Good Monday evening, everyone!
I'm joining Laura of The Ironstone Nest today for a "My Favorite Things" link party.
As the name implies, participants post a list of their favorite things, be they favorite home decor items, DIY tools, books, crafts, beauty products, recipes, or anything else. The party is a fun way to get to know other bloggers and to perhaps find some new "must-haves."
Here's my decidedly random list of favorite things, most of which don't apply to topics I normally write about here at Carolina Country Living. :)
Favorites for summer-ready feet, hands, and nails:
|Foot File - keep it in the shower, use it daily, and your feet will thank you! (Found mine at Walmart for a couple bucks.)|
|Cuticle pushers - use these with the cuticle remover to gently scrape away the dead skin.|
|Buffing block - so great for finger and toe nails, especially if you go au naturel much of the time - I smooth and buff my nails after trimming them and it gives a subtle, polished appearance|
|ELF's Nourishing Cuticle Pen - this little pen costs only $1!! And it's handy to keep in your purse or make-up bag for swiping onto both fingernails and toenails. The almond oil blend truly does moisturize cuticles!|
Favorite movie I found in the $5 bin:
|This quirky British comedy, shot in the most beautiful English countryside I've ever seen, now has me wanting to find a farm on which I can keep my chickens, raise cows, cook delicious meals, and host a writer's colony.|
Favorite summertime beverage:
|Celestial Seasonings Black Cherry Berry Tea - makes the most delicious iced tea when lightly sweetened.|
Favorite way to listen to music:
|Spotify - I don't have an iPod or any other MP3 player, so when I'm at home, I use the free version of Spotify to listen to all my favorite music. You simply download the app to your computer, then build and save playlists to your heart's content. If you do choose to upgrade to Premium, you can listen to music on your smartphone, offline, and more.|
Favorite skin care item:
|My friend Heather recommended this series to me when we were talking about our collective disappointment over having to wait until 2013 for season three of Downton Abbey. Lark Rise to Candleford has certainly filled that British-costume-drama-void in my life! I finished season one of this 4-season BBC series last month and love the look into 19th century rural and town life in England. The characters and setting are utterly charming--and Brendan Coyle (Mr. Bates from Downton Abbey) is one of the main characters!|
Favorite lip gloss:
|NYC Liquid Lipshine in Nude York City - one of the most versatile lip glosses I've ever had. Less than $3 a tube and complements all skin tones.|
Favorite coffee addition:
For a treat you can't beat, add the simple, but decadent, combination of evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk in either hot or iced coffee. Click here to be taken to an excellent iced coffee recipe that uses this creamy concoction.
Favorite children's book to read and re-read:
|Miss Rumphius was published 30 years ago, but I only read this delightful book for the first time last year when my son brought it home from preschool. The story of Miss Alice Rumphius touches me on many levels as she grows up, works in a library, travels the world, then settles down in a cottage by the sea, and seeks to make the world a more beautiful place with her lupines. I pretty much want to be Miss Rumphius.|
|These morsels--found at the checkout of the local Hobby Lobby--supplanted my 20-year favorite candy, Hot Tamales, when I found them this year.|
The party is open through Friday, so please join in the fun. I'd love to read about your favorite things!