Playing Favorites

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
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. Hü Chocolate Bars - I've been on a quest to find the perfect clean chocolate. Over the course of a few months, I've been trying several brands to find one that tastes as good as conventional chocolate. Finally, after splurging on Hü at Whole Foods (it costs $7 per bar), I had finally found my favorite clean chocolate. Hü is worth every cent. Because it's good chocolate, you're not tempted to scarf down the whole bar in one sitting. One square of chocolate is enough, so the bar lasts for a few days. Bonus: it's available in a variety of delicious flavors with all natural flavorings such as orange and vanilla.

2. Tinkle Razors - Lately I've noticed that the pesky facial hair that is common during perimenopause has reared its ugly head. Although it's growing in blonde, the hair along my jawline is growing in heavier and thicker than before. The razors, which are designed to eyebrows, have been a lifesaver! I use them to exfoliate my skin as well. I am amazed by the sheer amount of dead skin and hair that they remove. Plus, they are so inexpensive at Amazon. Two 3-packs cost less than $5!!

3. Eat What You Want by Gaby Dalkin - My favorite Internet chef and blogger is at it again with a new cookbook. I love Gaby Dalkin for her easy, accessible recipes and her laid-back SoCal vibe. I've been following her for years on Instagram and even way back when on Snapchat when she'd do a "Snapisode" every Friday featuring her cooking or baking a recipe her followers voted on. She has the most fun and upbeat personality, and the meals she makes reflect that. From appetizers to drinks to desserts, you'll find lots to love about Gaby Dalkin's latest cookbook.

4. Sunbloom Candle from P. F. Candle Co. - A few years ago, a friend gifted me a Crate & Barrel gift card. The bulk of the gift card went towards the purchase of a LeCreuset tea kettle, and what I had remaining I spent on several of these candles from P. F. Candle Co., which, at the time, I could only find at cb2. Now they are more readily available and are even sold at Nordstrom. Sunbloom is one of my favorite scents, but I also love Teakwood. If you like good quality candles that don't cost upwards of $100, then you definitely want to check out P. F. Candle Co.

5. Tea Tree Oil - I have long suffered from athlete's foot (I have my dad to thank for those genes!). I've tried all sorts of topical solutions from lotions to sprays as well as oral prescription medications to combat overactive yeast production, but nothing has worked. After reading about all the benefits of tea tree oil (one of which is combating athlete's foot), I decided to purchase a bottle while it was on sale at Ulta (it's still on sale!). I mixed a few drops with coconut oil, and I've been applying it to my feet every other night, and so far, I'm thrilled with the results. The burning and itching are gone, and my feet look so much better. Even if you don't have athlete's foot, tea tree oil has many other benefits.

6. 5-Minute Arms Workout on YouTube - When we first went into quarantine, one of my first concerns was how I would be able to work out without a gym. I am definitely a gym rat, and I was worried about having the motivation to workout at home, on my own. In addition to my daily walks and runs, I needed some sort of workouts I could do with the light weights that I have. So, I took to YouTube and found a few really great ones that are challenging but won't you leave you frustrated that you can't complete the workout. This 5-minute arm workout utilizes 2 or 3 lb. weights (you can use 1 lb. as well) or anything you have (canned beans work well!). I've been doing this workout every other day, and it gets easier if you are struggling by the end, which you most likely will when you first start.

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