favorite things

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes, snowflakes that stay on my nose and eye lashes, brown paper packages tied up with string, these are a few of my favorite things.

Inspired by the Sound of Music (& yes I’m been to the Sing-A-Long) and by Oprah Winfrey’s unforgettable favorite things giveaways I started hosting my birthday party about three years ago and it was so much fun it’s become an annual event.

I like to imagine how fun it would be to buy my girlfriends all my favorite discoveries each year, lipsticks, scarves, subscriptions, natural remedies, recipes, beauty treatments and more. In case you didn’t know, I love to give gifts.

At my Favorite Things birthday party everyone goes home with a few treats. A favorite thing is a clever little item that makes life easier, more beautiful, solves a problem or is just plain fun. Something you couldn’t resist telling a friend about. The limit is $10 per item so guests have to get pretty creative. Sometimes the most practical gifts are the surprise hit of the evening. Each guest brings three of the same item and puts their name in the hat two times. When they introduce themselves they tell how they know me and all about their favorite thing. Then she draws two names and those two women get the item and yes, the birthday girl gets one too (insert guilty smile).

It’s always an entertaining evening and this year was no exception. Some women seemed to get lucky early and often, am I right Ms. Long? One of my favorite practical gifts was the Randomorder usb charger. This little puppy was a slightly over the budget (you can buy 2 for $29 at Costco) but we’re going to forgive Ms. Kruse. I’ve already used it to charge my phone while I sit on the football field and watch practice, I mean how cool is that!

IMG_5809The award for best presentation goes to Ms. Powell for the jingling belly dancing wrap skirt. She had her music all cued up and put on a rousing tutorial. You never know what will happen at a favorite things party.

I’m also already a big fan of the Elf High Definition Powder, for under $4 that’s a GREAT FIND!

And who doesn’t love a facial mask, this one is by Que Bella and includes dead sea mud (now I’m feeling very cosmopolitan and moisturized).










So thank you to all the women who made this year’s party so much fun.  And you thought I was joking when I said you’d have to come visit my website for the complete list of items. I’m nothing these days if not a shameless promoter of bliss! I should have taken pictures of all of you but I was having too much fun to stop and think about that. So here’s the complete list of your 2014 Favorite Things. Remember, everything on this list is $10 or under and came with rave reviews. And for those of you who couldn’t make it, there’s always next year. Happy Shopping!


Barnes & Noble gift card (& the book ‘Cleaning House: A Mom’s 12 Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement)

Randomorder charger with cord

Elf High Definition powder

Waxed Dental Floss

Sinus Rinse by NeilMed

Electric candles (found at Bed, Bath & Beyond, ok I admit I horde their 20% coupons)

Hand-made lavender drawer sachet

Egg cuber & square ramekin (found locally at the Wooden Spoon in Edmonds)

Brown faux fur infinity scarf by Grandma Ballard

Que Bella dead sea mud mask

The Detangler wet/dry brush

Evergreen Soap by Third Day Naturals

Eos lip balm

Oribe dry texturizing spray

Essence eyeliner pen (black)

Krave Pork Jerky – Black Cherry BBQ

Floral Drink Marker by Charles Viancin (found locally at the Wooden Spoon in Edmonds)

Sistema plastic lunch containers

Mary Kay lipstick samples

Day Spring Journal

Handmade greeting card by Michole Mattix

Belly dancing jingle-skirt

Café Ladro coffee gift cards

Starbucks coffee gift cards

Wild Basil & Lime hand soap

Sprayway World’s Best glass cleaner


Silver and Gold necklaces ($5 each at H&M)

Daily Luxuries Loofa

Pumpkin votive candle

Chocolate with carmel

Trader Joe’s organic garlic olive oil

Dishtowel with crochet button loop by Grandma Mattix


2 thoughts on “favorite things

  1. Hava, thank you for hosting such a fun creative party. I think the best part was everyone’s “presentation” of their favorite thang! So many great and fun stories. Thank you also for the list. Time to shop!

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