My Favorite Things Series: Emilie’s Edition

by Emilie on November 13, 2011

In the spirit of the shopping season, we are excited to share with you some of our favorite things! Our hope is by sharing our tested and approved ideas, it may help buy for some of the people on your list and come up with a wish list of your own.  Every Monday for four weeks we will be featuring some of our favorite things and will even be giving away a couple of them!  All of these are things we genuinely love and think you might love too.

A bit about Emilie:

A priority for our family this year has been simplifying and enjoying our time together more.  As a family of five living in the city in a tiny little fixer-upper house, it has been a necessity.  And honestly, keeping it simple  and focusing on how we use our time has been incredibly freeing.  As I look through my list of favorites below, I see these focuses as a theme. This year’s rule has been that if you don’t use it regularly or love it, it has to go.   In addition to these fun ideas, some of my other favorites that can’t be bought on the world wide web are early morning snuggles with our littlest, trying new restaurants with my hubby and watching my kiddos grow from babies in to little people.

Tickle Monster Laughter Kit from Compendium  –  This might be the best gift I can come up with for a family with young kids.  It fits nicely in the bookcase, every age kid loves it, it gets the whole family having fun together, and it is adorable and affordable.  If you don’t have this book or its counterpart the Boogie Monster Dance Kit, add it to your kids Christmas list.  I guarantee you will use it all year long.

We are also doing a giveaway of The Tickle Monster Laughter Kit here.  Enter and you could win a kit to wrap and put under the tree before Christmas! Giveaway ends November 20th, 2011.

Compendium is also offering This Beautiful Frugal Life readers an exclusive coupon code on their website .  Enter code Boogie2011 to get 20% off your entire order! You can even buy  the Boogie Monster Kit, which I haven’t seen discounted anywhere else!

Fruit & Veggie Pouches – Okay, maybe you already know about these fruit and veggie pouches like the Plum Organics Mish Mash Pouches and Happy Baby Happy Tot Pouches.  Just in case you don’t, however, I have to mention them.  They are my kids favorite snack and  I love hearing them beg for beets and sweet potatoes.  Ecomom has some great options on these as well.  Check out my post on Ecomom to see how to get some great discounts.


Zella Live In Leggings – I’m seriously obsessed with these leggings. I know what you are saying, “$52? For leggings? Emilie, you are supposed to be frugal.”  I’m a legging girl. I wear them to workout in, sleep in, with dresses, with t-shirts, to clean house, to go out to dinner. You get the memo.  I’ve been through about 30 black pairs in the last few years.  Seriously, they get stretched out, worn out, faded, holes in the knees.

Then I discovered these, threw out all the old leggings and now have only two pairs. And I wear them almost seven days a week. My favorite part, they are reversible.  One side is more athletic (you can see the stitching), the other can be dressed up.  I’ve been known to go in to a bathroom and reverse my leggings after my kids smear  stuff all over me.  I also get asked almost weekly, “Where did you get those leggings?” The thickness, stretchiness, color, fit, ability to suck in a fat tummy, length, it’s all perfect.  Have I sold you on the $52 leggings yet?

Please buy these leggings, and thank me later. They are the best $52 you have ever spent.   Make sure you buy them from Nordstrom (the only place they are available) through Ebates, however, so you get 3% cashback.  Did you know Nordstrom always has free shipping with no minimums?  Add it to the list of reasons I’m in love with these pants.
Knock Knock Notepads – These are my favorite housewarming gift, stocking stuffer, and birthday gift.  They are creative. some are really funny and most are useful! I love them all, especially the All Out Of Pad and the What to Eat Pad.  Helpful, cute, inexpensive and  fun.  Need I say more? As far as I can tell, Amazon has the best price on them and has a pretty good selection.

Clairsonic Mia Skin Cleansing System – This is a bit of a splurge but well, it’s amazing.  I feel like I get a facial everyday using this. I’ve been using it for almost a year and have noticed a huge improvement in the condition of my skin.  I’ve even had people tell me how great my skin (which has always been prone to breakouts) looks.  There’s a reason it gets such rave reviews on Amazon, because they are true! Forward this post to anybody who wants to know what you want for Christmas.  You want this, trust me.

Thanks for letting me share some of my favorite things! I’d love to hear what your favorites are or if you have tried any of mine.

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Mandy November 14, 2011 at 10:32 am

Thanks Emilie! Do you know if the Zella leggings ever go on sale during the anniversary sale? Also, have you tried them in denim and is sizing pretty true? I have a Nordstrom gift card I’d love to use on these!


Emilie November 14, 2011 at 10:36 am

They did this year. I think they were $42 but I can’t remember exactly. Honestly, I think they used to be $68 regular and regular price might have gone down so next year at the sale they could be cheaper. But, once again, can’t remember. Anniversary sale is every July. If they go on sale then, I’d stock up. I also stock up on these which I also wear everyday and I think go 2/$30 at the sale.


Melody November 14, 2011 at 2:49 pm

If anyone wants to buy me these, I will gladly accept. I’m slowly migrating to a leggings-only type of girl.


beth November 25, 2011 at 9:33 pm

i just snagged a pair of these through ebates double cash back today, 6% back! excited to give them a try, been looking and looking for a great pair of leggings. thanks for the tip! 🙂


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