Welcome back the fourth edition of Favorite Things, where I highlight a few on the things I’ve found on Amazon that I think might make your life just a little brighter. Even if you don’t see anything here that strikes your fancy, Amazon sends me a a few cents on every dollar if you do your shopping through my page. So, next time you need to order any old thing, I hope you’ll remember this little blog and the community we are building together. I’ll be sharing another way you can contribute to the work that brings the light soon, but for now this is the way you help make this whole thing happen.
My friend Marcie shared this book with me a few years ago and I think I read the whole thing in about 36 hours. It’s one of those books that feels holy in your hands. I knew it would change me and it did.
Same author, next book. I swear on my entire library that I will read every word this woman ever writes. This book taught me a new way to look at the 3 mile radius around my house and challenged me to consider what it really means to love my neighbor.
P.S I just saw on Instagram that she is offering to join your book group for a meeting if you order several copies at a time. JUMP ON THAT TRAIN and then invite me to your book group.
Here’s another one I keep returning to again and again. Bob writes beautifully and he helps me focus on the things I can do to be love in the world. When I start to feel angry and depressed from consuming too much bad news, I pick this up for a chapter or two until my pulse returns to normal. I think this hyper-connected world with all it’s woes requires us to be proactive with the space between our ears. If we aren’t filling some of the space with hope, despair too easily takes over.
For the Kids
This is a sweet little book (who knew Jamie Lee Curtis writes children’s books, anyway?) full of empathy and encouragement. It really is hard to be five!
If you have need to purchase a gift for a girl between the ages of 10 and 14, these will be well received. VSCO or something? Don’t ask. But seriously, HK asked for these for her birthday.
All kids love stickers, even big ones. I bought these for my students at school but I pulled a few for my personal kids, too. They’re encouraging and funny and I think everyone needs more of those things.
Brows make me scared. ok? I over tweezed like every other person who came of age in the late 90s and brows just aren’t that resilient. But I unfortunately also missed the episode where we all learned to fill our brows in. It’s been a whole thing, honestly. But this pencil has given me back my brows, ya’ll! When I have time and give a damn, I fill those sad puppies in with this wizarding tool and I look about 86% better, instantly!
This is a pricier item, no lie. But a drop or two goes far and I think it’s really helping my face recover from the decade of neglect I just subjected it to.
Throw your dry shampoo in the trash and order this. Order three cans and put one in every place you might need it.
I don’t own this cookbook but I wish I did. Have you watched her Netflix series? I binged the whole thing in a day (are you picking up on a theme?).
I use this little gem every single day and often more than once. It makes great smoothies, marinades, salsas and more. And the price is right, too.
I use my salt and pepper cellars every single day and I could never go back to shaking and grinding.
For the Home
I bought a basket like this one at Marshall’s and went back the next week looking for more and of course there were none. I love being able to close this little gem and hide whatever is inside. I used it for lint and whatnot on the dryer and then I decided it was too cute to use as a trash can. Now it sits in the living room and holds the diapers and wipers so I don’t have to run upstairs every time Shep decides to delay potty training one more day.
Did you know you can order live plants on Amazon? This little guy is in my cart right now and I plan to call him my little Leafy Boi.
I follow Lauren Leiss on Instagram and her aesthetic is ideal. I will never be as cool or rich as her and I’ll never have a kitchen garden like hers, but her style and her words really do inform my decisions when I have energy and resources to spend on homemaking.