Picks of the Month is my monthly feature. Modeled after what I’m loving lately at Annie’s Eats (one of my favorite food blogs), I’ll be sharing the products, websites, pop culture, apps, etc that made my life easier and/or more fun the previous month. And, yes, as this is a book blog, I will probably find a way to sneak some mention of my favorite reads from the month too!
My mom has always been into eating healthy, so I decided to get her a Graze box subscription for Mother’s Day. I got a chance to try some of her snacks and then I ordered my own. The snacks pictured above were in my first box. As you can see in the picture, I selected “love” for both the flapjack and the tomato and basil pizza mix. That lets them know I want more, although I do hope to try other snacks before I start getting too much repetition. We ended up using the seeds and the dried berries as salad toppings. Both were good, but not something I would necessarily hope to have again soon. I got a different flavor flapjack in my second box. It was even better than the first. I hope to get more flapjacks in future boxes.
(When I first joined, the word flapjack was confusing for me, because in the US, a flapjack is a pancake. Apparently in some other countries and on Graze it’s an oat bar.)
I love wearing nail polish, but I hate waiting for it to dry. I had been using Seche Vite, a quick drying top coat that’s popular among the nail bloggers I used to follow. I liked it, but it’s expensive for the tiny bottle you get, and after a while it gets thick and gloppy. I read about Sally Hansen Insta-Dry top coat and decided to give it a try. I found it at Target for less than a much smaller bottle of Seche Vite. It dries super-fast and it helps prevent chips, something I have a lot of trouble with. I haven’t been able to understand how people can wear the same nail polish for a week or more. On me, even with most top coats, I have chips on the first day. I didn’t get my first chip with the Insta-Dry until day 3!
Someone on Twitter mentioned 2048 this month. Having no idea what it was, I went looking for it. I’m a numbers girl, so I love this game even it’s more about matching than math. I have the app on my iPad and I play it while I’m watching TV.
My favorite books read in June were Smile by Raina Telgemeier, Will the Real Prince Charming Please Stand Up? by Ella Martin, and Say Her Name by James Dawson. Reviews for Smile and Say Her Name will be up next month.