I don't know that any of this will have anything really to do with Valentines Day. But that's what day it is, so there you go.
Here's some good stuff, in no particular order:
The majority of things I cook these days have fresh garlic in them. While I've gotten much faster at chopping garlic, I still do hate to chop it. Because it's sticky. Also, I have a very hard time believing that even childbirth is more painful than freshly chopped garlic in a papercut. So I put some time into researching garlic presses on Amazon and ended up choosing this one. Raj made fun of me for my glee when it arrived. Also for having wanted a garlic press in the first place - we have knives, Lori. Yeah, guess who also uses my garlic press. It's nice and sturdy, presses big cloves (or 2-3 small ones) and cleans up real easy. Also dishwasher safe.
2. This spinach dip. It's even good for you! No, really, it's mostly spinach and Greek yogurt. Also some garlic (see above), lemon juice, dill, onion, and feta. Very delicious stuff.
3. Sebastian Potion 9 hair...stuff. My hair stylist swears by this. She feels so strongly, she said, that when the salon switched to Bumble & Bumble, she told them she'd quit if they didn't let her keep using Potion 9 with her clients. (She also told me to get it at Ulta because it would be cheaper.) It's sort of like a leave in conditioner, I guess. They call it "wearable treatment". I don't even know. It makes your hair soft and not all staticky and apparently, per Amazon comments, is also very good for curls. Plus you can put a crap ton of it in your hair and still it doesn't weigh it down.
4. My stylist Jillian at Headlines Salon in Silver Spring. If you live or work in Silver Spring or on this side of the red line, you should call her. I went in last year and was all CHOP IT ALL OFF and she was all Are you sure you really want to do that? and I was all IT'S JUST A BIG BORING TRIANGLE and she was all I can fix that. And she did. And now my hair is past my shoulders and still not limp and boring. I get compliments on it, even. (And not just the ones Raj knows to give me when I get home from the salon because I put my appointments on our shared Google calendar.) Plus she's fun to talk to.
5. One for the Money. Did you read these books? Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series? Because if not, you should do that. Right now. They are hilarious and so well written. I had my concerns about Katherine Heigl in the Stephanie role, but I actually thought she was good. And Jason O'Mara is a pretty perfect Morelli, in my opinion. Grandma Mazur was seriously miscast and I didn't think Ranger was nearly as sexy/dangerous as he should have been. But I'm not sure the actor exists who could play Ranger to my full satisfaction.
6. For your lips: straight up Vaseline. I read that somewhere and have been putting it on before bed, before leaving home in the morning, and any other time my lips feel dry at home. (I carry Burt's Bees lip balm for during the day.) I really think the Vaseline is helping so much. My lips are way less chapped this winter than usual. Yes, it's been a very mild winter, but I'm still stuffy a lot of the time, which generally means very chapped lips. This year, not so much.
7. Half Off Candy Day! Otherwise known as February 15 when all of the Valentiney stuff goes on sale. See, so there is something Valentine-related in this Good Stuff post. Cheap candy is good stuff! Well, depending on what you buy. Not, like, those crappy chalk conversation hearts. Get yourself something decent, Internet. You deserve it.
Please share any good stuff you know about in the comments. And have a happy Valentines Day! Or Half-Price Candy Eve! Or Tuesday!