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This giveaway features a few favorite small things, handpicked by me for you. Because I like you and I think you’re nice. I wanted to spread a little love and brightness in the gloom of winter (because it will be winter until March or April, let’s be honest). I get that Valentine’s Day can feel overly saccharine, but it’s actually a great day to say to yourself, in case you’ve been forgetting, “Hey. I love you.” Nice and simple. Don’t waste your energy on negativity towards a retail-oriented holiday. Instead, treat yourself and move on, powered by chocolate, to bigger things. That’s the best. That’s where your energy belongs. Chocolate. Valentine's Day Giveaway

All you have to do to enter is use the Rafflecopter entry form, and leave a comment below. How do you treat yourself? Additional entries can be earned by tweeting or by sharing this post to your Facebook page.

  1. Burt’s Bees lemon cuticle cream to heal (all natural, cruelty-free, free of sulfates and parabens)
  2. Pacifica Color Quench vanilla hibiscus lip tint for a dash of color (100% vegan, free of parabens)
  3. Katie Daisy “love” notebook for secrets or not-so-secrets
  4. tumbled amethyst and rose quartz for the heart and spirit
  5. Divine dark chocolate with raspberries bar (Fair Trade)
  6. Divine 38% milk chocolate with toffee and sea salt bar (Fair Trade) Valentine's Day Giveaway

The giveaway ends January 30th 12am EST. Good luck! Personal friends and family members are welcome to enter, since you make up the majority of my readers and I love you. I will contact the winner by February 1st.

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The 2015 LUSH Valentine’s Day collection has arrived! This is not a sponsored post, I just really adore LUSH. Their Valentine’s Day products always end up being my favorites, because they’re fun and a little decadent.  There is something about ultra-feminine pink and shimmery things that speak to my heart. I (a little bit secretly) find great comfort in the ultra-girly, and LUSH always delivers. I think maybe it’s that …My Little Pony quotient. Speaking of, the unicorn horn bubble bar is high up on my list.

I’ve never showed you my Pony collection.

That might need to be a thing.

LUSH Valentine's Day 2015

Last year, I received the Cupid’s Love soap in my Neon Love box (see post). This year’s version has a bit of a different look, and is free of MPG’s. I missed out on The Kiss gloss and lip scrub, last year, so those are officially on my shopping list as well.

You can shop the collection online now, or in stores starting on January 16th.


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As I get older, I am finding self-love ever more important. I am a much happier, kinder person than I was ten years ago, hell, even  five years ago, and I am beginning to actually love myself. Maybe that’s a bit hokey sounding, but I spent far too many years under a cloud of self-loathing. It’s refreshing to be able to stand up and say, “I love me.”

I also love my family. I love Timothy. I love my friends. I love the tortoise.

How could I not love the tortoise. He’s the best.

When I found out it would be unlikely that Teej and I would be spending Valentine’s Day together (he arrives home late tomorrow night, weather permitting), I decided to treat myself to a little gift from LUSH. UPS mis-delivered it on the 3rd, and I was fearful I would never see it, but somehow my package found its way into my hands in this blizzard.

lush neon love ::

lush neon love ::

LUSH’s Neon Love gift contains the following:

  • red Fun (citrus-scented moldable soap)
  • bubblegum lip scrub
  • Turkish Delight shower smoothie (rose-scented)
  • From Dusk til Dawn massage bar
  • Neon Love soap (passion fruit scented)

lush neon love ::

The massage bar (the gold-dipped cone above) is a partner-gift, but the rest is for this girl. Scent and warmth are powerful healers. Each product in the gift is preservative-free and vegan.

LUSH’s 2014 Valentine’s Day line was inspired by 12 Months of Neon Love.

Right now, LUSH is partnering with All Out in support of LGBTQ rights in Russia, and all over the world. You can read more about the Sign of Love project here.

I am thankful that I have not directly known, and will likely never come to face, many of the hardships that so many of my friends have known. I am also thankful that I have a voice to stand up against hatred and cruelty. I will always choose to use that voice, in support of the people I care about (and I suppose some people I will never have the joy of loving).

Have a happy ♥ day.

Spread kindness. Spread acceptance. Show love.

sign of love ::

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Twin Peaks brooch by Kate Rowland

And, since it’s Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d share one of my favorite pink things with you.



Kris Mukai’s “Donut Diary” via Seibei

I hope you’re having a lovely, loving day. Treat yourself to a stack of donuts. ♥

(The owls are not what they seem.)

I’d like to make “mail day” a new feature. Want to exchange slow-letters? Leave me a comment so we can get in touch!

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New sketchbook! My first Moleskine. I’ve used the pocket graph paper notes as sketch pads, but never an actual book. The paper is a nice cream colour. I like. I am thinking pen and ink for this, but I’m not sure.

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I’ve spent the last couple days working in a soon-to-open new Goodwill store (Amherst, NH). It’s been exhausting. Amherst is an hour+ drive from here, and the weather today was the worst. Slick roads, grey skies. I will say, however, that being in a brand new store has been a bit of a treat. For opening day, they like to pack the shelves. It’s pretty crazy.

I have been eating and sleeping terribly due to stress (or maybe sleeping terribly and being stressed due to poor diet?), and am hoping to get back on track tomorrow with a trip to Dover Natural Foods. I need bananas and almond milk and broccoli to feel better. Mostly I need a full night of sleep.

I treated myself to a new bra (free, thanks to a coupon!) and underwear for Valentine’s Day. I’ve always really liked the Aerie line from American Eagle. Decent, everyday quality. Super comfy. And, for a mid-range brand, even the lacier things hold up nicely if properly taken care of (hand washed and air-dried). Their regular undies can stand gentle washing and drying on low heat.


I have a nice Valentine gift for Timothy, too, of course. I’ll share later, I’m just pleased as punch that he’ll be home, this year. I bought the sappiest card I could possibly find.

Looking at the status page of my UNH application is freaking me out, so I won’t be checking in on that for a few weeks or so. Documents that I sent ages ago (that should be showing up) are not showing up, but then I remember the e-mail I received stating that it can take weeks to process, especially around February and March.

Like I said, I need a good night’s sleep. Deep breaths.

I hope you are well. ♥

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