Every Christmas I wind up in a futile debate with my husband regarding the “My Favorite Things” song. He insists it’s a Christmas song, but I know better. Just because Johnny Mathis recorded it on a Christmas album does not suddenly make it into a holiday tune. Naturally my husband has NEVER seen the Sound of Music, nor does he have any interest in doing so.
I read a profile on a business recently that called it a “lifestyle” store. I guess you could say we have a bit of that going on here as well. I have a few of my very favorite things to share with you today, that will hopefully enhance your lifestyle too!
I absolutely love this addition to my office. It holds so much stuff, keeps me more organized than ever, and gives me an additional workspace. Best of all, everything folds up into an attractive cabinet.
It also has a table that flips out, and an overhead light. I want to run over and give it a big hug every day. Everyone needs one of these! They make smaller organizational systems too. You can order them online at theoriginalscrapbox.com.
Jeni’s Ice Cream
I remember when this little ice cream stand popped up in the North Market, across the street from the convention center in Columbus, Ohio. Jeni would man the stand, sometimes by herself, selling scoops of her incredible ice cream. She had some of the wildest combinations of flavors, and they were selling like crazy. Each summer when we’d visit, the line got longer. Fifteen years later Jeni’s is an ice cream empire. Forbes magazine did a profile on her business a few days ago. It’s worth the read.
While Jeni’s is best experienced in downtown Columbus, it doesn’t take a trip to Ohio to get in on the yumminess. You can get it at Whole Foods, but they don’t stock the full flavor range. We put together an order with Jeni’s periodically, so if you’d like to join the Jeni’s bunch and get in on our next order give me a shout. Warning, it’s $12 a pint (and worth every penny), but we split the shipping and that really helps.
My personal favorites are Salty Caramel and Salted Peanut Butter with Chocolate Flecks. I’m down to my last pint, so we’ll be ordering soon. If you can’t wait, you can order online at jenis.com.
Yes, I love road trips so much that I dedicated an entire post to them. But they’re worth mentioning again. This summer Kary and I are taking out on the open road for the biggest road trip yet. Snarky & Catty’s Summer Road Trip will be epic – yes, we even gave it an official name although you’ll have to guess who’s Snarky and who’s Catty.
Our travels will take us to many states: Missouri, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas. We are staying at fine hotels: the Seelbach, le Méridien, the Peabody, and even an inn with milk & cookies at bedtime and a house cat. We will eat copious amounts of food, including Jeni’s ice cream. We will find the interesting.
The official reason for our trip is go to yarn market in Cleveland, but why take the shortest path when you can embark on a great adventure. We are counting down – only 185 days until our journey begins!
Chewy Red Hots
Mom and I both had a red hot affliction. They quit selling the off-brand ones we liked years ago, plus they were breaking my teeth. Numerous implants later I had to give up the red hots. Recently I discovered CHEWY red hots. They are so darn good, and they don’t break your teeth. I buy them in bulk, and even have my own “Red Hots by the Dozen” buyers club going. Yes, there are others out there as crazy as me. I hide my stash in my WorkBox.
psst…if you’re crazy for red hots too give me a shout and I’ll let you in on my little club
Yes, I’m a habitual TV show binger. Since my world revolves around my MacBook Pro and my iPhone, I really didn’t see the need for an iPad. Keith gave me one several Christmases ago, and I’ve been a binger ever since. Whenever I’m doing something monotonous, like updating the website or ironing, I watch shows on my iPad while popping chewy red hots in my mouth.
My only complaint was that I couldn’t hear, especially when my guys blare the TV or video games. I treated myself to a pair of AirPods earlier this year and I am so happy! But I am in need of something new to watch. I’m anxiously awaiting the next seasons of The Handmaid’s Tale, Better Call Saul, and Homeland. Just finished The Crown. I never miss an episode of General Hospital, but I’m all caught up on that. There’s not much I haven’t seen, but if you have any good suggestions I’m all ears.
Back in the day, when I had a real job we had to wear hose, suits, pointy shoes, pinchy heavy earrings. I don’t know how I did that, and got anything accomplished. While I don’t mind dressing up occasionally, I can promise you that my productivity sinks to a crawl. I just can’t function if I’m miserable and can’t move around freely.
My friend Debbie introduced me to the Comfy USA line and I’ve been in love ever since – so much that it is the main line of clothing we carry in the shop. My closet at home looks like a legging display, with multiples of every color. I guess you could say they’re my “uniform”, and they’re more comfortable than any pajama pants I’ve ever owned. With great tops and tunics to coordinate with the leggings, Comfy is generously sized so you often are a size smaller than you think. Gotta love that!
Comfortable was also my guide when I set out to dye art-to-wear items for our le Cœur line of wearables. Flowing ruanas, asymmetrical tunics, and caftans in brilliant hues. Both lines include up to size 2X.
If I were Oprah, I’d take everyone on a road trip, and give away WorkBoxes, Jeni’s ice cream and AirPods to all. But alas, I’m just Keely from the ‘hood.
I can help everyone live more comfortably! Now through the end of the year, take 25% off all Comfy USA and le Cœur wearables. This deal is only for my loyal readers, so mention the “friends of Keely” deal at the register.
And since you’ll be so darn comfortable, you won’t think twice about popping a handful of RedHots in your mouth. I looked over my secret stash, and determined that I could bear to part with six boxes. Therefore I will be giving away chewy RedHots to six lucky winners. If you have a favorite thing you think everyone needs, or a tip on a good show for me to watch . . . please share! I’ll randomly select winners from those who comment.
Since I’m down to my last pint of Jeni’s, I have no more to share. I’m also getting ready to order more vanilla beans, so if you want to get in the vanilla bean bunch let me know. My go-to source in Australia lost all of their crops in the drought and went out of business. I just checked my #2 spot and prices have tripled since last year. My stash is getting really low, so I’ll probably be restocking after the first of the year. I import huge, juicy beans – not the shriveled up ones you see at the store. Give me a shout if you need bean!