My Favorite Things 2013


Today, I’m joining in with other bloggers for Melissa’s annual Favorite Things Link up Party  @ 320 Sycamore.  This party that she hosts is one of my favorites that I look forward to every year.  This year, I’m sharing some products that are favorites I discovered this year and some that I’ve enjoyed for many years.

1. Pacific Organic Soup: This soup line is delicious.  I just discovered it.  I haven’t tried all of them but the butternut squash and the tomato are yummy.

Organic Creamy Butternut Squash

2. Bookmarks magazine is a wonderful way to find new books and read reviews.  I particularly like the “Have You Read” section where readers send in their lists.

Bookmarks Magazine

3. Musee Bath Balls:  They’re made local and are all natural ingredients.  I particularly love “Man of Constant Sorrow”.  I have arthritis and it’s great for sore muscles and joints.

4. Paddywax Library Candles: This line carries candles named after several famous authors each with their own unique scent.  I like the tobacco flower and vanilla mix found in the Mark Twain candle.  The scent smells like what I would expect his library to smell like.

5. Wet N Wild  Fergie Nail Polish in Going Platinum: All bright and shiny and perfect for the holidays {and later}.

Wet n Wild Fergie Nail Color Going Platinum6. The Good Home Co. Beach Days Hand Soap smells wonderful –just like the beach. A little pricey but on cold winter days –lifts your spirits of warmer days to come.

7. A Lighted Seam Ripper with a magnifier is an awesome thing when you make the number of mistakes I do sewing and have difficulty seeing those tiny stitches clearly.

Mighty Bright - LED Lighted Seam Ripper with Magnifier8. Yoga Mat Sanuk Flip Flops: The bed of the flip flop is made from yoga mats so they’re super cushy.

Yoga Mat9. Popcorn Indiana’s Black and White Kettlecorn: I hesitate to suggest this popcorn treat.  You’ll love it and it’s not calorie free.  I buy mine at Sam’s but I’ve seen it at other locations even Dollar Tree.

Popcorn, Indiana Drizzled Black & White Kettlecorn10. Solar Shield Sunglasses: These glasses wrap around your regular glasses without being wobbly.

What are some of your favorite products?

Click on the favorite things image and you can visit Melissa’s site and the others who are participating.

favorite things 2013Blessings,


“Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name…who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”  Psalm 103:1,5  NIV Bible

Back to School


School began this week for the kids around here.  Hardly seems fair, I don’t think school should start until September.  The first of August is still summer.  I’m sure I could get several of those precious young things to agree with me and, truth be told, some of their teachers. 

Me — first grade

Back to school means stores stocked full with new and wonderful school supplies. I love walking down the aisles and checking out the new paper, pen, and folder options.  The start of a new year is filled with hopeful possibility and the anticipation of learning something new.   There is something nostalgic and rather romantic about a bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils on a teacher’s desk.  Just reading the words  freshly sharpened pencils, can’t you smell them?

I’m always in search for the perfect pen.  I like a pen that has a cushion on it and isn’t too narrow.  I found these PaperMate Ink Joy pens and I’m feeling some ink joy! 
They write super smooth and dry quick.  The pen diameter fits nicely in the hand without having to scrunch up your fingers which is important for me because my hands don’t work like they used to.  Mine came from Target but this pack sells for $6.99 on Amazon.  Check them out and see if you, too, feel some Ink Joy.

Next week, I can’t wait to share with you a project I’ve been working on for quite some time.  I will also be revealing the After on my second project!  — see the Before shot here .



“A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.”  
Luke 6:40  NIV Bible