Typing out a Favorite Things list is not something new for me, see for example: (2014, 2013, 2012) So in the spirit of tradition, I present to you (in no particular order), my favorite things from 2015:
–My Steam Mop: I put this purchase off for (too many) years, hearing negative reviews of people spending a lot of money only to end up with lemons. Finally, one day on a (perhaps nesting inspired) whim, I threw out my old, broken mop and ordered this one. For what it’s worth, it does get pretty good reviews on Amazon and if my review adds any weight to your decision, I love it. Over the years I’ve been gradually switching my family away from as many chemical cleaners as possible and so this received extra points for killing germs simply with steam. The only thing I would change about it is the cord, which is too short, difficult to roll up, and just overall annoying. Other than that, it won me over. The proof is in the filthy mop head I throw in the wash each week.
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Amazon Prime Photo: This is a free cloud storage app for all of your photos and videos for Prime members. So far I am loving it. It takes up little space on my phone and I’ve had a better success rate with it than iCloud. Get yours in the app store.
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Unisom: I think this little OTC sleep aid has earned its rightful spot on my 2015 favorite things list. During the first tri, my morning sickness raged the worst at night and 1/2-1 blue tab helped me to sleep it off successfuly. Those of you who need something during the day, talk to your Dr. about Diclegis.
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Digize: I wouldn’t consider myself fully on the essential oils bandwagon, yet, but if there is a problem that I am reluctant to treat with medicine or something that doesn’t necessarily call for medicine, I am willing to give them a trial run. If I could chose only one oil to have in my cabinet, this one would be it. Stomach bugs terrify me. I used this on the girls every time they complained of any kind of stomach trouble, and each time I felt like it worked (placebo, maybe, but it gave me peace of mind that I was doing something)
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Sewing Machine: I would probably characterize 2015 as the year I finally learned my way around my sewing machine. Early 2015, I replaced my first sewing machine with my current one and have been so very happy. Right now sewing has become my creative outlet. When the mornings are busy, stressful, or even just boring, I dream about my afternoon sewing projects and what new things I can create. It gives me a creative purpose and a way to express myself that is extremely satisfying. 2015 was not a friend to my serger, BUT, as of just recently I think we’ve made up. And I’m hoping it lasts. I also added a Scan N Cut to my creative mine, but truthfully, I haven’t been as happy with it as I imagined (perhaps most of this is the fault of the user). I hope to be re-inspired by it this year.
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Clarisonic: I actually purchased this facial brush a few years ago, but found it irritated my skin and put it away after a few uses. I was re-inspired to use it again several months ago and brushed past my irritation to really smooth skin. Now I use it religiously, morning and night, and love the results. I only wish I had gotten the hang of it sooner.
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Kindle: I was gifted a hand-me-down Kindle late last summer and fell in love. I don’t know why I dragged my feet on them for so long. The best part is the instant gratification of checking out ebooks from the library, especially when they are the hard to come across tangible ones.
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Looking back on the past two years, I wrote my list with a heavy focus on the arts: music, literature, and theater. I read a ton of books this year, but I decided I can’t highly, highly recommend any of them for various reasons. However, if you need a light beach read, I’m your gal.
Our movie selection was limited, and we decided we were okay with that this year too. I think we’ve discovered that we are more documentary/shorter shows and less 2-3 hour movie types in this stage of life.
My music selections didn’t really change, well at all, since last year. I still listen to podcasts when I exercise, clean, and sew, but with a few exceptions, those are roughly unchanged since last year as well.
As far as favorite experiences of 2015, topping the list would be the (unexpected) magic of Disneyland and N and I’s anniversary trip to LA. The older I get, the more I find what they say is true: you won’t remember what presents you received, but your memories of experiences will always stay with you.
More experiencing and less gifting in 2016,