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My March Favorites!

I haven’t really done this yet, but I keep seeing monthly favorite posts everywhere! So why not try it myself? I can’t promise I’ll remember to do this for April, much less August, but at least we’ll have March!


My favorite lip product:


Bare Minerals Pop of Passion in Plumberry Pop – from one of my Sephora Play! boxes! I think I was a little meh about it at the very beginning, but I have become a fan. It’s always in my purse so I can just glide it on my lips whenever. It can give a little color or a lot, depending on how much you use. And it is soooo moisturizing! LoveloveLOVE it!


My favorite nail polish:


I love the New Orleans Collection from O⋅P⋅I, and all of them are super, but I have really fallen for Take a Right on Bourbon! It’s a white-silver metallic with a pearly finish, and it just looks lovely. Two coats gives it good opacity and it lasts a nice long while.


My favorite book (that was read this month):


The Tutor’s Daughter by Julie Klassen. If I’m not mistaken, I have now read all of Klassen’s books to date. Oh noes! I do love historicals, and though I’m not too much of a romance reader, you can suck me in totally with a well-written Regency romance. Julie Klassen writes those! The blurb about the book:

Emma Smallwood, determined to help her widowed father when his boarding school fails, accompanies him to the cliff-top manor of a baronet and his four sons. But soon after they arrive and begin teaching the two younger boys, mysterious things begin to happen. Who does Emma hear playing the pianoforte at night, only to find the music room empty? And who begins sneaking into her bedchamber, leaving behind strange mementoes?

The baronet’s older sons, Phillip and Henry Weston, wrestle with problems—and secrets—of their own. They both remember the studious Miss Smallwood from their days at her father’s academy. But now one of them finds himself unexpectedly drawn to her….

When suspicious acts escalate, can Emma figure out which brother to blame, and which to trust with her heart?

Filled with page-turning suspense, The Tutor’s Daughter takes readers to the windswept Cornwall coast—a place infamous for shipwrecks and superstitions—where danger lurks, faith is tested, and romance awaits.


My favorite scent:


Aerin – Waterlily Sun. I must have received this as a sample when I ordered something from Sephora, because there’s no other place it would have come from. From the first whiff of this fragrance I fell in love with it. It’s expensive, though! I’m not sure I’d hand over $110.00 for 1.7 ounces anytime soon. Maybe as a giftie to myself when I lose like 50 pounds or something? Yeah – that sounds good! But really – go sniff this for yourself at Sephora or Nordstrom’s. It’s delicious!


My favorite app on my phone:


Can You Escape for Android. The game is described like this: “The purpose of this game is to break out of the rooms. Solve the puzzles and find all the hidden objects that you have to use in the rooms in order to advance to the next floor. Challenge yourself in this fun, addictive, free and popular puzzle game.” It is fun, and it is addicting, and I’ve still just got the first one! You have to look under and inside things, move panels and objects, use things you pick up to affect other things, and remember codes and sequences – and figure out what they are to be used for. It’s fun!




My favorite drink:

Months ago, Hims and I began going to Barnes & Noble every couple weeks or so, browsing and then sitting down in the cafe to sip on a Starbuck’s. Yeah, like a cheap date. I’m easy like that. *laughs* Anyway, I asked if their chai tea latte could be made no fat and no sugar, because there’s a coffee house we go to nearby that has it that way. “Oh, yes,” the barista tells me. “Our chai latte is sugar free and can have fat free milk.” Super! So this is what I order. For weeks. The whole time I am putting in the PointsPlus for the other coffee house’s drink. When Weight Watchers totally got onto SmartPoints, I tried to find the fat-free, sugar-free iced chai latte in the data base. Nothing. I tried on the Starbuck’s site, and nothing. I found lot-o-sugar chai tea latte, but not sugar-free. So finally one night we are there, and I ask a young man behind the counter about it: “I was told they are sugar-free, but I don’t see that on the website.” Guess what? That barista who told me this was completely wrong. Like 62 grams of sugar wrong. I about died – no wonder I was having such a hard time losing any more weight! Then I got a bit angrier, because what if I’d been a diabetic? I’m asking for no sugar for a reason.

Anyway, this guy stepped up and kicked some ass. After asking me if he could try something (and if I didn’t like it, I didn’t have to pay for it), he pulled out a Venti size hot cup, put 5 pumps of sugar-free vanilla syrup in it, two teabags of rooibos tea (the African Autumn tea they have), filled it with water to just cover the teabags, and then added steamed non-fat milk. It’s a steamer with syrup, and it was just amazingly delicious. He called it African Sunset. I’ve had it a few times since – sometimes the baristas can make it almost perfectly, and other times they really screw it up. But it’s definitely my go-to drink at Starbuck’s now!


Favorite thing to watch on television:


You betcha – Stargate SG1 – all the seasons on DVD. We also have the movies that came after it, Stargate: Atlantis, and the original movie (with James Spader- ultra-yum!). Now, for the mega-dork admission – we play Where’s Waldo with cast members of the Stargates and the reimagined Battlestar Galactica. You’re always seeing them pop up in the SG episodes, and it’s fun just to point and call out: “There’s Gaeta!” or “That’s Chief Tyrell!” Because yeah – they are in some episodes along with others. Then there’s the Where’s Waldo game with Peter DeLuise: nearly every time he directed an episode of Stargate SG1, he is IN the episode somewhere. Sometimes he’s easy to spot, and other times you might catch a quick glimpse, which prompts us to rewind a bit and see if that really was him.

Yeah, so we’re a bit weird. 🙂


My favorite thing at Trader Joe’s:


Trader Joe’s Contemplates Inner Peas! It took me a long, long time to finally get around to trying these things out. I mean, how good could baked green pea pods be? But of course, this is Trader Joe’s we are talking about. Silly me for waiting so long. They are good – there’s not a whole lot of taste to them, but they aren’t bland. They are a bit greasy, though, so that might be a drawback for some people. Still, I love the things!


What else should I add to my monthly favorites list? Anyone have any suggestions?





Syd is a Midwestern girl who doesn’t think the term “girl” is sexist in the least – especially after she left her 20s. She holds a huge love for history (from WWI through the end of WWII, Victorian, Regency, and Elizabethan eras), some science fiction, and likes to pass the time reading, working with photography and needlework, and writing things. Lots of things. Syd likes to dance, too, but she looks like an utter goob doing so!

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