It’s that time again! Time for another installment of favorites.
December was a long month. We had some really great things happen in December. We had an amazing land and sea adventure at Walt Disney World and on the Disney Dream, we had a great Friendsmas and spent time with family on Christmas and the days surrounding, but boy, December seemed like it took a while.
I honestly almost didn’t do a December installment of favorites because I didn’t have a whole lot of things I was loving in December but then I thought, how unfair for the things I did love so here we are!
Food and Drink:
Frosted Sugar Cookies
One of my favorite things to do for the holiday season is bake cookies. Typically, I bake and bake and bake for an entire weekend if not an entire week and then I box them up and deliver them to friends, family, our vet office, the local firehouses and more. This year, I baked and brought most of the cookies to work because on Christmas Day we do cookies and punch for the folks at our center. Bryson took a bunch to work and I took some to our parents.
We took a class on cookie decorating before I did all my baking and it was a blast. We both went and it was a date day and it was a really great time. So, I really focused on my sugar cookies this year and I thought they were cute. Still need a bit of work, I am in no way an expert decorator.
Each year, we host a Friendsmas. I plan and plan, I prep and bake and cook and make down to the minute lists and it is incredibly stressful and I love it. This year was the biggest or one of the biggest we have ever had. I cooked for three days but I told myself, you have to cut corners somewhere. So, I used disposable pans. That’s right. All of this beautiful bake ware I registered for and got for our wedding and I used disposable pans. And, I am not sorry about it. It cut my clean up time by so much.
I’m also going to admit something else. We used paper plates. I still had a ton of cleaning up to do after ward and dishes and scrubbing and all of that but to not be spending an entire day scrubbing pans and soaking them, it was a game changer.
Now, if I could find a biodegradable disposable pan that was sturdy I would use that in a heartbeat so holler at me if you know where I can find that if it has been invented yet.
Hot Cocoa M&M’s
Have you tried these? From what I understand, they are sold exclusively at Target. I need to make a trip to Target to see if they have any left. These things are amazing. They are bigger than normal M&M’s. They are off-white, light brown and dark brown and are filled with what I think is a marshmallow flavored center. They are delicious. These are my favorite M&M’s ever. I want to make cookies with them. That’s actually why I bought them but then I ended up not doing it and just eating them. This could have something to do with why none of my pants fit right now.
Clothing and Accessories:
Disney Cruise Line Zip Up Jacket
We went on a cruise! Our first ever! If you haven’t, be sure to check out our Disney Cruise Line tab to check out our Disney Cruise Line posts. We had such an amazing time. We are trying to decide when our next cruise will be, so we obviously enjoyed ourselves.
One of the purchases I made was this amazing white zip up jacket. I wear this jacket all of the time. First of all, Disney merchandise is expensive, this we know. This jacket caught my eye when we first were wandering through the shops on the ship but it was white and I am clumsy and eat like a toddler so white is not my friend. But, I kept going back to it.
I found other jackets and tops and this one just spoke to me. It was the cheapest of the zip up’s in the shops while we were cruising too! I liked it more than the one that I almost got that was more expensive and I’m so glad I did. I am so thrilled with this purchase.
90 Degree By Reflex Leggings
I’m a runner. Not like a fast runner but I run. I have a shirt that says, “I run, like a turtle running through peanut butter, but I run.” That just about sums it up. Running is how I decompress. I solve the world’s problems when I run. My dogs love running with me. It’s just a part of me.
That being said, I hate wearing pants to run. I’m a shorts girl. We live in Colorado and last week it was three degrees. I had to wear pants. Here is the thing about me wearing pants when I run. I spend a significant amount of time holding two dog leashes, with my phone under my chin, hiking my pants up because they are about to fall way down.
I only have a few pairs of pants that I can wear to run in that don’t do this and I found these 90 Degree by Reflex yoga pants and they are amazing. They work! I don’t hike! I get to run!
For the Home:
Mrs. Meyer’s Room Freshener in Lavender
I have a super sensitive sense of smell and I love sprays and candles and room fresheners of all kinds. In my recent Grove Collaborative order I purchased the Lavender scented Mrs. Meyer’s Room Freshener. I love it. I also got one for my mom. The scent is sweet but subtle. I’m not one for diffusers because I don’t think they are strong enough. The scents are so subtle they might as well not even be there in my personal opinion. But this is stronger and I can actually smell it. The only downside is that the scent doesn’t linger as long as I would want it too in my opinion but I love it and now have one in several rooms of our house. If you are looking for a room freshener I highly recommend giving this one a try.
Our New and Improved Closet
For the new year I took several days off of work to be at home and get a head start on cleaning up some areas of our house. One of my main goals was to tackle our closet. When we first moved in, I kind of threw everything in and there is has stayed, for over two years. It gave me anxiety. Clutter gives me anxiety. So, on New Year’s Day, I tackled the disaster.
The organizers are from Target. I purchased two six pocket gray organizers and two three pocket gray organizers. All came with the hanging capabilities and were simple and are very sturdy.
For two days, I sorted, emptied, piled, reorganized and finally, after two full days of work, we had a beautifully organized and calm closet. It has made me so happy. Now, if only I could get the rest of our house on this page. To be continued.
For the guys, Bath and Body Works Bourbon 2 in 1 Hair and Body Wash
At our Friendsmas gathering we did a white elephant gift exchange. Bryson ended up getting a set from Bath and Body Works men’s products. He loves them! The scent is awesome. It’s deep amber and woodsy and bourbon and it’s amazing. He says, “It smells like man.” Whatever that means. I like it though. When I shower after him, I can still smell it in the shower and it’s awesome. Highly recommend checking out that product for your man or for yourself.
Wonder Therapy Coffee Scrub Cream in Vanilla Coconut
I love a good find at TJ Maxx and Marshall’s. Recently, I picked up a new scrub and was eager to try it out. It is creamier than a typical salt scrub it is more of a mix between a body wash and a scrub. Gentle exfoliation but if you are looking for a straight scrub be sure to check out other favorites for tips on those. This is an amazing scent. I love all things tropical and the scent is strong of coconut and vanilla. I love a good sugar scrub because I spray tan so it’s really important for me to scrub frequently so I don’t turn orange but this is nice when you just want a light exfoliation; a good middle ground.
Acure Brightening Facial Scrub
Bryson and I honeymooned in Hawaii. We spend several days in Kauai and several more in Maui. I adore Hawaii. I would live there. I love the slow pace, the gorgeous weather, the beaches, the water, it’s just perfection. At our resort in Kauai, the face scrub that we were given was Acure. I had never used it before and ended up hoarding it every day and asking for more because I loved it so much.
I just finished the last of my travel sized scrubs from Kauai (sad day) and I found that Grove Collaborative (yes, them again) sold it! Well I jumped right on that and bought some up straight away. If you love a good facial scrub that tones and brightens and buffs away makeup and imperfections for a more even skin tone. You will love this.
There are a number of Acure products on Grove and I think that this one is really quite reasonable. $8.99 is cheaper than many drug store offerings and I think that you get quite the bang for your buck.
That’s it for my December favorites. I hope you found something you could use or were in the market for! If you are loving something, send it my way, I would love to try it out. Be sure to stay tuned for January’s favorites because I am already compiling a great list of loves for the new year!
Thank you for stopping by and for the love of the mouse, never forget, that it all started with a mouse.