Tuesday, June 12, 2012

a few of my favorite things

So I was sitting here this morning drinking my coffee (done simultaneously while nursing. . . don't freak out people. . . not going to make Clara go haywire from too much caffeine running through her veins) and literally thinking "this coffee is SO good and drinking it is one of my favorite morning rituals." From there I just started thinking about all the little things I do/use everyday that have over time become a favorite, and thought I would share them with you all. I know. Super exciting, right? I hope for your sake some deeper, more insightful blog content will follow up this post. Without further ado. . . a few of my (current) favorite things. . . (thanks to google images for all of the photos below, besides the one of my daughter. duh)

Donut House Cinnamon Roll coffee is out of this world good. I know I know, there are many of you who prefer boring black coffee with no taste whatsoever. Boo on you. This is seriously delicious and tastes AND smells like hot, gooey cinnamon rolls out of the oven. Especially when mixed with . . .

Do you see that cinnamon roll goodness in the above picture? That is basically what my coffee tastes like every morning thanks to International Delights Cinnabon coffee creamer. I could drink it all day long. But alas I hold myself to one (maybe two after a really long, hard night w/ Clara) cup in the morning. Please try this asap. You will not regret it one bit.

Stacy's gingerbread pita chips basically taste like cinnamon sugar chips with a hint of gingerbread. They are amazing! Yes I am a little obsessed with all things that even semi reflect the cinnamon sugar combo. I believe these are a seasonal flavor as I haven't seem them in the store lately. I will admit I bought a bag over Christmas holiday, put them in the bottom of the pantry, and forgot about them until. . . two weeks ago. They were well past their expiration date yet unopened, so I went for it and didn't look back. I think the bag contains a total of 7 servings. I may or may not have eaten this entire bag in 3. Just saying.

Sabra Hummus is, by far, my favorite hummus around. Brandon thinks this tastes like dirt but anyone out there with normal taste buds will side with team Brittnie. The pretzel chips are just the icing on the cake. I have tried several other brands yet Sabra always wins in my book. These make a great snack or compliment to any meal.

For the longest time I have been a hard core Today Show fan, but as of late I am watching more and more Good Morning America. Now that I am home with Clara full time and our mornings are (usually) pretty chill I find myself flipping on GMA. I really enjoy their team of hosts and feel that they give a slightly less  biased opinion that other morning shows.


Ok. . . I will admit that I am not one of those women that vacuum every day. I am an organizational freak but when it comes to deep cleaning I am not the best. We replaced our vacuum a few months back and replaced it with the Hoover Wind-tunnel. This stellar piece of equipment makes me want to vacuum everyday. No lie. The first time we used it we were astonished at how much JUNK it pulled up from our carpet, even when the carpet looked fairly clean to begin with. If any of you are in need of a new vacuum you will not be disappointed. This one is also quite a bit cheaper than some on the market and gets good reviews via Consumer Reports. Love. It.

After about 5 seconds of becoming a mom I realized the importance of the swaddle blanket. I have a few brands here at home but the Aedan and Anais blankets are the BEST. They feel like gauze and are much bigger than the traditional swaddle blanket. I am so glad I listened to my many friends recommendations as many said these were a must have! Clara loves being all tight and cozy in these and let's not overlook how cute they are as well. A&A have many different patterns/colors depending on your taste.

Staring at this cutie has become a favorite pastime of mine over the last month. Need I say more? Didn't think so.

Your turn! What are some of your favorite things as of late? Any one else out there as obsessed with all things cinnamon sugar? :) Let's hear it! 

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  1. I agree with you on Sabra hummus, it is yummy and the only brand for this girl! I love their roasted garlic hummus with Kashi's salsa flavored pita crackers. Mmmmmmmm, I think I know what is coming in my lunch for work :)

    My favorite things also involve morning coffee. It is part regular coffee, part chocolate mousse flavored coffee, a tiny bit of agave plus some half and half. Drinking my morning bliss now :)

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    1. Your coffee sounds awesome!!

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  2. My favorite has also become staring at my precious baby, however I would love it if she would save those precious times for day time instead of all night. ;)

    Now you have me wanting to try that coffee. I am not a big fan of coffee unless it has LOTS of flavor/sugar.

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    1. Ditto on both of your comments LOL. :)

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  3. Ummm...now I totally want to drink your coffee. I also love all things cinnamon-sugary. YUM! How bout a side of monkey bread to go with your coffee?? Love hummus, too...just trying to make myself feel healthier here, but really I'm still meditating on all the sweet stuff. :)

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    1. Monkey Bread!!! Yum!! I have not had that in way too long. Will be making some asap. :)

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  4. A girl after my own heart :) I LOOOOOVE the morning cup of coffee. In fact if I am woken anytime past 4am I contemplate staying awake just because I am excited about that cup of coffee....BTW I drink the same one as you! I play around with the creamers...not sure I've had that one so I need to give it a try! Clara is getting bigger and is so precoius!

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    1. I can't wait for Clara to finally meet Audrey! I hope soon!

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  5. I sure hope Lily loves Aeden and Anais as much as Clara does, because we are super stocked up on those! Everyone we know who has young kids gave us a pack. Must be great stuff!

    My favorite thing right now is LeBlanc Children's Linen Wash!! I have spent the past couple days washing all her blankets, sheets, towels, washcloths, and clothes in it. It has just the sliiiiiightest hint of fragrance to it, and smells just like clean baby. I can't get enough of it!

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    1. I haven't heard of that wash but it sounds awesome. I will need to look for it. :) Excited for Lily to get here!

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  6. I have not seen those pita chips, that is awesome. Let's see, I would have to say homemade granola with lots of nuts and coconut also made with coconut oil and butter has got to be one of my favorite things. Also watching 'The Bachelorette' online is such a guilty pleasure. Our T.V. broke months ago, no big deal really, but I do love Emily.

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  7. I'm a big fan of hummus and would LOVE to try those pita chips- great suggestions! I'm also a big fan of that cute baby girl :)

    My favorite that I'll share with you is random: Pam's Pimento Cheese from Central Market/HEB... it is amazing!

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    1. When I was a kid my grandma used to make me pimento cheese sandwiches. I haven't had pimento cheese in years! I'm going to look for this brand. :)

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  8. Umm... I'm inviting myself over one morning soon to try that coffee and hold Clara. :)

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    1. Invite away. . . you just tell me when and I'll have the coffee going! For real :)

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  9. I've never been a huge fan of coffee unless it is seriously flavored, but that coffee flavor/creamer combo makes my mouth water! Will be trying that ASAP! Let's hang out soon - I miss you!

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  10. Love, love, love Sabra's Hummus! :) I have a dairy allergy so I pretty much use this hummus as a creamy substitue for everything!

    Loving my snoogle pillow right now--don't know if I would be able to sleep without it at this point.

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  11. I have to say that your coffee concoction does not sound like my perfect cup! (I wrote "cup of tea," but that just sounded confusing.) I'm usually pretty traditional about my cup of joe. However, I do LOVE one flavored coffee: pumpkin spice blend by Green Mountain. I would highly recommend it! I buy the K-cups at coffee4less.com.

    A favorite spread/snack/mealtime jazzer-upper I've been enjoying lately: avocado. I've always liked avocado, but recently I've been on a crazy kick where I could eat it every day. Especially on a wrap with hummus, tomato, + goat cheese. I've also gone twice to a restaurant recently that served this DELICIOUS breakfast 2 sunny side up eggs, 1/2 of a sliced tomato, 1/2 of a sliced avocado, and toast. In the hot FL sun that is already blazing by 9 am, this is a great meal.

    Fav household cleaning product = the simple broom. I also LOVE kitchen wipes (even though they smell like chemicals, they make me feel really clean!)

    I do not have a baby so I cannot make a comparison with the blanket :)

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