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