Deanna's Favorite Things- Holiday 2014 Edition

Friday, December 5, 2014

Everyone has their favorite things.  Julie Andrews started it all in The Sound of Music.  Remember those raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles, and such? Then there was Oprah with her now famous list.  Even my mother-in-law has hopped on board.  Check out her list here; there are some real goodies on there.  

So here is my holiday-centric list of favorite things.  None of these are going to break the bank. Think of these more as stocking stuffers, or little pick-me-ups for yourself to help you enjoy your holiday season now that it's officially underway. 




This is a downloadable advent calendar for your computer.  I have used it each year for the past three or four years now, and absolutely cannot wait each year for her newest one to come out.  Each day features a lovely scene that unfolds as you count down to Christmas.  There is a music player to accompany it all, along with games and puzzles to play.  This year features the festive holiday market scene shown above, and it's so whimsical and gorgeous, and sure to put you in the Christmas spirit!  



Nothing smells like holidays more than cranberries, and I am loving this scent made by Febreze.  It's their sugared cranberries wax melts.  You melt them in your wax warmer and the whole house suddenly smells divine. 



Oh my, there is nothing in this world better than a comfy cozy pair of socks first thing in the morning, or right after a warm bath.  I am in love with the ones pictured here.



This is a blend of coffee and unsweetened cocoa.  I bought it on a whim at my last visit to Trader Joe's, and I'm so glad I did.  Now I have never taken sweetener in my coffee, but I wondered whether this blend might just need it because of the unsweetened cocoa.  However, I brewed my first cup and took a sip without sweetener.  And, it didn't need it.  You can taste the cocoa, but it just makes the coffee really smooth and rich.  One of these days, I will add some sugar and maybe some warm milk to make more of a mocha.  What a find!!




Here is another Trader Joe's find that I personally look forward to each year.  These gingerbread men cookies are topped with white fudge icing.  What's not to love?



I am in love with this book.  I re-read it every year at Christmas time.  Here is my book review if you want to know more.   It's everything I love.  Enough said.




I recently discovered this shade, and have determined that it is the perfect mix of both red and pink, and therefore the best possible shade for all your holiday festivities.  It doesn't hurt that this polish also has an awesome name.  Did someone say cherry?




This is the shower gel I'm currently using.  I have been sold on Philosophy for a long while now.  I love their scented lotions and bath products, but this one was a new one for me.  It smells just like honey with a touch of sweetness to it.  But it's not overpoweringly sweet.  It's just right, and the perfect way to start my mornings.  



These are my latest pj obsession.  They are the macaroon design by Nick and Nora. Target has them on sale now.  I do love a comfy cozy pair of pajamas for the winter time.  



It has literally been years since I last stepped into a Bath and Body Works, but I recently did.  Of course, the entire store was on sale.  Isn't it always?  In any case, I decided to try this new body cream, and I must admit, it is pretty awesome.  I love, love, love the scent and it's so creamy and thick.  Perfect body cream to give a try for the cold and dry winter days ahead. 



Bonus time for those of you expecting a top ten list... In case you were wondering what I'm currently listening to, this is it.  Of course, my husband said, "Who is Michael Buble?"  No matter.  Just give it a listen.  Guaranteed to have you fa la la-ing right along. 


So that rounds out my personal list of favorites for this time of year.  I'm sure the other Harris Sisters have their own as well.  Maybe if we get lucky they will consider sharing theirs too.  Wink, wink.

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**Update** - Donna and Misty have both added their list of favorites to the blog.

Be sure to check out Donna's list here.
And Misty's list here.

Happy Holidays!!

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