My Favorite Things

Better late than never-- right?! There are still 11 shopping days left until Christmas Eve and, let's face it, WE are always the last ones to buy for! I tried to keep the list confined to what you can still get in time for Christmas, lots on Amazon. They are all tried and true things that I love and use regularly. Hope you love it all as much as I do! Merry Christmas- Lindsay Bennett 

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This year's Christmas mantle and fireplace. To the right, you'll see my cliche, distressed barnwood ladder. It's an awesome Etsy find and- cliche or not- it makes me happy every time I look at it! Find it below in several color and size selections, available on Amazon Prime! 

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So I'm slightly OBSESSED with these number hooks. I have three sets of them. One here in my entry way, one in my guest bathroom (pictured below) and I also a set outside for pool towels. Best of all, they're also an Amazon Prime item. Quick tip if you purchase these- take the screws it comes with, stick them in some styrofoam, and spray paint black. 

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I love really good dish towels, nice and absorbent ones that seem to go a long way. An even bigger bonus for me is when they come out of the dryer and they're nice and crisp, not curling along the edges. These Pacific Home Dish Towels fit the bill perfectly. I prefer them OVER my Williams Sonoma towels! Bonus, there's a red striped set too which is adorable as a hostess or teacher gift this year (it's what I'm giving for hostess gifts and neighbors this year.) 

I love a good cloth napkin just as much as a good dish towel. These black and white buffalo check are a year-round match at my house (I have a lot of black and white accents.) The BEST part about these napkins is that they're wrinkle-proof! Seriously, pull them out of the dryer, fold, and they're ready to go for the next time. NOTE- this price is for a set of TEN! If you want to make this a super special gift, have the corners monogrammed with a single initial. 

I've had a serious throw blanket addiction for many years now. This is my current fave- Merino Wool Buffalo Check Blanket from Woolly Mammoth. If you do not like the smell of wool, this isn't for you, because it's all wool and wool smells like wool. This blanket is quite large and it keeps you perfectly warm, but not sweaty, as only wool can do. It's the perfect layering blanket for your bed as well- breathable, but keeps the coziness in perfectly.

Some of my regular blog followers might be familiar with my story of how I started getting sick from our old, nonstick pots and pans. That nonstick coating is full of toxic chemicals which can start leeching into your food over time. As soon as I realized the source of the constant headaches, I switched to cast iron cookware, namely Le Creuset. They are pricey, but they will last beyond your lifetime. Recently, I discovered Staub Cookware. They are extremely comparable to Le Creuset, still spendy, but less so than LC. The other thing I really like about this French Oven is that it has a lid! Most of the LC pieces don't have lids and there are just many times that I found myself wishing I had one. This French Oven is 3.75 quarts. I use it for anything you would use a skillet for. It's a little smaller and more shallow than your traditional Dutch Oven, but I love the depth for catching grease and splatters. This is my go-to pot for nearly everything. It's even big enough for family-size batches of soup and chili, but small enough to fry eggs in if you so choose. The color and rooster and just perfection for my taste, but there are lots of other colors to choose from too. See all the Staub on Amazon here: 

I own these Woolrich Flannel Night Shirts in every color available. They are so comfy and fit true to size to a little roomy. Better yet, the style is a little ambiguous-- is it a night shirt or is it a cute tunic/ dress? I "may" wear as both. If your size or color selection is sold out, look around online-- lots of outdoorsy type companies carry Woolrich products. 

I think almost every year's Well Styled Mama list has featured some pair of slippers. These are my newest slipper and they're from Vionic. If you're not familiar with this brand, you should be. Vionic makes footwear that have full support in them which is a dream come true for someone, like me, with plantar fasciitis. Since purchasing and wearing these slippers most days, almost all of my PF symptoms have disappeared full time! Worth every penny! 

I live most of my life in leggings and there just isn't a better, more flattering pair out there than these Active Medium Compression Leggings from Spanx! They are light and give you the perfect amount of smoothing shape without causing any subsequent bulging or weird lines anywhere else. Don't be scared by the "compression" term-- they are just slimming, you won't feel sucked in at all. I found them to be true to size. 

My newest, favorite find is this Curtis Air Pot. I bought three of these to keep Hot Cocoa Hot and ready to serve a party for 65+ people I hosted this week. You can use these for coffee or any other hot beverage. I made a large batch of cocoa on the stove in my large stock pot and it filled all three of my air pots perfectly. It kept the cocoa amazingly hot ALL NIGHT long! Each one served about 10 large 16 ounce cups of cocoa. Note, these have a glass interior. As other reviewers have noted, be sure to open up all the way and make sure your glass survived the holiday shipping craziness. Out of the three I ordered, one of mine did have broken glass. Amazon was awesome and overnighted me a replacement I had in hand within two days of receiving the broken one. These are SO easy to use and solve such a such a big problem of keeping a large batch of hot drinks going all night! 

Earlier this year, I found these amazing PinkyUp tea items at my local Kroger grocery store and I've been obsessed every since. This 3PC tea mug allows you to steep a perfect single serving of either bag or loose leaf tea. Check it out in pictures below. I love the red for Christmas and Valentine's Day, but the "Hey There Hot Tea" is my daily, go-to, tea mug! And the spoons below... completely divine! 

These spoons... they are seriously a must have! Note there are two different sets of these. Amazon only has one set available, but both are available at pinkyuptea.com Each spoon in the set of 2 has a different saying: You're my cup of tea, Hey Sugar, Stir things up, Time for tea-- all adorable! 

  Stir Things Up Tea Spoons by Pinky Up, Set of 2  (NOTE: this item is labeled incorrectly on Amazon, it is for the spoon set, not an infuser) 

Stir Things Up Tea Spoons by Pinky Up, Set of 2 (NOTE: this item is labeled incorrectly on Amazon, it is for the spoon set, not an infuser) 

And just in case you'd like to be a tea drinker, but don't know where to start-- START HERE! I first had this flavor during High Tea at The Plaza Hotel in NYC and it's been hard for me to switch back to anything else because it's just THAT good (well, if you like warm, spicy tea.) 

I feel like I keep saying, "I'm obsessed..." in this blog post, but I guess the whole idea is to share what I'm obsessed over this year! Puffin/Penguin Classics are everything you want a hardcover book to be. They are absolutely gorgeous and when you're not devouring the pages, they are SO beautiful on all your open shelving. I have many of these classics (in kid friendly titles) for Holiday, but these are my very own until she's old enough to steal them. Note- Puffin is Penguin's children's brand, but they are all the same company: 

So, telling you right off the bat that these bookmarks (and everything else in her Etsy shop) are amazing, but TODAY (December 13, 2017) is the last day to order in time for Christmas-- so hurry on over! I'm ordering these for myself and got Holiday a set for her stocking of all her favorite literary heroines. 

The below item is from one of my absolute favorite podcasts, The Read Aloud Revival. Even if you don't tune into this one, you will not find a better bag for your books out there. It has been carefully reenforced to carry a HEAVY load. It even has the perfect zippered pocket inside so you don't have to keep looking for your library card. You won't be disappointed! 

Most of this year's post has a relaxing vibe to it. For perfect relaxation, you need the weighted eye mask below filled with flaxseed. You can heat it up in the microwave OR freeze it for whichever you need for headache relief or just to relax. It smells really good and the back has a smooth, satin lining. I bought these for my mom and sisters as soon as I experienced it for myself. The perfect little indulgence...

So if you blow your hair out with a blow dryer, you cannot go another day without the Full Pint Dry Bar Brush. It is a game changer... and maybe even a life changer. If you ever lamented that you can't blow dry your hair perfectly like your stylist, it could very well be because you don't yet have this brush. I even had an expensive brush before this came into my life and this one changed everything! Note: this brush comes in three sizes, this particular one has been the best and easiest to maneuver for me. The Full Pint is the medium size-- there's also a Half Pint and a Double Pint. 

So in the past, I've posted about my Chi Touch2 blow dryer, which has also been a game changer. HOWEVER, after using all year, there are 2 things I'd like to change about it (even though it dries your hair so smoothly and in record time.) So, #1, It gets a little heavy in the hand, the Buttercup is slightly lighter. Also, because I'm blowing mine out straight/ smooth, I always use the smoothing attachment and I inevitably knock it off the dryer at least twice which drives me nuts that it doesn't stay on better. So here are two NEW options for you that knock it out of the ballpark (seriously all the DryBar stuff [except for the 3-day Bender which was a miss] are absolutely fantastic.) I like the full size Butterbup, but I like the travel size even better-- and it's so lightweight. Since I still have the full size Chi Touch2, the travel size is perfect for on the go. Once you use a REALLY GOOD blow dryer, you won't be able to settle for what the hotel has there for you. Check around for pricing and free gifts! Some of the gifts with purchase INCLUDE the $40 Full Pint Brush above. Also, if you still have your Ulta 20% off total purchase coupon lying around-- USE IT ON THIS! I'm including the Ulta link below, the extras in it (for the same price are unbeatable)