My Favorite Things 2019 Edition + Air Fryer Give Away

My Favorite Things 2019 Edition + Air Fryer Give Away

Hello there, dear reader and welcome to this years edition of My Favorite Things. You can see past years additions here, here and here. For those of you who are new to these posts, let me explain. Once or twice a year I like to post a review of products and media that have been meaningful, enjoyable and important to me over the past year. Many of these would make a great gift for someone on your list.

Along with this years post I’m giving away a fabulous 5.8 Quart Digital Air Fryer. My kids gave me one for Mother’s Day last year and we have all fallen in love with it. (See my product review below). I’d love to send this great appliance to one of you fine readers.

To enter the giveaway leave me a comment below telling me something you are grateful for this month. It is November, after all! 😉 The giveaway will be open from November 20th through Sunday December 1st. Winner will be announced on Monday December 2nd. Good luck to all!

GoWISE USA 1700-Watt 5.8-QT 8-in-1 Digital Air Fryer and 50 Recipes for your Air Fryer Book (Black)

This fabulous Air Fryer has been a game changer around here. It circulates the air around the food in a way that leaves it nice and crispy on the outside, moist and delicious on the inside. We use it mostly to make healthy French Fries. I use cooking spray instead of oil and man are they good. If you’re looking for a way to amp up your healthy cooking ideas, this is it. They run about $100 or less on Amazon, depending on the size you get.



Lasko Designer Series Ceramic Space Heater-Features Oscillation, Remote, and Built-in Timer, Beige

My husband bought a couple of these space heaters early on this fall and I absolutely love them. We keep one in our bathroom and one under my computer desk. It comes with a remote, will rotate and has a timer as well. It heats up a small area very quickly. They are around $50 on Amazon.






10 Regular Size Reusable Silicone Drinking Straws – 30oz and 20oz tumblers compatible – extra long – with cleaning brush

I’ve fallen in love with these awesome silicone straws and insulated tumblers.

2 Pack 30oz Vacuum Insulated Tumblers, Bastwe Double Wall Stainless Steel Travel Mug with Lid and Straw for Home, Office, School, Works Great for Ice Drink, Hot Beverage (Tiffany Blue)

I have two and fill them both up several times a day. Often I place a lemon wedge and fresh mint inside. I keep one in the kitchen and the other in my car (since it seems I spend as much time there as I do at home!) It’s such a refreshing way to stay hydrated throughout the day.

Echo Dot (3rd Gen) – Smart speaker with Alexa

I know that Alexa is not new to any of you. We’ve become a society reliant on them, haven’t we? The feature I wanted to bring to your attention and the one I love the most is the intercom ability Alexa has. MyHandsomeHusband has placed one in each of my kids rooms and in various other parts of our home which means I can “drop in” on any of them at any time. This makes it possible for me to check in with them in the morning to see if they are awake and getting ready for school, or to ask them to come and help with dinner or dishes, or to inquire about what they have planned for the night, etc. Game changer, for sure.


Sunbeam Heated Throw Blanket | Reversible Sherpa/Royal Mink, 3 Heat Settings, Garnet

MyHandsomeHusband gave me one of these awesome Heated Blankets for Christmas last year. I love and use it all the time. It’s perfect for snuggling up to watch a movie, read a book or even on those extra cold nights when the sheets on my bed are too cold to manage. I tuck it under the covers and heat it up before I climb in at night. Heavenly. 🙂

Dr Teals Coconut Oil Pure Epsom Salt Soaking Solution 3 lbs

A dear friend gave me these awesome Epsom Soaking Salts for my birthday this year and they are fabulous. Once in a great while I allow myself a nice soak in the bath and use them. They really soften up my skin and have such a relaxing effect. I need to take advantage of these more often.

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Glauceau Vitamin Water

This vitamin water has come in so handy this year. I like to use them as a replacement for diet soda (which I admittedly still drink and am hoping to limit my consumption of as time goes on. Maybe 😉 The vitamin water is refreshing and is loaded with great things our bodies love, like antioxidants, vitamins and electrolytes.

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DREAM PAIRS Women’s Mid Calf Fashion Winter Snow Boots

I bought a pair of these fun gray boots last winter. They have a super soft, furry inner-lining that keeps me warm on those extra cold days. I also love the neutral gray color, feels like it goes with pretty much everything.












My sister-in-law gave me a necklace like this for Mother’s Day last year. It has all of my children’s names engraved on it. I love it! This would make a great gift for your mom or mother in law or sister. Available on Etsy by clicking HERE.

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Earlier this year I was looking for a new form of exercise to add to my day that would be gentle and kind to my body. My sister suggested Yoga and specifically the Yoga with Adriene videos on You Tube. To say I love them would be a grand understatement. I had never done any kind of yoga in the past nor had any idea how restorative, therapeutic and healing it would be for me. It’s helped me to have a greater appreciating for my body and to honor the gift that it is. There are over 500 videos on Adrien’s You Tube channel. She has several 30 Day Yoga challenges that are great for beginners or advanced “yogis” as well.

Click the picture link above to see one of the 30 day challenges. She’s got a lot to offer. Hope some of you give it a try.

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I would imagine many, many of you are familiar with Poldark. MyHansomeHusband and I have fallen in love with it! It’s a great TV series taking place in England just after the Revolutionary War. The scenery is stunning, the music is gorgeous and the story is captivating and fabulous. Highly recommend!


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LIFE: narrated by David Attenborough

Now, I would wager that you were not planning to see a BBC Documentary series appearing on My Favorite Things this year, but hear me out on this one my friends. This series, and pretty much any other series that David Attenborough has narrated, have become family favorites. Please believe me when I say they are FASCINATING and so well done! Each episode focuses on one form of life, how it grows, struggles and ultimately survives. The photography is absolutely stunning. The music is beautiful and the narrator is so charming and endearing. My family and I vacationed on the Oregon Coast this past summer. When we were exploring the tide pools and all the creatures there we kept saying to each other “…now all we need is the gentle voice of David Attenborough to tell us what all these things are and how they’ve learned to survive in their environment.” If you are looking for something great to watch with your family, this is it.

The Book of Mormon Journal Pink Floral

The Book of Mormon is a religious book I love and find a lot of peace and guidance in. Recently these wonderful Journal Editions became available and I’ve noticed that my study of this book has gotten so much better because of it. There are large margins all around the text and I find myself scribbling insights all over in it. It’s helped me process my thoughts, understand different characters and appreciate the doctrine so much more.

I noticed on Amazon that they have many of these same kind of journals for the Bible as well.

Hope you enjoyed my list this year, gang. Thanks for dropping by today! Happy Holidays!


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  1. 1
    Peggy Milbrandt
    November 21, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    Home, health and family.

  2. 2
    November 21, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    I’m grateful for good medical care for my new grandbaby and daughter.

  3. 3
    November 21, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving all! I am thankful that I have a loving family, a good job, good health, I could go on and on…

  4. 4
    Connie Hendrickson
    November 21, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    I am so grateful for the marvelous cooks who blog and post so many wonderful recipes that make me look like I know what I’m doing.

  5. 5
    Susan Bricker
    November 21, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    I am grateful for the blessings of the Lord. I am grateful for my family and friends. I am grateful to wake to a new day to live out God’s purpose for my life.

  6. 6
    November 21, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    I am grateful for my daughter, Jennifer and all she gives to me daily… the love of a daughter to her mother – unconditionally, her time when she is so tired she can hardly keep her eyes open, I love the comments and insights she offers me – even when I don’t ask… and for which I am so grateful that she thinks enough of me to offer them, the updates I receive after her visits to the Huntsman Cancer Center and the University of Utah hospital, her never-ending expressions of love for me, her husband, children, grandchildren, siblings, friends, neighbors, Ward members, acquaintances, and others I may have unintentionally forgot to mention. She is a daily miracle and so humbled by the love of her Heavenly Father as we all are. My favorite saying about her is… “When I grow up, I want to be just like Jennifer” (and I am 74 years young). She will always be the best of who I am and what she made of me because she is my daughter!

  7. 7
    November 21, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    I am grateful for my health.

  8. 8
    November 22, 2019 at 2:42 am

    I’m grateful for good books and the ability they give us to visit other places and see other perspectives.

  9. 9
    November 22, 2019 at 8:50 am

    Grateful to be able to spend time with family this Thanksgiving

  10. 10
    Katrina McNiven
    November 22, 2019 at 10:41 am

    I am grateful for technology that allows me to talk to and see my kiddos who are far away from me at school and on missions.

  11. 11
    Cheryl S
    November 22, 2019 at 10:54 am

    We just completed what will hopefully be the final move of our lives. We have gone full circle and ended up back in our hometown after 20 years away. What a blessing to be back with our families, and we are so grateful to be finally home.

  12. 12
    Evelyn Wagstaff
    November 22, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    I’ve always wanted a air fryer but have never gotten me one. I’m so thankful for my family and friends. My favorite thing to do is work in the Manti Temple two days a week. Love doing the Lords work. Have a great Thanksgiving.

  13. 13
    November 22, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    I am thankful for my family, and grateful for wonderful food bloggers who help me feed them.

  14. 14
    November 22, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    Yesterday I was just looking out the window at the nice view and was saying… I am so Thankful for My health, my family, my home that I get to live in, the neighborhood that I am a part of, for the beautiful day that we are having,for my life that I have, for the other Down Syndrome families that have come into our lives, I give all of my thanks to our Heavenly Father. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  15. 15
    November 22, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    I am grateful to live close enough to be able to take care of my baby grandson every week.

  16. 16
    November 22, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    I am so grateful to have a grandson that lives close!!! 🙂

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    Mary kline
    November 22, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    My husband and I are so thankful for the miracle of life for surviving a horrific car accident that without the faith and prayers of friends we would only be a memory. After 5 weeks in ICU and 3 months of rehab I learned to walk again and experience the miracle of life, faith, and the power of prayer. Your true friends really step up in a time of crisis. We feel so blessed this thankful season

  18. 18
    November 23, 2019 at 5:35 am

    I am so grateful for my the blessing of my daughter and grandsons. They are my world.

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    Barbara Norton
    November 23, 2019 at 5:52 am

    I am grateful for my health.

  20. 20
    November 23, 2019 at 10:31 am

    I am grateful for grocery pickup/online order. 😉

  21. 21
    Susan Christy
    November 23, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    It’s so cold, which makes me grateful for a job that provides me with the means to have heat in my house.

  22. 22
    Marissa C
    November 23, 2019 at 6:46 pm

    I’m grateful for everything I have, and trying to be content.

  23. 23
    Michelle Spear
    November 23, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    So grateful for modern medicine and miracles that happen to us.
    This year has been full of miracles and I am grateful to be alive and with my family.

  24. 24
    Ali Celestino
    November 23, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    I’m thankful for my family and friends and neighbors.

  25. 25
    Sara Perrera
    November 24, 2019 at 4:40 am

    I am grateful that my family is healthy!

  26. 26
    November 24, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    I am so thankful for my family and grateful that my husband came into my life.

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    jessica leavitt
    November 24, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    I am grateful for the time I have. The great food I’m able to prepare for my family. The opportunities to learn and improve.

  28. 28
    November 24, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    I am grateful for sooooo many things; the list is endless! Family, friends are at the top of my list, as is our freedom!

  29. 29
    November 24, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    I am grateful for bloggers who make it so easy to enter a drawing! I am also grateful for your great recipe ideas.

  30. 30
    Sandra Hardin
    November 25, 2019 at 9:08 am

    I’m grateful for Jesus, my family, and our health.

  31. 31
    Christy Carver
    November 25, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    Thankful for my family and friends. Thankful for another year together.

  32. 32
    Amy Horlacher
    November 25, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    My Savior and family!

  33. 33
    November 26, 2019 at 7:31 am

    I’m grateful for my family

  34. 34
    November 26, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    We had a cold October and early November, which caused the leaves to fall a little early. Now it has warmed up and I am able to rake the leaves in decent weather, as opposed to doing it in the frigid cold. I am very thankful for that!!!

  35. 35
    November 26, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    I’m grateful for a job I love and awesome coworkers.

  36. 36
    November 27, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    So grateful for my entire life. I have been truly blessed by my Heavenly Father! This month I am especially grateful for heating!!!

  37. 37
    November 28, 2019 at 9:13 am

    I’m grateful for my Savior, Jesus Christ, family, friends and people who encourage, uplift, and serve.

  38. 38
    November 30, 2019 at 1:10 am

    I am grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ, my family, my parents and siblings. I am grateful to have a missionary serving in Honduras. Miss him but grateful he is on his mission learning the things he is learning and having amazing experiences.

  39. 39
    December 1, 2019 at 7:28 am

    I am grateful for family gatherings! I hosted a get together with my siblings their kids, my mother and my grandparents yesterday while we still had family in town. It was super laid back and so much fun with a lot of laughter.

  40. 40
    July 9, 2020 at 3:29 am

    looking forward to the 2020 favorite things
    this list is also awesome too

  41. 41
    July 21, 2020 at 5:14 am

    luckily, these are my favorite too. I hope you make one in this year

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