Playing Favorites

Monday, July 22, 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. Colleen Rothschild Radiant Cleansing Balm - A few months ago I shared how I was absolutely loving the Pond's Cleansing Balm. It was a game changer as far as my nightly beauty routine goes. So when I had the chance to choose a sample on a recent Sephora purchase, I decided to try the Colleen Rothschild Radiant Cleansing Balm. It's no surprise that I loved it (Colleen Rothschild's skincare products have an impeccable reputation). Colleen Rothschild is currently having a Christmas in July sale where select products are 50% off and all others are 20%. So, of course, I took advantage of the sale to buy a full-size jar of cleansing balm.

2. HipCamp - A few years ago, we went camping for the first time ever. While we weren't entirely roughing it (we stayed in a pop-up camper at a site with full bathroom facilities), it was camping nonetheless. It was one of the most memorable experiences I've had in terms of a vacation. It was positive in every way and I loved making that kind of connection with nature, which is something you don't get from staying at a hotel. I was thrilled to discover HipCamp, a web site that allows you to research and book unique camping experiences.

3. Paris For One by Jojo Moyes - I picked this book up at my grocery store's bargain book section for $4. It sounded like a light, fun read. I started it yesterday morning and finished it tonight (it helped that we lost power for a few hours and the only thing to do was read!). I was such a fun read. Lighthearted and fun virtual trip to Paris.

4. Trader Joe's Organic Spicy Taco Sauce - It's hard to find a store-bought spicy taco sauce. I've been reduced to collecting the Taco Bell Diablo sauce packets for my rice and beans and veggie tacos. When I saw this sauce last week at Trader Joe's I tossed it into the cart and hoped for the best. When I checked out, the cashier told me that he loves the sauce and it's spicy and smooth. I put it on my spicy potato taco from Taco Bell, and I love it. Dare I say it's even better than the Diablo sauce??

5. Bon & Viv's Spiked Seltzer - It took me a while to jump on the hard seltzer bandwagon. Some were too sweet. Some were too spiked. None of them seemed just right. This summer I am leaning hard into spiked and hard seltzers. They seem to be the only alcoholic drink that is refreshing, and they have become my drink of choice when we are out (and when the venue offers it). Bon & Viv is my favorite brand, with this clementine hibiscus being my favorite flavor. I like to drink them over ice with a few added garnishes like an orange wedge and lime.

6. Credit Card Holder - Until recently, whenever I carried a clutch, I would either toss my driver's license and debit card into the clutch or I tried to shove them both into the back of my phone case so they wouldn't bounce around and inevitably fall out and get lost. I finally decided to buy an inexpensive card holder to hold my license and credit card when I go out and carry only a small bag. I opted for an inexpensive one (mine was under $20), but you can purchase designer ones that cost upwards of $100. Either way, it's a great investment in keeping your important cards safe.

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