These are a few of my favorite things...

I blog a lot about things the kids do and like and record so many details about our family, but sometimes I forget to include some of the little quirky things that *I* like and do that are a small, but significant part of my day.  So, since I don't do much scrapbooking anymore, here's a "blog post" version of an "all about me" layout...

A.Steed's.Life - Favorite Things - February 2013

In no particular are some (mostly little) things that make me happy these days and have become my "everyday" luxuries:



I have always been a bowl (or two) of cereal in the morning kind of girl, but lately, I've been feeling much fuller when I eat a bowl of oatmeal with a little bit of unsweetened applesauce, raisins, cinnamon, and a few crushed pecans. 

I think it makes me feel "healthy"....


White Cheddar Cheese ItsWhite Cheddar Cheese Its:

...but don't be fooled.  I can also put down a full box of White Cheddar Cheese Its in a day.  I'm not *that* healthy.  I used to LOVE the "Get Your Own Box" campaign that Cheese Its did a while back. It was VERY fitting for me. Very.



ZCUT Power Cardio Series:

I bought this set of workout DVDs because I love Zuzka's workouts.  They're short (usually only 10-20 minutes), SUPER hard, and you don't need any extra equipment.  This is her first DVD series, but she also offers a free real-time workout of the week on Thursdays, and it's been perfect for my at-home workouts. 

Zuzka Light ZCUT Power Cardio Series Workout DVD

Sorry for the insane amount of Zuzka cleavage... :/


Mary Kay Roll Up Travel Bag:

Mary Kay Roll Up Travel BagMy old bathroom bag finally gave up after daily use for several years. One of the zippers broke, so I had to go searching for a new one that would be just as useful, since I use it every day. It hangs on the back of my bathroom door, and I roll it up and take it with me to the gym too.  I couldn't find the exact bag I used to have -- apparently, it's not made anymore -- so...

This Mary Kay Roll Up Travel Bag is the ONLY bag I could find that was big enough for all my stuff, hangs on a hook, has 4 clear pockets, and *bonus* rolls up neatly into a cute little cube with a handle! 

Mary Kay Roll Up Travel Bag

Thank you very much Mary Kay!


I.O. Metro Bree Sectional (in Bela Pewter):

We LOOOOOOVE our new couch.  It's cozy, comfy, and looks so pretty, and best of all, we ALL fit on it.  It took us a while to find it, then about 8 weeks for it to arrive.  But that didn't stop me from going into I.O. Metro often to visit it while we waited for ours to arrive.  The kids even brought library books to try it out.

I'm sure that's not weird...right?

We (and the store employees too I'm sure...) are happy to be able to sit on our own now, in our own living room.

Bree Corner Sectional - IO Metro


Lily Bloom Bag:

My old Lily Bloom bag was so worn out I finally had to let it go a few months ago. (I'm sensing a theme here..evidently I like bags with pockets and I use them till they fall apart - I think I get that from my mom).  Anyhow, I've been on the lookout for a new one ever since.  TJ Maxx had a bunch in stock one week when I went in, so I picked up this fun bag.

Lily Bloom Handbag

Since I wear so many solid colors, I love a bright print purse!


Heated Rice Bags:

For Christmas, my sister-in-law Rachel made all the Steed girls these cute little heated rice bags.  Just heat 'em up in the microwave for a few minutes, and they feel wonderful on your sore shoulders, hips, hands, back, legs, etc. (I'm telling you, those ZCUT workouts make you *very* sore!)

Homemade Heated Rice Bags


A Twisty Tail Hair Do:

Lately, my hair has gotten very long (which i like), but it's also been giving me the heebie jeebies about mid-day.  I think it's something about the mess of curls hanging over my shoulders.  Why does my hair always fall forward like giant cocker spaniel ears instead of laying nicely down my back? 

Anyhow, my favorite solution for no-nonsense hair days is this twisty-tail hair do.  It's fast, it's easy, and it doesn't look like a messy bun or ponytail.  It actually makes it appear as if I care a little bit about how it looks.  I'll have to post some better photos of it soon, with a tutorial. 


So there you go...just a few, mostly frivolous, and unneccessary things that make my days a little brighter.  I'm no Oprah, so unfortunately, you can't expect a door prize of each of my favorite things just for reading this, but maybe you'll find someting new that makes you happy too. :)

4 comments so far:

Gerry Trickett said:

I love your Lilly Bloom Purse. I have one just like it in different colors. I have been using it when I travel, but after my last trip I just couldn't put it away so I have been using it for everyday use. I know it will wear out eventually so I was looking on the internet to see where I could buy a new one and the picture of your bag popped up with all of the other Lilly bloom purses, and that is how I found your blog. I love the way you have fixed your hair. It looks so cute. Thanks for sharing. Gerry

Chelsea said:

Such a fun post! Thanks for sharing!
~Chelsea @ Married Filing Jointly

~ Megin of VMG206 said:

What a fun post! I, too, love white cheddar cheeze its (had them for dinner last night!)
I found you today thru the Linky Party at Sugar Bee Crafts, where I'm #245. I hope you get a chance to stop by my blog and leave a comment, too!
~ Megin of VMG206

Leslie Stewart said:

Thanks for sharing! I've never heard of ZCut workouts. I'll need to check them out! Have a great week.

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