A Few of My Favorite Things: Scents

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I’m a huge fan of scents. Every summer, my sister and I hit up our favorite essential oils booth at the ren faire and create our own perfume blends. It’s a lot of fun, though it can be a little overwhelming as there are hundreds of scents.

But some of my favorite creations are:

PMS Blend: Dark Vanilla, Chocolate, and Clove

Bonfire: Dark Vanilla, Firewood, Clove, and Butterscotch

Honeywood: Egyptian Musk, Honey, Clove, and Firewood

Into the Woods: Butter Pecan, Bourbon Vanilla, Clove, and Oakmoss

There are other smells I really love that are more environmental than wearable.

Baking Bread

Bonfires

Lilacs

Wood Violets

Autumn Leaves

The air before a thunder storm.

New mown hay. (even though it makes me sneeze)

BABY!!!

I got to hold Jessica’s sweet, sweet baby on Saturday, aaaaannnnnnnddddddd I got to hold my brand new niece, Romina Rose, today! They’re both delicious. And look, she likes snuggling with her aunt already. Okay, I’m pretty sure she just liked my boobs, but whatevs. I’m cuddly.

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Be sure to check out the other blogger’s posts to see what their favorite scents are.

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A Few of My Favorite Things: People I Follow on Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr

Okay, so I love me some social media. It’s a nice brain break – you know, as long as I don’t get sucked into the vortex. And I’ve met some really great people on social media who’ve also turned out to be great friends. Looking especially at you, Kellie St. James.

Today we’re doing a run down of our favorite people to follow on Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr. Other than platforms, these are in no particular order.

We’ll start with Tumblr because it makes me happy.

ChezAmanda, Life-Is-Labyrinthine, Osytercakes, Assassinregrets, SweetRoar, and Emma Seas -They all have tons of great content – gorgeous photos, cute animals, lots of social issues plus ChezAmanda knows my X-Files and Gillian Anderson feels.

Elena Johansen and Megan Cutler  – Lots of great writing stuff with these two and other awesome content.

Mighty Viper, Jenny Trout, and Jess Jarman – Hilarity, fandoms, writing stuff social issues.

Mistress Pendragon and Journyers-Scrapbook  – Arthurian awesomeness and more.

Basic Mom – Hilarity and often NSFW or children or anyone, really.

Yarn Addiction – OMG the knitting. And the yarn.

Pinterest is where I go for visual therapy.  Some of my favorite pinners and boards – again, in no particular order.

Niamh Daly

Wendy Boffo

Deanna Pavay

Adele Zavada

Magic Forest Home Decor

Fairy Tale

Once Upon a Fairy Tale

Gypsy Wagons

My Style Pinboard

Here Be Dragons

A World of Whimsy and War

~In The Woods~

Vintage Clothing, Costumes and More

Here Be Magic

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And here are a few of my favorite people on Twitter in no particular order – as usual.

@AlexKourvo

@Jenny_Trout #GODDAMNITTROUT

@jessjarman

@Charlotte_Stein

@chez_amanda

@merlinslaugh

@fluxcapacitory

@rhyllbiest

@Tamsin_Frost

@volcat

Check out the other blogger’s lists of faves by clicking their names.

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A Few of My Favorite Things: Holidays

If I had to pick my favorite holiday, it’s got to be Halloween. It, conveniently, happens during my favorite time of the year, too. I love making costumes and dressing up. And, of course, there’s the candy. Even more than the candy, I love roasted pumpkin seeds–and not those weird ones you can buy. Those are just all kinds of wrong.

As long as it’s not too cold, I love handing out candy and seeing the neighborhood kids in their costumes. It’s fun seeing what they come up with. My friend’s six-year old daughter, Freyja, decided that she wants to be Elton John this year. I can’t even begin to tell you how delightful I find that.

I’m kind of bummed that my kids and former daycare are too too big for trick-or-treating. But since costuming is my favorite part, here are a few of them I’ve made over the years.

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Killian dragon costume

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Ninja Killian, Pirate Corwin and IDK

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So…what’s your favorite holiday? Click on Jessica, GwenKellie, Kris, and Paige’s names to find out theirs. I feel like Jessica might celebrate Shark Week like it’s a holiday…

A Few of My Favorite Things: Quotes

It time for another favorite things post – this month it’s quotes. I adore quotes. Seriously love them. These are just a few of my favorites that are frequently used in daily life – some for writing, some for not-writing.

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“In this parade of stupid and dumb, I am the one twirling the flaming baton.” – Loralei Gilmore The Gilmore Girls

“Can you vague that up for me?”  – Buffy Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer

“Not my circus. Not my monkeys.” – Polish Proverb

“Trust the story.” – Neil Gaiman

“Speak your mind even if your voice shakes.” – Maggie Kuhn

“Don’t forget – no one else sees the world quite the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories you have to tell.” – Charles deLint

“The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.” – Peggy O’Mara

“My hope is to leave the world a little bit better than when I got here.” – Jim Henson

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they ell us dragons can be beaten.” – G.K. Chesterton

“A lot parents will do anything for their kids except let them be themselves.” – Banksy

“You are the best kind of fucked up.” – Jenny Lawson

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”  – W.B. Yeats

“I am and will always be the optimist, the hoper of far flung hopes and the dreamer of improbably dreams.” – The Doctor Doctor Who

“You have no power over me.” – Sarah  Labyrinth

“He had noticed that events were cowards: they didn’t occur singularly, but instead they would run in packs and leap out at him all at once.” – Neil Gaiman Neverwhere

“The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.” – Maya Angelou

“Isn’t this enough? Just this world? Just this beautiful, complex, wonderfully unfathomable, natural world? How does it so fail to hold our attention that we have to diminish it with the invention of cheap, man-made Myths and Monsters?” Tim Minchin Storm

“We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edge of the print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.” – Margaret Atwood The Handmaid’s Tale

“Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn’t know you had, and dealing with fears you didn’t know existed.” Linda Wooten

“The risk I took was calculated, but man, am I bad at math.” – Unknown

What are some of your favorite quotes? Share! Also, click the names below to see what quotes the other Wednesday Random bloggers are fond of.

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A Few of My Favorite Things: Beauty Products

It’s time for another favorite things post. And this month? Beauty products!  Okay, I admit, I’m constantly looking for the Holy Grail of mascara and hair conditioner. It’s an unending battle. Oh, and also the perfect scent. But I’ll share a few of my favorites with you.  Also, I apologize for all the wonky spacing with the pictures and stuff.

First up? Hair. I have stupid, baby fine hair that refuses grow much past my shoulders. It used to be pin straight, but once I had my second kid, I suddenly got all kinds of body and wave. Well, not in this one stubborn spot up front, but that’s what barrettes are for.

But here are my favorite hair products for fine, easily damaged hair.

The It’s a 10 Miracle Hair Mask gets used once a week. It helps restore elasticity and shine to my crabby, crabby hair. The Designline Olive Oil shampoo and conditioner are an every day or every other day thing depending on how often my hair needs to be washed. The It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Conditioner happens every time my hair gets washed. It does wonders to keep my hair from getting frizzy and breaking.

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Next up, it’s my favorite skincare products.

Premiere face was and day lotion. It’s pricey. But holy crap, my face loves this stuff. It really helps with my rosacea and it doesn’t make my face weirdly greasy like a lot of lotions do.

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Witch Hazel. Yep. Plain old Witch Hazel. It’s the best astringent on the planet. I use it before I go to bed and when I wake up. Sometimes I use it in the middle of the day if my face feels icky. It’s also great on skin irritations, bug bites and sunburns.  And speaking of sunburns…

I avoid them at all costs, because I’m a pasty girl. I don’t tan, I just fry and then fry some more. So, I’m all about the SPF Vampire. This is what I use until they make a higher one. (Yes, I know it’s not supposed to be any more effective than 50, but whatever. I burn like a mofo, and I’ve got skin cancer on both sides of my family. I’ll take ALL the SPF, thanks!

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Nail polish! I used love wearing nail polish, but a run in with a cadaver wearing the same shade I had on, put me off it for a good twenty years or so. But thanks to my niece and Jenny Trout, I love it again. I’m particularly fond of Zoya. They’re vegan-friendly and free of five of the worst toxins like formaldehyde,  formaldehyde resin, toluene, camphor, and dibutyl phthalate. I have no idea what most of those are, but they sound shitty, so if I can avoid breathing them in, I’m down with that. Plus they have over 300 colors!  Here are a few of my favorites. Ki, Autumn, Edyta, Freja, Louise, Natty and Nimue.  Oh yeah, I’m also a huge fan of there base and top coats (Anchor and Armor, respectively) and Opi’s Rapid Dry Spray.

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Oh what else…  Makeup! That’s what!

There are a few Holy Grail items I’m still seeking. One is an eye shadow to replace my beloved Twig that Origins discontinued. It was the most perfect shade of taupe that ever existed. For now, I’ll just wander through the wastelands of Ulta and Sephora with the last of the Twig trying to find a suitable replacement.

But anyway, here are some products I love. Now, I don’t wear make up all the time. Hell, I *maybe* wear it twice a month – unless I’m at a conference. But, I like what I have to work and work well for my skin. Here are a few things I refuse to be without.

Eyeshadow primer is huge for me otherwise I wear it right off and it gets that awful creased look halfway through the day. I really like Shadow Worx by Coastal Scents. It’s super light and not the least little bit greasy.

Like practically everyone else in the world, I don’t get enough sleep. I also have allergies. A lot of allergies. So my undereye circles are pretty spectacular. For consealer, I really like Smashbox. It’s got great coverage without looking cakey. I’m not huge on foundation, but I like the Purminerals Powder Foundation. It’s lightweight, it blends easily and it doesn’t make me feel or look like I’m wearing a mask. And for mascara, I adore Benefit’s They’re Real! It’s fantastic stuff. The lovely @LilyElement and author, @AnyaBreton  Twitter timeline and the even better Nailed at Night beauty blog recommended it to me and @LilyElement sent me a sample because she’s amazing. I’m seriously in love with this mascara. If I wasn’t such a damn slacker, I would have taken a picture of how great it works. But…I am a slacker.

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And lastly, scents. I love perfumes made from essential oils. I can’t wear commercial perfumes. There’s something wonky with my skin’s chemistry that just messes with the chemicals in commercial stuff making it smell positively foul. But I’m all good with essential oils.

Acorns and Alchemy creates some of my very favorites!  And every year, my sister and I go to the Michigan Renaissance Festival and create our own scents. Mine usually involve some combination of honey, dark vanilla, clove, oak moss, or nutmeg. But here are a few from Acorns and Alchemy that I’m fond of.

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Okay, now that you probably know more than you ever wanted to know about my favorite beauty products, go check out the other bloggers and see what they like!

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A Few of My Favorite Things: Seasons

It’s the first Wednesday of the month, and that means it’s time for another installment of A Few of my Favorite Things – and this month it’s all about seasons.

One of the things I love most about Michigan is that we get to experience all four seasons. (Sometimes all in the same day.) I actually enjoy all of the seasons despite my vocal, and often incessant bitching about the bleak endlessness of winter, I don’t actually hate-hate it. I just sort of hate it after New Year’s Day. And I’m not crazy about horribly humid summer days that make you feel like you’re breathing through a straw covered by a wet paper towel. That’s not great either. But, below are my faves along with the pictures I’ve taken over the last year or so.

But, my favorite season is autumn. I love the cooler temps, and sweater weather, the changing leaves, the weird, almost painfully blue color the sky gets on those super sunny, clear days, and the way that the leaves look bright and sharp enough to cut through the sky. Or the way the sun shines through the leaves and everything just looks not quite grounded in reality. Or is that just me?

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Second favorite season is spring. I love the smell of wet earth, and green growing things, and rain on the wind and flowers blooming – especially the lilacs – they’re my favorites –  and everything coming back to life, and crazy, vivid sunrises, and thunderstorms – oh my god, the thunderstorms. I love them so.

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Third favorite season is summer. I love being home with the kids, and spending days by the lake, and sitting in the shade and swinging in my hammock swing, and listening to the waves, and the thunderstorms – love the freaking thunderstorms. Not a fan of humidity or sweating, though.

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Which I guess brings us to winter. I like the quiet stillness of winter at night. I like to be snug in my house watching the snow and drinking tea – just as long as I don’t have to go outside and drive in it.

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What’s you favorite? And don’t forget to check out the other Wednesday Random bloggers’ posts and see what season is their favorite.

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A Few of My Favorite Things: Websites

It’s the first Wednesday of the month, so it’s time for another collections of our favorite things, and this time, we’re looking at websites.

I know what you’re thinking. We’re writers, surely we don’t have time to dink around on the interwebz. No…of course we don’t. But you know…if I did…these would be my favorite websites.

Hyperbole and a Half – She hasn’t updated in forever, but Allie Brosh is still one of the funniest people on the internet and even rereading her posts will reduce me to tears of laughter. Which, face it,  we all need once in a while. I need it often.

The Oatmeal – I also adore Matthew Inman. He’s hilarious and also incredibly thought provoking.

Trout Nation – Jenny Trout lists her website as “You One Stop Procrastination Shop” – that is entirely true. Like Inman’s in addition to being hilarious, it’s also thought provoking.

The Bloggess – More hilarity. Though I’m wildly behind on her blog.

Acorns and Alchemy – This is my friend’s site. She makes amazing, organic essential oil blends, scrubs, soaks, etc.

Ravelry – my go-to place for all kinds of awesome knitting patterns, advice, etc. I’m GranolaGirlKnits on there if you’re a fellow knitter.

Tumblr – my brain vacation spot.

Etsy – I hate shopping, but I love shopping on Etsy. A.) I don’t have to leave my house. B.) They have things here that are so much cooler than I ever see anywhere else.

Pinterest – This is my like my internet therapy. Jenny Trout says she can always predict my state of my mental health by looking at what I’ve pinned recently. She’s not wrong…

Amazon – Yes, I know some people think they’re the devil. And I understand the reasoning behind that, but this is the place that means I don’t have to shop in real stores. Because I loathe shopping. And real stores. And being around people I don’t know. And shopping carts with the wonky wheel. It’s bad enough that I have to grocery shop. I don’t want to do other shopping. Ever. Unless I’m at a Ren Faire. I’ll shop there all damn day. But actual stores? No.

Check out the other bloggers favorite sites by clicking on their names below.

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