This & That: No. 193

Jan 22, 2016

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Deep Sleep Pillow Spray

In episode #22 of the podcast I recommended my favorite linen spray which I use each week on my sheets once they are freshly put on my bed. I also put it on my pillow, but recently Deep Sleep Pillow Spray has been brought to my attention. Recommended in Porter magazine, the simple all-natural spritzer is infused with essential oils of lavender, vetivert and wild camomile to help bring you to a sweet slumber ever quicker. For fewer than $30 it might be something to check out.

Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede Shower Oil

Winter can be a dry and moisture zapping time for our skin. As I discussed in this post/episode in 2014, part of the reason skin breaks out in the winter more frequently, or if we live in a perpetual dry climate, is not because we aren’t cleansing, but because we aren’t moisturizing our skin enough, thereby causing our skin to produce its own oils to compensate. However, while I use facial oil every night and have noticed a tremendous improvement, I have realized my entire body needs the same attention in the drier months. As recommended by Harper’s Bazaar, shower oils are worth investing in, and as they recommended a handful of oils, the Jo Malone Peony Blush Suede shower oil caught my attention. (Additional shopping options here.)


Sunday Suppers: Recipes & Gatherings by Karen Mordechai

When I first began blogging back in 2009, one of the first food blogs I ever came across that continued to keep my attention was Sunday Suppers. With superb photography, Karen Mordechai’s meals captured not only the beauty of the ingredients but the inviting nature of the environment in which they were being served. While I may be late to the party, as her cookbook was released in late 2014, I am happy to have finally been made aware (thank you @pearlslaceandgrace) of a cookbook I cannot wait to put to use in my kitchen.


Honey Browser Extension

If you shop online often or even from time to time, you will want to install the Honey Browser extension. Why? Instead of having to surf, scour and browse the internet for a promo code, Honey applies it immediately as you are checking out. No joke. At top shopping sites such as Amazon and Macys and hundreds more, merely click on the orange “honey” icon you will see on the check-out page (or in your bookmarks toolbar at the top of the page – a red number will pop up), and the savings is yours.

Joseph ‘Mili’ felted wool-blend coat

Major reductions are taking place at Net-a-Porter currently, and on top of the reductions already listed as Sale-Must-Have, you can save an additional 20% with promo code SALE20 (which Honey (above) will alert you to if you have it installed). Joseph’s wool-blend coat is a classic belted trench still available in a wide array of sizes and certain to be worn and loved for seasons to come.


—Younger (season 2)

I am two weeks behind on this announcement, but you can catch up on the first two epidodes on TV Land’s website. I must admit, I enjoyed Younger last season with Sutton Foster starring as the 40-year-old divorcée, yet posing as a 26-year-old in the publishing industry along with Hilary Duff and Debi Mazer. A simple, light-hearted comedy set in New York City (produced by Darren Starr) and involving the ever-changing world of social media. Definitely an ideal middle-of-the-week respite at 10pm on Wednesdays. Have a look at this season’s trailer below:




~recipe for Baked Camembert with Fig Chutney~

After a late afternoon cross-country excursion with the boys to wrap up Thursday, I am looking ahead to a weekend of local theater, brunch with a delightful and amazing former student and leaving the rest open to what will be. The simple events, the everyday occasions, the short jaunts around a beloved town, this is what makes the ordinary extraordinary. Wouldn’t you agree?

I do hope you have had a wonderful week. One in which you can look back and see productivity which can help you let go and relax as the weekend unfolds. Thank you very much for stopping by the blog this week. Until Sunday, bon week-end!

Articles from around the web you might enjoy:

~When Can Women Stop Trying to Look Perfect?

~The Truth About How to Become a Morning Person

~The Best Life Advice from Female Comedians . . .  I especially appreciated Melissa McCarthy’s words of wisdom.

~In Online Dating, ‘Sextortion’ and Scams

~The Benefits of Sending a Thank You Not in the Hunt for  Job

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4 thoughts on “This & That: No. 193

  1. Dear Shannon,
    First, I love your blog, your book, your sharing and the inspiration. I have purchased the organization templates and can’t wait for the week-at-a-glance and (hopefully) a budget/spending template.
    I have tried to pull up the Deep Sleep Pillow Spray but am sent to the Jo Malone site at Nordstrom’s. When I Googled the spray I was sent to Amazon and was shown one for $90. Definitely not in my budget. Would you provide another link to the spray, please. I’d love to read some more about it and see if it would work for me.
    Thank you.
    Amelia (from snowy New York)

  2. Dear Shannon,
    Thank you for all of your wonderful inspiration. I’ve been a fan for years! Weird question but with the Jo Maone shower gel do you use it in lieu of soap or do you apply after you get out of the shower?

    1. Tiffany, Great question. My understanding is no. Much like your face wash and then following with moisturizer, you would do the same with your body wash and then follow with the shower oil. Hope this helps. 🙂

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