Favorite Things of 2019


I hosted my annual Favorite Things party on Saturday night. I have some amazing friends who keep running lists all year, so they can bring their very best ideas and favorite products to the party. I hope their ideas will inspire and help your family! What were YOUR favorites from 2019? I'd love to add them to the list.

FAMILY

Day of Kindness: set aside a day close to Thanksgiving to perform random acts of kindness; pay for someone’s groceries, pick up litter, visit an assisted living center, or whatever else comes to mind!

MyQ Smart Garage: allows Amazon deliveries inside your garage with unique code for each delivery; manage from phone

Family command center: large white board with Chartpak 1/8” graphic art tape to divide; reset board every Sunday to plan for week ahead; gives kids access to all their info and schedules

Packing cubes: ease and organization in travel; separate outfits by day; keep dirty separate from clean

Bento lunch boxes: easy for kids to pack own lunches, collapsible

Night skiing: add LED clip-on helmet lights for safety and Stanley Classic Vacuum Bottle for hot cocoa

Koala Kloud pillow for air travel with kids; fills footwell so they can have a “bed” to stretch out

OFUN toddler leash for runaway child

Gluggle Jug

Klean Kanteen

Electric water kettle helps increase water consumption during winter

 

HOUSE & HOME

Shark Rocket Pet Pro cordless stick vacuum with easy storage, easy usage, and easy cleanup ($100 less at Sam's club right now!)

Roomba Vacuum connects to phone and Echo dot; runs on set schedule

Brava Jet Robot Mop has washable/reusable mop pads

Layer buffalo plaid rug under traditional welcome mat for extra style

Super absorbent/mud indoor mat absorbs moisture and dirt in just two steps; nonslip back and machine washable; perfect for families with kids and pets; great outside the shower, too

Rug gripper stickers for rug corners to hold in place and prevent curling

Mop to clean windows with washable microfiber pads

Bleach pen to clean tile grout

Weighted blanket for better quality, less interrupted sleep

Heated mattress pad with separate heating zones

Woodstock Wind Chimes bring the most peaceful, serene sound into house from porch

 

PERSONAL HEALTH & WELL-BEING

Sunrise Alarm Clock light gradually fills your room to help you wake up happy and refreshed; especially great during dark winter months

Family mission statement: Do not shrink from mountains to climb

Powerful thought: LOVE is always an option

Jody Moore Be Bold coaching program

Kyani Sunrise & Sunset supplements

YouTube workouts

                Jenny Ford step aerobics

                BodyFit by Amy weight training

                Fightmaster Yoga

                Fitness Blender weight training

                Pop Sugar dance cardio

Power Block adjustable weights

 

FASHION

LL Bean Duck Boots

Joyfolie dresses for tweens

Lululemon dance studio joggers/crops

Everlane clothing

Bombas socks for the whole family; last forever!

JackCubeDesign Hair Styling Organizer: safely allows curling irons to heat/cool without being near little hands

Sorel fashion boots: keep feet warm and dry—and still look cute!

Hoka hiking boots: comfortable to wear all day

Speedo Vanquishers goggles: never leak, available for kids and adults, even come with prescription lenses

Lates by Kate Always dress: housedress/nightgown that is fashionable and soft as butter

 

BEAUTY

Pick comb for shower scalp massage and getting out shampoo residue

Bain de Terre shampoo & conditioner

Rodan & Fields Redefine eye cream

Clinique Smart Custom Repair serum

BareMinerals complexion rescue tinted crème moisturizer/foundation

Ice regimen for acne: rub ice all over face twice a day

NIVEA crème recommended by dermatologist for effective and inexpensive facial moisturizer

Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara looks great, never smudges, and easily removes with water

Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink lip stain; lasts all day; under $10; use coconut oil to remove stain

 

JUST FOR KICKS AND GIGGLES

Calvin & Hobbes books plus tracing paper for kids

Electric balloon inflator pump: kids can use it themselves! Make a balloon arch/garland in 20 minutes for under $5

Tabletop balloon arch kit

Wreck This journal fun activity journal for older kids; great birthday gift to keep on hand

Create This Book activity journal

Ohuhu Sketch alcohol-based markers blend easily

Fifteen-minute family games – keep on hand for waiting rooms and restaurants or use as incentive for kids to quickly get ready for bed

Monopoly Deal

Saboteur

Left Center Right

Tsuro

Dead Man’s Draw

Guillotine

Kingdomino

Dragonwood

Penguins on Ice puzzle

Scott-E-Vest has dozens of zipper pockets to carry everything you need (passport? water bottle? Eiffel tower keychain, anyone?) without bulk or risk of theft

  

TECHNOLOGY

Libby app: free audiobooks through local library

Mercari app: buying/selling secondhand; great deals on high-quality items, especially footwear and outerwear; search easily and save searches for alerts; use THIS CODE code for $10 off your first purchase

Brooke Snow podcast

Better than Happy podcast

Sleepiest app to get energetic kids to sleep in 18 minutes

Diarium free journaling app for Apple and Android; PC compatible; daily reminders to write and attach photos; can be downloaded as Word document

Marco Polo app for connecting with faraway friends and family members

Loopy phone case adjustable loop doesn’t break, is secure, and fits in pocket

Gizmo watch/phone for kids; parents selects who kids can call and text; kids can sent preset text messages and receive any message from parent; no apps except GPS locator and step counter

Masterclass features courses by experts in various fields (makeup, journalism, entrepreneurship creativity, baking, negotiation, etc.); courses broken down into 3-5 minute lessons; $180/year for unlimited access

 

BOOKS, TV & MOVIES

Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell

No-Drama Discipline by Daniel Sigel and Tina Payne Bryson

The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates

Factfulness by Hans Rosling (also great Ted Talks!)

The 7 ½ deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Healing After Loss by Martha Whitmore Hickman daily meditations for dealing with grief

One Word that Will Change Your Life by Jon Gordon

Saints: The Standard of Truth

The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom

The Proper Care & Feeding of Husbands by Dr. Laura Schessinbger

Atomic Habits by James Clear

Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson

The Four Tendencies by Gretchn Rubin

Wings of Fire fantasy book series for kids

 

PBS Poldark Series on Amazon Prime

Avatar TV series adorable Japanese anime

Documentary The Great Hack

Travelers (Netflix)

Don’t Miss This scripture study on YouTube

This Is Us triplet mom says it is fairly accurate in portraying life with triplets—except the first year, which she says wasn’t nearly frantic enough!

 

FOOD

Beaumont Bakery for brunch (Holladay, Utah); avocado toast, orange beet salad, cruffin

Vessel Kitchen restaurant

Offbeat Nut Butters delicious flavors and recipes on their website

Trader Joe’s whipping cream is shelf stable for months! Easy to keep for recipes using heavy cream

Café Rio pints of meat or dressing for $6 each; makes a quick and popular family meal

Oxo Grip avocado slicer

Food for the Sole backpacking meals that are healthier and taste good

Madras Lentils dinner in 90 seconds! So good over rice with a side of Stonefire naan (Costco)

Quinoa and Brown Rice: the best side with salmon; everyone asks for the recipe (Costco)

Bai Coconut Water:1 gram of sugar; like dessert

Member’s Mark Chocolate Covered Sea Salt Caramels (Sam’s Club)

 


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