I had a really hard time choosing what to include in my Favorite Things post for October. I keep adding to my list of things I want to share with you all eventually — and seriously, for being a clutter-hating minimalist at heart, I sure have a lot of tangible things that I like!
Below are the things I’ve decided to share with you for this month — but my list is already growing for next month! (Click here to see more of my favorite things from past months).
DISCLOSURE: None of these products are sponsored in any way; however, some of the links below are affiliate links — which means I may get a VERY small percentage of the sale if you make a purchase through my links. However, I hope you know that I’m only promoting the products below because I use them EVERY SINGLE DAY in my own home and life! Read my full disclosure policy for more information.
Cracker Barrel Rocking Chairs
I’ve always had a mini obsession with the rocking chairs lining the porches at all Cracker Barrel restaurants… and I knew that someday, if I ever had a big porch, I wanted to line it with Cracker Barrel chairs too.
Then I realized that these specific chairs cost about $150 each — so I quickly decided that 2 chairs would be plenty 🙂
Since I still couldn’t stomach spending $150 on a chair that would sit outside, I scoured Craigslist for many many months before coming across our 2 chairs… for $50 a pop! Yahoo!
I did have to sand them down and add 2 coats of white spray paint, but considering I saved about $200 bucks, it was worth 2 afternoons of work.
These chairs are the most comfortable rocking chairs I’ve ever sat in — and they look fabulous sitting on the porch outside our outbuilding (where we sit to watch Nora play).
And do you see that cute little child’s rocking chair I found for only $20!
Nora love’s her chair 🙂
George Foreman Grill
Believe it or not, Dave and I have been using the exact same George Foreman Grill for over 9 years — and it’s still going strong!
We use it as an indoor grill, as a quesadilla maker, as a panini maker, and more. Sometimes we use it multiple times a day — especially when we’re both home all day during the summer.
It’s definitely the most-used small appliance in our cabinet!
This was our bargain of the summer on Craigslist — well, one of many Craigslist bargains I suppose! I had been searching for an inexpensive trampoline for months already, but Dave still wasn’t convinced he wanted an “ugly tramp” in our yard.
Nora LOVES to jump on tramps (we later found out it’s really therapeutic for her sensory needs as well) so I kept looking but never found an awesome deal on a tramp in decent condition and within a relatively close driving distance.
Then I found it — a Toddler Tramp for sale about 20 minutes away. It was JUST what we needed and since it’s much smaller than a normal tramp, Dave was totally on board.
I called, it was still there, so we went to pick it up the same day.
Nora was thrilled and has been blissfully jumping ever since!
Minced Garlic in a Can
OK, so this might sound like a ridiculous thing to put on my list — but seriously, I LOVE this stuff! Not only do I hate mincing garlic by hand, I also don’t love how my hands smell like garlic for the next 24 hours.
Plus, it always seems like I run out of garlic cloves without realizing it — and them I’m stuck using garlic powder, which really doesn’t taste the same in certain recipes.
So I purchase jars of minced garlic. I can get them on sale for around $1.99 per jar — which (if I did the math correctly) actually ends up being a lot cheaper than purchasing whole cloves and bulbs of garlic (not to mention you don’t have any work or smell involved!)
The garlic stays fresh in the fridge for well over a month and you use approximately 1/2 tsp. per clove of garlic in any of your favorite recipes.
Over the last couple of years — mainly since I shared our nifty master closet makeover 2 years ago — I’ve gotten a lot of questions about my beloved “Huggable Hangers“. Most people ask me if I really like them as much as I say I do, and if I really think they are that much better than other hangers.
My answer to both questions is YES!
I used the white plastic hangers for my entire life until about 2 years ago and I really REALLY do think the Huggable Hangers are way better. Even though we technically don’t need the space-saving aspect of the hangers, I just love how thin and soft they are (no weird shoulder marks from the hangers poking through) and also how “grippy” they are (no more clothes falling to the ground.)
I realize these hangers are more expensive — believe it or not, I actually got ALL of my hangers free after rebate from Menards! I got Nora’s baby Huggable Hangers from a clearance sale at The Container Store (with a gift card) so I actually spent nothing out of pocket.
From a practical standpoint, I would not encourage you to throw away all your perfectly good plastic hangers JUST to get the Huggable Hangers, but if you’re already in the market for new hangers, I’d definitely recommend checking them out!
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!