My Favorite Things: 2014 Edition

When I looked back over my blog posts in 2013, there was one thing that I noticed was missing: a post on my favorite things!  For the two years prior, I participated in a link up on The Nesting Place and wrote about the current favorite things in my household.  If you even want to read the post about how I couldn’t pick any one thing one year, you can do that too!

Luckily, Mama Kat swooped in to save the day in 2014, and included a writing prompt this week on “5 of your current favorite things” (Prompt #3).

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In no particular order, here are my five favorite things right now:

1. Microsoft Surface RT (1st edition) – I picked up this bad boy at Best Buy’s Black Friday sale this year (I know, I’m one of those people…), and I absolutely love it!  In fact, I’m writing this blog post on it right now. It is the true definition of a tablet and laptop in-one-device.  I can tap different apps with my pointer finger and use Microsoft Word with a keyboard.  If you are in the market for a tablet, definitely check it out… especially this cheaper listing I found on Amazon (affiliate link)!

2. Gummy Vitamins – You can thank my mom for this one, haha.  She put gummy vitamins in my Christmas stocking this year!  I was surprised by how much I love these things.  First of all, the taste is addicting; they are like gummy candies!  I know that vitamins have been under some scrutiny lately.  Personally, I believe that many people go out and buy multi-purpose vitamins without understanding how the vitamins intend to help their body.  For instance, did you know that people living in the Western hemisphere actually don’t need to consume extra Vitamin C because we already eat a lot of it in our normal diets?  Or – that your body won’t actually process Calcium unless it is eaten with Magnesium?  I didn’t either – until I conducted some research last year!  Now, I know that the folic acid and the Vitamin E found in these gummies help fight off my body’s constant inflammation!

3. Old Navy Infinity Scarf – People, do you know what got me through the Polar Vortex?  This sole clothing item.  This scarf is so warm and cozy; I can’t imagine surviving a winter without it.  I like it so much, I bought my sister one in the gray color!  (They are sold out online, but if you visit this page, they are the pink and black scarves at the lower left corner.  Try to find one in stock at a nearby store!)

4. L’Occitane Lip Balm – Hi, my name is Caitlin and I am a Chapstick addict.  Oh, wait, did you already know that after I wrote a love letter to Chapstick??!  Anyways… at the top of my lip balm food chain is this L’Occitane item.  It’s smooth, yet also exfoliates and leaves my lips with the perfect amount of shine.

5. Glade Candles – I actually stumbled upon this item in the clearance aisle of Target.  The vanilla and cinnamon spice versions were on sale for $2 and I swapped those babies up!  They smell good, people – so good the smell seems to linger in the air even when the candle is not lit.  Additionally, there are no labels glued to the glass, which means once you remove its paper lining, you get a pretty glass candle on your countertop! :)



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The Very Best of 2013 with Link Love

Happy New Years, everyone!  I realize that it’s January 2nd, but I believe that it’s never too late to send a New Years greeting!  I also believe that it’s never too late to take a glance in the rear view mirror and reflect on the past year, which is exactly what I’m doing today…

This post is about sharing some of my own favorite writing from 2013, and some of my favorites from the blogging community.  Both writing and reading good blog posts inspires me to push on in my pursuit of becoming a better person.  To those of you who wrote one of these posts, thank you for sharing your words with us in 2013.


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1. The Art of Journaling by Kenzie at Chasing Happy :: how various forms of journaling awakens something different inside of us

2. One Thing Your Daughter Doesn’t Need You to Say by Emily at Chatting at the Sky :: i could read this post over and over and over

3. On the Night before your First Middle School Dance by Dana at The Kitch Witch :: a beautiful mother – daughter tale

4. Don’t Waste your Motherhood by Tahnie at A Happy Girl :: about her gratitude for being a mother. a must read whether you’re a mother or not.

5. Letting go of fearing Forever by Jennifer at Project: Underblog :: a post about being comfortable in our own skin

plus some of my own…

1. What is the biggest regret of your life?  :: on how to prevent life regrets

2. 10 Things that Make Me Blush :: my only and favorite poetry piece i’ve ever written

3. The Best Way to Feed your Soul this Fall :: my post on 31 random acts of kindness; one of my favorite projects in 2013

4. Dear Chapstick (A Love Letter) :: a fun piece about being a girl

5. Chinese Food, F* Bombs & My Dad :: a peek into life growing up with my dad!

I hope everyone is ringing in the new year on a high note!  But before we start talking resolutions (even if you’ve already started), what was your favorite moment of 2013??

Linking up with Mama Kat’s workshop.  Prompt #3: Share your top blog posts of 2013.