These are a few of my favorite things. What are yours?

I have decided to participate in a 52-week blog challenge. I hope that it will get me to where I need to be with this blog. I must admit, this post was fun.

For my 52-week blog challenge, I am using some prompt s that I found on Pinterest. This is one of those prompts: What are your favorite things?

How many of you have thought about what your favorite things are? I really hadn’t thought about it in those terms but I find that there have and/or things I really like to use. I feel enjoyment from them.

As I was planning this post and thinking about my favorite things, I really wanted to create a different aspect of favorite things. So here are 6 of my favorite things; things I find enjoyment in using and things I use frequently if not on a daily basis.

Dr. Grip by Pilot Gel Pen

The smallest thing on my favorite’s list is an ink pen. I really like this pen and use it daily. I actually have several on hand at all times. I even have a couple hidden away. It seems as if there are several people who also like this pen once they have written with it.

The pen that I am referring to is the Dr. Grip by Pilot. These pens have a thicker body and a rubberized grip. I find them comfortable to hold and write with. They come in various colors so you can choose the one that appeals to you.

Do you have a favorite pen?

Nikon

The next item on my list of favorite things is my camera. Several years ago, when I was planning an Alaskan Cruise, I upgraded my point and shoot camera to a DSLR. At the time I didn’t know much about them, but I knew I wanted something with a bigger lens so I could get closer shots during my vacation. When I went shopping for my new camera the salesman lead me to the Nikon.

I really liked and appreciated the fact that the lenses were interchangeable with all Nikon camera bodies. I have upgraded cameras a couple times since my original purchase and still can use the same lenses.

I took a correspondence course through NYIP and have been hired occasionally to take the pictures for weddings, senior pics, and family photo shoots. Photography opened up a whole new world of creativity for me.

Do you take many pictures?

Current planner

The third item on my favorites’ list would be my planner.

For the past few years I have ordered my yearly calendar through Plum Paper..

This planner is customizable which I love. I can decide what I want the cover to look like and what I want written on the front. The writing is further personalized by my choice of font, the area surrounding the wording, and the colors.

Not only is the cover customizable, so are the contents of the planner. I choose the orientation of the layout and the sections I want in my weekly breakdown as well as the sections I will use.

The planners begin with a two-page yearly spread The next two pages breaks the year down into months with space under each month to list goals or anything important that falls within a particular month. Then the months are broken down into tabbed sections..

2nd page of weekly spread

Here you can choose a vertical or horizontal spread. In my personal planner I chose the horizontal layout for the monthly pages. After the two-page monthly spread, I chose an horizontal spread again for the weekly breakdown of the month. These weeks can be personalized with columns that are headed with your choice.

For my choices of headings on the columns I chose kids, meals, blogging, crafts budget and notes for the last two columns. The headings are your choice.

Next you can chose various sections to be put into your planner. The sections I have put into my planner includes blogging, sales, social media, and notes. I use the notes sections to keep various lists.

Other sections available for you include topics such as :Budget, Lifestyle, Fitness, Coloring, stickers.

Check out this planner. You will not be sorry.

Do you have a favorite planner that you use?

Cricut Explore Air 2

The next item on my favorites’ list is my Cricut Explore Air 2. My husband bought this for me two years ago for Christmas.

I was like many people. I was a little intimidated by it at first. But I have found a multitude of resources and videos available for learning how to use it. When I get stuck on a project I hop over to youtube to watch a video on that specific problem.

There are also many crafters out there who be glad to answer questions you may have. Once of the crafters, Jennifer Maker, is an excellent wealth of knowledge on the Cricut machines.

After getting my machine my crafting has improved a couple of notches. Love my machines.

A couple of years ago I purchased a Shark Navigator. My Kirby had finally bitten the dust after a 20+ stint. I could not afford to replace the Kirby at that time so I ordered the Shark hoping it would last longer thank a few months. (Apparently, we are pretty hard on vacuums.)

I immediately fell in lover with the Shark. I even liked it more than the Kirby.

I wrote a post about the Shark. Click here to read more about this amazing machine.

The final item on my favorites list is my refrigerator.

We recently went from a side by side to a bottom freezer. I cannot begin to tell you how much I love his kitchen appliance.

The first couple of refrigerators we own we ones with freezer on the top. This were ok, but made it difficult to get things in and out of the frig. Also, the freezers were not very big.

I had the bright idea to replace the top freezer with a side by side. I grew to dislike this model quickly. It could not hold bigger pans when having get togethers and the freezer was difficult to organize. I felt they were a little small for my needs.

Finally I have found a refrigerator that I absolutely love. My current refrigerator has the freezer on the bottom. I was a little unsure when I purchased it, but I love it. The freezer has a drawer in it and I place items I use more frequently in the drawer and everything else in the bottom. It is really awesome.

The frig has adjustable shelves so you can customize the shelfing to meet your unique requirements.

What type of refrigerator do you have? Would you recommend it to others?

Those are some of my favorite items. Do you have favorite items or just some things that bring you a lot of joy when you use them? Let us know.

My life verse.

I have to tell you… about my new vacuum!

 

First, let me tell you this is not a sponsored post. I am just so thrilled with this vacuum that I wanted to let you know about it.

What is your favorite brand of vacuum? For about 20+ years I used a Kirby. I paid a fortune for it, but it was well worth it. In the beginning I mainly purchased it because the attachments included a carpet shampooer. It had several attachments which I used frequently. I claimed I would never use another vacuum.

Over the years I had my Kirby serviced many times. It had been given new beater bars, new hoses, new bags. It was still my favorite; it was going to last a lifetime. And it came close. Even though it finally stopped picking up very well I could have sent it off to have it rebuilt, for the cost of $450. But that was a large sum, so while I was waiting for my lottery winnings (insert laugh) I purchased a cheap vacuum to hold me over. I won’t mention it by name, but I bought it on sale for $50. You get what you pay for.

It didn’t last very long so I bought another of the same brand, just a little bit better one. This one I paid $80 for. This one last about 3 years although during the last year or so, to sweep the carpets I had to use the hose attachment. It wouldn’t really pick up very well any more by just pushing it.

That was enough to push me into purchasing my Shark. One evening when I had fallen asleep with the TV on, I awoke to find an infomercial about the Shark vacuum. It was being sold by QVC on installments. As you can tell I desperately was in need of one. Although I did not want to add a monthly payment to my bill collection, I ordered the vacuum. The delivery was prompt and I was as excited as a child at Christmas to open the present and begin vacuuming again.

With the help of several little hands, we opened the box and began taking the pieces of the vacuum out and laying them in the middle of the floor. Then I began putting the vacuum together. It was a snap. It took less than 10 minutes to assemble my new purple prize. (You can choose from a few different colors.) And I began.

At first glance of the assembled vacuum, I thought the sweeper head was way too small. Also, I was not prepared for the swivel action that the Shark has, although over time I have learned to like this feature. Best                                                                      of all, it picks up great.

The Shark also has several other features that I like better than the Kirby. The Shark is bag less, so no more buying and struggling to put bags onto the vacuum. Secondly, one of the things I liked about my Kirby was that it was self-propelled. When I began vacuuming, even though it is not advertised as self-propelled, it will really take off when it is on the correct level for the rug height. That is another plus for this vacuum, to adjust for various carpet heights or hardwood floors, it just takes the push of a button. For the icing on the cake, the best feature is the ease of using the hose and attachments. Unlike the Kirby, where you have to remove the head of the vacuum to attach the hose, there is only a button to push to use the hose on the Shark. Also, you can remove the canister with the hose on the Shark to vacuum stairs or places difficult to use an upright vacuum.

 

Ok, so you are now aware of how much I like and enjoy vacuuming with my Shark. It was well worth the money I spent on it. The only thing I would change, if I could, was to have a retractable cord.

What is your favorite vacuum? What do you like about it?

My life verse.