In 2014 I made a 50 under 50 favourite things list… it was epic and in my opinion, it still holds up:
So this year I am back with more things I love which may or may not be more than $50
10 more things I love, but they ain’t cheap
Hello Anna: I love my bottle opener. Amanda gifted her to me years ago and she’s never failed! Easy to use and fancy enough to keep on display so you never need to go rummaging through your gadget drawer in a moment of panic.
And Speaking of wine, we are sharing a Case of Compassion from Feed Nova Scotia with Mike’s parents for the holiday festivities. Drinking for a good cause sounds like a great idea!
I loved my SPIbelt… I miss my SPIbelt. I lost it on my travels and replaced it with another brand which is not as great. It was an awesome companion on long runs, carrying my phone, gummies, etc. and fit so nicely that I never felt it bouncing or moving.
Cusinart Mini-Prep Plus Processor: I have had this for 10 years and it has survived many pestos and baby food creations – it’s small but mighty and I give it a big thumbs up.
Tivoli Audio Model One radio: Another item from our 10-year club but still sounding strong – it’s pretty basic, and you can get more bells and whistles but it works well and plays daily in the kitchen.
Mac Mini: We got a Mini four years ago when we ditched the cable. Although an Apple TV works great for Netflix, I love the Mini because it holds all of our movies and it links to our other devices. We keep it under the TV and it can take CDs, DVDs and USBs…etc. easily. There are times in life when you need a YouTube dance party, and the Mini delivers.
Longchamp Large Tote Bag Le Pilage: The bag that can hold many (many) things but always make you feel classy. I love mine for traveling and think it’s a great alternative to a diaper bag if you are in need of a diaper bag.
Le Creuset 4.2L Round French Oven: Le Creuset is amazing for cooking but even more amazing to clean. You can burn a full pot of soup in there and it will all just wash away in a jiffy. I love this size for making sauces and soups and especially risotto.
Gym membership at Cyclone Group Fitness: I will be the first to tell you I don’t go as often as I’d like but when I do, I love it! Group fitness classes are a treat – especially when I spend so much time running alone. Find a gym that makes you happy – I like barre / TRX and spin which is why this place works for me!
I walk David to school everyday and I often bring my earphones so I can listen to a podcast on my way home. The other morning, as we were getting ready to head out the door, David asked me if I was bringing my earphones so I can listen to Justin Bieber.
Um, no. Justin is for running.
His comment made me wonder… what does my child think about me?
So I asked him.
M.What do I do?
D.You work from home (more prying) you shop online (more prying) you make stuff for Needham (getting hotter, I am on the Board of Directors for the after-school daycare and do design work for the centre… more prying) you are a writer… Yes, I do dabble with that.
After several more questions, I realized we were not getting anywhere good.
Who else wants to join in? I will answer and you answer back in the comment window below!
Hottest Brad Pitt role: I’m not a huge Brad Pitt fan… He’s good but he’s never been on my Freebie 5 list. So hottest role is hard to answer. Favourite role: True Romance. However, Christian Slater out-hots him.
Strange talent: I have poor blood circulation in my hands so I can touch hot stuff.I can also turn my toes in and my legs out, which is opposite of most… These are all more like defects than talents. So I will also throw in that I have an excellent perception of measurement. My Communication Technology teacher told me.
Favourite indulgent beauty process: Pedicures.
Least favourite indulgent beauty process: Massages. Do massages count? I am not a fan. Manicures because they’re pointless for me – it only last a few hours.
Pink or red lipstick: I rarely wear lipstick so tinted gloss for the win.
Go-to coffee order: Black with a hint of dairy if it’s within distance.
Current celebrity style icon: Michelle Williams, Diane Keaton, Anna Kendrick, Kara Goucher (runner), Joanna Goddard (blogger), Rey (from Star Wars)
My friend wrote a post about Oprah’s Favorite Things. (Yah, I know you remember it; best show of the year although, I always felt sorry for the suckers who had tickets for the taping right before or right after that one.) … Anyway, Monique’s* post was about the ridiculous prices of some of Oprah’s favourite things and I have to agree! Then I got my weekly email from Goop featuring her annual gift guide which was equally nuts so I thought it’d be fun to do my own favourite things/wish list but keep all items under $50. I hope you enjoy and please let me know what your favourite things are… Especially if you are on my list!
LAVANILA The Healthy Deodorant ($17.00) Am I the only person who thinks about what product they’d endorse if they were a celebrity? Honestly, hands down, this is it for me. I am always on a quest to find products that do not test on animals but was having no luck in the deodorant department… until this. And in full disclosure, I sweat, but this still works. Guys, I even ran a marathon with this and I still smelled and looked like a million dollars at the end. Not really, but I love this stuff.
2014-2015 Kate Spade Large Planner Gold Dots ($36.00). Kate does no wrong. I am all about writing things down.
Apple 2GB iPod Shuffle ($49.00) I guess this is my version of Oprah’s NEW CAR!!! I’ve been running with my phone but it’s kind of bulky plus the battery dies after 10km in the winter. I am also annoyed with Nike+ running apps recent update so I thought it’d be smart to us my Nike watch instead and still listen to music with this. Smart idea right? Must get me one.
Nightglen Plaid Scarf from Madewell (on sale for $44.50) is festive and likely warm. It makes you wish you had a cabin.
December is right around the corner and I am already fighting the urge to not only talk about all things Christmas. Stay in touch for a few fun posts ahead including David’s Wish List.
*Monique Makes Do is a blog about her year-long experiment of not spending. I am totally in awe that she had the will power to last five days … let alone a few months already. I was hoping her challenge would rub off on me but so far, the thought alone is overwhelming.
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