A native Iowa Citian who returned to raise my family here, I find myself *far* more opinionated when it comes to everything from the restaurants to the city council. Here is my $.02.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Who Would Float?

My Favorite Things


Oh how I love my favorite things. Not in a Julie Andrews singing to the crisp mountain air sense, but in an OHMYGOD I feel a million times better when I have a house full of these things way.

Eight o'Clock Coffee
On the bottom shelf at our grocery store. It's the cheapest and the best. Seriously. Great way to start the day. And it costs pennies per cup.

T.N. Dickinson's All Natural Astringent For Face and Body
Cheap toner that seriously cleans up a girls complexion. It's miracle water in a bottle. It is a little on the stinky side, but that dissipates quickly and the results are worth it. Gentle enough to use once or twice a day.

Eucerin Extra Protective Moisture Lotion
Perfect moisturizer. SPF 30 and blocks UVA and UVB rays. UVA are the ones that cause fine lines and wrinkles. Love it.

Philosophy Amazing Grace Shampoo, Bath, & Shower Gel
Ridiculously good smelling. A friend of mine had her nose attached to my arm last week as she kept telling me how good I smelled. It's easy for travel because it's an all-in-one dealio.

Mrs. Meyer's Countertop Spray Lemon Verbena
Good for the Earth. Safe for humans. Smells extraordinary. Cleans well too.

Aveda Shampure Shampoo and Conditioner
More of an addiction for me than anything else. They make a great candle in the same aroma.

White Rain Ocean Mist Shampoo
Last time I bought a big bottle of this I paid about $.86. It smells so good and it cleanses my hair well. I was using it as back up when Shampure was out but I am a believer now.

Schick Intuition
On my sister's recommendation, I tried this. AH-mazing. As my friend Pickle put it, there are more days I shave than not. My husband is thankful. It is quick and easy. You don't need to lather up with soap, just shave.

Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm
Perfect for any weather and goes through the wash machine like a champ.

Burt's Bees Buttermilk Lotion
Smells divine and is watery enough to not leave you sticky. Sold for babies but I use it on me too.

Burt's Bees Apricot Baby Oil
Great bath oil for dry winter months, perfect massage oil for feet or back, mix with lotion for an extra moisture sheen look and yummy smell.

Burt's Bees Diaper Ointment
Not for me, for my kids. And I find myself wondering off and on what that awesome smell is. Oh yeah, it's their tushies.

Joe's Jeans Honey Style
Hugs the curves of a real woman and wash well. Spendy but any jean that isn't a mom jean that fits a post prego figure in the first three months is priceless. The extra stretch in the fabric is good for those of us who flucuate between sizes depending on how busy we are to eat more responsibly.

American Apparel Cotton Canvas LA-Z Girl Bag
Love it. Perfect for beach, traveling or carrying a tired 2 year old around. I kid I kid. It is the perfect bag and American Apparel is a socially responsible company.

Brickyard Pottery PopOver Pots
These are handmade by the owners of the store in Cumberland, Wisconsin. The day I bought mine, we knocked at the door to find the owner with a steaming cup of coffee still in his bath robe. They opened the store to us and I was in heaven. The PopOver pots make the best popovers ever.

Where have I been?