2015 Favorite Things recap!

by Amy Bush on December 16th, 2015

​Thank you all for coming to our favorite meeting of the year! Its a time to get together and share our favorite things - maybe you'll find a new favorite thing among this list.

All links point the the item you shared with us!  If any edits are needed to what you shared (e.g. I included wrong link/description)- please let me know!

I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed Christmas! See you in 2016!

Jesus Storybook Bible
Fun pictures and description for kids.  Ties each story back to Jesus.
Find it on Amazon.com

Usborne books - Shine a Light Series
Use a flashlight/phone light for hidden picture in the pages. (6 different books/themes!)

Carrie Elle meal planner
Includes weekly list for meals and perforated grocery list.

Seamless bible study by Angie Smith
Understanding the bible as one complete story.
Find it at Lifeway.com

Telehealth provider. 24/7/365 access to U.S. board-certified doctors. Phone/Skype to diagnose and obtain prescription if needed. Cost varies, depending on health care plan.

The Game of Things board game 
Hilarious game of fun topics and hearing others’ responses!
Find it on Amazon.com

The 12 Lays of Christmas
no description needed ;) See link for details, ladies! Have fun!
Love Actually blog post

Peanut Butter and Cupcake by Terry Border
Fun kids book with puns, plays on words and jokes! Good book about friendships
Find it on Amazon.com

NanKing Chinese Restaurant
Yelp review
(online ordering!!!) http://nankingrestaurantaustin.com/#/ 

Weighted blankets 
Beneficial for autistic kids, anyone with stress/anxiety/restess legs.
(here is an example of a weighted blanket merchant)

Clothespin bucket for chore assignment 
Unclip the pin when the chore has been completed and place in bucket. Each kid gets their own bucket - great way to encourage independence in chores!
Pinterest link to similar ideas

Lapsit program at Cedar Park Library
For moms and babies 0-12months. Miss Jane uses singing/signs/puppets/manipulatives to entertain babies!

Preventative lice spray
Easy DIY! Glass spray bottle: 3/4 part distilled water, 1/4 part rubbing alcohol/clear liquor, lemon essential oil, tea tree essential oil, peppermint essential oil.
Spray on hair every morning as part of grooming routine and voila - prevent kiddos from lice! 
Pinterest link to similar ideas

Blessing jars
Write your blessings on strips of paper and at the end of week/month/year, you can read all the blessings you’ve received
Helps to remember how blessed we are. It's great that it gets the kids involved, too!
Pinterest link to similar ideas

Homemade deodorant
Equal part coconut oil, shea butter, baking soda, eseential oils for scent.  Inexpensive, nontoxic, and it works!
Pinterest link to similar ideas

At-home lice treatment
Canola/olive oil to saturate head and comb through with fine comb. Wash hair with dawn to kill the lice. 

Milk nursing wear
Cute nursing tops. Easy access for nursing babies. 

Mineral Fusion powder with zinc oxide
one step sunscreen/powder!
***not sure if this is the EXACT one that was shown at our meeting: let me know if I need to update this link!***

Home Organization
Use clear shoe organizer for back of pantry door/closet door for cups, straws, gift supplies/greeting cards. Genius!
Pinterest link for similar ideas

The Jolly Christmas Postman by Allan and Janet Ahlberg
The Chrismas edition of the Jolly Postman series. 
Lots of interactive pieces, pop-ups, puzzles.
Find it on Amazon.com

Alexa on Amazon Echo (Bluetooth speaker)
Ask Alexa questions (whats the weather?), have her turn on music, and even add items to your grocery list - all by voice commands. 
Find it on Amazon.com

Stickers for kids' stuff: sippy cups, shoes, jackets. “If found” labels.
​Washing machine/dishwasher safe. 

Buckle Toy
Different fasteners to keep kids busy: Zippers, straps, buttons
Buckle toy website
Find on on Amazon.com

Meer Designs Clutch
black/brown reversible (and super cute!)

E.L.F Eyelid Primer
only $2! 

Cornstarch for dry shampoo
Sprinkle on hair with a salt shaker, or just apply with fingers. Let it sit for a few minutes and brush/shake out! Works great when applied before betime - will wake up with a refreshed ‘do!

MaryKay TimeWise Firming Eye Cream
Get rid of the classic mom look: tired eyes!

Calm My Anxious Heart by Linda Dillow
A book about the pressures and anxiety we create in our lives. Helps us discover the blessings in our lives and to be content. 
Find it at Amazon.com

Health and welness products. Protein powder, skin care, cosmetics, shampoos/conditioners and supplements
baileygarrido.arbonne.com ​

Happy Hour Podcast by Jamie Ivey
Podcast about girl talk
On iTunes

Shoe organizer for kids clothes
Put an outfit into each cubby (one for every day of the week!) so kids can have the independence of picking out clothes, with the conviencence of pre-matching by mom! 

Historical heroes shirts for kids by Wee Rascals
“Real Heroes are the Best Heroes”!
Historical, real life heros (Amelia Earheart, lincoln, Einstein…) on shirts for kids.

Contingo water bottle
won’t leak!

Fair trade shopping (Ethical apparel)
Beautiful clothes!
Elegantees has joined the fight againt sex trafficking by helping provide a new life for those brought out of it.  
Sudara PJ pants: made by women in India who are free from sex trafficking
Evan Brooke ethical clothing

L’bri skin care 
Aloe based skin scare product

Honest Company 
eco-friendly baby products
Get free samples on their website

When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death by Laurie Krasny Brown
A great way to talk to kids about serious life topics is through play and books. This book explains in simple language the feeling people may have about death of a loved one.
Find it on Amazon.com

The Care and Keeping of You by Valorie Schaefer
Answers questions preteen girls have about their bodies. It offers guidance on basic hygiene and health without addressing issues of sexuality.
Find it on Amazon.com

Journaling idea to connect with daughter
Every day, mom and daughter write down what was good and bad during the day. Creates an opportunity for good communication beftween mom and daughter.

Kyocera grating dish
Easy grating (and clean up!) of ginger/parmesean/garlic. 
Find it on Amazon.com

Adams Reserve House All-Purpose Rub
Great all-purpose rub for meats and veggies. Available locally at HEB

Serial podcast

The Wonderful Truth About Santa by B.K. Gendron
A book that talks about the origin of the tradition of Santa when they ask if Santa is real. It teaches that St. Nick was a real person who gave without wanting recongnition and encourages giving out of love. 
Find it on Amazon.com

Erin Condren planner
Personal organizers, completely customizeable! You can get different inserts including meal planners, grocery list, budgeting tool, birthday reminder page, stickers, etc.

Exchange love notes with spouse
Write on the class of a picture frame (personalize with pretty scrapbook paper with stickers) with marker for you and husband to write messages back and forth to eachother to stay connected in a busy world.

Rise protein bars
5 or less ingredients! Delicious and good for on-the-go! (Great for those busy *and hungry* nursing mothers)
Can find them locally at Sprouts.

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