I love raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens and all the other things in the song Julie Andrews made a household tune. But there are some more specific things I’ve enjoyed this year and I thought I’d share them with you. (I’ve included links for most, in case you want to order your own. Simply click on the image.) Thanks to Becky Wade for this post idea!
I’ve never been true to one makeup brand for all my makeup products, but once I find a product I like, I stick with it for eons. My mascara has been Lancome for decades:My lipstick is always COVERGIRL® Outlast Lip Color in either #559 Plum Berry or for a bit paler summer color, #555 Blossom Berry. This is the BEST lip color because it lasts all day long and doesn’t smudge on clothes or coffee mugs or Ken’s cheeks. I’ve been using it for years and can’t say enough good things about it.
Another thing I’m so excited about is the Kasa App we use with TP-Link Smart LED Light Bulb. Our oldest son gave me one of these light bulbs, and I immediately bought three more. Using the app with these bulbs means we’re able to have four of the lights in our house set to come on, dim, brighten, and go off automatically at preset times. Besides being convenient, it’s a nice safety feature making it look like we’re home even if we’re not.
Windowsill plants give me so much joy, especially when it’s cold and dreary outside. My two favorites recently are an African violet that has bloomed its heart out since shortly after I bought it at a garage sale in June, and a cyclamen I picked up at our local garden center right after Christmas (and potted in a pretty 25-cent garage sale pot).
Instagram! I’ve been using Instagram for a couple of years now and it has become my favorite social media platform. I love the photo format and that it’s a short, quick way to give and get updates between friends, or check out topics you’re interested in. (Most of the accounts I follow are other writers or decorating blogs.) If you happen to be on Instagram, I’d love to see you there. My account name is: https://www.instagram.com/deborahraney/ These are the 9 top images selected from my feed by #bestof2017.
What are some of your favorite things you’re enjoying these days?”