Every year, I buy myself one serious THING and then usually one totally frivolous item. This year, the THING was this:
The grill with side smoker box for the monkey serious about learning to tame the smoke. Technically, it's Phenom's birthday gift . . . and the Phenom benefits from my experiments. Oh, and brine is your friend . . . especially brine with beer.
My frivolous item was a subscription to BIRCHBOX . Once I decided which sort of box would be more appropriate for a monkey . . . I set about ordering. Once a month, you get a little box of samples. They are totally random, although there is some attempt, supposedly, to match some of the samples to your preferences.
Beauty products for a monkey?! I love samples, what can I say? Plus, this is how I keep my travel bag stocked. I don't know if the box I got today was really worth $10 . . . but there are several items I think will work beautifully while I travel this summer. And, as the Old Woman would say . . . you don't know what your favorite thing is unless you try new things.