Of course, the holidays are supposed to be all about being thankful for the many, many blessing we have in our lives. I absolutely do NOT want to disregard how incredibly lucky I am to be able eat amazing food, sleep in the most comfortable bed in the world (no lie) and breathe mostly clean oxygen everyday to keep me moving along. I have an amazing job that's affording me the opportunity to go graduate school without accruing any more student loan debt. I have an incredible extended family, a loving brother and fantastic parents who let me call them at atrocious hours of the day everyday just to talk since I can't be near them. My friends can't be beat and I love them/you all so much, even when I forget to tell you. I have a puppy that is almost completely potty trained (eighteen months later) and will be coming back with me to Oklahoma after 6 months because my mom was nice enough to take him off my plate while I moved to a new city, started a new job, and had the most difficult semester of my graduate school career all at once. And, I'm healthy. I'm not 100% all the time, but I feel better now than I have my entire life mentally and physically.
There. Now that that's out of the way, I can get onto one of the fun parts of Christmas...the loving of material goods. My mom asked for my official Christmas list a month ago, which I would not be so bold as to put up here because there were a lot of pretty pricey things on there to give her ideas and options, but I wanted to share twelve of "my favorite things."
In the spirit of The Sound of Music favorite things, these are life's little pleasures that one can enjoy any day of year and no matter how much of it you get, it's always delightful!! I did this one on-the-cheap with nothing costing more than $40!
I HOPE YOU'LL DO THE SAME AND POST YOUR FAVORITES!!!
A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS
I am super picky about my lipsticks, but this one does the trick!! I like very natural-looking shades with a hint of pink. Usually I top it off with a lipstick sealant (I use Sealed With a Kiss...MAC doesn't make this shade in a long-lasting formula) then a pink gloss, like Victoria's Secret Beauty Rush in Strawberry Fizz!
3. Arbor Mist Blackberry Merlot
4. N.Y.C. New York Color Cheek Glow Single Pan Blush in Park Avenue Plum
5. Caldrea Essentials for Target in Citron Ginger
This is like kitchen perfume!!! It smells so good that it makes it worth it to pay a little extra! The Target essentials are a cheaper version of the Williams-Sonoma Caldrea line, and the concentrated refill bottles make it super affordable. So, on those rare days when I don't feel like cleaning the kitchen, I just remember I get to smell the good stuff!!
6. Lily of France Gel Touch Strapless Bra
7. Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
8. Eggs Benedict
9. Starbucks Coffee Vanilla Bean Frappucino Ice Cream
YYYYuuuummmmmmmmm. I love ice cream, I love vanilla bean (at least twice as much as french vanilla). This is expensive for just a pint, but it tastes better than any other ice cream out there. So, I make it last! Their coffee ice cream comes in second to Haagen-Daaz, though.
10. Aquage SeaExtend Silkening Oil Treatment
11. Papa John's Pizza
12. Diet Dr. Pepper
I'm still a Diet Coke fan, but I think Diet Dr. has stolen my heart. If I have a choice, I almost always side with the Dr. It tastes like candy!!!