Sunday, June 14, 2009

Some Things I Like

Nothing fancy, just some Light Green stuff I'm liking right now.

First up, this notebook from

I don't really need more paper products in my life, but I saw this at Target and I got it anyway. It's definitely only light green - 60-70% recycled content. It is, however, printed with soy-based inks. And it's lovely, with its chrysanthemum theme. I'm into chrysanthemums right now.

Next up,
Burt's Bees Peach and Willowbark Deep Pore Scrub.

Do you know those old NBC PSA's, "The more you know ..." and a shooting star would travel across your TV screen (admit it, you hear the song in your head right now)? Well, the thing about being Light Green is, the more you know, the darker green you start to become. Once you glance at the back of a beauty product label, and see a line up of chemicals that you can't pronounce, it's hard to then slather that on your face.

So, I started looking for some more natural beauty products, although I haven't been particularly lucky quality-wise. I've enjoyed this scrub, however. It has ground peach stone for an exfoliant and willowbark extract, which is a natural alternative to salicylic acid. Back in our family's hippie days, my mom always used facial scrubs made with ground peach or apricot pits, so the scent of this product is nostalgic. And while many times you pay double for natural vs. conventional, the cost of this scrub is about the same as less-natural products, between $6-8 for 4 oz.

I also like this gift certificate from
Kaboom Books, here in Houston:

Yes, it's the cover of an old book, and the gift certificate is handwritten on the back. What a cool and stylish way to reuse! I haven't used it yet, though, because I'm thinking about some books I might want. Any suggestions?

Finally, I like this:

When my neighbors moved, they left behind a bunch of cacti. I do nothing to promote the growth of these guys, figuring they get enough water in humid Houston. The last few weeks, one of the cacti has been blooming.
It reminds me of that old Joni Mitchell song "Cactus Tree." You can watch a live performance from 1970 below.

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