Friday Faves Volume III: The Original PeachSkin Sheets

How do I sleep at night?

Quite well! 😉💗

All thanks to my The Original PeachSkin Sheets! BEST purchase ever!

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I will freely admit… I am a sheet snob and I am not ashamed! I have spent a fortune on sheets in the past only to be sadly disappointed with the quality.

That is not the case with The Original PeachSkin Sheets! They are INCREDIBLE! First, they are affordable! Even if you don’t take advantage of one of their amazing sales, these sets are priced just right! However, it is the quality… They are THE softest sheets I have ever had the pleasure of sleeping on.

We have a memory foam mattress. It has been a chore to find sheets that stay on properly. Thanks to the 18” deep pockets, and the elastic that goes all the way around the fitted sheet, problem solved! They are soft right out of the package, too. You don’t have to wash them over and over to get the “broken in” feeling. They are also hypoallergenic and anti-microbial! They are stain resistant, fast drying, and do not shrink!

They are perfect for both hot and cold sleepers. I tend to get hot when I am sleeping, but the hubby freezes. With PeachSkin Sheets, we are both sleeping comfortably!

I chose my first set in Cotton Candy Pink, of course, but I intend to order more!

I highly recommend them! A good night’s sleep is an important part of self care, so why not invest in amazing sheets?

Happy sleeping!

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Friday Faves Volume II (My Shiny Teeth & Me!)

I have a bit of an obsession with keeping my teeth white. It’s an important part of my self care.

To be completely honest, my two front teeth are veneers and keeping the rest of my teeth as white is a chore. I also experience some sensitivity and it can be a nightmare. Traditional teeth whitening kits are just not the thing for me due to this. They can often be irritating. Who wants to suffer for the time it takes the product to work during the treatment duration?

Thanks to the White Birch Teeth Whitening Kit, I have found a new way to keep my teeth stain-free and sparkling without the mess of traditional charcoal powders or the pain of traditional whitening kits! Isn’t that awesome? And there is no black charcoal mess! This is the world’s first white charcoal whitening toothpaste. It was developed by a family of dentists with over 50 years of clinical experience.

The white charcoal absorbs and removes tough stains. Their signature toothpaste and gel serum work in combination to brighten your smile up to six times in as little as two weeks!!! No strips. No trays. No sensitivity. No mess. And it’s affordable! It’s also safe for use with crowns and veneers!

Just wet your toothbrush, apply the toothpaste, then add a thin strip of the serum over the toothpaste. Brush your teeth with this combination twice a day for two minutes each time and in 14 days… Voila! You can start singing about your shiny teeth! (It’s a reference to the character Chip Skylark from the cartoon The Fairly Odd Parents.)

I am really pleased with this kit. On a scale of one to five, I would definitely give this 5 stars! I love it!

After completing the kit with the serum, I have continued to use their toothpaste for maintenance and my teeth look and feel wonderful. I highly recommend White Birch products and am so grateful I was given the opportunity to try them. They have officially become a permanent part of my self care and a firm favorite!

A Short Trip To Mystic Falls (Covington, Georgia)

Growing up, I was absolutely terrified of vampires. I had watched Salem’s Lot and I was convinced an evil vampire would somehow get into my room one night and drain me dry. I spent many a night with the covers pulled tightly to my chin, gripping my small cross pendant, and praying quietly until I finally drifted off to sleep.

My fear of vampires didn’t last. Somewhere along the way, and I can’t remember exactly when it happened, the fear turned to fascination. I began to watch everything I could pertaining to vampires. Well, anything supernatural really. I read, too. Oh, the books I read. It was during this period I discovered some of my favorite authors and my favorite characters.

When I was in high school, I discovered a teen fiction series that would change my life. I fell in love with the characters and read the original trilogy until it was almost in tatters. It still holds a place of high honor on my bookshelf today, complete with my high school bubble handwriting, boldly stating they are my property inside each cover.

That trilogy is The Vampires Diaries by L.J. Smith. It was published almost 30 years ago. Long before Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley, and Nina Dobrev brought the characters Damon Salvatore, Stefan Salvatore, and Elena Gilbert to life on screen.

With that being written, the first part of our recent vacation was literally a dream come true for me. I doubted I would ever make it to Covington, Georgia to see the little town where they had filmed the series, but my husband surprised me! After talking about it for so long, he told me to book the room for our Vampire Vacation.

I was thrilled!!!!!!

The road trip down was fun. We were in high spirits because of the excitement of going on vacation. My husband, who was not a fan of the show before the trip, but has become a devoted fan since, was even looking forward to touring the town known as Mystic Falls on television. (In the books, the setting is a town in Virginia called Fell’s Church.) We drove and talked. He asked questions about the shows and books and I was happy to fill him in on all things Vampire Diaries.

When we arrived, we immediately took a little drive through Mystic Falls (Covington, Georgia). Even though I am going to be 47-years-old this summer, I must admit, upon seeing the iconic clock tower, made famous by the show, my eyes did tear up a bit.

Things got a little tricky when we went to our hotel, but nothing can be perfect. Right? Though our hotel was listed as pet friendly on BringFido.com, they most certainly were not. It’s all cool. I have to give it to the customer service representatives at BringFido. They found us a much nicer hotel for a comparable price. Sometimes things work out even when it is a little inconvenient at first.

After a little rest, we decided it was time to tour the town in full. We were hoping to book a guided tour, but those are booked so far in advance, something I didn’t know, but should have, and they were completely sold out the entire time we were there. However, we did okay on our own.

We got a map and drove around to see all of the houses used in filming. We were really surprised how close they were to each other. Watching the show, they make it seem as if these people live quite a distance from one another. In reality, three of the key houses used in filming are within walking distance, with two of them being directly next door to the other. They are also not far from the square and the famed Mystic Grill, the hang out of any human and supernatural creature in Mystic Falls.

Yes, the Mystic Grill is an actual restaurant. However, it does not look the same inside. What you see on the show is actually a set built in a warehouse in Atlanta, Georgia.

There are so many little things in Covington, Georgia for fans of The Vampire Diaries. Not just seeing Elena’s house, the clock tower, or the Mystic Grill. There is also a storefront with both Elena’s name and her father’s name, marking it as their physicians’ office. There are stones with the names of actors who have filmed in Covington. And these include more than just the cast of The Vampire Diaries.

Unfortunately, due to COVID, the Visitor’s Center was not open at that time. It was a disappointment, because there is a lot of memorabilia on display, but I was not at all let down by what we were able to see in both the Vampire Stalker Museum and Alley Shop at the Mystic Grill. They have costumes and props on display and that was really cool!

I wish we’d had more time, but since visiting my husband, David, has taken to watching the show. He is now insisting we go back as soon as possible and stay longer! There is no way I am going to argue with him. We are currently looking at dates for a return trip and this time we will book well enough in advance so we may take a guided tour!

Stay tuned! I will be telling you more about the second leg of our Vampire Vacation. We went to New Orleans!!! Can you think of a better place when it comes to spooky and supernatural things? I don’t think so!

Until then… Peace, love, and butterflies!

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FRIDAY FAVES Volume I

Well, out of necessity, and a bit of boredom, I have decided I will try to share something I really love each Friday.

Why start now? Why this Friday? Well, Instagram has decided since I like to actually engage with my followers and other Instagram users, I must be some sort of rebel rule breaker, and has restricted my activities. It really seems counterproductive for them to do this to their users, but I am sure somewhere in their terms of service is a perfectly good, and hard to comprehend, explanation.

It is what it is… Let’s move on to the fun stuff!

Last year, I was given the opportunity to try an amazing product from a company called DANI Naturals. This was not my first time working with DANI Naturals and I was genuinely exciting about receiving the new product.

They sent me their Coconut Hibiscus Exfoliating Sugar Scrub. This can be described as exfoliating paradise! The scent is intoxicating and the texture… INCREDIBLE!!!

Unlike most of the scrubs available, which work perfectly well for the most part, this scrub is just a bit “more”. I can best describe it as luxurious and very moisturizing. While it does the job of exfoliating, and does it well, it does not leave your skin stripped and feeling tight.

The scent! It is nothing short of intoxicating, as I stated before. It is a lovely mix of mandarin, hibiscus blossom and apricot, blended with pure coconut. It brings to mind a warm night on the beach with tropical breezes. Who wouldn’t love such an escape, at least for a few minutes, during the shower or bath?

DANI Naturals Coconut Hibiscus Exfoliating Sugar Scrub is made with organic cane sugar and organic soybean oil. It is ultra-gentle and super moisturizing. It is also vegan, cruelty free, and free of parabens.

It is available, along with so many other awesome products, at www.daninaturals.com for $26. I highly recommend this one!

Check back next Friday for another of my favorites and throughout the week for other posts!

Until then… peace, love, and butterflies!

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Note: This was originally posted May 7, 2021. I am not sure what mistake I made or what happened. I had to publish it again today. Weird. ☺️