Sorry guys, I know this is a few days late… I’m already failing at my new series, haha. The holidays understandably took over and, well, I just didn’t feel like writing. You know how it goes! Fortunately I made a point to jot down every time I discovered something really cool this month, so I have lots of awesome things to show you. Check it out:
I checked out a couple of craft fairs in the last two weeks, first the Renegade Art Fair and then the Etsy Holiday Art Fair. They were both soooo awesome, and packed full of vendors selling awesome stuff. I splurged on a couple of different things, but one of my absolute favorites is a new leash from Beast and Babe. This tiny company is run by Kelsie, an LA based artist who makes dog leashes and collars from real vintage fabrics. The leashes are incredibly sturdy, the perfect length, and, according to Kelsie, hold up incredibly well to general wear and tear. I picked up a Blazing Saddles pattern, but I’m already eye-balling which one I want next!
2. Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Iris Carmon and Shana Knizhnik
Since I began to listen to Slate’s Amicus podcast last year all about the Surpreme Court, I’ve become totally fascinated with the iconic leaders and characters who make up the bench. Most interestingly, there’s Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a Brooklyn born Jewish woman who looks a bit like a solemn grandmother but is a total spitfire in her words and writing. This enrapturing biography is one of the best I’ve ever read, and it chronicles one of the most incredible women in the political system who fought her way there in a time when women were barely allowed to go to law school. She’s a true hero.
Okay, I know I’m about two years behind the times with this one, but I recently started using Mint for tracking my finances and budgeting and I LOVE IT. Since I use my credit cards for just about everything, it makes it to easy to keep track of what I’m spending where. One of my favorite features is that I can “split” transactions and hide half of them for when I cover groceries and Reg pays me in cash, which happens frequently. Not only do they also allow you to easily keep track of your credit score, balances, debt, etc., the app is also incredibly clean and easy to use on both phones and tablets. This is my new tool for controlling my crazy spending.
I first found out about these little blue balls on a Buzzfeed post. My friend and fellow blogger Suki also thought they sounded cool, so she generously picked up a four pack and hooked me up with two when we met up for dinner last month. I’m always skeptical of these kinds of things, but these Bluapple freshness extenders really do keep your produce so much fresher for longer! I put one in the two bottom drawers of our fridge that house all our fruits and vegetables, and I swear our lettuce, apples, etc. have literally lasted twice as long as normal. I’m so impressed and will definitely be buying the refill packets after three months!
I know this movie got some mixed reviews, but I put it on on a whim when I saw it on Netflix earlier this month and thought it was really unique! I love stories that are vaguely sci-fi but mostly mess with space, time, dimensions, that sort of thing. It reminds me a bit of the book 14 by Peter Clines, which I raved about in my post about books I couldn’t put down. The creator, Christopher Leone, is also responsible for one of my absolute favorite mini-series of all time, The Lost Room, which I can’t recommend enough. Anyways, Parallels ended somewhat abruptly and there’s some word on the streets that it might be getting turned into a TV series, so I definitely recommend checking it out and giving it your support.
What’s something really cool that you discovered this month?