Does anyone else see the words "favorite things" and immediately either think of The Sound of Music or Oprah? Or both?
I do. And I hate to tell you this, but me sharing my list of five doesn't mean that I'll be ending this post with: "You get a prize! And you get a prize! And you get a prize!"
Nope. Only one of you will be getting a prize. Sign up below and you will be registered for the drawing to win the first thing on my list.
That first thing? Drum roll please....
"A cup?" you moan.
Not just any cup. A Yeti tumbler!
I was first introduced to this silver canister of amazing about two months ago. I heard two people talk about them in a span of a few days so I figured I should give one a try and see what all the fuss was about.
Oh my stars! These things are so amazing that I bought three. One for my hot stuff. One for my cold stuff. And one for one of you!
I have never in my life fallen in love with any kind of drink container other than cute little coffee mugs with smart a** sayings on them - but now my mugs are left alone and unused in our dark cupboard. I only drink coffee out of my Yeti and it stays hot for hours. Hours!
One hour after I've made coffee, it's still so hot I can barely drink it without burning my tongue to the point that food will never be tasty again. But it's oh so worth it!
Go now... of after the drawing (which ends on January 25th) and buy a Yeti - or twelve!
Don't be too impressed. That photo? That's not mine. It comes from an amazing artist named Valeri. You can see more of her photos on her website.
When I got my brand new journaling Bible, I dreamt it would look like Valerie's. It doesn't. Not even close. I can't draw a stick person or hand-write legibly so I'm not sure why I thought mine would turn out beautiful, but how it looks doesn't matter.
Here's a pic of mine.
What matters is that there is space for me to write my thoughts, prayers and lessons. I still have the Bible that I've owned and taken Sunday notes in for over twenty years, but my journaling Bible is for time at home alone while I'm in the word.
Be careful - don't go blind trying to read the titles of the books on my shelves. (Yep, I know you were trying)
While I would love to one day have a library similar to the one that Belle gets to take advantage of in Beauty and the Beast, that just isn't reality right now. But I LOVE my IKEA shelves anyway.
They are very reasonably priced, easy to put together, and they look great no matter your decorating style. These two shelving units line my dining room and I think they look great.
How exciting can a dryer really be? Especially a non-fancy, zero bells and whistles and top loading, not the cool front loading kind?
Pretty darned exciting- especially when you have TWO!
As a wife who is also a mom of three boys, I felt like my life sentence was the duty of laundry. It became my nemesis and I dreaded doing the laundry about as much as I dreaded big grocery shopping at Wal-Mart.
The thing that makes the process worse? It takes twice as long to dry as it does to wash, so there's no way to get into a laundry rhythm. Usually, I would get a load or two done and then forget about it, come back several days later and find spoiled clothes.
Thus, this text exchange between my oldest and I...
I can't confirm, nor deny that I've ever had this issue before, but two dryers has changed my life!
We bought the second dryer at a garage sale and then my hubby hired someone to make a new vent hole. The entire thing didn't cost much, and it has paid for itself in saving time.
And last but not least, my 5th favorite thing...
Making A Murderer
I started hearing the murmurs about this show around the start of the New Year. I saw it mentioned here and there. I read people's comments about being infuriated and disgusted by our legal system, but I put off watching it.
Then, one night I was laid up in bed and I had nothing better to do so I went ahead and decided to give it a try. Five hours later I'd watched half of the episodes, had yelled at the computer about a hundred times and I'd prepared a speech that I wanted to give to my children about never, ever saying a word to police officers no matter how nice they may seem.
I don't know if Steve and Brendan or guilty or innocent, but I do believe they got the shaft and deserve new trials.
Moms out there - if you watch this, prepare to shed tears over Brendan. His situation is heartbreaking. You just want to grab him in a big hug and never let go.
This is a much watch for everyone! Don't miss it.
So, what are your five?