Wednesday Randomness: A Few of My Favorite Things: Beauty Products

This is going to be a fairly short post this week. Why? Because I have very few beauty products that are favorites. I have really, really sensitive skin – that has gotten even more sensitive in the past, oh, two years or so. I have yet to find a facial cleanser that does not make me feel like my face is on fire and in danger of falling off my skull – even the so called “for sensitve skin” products. Same goes for moisturizers. Which really sucks because my skin is dry too – I can play pictionary on it with my fingernail. It’s just sad.

BUT there are some things I have found that work for me, though, and have a permanent place in my life.


Coconut oil – Seriously, I love the stuff. So many uses and I definitely use it because it doesn’t make me hurt or make my skin break out. I use it as a eye makeup remover, hair treatment (sometimes with other things but it’s fabulous on its own), on dry, cracked skin in the winter, as lip balm in a pinch. And there are other uses, too, but those are hte big ones.

Aloe Vera Gel– Not the kind with any alcohol or coloring or all the things you can’t pronounce. The best is straight from the plant but if you use a good amount, hit Amazon and find some. It’s worth it.  Aside from the wonderful healing properties of aloe vera, there’s a lot you can do with this stuff. Seriously, Google it. The big thing I use it for is “aloe packing”. Since my skin is so sensitive and try this has been a life saver (and you would never use the icky green gel that is full of chemicals and alcohol for this!) and I just started doing it. Basically, you put the gel on your face, and you wait for your skin to soak it all in, then you put on an other layer. You do this until your skin just won’t absorb anymore. It’s lovely and soothing.

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And that is it from me. I don’t really have any fave makeup – mostly because I suck at makeup so I rarely wear it.

Dont’ forget to check out the other gals’ posts. I know I will be…hoping to find some new favorites!
Brownwyn Green | Gwendolyn Cease | Jenny Trout | Jessica De La Rosa
Kellie St. JamesKris NorrisPaige Prince


Wednesday Randomness: A Few of My Favorite Things – Season


Today, we’re doing another Favorite Things post, talking about our favorite season.

Anyone who knows me KNOWS it isn’t winter. I can’t tell you how happy I am to see the tail end of that season! The other seasons I don’t mind, but if hard-pressed to choose one, I’d pick summer. For several reasons.

One – I don’t like being cold. And living in Minnesota… *sigh* …it gets cold.

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Two – Less running around. Oh, we’re still busy in the summer with camps and trips etc, but the day-to-day running is sooooo much less than in the school months. So there’s less of this….


…and more of this…

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Okay, I may not be doing it up like drunk Ron Swanson, but in the summer, I definitely sleep better and have more energy.

Three – Believe it or not, I’m going to say camping trips. I know, it’s a shocker, but I do enjoy myself when camping. Time with my family – immediate and extended – is awesome, and I always fine some alone time to do what I love to do…


And to be honest, it’s the camping prep and set up (and then inevitible take down) is what I really hate about camping. The actual camping? I can get on board with that, and I can admit that it’s part of what makes summer my favorite season.

Four – WRITING RETREAT! A week on beautiful Lake Superior10455851_10152487918983851_4990982005759886705_n

Lots of writing happens, good food is eaten, lots of wine is consumed (by me anyway), I laugh so hard my face and belly hurt, and I get to be with some of the greatest ladies I know.

 Head over and see what seasons the other ladies chose as their faves. 🙂
Bronwyn Green | Gwendolyn Cease | Jessica De La Rosa | Kris NorrisPaige Prince

Until next week!

Wednesday Randomness: A Few of My Favorite Things – Websites


This month’s edition of Fave Things is websites. I’m keeping this short and sweet. I mean, I could list a ton of websites I love—author sites, friends’ sites, etc—but I’m going to limit myself to the sites I visit with sickening frequency.

Tumblr – Well, this isn’t a shock, is it? Tumblr is a wonderful place, a happy place I go when I need a break from it all. Of course, it’s not all rainbows and sparkles—there’s some serious shit on Tumblr—but that’s what I focus on when I need the breaks.

And it gives me things like this…

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(I may have just used this post as an excuse to choose pics/gifs of beautiful men.)

Archive of Our Own—A wonderful place where people post wonderful fanfic. Hello, filthy Merthur stories, how I love thee.tumblr_lgo869fydC1qh58r7o1_500

I’m not allowed to go here until I’ve written my own words, though. It’s a rule.

Pinterest—This is where I collect recipes, pretty pictures that inspire me, crafts I would love to do but can’t because, my friends, as much as I desire to be crafty, I’m hopeless at such things. It’s very sad but I can still look at the pretties and dream.

And that is where I’m going to leave it, this week. Top 3 for my fave websites AKA Top 3 Ways Jess Wastes Ridiculous Amounts of Time. 🙂

Head over and see what sites ranked as faves for the other ladies.
Bronwyn Green | Gwendolyn Cease | Jessica De La Rosa | Kellie St. James | Kris Norris


Wednesday Randomness: Fave Villains


Happy Wednesday! It’s another A Few of My Favorite Things post. And this week is all about villains. I’m going to keep this short and sweet and just share a few of my fave villains. No muss, no fuss, and back to work for this girl. (just ignore the fact the trend that they tend to be good looking guys. Oh, love a bad boy, me.)

Loki (Thor)

Winter Soldier/Bucky (Captain America: The Winter Soldier)url

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The Master (Doctor Who)
Particularly the incarnation John Simms plays. master

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Lucifer (Supernatural)

Be sure to see the villains the other ladies love. 🙂
Bronwyn Green | Gwendolyn Cease | Jessica De La Rosa | Kris Norris

Until next week!


Wednesday Randomness: Fave (Super)Heroes


Happy Wednesday, everyone! It’s the first Wednesday of the month so that means another Fave Things post – and this week is (Super)Heroes.

Captain America


I love Cap. ADORE. And not just because he’s HAWT (and he is), but as a character he is fascinating to me. And he’s kinda broken – which apparently I have a thing for. Even when young and weak, he wanted to do the right thing. And even though now, he’s changed physically and is out of his time, a part of him is still that bullied young man who wants to to do the right thing.

Daryl Dixon


Oh Daryl. Yeah, yeah he’s not a SUPERhero, but he’s a damned hero. I love him and his character development over the course of the series. I can’t wait to see where they take him in future episodes. If they fuck him up, though, the destruction of Atlanta we see in the show? It will pale in comparison to what I with bring with my wrath.

The Doctor


EVERY REGENERATION! Including the latest…


How can you not love the Doctor? Major timelord love happening here. Even the dark side of him…oh yes. I love the complexity of the character, the different layers. That there’s so much about him we still done know.

Sydney Bristow


From the show Alias. Again, no super powers. But she’s super and she’s a freaking hero. Gorgeous, kicks ass, saves the world. I will admit to having a crush on her.

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It’s no surprise the sorcerer ends up on my list, is it? Yeah, didn’t think so. Oh, Merlin… So determined to do the right thing and ends up fucking it up ten ways ’til Sunday. He’s clumsy, yes. But it’s endearing. He puts aside his wants (namely the ban on magic lifted) to see Arthur and Camelot safe. And he’s funny and snarky, and his love for his king… Definitely tops my hero list. 🙂



Bronwyn Green • Gwendolyn Cease Kayleigh Jones  Kris Norris

Until next week!


Wednesday Randomness: Fave Holiday Traditions

myfavoritethingsHappy Wednesday! Today is all about our favorite holiday traditions.

Growing up, what I remember most is Christmas Eve at my mom’s parents house. It was a big party, full house. Then, we’d drive home, and Dad would say that the blinking red light on one of the towers was Rudolph so we had to hurry home and go to sleep so Santa would come. Of course, we knew it wasn’t Rudolph (it was there every night) but we played along.

Christmas morning was spent at home with Mom and Dad and my brother and sister. We got up super early and opened gifts. Eventually, we’d head over to my dad’s parents and have Christmas dinner there with that side of the family.

When we moved up north, that changed because we were hundreds of miles away from family, but I still remember the excitement of Christmas morning with the family, long after I stopped believing in Santa and all of that.

I always remember watching Christmas movies.


A Charlie Brown Christams


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Frosty the Snowman

Frosty the Snowman


White Christmas


It’s a Wonderful Life

Still watch almost all of these every year.

Now, that I’m (supposed to be) grown up and have my own family, we’ve built our own traditions. Nothing horribly fancy or exciting, but it’s what we do together. If we are in town, not visiting my family in the UP, we put up our Christmas tree and decorations the day after Thanksgiving. If we’re gone, we do it as soon as we can when we return. (This year, I put it up the weekend before Thanksgiving and got soooooo much grief from the kids. It was ridiculous!)

On Christmas Eve, we go to church as a family. One or more of the kids are usually singing during the service, so that’s lovely. After that, we head to the hubby’s family to celebrate. The grandkids do a gift exchange. We visit, eat TONS of food, sing carols…and then it’s time to head home.

We do Christmas morning at home. I can only think of one year we weren’t home on Christmas morning as we’d gone to the UP early. For a long time, we’d open presents, eat breakfast, then pile in the car to drive to the UP and be there in time for Christmas dinner. It was insanity. Worth it so we could spend time with my side of the family, but INSANITY. We don’t do that every year anymore.

But that’s about it. We don’t have tons of traditions – it’s mostly about spending time together for us. So it gets busy and a little crazy, but the time is well spent.

Head on over to the other girls’ blogs and see what traditions they have that are their favorites. I’m sure they do a bunch of fun stuff, and I’m going to look positively boring in comparison, but I’m okay with that. I like my holidays as they are. 🙂

Bronwyn Green • Gwendolyn Cease  Kris Norris   Kellie St. James

Until next week!


Wednesday Randomness: A Few of My Favorite Things: Actors & Actresses Edition



Happy Wednesday! Let’s be honest here, this post could easily be titled A Few of My Favorite Things: Colin Morgan edition – Because. He. Is. My. Favorite – but I guess I *could* mention some other actors and actresses I enjoy. (Not as much as Colin, let’s be clear on that)

Jensen Ackles & Jared Padalecki


I love these guys. Love them as Dean & Sam, but they also seem like genuinely fun and nice guys. I think I’d pretty much watch whatever they’re in.

Nathan Fillion


Loved him in Firefly and have enjoyed him in everything else I’ve seen him in.

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David Tennant

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He is my Doctor. And I think he’s brilliantly talented. Not just as the Doctor but in everything.

Julie Andrews


She gets mentioned because I ADORE HER. Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, Victor/Victoria, The Princess Diaries…. All of it….ADORE.

Bradley James (you knew he’d show up too…)

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He was fabulous as Arthur on Merlin. As the series goes on, he gets better and better. I’m so looking forward to seeing him in iZombie. Because, dammit, it’s about time he’s in something. I’ve been pining, Mr. James. Even with the guest spot you had on Homeland….it wasn’t enough.

Felicia Day

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She is fabulous. Gorgeous. Talented. And seems like she’d be a ton of fun. 🙂 If she’s in something, I’ll watch it. 🙂

And now, we’re going to end this post with Colin. Mr. Colin Morgan. Le sigh. He’s a brilliant actor, soooo freaking pretty, and I heart him. I heart him A LOT. 😀

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I’m all caught up on The Fall, so I’m ready for the next season he’s in. Can’t wait to see Testament of Youth. And am SUPER excited to hear he’s part of the cast for AMC’s Humans.

All right, remember to go check out what actors & actresses rank on the other ladies’ favorite lists.

Bronwyn Green • Gwendolyn Cease
Kellie St. James • Kris Norris

Until next week!



Wednesday Randomness: Fave Songs



Happy Wednesday! This week is another installment of A Few of My Favorite Things. And we’re talking songs.

I’m going to share my top five most played songs because they are my faves at this moment. 🙂  (Pulling up Spotify to look at my playlists because I have BLANK BRAIN)

So here we go…in no particular order…

Say Something – A Great Big World Love this song. And I’ve fallen in love with Walk of the Earth’s cover of it. (Well, I pretty much love anything Walk of the Earth does so…)

Secrets – Mary Lambert 

Soldier – Gavin DeGraw

If I Lose Myself – OneRepubic (apparently no music list from me would be complete without OneRepublic. LOL)

How Far We’ve Come – Matchbox 20

And there you have it. 🙂

Head on over to see the other ladies’ fave songs. Who knows…you may find some new tunes that will turn into your faves. 🙂

Bronwyn Green • Gwendolyn Cease • Jenny Trout
Kellie St. James • Kris Norris • Kayleigh Jones

Until next week!

Wednesday Randomness: Fave Food & Drink


Happy Wednesday!

It’s time for another A Few of My Favorite Things post. And this week, we’re talking food and drink. Yum.

I’m just going to jump right in…


While I could list lots of foods I like, I have two favorites. They are a complete taste of home for me.


Basically it’s meat, potatoes, onions, rutabaga, and seasoning (sometimes people put carrots in too, but I don’t agree with that) cooked in a pastry shell. It is sooooooooooo good.

Tostada Pizza

Specifically from the Ambassador Restaurant in Houghton, Michigan.

I can’t tell you how much I love this pizza. It has a thin crispy crust, seasoned meat, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and a spicy sauce on top. I always eat WAY too much and my lips burn by the time I’ve finished overinduldging. And yeah, totally had some when I was up there last week on vaca.


Mountain Dew

I drink way too much of it. It’s quite disgusting how much and I really need to cut back. It’s on my list, I swear.

I like my wine cheap and sweet. I feel no shame.

Sweet Tea

Simple and refreshing. Not much more to say. Love it.

And that’s it for me. 🙂 Go and check out what the other ladies rank as their favorite foods and drinks.

Until next week!

Wednesday Randomness: Fave Movies


Happy Wednesday! It’s the first Wednesday of the month so that brings up to another “A Few of My Favorite Things” post. This month we are doing movies.

I have TONS of movies I love and it’s actually a constant changing list, so I’m going to limit myself to a handful I watch again and again.

Pride and Prejudice – the A& E version with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle. Now I enjoy other adaptations, quite a bit actually, but this is my overall favorite. I love Colin Firth’s Mr. Darcy. And I think this version better reflects the book than others I’ve seen.

A Royal Affair – I watched this on Jenny Trout’s recommendation. When I finally got to it, Jenny was NOT online. That didn’t stop me, friends, from having an entire conversation with her while I watched this…this…wonderfully beautiful film. She came home to like 20+ IMs from me as I reacted to the movie. There is copious amounts of costume porn (le sigh) and, OMG, the dance scene between Struensee (Mads Mikkelsen!) and the Queen…

I can’t even adequately describe it. The tension, the gorgeousness of it… *deep breath* I could watch that alone again and again. And have. 😀

Mists of Avalon – One of my all time favorite Arthurian movies. Honestly, I don’t know what to say about this. There’s just so much. I’ll just say I love the character of Morgaine in this. My heart breaks for her but her love for her brother, Arthur, and how strong she is…beautiful. I will readily admit, though, I want to smack Guinevere a lot during this movie.

Constantine – I just caught this the other night while I happened to be on IM with Kris Norris. I know she’ll approve its inclusion on this list. (Keanu, eh, Norris?) I don’t have a ton to say about this, other than I love to watch this again and again. Good vs evil, angels and demons, a wee bit of sexual tension…What’s not to love?

Braveheart – I’m not a huge Mel Gibson fan, but I love this movie. I know it’s not even historically accurate, but I don’t care. I’m just entertained by it. Again and again. And I named one of my kids after Catherine McCormick’s character, Murron, because I liked the way it sounded. Though I changed the spelling a bit. 🙂 

Lord of the Rings trilogy (that counts as one, right? :D) – No shocker that I like the movies as these are some of my favorite books. I’m fairly certain this is going to show up on Gwen’s list. She has mad love for Viggo/Aragorn. And I appreciate that…AND HIM. But for some reason, I go against all my usual preferences and find myself totally digging to Legolas. 

I don’t know what it is. I don’t usually go for blonds (and I do think Orlando Bloom is fine when when he is not rocking the long blond wig). Apparently this fictional dude and Bradley James are the exception to my rule. 

Monty Python and the Holy Grail – OMG, the love I have for this movie knows no bounds. Just watch it, if you’ve never seen it. Watch it again, if you’ve seen it before. 

And I’m going to leave it there. Because I’m cracking the hell up over the Holy Grail quotes and I think I’m going to go watch the movie again. 😀

I can’t wait to see the other ladies’ lists.  I *know* Labyrinth will be on Bron’s list… I’ve just witnessed her horror that I’ve never seen it. I don’t know why… It’s on my Netflix queue/list and has been for some time, but I’ve just never watched. She is now plotting to rectify this grievous offense on my part. 🙂 

Until next week!