I know Christmas is a bit far out right now, but it'll be here before you know it, and I wanted to share a few finds with you so you can add them to your Christmas shopping list if you like.
First--A great children's picture book that teaches acceptance of your body: I Like Me! by Nancy Carlson. I still have our copy of it, which was read many, many times to Kendall, for whom I bought it years and years ago. I just thought of it today, when reading Eternal Lizdom's post (link in my sidebar). It starts out like this...
I have a best friend..
...and that best friend is ME!
I love this book and highly recommend it for anyone who wants to spread the idea of self acceptance, and more than that--celebration of self, even with our imperfections. You can buy it anywhere, I'm sure.
I am a self-professed lip-stuff freak; I always have a tube (or three) hanging around, and I've done a lot of searching for the kind that's just right--not too greasy, lasts long, smells nice, etc. While I'm not really into organic stuff, I did try Say Yes to Carrots (now that I think of it, I may have first been introduced to it at BlogHer 2009), and I love it. My favorite flavor is Mint (even though it's not really that minty). I really love the way it softens my lips and doesn't feel/taste all chemically. Although I have a tube in my pocket right now, I would not highly recommend the "carrot" flavor. (Yes, they really do have a carrot flavor.) It's got an oddly- strong flavor to it. Say Yes to Carrots goes for about $3 at Target.
For our Halloween party this year, we needed two crock pots, and since I only had one (cheap, falling apart, with a broken handle) I borrowed this one from my neighbor and fell in love. (Yes, really.) It's digital, which is nice, but it also has a very cool locking lid with a rubber seal, which means that when I brought hot Spiced Apple Cider to work a few days later, it didn't slosh around. (What?! Yes, I did wait a few days to return it. I told you I fell in love!) The last thing that I totally loved about this crock pot is that it's got a Teflon-type interior (that lifts right out), so cleaning it was a breeze. Maybe you are the type to turn your nose up at kitchen appliances for Christmas, but I am not; I've put this baby on my list!
What about you? What's on your list? Got any recommendations?