Okay, so a "few" might be an understatement... are 20 things considered "a few"? Meh, guess it doesn't matter since I am going to talk about all 20 anyway- HA! I have provided plenty of links (look for the words in GREEN) throughout the post, so please check out the companies, recipes, websites, and people I reference. Get psyched... here we gooooo! =]
1. Little Green Pouch
I have to give a special shout-out to my friend, Katryna Atkins who posted about the Little Green Pouch on her Facebook. I became curious, looked it up, fell in love, and decided to give them a try. If you have ever seen those baby/toddler food pouches at the checkout area in the grocery store, then you know what these are. The difference is, they are reusable, dishwasher safe, and freezer safe! I put my own, homemade organic baby food or store bought, organic, baby yogurt in the pouches. Once T.J. gets the hang of it, he will be able to feed himself by sucking the food out of the pouch! It also makes it easier for us to take baby food on the go as the pouches don't spill as easily as the jars! Check out the website by clicking.... HERE!
2. Super Girlie, Fantastically Sparkly, Princess Nail Polish of Awesomeness
OPI and called "Servin' Up Sparkle". Every princess has to have her sparkly nail polish! =]
3. Thoughtfulness + Cinnamon
have at the grocery store around this time of year. Well, Travis isn't the biggest fan of them. I saw them in the store and was tempted to buy one but didn't. Travis stopped by the store to get something one night and came home with this yummy-smelling, harvest-tastical broom for me! SO thoughtful- I think I love his thoughtfulness more than I love the broom!
4. Homemade, Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie
Since we are the topic of harvest, what is the best part about harvest-y time? Pumpkin Pie, of course! My husband is gluten intolerant (as are my mom, sister, and mother-in-law), thus I needed to make sure I baked a pie he could enjoy! This is the very first pie I have ever baked. It turned out pretty good if I do say so myself! Even my mom, who is NOT a fan of pumpkin pie, said that it was good! =] So happy I didn't fail miserably- haha!!!
5. Yankee Candles
As some of you may know, my favorite thing is scents. I have a million and one different perfumes, use Listerine like it is going out of style, never go easy on the deodorant (TMI, I know, but really... who wants to smell like B.O.?), and LOVE LOVE LOVE air fresheners and candles. If you are a candle person, too, then you know that the best smelling longest lasting scented candles are Yankee candles. They are delish! Recently, they had a buy 2 get 2, so my sister and I (being the brilliant women we are) decided to go halfsies each buying one and thus each getting one. Then I had a fun, cheesy idea- I have those sometimes... and by sometimes I mean always- of each picking one for ourselves and picking one for the other person. I chose "Pumpkin Buttercream" for myself and for Lindsey. She picked "Be Thankful" for me and... derp... forgot the one she got for herself (comment with the answer, por favor, Lindsey). I am pretty much obsessed at an unhealthy level.
6. Cheap Frames
Hobby Lobby, I want to thank you for having a 50% sale on lots of adorable frames. I also would like this chance to berate you: STOP HAVING SO MUCH AWESOME, FUN STUFF THAT I WANT TO BUY!!! MONEY DOESN'T GROW ON TREES YA KNOW!!! WELL... IT ACTUally kinda does... considering that paper money is made out of... well... paper...
7. Seventh Generation Disinfecting Multi-Surface Botanical Cleaner (boy that was a mouthful!)
This is a cleaner that is botanical ("of, pertaining to, made from, or containing plants"- thanks www.dictionary.com!) so it can be used on surfaces where food is placed without having to be rinsed first. If you look at a lot of your all-purpose cleaners, the packaging will instruct you to rinse surfaces (after using the product) that come in direct contact with food. This is due to chemicals and such. Well, with a baby around, with a highchair, and with making my own baby food where some of the ingredients may be lying on my counters before using them, I really appreciate having a cleaner that I can trust to be safe after simply spraying and wiping- no rinsing required. It even says that if you need to disinfect using it, you can spray the area needing disinfecting, leave it to dry, and then not need to rinse it! Awesome. stuff. Not to mention, I LOVE the lemongrass citrus scent- it is so mild and clean smelling without smelling "chemically". LOVE this stuff- I highly recommend it!
8. Chai Tea
Chai Tea with a little milk and honey makes for a delicious morning! Yummmm! =] Simply put, it tastes like Christmas in a mug! If you haven't tried it, you are missing out, my friend... or random reader I don't really know. =]
10. Will Power
Can I just say that the only way I have managed to become nearly 15 lbs lower than my pre-pregnancy weight (and nearly 20 lbs lower than my post pregnancy maintained weight for many months) is by the grace of God? He is the only one who could bestow upon me ANY amount of willpower because I, in and of myself, have not a lick of it! Thank you, Jesus, for being there to help me every step of the way with my weight loss! Without You, I couldn't be doing it! I feel so much better and healthier! =]
11. A Morning Bible Study
Beth Moore's Breaking Free Bible study. Add a cup of tea or coffee and it is a beautiful thing. =]
12. Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
-Boil pumpkin seeds in one quart of water with two tablespoons of salt for 10-15 minutes.
-Dry said pumpkin seeds.
-Rub an obscene amount of butter on the baking sheet.
-Toss pumpkin seeds in the butter (on the sheet) and lay them out in one layer on the sheet.
-Roast at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes.
-Salt to your liking.
-Eat your body weight in delicious pumpkin seeds.
14. T.J.'s Pooh Bear Outfit
Ummm, what's not to love? ...It's stinking adorable! "Tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff!" =]
15. Cooking With My Hubby
We made our fun, Jack-O-Lantern Stuffed Peppers together- fun and yummy! =] Want to try them next Halloween? Find the recipe HERE! Bon appetit!
16. A Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte
Starbucks and its Pumpkin Spice Latte, paying over $4 a pop for a drink wasn't working out for me. Some nights, if you listened really hard, you could hear the soft sobs from our budget. Thus, I decided to try a homemade version of this delicious Autumn treat!
17. Carving Pumpkins
Better late than never! Travis and I carved our pumpkins on November 2nd! Although that may seem silly because we completely missed Halloween, we did it! Why? Because we bought the pumpkins already and we wanted to carve them this year. So... why not? Sometimes it doesn't matter WHEN, just as long as it happens. We don't want to miss out on something fun just because we missed the proper date! We wouldn't not celebrate a birthday because we couldn't celebrate it on the actual date. We still had a blast! =]
18. My Handsome Hubby
I luff him! =} He is a sweetheart and so selfless. He works hard at Morgan Stanley and then comes home and helps with T.J. and the condo. He is a sweet, loving, and God-fearing man who also happens to be QUITE the hunk! ;]
19. My Sweet Baby Bear
Our son T.J. has brought unspeakable joy into our lives. He is not only adorable, but he also has the greatest personality! He is sweet, easy-going, and already compassionate- even at 9 1/2 months! He is truly a gift from the Lord. We have been immensely blessed.
This may seem cliche, but with CHRISTmas quickly approaching (Yes, I know that we haven't even hit Thanksgiving yet, but trust me, Christmas will be here before you know it!), it is imperative that we remember the "reason for the season". However, we need to be thinking about Jesus throughout the year. He is the reason for our salvation. He bore the weight of the world's sins on His shoulders and spent a moment dying in darkness separated from His Father. All of this He did for you, the world, and me. He should be everyone's "favorite thing"! If you haven't given your life to Him, please take some time to get to know about Him and what He has done for you by reading the Gospel of John.