Friday, November 19, 2010

My Favorite Things Party {2010}

Hey everybody! Before I start on the list, I have two quick things to tell you:  First of all, some of you may have noticed by now that my new blog design is up!  It’s currently still under construction and we’re working out the kinks – I hope to have it perfected by next week!  Second, I didn’t realize that the results I wrote about in my last post were going to take 3 whole days to come back, so I won't know until tomorrow or Monday!  Ahhhh!  I really appreciate those of you who prayed, though.  Okay, well, on to the party!

This is Melissa’s 2nd year hosting the party, and last year I got some great ideas on fun new products to try! The idea is objects you can go and buy; clearly I do not value my face cream more than my husband and son. :) 

Here’s my list, in no important order! :)

1.  Crazy Richards Peanut Butter and Stonyfield Farms Organic After Dark Frozen Yogurt



I know I haven’t posted a lot about clean eating lately, but let me tell you, these are two STAPLES in my house!  I have tried a TON of natural peanut butters, and believe me when I tell you that is one is by far the best.  I haven’t been able to find it here in CT, so I have to buy it in bulk when I go to PA! and totally worth looking into. 

As far as Stonyfield goes, you know I try not to eat a lot of sugar, but I do make an exception for this frozen yogurt.  On a normal day, I really try not to eat sugar in any other item besides fruit, milk products, a little honey, and maybe this.  It is so, so creamy, and it honestly doesn’t have that usual frozen yogurt aftertaste.  I highly recommend it! 


2.  St. Ives Timeless Skin Facial Moisturizer.  

I bought this a few weeks ago when Rite Aid was having a sale on it: buy it for $3.99, get $3 refund back.  The thing I like most about it is that it’s paraben- and phthalate-free.  I’ve been reading more and more about those chemicals, and they scare me – especially for something that’s going to sit on my face all night long!  This is light and fresh feeling, and I’m pretty sure it’s going to last me until I have grandchildren. 


3.  Thrift Stores

Really, do I need to say more?! I think my love of thrifting has been well-established here! :)


4. Target Girls’ Tall Brown Boots

I posted about my Target kids’ boots find recently, and I honestly think they’re my favorite finds of the season.  They’re comfy, cute, and SUPER AFFORDABLE!  Totally great. 

Product Image Girls' Xhilaration® Hearthstone Riding Boots - Brown


5.  Starbuck’s Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa. 

Again, I’ve already posted about this drink, but I can’t sing its sweet-salty little praises enough.  I’ve had a cold all week, but if I feel well enough tonight, Chris and I are going to Starbucks to get drinks and then finish picking out our Operation Christmas child presents together.  Mmmmmmmmm.


6.  Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker

I’ve been wearing this perfume for a while now, and it has really grown on me.  I really have no idea how to describe a perfume to you, but it smells really pretty and….mature.  lol (Doesn’t it kill you in magazines when they’re trying to review a perfume and they’re like, “it has notes of jasmine and wild rose wood, with a hint of citrus and saffron.”  Ohhhhh, clearly I can smell it in my head now!!)

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7.  The Family Stone and The Notebook

Rachel McAdams is one of my all-time favorite actresses, and two of her movies rank up there as some of my favorites.  I love The Family Stone for so many reasons – it makes me cry and laugh, which pretty much guarantees I’m going to love a movie -  but mainly because I want a big family and a big old beautiful rambling New England house like that one someday.  It’s one of my most favorite holiday movies. 




Oh, and The Notebook…….again, enough said. :)



Well, I think that does it for me!  I can’t think of anything else at the moment; I’m sure that will change the moment I hit “Publish.” Of course, my favorite things from last year's party are all still things that I enjoy, so feel free to check that out if you’d like.  (Does that make me boring or just consistent?  lol)

320 Sycamore is one of my MOST favorite blogs – be sure to check her out!

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  1. You had me laughing out loud at your depiction of the ways magazines describe perfumes. You're so right! Too bad computer screens aren't scratch-and-sniff. I need to check out that fragrance.

    I really like St. Ives products--I appreciate that they're so affordable--but I haven't seen that cream. I'll look for it!

    This is a great party, isn't it?

  2. What is this Starbucks Caramel Salted Hot Cocoa?!? I think I'm going to have to try it!
    And Family STone... one of my favorites! I cry everytime! Love that!

    I'm also a thrift store Junkie...I find myself taking out of the way routes home to stop at the good ones! ;)

    Happy Holidays! If you have a minute come visit me at Little Miss Martha! :)

  3. Hi Jessica! What a great find on those boots! I can't believe you fit into a child's size 5?? Salted caramel hot cocoa is making my mouth water...yummmm!

  4. I love the Family Stone too! Especially the fight in the kitchen scene with the boys under the table.

  5. Ugh!! How could I have forgotten to put "The Notebook" on my favorite things list?!?! Also, I LOVE those boots!!

  6. Hot Cocoa and the frozen yogurt... sounds like a Friday night to me! :)

    I love that you mentioned those Target boots for little girls... my daughter grew out of her boots last year and I've been looking for a new pair! Just got the new Garnet Hill kids and I am certain I'd like the price of the Target boots over Garnet Hill!!!

  7. What a fun list! Thrift stores... agree!! :) I love perfume and I am always looking for great new scents. I will have to check 'Lovely' out... thanks!

  8. Hey Jessica! Love the new blog design. I have to comment on the fact that you love Starbucks drinks. This weekend only, from 2-5 p.m. Starbucks is offering a Buy one, get one Holiday drink promo so make sure you and your husband get there before 5 to get your free drink!

  9. Oh, I love the notebook too. THose boots are darling. What a fun list.

  10. LOVE those boots!! I tried them on, but my calves didn't look right in them. I think maybe my calves are too big???!! They are super cute though. Thanks for the visit today!

  11. Love those boots and I drink that Hot Chocolate every time I go to Target! Great list!

  12. I am looking for new boots...and I have small feet, what a great idea. I am going to check out the kids boots! Super cute!

  13. LOVE those boots! So cute! I must go to Target tonight and try some on.

  14. I'm visiting from 320 Sycamore...but just wanted to say my friend was just telling me about the salted drink at Starbucks. Nice.

  15. hi,
    'first visit to your happy, sweet blog! The grocery store where I live just started carrying Crazy Richard's PB and you're right - it's yummy!

    I love those boots!!! What a great find - and very generous of you to share the scoop!

    And oh my gosh...that salty starbucks sounds incredible! 'can't wait to try it! :)

  16. I so must try the Salty Hot Chocolate!! Thanks for sharing all your fav's. Hugs From Texas, Tara

  17. Oh you are a kindred spirit, I could drink those hot chocolates all day long! Yum!

  18. How did I not know about that yummy sounding cocoa! I have to try this!

  19. Oh my gosh. I KNOW! I just tried the Salted Caramel Hot Choc Saturday night and LOVED it. Hmmm. I wonder if anyone's got a homemade recipe version. I really can't be running to Starbucks all the time.


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