Since we have two birthdays and Christmas all within three weeks of each other, we have a large influx of “stuff” all at once. And so, I typically find myself at this time of year anxious to share some new, helpful finds. No one asked me to talk about these things – they’re simply additions to my life that I just can’t keep to myself.
The Wet Brush – Ali has a sensitive head and very tangle-prone hair. As such, much of our daily frustration comes when it’s time to brush it. So I commented on my Facebook Page a couple of weeks ago about how sad I was that there was no such thing as a Magic Hair Brush.
And you ladies came through for me, as you always do.
Several people suggested The Wet Brush and a couple more recommended The Knot Genie, so I ordered both right away. The Wet Brush was perfect, and I swear it really is magic. Her tangles dissolve at it’s very presence, making both of our lives much more tenable. The Knot Genie didn’t work as well on Ali’s hair, but Noah sure likes it for a head-scratcher.
Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing – this children’s devotional is written by Sally Lloyd-Jones, the same woman that wrote our all-time favorite children’s Bible, The Jesus Storybook Bible. Her writing style is so beautifully touching, and she does a fabulous job of weaving the gospel throughout the entire bible. The illustrations are also stunning. The devotionals in the new book are at a bit higher of an intellectual curve than The Jesus Storybook Bible, which is excellent for Ali’s growing mind.
Noah’s Motorcycle – This ride-on toy is surprisingly stable, way more fun than any other toddler ride-on toy that we’ve ever had, and has become an absolute favorite around our house. I’ve never seen it in stores – I just happened to run across it on Amazon and think that it would be perfect for Noah.
Lisa Frank Stickers – Yes! Who doesn’t remember adoring these when they were a kid? And they still exist! I’ve started ordering them for Ali for school prizes and such, and she adores them as much as I did at her age.
Iwako Erasers – Speaking of school prizes, this is another favorite in “Mommy’s Treasure Drawer” – you all may have these in all your bookstores already, but they are such fun take-apart erasers. They’re so cute and great for girls who love to collect tiny things. Oh – and we never actually use them for erasing – just for play. They’re also in all kinds of other varieties now, such as Angry Birds.
Crazy Cups K-Cups – Chris and I have now had a Keurig for over 4 years, and are still loving it.
(Actually, we’re on our second Keurig. Our first died a sad and painful death.)
One of our favorite features is having a variety of coffee types and flavors, and the best way I’ve found to achieve variety is to order Crazy Cups. You get 35, 70, or 105 different K-Cups with no repeats. And you can order certain collections, such as Flavored or Decaf, to make sure you get what you want.
(By the way, if you want my complete K-Cup over-analysis and recommendations, you can find them here.)
Lego Educational Minifigure Sets – These are some of my best gift-giving moments for Chris (yes – my husband, not my kid.) Because we all know – the minifigures are the best parts of Legos anyway. I got him the Fairytale set last Christmas, and the Community Set this Christmas. I’m only hoping that they’ll come out with new sets before next Christmas!
CS Lewis’ Cosmic Trilogy (Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength) – my friend Nikki loaned this set to us, and we were both hooked. The parallelism and fantastical storylines are like Narnia for adults – reliving the wonder of discovering a CS Lewis imaginary world is priceless. Unfortunately, I hit the third book right as Christmas festivities heated up, so I got off track and never finished it, but I am definitely wanting to get back to it.
Hot Tools 1” Curling Iron – Months ago, I asked my Facebook Page how best to get big, wavy curls. My friend Renee has the exact hair I wanted, so I went with her advice. It was a good choice, because it takes no talent, 10 minutes, and the results were pretty much exactly what I was looking for:
Graham Webb Shampoo and Conditioner – I had been searching for a new Shampoo because my long-time favorite, Brocato, was getting impossible to find in discounted sets, and it was too expensive at full-price. One of the brands I tried was Graham Webb, which was much cheaper, and makes my hair soft and shiny.
Windows Live Writer – I wrote about this in my very first “Stuff I Like” post, and it’s important enough to mention again. Despite my extreme hatred of the Windows operating environment including but not limited to the ridiculous ease in attaining viruses and extraordinarily slow processing speeds, I will not switch to a Mac because of this one free download from Microsoft. Windows Live Writer makes blogging possible for me – it’s easy, it’s beautiful, it has great buttons, and your blog posts actually look like they’re going to look while you’re creating them.
It’s good enough to keep me married to Microsoft until someone gets off their butt and creates a like-featured program. So if you’re blogging and have a Windows-based PC and you’re not using Live Writer, you’re missing out on a life-changing program. So off with you – go download it and thank me later.
And last but not least, my new blog design!! It’s been in the works for a few months by Karla Archer of Archer Creative. She was awesome to work with – she listened to the ideas I had and translated them perfectly into the site. I’m excited about the more streamlined look, the featuring of my love of line art (I love the objectivity of that sort of art – bet you would have never guessed,) and all of the category headers and buttons to make navigation easier. Thanks, Karla!!
Okay – that’s it for me. What have you found lately that has been an exciting addition to your life? What are you looking for to change your life?