Been a while since I waxed poetic on new things I have either tried or procured and so I thought I’d share some of them with you…
First up in the adult beverage category, I’m happy to introduce you to dry rose cider. Not as sweet as other alcoholic ciders with the taste of rose wine featured prominently! Comes in perfect personal size bottles, great for beaches or parties, and would look great in any clear door refrigerator! We searched locally for this and our local packie manager found the last 4 pack on the bottom shelf of the cider section of our favorite local. I’m hoping they get more in stock soon, I’ve been rationing the ones I have. I love the label, so McKenzie / Childs. The cider comes from Wolffer Vineyards on Long Island, and they also stock white and rose wine. Might have to do more research in person at the vineyard!
I’m usually not one to purchase additional “gadgets” for the household unless it has a clearly demonstrated superiority of design or purpose. After seeing the larger version in action in the tiki bar at my brothers pool both last season and this season, I decided it might be a good addition to our own “bar” tools! I have used a blender in the past for mixing adult beverages but the key difference is the ice shaver that is built into the hopper of the machine. The Hubs and I have both used it for margaritas, Mexican mudslides ( rum not vodka) and for my personal favorite, Frose! If you aren’t using premixed alcohol, they give you a handy mixing cup that conveniently measures the ingredients and then opens into the carafe so you don’t have to pour them separately. Ingenious and comes in several sizes to correspond to the size of your tiki hut!
I have so many emails everyday that I don’t even remember signing up for. Yes, I agreed to and use Skimm every morning and get my books occasionally on Book Bub but some of the other ones really had me scratching my head. Unrollme is so easy! You can get rid of only the emails you never want to see again, but keep some or get a daily roll up! Use the app on your phone or iPad and it will carry through. So easy. Next day, one roll up and about 10 emails. Fabulous!
I’d been stalking this cute apron from the Etsy shop, The House She Loved. If you remember my post from earlier, you know I hunted one down at the French Country Market recently and met the maker. Fashioned like an old style school room pinafore, I love that the apron covers everything without restricting movement. It’s made of a sturdy linen with a retro barkcloth pocket that you can stuff a 5# bag of flour in! So soft and washes like a dream!
Long time readers know that I love anything apricot and shampoo is no different! L’Oreal now has this apricot oil nourishing shampoo that works great on colored hair. I’m just finishing my first tube, a little goes a long way, and just got a second back up.
Lastly, watching Project Runway, late one nite, I kept the channel tuned to the follow on show for start up beauty/fashion items and found “Swell Skin”. Let me tell you, it is SWELL! I bought both the soap and the oil and use both religiously now. Any dermatologist will tell you that a regimen of cleanser and moisturizer and sunscreen will help keep skin moist and looking ageless, along with proper hydration etc. I’m no MD but I can tell you that this has replaced Cetaphil for me. I use twice a day and with enough working, the lather turns almost creamy in your hands. Let it sit on your face for a bit as instructed and you will feel a coolness. I use the oil before bed and although the scent is a little organic and strong, it dissipates quickly and is not noticeable after 2 or 3 minutes at most. I don’t feel like I need moisturizer after I cleanse, and feel like my sunscreen and make up go on better. My face also feels great during the day. Soap seems to last forever, still on first bar and been using now over 3 months! To order go to www.swellskin.net.