Can you believe it's already graduation season? This year's grads, teachers and yes, parents who helped from home all deserve some recognition for an unprecedented year. So many people struggled. Some even lost their lives. The 2020-21 school year will be remembered by everyone who participated in it, and while those memories are going to be bittersweet in many ways, we still need to take the time to celebrate those who accomplished their goals and made it here. Making it through is an accomplishment in and of itself.
Mother's Day isn't just about biological moms. It's about mother figures, mothers who've passed on whom we miss dearly, mothers we mourn, mothers who've lost children and are very much still mothers, and even the mothering some have had to do to themselves after not having a mother figure. We can celebrate, mourn or even ignore the day however seems best in our personal situations.
Witchy stuff is in right now big time and I'm loving it. My inner child is a little jealous, just like she was jealous when the Marvel franchise got big with the movies while she hid her comics in her textbooks as a kid. She also learned to hide her tarot cards, given to her by her beloved grandmother when she was 10 years old, and Book of Shadows when people started calling her a "devil worshipper" (once a little girl while I was making her food!). Many of today's witches aren't hiding; they are trending on Tiktok!
Shopping online is more accessible than ever, and that includes many different buy now, pay later options. While these options provide people without credit or shoppers who need something quickly before payday obtain items they need, how do they fare against other advance services?
Indie perfume and body care companies are my jam, and Haus of Gloi is one of my all-time favorites. They have a fantastic Amber formula for my fellow amber lovers, and every fall I can't wait for their Ghost Puffs scent, which is a roasted marshmallow/popcorn blend! This weekend they're launching their annual birthday line, which is a gorgeous blend of "Wild Cascadian huckleberries, butter cream frosting, clove spiced cake and wisps of incense all grounded in a base of our Haus Amber." Yummy, right?
Now that spring is here, it's time for spring mask season! As bleak as that sounds, it's also something we can do to lighten up a bit, especially if you're tired of wearing the same washable masks you've had for months. We have several that we rotate and wash but it's always nice to try out a new design, especially if that design says it doesn't make glasses fog. (Spoiler alert: no mask has done that for me yet, but soap on my lenses has helped.)
Spring fever is officially here, and with it comes spring scent fever! Everyone has their spring scents either out and available or coming soon, and it's very tempting to get on the spring scent wagon and make everything smell like nature and goodness.
It's the time of year to start looking for some fun gardening pots and accessories! You can find planters in just about any store this time of year, whether you want something functional and practical like terra cotta planters or something plastic and bright. I love using old mugs for small plants and hanging baskets for larger ones myself.
Springtime isn't really one of my favorite seasons for shopping. There are great deals here and there, but in terms of my happy indie stores that sell home scents, oils and other creature comforts, there aren't a whole lot of scents that I look forward to. I get much more excited over fall sales.
Yesterday I saw a meme about a woman purchasing an off-shoulder dress to get her vaccine in and I had to laugh. Many of us really are looking forward to the little things these days and dressing up for a vaccine sounds like the highlight of the month for plenty of people! I might have to wear my off-shoulder shirt when I get mine!