Friday Fancy Ticklers

Sometimes I have products I want to share that have nothing to do with wine. Some are samples, some are finds, all are current obsessions.  Ok maybe not full-fledged obsessions, but they certainly tickle my fancy.

Evan Healy Face Products


I already loved the mask, a recommendation from a friend, so when they were sampling the facial serum and tonic at Whole Foods, I tried.  I couldn’t stop smelling and feeling my arm. I stopped in the next day to try it on my face.  And the next day to buy it.  I’m pretty sure my skin has never been so soft.

These plant-based products are based on the idea that “less is more.” The idea is to restore the balance of the skin so that is thrives.  The tonic hydrosol is 100% Organic Rose Geranium, the serum is fruit and flower oils and Vitamin E.  The idea for choosing the right fit? Smell them, your body will tell you what you need by which scent you are most attracted to.

I love the idea of minimal, clean ingredients in and on my body.  Check them out.

Millcreek Cacao Roasters*


As part of the Austin Food Bloggers Association, I was given a chance to sample these Farm to Bar chocolates.  The company is dedicated to preserving heirloom quality cacao through sustainable practices and support of small farmers.  Owners Mark DelVecchio and Dana Brewster are committed to maintaining direct trade relationships to produce the finest quality cacao and chocolate.

The commitment shows.  I like my chocolate like I like my wine: clean, honest, with a sense of place.  Subtle fruit and spice, just enough sweet to enhance the flavors.  These are beautifully made and beautifully packaged.  If you are looking for a gift for a chocolate lover, or yourself, this is a gift that keeps giving.

For more information about what they are doing in Ecuador, visit their blog.

Royitos Hot Sauce



I could drink this.  I love salsa, especially ones that taste this fresh.  The perfect amount of spice, acid, a little salty, a lot addicting.  It is on the pricey side of salsa at around $5 but my mouth waters every time I see it and I can’t pass it up.

Wine Wipes*


A cute little compact to wipe the blue residue when you’ve been indulging in reds.  These came in VERY handy at the Wine Bloggers Conference last year.  If you, like me, have somewhat porous enamel and get the blue hue, these may be worth the investment. They also come in singles so you can hand them out or stick one in your clutch.

Pop-Up Campers

Ok, these don’t really fit the list, but I am truly obsessed with finding one for this summer’s trip.  If you have any experience or tips, please enlighten me. Shower? No shower? things to look for/avoid, etc. On that note, I am also thinking of chronicling our family camping adventures (travel, cooking, campground, spots to stop) in a new blog.  If you have any favorite camping blogs, share!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

{*These items were received as media samples.  I received no additional compensation. Thoughts and opinions are my own.}



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Being a stay- at-home mom can leave one thirsting for a taste of the outside world, a world in which sentences are composed of more than three words. Being an educator means one is always seeking an opportunity to explore and learn. Being a woman with a need to connect can be a challenge when adult conversations are rare. In wine, I find the marriage of art and science, agriculture and storytelling provides limitless areas to explore. But it is the people that keep me engaged. The tenacity needed to keep the family dream alive, the risk to start anew, the trials and principles. I love the history of the vine, the impact of a season, the sentiment in the bottle. That is why I write. I write to tell their stories, to share a piece of mine. I write to learn as I teach others. I write to connect with new friends, to disconnect from the world. I write to celebrate what makes each of us unique, and that which ties us together.

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