I’m loving the trend of more and more food bloggers periodically featuring their favorite products, so I’ve decided to jump on the bandwagon and write a post about my own current obsessions every so often as well. I think I’ll do it whenever I have five goodies I can’t wait to tell you about! Of course, some items will be foodie related, but I also plan to touch on other topics too.
1. Let’s start with makeup! Apolinaras likes to joke that Sephora and Harbor Freight Tools, are our respective candy stores. I prefer a natural look, but I kind of love makeup and finding new HG (Holy Grail!) products. I usually just order things online, because I like reading product reviews, but I finally got myself to the store so I could get color matched for the Make Up For Ever foundation I’ve been wanting to try well, forever. I’m so glad I finally did! The HD Invisible Cover Foundation blends beautifully and feels light but evens things out really nicely. It lasts all day, and I’ve had no issues with shine. I will definitely be repurchasing this one.
2. I also went ahead and got the Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder. I do think it “adds a soft-focus effect to the complexion”. Can’t beat that! I already have a primer and Kabuki brush that I like, but you can also get a well-priced starter kit that contains both these items and the foundation and powder.
3. I just finished Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg, the CEO of Facebook, who is pioneering a movement to encourage women to Lean In to their careers and become leaders in their chosen fields. This book struck several chords with me. Even though there are many women getting PhDs and doing postdocs in biomedical research, there still are not many women in tenure track academic positions. For example, all the professors in two of the three departments our lab is a part of, besides my boss, are men. The challenges women face are rarely acknowledged or discussed, and we are, unfortunately, losing some wonderful highly-trained scientists. This needs to change, and reading this book is a good start! I could go on awhile and gush about each chapter in the book, but instead I’ll just encourage you to read it! What would you do if you weren’t afraid?
4. I looove these cute Baby Bjorn bibs. They are made of silicone and have a deep pocket at the bottom that catches all the food that doesn’t quite make it in Miss Greta’s mouth. The straps are adjustable so we should get a lot of use out of them, and best of all, you can wipe them clean with a damp paper towel or just pop them in the dishwasher after each use – genius!
5. Finally, remember when I mentioned how much we loved the yogurt in New Zealand and wished we were we able to get some here in the States? Well, someone must have been reading my blog, because a New Zealand style yogurt is now available here! The lovely folks at Koru are making a New Zealand style yogurt in Kansas. It has an amazing smooth texture, a touch of cream, and really delicious fruit flavors like passion fruit, mango, peach, pomegranate cherry, and strawberry goji. They are so good that I enjoyed them for dessert a couple days.
Koru yogurt is currently only available in the Northeast and Great Lakes region, but hopefully will be in more locations soon. I have 10 coupons for free yogurt that I’d like to send on to two readers who will be able to try all five flavors for free! I’ll send them to the first two people who request them in the comments section below. Please check to see if you are close to one of these stores before commenting.
I really enjoyed mixing things up with this post! Do you have any favorite finds or book recommendations?
The fine print: Koru sent me complimentary yogurt to try, but my opinions are my own, of course.