I rounded up my favorite things lately to share with you guys. I do have a few things that I don’t like, as well.
We’ll start with these Pilot Frixion Ballpoint Gel Pens. I’ve been using these to write in my Gentle Feast planner as well as take notes in my textbooks. I just like the way they write. Sometimes on glossy paper, they do act a little funny and they will smear if you don’t let them dry. But overall, I’ve been reaching for these pens the most. The “eraser” on the top is the perfect size. (If you buy these pens, to use, you click the pen clip down.)
These Pilot Frixion Fineliners, on the other hand, fall into the dislike category. They do this weird disappearing thing on glossy paper. They don’t completely disappear, but they don’t look like they’re staying, either. They work well on Bible paper, so I’ve been taking them to church on Sunday to take sermon notes in my She Reads Truth Bible, but that seems to be their only use. The “eraser” part is also really large and clunky to work with.
This is a regular favorite– Zum Mist. I absolutely love this stuff. I swear I’m going to branch out beyond the patchouli scent one day, but every time I try, I end up rebuying patchouli because I love it so much. I came really close to buying the sea salt scent this time, but they were out. This is an essential oil spray. It doesn’t leave oil or color stains on clothes or fabric. You can spray it on anything. I usually spray it on my person. It is strong enough to notice, but never overpowering. This is also a great option for tweens and teens instead of their body spray. (Whoever made Axe body spray hates mothers.) This is all natural and they can spray as much as they want and it won’t knock you down when they walk by. I get lots of compliments on this scent.
Another Zum product that I have been loving is this Dragon’s Blood Zum Rub. It is very oily and thick, but it is magic on rough hands. I’ve been having issues with really dry, cracked cuticles and fingertips and this stuff is just magic. It smells nice and it makes my hands look soft and pretty again in no time. It is very similar to the Badger Balm Healing Hand, but I like the Zum formula a little better. The Badger Balm can be a little bit gritty feeling as you’re rubbing it in.
Nubian Heritage soap is the stuff dreams are made of. I absolutely love this one. The Patchouli and Buriti scent is do perfect. It does leave your skin smelling like patchouli– not quite as much as a Zum Bar, much more subtle than that. I have tried a few of the other scents, and while they are lovely, I apparently have very strong postive feelings toward patchouli. It is just my happy scent. I also really like the Nubian Heritage deodorant. It isn’t my all time favorite natural deodorant, but it is really nice. The smell is perfect. It is my go-to pick when I don’t have time to wait for my favorite to ship and need to run to Sprouts and pick something up.
Since we’re talking about deodorant, I posted on the Facebook page about this one. This ZionHealth ClayDry deodorant is the best natural deodorant I have ever tried. And I have tried A LOT of them. I’m not currently using this scent, I’ve currently got the Palo Santo scent and I really love it. It is a bit firm, so if you have trouble with it, hit it with the blow dryer or warm it under your arm and it’ll spread better. But this stuff not only smells awesome, but it leaves you feeling great and fresh for a very long time. I do not order this from Amazon, I usually order from Adamaminerals.com and they send great coupons and have excellent customer service.
I’ve been wearing this lip gloss pretty much every day. It is the Dominique Cosmetics Lemonade lip gloss in the color peach tea. It is just the perfect color and the gloss is shiny and moistuizing, but not tacky or stringy. It is a gloss, so it isn’t super long wearing and does need reapplication. But the light color makes it so you can apply it quickly like chapstick without needing a mirror.
On to the two makeup products I very much dislike. This Becca Hydramist powder is the worst powder I have ever used. I usually love Becca products, so I was so confused to find I hated this one. I was trying to upgrade my Coty Airspun powder. (Turns out, Coty Airspun is just the best loose powder, even though it is super cheap.) This powder feels wet when you put it on. It also doesn’t dry smoothly on my skin. It bunches up and has patchy spots. It is so weird. It is cooling, but it looks awful. I tried to bake the under eyes with it, which was a nightmare. I tried just using it as a finshing powder, but that turned out horrible, as well. It is just not a good formula at all.
I was really excited about this Wander Beauty Glow Ahead Illuminating Face Oil. It is more of a serum feeling primer, which is why I was excited about it. I’ve been looking for a glowy primer but this isn’t it. It isn’t terrible. It doesn’t do awful things to my skin. But it really just doesn’t do anything at all. It looks pretty and shimmery in your hand, but one your skin it looks like nothing. It looks just like any other serum. If you’re looking for a glowy primer, skip this one and try the Becca First Light Primer. It actually makes you glow.
I bought this book quite a while ago, but just got around to reading it. Our ladies book club read it and I’m really glad I finally read it. It wasn’t at all what I was expecting. It was so much better. I did not anticipate being so deeply moved by this book. I figured it would just be encouragement to read the Bible daily. And it was that, but it gave so much more depth to holding tight to God through Scripture. This is one of those life changing reads. It deals a great deal with grief and loss, and I didn’t know how much I needed that right now. I highly recommend this book. I know I’m always recommending the She Reads Truth stuff. It is just all so worth checking out.
For The Children’s Sake is another book I’ve been planning to read for a long time and just got around to. We have been moving toward a Charlotte Mason approach from the Well Trained Mind classical approach for the last few years, but this year we made the leap into a fully Charlotte Mason curriculum. I felt like I needed more of an understanding of the methods as I began that endeavor. I’ve listened to podcasts and taken some online classes, but this book is just so much more. It feels a little dated, but there are some really great things all homeschool parents need to hear in this book. I’m really glad I read it. This is one I would say is a must read for homeschool moms.
A book I greatly disliked was Defiant Joy. I was sweetly sent an advanced reading copy of this book, unfortunately I just didn’t like it. It is so shallow. There is this push to put out Christian Living books, particularly for women, and so many of them just lack substance. Many of them aren’t even Christian. I felt like she was saying the same things over and over, and spreading a wide net, and not diving deep into the subject at all. There were a handful of inspirational quotes for your Instagram wall, but nothing truly noteworthy about the book.
I know I posted this in my Homeschool Resources post, but it is definitely worth repeating. These digital cards from Twig and Moth are just the most beautiful little things. You purchase the digital files, print and cut them yourself. I print them on cardstock and they turn out beautifully. I’m not kidding, I fully plan on giving some printed card sets as gifts this year– they are so lovely. I use these with our nature study. I print each kid their own card set. They love them. Each card has a beautiful watercolor illustration and and explanation with it. We used the Seeds and Seedlings last week and are breaking out the Minibeasts this week.
That is all my favorites and not favorites for right now.
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