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Serving Puyallup, WA

Christina Nelson

A writer, a foodie, and an advocate of the Oxford comma.
Joined over 1 year ago
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Products

Barefoot Dreams Cozychic Robe
Robe
I've lived in this robe pretty much every day since it came in the mail! The material is ultra soft, the length is perfect, and it fits just right. Great for cooler months when you want to cozy up on the couch without having to grab a blanket.
BarkBox
Pet Toy
My pup and I both love Bark Box! We've been subscribed to the Super Chewer box for a year and we've never been disappointed. Each month, they send super durable toys in the cutest themed boxes. And, if a toy isn't tough enough, they'll replace it free of charge!
Batiste Dry Shampoo
Shampoo
The Batiste Dry Shampoo in the tropical scent is my go-to on days when I don't want to wash my hair. It absorbs excess oil without leaving a residue. I love spraying this in my hair the night before, knowing I'll wake up looking refreshed!
Blundstone Ankle Boot
Boots
Once fall hits, I live in my Blundstone Boots. Blundstones are super comfortable, light weight and durable, making them the perfect shoe to walk to the office or trek around town in. The foot bed molds to the shape of your feet, making them even comfier each time you slip them on. These are my favorite boots for any occasion!
Boxycharm
Subscription
Boxycharm is my favorite cosmetics subscription box. Each box comes with 5-full size brand name beauty items. It's my go-to gift for my beauty-loving friends! I always buy a box right before the holidays so I can use the products as stocking stuffers.
Breville Juice Fountain Cold Plus Stainless Steel Juicer
Juicer
This juicer has earned a permanent space on my kitchen counter because I use it so often. It is powerful without being too noisy, and it is pretty easy to clean compared to other models. I love to use it make carrot apple juice, and I always use the pulp to make muffins!
Chaco Z/1 Classic Sandal
Sandals
I picked up a pair of Chacos to bring on hikes where I knew I'd get my feet wet. I've brought them on every backpacking trip I've been on since I bought them. They stay on my feet really well without having to readjust them, and they don't get slippery when wet. The strappy design also makes it easy to customize your fit. Full disclosure--they take a while to break in, so I recommend wearing them for an hour at a time for a week or two before you plan on adventuring with them. After that, they're great!
Chefman 1.8l Glass Electric Kettle
Electric Kettle
I love drinking loose leaf tea, but I've struggled to find a good tea infuser that won't leave tea leaves behind. This kettle has made life so much easier! It comes with a removable tea infuser so that you can brew tea right in the kettle. No more leaves floating in my tea cup!
Cuisinart Smart Stick 2 Speed Hand Blender
Blender
I use this blender almost every day to make smoothies, blend sauces, or to chop onion and garlic. I love how easy it is to change out the attachments to get any task done. Easy to clean, too!
Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Foaming Wash
Skin Care
I love this face wash for my dry, sensitive, acne-prone skin. It soothes my skin, reduces blemishes, and diminishes redness. I use it morning and night and I find that the bottle still lasts awhile.
Diane Shampoo Massage Brush
Massage Tools
This brush is awesome for deep cleansing the scalp. I use it in the shower 3-4 times a week along with a clarifying shampoo to help remove product buildup. It feels amazing and it works better than fingers alone!
Essie Gel Couture Top Coat
Nails
I could never keep my nail polish from chipping until I started using this top coat! It is a really thin formula that dries quickly and evens out the texture of my nail polish, all while adding a nice shine. I also appreciate that I don't have to use it in combination with a lamp. But the best part? I can get about two weeks of wear out of my nail polish!
G2 Firebox Stove
Camp Stove
This stove has been a game changer for cooking on fishing trips and overnight backpacking trips when dehydrated meals just won’t do. The stove is easy to light, stays lit, and cooks food evenly. While it is a bit heavy for longer trips, it offers durability that other stoves often lack.
Glossier Futuredew Oil Serum Hybrid
Skin Care
This product has become my go-to for making my dry skin look bright and dewy even during the winter. I normally mix a pump with my foundation when I want a natural looking glow, but I also find that it looks beautiful on bare skin. It quickly sinks into the skin without leaving an oily residue. A serious game changer!
Gregory Nano H2o 22l Hydration Pack - 3 Liters
Hiking Backpacks
I bought this backpack last year to take on a trip to Bryce Canyon, and I have loved it ever since! It fits comfortably and evenly distributes weight across the back so that you're comfortable your entire hike. It also comes with a water reservoir that is easy to refill and reattach. Double win!
Harney and Son Tea
Tea
Harney & Sons makes the best tea! Of the teas I've tried, hot cinnamon spice is my absolute favorite. I recently sent an out-of-state family member the wooden tea chest and they absolutely loved it too!
Innisfree Daily Uv Defense Sunscreen Spf 36
Sunscreen
This sunscreen is great for people with dry skin! It applies smoothly without leaving a white cast and it gives the skin a nice glow. I apply it underneath my foundation and i find that it never causes my makeup to pill. I love that it doesn't have a strong scent and feels just like a lightweight moisturizer!
Jetboil Flash Cooking System
Backpacking Stove
I bought a Jetboil last year to take backpacking and it has quickly become an essential for all my trips! I love that the cooking system boils water in under two minutes and has a color-changing boil indicator to let you know when your water is ready. Also perfect for ski trips and day hikes when you need a little something extra to help stay warm!
L'oreal Telescopic Waterproof Mascara
Mascara
This drugstore mascara rivals my high end favorites! It adds the length I'm looking for to my stick straight, blonde eyelashes while helping my lashes hold a curl all day.
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask
Lip Balm
Every year, I dread winter because I know it means dry, cracked, painful lips. I've tried balms, salves, oils, and glosses, but nothing has ever done my lips any justice--until I tried the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask. I put this stuff on every night before I go to sleep, and I'm always impressed by how hydrated my lips are when I wake up in the morning. A little goes a long way! I love it so much that I even carry a tub in my bag so I can apply it throughout the day.
Lodge Cast Iron Grill Press
Pots & Pans
After seeing several FC reviews praising this press, I knew I needed one. I think it's now one of my top used kitchen gadgets! It's perfect for cooking bacon, sausages, burgers... you name it! I've now purchased three--one for me and two for gifts--because I love it that much.
Makeup Eraser
Makeup Remover
The Makeup Eraser has completely eliminated single-use makeup remover wipes from my night time routine. The super soft cloth has one side with short fibers that is perfect for removing makeup, while the other side with longer fibers provides a gentle exfoliation. The best part? The wash cloth can remove an entire face of makeup (even waterproof mascara) with nothing but warm water!
Merrell Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots
Boots
These waterproof hiking boots are great for hikes in the PNW. They are super comfortable fresh out of the box and they manage to keep my feet warm even during the winter. I went one size up and they fit perfectly with a heavier pair of socks on.
Mighty Patch Invisible+
Acne Care
I always keep a pack of Mighty Patches on hand to quickly tackle stubborn breakouts. I typically wear them overnight because they finish my blemishes significantly by morning. The adhesive stays put without irritating my skin. They also get bonus points for being undetectable when I answer a zoom call with one on.
Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-In-1 Foundation + Concealer
Concealer
This foundation gives me full coverage that lasts all day! I have dry skin and I love that it doesn't accentuate my dry patches or look flaky after hours of wear. It also mixes perfectly with the Glossier FutureDew Oil Serum Hybrid if you are wanting a dewier finish.
Milani Make It Last Setting Spray Prime + Correct + Set
Setting Spray
I love the Milani Make It Last Setting Spray Prime + Correct + Set. It has worked well for me and helps my makeup last all day. It's a great drugstore option--the mist is super fine and you can find it for under $10.
Milk Makeup Matte Cream Bronzer
Makeup
This bronzer is so creamy and easy to blend that it has completely replaced my old favorite. The shade "Baked" is perfect on my fair skin and leaves a nice, warm glow. Best of all, it comes with 1 oz of product so you'll never run out!
Mrs. Meyers Clean Day
Hand Soap
Hand sanitizer and excessive hand washing really took a toll on my hands this year. I replaced my old hand wash with Mrs. Meyers and it has really helped keep my hands from cracking! The hand soap is made with non-drying ingredients like aloe vera and olive oil that leave my hands feeling silky smooth. Love this stuff in the lemon verbena scent!
Nekteck Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager
Massage Tools
This neck massager is awesome. It gives an intense, kneading massage that has really helped my tense neck and shoulders. The handles also make it easy to target any areas that are causing you trouble. Love the performance and the price tag!
Osprey Aura 50 Women's Pack
Hiking Backpacks
I have loved taking this pack on overnight trips. The anti gravity system keeps heavier loads comfortable while providing good ventilation. Definitely an upgrade from my last pack!
Patagonia Los Gatos 1/4 Zip Fleece
Women's Coats & Jackets
This jacket is my go-to when I want to feel extra cozy. The exterior is made of ultra soft and 100% recycled polyester fleece with a durable water repellent that keeps you dry in light rain. This jacket always comes with me on camping trips, long car rides, and extended vacations. Cute and comfy, my favorite combination!
Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum
Hair Care
This product really helps me tame my flyaways while giving my hair the right amount of shine. I love that I can apply it near the crown of my head right after I shower without having to worry about my hair looking oily when it dries. One bottle lasts me forever, too!
Rare Beauty Liquid Blush
Makeup
This is my favorite liquid blush ever! The highly pigmented formula blends out beautifully on the skin with a brush or a beauty sponge, leaving a natural dewy finish. Just make sure to start with a light hand--a little goes a long way with this product!
Rectangular Stainless Steel Measuring Spoon Set
Measuring Spoons
My ultimate cooking pet peeve is when my measuring spoons won't fit inside my spice jars. With these rectangular spoons, that's no longer a problem. Even the tablespoon fits perfectly in a narrow jar. I wish I would've thought to buy these sooner!
Redken Acidic Perfecting Leave-In Treatment for Damaged Hair
Hair Care
Rocketbook
Notebooks
I love taking hand written notes, but I absolutely hate flipping through the pages of my journal to find what I need months later. Luckily, I found Rocketbook--a resuable(!) notebook that sends my handwritten notes straight to Google Drive so I can easily find what I need. The synthetic blend paper wipes clean with a damp cloth so you don't have to keep stocking up on notepads. Environmentally friendly and easy to use? That's a win in my book!
Scrubee
Exfoliant
Scrubee is my favorite product to keep in my shower! Besides being the cutest palm-sized body scrub you'll find, it leaves my dry skin feeling so soft and hydrated. It's made of ground almonds which help slough away dry skin, and hydrating ingredients like shea, cocoa butter, and honey that'll make you feel like you just put on lotion. Cute, effective, and under ten bucks!
Sephora Clean Foot Mask
Foot Health
These foot masks are a great weekly pick-me-up. I leave the socks on for 20-25 minutes once a week, and they keep my heels feeling soothed and hydrated. Love having these on hand for after a hike!
Stashers Reusable Food Storage
Silicone Reusable Bags
I received these as a gift last year and I’ve been hooked on them ever since. They’re the best reusable snack bag I’ve tried—I’ve found that the seal tends to wear out on other reusable snack bags. But these are still going strong! They’re great for storing snacks and dehydrated meals that I can heat up on the trail.
Static Nails Reusable Pop-On Manicure
Nails
When nail salons closed due to COVID, I immediately jumped on the press-on nails bandwagon and I'm so happy I did! Static Nails Round nails have by far been my favorite on my search for the perfect set. These press ons come in a wide variety of fun shades and shapes so you can get the look you want. They typically last on my nails for 3 weeks without falling off when I use their brush on nail glue. Love that!
Summer Fridays Cloud Dew Oil-Free Gel Cream Moisturizer
Moisturizer
I'm normally not a big fan of gel formulas, but I love this one! I use it as my day time moisturizer because it's lightweight and sinks into the skin quickly. Great for dry/acne prone skin.
Therm-A-Rest Z Lite Sol
Sleeping Mat
This mat never lets me down! It is so lightweight, durable, and comfortable that I actually look forward to sleeping on it when I'm out on the trail. I also love that it easily attaches to my Osprey Aura pack.
Thermopro Digital Wireless Meat Thermometer
Food Thermometer
This little gadget has completely transformed my grilling game. You can monitor your grill temperature up to 300 feet away, and the remote will beep at you if the temperature ever goes outside of your set range. It also works well in the oven and smoker. No more fear of overcooking dinner!
Trader Joe's Honey Mango Moisturizing Cream Shave
Skin Care
I've tried a lot of shave creams in my time, but I always come back to this old favorite! The cream is really gentle and doesn't irritate my sensitive skin. It also contains aloe vera and vitamin E which helps to leave my skin soothed and hydrated. A great product for an awesome price!
Vegancuts Monthly Subscription Box
Subscription
I love Vegancuts monthly subscription boxes! Every month, they deliver a variety of vegan and cruelty-free items that I never would've discovered otherwise. Awesome as a gift for a friend, or a treat for yourself.

Special Occasions

7 Seas Brewery
Brewery
7 Seas is one of my favorite places to stop by. It's the perfect place to grab a drink after work, or pickup a 6 pack to take to enjoy later. Awesome place!
A Matter of Taste (Leavenworth)
Gifts
Leavenworth, WA
A Matter of Taste has every kind of mustard, honey, and salad dressing you could dream of. Stop here if you want to sample 1,000 delicious items, or buy everything online and have it shipped to you.
Asado
Restaurant
Stop during happy hour for queso frito and lamb skewers for half the price. Great place for a date night or weekend celebration.
Ashley's Room
Boutique
Ashley's Room is always well-stocked with trendy pieces for each season. Brand-names at a discount? Count me in!
Blue Mouse Theater
Entertainment
My family and I have been coming to the Blue Mouse for years to watch films. They're open 7 days a week and ticket prices vary from $4-$6. We love them!
British Bites
Gifts
If you are in need of some special stocking stuffers for the holiday season, British Bites is the best place to stop by. They have a wide-variety of specialty treats--you can't say "no" to Turkish Delight--and a nice selection of treats to enjoy while you relax in the shop.
Bubbles
Bubble Tea
Bubble tea fans in the South Sound--stop by Bubbles! Fully customizable bubble teas whether you like hot or iced, milk tea or black tea, fruity or sweet, or tapioca or bobas.
Cooks Tavern
Restaurant
Best biscuits and gravy in North End Tacoma.
Corina Bakery
Bakery
Corina Bakery is the best spot in Tacoma to stop for a slice of rhubarb pie and a latte. Gluten-free and vegan options too!
Craft 19
Restaurant
Crumbl
Bakery
I bought a dozen of these delicious cookies as a gift for my boyfriend's family, and they did not disappoint! Fantastic delivery, a wonderful team, and knockout flavor combos.
En Rama
Restaurant
En Rama's pasta is unmatched. The bucatini with wild mushrooms, sunchokes, and cream sauce is my go-to. They also have the best lavender cocktail! Love their food and their vibe.
Farm 12
Venue
Farm 12 has become one of my favorite restaurants in the South Sound. They help at-risk mothers enter the workforce in partnership with Step By Step, and 100% of their profits go to charity. The food is fantastic, the service is phenomenal, and they are doing incredible things for the community. I love everything about them!
Fiesta Taqueria
Restaurant
Fiesta Taqueria has been my go-to place for street tacos since they opened. The restaurant is small (previously an old Shell gas station) so it might take a decent amount of time to find a seat. But the salsa bar and bean dip are well worth the wait.
Galanga Thai
Restaurant
Gateway to India
Restaurant
Happy Donuts
Donut Shop
Happy Donuts has been a family favorite ever since I was a kid. I can't get enough of their guava filled or their apple fritters!
Indo Asian Street Eatery
Restaurant
Infinite Soups
Restaurant
The possibilities are truly "infinite" with a new menu of fresh soups available every day. One of my favorite spots to grab a hot lunch to enjoy in Wright Park.
Macadons
Bakery
I was on the search for the best macarons in the greater Seattle area and hit the jackpot with Macadons. I ordered a dozen and had them delivered straight to my door. The list of flavors and cute holiday prints made it tough to only choose 12! If you're like me and are struggling to make a decision, opt for fruity pebbles, salted caramel, and ube.
Mama D's Farmhouse Baking
Bakery
Mama D's had me hooked the second I read "Cookie Subscription Box" on their website. Sign me up! Each month, they deliver 8 delicious cookies of your choosing straight to your front door. The vegan cookies and the farmhouse cookies have become family favorites.
Misha
Boutique
MiSHA sells beautiful boho pieces prefect for every season. If you love over sized flannels, boyfriend jeans, and floral prints--this is your place! They are also very active on social media if you are interested in scouting out the latest additions to the shop without having to stop in.
Odd Otter
Brewery
Pacific Island Grill
Restaurant
Pho King
Restaurant
This is the best place to get pho and bahn mi sandwiches in Tacoma! Their food is unmatched, their service is incredible, and they never disappoint. One of my favorite spots for takeout.
Pinot's Pallet
Paint & Sip
Quickie Too
Restaurant
Whether you're vegan or just looking for a meat-less meal, Quickie Too is serving up the best vegan comfort food you'll find. I love their Jamaican Burger and Mac and Yease!
Red Star Taco Bar
Restaurant
Satori
Boutique
Trendy accessories and clothing pieces frequently changing to match the latest trends.
Tacoma Book Center
Book Store
I have been buying used books here for as long as I can remember. They have such an incredible selection that stretches from floor to ceiling. You're always bound to find a new favorite whenever you stop in! Best book store in the South Sound.
Tacoma Buds & Blooms
Florist
The Bubblery
Gifts
Leavenworth, WA
I discovered The Bubblery on a trip to Leavenworth several years back, and I have been hooked on their products ever since. Their hand crafted soaps, bath bombs, and body frosting all smell incredible and work nicely on my dry, sensitive skin. I always keep a bar of the Honey Almond Oat soap at my sink. Great products to include in a gift or to keep for yourself!
The Secret Garden Tea Room
Bakery
This Victorian tea shop hidden in Sumner is the perfect place for a mother's day celebration, or a relaxing weekend with your best friends. Stop by on a weekend and enjoy one of their tiered stands with savories and sweets, and make sure you skip breakfast so you save room for their unlimited scones with lemon curd!
Thyme Well Spent
Caterer
I discovered Thyme Well Spent through Chef Chantel's incredible line of teas, and I've been hooked ever since! I absolutely love the Black Thyme and Peachy Thyme teas.
Unique Bakery
Bakery
Tacoma has always been short on french pastries, so I was thrilled when Unique announced it was opening! Located on Market Street, Unique Bakery is serving up the best almond croissants, waffles, fruit tarts, and macarons I've found south of Seattle. Big thumbs up for the coffee, too! Just make sure you grab a little something extra to hold you over on the car ride home--you won't want to wait.
Wanna Cupcake
Bakery
Wanna Cupcake makes some of my favorite cupcakes! I love that they change their menu weekly so there are always new varieties to try. The vanilla cupcake filled with bavarian cream is to die for!
Windmill Gardens & Nursery
Florist
Windmill has a beautiful selection of plants. They also are my go-to spot for flower arrangements. They always offer great sales and specials through their membership program.

Home

Butcher Boys Beef Outlet
Butcher
Northern Fish Products
Seafood Market
I've been buying all of my seafood from Northern Fish Company for the past year. Their fish is always fresh, and they offer weekly seasonal specials.
Sterino Farms
Grocery
I discovered Sterino's several years back when they first opened during October. Every year, they have fantastic seasonal deals on pumpkins, making pumpkin carving even more affordable and fun. I stop by almost weekly to make sure I have a wide variety of fresh produce.
Tacoma Boys
Butcher
Some of the freshest vegetables in the Puyallup/Tacoma area. Check out their specials for fresh produce.
Tacoma Consignment
Furniture
The Olive Shoppe and Ginger Grater
Grocery
La Conner, WA
If you're stopping by the tulip festival, you have to check out the Olive Shoppe! They carry an impressive selection of olives from around the world that are perfect for any olive lover. Not an olive fan? Don't let the name fool you--they also have jams, pickles, glassware and more that you can't find anywhere else. Stop by and stock up on fun goodies to keep in your pantry, and grab a gift for a friend while you're at it!
Urban Xchange
Consignment
This was the first place in Tacoma that I started thrifting at because they have so many options to fit whatever style you're interested in. Great selection of sizes, awesome prices, and wonderful staff.
Valley Farms
Grocery
Valley Farms is a small hidden treasure located just off of River Road. Their prices for fresh veggies can't be best, and their team is incredible at making sure you take home the freshest ingredients.
Watson's Nursery
Nursery
A wide selection of every kind of plant you can think of. The Watson's team also hosts seasonal events, so take your family between Halloween and Christmas for fun free activities.

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Wellness

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Kids

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Anthem Coffee & Tea
Coffee Shop
Anthem opened in Puyallup quite a few years back, and has grown into a South Sound staple. This is a great spot to get work done with a black and white mocha.
AR Workshop
Art
AR Workshop makes fun DIY kits that you can get delivered straight to your home! The projects come with a set of instructions that are easy to follow and all the tools you'll need to complete your project. The kits are perfect for a socially distanced craft (+ wine!) night over Zoom, or a date night in.
Bean Tree
Coffee Shop
If I'm running late to work and NEED to stop for coffee, this place is my go-to. The baristas are fast, the coffee is to die for, and any bad morning can be fixed with pumpkin cheesecake bread.
Bluebeard Coffee Roasters
Coffee Shop
Truly the best coffee I have had in Tacoma. The indie vibe and excellent coffee makes this the best place in Tacoma to dial down and get work done.
Crowd Cow
Speciality Food and Wine
Few things make me as happy as getting a text from Crowd Cow that says "Your order has been delivered!" Seriously, they're that good. I started purchasing from them last year when COVID hit to help me avoid the grocery store. I was hooked from the first order-- their quality is unmatched! I love everything I've tried from their grass-fed boneless ribeye to the sweet chili chicken thighs.
Give Back Box
Donation Center
Los Angeles
I started using Give Back Box during the first wave of COVID so that I could get rid of the growing give away pile in my living room, and I’m so glad that I did. Give Back Box makes it so much easier to donate items to local charitable organizations while repurposing my empty Amazon boxes that would otherwise end up in the recycle.
Metro Coffee
Coffee Shop
Parkway Tavern
Tavern
Playback Sports
Sports Equipment
As someone new to skiing, finding the right equipment felt really daunting. I stopped by Playback Sports and left with a used pair of skis and boots that I love thanks to their team! They patiently worked with me to find would help me feel confident in the slopes without breaking the bank. Awesome place to buy used gear and consign items you no longer need.
Tacoma Rubber Stamp
Art Supplies
A fun stop to explore rubber stamps if you are a passionate crafter, or just looking for a unique gift.
Tea Madame
Coffee Shop
The Grand Cinema
Theater
The Grand Cinema is my favorite spot to watch independent and foreign films that you can't find anywhere else. On the third Saturday of every month, the Grand even welcomes guests to a movie for free! Pro tip: get the popcorn with real butter.

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