Tuesday, May 12, 2009

These are a few of my (current) favorite things...

Every now and then I discover something that I just love, and feel the need to share it with someone else!  Today I thought I'd list the little creature comforts that I'm especially fond of currently.  In no particular order...

The Morton Arboretum.
This place is heavenly.  Beautiful trees, flowers, paths, fountains... the most amazing children's section that I think was made specifically for boys with energy to burn... and a wonderful gift shop that makes anyone want to be more earthy!  (I have never wanted Ginkgo leaf jewelry or my own garden more... what!?  Where does that come from?)

Pure Valencia Orange Juice.
Sadly, they are either discontinuing making it or Target just isn't carrying it on their shelves anymore because it's GONE!  Go grab a bottle of this if you can find it - it's so sweet that you can't drink more than a short juice glass at once.

Thymes Sweetleaf Baby.
This scent is so yummy and I particularly enjoy the instant hand sanitizer.  (*This is a little 'splurge' item...)

The Soup.
Our friends the Larsons suggested we start watching more of this show, and we are glad they did.  It's hilarious, if not a bit crass, and every week Rob and I look at each other in amazement at all the terrible TV shows that are out there (which the Soup summarizes for you and shows highlight clips of the worst moments...).  Very entertaining.

Target Sheets.
I love Target for so many reasons.  One of the biggest is that I found these Thomas O'Brien sheets there a while ago (when they were on sale), and they are the softest sheets we own and oh-so-pretty.  They put our Pottery Barn wedding-registry sheet set to shame.

Butterfly Flower Room Oil.
This is apparently a new scent at Bath and Body Works (use a coupon when you buy it!).  At my local store they had it burning by the front door, and when I walked in I was in love.  It's a bit sweet, and since Rob has an aversion to scented anything, I usually just burn it during the day.

Privo Clark's Acacia Slip On.
I just found these shoes at our Outlet Mall in Aurora, and they were half the retail price!  I am loving them because 1) they go with (almost) everything, from active wear to cute tops, 2) I don't have to have a perpetual summer pedicure in order to wear them, and 3) my prego feet can swell all they want to in the next 2 months and these will still be comfortable on my feet.  The only downside is that they require a bit of maintenance to keep them from getting stinky since you wear them with bare feet.  A small price to pay, in my opinion.
Totino's Cheese Pizza.
A prego's best friend - at least this one's.  What's not to love?  They cost $1.27 at Target (on sale this week for $1.20!).  They cook in 10 minutes or less.  You can finish an entire pizza by yourself for lunch (at least right now I can).  I suppose some would balk at the calories, the fact that anything that can be considered a full 'lunch' and costs only $1.27 can't include quality ingredients, or the scare we had exactly one year ago of the Pepperoni Pizzas being recalled for Salmonella (I remember, because I was eating them back then since I was pregnant with Robbie, and had 5 Pepperonis in my freezer at the time!).  I play it safe and stick with Cheese now.  I realize that many of you have just lost an enormous amount of respect for me.  And you know what?  I'm ok with that.  That's how much I love this trashy pizza.

Skippy Natural Peanut Butter.
Rob gets the credit for encouraging me to steer clear of hydrogenated oil (we call it poison now).  But I was having a hard time giving up my sweet peanut butter for the bland, gritty, oily Smuckers Natural version that he has moved towards.  Then I found this product.  Bless Skippy.  It looks and tastes like the old kind of peanut butter, but actually BETTER - and there's hardly any oil swirling around the top when you open a new jar.  It's worked out nicely that in our household we have his-and-hers peanut butter, because right now I am loving the freedom of being able to dip my Pink Lady apple slices right into the jar.  And my double-dipping is guilt free.

Cascadian Farm Organic Granola - Oats and Honey.
I have tried every box and bag of granola that Jewel, Dominick's, Whole Foods, and Trader Joe's have to offer.  This is the only one that I think tastes good!  Bonus - it's sold at Target.  Get a box and pair it with your morning yogurt.  Yum.

Dairy Queen Blizzard - Oreo.
Ok, this one isn't healthy, cheap or going to do anything good for you except take you to your happy place.  It might be my biggest and worst craving this pregnancy, next to trashy pizza.  Sorry baby girl.

Bumble and bumble Seaweed Shampoo and Conditioner.
I found these lingering in my bathroom closet from last summer, and am newly addicted.  They have a light, fresh, sweet scent with a hint of mint.  They're perfect for summer - not too harsh or heavy.  And although the conditioner feels more like a detangler going on, it hydrates enough for even color treated hair.  I restocked my supply when it was on sale (where else - at Target) because it's definitely a splurge item.  
So there you go!  These are my little indulgences.  What are yours???
And no, I am not paid to review products on my blog.  I just thought it would be fun.


Molly said...

My boyfriend designed for Cascadian Farms. :)

Jennifer said...

Huh, let's see -- current indulgences?...

- Starbucks Frappuccinos - I've bought a case of them at Costco the past two months! This is a bad one because of the caffeine but I try not to have more than 1/2 a bottle to a bottle (at the most) a day.

- Ice cream - I splurged and bought 6 scoops when Baskin Robbins was having their 31 cent scoop night. Tyler and I just started digging into the last scoop today as a snack!

- Strawberries! I've been getting the Costco size package lately (6 lbs. for $6 - best deal in town!) and they are oh-so good! I just made a Strawberries & Cream Pie with them this weekend and have to admit that I just ate the last slice this evening!

- Sweet Corn! Florida sweet corn is in season and the grocery store has had it on sale the past few weeks. Can't get enough of it -- even after eating a full meal I'll still have a couple ears of corn! :)

The Pifer's said...

Love your blog!!! :)

Tiffany Pifer