These Are a Few of My Favorite

Every so often, I start getting overly excited about THINGS. A few years ago, I went berserk over some Dawn dish soap because it was fancy enough to keep my hands from cracking and bleeding when I did the dishes. I wanted to give away a case of that dish soap, but truth be told… if I had a case of it, I’d prolly hoard it. I’m still smitten by that dish soap. Every winter, I send up prayers of thanks for that wonderful product.

Yesterday was another on of THOSE days where I look at what I’m using and practically gush with glee. The first is my (now don’t laugh) Britta water bottle.
My husband bought one of these for himself, and I thought he was a little silly. After all, we had a Britta water pitcher and we use it constantly… why an extra bottle? While we were on vacation, Danny insisted on buying a water bottle for him mother who was having some pain in her kidneys. He bought a two pack and gave me one, insisting that it would help me drink more water during my pregnancy.
“Okay,” I said, because I’ve been married to him long enough to know that he’ll do what he wants anyway.
And guess what? I use that bottle to PIECES. I drink water like a crazy lady, and the purple water bottle has become my very close friend. I don’t leave the house without it.
Phone? Check.
Purse? Check.
Keys? Check.
Water Bottle? Check!

It makes Joseph City water taste SO good -it’s a tiny, precious miracle.

Onto the next:

Look at the one all the way to the left… in the middle… it’s a bird’s nest with three eggs, and by golly gee if my thoughts weren’t almost immediately on that necklace in the minutes following my positive pregnancy test (ahem, the FIRST one). Guess what I’m getting for Mother’s Day? And I wonder if Danny will be sweet enough to throw in the necklace on the top left? It’s gorgeous!

Fed Ex came to my house yesterday and dropped off:

I’m SO thrilled! A few weeks ago, I went to a presentation on THRIVE. I was supposed to be teaching preschool, but I felt really strongly that I needed to go to this presentation instead. I cancelled preschool and went. I’m so glad I did -this food is a life saver! Unopened, it keeps for 25 years. Can you even begin to wrap your mind around that? Once opened, their shelf life is about one year, give or take a little. The cans are specially coated on the inside to keep the food from absorbing that “tin” taste. My shipment yesterday was spinach, pineapple, and blueberries. They are freeze dried, so the nutritional value is much higher than that of canned or dehydrated food. And my kids went nuts for it. They gobbled up handfuls of the pineapple and blueberries, and asked for more… win! I signed up for the program which is set up to take $50 out of my food budget every month ($25 a paycheck, not bad!) and send me whatever is on my list. I have a list set up online that I can change up however I want to, but once a month without fail, I get $50 worth of food storage shipped to my front door.
And there’s so much variety! Fruit, veggies, cheese, butter, eggs, yogurt… and on and on and on. My husband popped in the door for a brief second yesterday to pick up some work stuff and I shoved a pineapple in his mouth. A few minutes later (after he was back at work) he sent me a text, “I feel really good about having that food.”
I feel good about it too, and I feel SO good about it that I just HAD to share the info with my family. I booked a party and started taking invites around to my siblings, aunts and parents… only to find that most of them already had an account.
What? This stuff was brand new to me! No one told me about it! Maybe they all wanted me to die of starvation instead of thrive on my freeze dried food.
Okay, that was a joke.
I realize that most people don’t go bonkers over freeze-dried food. I was just really excited. HEY! I just realized I could totally send some to my sister on her mission! I bet she’d LOVE some!
Great idea, Alicia. Very great indeed. I’ll start work on a package straight away.

I love having it on hand not only for preparation reasons, but I live in a rural area where if I run out of sour cream, I have to drive at least 10 miles one way to get more. Now I can just use the freeze dried sour cream which tastes really, really good. Really.

So you should come over and see what I’m talking about. Saturday at 10:30 am at my house… unless you’re already set up with an account. In which case, shame on you for keeping it to yourself in hopes that I’ll die of slow starvation.
Shame, shame, shame.

I even put samples on my invites. Eets for fun.

I also put the pineapple on my homemade pizza last night AND I put a handful of blueberries in my oatmeal this morning. I feel so proficient… and I also feel healthy about the whole thing. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got a date with Pinterest, looking a recipe I pinned that calls for blueberries (which I usually don’t have). Then it’s off to do the most hysterical prenatal yoga video on Netflix instant streaming (“Now look down at your baby… say hello!”) during which I’ll have my trusty water bottle court side.
Enjoy your day, friends. It’s a beaut outside.


  1. I have always wanted to try freeze dried stuff! Too bad I’m in Utah otherwise I would be there. A friend of mine has this recipe on her blog:

    It’s for blueberry oatmeal bars and they are so stinkin’ good! I have made them at least a dozen times. You should try them out! They’re supposed to be healthy too. :)

    • storylady says:

      No way! I haven’t quite started making the bars yet, so I think I’ll make your recipe instead :) And don’t you worry about getting freeze dried food -your family is stocked up thanks to Jennie, haha. She’ll be here tomorrow for my party, so I need to get my house cleaned up!

  2. Danny is the one that got Cory hooked on the britta bottles! And we rarely go anywhere without them either :) And if I didn’t have a funeral on Saturday I would have loved to come to your Thrive party! I haven’t ever heard of the stuff. I also have a non cheesy prenatal yoga video you can have if you would like…since my baby factory is out of business ;-)

  3. Also…I looked at Clella Belle’s on etsy (she is your aunt right?) and she only has one item listed, is there somewhere else online that I can look at her creations? I want to get my mom a grandmothers necklace for mothers day and from your previous posts about her jewelry making skills, she was the first one I thought of.

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