These Are a Few of My Favorite Things – Pt. 4

You all know these posts are my way of pretending that I’m Oprah Winfrey–but on a budget.  And when I say “budget”, I mean that I’m poor.  Not “living under a bridge” poor, but I don’t have a home in Montecito, either.  Of course, there’s always a chance that Oprah will want to adopt children and will consider a 38-year-old man as a possibility. However, I come with baggage.  And by baggage, I mean JoJo.  So…the odds are small that Oprah would choose me over an adorable little toddler.

How do I start talking about writing a post about my favorite things and then end up imagining getting adopted by Oprah?  It’s called talent.

Anyhoozles…today’s post is another entry into the “Favorite Things” series, where I share with you things that I’m currently enjoying.  They’re fun, affordable, useful, pretty, or all of those things combined.  But most important is the affordable part.  Unless of course, you are Oprah, then you can afford to buy all of my favorite things for all of my readers.  And of course, if you are Oprah Winfrey, and you are reading my blog, I look adorable in a onesie and will gladly call you “momma”.

Here we go:


Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is a mobile app game available in the Apple and Google Play stores.  You get to play as a character of your own creation, learning spells, potions, charms, exploring the castle, riding brooms, and completing the story quests.  The events of the game take place between Lord Voldemort attempting to murder baby Harry Potter and Harry Potter’s enrollment in Hogwarts.  That means you get to go to school with characters such as Nymphadora Tonks and Bill Weasley, and also take lessons from all of the familiar teaches, such as Snape, McGonagall, Flitwick, and Madam Pomfrey.  I’m currently moving into the fourth year of the game–and I just can’t get enough.  While you do have to wait to play the game when you run out of energy–unless you want to make in-game purchases–it’s still a lot of fun.  As long as you are patient–you can play the game from beginning to end without spending a single penny.


P.F. Candle Co. is a company based in Los Angeles and makes extraordinary scented soy candles. The picture above is the actual candle I bought from P.F. Candle Co. on my dining room table next to my bananas.  So you know that I actually own this product.  Sometimes I feel that y’all doubt me in these posts.  However, this is my actual No. 04: Teakwood & Tobacco Soy Candle.  It is a 14 oz. apothecary jar with 100% soy wax candle, phthalate-free fragrance oil and a double cotton wicks.  It has top notes of orange, leather, tobacco, amber, and musk, heart notes of black tea and black pepper, and base notes of sandalwood, teak, cedarwood, and patchouli.  It smells sinfully decadent–but it is not incredibly overpowering-which I appreciate.  Like a good cologne, a good candle should enhance your space, not make people screech “What the fuck is that smell???”  If you click on the link above, you can visit the website yourself and shop their variety of fragrances, soy candles, reed diffusers, room sprays, incense, and more!

The Shiny Bead – handcrafted jewelry.  This is a jewelry company owned by a friend and ex-coworker of mine and the missus’, Margie White.  Recently, we asked her to make JoJo a silver ring with a black stone, and she delivered big time.  Check it out:

She makes extraordinarily beautiful jewelry that is exceptionally well-made, but won’t break the bank, either.  However, I bet she would also get Oprah’s endorsement.  Even if you’re a fella like me and don’t have a personal need for The Shiny Bead’s products, surely you have someone in your life that would enjoy it if you purchased them a gift…or at least passed along the website address, right?  You can find The Shiny Bead website here and you can also follow The Shiny Bead on Instagram here.

Purina Dentalife Daily Oral Care for Dogs – These things keep Jolene’s teeth clean and makes her breath smell like she’s been eating something pleasant, rather than her own butthole.  If you own a dog–you know that’s a HUGE endorsement for these things.  Additionally, she looks forward to getting one each day, so it’s not a chore to get her to eat them.  We got a 4 month supply for around $50–and when you consider that similar products, like Greenies, cost that much for a single month–you can tell that this is a huge deal.  You can buy just an 18-count for around $10 if you want to try them out before committing to a 4 month supply.  A handful of folks on Amazon have reported that their dogs didn’t like these, or it gave their dogs the pukes and poops–so, of course, consult your veterinarian before using these for your dog.  Jolene loves them and we’ve got nothing bad to say about them, but all dogs are different, and it’s better to be safe than sorry!

2Libby by Overdrive is a free app in the Apple, Google, and Microsoft app stores.  You download Libby, enter your information, enter your library card number from your participating library, and you can start borrowing books.  For free.  It’s a virtual ebook library at the tip of your fingers.  I’ve read books like Circe by Madeline Miller, The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman, Troublemaker by Leah Remini, Unqualified by Anna Faris, Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, Brave by Rose McGowan, and Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick using this app.  Again, all for free.  You can browse books, tag them for future reading, rate books you’ve already read, get recommendations, and place up to five books on hold if they are not available when you want them.  The books on hold go into a queue, and as soon as they are available, they pop up on your “shelf” and Libby sends you an email reminder so that you can immediately start reading.  I can’t remember my life before this app!

As always, feel free to share some of your favorite things in the comments!

Until next time…



  1. I’m very honored to be a part of your favorite things and blog. It was a nice surprise to see it while reading today’s entry.
    Thank you and I appreciate it!

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