New running shoes: Saucony Kinvara 3. I signed up for a half marathon in May so for the past month I had been searching for a new running shoe to train in. (This was after discovering that my favorite Asics Gel-Arianna shoe (which I re-purchased the past two years because I loved them so much) was sadly discontinued). I first tried the Mizuno Wave Inspire 9, but returned them just a day later after getting blisters from wearing them on a 45-minute walk. An employee at the local running store said the Saucony Kinvara 3’s were relatively similar to the Asics I liked, so I decided to give them a go. I haven’t done a long-distance run in them quite yet, but just from the few short runs I’ve done so far they seem promising. Do you have a go-to running shoe?
New book: All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew. This summer Rey and I will be trying our hands at organic gardening. It’s definitely an investment (both time and money-wise) once you factor in all of the work and supplies needed, so I want to make sure our efforts don’t become a flop. As with any new endeavor, I figure the more research done beforehand, the better chances for success. This book was recommended to me as the ‘classic go-to book’ for all the info a beginner gardener is after — planning, building, growing, & harvesting. I’m only a few pages in but I can already tell it was $20 well spent!
New kitchen/garden tool: Oggi Eco-friendly Compost Pail. From the basic garden reasearch I’ve done this far, I’ve learned that compost rich in organic matter will make your garden thrive and is a vital piece in the successful garden puzzle. Since we’re always tossing out coffee grounds and pulp from juicing on a regular basis, this seemed like an essential item to have in working towards our [hopefully successful] organic vegetable garden this summer. (I opted for this particular pail over other stainless steel versions because it’s made with bamboo fiber – a renewable resource).
New beauty item: Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in ‘Red Dahlia.’ I finally caved and purchased one of these tinted balms after resisting temptation for about a year. I’m a big fan of Burt’s Bees original lip balm, and now I can say the same for this tinted version. It gives just the right amount of color and moisturizes at the same time. My only complaint is that the tinted balms are $4 more than an original balm, yet the tint is really the only difference between the two. But now that I’ve given this a try, I’m also curious about the new lip glosses and lip shines… Have you tried any of the Burt’s Bees lip color products?
What new products have you purchased lately?