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A Few of My Favorite Things {Non-Kitchen Related}

I often share what I love when it comes to food and kitchen related items, but today I wanted to share a few of my favorite things that have nothing to do with food or kitchen life. I thought you might enjoy a look at what products I use and love outside of kitchen life. And these would all make great gift ideas.

Vintage Pearl

1. I love The Vintage Pearl jewelry. My first purchase from The Vintage Pearl was their basic pearl drop earrings. Those earrings are now my favorite earrings and I wear them several times a week. My husband has also bought me several necklaces from my birthday and Christmas from Vintage Pearl and I wear then all the time. I am wearing both Vintage Pearl earrings and necklace in the picture above. We have also given my oldest daughter a Vintage Pearl necklace as a birthday gift and she wears it all the time. Really you can’t go wrong with Vintage Pearl jewelry.

And that is not the best picture of me, but it was the only one I could find with me wearing Vintage Pearl. I avoid the camera if it is at all possible. I am usually the one behind the camera, not in front of it.


2. Last year I posted about how much my family loved MadeOn Lotion. We still love the Made On products, so I knew I had to mention it in my favorite things post. My husband is in the medical field and washes his hands many times a day. MadeOn Bee Silk Bar is his favorite lotion to use. He keeps one in his desk at work, one in his truck, and one at home. He loves this lotion because it works so well, but also because it does not have a strong perfume smell. These would make a great gift or for filling stockings.

Allergy Allert Bracelet  (1)

3. I posted recently on Facebook about my daughters new allergy alert bracelet and so many of you commented about it, that I knew it was perfect to include in my favorite things. My daughter has a severe peanut, tree nut, and sesame allergy. Last year I bought her an allergy alert bracelet to wear. She has hit that age that she is not always with me, in fact she is often not with me, and I knew I wanted others around her to know about her allergy. I did some researching on allergy alert bracelets and decided to order one through Lauren’s Hope. She has worn that bracelet everyday for over a year.

This year for her birthday I told her she could pick out another bracelet so that she could have one with a little different look and she loves her new bracelet just as much as her last one. I love the fact that Lauren’s Hope makes stylish, yet nice allergy alert jewelry. We prefer the ones that are stylish, but still look like an allergy alert bracelet and they have many to choose from. If you know of someone with a life threatening allergy or medical condition I highly recommend Lauren’s Hope. They even offer gift certificates which would make a great holiday gift.


4. And now shoes. I love my Toms shoes. I bought my first pair two summers ago when I was visiting Oregon and I have bought several pairs since then. I wear these shoes all the time. I have a pair I use for just wearing around the house. They even have a lot of fun colors and patterns. I tend to stick to the pretty basic ones, well except for my red pair that I love, but for those of you that love fun colors and designs I am sure you will find something that you love. Now, I will say that these shoes are pretty flat, so they may not work for someone with a high arch. I don’t have a high arch, so they work great for me.

running watch

5. If you know someone that enjoys running a Garmin Forerunner would make a great gift. When I started running I had a really hard time pacing myself. I tried various apps on my iphone, but none of them were as accurate as I wanted or worked quite like I wanted them to. So, I tried the Garmin Forerunnerand loved it. It helped me pace myself and my running greatly improved. My husband liked my watch so much that I bought him one for his birthday and it also helped him improve because he was able to better track his running. This is a little bit of an expensive gift, but great for any runner.

gratitude journal

6. I mentioned a few weeks ago that I have had some struggles this year. One of the things that has really helped me is a gratitude journal. Writing down what I am thankful for has really helped me focus on what I have. I am using the Daily Gifts: A Five Year Gratitude Journal and I love it. In fact I am planning on getting my girls each one because I want them to learn to focus on what they have and not what they don’t. And while I am on the subject of gratitude, one of the best books I have read recently is Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy if you are struggle with discouragement and lack of joy, I found this book to be a big encouragement and help.


7. And I can’t mention reading without mentioning my Kindle Paperwhite. I love and use my Kindle all the time. It is small enough to keep in my purse to pull out at doctor appointments or other times that I have a few minutes of sitting with nothing to do. The amount of reading I do has gone up greatly since getting a Kindle. If you enjoy reading, but struggle with finding the time to read, you should consider a Kindle to keep with you. Now that I have gotten used to having it, I can’t imagine doing without mine.

running for my life

8. And the book I was reading on my Kindle when the picture was taken was Running for My Life: One Lost Boy’s Journey from the Killing Fields of Sudan to the Olympic Games. I read this book and then had both my girls read it. My husband also read it and I recommended it to my sister when she visited me recently. I have also bought a copy for a Christmas gift. This was one of the best books I read this last year. It was so good.

It is one of those books that makes you really think about the fact that there is so much that goes on beyond our small and pretty comfortable life. It is hard to complain about my life when I read a book like this. It is one of those books that really puts life in perspective. We have no idea how good we have it in America. This is a book that really makes you appreciate what you have, because what we have is so much more than a good portion of the world. This book is also a reminder of what makes America great and how coming here can change someones life. If you love to read, or know someone that does, I highly recommend this book. It really is one of the best books I read this year.

piano guys

9. My sister introduced my family recently to The Piano Guys and my kids love them. All three of my kids play the piano and they have so much fun watching videos of the Piano Guys. We also recently bought some of The Piano Guys music and it is now a favorite at our house. This is fun music and would make a great gift or stocking idea.

old navy pjs

10. I recently mentioned on Facebook that I love the fact that Old Navy sells tall pajamas, lounge wear, and sweat pants. Now, for some of you it may be hard to understand why tall pajama pants made my favorite things list, but sometimes it really is the small things that make someone happy.

I am five foot ten inches and have a really long inseam, like 35 inches. Finding women’s pants with that long of an inseam is hard. I have had many high water pants, both in regular style and sweats and pajamas over the years, and it has always bothered me. I mean really it is not the best look. And although no one really sees me in pajamas, it still bothers me to have them too short.

So, when I recently discovered that Old Navy sells quite a few of their pajama and sweat pants in tall sizes, I was quite happy. And so was my daughter who is now five foot nine inches. Old Navy recently had a sale with a coupon code and I ordered both of us some and we love them! Sometimes it really is the little things that count. If you know someone that is tall these would be a really nice gift. And even if they are not tall, they will probably enjoy Old Navy pajama and lounge type pants. I think they are a great deal for what you get.

Now I would love to hear some of your favorite things to give this year as gifts to your family and friends. Do you have any favorites?

Note: This post is not a sponsored post. It does contain affiliate links to Amazon and MadeOn lotion, but besides that these companies have no clue who I am and did not pay me to promote them. I am simply sharing a few of my favorite things. 

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  1. I LOVE MY RIPSTICK!!!! It is awesome and I highly recommend for kids!

  2. I enjoyed this post! I really liked the link to your gratitude journal. I’m going to bookmark that. I struggle with focusing on the positive amidst negative events in my life right now. A gratitude journal sounds very helpful!

    Some of my favorite things…let’s see.

    I really like this perpetual calendar from the bloggers at It has quotes from devotional blog posts and always helps me to focus on the positive each day.

    For a chocolate splurge, I really like Green and Black’s chocolate (I’m not sure if it’s gluten-free, sorry). I like that it’s organic and fair-trade and also I just really love the taste. Their 70% dark is my favorite. They now carry it in my local grocery store – I used to have to drive an hour for a store to buy it in, but now it’s at my fingertips. 😉

    A book that has helped me a lot this year is Beautiful Outlaw by John Eldredge. I meant to read it when it was released a few years ago but put it off, and I was so glad when I finally read it. I loved the idea of really thinking about the God-personality of Jesus – so often I unconsciously think of God on a throne and that can be such a removed feeling. It helped me feel less guilt and worry about my faith, and to feel closer to God.

    And my favorite shirts at the moment are the tank tops and long-sleeve tees from Eddie Bauer. You can find good sales on them periodically and I like how soft and well-made they are. The ones I own have lasted several years and they make good layering pieces as well as good pajama tops.

    Those are a few products that spring to mind that I’ve been enjoying. 🙂

    • Thanks for sharing those. I will have to look into that chocolate. It sounds delicious. I love the DaySpring products too! And Eddie Bauer t-shirts are my favorite t-shirts to wear. I love them because I can get tall sizes in them. I have some that I have had for years and they still look great.

  3. Amy Barnhart says

    I loved this post! Thank you for the book recommendation – I immediately put it on hold at our library. 🙂

  4. Karin Goodman says

    I love my Lauren’s hope bracelet. Thank you for your commendation. I bought myself one in August and wear it day and night. I Love it!! They are very nice high quality.

    • I am so glad you got one and enjoy it! We have been very happy with them and how they have held up. I hope you all have a Merry Christmas!

  5. I have never thought about purchasing women’s tall PJ pants. I am naturally tall and women’s PJs tend to be short on me. So, I usually hop next door to the men’s department because they run longer than women’s. I typically purchase licensed pants; but, I haven’t seen any in a couple of years and am beginning to despair of seeing “unisex” designs in the men’s department. Ha! Thank you for the idea to look for talls!

    • I have worn many men’s sweat pants and pj pants over the years, which is why I love these. They are a little more fitted for a woman’s body and work much better for me. I enjoy being tall, except when it comes to buying pants. 🙂

  6. My “secret sister” friend bought me some of the made on products last year and I love them!!! The lip balm is the best. It doesn’t leave the waxy build up on your lips like some products do. I have to also add Burt’s Bee’s products. They have good lip balm that doesn’t leave my lips waxy.

  7. Lynn, how long do the lotion bars last your husband? And is it the pocket size or family size?

    • I got him 2 large bars and one pocket one this winter. He keeps the pocket one at work and still has some left. He is still using the 2nd of the big bars I got. I am not sure how to compare that to the amount others would use it though. I hope that helps.

      • Yes it does. That’s what I put in my shopping cart so I’m going with it. Hoping it helps my hubby too!

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