Favorite Things 2015

As 2015 draws to a close, I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite things from the year. These are really some of my favorite posts to read from bloggers because I love trying new things and recommendations from friend are the best way to try new things! Melissa at 320 Sycamore has gathered several bloggers together to share some of their favorite things, so hop over and check everyone out!

Here are  some of my favorites:

1. Custom Christmas Cards from Furrow and Feather

This year we decided to do something different and send out illustrated Christmas cards! We worked with a wonderful artist named Katie who created personalized Christmas card for us. She sent us the digital image and I uploaded it to Costco and printed them on the new premium Christmas cards.

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2. Favorite Scarf – Plaid Blanket Scarf from JannysGirl

I’m in love with these pretty colors!

JannyGirl Scarf


3. Favorite Must-Have Water Cup – Aladdin Classic Insulated Mason Tumbler 32oz, Mint Condition Tint


This cup is massive, 32 ounces! It keeps my water ice cold and I just love it. I can leave this in a hot car and still come back to ice cold water hours later.

mason jar jug


4. Leggings, leggings and more leggings!

This year has definitely been the year of the leggings for me! My sister became a consultant for a fabulous company called LuLaRoe . They sell the softest, cutest leggings in the world, plus a lot of other really cute and comfortable clothes. I’m completely addicted and it’s hard to go back to jeans!



5. Favorite Trip – The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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Earlier this year we packed our family of five up and flew across the country to Florida. We visited Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando. We spent a day exploring the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and it was amazing! You can read all my tips from the trip and see more pictures here.


It took our Harry Potter love to a whole new level!


6. Favorite New Camera LensCanon 24mm f/2.8 Lens

canon 24mm

This is the lens I keep on my camera for photographing our trips and just capturing everyday and around the house. This lens is small and sharp and perfect for travel. The best part is, it’s a complete steal!



7.  Favorite Book – The Book with No Pictures

the book with no pictures


I love reading this to my kids. It’s very clever and my little ones fall down laughing everytime we read it!


8. Favorite TV Show – The Walking Dead

My husband and I binge watched all the seasons earlier this year and are now caught up on the current season. I can’t believe I had been missing out on the best television show of all-time.


9. Favorite Costume – Queen of Hearts Costume from Knotted Wear




Our little Ruby’s Halloween costume this year was probably my favorite of all-time! I just love this beautiful little dress from Knotted Wear. It fits her perfectly and is so adorable!



10. Favorite New Recipe – Slow Cooker Barbacoa 

Slow Cooker Barbacoa 2

This is the easiest slow cooker recipe and we use it to make tacos, nachos or burritos all the time!




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Favorite Things 2015


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  1. Hello Melissa! I love your list, I really want this lens, I’m bookmarking the barbacoa recipe, and your Christmas cards are adorable. 🙂 Thanks for joining us!

  2. such cool things!! I love the scarf!

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