A Few of My Favorite Things {November 2015}

posted by Andrea | 11/3/2015

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I’m excited to share a few more of my favorite things this month… if you’ve started shopping for the holidays, I’d recommend adding a few of these items for various people on your list!

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 in any way; however, some of the links below are affiliate links — which means that at no cost to you, I may get a VERY small commission. However, I hope you know that I’m only promoting the products below because I use them daily in my own home and life. Read my full disclosure policy for more information.

Binxy Baby Shopping Cart Hammock

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As I mentioned last week, I’m actually starting to enjoy getting groceries — even with all 3 kids along for the ride.

Part of my new-found enjoyment is because I know Nora and Simon both usually enjoy “helping” me get groceries, getting their free kid’s cookie, and riding the horse. However, another reason grocery shopping has been less painful is because I got the Binxy Baby Shopping Cart Hammock right before James was born. (I’m just noticing that the hammocks are actually cheaper on the Binxy Baby website than they are at Amazon right now)

I think it was about a month before I was due with James that I saw a girl at the grocery store using the hammock. After staring at her shopping cart for what seemed like a ridiculously long time, she looked my way and said “aren’t these the coolest things you ever saw?”

I agreed and immediately asked where I could get one. Later that day, I had one in the mail on it’s way to my house.

Now, I can’t make it more than 10 minutes in the store without someone stopping me and asking where I got my “cool baby hammock”.

Although I do still wear James at times, it sure is nice to be able to lay him down (so I have more mobility) and still have room for Simon up front and the groceries in the back!

This hammock has quickly become one of my favorite things — and it would be a great baby gift for any parent (especially one with 2 little people!)


USB Phone Chargers For the Car


Several years ago, I got this Energizer USB phone charger for the car… and I use it ALLLLLLL the time!

It’s so handy to have a car charger for our phones — and this charger is much less expensive than buying one from Apple (right around $7).

I’m know there are a bunch of different brands of car chargers, so if you’re interested, I’d recommend searching online before buying a pricier option for your phone provider!



Wild Berry Skittles


Anything chocolate will always be my go-to snack item… but if I had to pick a favorite non-chocolate candy item, Wild Berry Skittles would be my choice every time!

I got a bunch as a gift when James was born and I finished up the last package the day before Halloween… and then I stocked up on more with all the after-Halloween candy sales.

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Dave detests Skittles as he apparently got sick after eating too many when he was younger — so Nora and I are the only Skittles fans in our house… however, I have a feeling Simon will join us once he’s able to actually chew them (I give him M&M’s and he’s happy).


The Home T t-shirts


I’ve been a fan of the super soft, super, comfy The Home T t-shirts for a few years now — but I just recently got one of their newer Baseball T’s, and I fell in love all over again!

And, as you can see by the photo below, we took advantage of the fact that they now offer sizes for the WHOLE family!

They would be such a fun gift idea for a college student moving away, a new baby… or really anyone who loves soft comfy t-shirts. And honestly, even if you don’t want another t-shirt, they now sell pillows, throw blankets, tote bags, and more!

Plus, as an added bonus, a portion of all sales is donated to Multiple Sclerosis research.


Portable Placemat

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Although I’m not a germaphobe, I do know that restaurant tables are NOT the place I want to put my toddler’s food… and before a certain age, toddlers can’t really use plates either (at least mine always just throws them onto the ground).

Thankfully, I came across these portable placemats on Amazon about a year ago — and we’ve been using them ever since!


They have 4 strong suction cups on the back side to stick the placemat securely to the table, and a little reservoir that hangs over the edge of the table to catch spills.

And when we’re finished, it all rolls up nicely into itself so we can put it back in the diaper bag without worrying about the spills getting over things in the rest of the bag.

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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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  1. Pixie508


    OMG – I’ve never “met” someone else who has a love for wildberry skittles!! They’re my favorite non-chocolate candy.

    I also love those placemats – I keep one in our diaper bag. Especially before my toddler was good at utensils and really eating off a plate, it was the way to go for us. I knew it was clean, and he could basically eat off the table. Total win.


    Andrea Reply:

    haha — well now you have 🙂 LOVE those Wildberry Skittles!


  2. Melissa


    Just ordered the baseball T, thanks to seeing it on your blog! Reading this blog is one of my most favorite parts of my day!


    Andrea Reply:

    yay — thanks so much Melissa! I know you’ll love the t-shirt!


  3. ladybug


    Ditto on wanting to know the lipstick color……….Your website is a pleasure to me. Have learned a lot and have tried many of your favorite things with no disappointments.. I THINK the phone charger is for apple items only and I have Samsung so will look around as my charger died.
    Have tried the recipies ….yummy.
    Came upon the website when I was looking for ideas re: organization . I am working so things just get messy ,stacked up ,misplaced and lack of time to devote to organization.
    Anyway … your are a delight and God has blessed you with beautiful children and a wonderful husband.
    Ladybug…..p.s. I am in my late 60’s and believe that “aging is an attitude”


    Andrea Reply:

    haha — I actually don’t ever wear lipstick (I don’t even own any!)
    I do have 1 thing of lip gloss but I didn’t even get it until after those pictures were taken — so I’m positive I wasn’t wearing anything. My go-to lip product is simply Vaseline!

    And for the car charger — yes, it is ONLY for apple devices, However if you search Amazon, you’ll find a bunch of similar ones for Android devices.

    Also, I’m THRILLED that you have been enjoying my blog so far! Thanks so much for your kind words!


  4. Debra


    Love your blog and have been a follower a few years now. Enjoy reading about your children as I have a four year old grandson. Would love to know the brand and color of the lipstick you are wearing in the phone shot. It is such a lovely color.


    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks so much Debra… however, I actually don’t even own any lipstick so I wasn’t wearing any in that picture 🙂 I usually just wear Vaseline!


  5. Leanne


    I’m not a mother and have never had that tug but I love reading your blog. And Simon makes my heart melt every time he smiles his scrunched up smile! Such a cutie pie!!

    Keep up the great work raising three fun and awesome kiddos Andrea!


    Andrea Reply:

    THanks so much Leanne! And I have to agree with you that Simon is such a little cutie. It’s honestly almost impossible to get mad at him!

    The other day, he was throwing food off his highchair and I quickly walked over to him saying “no-no Simon!”. Before I even got there, he looked up at me with a big grin and slapped his right hand with his left hand — as if to say “bad hand” 🙂


  6. Stacey


    Andrea, the Home baseball t’s are cute, but quite pricey ($38). I understand a portion of the sales go to MS research, but do you know if they ever go on sale? TIA!


    Andrea Reply:

    I know — the price is the one draw-back, but they are SOOOOOOOOOOOO comfy! I honestly don’t think they ever go on sale (at least not to my knowledge) however you could definitely contact the company and ask???