled up Amazon and searched for a cabinet cleaner. Found this. Bought it and now love it!

2. Shelled Pistachios - For my fellow pistachio lovers out there, the shelled variety are so incredibly convenient. However, they do come at a higher cost (about 2x the cost). When we were in California last month, we had dinner at a restaurant in La Jolla, and it served shelled pistachios on the salad. From that moment on, I was hooked on shelled pistachios. So easy. So tasty. I found them at Target for a few dollars below anywhere else. Grab them while you can!

3. Clear Cosmetic Bag - After becoming thoroughly fed up with trying to fish lipstick out of a bag that was filled with the same size tubes of lipsticks and glosses, I finally broke down and purchased this see-through bag. What took me so long? Now instead of spending minutes looking for the lipstick I want, I spend a few seconds, max.

4. Thayers Body Bar - Because I love the Thayers toner so much, I decided to buy this body bar for washing my face. Although you can use it on your entire body, I reserve it for cleansing my face. It contains aloe vera which is soothing for rosacea sufferers, is all-natural, and it's only $5!

5. Mimosa Tea Cube Set - I love the housewares and entertaining sections of Anthropologie. You can find the cutest and most unique gifts there. When I came across these sugar cubes, they originally seemed more decadent than functional. But after I really thought about them and their purpose, I realized that the opposite was true. Drop a cube in a flute of Champagne or a cup of tea and as the cube dissolves, bits of dried peach, raspberry, or strawberry float to the top making for a very pretty drink.

6. Property of Folsom Wolf - It's been at least 15 years since I've read a true crime book. As I was sitting on the plane waiting to depart San Diego to return to New Jersey last month, I was browsing my email and opened the daily Book Bub email and found this book featured that day for $1.99 (it's still that price!). I downloaded it quickly while I still had WIFI and started reading it immediately. It's written by Don Lasseter, a veteran investigative reporter, and follows the incredible true story of a couple who went on a cross-country killing spree. It was slow at times with a lot of background information. But once the book got to the trial stage, I couldn't stop reading. It's very disturbing (but most true crimes are), so if that's not your thing, skip this one.

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