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2X Chocolates: NOW

STUFFED PUFFS  Chocolate on (in) Chocolate delivers a surprisingly rich indulgent treat ---a pleasing powdery fluffy outside encasing the perfect gooey deep chocolate center that tastes more like those expensive luxury bars that costs double. Ideal for non-marshmallow folks (too)...we'd pegged the flavor/texture sky high satisfy scale more like America's favorite gift-able treat (chocolate) -than the S'more staple...though like that melt it crisp filler...Stuffed Puffs can multi-task.Truth be told-we inhaled our samples-straight out of the bag and did not feel like sharing, any. But these can also be baked, melted (in Rice Krispies bars, for example), roasted and dipped in warm/cold beverage. Available at Walmart -priced at $3.98 per 8.6 oz bag and other retailers + online at with prices ranging from $4.49 -$4.99. - the"Not Your Average Marshmallow" Stuffed Puffs genuinely manage to conjoin the marshmallow-authentic milk chocolate childhood/c…


Wellness is a 2020 theme-and  a permanent lifestyle.
Mindful healthy habits-permeate everything-(especially) what's eaten/sipped.

The SLOW FOOD and SLOW WINE designation-originated in Italy. It identifies and promotes  organically grown-minimally or (arguably) completely non- processed food and wine -in several parts of the world-that 'capture' the originality, place and sense of history.
The SLOW movement -also underscores healthy farming practices aka "...respect for the land and environment..."

At a recent NYC stop of the Slow Wine tour...many sippers made a straight line for the American wineries' tables.

One of our favs...a terrific  juicy (mostly) Cabernet Sauvignon blend from California's CAIN VINEYARD and WINERY.

ANOTHER great wine-EHLERS ESTATE St Helena Cabernet Sauvignon 1886 2015...a small 42 acre winery.

Rich complex ripe black berries-earthy-dark chocolate hints and soft tannins-round acidity -a very elegant wine. Even tasted young-it's…

#VANLIFE What To Pack


Hitting the lone-wide open road...seems like the perfect 'self-care' vacay nowadays.

Limited storage=multi-tasking clothing+accessories+footwear that double for active-leisure pursuits-the only stuff to carry on.

SUNGLASSES are a great price, even better.

Top Pick:

100% UVA-UVB blocking for outdoor jaunts under bright blue skies- are 'just' part of the protective attributes of the incredibly lightweight-great fitting-and amazingly priced  new Tifosi SWOON 'shades -a worthy addition to their best selling SWANK series- intro'ed last year.

These latest frame shapes- deliver sharp vision and sporty chic style.

LOVE: Gradient lenses (darker on top, fading to lighter lower) are the hottest in demand lenses choice of celebs wearing  sunglasses.

AND  imo-the SWOON are worthy of them and us.

Suitable for medium-large faces...the SWOON almost wrap around shape-with tiny air vents at the sides to prevent fogging-block any sunlight from dis…


In a way-KISS is one of the original indie beauty brands...

...once again-this company has given consumers a professional looking 'fake' eyelash option.

But courtesy of some company thinking-we think the new FALSCARA is a game changer for those wanting length/volume/curled lashes with ease.
These are re-useable lashes-3x  -new ones are also sold separately, as is the bond/sealer
Easy to remove by using a folded over cotton pad, saturated with the KISS Falscara eye makeup remover that has lash building nurturing ingredients...and applying to the lash/eye for about 30 seconds.
The applicator and wisp lash can also be cleaned with rubbing alcohol to remove any trace of bond/sealer.


THE LIST: Part 2

Waterless Beauty/Grooming

Portable split are bars of cleansers, conditioners, shampoos...are handiest, easy to stow option for limited storage.

The men's leaning best sellers from DUKE CANNON Supple Co.-includes retro cool packaging and nifty-gender neutral (imo) cologne bars.

FAV Lush makes a slew of vegan -cruelty free and effective options for head to toe washing-in addition to those practically collective bath bombs.

A little cover-up gem-by indie beauty Blinking Owl Acres-is the holistic (best selling) non-toxic mineral foundation powder-one up-with organic moisturizers in its featherweight formula one can hike in (aka not cake-y) imo-adds to sun block help with Zinc Oxide-Mica-Silk ingredients.
A Better Sip:

Let There Be Light:

Sure flashlights are standard---but for added portable chic-this 6 hour light LED lamp from lifestyle design brand LEXON.  Big and little shine potential (warm-cool light and dimmer function)-easily recharges... via a handy US…

#VANLIFE Road Trip

A need for wide open spaces -paces early springtime travel.
BENEFITS...skip the crowds (you probably don't want to be around anyway), save $ in 'shoulder season' pricing...and still enjoy great weather, miles of roads and spacious skies.

THE LIST: Part One:

THE Wheels...

Obsessed with a road trip or life in a renovated van?
SEATTLE based PEACE VANS' glam refurbished Mercedes and Volkswagens-are available for rent or purchase.
Amazingly-an all electric, renovated VW van is charged up for rent too.
AS hip as a Tesla(?)....nope...FRIEDA is way cooler (pictured up top).


Peace Vans Rentals is powered by the Volkswagen Van restoration experts at Peace Vans and brainchild of Seattle entrepreneur Harley Sitner.  From its inception in 2013, Peace Vans has grown to a family of five businesses, all focused on helping people live their best lives and all located in the heart of Seattle.   To learn more about the family of businesses, visit  For reservatio…