Have you ever had a song stuck in your head for days but you can’t remember all the lyrics so you start to make up your own?
I have been singing “A few of my favourite things” from the Sound of Music for days. It is starting to drive me crazy mainly because I can’t remember anything aside from rain drops on roses, whiskers on kittens and brown paper packages tied up with string. I know that Julie Andrew’s character was fond of a lot of things but I have no idea what they are.
It did get me thinking about my favourite things and I have decided to share my top ten with you today.
1. Tarte’s Maracuja Oil
This stuff is the best! I usually suffer through the winter with dry and flaky skin, but not this winter. Tarte is known for it’s high quality and natural ingredients and this is no exception.
The oil is silky and light and penetrates your skin quickly so you don’t end up with a greasy face. I put it on in the morning and before bed. I can honestly say my skin has never felt better.
2. Coconut Oil
Clearly I have a thing with oils. I love coconut oil for many reasons. It is a god send, especially in the colder weather.
I use it every day from cleaning my skin to moisturizing my hands to smoothing out my hair.
I recently went blonde and my hair paid the price. It is usually pretty dry but it is now a little crunchier than I would like. I put coconut oil in my hair every night before bed and in the morning it is soft, smooth and frizz free. I only use and pea sized amount and only on the ends. Before I shower I cover my whole head in oil and let it sink in for 5-10 minutes. I then wash it out using my normal shampoo and conditioner. My hair is always super smooth and soft afterwards.
I am also a huge fan of using coconut oil and baking soda to exfoliate. I use maybe a teaspoon of oil and a half teaspoon of baking soda. Mix it together in your hand until a paste forms. Scrub gently and rinse off with a wash cloth and warm water. Your skin will be as smooth as a babies bottom.
3. Faux Fur Throws and Pillows
I am currently obsessed with all things faux fur. As soon as the cold weather hits I immediately feel a strong need to be cozied up by the fire snuggled under a warm blanket with a nice cup of tea.
The pillow and throw are available at Chapters or Indigo
I was lucky enough to get a cozy faux fur blanket last week from my kids as an early birthday present.
They have since deemed it their own personal blanket it and I rarely get to use it.
The pillows will be the next addition to the house. Chris just doesn’t know it yet.
4. Extorp Sofa from Ikea
Years ago when I decided I wanted white couches everyone told me I was crazy. “You have young kids” they said. “White will get dirty so quickly” said another. I didn’t care. I was bound and determined to have white couches. I did my research and decided on the Extorp sofa and love seat from Ikea. I have no regrets.
The slip covers are every parents dream. Whenever there is a spill I just remove the cover and toss it in the wash. Yes it gets dirty and yes I have the occasional freak out whenever my kids are eating chocolate but overall it is pretty low maintenance.
5. All things plaid
My love for plaid knows no bounds. If I could wear plaid every day and not have people think that I am now employed as a lumber jack I would.
Old Navy has a huge selection of plaid clothing. All of which I want to buy.
6. Lands End Chalet Short Boots
I recently got a pair of these boots from Lands End and I adore them! Made of water resistant suede and faux fur, they feel like Uggs but are dressy enough that I can wear them out with clients. My only word of warning is that they fit a little on the big side. I ordered a 6 1/2 and it felt huge. I should have ordered a 6. My husband came to the rescue and put Superfeet insoles in and now they fit perfectly.
7. My local drug free butcher shop Pilgrim’s
I am incredibly lucky to live right around the corner from this shop. It is full of locally produced sauces, honey and of course drug free and hormone free meats.
I don’t know about you but I am not a huge fan of not knowing what is in my food. Yes I will indulge in the occasional Big Mac but for the most part I like knowing that what I am eating isn’t full of chemicals.
If you are ever in the Niagara area you need to check it out. We have friends from Toronto that put in huge orders that we bring up every time we visit. That’s how good it is. These are people with easy access to Whole Foods and a variety of other drug free butchers but they still choose Pilgrim’s.
8. Provisions Food Company
Words can not describe how in love I am with these fruit pastes and condiments. It is like heaven in a jar.
I was introduced to the company by a friend of mine last year when she came over for dinner. We asked her to bring an appetizer and she arrived with crackers, cheese and jars of pear paste, crab apple paste and onion marmalade. I was instantly smitten.
All Provision Food Company’s products are made in Niagara from seasonal and local produce
Out of all of pastes and condiments the onion marmalade if my absolute favourite. Sweet and savoury without that burning sensation I usually get when I eat something onion related. Pair it with brie and prosciutto on a baguette and you will be in heaven too.
9. Yes Please by Amy Pohler
After reading Bossy Pants by Tina Fey I expected that this book would be similar. I was wrong. While Bossy Pants is nothing but hilarity from start to finish Yes Please is deeper with only a few laugh out loud moments.
Perhaps saying that it isn’t full of comedy gold seems like a bad thing to say but trust me it isn’t.
Yes Please gives you a history of Amy from birth, to high school, to acting and everything in between. It is an interesting book that teaches you to follow you dreams no matter what while being respectful and humble along the way.
10. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
I read Gone Girl a few years ago and felt emotionally disturbed by the end of it. How could this beautiful woman come up with such a crazy plot? Surely she must have a few screws lose I thought.
It took me a while to pick up one of her books again. I am not a huge fan of people being killed, or psychotic behaviour in general. Lately I prefer books by Dave Barry or Emily Giffin. Books that don’t leave you feeling completely creeped out by end.
I decided to read Dark Places because the reviews on it sounded amazing. Although the plot line makes you uncomfortable it sucks you in and doesn’t let you go. I won’t discuss the plot because I don’t want to give anything away but I will say that I was completely engrossed from start to finish. You know it is a good book when you have gone through every emotion possible. From sadness, to joy and everything in between. The characters felt relatable despite the macabre theme, which I think is what makes her books leave such a powerful impression on the readers.
So maybe Gillian Flynn is not as nuts as I thought. Maybe she is just a really talent author with a penchant for unnerving her readers.