Today I’m a part of a really fun blog hop hosted by Melissa at 320 Sycamore and the theme is My Favorite Things 2014. Oh my gosh. I decided to give you my top ten and it was hard to narrow it down! These are in no particular order and a few are affiliate links. Mostly they are links to things I love and wanted to share with you. Some of these things make the perfect gift so keep that in mind too.
1.) Nordicware Bundt Pan – I told you about this pan a few months ago when I made my Zucchini Bundt Cake. Honestly I don’t think you can buy a better bundt pan. It cooks evenly and is a cinch to clean. At just over $42.00 it’s a little pricey so if you want one, put it on your Christmas list!
2.) Pandora app for iPhone – Not sure I could get through the day without my Pandora fix. I hardly ever download music anymore because I can get if for free with the Pandora app. The way it works is you make your own “stations” based on a particular song, artist or genre. It’s very easy and very fun.
3.) Aveda Firmata hairspray – I have a little story to tell about this hairspray. A few years ago when I quit my day job and became a full-time blogger, I really had to crunch my budget to make things work. I wasn’t making much money and some things had to go. My hair care products were the first on the list. Good-bye Aveda, hello Suave. Anyway, this Firmata hairspray is the absolute best and boy did I miss it. I went around with flat hair for months until I finally caved and started buying it again. I decided some things in life are just worth it and this hairspray is one of them.
4.) Keurig Mini – I got my little Keurig for Mother’s Day and if something like this can change your life, this did mine. I never have to dump another coffee filter again or wash another coffee pot. It makes excellent coffee, one cup at a time.
5.) Outlander – When the series Outlander was airing on Starz, I had no idea what it was. I was seeing the hype on Facebook and then saw people sharing their Outlander finale parties. Since I didn’t subscribe to Starz, I didn’t pay much attention. That is until I discovered that Simply June had all the episodes on her website and I could watch it for free. By the second episode I was totally hooked and watched them back to back. Now…it’s a little racey and there is some violence. Think Braveheart. Some of the episodes are available in an edited version if you want to skip all of that. Either way, it’s a great story. I can hardly wait for Season 2.
6.) Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil – One thing I don’t talk about much here on my blog is my not-so-great health. Not that I don’t try to be healthy…but it seems that pain and I are destined to be friends. Last winter my migraines were escalating and I had trouble (at times) functioning. Nothing (prescription or over-the-counter meds) was working. Pretty much out of desperation I ordered a bottle of Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil on the recommendation of Melissa at The Happier Homemaker. After using it every night for a few months, my headaches got better…and then they went away altogether. I apply it with my finger over my ears (where my glasses set) and on my temples. I also put some behind my ears. I am generous with it so the cooling sensation lasts for a good 30 minutes. I haven’t had a headache in months and in my book, that’s a miracle. I’m sure like anything out there, results will vary from person to person. This worked for me and if you are struggling with pain, why don’t you give it a try? Here is the link to purchase the oil: YOUNG LIVING PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL. You have to create an account but it only takes a minute. I highly recommend purchasing from this site to guarantee you are getting the real thing.
7.) EOS Lip Balm – This stuff is amazing. It’s lip balm in the shape of an egg. The top screws on and off which I love. How many times has the lid to your Chapstick come off in your purse? Ugh. EOS comes in a bunch of different flavors and would make a great stocking stuffer.
8.) Limelight Hydrangeas – I’ve talked a lot about my bad luck getting hydrangeas to bloom. Last winter killed my boxwood so in their place, I planted some Limelight Hydrangeas. Not only did they bloom the first year, but the blooms were gigantic and gorgeous. You can see a couple of pics HERE. So when spring rolls around and you need something to plant, keep these in mind.
9.) Chobani Key Lime Greek Yogurt – I know yogurt is good for you but truth be told, I don’t really like the taste…or I should say the after-taste. Over the years I’ve tried different kinds but never found one I actually liked…until I tried Chobani Key Lime. It is so good and has the most refreshing taste. Sprinkle a little homemade granola on it and it’s filling enough to eat as your lunch. Yum.
10.) Danskin Now – One of the things I love about being self-employed is that I can wear whatever I want. Most days I can be found wearing a version of the Danskin Now line of bottoms. I have shorts, capris and long pants. They are at Walmart, under $10.00, they wash up great and don’t shrink. They come in a “short” version so I don’t have to hem them. They are perfect for every-day and at that price, how can you go wrong?
Thank you for making it to the end…I hope there’s something here that will make your day. There is more fun waiting at Melissa’s so stop over there and see the rest of the line up. KariAnne at Thistlewood Farms has posted her list (it is awesome) so hop over there and check it out. On Thursday there is a linky party at Melissa’s so if you have a blog and want to whip up a post on your Favorite Things, head over there to link up.
Before I go I want to let you all know that we’ve listed more clay tags and handmade ornaments in the shop. I’m working hard to get all current orders shipped so if you have not received your package, it will be coming very soon. It’s undecided whether we will be re-listing either of these two items so if you are interested, please don’t wait!