5 Things Friday


It’s here again..Friday!  It’s been several weeks since I’ve done a 5 Things Friday round-up and I’m feeling a little lazy, but also like I should write something.  So, here we go….

Rare Bird Preserves.  This jam is my jam (that was terrible, I’m sorry).  If you follow me on Instagram, I posted about this delicious jam earlier this week.  My mother-in-law and I went to the One of a Kind show last weekend at the Merchandise Mart and it was terrific, but I was surprised (pleasantly surprised!) to find that I enjoyed the food most of all!  I got the peach lavender jam and it’s about half gone and I’m kicking myself for not buying multiple.  Luckily, it’s 2017 and I can hop on over to their website and get it delivered straight to my doorstep.  I’ve eaten it every day this week for lunch–some toast, a healthy slather of ricotta, topped with the jam (see above picture).

Pinch Me Therapy Dough.  Another find from the One of a Kind show.  It’s basically adult play dough.  It has essential oils in it and is extremely soft to the touch.  Very soothing.  In idle moments where I might otherwise be fiddling on my phone, I try to pick up the Pinch Me dough instead.  Well worth $20 and it would make a terrific Mother’s Day gift.

Marnani Design.  Ok, last thing from the One of a Kind show.  This amazing print!  Little back story.  A year or so ago, a good friend of mine had a personalized watercolor done of she and her sister and I thought it was so cute.  She told me the artist was actually a girl she went to college with, used to work in the fashion industry, etc., etc.  I made a mental note to check out her website, but never got around to ordering anything.  Fast forward to last weekend and I saw a really colorful, fun-looking booth at the One of a Kind show.  I was immediately drawn to it and the girl manning the booth was wearing a name tag indicating that she was the artist and her name was Martha Napier.  It sounded so familiar and it took me about 0.2 seconds to put it together that it was the same artist who had done my friend’s painting.  Small world.  At any rate, I bought this really cute Central Park print, but I also loved her Montauk Beach print.  I’m very strongly considering commissioning a watercolor of Burrito and me…

Anti-Cruelty Society.  I know I’ve already used the Anti-Cruelty Society in a past 5 Things Friday, but I’m very excited to report that next week I will participate in phase one of my volunteer orientation!  I will definitely write a follow-up post and let you all know how it goes.  I went to the shelter last week and met some of the cats and they were so nice and so welcoming!

Target.  Ok, now I’m just phoning it in, but whatever, I want to give an extra special shout out to Target because, from time to time I get bored in the afternoon.  There are a lot awesome things about my Chicago schedule.  But, if I don’t have any writing/work to do and I’ve already been to yoga and it’s too early for wine time, I get a little bored.  The weather in Chicago is not yet conducive to exploring.  Enter Target.  My preferred location is the one in Bucktown, but the one on Division and Larrabee is much closer to home.  On slower afternoons, I always find a reason as to why I just haaaaave to go.  It goes a little something like this.

Me: David, I’m going to run to Target.  Do you need anything?

David: Yeah, get hand soap, I’m almost out.  Why are you going to Target?

Me: To get hand soap.

D: No, why were you originally going?

Me: Oh, um, paper towel. We need paper towel.

D: Why don’t you just go to the CVS that’s a block away?

Me: No, it’s cheaper at Target. No more questions.  I’ll be back in an hour.

9 hours and $72 later…

Have a great weekend and goodbye for meow.




This Nail Polish


Like a lot of you, I imagine, I spend a lot of time and money getting my nails done.  Since I’m moving in less than two weeks (!!!), I’m short on time and trying to save a little money where I’m able/willing.  So, instead of manicures once a week, I’m trying to get them every other week.  I do occasionally get gel manicures, but they wreak such havoc on my nails that I have to let my nails breath after getting two or three in a row.  But, a standard manicure only lasts me about 5 days.  Well, I found the purrrrfect nail polish to get me through the weeks I don’t get manicures–Wet ‘n’ Wild 1 Step Wonder Gel.


This stuff is terrific!  It’s only $5, but I would pay twice that.  Wet ‘n’ Wild is by no means high end and, believe me, I was surprised to find that I liked it so much.  With small touch-ups (nothing major), it lasted a full week and, I’m sure, could have gone a few more days if need be.  Needless to say, I’m very impressed.  The color above is Stay Classy–I also have Left Marooned and may treat myself to Taupe as a Joke later this week…

Goodbye for meow.

Clean Face.


Now, for a topic that has been done to death by much more qualified bloggers and experts than myself….


While I’m definitely not an expert, I do my best to take really good care of my skin.  I’ve always stayed out of the sun (I’m not much of a beach or pool goer…yeah, I’m a lot of fun in the summer) and wear SPF every single day.  In the year or so, I definitely started to use more skincare products and generally pay more attention to how my skin was looking and feeling day to day.  So, here are a few of my favorites…


  1. REN Flash Defense Anti-Pollution Mist ($38) — This could be total horse hockey, but I like to think/hope it works.  It claims to “form an invisible protective barrier to shield skin from the aging effects of pollution” and “helps to strengthen the skin’s natural defenses against oxidative stress.”  It has a nice, light scent–almost like a very faint cologne–and doesn’t sting the eyes or skin in the least.  Nearly $40 is kind of a lot for something I can’t necessarily see results with, but maybe there’s something to be said for a placebo effect.
  2. Fresh Soy Face Cleanser ($15 for 1.7 oz.) — I have somewhat sensitive skin and I had to test out several cleansers before deciding on this one.  I bought it based on good reviews I’d read.  I don’t use it every night, but probably 3-4 times a week and I think it works well.  It has kind of an earthy scent, which I’m good with.
  3. Garnier SKINACTIVE Micellar Cleansing Water ($7) — When micellar water finally made it’s debut in the U.S. last year, I was thrilled!  No more make-up remover wipes that sting my eyes and leave my face feeling tight and looking blotchy.  Two cotton pads, a dribble of micellar water, and I’m ready for bed.  On especially lazy days, even if I do nothing else for my face at the end of the day, I always use micellar water.
  4. Philosophy Hands of Hope Hand and Cuticle Cream ($10) — Great hand cream for winter.  I keep this in my desk at work and use it once or twice a day.  You really only need a little bit as it’s quite thick and rich.
  5. La Mer The Hand Treatment ($90) — Very decadent, but a really terrific hand cream.  Not nearly as thick or rich as Hands of Hope though.  $90 is a lot for hand cream, I know, but I’ve had this bottle for a year and a half and still have plenty left.
  6. Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum ($45) — I’ve really succumb to the facial oil/serum trend.  I just got this one a few weeks ago, so I have to reserve judgement, but I really like it so far.  Goes on smooth and settles quickly into the skin.  It claims that skin tone will become “more even from the brightening effects of the antioxidant vitamin C, while skin’s texture is left soft and smooth from the anti-aging powers of collagen and hyaluronic acid.”  Sold!
  7. Botanics All Bright Radiance Concentrate Serum ($10) — Another more recent purchase, but I really love this. (They recently changed the packaging, so it looks different when you click the link.  As far as I can tell, it’s still the exact same product.)  I’m a big fan of the Botanics line and I also use the All Bright Day Cream.  I alternate nights using this and the Mario Badescu Vitamin C serum.  Both serums purport to do generally the same thing (brightening/evening skin tone), just at slightly different price points.  I’d suggest giving this one a go before shelling out $45 for the Mario Badescu though.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Goodbye for meow.