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The other day I was strolling by Starbucks and I treated myself to a frothy iced coffee beverage. I was happy with my purchase for about 10 seconds. It tasted fine, but the price tag left a bitter taste in my mouth. The plastic cup and straw I brought home to recycle didn’t make me […]

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29 May, 2018

Things I am loving: our new patio lights

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Home/reno|Oh! Things!

As I wrote about previously, we’ve been busy planting/weeding/chopping stuff down in our backyard. Mark trimmed some trees and took out a whole bunch of branches recently, which is great until you have to clean up/bundle up the aforementioned branches. Sigh. In these cases, it’s helpful to have an end game in mind. Which is: […]

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12 Apr, 2018

Things I am loving: our new bed!

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Oh! Things!

This post is about how we went for a walk and bought a bed (!) but I thought it needed a bit of backstory first. When I first moved in with Mark (keeping in mind this was 20+ years ago) he had a terrible terrible bed. It was a double, with a mattress that sunk […]

27 Mar, 2018

Things I am loving: Dr. Bronner’s peppermint soap

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Oh! Things!

So, in the interests of full and honest reporting on my Whole 30 (DAY 27 yo!), I need to tell you that I had a crappy day on Sunday. Suddenly, I found myself with a major case of food fatigue: I was tired of thinking about it, talking about it, writing about it. I was tired of […]

07 Mar, 2018

Things I am loving: Frasier Fir hand lotion

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Oh! Things!

I will get right to the point and say: WOW. I love it when my hands smell like Christmas. Under normal circumstances, I am not a huge fan of scented products. I find most products overscented and I am pretty picky about the scents that I do like. It’s a pretty short list, especially in […]


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