Dear Wendy readers are some of the most intelligent, stylish, super cool people around (it’s a proven fact), so it’s a no-brainer to feature some of their favorite products. Many of the recommended products happen to be affiliate products, which means I’ll receive a commission on any click-throughs or purchases you make through the affiliate links. As always, I appreciate your support! Today’s recommendations come from “S” who grew up in Minnesota and has lived in Wisconsin, Ohio, Washington DC, and now Oklahoma. She and her husband are still adjusting to life in the southern half of the contiguous 48. They are a pet-free and child-free pair who enjoy the freedom to travel. S is a linguist, and she is often pleasantly surprised by how many other linguists frequent Dear Wendy. Keep reading for some of her favorite products.
1. Boots No7 Protect & Perfect Night Cream 50ml
Since turning 30(+) and moving to Oklahoma, a state with intense sunshine, I’ve started caring more for my skin. But I hate spending money on skincare when I could be spending money on a plane ticket. This face cream works well – I have noticed reduced lines – and it doesn’t break the bank.
2. Howard Leight Laser Lite Foam Earplugs No Cords
I use earplugs all the time: sleeping next to a busy street or with someone who snores, blow-drying my hair, vacuuming, on airplanes, at concerts, etc. I am determined to be able to hear well 30 years from now. The earplugs squeeze down tightly to fit in different ear sizes, and they expand quickly to close up the whole ear passage. And the earplugs stay in well, even during sleep.
I compost, but I’m too lazy to make multiple trips a week to my compost pile. This bin holds a good amount of food scraps. It isn’t airtight, so it doesn’t stink (even when the contents start to mold). And it is easy to clean because of curved edges.
4. Simply Sweet Fabric 35″ Hemmed Square Play Scarves Bundle of 6
I got these scarves for my then 3-year-old twin nieces for Christmas. Almost every time I Skype with those girls, the scarves make an appearance – as a cape, a dress, an apron, a fort, etc. It’s fun to see how creative the girls can be with pieces of fabric.
5. Whole-wheat and original wholly wholesome pie shells
You can’t buy these pie shells online, but they are so light and flaky that I always want to tell people about them. The whole-wheat shell is perfect for a savory quiche. And there’s a spelt flour shell, too.
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Portia July 7, 2015, 1:43 pm
:: linguist high five ::
We should actually have a secret handshake. Let’s get on this…
Addie Pray July 7, 2015, 4:29 pm
I am always interested in linguisty things linguists have to say; I wish I had taken a linguist class in college.
Re: the compost bin, did you mean the bin “is” airtight, so it doesn’t stink? Also, I wanna compost. I just decided. How do I do it? I guess I could Google it, but I am feeling lazy.
Regarding ear plugs, do you guys ever find they hurt your ears? I hardly ever wear them, but on the rare occasion I do, they make my ears sore – not internally, but that hard part in the middle – god, I don’t know my ear parts. (Do they have names?). For that reason, I don’t use them a lot. Same with ear phones – can’t stand them in my ears. Maybe I put them in wrong. But to get them to stay in, it hurts. When I want to listen to music on the elliptical or something, I have to wear the old fashion headphones or whatever they’re called, with the headbands. Speaking English is really hard for me today.
Portia July 7, 2015, 4:49 pm
Ear buds hurt my ears unless I put those soft black covers on them, the spongy things that sometimes come with ear buds. Like these: http://www.amazon.com/SoftRound-Earbud-Replacement-Headsets-T-017-24P/dp/B00DW1X5JC?tag=dearwecom-20&linkCode=w13&linkID=&ref_=assoc_res_sw_us_dka_crp_c_result_1&ref-refURL=http%3A%2F%2Fdearwendy.com%2F (I hope that Wendified the link)
Addie Pray July 7, 2015, 4:51 pm
And you can get them to stay in your ear? They hurt *and* I can’t get them to stay in.
Portia July 7, 2015, 5:09 pm
Hm… I can get the hard ear buds, like the old Apple ones, to stay in my ear (but I use those spongy covers): http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00DSTBMPC/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1436306933&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SY200_QL40&keywords=gummy+headphones&dpPl=1&dpID=41AC3QHzyEL&ref=plSrch
The one kind of ear bud I can’t get to stay in my ear are the ones that have that soft bit at the end that actually goes in your ear, like this: http://www.amazon.com/Beats-Tour-In-Ear-Headphones-ControlTalk/dp/B007ZCNDGE
Never worked for me… But they don’t hurt, they’re just annoying.
kmentothat July 7, 2015, 10:59 pm
I have abnormally small ears (like, really) so earbuds and ear plugs are always like 3 sizes too big. Child sized ones fit great though! Maybe you have small inner ears.
kare July 7, 2015, 10:10 pm
I can’t handle ear buds either. I have a tragus piercing on one ear and a daith on the other, so anything sticking in my ears doesn’t feel great and falls out. My gym headphones look really old school, but I figure $5 headphones are fine since they’re going to be covered in sweat anyways.
MsMisery July 8, 2015, 11:56 am
Sometimes when I sleep on my side or wear non-earbud headphones, my ear cartilage hurts. I’ve asked and this is apparently a thing. So you’re not weird (re: this).
Steph July 7, 2015, 5:13 pm
Could you update the link for the play scarves? I’d love to buy them but it links me over to the Boots cream… and I want to make sure you get the affiliate link credit!
Dear Wendy July 7, 2015, 11:01 pm
Sorry about that. All links should be correct now.
Ange July 7, 2015, 6:06 pm
You guys need to stop recommending skin care, I’m trying to pay for car rego over here! *scurries off to the google*
Speaking of: kmentothat’s recommendation on the last set of faves is amaaaaazing, my skin feels fabulous so thanks for that. 🙂
kmentothat July 7, 2015, 10:54 pm
Glad you like it!
kmentothat July 7, 2015, 10:52 pm
WENDY HAD THE BABY! Congrats woooooooo 🙂
Dear Wendy July 7, 2015, 11:02 pm
I DID!! Thank you.
Ange July 7, 2015, 11:10 pm
Congratulations! She’s a tiny little cutie. And I love her name.
snoopy128 July 8, 2015, 12:28 am
Moneypenny July 8, 2015, 1:03 am
Portia July 8, 2015, 6:11 am
Congrats!!!! Yay!!! She is so cute. 🙂
d2 July 8, 2015, 6:21 am
Great news – congratulations!
coconot July 8, 2015, 12:44 am
Yay! Congrats 🙂
kmentothat July 8, 2015, 9:04 am
Wait so S where CAN I buy these amazing looking pie crusts? I’ve ben really wanting to make a quiche and these look so good 🙂
Sara July 12, 2015, 8:21 pm