A+S is doing something a bit different around here today. . . we’ve invited a guest blogger! She’s one cool cat, and always has a flair for words, and the best of the best parts: She’s my sister! She recently has been compiling and talking up all of her favorite things, so I thought why not give her some space to share the love with you all. And because it didn’t feel right to really edit down on her lovin’ words, we’ll be doing “part 1” today and “part 2” next week, so definitely check back! Without further ado, I’m going to let her take it away. . .

I asked my sister if I could write a guest post on her blog about my top 10 products, so that you, too, can have a purpose driven life, or has someone already marketed that? I usually go around telling everyone (friends, family, people in line with us at the coffee shop, waiters/waitresses, etc.) and including my husband (godblesshim) is tired of hearing me give the same pitch about these products. So here’s one bomb-ass list of the 10 things in life that I can’t live without (or rather the first 5, next 5 to come next week!).

–1 Tongue Scraper

I figured I would start with the product that I talk to people about the most: a tongue scraper. The tongue scraper came to me through my parents and like most parental advice, I ignored it for the necessary 3 months before trying it. And I’ll be frank with you: it was the biggest combination of awe/disgust I’ve ever had with my body.

This was the moment that I realized tongues are basically shag carpets. I was under the illusion that brushing your tongue with a toothbrush got the gross stuff out. Umm… no. All you basically do is push around the gunk on the bottom of your carpet tongue and add a vague minty scent. After the first disgusting scrape, I was hooked.

When I think about it, my heart goes out to all the single ladies and gents. I mean, if I were single now, could I date a guy who didn’t use a tongue scraper?

No. I couldn’t.

Now, this is important, tongue scrapers are NOT all created equal. It is very important that you get a copper or stainless steel scraper. Do not get the plastic kind. You want one like this.

So do yourself a favor, do your partner a favor, do anyone you make out with and awkwardly don’t talk to again a favor, get yourself a tongue scraper.

–2 Clarks Shoes

I know what you’re thinking: “The old lady shoes?” This was the response from my mom when I told her about my newfound love. But let me tell you something–you’re only about half right.

I’ll admit, I purchased some Charlotte Russe or equally terrible shoes in my day, and I’ve regretted every purchase. But with Clarks?  I get a long-lasting product that is good for my body, fits great and is CUTE.

Now, they do still put out a pair or two of ugly shoes. Recently, at the Clarks’ outlet store, my best friend held up these shoes:

and said, “Uh, this looks like a monster”… and woof, she wasn’t kidding. So here is how I fixed that problem: I don’t buy the ugly shoes. Can it really be that simple!? Yes. So if you see a pair or two of ugly Clarks shoes, just ignore those and focus on the cute ones. Because in the end they’ll last forever, you’ll look like a babe, and your feet will thank you.


I don’t know about you, but I deeply identify with the following:

Affording all the books that I want is a real struggle now. That’s where comes in! Most books are around $4 and they often have deals like 3 books for $10 or 4 books for $12.  They are doing more than just selling books, they are making the world a better place! For every book that is purchased, they donate one to someone in need. They’ve donated over 18 million so far!

–4 Oils!

I’m ashamed to think about how much money I have dropped on face products. Everything changed when I read an article about the comedogenic levels of different ingredients in facial products. That’s when my apartment looked like the room from A Beautiful Mind. How could these companies sell me products to cure my acne while at the same time clogging my pores and CAUSING the acne!? That epiphany is what got me into facial oils. My skin is now the best it has ever been. Now obviously, its what’s on the inside that matters, not the outside. But some days, it really helps to have that outside looking nice.

I attribute this to the face oils AND the makeup I use (#6 on this list to come). There are a lot of different oils out there and you’ll have to test them out for yourself, but here is what worked for me: Cleaning: Tea Tree Oil, Make Up Remover: Avocado Oil, Moisturizer: Rosehip Oil. Of all the oils, the rosehip oil is my #cantlivewithout product. Within a week of using it, my face was glowey, dewy, and radiant. When I successfully turn people onto face oils… my self-esteem skyrockets.

So go online and read about the different oils and their benefits. Try some out and see what works for you!

–5 HuluPlus (Plus no commercials)

I love Hulu, but I feel a deep anger when I think about all the commercials they put in them. A 20 minute episode would take me almost 40 minutes to get through with the ads. Really? 2 minutes of my show and I’m back to 6 minutes of advertisements for lotions, toyotas, and home insurance? I’d like to find the person who works for Hulu and decides how many commercials they can fit in an episode. I just want to talk to them.

During one of the 20 commercials for Brooklyn 99, my husband said, “I wish we didn’t have to watch these commercials”. And I told him, “Well, if you pay 11.99 instead of 7.99, it’s commercial free.”


His righteous anger was justified. I had gotten all Dave Ramsey on our budget and forgotten how to LIVE.  I mean, I was fretting over an extra $4 a month, but the value of my time not spent watching commercials is definitely worth more than that. We were mid episode and actually stopped the episode to go and purchase the upgrade. And let’s keep this in mind: Dave Ramsey became a millionaire by telling people not to spend money. Dave Ramsey has cable. And so I’m going to live my life the way I want which is the AMERICAN way after all.

See ya back here next week!

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