What We’re Diggin’! (Winter 2016)

We’re back! With another edition of What We’re Diggiiiiiiin’. (said like you know who)

First of all, we have spring bulbs already poking out of the ground in our front yard. Is that bad? It’s EARLY FEBRUARY. This ain’t supposed to happen for another month. At least! Are we going to die?

Second of all, I am S O E X C I T E D for today’s post. I’m also ridiculously grateful for my generous sponsors who made this winter edition beyond spesh. That’s how I say special. Spesh. Isn’t it horrible? So, because the law: the beautiful Brass dresses, cute little Piano Preschool kit, and incredible Eve mattress (<–hi, discount code coming) were all given to me for review. Therefore, product and/or monetary compensation exchanged hands. However, all opinions and absolute honesty are always my own. We good? Yepyepyep.

Let’s go.

1) Beeswax!

Ugh. Obsessed. After having been gifted some homemade beeswax candles for Christmas from a sweet bestie, I decided that 2016 is MY YEAR OF BEESWAX. No like, I made a sign.

So far I’ve gotten really into making stick candles and homemade body butters. But I’d love to come up with a fresh minty lip balm, or a super luxurious facial night cream. Maybe with frankincense? Powdered dandruff from an angel’s armpit? I’ll keep you posted. And this is nifty – beeswax come in all kinds of forms, like pellets, bars, sheets, pastilles. It’s rather fulfilling for a hippy slash hoarding soul like mine. Plus, there’s SO much you can do with beeswax, aaaaand it’s all super natural and healthy fer ya. Aaron actually uses it melted and mixed with mineral oil for his wood projects. Bees, man! They’re cool.

If you’re interested, I’m totally willing to do a whole separate post on how I specifically use beeswax in my day-to-day. With recipes and step-by-steps! Just holla. Holla back.

Y’all.

BEESWAX – I dig.

What We're Diggin' - Beeswax

2) Brass dresses!

Didn’t ol’ Paxy Phil miss his shadow two days ago? Hiiieeee, you know what that means – EARLY SPRING. That also means your obsessive daydreaming about lovely chic dresses will soon become true life up in her. You may now squeal.

This BRAND, you guys. You have to go look at everything. It’s all very simple, very classic, very basic. But in a good way.

What We're Diggin' - Brass Dresses

The dress I’m wearing right here ^^^ is the Band Dress. It seriously might be my most favorite dress to ever own. Really. It cinches in the waist at the most flattering spot, and the hems cut up just a tad on the sides. Shows off ya legs! (Also, don’t judge my dental floss calves. Running season is still about five weeks away. Stop laughing.)

This dress is WONDERFUL. The end.

What We're Diggin' - Brass Dresses

SIIIIEEEKE. Omg, this dress? ^^^ It’s the Shirt Dress and you are going to fall on your face in love. It’s long sleeve, but I always roll them up to 3/4ths. The neckline rides a little high on the collar bone, boasting a calm sophistication. Without a doubt, these two dresses are my absolute favorite cuts and styles. Fitted, yet a little loose, chic, but not fussy. In short, Brass dresses are my new best friend and you can’t have her. Just kidding! You can totally have her. I guess.

(wine teeth sold separately)

3) Piano Preschool!

This fun thang is for your littles. Okay, mamas, you know how obnoxious kid activities can be? WORST. But I have to say, this little adventure suitcase is pretty darn cute. Get this, it’s music lessons, IN A CASE. We’re talking a harmonica, little egg shakers, finger clapper thingies, a follow-along DVD, a play scarf, boarding passes, a treasure map, and an illustrated music book! I can assure you, the parental stabby levels are pretty low with this one.

What We're Diggin' - Piano Preschool

So the way it works is you get the little adventure case, pop in the DVD and follow this gal and her mouse pal Pipsqueak as she sings her way through an island adventure to find a treasure. All the while teaching little kids about basic music instruments, the keys on a piano, and primal excitement for music in general. I know it sounds like hell on earth for you, but your kids W I L L  O B S E S S.

Even though Will and Natalie are sliiiiightly too young to accurately respond to her directions, they still jump around and play with all the toys like whoa. Not kidding, this DVD holds their attention for a full 30 minutes while I check Instagram, so it’s obviously a win win.

What We're Diggin' - Piano Preschool

You should hear Will with that harmonica. His eyes like, bug out his head with pride that he can actually make those sounds. And Nat twirls that scarf around like she’s freaking Thelma and Louise at music camp. Minus the whole murdering thing.

Piano Preschool – 45 billion% diggeth by Will and Nat.

4) Vietnamese-ish Iced Coffee:

New afternoon infatuation. Borderline problematic. Full-blown deliciousness.

Actually (!), a reader gave me the tip of adding cinnamon to my fresh coffee grounds. You guys, I’ll never turn back. Never be the same. New person here.

But hold up, it gets better. Wait for it.

What We're Diggin' - Vietnamese Iced Coffee

CONDENSED MILK. You are aware that condensed milk is the sweet nectar of the Messiah? Listen, if you’ve never stuck your finger in a can of condensed milk, pulled it out and let the thick, sweet milky syrup drip into your facehole, you have not lived. I repeat: you.have.not.lived.

While I don’t technically brew Vietnamese coffee, I DO add a little fresh cinnamon to the brew, a drippy spoonful of condensed milk, and pour it over a small handful of ice cubes. omGaAaAaAah – nothing in the world like it!

What We're Diggin' - Vietnamese Iced Coffee

What other twist can you create with coffee? Because I need yet another obsession.

5) Eve Mattress:

Don’t we spend something like 38 million hours of our lifetime asleep? I think that’s definitely right. Maybe 39 million hours.

Well. If you’re in the market for a new mattress (look at what you’re sleeping on, is that a washrag being held up by a wire? outrageous.) you HAVE GOT to know about Eve mattresses. Oh dear heavenly day.

Okay, first of all – you know the new cool thing is for mattresses to come in a box? This mattress comes in a box. You pull it out of the box, read all the funny print inside the box, place the box on the floor for your kids to fort in, plop the mattress on your bed frame and let it expand and inflate over about four hours. And your new life begins.

What We're Diggin' - Eve Mattress

It’s firm, but soft! Not bouncy at all. Reminds me of those old commercials where the lady is lying on the bed with a glass of wine and a bowling ball bounces next to her, but the wine doesn’t spill. It’s like that! Sans the weird lingerie. It’s the most cozy mix of memory foam and comfort foam. It’s pretty much heaven.

The awesome thing about this company, is that they’ll totally give you a 100 free day trial. I think that’s so nice, since you’re buying a mattress online, and can’t lie on it first to test it. But honestly, this is the best mattress we’ve EVER had. And I like me some mattresses.

On top of THAT, they want to offer you a sweet discount, giving you $100 off! Just use the code bevcooks100 at checkout (through March 3rd!) and you’re aaaaaaaawl gud. Sweet dreams, baby babes.

What We're Diggin' - Eve Mattress

And that’s my Eve mattress review for your faces. Sorry about my legs. *see running season still five weeks away.

So there we have it! The top five things we’re diggin’ at the moment. If you have any questions at all about anything (<–look at all that alliteration) I overly gabbed about, holla! We could even hold hands.

We don’t have to hold hands.

Now, about those spring bulbs – do I need to put sheets on them for the next two months? I’m kidding! I think.

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21 Responses to What We’re Diggin’! (Winter 2016)

  1. Ashley February 4, 2016 at 9:18 am #

    BEESWAX! YES! Tell me everything.

  2. Kaela February 4, 2016 at 9:33 am #

    Love those Brass dresses! But also love the sandals you’re wearing in those pics. Where are they from? Thanks!

    • Bev Weidner February 4, 2016 at 12:30 pm #

      They’re Tesori wedges! I got them at Nordstrom Rack a few years ago. Hope you can find some!

  3. Brittany | Words Like Honeycomb February 4, 2016 at 9:36 am #

    I also want more gabbage on beeswax…hippie wanna be right here.

  4. beth February 4, 2016 at 10:19 am #

    Love the Eve mattress!

  5. Amy February 4, 2016 at 10:33 am #

    LOVE the band dress. Is it true to size?

    • Bev Weidner February 4, 2016 at 12:00 pm #

      It truly is! The size I’m wearing is an XS, as I normally wear a 2 in other dress sizes. It’s perfect!

  6. Lindsay February 4, 2016 at 11:42 am #

    yes to beeswax!

  7. Julie February 4, 2016 at 1:14 pm #

    More about the mattress…how long have you been sleeping on it? Hubs and I need a new one and I’ve picked out the last one but major fail!!
    Also more about your beeswax love ☺️

    • Bev Weidner February 4, 2016 at 3:56 pm #

      We’ve been sleeping on it since right before Thanksgiving! Aaron’s always had back issues, and this mattress SERIOUSLY helps. It feels so good. It’s super soft, but baaarely moves. I hope you try it!

  8. Shereen @ Shereen Travels Cheap February 4, 2016 at 2:10 pm #

    Yup, totally been talking about getting a new mattress in our house. I’ll be checking these out, because it plumps up out of the box? For real? I want to buy it just for the experience!

    Also, you got me with the coffee. I totally want to try that now. It sounds AH-mazing. *goes to rummage in pantry for condensed milk*

  9. Maralyn Woods February 4, 2016 at 4:11 pm #

    I’m thinking you might mean sweetened condensed milk. Right?

    • Bev Weidner February 4, 2016 at 4:21 pm #

      Correct! Not the non-sweetened evaporated milk. The thick, luscious stuff. Mmmm.

  10. Denise February 4, 2016 at 10:04 pm #

    Yes!! Please! I want to learn to make those candles. And I am loving that dress line – thinking of a couple to add to my blah wardrobe. Have you tried the t shirts too?

  11. Ioanna February 6, 2016 at 1:19 am #

    Beeswax is amazing! But beeswax and olive oil is even better. Beeswax and olive oil ointment is a traditionnal greek recipe that has been used for thousand years. I make different kind of ointments for about 2 years and my two year old is obsessed with them. I would like to learn more about those body butters.

    • Bev Weidner February 6, 2016 at 7:22 am #

      I’ll totally do a post on these body butters. For sure! Now, I’d love to hear how you make your ointments. Do you just melt a little bar down and stir in some olive oil, then let it harden in a small container?

      • Ioanna February 6, 2016 at 1:12 pm #

        The original recipe is 1 tablespoon (10g) beeswax and 5 tablespoons (50g) olive oil. We need grated beeswax so it will melt easier. Put both ingredients over a bain-marie and stir with a spoon. when the beeswax is melt, pour into a little container. This recipe makes 80ml.
        We can add essential oils or make it with other kind of oils. I can send you more recipes via e-mail.

  12. Emily @ Life on Food February 6, 2016 at 5:35 am #

    Those dresses are so nice. I love them.

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    Great photos. Lovely and inspiring designs.

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    These are so fantastic. Wonderful look!

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