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Brooklyn Benjestorf

Capitol Hill • Seattle, WA
Senior Marketer at Fresh Chalk. Dog mom. Style junky. Bookworm. Home cooking enthusiast.
Joined 9 months ago
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Alpha Paw Cozy Calming Bed
Pet Bed
My lil pup feels so secure with this bed. They designed this thing with a bit of magic—it's made to resemble the sensation of cozying up to Mama dog, so it's soothing for wound up pups and I'm here to tell you, it works. We popped it into our puppy's crate and now he curls up and goes to sleep right away instead of crying. Bonus - it's the first bed we've gotten that he hasn't tried to destroy.
Alpha Paw Pawramp
Pet Ramp
Our puppy loves this ramp! We have a mini dachshund so protecting his spine from falls and frequent jumping is really important. I originally discovered this ramp through a targeted ad and when I started comparing it against others, it just seemed so perfect. It assembles and collapses super easily so can be slid underneath the couch for storage and is made of attractive and durable material with great grip for the pupperino. Even my cat likes it for a scratcher.
Baleen Jewelry
Jewelry
I have a few pieces from Baleen and love the elegance of their minimalist modern design. They're high quality for their price point as well - I have sensitive skin and my ears often become irritated if the metal is too cheap and these stay comfortable all day long.
BarkBox
Pet Toy
I'm not sure who loves this subscription box more - me or my dog. They partner with such amazing brands to create the most adorable toys eg. Home Alone, Scooby Doo, etc. and are really high quality. The people there are low-key genius - the stuffy toys are literally stuffed with another toy so when doggo rips through it, there's a bonus toy to destroy! Our pup has been a little meh on the treats and (because they're so durable) now has way more toys than we know what to do with so I wouldn't subscribe longer than 6 months, but in the meantime Bark Box day has been one of the best days of the month at our house.
Bath & Body Works Foaming Hand Soaps
Hand Soap
I tried so many different brands of foaming soaps before absolutely falling in love with this one. The scents are positively to die for, and not only hits you with a sweet blast of deliciousness while you're washing your hands, but the smell lingers for a bit so you're left smelling like Blueberry Crumble or Raspberry Lemonade, or whatever flavor you've chosen. The soaps contain essential oils which have been invaluable during this time while we're all obsessively washing our hands. Plus, Bath & Body Works has a fantastic bundling option on their website, so you can get 6 soaps for $26 which works out to about the same price of the regular bottles at the grocery store.
Bijou Candles
Candle
I love these candles so much. They're by far some of the most potent smelling candles I've ever purchased without being overly perfumed or too powerful. The scents are all well balanced, unique and complex. And I love love love the branding. Each candle is named after a women in pop culture history—from Sabrina the Teenage Witch (Mystics Collection) to Stevie Nicks (70s Icons Collection) to Audrey Hepburn (Starlets Collection)—with the scents invoking the essence of that icon. My favorite is the "Dolly" candle which is scented with Peach and Lily. They all make my house smell so magical and they look beautiful. I have multiple collections proudly displayed in various room of my home. Another thing I love about these candles is that the brand is value aligned for me. The founders are a queer married couple and the ingredients/materials are all ethically sourced. They're still a quite small business and are doing a great job with fulfillment for their size. I've shipped a candle out directly to a friend last minute as a gift and it arrived within one week. Fantastic product!
Chi Spin N Curl
Hair Styling Tool
I love this curling iron so much! I'm a mess when it comes to styling my hair and curling irons have especially presented a problem for my butterfingers. This thing is about 90% dummy proof and does all the work for you. You just place a one-inch piece of hair in the winder and squeeze a button and BOOM - your hair gets smoothly fed into the curler with a TIMER that beeps when it's time to release. I literally drink my coffee and check my email with my free hand while the thing is working it's magic. So much less stress and so far, no burns.
Colourpop Cosmetics Shadow Palettes
Eyeshadow
This has become my very favorite brand for eyeshadows (as well as blush!) because not only are they priced comparably to drugstore brands, but their pigments are out of this world. Fallout from the shadow is very minimal, making it easy to work with even very bright colors and they offer an incredible variety in shades/color stories. My favorites are currently "Blush Crush" and "Strawberry Shake."
Dior Diorshow Pump ‘N’ Volume Hd Mascara
Mascara
I swear by this mascara! I've tried about a zillion different types of mascara in my life trying to find the right one—something that's got a little lift and thickening qualities so I can rock a minimal number of products while still looking fresh and alert, while also never flaking because I have big, sensitive eyes that are magnets for tiny particles. This is the one! It's on the pricey end of mascaras but believe me when I say it's worth it. It's long lasting, brings enough drama that I don't need to wear any other eye makeup, and even has a waterproof formula that I like to pick up in the summer.
Earth Animal No-Hide Chews
Dog Treats
Our puppy absolutely loves these - like will chew on it for hours on end loves these. They look like little burritos and are totally safe and humane.
Earth Rated Poop Bags
Pooper Scoopers and Bags
I love these because they do everything a poop bag is supposed to do AND they're compostable. Love that.
Fenty Beauty Pro Kiss'r
Lip Balm
I bought this lip balm a few weeks ago and I'm now totally obsessed. Lip balms are tricky - I have some sensory weirdness around the texture and if they're too sticky or cakey, I will chew them right off my lips or wipe them off. This stuff was like a little bit of heaven smeared onto my mouth. It's hard to describe the texture beyond just divinity - it's so light and moisturizing, and leaves your lips feeling hydrated for hours. As an added bonus, they're also very lightly pigmented. I use "Pinch Me" and the color is a neutral light pink very close to my natural lip shade—perfect for that just-a-little-bit-better-than-natural look.
FURminator
Pet Grooming Supplies
This pet hair brush has been a total game changer for my cat and has worked well for my long-haired puppy as well. It gets under that top layer of fur and into the undercoat, thinning out that thick uncomfortable layer closest to the skin, and leaving a soft and silky coat that's much more manageable.
Giantex Pet Potty Pad With Artificial Grass
Litter Boxes
We live in a third floor apartment, so potty training our puppy has been a little daunting. I learned about these terf mats from a YouTube video and am so pleased with the results. Because the pads are made from a material that more closely resembles grass than a traditional puppy pad, we haven't had accidents on rugs. Plus, because you wash these rather than dispose of them, they're better for the environment than puppy pads (always love that!).
Glamglow Supermud® Charcoal Instant Treatment Mask
Beauty Face Masks
This is my favorite clarifying mask when I'm in need of a little self care. The charcoal is incredibly detoxifying and leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean and so smooth. I always follow up with their Thirstymud mask afterward to rehydrate my skin as the charcoal can be a little drying, but together they make for a complete and easy home spa treatment.
Glamglow Thirstymud™ 24-Hour Hydrating Treatment Face Mask
Beauty Face Masks
This is probably my favorite skincare product in my arsenal. The thick, hydrating cream leave my skin feeling silky soft and it smells (sweet honeyed coconut) just about good enough to eat. I always use it after doing any kind of skin clarifying treatment for added hydration and also anytime my skin is just feeling parched, especially in the winter months.
Glossier Boy Brow
Eyebrow Color
This tinted brow grooming pomade is genius. It's by far the simplest way I've found to quickly darken and style my brows, and often I'll just throw a bit of this on with a little mascara and my face instantly looks more alive. I highly recommend it anyone who wants to look polished with minimal effort.
Happibox Hat Storage Box
Hat Care
I just got this handy little organizer and I'm so happy (happi?) with it. My wide brimmed hats were all floating around my bedroom and I had no idea where to store them without risking damage to the brims. I only really wear them a few times a year, mostly on vacation, so they were collecting dust as they were shuffled around the room. I order this hat box and boom, problem solved. Big enough to fit my wide brims, tall enough to stack a few inside, and zips up for safe keeping. Bonus - it doubles as a travel box so I can just toss this sucker in my suitcase when the time is right.
Harmless Coconut Water
Drinks
This stuff is to-die-for delicious. It's a little on the spendy side, so I only treat myself to it every once in a while, but the flavor is so well balanced between sweet and coconutty. *chefs kiss* If you are convinced that you don't like coconut water (which was me), give this stuff a try and I bet it will make you a believer.
Herbivore Lapis Blue Tansy Face Oil
Face Oil
I love to use this face oil right before bed as part of my night time skincare routine. When I wake up in the morning, my skin feels so supple and soft, plus it has acne busting properties so if you have any skin problems when you go to sleep, it can help to minimize them by the time you wake up. It's on the spendy side, but it lasts a super long time so I think it's totally worth it. Really anything from Herbivore is amazing, plus they're woman owned and local to Seattle.
Instinct Raw Boost
Dog Food
Our puppy loves this stuff! We moved on to this puppy formula (recommended by one of the sales associates at Mud Bay) after the bag we got from the breeder ran out. It's got freeze dried raw pieces in it for high nutritional value and sometimes the pup "picks all the marshmallows out" because they're the best bits, but but it's lower cost than the all-freeze dried raw brands running us about $22/month.
Kong Toys
Dog Toy
This brand is one of the undisputed best for teething puppies and super chewers. They have been a god-send for my pup while his grown up teeth come in, and I love that not only can you purchase specially designed treats to fit into their toys to add a puzzle element, but they also have tons of stuffing recipes right on their website. Long live Kong!
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask
Lip Balm
I love this product so much. Even if I'm too lazy to put anything else on my face before bed, I'm always sure to use this lip mask because, as someone with dry lips, the protective hyaluronic acid moisture seal it creates is absolutely essential to waking up with soft lips. It's really helped with preventing any cracking while I sleep and while it doesn't have much flavor, the new Gummi Bear scent is delicious.
Lunarly Subscription Box
Subscription
This is the only subscription box that I currently have and I love it. Designed to arrive just before each new moon, every box contains either a small plant or a candle, a little crystal, and 3+ self care products such as clay masks, keratin spray for your hair, or last month I received a Tibetan singing bowl. When you sign up, they send you a journal so that each week as the moon hits its lunar phase, you can document your thoughts and feelings around the lunar cycle—setting intentions on the new moon, making a plan at the first quarter, releasing that which doesn't serve you at the full moon, and celebrating your accomplishments at the 3/4 moon. It's something simple and centering I can do for myself on a weekly basis, and having a subscription box show up each month is like getting a present from myself in the mail.
Nintendo Switch Lite
Gaming Console
I got hooked on Switch early in quarantine when Animal Crossing came out. I played my boyfriends as I didn't have one of my own, and he got me the teal Switch Lite for my birthday. I have never been much into video games and what I love most about this system is that it's very novice friendly and is such a great stress buster. It gets me off my phone and disconnected from any opportunity for doom scrolling. All of my favorite games from the original Nintendo system are supported so I can play Mario 3 and Dr. Mario, etc. and I've gotten really into the Lego games (I beat Jurassic Park a few weeks ago and picked up the Incredibles on Black Friday) and Pikmin. Basically I can't recommend this amazing little distraction enough.
Noot
Plant Care
I'm obsessed with this plant food. I bought it late last spring and it's made such a major difference in the growth of my plants. I make propagations sometimes and the root growth is super noticeable when using Noot. Even in the dormant winter months like now, I have consistent new growth and very happy plants.
Northwest Naturals Raw Rewards Treats
Dog Treats
Both our puppy and our cat goes absolutely bonkers for the freeze dried chicken and salmon from this brand. More than a few seems to do a number on their tummies, but for a treat they will do literal flips for—go for the freeze dried raw.
Nylabone
Dog Toy
These have been a favorite for our teething pup. We got a three pack for puppies after seeing them recommended in a training video, and love that the pack came with a semi-soft version, a treat version, and a harder version so the puppy could "graduate" to tougher versions of the product as he got older and his needs changed. He still loves his soft chew at 5 months and it's held up through the teething process.
Plan to Eat
App
I am obsessed with this app. I love to cook, and have mastered the formula for how many meals we need to make each week so that I don't over stock on perishables, and this app has helped me streamline this entire process so easily. In the cook section, I can import recipes from Pinterest, it cuts out the recipe bloggers life stories and just gets right to the recipe. You can also input recipes by hand, effectively digitizing your recipe book. Under the Plan feature, I plug in my recipes for the week under each day and meal and then VOILA! The Shop feature adds all of those ingredients to a shopping list I can take to the store. With a very satisfying tap of a button, ingredients disappear from the list, so I can clean the list up before shopping and only get what I need. I love this thing so much!
Pretty Litter
Cat Litter
I love this litter because it gives me incredible peace of mind. The crystals contain a color changing technology that indicates any health problems your cat may be suffering from, so you can address issues early. Cats are notorious for hiding illness, basically crawling into dark corners to suffer in silence. With this litter I feel confident that my kitty is healthy and that if any problems were to arise, we would catch them early. It's also had the added benefit of being more smell absorbent than other litters we've used. We live in a small open floor plan apartment and keep the litter box in a closet in the bedroom because that's pretty much the only place there's room for it. And yet, somehow, our home has ZERO bad kitty smell. I love it.
Purple Mattress
Mattress
This was my first "grown up" mattress purchase. I actually had some money to spend, did a ton of research, and ended up with my dream mattress. It's extremely comfortable—I pretty much melt into it every night. It has temperature regulating technology, which is very important to my partner and I because he's a very hot sleeper. And as someone who has a lot of hip pain, this has been a really great change because their grid design alleviates pressure from my hips. I love my bed!
Royalcare Silicone Dog Treat Pouch
Dog Treat Pouch
We picked these up after a recommendation from a friend and love them. They come in a two pack, so I have one and my partner has the other. Perfect size for a handful of training treats to take on the go, easily clip onto a belt or coat pocket for easy access, and the magnetic closure keeps the treats fresh.
Skygenius Far Infrared Electric Heating Pad
Heating Pad
My mom sent this to me as a gift to ease my menstrual cramps and it works like a dream. Unlike my old pad which felt like thick crunchy plastic wrapped in a thin medical smok, this one is soft and cushy. Super ease to use with the touch of a button, it warms to the perfect temp without any risk for burns. I also used it recently when I threw my neck out and it eased the tension within minutes.
The Buffy Breeze Comforter
Comforter
We LOVE our Buffy Breeze. My partner is a very hot sleeper so we really needed something that provided me with the comforting weight of a regular comforter without overheating my partner, and this comforter has done it! They say it has something to do with it being made of 100% eucalyptus fibers but I call it straight up wizardry. It's somehow cozy and cooling at the same time. 10/10 highly recommend.
Trader Joe's Everything But the Bagel Seasoning Blend
Spices
EBTB is one of the best seasonings I've ever discovered. I love it on avocado toast, boiled eggs, and used in combo with a little panko to bread chicken. Really it can be used for anything and everything.

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Home

Frank's Painting
Painter
We recently hired Frank to handle some random handyman tasks around our new home—there was a hole in the drywall behind the oven (fire hazard) and we had an accent wall painted dark teal in the main bedroom. Frank really exceeded expectations on all fronts. The wall behind the oven was absolutely seamless—no evidence that there'd ever even been a problem to begin with—and the edges of accent wall were so immaculately straight! Best of all, my partner and I just really enjoyed Frank's company. Highly recommend!
Glasswing Greenhouse
Nursery
Beautiful houseplants and super helpful staff.
Simple Plumber
Plumber
I'm a new home owner and needed to get a plumber into our place for a leak in the upstairs bathroom before we could move in. I'd never called a plumber before in my life, so was honestly a little nervous about the experience because you hear about people getting swindled because the heck do I know about plumbing. Joe & Sallie made the experience totally painless, and I was immediately put at ease when Joe was showing me where work *didn't* need to be done that my inspection report was showing repairs were needed. He showed me where to find my dishwasher model and coached me on simple maintenance, and fixed my leaking pipe quickly which kept the cost of the repair low. I'll definitely be using their services again if the need should arise!
Split Level Modern
Furniture
I'm hesitant to recommend Split Level Modern only because part of me wants to keep them a secret for myself! We bought our dining table from them recently (an antique game table that converts into a stylish side table for extra space) and completely fell in love with their store. They've only had a store front for about a year and their inventory spans multiple eras and design styles, all beautifully restored. We were able to negotiate for a price more aligned with our budget and the shop keeper was super helpful and friendly, more than willing to check their warehouse inventory for matching chairs. I can't wait to collect more pieces from them!
Stitches Seattle
Fabric Store
I love Stitches Seattle so much! They're very close to my home, and in an area that is a little starved for craft stores. I buy all of my yarn for crochet project from them and they have a small but mighty selection. I've also recently been picking up kits for embroidery, cross stitching, and macrame projects and I love that they have kits to give a sampling of the hobbies so I don't have to invest in a bunch of products to test the waters. The staff is super friendly, knowledgable and helpful. I've not yet taken one of their many classes, but would love to do so in the near future.

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