Call it the ides of March or the mid-winter blues, but I’m done with dreary days. I’ve had my fill of split pea and tomato orange soup. Cozy campouts in front of the fire and tromping through mud puddles in knee-high rubber boots can be shelved until next season. I’m ready for the early signs of spring: cherry blossom buds poking from leafless branches, a lingering evening light and the warmth of the sun on the back of my neck. The problem is I happen to reside in a part of the country that’s due for another few months of soggy rain.
What’s a girl to do?
This month I’ll be seeking reprieve from the winter rain with all things whimsical.
Beard Head—Inspired by a recent jaunt to the West Coast Beard and Mustache Championships with my Broadsheet360 co-creator, my first item of whimsy will have you exploring your inner pirate or barbarian. Perhaps you’ve dreamt of growing a manly Mario mustache? No need to worry about stubble. Beard Head’s knitted creations will help you sport a stylin’ set of whiskers—no facial hair required. An added bonus? These one-of-a-kind accessories will keep you warm while you wear them. My personal favorite is the Santa beard, which my husband geared himself in for the entire holiday season. These pseudo-follicle delights are great for a day of whimsy, or a day on the slopes. Prices range from $24.99-54.99.
Moonstruck’s Spring Truffle Collection—The Leprechaun likes to visit our house on St. Patrick’s Day in search of gold. He leaves a wake of mayhem behind him in the form of overturned chairs, underwear drawers that have been dumped out and riffled through, and his piece de résistance—turning our milk, sugar and toilet water green. In exchange for this destruction, he leaves chocolate hidden under my seven-year-old’s pillow. This year the Leprechaun will be sourcing his chocolate from Moonstruck. Their spring collection features Green Tea, Sea Salt and Vanilla, Grand Marnier and Milk Chocolate Ganache truffles. A steal for our Leprechaun at $10.95 and a delight for the palate.
Nerf Lazertag System—Doesn’t the old adage go something like, “the family who shoots together, stays together?” In our pacifist household, Nerf battles bring out the Rambo in each of us. Historically, this involved loading and reloading our arsenal of darts while barricaded in the bathroom shower or hiding out behind the couch. But thanks to Nerf’s ever-evolving product line, our family scrimmages now involve lazer tag. These guns are so legit they actually recoil and rumble. You can auto-reload and initiate a force-field for protection. Hours of fun on a rainy Saturday. A set of two retails for $54.48.
JibJab Star Wars E-Cards—the Force is strong in our house. Let’s just say we didn’t name our son Luke for biblical reasons. Thanks to JibJab’s cutting edge and equally zany e-cards and videos, we can spend a gloomy Saturday inside actually putting ourselves into the trilogy. If you’re not familiar with JibJab you’ve either been living on a remote island for the past decade, or don’t have a Facebook account (I’m envious of either option). These videos are all the rage during the holiday season, but now on a whim my family and I can cut and paste our heads into Chewbacca and Princess Leia bobble heads. How awesome is that? Membership is $1 a month and includes access to exclusive lines (like Star Wars) and over a thousand other e-cards and “staring you” videos.
Anecdotal Evidence—as a magazine publisher it pretty much goes without saying that storytelling is something I’m drawn to. I have to give a shout out to my business partner and her other venture, Anecdotal Evidence. While I hammer out stories word-by-word on a keyboard and beg friends and family to edit before I hit publish, the brave storytellers of Anecdotal Evidence bare their tales in public. ON A STAGE. This makes for hilarious and often side-splittingly good entertainment. Stories are sometimes heart-wrenching, take the audience on a journey and are always true. For all you locals, save the date for the next installment of Anecdotal Evidence on Thursday, April 26th at the historic Kiggins Theater. Tickets are $7 in advance at Brown Paper Tickets http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/233832 and $10 day of the show. Get yours today as there just may be an official Broadsheet360 launch party coinciding that night.