These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things: Stuff I Like

I haven't done one of these in a bit, and short of of telling you what else I've created out of figs this week, I thought I'd share some of my favorite things with you.

This first one is actually related to a fig creation from tonight since it included sliced apples; it's an Apple Peeler, Corer, and Slicer. I got mine from a Pampered Chef party back in the day, but you can find them on Amazon or at a kitchen store of your choosing. You can have a mountain of peeled, sliced, cored apples in minutes. I used mine to make cinnamon sliced apple chips for the Bug and Peanut when they were little, and now that we have an apple tree in the yard, it's getting a work out again. It makes the hardest part of baking an apple pie a piece of cake. (Did you see what I did there? Damn, I'm funny.)

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Apple Slice Garnishing Fall Harvest Quesadilla

Kids, pets, and poop stink. I'm not a fan of stink. I have a few products I use to attack the stink (and stains) produced by these three things. Nature's Miracle is a must-have when you live with kids or pets. Nature's Miracle will get ink pen out of carpet, lipstick off of collars (in case you have that problem), or cat puke off your favorite duvet cover (although, I no longer have that problem). There are other products like it, but the price of Nature's Miracle when you buy in bulk is hard to beat. It kills the stain and the stink all in one swoop and without scrubbing. Pour it on; let it work. Second, I like an air freshener that doesn't just mask the smells. Nobody likes the smell of shit and roses. I want something that truly kills the odors, but doesn't smell like grandma's powder puff. That's where my next favorite product comes into play: Fresh Wave All Natural Odor Neutralizing Home Spray. Finally, I like a nice candle to light that lasts a long time, but doesn't cost me $40 a pop. When I'm feeling indulgent, I'll buy myself a Votivo candle, but when I'm buying to defunkify the entire house, I use Vanilla Creme Pet Odor Exterminator Candles. They smell great, aren't overpowering, and last FOREVER. Best of all, they're cheap. I can't always get the Vanilla Creme scent through Amazon, but I can usually find them by doing a search online. I've never paid more than $9/candle. Since they last up to 70 hours, that's a bargain! You Votivo addicts know what I'm talking about.

Alright, let's talk about my face. It's getting older. I'm still a cheap ho when it comes to makeup, but I have sensitive skin. Most of my favorites are made by E.L.F. What I can't find at Target in the E.L.F. section, I buy from their online site. My favorite items are their mineral eyeshadows, hyper shine gloss (only $1!), and mineral concealer. They have great brushes, too. Their small precision brush ($3) makes a great eyeliner brush. I dip it in a little water, then the mineral shadow. And, I'm not easy to please with brushes. I have MAC brushes I've spent a pretty penny on, yet I will tell you the E.L.F. brushes are just as good at doing the job. Same with the eyeshadows, concealer, and glosses. I've bought more expensive products, but for the $1-5 I spend on these products, they last just as long, are just as nice, and I don't mind experimenting with new colors or products. They even have inexpensive nail polish removal pads that are great for traveling.

Now, what would be super cool was if I got these products for free, but I don't. If you buy any of the Amazon-linked products through my links, I get a small kickback from Amazon, but that's it. Really, I just wanted to blab on about the stuff I like. I do have some products to review, but they'll be going in the review section of my blog since they were comped by the product manufacturers. Now, tell me what sets your kite a flyin'. What products make your world go 'round?