Favorite Things – February 2011

Inspired mostly by recent episodes of Oprah’s “Behind the Scenes” series – which airs on Friday nights on OWN in case you, like me, have nothing to do on Friday nights but watch the Oprah network… anyway, in light of this, I am adding a new category to the blog: Favorite Things. There’s only one rule: the things I list in Favorite Things have to actually BE favorites of mine, meaning I have to own or have experienced them.

Welcome, friends, to Kristin Eats’ Favorite Things.

1. Banana Republic Boyfriend Jeans

I found these on the sale rack at Banana right before Christmas, as I was shopping for jeans that would come SEVERAL inches higher than my 3 year old Citizens which have given new meaning to the term “low rise.” I don’t know how I ever wore those things – what were we thinking with the barely-cover-your-butt-crack denims we all wore a few years ago?

Finding the Boyfriend’s on sale was great, until I brought them home and realized, within 12 hours, that these were the favorite pair of jeans I had ever owned and worried I had just purchased the last pair to ever be in existence. Not so, friends. They’re back in the store this spring with updated darker colors. Win!

2. Harney & Sons Iced Teas

This is new to me since being in the South and I LOVE it. This iced tea reminds me of my favorite iced tea back home – the Nordstrom Ginger Peach iced tea. While I can’t browse the latest Tory Burch flats and over-priced sheer scarves as salespeople fawn over me demonstrating why it’s worth paying twice as much to shop at Nordstrom, I CAN sip on pure bliss while I drive around town as there are several Little Rock spots that serve Harney & Sons. Fresh, lightly flavored, good for you; if you enjoy iced tea as much as I do I would *highly* recommend clicking on the Amazon link below and buying some of this for yourself. Any flavor is great.

To buy: Harney and Sons Pomegranate Oolong Iced Tea

3. Chick-fil-A Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich with Pepper-jack

Sometimes you just need to spice it up, and the addition of pepper-jack cheese to the CFA Chargrilled sandwich does. the. trick. I mean honestly, as #3 and I were discussing yesterday, it’s TOTALLY worth the extra 100 calories. Still low fat and relatively low calorie, add on a side salad and an Arnold Palmer, dip in every sauce on the menu, and you have a lunch you will adore.

4. Survivor

Nerd Alert! I used to dog Survivor because I genuinely thought it was SO lame and pointless, but for the past few seasons I have loooovvveeeddd it! Jeff Probst cracks me up, you get to see humanity at its best and worst, and watching people compete for a million dollars in their underwear is just plain fascinating. As the Bachelor gets more lame every week, Survivor gets more fun.

5. Moleskine Passions Journals

Love of my life since the ever-amazing Mr. G purchased these for me for Christmas. I got the Recipe, Wine, and Wellness journals (they also offer books, music, and film) and they’ve changed my life for the better. I wrote my friend Erin an e-mail consisting ENTIRELY of why these journals were a necessity and how she needs to get them ASAP. Then I told her I’d send her one and am now realizing I never did that — here’s to calling yourself out on the internet. Sorry Erin!

So basically what these journals offer is a place for you to record, keep track of, monitor, observe, note, stick stickers onto, and journal about things that are important to YOU. The one I use the most is my Wellness journal and it has been MASSIVELY INFLUENTIAL in my weight loss and wellness goals and achievements. Moleskine has always offered fabulous products but these Passions journals really take the cake for me and made me a lifetime raving fan*. (*a little chick-fil-a terminology applied to another brand, for all you CFA lovers reading*)

If you are interested in keeping track of recipes you find online or in magazines, monitoring your health or weight journey, or documenting wines you are collecting and trying (OR if you love books {Mary Moss}, music {Andrew Killion}, or films {Erin Hill}) you MUST MUST MUST buy yourself one of these Passions journals. They are available at Barnes & Noble but I think they’re a little less expensive online so I’ve provided the links for your shopping pleasure.

Moleskine Passions Wellness Journal

Moleskine Passions Wine Journal

Moleskine Passions Recipe Journal

Moleskine Passions Book Journal

Moleskine Passions Film Journal

Hope these favorite things become things you love as well!