20 Of My MOST Favorite Things {January 2020}

posted by Andrea | 01/2/2020

20 of my most favorite things

Can I tell you a secret?

I’ve been planning and looking forward to today’s post for MONTHS! 

After almost 7 years of sharing my favorite things on the blog each month, I went back through ALL my previous Favorite Things posts and hand-selected 20 of my MOST favorite things to share with you for the start of 2020! 

These are the cream of the crop. The products I use daily (even 7 years and 3 more children later). They are products I recommend regularly on the blog and in real life. They are my most favorite and worth every penny (in my opinion!)

I’m also using a new format this month — one that I hope will make the post more readable and more easily “shoppable”. Simply click the button link under each description to be taken directly to the sales page on Amazon (or whatever website the product is available through).

And if you’re interested in reading my original review of each product, I’ve included that too. Just click the dated link directly under each picture.

Ex:Originally shared in September of 2016.”

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.

Also, check out my Amazon Market for all my favorite things.

I won’t make you wait any longer…

Here are 20 of my MOST favorite things! 

(In no particular order.)


One “runner-up” item was my braided rugs — but I can’t find them on the website anymore, so I didn’t include them in my list. 

Whew… you made it!

I hope you find at least one item on my list you’d like to try. 

Also, SO many of you tell me these posts are some of your favorite posts… is that still true? I’m trying to decide if these posts are something I should continue writing each month or not — your opinion is very helpful! 

As always, check out my previous months’ favorite things — and let me know if you’ve tried any over the years! 

20 of my most favorite things

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38 comments

  1. Sarah

    01/03/2020

    Thumbs from me too please – I enjoy reading them and whilst sometimes the items aren’t available to me in the UK I still take note of the ideas. Our youngest was really pleased with the beanie hat with a hole for her pony tail that we gave her as part of her birthday gifts this year – I happily copied that idea from you thank you! Also I have and use almost daily the one-handed water bottle you used to use because its easy to clean and it fits my car door pocket so nicely. Oh and the weed stick thingy is in my gardening tool collection. And I recently burnt my beloved non-stick pan so have been researching cast iron…so yes, come to think of it I find your Favourite Things posts entertaining and useful!
    Happy New Year to you all 🙂

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    Sarah Reply:

    Thumbs ‘up’ lol…I’m clearly still in holiday mode!

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  2. Marva

    01/03/2020

    Yes a million times to continuing your Favorite Things posts! I’m always excited for the first of the month when they show up!

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    Andrea Reply:

    haha — thanks Marva 🙂

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  3. Julia

    01/02/2020

    If you’re willing to keep putting them together, I will gladly continue to read your lists! My kids are the same age as James and Clara so when I was pregnant the first time I went back to old posts to figure out what baby stuff I needed 🙂 As the kids grow, it’s fantastic to see things we need to try listed among your favorites! Thanks for always being so honest – my most trustworthy resource online

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  4. JoAnn C.

    01/02/2020

    Your “favorite things” post still are some of my favorite. Keep them coming.

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  5. Wilma

    01/02/2020

    That baby bouncer is AMAZING. Another baby thing I’d have on my list is the IKEA plastic high chair–it’s cheap, easy to move around, and can be hosed off! The one baby thing on your list that did not work for me is the Britax stroller–I wanted to love it, because of the price point and ease of use, but it was just too short for me–the handle bars do not extend high and I would kick the back of the stroller when walking. But for average/shorter men and ladies, this stroller is great.

    On my list would also be a hat and mitt dryer that goes over a vent (if you have them): https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/maxxdry-hat-and-mitt-dryer-0875299p.0875299.html?gclid=Cj0KCQiAxrbwBRCoARIsABEc9sjXTcHcWh8THaZY6jk9iIsCVrYIZnmZ5FN5E5H-ww-eU5EEOLSIxMoaAvkiEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds#store=133. This thing works so well, even super thick mitts dry well. i also use it to dry ziploc bags, etc. I love it.

    Great list, Andrea!! Always a fun and interesting read.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Yes, the bouncer is amazing!
    We actually have something similar to that mitt dryer — it goes over our big vent in the kitchen and it awesome for drying mitten!

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  6. Erin Rice

    01/02/2020

    Hi Andrea,
    Just wanted to let you know that I LOVE your favorite things posts! Most of the items are usually not something I would use, as I’m single and don’t have any kids, but occasionally there is something on there that I can use! Please keep doing this post! 🙂

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    Andrea Reply:

    thanks so much Erin!

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  7. JJ

    01/02/2020

    These are my absolute favorite posts you do(along with your family posts). Because of these posts, I’ve tried many things. Like others have said, what you say is trustworthy, because your word has a repeatedly good reputation. The toilet seats have been huge game changers for us! Others that come over are often relieved if they have Littles. I ordered the planner for the first time and am eagerly awaiting it!!! I also have gotten the hairbrushes for me and my daughter. And I started lining my drawers with wrap because of you. So many awesome tips!!!

    It’s not on this list, but I just got a cast iron skillet after a man at my husband’s work party said that’s all he cooks with. Then I came home and went over your post. I purchased one, and I am loving it!!! Thank you for giving me the confidence to try new things!!!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks so much — I’m thrilled you enjoy these posts!
    The cast iron skilles were another “runner up” because I truly do use mine every single day!

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  8. Dawn

    01/02/2020

    I LOVE your Favorite Things posts! I try not to buy things that we don’t need or if I’m not sure if they would work as well as they advertise, so I look forward to these posts of your tried and true items!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Dawn!

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  9. Robin

    01/02/2020

    Happy New Year! I’m glad you are back. And, I hope you enjoyed your rest. This was a great post. If you choose not to continue with your favorite things post, I am sure you’ll replace it with something equally enjoyable and interesting.

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  10. Missy

    01/02/2020

    On your recommendation, I just purchased the Nutrimill Artiste mixer right before Christmas and am so excited to try it! Now that Christmas is over, I will not be baking nearly as much, but my birthday is coming up, so I will find an excuse to use it! Thanks for the recommendation!

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    Andrea Reply:

    oh yay! So exciting! You’ll definitely need to come up with something to bake for your upcoming birthday!

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  11. A

    01/02/2020

    I love these posts. Thanks for all you do.

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  12. Barb

    01/02/2020

    Yes, please continue these posts. I enjoy them each month and find some good ideas

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  13. Sarah

    01/02/2020

    These posts have helped me so much becauseI have found that I can trust the quality and reliability, and of course the practicality, of everything you have recommended so far. I would love to keep seeing these posts, even if you don’t do them every month.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thank you so much Sarah!

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  14. Bonnie'sMama

    01/02/2020

    My daughter asked me this morning to watch her new Baby Ray’s video! As a two-year-old, she combined a favorite barbecue sauce name with Praise Baby, so Baby Ray’s praise and worship is what we’ve got!

    The Praise Baby videos have been helpful on many long road trips, especially in the evening when we need the children to be calm and go to sleep. As musicians, we’re pretty picky about the vocal models our children hear. We appreciate the simple style of the Praise Baby vocals and instrumentals, and we love having our children learn the hymns and worship songs. I also love that the music and images are calm and happy rather than silly, frantic, and crazy like so much media for children.

    Thanks for the hours of calm you’ve given our family through Baby Ray’s videos, Andrea!

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    Andrea Reply:

    hahaha — so cute!
    yes, the Praise Baby cds are really high quality and good singing. our cds offer 2 singing options — just children’s voices and children + adult voices. I think that’s really cool too

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  15. Michelle Bonk

    01/02/2020

    I like these posts (even though some of the products aren’t available up here! )

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    Andrea Reply:

    such a bummer that Canada can’t get all the same products!

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  16. laura

    01/02/2020

    If you ever need another Vera Bradley wristlet I recommend checking out a VB outlet store. You can easily knock 50% or more off the price. At Mother’s Day last year I was able to get a crossbody purse, turn lock wallet and a lunch box for around $35. I think the outlets have exclusive prints different from the regular line but the quality is the same. They always have plenty of stock. I don’t always love the fabrics-one time I will see nothing I like-and the next time there will be many. This year that had a super cute pink flamingo one that was a must have for me and I got tons of compliments all summer on it.

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    Andrea Reply:

    yes, others have told me about the outlets (we actually have one not too far from us — although I’ve never been there). Hopefully mine will hold up for several years, but I’ll be sure to head to the outlet next time!

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  17. Ann

    01/02/2020

    I am SHOCKED that I have never seen some of these items in your lists. My adult daughter says that she is convinced that I will buy anything that you recommend. While that isn’t completely true, it’s close!
    (Also, the car seat that goes with your stroller is now expired to be used as a car seat. Do you want it back to keep with the stroller or are you good with just the stroller?)

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    Andrea Reply:

    I’m shocked too — you’re always reading and following 🙂

    I do not need the car seat back — you may do with it what you please. Thanks for asking!

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  18. Kari

    01/02/2020

    Yes! I enjoy these posts! We had a similar toilet seat when our girls were little and loved it. So convenient. Also, because of you, silicone baking mats were on my Christmas wish list, and I received some! It may have been the only thing on my wish list, but I guess that is what being a somewhat minimalist in your 30s looks like!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Kari — those toilet seats and the silicone baking mats are fabulous!

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  19. Shelley

    01/02/2020

    Yes! Love these posts! Surprised the laundry balls didn’t make the list. I am ordering a new set right now. My old ones literally fell apart (after much use:)

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    Andrea Reply:

    I know — I had the laundry balls on my list, and then took them off when it got to be more than 20 items! They are awesome, but “controversial” so I thought I’d just leave them off my list 🙂

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  20. Tracy

    01/02/2020

    These posts are my favorite! I’ve discovered so many new things!

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  21. Elizabeth

    01/02/2020

    Hi Andrea I love these posts! I am with you on the cling wrap. Game changer. And now I want to check out those slippers and bake wear

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  22. Amy B

    01/02/2020

    I love these posts! I’ve discovered a lot of new things.
    I love silpats (the generic one are fine), Wusthof knives (the chef’s knife and paring knife especially), the Tojiro bread knife, and plastic caps for my Mason jars. I freeze and store a lot in them, and the plastic lids are nice because they don’t rust.

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    Andrea Reply:

    oh yes, the plastic tops for mason jars — I have about 40 of those in rotation in my kitchen/pantry/freezer/etc.

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  23. Christi

    01/02/2020

    I look forward to this post each month. You should definitely keep writing them!

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