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My Favorite Things: Ten for 2010

As we approach the New Year, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite discoveries of the last 12 months with you. From simple places on the web to an amazing baby wash that makes my little girl smell like heaven, these are 10 favorites from 2010 that have made me smile:

1. Pinterest – Such a nifty community that launched this year. It’s a visual cornucopia of fabulous places, spaces, art, fashion etc. I already spend too much time here — but LOVE the places it leads me and the inspiration I find every time I visit.

2. Volume 25 – I adore Jessica’s heartwarming artwork and have ordered a few pieces for my home (not to mention her customer service is amazing). One of my favorite prints is so apropos.

3. I am in love with Judy Kaufman’s work too. Can’t wait to purchase this print for my boys once they start sharing a room in a few months (I’m still deciding on one for me).

4. Aden & Anais Muslin blankets: By baby number three, there aren’t many surprises. You have baby gear down to a science and know what brands are your favorites. But, I was delighted to discover these gems. They are lightweight, soft and versatile. I use them as burp cloths, blankets or nursing covers in a pinch.

5. I spotted this yummy baby wash that makes my little one smell divine at Target –I can’t stop sniffing her sweet soft locks after bath time. It’s Shea Moisture’s organic raw shea chamomile & argan oil baby head-to-toe wash & shampoo with frankincense and myrrh. Longest name ever — but worth every syllable!

6. Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller. One of the best books I read this year.

7. KidZui – While we limit screen and electronic time in the Beaty household, this pregnant mama was grateful my son could surf the web safely when I really needed to rest (thankyouverymuchfirsttrimester). I love that I can control what he sees and that the interface is easy and intuitive, even for a 4-year-old. Best part — it’s free!

8. Young House Love – It’s like a mini and less dramatic “Extreme Home Makeover” — I love reading about this inventive, creative and uber-handy 20-something couple and the renovation/design work they undertake. It inspires me to learn to use things like table saws and has helped me look at “fixer uppers” from a whole new perspective. Easily my favorite shelter blog.

9. I’ve been a Pandora fan for years, but have been loving getting my groove on with Grooveshark. I love creating streaming playlists of any music I choose — bonus that I can play entire albums of artists I dig.

10. Talenti Caribbean Coconut Gelato. If you looooove coconut (like me), this may be the best thing you have ever tasted.

Your favorites could be ours too. If you make a list of your own 10 in 2010, add a link here. Or, just share one or two of the good things you have discovered this year.

Co-editor Stephanie Beaty is a blessed mama of three children and military spouse. After a 10-year career as a professional writer/PR pro she began Lifeography, a modern child + family portrait studio where she focuses on capturing relationships and connections. Although her growing family currently resides in Virginia Beach, Va., home is wherever the Navy sends them.

About Stephanie

Stephanie Beaty is a blessed, homeschooling mama of four and military spouse. After a 10-year career as a professional writer/PR pro she began Lifeography, a modern child + family portrait studio where she focuses on capturing relationships and connections. Although her growing family currently resides in Tampa, Fla., home is wherever the Navy sends them.

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  • Jayotte829

    I also LOVE the shea moisture product, but Walgreens’ has been out of stock for about a month now, and have never seen it at Target again since I found it on sale! Any suggestions?

  • Frankie C

    I love the Shea Moisture products too – I asked for them for Christmas, got the lotion from my husband. But when I went to get the wash, I found my Target had discontinued them! D:

  • The Rancher’s Wife Kate

    I love my aden & anais blankets. I wished I had them for my other two boys.
    I love nursing with these blankets. I don’t worry about my little guy smothering when he snuggles into them. They are just wonderful, and don’t slide off my shoulder when I am nursing in public.
    Thanks for sharing this list.
    PS The blankets looks wonderful in pictures too.

  • Sasha Holloway

    haha I love Pinterest I mentioned it on my post today as well. Love it and tumblr. Love your lists.

    Happy New Year

  • Lea

    I just discovered Talenti Coconut Gelato last week! Love, love, love! My hips don’t, but my mouth is oh, so happy!

  • Tiffany

    I’ve just spent the last hour on Pinterest. I’m addicted!

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  • Rebeca

    Grooveshark is awesome, thanks for sharing! I’ll most likely be on here all day…lol. Look forward to reading up on Young House Love and I actually just added them on facebook;)

  • Addie

    mmm, definitely checking target for that baby wash next time I go…

    You should check out Belle & Boo for children’s prints – they are adorable

    For good books, I have enjoyed Crazy Love by Francis Chan and The Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne… Ive read just about all Donald Miller’s books – love him

  • Stacey Woods

    Love this list! A lot of your favorites are mine too. And I will search Target for that baby wash next time I go!

  • Tiffany

    I LOVE Aden & Anais blankets, too. They’ve become my favorite baby shower gift for my new mama friends. So what did you like about Blue Like Jazz? I’ve been hesitant to read it. People either love it or hate it (according to the reviews on Amazon).

  • Bree

    This year there were some really amazing books out this year. I found to log the books that I read and see what others are reading. Cutting for Stone by AbrahamVerghese and
    Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand were two of my favorites this year.

  • ivonne

    6. I want that for me.
    10. OH WOW. Yeah, I want that for me too!

    Things I have been all about…
    Instagram iPhone app and seeing the amazing photos people take with A PHONE.
    scoring awesome kids clothes (and stuff for me) for great deals on Gilt Groupe and Zulilly
    Tumblr pages
    Finding new musical artists on Soundcloud
    Hot yoga
    discovering new artists on OMG Posters. Silk screened prints <3
    Method cleaning products.

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  • Sara Beth Roberts

    Tyler wanted a shout-out for Kidzui by the way:) AND this is a lovely list to buy you birthday gifts (or anytime gifts) from. Thanks for the help:)

  • andrea

    Great list! Saw some of my favorites and a few things I’ll have to check out, but that gelato oh, it is heaven! Stumbled upon it at Super Target a few weeks ago and it’s had me every since. Good thing I can take a few bites and be satisfied or that could get dangerous!

  • Karen

    These are all wonderful. All of them were new to me except for the last. We’ve enjoyed Talenti as an indulgence for a while now. In case you haven’t seen, they have a new flavor: caramel sea salt. It is to.die.for. :)