It’s May oh one, so that means it’s once again time for our monthly His + Her Favorite Things post. We’ve rounded up everything from good reads to lip gloss. Here are a few of our favorite things:
1. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins – Yep. I’ve hopped on the Hunger Games bandwagon with Ash and I’m not jumping off ’til the bitter end! I really liked the first book and I’m about 3/4 of the way through this one. The series just keeps getting better, so I have high hopes for the third book. Hopefully, I’ll finish this one up in the next couple of days and be able to talk about all the details with Ash, who has been waiting patiently for me to finish the series for a few weeks now. I’ll ask her questions about the book while I’m reading and she won’t say a word.
2. Recycled Record Guitar Picks – When I came across these guitar picks cut from real records, I knew I had to have them. Don’t worry! According to the description, they’re not destroying music to make music. (Though some people might think that’s cool, I suppose) They’re taking unplayable records and reusing them for the good of guitarists everywhere. Just be forewarned: these picks are pretty thick (being punched from records, they’re as thick as the source material), so don’t expect them to flex much!
3. iRig – This hardware/app combo seems like a really great way to learn songs or practice quietly without having to fire up a larger, more complicated device. The iRig lets you plug your guitar into your iPhone and output the processed sounds through the headphones, mixed in with songs that you can import from the library on your phone. Just don’t be caught off-guard; the software side of this purchase is a little complicated. The hardware is $40 up-front, but there are multiple versions of the iOS app (I suggest the $10 version, which comes with some effects and such to get you started) and a bunch of in-app purchases. I’d say expect to spend about $60-$70 for the whole setup and you’ll probably get what you need. It’s still a pretty cool concept though.
4. Phineas and Ferb Card Game – As you may (or may not) know, I’m a huge, unashamed fan of the TV show Phineas and Ferb. Well, now they have a card game! I don’t know when this came out, but I’m pretty stoked about getting my hands on a pack to see how it plays out. From the description, it sounds like a sure-fire winner on game night with the rest of the family.
5. Ceramic Cargo Containers – As much as Ash loves organization, you’d think I’d have no problem staying organized, but a lot of times, my office ends up in a state of what I like to call “organized chaos”. Part of the problem is I never seem to have enough storage space for the little parts and pieces of things that I’m working on. These ceramic cargo containers are perfect for storing small items and as an added bonus, they look really cool. They’ve been scaled down from actual cargo containers from 8 feet to 8 inches.
1. Kate Spade In the Spotlight Idiom Bangle – I’m always a sucker for Kate Spade. And polka dots. And gold jewelry. Therefore, this bracelet easily made the list. I love how it has “in the spotlight” engraved on the inside. Super cute!
2. Moo - I had my first Moo experience a few days ago and I loved it! I designed some “Please Do Not Bend” stickers to use when when shipping our Etsy orders. I’ve used a lot of printing companies in the past, some really great, but not as fun as Moo. Not only is it fun and easy, but you can have up to 59 designs in one sticker order – which is ordinarily unheard of with other printing companies unless you want to pay an arm and a leg… and an ear. I ended up doing the same design in four different colors.
3. Erin Condren Address Book – Even though we’re in the age of digital information at our fingertips, there’s nothing more reliable than a pen and paper. It’s good to have a hardcopy of important addresses on hand. By the way, we’ve got an ErinCondren.com giveaway going on here! If you haven’t entered yet, be sure to click on over.
4. Mushrooms – When I was a kid, I loathed three things: mushrooms, tomatoes, and bell peppers. The jury is still out on the bell peppers, but these days, I can’t wait until our Hanover Tomato season (in July!) and I’m loving everything that involves mushrooms. Everything. For the past month or so, almost every single dinner I’ve cooked at home has involved mushrooms in some way, shape or form. Even the other night, we were out to dinner and I ordered grilled chicken… with a side of mushrooms. Good thing they are low in calories, right? Photo/recipe from here.
5. Butter Nail Polish in Pearly Queen – I love this nail polish. It’s a really cool gray, pearl, white color – making it go with anything and everything. It’s also a nice break from my tried and true classic black.
6. Persimmon Candle – I bought this candle for my office but I’m not planning on burning it until my office is “done”. I guess you could say it’s going to be my “reward”. I love the design on the jar and my great grandmother loved persimmons, so in a way, it kind of reminds me of her. I’m looking forward to enjoying the relaxing scent of Japanese persimmon, peach, and red currants. Hmmm…
7. Sephora Glossy Gloss in Creme Brule – Yet again, another favorite lip gloss. I really like this gloss because it’s what every lip gloss should be: super glossy. Yet it’s really sticky (in a good way), so it tends to stay on for a long time. You can easily gauge how much “glossiness” you want by how much you put on. And I love the color! I always gravitate towards the light nude colors. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll venture out into the realm of tango mango.
That wraps up our favorite things for the merry merry month of May. What are your current favorites? Any new tv shows or favorite new-to-you food groups? Share them with the class…
As always, we are never perk’ed, paid, or persuaded to include particular items in our Monthly Favorites posts. We simply have fun sharing our current favorite things and hope you’ll get to know us better “behind the spray paint”.