Five Things.

Here are a few things I can’t seem to get enough of right now. Five favorites, from five completely different categories: food, fashion, beauty, home, and technology. My weaknesses. Here’s what’s currently topping the charts!

1. Food

Food, Fashion, Beauty, House & Home, and Technology: Five Things I'm Loving Right Now

Blazin’ Buffalo Wing Almonds. I don’t know why I’m addicted to these things. First, I don’t really even like wings. All that much. Donning my flame-proof suit. Second, I don’t really even like, uh, almonds. I always pick around them in mixed nuts. Politely. Is it the papery skin? I don’t know. I definitely wouldn’t have picked these up off the shelf if a friend hadn’t offered them to me first. Let me be that friend for you. Pick some up. They’re salty. They’re spicy. They’re sweet and delicious. And almonds are good for you, right? Right.

2. Fashion

Food, Fashion, Beauty, House & Home, and Technology: Five Things I'm Loving Right Now

Cute Camera Necklace. A gift from Lisa Leonard. Isn’t this precious? I can’t seem to get enough of this necklace lately. Especially with my favorite earrings of all time. Love dressing up a cute pair of jeans with this combo!

3. Beauty

Food, Fashion, Beauty, House & Home, and Technology: Five Things I'm Loving Right Now

Olay Daily Renewal Cream. This stuff makes my skin feel so soft. I love the way it makes my face feel when I wake up in the morning. I got it because I read that using a moisturizer with alpha or beta hydroxy is the best way to exfoliate and renew skin for a soft, glowy complexion. (Alpha for dry, beta for oily.) All I know is that it makes my face feel wonderful in the morning!

4. Home

Food, Fashion, Beauty, House & Home, and Technology: Five Things I'm Loving Right Now

Hazelnut Cream & Vanilla Room Sprays. From Walmart. I’ve said it before, but I think Hazelnut Cream is one of my favorite scents of all time. I’ve been getting this super cheap candle from Walmart for years, and I keep going back to it. It doesn’t tunnel, it fills up a room, and when it’s not burning, I still can catch a slight hint of it wafting through the air. Love it. The last time I went to Walmart, I had to pick it up in the room spray execution, along with its Vanilla counterpart. Love the vanilla. It’s sweet and velvety with just the teeniest, tiniest hint of coconut. My favorite combo. I’ve been entertaining myself way too easily lately by giving these a quick spritz to freshen up a room.

Especially after Howie walks by.

5. Technology

Food, Fashion, Beauty, House & Home, and Technology: Five Things I'm Loving Right Now

iGo Green charger. This thing is my life saver. Life saver. The first time I realized such ingenious a device existed, I knew immediately I had to have one. I can’t live without it. I get a lot of incredulous looks when I use it. It’s brilliant. Here’s how it works: If I’m traveling and using my cell phone a lot during the day, and don’t have access to a charger, usually my battery gets pretty low by mid-afternoon. If I’m going somewhere that night? It’s completely dead. But with the iGo Green charger in my purse, I just plug in my phone for charging on the go. I can use my phone and charge it at the same time, all while it’s in my purse. When it’s done charging, I unplug my phone and continue using it for the rest of the day. That night, I plug in the iGo green, plug in my phone to the iGo green and they are both fully charged by morning. I use this thing to death! :)

I especially love it with a retractable USB cord. No tangling in the bottom of my purse. Those things make great stocking stuffers, btw. I could use a few myself. Or fifty.

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51 Responses
  1. Leslie W

    Ok, just tried the Hazelnut Cream candle and I must say it smells pretty darn good. I was afraid it would be too sweet, but it smells pretty yummy I must say. And…it only cost me $1 to try something new. Might try the Vanilla candle tomorrow night! Thanks so much for your fun list!

  2. Jayne

    Hi, I was first sent to your site by a friend last summer to get the Chicken Enchiladas recipe (Thank you)and so I signed up. What a delightful site this is. Of all the sites I visit, yours and Smitten Kitchen are my favorites. Thanks so much for the tip on the IGo Green charger. I just ordered several for Christmas. I love sites that exude Joy! Makes the world a better place. Bless You!

  3. Lilianna Grace

    I’m so thrilled at this post, you just led me to the perfect gift for my husband. He’ll love the Oil of Olay…Just kidding! But the iGo Charger will be so perfect for him. He travels a ton, and you know how difficult some men can be to shop for. He’ll love this gadget. Thank you, thank you!

  4. Kim

    I love America! Everything is better and I cannot wait to visit again next Spring. The air sprays and candles are on my list for Walmart! Fab blog and fab fonts, thank you. Kim

  5. Dorothy

    What a lovely list!!
    Just one thing though, I do not use Olay because they test their products on animals… :(
    Rosehip oil is the best thing for a wrinkle free skin.

  6. Becky

    Great list. I almost picked up that mainstay home spray this week so will do that next time I am at Walmart. I need to use the Oil of Olay moisturizer since I’m 39 and holding (been that age for a while now) LOL. Your Igo charger would be a great gift for the men in my life because I always have problems finding a good gift for them. The BWW almonds would be great to put in a basket along with DVDs, popcorn, slippers,etc. for a man or woman. I don’t know anyone yet who doesn’t love that flavor on anything. Thanks for all the great ideas. I think I’m ready to start my Christmas shopping now thanks to you. ((Hugs)) Becky

  7. Joyce

    I look forward to reading your emails and really like your food and jewelry photos. I too have a Canon camera. Do you use a macro lens to take the photos? My background is never that blurry.

  8. taranicole

    OMG Amanda! What a great idea — that igo green? I need one for my purse … AAAANNNDDDD I drew my dad in this year’s “Secret Santa”. You found my gift for me! Yay! You’re the best — you made me an even a bigger fan of your amazing blog!

  9. Kocinera

    I’m seriously loving that charger! USB cords drive me crazy, so that retractable one sounds like a dream come true. Thanks for the great recommendation!

  10. Bryann

    I think I just found one of my hubby’s Christmas presents! The iGo Green charger :) I wonder if it will work for computers as well?? Research time! Thanks!

  11. Southern Gal

    My mama is 63 and has used Oil of O’Lady, as a friend calls it, for ages. She looks amazing for her age. Amazing. I’m hoping it’s genes more than the product, but I use the product, too. Just in case.
    That charger? What will they come up with next?

  12. jackie

    Thanks for the Alpha and beta hydroxy tip . I would use a beta hydroxy too. I think I will try that Oil of Olay now . Those are 5 nice things you have there ! Oh and I am using peabev fonts on my blog again, . I use your fonts for a lot of stuff. Anyway have a nice day!

  13. Karin

    I don’t like almonds either, but I always get addicted to them too! Maybe I’ll try them… I also use Oil of Olay before bed, but I’ve never seen the “beta hyrdroxy” one (maybe time for a switch-a-roo!). Thanks for sharing! =)

  14. Timy Kay Potts

    The Hazelnut spray is sooooo wonderful!! I also use lots of the MainStay products. By the way, I saw the wonderful Ribbon Box earlier this week on your site. Do you have instructions to make this beautiful box? I am a scrapbooker and I need an organizer for my ribbons.

    p.s. Love your website!!!

  15. Jill

    Great list! I love WalMart’s Hazelnut too. Good stuff. And I’ve been using Oil of Olay Regenerist UV Defense Regenerating Lotion (whew, that’s a mouthful) for probably 2 years now. I read about it on and decided to try it & so glad I did. I have a smooth face EVERY day! Much better complexion. And my husband likes the way it smells. :)

    anyways, I wanted to say thanks for the Green Charger idea–I think it might be something to get my sweet husband for Christmas. maybe you could keep your eye out for other ideas for us? It’s hard to buy for guys!

  16. Betty R

    1. My husband LOVES these almonds and so does my older sons. I have to buy several cans when I shop because the older two will stop by for a visit and search the cupboards for those almonds.
    2. That necklace is adorable! I want one too!
    3. I’ve been using Oil of Olay nighttime moisturizer for years. I’m definitely going to have to try this.
    4. I’ve never tried the room sprays or the Hazelnut scent. I buy just the vanilla candles from Wal Mart to balance out my Sand and Sun scents from Yankee Candle. I use the tiny sized jar candles for a buck from Walmart as favors for showers and they’re always a hit once they have a pretty lable placed on them.
    5. Oh these are going onto the shopping list as stocking stuffers for my menfolk. (and me too!)

  17. Jessica Dudley

    You are not even kidding about those Buffalo Wing Almonds!!! My aunt introduced me to those a few months ago…..OMGosh….I would sit and eat the entire can!!! It is kind of a small can, right??? Haha!!! They have a new flavor: Habenero BBQ – they are good – but not as good as the Buffalo Wing!

  18. Jill @ Rustic Bliss

    1.) ehhh…I Luff almonds & wings but I don’t know about this combo.
    2.) Cute ~ Cute ~ Cute! That is just the Ca~UUUtest Camera Necklace EVER!
    3.) I am so with you on this one. I use this OLAY cream too…and so does my husband. Every day! The eye cream too! Love it!
    4.) Gott get me some of the room spray next time I’m at Wally World. You’ve just made a sale.
    5.) Never heard of this gadget, but I love them all. this and the room spray AND the candle would all make Fantastic gifts! Thanks…You Rock!

  19. Kristina @ spabettie

    oh, WOW – I need to try those buffalo almonds!! I love their wasabi lime flavor…

    fun post – I love that necklace too!

  20. Stephanie

    I just added the I-go to my wish list for Christmas! It sounds wonderful! I also just purchased and received the camera necklace you mention – I LOVE it! I could seriously wear it every day!!! It is just the cutest thing ever.

  21. Kerri

    My favorite one from Walmart is the Mulled Cider. It is only available this time of year and I have learned to stock up. Funny story about it, I had a plumber at my house and I had walked into the other room and he was talking with his helper and said “Wow! This room smells sooooo good, I wonder what that scent is?” His helper just stood there looking at him and Mr Scent guy finally said “Okay, Okay….so its my feminine side coming out!” Bwahaaahaaa

  22. Mia

    If I had a cell phone that charger would definitely be on my Christmas list!

    And those almonds sounds deliscious!! I’m also intrigued by Jessica’s Salt n Vinegar tip. I love that combo.

  23. Laura

    You mentioned that you especially like to spray when Howie walks by….I am a new pet owner – a 5 month old Black Lab – we are really enjoying her execept I cannot get past the “doggie” smell. We have bathed her in a variety of shampoos and wash her things very regularly. Is there anything out there that gets rid of that smell? I fear my house smells like dog to others when they come in and I am afraid that I might not be smelling it because I live in it. Of course I clean all the time, but I’m just not sure. Any advice? Thanks. Laura

  24. Marilyn

    OMG, I love those almonds too!! Also the Oil of Olay is wonderful, I couldn’t live without all my oil of olay products. Ok, I’m sure I could if I HAD to but I don’t want to. =)

  25. Lain

    Wish I had a Walmart near us! That Hazelnut Cream sounds great. Thaks for the five things roundup. That was the name of my old blog — five things each day. :)

  26. Mimi Scully

    OMG I need that iGO charger. Was just stuck at the airport for hours with delays and all of us were all taking turns with the outlets in the airport trying to get enough battery life .

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