A Few of My Favorite Things {February 2016}

posted by Andrea | 02/1/2016
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I have a handful of bargain items on this month’s favorite things list — in fact, I believe every item is less than $20!

As always, be sure to check out some of my favorite things from past months and share your favorite things in the comments!

DISCLOSURE: None of these products are sponsored; however, some of the links below are affiliate links — which means that at no cost to you, I may get a small commission. Please know that I use these products daily in my own home and life. Read my full disclosure policy for more information.

CoverGirl Lip Stain

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Many of you probably know that I don’t wear a ton of makeup — just mascara and chapstick.

For special occasions, I’ve started using mineral makeup as I like how “weightless” it feels on my skin… I never even feel like I’m wearing any makeup at all.

I’ve tried wearing lipstick so many times over the course of my adult life, but every time I do, I end up wiping it off before I leave the house. I couldn’t even handle it for our wedding pictures. I absolutely detest the feeling of lipstick on my lips!

I can sometimes deal with lipgloss… but even then, it often just feels too sticky and gross — so I resort to my trusty chapstick day in and day out.

However, when my sister got married 3 years ago, we wore grey dresses with bright pink accents… including BRIGHT PINK LIPS.

I didn’t think I’d be able to make it through a whole day of wearing bright pink lipstick… but then my sister said that it was LIP STAIN, not lip stick.

I tried it… and ever since then, I’ve been hooked!

The CoverGirl Outlast Lip Stain is now my go-to lip coloring agent of choice because you can’t feel it on your lips. Just dry your lips, apply the stain, and then apply chapstick or anything else overtop. It’s not sticky or goopy, it doesn’t rub off or smear, you don’t have to worry about it getting on your teeth or your drinking glass or your kids’ cheeks!

I just bought 2 more lip stains when they were really on sale at Meijer — and that got me thinking how I definitely need to add the lip stain to my Favorite Things list!

If you hate the feeling of lipstick, I would definitely try out the lip stain.

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Isotoner Convertible Gloves

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My mom gave me a pair of Isotoner Convertible Gloves for Christmas 2 or 3 years ago — and since then, they have become my most favorite pair of winter gloves.

They aren’t necessarily the warmest gloves ever (I certainly wouldn’t wear them for playing out in the snow) but they are SO practical because I have full use of my fingers AND my thumb at all times.

This means, I can buckle kids into car seats, fish a credit card out of my wallet, and look up anything on my phone while still wearing my gloves. This also means that I won’t lose my gloves since I never have to take them off to do these basic tasks.

My gloves have a little bit of grip on the inside — perfect for driving or pushing a stroller. And they are just thin enough to keep my hands warm but not feel too bulky when I’m inside. In fact, I recently wore these gloves as I was running a bunch of errands and when I got home, I realized I had been wearing them for 2 hours straight and never took them off once.

Of course, I have the black gloves — but they do come in a bunch of fun colors if you’re not as boring as I am 🙂

And you can’t tell by these pictures, but the tip of the thumb actually peels back too — so you can use your thumb for your phone.

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Power Lock Suction Hooks

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We probably have 10-12 of these super strong “power lock suction hooks” around our home — and I LOVE them!

Not only are they clear so you really don’t see them, they are also really strong and have held up very well over the years (at least for us).

We use them in our shower to hold our loofahs, we use them on the front and back door to hold wreaths or other seasonal decoration, we use them in the kid’s bathroom to hold washcloths, etc. etc.

They are super cheap and really come in handy.

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Squish Collapsible Colanders
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I have the 2-quart colander with a handle (pictured above), as well as the 4-quart colander with 2 hand holds (pictured below).

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These colanders are SO great — I’ve been using them both on a very regular basis in my kitchen, and have since gotten rid of all of my other big strainers and colanders.

When folded flat, they take up the same space as a dinner plate (which is really nice for the dishwasher and for storage).

I do think that rice and other very small grains might slip through the holes, but other than that, it should work for almost anything you want to strain.

Also if you like the collapsible products, Squish offers a whole bunch of options — like collapsible measuring cups, measuring spoons, and even mixing bowls!

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Munchkin Miracle 360 Sippy Cups

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The Munchkin Miracle 360 Sippy Cups are officially the Dekker family’s new favorite sippy cup.

A couple weeks ago, I mentioned how stubborn Simon has been lately — refusing to drink from a sippy cup and only wanting to drink from a “real” cup. Well, he was also making a REALLY big mess as he was constantly spilling his cup, knocking it on the floor, dripping water down his clothes, etc.

So I did a little online research, and found the Munchkin Miracle 360 Sippy Cup. It looks just like a “real” cup, but is spill-proof like a sippy cup… all our problems are now solved!

These cups are SO cool — and they truly do not spill (even when they are FULL of water and knocked off the table.) I will say that if they are just laying horizontally for an extended period of time, they have leaked a bit for us, but we usually just leave these cups at the table, so it’s not a big deal.

I don’t really know how to explain how these cups work — I actually had to try drinking from them before it fully made sense to me. Basically, they have a silicone seal that goes over the whole top of the cup, and when you suck slightly (just like you would “suck” to drink out of a normal cup) the silicone lifts just enough to allow water to come out — then it seals back up again.

Note: I found mine buy-one-get-one-free at the grocery store (so 2 for $6.99)

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I think these cups might just be the perfect transition from sippy cup to normal cup for our kids… and yes, Nora is using one too 🙂

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That’s all for me this month.

Make sure you check out my previous month’s favorite things — and feel free to share some of YOUR favorite things in the comments below!

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21 comments

  1. Sara

    02/24/2016

    I love lipstain too. I bought some a while ago because it was on clearance for a great price. I have been thinking about starting to wear some makeup regularly. Probably only a tinted moisturizer, mascara, and lip gloss. Wondering what mascara you like. The ones I have always seem to be so clumpy. I have light colored and thin eyelashes, so I need something that will coat lashes well without being chunky.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Sara, when it comes to mascara, I usually go with whatever CoverGirl variety is onsale 🙂 I’m probably not the best person to ask because I don’t really spend any money on makeup!

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    Ellen Reply:

    I feel like the brush is the important part! I use a mascara from The Bodyshop but I feel like any mascara with one of those more plastic non-traditional brushes should work.
    I have the same issues with my eye lashes and have also realized that I should only use brown mascara – my skin and hair is so light that black looks too black. Brown always seem black for me! 🙂

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  2. Jennifer

    02/03/2016

    Thanks so much for the tip on lip stain…..I thought I was the only one who didn’t like lipstick – drives me crazy – I just cant wear it. I plan to get some of this though. Simon’s smile is a hoot! Nora is really growing up!

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  3. ShellyL

    02/03/2016

    I am definitely going to try the lip stain. I also cannot stand the feel of lipstick on my lips, at least for very long. If I can use lip balm over it, that would be great. I keep some type of lip balm with me at all times.

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  4. Emma {Emma's Little Kitchen}

    02/01/2016

    Great recommendation on the sippy cups!

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  5. Laura

    02/01/2016

    Oooh, those sippy cups look fantastic! I’ll have to check those out.

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    Andrea Reply:

    they are pretty nice!

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  6. Sara

    02/01/2016

    Just ordered a set of two of the Munchkin cups! I’m so glad you talked about them because I think they’re exactly what we need. My 2 year old drinks from straw cups but is fascinated with regular glasses, so this will be a great transition!

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    Andrea Reply:

    yay! hope you love them!

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    Sara Reply:

    We got them yesterday and so far she loves them! She’s been very proud of herself and keeps showing me how she drinks out of them. 🙂 And she’s already a good water drinker but she kept asking for refills and I think she drank about 5 glasses yesterday afternoon! Haha. So far so good, thanks again for the recommendation!

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  7. Kaitlin @ The Mom on Purpose

    02/01/2016

    Okay, I’m not a lipstick girl (I keep Chapstick in my pocket at all times), but I think I’m going to have to try some of that lip stain! That looks awesome! Thanks for the tip!

    I also use those hooks in my shower! They keep things so much more organized!

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    Andrea Reply:

    I despise any and every type/brand of lipstick and even I can handle the lip stain! It’s definitely worth a try!

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  8. Christine @ The (mostly) Simple Life

    02/01/2016

    Those gloves look great. I got some new ones this winter but they’re too bulky and I haven’t been sure what to try next. I’ll check those out!

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  9. Kim

    02/01/2016

    Thanks for the lip stain tip! I have two questions. Does it make your lips feel dry? What colors do you use? (I ask because I have the same skin and hair coloring as you do and I have a hard time finding lip color that actually looks good. In the store it always looks different than when I come home and actually put it on.)

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    Andrea Reply:

    Yes, the lip stain makes your lips feel dry initially — but that’s why I always put something over top of it (like chapstick or vaseline). Then it feels just like you’re only wearing chapstick.

    I’ve worn many colors, I don’t have a favorite — but I currently have 400 and 402 (they just have numbers on mine, no colors listed)

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    Kim Reply:

    Thank you so much! I’m going to try this.

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  10. Jennifer

    02/01/2016

    We love those sippy cups!! I also really like the fact that they have less parts and small pieces than normal sippy cups. I feel like they get cleaner than the tiny straws in the dishwasher. We have had some leaks if my kids drop them on the floor, but it is much smaller than if they were using a regular cup. Bottom line with two toddlers, we love these and will probably be buying some more to replace our older straw sippy cups soon!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Yes, I was thinking of trashing some of our older sippy cups and buying a few more of these, they really are much easier to wash too!

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    Trisha G Reply:

    I’m glad you explained the sippy cups for us. I saw them at the store just the other day when I was shopping for my 1 yr old, but opted for a less expensive option mostly because I didn’t know how it worked. And it was like $7.99 for one. I can’t believe the deals you find! But I think I’ll get one the next time I get him one cuz those sound so cool!

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  11. Jen T

    02/01/2016

    Such great products this month! With no little kids, I can’t always use the ones you post.

    I can’t get over how old Nora looks in that last pic. Wow!

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