A Few of My Favorite Things {April 2016}

posted by Andrea | 04/1/2016
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I’m back with a few more of my favorite things — all of which are very frugal again this month. In fact, one is even completely free!

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.

Post-it Full Adhesive Roll

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I’ve been hooked on the Post-it Full Adhesive Roll for almost 3 years now — and I’m not sure why it took me so long to share it on my Favorite Things list.

If you’ve never seen, tried, or even heard of the Post-it Full Adhesive Roll, it’s basically exactly like it sounds… It’s a roll of Post-it notes that functions the same as a roll of tape. However, it’s VERY easy to remove if/when you want to change something.

I use this roll to label many of my freezer containers as it’s nice and bright, stays put, but doesn’t leave any sticky residue like a roll of tape might. Nora also uses it for various craft projects because it’s really easy to unroll and rip off.

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Simplehuman Anti-Fog Shower Mirror

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Dave had been asking for a shower mirror so he could shave in the shower — so we got him one for Christmas this past year (exciting, I know!)

When I was looking at all the different shower mirror options out there, I knew I didn’t want anything with suction cups because it would eventually fall and break. I was also hoping for something small with additional hooks for hanging razors and loofahs.

When I found the Simplehuman Anti-Fog Shower Mirror at Bed Bath and Beyond, I knew it was “the one”. Not only was it on sale and I had a coupon, it is also anti-fog and has a pivoting head to tilt up for Dave or down for me. Plus, it attaches to the shower wall by a very strong (but still removable) adhesive pad, and it has hooks!

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I think we are both happy with this mirror, and although Dave uses it more than I do, it’s one of MY favorite things because it means he is shaving in the shower and not at the bathroom counter, leaving shaving cream and whiskers everywhere!

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Dark Chocolate M&M’s

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I’ve already shared my love for Stride Gum and Wild Berry Skittles on my favorite things list… so it’s probably time I added my favorite chocolate candy to the list.

In general, M&M’s have been a strong contender for my most favorite candy snack since I was very young. Even though I was extremely frugal in high school, I often purchased a bag of M&M’s from the school vending machine every single day as part of my snack!

Now, I much prefer dark chocolate M&M’s over any other flavor, and I use them for trail mix, Monster cookies, my favorite candy corn mix, brownies, ice cream sundaes, or just to munch on.

Both Nora and Simon share my love of the dark chocolate M&M’s… in fact, M&M’s were one of the very first “foods” Nora was willing to eat (that and yogurt).

Whoever came up with the “melts in your mouth, not in your hands” slogan obviously never had children! 🙂

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Epicurean Cutting Boards

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Several months ago, I asked around for suggestions for new cutting boards — and SO many people suggested the Epicurean boards.

I had never heard of them before, but was pleasantly surprised when I looked them up on Amazon and found out what they were.

These cutting boards are made from an environmentally friendly natural wood fiber pressed composite. They won’t dull knives, they are dishwasher safe, extremely durable and maintenance free, and they are heat resistant up to 350° F — which means they can double has a hot pad!

I have 2 of these boards (one smaller, one larger) and they have been holding up really well. I love that I can put them in the dishwasher like my old plastic cutting boards, but that they won’t dull my knives.

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White Noise App

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I’ve mentioned that we use white noise makers in all of our bedrooms — and we LOVE them!

I know Dave and I can easily sleep without white noise (and I think our kids probably could too), but we usually take the white noise makers whenever we travel since they are so portable.

However, if we’ll just be gone for an afternoon, I use the free White Noise App (here’s the link for Android) on my phone for a quick nap — or even to drown out lots of extra noise when I’m trying to feed James (he is easily distracted!)

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I know there are most likely hundreds of different “fan”, “water”, and other “white noise” Apps available, but for some reason, I really prefer this App over all the others I’ve tried in the past.

I love that there are so many options for customizing, that you can mix different sounds together, set an auto shutoff, set alarms, etc. etc.

This is my favorite mix of sounds and the one I use all the time when we’re out and one of the kids needs to take a nap. It’s a mix of a fan, a river, wind, and “brown noise” which is less harsh than “white noise”.

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That’s all for me this month.

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

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23 comments

  1. mara

    07/11/2016

    My family also just purchased the Simple Human shower mirror after going back and reading some of your “favorite things” posts. My husband always shaves over a towel and it makes such a mess no matter how careful he is!! This mirror is AWESOME!! Thanks so much! Now to try and find that Scotch Label Tape for organizing our basement 🙂

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    Andrea Reply:

    Glad you like the mirror — it is SO much nicer when they shave in the shower versus on the counter!

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  2. linda lowder

    07/01/2016

    thanks for the heads up about the white noise app. I have rain storm on right now. living in sunny california I don’t get to hear that sound very often.

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    Andrea Reply:

    haha — enjoy the “rain”!

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  3. janet

    04/02/2016

    I LOVE my epicurean cutting board. Mine is several years old, and it was a splurge at the time, but I’ll never go back to those floppy slide-all-over-the-counter plastic things.

    And thanks for the Post-It tape rec. I just added it to my Amazon cart.

    Love your blog.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Janet! Glad to know you are stilling loving your Epicurean cutting board several years later. I’ve had mine for about 6 months now and use them daily!
    Enjoy the post it tape!

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  4. JoDi

    04/01/2016

    How have I lived this long and not known about post-it tape and dark chocolate M&M’s??? I need to add these to my shopping list now, and I’m going to check out those cutting boards next time I need some. I usually use the flexible plastic ones and just bought several new ones since my last one needed to be replaced, but I might grab one of these and only use my favorite knife on it to preserve the edge on the blade.

    Your favorite things lists are the best I’ve ever read on any blog. I look forward to them every month!

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    Andrea Reply:

    wow thanks JoDi! and yes, I’m not sure you haven’t seen (or tried) the dark chocolate M&M’s!! Put them on your shopping list next week!

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  5. Diana

    04/01/2016

    Thanks for the cutting board suggestion! I’ve been knowing for awhile that I’ll need to replace some of mine, and I had wondered if plastic dulled knives. Definitely will be looking into those 🙂

    My favorite m&ms are peanut butter–I love the contrast between crunchy shell and smooth peanut butter filling. I used to have piano lessons during lunch one day, and I’d get those from the vending machine to keep me full till I could get home after school to eat 🙂 Good memories!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Dave’s favorite M&M’s are the peanut butter ones too! I love just about all M&M’s — but the dark chocolate are my absolute favorite!!

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  6. Erin

    04/01/2016

    I ALWAYS pin/update my Amazon lists with two or three things on your lists. You’ve never steered me wrong!

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    Andrea Reply:

    yay — glad to be “helping” 🙂

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  7. Alicia

    04/01/2016

    I LOVE Dark Chocolate M&M’s! 🙂

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  8. Jen

    04/01/2016

    Oh how I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Post-It roll adhesive! Best. Invention. Ever! I use it when I’m freezing cooker so I can reuse my ziploc bags! M&Ms are also my favorite, although I go for the milk chocolate, peanut, or peanut butter, depending on the day!

    And how I wish we would have had “apps” when my kiddos were little! We lugged noise machines everywhere when they were younger! What a great option!

    Happy Weekend!

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    Andrea Reply:

    yes, there are several technology items that have really made life with babies a lot easier!

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  9. Amy B

    04/01/2016

    I love Dark Chocolate M & Ms and the white noise app as well! We’re moving this month, so I’m loving Scotch packing tape and Sharpies 🙂

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    Andrea Reply:

    happy moving! You’ll need plenty of M & M’s as quick snacks for when you’re in the middle of packing!

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  10. julie

    04/01/2016

    I had never heard of the Post-It Note tape — thank you for sharing! (When my oldest daughter was almost 4, she asked Santa for “tape and double-sided tape” and that was it. So she will LOVE this.)

    I’m a fan of the dark chocolate M&Ms too 🙂 Thought for sure i’d be the only one in the house who would like them, but i was so wrong….

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    Andrea Reply:

    it’s so great — you’ll definitely want to put a few rolls in your daughter’s next birthday or Christmas gift!

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  11. Donna G

    04/01/2016

    Dark chocolate peanut M&Ms are a favorite of mine. I can tell myself that the peanut protein helps t balance the dark chocolate carb, so I can call it a “healthier” snack!

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    Andrea Reply:

    haha — I don’t like the peanuts, but I DO tell myself that the dark chocolate in healthy 🙂

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  12. Christine @ The (mostly) Simple Life

    04/01/2016

    Wow, I love your list this month! How on earth did I not know that they make dark chocolate M&Ms?! And those sticky notes sound really handy. I’ll have to look for those at the store tomorrow. Plus, I really need a new cutting board but don’t know what to get. They all seem terrible. I’ll have to check that one out. Thanks!

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    Andrea Reply:

    what? You didn’t know about the dark chocolate ones! You are totally missing out 🙂

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