These are a few of my (store-bought) favourite things…

If you read my posts, you know that one of my passions is DIY for home/health/body. However, there are some store-bought items I absolutely love and buy regularly. Most of them are body/cosmetic products, but there are some other items that are (some for years) constantly in my purse, my bathroom cabinet or my kitchen.

Revlon Calcium Gel Nail Hardener – just recently discovered, my fine, floppy, splitting fingernails are now as hard as, well, you know 😀 I haven’t looked into the whys and hows yet, but frankly, I don’t care. This stuff rocks!



Roux ‘Tween Time – I’m not sure about you but the first place my greys pop out is my hairline, usually after the first week. Just like a big crayon, you dampen this stick and rub it on your roots. It blends well and washes out easily. It also lasts forever.


Bowl Covers (generic) – Now that the kids are older, seldom are the days when we all have dinner together. Most nights, there is at least one plate of supper that is left in the fridge for one of my hungry vagrants 😀 I buy these by the box of 20 at the dollar store and can be washed and reused, if gently used.




Pacifica Perfumes – 100% vegan and cruelty free, these products do not contain any of the allergens that people with scent allergies react to. My personal favourite is French Lilac but they have many different scents. And, although I’ve never tried them, they have cosmetics and body lotions as well. I’ve bought it online and at Health Food stores.



I recently tried a recipe I found on Facebook for French Toast Muffins. They were good and my son thought they were a great, portable breakfast for workdays.

Today, however, I tried something different. I used cinnamon bread and added trail mix…wow!

ft muffins


  • 6 pieces of cinnamon (raisin) bread
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup of milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup of trail mix (fruit and nut only)


  1. Heat oven to 350F and spray muffin tins with non-stick and/or use muffin cups.
  2. Mix the eggs, milk and vanilla in a bowl. Fold in the trail mix.
  3. Dice the cinnamon bread into cubes and place in a large bowl.
  4. Pour the egg mixture slowly over the bread and mix well, ensuring that it all get absorbed by the bread.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes or until top is crispy.
  6. Use a knife to scrape the sides of the muffins before trying to remove from the pan. I didn’t use muffin cups but will next time as they did stick a bit.

Makes about 9 muffins.

The Hard-To-Buy-For…

I know it’s early, but it’s that time of year when I start to wonder what to get some of the people on my list. For example, our parents are retired and I’m pretty sure both our dads have more pairs of slippers than they will ever use. Soooo, I make it a point to try to find unique and (hopefully) useful items for Christmas.

In this year’s search, I’ve discovered a couple of websites that sell really interesting items and I thought I would share them for those in the same boat I am. Enjoy!

If you know of any other sites not mentioned here, please leave me a comment so I can add it to the list (and check it out:)