My Favorite Things 2016

my-favorite-things-bannerHello again!

The months have whizzed by. A whole lot of life has happened between now and my last post. All those details will be for another day and another post. For now, I’m excited that my favorite link up party of the year is here! If you’re looking for a gift for someone or just a new product to try, I’m sharing my favorite things I discovered this year.

Jane’s Original Mixed Up Salt: Great product on anything but really tasty on popcorn!

J.Olive Company Oils and Vinegars: Each month, this company features a new combination. One of my favorites is Blood Orange Olive Oil and Cranberry Pear Balsamic. They offer reasonably priced sample packs to try their products.

Neutrogena Beach Defense Sunscreen Stick: A great product to keep in the backpack or purse if you tend to burn. No mess. Great for moms on the go too!

San Pellegrino Limonata Sparkling Beverage: A refreshing tart lemony drink – If you like sour lemon drops like lemon Zotz, you should like this drink. This company also carries a blood orange, grapefruit, and an orange flavor.

iRobot Roomba: Life changing- Enough said.

Book Darts: I learned about this little helper from blogger Modern Mrs. Darcy. A super product for a book lover or anyone who is trying to keep their place but doesn’t want to deal with bookmarks that fall out or bulk up the pages.

Rimmel Airy Fairy Lipstick: Right shade of nude pink plus it’s creamy and cheap!

Check out everybody else’s favorite things at Melissa’s site: 320 Sycamore. You might find your next new favorite thing!



My Favorite Things 2015


One of my favorite link ups and posts to make all year is Melissa’s My Favorite Things. I love to see what others have shared and get some great recommendations for gift items for Christmas.

#1 Morningstar Farms Chipotle Black Bean Burgers

A favorite at our house and so quick to make! These burgers are great smashed up as burritos too.

#2 Roc Deep Wrinkle Serum

This serum has been a wonderful addition to my beauty regimen.

#3 Liverpool Sienna jean leggings

Super comfortable and when worn with a tunic, and not like the pic above, no one knows they’re not real deal jeans.

#4 Polar: A Photicular Book by Dan Kainen, Carol Kaufmann

Two other photicular books are available: Ocean and Safari. I have a sweet little niece who is going to get one of these for Christmas.

And last but not least …

#5 Off the is a great source for finding new books to read.

My Favorite Things from past years:

  1. 2014

  2. 2013

  3. 2012

Check out other bloggers favorites!



“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts …” Colossians 3:15 NIV Bible

My 12 Favorite Things for 12-12-12

My 12 Favorite Things For 12-12-12

Melissa at 320 Sycamore has a party going on!  I decided to join in the fun and post 12 of my favorite things.  

1. IPhone :  What would I do without it?! Enough said.

2. Penguin Classic Books:  I’m one of those rare people that prefer a real book to my Kindle.  I like the way a real book feels in my hand and how it smells and I like to write in my books.  I just don’t get the same experience with the Kindle.  I’ve asked Santa for the Penguin Classics.  Beautiful books and affordable, in fact, I think they’re under $20.


3. J. Jill boyfriend jeans:  These jeans are so comfortable and roomy.   The cuff turns up but you can turn it down and go cuff-less.  J. Jill was so nice about not stitching the cuff in or shortchanging the length.  Thank you!

Boyfriend jean by Jill 

4. Kraft Jet Puffed Mallow Bits:  I just discovered these marshmallow bits and they’re awesome for hot chocolate.  They’re really cute and petite — about the size of a pea.  I think they might be  dehydrated marshmallows.  Anybody know??

Jet-Puffed Vanilla Mallow Bits

5. NIV Study Bible leather bound:  I teach Bible study and Sunday School and I give my bible a work out so I prefer a leather bound.  I like this version for teaching because I find it’s easier for people in different places of their faith journey to understand.

Zondervan NIV (1984) Study Bible--bonded leather, black  -
6. The Pioneer Woman Cookbooks:  New favorites that I found this year.  I know… I’m slow to the party.  We’ve loved everything that I have cooked out of these books.  She also has lots of pictures and stories about her family in the cookbook, too.  If I had to pick one recipe, I think Taco Pizza.  Yummy!

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl       The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier

7. Aspen Bay Capri Blue candle in Volcano:  My daughter and I would smell this candle every time we went in our Anthropologie store so eventually, I bought one.  I’m sensitive to many smells and usually stick with vanilla but this one does not bother me.  In fact, I bought a diffuser this fall. 


8. CeraVe moisturizing cream:  My favorite lotion hands down:  nice and thick without being greasy.

9. Pixi Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer & Concealer: This moisturizing tint makes my makeup routine super- de- duper quick.  The top has an exact match concealer and the tint is light not heavy with SPF 20.  Everything you need in a tube to give you some color!  I buy it at Target.

Pixi Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer and

10.  Movies :  A favorite family activity is popcorn and a movie so I thought I’d share two of our favorite Christmas versions of A Christmas Carol.  My Honey Do likes the George C. Scott and I like The Muppets which has fun catchy tunes!

    The Muppet Christmas CarolDVD786936286991 Front

11. Mrs. Meyers All Purpose Cleaner :  This cleaner is not harsh.  I happen to like the lavender one but they carry other fragrances as well and so much better than ammonia which knocks you out.  I ordered mine from Amazon but I think Target carries it.

 12.  Glow in the Dark Stars:  For your bedroom ceiling.   I have given them to my friends as gifts and I’m sure they shook their heads and thought I was crazy when I wasn’t around but when you look up at them at night you can’t help but smile.  You’re camping inside in your warm soft bed.

Bedroom Ceiling & walls Glow in the Dark Stars and Moon - self adhesive vinyl

So, what are some of your favorite things?? 
favorite things 2012
You can find Melissa’s favorite things here at 320 Sycamore and also check out the others linking up today.
“May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us;” 
Psalm 90:17NIV Bible