Wednesday, January 31, 2018

add it to my list: january 2018

I feel like I haven't recommended things in forever and I constantly have things in my head I want to suggest, but when it comes to physically type them out? It's like I haven't tried anything new in 18 years. Such is life.

I should have attempted to write this post on Monday, but I got sucked into four straight episodes of The Office and then cooked dinner and started to catch up on DVR so laziness won. Laziness always wins. Especially when Jim is proposing to Pam. I really didn't like seasons 4-5 as they aired, so I never really rewatched many of them but I was far too critical. They definitely have their moments.

Anyway, time for add it to my list, otherwise known as recommendations I am making to people in real life. Bre and I will probably be back with this next month as an actual link-up on its regular day (the last Tuesday of the month) but it will be a loosey-goosey easy link-up with no expectations.

Add it to your shopping list

Activated Charcoal Coconut Toothpaste - I drink coffee and red wine. My teeth are far from perfect. I figured this was a minor investment ($14) to try to get them whiter. This product had great reviews, and it's really working for me. I am SO not into natural fixes or anything like that, so I was shocked that this worked. I use it daily and started seeing a difference in about a week. It does make your sink look black, but keep a Clorox wipe nearby and you will be good to go.

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Neutralizing Corrector - My skin has what George Constanza once called "a pinkish hue." I thought I would grow out of it - I haven't - and it's something I wish I could control. I don't want to always be so rosy! I happened to be at Ulta during an It Cosmetics demo day, the lady put this on me, and I needed it. It's $32 for a fairly small jar, but a little goes a long way. This covers my redness nicely without feeling like face paint. I think I'm going to add the powder to my collection next.

This Blanket at Target - One of my coworkers randomly suggested this blanket, and then a week later, I needed a blanket, so I went and bought it. My entire household (including the cat) loves it. It is so cozy, warm but not too thick, and washes well (though there is tons of lint the first time). And it's under $30 for a queen!

Lenny & Larry's Complete Cookies - This is so not me. I went bridesmaids dress shopping, had a minor meltdown, and decided I needed to take some action (also? I ordered the dress a size smaller than recommended, so motivation). I normally hate "fake" desserts, but I don't think I get enough protein and I love sugar, so after seeing these on twitter, I grabbed one at Kroger. It saved my sanity during one of Andrew's pop-ups when I couldn't eat. I've now tried the chocolate chip and the double chocolate and they are actually really good! I know, I didn't believe it either, but if you see one, it's worth the $1 to try!

Add it to your watch list

The Good Place - Have I already told you to add this? Maybe, but I'm telling you again. I thought the first season of this show was great, but the second is even better. Characters who grow are rare on TV - it seems that finding a formula with a stereotype is more common - but these characters change, adapt, and stay funny. The season finale is this week and I'm already a little sad about it.

Ladybird - I LOVED this movie. I want to watch it again. It summed up the feeling of 2002 perfectly and I adored how none of the characters were perfect. I also loved how Ladybird was embarrassed of her love of Dave Matthews. Sometimes, I encounter a pop culture world that I don't want to leave, and this was one of them.

Okay, I'm going to work on music and podcasts and things to read to share with you next month. Have anything I need to check out? Let me know!


  1. I've been wanting to see Ladybird. I need to get to the theater soon. Also, I have a similar blanket from Target but it's the fuzzy king size ones and I'm obsessed. We bought them in 3 colors. They are helping us get through a MN winter.

  2. People keep saying watch The Good Place but i'm currently not watching like 4 shows i need to be watching so i need to finish those then do a nice solid binge on Good Place.

  3. I need to start using my charcoal toothpaste again. I was so good at it for awhile & I really did notice a difference. Now that I've stopped I can also see a difference.

  4. I've seen those cookies everywhere but always somehow thought they'd taste like baked protein powder. Maybe I'll pick one up.

  5. i used to use charcoal to brush my teeth but then i got lazy! i need to start up again.

  6. Ohh I've wondered about the bye bye redness products! I have pretty bad redness on one side of my face, especially in the winter. We always record Superstore and catch the beginning of The Good Place and it always looks like it would be good, we might need to try and find it from season 1 to watch!

  7. UGH I NEED TO SAY LADYBIRD. You also really sold me on the toothpaste -- I thought it was super gimmicky but it sounds like it really works. Oh and can I just say I totally agree with your Office assessment? As you know I'm watching it again now on Netflix and in my mind seasons 4 & 5 were garbage, but they're really not. Are they as good as 1-3? NO. But I still love it (the last season? BYE)

  8. I definitely want to see Lady Bird but I've been iffy on The Good Place. I love Kristen Bell but I don't know. There's something that's making me not watch it.

  9. I'm intrigued by this toothpaste- is it gritty like Arm and Hammer with Baking Soda? I felt like I was using sand when I tried that. I've been looking for something funny to binge on so I'll check out The Good Place. Ladybird was already on my list, I just need to get to the theater before it leaves!

  10. I think IT is a good line.

    Does the toothpaste foam?

  11. I watched the first 8 episodes of The Good Place, stopped, read a huge spoiler, and came back to season 2 with just as much enjoyment. It's so good, but if anyone's waiting just because they didn't see S1, you can find a quick S1 recap and jump into S2.


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