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Brooklyn Benjestorf

Senior Marketer at Fresh Chalk. Dog mom. Style junky. Bookworm. Home cooking enthusiast.
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Alpha Paw Cozy Calming Bed
Dog 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
Dog 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.
Bark Box
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
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
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
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.
Dog Deshedding Tool
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
Face Mask
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
Face Mask
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
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
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.
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
Face Mask
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 Box
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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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Adam Doppelt
about 1 month ago • Magnolia
With the break approaching, does anybody have a game to recommend? I can't stand "Pay to Win" games that hook you and proceed to drain your wallet...
Brooklyn Benjestorf
3 months ago • Capitol Hill
Back again looking for more new puppy resources. We want to get set up with pet insurance and aren't sure where to start. We're also looking for a ...
Brooklyn Benjestorf
3 months ago • Capitol Hill
We need to get our 10 week old puppy into some puppy classes and unfortunately, the place in our neighborhood is booked solid with a wait list. Any...
Brooklyn Benjestorf
4 months ago • Capitol Hill
Hey y'all - I'm in search of a good tailor and dry cleaner on Capitol Hill. Any suggestions?
Brooklyn Benjestorf
4 months ago • Capitol Hill
We're bringing home a new puppy at the end of the month and also aren't crazy about our current kitty vet. Hoping to find a new place on Capitol Hi...
Brooklyn Benjestorf
5 months ago • Capitol Hill
Does anyone know of a great eyebrow threader on Capitol Hill? I've never done it before but would love to try it.
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