What I'm Into Winter 2016

Hi friends!  I thought it would be fun to start sharing my favorite things on a monthly or quarterly basis.  If I only end up doing this just once, please forget I ever said this will be a regular post.  Since I have never done anything like this, I don't know if I even have new favorite things every month. Time will tell.



1. Knit throw blankets- the temps are getting chilly, so snugly blankets are a must.  I love white cable knit throws for their cozy texture and farmhouse feel. My favorite is the Ursula throw from IKEA.

2.  Christmas trees and lights-  They are just making my house feel so darn cozy this month!  I love this little pre-lit pair I purchased from Hayneedle.

3. Candles-  I love the beauty of candles flickering on the windowsill, high on a shelf or any other place where my three and one year old boys can't reach.  My current favorites are handcrafted by Ful Candles. 

Health and Beauty

1. Physicians Formula Makeup- I am not a huge makeup girl.  In fact, I wear it maybe once a week.  Up until a few months ago, I was making a homemade foundation that was a mixture of shea butter, cocoa butter, beeswax, zinc oxide, cinnamon and cocoa powder.  I also tried a homemade powder made from similar ingredients.  They got me through several years, but I just didn't really loved the way it looked.  I loved that it was all natural but I didn't feel like I was wearing makeup and the coverage was minimal.  Although the ingredients aren't perfect, I feel like the Physicians Formula brand is excellent for the rare occasions that I do wear makeup.  I love the coverage and feel of it!  

2. Dr Bronner's Soap- I use it for everything. It's perfect for washing kids, dishes and hands.  Add one part Dr. Bronners, three parts water and a few drops of essential oil to a foaming soap dispenser and you're in business!


1. Fermented Foods-  As most of you know, I am a health nut.  It is something I have been into for a really long time.  I love reading books and learning new things on health and wellness.  I have been making sauerkraut for a while, but just recently I have been way more consistent about eating something fermented with every meal. On my counter, at the moment, I have milk kefir, water kefir and sauerkraut.  I'm making the kids eat it all too, but they actually really love (most of) it!

2. Cocoa powder- Let's be honest, this is not just a November favorite, but since this my first "what I'm into post," it's legit to add it here, right?!  But, seriously, I can go through a whole container of it in a week.  This family loves homemade chocolate treats.  You can find a few of my favorite recipes here and here.


1. Pandora- I love to have Pandora stations playing on my phone throughout the day.  My current favorite station is Feist radio.  I have found out about so many other artists, that I now love, from that station.  

2.  I would say my top three favorite songs this month are- "Train Song" by Feist and Ben Gibbard, "Heartbeats" by Jose Gonzales and "Cicadas and Gulls" by Feist.  I could listen to all of these 100 times over!

Thanks for reading along friends!  What are some things you're into right now?