My Favorite Things

A Few of My Favorite Things – February 2018

February is here, which means we are one month closer to spring. Overall, it hasn’t been a bad winter, but it has been a bit unpredictable. One day we wear all of our winter gear and have inches of snow, and then a few days later it’s muddy and feels like the first days of spring. It’s hard to adjust to the back and forth precipitation and temperatures.

We are ready for spring around our house, in fact, I’m so ready I skipped over decorating the house with snowmen this year.

To brighten things up around here in this dreary February (well at least for those of us living in the Midwest) I’m bringing a few of my favorite things.

Alright, so my first two are going demonstrate what a huge nerd I am.


It’s true, I love Post-its. I’m not sure I could live without post-its in my life. I use them for everything including notes, to-do-lists, to mark pages I want to hold in books, and even as entertainment for the kids.

In my book, all post-its are great (small, big, with lines, without lines, fun shapes, tab post-its, etc.). When it comes to post-its, I am completely brand loyal. Post-it brand is by far superior, and I don’t even waste money on the other brands.


The post-it tabs are great for marking chapters in textbooks, or where you are in a bible study or journal.

One particularly long car ride with the girls Amelia was melting down. I don’t blame her, six hours in a carseat for a two year old can be pretty tough. There isn’t much to entertain them, and we don’t do movies in the car. One day at home, we had discovered her love of post-its. I had some post-its in my bag (doesn’t everyone have a variety of post-its on hand for an emergency?). I pulled out the little tab ones and handed them over. The cost for those was approximately $3, which was well worth the whole hour of quiet we got out of Amelia when she started playing with them. They were stuck all over the car and herself, but the best part – they are easy to take off and throw away.

Did you know that post-its were created in 1968 when a scientist failed at making a super strong adhesive? They were marketed as post-its in 1979. Proof that great things can come from failures.

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Our Favorite Children’s Toys

July is a big birthday month in our house, so toys are definitely on our mind. While I always recommend the gift of an experience, I also recognize the importance of toys as well.  It seems the perfect time to share some of our favorite children’s toys. For a toy to make my favorites list my kids have to play with it repeatedly, use their imagination and play for long periods of time.

You never get too old for some good ‘ol toys in your life. This year Amelia got mostly toys, and Cassidy got books and clothes. As she informed me afterward, she was very happy with what she received, but sometimes it’s just nice to get some toys to play with.


My children discovered these at the Children’s Museum in Madison, WI. They are little tiles that are magnetic around the perimeter so children of all ages can easily build with them. They are great for young kids because they can easily stay together and they are great for older kids to use their imagination. Technically, very small children should not play with them because if they break and a magnet gets loose, a child could swallow it. I have never had one break or even come close to break, but toys have to have ages and warnings just in case.

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A Few of My Favorite Things

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In honor of my birthday, I wanted to share with all my readers five of my favorite things right now. I plan to make this a more regular edition to the blog because I am always finding new things that I love.

And when I love something I want to share it with all of my friends.

In the past, I have just assumed that everyone else knew about the products that I love because I’m usually the last to know things. I am definitely not a trend setter.

Over time, I have realized that is not the case, and it would not be fair for me to keep my favorite things a secret.

This month I have five things that immediately came to mind that I knew I had to share. Here they are in no particular order.

Body Glide

If you have never heard of Body Glide and you live or travel anywhere that it ever gets hot, then you are seriously missing out. This product was introduced to me by my husband years ago when we were preparing for one of our trips to Disney World. Body Glide looks just like deodorant, but it is not. It is the perfect anti-chafing solution. I don’t care if you are big or not – if you have any part of your body that rubs together when you move – you need this.  I am “privileged” enough to have inner thighs that rub together. It is super awesome in the summer when it’s hot and muggy out when you’re wearing shorts or even a skirt. To prevent the uncomfortable rubbing together and chafing I simply rub on the body glide in the morning, and I’m good to go.

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