Favorite Things I Need to Tell You about Right Now

Favorite Things I Need to Tell You About Right Now – Vol. 2

Hey friends! To start the year, I did a post on “Favorite Things in 2017 That I Need to Tell You About Right Now,” and decided that it needed to become a semi-regular series. So I’m back today to share a new list on random finds and new favorite things and trends I’m obsessed with lately. And since my friend Brandi and I are always swapping these kind of ideas back and forth, I’ve asked her to contribute! And like before, this post in not sponsored in any way — I just genuinely recommend it all.

Skecher Go Step Boat Shoes

Amanda: My mom recommended Go Walks to me last summer and while the overall brand has a lot of styles that I don’t like, I am in LOVE with the Go Step style that look like Sperry’s since I bought my first pair on sale last fall. They are seriously one of the comfiest shoes I have ever owned, have never given me blisters and I’ve been able to walk in them long distances without it affecting my plantar fasciitis. I’m currently trying to figure out what pair I want next.


Amanda: Ebates is a service that you download as a plugin on your internet browser (there is also an app) and then as you shop online it offers a percentage cash back on your purchases. Then you get a check every quarter with what you’ve made. I heard about Ebates a long time ago, but I always thought that there was a catch of some sort or that it would take too much effort to work. But I was wrong, its literally just one extra click of a button to activate each time. Now, I could see how it would drive someone to spend more money than really necessary, because the site advertises all of the different deals going on with various brands. But I have just used it for purchases that I already otherwise was going to make. When I was planning on buying new running shoes and knew exactly which pair and size I wanted, I went to Ebates to see what retailer had the best cash back offer and made my purchase there. Since July, I’ve made almost $60 back, and my next check will be a bigger one because I just I was able to use Ebates for a plane ticket I recently bought.

If you are interested in using Ebates, use my referral link:


…and we’ll BOTH get a little extra back 🙂

Mine Design Noted Candle

Amanda: Since the past year or so I’ve been regularly burning candles in my home and my favorite has been this one that I snatched up as on add-on item with one of my FabFitFun boxes. The scent itself is just a light floral scent, but the best part about it is that you can write messages on it with pencil and erase and rewrite as many times as you’d like. It’s perfect for my style and been a fun addition to my home. After I am done burning the original candle, I’ll put votives in it so I can continue to use it. Right now it says “Surviving Not Thriving.”


Amanda: I don’t drink as much pop as I used to (but I’ll never give it up completely), but I’ve always crave the fizz. Kombucha has become increasingly popular recently and after one my friends suggested I try it a number of times, I finally gave it try and now I’m hooked. Kombucha is essentially fermented tea, is really refreshing and is a good source of probiotics. It still has sugar so I don’t drink it everyday, but its become a tasty treat about twice a week or so. I usually buy it at Trader Joe’s and really like the Trader Joe’s brand Pomegranate Hibiscus, Health-Ade’s Pink Lady Apple and GT”s Synergy Trilogy.

JERGENS® Wet Skin® Moisturizers

Amanda: I’m usually pretty skeptical of these kind of products but one of my friends let me try some of her JERGENS® Wet Skin® Moisturizers when I was visiting last fall, and seriously, its so good! It’s official description says it “works with water to instantly lock in moisture from your shower. Skin stays soft and luminous all day, without a heavy, sticky feel.” I’d say that description is pretty accurate. I have really dry skin and now use this about twice a week or so when I’d get out of the shower. It has really made a difference, especially throughout the harsh winter months. I tried the Refreshing Coconut Oil version and am looking forward to trying some of the others.

Erin Condren

Amanda: I talked about choosing a new planner and my new love for Erin Condren in a blog post in January. What I didn’t share is that I first fell in love with these planners when I bought one for my Mom for Christmas in 2016, and then again in 2017. When Brandi was looking for something new last year, I knew these would be a good fit for her too. My Mom and I both have the “Life Planner,” which best fits our needs.

Brandi: Toward the end of 2017, the search for a new planner began. I had tried a bullet journal in 2017 and it was evident I really just needed full monthly views spare pages to put down notes and to-do lists. After lots of researching and asking around, I found Erin Condren and felt like I had hit the planner mother lode. If you saw or talked to me at the end of 2017, I likely tried to sell you on this planner brand because of how low-key obsessed I was am with it. There are 3 main planner layouts and tons of covers, colors and customizations to choose. Truthfully, it took me longer to pick out a favorite cover design and color combination than it did to research a planner type. I finally settled with the Monthly Deluxe and paid for extra notebook pages in the back. Since I ordered my planner, I’ve ordered an academic planner for my sister, a wedding planner for a friend, a plain notebook for work and tons of accessories. In addition to all the planner options, they also have lunch bags, personalized notepads, blankets, throw pillows, wine totes, and so much more. Luckily they’ve started a rewards program so I can earn points on my purchases to put toward MORE PURCHASES!!

This post is not sponsored, but I do have a referral code if you are interested in getting something from Erin Condren yourself.


Brandi: I learned pretty early on that being in a shared work space with lots of other people talking on the phone, I’d need something to help block out the extra sound. Listening to music works sometimes, but at certain times the jamming out and lip-syncing is not conducive to working. That’s when I started looking into podcasts. There are so many options for subjects ranging from things you can learn, talk radio recorded for podcast listening, people recapping television shows, and lots of humor. I started listening mostly to see if I could passively learn anything, but now a lot of my podcasts are light-hearted and meant more for comic relief than anything. They help keep the work day or a car ride lively when music isn’t cutting it.

Here’s my current Top 5:

  1. The Dave Ramsey Show
  2. An Acquired Taste Podcast
  3. The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe
  4. TED Talks Daily by TED
  5. The Brooklyn Boys Podcast

Bonus: Game of Thrones The Podcast by Bald Move (when the show is live & new)


What are some of your favorite things lately?

So There's That Series

So There’s That: Vol. 10

 {Sort of like  a “Friday Five”  or a “Life Lately” except it’s probably not Friday, and I gave up on the idea of a catchy alliteration. These are some bits and pieces of my glam #postgradlife. See past posts HERE}

1. Hermiston Watermelons

When my friend Julia sent me this picture I seriously did a little happy dance. PEOPLE, you can now get Hermiston Watermelons in Great Bend, Kansas! My hometown in Oregon is known as the “Watermelon Capitol,” and we are sure proud of it. They are used everywhere as our city’s logo, and up until recently were featured on our water tower, painted by my own grandma. So essentially, if this had happened while I was at K-State, I would have driven across the state just to have a little piece of my hometown.


2. If it is good enough for Harrison Ford…

I said in my last So There’s That, I shared an article on gluten, mentioning my thoughts on sharing things online. Well on a MUCH lighter note, a co-worker sent me this quiz…

Should You Go Gluten Free?

And my friend Jordan who works for wheat in Kansas sent me this SnapChat that made my week…

harrison ford

3. Commuting in D.C.

Because these are the conversations that my co-workers and I have on Thursday mornings.


4. West Coast, Best Coast

On Tuesday I recapped my July travel and shared a few pictures I took up at my family’s cabin with my new camera.

Sumpter Valley.
My Happy Place.

5. Memes 

I just love a good, relatable meme. These were recently added to my collection on my bulletin board at work.

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6. Bachelor Nation

So I am a shameless Bachelor Nation fan. It is the perfect mix of crazy, funny and watching a chick flick. I have watched it off and on over the years since its beginning but my friend Brandi and I have been faithful since Sean Lowe’s season (K-State love!), and even though I moved out to D.C. we still have a standing FaceTime date each week for it. We also may or may not fill out brackets…
Now that this summer’s season has wrapped up, they have moved on to the second installment of Bachelor in Paradise.
Guys, it’s terrible and I can’t stop watching.
Honestly, I spent the entire premiere earlier this week cringing and hiding behind my wine glass. What made it worth it was the “After Paradise” live after show that follows it featuring the host Chris Harrison, cast from the show and guest celebrity (superfan) commentators. The premiere featured Scandal’s Katie Lowes and Joshua Malina!
It’s like the perfect cherry on top of a bowl of ice cream that you don’t actually want to finish.

Still not convinced? Then check out this gal’s weekly blog post recaps. They are HILARIOUS regardless if you watch the show or not.

7. Office Wars

Basically every lady can relate, the warmer it is outside, the colder your office tends to be, resulting in cardigans in August and a never-ending war over the thermostat. Well my office is no different, so when one of my co-workers sent this article around I thought, Yes! I can get behind this argument!

Chilly at Work? Office Formula Was Devised for Men

8. #RunHappy


I’ve been overdue for new running shoes and ripping a hole in my old ones while hiking kind of sealed the deal. I LOVE my new Brooks GTS. I haven’t had a pair for Brooks since I was in high school and I had forgotten how light they are, not to mention how they fit my wide feet so much better. Happy running is in my future!

9. The Bodester

My cousin Bodie (who was recently in front of my camera A LOT) is adorable. WordPress doesn’t allow me to upload a video directly, so I am linking to my Facebook page. While we were up at the cabin in July he really want to tell me what the fox says…

Watch HERE.
So. Stinking. Cute.


So, There’s That.



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