His + Her Favorite Things


Ash and I are here with another installment of our favorite things…

1. Yes, I’ve forsaken the iPhone for a shiny new HTC Inspire 4G. While part of me is sad to have left Apple and its iOS behind, I am very excited about the flexibility and openness of my new phone’s operating system, Android.  If you’re a geek like me, the Android platform is perfect for tweaking and personalization.  The 4.3″ screen doesn’t hurt the equation, either.  It might sound huge, but it really is the perfect size. Ashley’s kind of jealous… but she won’t forsake her precious Apple-branded device.

2. Though Ashley and I have both been working crazy hours for the past couple of weeks, we’ve managed to set aside some time for some serious, and I mean serious, Mario Kart Wii competition. It’s Mario vs. Peach in a fast-paced racing battle to the finish!

3. Canada Dry Green Tea Ginger Ale is my new favorite soft drink. I’ve been trying (that is the operative word) to get away from super-sugary sodas, but when I break down (rather often), I’ve found myself reaching for this stuff. I love green tea, and I love ginger ale.  To me, the combination is a no-brainer, and apparently Canada Dry had the same thought.

4. Sears delivered a brand new mattress to our guest bedroom Sunday afternoon (more on that later).  The delivery guys were polite and a true pleasure to work with for every bit of the 5 minutes they were in the house.  Truly great service is hard to come by, so Sears is on my favorite things list this month!

5. Despite my status as a geek/tech guy, I’m not much of an app addict.  I try to keep all of my computing devices (phones, computers, components, etc.) clean of anything that isn’t essential to how I use them.  However, Google Goggles is simply a must-have app for any iOS- or Android-wielding smartphone user.  It can take a picture of a bar code and find information on the product for you, or it can solve that pesky sudoku puzzle that you’ve been working on for hours.  Goggles serves as my “check out how cool my phone is” app, and it’s functional, too!

6. My Line 6 Pocket Pod is currently my electric guitar’s best friend.  Most of the time, I don’t really want to take the trouble to pull my amplifier out and hook everything up just to play a few notes.  Rather than doing all that, I just hook into my Pocket Pod that sits on my desk, play for a few minutes, then move on.  It doesn’t hurt that the sounds it makes are pretty decent, as well.  I’d say you could (or almost could, anyway) use it on a professional demo.

7. I’ve never had a pen I haven’t lost.  I’m just forgetful like that.  My Inka Pen solves that by putting a pen on something that I don’t go many places without: my key chain.  It’s been over a year since Ashley gave it to me as a stocking stuffer, and I haven’t lost it yet!  The other cool part about the Inka is that it’s pressurized, so you can write on vertical surfaces without having to worry about whether your pen is going to work or not.  Well worth every penny.

Just like every month, I’m now going to turn the keyboard over to Ashley…

1. It’s true… Greg is at the top of my favorite things list every month. He’s my personal “Super Hero Husband”. So as a part of my “favorite things” this month, I wanted to declare my favoritism (and thankfulness) to the Internet. He’s the best!

2. Have you seen the Flor catalogs!? Oh. My. Goodness. We absolutely love the Flor tiles, but aside from their carpet tile options, the furniture in the Flor catalog is to die for. No joke. I wish there was some sort of source guide in each catalog. Consider this my official request. If you aren’t already on their mailing list, sign up here. It’s like getting a subscription to a super stylish home magazine for f-r-e-e.

3. I’m currently loving this fabric from Dwell Studio. Truth be told, I’m loving every single fabric option from Dwell Studio. I must use this one on something in the near future; whether it be for the guest room curtains or a some sort of DIY project down the road. It contains too much graphic, geometric, modern awesomeness to go unused.

4. It’s no secret that I have a great love for Yankee Candles. Now that Spring is in the air, I’m switching from wintry seasonal scents to my tried and true Clean Cotton. It smells like fresh cotton sheets without being too overpowering.

5. On a daily basis, I use Philosophy’s Amazing Grace Body Sprtiz rather than perfume. It’s light and airy without saying, “I have perfume on!!”

6. I just finished reading Summer at Tiffany by Marjorie Hart. It’s a true story about the author and her best friend who worked as the first female floor sales pages at the famous Tiffany & Co. in New York City during the summer of 1945. It’s one of those “feel good” novels that makes you wish you lived in the 1940’s.

7. As many of you who are regular readers know, I’m an avid list maker. It’s more of a sickness, I think. There’s nothing I love more than a well-organized, thought out list… except a color-coded list.  A plethora of colored pens and markers are always around while I’m working on projects.  Everything is just more fun and easy to look at when you use great colors! And it makes doodling in the margins a bit more fun too.

That wraps up this month’s installment of our favorite things. Do you have a current favorite thing you would like to share with the class? A TV show? A phone app? A really good read? Leave a comment and let us know…

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    March 1, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    haha! My husband and I play Mario Kart ALL the time!!!
    Great list!

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    April Moss
    March 1, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    We’re loving Castle on ABC (I think you mentioned it on your favorite things last month). I hadn’t seen it before and we watched it for the first tim on Hulu a few nights ago and we’re hooked! It’s sooo funny!! I even want to get the Rick Castle book now!

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    March 1, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    It’s bizarre (and oh so good for my sugar intake) that I have never seen Green Tea Canada Dry Ginger Ale in Canada. It looks delicious.

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    March 1, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    I’ve been OBSESSING over the furniture in the Flor magazines for a while now!! And the foyer with the sea of Hermes boxes. LOVE!

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    March 2, 2011 at 6:10 am

    Hi! I’m a new reader — can’t remember how I got here, but I love your blog! Given you and Greg’s lists of faves, I think you guys must be stalking me. Almost everything on your list is a favorite in our house!

    Keep up the great work.

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    March 2, 2011 at 10:05 am

    I just read Summer at Tiffany’s too. I went to the University of Iowa so I loved reading all of the references about how the campus was way back then.

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    Kristin @ everythingZamora
    March 2, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Ok, first things first, Greg abandoned the iPhone!?! I don’t know if I could do that. My hubby has been tempted by the droid, but not enough to stray away.
    The Inka Pen and the catalog Flor are the two things that I will look into. Thanks for the info!

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    March 2, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    My fave thing right now is totally my iPhone!

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    Michelle Brant
    March 2, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    I love my new fire bowl from Restoration Hardware. It can be used indoor or out (currently using mine indoors). Great ambience!

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    March 2, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    I read Summer at Tiffany’s a few summers ago and loved it. Have you read Saucepans and the Single Girl? It’s a cookbook, but there’s a similar tone to it.

    Thanks for the Flor catalog rec!

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      March 4, 2011 at 1:36 pm

      I haven’t read it but I’m going to add it to my list. Thanks for the recommendation! 🙂

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    March 3, 2011 at 1:52 am

    Love your blog–great mix of text and photos, explanations and dreams…nice job! A couple of questions:
    1. The wood floors look great–I saw an earlier post where you were trying to decide which stain to use. Which one did you go with?
    2. I do mood boards too, but just cut and paste in Word. What program are you using to do yours? I love the layering and the handwritten numbers! Share your secret–pretty please??!! ; )

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      March 3, 2011 at 12:46 pm

      Hey there! Thanks so much! 🙂
      1. We love our new wood floors! We decided to go with the dark walnut stain (more on that here).
      2. Aren’t mood boards fun?! We use a combination of Photoshop and Illustrator. But if you don’t have those programs, there are some great online alternatives such as Polyvore.

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    March 3, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    If you love Yankee Candles, you need to look into Scentsy. I am obsessed with a good smelling home and love that I can pick so many scents and reuse them when the time is right. 🙂 Best candles ever and actually great looking warmers. 🙂

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    March 4, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    We have family Wii nights here! We (or Wii) get realllllly competitive! The Hasbro Family Game Night is a lot of fun too!

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