We love Cedars of Lebanon State Park. We’re sad that we’re leaving today. If you ever get the chance to visit the park definitely do so.
Y’all, I love my reMarkable 2 tablet.
So many things about it are perfect for me. It’s lightweight. It’s easy to read in most light conditions. It’s file system makes sense. It’s versatile. It saves space.
You get the idea.
I first looked at this tablet based on the recommendation of my friend Kaye. She has the prior version and loves it.
Since we live and roam full time in our 24’ travel trailer I thought reMarkable could be a good solution to my paper notebook habit. I love to journal and have used composition notebooks for years as my journals. But with limited space I needed a new option.
I love to journal longhand and really didn’t want to journal in my phone’s notes or in Word. I love the feel of physically writing. Something about it feeds my creativity.
In the three months I’ve had my reMarkable 2 I have grown to value the options it gives me for writing whether it’s journaling, brainstorming, draft writing, or even planning.
And bonus-it’s lefty friendly! Yay!
So, anyone who knows me knows I’m obsessed with coffee. Truly. Daniel says I’m a coffee snob. Probably true.
But, I’m a sipper, not a chugger. That means my coffee invariably gets cold before I’ve consumed half a cup. And, rewarming coffee in the microwave? Well, I have no words for how vile that is. (See the third sentence of the first paragraph.) Which all means that I’m also a coffee waster. When my coffee gets cold, I dump it and make new cup.
Y’all, I seriously might make four cups of coffee to drink one. Yes, I admit it.
Enter this amazing gift Daniel bought for me *drumroll* A CUP WARMER!!
It’s amazing! It keeps my cup at exactly 131 degrees FOREVER. No more wasting coffee. YAY!
Isn’t this fabulous!! I love it.
What’s a new fave you’ve discovered this week?
We only recommend products we use.
Until we started researching full-time RV life, I had never heard of Berkey water filters. It seemed like almost every RVer we followed used or wished for a Berkey system. So, I started researching Berkey a little bit.
The first thing I noticed was the price. Holy cow! Not cheap! I put the Berkey out of my mind.
Except I couldn’t.
Everywhere in RV research land-Berkey, Berkey, Berkey!
I realized that in our RV travels we will likely go places that have less than clean water. Which is more cost-effective? Lay out the cash for a small Berkey system? Or miss out on life while laid up with dysentery?
That kind of put things in perspective for me.
Late last fall Berkey ran a sale, which they often do. For somewhere upwards of $350, but less than $400, I could get a Travel Berkey system with the filters and six Boroux water bottles. I saved for a bit and bought the system.
Best. Water. Ever.
Daniel even drinks water now!
Worth. Every. Penny.
The Travel Berkey holds about 1.5 gallons of water. We typically fill it twice per day. Sometimes more, sometimes only once. We keep the Boroux bottles in the fridge with cold, pure, filtered water.
We use this water to cook with, to make our coffee and tea with. Oh, and we drink it.
Once we are RVing we will use it to fill our dogs’ water bowl.
Do you have a water filtration system you love? Have you ever tried Berkey?
Found one of my new favorite products on one of my favorite YouTube channels. I love Creativity RV. Her videos and interviews about RV life are some of my very favorite. She’s smart, confident, and fun to listen to.
On one of her videos she talks about hygiene and skin care while living full time in an RV mostly boondocking. With a limited amount of water, bathing, washing your hair, all of that can be a little challenging. She recommended Micellar Water as a way to cleanse skin, especially her face.
I’ve been wanting to try it for a while. I want to have some of these concerns taken care of before we go full time, so I’m trying some of the tips and tricks now to make sure they will work for Daniel and me.
Well, Micellar Water is a definite hit. I’ve used it on my face twice a day for about a week. It does remove mascara with a bit of scrubbing. My face already feels a little less dry and a little smoother. I do still cleanse, but I replaced my usual toner with the Micellar water. Once I run out of cleanser, I will try using only the Micellar Water.
Y’all I received a hat from Elizabeth Massie today that she hand knitted. I’m squeeing a lot. She is one of my all time favorite writers. Isn’t he hat adorable!!! It’s thick and warm.
So this hat is definitely a fave!!
What are you loving this week? And why?
I’ve hesitated to post this particular fave just because it’s from a membership only online store. But I love this product so much I can’t not make it known.
This lotion has seriously changed my life. I’m not exaggerating. In late 2015 I visited a dermatologist to discuss my super dry, very itchy skin. As in I used to claw my arms bloody in my sleep due to itching. She could never pinpoint the cause. I already used scent free detergent and soap, no perfume, etc. The only things that kept me from scratching to my bones was to use the super strong topical steroid betamethasone and ice packs. Back then I was going through two tubes of betamethasone cream per month just on my arms. That’s a lot of steroid.
Sometime in late 2016 one of my Facebook friends posted about an online grocery store where members could buy science based, non-toxic health and wellness items as well as personal care and household cleaning items. I scrolled on by. I’d just spent a horrible four months involved in a MLM company and wanted nothing that sounded similar.
But she kept posting. Not pushing. Not selling. Just saying, get info, no pressure.
After she posted about something she bought for her elderly father that helped his super dry skin, I messaged her. She sent me the info, but I still didn’t join.
Finally, in January 2017 the online store had a $1 membership special with a money back guarantee. I decided to try it out. I bought one of their smaller packages with some cleaning supplies and laundry supplies as well as a bottle of this lotion. (In the coming months, I will post about the cleaning supplies and laundry detergent.)
But, OMG, this lotion y’all. With the first application I knew it was worth joining the shopping club just for this lotion. Since using this lotion I have not even used one whole tube of betamethasone cream. I realize my results are mine, no one else’s. Please don’t mistake me here. But there is science behind the formulation.
I can tell you, I do not buy any other brand of lotion. I won’t use any other brand of lotion.
I have not woken up with bloody scratches on my arms since switching to this lotion. I’m no longer using large amounts of super strong topical steroid.
For me, this lotion is truly amazing and one of my very favorite products ever.
What are you loving this week? Have you discovered a new product you can’t live without? Or, still enjoying a product you’ve used for a long time? Have a new favorite song? Food? Dessert?
For years I’ve admired the amazing leather work of Oberon Designs. I have two Kindle covers for previous Kindle versions. I love those covers. Unfortunately, I’ve not found a good use for either of them now that those Kindle versions are no longer working (or supported).
In December, I decided to splurge and buy myself a composition notebook cover from Oberon. Their pieces are not inexpensive. But they are all handmade to order. They are true, old school craftsmen.
I could not be more happy with my composition notebook cover. It’s truly a work of art.
I have always enjoyed journaling, but now I really look forward to it every morning with this beauty waiting for me on my desk. I carry it with me almost everywhere and jot down ideas. The cover itself inspires me.
What new, or not so new, item are you particularly loving this week? Have you discovered a new service you love? A new book or TV show? Spill!!!
Three words: Brittany Farina Art. Love her work. Love her style. Love that she gives back to animal rescue.
I bought this tee shirt, necklace, and magnet a few months ago. They are gorgeous!
Can’t wait to get the order I just placed for two of the coloring books, a tee shirt, and a pair of earrings.
If you order, use coupon code fam-and-friends for 25% off an order of at least $20.
Is there an artist or craftsman whose work you admire?
Today I have two faves to discuss.
- Camp NaNoWriMo
- Buying Wine in Grocery Stores
First up let’s talk about Camp NaNo. For writers the whole NaNoWriMo phenomenon can be either supremely inspirational and motivating or completely overwhelming. The concept is simple-write a 50,000 word rough draft of a novel in one calendar month. The big National Novel Writing Month is November. Writers from around the world gather in person and in NaNo chat rooms to challenge and inspire each other to write, write, write. The mantra for many participants is BICHOKTAM. It means butt in chair, hands on keyboard, typing away madly. Personally, I love it.
So where does Camp NaNo come in, you ask. Good question. So for those who either can’t get enough in November or who can’t participate in November or who just want a little less intense version, Camp NaNoWriMo comes to the rescue. But for Camp NaNo, participants group together in cabins, private groups of writers who cheer each other on. Each participant has to create a project and set a goal. It works with the user’s main NaNo log in info. It’s up to each cabin to create their own activities, meet-ups, virtual write-ins.
This July my goal is 20,000 words on my kitlit project tentatively titled For the Love of Grendle. Yeah, I stink at titles. Seriously.
The cabin I’m part of rocks. I don’t think any of us are writing the same genre. We’re a mixture of age groups. Some of us are unpublished while some are published. But we’re all cheering for each other and celebrate even the tiniest of successes.
Honestly, I think I’m having more fun than in NaNo of 2014 when I wrote like the wind and won a few days before the end of the month. I suspect I’ll be a fixture in Camp NaNo world.
Wine in Grocery Stores
Now, let’s talk about wine. I’ve never been much of a drinker, since college, anyway. I have three remaining of a six pack of Guinness I bought probably four or five months ago. And, Guinness is my favorite beer. But on July 1 a law we voted on a couple of years ago became effective. Grocery stores can now sell wine. I haven’t bought wine in years. Not because I don’t like it or have anything against it. Just don’t like to drive out of my way to make another stop at a liquor store. When I did the shopping on July 1 I decided to support the law I voted in favor of and buy a couple of bottles of wine at Kroger. I’d forgotten how much I enjoy a glass of wine in the evening. And, hey, wine (in MODERATION) offers several health benefits. You can do a Google search for that one. There are a bazillion links.
What are you particularly enjoying right now? Have you discovered a new product or service you’re excited about? Share in the comments. And if you have any wine suggestions for me, I’d love to hear them.