Picks of the Week, Week № 47

I am often briefly passionate about something new (to me; I don’t intentionally follow trends). The love isn’t deep enough to spur an entire single-subject blog post, but I don’t quite have enough people to rave to in person, so this blog is the perfect middle ground.

If you are familiar with my personal comics, you know that my comic week numbering is sequential for how many consecutive weeks I have published. These picks of the week will be different. They will reflect the week number relative to the year. For example this is week 47 of a 52 week calendar year, so there will be more Week № 47s in the future, but no guarantee that I will post favorites each week for eternity. So just remember that Week No.1 is the first in any year, № 52 or № 53 will close any year, and that there may be duplicates.

Picks of the Week, № 47. #FiveFaves #PicksoftheWeek

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Here are my five favorites this week:

• Wish lists for local shelters, food pantries, and similar local nonprofits
• Simple headbands for hair that is too short for the ponytail and too thick for hair clips
• Custom planners from Golden Coil
• Grocery stores with curbside pick up
Squeeze bottle with to remove drained water from plant saucers

I love donating to local nonprofit charities, especially with in-kind donations (an in-kind donation is not money, it’s an object they can use immediately).

“…city animal shelter, and a big cat rescue.”

Amazon removed the wish list search function so you need the direct link to see any list that isn’t your own (or one that you haven’t already saved). If your target charity has an active social media presence, asking them publicly for their wish list link is the easiest and fastest way to get and share that information. Of course you can always email, but I want others to buy too, so I don’t ask in private. This week I am buying things for my favorite local charities; a free pantry, the city animal shelter, and a big cat rescue. When you get the links for your favorite charities, make sure to click Remember on the upper left to save their list for future retrieval (conversely you can just bookmark the link).

This year I am happily supporting the Little Rock Animal Village, Little Free Pantry Little Rock, and Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge.

Growing out hair is more cumbersome than I last recall. Did I have this many awkward phases in the past? I probably did, but was too busy to notice or care.

What I do know is that about 80 percent of my hair can go into a ponytail now (YAY), but the hairs nearest my face and nape are still too short (BOO). I hate hair in my face, so this phase is annoying. My hair is thick too, so if I use bobby pins to keep my hair back I’ll need 200. Traditional headbands don’t mix well with my glasses and result in headaches.

So what is a gal to do?! WIDE HEADBANDS, the tube type to be specific. These are perfect to wear with a ponytail. It contains and covers all of the shorter hairs, doesn’t bother my glasses, and even keeps my ears warm without being bulky. When it’s nap time I shift it down to cover my eyes. Win win!

If you’re a planner, over-thinker, or just love writing out your devious plans you probably are bullet journaling in a blank journal (or thinking about it). Maybe you don’t do blank pages and prefer to fill an Erin Condren folio? Or maybe you just haven’t found the right solution yet. I feel you.

Golden Coil custom planner

If you prefer planning and writing on paper in general, check out Golden Coil. I found them while searching for a gift, and fell in love with the customization and quality. The entire thing is custom print per order so you choose

  • the date range
  • page layouts – MANY options
  • bonus pages like blank grids, or recipe cards
  • to import calendars to be printed in the planner

I bought one to celebrate a family member. The title page states name, phone number, and a quote from their favorite book. The planner begins the week that I give the planner (so it could be used it right away), and continues to the end of next year. I plugged in a food holiday calendar (available from Golden Coil), so she and her employees will know when Popcorn Day is and be prepared to celebrate. Then I added some blank grid pages in the back in case she needs to grade her underlings like a grade school teacher. It’s totally custom, beautiful, and affordable!

I might buy one for myself for my birthday. There are so many options, that I really do need the next few months to stew on it to build my perfect notebook.

The future is now and I love it.

I used to think that curbside pickup was lazy, but then I had a baby. I also used to have digital assistants help build my shopping lists “Hey Siri, add vinegar to my grocery list,” but now I can just as easily open the Kroger app and add the item to my cart. Easy.

“…curbside wine and office supplies!”

I use Kroger and Walmart curbside grocery pickups. Walmart has a greater range of products available (depends on your store, but I can’t say no to curbside wine and office supplies!), however you can’t use coupons. Kroger allows coupons, and is linked to your shopper’s card (so you can use in-app digital coupons too), but mine doesn’t support alcohol sales.

In general I use Walmart’s curbside service for cleaning supplies, and a few food items I can’t find anywhere else like a certain brand of whole milk maple yogurt. Otherwise, I use Kroger for most of our food purchases. The ability to use coupons and access their in-house organic brand are real winners for me. I always order at night and pick up in the afternoon, and I generally don’t allow substitutions because I am horrendously picky. Nothing puts me in a bad mood like wanting organic milk and getting conventional. Ugh.

Squeeze bottle

My last pick of the week is this handy squeeze bottle that I use to remove standing water from my plant saucers.

Mister Jupiter got me a gorgeous peace lily, and it took about a month for me to figure out its favorite lighting and watering routines. The lighting was easy – I put it in a window with a grow light. Watering took more trial and error with drooping or yellowing leaves. This plant loves to drink deeply, but doesn’t like wet feet.

So after I thoroughly water the lily, I siphon out the standing water in the saucer. It only takes a few moments on watering days, and the lily approves. No more drooping because it’s thirsty, no more yellow leaves because it’s too wet! Now I just need to remember to feed it every now and again.

Curious about other picks? Try these on.

Picks of the Week, № 48. #FiveFaves #PicksoftheWeek  Picks of the Week, № 3. #FiveFaves #PicksoftheWeek #Audible #bedding  Picks № 37 are milso picks; those little things that my life happier and easier when my spouse is TDY, deployed, or just working late all week. Being able to purchase a little sanity is well worth it in my book, so come on in and see this week's picks! #picksoftheweek #milso #milspouse #pilotwife #TDYs #DeploymentHelp #self-care

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Author: Tracey

Tracey has a bachelor’s degree in Technical Writing from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She loves editing, riding bikes, and cooking for her family.

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