My Favorite Things {A Giveaway}

My day started with a mile-long to-do list.

Topping the list was reaching the peak of Mt. Washmore and going to the grocery store because we were out of milk, juice, pop tarts and Dr. Pepper. I know, I know. We’re talking emergency here, folks.

I got Alex ready and dropped him off at school. One of my preschool mommy friends asked if I’d like to join her for breakfast and just like that, I abandoned my grocery store plans and we headed for the iHop. We enjoyed a wonderful breakfast and I had about an hour before it was time to pick Alex up from school.

I decided to hit Target.

I am usually a Wal-Mart girl because I am on a budget and quite frankly I haven’t been able to beat their prices at our local grocery store. It’s been months since I’ve shopped at Target because I choose to steer clear of three-mile-long holiday lines in November. But I was in rare form this morning and thought I’d shake things up a little bit.

One thing I love about Target is all the coordinating merchandise they offer. I have not a need in the world for blue, orange and red striped plastic plates, cups and serving platters but those brightly colored sets catch my eye every single time I go in there. It takes all the discipline I can muster to pass the stuff up. On top of that they have the best selection of bedroom, bathroom and kitchen stuff of any store around. As I perused the aisles, sans kids mind you, I couldn’t resist going down the CARS aisle just to see if there were any new CARS out. Sure enough, I found a Color Changer Snot Rod, which I immediately picked up for a certain little boy for Valentine’s Day.

From there, I headed to the make-up department. I found my favorite mascara and rounded the corner to see an entire display of Sharpie pens with bright silver lids.

In my head, I imagine a group of Sharpie big-wigs sitting around a table asking, “How can we improve upon the widely popular Sharpie?”  And then in my head, I imagine a woman, a classy woman, calmly stating, “You put a bright shiny silver lid on it!” 

That silver cap sealed the deal for me because hello? It’s shiny! AND it’s a Sharpie AND it won’t bleed through my calendar! So, how, I ask you, was I to pass up the new shiny sharpie? I say it all the time around here folks, it’s hard to stop a woman with a strong will and a Sharpie. 

As I was gushing at all of the Sharpie awesomeness, a thought hit me and before I knew it, I got all wild and crazy and began throwing some of my favorite things into my shopping cart because GUESS WHAT? Valentine’s Day is coming up and I love you all so much I thought it might be fun to GIVE AWAY SOME OF MY FAVORITE THINGS HERE ON THE SHOW TODAY!

And the crowd goes wild!

Just imagine that I am working my way around the stage to tell you about each and every item, just like Oprah does. I would gush and clap and holler because I am a holler’er.

I’d be all crazy as I announced, “Up for grabs is a package full of some of my favorite things!”

I’ll tell you now that my FAVORITE thing is the Saturn Sky, but sadly, I am not including one because I couldn’t find a box large enough to ship it. Included in the package are: my favorite candy – Peanut M&Ms, Lady Speed Stick deodorant, Wild Strawberry and Tangy Citrus Trident Layers gum (Because I am wild!), Softlips Pearl tinted lip conditioner, Bath & Body Works Festive Vanilla Fig antibacterial moisturizing hand soap, Cover Girl lash blast volume mascara (it’s the bomb, folks!), Classic Ivory Neutrogena mineral sheers powder foundation with SPF 20, Kleenex travel tissues, Cello sponges (because they have a cute design), Arbonne Virtual Illusion Lash Enhancer, Microfiber hair wrap, and a “tree-free, acid free, made from all natural stone journal set.”

To enter, simply leave a comment telling me one of your FAVORITE THINGS!

That’s it.

If you’re feeling wild and crazy, you can mention the giveaway on Twitter and/or Facebook and then pop over here and leave another comment for another entry. Add one more entry if you “Like” From Inmates To Playdates on Facebook. And don’t forget to stop back over here and leave another comment.

The contest is open to US residents only.I’ll choose a winner at random on the evening of February 1oth.


In the interest of full disclosure, I purchased these items myself and am not receiving any sort of compensation to host this giveaway.

This post is linked to WFMW over at THAT Family.



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Timestamp: 2011-02-15 22:03:00 UTC

On February 4, 2011 at 11:43 pm Frances (who does not have a blog but has a yahoo e-mail address) left the following comment: “My favorite things (besides the husband and kids, so cliche right? but the truth) are Sunflower Seeds, Tropical Punch Kool-Aid (weird, I know), your blog and the Bible. Your blog brings a smile to my face daily”.

Congratulations Frances! I’ll be in contact with you via e-mail shortly!


  1. says

    One of my favorite things is Diet Rite. Is that stuff still around. I’ve loved it since Biggest Loser started endorsing it in the beginning. It’s the only diet soda I will drink. All other diets are nasty.

  2. says

    I loveeeeeeeeeeee peanut m and m’s and the pearl softlips seriously its with me everywhere!!!!!!! and makes my lips look super cute with just the right amount of tint to it mhmm love it! peanut m and m’s are my worst nightmare but they are oh soooooooo delicious! i just got really excited when I saw those two things in there 😀
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  3. says

    This is my favorite kind of giveaway; personal & from the heart. I’ve done a couple of them.
    I have a lot of favorite things because I’m slightly obsessive. Just slightly! So I’ll tell you two of them: my newest favorite thing is the new Reese’s Minis. Have you tried them yet? Because OMG. Just OMG.
    And the ultimate favorite that I can’t live without is Diet Dr Pepper. It’s my crack.

  4. Erika says

    Hmm my kids, my pets, Hersey Gold nuggets with toffee, Jesus, Your blog,, these are not in order. If you talk to any of my kids they are LYING if they say I love the pets the most.. Not true. Jesus is first. Hey you didn’t include sun or that dreadful snow your having.


  5. Beth says

    I’m a diet coke girl, but I’m trying to drink less of it these days. One of the things to use around the house is my Magic Eraser. It takes marks off of walls, cleans tennis shoes and it even took some marks off of a friend’s Longaberger basket. I’ve also become a fan off the Dawn Power Dissolver for cleaning burnt on food off of pans and my gas stove burner covers. I think I read about it in the comments of one of your posts.

  6. bambi says

    My favorite things is CRAZY SOCKS! Every year, when the cold weather comes around and I cannot wear open toed shoes, I wear crazy socks, socks that don’t match my clothing, etc. That way, during the day, especially while at work, if me or any body around me is having a difficult day, I raise may pant leg and show my socks. IT MAKES EVERYBODY SMILE! Actually some of my co-workers come over to my desk just to see what crazy socks I have on on that particular day!

  7. Mary Ann Preston says

    Some of my favorite things are animals, boating, sunshine, sushi(yum), chedder & sour cream potato chips and life!

  8. Traci says

    My favorite things….Cinnamon Sticky Bun coffee, Baby Magic bath soap, my library card, and Rosted Veggie and Goat Cheese pizza from The Cheesecake Factory.

  9. Hannah says

    Favorite Things: Cherry Limeade from Sonic, Snow, coming home to find my dog Bandit waving his tail and greeting me with enthusism, Facebook, going for walks, watching the Northern Lights, sushi, Powerschool so I can check my kids progress at school online. ( I am addicted and check this 5 times per day), HS football games

  10. says

    My favorite thing is Danskin Now light-weight fitness jackets you can get at Walmart. Warm enough to wear as a jacket-shirt around the house and light enough to wear as a jacket. It is the perfect sweater in my opinion, even if it’s not meant to be one. But that’s how I roll. lol

  11. Kim K. says

    This is a tough one. I would have to say my MacBook is one of my favorite things, probably tied with my iPhone (I am a techie!)

  12. Danielle Milam says

    One of my favorite things is Victoria’s Secret Love Spell Purse Sized Hand Sanitizer! The scent sticks with you more than lotions or sprays. I ALWAYS have a bottle (or two) in my purse!

  13. Rebecca Engels says

    One of my favorite things is Burt’s Bees Original chapstick! I never leave home without it, and usually have 1 tube in my purse and 1 tube in my car!

  14. Pamela Brotherton says

    I am a Sharpie fanatic. I carry at least one in my purse. I cannot resist them. I don’t have the shiny capped ones yet. Maybe I need to make a stop at Target!

  15. Krista Smith says

    My favorite thing is hearing my 2 year old daughter and 9 mo old baby boy laughing and playing together! There’s no better sound in the world!!

  16. Teresa says

    I have so many favorite things…it’s hard to pick one! 🙂 Since I’m low-carb dieting right now…I will go with my favorite food…which is EXTRA SHARP CHEDDAR CHEESE. Oh. My. Word. I love that stuff! It is, by far, my favorite thing right now! 🙂

  17. Jean says

    My favorites:
    Time with Jesus in His Word.
    McDaddy’s Dad – what a guy! 🙂
    Our 15 Sweetest Grandkids in the WORLD!
    Our 5 Kids and Spouses — BLESSINGS!
    Steak ‘n Shake ANY TIME.
    Sunning and reading at the pool.
    Bags and totes of sorts.

  18. April says

    I just love Havaianas flip flops. I’ve had pairs that last for 5+ years being worn day in and day out in mud, streets, parks, etc.

  19. says

    I can’t go in Target alone – I go over budget by wayyy too much 🙂

    Target is one of my favorite things! 🙂
    flip flops
    fleece blankets
    kitchen utensils

    This is a great idea, btw. My aunt did this for Christmas and it was wonderful!
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  20. says

    My favorite thing are NOTEBOOKS! I know CRAZY! But it so SOO hard for me to not buy up the whole notebook section when I am in Target!

  21. Frances Bales says

    My favorite things (besides the husband and kids, so cliche right? but the truth) are Sunflower Seeds, Tropical Punch Kool-Aid (weird, I know), your blog and the Bible.

    You blog brings a smile to my face daily.

  22. says

    I’m totally in this for the Peanut M&Ms. They are my FAVORITE!

    Also? I like winning things. Does that count as a favorite thing?

    Another favorite? Really ugly sweat pants, mismatched hoodie, and cozy socks.

  23. Jenny Smith says

    I like my husband, kids, iPhone, chocolate covered raisins, a hot bath, our church( bible center) and lazy days!!

  24. Kathryn Sturms says

    Hey Julie! What a neat idea! A few of my favorite things: the new sugar free gum that tastes exactly like mint chocolate chip ice cream, 100 calorie ice cream sandwiches (Bless whoever decided to make those in 100 calorie size), Aquaphor healing ointment for Baby Jason’s little face, and…….my girly pink Sally Hansen nail polish =)

  25. Tanna Craigo says

    I also love some of your fav. things. I love the mascara, the Softlips and the tissues are a must right now for us. Some of my other fav. things (other than my family & friends) are hazelnut coffee & the creamer, sweet tea, getting a really good deal, and finding a great nail color.

  26. Shannon Stamper says

    Wow, I just checked out your blog and you never disappoint me with your crazy. I also have some crazybutter I smear on my head daily. I just thought I would share that my favorite thing is a slinky. And my silly putty and my Gumby and Pokey. Ooh, Ooh, and my Monty Python talking foot. These are a few of my favorite things.

  27. says

    A few of my favorite things are Moisturel, Ferrero Rocher and Estee Lauder MagnaScopic Mascara. Is it weird that I want the Sharpie pens the most out of the favorite things basket??

  28. Sara says

    First and foremost… my favorite things are Jesus and my wonderful hubby.

    In your listing… it is a toss up between the Sharpie Pens and the M&Ms….

    But in general… I have recently fallen in love with Halls Honey Lemon cough drops… I have pretty much stopped coughing, but I’m still enjoying the candy, I mean the cough drops. I have them in my desk at work, mixed in with the peppermints…

    The other wonder I have found is AmLactin body lotion. this stuff is the bomb diggity. I put it on almost nightly with my gel socks and my heals have gone from being their own loofah to non cracked, non painful, almost good enough to show off soon…. Really good stuff.

    And just to share that I have faves outside of the medicine closet… I love homemade banana bread, butterfinger candy, and my daily dose of FITP!

  29. Jill says

    Hmmm, let me think…my favorite thing.. Well, it’s you of course!! I know you put that deodorant in there for me!!
    For real though, my favorite thing is a lil chinese girl and her daddy. Boring I know so I’ll also say that I love belly laughs, hanging out with good friends, live music, almond roca and surprises.
    I love a giveaway too! So fun!!

  30. Tracy Potts says

    Some of my favorite things are cheesecake, M&M’s, scrapbook stickers, SHARPIES, breyers strawberry ice cream, Disney Family Fun magazine, Degree deodorant, and most of all MY KIDS and GRANDKIDS….

  31. Tracy Potts says

    Another thing that I love dearly are REAL people discussing REAL life. Not soap operas, not the perfect sitcom family where every problem is solved in 30 minutes but REAL LIFE…Like how to help your kid with tough stuff at school, or a picky eater, or an over eater. Ya know just the real life people.

  32. says

    Hmmm….one of my favorite things? Twizzlers! I loves me some Twizzlers. And as we typed about this morning; pens. I love pens. I have to keep myself out of the office supplies aisle because, “Hey, I don’t have that color of (insert pen type here – often a Sharpie or Bic of some sort)”.
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