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August Favorites

This month is a little different because a lot of these favorites are from small businesses that I’ve found and loved.  Small disclaimer, I’m not sponsored by any of these companies, but I am an Amazon affiliate, more about that on my About Page.  So here we go!

Book of the Month

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Point Blank by Alan King was my favorite reviewed book this month.  This book of poetry could not have come at a better time for our culture right now.  I wrote a review here, but I highly recommend purchasing this book or the ebook on Amazon here.

Baby

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I found Declan Roe in my research for my Continuing the Conversation post last week.  I loved what they are doing so much that I purchased the sweet button romper above.  Basically, 15% of the proceeds go to an organization called Bundled Blessings that help couples with IVF treatments or adoption.  With adorable clothes (even for boys) and a precious cause, how could I not love this?

Beauty and Fashion

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At the farmer’s market, I saw this booth, Simple Suds and Stuff, selling laundry detergent and alpaca dryer balls.  I loved the business owner’s passion for wanting to know every ingredient that goes into the products she uses.  I was intrigued, even more so when I found out that one of the scents she was selling was Peppermint.  I love all things mint, so I decided to try it.  That week, Sam had one of his incredible blowouts on a white onesie.  This detergent made it look brand new without dimming the lettering on the front of the onesie!  I am sold.  She also has the lavender scent, and who doesn’t like lavender smelling sheets?

Entertainment

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And finally, if you are wanting a cute, sweet, light rom-com, I highly recommend To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before on Netflix (which was originally a book by the same name).  It follows a girl named Lara Jean who writes a letter to a crush in order to process that crush, and then she addresses it and hides it in a hat box.  But somehow, the letters get out, and all chaos ensues.  I was actually hesitant to watch this because I didn’t want to watch something with a lot of tension.  But I was pleasantly surprised at how much comedy balances out the drama.  Five stars.

What are some favorites you have been enjoying this month?

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Point Blank: A Review

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Point Blank: Poems by Alan King

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was given this book by the poet author, Alan King, to review. I think these kinds of poems are timely and needed at this moment in our history. King invites his readers into his life in such a vulnerable and authentic way.
I loved a lot of the references and metaphors. Food is probably my favorite of his imagery. I can almost smell the food cooking in the kitchen – the coconut and okra. His parents are immigrants from Trinidad and Tobago which seems to play heavily in with the food. It made it feel welcoming and homey, nostalgic for family.
Some of my favorite poems were about his family. “The Hostess” about his mom welcoming his dad home with food. “The Listener” about his aunt and how her memories live on in the small reminders around him.
But they also described his perspective on racism and racial profiling. “Striptease” is not what it sounds like it would be like. It’s about his cousin being accused of shoplifting. But the vulnerable wordplay is raw and honest.
Also, he has some comic book references, which I can relate to, as I like the superhero comics. “Hulk” which is the first poem in the book was really good about stereotypes put on black men (and I love the twist at the end).
There are a few poems with profanity, and there is some sexual and violent content in some of the poems as well, but as a whole, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I highly recommend it to those who want to broaden their perspective and understand what it is like for black males and immigrants and sons of immigrants. Very good work.