Throughout the years, I have been enamored with Oprah’s favorite things. Recently, I feel it’s more of a novelty, but I remember when she used to give things out on her show. You get a car. You get a car. You get a car! I can’t do that, but for the advent season I thought I’d share some of my favorite things. These are things I currently do or did in the last year. Many of these favorite things will include links for promotions and discounts! Enjoy!
December 22, 2021
This is another favorite thing that’s local to Brooklyn. Hands down, this is the best Thai food I’ve ever had. I have tried many Thai restaurants. Thai food is one of my go-tos when I want takeout. To this day, I haven’t found a place that hits the spot like this place. Many have come close, but Nourish Thai kills the game. My go to Thai order is Thai spicy (very very spicy) shrimp Pad Thai with extra beef and a side of Thai Iced Tea. I’ve also tried their specialty dishes and love the sauteed dishes when I’m going low carb. Their curry dishes are also on point. This place is definitely a must try.
Honorable Mentions for takeout and quick service:
December 23, 2021
This is not a gag… I love Irish Spring. I feel so clean when I use it. No matter the type of water, I know I’m going to get the best clean I can possibly get with that soap. Haters talk about it drying you out and… but I don’t care. I love this soap. I ironically don’t do well with other soaps and they burn me. Irish Spring is my old faithful. You know it’s real when you see a bar in my bag for every vacation. This may not make the list for other years, but I had to give it a shout out the first time around.
December 24, 2021
Hi. My name is Claudine and I’m a Disney-holic.
I have been absolutely obsessed with Disney over the last two years. I’ve been going to Disney World since I was young, but my infatuation really escalated during the pandemic. I started planning an ultimate Disney World vacation the January before March 2020. Needless to say it got cancelled in the way I envisioned. After the parks closed and opened again, Disney World vlogs were my refuge for mental health. I would watch All Ears and Disney Food Blog videos daily. I felt like I was at Disney or was at least able to fantasize about being there.To me, Disney World was a magical place where I just felt free and happy. Me and my family have some of our favorite memories there. I think we still talk about the Wishes fireworks show at least once a quarter. I also respect all the meticulous details that go into the Disney parks. I admire Walt Disney and his drive. I watched the Imagineering Story many times and will never pass up an episode of Walt Disney Presents. Yet, I was never satisfied. I felt I needed to watch more Disney World videos, learn more, try more food, drink more drinks, plan more trips. I never felt like I had enough. I was trying to scratch an itch that in some respects was unreachable.
…And then I went to Disneyland. In preparation for Disneyland, I continued to watch the shows mentioned above, but also added new channels to my lineup: Ordinary Adventures, Provost Park Pass, Adventures in Design, and FreshBaked. I planned a full day at Disneyland with the Park Hopper option. However, I recommend making a vacation out of it. There’s so much to do there and the neighboring cities. I couldn’t wait to go to Disneyland and wondered if it could live up to my Disney World experiences. It exceeded my expectations and is now my preferred Disney Destination. Disneyland is smaller, but there’s no shortage of rides and attractions. There were plenty of characters. I felt like I was at their homes. It felt good there. Most of all the food is Amazing. Most of the hype there is backed up. I felt like even when the hype wasn’t backed up in Disney World, I tolerated it because it’s Disney World. I was so satisfied by my Disneyland experience that I haven’t watched a vlog since returning home. I feel so complete that I can wait to go back and experience it again, fresh and excited. If you’re a Disney World fan, don’t count Disneyland out. It’s worth the trip… even for us East Coast people.
Special shout out to Edith for joining me and Arlinton on our first trip to Disneyland.
December 25, 2021
The Bible Project
Over the last 4-5 years I’ve been doing read throughs of the Bible on the Bible app. If you’ve ever done this yourself, you’d recognize that a little help putting things into context could be helpful. With every book of the Bible, I started to watch the complimentary Bible Project video. The content is great, but I also love the animations. I feel looking into the Bible Project would be a great way to learn more about the Bible and fundamental principles of the Christian faith. They even touch on some controversial topics such as heaven not being a place… Another thing that’s exciting about the Bible Project is that they are also offering free classes.
I want to thank everyone that has subscribed, liked, or read any of “My Favorite Things” Blog posts. I hope you enjoyed it. I certainly had a great time. Merry Christmas!!! Jesus is the reason for the season!