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New feature alert! Dear Wendy readers are some of the most intelligent, stylish, super cool people around (it’s a proven fact), so when a commenter suggested I create a regular feature for them to recommend some of their favorite products, it was a no-brainer. Today’s reader recs come from Shannon (aka “Shanshantastic”) who lives in South Euclid, Ohio, with her husband Brian, son Arthur, and two cats who would love to be in a “Cats of Dear Wendy” calendar. She enjoys cooking new recipes (and sending Brian to the store for obscure ingredients), reading and reviewing books, and causing mischief on Twitter. Her other awesome interest is meeting other DW-ers in person, so maybe a NEO meetup soon…? Keep reading for her favorite finds.
1. The Crock Pot lunch crock
One of my friends suggested the lunch crock to take healthy lunches to work and cook food slowly without having to put it in the microwave. I got it for Christmas and I use it every. single. day. (Other colors are available!).
2. Mr. Coffee coffee mug warmer
I am notorious for getting into a project and forgetting to finish my coffee or tea, and then it’s cold and gross when I get back to it. This little gadget keeps the drink warmed through and doesn’t take up a lot of real estate wherever it’s plugged in. I’m thinking of getting one for every room of my house. 🙂
3. NARS lip gloss
This lip gloss is fantastic – not sticky or overly thick, and the colors are just gorgeous. I use Chihuahua (guava) over nearly every lipstick color I wear and it looks awesome.
4. Save As Draft by Cavanaugh Lee (available in hardcover and for Kindle)
I write book reviews in addition to my day job(s) and this was the first book I reviewed. I love how Cavanaugh chronicles a love story using email, text, and social media because it really reflects how we live so much of our lives now!
5. This sweetheart dress from eShakti is adorable.
I ordered it and tried it on as soon as it came and I LOVE IT. eShakti does any level of customization that their customers want/need and the retro styles are absolutely adorable; plus, they’re always running a sale and they give gift coupons for your first (and often second) purchases – I got this dress for $10 ($20 with shipping) because of gift coupons!
Thanks for your recommendations, Shannon!
If you have some products you’d like to recommend to the DW audience, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with links to five recommendations (write “reader recs” in the subject line, please). Your recommendations can be from any store or website, but need to be accessible online — and I would love it if at least two items could be found on Amazon where I am an affiliate. If your list is a good fit for the site, I’ll ask you to write a brief description of each item/ explain what you love so much about it.