Wannabe Martha

Still trying to figure out which Martha

Stuff I Love…Grooming Edition

I once ran a pair of support hose on my razor stubble.

I know – you kind of choked there, didn’t you?

Let’s start off with a couple of qualifiers about this post, shall we…

  • If you don’t shave your legs or underarms, this post is not for you.
  • If you’ve never dealt with an ingrown hair, this post is not for you.
  • If your hair grows so slowly that you can get by with (maybe) shaving once a  week because nobody would notice if you didn’t, this post is not for you.
  • If you are at home with the furry feel, then this post is not for you.
  • If you’ve never got up from bed, in the dead of night to shave your legs because the stubble was either (a) causing your sheets to pill or (b) stripping the skin off the hubs simply by rubbing your legs against him, then this post might not be for you.

Ladies, it’s a sad fact that we have to de-fuzz; it’s a PITA and it isn’t permanent unless we spend a godawful amount of cash on laser removal.  And even then.So let’s face it, shaving is a necessary evil if we are to maintain an even remotely ladylike veneer.  I don’t care what you say – hairy legs and pits are not ladylike.  My mother said so.  Amen.  The End.  But I’m here to share two of my favorite tools of the trade which can make things a little easier.

Shave Secret

Photo Credit – Amazon

Here’s the first one – Shave Secret©. I loooooove this stuff. You use a couple drops – really just drops and it works amazingly. See, part of the problem, the thing that often leads to stubble and rashes and ingrown is “drag” – your razor dragging and pulling on your hair. Shave Secret© eliminates the drag, so you can shave easier and smoother. It lasts, like FOREVER and the essential oils smell wonderful.

Tend Skin

Photo Credit – Amazon

Secondly is Tend Skin©. This stuff is absolutely necessary to prevent/treat ingrown hairs. Pricey? You betcha and worth every stinkin’ penny.


I’m not plugging these for any remuneration, but just because they work and summer’s coming and you can’t hide forever in your woolies.


Stuff I Love – ZUM Tub


Photo Credit – Indigo Wild

There are times when one must allow for a small retreat from reality.  A few handfuls of these wonderful bath salts added to some steaming hot water have near magical powers of restoration.  Not only that, it leaves your skin feeling so good and smelling great.

There are lots of great ZUM products to try, but this is hands down my favorite.  .

So tonight, it’s theses great salts, the jets running, a favorite candle (Sun & Sand from Yankee Candle) and my new book, The Bees.   I may wake up positively human tomorrow morning.


Stuff I Love – Roasted Peanut Oil

Roasted Peanut Oil (LOriva)

Reminds me of the oil that separates in natural peanut butter

I don’t deep fry and for the most part am not a “fried food” kind of person, but I do like to make stir-frys and I do sauté a lot.
This past Saturday at the grocery store I spotted Loriva Roasted Peanut Expeller Pressed Oil.

Now, I’m very fond of the Loriva family of products – I use the Sunflower oil in salad dressings and the Safflower oil is absolutely required for cooking steak stovetop.  I used this Roasted Peanut Oil in my stir-fry Monday night, and it added such a nice undertone to the dish. Now all I can think about is making another stir-fry so I can use that oil!

This is an aggressive oil, so I’d not recommend using it haphazardly.  And I’d be careful if using as a salad oil. It would probably work nice in a satay…hmmmmmm satay with peanut dipping sauce.  Is it dinner time yet?

(FYI – nobody from Loriva asked me to pimp their oil, but I  would with a straight face and no fingers crossed behind my back)



Stuff I love – “Lemon Suhgah” Sugah Scrub

One of my CCD students gave me a little jar of this amazing sugar scrub for Christmas.  I’m now well and truly hooked!  This stuff smells wonderful and makes your hands feel so freakin good you’ll be wondering whose they are.  In addition to the Lemon Sugah scrub, there’s a host of other delights, like Lemon Sugah Honey Butter and Lemon Sugah Bath Soak.  And that’s only one of their product lines.  Valentine’s Day will be here soon and I can’t imagine a lovelier gift than one of the delightful products from the Charleston Soap Chef.

Photo Credit – Charleston Soap Chef

Let me also add that this stuff really makes your hands smell good!  I was peeling about a thousand onions the other day and a nice little 5-minute massage with this scrub removed all traces of onion AND it didn’t mess up my manicure either (which is a big deal to me).

And no, nobody paid me to say anything nice about them.  It’s all on me!

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Sunday Sillies & Stuff I love

Seriously……(this is the Silly part)

Not a morning kid - via Lock & Load Java

Photo from Lock N Load Java’s FB Page.

And now for the Stuff I Love part…

The pic is hysterical, but Lock N Load Java sells some serious coffee.  My personal favorite is the Double Barrel Black.  It’s not cheap coffee but worth every dime, including the shipping all the way from Utah.  I compensate for the expense by hoarding my little cache and refusing to share (something that’s unlikely to change).

And, if the truly excellent coffee (plus cool swag) isn’t reason enough to shell out some clams, Lock N Load is a Veteran Owned Small Business. So check them out.  You won’t be sorry – just don’t blame me once you’re hooked and find yourself hiding your stash.

I didn’t actually intend to turn Sunday Sillies into a product or business endorsement, but that pic just kills me and, well, one thing led to another…