Sunday, September 21, 2008

Some of My Favorite Things...What Are Yours?

The Pink Owl and several others have inspired me to do a post about some of my favorite things right now. Some things are seasonal and some are not. For example, now that the weather is turning cooler, I'm again becoming addicted to (1) Aura Cacia Aromatherapy Lavender Body Creme. It's heavenly and helps me to sleep a little better also.I make coffee every morning in a french press and after trying many different coffees, the (2) Gevalia Costa Rica Peaberry seems just right to me all year 'round. I'm still a disciple of (3) Starbucks Pike Place Roast when I'm out and about, but the Gevalia variety is nice and smooth and just starts my day off right. Hank is an uncomplicated coffee drinker...whatever we have, he'll drink.

(4) Sharper Image Sound Machine. I can't find a photo to post because they've discontinued my particular model and apparently Sharper Image is undergoing a restructuring BUT...our sound machine set to "jet plane" is just the thing to filter out annoying sounds (like snoring). We thought it was broken last year and I had everybody I know searching for a replacement...turns out it was the electrical cord which was an easy fix. It wouldn't have worked for us when our kids were young and waking up during the night, but it is definitely a favorite thing now.

I adore (5) Bare Minerals make-up. I start with the primer, add the powder foundation and finish with the mineral veil powder. I high encourage you to try it...the finish is practically flawless.I don't love cleaning house but I do love (6) Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day products. All the scents are nice but the Geranium is my favorite.

(7) The Good Home Company also has some lovely cleaning products. I particularly like the laundry detergent and fragrances. They're great in combination but laundry fragrance alone makes bed sheets smell divine. You can buy it in bulk to refill the cute bottles.

I am not much of a wine drinker but Hank is, and last year Real Simple placed (8) Liberty School Cabernet on a list of things that never disappoint. He's moderately priced and he hasn't been disappointed yet.

I do really enjoy a nice glass of port and friends of ours introduced us to the (9) Mayo Family Winery last Christmas. Legare and I made quick work of the bottle presented to us as a gift and quickly ordered more. At $35 per half bottle, it's a bit pricey but we only break it out on special occasions.

One last thing...the book that touches my heart every time I read it. I mentioned it several weeks ago when I read it yet again. It's my regular read
before each new school year begins. The Water Is Wide by Pat Conroy. Maybe it's the educator in me...maybe it's the southerner in me and the fact that I'm familiar with the setting. The movie version is Conrack (the children couldn't say "Conroy" and took to calling him Conrack instead).


  1. OOh, this is a great post! Hmmm, what ARE my favorite things?
    I like Jergens hand lotion, original scent. Remember how that smells?

    I also like Caress soap. I LOVE how it smells as well! I guess I'm an easy to please gal!

    I absolutely cannot live without my Carmex lip balm!

    I love my coffee first thing in the morning, right now I am drinking Folgers Coffeehouse Columbian, but I switch every month or so because I get tired of the same flavor.

    Like you, I love my mineral powder foundation! I use Maybelline (Wow, don't I like anything that can't be bought at Wal Mart?).

    I LOVE SPLENDA! Thank you, Splenda inventors for allowing me to drink sweet tea again!

    ~sighs sadly~
    I really should have more expensive tastes........
    Shoes? I love shoes. It seems I do have expensive tastes in those, at least! The higher the price tag, the more like I am to adore them!

    Hmmm, did you really want us to respond with our own favorites, or did I just totally monopolize your comments section with my ramblings?
    ~goes to hide~

  2. Thanks for sharing your fav things. I will have to try Bare Minerals. Most make up makes me break out but maybe I will have more luck with that.
    Have you read Beach Music? It was wonderfully written. I am going to have to buy a copy of The Water Is Wide.

  3. I love Bare minerals too! I found it really cheap on eBay.

  4. I haven't "discovered" sephora yet. I have been into Physician's formula talc free mineral face powders (their organic versions) and definitely Avalon, Jason organic face products. I guess we ladies are just so vain! LOL! Good suggestions though. Btw, I'm running a promo right now. Come on over and enter. You might just be the lucky winner!

  5. Hello! I loved this post! I am going to have to try that wine and those cleaning products!

    Have a great day!

  6. I've been wondiner about Bare Minerals for a long time now. I just wish I could sample it before buying. Glad you like it, I keep hearing good things.

  7. Good tips! I am especially excited about that Liberty School wine...I love wine (when I am not pregnant, that is) and am always looking for a new one to try. :) Thanks!

  8. I can't use Bare Minerals - makes my face itch - wish I could!

    Take care - see you soon - Kellan

  9. Ooh I love this post! You've inspired me to do a similar post of my own; check my blog soon!
    Your blog is so much fun, I read it with my coffee. Blessings upon you for providing me with a lovely little respite from work every now and then!

  10. I just bought some of the Mrs. Meyers cabinet spray in geranium a couple weeks ago and love it.


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