Favorite Things – 7 Things That I Am Loving

Favorite Things – 7 Things That I Am Loving

Today I am sharing some of my favorite things that I am loving. From technology to meal planning to sweet muscat wine – here are a few of my favorite things.

Favorite Things

I made a video over on our YouTube channel featuring things that I am loving (you can watch below) – I thought I would share with your here on the blog as well.  Let’s get into it!

7 of my favorite things

Carrie Elle Meal Planner

Carrie is a friend of mine that I met thru blogging. Funny story, when we met, we found out we lived just a few miles apart, in the same neighborhood. While we are no longer neighbors, we do lunch often and I always love hearing what she is designing next.

So my gal Carrie not only blogs (see CarrieElle.com) – she has a line of planners called Carrie Elle Planners. Keep reading, she is giving away one to a lucky reader! Her planners range from life to teaching to what I am sharing with you – her Carrie Elle Meal Planner. This planner has been a game changer in meal planning for our family.

Carrie Elle Meal Planners

First, you should know I AM NOT A PLANNER. When Carrie kindly gifted me a planner earlier this year, I thought – are you sure we are friends? Don’t you know that I DO NOT PLAN MUCH IN LIFE? But alas, maybe she had an intervention in mind or something. Whatever it was, it worked. I now live by meal planning. 

Meal Planner Features

WIth 4 kids, our life is a wee bit cray-cray. You can view the complete review of the Carrie Elle Meal Planner in the video below, or here are a few highlights of things that I love about it and why it’s one of my favorite things. These features are on her new designs.

  • 12 monthly calendar pages (blank) for those of you who like to meal plan a month at a time
  • 60 weekly meal planning pages, with a place to plan out meals for the week and a place to write your grocery list. The pages are perforated so you can rip off the grocery list to take with you to the store, and stick the menu for the week on the fridge (although some people like to keep the menu in their planner to refer to later)! There is also enough room for most people to write out breakfast, lunch, and dinner for each day.
  • 10-holiday meal/dinner party planning pages, with space to plan the meals (and even supplies you need to buy) and a place to write your shopping list. The pages are perforated so you can rip off the grocery list to take with you to the store, and stick the menu for the dinner on the fridge.
  • 10 lined pages at the back of the book for notes/recipes/helpful websites
  • Space to keep track of your favorite meal planning resources
  • Freezer Inventory sheets
  • Pantry Inventory sheets
  • Pantry Inventory sheets
  • Double-sided pocket folder (keep your recipes, grocery store flyers, and coupons here

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KEEP READING! We Have a Meal Planner AND Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

Kindle Fire 7

So here is the deal. I had a Kindle Fire 7, loved it. Some mean person stole it, with my credit cards when in Washington DC on a road trip. It was a crappy experience, but after not having the Kindle Fire 7 – after having a Kindle Fire 7 – it was missed enough for me to replace.  

Amazon Kindle Fire 7

While my primary use of the Kindle Fire 7 is for reading, you do have the ability to install various apps from the app store. But again, my main use for this is reading. It’s a perfect size, and hello – it’s yellow! 

As I mentioned in the video, I purchased the Special Offers Kindle FIre and have zero regrets. It was cheaper and the ads are non-intrusive. So if you are debating on going with the special offers kindle vs no ads, if the savings is worth it to you – the ads are not overly annoying or anything!

Kindle Fire Stats

Here are the stats on the Kindle Fire 7:

  • The next generation of our best-selling Fire tablet ever – now thinner, lighter, and with longer battery life and an improved display. More durable than the latest iPad.
  • Beautiful 7″ IPS display with higher contrast and sharper text, a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, and up to 8 hours of battery life. 8 or 16 GB of internal storage and a microSD slot for up to 256 GB of expandable storage.
  • Now with Alexa, for quick access to the information and entertainment you want. Ask questions, play music, check your calendar, get the news, weather, and more – just press the home button and ask.
  • Enjoy millions of movies, TV shows, songs, Kindle eBooks, apps and games – including Netflix, Facebook, HBO, Spotify, and more
  • Prime members get unlimited access to over a thousand books and magazines, millions of songs, and thousands of movies and TV episodes – at no additional cost
  • Watch downloaded videos anywhere with a Prime membership, Netflix plan, or Showtime subscription
  • Enhance your entertainment experience with features you only get from Amazon, including ASAP, X-Ray, On Deck, Blue Shade, and FreeTime Parental Controls

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Exploding Kittens

If you need a good family game that injects a little humor – EXPLODING KITTENS is it. This card game was created by the dude who started The Oatmeal (Matthew Inman) and 2 other dudes who worked for Xbox (Elan Lee and Shane Small).

Exploding Kittens Family Card Game

Exploding Kittens first launched on Kickstarter and was at one time the most-backed Kickstarter project ever. Here is how the game is described per the back of the box:

The game is a highly-strategic, kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette. Players draw cards until someone draws an Exploding Kitten, at which point they explode, they are dead, and they are out of the game. UNLESS that player has a Defuse card, which can defuse the kitten using things like laser pointers, belly rubs, and catnip sandwiches. All of the other cards in the deck are used to move, mitigate, or avoid the Exploding Kittens. 

Exploding Kittens is perfect for ages 7+ and 2-10 players. We play with our 6-year-old, but we typically play in teams to make it a little fairer for him (and to help reduce meltdowns when he loses.) 

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How to Play Exploding Kittens

Here is a great video to show you how to play Exploding Kittens

Holy Guacamole Shirt

Sister (aka Dallas Socials) bought me a HOLY GUACAMOLE shirt for my birthday. I’m obsessed. Here’s a similar version:

Holy Guacamole Shirt

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Woodrose Winery Sweet Muscat Wine

We spent last weekend in the Texas Hill Country, wine tasting for my birthday. It was amazing and my favorite part – finding a new fave wine! I love my Texas Hills Vineyard Orange Moscato, but I think I may like this one a little more.

Sweet muscat woodrose winery texas wines

If you are a super sweet white wine lover – try the Woodrose Winery Sweet Muscat. It is delish and pairs well with cheese and crackers (duh.)

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Young Living Essential Oils

As mentioned in the video, I’ve been a Young Living distributor for the last 3 years. Love me some essential oils. We use the diffuser daily in both our office and in the bedrooms. You can learn more about Young Living Essential Oils here. 

Young Living Essential Oils

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Sally Henson Miracle Gel Nail Polish

While my favorite manicure is NextGen, I just don’t have time to go to the nail salon and keep them up. I bought Sally Henson Miracle Gel nail polish and am impressed. While it doesn’t make me paint my nails any better – it stays on a lot longer than a normal manicure!

Sally Henson Miracle Gel Nail Polish

This is my favorite nail painting meme. I suck at painting nails. 

nail painting meme

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Carrie Elle Meal Planner & $25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Carrie is giving away a Carrie Elle Meal Planner to a Digital Mom Blog friend and we are throwing in a $25 Amazon gift card so that you can buy something that is hopefully one of YOUR favorite things!  Enter below for your chance to win. The giveaway ends at 11:59 pm on November 20, 2017. 

Carrie Elle Meal Planner & $25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

And Those Are a Few of My Favorite Things!

This wraps up this episode of my favorite things. I want to hear what you are loving! Leave a comment below or on YouTube and let me know what your favorite things are. 

 

Best Tech Products for Working From Home

Best Tech Products for Working From Home

If you are a remote worker and work from home, check out these products for your remote workstation! 

Best Tech for Working From Home

Our friends at Logitech sent us over several products for the work from home worker to celebrate National Work From Home Week. We’re reviewing these tech products that are perfect for the work at home worker, BONUS – Logitech is also giving these away to a Digital Mom Blog reader, so keep reading!

work from home tech logitech

Logitech 4K Pro Webcam

Logitech 4K pro webcam review

When working from home, video conferencing nowadays is a must. You want to make sure that you have a camera that is clear, shoots a good picture in low light. The Logitech 4k Pro Webcam does just that. 

The Logitech 4K Pro Webcam works with Mac, Windows 10, WIndows 8, WIndows Hello and is certified for Skype for Business.

Rightlight 3 with HDR

Make sure to watch our video review to get a glimpse of the Logitech 4K Pro Webcam in action. This webcam is amazing clear offering 1080p, full HD and visually crisp 720p (HD). From low light to direct sunlight, this webcam makes your shot look amazing. 

Camera Setting Application

With the camera setting application, you can adjust your field of view, zoom your video up to 5x, preview your video stream, change your background and much more. 

Ultra Secure Login 

Infrared sensor technology supports facial recognition for advanced security with Windows Hello or other facial recognition software applications. 

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Logitech K780 Multi-Device Keyboard

Logitech k780 keyboard review

The Logitech K780 keyboard is a fully equipped keyboard that allows you to use for multiple devices. That’s right, you can use this keyboard for your computer, phone, and tablet!

Quiet Comfortable Typing

The K780 keyboard offers a comfortable typing experience. With large, concave crafted keys in a full-size and familiar layout (bonus, it has a keypad!) – this will be your favorite keyboard ever. 

OS-Adaptive

Regardless of the operating system that you use, the Logitech K780 keyboard works with Windows, Mac, Android or iOS! Enjoy a familiar keyboard layout including your favorite hotkeys and shortcuts.

Keyboard Features

  • 24-month battery life
  • Dual connectivity
  • Bluetooth Smart technology
  • 10 m wireless range
  • Wireless encryption (128-bit)
  • On/off power switch
  • Battery light indicator

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Logitech Anywhere 2S Mouse

Logitech MX anywhere 2s mouse review

This mouse isn’t your typical computer mouse. You can use with multi-devices, it offers a long battery life and much more. 

Darkfield High Precision Tracking

The Logitech Anywhere 2S mouse tracks on any surface, even glass – up to 4000 DPI. 

Fast Rechargeable Battery

The battery life is impressive, lasting up to 70 days on a full charge. 

Hyper-Fast Scrolling

Scroll through long documents or web pages with fast, precise navigation. 

Sculpted, Compact Shape

Crafted to fit your hand, the Logitech Anywhere 2S is a comfortable, portable mouse that provides the control you need. 

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Logitech and Working from Home

As a working mom, I have been blessed to work from home for the last several years – both for corporate and self-employed. Having the right technology is key to being productive!  

One thing I have learned about the Logitech company as that they are pro work at home. I am all about support businesses that understand the value of flexibility.Logitech has teamed up with several companies to promote Work from Home week. Read about their stance on working from home: 

Logitech believes in flexibility in the workplace and views this week as an opportunity to demonstrate that employees can be successful and productive regardless of location. In addition, Logitech is teaming with companies such as ASPCA, Zoom, BlueJeans, Fuze, Samaschool and Upwork to spread awareness of the benefits of working from home. Logitech finds that working from home offers a win-win-win proposition for employees, companies and the environment.

According to Darrell, “Logitech is a global company, and we’ve collaborated with each other in offices around the world for decades. Our employees use video conferencing every single day in all of our meetings. So it’s built into our culture that it doesn’t matter where you work; it matters how you work. And I think many, certainly not all, companies are catching onto this.”

Scott Wharton, vice president of general manager for Logitech Video Collaboration, added, “Workplace collaboration is no longer bound by four walls thanks to today’s mobile and cloud-based technologies. Logitech provides tools that facilitate creativity and productivity for workers whether they’re in the office, at home or on the go. This week, we have a unique opportunity to showcase how collaboration can thrive even when we’re working remotely.”  

You can read the full article here. 

Logitech Giveaway!

Congrats to Jenni B! She won the Logitech bundle giveaway!