Favorite Things Gift

I recently gave the most narcissistic gift ever.

I mean, isn't gift giving about what the recipient would love?

Yes it is.

But I was inspired by so many cute "favorite things" ideas here, here and here.

And I realized I love it when I get a good recommendation from a friend.  When their fave, becomes my fave, it isn't an infomercial, it's just sharing the love!  So I got my brown paper packaging and lace and threw a bunch of random faves in a box.
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In an effort to be less self-centered, I did gather favorite things with her tastes in mind
Notice how I didn't include diet pepsi in here? 
I knew she wouldn't enjoy THAT favorite thing of mine.  
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1- Quatrefoil!  I love anything quatrefoil and this little roll of quatrefoil wrapping paper from the dollar spot at target is the perfect fix!  Visit my "quatrefoil inspiration board" on pinterest if you want more!

2- Real Simple!  My favorite magazine with my favorite topic to look at!  Just looking at pretty organized things makes me nostalgic for the days when I actually was crazy organized.  Now I just look at pictures of organized things and try to re-visit that pastime on any given motivated Saturday.

3- Flossers!  Best invention ever.  Now if I could get my husband to stop leaving them all over the house!  So gross!  But he says, "wives shouldn't complain about their husband's good hygiene."  Okay...

4- Lists!  The only thing I love more than a good list is crossing something off of it!  Booyah!   Best feeling ever!  This was a colorful weekly planner list I liked from Taget.

5- Sqeezie Bottles-  There is no way to count the myriad of ways to use a sqeezie bottle, but I'm sure my friend can put this to good use.  She doesn't do cookies, but she does do LIFE, so I'm pretty sure she needs this one.  

6- Fine point Sharpies!  My favorite pen to make lists with.  I also use this on cards, scrapbooks, and all of my paper crafting.  It writes like butter I tell ya!

7- White Plum Boutique!  My fave new place for accessories and trying to be cute!  I picked out a bracelet that I thought this friend would like!  She looks so good in yellow.

8-Americolor Gel Color- Many of my friends have asked me how to achieve a good red frosting, or good colors in general.  I'm a firm believer in this brand.  And if you're going for red cupcakes, americolor super red gel is your answer.  

9- Bar Keepers Friend- My fave cleaning supply.  I wrote about it here.

10- Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day products-  These awesome smelling products make me feel like I'm cleaning in the lap of luxury.  That is an oxymoron but you know what I mean.  My favorite scent is lavender.  Bar Keepers Friend is for more heavy duty scrubbing and this is my all-purpose fave.

11- Caramel!  I was too lazy to make homemade caramels (which are the true fave right now) but rolos can represent!  And how great is it that you don't have to unwrap them anymore.   

12- Fiber One Brownies!  These are my favorite costco splurge.  I normally hate prepackaged baked goods, but this one is the exception.  They are so soft and my kids love them!  

13- Bath and Body Foaming Hand Wash!  These have been a staple in my life for a decade or so.  

14- Sweet Tart Chews!  Okay, so I like a lot of treats, but these are the best tart candy in the store.  I also adore Cinnamon Mentos but they are hard to find!  Three stores and no luck!  

15- iTunes!  Nothing makes my day more than a few fresh downloads, and I know my friend feels the same way.  

16- The best cookie cutter set ever!  There are a million and one uses for these darlings.  I've given this set to lots of people now.  These sets are hard to find locally but good old Amazon is there for you.  

17- Big Sexy Hair!  This is my favorite hairspray.  I like the smell, texture and hold.  It seems like I only need a tiny bit to get really BIG hair.  That way this expensive can lasts a while.  I haven't even used it to it's fullest BIG hair potential. 

18- Washi Tape- My favorite craft supply right now.  I often feel torn between using it on every project I do and never using it because I never want to run out of that particular cute one! 

19- Cover Girl Outlast- This brand really does last all day which is good because I never look in the mirror after my initial getting ready process.  

And speaking of things that I love, here's a few more favorite things that didn't go in the box:

My favorite quote right now- by Mother Teresa via beckyhiggins.com
People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

My favorite new website- theinspirationboard.com!
The fabulous Jamielyn {i heart nap time} has come up with this fun new site!  This site allows you an easy and stylish way to create digital inspiration boards!  You can gather collections of pictures then quickly connect them to your blog, Facebook, pinterest, etc.  This is an example of a board I made today.  Yes, I'm already thinking about Easter dinner.  Easter place settings are my favorite!   Jamielyn is offering prizes for exceptional boards in honor of the official launch!  Read about it here!

A few favorite recent posts-
Daring Young Mom: Drops of Awesome
A Beautiful Mess: Adapt, Quit or Evolve
Enjoying the Small Things: The Key to Failure

My favorite songs right now-
(my taste in music is: I love all styles and listen to whatever I'm in the mood for)
Valentine- Kina Grannis
Buy You a Ring- Huffamoose
Cough Syrup- Young and the Giant
My Oh My-Tristan Prettyman
Little Talks- Of Monsters and Men
Everything from Les Mis (I go with the original London Cast versions but I loved the movie)

My favorite app- Vine!
I think it's like Instagram on crack!  (I don't actually know what crack is like).  But this app is sooooo fun.  You can read about it here: decor8 (where I first heard about it).

I hope you enjoy my little effort at sharing the love!
*I haven't been paid to express any of these opinions.  They are just my genuine faves.


  1. By the way, the quote you got from Becky Higgins' site is from Mother Theresa.

  2. Cute idea!

    19 is the CG lipstick... what are the rolls that are marked 18? Looks like tape maybe.

    I'm in the process of putting together a gift and I saw a lot of inspiring things in this box :)

  3. Geez louise, Ashleigh. What did your friend do to deserve such a fantastic gift?

  4. This is a seriously good gift. PS I don't have that cookie cutter set, and you know when my birthday is.... :)

  5. This is a genius gift!! I'm totally addicted to those sharpie pens, I get nervous when i can't find one!
    My hubby is a dentist and I LOVE those flossers- I'm always telling him he should give them out to his patients but he's not listening...

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