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What Our Team Loved in April

A monthly series, corralling the various food, products, and entertainment we're currently enjoying.
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You know those movies in which a character has emerged from some sort of elongated slumber and their fashion is woefully behind? That's kind of how I felt in April after I'd been vaccinated and started slowly creeping back into society in my clothes that felt overdressed and out of touch. My first order of business was buying a new pair of jeans and opted for Frame's high-waisted Le Jane, which are fitted up top, but baggy in all the right places. Even if nothing else had been updated in my closet, having such a wardrobe work house made feel immediately more inspired and I love how they look with a cropped shirt and long blazer. If you're looking for less of an investment, this pair at Urban Outfitters has a bit of a cult following and at $69 (and has almost two thousand five star reviews!) it's a great take on the trend. - Emily

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Our puppy Toast is extremely active, which means he's the world's best trail buddy, but also prone to bursts of energy every afternoon while Jonah and I are finishing up work. Enter, the savior of dog owners everywhere: peanut butter. Every morning, I add peanut butter to this West Paw puzzle and freeze it to give him when he gets antsy, but I recently learned that some peanut butter can be bad for dogs due to ingredients like xylitol (an artificial sweetener that's dangerous for pups) and added sugar. Granted, most of the peanut butter we buy for ourselves has no added ingredients, but because Toast also goes nuts for pumpkin purée, we recently bought this dog-safe peanut butter from Big Spoon, which has peanut butter, pumpkin (extremely nutritional for dogs), cinnamon, and ginger (which is good for their stomach's too!). Toast is obsessed with it. - Leslie

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When our friends at Goldune sent over a care package to celebrate the launch of The Shelf, the first item I reached for was the classic BjornQorn popcorn. Holy cow this stuff is delicious (and addictive). It's covered in nutritional yeast (which I know has recently become a favorite of Emily's) and creates a cheesy, salty, crunchy treat I've been craving since my first bite. I know this is going to be a new staple during virtual movie nights, the mid-afternoon WFH slump, and eventually, as a fantastic plane snack. - Jess

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I haven't read something this wholesome and sweet in SO LONG. I took a break from my usual post-apocalyptic/thriller/sci-fi fare and picked this up for book club, and I'm still thinking about how it was exactly what I needed to read right now. Linus is a caseworker at the Department of Magical Youth who is assigned to a particularly important (and strictly classified) case by Extremely Upper Management. Linus sets off to a little house on an island to observe an orphanage there with six magical, extraordinary children including a female garden gnome and a six year-old who might actually be the literal anti-Christ. Linus spends a month with the kids and their father figure, Arthur Parnassus, and rediscovers what "family" truly means. Ideal for anyone who misses the Harry Potter books (especially the early ones). - Kelly

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Okay, so this isn’t food or a product, but actually one of the coolest spots in Atlanta that has quickly become one of my favorites this past month. After getting a puppy earlier this year, I’ve been on the hunt for dog parks all over the city, and this one recently caught my attention. Nestled in the Reynoldstown neighborhood of Atlanta, it might first appear to be a typical dog park, full of energetic pups of all shapes and sizes—but there’s more to it than meets the eye. It’s actually a coffee shop IN a dog park! Yes, I’m basically saying that you get to sip on your coffee and enjoy a delicious breakfast completely surrounded by dogs...and it actually might be the happiest place on Earth. If you live in Atlanta or plan to visit, you love trying out new coffee spots, aaaaand most importantly, you’re a dog lover, then this place is for you, and I couldn’t recommend it enough. - Lauren

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We all know how Target works, you come in needing one thing and leave with a cart full. On a recent trip I was taking a look at their bedding options and came across a brand called Casaluna. They had really lovely linen duvet and bed sheets but what really caught my eye was their silk eye masks. I received a silk eye mask as a gift a few years ago and sadly misplaced it. It's one of those things that instantly upgraded my sleep but I was hesitant to replace it because of how pricey most options are. The price of this one by Casaluna can't be beat and the design feels pillowy soft on my eyes, just how I like it. - Cass

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Though a lot of our team has already waxed poetic about Louiza "Weeze" Doran and her impactful anti-racism education, I'd yet to take one of her multi-part courses until recently. I signed up for "The Culture of Whyteness," a four-part series, and spent the duration of each class furiously taking notes since there's so much for me to learn. Whether it's giving historical context to the construct of race (and how it's all been reinforced through policy, procedure, legal systems, education, housing, healthcare, etc.) or understanding the ways in which white supremacy is a system that's created and reinforced by socio and political ideologies, it's some of the most important work I do and can't recommend it enough. If you can't afford her courses, even watching her Instagram Lives is enormously insightful, thought-provoking, and offers a lot of action-based steps you can take towards becoming a better ally. - Emily

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I'm preeetty good about resisting impulse buys, with one notable exception: I'm a sucker for great branding. All bets are off when I come across a well-designed chocolate bar, beautiful book cover, eye-grabbing tea, overpriced soap, or as it turns out, mushroom tinctures (okay, so maybe I'm not as good at resisting them as I thought...). If Rainbo's bold colors and perfectly imperfect graphics first grabbed my attention, the ritual of adding it to my morning coffee and experiencing the energizing benefits of cordyceps and lion's mane kept me hooked. Among all the wellness nonsense out there, I've been a consistent fan of mushrooms (I sometimes drink reishi hot chocolate in the evenings, for its calming effect), and have been excited to add Rainbo's organic tinctures to my growing kitchen apothecary. - Leslie

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The past year has changed me in more ways than one, and I've now officially become one of those people who sets her alarm for ceramic drops that she discovered on Instagram (~this is me~). I scooped the rust-colored XL Smile Mug within minutes, and when it arrived, it wound up being better than I'd expected. The quality is fantastic, and you can feel the time, effort, and love that Coy puts into each of her pieces. While the prices have increased since I bought mine, I have to say that the joy it sparks as I make my coffee each morning is worth every penny. - Jess

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After a whirlwind decision to paint my new apartment after my landlord said it would be fine (much to my surprise!), I immediately headed to my neighborhood Ace Hardware to pick up some paint cards. While I was there, I spent quite a bit of time on my phone looking at the color that inspired the whole project: Green Smoke from Farrow & Ball. Sneaky little Instagram then started targeting me immediately after with ads from paint companies, but it was an ad from Samplize that caught my eye. They ship you 12" x 12" peel-n-stick paint samples with real paint from four major companies (Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore, Farrow & Ball, and PPG) so you don't have to do any painting to decide which color you want to go with, and you can move them around from room to room. I'm currently evaluating my second round of samples (I may have gone a little sample crazy) and narrowing it down to a few final colors before I roll up my sleeves and get to work! - Kelly

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I discovered this brand when an Instagram friend posted beautiful photos of their spring collection (think French baguettes and picturesque picnics). After scrolling through their feed I was excited to see that they had a sustainability initiative. Did you know that nail polish is one of the hardest beauty products to recycle? You actually shouldn't be throwing it in the trash because it's considered hazardous. It's one of the main reasons that I stopped purchasing nail polish as much as I used to. Which brings me back to Talon: Once you're done with your polish (or maybe you want to try something new) you can send the bottle back to them so they can safely recycle it. Formula-wise, I loved how vibrant Baby is and one coat is almost all I needed to get perfect coverage. My nails didn't chip after a week, like they do with most polishes, but I imagine it would have lasted longer if I used their topcoat. - Cass

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We’ve finally entered prime park weather and I could not be happier. Living walking distance from Piedmont Park, I’ve found myself lounging there almost every weekend, and I’m not mad about it! An ideal Saturday for me would be spending the whole day at the park sitting on a blanket, listening to music, and sippin’ on a yummy and refreshing alcoholic beverage. A friend of mine recently recommended trying out the new Topo Chico Hard Seltzers (well, they’ve been around for about a month now), and after bringing a few to the park this past month, I’ve decided that they’re my new favorite seltzers. Only 100 calories and 4.7% alc/vol, they’re similar to popular seltzers like White Claw and Truly, but I personally think their flavors are on another level with Strawberry Guava, Tangy Lemon Lime, Exotic Pineapple, and Tropical Mango. I haven’t tried one that I didn’t like, and I’m excited to make these my new go-to drinks this summer. - Lauren

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