Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Favorite Things

A few months ago, Nester did a link up for everyone to post their favorite things under $30.  I loved reading through everyone’s favorite things! Of course, I couldn’t get it together to post my favorite things then.  But here are mine now.  A day late and a dollar short, story of my life… And a note to the moms in my MOPS group, you might see some of these coming up in May at our MOPS Favorite Things meeting!  Or I might have new favorite things by then!

1. Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer in Caramel
Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer, Caramel
This is the perfect cross between lip balm and lipstick.  I wear it as lip balm when I am going sans make-up, so I don’t look dead, and I wear it as lipstick when I am wearing make-up. It has a slight minty tingle to it, which I love.  And for under $5? Sold!

2. and 3.  A duo of Garnier hair products… One for when I wear my hair curly and one for when I wear it straight…
Garnier Fructis Style Wonder Waves Wave-Enhancing Spray, Flexible
I hate crunchy hair. But, if I don’t put product (and lots of it!) in my hair when I wear it curly, it is majorly frizzy.  Which I hate about as much as crunchy hair.  I found Wonder Waves at CVS and thought I would try it out.  It’s perfect for what I need: curl control and no crispy hair.

Garnier Fructis Style Sleek & Shine Flat Iron Perfector Straightening Mist 24 Hr Finish
And then there’s the straight side.  I have high-maintenance hair if you can’t tell.  I use this Sleek & Shine Flat Iron Perfector  after I’ve dried my hair with a round brush and before I use the flat iron. It really helps my hair stay straight until I wash it again, which is something that does not happen if I don’t use it. Plus, it smells nice, which is always a bonus. And it’s cheap. Another bonus!

4. Sharpie Pens

I love a good writing utensil. This is evidenced by the fact that I have had the same mechanical pencil for almost 10 years. It has been with me through three jobs and 4 years as a stay at home mom.  I panic when I can’t find my pencil.  So, that’s my obvious choice for pencil, but the Sharpie is my choice for pen. They write super smooth and don’t bleed through. I heart these pens.

5. Gloria Jean’s Butter Toffee K-Cups

I am a fan of coffee, in general.  I am also a fan of the Keurig, but that’s not under $30. :) My favorite k-cup is Gloria Jean’s Butter Toffee, hands down.  I have gone through boxes of these, and I have yet to grow tired of them.  Good stuff.

6. Birchbox

I love samples! I love to try new products, but not be tied down to a full-size in case I really hate them.  Birchbox is a subscription service that for $10 a month will send you a box full of sample goodies.  This month I got that really cute Zoya nail polish that you see up there and that Algenist face cream is the bomb!  And they are not stingy at all with the sizes.  I’ve been using that face cream twice a day for well over a week now.  You can also order full-size versions of any of the samples you get on the Birchbox website (although I will not be getting any of the Algenist face cream since it is $94! Yikes! I’ll be using my sample a little more sparingly now) and earn points to be put toward free products. You can also earn points just by telling them what you think of the samples.  For every 100 points, you get $10.  It adds up fast!

7. Sonic Happy Hour

I have a soft spot for Sonic. Their fountain drinks are second to none.  I’m especially fond of the Cherry Vanilla Diet Coke.  And at Happy Hour, you can get a Route 44 for like $1.  ‘Nough said.

8.  Nutella
Ferrero Nutella
I, for years, thought I did not like Nutella.  Don’t ask me why.  I think I might have somehow in my mind linked Nutella with Vegamite. Two things could not be further apart on the taste scale.  If you’ve never tried Vegamite, please don’t.  Trust me.  But if you’ve never tried Nutella, please do.  I can eat this by the spoonful. And if you mix it with a little peanut butter, then you are speaking my love language.

9. Friday Night Lights

Technically, this is not under $30.  But, if you buy each season individually, it counts.  So, that’s what I’m going with.
Again, like with Nutella, I was late to the Friday Night Lights party.  Burge and I watched all 5 seasons last summer, and there has never been a television show that has affected me more. I felt like I lived it with them.  I was torn up when we finished the finale.  And I would watch it all over again right now.  It’s that good. There is not a week that goes by that I don’t find some way to work it into conversation. Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose. True ‘dat.

10.  Hunger Games Trilogy
The Hunger Games Trilogy Boxed Set
I just read these over Christmas.  As in, I read all three the week before Christmas.  And then Burge read them the week after I finished them.  These are so good.  But not in a feel-good, all-is-right-with-the-world kinda way. More like disturbing, can’t-look-away-from-a-train-wreck kinda way.  I will say, if I had written them (yeah, right!), I would have ended Mockingjay differently.  But that doesn’t diminish how good the rest of them are.
So, there you go.  Those are ten of my favorite things. Sound off with your favorites so I can check them out!


  1. And this is why we are friends. I can say yes, yes, yes to so many things on this list. I, too, love the Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer however my color of choice is Cocoa. And Butter Toffee is my absolute favorite K-cup. And I watched Friday Night Lights this summer as well. I haven't read Hunger Games yet but it's on my list for this year. I just have to get past chapter 3 of any book at this point.

  2. Absolutely love Birchbox! And I am obsessed with The Hunger Games Trilogy!


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