Tuesday, December 4, 2018

A Month of Faves: 2018 Favorites Edition

It's December which means it's time for A Month of Faves again! I'm terrible about keeping up with the schedule (I mean, this topic was supposed to post yesterday) but I do love to play along so I'll do my best. Join hosts  GirlxoxoTraveling with T and Estella's Revenge for the annual #AMonthofFaves blog event – a fun way to recap the year that was.

In addition to talking about some of my favorite things from 2018, I thought it would be fun to go back and see how my faves from the past couple of years of fared. 

From 2016:

Fave scent: Dolce and Gabanna's Light Blue. Still my go-to scent. Besides still really liking it, having only one real perfume on hand makes life just a little bit easier. 

Fave cream for my feet: Gold Bond Ultimate Softening Foot Cream is still my favorite. The Big Guy bought me a giant bottle of something else he'd read was supposed to be great and I do like it for my foot but for my heels, it's still the Gold Bond that works best. 

Fave t.v. show: This is Us is still right at the top although I'm sort of over the ads for the show. I swear they tell us that every episode is "a very special" episode. 

From 2017: 

Fave game: Two Dots finally was usurped from the top by Word Connect this year but even that has lost its luster for me already. At the moment, I'm not playing any games, finding other things to do with my time on my phone.

Fave t.v. show: Grace and Frankie is still one of my faves but I need them to hurry up and get the next season released!

For 2018:

My parents and their kids
Favorite Celebration: We did a lot of celebrating this year (Mini-him and Ms. S both turned 30, we had several friends who children got married, and, of course, The Prince arrived in July) but my favorite was the wedding of my nephew in Dallas. The wedding was beautiful and so much fun but what made the long weekend even more fun was getting to visit a new city (well, technically, I'd been in Dallas before but only for a couple of hours on a bus trip to Mexico 40 years ago), getting to spend so much time with my family, and, most of all, having all six of my family together for the first time in almost a year. 

Favorite Bookish Event: Seeing Ron Chernow in September. He is a lively, entertaining speaker who proves that history can be a lot of fun. He spoke a lot about working with Lin Manuel-Miranda since his book, Alexander Hamilton, was the basis for the musical Hamilton and he even rapped. 

Favorite Trip: With apologies to my siblings (we very much enjoyed trips to see both of them and their families), we most enjoyed a trip to see Mini-me and Ms. S in their new home in Rochester. It's not Milwaukee (which we loved), nor their cool place there, but it's a nice town with everything you really need and their place is perfect for them. Plus, they are only about an hour and a half from the Twin Cities when they need a city fix and a couple of hours from my sister and less than that from BG's brother so we are happy to have been able to see both of them while we've been up north. 

Favorite New Snack: Sensible Portions' Garden Veggie Straws with sea salt. Anyone who knows me will find that fact that my new fave snack has the word "veggie" in it will be stunned. But, honestly, these don't really taste like veggies. They are just a nice light, salty, crunchy snack. I love the irony of the brand name, given that I buy them at Costco in a giant bag!

Favorite Cocktail: I'm on a bourbon kick right now so my current favorite is a French 95. I can make them at home but I do love to find them in a bar where they have all kinds of bourbons I can choose from.

What are some of your favorite things from 2018?


  1. LOL - Dolce and Gahanna's Light Blue has been my scent for at least 7 years now. In fact, I got my hub to use the men's version as well. SO NICE! This is Us is also our fave show! Have a great week.

  2. I wore Light Blue for years and years and then my nose became dead to it. I thought it was just me but my kids said they couldn't smell it on me anymore. I think my chemistry changed. So now I wear Clinique's Happy in the Summer and Happy Heart in the Fall. I've been known to wear vintage scents now and then too like Dior and the like.