Sunday, February 5, 2012

10 Loves Lately (2) (Make that 11)

1} I am a passionate, loyal admirer of the Converse One Star collection at Target. There's something about it that reels me in all the live-long day. Maybe it makes me feel sporty. Maybe I like the way they blur the line between "normal attire" and "bathrobe". Maybe I like all the gray. The fleece. The stripes. Maybe I just like every ding dang thing about it.

Love this.

2} Periwinkle Jazz Etsy shop.
Over five months ago I walked into the local All Things Handmade and Vintage Bazaar and stopped dead in my tracks when I came upon rows of vintage hankie bloomers, strung up drip-dry style. I wanted to unclip every last pair, take them home, and stuff Ruby into them. Heck, I wanted to stuff my own bad self into them.

Do you happen to have a baby in your life? She needs them like I need salsa and a 2-hour massage.

 Lucky for me, the mastermind behind Periwinkle Jazz also sells adorable skirts, so I scored one for my favorite 5 year old.

Unlucky for me, there was nothing for big people. Though I think I did ask her if she does custom orders. Jessica? I'm totally serious. I will hook. you. up. with some skirt orders. I'm so ferreal.

3}Total Care floss.
What can I say? My dentist once referred to me as The Dental Goddess. I have never let my mom forget about it. And yes, it is pathetic that I'm so proud. And yes, it is even more pathetic that I brag to my mom about it.

Years later I spent all of our wedding cash on a root canal at one of those scammy "emergency" dentists because I had brushed so fervently and so viciously that my gumline receded to a disastrous level.

Years later, I was told by a real dentist that a receding gumline should really never be treated with a root canal.

I still sort of want to egg the guy's car. Also? He snapped at me for humming to myself while he scraped out my tooth guts. Jerkface.

Oh, but the floss! I almost forgot I was here to talk about the floss.

It's brilliant. It's the Escalade of the flosses. It's springy and groovy. It glides in and then expands via nuclear fusion or some kind of other-wordly science and it cleans the heck out of your teefs.

In closing, it's only fair to admit that I haven't been to the dentist in over a year. I'm actually kinda scared of dentists now. We both know who shoulders the blame for that.

4} Date night/Holiday hair

I would go on a date with Cory every single week if I could. It's one of my very favorite things to do. The end.

And the Holiday hair? Well, it just doesn't quit ruling the school. I've seen and heard horror stories from several of you who have tried it for yourself and I'm so very sorry. But I'm also a little bit smug, because it works for me and that just never happens.

5} Hot and Sour Soup. What do they put in this stuff? I don't know what's in it and I don't really even know how to explain what it tastes like, but I do know that I am a believer. It lives up to it's name - hot and sour. You know Mama likes the tangy foods. Throw in some mushrooms and tofu and Heaven knows what else? You own me.

6} Korte Acres Lotion Bar
My friend Stephanie gave this to me. It's molded into the cutest honey bee-embossed disc and housed in a round tin. Admit it, we're all suckers for cute packaging. I keep it on my night stand and rub down the claws before bed. I always feel very avant-garde and sophisticated. I also feel quite mother-of-the-earth. It's a win-win. And it smells good. (Mine is Love Spell).

7} Lunch meetings. Speaking of Stephanie. I do very much enjoy the occasional Important Lunch Meeting. Mine happen on Saturdays, lately. They preserve my sanity. Steph and I talked decorating and Bachelor and FNL and big dreams and unwieldy children and vacations and unfortunate misunderstandings. We ate two baskets of tortilla chips. We asked the hostess to take our picture on the way out the door.

8} "This is my command - be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9 NLT

 9} Wakarusa Dollar General Store. This weekend alone, I urgently needed generic Midol and mild chili beans. When I arrived, the store was closed. The weird part was, it should have been open. The weirder part was, in place of the regular "closed" sign they had a raggedy piece of notebook paper slapped cockeyed on the door with "closed" handwritten all chickenscratchy-like. I thought about calling the cops. It seemed like I once saw an episode of Dateline Mystery where a store was robbed and the employees were held in the back against their will while a slap-dash closed sign kept PMSing moms/chili chefs at bay.

As it turns out, our joint was shut down. By the actual people who shut places down. Like, forever.

I felt sad about the DG. I still do.

This goes out to the DG and all of the friendly faces who rang up my generic Midol, trash bags, chili beans, and Dr. Pepper over the years:

I guess I thought you'd be here forever
Another illusion I chose to create
You don't know what you got until it's gone
And I found out just a little too late

I was acting as if you were lucky to have me
Doin' you a favor I hardly knew you were there
But then you were gone and it all was wrong
Had no idea how much I cared

Now being without you
Takes a lot of getting used to
Should learn to live with it
But I don't want to

Being without you
Is all a big mistake
Instead of getting easier
It's the hardest thing to take
I'm addicted to you babe
You're a hard habit to break

10}Found Magazine blog. Sarah told me about this a couple of weeks ago and it immediately sucked me in for an entire nap-time. It's funny and dear. Sometimes, it's just plain wrong. But you'll have to check it out for yourself.

11} Cover Girl Simply Ageless Eye Corrector concealer, #230.
True story: I look like the killer from Scream without concealer. This stuff helps.


  1. Is there a woman alive who doesn't need salsa and a two-hour massage?

  2. okay okay #1. been in love with that converse line foreve. first thought was "can they make these for big bottom mama's?! SOOOOOO cute.
    #8. you crack me up. but pms and gas together? good thing they shut 'er down.
    #9. this site is blocked by my filter. possibly due to the 'plain wrong' thing?now i'm more curious.
    #10. it's been about a gillion years {okay, since high school} that i've heard reference to Scream! why oh why did we like those horrific films?!

  3. i'm just kind of sad there wasn't a picture tutorial on your awesome flossing technique. just kidding. :) i sang snow themed songs all weekend. and built a sledding hill. well i watched it being built. and i didn't have to do an emergency pregnancy order of jimmy johns after 11 pm.. not even once. there is hope on the horizon. :)

  4. Amen, and amen.

    Love the Converse Target collection. Rocks my socks.

    Love the Olay concealer. It's in my makeup bag. For reals.

    As soon as I read about the homemade sign, my mind went immediately where yours did. Not sure what that says about either of us. Paranoia, anyone? ;-)

    Chicago shoutout. LOVED.

    Found magazine. Oh my. I "chocked" up laughing several times while reading.

    Love your roundup!

  5. The floss/Dollar Store combo got me last week. I stocked up on flossers and bought the Aim brand because there were 25 more in the bag. That's five more days of flossing for the five of us for the same price as the other bag. Only the Aim bag didn't tell me it contained the worse floss ever created. It's horrible. So bad I've told my kids (and myself) they can stop flossing until I can buy more. Which coming from one who has also had her praises sang (sung?) by the dentist for her flossing is saying a lot.

  6. I'm so glad I randomly checked this before heading to bed...(I'm currently down for the count with strep throat) it was a lovely way to cap off the night..and glad you've become chummy with the lotion bar! I did have to laugh a bit at the "things misunderstood" reference : ) ok...goodnight angel food cake...its time for this unicorn to ride off into the sunset...

  7. I think you've got 11, but who's counting? I love 'em all, and this cheered me up on a rough day. Thanks.

    1. Haha! Yep. You're right. I can't count after 9 pm. :)

  8. I sound insanely shallow when I say this, but I seriously hate every picture of myself from our Ethiopia trip because MY CONCEALER WENT MISSING. I had scary dark circles and puffy spots and just general ugliness creeping all over my face. So I, too, cannot live without concealer. And dental floss. Goodbye.

  9. Oh converse how I love you! I used to rock the shoes back in the day. As in one foot one color & the other foot another color. I got their jeans a little bit ago, loved them but they need to make a short :(
    Just caught up on the last few post and very excited to hear they next phase in your life come summertime in the new home.

  10. i think we are sisters.

    those bloomers need to go to my niece, thanks for the tip!
    the killer from scream. really?
    you crack me up.


  11. I should order those bloomers and then tell Gary we absolutely must produce a girl human to go into them. I am sure he will go for it.

    I feel so sad about your dollar store for some reason. : (

  12. you had me at hot and sour soup!! isn't that stuff the best!!!
    have a great week!!!

  13. What a weirdly random, awesome list. That concealer especially appeals to me. It seems lately that it takes my face hours to wake up. Maybe that will help.

  14. I have that foundation. Love the way it goes on. I think I need another color though. Makes me look slightly dead. Maybe I just need concealed. You looked really cute. Love your hair with some curl in it.

  15. First of all, there should have been an all-points bulletin about the DG closing in Waky, I am a regular and I am still in shock! Secondly, here is my list of "me likies" today:
    1. when my hubby tells me i am beautiful at 5:30am
    2. a winter run outside in cool temps with the sun on my face
    3. my new baseball long-sleeve t from target, which was actually found in the workout clothes section, love it!
    4. spray wax for my hair
    5. my fav jeans with a great pair of heels

  16. May I add an 11th love--your brown boots. LOVE! Since I know you love to tell all, can you tell me where you found them??

    1. Angie - I got them at Target back in the fall. $30! Holla.

  17. hmmm..and i thought I looked like the killer from Scream w/out cover up on :) this is a new thing for me, not needing the cover up but the dark circles under my eyes. i look....old. i don't like it. i do love your lunch meeting s though...and i love that you called it a "meeting". i just found a twirly skirt i really want to order charlotte from that etsy shop, adorable. and those bloomers? just another reason why i think i need a baby.

  18. Love them all!

    Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate baking chips are tops on my list right now. Actually they're numbers 1-11 on my top 10. ;) Someone should really take this bag and make me eat some lunch...

  19. I love Stephanie! She is the best. What a fun little blog you have my dear.

  20. you look so cute all fancied up in your ever-lasting-holiday-hair.

    homemade bloomers. okay, i think i may have already shared this story, but it's funny so in case i haven't i'll tell it again. my grandma a former teacher was a very self-proclaimed tight wad, God rest her soul. One Christmas she decided to make homemade patchwork underwear for my sister & i. they were some sort of yellowed polyester material or something like that. Anyway, when it came to our names to cut down on thread & save space (but i think it was more for the cutting down on thread) she decided to write Becky on mine which is fine. nobody ever calls me that, but fine. she misspelled Becky (or skipped the c to save thread - not sure?) & wrote Beky. mercy ~ 'Beky' wish i still had them. i'd frame 'em. ahhh gotta love grandma.

  21. This mama rocks dark circles like no one else. I will hunt down the best under eye concealer even if it is across the globe. So you have no idea how thrilled I was with this last addendum to your post. I am off to the nearest Shopper's Drug Mart as soon as I press Publish. I will let you know how it all turns out.

  22. Thanks for the concealer info. I am becoming more aware that I am needing it. Right now my glasses keep it concealed.

  23. all of a sudden a light bulb went off. boots only look cool with boot socks. like yours. that's why i have tried on pairs at Target (didya know they're on clearance now?!) and they seem off. so where in the world do i get boot socks? please say Target? of course i love Converse One Star. i want to work at Target for a discount... i think i'm on to something. and how dare you show me a cute etsy shop. now i want everything in it.

  24. You literally crack me up over and over again. I'm with you on the converse items at Target. Heck, Target in general is on my top 10 list. I haven't tried the rest, but I'm glad they work for you!

  25. Thank you so much for the periwinkle jazz love - you're too sweet!!

  26. Love your holiday hair. Also, the Dollar General story had me cracking up.

    Problem I have these days is that I cannot read your blog without wanting to eat Crack Bark and since I am trying to avoid sweets, I am avoiding your blog. :)

  27. Eternal life.
    Juicy Couture perfume. Oh em gee spray it on your linens!
    Target sells it.
    Aldi chocolate bars from Belgium with almonds and/or fruit.
    Popcorn done in the skillet.
    Harp music and a fan in the bedroom during ironing.
    Photography and babies.

  28. weekend high...our sunday afternoon drive.

    YOU were on a hot roll today.....and you are one hilarious girl.

    keep dating that man of nights RULE.

  29. Amen to concealer. That is a MUST IN MY HOUSE! I even scare the poor children without it. Worse yet, I scare myself. Love your list and thanks for making me laugh and smile once again.

    What DO they put in Hot Sour Soup??? Maybe your right, best NOT to know;)
    Have a fab night

  30. Speaking of 11s, I just tagged you over at my blog for a 11 Things share--would love for you to participate!

  31. #9 just cracked me up. Your blog is still my favorite thing to read every day. Okay, not counting the Bible.

  32. I have 2 pairs on ancient Chucks in the closet. I refuse to give them up. One pr. is high top and black and one is regular top in red. This grandma thinks they are cool. Now I gotta get some of those bloomers. Wow Elle Pea(Penelope) and Ollie need them! I was just at our Dollar General today. My mom calls it the General Dollar store no matter how many times I say it loud and clear trying to gently hint she is wrong. Oh and I am on Swoony Reads. How cool is that? I feel like having some salsa and celebrating but alas bootcamp is on the horizon. I am in detox.

  33. shannan did you just write a poem to the dollar general, you are my hero! and you are very weird but that's why I love you

  34. i am going to have chicago tuneage on the brain all day now. bless you.

  35. I was so tickled to see you mention the All Things Handmade and Vintage Market!!! I promote that show and caught a glimpse of you at the last one but by the time I was able to get to that side of the were gone :( I literally said out loud "HEY! It's HER!!!" It was all rather exciting. Glad you found some pretties that day. Love love love your blog.

  36. Shannan, if you ever need more periwinkle jazz, I'm selling it at my new store in Plymouth. I will also be carrying Jessica Flores's stuff. :)

  37. also #11 -- i never would have dropped the 11odd bucks had it not been for your recommendation. sucked every last drop of the old stuff out of the tube waiting for my blog fast to end so i could google search your blog. LOVE it!!! this stuff does the trick on my deep-set nightmarish eye circles. Thank YOU!