A Few of My Favorite Things {April 2015}

posted by Andrea | 04/1/2015

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Here are a few of my favorite things for the month of April — 3 of which are super frugal finds at less than $10 each! As always, be sure to check out some 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 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.

Speck Candy Shell iPhone Case

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When we first purchased our iPhones 3 years ago, Dave and I both purchased Speck Candy Shell cases to protect our phones. Dave got black and I got white so we could differentiate.

Part of me didn’t want to buy a case because of the extra cost and the extra “bulk” it adds to our phones — however, I also didn’t want my phone to break or for the screen to crack.

So for 2 full years, I dutifully kept my case on at all times. Then, for some reason, I decided I was careful enough with my phone and didn’t need the case.

Within a week of removing the case, my screen was shattered 🙁

Luckily, we had the protection plan so it was only $40 to replace my phone — and yes, I put the case right back on the new phone.

Needless to say, Dave and I are both VERY impressed with how well our Speck Candy Shell cases protect our phones from all the times our phones are bumped, dropped, and even thrown (by the kiddos). I will not be removing my case any time soon!

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Disposable Foil Pans

I know, it’s not very eco-friendly… BUT I’ve been using disposable foil pans more regularly since I realized we had a massive supply at our local dollar store.

I ALWAYS use disposable pans whenever I bring food to anyone (for a new baby, a sickness, a house warming gift, etc) because they don’t need to worry about giving me my dish back and they get a night off of scrubbing dishes.

I’ve also been using these pans to freeze meals for our own family for later as they don’t take up one of my normal pans or baking dishes. Plus… no dishes to wash!

I have given many mini loaves of bread away as gifts in disposable bread tins… and of course, I found a great use for them at Simon’s birthday party 🙂

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Wet Brush

Wet Brush Squirt

A couple months ago, I shared a really simple DIY recipe for the Homemade Hair Detangling Spray we’ve been using on Nora’s crazy, frizzy, curly hair.

SO many of you left comments and sent emails that we should get a “Wet Brush” as they are amazing for frizzy curly hair.

I had never heard of a Wet Brush, so I immediately went online to check it out. I ended up purchasing the Wet Brush Squirt (mainly because it was half the price and also smaller for Nora’s hands).

WOW!

Literally, the very first time I used the brush on Nora’s hair, she was a completely different person. She didn’t whine, complain, and cry “ouchy” the ENTIRE time I brushed. Instead, she just sat there and even made the comment “this brush doesn’t hurt my head!”

Now she’s actually excited for me to do her hair!

I honestly didn’t think using a different brush would make THAT much of a difference, but it was definitely worth the few bucks for significantly less fuss every time we brush her hair!

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GlamourMom Tanks

I’ve professed my love and devotion to the amazing GlamourMom Nursing Tanks many times over the past 3 years — and that’s because they are hands-down, the BEST of the BEST when it comes to nursing tanks.

Every single thing about them is a million times better than all the other nursing tanks I tried — and yes, I tried a bunch (and received a bunch of freebies for review) during my 21-month-long nursing stint with Nora 🙂

I have a super long torso, so my #1 favorite feature about the GlamourMom tanks is that they come in a “long” version which fully covers my mid section without ever riding up. I currently have 4 of the Nursing Bra Long Tanks and wore them EVERY SINGLE DAY for almost 2 years (under whatever shirt I was wearing) with Nora. I also wore them every day for the first 7+ months of Simon’s life because they were awesome for pumping too.

I’m currently wearing their new line of maternity (non-nursing) tanks… and I might just have to pick up another new one or two new nursing tanks to prepare for baby #3!

They are not cheap (around $50 a tank) but when you consider I’ve worn them hundreds and hundreds of times, every day, every night for almost 3 years, they are most definitely worth the price.

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Stride Gum

Stride Gum

Is it weird to have gum as one of my favorite things?

I hope not — because I’m usually not brand loyal for many foods and just buy whatever is the best deal. But I will gladly pay full price for Stride Gum even if every other brand is significantly on sale.

It’s THAT good!

Dave and I are really funny with our gum, we only like to have a little bit in our mouth at a time, but we like to regularly change it out throughout the day. So we each only eat 1/3 of a piece of gum at a time… and then change it out after we eat or whenever we need a little pick-me-up throughout the day.

I know that probably sounds ridiculous, but it’s what we’ve always done for as long as we’ve been married. I keep it in my wallet, in my car, in the diaper bag, and of course, in the candy cupboard in our kitchen so it’s always on hand 🙂

Believe it or not, I actually love this gum so much that I often ask for it for Christmas. One year, one of our parents got us a jumbo pack from Costco or Sam’s Club — jackpot!

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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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15 comments

  1. Erica

    04/01/2016

    Oh those dark chocolate M&Ms look too good! How do you decide on the things you’re going to mention in your “A few of my favorite things” posts? I’ve started doing a monthly post on my webiste along those lines, called Some of my Favorite Books, and I try to choose the books I talk about based on their appropriateness for the month…for this month I talked about books about taxes…

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    Andrea Reply:

    Honestly, I don’t put a ton of thought process into my posts 🙂 I just choose 5 things every month that are things I use regularly. My lists do often contain some seasonal items (like gardening gloves in the summer or a favorite fall candle in the fall) but I don’t really pre-plan anything specific.

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  2. Mary Landis

    04/05/2015

    I love your blog! The longer I read it, the more I love it….great job! I am usually so excited when I see you have a favorites things post because I know that you are thorough and write truthfully and honestly. I have a curly haired girlie and promptly went on Amazon and ordered a wet brush. Yes! Finally, we have a winner and she’s no longer crying and fussing when I brush it. Thank you so much and I’ll be passing this along. 🙂

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks so much Mary! SOOOOOO glad that brush has helped reduce some of the tears in your family 🙂

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  3. Michelle

    04/01/2015

    I love your Michigan shirt, but it’s missing the Keewenaw peninsula. :). I grew up in the UP.

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  4. Shannon

    04/01/2015

    Definitely the Wet Brush!

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  5. Dawn

    04/01/2015

    The wet brush is amazing!! I have 2 girls with waist length hair and 2 with hair to their mid-backs. The wet brush has changed their life!!

    I have also used the disposable pans for freezer meals. One of my favorites is to cook smoked sausage with cabbage. It freezes beautifully!!

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  6. Amy

    04/01/2015

    We discovered the wet brush last summer. My hairdresser had the full size ones and I paid about $14 for it. I thought it was outrageously expensive. It was one of the best purchases ever. My daughter has fine waist length hair that tangles easily. She is not very tender-headed, it was just a pain to comb out especially after swimming. We have since bought the small version from Target for on the go. I didn’t think a brush could be s different but it is amazing. They are worth every penny.

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    Andrea Reply:

    yes, the full size brush was MUCH more expensive so I’m glad I found the tiny brush for $4.99. It’s perfect for Nora’s small hands too 🙂

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  7. JoAnn C.

    04/01/2015

    Where did you get that t-shirt? I love it. Thanks.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks JoAnn — It’s from the Home-T and it’s amazingly soft!

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    Kelly S Reply:

    They were just on Shark Tank! (the tv show) I couldn’t remember why I was familiar with the product until I saw the photo in this post and remembered seeing that shirt on your blog before.

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  8. Siobhan

    04/01/2015

    I’ll have to try the wet brush…my 3 year old daughter has a full head of curls! Thanks 🙂

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  9. Janice

    04/01/2015

    Ok, now I must get one of those hair brushes for my highly sensitive granddaughter. Don’t think I can use a tank top as I won’t be a nursing mom. 🙂 I already use the foil pans from Dollar General, but I’ll give Stride gum a try. And thanks for sharing about the phone case. My husband and I about to get new phones and cases, so the timing for your recommendation is perfect. I LOVE your favorite things blog entries every month.

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    Andrea Reply:

    We are really happy with both the wet brush and the phone case… good luck!

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