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J’adore #80

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J'adore #80

I’m not doing a big gift guide this year, although I do have a specific one for RVers coming up. Instead, you can check out truly fantastic guides from my friends Kristin Luna on Camels & Chocolate or from Jenn & Ed on Coleman’s Concierge. Of course, if you are looking to buy something for a Francophile in your life, I’ve got a great guide I created last year that works all year round!

I just wanted to share a few things that I have been adoring lately in the last J’adore for 2018 – whew, 80 of these babies in 10 years!

Think Tank BackLight 18L Backpack

Andi with her Think Tank BackLight 18L Backpack

Good camera bags, like purses, are so hard to find! I do love my ONA for when I am traveling in urban environments, like Paris. But we do a lot of outdoor, backroads traveling and I had yet to find something that works for my frame. I am 5’0″ and so many backpacks for cameras are large and heavy. Finally this year I tried out the ThinkTank Backlight (the 18L size) and it is absolutely wonderful! Mr. Misadventures is a ThinkTank/MindShiftGear diehard but he is 6’0″ and can carry much more weight than I can! This Backlight fits a lot of gear yet remains compact and light.

Celebrate Your Tribe

Now that I am an Arizona resident I live in t-shirts nearly all year round. I’ve gone from someone who had 5 t-shirts to more than 50! Over the last year, I have enjoyed picking up Arizona and desert-related shirts and supporting local crafters. I stumbled onto Celebrate Your Tribe in an Arizona bloggers group and found her shirts to be adorable. And the owner, Karli, was really awesome about personalizing the shirts. I don’t like V-necks so she made this Sweet Home Arizona shirt for me with a round neck and she made an adult-sized version of one of her kids’ shirts (you can see it in this Insta) just for me! You can find more of my favorites in my J’adore – Arizona Gifts edition.

Crispin Finn Calendar

Crispin Finn Calendar in Andi's Office

For many, many years I’ve been using the Crispin Finn wall calendar. Ask anyone who worked with me since, oh about 2008! I love the retro look and red and blue accents. Even though I work from home now, I still have one wall dedicated to the calendar. And 2019 will be no different, I have already ordered mine and have plenty to throw on it once it arrives! I am kind of a calendar lover, I have a tiny desk version that fits right under my monitor, a Paris in Color notebook calendar (I need a 2019 replacement as The Paris Print Shop is not doing one this year!) plus my Google Calendar which I am addicted to. However, you might be amused to know that despite having at least 5 calendars (I have 1 for my job as well) that I am TERRIBLE at remembering birthdays and anniversaries!

Choc Zero Maple Syrup

Choc Zero and Panckaes

In the low carb lifestyle section of my world, I currently cannot get enough of ChocZero’s Maple Syrup! It is the best sugar-free syrup I have tried so far, and I’ve tried a lot. I love waffles and pancakes and I got to have my syrup with them! We are currently working on perfecting our low carb pancake mix so we have been doing lots of “testing” lately – see the bottle is almost gone! I’ve also ChocZero’s Dark Chocolate Almonds with Sea Salt and Hazelnut flavored Keto Bark, both are yummy. I am very interested in trying their chocolate syrup for my sugar-free vanilla ice cream (mentioned in J’adore #78)!

How about you? Have you got any cool products to share? Are you interested in any of mine? Do tell!

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