These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

I am a simple girl of simple pleasures! I am happiest when sharing my life with close friends and family. I am not an 'I want' sort of girl so I really don't have a wishlist.  Come on over won't you and let's enjoy each others' company!

Let's share s'mores....mmmm, nothing better than dripping chocolate!

And with that, more chocolate..... with peppermint schnapps.

McDreamy to me!

I once had a Frenchman give me two bottles, I was hooked.  
Nothing else compares not even 'Dom' in my book. So after the hot schnapps chocolate, or maybe before, let's pop some of this divine bubbly!

Because I am a note writer, I always have a supply of beautiful papers on hand. Hannah Nation is the creator of Gadabout, purveyor of these and many other fun designs. She has so many beauties it's hard to choose, these are just a tease, go see for yourself! She will put your monogram on any you choose. 

Like I said before, simple pleasures.  My favorite fragrance.

Now I told you these were a few of my favorite things, so for you bicycle enthusiasts out there like me, this is a 'must have'!

The Garmin Edge 705, 
a GPS-enable cycling computer which includes a heart rate monitor and speed/cadence sensor!  It also tells how many calories burned on your ride (my favorite part) as well as elevation climbed.  Now I know YOU just can't live without one of these!

May I challenge you?

Read and you will be changed.
Let me hear your thoughts when you are finished.

Won't you go to World Vision and put a goat (or chickens or sheep) on your gift giving list? Goats nourish hungry children and families with healthy milk, cheese, and yogurt. They also give a much-needed income boost by providing offspring and extra dairy products for sale at the market. Our family has sponsored two children by way of WV for over 12 years, a goat or two are on the way.

Go here to the Lisa Porter Collection and see what is on hers and others' gift lists!



  1. ooooh j'adore the Veuve Clicquot!!! We must get together some time and sip some!!!

  2. i love peppermint schnapps in my hot chocolate. a girl after my own heart!

  3. Hot chocolate and tunes from Michael Buble...heavenly!!

  4. Renae your list is divine. You are my kind of gal; you appreciate the simple things but they are so valuable. I have one bottle of Veuve Clicquot & can't bring myself to open it. I have yet to ever try this magnificent brand. I swear when we sell this house, I'm going to open it at last. I know just by your list we'd be great friends!! Hugs to you xx

  5. I love the smores idea and how you put all the fixings in a big bowl! I will be doing that.Thanks and Merry Christmas to you and yours. Renee

  6. Hi Renae,
    Love the cycling gift, better gift myself one of these before spring. Always looking for gift wrapping elves, I am sure you would be fabulous help and company. XO

  7. We would make very good neighbors, Renae! It's the simple pleasures that are the best. Hope you're having a wonderful holiday. XO Trish

  8. Love your favorite things ! ahhhh the simple things...

  9. Hi, my friend! I love your simple pleasures, that truly is the best in life.

    My camera is a Canon T1i, a DSLR & I just got it in June, so am still learning how to use it. Getting better & better with practice. I'm loving having a better camera.

    My prelit tree I think came from Seasonal Concepts in Marietta, if I remember right. I've had it for a few years. It might be 4' tall. I really don't miss the big tree at all & totally might go to this from now on. Lots easier to pack away! xoxo

  10. what a lovely post.
    i know you and your family will have a happy holiday.
    all your favorite things are many of mine too.

  11. Renae, I love your list. We really have a lot in common and thanks for the reminder on the book. I'm off to see how many copies I can find today. Thank-you so much for your guest post today. This is an incredibly busy time of year to ask such a favor and I really appreciate your taking the time to write it. Merry Christmas!!! MOna

  12. Okay, I love chocolate, Victoria's Secret perfume, and I'm totally loving the Garmin. My friend has one and I've been jealous over it for a while!
    Lila Ferraro

  13. Renae,
    Love the party that you've got going here! Music and bubbles ALWAYS go together!
    Hey, Congratulations on making the Fab Over 50 Design Blogger's Favorite Things!
    xo Lisa

  14. A true gift you are Renae. I wanted to stop by to wish you and your entire family a very Merry Christmas!
    I am looking so forward to the new year with you and all my best bloggy friends!
    xo Lisa

  15. I love popping over here to see what fun stuff you have brewing. I agree that champagne is divine - recently had a rose champagne that was pretty darn good. I love this post and it brings holiday cheer -- looks like you are having a very merry holidays! xo tamara


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