Kate’s Picks: 7 Things I Tried in May and Loved


Things I Loved in May 2022 | Wit & Delight
Wearing the Cotton Crusher Hat from Terrain

This is the first month I’ve put together a Things I Tried and Loved post since I’ve been on a spending freeze. Because I haven’t been actively buying as much of late, I’ve had a bit more space and time to write about some products that have been gifted to me. You will see more items labeled as gifted in today’s roundup, simply because there are fewer items I’ve purchased in my personal life to review. Our standards for recommending gifted products remain the same as always, meaning I continue to only recommend products I genuinely love. 

Below you’ll find a dress I can’t stop wearing, a couple of books to read, a new-to-me CBD product that blew my mind, and more.

Looking for more things I loved? You can find all of my previous posts on this topic here.


Things I Loved in May 2022: Terrain Cotton Crusher Hat | Wit & Delight
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Terrain Cotton Crusher Hat (gifted)


Sun hats are part of my summer outfits, always. I’ve got that fair Irish skin and gave up on tanning in the sun years ago. Now that I’m spending more time weeding and maintaining our garden, I needed a hat that would be breathable, stay on my head, and last. Terrain has the highest quality pieces that are also gorgeous. I love how this hat has enough structure to effectively fold up and down for different activities. It also has a cotton cord to secure it to my head on windy days, which is my biggest issue with straw hats. They’re always flying away on me!


Things I Loved in May 2022: Writers & Lovers by Lily King | Wit & Delight

Writers & Lovers by Lily King


I haven’t finished this book yet but brought it with me to Napa. I love that it’s an easy, digestible read that still feels like you’re getting substance. While reading, I kept coming back to passages that made me feel wholly seen as a woman and as a writer. Reading about the author’s creative process unfolding alongside daily life is deeply inspiring to me at this point in my life. It has reminded me that inspiration happens in the most unexpected places; that we can’t always force ourselves to create, yet we can be open to creating when we’re ready for release.


Things I Loved in May 2022: Molly J. CBD Gumdrops | Wit & Delight

Molly J. CBD Gumdrops (gifted)

$15 – $120

I always approach trying a new CBD product with skepticism because I find the quality to be broad, the taste and texture to not always be appealing, and the brand experience to often be lacking. Molly J., however, BLEW MY MIND. From the thoughtfulness of their educational tools to the effectiveness of the product to the gorgeous presentation, I savored every single last gummy from the box I was gifted and felt sad when the experience was over. 10/10 would recommend and I will be buying their products to gift to special people in my life.


Mille Adele Dress

Mille Adele Dress (gifted)


I received this dress from local brand, Mille, two weeks ago and I’ve worn it five times already. I love the pattern, I love the cut, and I love that I feel like a goddess when wearing it. Oh, and it’s perfect for SUPER hot summer days.


And Yet: Poems by Kate Baer

And Yet: Poems by Kate Baer (gifted)


Kate’s words cut right to the place in my heart where I did not know how deeply I needed to feel seen. I revisit her words time and time again when I need to feel less alone with my experiences as a woman. She brings us all closer together while leaving room for us to interpret her words through our own experiences. You can pre-order her book here!


Solara Suncare Barrier Defense Hyaluronic Essence

Solara Suncare Barrier Defense Hyaluronic Essence (gifted)  


I’ve been looking for products that both protect and nourish my skin. While trying out a line from Solara, this product in particular stood out to me. It’s one that hydrates and refreshes the skin while also protecting it from environmental aggressors like blue light and pollution. Given that most of my time is spent in front of a computer screen, I really appreciate this. I highly recommend giving this brand a shot. Some of their products, including this one, are now available at Target!


2-Pack Floor Scrub Brushes


I knew when we selected white grout for our kitchen, dining room, and entry flooring that maintaining it would be part of my journey. These brushes came at the recommendation of our amazing cleaning crew so we could keep up with the daily wear and tear. The grout went from a medium gray to bright white again with one pass of OxiClean, scrubbed with this brush. We plan to use this treatment quarterly and will use the second brush more frequently as stains appear from everyday spills and dog messes.

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BY Kate Arends - June 3, 2022

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June 3, 2022 9:19 am

I love the sound of all of these things and will have to try some of them out; I particularly like the sound of the poems by Kate Baer. I write and share poetry on my site and have a secret dream of becoming a published poet so supporting others work is always wonderful!

June 5, 2022 6:17 pm

stumbled on your blog by accident looking for a similarly named blog, but so many of these recommendations ring true for me. LOVE Lily King’s writing. And Kate Baer. Will definitely be checking out your other things. Thank you! Such a fun surprise.

Donna DeFrancis
June 16, 2022 6:54 pm

Your dog and mine could be twins. My dog’s mother was a Samoyed and her dad a lab. She is the sweetest dog ever. It was nice t see your beautiful dog.

June 19, 2022 4:42 am

Instead of using your phone to take photos, look into doing film instead. The limited amount of shots and not being able to see how they look right away, will allow you to SAVOR the photography experience more

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