A Few of my Favorite Things (...that are saving my life right now)

It's been a loooong time since I did a favorite things post and Anne Bogel (aka Modern Mrs Darcy and What Should I Read Next Podcast) gave me a nice excuse to pull one together. (Funny enough, Anne's podcast was on my most recent list of favorite things!) I regularly link up with her monthly reading and thought it would be a fun (and helpful) exercise to join her in thinking about what is 'saving my life' right now, as we hit the dead of winter.

Books are an obvious answer, so I'll take it a step further with my new reading material! In my endeavor to severely limit Facebook, the New York Times and Vanity Fair have been filling that time with much more worthwhile material. 

Who doesn't love Chris Pratt? I mean... Seriously?

Buying fun and inexpensive beauty items always cheers me up! I'm partial to all sorts of colored lip balms and gloss that I can score at Target (especially the Chapstick Total Hydration ones) and I also love Zoya nail polish. Once or twice a year they do a 4 polishes for $15 (shipped!) promotion. 
These just came last week and I'm looking forward to trying some new colors.

Am I the only one who thinks the Smoked Butterscotch flavor needs to be a permanent addition to the Starbucks menu? It is definitely giving me life right now. And also this magnificent elixir:
This Lemon Ginger Echinacea juice from Trader Joe's is SO GOOD. It's fantastic right out of the fridge - like a kicked up lemonade, or hot - like lemon ginger tea. And some days, hot or cold, it's necessary to throw in a shot or two of bourbon.

My husband and I are devotees of The Crown and are almost done with the first season.
I was sad about this fact, but then I realized that the final season of Girls starts soon and the adaptation of Big Little Lies which looks AMAZING. But! I'd advocate for reading the book first.

In addition to the What Should I Read Next and Pantsuit Politics podcasts, Pod Save America (formerly Keeping it 1600) is keeping me sane these days - HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
On a sappier note, my little family and my kiddos save my life on a daily basis. They are more joy than pain-in-the-rear, for the most part. They're doing great in school and the stuff they bring home can make my week: 
(Very nice use of vocabulary words and spelling of coffee! She knows me well.) And now, more than ever, I don't know what I'd do without my weekly Saturday date night dinner chat sessions with my husband. 

Lastly, being a part of so many wonderful groups of conscientious people gives me life. Y'all know who you are: if I've seen you're face in recent months, know that you are giving me light and life these days. Much love!

Oh, and I usually include a song in my Favorite Things, so I must admit that specifically this version, the Lost Frequencies Remix of Cold Water by the Biebs is LYFE. I mean, it's implied in the lyrics: I'll be your life liiiine tonight... Just take a deep breath and let it goooooo.


  1. I'm reading Big Little Lies this month before the show starts (for my book club) and I'm pretty excited for it! I love Reese Witherspoon. I'm about halfway done with The Crown and it's soooo good! And I love Zoya polishes. I need to be on the lookout for one of those deals. Thanks for the tip!

  2. So, I've definitely followed your advice: I finished reading Big Little Lies last week so that I can fully enjoy the HBO series; I'm excited for it to begin! Also, Chris Pratt...sigh. Thank you for sharing the Zoya sale/promotion; I purchased my four and passed it along to two other friends. I keep forgetting about The Crown; I wasn't sure about it, but I've heard a few people, like you, RAVE about it so I need to get started. Hope you're having a great week!

    1. Yay! Glad you got in on the zoya deal 💅🏻

  3. Aw. You should definitely keep that paper so you can remind yourself that your kids did love you when they hit the preteen years. I'm at that stage now and still wondering what happened to my affectionate children.

    1. Oh man, I hear you! I'm especially worried about the girl child (who wrote this), as I was way more of an emotional pain than my brother was in those years 😬