Every once in a while I like to share a few of my favorite things.
Lucky readers – today is that day so settle in and see what tops my list this month.
Chris got me an Echo for Christmas in RED. We had an Echo Dot but the Echo has a really great sound quality so my music and podcasts sound even more amazing now. Of course there are all kinds of wonderful things that you can do with the Amazon Echo and I am learning new things all of the time. Favorite things to do include setting timers, playing Jeopardy, getting my daily news flash and having Alexa tell me jokes.
These two mugs are adorable, aren’t they? Micah and Wendy brought them back to us after their trip to Japan and they are the perfect little mugs to drink a double espresso from. I have them sitting next to our Nespresso on the coffee bar and they always make me smile when I see them.
My Erin Condren planner always makes me smile. Who doesn’t love llamas? And llamas in red? Perfect. I still use a paper planner even though my husband makes fun of my use of paper calendars and planners. I like the ability to have both calendars on my phone and computer as well as ones that I can actually physically write on. I am old school in a lot of ways and when I saw the llama cover was an option I was all over it. Now it does not mean I am any more organized but…
My new FoodSaver is a life saver. I can’t believe I waited this long to get one. I got it to use originally when Micah and Wendy got me a Anova Sous Vide for Christmas. It is much easier to seal the food in a sealed bag than to try to use a ziplock and I decided to find one on sale and make it happen. Since I have gotten it I have used it repeatedly for things other than Sous Vide cooking. The best thing is when I go grocery shopping and buy meat. I can seal up portions in smaller bags and freeze them. Taking all the air out of the bags with this little gadget has been great and the food lasts longer in the freezer. I have also used it for “dry” foods and it works amazingly well. One of my best buys and thanks to youngest son Aaron for sharing how wonderful they are.
Finally another suggestion from Aaron. Who says your kids can’t teach their parents a thing or two? Collapsible laundry baskets. GAME CHANGER! We had these tall laundry baskets which I always hated. They take up too much room when not in use and are just a pain. These babies are collapsible down to probably 4 inches in height. When not in use they can collapse and nest inside of each other. I got mine at Costco on sale for a third of what they are offered for on Amazon. Great for small spaces and to just help keep the clutter down a bit.
Tell me – what is one of your favorite things? I always love to read what my readers are passionate about.
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I’ve been growing out my beard since November. Mainly just for fun and because it’s warmer during a cold Iowa winter. To keep it under control I had been using a plain, black plastic pocket comb. For Valentine’s day my wife got me an actual beard comb. It’s made from sandalwood which smells great and it works so much better. I’ve read they’re also better for the hair as it’s less likely to snag and cause damage.
That is the perfect gift! I have given both of my boys beard oil but never an actual comb. I bet the sandalwood has the same effect as beard oil. Thanks for stopping by, Tony!
I love your planner!! And we’ve never seen collapsable laundry baskets. Brilliant.
The baskets are amazing. I am so happy to have kids who point out great things to their mom !
Love this post! New discoveries are so much fun. I’ve had an Echo since they first came out but never have bonded with Alexa 😭 my older son wants to try sous vide. I just use the phone calendar but this year I bought a colorful goal planner. My favorite favorite favorite new thing is the apple ear pods. Life changing!
The laundry baskets sound pretty cool. I didn’t know there was such a thing!
They are very cool and I am filling them up right now with all my dirty stuff from my travels. Work great. 🙂
You are always on top of the latest. I admit that I am mostly oblivious to the latest. I don’t even understand an Echo. To me, Echo is the name of a small town in southwestern Minnesota. But the collapsible laundry basket, that I can understand. I wish these would have been around when I was in college with limited living space.
The baskets are amazing! Even if you have plenty of room they are still pretty wonderful. I love your understanding of Echo. 🙂
Fun post! I love the idea of the collapsible laundry baskets too! How neat!
Thanks, Jenny! Yes, those laundry baskets are pretty neat and I am thrilled to have them now. Thanks for stopping by!
I saw your headline and now this is stuck in my head: “When the dog bites When the bee stings When I’m feeling sad I simply remember my favorite things And then I don’t feel so bad.” 🎶 😊
We love our Amazon Echos. Corey has them hooked up to the A/C, our lights etc. I like it for the most part but sometimes it’s a little weird.
Insert evil laugh—-now you have a song headache! But that is a good song, right? Our Echo is only hooked up to one light right now and that is enough for me. Sometimes it can be a bit weird to think that it knows so much ….
Sous Vide! Yeah! That is sooo cool ya’ got yourself a precision cooking device like that, well played!
Well my boys look out for me, that is for sure. I didn’t think I really wanted one but I do love using it. Meat turns out AMAZING!
Collapsible laundry baskets??? Genius! I want some! I’m old school too in that I still use a paper calendar/planner. Just don’t trust technology for everything I guess….and that’s why Echo/Google Home/Alexa whatevers kind of freak me out a bit. :-O
Those laundry baskets are wonderful. Now if only I could get the husband to put away his clothes after I fold them and lay them in them. 🙂