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
    Lisa v.
    November 20, 2019 at 3:06 am

    I am grateful for my husband!

  2. 2
    November 20, 2019 at 4:36 am

    My husband has been traveling so much recently but has been able to be home the last two weeks. We are so grateful to have him home in November!

  3. 3
    Sj Dc
    November 20, 2019 at 5:05 am

    Life itself..feel so blessed to have the family i have, the friends I’ve made and the coutless encounters that have taught me something or the other

  4. 4
    November 20, 2019 at 5:54 am

    I’m grateful for our first grandchild. He was born in August. We’re so in love.

  5. 5
    November 20, 2019 at 5:57 am

    I’m grateful that my family is all healthy again! It’s been a sick couple of months, so very grateful for healthy kids.

  6. 6
    November 20, 2019 at 6:07 am

    I am grateful for family and health.Looking forward for all of us being together for the holidays.

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    Dalby Etheridge
    November 20, 2019 at 6:08 am

    I’m thankful for the good health my family enjoys and for the freedoms we have in the US.

  8. 8
    Kathy Hemp
    November 20, 2019 at 6:14 am

    I am thankful for my husband, family, and friends.

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    Kathy Hemp
    November 20, 2019 at 6:17 am

    I am thankful for my husband, family, and friends.
    We lost our son in July of this year and I couldn’t have made it through without their support. Our church was also very supportive during th8s time.

  10. 10
    November 20, 2019 at 6:22 am

    I’m grateful to have some of my kids settle close by.

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    Mary Gilmore
    November 20, 2019 at 6:23 am

    I am so thankful for my sweet 2 year old who makes us all smile no matter what is going on. I wish he would never grow up.

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    November 20, 2019 at 6:25 am

    I am very grateful for a dear friend of mine. An air fryer has been on her wish list for awhile, although she has not purchased.
    She’s been through quite a bit the last few years, losing a sister, brother, and this week her father. If I had the opportunity I would gift one to her.
    Happy Thanksgiving. Thank you, for all you do.

  13. 13
    Robin B.
    November 20, 2019 at 6:31 am

    I am grateful for starting a gratitude journal just over a year ago and how that has really helped me see something positive every day.

  14. 14
    November 20, 2019 at 6:32 am

    I am thankful that my family started attending church. It has brought us closer together and inspired us to be more active in our community.

  15. 15
    November 20, 2019 at 6:36 am

    I am so grateful that all of my kids and grandkids live close enough to me to be able to be with them often!

  16. 16
    November 20, 2019 at 6:38 am

    I am still alive and breathing. I have COPD and on oxygen 24/7, and a great husband who has taken over all that I use to do.

  17. 17
    November 20, 2019 at 6:38 am

    I’m thankful for my family and health. Also for the chance to win an airfryer!

  18. 18
    Lorene Holbrook
    November 20, 2019 at 6:38 am

    I am so grateful for my family. Then like a ripple effect it spreads an encompasses friends, my home, all the blessings i have been given. Life is good!

  19. 19
    Julie Jones
    November 20, 2019 at 6:42 am

    I am grateful for my daughter. She lights up my life. She is a Godly woman and I am so proud of her.

  20. 20
    November 20, 2019 at 6:47 am

    I am grateful for my boyfriend and the baby we are having.

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    Michelle Bauman
    November 20, 2019 at 7:01 am

    I’m so grateful for not only my friends and family but forever grateful for your blog/website and your weekly menus. They have been a GAME CHANGER for me!

  22. 22
    November 20, 2019 at 7:08 am

    So grateful for my family, health, and many blessings!

  23. 23
    Jodie Davis
    November 20, 2019 at 7:09 am

    I am grateful for my family, our home, the food we have to eat every day, our vehicles, and especially our heater that is keeping us warm right now.

  24. 24
    November 20, 2019 at 7:12 am

    I am grateful for my healthy body.

  25. 25
    Anita Hughes
    November 20, 2019 at 7:15 am

    I’m thankful to have a warm, comfortable home to live in while our new home is being built.

  26. 26
    November 20, 2019 at 7:17 am

    I am grateful for my wonderful family!

  27. 27
    November 20, 2019 at 7:17 am

    I am SO thankful for so many of the things that everyone has listed already here. It would take pages to list them all. So today I want to be specific and express my thanks for my dear friend Sheri. She has been there for me since I met her, but especially these last four years since my husband passed away. I don’t know what i would do without her in my life! She is more than my friend, she is my sister!

  28. 28
    November 20, 2019 at 7:25 am

    I am grateful for my husband I have cooked for him for 50 years this month.

  29. 29
    November 20, 2019 at 7:34 am

    I’m thankful for my family. And for God’s love, mercy and grace.

  30. 30
    Marie Douglas
    November 20, 2019 at 7:35 am

    I am very thankful/ grateful for my husband of 41 years, my family & my church.

  31. 31
    Gina Gutierrez
    November 20, 2019 at 7:43 am

    I am grateful of my parents that their still living and always visiting me in the nursing home. My son also who visits me. GRATEFUL FOR THEM!

  32. 32
    Barbara Rines
    November 20, 2019 at 7:44 am

    I am so thankful for the 22 years my husband and I had together before his passing in July. He was a blessing to our family and is missed every day.

  33. 33
    November 20, 2019 at 7:47 am

    I am so grateful for my family and especially happy that my husbands surgery went well and he is on his way to recovery.

  34. 34
    November 20, 2019 at 7:47 am

    I am grateful for my husband, my children, my parents, my siblings, extended family and friends in my life!

  35. 35
    Missy B
    November 20, 2019 at 7:52 am

    I’m grateful for better health, physical and mental. Life should be enjoyed, not endured!

  36. 36
    November 20, 2019 at 8:01 am

    I am grateful that I have my parents and son. I almost lost my mom in February, and it’s been a life changing year, hello walker and my dad and I are her caretakers. I am thankful to be able
    To spend this holiday season with her. It’s my turn to be “mom” making the big dinner and taking care of everyone, but more importantly, showing my son that in every season of life to be thankful for everyday with those you love. Tomorrow is never a promise.

  37. 37
    Betty Sievert
    November 20, 2019 at 8:29 am

    I am so thankful for my kids that used to drive me crazy. Now that I am older, they have been a true blessing to me. Who da thunk!!

  38. 38
    Sara Washburn
    November 20, 2019 at 8:30 am

    I am so grateful: for my husband and how hard he works to provide for our family. My children and how loving and accepting they are to everyone. To live in a free country. For Jamie and all your wonderful recipes so my kids don’t have to eat cereal every night for dinner ?

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    Sherry Hoban
    November 20, 2019 at 8:35 am

    I am grateful for the family and friends who have helped through the last year. They are a blessing.

  40. 40
    November 20, 2019 at 8:45 am

    I’m so grateful for family and friends and especially my sweet husband.

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    Judy G
    November 20, 2019 at 8:49 am

    I am very thankful for my family.

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    Denise Clines
    November 20, 2019 at 8:49 am

    I am grateful for my husband who supports my crazy ideas no matter what, and our kids who are our greatest joy. I also love the new Disney+ streaming service 🙂

  43. 43
    November 20, 2019 at 8:54 am

    I’m grateful for my family and our new home.

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    Sheryl Jensen
    November 20, 2019 at 9:18 am

    I am so grateful for each and every day that I wake up healthy next to my husband who is now stable in his health after having so many health problems 2 1/2 years ago when he was in the hospital for 2 months and almost died. The doctors are amazed at how well he is doing. I think I was always grateful to have him in my life but there’s nothing like almost losing him to make me be grateful each and every day. Thank you for your website…I love your posts and your recipes!

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    Sheryl Jensen
    November 20, 2019 at 9:19 am

    I am so grateful for each day that I wake up healthy next to my husband who is now stable in his health after having so many health problems 2 1/2 years ago when he was in the hospital for 2 months and almost died. The doctors are amazed at how well he is doing. I think I was always grateful to have him in my life but there’s nothing like almost losing him to make me be grateful each and every day. Thank you for your website…I love your posts and your recipes!

  46. 46
    Mariah Edmunds
    November 20, 2019 at 9:32 am

    I am so grateful for family and friends that provide strength and encouragement. I’m grateful that I’m surrounded by amazing people that teach by example. I’m also so thankful for my husband and girls that put up with me every day no matter what.

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    Brittany Gerhardt
    November 20, 2019 at 9:34 am

    I am grateful for modern technology in the medical field. Recently gave birth to our first baby girl in July and it was a very high risk pregnancy and we got her here safe. Feeling so blessed to live in a time we have so much knowledge and so much help!

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    Erin Pearce
    November 20, 2019 at 9:38 am

    I am so grateful for technology and the ability is have given me to continue college at home while being a mom to four!

  49. 49
    Karen Walls
    November 20, 2019 at 9:40 am

    I am thankful for my family.

  50. 50
    November 20, 2019 at 9:49 am

    Probably like everybody else…. I am thankful for my family. After all, family is what matters most! It will be good to finally be altogether this holiday season.

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