It’s Friday, and we have made it through another week of social distancing. Honestly, if it weren’t for this blog, I probably wouldn’t know what day it was anymore. They just all seem to blur together these days. Anyway, Friday means that I get to share with you some of my favorite things. It has been a while since I have done a top 5 favorites post, so I figured I would do one today. I have a few things that I am loving right now that I wanted to share with you. They are all totally random things, but I love them each of them.
1. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
I know this wasn’t part of my book club for this month, but I have been wanting to read this book for some time. I figured now was as good of time as any with all the free time I have. I started this one at the beginning of this week and finished it in about 4 days. It was a great story about motherhood, mother-daughter relationships, teenage love, race, and economic and social class. I really enjoyed this story a lot. I wanted to finish it because there is also now an original series based on the book on Hulu staring Reese Witherspoon and Kerri Washington. I started watching it yesterday after I finished the book and am 3 or 4 episodes in. While the series is good, I always struggle when the storyline differs from that in the book. I’m one of those people that often will say that the book was better than the movie or series. I think that is just the book junkie in me. I will continue to watch it until the end though because I really did enjoy the book. What else do I have to do these days anyway? Here is what Publisher’s Weekly had to say about Little Fires Everywhere.
“This novel from Ng is both an intricate and captivating portrait of an eerily perfect suburban town with dark undertones not-quite-hidden from view and a powerful and suspenseful novel about motherhood. When the eccentric and itinerant artist Mia Warren and her 15-year-old daughter, Pearl, move into a rental house in Shaker Heights, Ohio, one summer, neither they nor their more conventional, affluent landlords, the Richardsons, have any reason to anticipate how dangerously enmeshed the two families will become. Before long, Pearl, enthralled by her first shot at a “normal” life, is spending every day with three of the four Richardson children, Lexie, Moody, and Trip, finding a best friend, a suiter, and a lover in turn. Meanwhile, Isabelle, the youngest Richardson teenager, starts heading over to see Mia, offering to work as her assistant but really looking for an escape. As both Mrs. Richardson and Mia Warren overstep their boundaries, Ng explores the complexities of adoption, surrogacy, abortion, privacy, and class, questioning all the while who earns, who claims, and who loses the right to be called mother. This is an impressive accomplishment.”
2. Easter M&M’s
I love M&M’s. I’m not a peanut fan or really a fan of any other M&M’s other than the original plain one. However, there is something about the Easter ones that I like better than the regular ones. I don’t know if has anything to do with the coloring as all of the Easter ones are pastel colors or what, but they taste different to me. I just like them even better than the regular ones (which I still love a lot). I can’t really explain it, but I love Easter M&M’s so much. Maybe I am just weird and it’s all psychological, but there is something about them that makes them taste better to me.
A few months ago, I did not know that glass nail files even existed. A friend of mine who is a rep. for Color Street (nail wraps), sent me a glass nail file with an order I had placed with her. At first, I wasn’t sure it I would like it because it feels weird and different from what I am used to, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that I actually like it a lot. I looked up what made them better than regular nail files just to see what I could find. An Allure article from August 30, 2012 states, “Glass files, also known as crystal files, regardless of how they are used, seal the keratin layers together at the edge of the nail, preventing peeling and chipping. Traditional nail files should be used filing in one direction only, but they rarely are, and filing in both directions causes the layers of keratin to shred, leaving the edge thinner and more prone to peeling and chipping. Another bonus is that glass files can be sanitized and sterilized.” Basically, it is better for your nails than a regular cardboard or metal one, and they last longer. If you have never tried a glass file or you have brittle nails, I would recommend you consider giving one a try.
I don’t know what kind of laundry detergent you use, but I thought I would share my favorite. I love the ease of pods, and Tide has always worked well for me. The one I use is Tide PODS HE Turbo-Ocean Mist. It smells so good and is by far my favorite. I love the smell of my clothes and towels when they come out of the dryer. I typically order it in the large plastic containers from Amazon, but I was having trouble finding it in the large size today. I found it in a smaller package, though. I really hope that means they aren’t doing away with that scent. I would be very upset!
I got this phone stand on the recommendation of another blogger that I follow, and I have used it way more than I even thought I would. Sometimes I will prop my phone up on it when I am getting ready in the mornings and watch videos or listen to podcasts. Recently, I have used it to hold my phone when I am doing live videos. It is the perfect size and is easily portable. I also love that you can charge your phone while it is in the stand without messing up the cord. The rose gold is also super cute.
That’s a wrap on my top 5 favorites for today. I hope everyone is staying healthy at home!
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