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I LOVE These Things: My Secret To A 10-Day Manicure, Zero Calorie Beverage & Being Upright + Whole30 Update


Can I just say something out loud? Was last week NOT the BEST weather week in the history of weather? Windows open. Sun shining. And kids in school full time. Bliss, peeps. Pure bliss.

It’s pretty hard to top that, but here are the things making me happy this week.

Sally Hansen Clearly Quick

1. Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Nail Polish, Clearly Quick

In a past “I Love These Things”…I told you that I was in love with CND Vinylux Topcoat because it did an amazing job of making my regular manicures last 10-days. And while this is still true, I found that CND does a poor job of keeping the nails SHINY for 10-days. And who like dull polish?

So I started finishing my manicure with one coat of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Nail Polish in Clearly Quick on top of the CND Topcoat and it has been amazing. First, it helps cut the drying time in half and it creates a chip-free, super shiny existence for 10 days. And for $4, the price can’t be beat.

Matcha Maker

2. Good Earth Tea

If you can find a better zero-calorie beverage on the planet, I’ll give you $100.

I’ve always been a fan of Good Earth Tea’s Sweet & Spicy Decaffeinated for an evening beverage, but this summer I’ve become addicted to all their other “ice tea” flavors. But my favorite one, BY FAR, was Matcha Maker.

OH. MY. WORD, it is so amazing. First, when you look at the list of ingredients, how can it be bad?

Licorice root, orange peel, chamomile, orange oil, ginger root, lime oil, and citric acid.

An amazing combination of savory with the sweet citrus flavors. So amazing, that I have been known to drink the ENTIRE batch of ice tea ALL. BY. MYSELF.  Normally, a box will run you between $4 and $4.50 at Sprouts or Whole Foods, so when can find deals like this one on Amazon, I tend to buy them up.

Again, $100 if you can find a better zero-calorie beverage. #youarewelcome

iPad Stand

3. iPad Stand

I realize that I may be the LAST PERSON on earth to have an iPad stand, but I got my first one this week – a Anker Aluminum iPad Stand.

I’m in LOVE.

I had a cover, that was suppose to double as a stand, but let’s be honest, that is a joke. When I think of “stand”, I think of something that will make my iPad stand upright, at attention. Not something that makes my iPad look half drunk, to fall down at any moment, interrupting my precious streaming viewing time.

But this stand is amazing. I now proudly display my iPad in my kitchen where I use it to watch television, stream music and find recipes. Best $9.00 I’ve spent in a long time. (It really is the little things.)

Plus, I always like a deal, so use code OTC899AK at checkout to save $3.00.

#Whole30 Update

I’m in Week Two and Day 10 of the Whole30. (I write my posts on Wednesday, so when you read this, I’ll be on Day 13, but that seems confusing.)

My thoughts with having the first week completed.

And if you missed it, here are some new articles this week.

Dear 25 Year Old Group Fitness Instructor

I'm 40. And I take group fitness classes. And between the burpees, mountain climbers, and planks...I have some thing running through my head that  I want to say to my perky instructor, but know better, so I'm writing them instead.

11 Must Have Items For A Guy’s College Care Package

Guy or Girl? Freshman or Senior? Regardless of the age, here are 11 Must Have Items For College Care Packages. Believe me, they will thank you for them.

Star Wars Ewok Granola Bars Recipe

In my house, there are two things that are sacred to my husband and son, God and Star Wars. This Star Wars Ewok Granola Bars Recipe is the perfect way to feed their addiction.

See past editions of I LOVE These Things.