Monday, December 19, 2011

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

With only SIX shopping days left, I thought I'd give you a few ideas of what to get for your favoritest BFF :o)

My number one must-have this time of the year is coffee!  I can't get enough of waking up to the smell of my coffee already brewed for me.  I drag myself out of my bed just for that first sip.  I love, love, love it and can't get enough of it!  My coffee maker is like a third child to me.  She's fabulous!  

Obviously you need a super cute mug to drink your cup 'o joe, right?  Why buy any mug when you can paint a beautiful one yourself?  I painted mine at Bisque It Pottery Painting Studio.  

My coffee of choice is from the good people at Kroger.  I actually put the Private Selection Gourmet Chocolate Raspberry coffee on my Christmas list this year!  SO good!

Because I sip on my coffee all day long, I like to bring it to work in my Stanley Thermos.  This puppy keeps it hot all day long!


Even though I don't think I'll reach my goal of 40 books read this year, I haven't stopped reading!  For the bookworm on your list, you can NOT go wrong with Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series.  I may or may not have number 17 under my tree :o)

Another great series is James Patterson's Alex Cross series.  I'm working my way through number nine right now and can't wait to read the rest!

I remember in eighth grade my friend and I would wear the same sweatshirt every single Thursday!  I SO wish I had that sweatshirt still... It was white with a photo of the cast of Friends on it.  That show was the best on TV from 1994 to 2004.  I never missed an episode!  I love that they are now playing reruns on Nick :o)  Obviously I own all of the seasons on DVD!  Any season would make a great gift for your friend! 

Number one on my CD list this year is Train's Save Me San Francisco, but you can't go wrong with any of Train's CDs or another favorite, Colbie Caillat.  Also a new favorite, Bruno Mars... *sigh*

If it is jewelry you are looking for, the Add-A-Pearl necklace is the neatest thing!  You start with a single pearl on a chain.  Then, you can give the gift of a single pearl at any occasion!  Mike got me a starter necklace on our wedding day and has been adding a pearl for each anniversary.  I love it!

Now, for the kiddos!  You all know that my kids adore the Disney Princesses.  Right now, their favorite in the princess department are the My First Disney Princess dolls.  J totes Tiana around with her while Taylor loves on Ariel.

As for movie recommendations from the girls, we are all about the prehistoric creatures in our house!  Jaden loves The Land Before Time: The Great Longneck Migration and Taylor, well, she has a slight obsession with a certain purple dinosaur.

My kiddos are almost as obsessed with reading as I am.  Jaden is deep into the Magic Tree House chapter books.  She loves having them read to her and she even understands and remembers them!  But, one book that will always have a special place on our shelf is Hallmark's recordable story, All the Ways I Love You.  This book is special to us because it is read to the girls by Grandma Ina.  They will be able to have her read to them whenever they want! 


Now, I haven't talked to him about his, but if I were to guess what would be at the top of Mike's favorite things, I would say a Blue-ray player.  This boy is obsessed with movies!  Right now we are working our way through True Blood season one.  He also likes a good action or horror movie. 

Another great gift for your man is the Xbox 360 with Kinect.  Mike has one and loves it!  I think it's pretty cool, too ;o)  Creepy, but cool.

There you have it!  Our favorite things :o)  Hopefully this will help you buy for even the hardest person on your list!

This post also marks my 700th post! 
Because it is the season of giving, I'm giving away one (actually a bunch) of my favorite things... not listed in this post!  It's a super secret surprise though because one or two people that may or may not read my blog may or may not be getting one for Christmas! 

To enter my giveaway, just comment below, telling me what is tops on your list for Santa this year!  Be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win!!

Giveaway ends on Christmas Eve.  Winner will be announced sometime after Christmas :o)

Have a Merry Christmas!!
Thanks for reading :o)


Tia said...

You know I love me a good giveaway! The top of my list this year would be a new camera! Mine is dying poor little thing. However, my husband came home with 2 big bags from Anthropologie, put them in his closet and told me not to peek. Whatever is in those bags are on my list too! Love that store! Merry Christmas!

Jackie said...

Yeah a giveaway! My Christmas list included a new pair of Toms and an Apple TV. I am home for Christmas on Thursday 12/22 and Friday 12/23 and would love to see you, Mike and the girls if you aren't busy. I am leaving for Ghana on Christmas Eve! Can you believe I will be spending CHristmas in Africa this year?!?!

Gill Family said...

I would love a spa day! :)

Gill Family said...

ps my email: :)

Max Teders said...

I would like a front tine rototiller, Santa. (hehe)

Autumn said...

Most definitely a Keurig and all the yummy flavors of K-Cups! ;)

amanda said...

at the tippy top of my list is one of those tiny book lights so i can read while the hubby snoozes :-)

merry christmas sweet friend!

Cecilia said...

I am not sure whether the prize of the give away can be shipped to europe :)
I loved the idea of the necklace! :)

Kristen said...

Glad to hear positive things about the Kinect! We a.k.a Santa, got one for our kids this year, I can't wait to play with it! I won't reach my goal of 3 books this year, I did get 1 1/2 done though! :)
Giveaways are fantastic! And we have very similar favorite things so I'm sure these are wonderful giveaways! Merry Christmas my friend! :)

Kelly said...

So much fun stuff Shannon! I actually want an Add-A-Pearl necklace for a wedding gift. We'll see if Mr. Jeremy delivers. =)

hueisei said...

New sewing machine! But, the chance of getting it will be very low. Thanks for the surprise!
Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Great giveway! I would really like new bedding for my guest room.
Merry Christmas!

Meg said...

I really want a new pair of running shoes. Nike Free's will do. Let's hope the boyfriend has been catching all my hints :)

Becky said...

I would LOVE an ipad 2 for Christmas!! I'm sure I'll be wishing for that for a while longer..haha!! :)

My email address is

Have a great Holiday!! :)

Jennifer said...

New reader and follower here!
A jewelry box is on my wish list. My husband has given me gorgeous pieces over the years and they all sit haphazardly on my nightstand :)

Thank you for the generous giveaway Shannon. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Regards, Jennifer

Lora said...

What a fun list. I am a big fan of coffee too. I am going to check out the CDs you posted. My Christmas wish is a new house. We are feeling crowded in this place. I know it's not going to happen so really I would just be happy with a clean house lol.

Merry Christmas! I hope it's a peaceful holiday for you and your family.