I’m sharing a handful of new Favorite Things this month — including many great gift ideas (maybe even for yourself!)
One of my MOST favorite things right now is reading together as a family after each breakfast and dinner.
We’ve been reading after meals for a couple of years now and since our children tend to eat much slower than Dave and I, we usually spend 20 to 30 minutes reading a few more chapters.
We’re currently working our way through the Little House series (along with an Advent devotional).
I think Dave and I are enjoying re-reading the Little House books just as much as the kiddos!
It sure makes me thankful and grateful for so many of the “modern conveniences” we have these days.
- Indoor plumbing
- Heated water
- Modern appliances
- Electricity, Heat, Air Conditioning
- Grocery stores
- The post office
- Soft mattresses
- More than two dresses and one pair of shoes
- Reliable transportation
Our family can’t fathom that type of pioneer lifestyle… and while it sure is fun to read about, I’m certainly glad to enjoy a more modern life (in our 1800’s farmhouse!)
On that note, here are a few more of my favorite things for the month!
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Merry Christmas + Thank You Stickers
I recently purchased 2 rolls of super cute stickers for all the envelopes we mail out.
These are the 2 most common types of cards I send, so I thought the stickers would be a nice addition — and they are!
Both sets of stickers are very thick (they won’t easily rip), durable, and high quality.
I’m so happy with this purchase and am excited to use my Merry Christmas stickers on our 2020 Christmas cards and gifts (I use rolls of brown craft paper to wrap our gifts.)
One Line A Day Journals
I’ve kept some sort of journal since I was in 7th grade — I suppose writing has always been cathartic for me.
Back in my younger years, my journal entries could be pages and pages… but these days, I have better things to do than spend 45 minutes a day journaling about my life.
A few years ago, I searched for “mini journals” not knowing what I’d find… and low and behold, I came across this “One Line A Day Journal” which was EXACTLY what I was looking for.
The idea is to write ONE sentence or thought every day… and stick with it for 5 or 10 years (with the same date’s sentences eventually ending up all on one page for easy reference later on).
Isn’t that such a cool idea!?!?
If you’d like to start journaling (or pick it back up again) but not sure you have the time, try a One Line A Day Journal and see what you think!
Honestly, it’s SO fun to look back on previous years and reminisce.
NOTE: I personally prefer 10-year journals, which are harder to find.
Amazon Prime Music, Movies, Books, and 2-Day Shipping
Believe it or not, I never listen to music any other time than at Christmas.
Of course, I play the piano, we sing regularly at home, Dave plays the guitar, we’re involved with musical groups at church, etc… but I don’t ever listen to music on the radio, on my computer, on my phone, or in the car.
I just like it quiet.
However, all of that changes right around Thanksgiving, when I break out my collection of Christmas CDs and fire up my Christmas playlists on Amazon!
(Dave plays music almost non-stop all year long — he uses earbuds!)
The Christmas music plays constantly in our home from late-November through the middle of January — I even read and type with instrumental music in the background.
My personal favorite is piano + violin… of course, the kids love dancing and singing along to a few of the more “peppy” songs on my playlists!
This brings me to one of my favorite things… our Amazon Prime membership.
We use it weekly (sometimes daily) ALL. YEAR. LONG. for books, TV shows, movies, and (of course) the free 2-day shipping.
This time of year, we get extra use out of our Prime membership as we ship gifts to others, catch up on our long list of books we want to read over Christmas break, and enjoy Christmas music all season long.
If you’ve considered a Prime membership, you can get a FREE 30-day trial now, and enjoy all the perks for the month of December!
NOTE: you can also give Prime memberships as gifts (perfect for those hard-to-buy-for people)!
USA Pan Bundt Pan
I’m not a “cake person”, but I LOOOOOOOOVE the semi-homemade pudding cakes I’ve been making in my bundt pan for well over a decade.
These bundt cakes are amazingly fluffy, moist, rich, and delicious.
In fact, my favorite bundt cake recipe is one of the most popular recipes on my blog — so many of you now use my recipe for birthdays and other special occasions.
Yes, it really is THAT good and THAT simple!
The flavor combinations are almost endless.
Anyway, the bundt pan we received as a wedding gift, back in 2006, finally bit the dust a few months ago, and I happily replaced it with the USA Pan Bundt pan (even though it was significantly more expensive).
Over the last few years, I’ve been slowly transitioning all my bakeware to the USA Pan brand because it is superior to any other brand I’ve tried.
I’m sure there are professional brands that are better, but for the average home cook with a little wiggle room in her budget, the USA Pan products are worth the splurge (in my opinion!)
Reflective Vest with Lights
We purchased these lighted vests for Dave’s parents a few years ago as they like to walk in the evenings and don’t have sidewalks where they live.
Now we also use them for our early morning runs (yes, I’m still running several mornings each week!)
They are super light-weight, easily adjustable to fit over any shirt/coat, easy to wipe clean if necessary, compact for storage, and VERY reflective!
The LED lights on the back have options for solid red or blinking red, and there are more reflective strips on the back as well.
Another feature I like is the small front pocket — great for keys, a cell phone, money, etc.
If you find yourself outside often when it’s dusk or dark, I’d hight recommend these vests. We’ve gotten so much use out of them this past year.
That’s all for me this month.
View my previous months’ favorite things — and feel free to share YOUR favorites in the comments below!