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My Favorite Things of 2020

2020 was quite the year. It was full of so many hardships, but as I end the year, I’ve been reflecting on the good and fun that happened too. These are a few of my favorite things from 2020! These are in no particular order.

Things

#1 These Joggers 

Do I have these in 3 different colors, why yes I do. I practically live in these when the weather gets cooler. And what’s cooler than $14 extremely comfy joggers?!

#2 Pastry Blender

The GBBS has made me way too excited about upgrading baking equipment. I used to have a wire pastry blender that made cutting butter into flour nearly impossible. These heavy duty blades not only make it possible, but super easy!

#3 French Cleat

I discovered the French cleat in 2020. Game changer for hanging up wall decor and art. 

#4 THIS menstrual cup

I could talk a long time to you about menstrual cups. Please lean in if this subject interests you too! I tried some Amazon cheapie cup a few years ago and it was meh. I loved the feel and shape of the Softdisc which is a disposable menstrual cup. My favorite part about this is that you could have sex with it inside. Yes, you heard me correctly. Enjoyable, mess free period sex. The only downside was that it was disposable and cutting down on waste was a big reason I wanted to use a cup in the first place. Cue angel chorus…. THE INTIMINA ZIGGY CUP! It’s a reusable menstrual cup in the same shape as the Softdisc. And yes, you can also have sex with this thing in. And no, it won’t bother your man – most don’t even notice it. If this has been way too much information about periods and sex, I do apologize. I hope it was inspiring for some. Oh and since we are on the topic of all things down there, this bikini trimmer is ahhmazing. 

#5 Target V-Necks

I bought about a dozen of these when they were super sale at Target and you will probably find me wearing one every day. It’s part of my mom uniform. 

#6 One Minute Dry Nail Polish

Did you know they made nail polish that dries within one minute, I sure didn’t until 2020. Essie makes this amazing nail polish that is quick dry. Game changer.

#7 Non-Acetone Nail Polish Remover

This must have been the year for nails because I also discovered a nail polish remover (that ACTUALLY works) that doesn’t contain that awful smelling acetone. The scent is light and refreshing and won’t give you a headache. I will never go back!

#8 Lavender Spray Hand Sanitizer… Yes please

We’ve all gone through a lot of hand sanitizer this year. Your hands and your nose will thank you for this purchase. It legitimately smells amazing and the spray feels much better than the gel stuff.

#9 These High Waisted Target Jeans

 I loveeeee these mom jeans. I didn’t want to purchase expensive jeans because one, I’m too cheap and two, my body has been every changing these past few years with pregnancy and breastfeeding. I love the look and fit of these!

#10 5 – Minute Dungeon Game

This was my favorite new game I played in 2020. Our friends, The Thomases introduced us when we visited them over the summer. I’ve never played a cooperative game before. It kept the fun and intensity, but took out the frustration that comes with competition sometimes. 

Movies & TV Shows

#1 Unorthodox

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Netflix describes this 4 part mini series like this: “A Hasidic Jewish woman in Brooklyn flees to Berlin from an arranged marriage and is taken in by a group of musicians — until her past comes calling.” Shira Haas who plays Esty is absolutely brilliant. She should win multiple awards for this. What a powerful story. I couldn’t get enough of this one. HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend.

#2 The Queen’s Gambit

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This one comes close behind Unorthodox for me. It’s about an orphaned chess prodigy and her story to try and become the greatest chess player in the world. It’s similar to watching a movie based on a true story, but is actually fiction. It’s a binger for sure.

#3 Cheer

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This was one of the most powerful documentaries I’ve ever seen. I was very skeptical of watching this because I’m not into cheerleading, but this sucked me in. You will be cheering this team on by the end!

#4 Love Is Blind

Image Credit: https://www.netflix.com/title/80996601

This show is pretty ridiculous and full of drama, but absolutely addicting. The premise is a social experiment where couples get to date in pods and pick someone to marry without seeing each other. I will definitely be watching season 2.

#5 Little Women (2019)

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Though this movie came out Christmas 2019, I didn’t watch it until this Christmas and it lived up to its hype. I love the story of Little Women and this modern version did not disappoint.

#6 Middleditch & Schwartz

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If you like improv, you’ll LOVE this. If you don’t like improv, you will probably still love it. Very entertaining and absolutely hilarious!

#7 The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

Image Credit: https://www.netflix.com/mt/title/70100383

This one came out a couple years ago, but I’m adding it because I saw it for the first time in 2020 and LOVEDDD it. What a powerful and beautifully told story. Plus I absolutely love everything with Lily James in it. 

#8 Enola Holmes

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This is the story of Sherlock Holmes’ younger sister. Elona is a wonderful female lead and you’ll fall in love with her cleverness and quirks. If you are a fan of this kind of show you will love this modern period drama.

#9 Outer Banks

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This might not win any awards but I added it to my favorite list because this show kept me on the edge of my seat every episode. I really did enjoy this coming of age, mystery treasure hunt!

Food

#1 Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oh. Em. Gee. That’s all.

#2 Gluten Free Fig Bars

I hadn’t had a fig bar in ages. Long before I was diagnosed with celiac disease. I found these at Target (are you catching a trend lately) and they are SO GOOD! A very tasty on the go treat!

#3 Canned Margaritas

Yes, you read that correctly. Canned margs. That actually taste AMAZING! They are 12.5% alcohol so watch out, these are as powerful as they are delicious. 

#4 Mayo Ketchup Restaurant in Lafayette Square

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This quickly became our go-to take our restaurant in 2020. It is SO SO SO good. If you haven’t been here, add it to your next take out list. You won’t regret this!

#5 Black Garlic Bucatini Carbonara at Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria

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My mouth is just watering thinking about this sauce. We went here for my birthday dinner this year and I couldn’t have hand-picked a more delicious meal!

#6 Crispy Brussels Sprout Salad at Tompkins by Rack House

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If you are looking for a special night out, check out Tompkins, everything we had here was fantastic. Honestly, some of the best food we’ve ever tried. This Brussel Sprout salad was out of this world! I never knew I could get so excited about brussels sprouts. 

Books

#1 Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend

Okay so I’m not even done reading this baby, but I’m already putting it at the top of my book recommendation list. That’s how good it is. Do yourself a favor and go add this to your amazon cart now. It’s been life changing.

#2 Come, Let Us Adore Him: A Daily Advent Devotional By Paul David Tripp

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Add this one to your cart while you are at it. I might have to read this 2-3 times a year, not just at Christmas. It’s jam packed with gospel truths that will encourage your soul. 

#3 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You by Tony Reinke

If you have a smart phone, this book is so worth a read. 

#4 Finding Holy in the Suburbs: Living Faithfully in the Land of Too Much by Ashley Hales

Well this book must have made an impact because I thought we’d never live in the suburbs when I started this book, but here we are 9ish months later living in our new home in the suburbs and loving it! But in all seriousness, this book does a great job at exposing some idolatry in my heart. Here’s a good quote from the book:

“At first, I scoffed at the idea of a suburban church plant. I thought I was too good for the suburbs, too good to move back home. If you gave me a life in the city or the country, I could idealize it to death, cover it in metaphors, and figure out what the kingdom of God looked like with art galleries and public transportation or endless space for my children to run. This move, however, pulled me up short….I craved sustainability, depth, meaning, nuance—the things you find in a city, I reasoned, or at least in the type of rural life championed by Wendell Berry. How did this move fit; how could I fit? Underneath my feelings of superiority was a deep fear that I couldn’t cut it: I wasn’t pretty enough or successful enough. Could I find belonging in the suburbs, or would I be a misfit?”

Ashley Hales

Kids

#1 The Song of the Sea

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This is visually the most beautiful and creative animation film I’ve ever seen. Every scene could have been framed into a picture. Absolutely breathtaking and a wonderful story. Definitely worth a watch with your kids. 

#2 Water Beads

They live up to both their hype about fun and mess. I might enjoy squishing my hands through these more than the kids do. They are so fun. But please, please, only do these outside. My cousin Jenny equated to their mess like glitter. Unless you want to be picking these up for weeks, do it outside. 

#3 My [ Kid Activities ] Pinterest Board

Pinterest saved my sanity during the quarantine. There were countless amazing activities for kids that were easy to set up, created lots of entertainment, and gave me much needed breaks. Check it out!

#4 Perler Beads

I remember loving these melty beads and my 4 (now 5) year old daughter LOVED playing with these this year. It was a perfect rest time activity that kept her entertained for huge chunks of time!

#5 Bentgo Lunch Box

I loved packing the kids lunches in these! The kids go crazy over the little compartments and like to see what I can fit inside.

#6 Reusable Squeeze Pouch

These are a brilliant design. I’ve used other reusable squeezy pouches that were just meh. They were made of thin plastic and never lasted long. This guy is super durable and easy to clean. I love that I can just stick it in the dishwasher.

That’s 2020 in a wrap as far as my favorite things from the year go! Let me know if I missed any of your favorites 🙂

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