My Favorite Things

words: Catherine Frederick
image: courtesy vendors

With my kiddo back in school and holidays fast approaching, my focus turns to healthy lunches, family dinners, changing out seasonal décor, and finding unique Christmas gifts for friends and family. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite things that will catch your eye and hopefully make it to the top of your Christmas list!


Pillow Candy
I love this collection of seasonal, holiday, and trendy felt icons that wrap around throw pillows to change the look without having to buy a new pillow! You get an extra-thick, layered, and removable felt icon, an adjustable 4” cotton ribbon dyed to match the felt, and a shiny heart-shaped enamel pin to secure the ribbon around the pillow. Pillow Candy fits pillows up to 22” wide. Even their whimsical packaging is adorable with a large open window that’s ready to pop in a gift bag and go!
$25.00 each,


Cuchina Safe™ Cover ‘N Cook and Lid
Reheat, steam, and cook! This vented glass lid is a versatile 2-in-1 microwave plate cover which fits on top of most dinner plates and when flipped over is a baking dish! Glass vented lids are healthier alternatives to plastic in the microwave and as splatter guards, help keep your appliances clean. Durable for temps up to 450 degrees in the oven, it won’t retain odors, stains or bacteria and can be used and washed repeatedly without sacrificing shape or durability.
$29.95 each,, also available at, HSN, and The Grommet


FrogLog® Critter Saving Escape Ramp
Provide an escape route from the pool for frogs, turtles, mice, chipmunks, squirrels, lizards, and other small creatures! FrogLog® keeps your pool clean and saves animals too. If you’ve ever experienced the heartbreak of removing a small lifeless creature from your swimming pool and wondered if there could have been some simple way to prevent this, then FrogLog® is for you.
$20.99,, also available at Target, Best Buy, Brookstone,


Fizzics® Waytap
Perfect for your kitchen or home bar, this portable beer tap dramatically improves the quality, flavor, taste and mouth-feel of bottled and canned beer (even 64oz growlers) by using micro-foam technology. Fizzics® enhances the flavor and aroma of all beer styles, including IPAs, pilsners, stouts, porters, and lagers. It’s lightweight, durable, and perfect for outdoor activities, camping, tailgating, and more! It operates on only 4 AA batteries and does not require CO2 or nitro cartridges, replacement parts, or ongoing refills to operate!
$99.99,, also available at Target, Best Buy, Brookstone,


NurturMe The Tummy Friendly Brand
Parents looking for healthy, dairy-free, organic snacks for their kiddos need look no further than NurturMe products. Their dairy-free, organic yogurt alternative is the first organic yogurt made from non-dairy quinoa milk, coconut cream, and pea protein. Easy to digest, vegan, and packed with three grams of plant-based protein, with no added sugar. The Ancient Grain Cocoa Cookies are gluten-free with no egg, soy, or guilt! Kids will love the taste and fun shapes, and parents will love the probiotics that support good digestive health.
Price varies. Visit their website at for stores, also available at


The most practical vehicle jump starter on the market. For use at home and on-the-road to ensure peace of mind everywhere drivers go. Beyond its jump start features, this 8W, 1100 Lumen LED Flashlight has 4-modes with S.O.S., and a 150-meter reach and is the perfect tool for daily use, traveling, outdoor activities, and emergencies. It also can charge your USB devices at a 2.4A when you run out of power and can be recharged up to 1,000 times!!

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