Thursday, May 1, 2008

Good things come in fives

Blogger pal Kate tagged me for this a while ago, and I've been so busy ranting and raving about this and that that I'm totally late hopping on the wagon. If you're totally over this one, you're excused! Here we go:

Five thing under $10 I cannot live without
1. Kiehl's Lip Balm #1. There's a pot on my desk at work, by my bedside, in my purse, in my car, in the kitchen. No funny scent or taste. No petroleum products. Good stuff.

2. Trader Joe's reusable shopping bags. I like the red square-bottomed ones better for groceries, but I love the groovy pattern on these. They're perfect for carrying lots of heavy stuff, packing a picnic, or hauling camping food and gear. Best of all you can get them really grubby and either wipe them clean or hose them off. 

3. Mrs. Meyer's products. I love them all (kitchen, household, laundry, lotion and soap), but this is one of my favorite. Especially since the product it replaces (Comet) is particularly noxious. At the moment I'm into the lavender scent, but I also like the lemon verbena, and new basil is nice too.

4. Trader Joe's Lavender Salt Scrub. Actually smells like lavender rather than perfume. Here's everything that's in it: sea salt, apricot kernel oil, almond oil, green tea leaf, avocado oil, vitamin E, lavender oil. That's it. I made a salt scrub one time that had ingredients similar to these, and I spent way more than $10 for this quantity.
5. Tom's of Maine toothpaste. I like Cinnamint best, Sophie likes Silly Strawberry, and Husband favors Fennel. All natural ingredients, and no one dabs it into the eyes of rabbits to see if it stings.

Five favorite movies
1. Strictly Ballroom
2. Mary Poppins
3. Best in Show
4. Uh . . . 
5.  . . . uh

Five favorite girl names that I did not use 
How convenient that I have this list from nine years ago still on my computer.
1. Anna
2. Abigail (Abby)
3. Dale (a great grandmother's name)
4. Georgia (my dad is George)
5. Robin

Five favorite boy names that I did not use
1. (my last name)
2. Evan
3. Ian
4. Robert
5. Will

Five song I could listen to over and over
I don't think there are any.

Five things that stay in my purse at all times
Let's take a look.
1. lip balm
2. hand lotion
3. a bottle of water
4. a pony tail holder
5. my wallet

Five obsessions I have right now
1. rounding up gear for our summer camping 
2. nabbing the perfect powder skis at the end of season sale
3. SF Opera's summer season
4. spring cleaning
5. drinking more water

Five places I'd love to go
1. Alaska again, but not on a cruise (never again). Maybe in the winter to dog sled. In the dark!
2. The Alps (to ski)
3. Chile (to ski in the summer)
4. The Greek islands (to sit on my ass and eat olives and cheese)
5. Anywhere in Europe (I've traveled in Asia, north Africa, Mexico, and central America, but I seem to have missed Europe, except for half of Istanbul). We're waiting until Sophie's a little older. 

If you read this and would like to be tagged, consider it done. Happy May Day.


Kate said...

Love that you included some pictures! I miss living near a Tj's :( Only 4 more months!!

lisagh said...

Best in Show is one of my favorite movies as well!

Peanut, pine nut, walnut, pistachio nut... HAAA!

Jackie said...

I always loved the name Abigail :)

MsMVNJ said...

I consider myself tagged - but it'll have to wait until I get home from my golf trip!

Best in Show is a favorite for me, too.

The Mrs. said...

Love me some Mary Poppins and best In Show! Tagged you!

Tres Poshe Preppy said...

I love the Mrs. Meyers collection. A different scent for my every cleaning mood! ;) Yeah right! Love Best in Show too, laugh my ass off each time I see it!

BTW- I love Kiehl's but I'm pretty sure their balm has petrolatum and parabans. :( Check the label to see for sure. Just wanted to let you know as you seem to be aware of chemicals and more into natural ingredients. I'm really tying hard to cut out as many bad chemicals as I can and still look and smell presentable. I do what I can but some of my products are just going to have to stay with me as is. Baby steps! :)

Trish said...

Names: Robin and Evan were on our Top 5 lists too -- but reversed - Evan for my daughter and Robin for my son. Of course we ended up going a completely different direction....

Lip balms - I think TPP is right about the Kiehls lipbalms too. I've been hooked for a couple of years now on Suki's products. They're completely free of chemicals, phthalates, parabens, etc. You can shop online:
or find them at your local natural foods store. Really good stuff!