Monday, November 22, 2010

Got That Christmas List Started?

Note: This is NOT a sponsored review or anything; I just really love this stuff and want to highly recommend it to you.

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?


  1. What are your fave gifts to receive as a teacher? I'm working on teacher gifts for my kids' teachers...

    I'm going to have to look up that book!

    I'm actually putting up a blog post about my own Xmas list on Friday. :)

  2. Just wanted to tell you another time how much I love your blog. Checking it is part of my daily routine. I love the variety you have. Thanks for doing such a terrific job!

  3. I want that crock pot. I also want a chi exercise thing, too. The crock pot probably works better though!

  4. the message of that book is a very important one.

    somewhat off topic question - with the big T-day coming this week will you still be doing the FF feature? I certainly could understand skipping it this week.

  5. Oooo...I want one of those crockpots! I haven't even started thinking about Christmas yet, but a remodeled bathroom would be nice.

  6. My list is full of grandkiddos items. It's a long list with eight. Two of which also had birthdays before Christmas in Dec.

    My list is short...a replacement diamond would suit me just fine. Sorry, I am vain like that! Heeehehehe!!!

    God bless and enjoy this week of Thanksgiving sweetie!!!

  7. I wish the Christmas fairy would do the shopping for me :)

  8. New crock pot is on my list and so is a tummy tuck and lipo! I hope Santa knows I've been really good this year!

  9. Liz, I'm so glad you asked! Personally, I prefer homemade gifts (a handknit scarf is my favorite gift from a few years back) or school supplies--Dry erase markers, pencils. A simple note of thanks is even better. What I don't appreciate? Things that are "teacher" themed---I'm so sick of APPLES!

    I hope you all get what you deserve--THE BEST!

    P.S. Mari, you are so sweet!!!

  10. I would much prefer a household appliance to jewelry. Seriously.

    It does seem like the only time I use my crockpot I'm needing to haul it somewhere - having a locking, non leaky lid would be awesome.

    Kristin - The Goat

  11. That I Like Me book is a fave of ours too! I got it through a book club and we were so surprised at how wonderful it was!

    I hope you get your crockpot!

  12. P.P.S. YES! My FF post is already in the hopper :)

  13. I've seen those new crockpots, and I'm jealous. It's possible that I've ahhhhh spilled more than my share of liquid things while transporting in my car.

    And seriously... I know I reviewed it, but I LOVE the Ionator HOM. It is awesome.


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