These are a few of my favorite things of 2019…
Happy 2020! It’s going to be YOUR year. In fact, I think it will be a great year for all of us.
It’s always important to be forward-looking as we head into a new year, but a little bit of a look-back is fun as well.
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I’m pumped to share some of my favorite things from 2019. These are items I’ve bought, made, used, loved, organizations I’ve donated to, and things that after having found, I don’t want to live without!
My hope is that at least a few of these may be new to you so that you, too, and make a difference to you in 2020!
1. Favorite color palette – yellow and green
I’ve been crushing on yellow and green in 2019, and have no desire to switch things up yet moving into 2020. There’s something so happy about this color combo. It started with some new Serena & Lily pillows we got in the fall…
And instead of changing out the colors for Christmas and the holiday season, I embraced yellows and greens…
I really loved the vibrant, fresh look it gave our family room.
2. Favorite movie
Definitely Aladdin, followed by Frozen II.
If you’re wondering if I’m secretly a 9-year-old child writing this blog instead of a grown woman, I can only defend myself by saying two things:
1.) I only go to the movies with my kids, so I blame them for my lack of movie knowledge outside of all things Disney.
2.) Yes. I very well may be a 9-year-old girl.
On the flip side, my biggest 2019 movie disappointment? Lion King (in keeping with my 9-year-old movie taste). Kinda lame. So much fanfare, and then it just didn’t really hold up to the hype.
3. Favorite New Closet Items
I added some new favorites to my closet this year. Clicking on any of the images below will take you to the place the item can be purchased. I wrote a couple of notes below the pics for more info…
- the animal print dress is so flattering and comfortable! It’s blousy up top and has an elastic waistband (so you can add a belt or go without if you prefer). I purchased at Nordstrom, but it’s no longer available there. Luckily, I still found it in stock at ONE store (and for a much better price), so check it out soon if you’re interested!
- I’d wanted the white jumpsuit for a long time, but didn’t want to pull the trigger when it was full price. It went on sale around black friday, and it’s STILL on sale now, for about half the original price. I got it for Christmas, and it fits beautifully. It’s fully lined, and the material isn’t thin or cheap. I’m 5’3″ and about 125, and I bought the 4 and 6P to try. The 4 fit perfectly. The 6P was a bit short.
- Last one…the yoga pants?? Amazing! They are only about $12, so I was a little worried they’d be really low quality, but they are fantastic! And they have pockets for your phone, keys, etc. The pocket is deep enough for my phone so that I’m not worried it’s going to fly out. They come in about 15 different colors, too. HIGHLY recommend.
While we were traveling this summer, we stumbled into a sweet little shop in downtown Jackson, Wyoming. They stocked these amazing candles there, each named for one of our national parks.
Megan, the proprietor at the boutique candle company, Good & Well Supply Company, created the blends for these soy-based candles while visiting the parks and living in tents across the country. They are so unique, and each one really captures the essence of the park they are named for. I don’t love a lot of the “big” names in candle-making. Often I find their scents overpowering, too sweet, and I loathe the addition of unnecessary colors to the mix. These candles are beautifully hand-crafted and as natural as can be.
I bought loads of them this Christmas and gifted them to friends and family. If you have a favorite national park, DEFINITELY buy the candle for that park. I’d be very surprised if the candle didn’t instantly bring back favorite memories of your time spent there. The website is currently closed for the holidays, so check back after the new year and see what Megan’s company is all about.
5. Favorite Charity – Heifer Project
Heifer has long been one of our family’s favorite charitable organizations. Their driving mission centers on hunger both in the United States and worldwide, but their methods focus on teaching people how to provide for themselves and their communities through sustainable farming and agriculture practices. I’d encourage you to learn more about their mission here.
6. Favorite Services:
OK, I’ve got two to share for this one, and both I’ve shared before. But I LOVE these companies and can’t say enough about them! First up…
Drybar is like water in the desert for a frazzled mom. If you’re anything like me, and the self-care usually gets sent down to the bottom of the list and into the “do this only if you get every. single. other. thing. checked off the list” (and we all know how often that happens), then you will LOVE Drybar.
You go into this blowout salon sans makeup, in the sweats you’ve worn for the past two days, sporting the messy mom bun that you’ve slept in three nights in a row, and you will come out of that place, 1 hour later, looking like your 25-year-old self minus makeup. A stretch? Maybe. But I’m telling you that when I feel down and dumpy and frumpy and off my A-game (if that even exists at this stage of mom-hood), then the Drybar is like a shot of CPR to my soul.
Don’t believe me? Then go in for a blowout. While you’re in there, get a mimosa and watch a chick flick while someone else does your hair. And I double-dog dare you to NOT love it.
I ADORE the model of Rent the Runway. It’s pure genius. Instead of shopping for clothes that you may wear a couple of times (at best), you can RENT them and RETURN them! Rent the Runway allows you to get designer clothing shipped to your home, whenever you want or need, at the click of a button.
There are plans for people who order clothing frequently, or you can just grab something whenever you may need it, one outfit at a time. If I worked outside the home, I would definitely get one of their monthly plans. This link will give you $30 off your first order 🙌if you want to give it a try!!
I’m an avid reader. This year, I’ve been doing more audiobooks while I drive, exercise (even though that’s rare if I’m being honest), and even sometimes before bed. I’m mostly a fan of non-fiction. I know, lame, right? With the exception of Harry Potter (yes, I’m back to being a 9-year-old in this category, too).
Here are some of my favorites that I read this year. More of my fave books can be seen over at my Amazon page if you’re interested. I also linked my favorite bedtime reading light, as well. Everyone in our family now has one of these little guys. They are small, lightweight, and work great!
8. Favorite blankets
I went on a bit of a blanket binge this year. And I’m not regretful about it. Some of our throw blankets had seen better days, so I decided to just update a bunch of them. The latest one we got is this chunky, thick, luxurious, cover-me-up-and-wake-me-when-it’s-time-for-ice-cream handmade wool”Henley Throw” from Serena & Lily.
It had been on my Christmas list for YEARS, so I finally decided to take the plunge and get it, and I’m so glad I didn’t wait another minute!!
In the fall, I snapped up another S&L throw. This one is the “Milo Alpaca Throw” and I got ours in Ivory. It quickly became the most sought after blanket on the sofa. I had never had an alpaca throw before, and it is super duper soft. It’s a medium weight blanket.
Much heavier than a lightweight, summery cotton throw. So it’s perfect for fall and winter evenings, even the cool spring months.
The last throw for 2019 was another first for me. Mohair. Oh man, I WISH I would have known the wonders of mohair many, many years ago. This is the mac daddy of blankets my friends. The color of this “Albion” Mohair throw” is fabulous (ours is “Yarrow”) and works PERFECTLY with my new yellow and green family room colors.
OK, ladies, this one is a MUST HAVE. I don’t wear a ton of makeup, to be honest. But as I get older, I do feel like those basic “underlayers” of makeup have newfound importance. This primer from Benefit is seriously like taking a Photoshop eraser brush to your face. It’s like your own personal airbrush. I LOVE it. It’s light and just lightly covers fine lines and smooths out my skin so perfectly.
It’s called “Porefessional” (in **pearl**) by Benefit. The pearl color is great because it really brightens my skin. I hope it does the same for you!!
10. Favorite Game
My sister introduced us to this fun card game this year. It’s GREAT for road trips. It’s also inexpensive and great for both kids and adults.
So while it is Monopoly, don’t be concerned…this is not the typical takes three years to complete version of Monopoly. Once you’ve learned the rules, this card game takes under 30 minutes to play.
11. Favorite Accessories
I love both of these hats and this super inexpensive set of tassel earrings I found this year. You get 8 pairs for under $10!! Now, truthfully, the quality is not the best, but they are super lightweight, which is clutch. I get comments on these every single time I wear them.
The camo hat came from one of my best girlfriends, and it’s awesome. It comes so broken in and worn looking, it was like an old friend the second I opened it.
The ribbed beanie I purchased on a whim while I was in New York this fall and hadn’t packed a winter hat. It comes in about 6 colors.
I guess a vacuum is considered an appliance, right? We got another robotic vacuum this year. We have an older model, it’s maybe a second-generation Roomba. This year, we got a Shark IQ self-emptying robotic vacuum, and we love it.
Unlike the Roomba, this one doesn’t get hair wrapped around the roller brush. I like my Roomba a lot still, but the Shark actually empties itself, which is amazing!
It docks, and once docked, the contents that it has collected are sucked into a storage canister.
Once that canister fills (I haven’t even had to empty it yet and we’ve had the vacuum about three months at this point), you simply push a button to unlock the canister, and then another button empties the debris into your garbage can.
13. Favorite new self-care items
So this isn’t a sexy product, but man do I love it! My mom gave this battery-operated foot file last Christmas, so I’ve had it this whole year. If you tend to get dry feet in the cold weather months, then this little product will do wonders!
The next product is one that I’ve used for well over a year, but I wanted to share it anyhow.
These facial wipes are my go-to on nights when I’m too tired to go through the whole routine with the wash and the creams and toners blah blah blah.
They leave your skin a little tingly and my face always feels very clean after using them, so it doesn’t seem like I’m cutting corners too much when I use them in lieu of all the other stuff. Plus, the price point is fantastic.
14. Favorite rug
We got a couple of new rugs this year, but the one we got for our dining room is my favorite. It’s a macrame wool rug and it is super comfortable underfoot.
The pic above doesn’t do it justice. The patterns and different weaves in the rug give it such fantastic dimension and texture.
Truth? I had these sneakers on my radar FOREVER. At least a year, maybe two. I finally took the plunge and grabbed some (for myself). I even wrapped them and put them under the tree. Then I tried to act surprised when I opened them on Christmas morning 😂. I know, bad right? But seriously…if I had to rely on others, I’d probably never get these rainbow tennis shoe beauties.
And they are SO CUTE. They’re a bit narrow, so if you have a wider foot, know that going in. Also, they are European sizes and I personally feel like they run pretty small. I’m normally a 6.5 or 7, and I ended up getting a 39 (which is supposedly equivalent to an 8.5 US).
16. Favorite DIY projects
Of all the DIY projects Dave and I tackled this year, two are definite standouts. We started the year with our budget kitchen remodel. Overall, we spent right around $1000 and transformed the space from what you see below ⤵️
To this! Yep. $1000. I’d say it’s a pretty incredible change, right? I’m still kind of shocked at the change. It honestly is a testament to the power of paint. To learn more about what we did and how you can do something similar, check out this post.
Here’s how it looked over the holidays…
My second pick for fave DIY projects of 2019 was renovating this 1997 Fleetwood Wilderness camping trailer. I don’t think Dave would necessarily agree with this pick. It was definitely not all kicks and giggles. This project was a lot, lot, LOT of work. There were even tears, which isn’t very typical here when it comes to DIY projects.
In the end, it turned out BEAUTIFULLY! We sold it in November, and are working on a second camper flip that we hope to finish in the spring of 2020 and also sell.
You can see lots more about this project if you follow us on Instagram. Check out the RV Flips highlight!
I owe a lot to a new blogging friend I made in 2019. Dave and I learned so much from Sarah and her husband Jay from All Things with Purpose.
Finding her was definitely a favorite 2019. Together they’ve renovated MANY campers and RVs. So it was a true blessing to learn from them!
And that wraps up my 2019 favorites! I’m wishing you all a WONDERFUL, happy, fruitful, productive and prosperous 2020!!
Did you have any incredible favorites of 2019? I’d love to hear about them! Leave a comment if you’d like to share them. We’re always on the hunt for things that make our life simpler, easier and more beautiful!
Summary: Here are my 2019 Favorite Things!
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