Brown Eyed Baker Favorites: October 2016 :: New Food, Home and Kid Favorites!

Happy Thursday to you!

I’m back with another installment of my favorites. It’s been a few months since I posted my inaugural favorites post, and I’ve found some great new things in the meantime, so here we are!

I separated this list out into three different categories – food, home & beauty, and baby/toddler. There are a handful of products in each section that I’ve been loving… hopefully you’ll find something new to love!

Food Favorites

ButcherBox – I mentioned this last time, and we are still loving all of the meat in our freezer from this butcher delivery service. It’s incredibly convenient, I love that the meat is sourced from small farms, and best of all – everything we’ve eaten has been delicious.

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Dairy Queen Dilly Bars – I know, this is SO not anything new or unique, but I’m currently on a DQ bender. The day that we came home from the hospital with Dominic, my husband said after all that time in the hospital, I could probably use some ice cream (um, he’s the best). He knows I LOVE Dairy Queen ice cream cakes, so he and my father-in-law ran out to Dairy Queen to get one, but they also came home with a couple of boxes of Dilly Bars. It’s possible that I’ve been eating a Dilly Bar every night since the ice cream cake was finished! I love the chocolate, my husband is all about the butterscotch, which works out so we’re not fighting over the last one in the box ;-)

Jeni’s Ice Cream – It took me quite awhile to finally try Jeni’s, as it’s not sold at my regular grocery store (I found it at Whole Foods), and while I’ve been a die hard Graeter’s fanatic for years, I found there’s room in my heart for two amazing ice creams! I bought the brambleberry crisp this summer and absolutely loved it! Plus, you can order their ice creams online (you can order Graeters, too) and they have street treats – like those little cups you used to get in grade school! Totally digging it!

Lactation Cookies – I know, this really won’t apply to many of you, but I had to throw them in here because they’re SO GOOD. My mom made a batch of Jessica’s lactation cookies right after I came home from the hospital and they are delicious! I mean, what’s better than having to eat cookies for the good of the baby?! ;-) Plus, my husband likes them, too!

Home & Beauty Favorites

Foyle’s War – This is a new-to-us show that we’ve been watching off and on from Netflix. It originally aired from 2002 to 2015 and is set in WWII England. The series centers around one detective and the cases that he works on; even though the show is relatively new, it has a certain Columbo-like old-school air about it. Each episode is 90 minutes, so they’re like mini movies. We’ve really been enjoying it – something very different!

JR Watkins Grapefruit Foaming Hand Soap – I bought this on a whim ages ago at the grocery store when we needed a new hand soap for the bathroom in our basement. Ever since, anyone who has used it asks what it is and where I got it. I’ve since tried other scents like lavender and lemon, but grapefruit is by far the best!

Scrub Daddy – I had been using an OXO scrub brush thing for the longest time in my kitchen, but even with rinsing it thoroughly after each use and running it through the dishwasher on a regular basis, it got pretty nasty. I think you can buy replacements for it, but one Sunday my aunt was telling me about these sponges she uses that she saw on Shark Tank – Scrub Daddy. I bought a pack and love, love, LOVE them. I seriously can’t say enough awesome things about these sponges. You have to use very little soap, they rinse completely clean and don’t get food stuck in them, and they dry super fast. I’m a huge fan and have been recommending them to everyone!

Wool Dryer Balls – My mom always asks us for Christmas ideas and last year one of the things on my list was wool dryer balls. I wanted to do away with dryer sheets and fabric softeners, and had been seeing dryer balls all over the place. She got them for us, and we’ve been using them ever since. We love them! I never have an issue with static except for the fleece changing pad covers from Joseph’s room. That’s IT. Those are the only things that still get static. I’m thrilled with how they’ve worked and even happier that I could eliminate some chemicals from our laundry.

Baby & Toddler Favorites

Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes – I got this as a baby shower gift and Joseph has loved it since he was old enough to hold it on his own. He still walks around with it, playing the music. It took a serious beating being dropped and thrown, and we actually just bought a replacement.

Halo SleepSack – I had two of these when Joseph was a newborn, but he HATED being swaddled. Like, would scream and scream until we released him. Dominic has been the complete opposite – he loves being swaddled, so we have put these to good use since we came home from the hospital! I have both the cotton muslin (use it during the day for naps) and the micro-fleece (use it at night). The velcro makes it so easy to get a nice, tight swaddle, and I don’t have to worry about a blanket coming undone and covering his face.

Leachco Podster – This is another carry-over from Joseph, and something he didn’t really like as a newborn. As he got a little bit older – 3 or 4 months (before he could roll!) – we would put him in there and set him on the counter while we unloaded the dishwasher, or I did my makeup. Dominic has been loving it to nap in… I think between the swaddle and how this lounger kid of cradles him, he’s a comfy little guy!

Munchkin Miracle 360 Sippy Cup – I ended up with tons of sippy cups from my baby shower, but once it was time to get Joseph started on them, I was reading a lot of articles about how pediatricians and dentists are not recommending sippy cups with spouts anymore because they can impair speech, something with teeth, etc. So, I came across these spoutless sippy cups and they are the only ones that Joseph has used since. It only took him a couple of times to figure out how to drink from it, and they don’t leak at all (unless your toddler throws it on the floor, which is not uncommon in our house, gah!).

PlanetBox – I bought one of these stainless steel lunch boxes for Joseph about six months ago. With his food allergies, I was constantly packing food for him if we were going to be gone for mealtime. Even if we were just going to see family, it made it easier for me to bring food I knew he could eat than asking about the labels for every ingredient that was in whatever we were being served. As a result, I was plowing through plastic sandwich baggies, and it was getting old. I had seen these lunch boxes all over Instagram, and am in absolute love with ours! I have the Rover version, and love all of the different compartments for different foods. I’ve never had an issue with the food spilling or moving around. I wish I had one of these when I was in school or working – it actually makes packing a lunch easy and slightly fun.

Q: What are you loving right now? Do you have favorite products you’ve found recently? Lay ’em on me in the comments below!

Previous Favorites:

July 2016

[These are all items that I have used and loved, and wanted to share with you! There are some affiliate links above; thanks so much for reading!]