Favorite Things

Hi there!  I am typing with my left hand which is sllooowww going.  Had a little slip down the stairs on the way to the laundry room last Thursday and shattered my wrist...surgery Friday and now a big fat cast protecting a bone with some metal pinned to it.  

I've been asked by my lovely friend Melissa from 320 Sycamore to participate in her annual 10 favorite things blog hop.  

I love this so much-it smells like old-fashioned tanning oil, the kind that isn't made anymore, rightly so.  It makes me in a good mood every morning.  Summer in a bottle!

 I use it before I go to bed and all these scents are absolutely delicious smelling. 

My brother Andy is a very talented artist who hand creates these gorgeous serving bowls, as well as other ceramic pieces.  These make beautiful house-warming holiday gifts (or something special for yourself!).  Check out some of his new work here.

My daughter got me hooked on this water bottle which helps keep track of the ounces of water you are drinking every hour.  Perfect for anyone trying to make small changes towards a healthier lifestyle. 

Cozy Shirt and Pants Pajama Set
My sister bought these PJ's for me last Christmas and they are SUPER DUPER soft and comfortable.  I still wear them every night.  They don't even look like PJ's so you could sneak out in them to the store late at night to get ice cream if you needed to.

These Anne Cate wristlets are the perfect customizable gift. She has over 100 unique skylines and tons of cute things in her shop.  

We picked this out as a birthday gift for Jeff, and I must say that it is ridiculously fun to ride.  My daughter likes to say "You can't be sad on a scooter," and I must agree. Here is where it all started...me being forced onto one by my daughter and niece last year and loving it in spite of being scared to death.  We went on a family trip to visit my oldest in DC and we all hopped on them and Jeff had so much fun we decided it would be a perfect family
/Dad gift.

We keep it inside to charge it and it is fast and goes far-it says 18 miles but we have just used it for zipping around downtown.

I wear these every single day in the cold months.  They were given to me during my illness and I love them.  Ugg boots are for outside, these are inside.  Back and forth all winter.

The best book light ever!  Rechargeable and charge lasts forever.
(And the sweetest book-a book every mom should write.)


...this reminder...to myself-

(Quote here.)

Love yourself and pray to be kind, patient and loving everyday-the best version of yourself.
Smell your baby's neck as much as possible.
Squeeze your toddler's cute little smooshy body.
Listen to all the kid's stories.
Tell your teenager that you love them and will give them another chance at whatever.

When your husband walks in the door give him a huge hug and kiss and tell him how much you appreciate him.  

Call your parents and revisit a great childhood memory.

Say "I'm sorry" often.  It soothes all souls.

Clean your home and love it even though it might not be the coolest.  Don't compare it to all those fake images.  It keeps you warm and holds the ones you love.

Be content with what you can afford.   Things are fun for a short time but joy can't be bought.

Appreciate every day you wake up.

Say thank you.


  1. Thank you sooo much, Sarah! xoxo

  2. Love these posts...and love everything you wrote at the end of the post! :)

  3. Your words at the end are EVERYTHING. You win trooper of the decade for doing this with a broken wrist (oh, and beating cancer!) Thank you, Sarah. ♥

  4. I love to see your favorite things and thank you for including Anne Cate on your list! I have to check out your book light. The last one I bought is so heavy due to the batteries. I'm thinking this will be lighter. We have some desk lights with low wattage and dimmers on our beds but I was recently looking for something a little lower in profile and with a narrower beam of light and less overspill so when I have those 4 AM moments, I don't have to go out to the couch....I just returned two of those to Amazon that didn't work out. But maybe a simple book light is all I need.

  5. I am going to get about five of those water bottles for presents!
    Especially for myself!
    And thank you so much for the mention of my book! I am honored. : )

  6. I’m so sorry about your wrist! I hope it heals quickly!

  7. Sarah I love every one of your favorites and I'm so excited about the book light for my kids! Your words of wisdom at the end are such great reminders. I hope your wrist feels better soon! I should have had you call me and translate and I could have written your post for you! xo

  8. Sorry about your wrist, Sarah! I always love your recommendations!!

  9. Miss you Sarah! I cannot believe that wrist! Get better soon!