My Favorite Things: January 2016

It helps to have a few extra tricks up our sleeves. Here is a list of my favorite products this month that have given me happiness or made my life easier.

My goal is to spend this new year happy, healthier, and spending more time focusing on both myself and my family. While 2015 was awesome, I want to see us focusing more on our physical and mental health. I'm thinking less social media, more books! Fewer evenings on the couch, more family activities! I know we're only 8 days into 2016 but so far I'm crushing it on my goals. Ha. I can't remember the last time I said that about resolutions. (This post contains affiliate links. Please read my Disclaimer for more information.)

Here are a few of my recent favorites.

  1. Lemon Water (This infuser is awesome <-----)
  2. Larabars
  3. Thomas the Train Wooden Railway Set
  4. Detox Bath Soak
  5. Amazon Prime Membership

Health Favorites

1. Lemon Water

While I consume my fair share of coffee throughout the day, I start every morning with a hot mug of lemon water before anything else. Here's an article that goes into why this practice will benefit you. Personally, it makes me feel incredibly hydrated before my kiddo wakes up and this helps my morning feel less chaotic. You can use a water bottle fruit infuser like this one or just toss fresh lemon slices in a cup, which is what I do.

2. Larabars

We're doing the Whole30 in our home right now as a way to restart our bodies for 2016. Not everyone agrees that the fruit and nut Larabars are complaint but there are no "Whole30 police" allowed on Frugal on the Prairie. I definitely eat them!

I find they're great when I need an afternoon pick-me-up. One of my favorites is the Cherry Pie flavor and it only has 3 ingredients: dates, almonds, and unsweetened cherries.  Awesome!

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Mom Favorites

3. Thomas the Train Wooden Railway Set

My sister-in-law introduced us to this set and Santa was sure to include it on his list for my son this year. The trains and wood tracks are sturdy so I'm sure they'll last for years. The link I've included is a great starter kit if you have a little one who may be interested. My son plays with this set for hours. Busy mamas, I can't recommend this one enough!

4. Detox Beth Soak

I'm only in my mid-twenties but I've been feeling so old and achy at the end of the day. Perhaps it's all this chasing around I do with an active toddler? Whatever's going on, epsom salt soaks have been feeling so good during the week. I like this mix by Dr. Teals and found this exact size at Walmart for about $5, so check there first.

Saving Money Favorites

5. Amazon Prime Membership

I just can't get enough out of my Prime Membership. Run, don't walk, to sign up if you like free shipping, watching movies/tv shows, downloading ebooks for free, and unlimited photo storage. Here's what it includes:

Free 2-Day Shipping: Online shopping has turned into a lifesaver ever since my son was born. I'd rather spend 20 minutes searching Amazon for a shelf instead of loading a baby, diaper bag, and snacks into my car and drive around the city.

Prime Video: You all know I love my Netflix but Amazon's video selection (tv shows in particular!) is putting up a good fight for popularity. Here are some of the shows our family has loved watching:

  • The Americans
  • Orphan Black
  • The Man in the High Castle
  • The Newsroom
  • Downton Abbey
  • The Good Wife
  • Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood
  • Curious George

Kindle Owner's Lending Library: Any Prime member can borrow selected books for free to read on their Kindle e-reader. I like my local library's digital books app but it really lacks in selection when I'm looking for a particular author or category. This is just another great way to find books for free. The only con is you're limited to one book/month.

Prime Music: Amazon has a wide selection of new and old music that you can either download to play offline or simply play in their Amazon Music app. They recently added tons of Beatles' albums and I'm in heaven!

Prime Photos: Your membership offers UNLIMITED photo storage for free. That is a huge benefit! In this iPhone era, we are constantly taking photos of our kiddos and lives. I would be crushed if I lost my phone or if my photos were erased in some way. This storage can offer a little peace of mind.

What products are you loving this month? 

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