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Favorite Things: Deep Steep

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Deep Steep is one of my favorite product lines. They are natural products with ingredients I trust, at affordable prices. I always seek these out when I visit my favorite store, TJ Maxx. This line isn't sold anywhere locally (that I know of) and I usually have luck finding it at TJ Maxx. This snowflake scent pictured above is a delightful surprise. It is light and vanilla-y with hints of something I can't quite remember. 
This body wash gives a nice lather and you only need a little to cover your entire body. I. Love. This. Stuff. 
I've tried some of their other products, and I also enjoy using the body lotions and foot creams. Not real thrilled with their body scrub though, it is really thick and covers the bottom of the tub/shower stall with a thick, slippery, deadly sheen. 
I first discovered Deep Steep on a trip to Cape May at least a decade ago. It was tucked into the corner of a little boutique. I bought some grapefruit bergamot hand lotion in a stick. It smelled like s…

Adventures in PA: Lititz

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Visited one of my college friends not long ago and we spent the afternoon in Lititz. Have I ever mentioned that decades-old friendships are the best? They're just safe and comfortable. Like no matter what, they are still going to love you. This is one of my favorites.

While there we checked out a very cool vintage shop where I found this mannequin who is now my profile pic on FB. I adored her.
Upstairs in the shop we found a plethora of vintage hats which we tried on and giggled over.





We walked a few blocks down the street and stumbled on Linden Hall, a prestigious girl's boarding school. This is fancy-schmancy. Not unlike our own Grier School just down the road from me. Beautiful buildings.


The oldest girls' resident school in the USA. Very cool. I would have loved to tour the buildings.

Can God Depend on Us?

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Got this at the auction in a box lot of old paperwork. Can God Depend on Us?
This offering envelope is dated Oct 19, 1969
And the answer to the question would be no. Because the offering is still inside the envelope. A 1963 $1 bill. It's been in there since I was three months old. 

Adventures in PA: Julius Sturgis Pretzel in Lititz

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In the town of Lititz, PA there is a pretzel bakery. I'm all about hot pretzels. I quit eating bread several years ago (unless I'm at an Italian restaurant and they tempt me with garlic bread- and not that stuff at the Olive Garden, I'm talking real Italian garlic bread) because there's really no point in bread, all it does is make my thighs doughy. But I cannot pass up a hot pretzel. Some rules are meant to be broken. The hot doughy inside, the firm outside, the salt. Yum.
I had no idea what I was about to experience when we walked into the Julius Sturgis Pretzel shop. 


This is what we got. These are $1 each or two for $1.99 (that made me giggle) and they are given to you right off of the belt. Seriously, these were almost too hot to hold but I survived. The struggle is real.


If you ever find yourself in Lititz (you should because it's lovely) then I recommend a stop at the Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery. You can take a tour (we didn't) and you should enjoy a pret…

Kitchen Cabinets and Being Old

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Earlier this week I plunged in and scrubbed my kitchen cabinets. It's been over four years we've lived in this house and in all previous houses we'd have moved out by now which means that the kitchen cabinets would have been scrubbed clean.

Not that they were filthy, but years of hands on them and grease flying in the kitchen makes them a little gross.

As I was cleaning I was remembering the job I had my first semester in college. I was the cleaning lady for the college president's wife. I remember how kind she was and how she clearly didn't feel comfortable not doing this job herself but since the college offered it, she took it. She was particular about the way the vacuum lines in the carpet looked in the formal living room. I had to make sure they all went the same way. I have never forgotten that, anytime I see lines in a carpet I'm vacuuming I think of her.

I also remember thinking of how much old people shed. Now remember, I was eighteen at the time and they…

Making Muffins by Hand

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It's no secret I love to bake from scratch. It is therapeutic for me. I love to mix the ingredients by hand and create something that my family will enjoy. Yesterday my daughter and I were browsing a new baking cookbook. I found a recipe for healthy-ish muffins and told her I'd make them today.

After returning home from a four-mile walk outside in the almost-too-cold I headed to the kitchen to create. I left my phone and other distractions in another room, far enough away so I couldn't hear the constant noises it emits through the Periscope app, eBay sales and text messages. I needed the quiet.

So many times we fill our lives with noise. From the chatter of the television to the voices in our heads, it is hard to escape but I crave the quiet. I need the peace that silence brings. When I hear nothing I am able to think anything. 

I dug into the recipe and added the oats, whole wheat flour, and brown sugar. I love brown sugar. The little balls it forms are the perfect size to p…

Funny stuff

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Came home to find this in the mail from the Franklin Mint. It's a little creepy to me that junk mail has our names on it. That it's already personalized. I'm so weirded over this I can't even tell you.


Why would anyone choose Insect Creations as the name for their store? The name alone caused me to not take another step closer to this business. Nope.
Over the weekend we parked on one side of an elementary school where there was an event open to the public. The street we wanted to visit was on the other side of the school so we just walked through the building to get there. I had to go while I was there and used the girls room. It's been decades since I used the girls room. The sinks and toilets were so low. It cracked me up.
This tee shirt. That's all. You're welcome.

Adventures in PA: Lancaster Cupcake

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Food Trucks are all the rage in trendy urban areas. I am not in an area where these are accessible so I gasp when I find a food truck. I really gasp when it's a cupcake food truck.
Yes. Cupcakes. 


Check out the offerings on the menu. Wayne and I shared a sweet potato pie cupcake. To die for. Our friends shared a toasted coconut caramel fudge one.

Even the back of the truck was adorable. 


Have you ever had the chance to grab something from a food truck? I love that my first encounter was a cupcake!

Funny things

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Jazzercise

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I have lived in this town for seven years and just saw this last month. We have jazzercise here? That's still a thing? I remember mothers talking about this in the 70s after I was dropped off at VBS in the summertime. I didn't realize it was still around. 
Weird.

Adventures in PA -- Mt Lebanon

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It's no secret we love to eat out. Date day a few weeks ago consisted of a trip to Pittsburgh. We had some business in town and afterwards decided to visit family but needed to lunch first.
Pulled out my phone and Googled, "Best restaurant in Mt Lebanon" because I *heart* Mt Lebanon and wanted to be there. Found Bistro 19 which had the highest rating. Check out their website here.



That's All

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That's all

KB Shimmer Nail Polish

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People, look at this polish. Ignore my cuticles, just look at the color. It's called Shade Shifter and is by KB Shimmer. Check out their website here. Oh my goodness, and they say money can't buy happiness. It totally can #proof

It's recommended to apply this color over black to get the full effect. I put it on over a very dark blue and it worked fine. 
Check out the text I sent my husband about this:





There will be more KB Shimmer in my future. I have plans for it.