Friday Fave

I’ve hesitated to post this particular fave just because it’s from a membership only online store. But I love this product so much I can’t not make it known.

This lotion has seriously changed my life. I’m not exaggerating. In late 2015 I visited a dermatologist to discuss my super dry, very itchy skin. As in I used to claw my arms bloody in my sleep due to itching. She could never pinpoint the cause. I already used scent free detergent and soap, no perfume, etc. The only things that kept me from scratching to my bones was to use the super strong topical steroid betamethasone and ice packs. Back then I was going through two tubes of betamethasone cream per month just on my arms. That’s a lot of steroid.

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Sometime in late 2016 one of my Facebook friends posted about an online grocery store where members could buy science based, non-toxic health and wellness items as well as personal care and household cleaning items. I scrolled on by. I’d just spent a horrible four months involved in a MLM company and wanted nothing that sounded similar.

But she kept posting. Not pushing. Not selling. Just saying, get info, no pressure.

After she posted about something she bought for her elderly father that helped his super dry skin, I messaged her. She sent me the info, but I still didn’t join.

Finally, in January 2017 the online store had a $1 membership special with a money back guarantee. I decided to try it out. I bought one of their smaller packages with some cleaning supplies and laundry supplies as well as a bottle of this lotion. (In the coming months, I will post about the cleaning supplies and laundry detergent.)

But, OMG, this lotion y’all. With the first application I knew it was worth joining the shopping club just for this lotion. Since using this lotion I have not even used one whole tube of betamethasone cream. I realize my results are mine, no one else’s. Please don’t mistake me here. But there is science behind the formulation.

I can tell you, I do not buy any other brand of lotion. I won’t use any other brand of lotion.

I have not woken up with bloody scratches on my arms since switching to this lotion. I’m no longer using large amounts of super strong topical steroid.

For me, this lotion is truly amazing and one of my very favorite products ever.

What are you loving this week? Have you discovered a new product you can’t live without? Or, still enjoying a product you’ve used for a long time? Have a new favorite song? Food? Dessert?

 

Friday Faves

For years I’ve admired the amazing leather work of Oberon Designs. I have two Kindle covers for previous Kindle versions. I love those covers. Unfortunately, I’ve not found a good use for either of them now that those Kindle versions are no longer working (or supported).

In December, I decided to splurge and buy myself a composition notebook cover from Oberon. Their pieces are not inexpensive. But they are all handmade to order. They are true, old school craftsmen.

I could not be more happy with my composition notebook cover. It’s truly a work of art.

9AAEBF8B-4C6C-4969-B7EF-7C3C17FCF2B5I have always enjoyed journaling, but now I really look forward to it every morning with this beauty waiting for me on my desk. I carry it with me almost everywhere and jot down ideas. The cover itself inspires me.

What new, or not so new, item are you particularly loving this week? Have you discovered a new service you love? A new book or TV show? Spill!!!

Friday Favorite

Three words: Brittany Farina Art. Love her work. Love her style. Love that she gives back to animal rescue.

Go here to check out the coloring book she created to support Southeast German Shepherd Rescue. And what about this one she did for Amazing Grace Horse Sanctuary-beautiful!

I bought this tee shirt, necklace, and magnet a few months ago. They are gorgeous! IMG_0570

 

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Can’t wait to get the order I just placed for two of the coloring books, a tee shirt, and a pair of earrings.

If you order, use coupon code fam-and-friends for 25% off an order of at least $20.

Is there an artist or craftsman whose work you admire?

Friday Favorites

Today I have two faves to discuss.

 

Camp NaNoWriMo

First up let’s talk about Camp NaNo. For writers the whole NaNoWriMo phenomenon can be either supremely inspirational and motivating or completely overwhelming. The concept is simple-write a 50,000 word rough draft of a novel in one calendar month. The big National Novel Writing Month is November. Writers from around the world gather in person and in NaNo chat rooms to challenge and inspire each other to write, write, write. The mantra for many participants is BICHOKTAM. It means butt in chair, hands on keyboard, typing away madly. Personally, I love it.

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So where does Camp NaNo come in, you ask. Good question. So for those who either can’t get enough in November or who can’t participate in November or who just want a little less intense version, Camp NaNoWriMo comes to the rescue. But for Camp NaNo, participants group together in cabins, private groups of writers who cheer each other on. Each participant has to create a project and set a goal. It works with the user’s main NaNo log in info. It’s up to each cabin to create their own activities, meet-ups, virtual write-ins.

This July my goal is 20,000 words on my kitlit project tentatively titled For the Love of Grendle. Yeah, I stink at titles. Seriously.

The cabin I’m part of rocks. I don’t think any of us are writing the same genre. We’re a mixture of age groups. Some of us are unpublished while some are published. But we’re all cheering for each other and celebrate even the tiniest of successes.

Honestly, I think I’m having more fun than in NaNo of 2014 when I wrote like the wind and won a few days before the end of the month. I suspect I’ll be a fixture in Camp NaNo world.

Wine in Grocery Stores

Now, let’s talk about wine. I’ve never been much of a drinker, since college, anyway. I have three remaining of a six pack of Guinness I bought probably four or five months ago. And, Guinness is my favorite beer. But on July 1 a law we voted on a couple of years ago became effective. Grocery stores can now sell wine. I haven’t bought wine in years. Not because I don’t like it or have anything against it. Just don’t like to drive out of my way to make another stop at a liquor store. When I did the shopping on July 1 I decided to support the law I voted in favor of and buy a couple of bottles of wine at Kroger. I’d forgotten how much I enjoy a glass of wine in the evening. And, hey, wine (in MODERATION) offers several health benefits. You can do a Google search for that one. There are a bazillion links.

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What are you particularly enjoying right now? Have you discovered a new product or service you’re excited about? Share in the comments. And if you have any wine suggestions for me, I’d love to hear them.

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Workout Anytime

For many years I’ve intermittently used the gym at work. But lately it’s just been too difficult to fit into my schedule. Last year a new Workout Anytime location opened just a couple of miles from my house. Two weeks ago I decided to cancel my membership to the gym at work and join Workout Anytime. I’d been paying $30/month for a membership I had not used in about a year at the gym at work. The membership to Workout Anytime is $25/month. So I not only have full flexibility in my workout schedule, I save $5/month.

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My new favorite thing? Riding the train to work. Really.

A few years ago the regional transit folks in middle Tennessee resurrected an old passenger rail line. Just one line which serves only one corridor into Nashville. It was kind of a test, I think.

I didn’t buy in for a while. Decided to give it a try this week. Man, do I love the Music City Star! No driving in Nashville traffic. Heaven on rails!!!

Now to get in a routine where I can write for the 30 minutes I’m on the train twice a day. 🙂

Friday Favorites

Today I want to share with you my favorite dog food review website-Dog Food Advisor. It’s so hard to know what to feed our furry buddies. With the help of the information on Dog Food Advisor, I chose a food that is rated above average, is affordable for our household budget, and most important, helps our three dogs thrive.

The home page is simple and easy to navigate:

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The “About” page provides information about the founder and about the information you can find on the site.

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Here’s the page with the review of the food our three dogs eat. As you can see, the reviews are thorough and objective.

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You can sign up to be notified via email of any pet food or treat recalls in the United States. Most pet parents I know definitely want to know about any recalls. I signed up several years ago and have never had a problem with too many or unwanted emails. I’ve only been emailed about recalls, no marketing or s*%m.

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There’s even a user forum so you can interact with other pet parents who are interested in pet nutrition.

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Check out the site for yourself. I think you will find it a useful resource to help you take the best care possible of your furry best friend.

What’s your favorite pet nutrition website?

Friday Favorites and Update

UPDATES

Yeah, so the last two weeks I’ve been a slacker-only posting Friday Favorites. Sigh…I could list all the excuses, but they don’t matter. So, goal for next week-at least three posts. Hold me to it.

FRIDAY FAVORITES

Doggy Toothpaste

We all know dental care is important for humans, but did you also  know it’s just as important for your dogs? I intend to do a post devoted solely to canine dental care, but for today I’m just going to post my favorite doggy toothpaste.

Peanutbutter Flavored Toothpaste

Peanutbutter Flavored Toothpaste

Our Veterinarian

We love our veterinarian and the staff at Avenue Animal Hospital. If you live near Mount Juliet, Tennessee check them out. Tell them Jack, Jade, and Damon sent you. Here’s their website. They also have a Facebook page.

 

 

 

 

Friday Favorites

Time for Friday favorites. But before I get started, I have to say a huge TGIF!!! This week just about did me in.
Enough of that. On to this weeks faves.

ChuckIt Balls for Dogs
These orange and blue balls keep our Border Collie and our German Shepherd mix entertained for hours at a time. Which means Daniel and I are also entertained for hours. They are durable, easily cleaned, and difficult to destroy. Though our small bully breed mix has successfully destroyed them in the past. But he had to work at it. If you have dogs, try this toy.

 

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Blog Paws Community
If you love animals, blog, and/or blog about animals you owe it to yourself to check out Blog Paws. Anything you need to blog about your favorite critters is there. If you’re looking to monetize your pet blog, you can find help there. They host a yearly conference where participants can network with each other as well as industry giants.

 

My Coffee Cup
Daniel bought me this cup several years ago at the LIfeway store in downtown Nashville. For no reason. Not my birthday. Not our anniversary. Just because he was thinking of me and wanted me to know. How could this not be my favorite coffee mug? It makes me smile just to see it.

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What do you love? What new product have you recently discovered and can’t live without? What old thing laying around the house have recently rediscovered? Tell us-show us! And have a great weekend.

Friday Favorites

Since I really enjoy Friday Favorites posts on other people’s blogs, I thought I’d join the fun. Every Friday I’d mention a few of my favorite things. And, yes, there will be recipes involved.

Potato Wedges
When I started trying to cook more so we would eat out less, one thing Daniel really missed was potato wedges. You know, those greasy, completely unhealthy things you can get at pretty much any grocery deli. So, off to Pinterest I went. Seriously, how may recipes for potato wedges can there be? Found one to try. While a little time consuming, it’s very simple, and very, very delicious. Also pretty versatile. You can change up the taste based on which seasonings you use. Click here http://www.rockrecipes.com/baked-wedge-fries/ to find the recipe.

My iPad Air 2
Yeah, I love this thing. Full disclosure: this is the first Apple product I’ve used. I’ve been a PC and Android woman all along. But when my desktop computer died, I needed a quick and easy solution. Since my Android tablet was upgrade eligible at Verizon, I decided to try the iPad. Of course I read reviews and played with the store demo first. But I think I made the right decision. In fact I’ve decided to save my money for a MacBook Air instead of buying another PC desktop.

International Delight Peppermint Mocha Coffee Creamer
Seriously, y’all, it’s so much better than Coffee-Mate’s version of the winter favorite. It’s much more pepperminty. If you enjoy Peppermint Mocha check it out.

What are some of your current favorites? What item have you discovered recently you can’t imagine ever going without?