March Favorites

Sunday, March 31, 2013

I have a wider variety of favorites this month, thank goodness! As February was short, so was the breadth of my February favorites. We're through winter and the roughest months of the year -- we made it! Here are some of the things that kept me going in March ...

iPhone games
I rarely play video games or computer games now that I'm a fully grown adult (or am expected to be!), but every once in a while, I'll download a free app for my phone for those moments of awkward waiting, when you've refreshed your Twitter feed so many times you're ready to yell at your list for not being more willing to share their every move. I downloaded "Small Street" (a cute play off of "Wall Street," complete with bad jokes about Occupy Wall Street) at the end of 2012 and have pretty much played that one out. I've moved onto "Top Stylist" after one of my friends conned me into playing a game called "Style Savvy" on her Nintendo 3DS. I searched far and wide for a free duplicate of the game which would not require me to purchase a handheld conduit and came across "Top Stylist." It's not nearly as complex or fun, but it's enough to occupy those awkward minutes, and then some. Plus, the clothes are kind of pretty. I also bit the dust and actually SPENT $1.99 (though, full disclosure, I have credit left over from my last Apple store purchase in 2011) on a game called "Life Quest 2," which I finished in one day. You get married in the game and don't even live with your husband, and have to call him up to schedule dates -- explain that one to me!

Trader Joe's Nourish Shea Butter Hand Cream
I've been searching for a less expensive and paraben-free alternative to Kiehl's non-greasy Ultimate Strength Hand Salve ($11 for 2.5 ounces). My friend introduced me to Trader Joe's hand cream, which comes quite close to Kiehl's in performance at a far more affordable price of $1.99 for 2 ounces. The moisturization doesn't last as long as Kiehl's, but it definitely lasts more than one or two hand washes for me, which is better than almost every other lotion or hand cream I've tried. It also doesn't leave any sort of film on the hands and absorbs very quickly, which makes it close to gold in my book.

Liberté yogurt
This one should've actually been in my February favorites list, but I totally forgot about it. Target was having a sale on this new line of yogurt one week, so I picked up the coconut-flavored one. Strangely enough, I used to hate coconut until maybe about 8 years ago, but I've come to the conclusion that it was the chewy coconut meat texture I didn't like (although I seem to be okay with it now). I still won't eat a Mounds or Almond Joy bar, though. Anyway, I thought a coconut-flavored Greek yogurt would be interesting so I brought it home with me, and it was one of the most delicious things I've put in my mouth in a while. It was so creamy, coconutty, fragrant and just sweet enough that it was more like eating ice cream than yogurt. I went to another Target shortly afterwards and couldn't find the brand. Neither did the other Target I went to, but when I returned to the "original" site, I found that they were again on sale (for $1 for 6 ounces, which I still wouldn't consider a deal). It looks like Target is on the fence about carrying the line still and is only testing it out, but I'm really hoping the brand is picked up by more grocery stores (and in larger sizes). It comes in other flavors, but I only have eyes for the coconut one.

"King of the Nerds"
Now that almost all of my favorite television shows are on hiatus, I've been watching whatever I can find that isn't in syndication. I stumbled across "King of the Nerds" on TBS as I was getting ready to go out one day and was just captivated by the ridiculousness of the show, but also the heart behind it. The show is basically a competition between self-proclaimed nerds, to see who is the nerdiest of them all. I'm not exactly sure why someone would WANT the title "King of the Nerds," but to each his or her own. I'm so used to reality competition shows being about backstabbing and drama, but I was pleasantly surprised at how warm-hearted most of the competitors were to one another. What I really couldn't believe was that it will be returning for a second season, but then again, I can't be the only one who enjoyed this show in a kind of campy way ... Best of all, it's hosted by the stars of the '80s film "Revenge of the Nerds," Robert Carradine and Curtis Armstrong.
Ugh, I'm so guilty of indulging in celebrity gossip, but you shouldn't be surprised by this. At all. Although I've been reading "blind gossip" from various sources for years now, it wasn't until earlier this year that I realized there was a website that gathered all of it on one site! And best of all, the site reveals who some of the gossip is actually about! My favorite gossip is, of course, about Taylor Swift and her numerous romances or fauxmances (there are some jaw-dropping allegations about her past romances on BlindGossip!), especially when it involves my darling Harry Styles, but there are some shocking (and not so shocking) stories about celebrities on the site and I love trying to guess, even though I'm wrong most of the time.

Happy almost-April!

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