If you read last month’s favorites, you’ll know I was having a hard time getting around to working on it, but it feels like less of a drag to do favorites this month. Sometimes you just have to push through when you don’t want to do something in order to make it a habit that you even look forward to.
I don’t have many different kinds of favorites this month, and the ones I do have are new categories, at least I haven’t mentioned these types of favorites (besides books) since I’ve been doing this. It seems a bit weird to me that I haven’t had more book favorites since I’ve been reading like a mad lady these last few months, but anyway, here we go.
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This new category is skin care. The water drop is like, moisturizing . . . you know?
A while back, I saw some aerosol spray lotion. I never even knew this stuff existed, but boy did I want it when I saw it. I’m a lazy person, I’ll be honest about that, and rubbing lotion in after a shower . . . I know, I said I was lazy. So, this aerosol spray makes it so much easier! You still have to rub it in a little bit to get the best moisturizing benefits, you know, but it takes so much less time. I highly recommend the stuff if you are a frequent lotioner, or if you’re like me and you never lotion enough ‘cause you really are just that damn lazy. It’s okay, the world is made for people like us.
My other favorite, which seems kind of odd seeing as how I was just talking about being lazy, ‘cause this skin care product takes some work, but I picked up a Que Bella face mask from my local Target just to try, but then I went back for more. First, I got the lavender aromatherapy one, but I have to tell you, the Tea Tree and Witch Hazel is way more relaxing for me, even though it’s not in the aromatherapy line. There’s something about that Tea Tree scent that just really does it for me.
Speaking of Tea Tree, this isn’t really skin care so much, but I don’t know how else to categorize it, so here it is: I got the Greeench deodorant powder from Lush (first time I’d ever gone INTO a Lush store. It was heaven). This stuff has that awesome Tee Tree scent I love, combined with Thyme and Rosemary, but besides just smelling awesome, it really does seem to be working for my swampy pits. I get sweaty from both anxiety and physical exertion (but mostly from anxiety), so I have some really nasty days, but I’ve been happy with how this powder has been working to keep me from sweating as much, and keep me smelling like a woodland fairy. The other plus is that it doesn’t clump like traditional stick deodorant, so I don’t get those nasty little white lint looking little balls on my pits.
The last skin care item (wow I have so many skin care favorites this month), is a Lil’ scrubbie. It’s a small silicone pad with bristles on it, and I use it to scrub in my face cleanser. It feels really good on my face, and I feel like it’s been keeping away blemishes because I haven’t had any big blemishes since I started using them. Besides the skin care benefits, these scrubbies are great because they’re inexpensive and you get two in one package for only $3. (If you buy them from Amazon – link below).
As I mentioned, I’ve been reading a lot lately because I have to read so many books each semester for my graduate program, but honestly, I haven’t been super invested in much of what I’ve read. But, I have two books that I read this month that really stuck with me.
The first, Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos, really got me because it’s about a child with ADHD and it is entirely written from little Joey’s perspective. The book doesn't explicitly state that Joey has ADHD, but his behavior and talk about the medicine he takes leads me to believe that's the deal. But regardless, the book gave me a new level of understanding for all the kiddos I’ve ever met who struggle with some form of this diagnosis. I think it's incredible how books can foster empathy, and it makes me proud to be an aspiring writer when I read books like this one.
The other book that really stuck with me this month is Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina. This novel tackles the topic of bullying in high school. It seems to be the realistic novels, rather than the fantasy stuff, that really gets me invested. And at one point when reading this book, I found myself crying, and I haven’t cried at a book in a while. The other thing I like is that this book doesn’t end on some big droll note, but gives the reader hope. I like that for a change.
I’ve never considered this category before, because I don’t do it much, and I don’t know if I would really call driving an hour to get to another city in my own state travel, but you know, I got out of the house and went somewhere different.
My sister recently moved back to this side of the country, to Boulder, Colorado. I’ve only been there for a few concerts at the Fox Theatre, but have wanted to tour the Celestial Seasonings Factory for a while, which is right there in town. This humble tea company started in Boulder, and they give free tours every day (+ endless free tea samples while you wait). After we drank tons of tea we took the tour, and my sister and I both really enjoyed going into the Mint Room. It’s so minty it makes your eyes sting, and some people even had to step out. In the gift shop (where you are cleverly deposited after the tour), you can buy shirts and mugs that say “I Survived the Mint Room.” I was so tempted to get a mug because I don’t buy touristy stuff like that often (or ever, maybe), but I settled for a post on Instagram about it instead.