5 things I’m loving lately

5things-150x1501 I don’t know about you, but some of my favorite products were bought as a result of hearing (or reading) someone else rave about them.  Take the exfoliating scrub I use twice each week, for example.  I bought it for the first time years ago after a friend swore by it’s cleansing properties and since then I’ve easily gone through four tubes of the stuff and I wouldn’t dream of switching to a new one.  With that in mind, I though I’d start a little something new here on the spot.  I’m planning to make a habit of posting about 5 things I’m loving lately.  As of now, I’m undecided as to how often I’ll do these posts.  Perhaps I’ll let your feedback be a deciding factor.  Without further ado, though, here are the five things I’m loving lately.

1. Kindle Fire HD – For the longest time I sat on the sidelines, watching forlornly as so many of my friends acquired e-readers of one sort or another.  That is, until a modest windfall of spending money befell us late in 2012.  Jeff and I used the opportunity to purchase Amazon’s new Kindle Fire HD (one for each of us) and we haven’t looked back since.  Prior to owning an e-reader, I wondered whether it would be worth the expense, especially since I rarely buy books; I typically borrow them from the library.  Now that I have a Kindle, I can honestly tell you that I use it daily.  Not only is it great for reading (I borrow electronic books from the library now) but it’s also incredibly handy in the kitchen.  I use the internet browser to pull up recipes and then prop the Kindle on the kitchen counter as I’m cooking or baking.  Many of the same apps available on my iPhone are available in the Kindle store, too.  It’s fabulous for watching movies during long road trips or flights.  I’ve even downloaded several versions of the Bible for reference during church and Bible study. I love it for so many reasons.  It was worth every penny.

2. EOS lip balm – All three of my girls had one of these cute little balls of lip balm before I did.  But once I found out that it’s 95% organic and paraben an petrolatum free, I was a convert.  The cute factor is a bonus.  I’ve included an affiliate link to Amazon, but it’s significantly cheaper at Target, just $2.99.

3. Jillian Michaels Kickbox FastFix – I’ve mentioned before that I don’t have a gym membership.  I work out at home, in front of the TV.  I own several fitness DVD’s, but this is the one I’m loving lately.  Kickboxing is my favorite way to work out and Jillian’s DVD includes three twenty minute workouts, one geared towards upper body, one towards lower body and one towards abs.  I would describe it as moderately difficult.

4. Bio-Ionic iDry Nano-i5X Pro-Dryer – My hair is neither curly or straight.  Rather, I have a bit of a funky wave thing going on that requires time and product to be presentable.  My blow dryer recently bit the dust–sparking and nearly lighting my hair on fire on its way out.  I saw reviews of this little beauty right around that time and splurged on the purchase.  I’m glad I did.  It seriously speeds my styling process and leaves my hair far less frizzy than my previous dryer.

5. Kale and white bean soup – I was skeptical going in.  But this recipe is da bomb.  Seriously.  The only change I make is to use sweet Italian chicken sausage in place of the kielbasa.  Also, we use homemade chicken stock and I’m sure that does a lot to improve the flavor.  I’m telling you, though, this recipe is a huge hit with the whole family.  I never thought the kids would beg for kale soup, but they do.  Frequently.

And that rounds out my list.  Tell me…what are you loving lately?

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11 Replies to “5 things I’m loving lately”

  1. Love anything with white beans and I love kale, so I bet the combination is great. I’ll have to pass that recipe on to Shane!

  2. Our absolute favorite gift to give this year was a HydroFlask – a stainless steel, double-walled water bottle that keeps cold drinks cold for 24 hours and hot drinks hot for 12 hours. A little pricey, but seriously worth it. I’ve even left ice water outside while at the pool and the bottle was burning hot to touch, but the water inside was still full of ice. They have a lifetime warranty and they give 5% of the purchase price to a charity of your choice! Amazing product! We own 8 of them… http://www.hydroflask.com
    Also, have you tried the EOS hand lotion in the little green bottle – awesome!

  3. I am in desperate need of a new hairdryer and since I have hair similar to yours (not curly and not straight), this may be the dryer for me, too! So, thanks for the recommendation.

    I love, love, love Aveda Hand Relief cream for my dry and chapped hands in the winter. It is very thick and lasts long. My hands are softer and the eczema on my palms has calmed down considerably!

  4. The Kindle Fire HD was at the top of my Christmas list. But my son decided I needed to go skydiving more than I needed a Kindle, so that was his gift to me. This momma ain’t happy.

  5. I love this idea! It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts. And I’m cracking up b/c I just got that exact same blow dryer!!!! How do you like it? I find it hard to use – I keep accidentally turning it off or hitting that cool button. Annoying.

    1. Well I can’t say I’m surprised. Wise minds, you know? ;)

      I will admit that the blow dryer took me some getting used to; I was doing the same thing accidentally turning it off. I actually really like it, though. I find that the high heat (especially compared to the cheapie Walmart dryers I’m accustomed to) really speeds my styling process.

  6. I might have to invest in that hair dryer, thank you! I am desperate for anything to shorten my hair routine.

  7. Does it bother you to read books on the Fire? Chris has one, but I bought a Keyboard intentionally because I didn’t think I’d like the backlit screen for reading.

    Thanks for the DVD recommendation – I’m in need of something new. I bought P90X but I’m still too afraid to try it. I think I won’t like what I discover (about myself).

  8. Mmmm. That soup looks A-mazing! Especially with this cold chill coming in.

    Have you looked into the safety of that exfoliating scrub? I’ve been *slowly* trying to move our cosmetics and bath products to more natural options…but, unfortunately, they don’t always work as well. Take Tom’s of Maine deodorant, for example. Great concept, but…

  9. I think this is a great idea, and once a month might be good for posting. :)

    I got a Kindle for Christmas 2011 and love having it. I do have an iPad now, but I still use my plain Kindle for reading because it isn’t backlit, so there’s no eye irritation. And I still read regular books too, in the bath and such.

    I have recently fallen in love with Victoria’s Secret bras and undies. I got fitted after losing weight this fall and I just feel so great in pretty underthings.

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