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.
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.
BEESWAX – I dig.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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 other twist can you create with coffee? Because I need yet another obsession.
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.
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.
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.