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Fun for Friday!

I’ve been thinking about doing this post for a couple weeks now and I thought there was no better day than a Friday! Especially a Friday when you wake up and it’s actually COLD outside (which makes me really happy)!! I do believe Fall is finally on it’s way! The nice thing about a blog is that it belongs to me so I can do whatever I want! And I guess you can choose to read or not read… but I hope you’ll read because this ones going to be GREAT! Anyway, I’ve put together a little list of a few of my favorite things that I wish someone had told me about many months ago… so being the responsible blogger that I am… I am going to share these lovely products with y’all! And even though I can’t offer each of you a “satisfaction guaranteed” warranty on all of these, I can tell you that I love them and think they are all wonderful! 🙂 So, for what it’s worth… in no particular order… here are some of my favorite things:

This first product I learned about 4 months ago and now wonder if I’ll ever go without it. I’m not a fan of makeup, in fact, I only apply make up on Sunday mornings. However, this is one “make-up product” I rely on daily. It is a creamy white when you squeeze it out and it rubs in to a beautiful color that blends wonderfully with your skin color and it’s SPF 15! It’s good for covering those things on my face that Morgan calls “lines”. I’ve also been known to mix it with my face moisturizer (Cetaphil) and it just makes me happy!

Ok, so this isn’t exactly a product but it’s one of my favorite things… Cottage Living Magazine! If I was only allowed to have one magazine this would be it. I could read every issue cover to cover and then read it again! It’s worth every cent of the subscription fee and when I find it in my mailbox it makes me happy!

Next…. this is where my addiction confession comes in. If you enjoy drinking “poison” like I do… have you tried the smaller doses of “poison”? These little cans are so much better for you than their 12 oz counterpart. (This is where my wonderful logic comes in again!) I can drink one of these guys and not feel the guilt of drinking their bigger sister! For those of you who are money savvy (and pay for your groceries with bags of change!:)) are probably wondering if I know that these little guys cost more per ounce than the big sister… I do! This is where my logic kicks in and I pay more for less in this instance. Less caffeine, less poison, still DC…. these little cans make me happy!

This Aquaphor is one of those products where I have to throw my “cheapness” out the window. It’s a little pricey but can be bought in “CVS brand” for a lot less and the product is just as good. I have about 3 of these little tubs floating around my house. I attribute the fact that neither of the girls have ever had a diaper rash to this stuff!! If their buns start to look a little pink, I dry them off really good and smother this ointment all over them… and voila it takes the pink away and no diaper rash ever comes!! It’s BETTER than any diaper rash cream/ointment in the world!! I PROMISE! It also comes in little squeeze tubes and is great for chapped lips! This stuff makes me happy!

Moving right along to clothing and shoes. Old Navy in general makes me really happy. It’s cheap and cute and what more could you want? I bought these little satin slippers on the clearance rack after our pacis burnt up on the stove. I bought them in red and black and love them both! They’re satin so they are cute to dress up a pair of jeans. I’m definitely not very “fashion savvy” but I think my sister would even approve of these! Oh, and I forgot to mention the price $9.97! These shoes and the Old Navy clearance racks make me happy!

I know exactly what you are thinking… (especially my friend Anne who is a cleaning supply guru) “Oh no, she’s caved in and bought the cheapest detergent on the shelf… Purex is crap!” I don’t blame you for thinking this… I used to buy Purex before I had kids but then I realized it didn’t really work and it didn’t really smell good. Well, last week at Walmart it called my name from the shelf and begged me for a 2nd chance! Being the gracious housewife that I am, I decided to give it a second chance, it did, after all, say “Ultra Concentrated”. And guess what…. I LOVE THIS STUFF! I have a front loader washer and have to be very careful about using products that aren’t HE (High Efficiency) but this “Ultra Concentrated” stuff works great and SMELLS so good! I bought the Linens & Lilies and it smells so fresh and crisp, but not overbearing! And for those of you who are “environmentally sound” this detergent is ALL NATURAL! This stuff makes me happy!

Sorry for the tiny picture! Best I could do on “google”. This is my Keurig Coffee Maker that I am in love with! This little guy is a little pricey ($99 at Target) and I can’t say that I would have ever splurged and bought it… but that’s what sisters without kids do for sisters who live in gross rental houses and have 2 kids! (Thanks, E!) Anyway, Christmas is coming soon and I thought maybe you all could ask Santa to bring this down the chimney and stuff it in your stocking! Here are a few things I LOVE about it! 1) Fill it with H20 1x a week. 2) It brews one cup at a time. 3) The filter is contained in the “K cup” and you toss it in the trash after you brew your cup. 4)No POT to clean everyday. 5)For those of you who are cheap like me… you can buy a refillable “personal” K-cup that you can refill and clean out after each brew…. but the point of this machine is that it’s easy and that makes coffee brewing a little more difficult than it’s supposed to be with the Keurig! This makes me happy… every morning!

Ok, so this man is named Fernando Ortega…. some of you may know him (not personally) but you may have heard of his music, others may not have a clue who he is or what he does! But I will tell you this, he makes me very happy! He takes hymns and “redoes” them (that’s what people who aren’t musically inclined write– I’m sure there’s a better term). My current favorite by Ortega is “There is Power in the Blood” from his “Shadow of Your Wings” album, I can crank it up really loud and put the windows down and get lost in it…. it’s fantastic and so is he, and I can’t think of anything better to get lost in on a beautiful day! So, I think on this lovely Friday, I’ll be playing this album cranked up with my windows cranked down! Can you see me now?!

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  • The Martin Family
    October 12, 2007 at 9:43 am

    What a great idea! Is this going to become a weekly thing? Or if that’s too much work, maybe bi-weekly? I hope so! And I totally think you can justify your baby diet cokes by the money you’re saving on detergent! Thanks for the makeup advice – I’ve been wanting something light to wear every day and now I know what to try!

  • Dona
    October 12, 2007 at 12:55 pm

    OK- this is by far the BEST fun blog I have read in a long time! I couldn’t wait to see what was next, and I was sad to see it end. I hope you will do more like this one- two thumbs up!!!!!!

  • The Pavliches
    October 12, 2007 at 5:13 pm

    Thanks for the tips! So fun!! I am with you on the cheap stuff…have you tried Suave Brisa (Blue bottle is the best scent) fabric softener? It’s the cheapest and the BEST! I love it! Thanks for sharing!

  • erika
    October 12, 2007 at 6:20 pm

    sister you are hilarious. your list was almost as good as mine. (teasing). i will try some of your goodies… if you will buy me that door hardware i want! I think you did great on the Old Navy shoes, super cute. Can’t wait to see you next weekend!

  • Hannah Fields
    October 13, 2007 at 10:21 am

    D, thanks for all of your tips. I have been wanting to do a similar blog entry and now i think i will. It made me feel so much better to know that other people have the addiction to poison like i do. I can quit at any time if i really want to. also, I love fornando ortega but have not gotten his hymn album. Ill have to try it. I also tend to be a detergent snob but appreciate a bargain so i might give it a whirl. thanks!!!

  • Hannah Fields
    October 13, 2007 at 10:22 am

    D, thanks for all of your tips. I have been wanting to do a similar blog entry and now i think i will. It made me feel so much better to know that other people have the addiction to poison like i do. I can quit at any time if i really want to. also, I love fornando ortega but have not gotten his hymn album. Ill have to try it. I also tend to be a detergent snob but appreciate a bargain so i might give it a whirl. thanks!!!

  • Household6
    October 13, 2007 at 11:18 am

    love the list…..may have to copy it. I copied your playlist idea too, I need to come up with some creative ideas of my own! Oh and I am glad you are stalking my blog, I’ve been stalking yours for quite some time. How in the world did people keep up with each other before blogs?!!


  • Anonymous
    October 13, 2007 at 11:27 am

    LOVING following the Stickler family on your blog!! I’m on my way out right now to get some of your favorites – apparently if Darby or Oprah says I need it then I must… Unbelievable progress on the house – I’ve found myself telling others about it. 🙂 Morgan and Paige are lucky to have such a fun cute mama!

    Katie Braddock

  • Amanda and Matt Wallace
    October 15, 2007 at 8:06 am

    What a fun idea and you are right on about getting to do whatever you want with a blog. I love reading what people write in their blogs (no matter how well I know them or how “close” we are to each other) or how they are creative with it. I was just talking to a new friend last night that said it is such a release for her to journal about the things going on with her four kids after they have fallen fast asleep. For now, I just get to write about what’s up with me and Matt!