December 7, 2013 § 2 Comments
I love this time of year on the internet…so many gift guides and best of lists. But also, I’m a big fan of Oprah’s favorite things. Ahhhh….the audience reactions never get old…they’re just the best. I always loved Oprah’s favorite things show come Christmas and I’m so glad she still does it. Here’s her 2013 list.
I decided I would do my own list this year. These are my favorite things…I love them and use them pretty much every single day.
1. Smartwool socks
Can you ever have enough of these? I love the colors and whenever I put them on, I immediately feel better about everything. Also, they are really wonderful for sliding on
hardwood yoga studio floors
2. Glass water bottle by Life Factory
Easy to keep clean, water tastes better, and it’s pretty!
4.Davines Hair Oi/Oil
A little bit of a splurge, but it lasts forever so it’s really not that bad. Smells crazy good and makes your hair feel wonderful
5. Smartwool Beignet Booties
Again, another splurge, this time a major one. I was able to find these on clearance last year, but oh my I think they might be worth the full price. Warmest ever and they are durable enough to be worn out and about..slipper shoes…done and done.
6. Manduka eKO mat
Yes of course I still love love love my Manduka Pro…but this purchase was an experiment that worked out pretty well. I keep it in my little yoga room here at the house (for when I’m too lazy to walk across the yard to the studio…shhh I know that sounds crazy!) and it is really nice. It gives a great spring/support and is very anti-grip. I also love the colors they have for this mat.
7. Apple TV
Best little box ever. Who needs cable when you’ve got Netflix,HBO, iTunes, and the internet? Speaking of, we started Orphan Black last night…whoa, crazypants.
Most of the time I see people using this for baking cookies, but I love it for anything roasted in the oven. Nothing sticks or burns and it’s a dream to clean.
9. American Apparel long legwarmer
These babies are super warm and very long. Great for under boots too.
Again, like Spotify, do I need to say anymore?
11. White truffle oil
I don’t cook with any butter, milk, or cream so my soups can sometimes lack richness. A few drops of white truffle oil and you’re good to go. Also, amazing with popcorn. Basically, it’s a luxurious ingredient that is used in very small amounts…it lasts awhile. I use this brand.…but I’m getting a little nervous because the bottle is almost empty and Andrew isn’t planning any more trips to Australia anytime soon that’s for sure…Ha!
12. Keen Bern Baby Bern boots
Tall leather boots that feel snazzy enough to be stylish, but are durable and feel like tennis shoes? Yes.
13. Hugo & Debra Naturals Shampoo & Conditioner
I tried this for the first time recently and I doubt I’ll ever go back. I often don’t see a lot of difference in hair depending upon the shampoo and conditioner, but this was kind of crazy. However, they did just discontinue the shampoo I’m using…boo. The orange + vanilla volumizing conditioner smells like orange danish rolls and it’s still available though so I’m good.
14. Cuisinart Smart Stick Immersion Hand Blender
Yeah of course I want a Vitamix. But I’m not ready to drop $400+ on a blender…especially when I’m the only one around the house that drinks smoothies. My solution? I simply put all my frozen smoothie ingredients in the tall measuring cup that comes with this hand blender & microwave for 39 seconds (why 39? Don’t ask, I don’t know either). Blends everything to perfect smoothie consistency and then the clean up takes less than 10 seconds. Also, you can’t beat this thing for pureed soups.
15. Woodwick candles
Remember back in April 2013 when I bought this candle in Tabac? Yeah, it still has about 1/4 left!!?!?!?! It’s STILL GOING?!?!?! They last a lifetime and that annoying crackling sound gets less annoying as the months go by that it’s still burning strong.
16. JBL Flip bluetooth speaker
Super light, holds a decent charge, great sound quality, and connects to iPad & smartphone through Bluetooth. Makes DJing around the house even easier.
18. Better Homes and Gardens Flip-Tite Storage containers
My Mom converted me to these. Yeah I still use my glass jars, but these are unbelievable. Creative sizes and the lids keep everything fresh, fresh, fresh.
I’ve been using this since I started reading chapter books when I was kid. I can remember my grandmother and mom buying up all of the stock at Hawley-Cooke (awwwww….remember Hawley-Cooke Kentuckiana natives!?!?) for stocking stuffers. I forgot about them for a long, long time until we found them again at a general store in Austin. And yes, I did buy up all their stock. The flat metal rectangle clamps onto the back of your book and the wire hooks on to the page that you’re reading. As you turn the page, it automatically moves the wire…doesn’t matter if you abruptly toss the book aside, you’ll know where to start again.
20. Miele Onyx canister vacuum
Yes, this is a major item. Big splurge, but not really. I know I’ve said this before, but I’m serious: MY DOGS SHED. It’s unreal…no one really believes me until they see it, then they look at me with a sad and confused “how do you deal with this?!?” face. When we decided to buy a “real” vacuum, I knew I wanted a Miele. I first used one when I lived with Lis and then again when living in Norway. They are amazing…blowing Dysons out of the water in my opinion. I cannot recommend this product enough if you’re willing to invest in a good vacuum cleaner.
December 6, 2013 § Leave a Comment
A snow day for me! Woop! Already almost 9:30am and I’m still in my PJs…how to spend this unexpected day of NOTHING?! Really glad I made a Meijer run yesterday–they have a Scandinavian aisle and I picked up some mint chocolate wafer cookies and other various supplies. Given that everything outside is covered in a thin sheet of solid ice, I doubt I’ll make it out today.
Oh and this holiday medley from Taystee and Crazy Eyes made me happy…love them and can’t wait for OITNB season 2…
December 5, 2013 § 1 Comment
Erin Thompson has decided to capture people’s junk drawers in her blog, The Junk Drawer Project. Brilliant! Love to snoop in photos of junk drawers, cabinets, and fridges. I loved it so much I had to submit my own junk drawer to the website:
In addition to a photo, she has you answer a few questions, which give you just enough insight into the individual. Love this.
December 3, 2013 § Leave a Comment
a little yoga inspiration in the mudroom
cranberries are so pretty!
Lis brought me this calendar and I think I died and went to heaven
Kerrygold butter showing itself
Again, Kerrygold on display
Made a dent in this while trimming the tree
Love the bathroom at Frankfort Avenue Carmichael’s
Just Creations – Louisville
That’s a crazy wall at Butchertown Market
My collection of Hallmark house ornaments…have them all and would kill for them…posting on them soon
Whoa lots of photos…Hope your holiday was great….and that you’re listening to One Direction right this second, which I might have chair-danced to while posting this…
December 2, 2013 § Leave a Comment
I have been in love with Stickygram for a long time. Do I love them so so much? Yes. Do I want a ton more? Yes.
For Instagram addicts, they are fabulous! So easy…Since I now have two giant magnetic strips of metal hanging in my kitchen, they fit in perfect around here.
And as a reader you can get $4 off a set of nine, or $10 off a case! Just type in promo code: FRIEND28QT. Free shipping all the way from London! These guys are too clever.
November 30, 2013 § 2 Comments
Things I learned in November:
1. It’s easy to get things in perspective…just read City of Thieves and Matterhorn back to back…things could always be worse…you could be in besieged Leningrad or the Vietnam War
2. New light fixtures can transform a space
3. Davines This is a Sea Salt spray for hair…omg…instant fabulousness
4. Months go by really fast now
5. Beta Love by Ra Ra Riot
6. Andrew and I don’t have any shows right now other than Top Chef and Survivor…this is not right
7. 40 minutes of yin yoga every night can work wonders… #gamechanger
8. I really do love Butchertown Market
9. My Christmas ornaments are pretty much my most prized possessions.
10. Yuna is winning out over Christmas music
November 28, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Well I’m so exhausted I can barely type this…we had a wonderful Thanksgiving with my family today. My parents hosted across the street…couldn’t get any better. Food was phenomenal, tables were beautiful with my great grandmother’s china on one, my grandmother’s on the other.
Andrew’s passed out with the dogs on the couch, I’m
staring blankly watching Harry Potter movies (with commercials!?!) on ABC Family…I think this is a sign that I need to go to bed. Family still in town for a couple days and we have another Tgives to attend on Saturday! All I know is that I’m headed downstairs to do some seriously needed yin yoga and then it’s sleepy time.
Feeling grateful for pretty everything right now…life is really good, I can’t complain. Many thanks to you for reading.