Do you have favorite things? Things you’ve stumbled across that you rave about to your friends and gift them with because, really, their life couldn’t be complete without said “thing” in it?
I do. And as an avid blog fan, one of my favorite posts bloggers sometimes do is on THEIR favorite things. Through these posts I’ve found some of my favorite recipes, makeup, home-improvement tips etc. So I thought it would be fun to do the same. Especially since the gift-giving time of the year is officially upon us!
Warning. This list is on the eclectic side. I jump around a lot, and they are in no particular order, but I thought it might be fun to share a few of these. Enjoy!
First up. Bathroom spray.
Surprised? Remember…I said no particular order. I found this because someone put it in one of the bathrooms at the school I used to teach at. There is NOTHING worse that going into the bathroom after someone who, well, let’s just say had some business to attend to, and finding it smelling like poopy flowers. This stuff doesn’t do that. It can kill even the worst of smells. And besides that, they have cheeky names that crack me up. They are a little more expensive than your average spray, but worth every penny and last ten times as long. So if you are looking for a fun stocking stuffer to make someone giggle…pick some up!.
Next up. These candles. Again. Expensive. But worth every penny. I used to nanny for a family who had these all over their house, and I became obsessed. Bonus, the jar is pretty too!
Now as a good Christian girl, this next one’s name makes me blush a little. Pun intended. NARS blush stick in a certain scandalous name. Best blush ever. This lasts me at least 6 months. I wish for it for my birthday and Christmas every year. Mainly because it’s expensive…and I’m cheap.
I’ve already mentioned my deep love for my discman and tune belt in a post. But it’s worth mentioning again. I love this outdated bit of technology.
Green tea. And not just any green tea. THIS green tea. I’ve tried them all, and it can’t be beat. Now, being pregnant right now, I’m not able to enjoy this right now. (Did you know green tea flushes iron and folic acid from your system?) But it’s getting packed in my hospital bag to enjoy the minute after I give birth. Not even joking.
Cloth Diapers. They have come a LONG way since our mothers and grandmothers used them. I was originally convinced to use them by this blog post. After a lot of research, I even got my skeptical hubby on board. They save us a LOT of money, and they are so easy…not gross at all…and super cute.
Bulldogs. Both the French and the English variety. As a Butler University Alum, I have a special place in my heart for the wrinkly, overweight, smooshed faced, gassy blobs of cuteness. And after years of owning a huge Airedale terrier who required a five mile run every day just to stay sane, their complete lack of exercise requirements is refreshing.
I’m doing my best to keep these guys in business. I now own P90X, Insanity, and P90X 30.
Working out is a priority for me. It keeps me sane. Now that we have a 1 and ½ kids, going to the gym every day isn’t an option. I’m lucky if I can sneak out a few mornings a week to run before everyone wakes up! These tapes have been used over and over again. Well worth every penny, and I know that I can get a good workout in no matter how much time I do or don’t have.
I always say this would be the best gift for someone about to have a baby. Do you know what’s on TV at 2 am. when you wake up with a newborn and have to stay awake through a ½ hour feeding? Nothing. There is nothing on TV.
It got me through those first few months of being up all night and home all day with nothing but talk shows and soap operas on TV. And now I use it daily when I workout in our basement at 6 am. Because again…there is nothing but vaccume clearner infomercials on at that time of day. Worth. Every. Penny.
This post wouldn’t be complete with out mentioning chocolate. Just like no day is complete without a little chocolate. Am I right? (Now you know why I have to workout so much!) And if you are looking for the BEST out there, you have to go to Albanese. And I don’t’ say that because I grew up with a lot of the Albanese kids. (Not technically related, but they are my cousin’s cousins so it took me a few years before I REALIZED we weren’t.) But they seriously make the best malt balls, chocolate covered raisins and chocolate covered peanuts out there. And don’t even get me started on their gummy bears. You haven’t had a gummy bear until you’ve had theirs. I used to live minutes away from their store. Deadly. Luckily, they ship, and I visit the area enough that I get my Albanese fix.
Last but not least… Lake Shafer. I know this isn’t exactly a product like everything else. But I had to mention it anyway. I spent every summer of my childhood on this muddy river, and it will forever have a place in my heart. It’s the lake of Indina Beach fame, but it will always be full of sunburned memories of cousins, swimming, capture the flag, and fishing. Sigh. It’s where my heart is happiest. I just had to mention it.
So there you have it! A few favorite things. I’m sure I forgot something on here…and if I come up with enough maybe I’ll do a follow up post. Who knows.
What are your favorite things?