A few days ago I took the boys to our local library. As they looked for some good books I stepped into the magazine/newspaper cove to do something I rarely take time to do…sit and relax with a few magazines. All I lacked was a hot cup of coffee. I glanced at the O magazine and found the section on her favorite things interesting. I’m no Oprah but I have been thinking for a while that it would be fun to write a casual post on some of my favorite things. I’m not the kind of person that cares much about “stuff” but there are certainly things that I enjoy. So in total random order, here are a few of my favorite things…
STARBUCKS COFFEE – I’ve tried about every brand of coffee out there and yet to experience anything that comes close to any Starbucks blend. I like to use a few drops of Land O Lakes FF half and half with a tbsp. of cool whip. Brewing my own saves me $4 a day and that comes to $1,460 a year.
CLOROX WIPES – Of course I know that Clorox with a cloth is more cost effective. The generic brand usually tear up on me. These things save me a ton of time not to mention the laundry. Without them I doubt I would have the time to blog. With all I save on coffee I feel no guilt on this splurge.
SHOUT SPRAY STAIN REMOVER – Before marriage and kids I never needed a stain remover. Living with 3 males I use this every day. I have tried everything out there and I guarantee you that the other brands don’t work like Shout. My mother-in-law used Shout while visiting from Illinois and is now hooked.
LIPTON TEA – Whether you like sweet tea or unsweet tea, Lipton is the best brand in the entire world. I drink it daily. The antioxidants are an added bonus. Used to drink cola’s and gave them up when I learned how bad they are for you. I confess to slipping up every month or two and drinking a COKE ZERO.
TUTTOROSSO CRUSHED TOMATOES – Before living in NYC I used the pasta sauce in a jar. My Italian friends thought that was a shame and taught me how to make excellent sauce from scratch. My family loves it and it also is more cost effective. But the secret to great sauce is using TUTTOROSSO CRUSHED TOMATOES. I was not convinced until I literally tried everything out there. It is really second to none for your authentic Italian dishes.
MARY KAY EYE MAKEUP REMOVER – One of my least favorite things is my nightly ritual of removing eye make up. This product is the best on the market and makes the job quick and easy. Once your over 30 you need to stop using soap because it causes more wrinkles. Since I would never have plastic surgery I want to take the best care of my skin that I can. Baby oil or vasoline is bad for your eyes. One bottle cost $14 and lasts a few months.
PANERA BREAD – We don’t eat out often but this is one of my top food places when we do. The food is made fresh and they have something for what ever mood you happen to be in. The tortilla soup is my favorite with the half chicken fontega sandwich. They also have free Wi Fi if you want to go alone and do some work. I appreciate that they donate unused food to non-profit organizations or churches each day.
There are a few others that I will save for another post. What are some of your favorite things?