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
    November 20, 2019 at 9:58 am

    I am very thankful for my kids. I am so very blessed with them.

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    Erin Ellis
    November 20, 2019 at 10:03 am

    I am grateful for my family. They mean the world to me. Happy Holidays and thank you for the amazing giveaway!

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    November 20, 2019 at 10:10 am

    I am very thankful for my grandson and his wife who will give us our first great grandchild next month.

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    Amy S
    November 20, 2019 at 10:13 am

    I’m so thankful for my family – it’s been a whirlwind year. It reminds me to keep loving and being kind to everyone I meet. And hug the ones I love a little bit longer each day.

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    November 20, 2019 at 10:16 am

    I’m so grateful for well-prepared, thoughtful grad students who work with my speech and language impaired students as if they are their own. It’s an honor to work with the next generation of SLPs and help in their journey in some small way.

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    Phyllis Kay Cole
    November 20, 2019 at 10:45 am

    I am thankful for so much this year, but mostly my family and my friends…they are what make life worth living. 🙂

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    Judith D.
    November 20, 2019 at 10:54 am

    I’m thankful for friends who are there when you need to talk or have a laugh.

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    November 20, 2019 at 10:57 am

    I’m grateful for opportunities to try again each new day!

  9. 9
    November 20, 2019 at 11:04 am

    I am thankful for family and being able to talk to our LDS missionary every Monday. Such a great blessing.

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    November 20, 2019 at 11:21 am

    I am grateful for my family.

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    November 20, 2019 at 11:29 am

    I am thankful for my children who have helped me out with things I needed when I had knee surgery.

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    Brenda Johnson
    November 20, 2019 at 11:30 am

    I am grateful for my family.

  13. 13
    November 20, 2019 at 11:31 am

    I am grateful for my grandchildren. They are the sunshine in my life!

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    Crystal Wallen
    November 20, 2019 at 11:32 am

    I am grateful daily for friends and family, my health and my job.

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    November 20, 2019 at 11:32 am

    I’m grateful for my family and friends who put forth an effort every day to be the good in the world.

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    November 20, 2019 at 11:33 am

    My family, friends, and job.

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    November 20, 2019 at 11:36 am

    I am grateful for my husband who has enriched my life and taken such good care of our family. I am grateful for my two daughters and my grandchildren and my close friends who as we grow older will become even more important.

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    November 20, 2019 at 11:37 am

    I am grateful for toilet paper!!!!!

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    Suzetta Williams
    November 20, 2019 at 11:41 am

    I thankful every day for my online friends, for my son and his rescue dog.

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    Carol M.
    November 20, 2019 at 11:44 am

    I am thankful for my Savior, Jesus Christ and for the knowledge I have of knowing I have Heavenly Parents who love me and know me. I am also grateful for my family and all the joy they bring me. Also, I am secretly grateful that we haven’t gotten very much snow here in Alaska, yet.

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    November 20, 2019 at 11:45 am

    I’m so thankful for my family. I lost my Dad this year to cancer and my Mom’s health is failing, so I’m very reflective this year, more so than ever. My husband has finally decided to eat much healthier after years of coaxing. An air fryer would help us so much! Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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    November 20, 2019 at 11:46 am

    Today I am thankful for books to read and blankets to snuggle under. So many blessings!

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    November 20, 2019 at 11:47 am

    I am thankful to our loving Lord who has blessed me in so many ways with a husband and three daughters.

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    November 20, 2019 at 11:50 am

    I am grateful for my husband. He works so hard for our family and I appreciate his efforts so much!

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    Lucille Bisignano
    November 20, 2019 at 11:54 am

    I am grateful for my family and grandsons who come for supper each Thursday and stay to visit and talk. Our conversations are wide and varied…from current affairs to our relationships with God to personal happenings. We are so blessed.

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    Shannon Shallenburge
    November 20, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    I am thankful this year for my children. My 1st has opened my world view and expanded my tolerance and acceptance, my 2nd child has made me live at a younger pace, my 3rd has taught me resilience and forgiveness and lastly my 4th has taught me to look at the little things in life and wonder at the miracles.

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    Julie Murray
    November 20, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    I am grateful for my family. I’m grateful that God allows me to live another day & that I am still able to get up every day & walk. Blessed!

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    Hannah Rees
    November 20, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    Lately I have been super grateful for an abundance of clean, running water. It truly is a great blessing that I think we take for granted. My life would be much more difficult without it.

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    November 20, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    Hi Jamie, I feel so blessed to get your weekly email and have enjoyed your recipes and party ideas. Personally, I am thankful to have had my Grandma Edna in our life for 94 yrs. We just buried her last week. We still have 3 of her siblings alive. I am grateful to have a large, loving family. I hope that you and all your readers enjoy the fellowship with your loved ones this holiday season.

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    Deborah Waddell
    November 20, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    I am grateful my family and my friends. Without them life would be very dull and unhappy. With them life is full and very, very happy.

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    Joy Daugherty
    November 20, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    I am grateful for a wonderful husband, who loves me and treats me like a princess.

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    Catherine Hoffman
    November 20, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    I am so deeply grateful for the life I’ve had and future that awaits me. My husband and children Bless me in so many ways. I look forward to sharing my many Blessings this holiday season. My Blessings include our military who fight so hard for us, our tireless first responders, the medical personel who care so carefully for us and our President and beloved country

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    Jayne Braithwaite
    November 20, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    I am thankful for peace in my life.

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    Margaret Latey
    November 20, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    I am grateful for my good health. Without that, you have nothing.

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    Karen Morton
    November 20, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    Hi Jamie-I am so very grateful for each & every day my husband is with us. He was diagnosed with Multiple Myloma 4 yrs ago and since having a bone marrow transplant he had been doing very well as long as he stays on his meds. We feel very blessed that he is doing so well and grateful for every minute we can spend with him. Thank you for all your great recipes you have shared that I have made for him during his recovery.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Amanda Benson
    November 20, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    Grateful to be going back to school and for a hubby who is so supportive of my goals ??

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    November 20, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    I am most grateful for my family and for awesome recipes from Jamie! She makes me look good when I cook for others, but it’s all Jamie’s recipes!

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    November 20, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    I am thankful for my husband who took days off of work to take care of me after surgery.

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    November 20, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    I am thankful for mountains!

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    November 20, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    The thing I am thankful for most is my husband and children.

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    Amy Medford
    November 20, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Thankful for my husband and 4 boys. I am thankful that even though there are MANY days that I want to pull my hair out from ALL the wrestling and fighting, I am just so blessed that they are healthy and happy. ?

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    Shelley Reeves
    November 20, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    I am thankful for my family and the gospel.

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    November 20, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    I’m grateful for so many things this year. I’m always grateful for my family, but this years trials has made me love them even more. I appreciate how they have stepped up to help each other (3 of 4 have moved out).

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    Theresa Frazier
    November 20, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    I am a nurse and I am thankful for my health. Without my health I wouldn’t be able to take care of my family and all the sick patients I take care of!

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    November 20, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    I am thankful for a capable body and a healthy family

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    libby rouse
    November 20, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    I am so blessed to have my family

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    P.J. Ringer
    November 20, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    I am thankful for a lot of things this year: we FINALLY finished renovating our “new” (built in 1908) house and are all moved in, family, friends, a job that pays more and is significantly less stressful, and my determination to lose weight this year – and actually doing it!

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    November 20, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    Thankful for a patient loving husband who had been taking care of me these past few weeks after surgery.

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    Stefanie E
    November 20, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    I am thankful for finding my birth family. I will meet my half brother for the first time and spend Christmas with him.

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    November 20, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    I am thankful for God – we have been watching Steve Lawson’s “The Attributes of God” (free on Prime!) and as my bible study leader said, “it’s good for the soul”. =) The more I know Him, the more I love Christ.

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