FAVORITE THINGS


AIZESI – RAINBOW NEON LIGHT

Charlotte simply adores this fun neon light from Aizesi and it always makes an appearance in our home around St. Patrick’s Day. One of our favorite aspects of it is that it can be powered through either a battery pack or USB cord.


SWEESE – PORCELAIN CAPPUCCINO CUPS WITH SAUCERS

We absolutely love these fabulous cappuccino cups and saucers by Sweese. Not only do the colors match our aesthetic perfectly – the 6 ounce cups are made of a thick, durable porcelain that’s dishwasher, microwave, oven AND freezer safe. Pair them with the 16 ounce mugs and you’re coffee breaks are set.

AMAZON – ECHO DOT

While we may be more of an Apple household, our Echo Dot from Amazon is one of our absolute Favorite Things. She does just about everything: turns on and off our lights, keeps us up-to-date on news and weather, tells Charlotte knock-knock jokes, plays our favorite music and so much more.

DASH – HEART MINI WAFFLE MAKER

The first time we made Charlotte a heart waffle with this waffle maker from Dash, she was just beside herself. They’re the perfect size for little hands and an adorable way to show that special little someone how much you love them.

HEART SILICONE MOLD

Silicone molds are a true asset to any baker – they’re flexible, versatile and practically indestructible. We’ve used this fantastic heart mold more times than we can count – specifically for our Heart Fudge Brownies and even our DIY Crayons.

OXO – GOOD GRIPS CITRUS SQUEEZER

This handy citrus squeezer from OXO is another kitchen staple in our home. It’s sturdy, dishwasher-safe, easy to use and a must for any home cook. It makes preparing dishes (like our Lime Chicken with Brown Butter) that much easier.

COAT OF MANY COLORS BOOK BY DOLLY PARTON

If you know us, you know we adore Dolly Parton. This delightful children’s book retelling of Dolly’s classic song (beautifully illustrated by Brooke Boynton-Hughes) is one our own Little Dolly’s (aka Charlotte) favorite books. There’s even a track on Dolly’s children’s album, I Believe in You, of her reading the story.

G HUGHES – SUGAR FREE KETCHUP

Don’t let the fact that this ketchup from G Hughes is sugar free scare you. We swear up and down that it’s one of the best we’ve ever used. It’s gluten free, preservative free and is just 5 calories per serving. Grab a bottle and spread it on top of our Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole. Delicious!

INSTANT POT – DUO 6-QUART MULTICOOKER

There’s lots of small kitchen appliances out there but our Instant Pot is one of our favorites. It’s the quickest and easiest way to cook delicious food (like our Pulled Pork Sandwiches and Beef and Pumpkin Stew).

THE GOLDEN GIRLS: ‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS BOOK BY FRANCESCO SEDITA & DOUGLAS YACKA

The classic holiday tale by Clement C. Moore is fabulously retold with our favorite cheesecaking-loving ladies, The Golden Girls. Grab a cup of hot chocolate, cue the iconic theme song and cozy up with a new holiday favorite.

BARNIES COFFEE & TEA CO. – SANTA’S WHITE CHRISTMAS SINGLE SERVE K-CUPS

It’s no secret that Rob loves Christmas and, if we could, we’d celebrate all-year round. One way we try to keep the Christmas spirit alive is with this sweet and nutty coffee from Barnies Coffee & Tea Co. that’s been a favorite in our home for years.

AMAZONBASICS – SILICONE NON-STICK BAKING MAT

As much as we bake, especially during the holidays, these non-stick silicone baking mats from AmazonBasic are a lifesaver. They fit your standard size baking sheet, are dishwasher safe and ensure that none of your yummy treats stick to the pan. Hallelujah!

MICHEL DESIGN WORKS – MERRY CHRISTMAS FOAMING SHEA BUTTER HAND SOAP

We use Michel Design Works hand soaps year round but, without a doubt, their Christmas fragrances are our favorites. Our top pick, Merry Christmas, is a delightful blend of holly and winter florals with touches of carnation, rain, bamboo, and palm leaves. Merry Christmas indeed.

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PETE THE CAT: FALLING FOR AUTUMN BOOK BY KIMBERLY & JAMES DEAN

Pete the Cat is a favorite in our home, like he is for so many others. In this delightful book by Kimberly & James Dean, the charming feline discovers all there is to be thankful for during autumn and Thanksgiving.

LIPPER INTERNATIONAL – DIVIDED SPICE BOX

This beautifully crafted spice box is a staple in our kitchen. Our salt and pepper are always readily available whenever we need them and the box, crafted of solid acacia wood, makes for a professional-looking addition.

CANDY CORN FIGURINE SET

These three adorable little figurines were the perfect final touch to our Halloween decor. They’re made of a durable dolomite material so they’re guaranteed to be part of Halloween for many years to come.

CANDLE WARMERS – 2-IN-1 FRAGRANCE WARMER

While we adore candles, these fragrance warmers from Candle Warmers are a great (and safe) alternative to an open flame. We love the chic gold accents on the ones we use around our home and within just a few minutes, our favorite fragrance fills the air.

CHILLING, THRILLING SOUNDS OF THE HAUNTED MANSION – VINYL RECORD

The spooky sounds of The Haunted Mansion are the perfect companion to the eeriness of Halloween. This vinyl rerelease of the original 1964 classic is sure to send a few chills down your spine.

LOVE, LUCY BOOK BY LUCILLE BALL

If there’s one thing to know about us, it’s that we love Lucy. Howard grew up with a deep admiration of Lucille Ball and it brings us so much joy that we can share the legacy of this legendary icon with Charlotte. This autobiography, with a foreword by her equally talented daughter, Lucie Arnaz, opens the door to the life of the world’s most famous redhead.

HOCUS POCUS

This Halloween classic, staring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy, is a staple in our home. Whether Bette’s putting a spell on us, Sarah’s running amuck, amuck, amuck or Kathy’s riding a vacuum cleaner, you’ll believe this movie is more than just a bunch of hocus pocus.

ROOM ON THE BROOM BOOK BY JULIA DONALDSON

One of Charlotte’s most requested bedtime stories is Room on the Broom, written by Julia Donaldson (author of The Gruffalo). It’s a delightful story that is loved the world over (and even inspired a cookbook and animated special).

TERRAPIN RIDGE FARMS – APPLE MAPLE BACON JAM

We’ve used many delicious products from Terrapin Ridge Farms and this incredible jam is one of our favorites. We typically use it as a glaze on pork tenderloin but we’ve heard it’s also amazing on some Brie. Give it a try…we know you’ll agree.

LED FLAMELESS CANDLES

Whoever invented LED candles that plug into a USB instead of using batteries is a pure genius. We love using LED candles all around our home and these little beauties ensure that the warm, gentle glow never burns out.

MAPLE LEAF BROOCH

Charlotte has a collection of many different brooches but she selected this one as one of her favorites. It’s the perfect way to dress up any outfit (whether it be kids or adults) and pay a little tribute to the most beautiful time of the year.

CHERRY REPUBLIC – ORIGINAL CHERRY SALSA

Plain and simple…this salsa from Cherry Republic is at the top of our list. The tartness of the cherries pairs perfectly with the more traditional salsa ingredients. So do what we do…grab a bag of tortilla chips, sit down with an open jar and go to town.

MARVIS – AQUATIC MINT TOOTHPASTE

Not only does your mouth feel minty clean after using this amazing toothpaste from Marvis…the Aquatic Mint flavor is by far the best tasting toothpaste we’ve ever tried. The Classic Strong Mint (which you can find here) is a strong second.

BRAVE SOLDIER – ANTISEPTIC HEALING OINTMENT

We have a long history with Brave Soldier and their Antiseptic Healing Ointment. It’s the original product in the Brave Soldier line and the botanical blend promotes quick, natural healing. This is one we’ve used and raved about for going on 16 years now.

THE LAUNDRESS – WASH & STAIN BAR

Even though every product from The Laundress is absolutely amazing, we swear by their Wash & Stain Bar. Many a difficult stain have met their match with this miracle worker. We’ve used this wonder bar for years and it will continue to have a prime spot in our laundry room.

J. DEVLIN – BLUE STAINED GLASS PICTURE FRAME

J. Devlin’s beautiful picture frames have been part of the most important moments of our lives. From birthdays to holidays and even our wedding day, we’ve used these handcrafted frames to honor our loved ones…those still with us along with the ones who have since passed on.

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MADELINE BOOK BY LUDWIG BEMELANS

Madeline, written by Ludwig Bemelans, is a children’s literary classic. It also happens to be one of Charlotte’s favorite books. We’ve spent many bed times revisiting Madeline’s adventures and Charlotte even had pajamas (which can be found here) that she wore every time we read the book.

BALL – 4 OZ. MINI JARS

All of the spices in our kitchen are organized in these adorable Ball mini jars. At 4 ounces, they’re the perfect size for spices but are also super useful for other organizational needs (like these Mini Sewing Kits). Rob even used our handy dandy Cricut machine to put the spice’s names on the lids.

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