These are a few of my favorite things


Pictured above is a lovely bag from 1154 Lill Studio; I think these are just fabulous!

Thanksgiving will be here before we know it, which means that Christmas is right around the corner & so it seems like a great time for me to list a few of my favorite (material) things…

  • 1154 Lill Studio handbags (& I love it when I get to design my own!)
  • Lush bath bombs & bubble bars
  • Cool stuff from Etsy (like these cute, reusable coffee sleeves or these magnetic spice rack jars)
  • Soft scarves & wraps in lots of wonderful colors
  • A Zingerman’s gift card
  • Benziger Pinot Noir (we drank this on our honeymoon – it’s amazing!) or any of their wines, La Dolce Vina from La Vina Winery (we served this at our wedding & it’s bubbly, sweet, & delightful – perfect for celebrating!), & other wines – Everyday Wines is a local shop that I like to visit for wines
  • Good, loose leaf teas & tea accessories (I’m a huge fan of a nice, spicy Chai) – Tea Haus is a local shop that I like to visit for teas & I really love the Crackle Blue teapot from Bee House
  • Photo books are wonderful gifts – you can get them made & shipped from lots of places, such as Kodak Gallery, Flickr, Lulu, etc.


  1. Hey Val, Those coffee sleeves are so cute. Have you seen the ones made from cable-knit sweaters? Just love em’. Blurb is also another good site for photo books- we just got our vacation book printed there. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog secretly for awhile now, sorry I’m just now commenting. By the way, I didn’t realize you guys new Tom Selek 🙂


  2. Trina, yep I love those they sure are cute! Ryan bought me a really cute grey one with a pink ribbon sewn in the middle & cute pearl white buttons on it for Xmas last year & I use it all the time. Thanks for the tip on Blurb – I didn’t know about that one. Glad you’re enjoying the blog, I’m enjoying keeping it up! 😉

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