A few weeks ago my good friend Jenny did a favorite things list. Which got me thinking: I tend to be *cough cough* a little brand loyal. So I thought it would be fun to do my own. If I find something that I like, I continue buying it even if it's not the most cost effective. I thought I would jot a few of my very favorite things down, not any any particular order.
I LOVE coffee! Any one who knows me knows that I can't start my day without it's wonderful gloriousness! So much so that I wrote about it last week. Ever since kids, I really miss my morning cup of piping hot brew. When it comes to coffee, I don't skimp on just any brand or flavor. I must have my Starbucks French Roast every morning or my day just doesn't start off right. I try to be as frugal as possible and drink my Starbucks at home, but you know sometimes having my Vanilla Latte at a Starbucks is just plain necessary. Is it bad that Carter will now see the Starbucks logo and yell out "Starbucks" - Hmmmm - don't judge :-)
Along with my morning cup o' joe, I must have with it French Vanilla Coffee-Mate. I like my coffee extra dark and with a little bit more creamer than most people. But the boldness of the coffee with the sweetness of the creamer is a perfect mix and makes my mouth happy.
I have had many friends and acquaintances comment on how great my boys smell when they pick them up. I don't really have a secret. I am totally loyal to Tide - and since Tide came out with the Febreeze Spring and Renewal Scent, I have been hooked. And speaking of Febreeze Spring and Renewal I also will only buy Downy with Febreeze.
If you are a runner, you probably already know about my next favorite thing: Balega socks. I was a little skeptical when the owner of the running store suggested I get some. I really didn't realized that you shouldn't wear cotton socks when you run. I have never worn anything but cotton in all my years of sports and working out. And besides, I lost my breath a little bit when I saw the price tag. But OH.MY.GOODNESS. They are heaven for my feet! After having to wash my first and only pair 4 or more times a week, I bit the bullet and bought 3 more pairs. Afterall, I *may or may not* have been wearing them around the house when I wasn't working out because they felt sooooo good on my feet.
As many of my closest friends and family know, I really should own stock in The Gap. Seriously!! Since having children, most of my Gap money goes toward them, but there is one thing that I will absolutely not compromise on! I am in LOVE with the Gap Long n' Lean jeans. They fit perfectly! They fit perfectly when I was a larger size won't tell you what size that was, they fit perfectly when I was pregnant (yes, I splurged and bought a pair of Gap pregnancy jeans (no show Long n' Lean), and they fit when I am at my skinniest. They just always fit perfectly and make me feel great about myself in them. So, although I will RARELY buy something not on sale, these jeans are the one thing that I will purchase no matter what. Since I do LIVE in jeans, I have worn out a few pairs of Long n' Leans! :-)
I have super-sensitive skin, especially my face. I have tried all kinds of lotions and moisturizers, some have worked, some have caused my face and body to become like sand paper - seriously! When I was a teenager - looooong time ago - my dermatologist recommended I use Lubriderm Sensitive for my facial moisturizer. I used it for my moisturizer for years - 17 to be exact! Until, you know, I started to notice "fine lines and wrinkles" and thought I should move up in the world and buy a moisturizer that will miraculously fix those "trouble spots". Although I don't use it for a moisturizer any more, I am still loyal! Especially since Lubriderm now has an Intense Skin Repair formula! This was a God-send last year during the winter months when my oh-so-sensitive skin was so dry it burned constantly! I tried several different brands and finally felt relief when I tried Lubriderm. I still use Lubriderm Sensitive during the non-winter months because it gives just enough moisture with out feeling greasy and sweaty, especially in the summer months.
Although I have sensitive skin, I also am prone to break-outs in my T-zone. I have tried many soaps, but most facial cleansers will again, cause my face to become like sand-paper (tiny bumps all over my face and it itches like crazy and does feel like sandpaper on your finger tips) whether it is a "sensitive" formula or an acne formula. I found my next favorite by accident. I actually got it for Jeremy and I tried it and fell in love with it!! I didn't get one acne bump or pimple when I was using it. It is Neutrogena Acne Stress Control Power Foam Wash. Unfortunately, I can't find it any where any longer. I have looked at every major store around where I live, and I can't find it. But since it is still on their website, I am hoping I will be able to find it somewhere and when I do, I am buying enough to last forever! Okay maybe not that much, but for real I will be scooping up several bottles! Or you know, if you find some, you can go ahead and send me a case :-)!
Because I have such sensitive skin, shaving was such a hit or miss chore. Many razors will just down right hurt my legs. I will have a burning sensation for 24 hours after I shave. No matter if I shave every day or once a month week. And of course, the unsightly razor burn that comes along with shaving, that us women detest. Many of my loved ones will laugh at me, for HAVING to buy this next favorite, because they have been blessed with skin that could care less what is being used to shave with. But I have found the Venus Razors are the best thing in the world for my legs. I rarely have any sensitivity issues or razor burn when I use Venus. And if you play your cards right and do the CVS thing - you can get them pretty cheap.
So...those are a few of my faves! Now it's your turn...what are a few of your favorite things?
** Disclosure: All views are my own personal opinion. I was not compensated for any of these reviews**