Friday Five

1. Sheet Mask Extravaganza! I signed up for Korean beauty website Memebox‘s mailing list a few weeks back, and while I had added some sheet masks to my cart I hadn’t pulled the trigger yet. Then while I was on vacation I received an email from Memebox with a 35% off “spirit animal” discount code on sheet masks…clearly a sign that I should stock up on these goodies. I ordered five masks (four of which have animal faces printed right on the cloth, which is going to be weird and OH SO FUN) and spent a total of $9.15 including shipping. Yep, that’s five sheet masks for less than $10!!

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2. Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Chickpeas with Yogurt: when Smitten Kitchen posted this recipe recently I knew I had to try it. Mine isn’t nearly as pretty as hers, of course—I can’t plate for shit and she’s the queen of food blogging photography—but damn, this dish was delicious! Sweet potatoes were half the price of yams at my grocery store so I used those, and I skipped the scallion garnish. I’d use half the amount of red pepper flakes next time because the heat came right up to the edge of being too much. I also used half the amount of lime juice called for but the yogurt was still very bright and flavorful. I’ll make this again for sure!

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3. Greenshield Organic Glass Cleaner: I’m almost out of Windex and I wanted to switch to a green glass cleaner instead. My biggest concern with a green glass cleaner is leaving streaks on surfaces—I’ve used a couple of them before with disappointing results. I ended up ordering this Greenshield cleaner from Thrive Market (you can read about the online marketplace here) and it really does the trick! It supposedly has a mint fragrance but all I smell is vinegar, which doesn’t actually bother me because I’ve used vinegar as a household cleaner before. Thrive Market sells this 32 oz. spray bottle for just $3.45, whereas Whole Foods charges $4.49 and Amazon charges $5.99!

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4. Thrive Market Organic Marinara Tomato Sauce: Thrive Market also carries several varieties of a house brand tomato sauce. I got this 25 oz. jar of marinara for $4.95 in my first order and finally used it this week in a zucchini lasagna roll recipe that didn’t go as planned but still tasted good. The sauce has no added sugar or artificial ingredients, which many big name brand jarred sauces make liberal use of. I’d order this again!

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5. Easter Egg Peanut Butter M&Ms: I confess, I totally wrote about these in a Friday Five around this time last year. Peanut butter M&Ms are my all time favorite candy. I remember them coming out when I was a kid; my family went on vacation in Hawaii and my parents let me buy a $.50 bag of them from the hotel gift shop every day as a treat. I was hooked. I’m such a sucker for Easter candy even though I don’t celebrate the holiday—and how pretty do these springy treats look displayed in a jar?

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