A Few of My Favorite Things

Need some ideas for your holiday list this year? These are ten things that I own and love. I hope you will too!

1. My Favorite Clothing Accessory | Fanny Pack

Fjallraven - Ulvo Hip Pack Medium
My beloved. Yes, I just called a fanny pack "my beloved". If you have any reservations about the cool-factor of having a fanny pack, just drop them right now. Once you start fanny-ing you won't go back, I promise.

2. My Favorite Kitchen Gadget | Sparkling Water Maker

SodaStream Fizzi Sparkling Water Maker
You can cut back on waste and cost with this gadget. It's a favorite amongst every member of our family.

3. My Favorite Jewelry | Studs + Hoops

Kendra Scott Tessa Gold Stud + Pepper Hoop
Both these earrings alternate well between casual and dressy--I wear them with t-shirts and fancy dresses. They are the two staples that I rotate. 

4. My Favorite Subscription Service | Vitamins + Supplements

Care/Of (Use code SIMPLE25 for 25% off your first order)
This vitamin service has transformed the way that I feel on a day-to-day basis. I'm not exaggerating in the least. The 5-minute quiz directed me toward a personalized shipment that I love. It's one of the only subscription services that I continue with year-after-year.

5. My Favorite Travel Gear | Suitcase-Style Backpack

Cotopaxi Allpa 28
If you follow me on Instagram, you know I'm obsessed with this backpack. This backpack is the perfect size for me. If it was any bigger, I'd be smacking people in the face with it. In fact, I fit 13-days worth of gear in here for a recent trip to Europe. For a man, I'd size up and go with the 35L. My husband tells me his shoes are too big to fit well in the 28L.

6. My Favorite Boots | Rain + Snow All-in-one

Bean Boots, 8 inch with Gore-tex and Thinsulate
These boots carry me well through the Fall, Winter, and Swing. They handle rain and puddles just as well as heavy snow. I made a mid-Winter jaunt to Norway in them and spent the whole time outdoors without feeling even the slightest cold feet.

7. My Favorite Lounge Wear |  Black Jersey Pants

P.J. Salvage Jersey Pajama Pants
These are light and airy, almost like you're wearing nothing at all! Isn't that the point of loungewear, anyways?

8. My Favorite Cleaning Products | All-Natural Kit

Branch Basics Starter Kit
Perhaps it's cliche to include cleaning supplies on a list of gifts for mothers. BUT I'M DOIN' IT. Because I love Branch Basics. The bottles are well-designed and I don't mind leaving them right out on the counter for everyone to see. It's also natural and it works. 

9. My Favorite Outdoor Accessory | Waterproof Micro Blanket

Matador Pocket Blanket 2.0
You will be the envy of all your friends with this blanket (at least that's what I like to think...). It's so tiny, it will fit in your new fanny pack. Having a blanket to pull out for impromptu outdoor adventures or picnics just ensures that those adventures will continue to happen. No excuses!

10. My Favorite Gloves | Mama-Friendly Mittens

Smartwool Cozy Grip Flip Mitt
If you've ever had to zip a jacket or snap a hat while wearing gloves, then you understand the necessity of these. These mittens dry quickly and keep me super warm.

I hope you've enjoyed this quick list of my favorite things. What's on your wish list this season?

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Denaye Barahona

Dr. Denaye Barahona is a loving wife and mama of two. She partners with families to tackle the challenges of raising children. Denaye is a minimalist who claims to be a decluttering expert (don't let her near your closet). She loves to travel, talk health-and-wellness, and give unsolicited advice. She has been featured on the likes of The Today Show, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, The Minimalists, Motherly, Becoming Minimalist, and numerous other media outlets. Denaye holds a Ph.D. in Child Development and is a Clinical Social Worker with a specialty in child and family practice.