March 2018 Favorites
One of the downsides to being an introvert and a homebody is that I’m going to eventually run out of ways to introduce my monthly roundups if I haven’t reached that point already. What will it be this time? Saying how busy the month was? (It heckin’ was.) Or how crazy the weather has been? (So. Much. Rain.) Or maybe even how fast time has flown by? (It’s already spring, y’all!)
Now that we’re three months into the year, it’s a good time as any to announce that Anhthology’s new design will be live on Tuesday, May 1st! A lot of time was spent planning everything, but I realized that I needed that extra push to get things up and running. Wait, did I say push? I meant a penalty. Basically, if I don’t get the new design out before the 1st, I owe my friend a new pair of shoes.
There are plenty of other things I’d rather spend over $100 on, like supplies that can throw into my next favorites list. But first, here’s a collection of things I loved this month!
1 | EK Circle Punch
I think I’m more obsessed with the reason I bought this hole punch than I am with the hole punch itself, but it certainly makes things easier. Being the adult that I am, I bought it to make very simple circle stickers out of washi tapes. Could I have just bought stickers? Yeah. But with the exception of the $5 I spent on this little guy, I don’t have to spend an extra penny to make all the circle stickers I ever need with colors and patterns that I already love.
My only complaint is that mine can’t cleanly punch through a single sheet of paper for some reason. It works perfectly with two or more sheets stacked on top of one another or a thicker paper, though! And that’s great because I’ve been making way more stickers than I need. Can’t wait to use them in my bullet journal!
2 | DIY Blog Planner
While we’re on the topic of DIYs, let me just say that making my own blog planner is one of the best things I could’ve done for Anhthology. Up until now, I’ve kept all my post ideas in a mashed up list in my bullet journal and my posting schedule squeezed into my future and monthly logs (I swear, I’m not like this for work). But if I wanted to take blogging seriously – or at least stop half-assing it – I knew that I shouldn’t cram those notes where I keep track of personal expenses and appointments.
Enter this analog blog planner. I opted for an A5-sized binder with dividers and gridded insert paper, all from Muji, because I prefer paper over digital and I like being able to move things around when necessary. Inside, you’ll find sections for goals, ideas, projects, and notes, along with an editorial calendar. I wish I started this sooner because everything is so streamlined and organized. Not to mention, it’s better to store my redesign sketches here than on random sheets of paper.
3 | Currant Sandalwood Candle from the Lighten Up Shoppe
Did you know that the same friend I potentially owe shoes to forgot my birthday and didn’t realize it until almost a week later? (Hi, Kim! Sorry, this will be the first and last time I bring this up!) That’s okay, though, because the candle she sent me pretty much made up for it.
This is my first time hearing about this brand, which operates online and at craft fairs. And I’m itching to buy more if the rest of the candles in their collection smell half as good as their currant sandalwood candle. This soy candle smells sweet and fruity with a bit of earthy notes to balance it all out. And it has just the right amount of fragrance – strong but not overwhelming. I’m only a quarter of the way through burning it, but I’m definitely going to buy more very soon!
4 | Follow Your Heart Vegan Cheese
Let me preface this by saying that I’m not a vegan, and I have no plans of becoming one in the near future because I love eggs too much. I also love cheese, which is why I’ve always been so wary of vegan cheese. But a mistake turned happy accident has changed the skeptic in me.
If you’re trying to limit dairy in your life, whether or not by choice, I highly recommend any vegan cheese from the brand Follow Your Heart. The American cheese was an accidental purchase, but it was so good that I had to go back and pick up a second one, along with the smoked Gouda and mozzarella.
Just a head's up, these vegan cheese slices are impossible to cleanly take apart without a knife. Other than that, they're great! The vegan cheese melts into gooey perfection and, most importantly, tastes pretty dang good! I don’t even like American cheese unless I have it in a burger or on In-N-Out Animal Fries, but I’d happily eat this vegan version any day.
5 | Nagi no Asukara
I nearly pulled two consecutive all-nighters for this anime until my body reminded me that I’m not in college anymore. But it was worth it. There’s a lot to unpack with this show, so to sum it up without spoiling anything, the story focuses on a group of students who live in a village in the sea. After their school closed down, they’re forced to attend classes on the surface, where they face discrimination that stemmed from the tensions between the people of the land and the people of the sea.
That becomes the least of their worries, however, when an impending doom puts both the land and sea people at risk. I’m a little late to this series, but many around me highly recommended it. If you can get past the messy love octahedron, you’re treated to a unique and beautiful story on themes of love and change, complete with stunning animation, fantastic soundtracks that were played at the perfect moments, and an engaging plot that’ll have you at the edge of your seat. It definitely had its jaw-dropping moments, to say the least.
What really sealed the deal for me were the music, the unique setting, and a very satisfying ending. 9/10 will probably watch again.
Between immersing myself in a show that takes place in and near the sea and all the sushi lunches I’ve eaten this month, it’s safe to say that I’m staying away from seafood for a while. March brought in lots of rain, allergies, and enough sushi dates to increase the mercury in my body at least five-fold. Can’t wait to see what April brings!
Just a head’s up, the blog will be offline for a month starting Wednesday, April 18th while I begin the bulk of the revamp. It'll be back up on May 1st so that the content is available for everyone. However, to make the finishing touches and avoid burnouts, I won't resume posting until July.
Thank you so much for your patience!