Saturday, July 7, 2007

Raindrops on Roses & Whiskers on Kittens

I was tagged by Clemsongirlandthecoach!!

Get your minds out of the gutter (although I do think she's been hitting on me a little and I'm totally digging that. She's funny AND she has direct access to hot college athletes in tight pants...Definitely real life friend potential there...). I believe I am supposed to list my favorite things!

Just like Oprah (whom I adore with all of my heart). I have so, so, so, so many favorite things it is absolutely ridiculous, so I'll give you the condensed (but most likely still too long) version:

When life hands you lemons...make Lemonade!! I looooooove baths. I take one almost every night, it's really the only way I get reading time (or bathing time for that matter). I got this body wash & shampoo for Christmas and I can barely stop myself from drinking it or licking myself every time I smell it. If I had as much money as Oprah, I'd buy every single one of you a lifetime supply! It is truly delicious and you deserve some. I urge each and every one of you to run, don't walk, run out and buy it for yourself right now. There is always room in the budget for happiness.

While you are in the bathtub, soaking in your sweet smelling bubbles, you will be reading....

The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillipa Gregory

There is a required reading list in order to be my friend (I'll get that to you guys soon so you can start working on it), and this is high on the list. This is what started my almost bizarre interest in all things King Henry the VIII. It is fiction, so don't go thinking you're an expert after reading it, but it was a juicy read that led me to wanting to know more. Reading is essential to my mental health. E-SSEN-TIAL. Right up there with baths.

While you are soaking in your citrus scented water and reading your juicy novel, your hair will be soaking in a luxurious coating of Wen Cleanser & Conditioner!!! (you all scream wildly and jump up and down here) I LOVE this stuff. Please note that LOVE is in capitals AND bold. Because I really love it that much. Generally, with hair stuff I'm a "whatever is reasonably priced" kind of girl. I have curly hair that requires gobs and gobs and gobs of conditioner. If I get a Costco sized shampoo and conditioner, the conditioner will be gone in a month and I'll have the shampoo for a year, no exaggeration.

So when my mom got me this for Christmas, I was excited but pretty sure I wouldn't be able to sustain the new luxury (because Christmas with my mom is a lot like being on an episode of Oprah's Favorite Things). Sure enough, first time I tried it and felt that wonderful tingle on my scalp and how easy my hair was to comb, I rushed to the computer to check the price and realized I had better use it sparingly because there was a good chance this was it until next Christmas. I was super pissed to find the Big Kid pumping out small mountains of it to spread all over the shower walls.

Luckily, it seems to be the only product that doesn't torture Mr. Ashley's poor sensitive scalp so he considers it an essential (YAY!! This NEVER happens). I've tried all of them and prefer the Sweet Almond Mint. The only one I didn't love was fig, but Mr. Ashley likes that one so you may too. This can be used as shampoo, conditioner (and it's not one of those crappy 2-in-1 products, those never work for me) and leave in conditioner, so if multiple usages helps you justify the cost--there you go. I love to put some on, put my hair in a bun and then go on the boat so I can deep condition and keep my flyaways controlled all at once. This is another product that you DESERVE, ladies.

And while you are maxin' and relaxin' on the boat with your sleek updo, you will be protecting your complexion with.... Aveeno Sunblock.

I know sunblock doesn't seem like a luxury or a favorite thing, but after a few boat days of constant whining because of shitty sunblock eating at your kids' eyeballs like muriatic acid...good sunblock is a luxury. (Note to self: Follow through with promise to track down CEO of Coppertone for Kids, coat his hands in his crapola product, rub them all over his eyes and then send him off to play in some sand and water. Fucking bastard). We lather up in this before ever leaving the house and then we re-apply, re-apply, re-apply with Spray Sunscreen, one of the best inventions EVER. It feels refreshing, you don't have to rub sand into your flesh and you can get a moving target, like the Big Kid. Let's face it ladies, our days of baby oil and iodine tanning oil are over. Sunblock is a necessary evil. Let's at least make the transition as painlessly as possible.

After lathering up with sunscreen and slicking your hair back for the boat, it's time to look halfway presentable! Halfway presentable = Neutrogena's tinted moisturizer (probably my favorite beauty product right now, go two shades darker than you think you need) and Mary Kay's waterproof mascara. I've tried lots of waterproof mascaras but really like this one. Nothing pisses me off more than putting on waterproof mascara and then coming home to see that I have had racoon eyes all day. Don't suggest that I skip the mascara either, I feel naked without it, it is non-negotiable.

While cruising around and relaxing, you'll be listening to the Be Good Tanyas. A chaw recommended this to me (the invisible chaw) and the Canadian chaw backed up the recommendation, because I guess these girls come from there. I LOVE THEM. They make me want to dance (and I'm a piss poor dancer). I love "The Littlest Birds" and their "Oh Susanna".

(trying to attach the youtube video, if this works I'll pee my pants with happiness)

Be Good Tanyas. I'll just say, "You're welcome" right now, because I know you'll want to thank me.

After a long day of being out in the sun, there is nothing better than coming home, taking a bath and getting into my Old Navy lounge pants, aka, my uniform for life.

I'm wearing pink ones as I sit here and type this. When life was really good (and by good, I mean when I was pregnant and such a hormonal wreck that Mr. Ashley didn't dare tell me no about anything) I would wash said loungewear in Caldrea Sweet Pea detergent, after pre-treating it with Caldrea Sweet Pea stain remover. Sigh. The good old days. Oh, how good we smelled. Oh, what a joy laundry was to do. Oh, the ridiculousness of paying $16 for a smallish thing of detergent.

I can also attest to the fact that there may be nothing better in the whole wide world than going to bed in freshly washed (in Caldrea, of course) sheets that have been lightly misted with Caldrea's White Tea linen spray. Ahhhhh.

At this point you're probably sick of me and I know this has turned into an epic novel instead of a short list of favorites, but I warned you. Two last quick things:

Capri Blue candles smell seriously, amazingly good. They make the whole house smell good. I love their Gardenia scent (I didn't find it at that store I linked, but I'm too lazy to look far). I think you can get them at Anthropologie.

Coach wristlet Mine is a much cuter patchwork than this one (it matches my purse), but I love the wristlet because it makes it easy to switch everything from purse to diaper bag, or to just run in to a store with it if I don't need the whole diaper bag.

Okay, I'm going to be done now. Please don't forget about products I have mentioned in previous entries. The EMFLTB truly deserves a place on the list but you all know I love that thing.

I'm new to blogging and tagging and whatnot and don't really know the protocol. Am I allowed to tag all bloggers who read my blog? I'm not much for rules and that sounds like the easiest thing to I'm just going to go with that.

Nars, I'm sure you're noticing that you didn't make the list. You're probably thinking, "What the hell? She has used our products for 6 years now and not even a mention?"

I'm pissed about the eyeliner issue. I like that it comes in a little compact sort of thing and that you apply it with a brush...I DO NOT like that it breaks every freaking time. In a perfect world, eyeliner would never need to travel, but this is not a perfect world. I have tried packing it securely, carrying it in my purse, cushioning it, but no, every time I arrive at my destination I open the little compact and spill black sparkly powder all over myself and wherever I'm staying. It's not cool.

Also, same thing applies for lip gloss. Occasionally it may be left in the car, and when I get back and go to apply it, I don't expect it to have turned into thick globs of pink shiny slime. Maybe you could ask Smashbox how they do it, but something's got to give. Because I do love you. I love your products (most of the time), I love the free samples and I love your friendly sales girls (although frankly, I think that has more to do with my own kick ass personality. I highly doubt the CEO of Nars is encouraging the reps to invite broke SAHMs out to lunch, but I'll give you credit for hiring such nice girls). Shape up and maybe you'll make the next list.
Edited to add: Don't think I haven't noticed the wonky formatting. It is killing me. However, I have already spent two days on this damn post and I really need to just let it go and move forward. Please don't judge me for my spacing issues.


Sisters with Style said...

The Other Boleyn Girl made me obssesed with Henry VIII too. I totally did internet research on the guy. I was way to involved.

clemsongirlandthecoach said...

would it confirm your thoughts that i am hitting on you if i told you that is my fav book? it got me started on the whole english history thing, which then led to france (best book on that one is Abundance). can't wait until the movie comes out! too funny

Deb said...

What IS up with the shampoo/conditioner ratio thing? I hate that.

I'm Caldrea to my shopping list. Never tried it. Can't wait. Thanks!

tommie said...

great suggestions....I will have to try the lemon stuff!

btw, that is the wristlet we gave our babysitter when she left us to go to college! She had the big bag and I knew she would like it.

Unknown said...

Awesome gift! I actually got one for my 16 year old sister in law for Christmas and then decided it was necessary for me to have one in order to give her hers.

I also gave her a necklace from Tiffany's for her 16th birthday. I do all of this because SMIL hates brand names, is super cheap and I love to torture her. I wish I had a SIL like me.

Unknown said...

Clemsongirl, we are clearly meant to be. I'm going to go put Abundance on my Amazon wishlist right now. I am also anxiously awaiting the movie.

Henna said...

How are you so funny? Seriously, how? You are the sister I never had. I mean someone who makes it compulsory to have read a book if you want to be her friend? (Ok, I haven't read that book, but I WILL NOW!) And the tag? Oh I noticed the tag, my friend. Brill.

Sasha said...

Fun stuff! New to blogging myself- you have inspired me! Off to do my own faves list.

Sarahviz said...

So it's not Caldrea Sweet pee stain remover?
*cracking myself up*

Fluffy Windover said...

I JUST bought that Neutrogena tinted moisturizer too!!! It makes my skin look halfway decent. All my snooty girlfriends poo-poo my obsession with drugstore cosmetics, but I am a junkie. Besides, they only need the fancier stuff because they're uglier than I am.

Unknown said...

QVC has a sampler set of the Wen cleanser and today Monday is the last day at the Introductory Price. It is on wait-list so I am praying I have money when it comes back in stock. You are SOOOO bad for me, and I love it!


the rural rube said...

Miss Oprah and her "favoUrite" things....ummmmm
Forget Nars, I do believeth that you forgotteth a very very importanteth
"favoUrite" thing. I can't believe that you failed to mention
THE PLEASURE COMMANDER. And you wrote the testimonial. Geez Louise.

btw - you all MUST read "the other bolelyn girl". I thought I'd HATE it when Ashley forced me into reading it. It is now my biggest book recommendation at present, along with any John Irving and The Glass Castle.

Olivia: (mostly) Happy Homemaker said...

Great list! Thanks!

Kricket said...

Seriously I hate to fucking read, however I have managed to read Bright Light and Big Ass, does that count? Can I be your friend now? Mmmm-whhhaaaa