I decided to try something new. I have no idea how it’s going to go over with all of you, but I would never find out if I didn’t try. I spend a ton of time on the internet. A TON. I am on Facebook and Pinterest several times a day. Keep in mind that it’s my job, but along the way I see a lot of cool things…useful things that I want to share with you. I know your time is precious and that trolling the internet doesn’t rank in your Top Five things to do with your spare time. That’s where I come in. My Favorite Things will consist of anything that might put a smile on your face…or make your life simpler…or even make you feel better. Some products will be affiliate links, but not all. I won’t limit myself to sharing only the things that make me a few cents. My promise to you is that I have tried, and loved, everything I recommend. So let’s go!
About a year ago, I shared a post about my experience with essential oils. I initially started out with Young Living and I loved them. They are truly a trusted and good brand. The thing is that the more I used the oils, the more I wanted to use them…which also meant buying them. After a while, I really felt like I needed to try and find a comparable brand that was less expensive. I tried a few different kinds and my favorite is Rocky Mountain Oils. They are, in my opinion, amazing and I can purchase them on Amazon via my prime membership. (Which means I get them in two days with free shipping.) I’ve tried Peppermint, Lavender and Calming. If you have wanted to try essential oils but hesitated because of the price, I urge you to order one and see what you think.
Oh my gosh I love this app! I found it in my Facebook news feed and the reason I clicked to see more was because the post featured a picture of Anne Hathaway as Jane Austen. I have a “feeln” you would have clicked too!
It can be downloaded on literally every device out there. Smart TVs and media players plus mobile devices (iPhone, iPad and Android.) It’s not free but the price is so reasonable that anyone can enjoy it. If you sign up for a year, the cost is $1.99 per month. If you want to take it a month at a time, the cost is $3.99 per month. I signed up for just a month to see if I liked it…but I can tell you that when it comes time to renew I will be going for the whole year. I’ve already watched two movies. One was called The Magic of Ordinary Days and the other was Loving Leah.
One of the reasons I’m so excited about this app is because I have a hard time unwinding in the evening. If there isn’t anything on regular TV to watch, which is a lot of the time, I tend to sit with my computer and work. That’s not good and I know it. With this app, I can either sit in my chair with my phone or I can head to bed and watch a movie there. Try it out for a month and see what you think.
This is one of those little impulse buys that has turned out to be the best thing ever. I was Christmas shopping on Amazon back in December, and along the sidebar they were streaming stocking stuffer ideas. This mobile phone stand was there so I clicked over. I decided what the heck…and ordered one for each member of my family, including me. I use it literally all the time. In my kitchen, in the car, in bed when I’m watching a movie. My husband doesn’t use his so I nabbed it. Now I have one upstairs and one downstairs. Once you start using this, you won’t know how you ever got along without it!
Shoes and I have a life long, love/hate relationship. Like most women, I adore pretty shoes. The problem is that I have issues with my feet so I’ve never been able to wear those pretty shoes. Occasionally though I happen to find a style of shoe that looks good and is also comfortable. While not exactly pretty, that’s what these Clarks Breeze Flip Flops are. I actually have five pairs (in different colors of course)…which may seem extreme but they are all I wear from May until October. They look cute with shorts or capris…and even casual dresses. I hope Clarks doesn’t stop making them any time soon!
I remember thinking when this movie came out last year that it looked really good…but like many “smaller” films it never came to our cinemas. (Which really is not fair but that’s another whole issue.) Anyway, last week I noticed it was on my pay-per-view channel so I watched it.
Oh my gosh. I liked it so much I watched it again the next day before my 48 hours was up. I’m seriously considering watching it again on my Amazon video app. It’s a gentle but beautiful love story set during the 1950’s in, of course, Brooklyn. It starts in Ireland, and then moves to Brooklyn…and back to Ireland again. It’s also a book, which I have not read, but I’m told is very well written. It’s one of those movies that makes you feel good…and we can all use a little of that. If you don’t get pay-per-view, it’s also available right now in a Redbox near you.
CentimeGift is a shop on Etsy that makes custom engraved jewelry items. When my mom passed away, my daughter took it pretty hard. She found this seller on Etsy and had a necklace made with my mom’s handwriting. I think Elizabeth just needed something to hold on to…so she had a little disc made with my mom’s handwriting and a bar with my dad’s. The disc is pictured above. So…if you have lost a loved one, and have a piece of their handwriting on a card or letter, you can have something made too. These would also make really lovely gifts for happy occasions. Bridesmaids gifts, anniversary gifts or even something like First Communion. There is still time to have something made for Mother’s Day so if you like this idea, don’t wait. Just do it.
Well, that wraps up the first edition of My Favorite Things. I’ll see how it goes and if you all like it, I’ll do it every once in a while. Not too often, I promise.
I’ll be back on Thursday with my front porch…see you then!
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