A Few Friday Favorites

1. Voluspa Goji Tarocco Orange candle

This candle is the hands-down, no question, not-even-a-contest best candle I’ve ever owned. It’s sublime, really – a perfect mixture of floral and citrus with just a hint of spice mixed in. Plus, it makes the whole house smell great, not just the room where it’s burning.

2. Udi’s Natural Artisan Granola

I like to make my own granola, but lately things have been a little cuckoo and it’s just been easier to pick up a bag at the store. The Udi’s Original is my favorite store-bought version that I’ve tried so far. It’s not greasy at all, and it’s not in big huge chunks, so I don’t feel like I’m trying to break open a rock when I eat it. I love the pistachios and bananas chips – oh-so-delicious!

3. Sesmark Rice Thins – Sesame

I’ve been buying these crackers for a couple of years, and I’m still amazed by how great they taste with, well, anything. They’re gluten-free, which is a delightful bonus, but mainly they’re crispy and tasty and perfect for dipping.

4. Erin Condren Life Planner

I have tried to be one of those people who keeps a calendar on my computer. I HAVE TRIED. But at the end of the day, I can’t shake my love for writing everything out on a calendar. Yes, my phone has a great little calendar app, but I can’t use colorful Sharpies on that calendar app. End of story.

After my beloved Blue Dog 12-month desk calendar was (apparently) discontinued, I finally broke down and bought an Erin Condren Life Planner. It’s a little pricier than my normal calendars, but if you’re patient, you can get a good deal by using a coupon code. All of the designs are great-looking, and I had the best time figuring out how I wanted to personalize my planner cover. Right now you can get 40% off a personalized gift label / life planner combo while supplies last – just use the coupon code ILOVEACOMBO at check-out.

(Nobody from Erin Condren contacted me about mentioning that, by the way.)

(I just saw it in an email from them, so I thought I’d share it.)

5. Cheeky Maiden Facial Soap

I know that it’s a tiny picture, so you’ll just have to trust me when I tell you that there is a whole lot of goodness in that little bar of soap. It’s 100% natural, smells great (lemongrass & tea tree oil? I believe I will), and it has made my skin very happy indeed. Plus, it’s only $2.99. TWO DOLLARS AND NINETY NINE CENTS, PEOPLE.

6. Obagi 5% Vitamin C Serum for Eye Area

One of the great ironies at this stage in my life is that waking up in the mornings and hopping out of bed is easier than it’s ever been, but sometimes it takes my eyes a couple of hours to catch up with what my body is doing. I’ve tried a couple of different eye creams, and while they kept the under-eye area moisturized, they didn’t really help with puffiness. But this Obagi Vitamin C Serum is a wonder. I dab it under my eyes after I wash my face in the mornings, and it has helped the skin underneath my eyes so much. There are some stronger percentages of Vitamin C Serum available, but the 5% is perfect for me – doesn’t make my skin dry, doesn’t cause peeling.

All righty. I need to go light my candle before I wash my face and put Vitamin C under my eyes so that I can eat granola and sesame crackers while I consult my calendar to see what I need to do today.

Or something like that.

Have a great weekend, y’all!

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  1. Sophie! I adore Cheeky! (Missy) – I bet u know her, too! We have used Bamboo Charcoal for over 2 years every single day. All natural & made @ her home in Calera.
    She is as precious in person as her label!
    Love you fav’s!

  2. The life planner is seriously the best purchase I’ve made in years!!! I just can’t do the whole electronic thing & this way my entire household can see exactly what’s going on on any given day. We call it the “oracle”, as in my husband will ask, “Do we have anything going on Feb. 24th?”. “I don’ t know, honey, consult the oracle”. Totally works for us and the price I paid is worth every penny. (Though I had a coupon, too : ) )

  3. Udi’s is gluten free, too. I love their products.

  4. Oh my Erin Condren planner and I became best friends this year and I completely agree with you!! I cannot use adorable sharpies (not even to mention the pretty stickers in the back) on my iphone calendar. NOT. THE. SAME. I got made fun of it, once again, this week. But Erin makes me feel pretty! And organized! Love it.

  5. I use a desk calendar and keep it in the office and write it up with my felt tip pens so everyone (mainly the hubby) knows what’s going on with everyone else. I love being able to see our life in a one month glance when planning, accepting invitations, etc…it’s helpful.

    But I carry my phone everywhere and use the calendar on it like a mad woman. I can set alarms and reminders and I would be lost and very forgetful without it.

  6. Our church uses those crackers for communion since they’re gluten-free, and the first time Gabe tried them, he was all, “Where do you think they got these crackers?? They are so good!!” So, now he eats them by the sleeve/box/whatever I can find them in. Come-to-Jesus Crackers, I like to call them.

  7. I’m with you on the planner issue!!! I too tried every stinking digital calendar and app on the phone/computer but I just keep going back to Steven Covey!! Maybe I’ll try this one next, it looks similar on the inside to my Covey. I just don’t understand how people can give up the pretty color pens and stickers and drawings on their calendars??!! :0) (plus..I think I tend to remember more when I actually WRITE the item down)

  8. I have been sad about my calendar choice this year. I’m thankful that I’m not the only one who needs something in front of me. I love my technology but my calendar needs my circles, colors and stars throughout the months. Thank you for putting this life planner on here! I just bought it and the cute labels and saved $32. It’s arrival date is at the end of this month. Which I heard March is SO the new January.

  9. Where do you find this stuff? Clearly I live 2 weeks from everywhere and don’t see these lovely things in our stores. On the other hand, have you tried the new Peanut butter Cheerios?

  10. I like candles but not enough to buy or light when I buy them. Hubby, on the other hand, just loves candles. Your entry reminded me of that, so I have just lit a candle since I know that he will enjoy it.

  11. DeeDee Brinkman says:

    Cheeky Maiden Facial Soap <——————— these people owe you BIG time…they are now SOLD OUT and I cannot get some soap…ha!!! I'm always looking for new things to help this aging skin of mine. I will check back with them later. Thanks for the suggestion :)

  12. Oh my joy! I can make myself a PERSONALIZED lesson plan book for next school year?!? Maybe some very sweet parent will give me a great end-of-the-year monetary gift so I can justify spending that much on a lesson plan book (my current book of choice is 14.97…which I thought was pricey.) Oh, but the owl one is CUTE!!
    Thanks for sharing.

  13. I’m with you on the calendars! I have to have one to write in, too! I also have an extensive collection of colored ink pens that I use to write in mine.

  14. I don’t use any of that stuff, I’m not that cool. But I did, at first glance, think that candle was a taco candle and I got excited, because I love tacos.(Torocco and Taco just look alike when you are only glancing.) Besides, smelling a taco would be the next best thing to eating one, I think. Or maybe it would just be torture. I don’t know yet. :)

  15. LOVE Udi’s. Will be trying to find the soap. (On an unrelated note, I tried Nutella for the first time this weekend. Holy. Party. In. My. Mouth.)

  16. Hi Sophie!

    Thank you SO much for recommending the Obagi eye serum! On your say-so, I ordered some immediately, as I have had a problem with puffy eyes for quite awhile. It came in today’s mail…and it worked!!! So grateful to have found this product! :)