My 2018 Favorites


“Child-ish Gam-bi-no
And Tara Westover
Luke Bryant ballads and Infini-ty War
Pictures of my girls those cutie pah-toots
These are a few of my favorite things “

-Clare Kennedy

This post was inspired by my beautiful friend Alix at APintSizedLife.com and her favorites blog post.

I am so, so happy to flip my calendar over and ring in 2019! As I mark the end of 2018 I am compiling the wonderful things that made me happy, made me think, made my life easier, made me shake my booty, and made me snort with laughter, kept the earth a bit less trashed. Here they are, my top twenty favorite things!

ACCESSORY: DODGER HAT

Messy hair, don’t care. 😉 My trusty hat is so comfy and great for a streamlined look with my black hoodie, black leggings, and Adidas. I get lots of compliments when I wear it out except the Giants fans in my circle. C’est la vie!

BEAUTY FIND: B. COUNTER

My friend Sarah introduced me to B. Counter. They are fantastic and aim to be the safest beauty products on the market. I bought their makeup, soap, and lotion this year and plan to replace my daughter’s shampoo/ conditioner/ sunscreen and my deodorant with their version next. If you haven’t hear of B. Counter yet, you will soon. They are blowing up and for good reason. I got their charcoal bar and I like how it goes on clean and smooth, and is safe to use on my face and body and my babies too. I have seen them in every women’s magazine I subscribe to. If you want to get your own you can do so here: PURCHASE

BABY BOOK: INDESTRUCTIBLES

These cute baby books, made with non-toxic paper, are indestructible. Check ’em out!

BOOK (COMEDY): THE LAST BLACK UNICORN

Oh Tiffany, you bright, beautiful, booty assassin, I love you! Tifanny is funny as hell, but she is also a domestic violence survivor of her parents and her husband. Not politically correct, her delivery will turn some readers off (those with different abilities or those who have loved ones who are differently abled could be offended. . . or they could think her story is funny, sweet, and relatable too). Her resourcefulness is pretty damn amazing.  As a teen she makes Richard Pryor take notice and it is awesome to see her heal her pain with laughter.  By the end of her book, she is hanging out with her buddies Will and Jada Pinkett, getting ready for the red carpet in designer gowns. By the way, do her story justice and listen to her tell it on Audible. It’s so fun it will make your next road trip fly by. <3

BOOK (EDUCATIONAL): THE READ ALOUD REVIVAL

Sarah will teach you how to connect with your kids through the wonderful ritual of reading, teaching empathy to your kids, fostering critical thinking, and creating a book club culture with popsicles, picnic blankets, and outdoor bookclub meetings. This book explains why if your kiddos are doing other activities while you read aloud to them they are not distracted they are still taking it in so it is a great idea for us parents to have fun things for them to do during this read-aloud time. Set out things for them to be able to draw, paint, knead play-doh, do stickers albums. I highly recommend it give your child the world which was incredible and I could not add the books discussed in her book fast enough. (This book and Give Your Child the World are both incredible resources and probably doubled my Amazon wish list size.

BOOK (MEMOIR): EDUCATED

My friend Kay recommended this book and I am so glad I read it!  It’s soooo good! When it tops the reading list of President Obama, Oprah, and Bill Gates you know it’s gonna be special.  It’s horrible and ugly and heart-wrenching and inspirational and I will never take sitting in a classroom for granted again.  P.S. F Sean and her family who gaslighted her. I just want to hug Tara, but she’s succeeding in spite of it all and she is amazing.

BOOK (PARENTING): BABY SIGN LANGUAGE MADE EASY

Lane has written a wonderful book and check out her website too!! I LOVE seeing my baby sign “More cookies please!”. So cute! So amazing! So neat! Babies can understand our words before they can speak them so give them a tool to communicate with you now and watch their vocabulary explode.

ECO FRIENDLY PURCHASE: MY SPORK

Since lil‘ guy this is made from the lightest metal for cutlery on the market it’d be perfect for backpacking, but I use it for my lunch at work. We have disposable cutlery at the office, but I imagined what would happen if I used disposable every day for a year and decided to invest in this baby. Love it.

EVENT: MY DAUGHTER’S BIRTHDAY PARTY

This was the best for me, because I had my mom, my dad, my brother, my hubbie, my girls, my aunts and uncles, all with me on one day.

MOVIE: AVENGERS INFINITY WAR

This movie is so epic. Ten years in the making it shows! It left me with my mouth wide open saying: “What?! Ha?! Hooow?! Why?! No! Whahhh!!”

ORGANIZATIONAL PRODUCT: BABY KEEPSAKE BOX

My mom got this for me for each of my baby showers. I have one for each of my two daughters, and one for our wedding day. Put all of your most precious things in here and feel confident knowing where they are for when you are ready to enjoy them. No more baby’s first haircut momento shoved in a random drawer or your baby’s hat from the hospital lost to household clutter.

PHONE APP: AUDIBLE

Audible has changed my life. I downloaded A Man Called Ove and was super entertained during my pumping breaks after maternity leave ended and my commutes in to work. Highly recommend this. I use it every day. It has doubled the amount of books I take in each year.

PHOTO: THE GREAT LOVES OF MY LIFE

Hashtag Real Life, Hashtag Real Mess, Hashtag Miracles Do Happen

SONG (COUNTRY): I BELIEVE MOST PEOPLE ARE GOOD

Hooray for LGBT support in country music! I love that Luke features gay couples and same-gender parent family configurations among a diverse group of people. Yeah boy.

SONG (HIP HOP): THIS IS AMERICA

I love this song, the contrast of the gospel and the rap music and listened to it over and over again. Donald Glover is a genius and I adore his music.

TV SHOW (COMEDY): S.N.L.

Some people try to say that Saturday Night Live isn’t funny anymore. Those people are wrong.

TV SHOW (DRAMA): THE WALKING DEAD

When I think about describing TWD to people Kanye at Taylor Swift’s speech comes to mind. Greatest show of ALL TIME!

TV SHOW (REALITY): QUEER EYE

Because kind is the new cool henny!! <3 !

BLOG POST: 16 AMAZINGLY DOABLE WAYS TO SPREAD LOVE AND KINDNESS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

I think that this is one post that could be shared a million times. What can I say? This is my passion and I am giddy to see this post take off as it did. My goal is to provide you with way easy ways to bring kindness into your daily lives and have fun doing so.

https://ohthesearethegoodolddays.com/15-amazingly-doable-ways-to-spread-love-and-kindness-this-holiday-season/

Amazingly doable ways to spread love and kindness this holiday season

What were your 2018 favs?

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16 Comments

  1. This is a great list. I agree and I absolutely LOVED the new Queer Eye! It was funny and smart while also making me tear up a few times from the genuine and beautiful interactions. Such a good one!

    • Tessa thank you so much for reading and writing to me! yeah, i fell in love with all of those guys and followed them on social media. i love karamo’s pep talks, toni’s recipes, and jonathan’s ice skating videos. <3

    • thank you natalie! i got the blod/green one for my six-year-old and the orange/pink one for my one-year-old. i am hiding the baby teeth until she learns the truth about the tooth fairy, but i have her hospital footprints and that type stuff in there now. she likes to go through it and see her baby onesie and hospital bracelet.

  2. I heard about B. Counter fairly recently and it sounds pretty cool! :] I may have to check it out after I finish off my current skin care products!

    And ah, Avengers! I can’t wait to see this year’s movies!! Gotta find out what happens. :'(

    • i’m like did spiderman fall asleep on the bus and this was all a bad dream?! haha i love that the avengers actors got matching tattoos. so sweet. i am a big black panther fan. ok all of the marvel movies.

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