Saturday, March 9, 2013

My Favorite Things: March 2013

So many favorite things........ so little space and time to list them all. I picked a group that was eclectic and came to mind quickly.

***Rosebud Salve-- I got it as a gift a couple years ago, and little did I know that I was going to love it. Rosebud Salve is a cure all, a cult favorite good for everything from chapped lips to burns to skin irritations to dryness around the eyes to diaper rash. It's available at Sephora for $6.00.

***Chicago Fire on Wednesday's at 10 on NBC-- One of the few gems in NBC's primetime schedule, Chicago Fire focuses on the lives of firefighters and Paramedics with a Chicago Firehouse as the backdrop. In case you haven't been watching this will catch you up:

Jesse Spencer plays Lt. Matt Casey, the highly respected leader of Truck 81; he's a contractor on the side and a total man's man. He recently broke off his engagement and Dawson pursued him but realized the timing wasn't right. He's haunted by his childhood and mother's actions when she killed his father 15 years before. Mom was paroled and Casey feels responsible for her.

Taylor Kinney plays Lt. Kelly Severide, the physically strong and charismatic beyond words ladies man. Kelly dealt with an almost career ending injury that got him hooked on painkillers. He met a beautiful, intelligent woman named Renee Royce who helped him through it, but they ended things when she moved to Spain for her job and Kelly didn't join her as planned.

Charlie Barnett plays Candidate Peter Mills the young, eager recruit who yearns to follow in his father's footsteps. His confidence, strength, sensitivity, and the fact that he knows his way around a kitchen land him the beautiful Dawson. Initially, they keep their relationship under wraps but reveal to everyone their feelings for each other at the Firefighters Ball. Mills also becomes interested in learning about the details of his father's death. Will what Dawson has recently discovered tear them apart? I sure hope not.

Monica Raymund plays Paramedic Gabriela Dawson, the gorgeous, intelligent young woman with a heart of gold who often takes risks on the job that land her in hot water. She always has the patients best interests at heart though. Initially, Gabbie looks for a relationship with the ever unavailable Casey, but she and Mills end up connecting and something serious develops between the two of them.

Lauren German plays Paramedic Leslie Elizabeth Shay the lesbian who is best friends and roommates with Severide. Shay had her heart broken when her ex, who recently came back into her life, decided to move to New York City and make it work with her baby daddy. Shay recently decided that having a baby in her life made her want to have her own, and she is currently pursuing that.

Eamonn Walker plays Chief Wallace Bowden, he has the respect of his team, but he is hiding a big secret. He worked with Mills' father and had an affair with Mills' mom. Could he be the reason that Mills' father died?

David Eigenberg plays Firefighter Christopher Hermann who tries to make money quick to support his family. He reveals that he has a fifth child on the way with his wife. Hermann's recent investment is a bar that he co-owns with Dawson and Zvonecek.

If you aren't watching, it's a must watch full of drama, good humor, and a well written script. It costs you nothing to watch and the entertainment factor is priceless.

***Yankee Candle Company-- I've recently become a big believer in aromatherapy, and as a result I've found myself in Yankee Candle more than I prefer to admit. I love to light a candle purely for relaxation purposes. Here's the thing though, their products are made here in the United States, they're great quality, and the prices as well as the sales are great. They sell a variety of products which I was quite shocked about. Love their candles! But also love their diffusers, car fresheners, and scent plug air fresheners. My faves so far? It's so hard to pick a handful. Love Balsam and Cedar during the Holidays. My year round faves include Sage and Citrus, Beach Walk, Oceanside, Turquoise Sky, Lavender Vanilla, Midsummer's Night, and Vanilla Lime...... the list goes on, especially since they have a luxe line called Radiance Collection. Prices range depending on what you buy but a large jar is $27.99, and it gives you about 150 hours of burning time.

***Mango Ceylon Tea from The Republic of Tea-- No idea where I can buy a box of it other than on the website, but I will continue my quest because the tea is just so good. Here's what they say about it: " This favored tea is light, sweet & intoxicatingly fragrant. Mango & sunflower blossoms are blended with superior Black tea leaves to produce an uplifting cup. A favorite retreat for coffee lovers. Wonderful served hot or over ice." $9.50 for 50 tea bags in the tin below.

***Pinch n' Pour Bowls from Chef'n-- Love, love, love the creativity and originality of these adorable prep bowls. I first discovered them at Crate & Barrel and Target but you can buy them in different colorways on the Chef'n website. They come in a large size or a small size; these are awesome for people who like to cook and don't have a ton of space to store stuff.

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