One of my favorite things about following certain people on blogs or Instagram or YouTube is when they share their favorite things – whether it is in a post or a story or a long-and-drawn-out blog post, I absolutely love seeing what people I love are loving.
So, I decided that I would do the same here today! I want to share with you some of my all-time favorite things (from purses to protein shakes to kids clothing) and some of the things I get asked about most both online and in person! There obviously is not a category assigned to this, it is simply my favorite things (that have been my favorites for some time now).
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This list will be in no particular order, just so you know. For starters, let me share with you my current purse and probably my most favorite backpack of all time. They are two-in-one. Well, technically, three-in-one since I use my purse/backpack for a diaper bag as well! It is this “Leather Backpack Diaper Bag” from Kah & Kee off of Amazon. I absolutely LOVE it. I love how stylish it is, how it matches anything I wear, how durable it is, and how much it truly holds. I have a video on my YouTube channel going over the exact details of this bag (including what I have inside) if you would like to check it out here. Bonus: it’s only $39.99!
While we’re talking about things you can find on Amazon, let me share with you my Amazon store. I have had this store for years now and it is the place where I go to pin anything that I have used for over a year and something that I would repurchase in a heartbeat and that I would give my best friend. Really, most all of my favorites (with the exception of things not found on Amazon), are on this list. You can find the link to my store here.
Next up, again, from Amazon, is my favorite makeup product of all time. Yes…favorite makeup product of all time. I wish I would’ve known about this years ago! It is the Benefit “Gimme Brow + Volumizing Gel” and let me tell you, it is a game changer! Most days I do not wear any makeup. I get a lash lift & tint every 6 weeks so my lashes are always on point (not to sound too conceded). Honestly, my lashes and brows are the two main features on my face which I wish to highlight and show off. That’s where the Gimme Brow comes into play. I use it every single day and I honestly feel like it does such an amazing job to shape my face and give me a look as if I actually did get enough sleep the night before! All you have to do is use the wand to “comb” your eyebrows and you are done! It is so easy and so simple! It really seems too good to be true but, I assure you, it is not. If you’d like to see a video of me using the product, as well as some of my other favorite makeup products, check it out here.
Since we’re on the topic of fun-women’s-lifestyle products, let me share with you my favorite women’s subscription box ever. Yes, ever. Have you heard of FabFitFun? Girlfriend, if you haven’t, where have you been? If you have and have not tried it, again, where have you been? It is the most quality, affordable, luxurious subscription boxes there is – I promise you. I have been a member of FFF’s for years now. The Fall Box in 2019 was my most favorite box to date. I actually have a YouTube video going over that box in detail, as well as a blog post. You can check out the video here and the blog post here. The FFF boxes are so great – you receive a box four times a year and each box has over $200 worth of items inside! Full size items! They include everything from the latest and greatest in beauty to fashion, fitness, and wellness. You really can’t go wrong with FFF. So, yes, the FabFitFun Quarterly Subscription Box is one of my favorite things ever! If you’re interested in trying them out, head here to check them out and sign up. You can even use code “SOCOLD” to get $10 off your first box! You won’t be sad you did!
The next item on my favorites list is one that some would say “doesn’t quite go” with the rest of the items I’ve listed so far. But that’s ok! It is still one of my favorite purchases of all time! It is this “Castle Toy Umbrella Doll Stroller” that you can find here from Target and I have been in love with it since I first saw it. A while back, when Harrison was only 12 months old or so, he developed an interest in a little baby doll he saw – we quickly decided to purchase one just for him and he loved it. We got a few accessories to go with it (nothing crazy, just a bottle and a change of clothes) and I even made his baby doll a bed and pillow from some fabric scraps I had lying around. The only thing missing was a stroller. Now, unfortunately, when you look for a baby doll stroller in any store or online, you are very hard-pressed to find one that is gender-neutral and not pink and purple. But, that’s where Target comes in! Target has this beautiful umbrella stroller in a Navy blue color and it is perfect for a little girl or a little boy. Harrison loves this stroller. He doesn’t play with it as much as he used to, but it will surely be kept because I know he will go back to it again and again over time. I highly recommend this stroller for your little boy or girl! If you would like to read more about my thoughts and opinions on gender norms, please check out my blog on the subject here.
While we’re on the subject of Harrison and children, let me share with you my all-time favorite place to get Harrison’s clothes! This is a place I wish I would’ve known about when I was first pregnant with Harrison and starting to stock up on clothes for him. It is “Peekaboo Beans” and you absolutely have to check them out. I have a YouTube video here and a blog post here that goes into much more detail on Peekaboo Beans if you are interested. Peekaboo Beans is a children’s clothing company that is in store in Canada and online internationally. They are amazing. Peekaboo Beans designs clothing with “playful living” in mind – perfect for active toddlers who get a lot of wear out of their clothes! They design their clothing to be durable and comfortable for small children and are ethically manufactured and also ensure that all of their clothing is free from toxins and chemicals. The fabric they use is high quality and ensures lasting wear for all of their clothing. They really are the best! They almost always have a sale going on but even if they do not, their clothes are affordable. I absolutely love them and cannot speak highly enough about them!
When it comes to toddler clothes, I try to stick with Peekaboo Beans, but I haven’t always known about them – before I discovered Peekaboo Beans, my go-to for Harrison’s clothes was “thredUP“. I love thredUP. I not only love them for Harrison, but also for Jonah and Noah (when Noah was younger) and for myself! You can find some of the best-quality, fashionable, trendy, classic clothes from thredUP and I feel like when you shop with them you are truly doing something good for the environment because you are reusing clothes. You can filter your search on thredUP to include only items that are “new with tags” or only items that are “gently used,” whichever is your preference. I have never had an issue with them and I have used them for years and years now. We have saved so much money using thredUP it is ridiculous! Another bonus to thredUP is the fact that you can sell your clothes to them, too. I do this about twice a year and love getting money to spend there or wherever I want just by cleaning out my closet! I have a YouTube video with a thredUP haul for Harrison if you’d like to check that out here. Check them out today!
Last but not least, on my list of favorite things, is something very off-topic, haha! It is Orgain’s “Vegan Organic Nutrition Shake.” You may be asking yourself “why is she listing this as a favorite?” Well, I will tell you why. I am a busy woman. Busy. I am not only taking care of my toddler full-time as a stay-at-home-mom, but I am also attending graduate school full-time and running my blog and YouTube and Instagram and Facebook and Pinterest and Twitter full-time. I love what I do, but man, sometimes I barely have the time to go to the bathroom – let alone eat. I know, I know, this is a bad habit. But I do great when it comes to breakfast and dinner! It is only lunch where I run into a problem. That’s because normally, I am working through lunch because it is when Harrison takes his nap. But, because of the Nutrition Shake from Orgain, I can literally drink my lunch on the go and know I am getting all the nutrients my body needs and that I am still living a vegan lifestyle in doing so. These drinks are so tasty. I truly can’t believe they’re vegan. If you have never tried Orgain, please do yourself a favor and try them! Buy some of these shakes to keep on hand for when you cannot slow down enough to eat but know you need to. I love taking these on the go in the car or when out and about, but mainly keep them by my desk where I will be working. Try Orgain today. You won’t be sad you did. If you use code “LESLIEW” at checkout, you will save yourself 30% off your order, too!
Well friends, that’s all for my favorite things, for now. I’m sure I will post another blog on my favorite things in the future when I have added new items to the list. Please be sure to subscribe to my email list if you haven’t already. It comes with a free printable! Thanks for reading!
As always, take care.