Five On Friday: Oprah's Favorite Things ... And Mine

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This is so fun and random. Last night at Michael's, there were these large boxes for $2 right at the entrance. They claimed to be a "Grab Bag" and my first thinking was that maybe it could make for fun crafts to do with Camille. The two holes (handles) in the sides allowed me to peek inside and see LOTS of Halloween goodies. Right up our alley! I decided that for $2, it would be a fun adventure, so Camille and I opened it this morning.

And holy moly, this box was filled to the brim with the most amazing Halloween and fall finds!

Yes, we have to wait 11 months to bring out most of these items again, but some items are perfect for using now, like the woodgrain design pie box, the caramels and caramel dipping set, and the candy apple candy melts. There are four spools of black tulle with metallic gold skeleton faces on them that are just so spooky-cool. If you are close to a Michaels, it may be worth checking out if your store is doing this ... and if you are in Charlotte, we were at the Park Road store and they had about 6 or so boxes left last night around 5:00. 

Oprah has released her 2015 Favorite Things! (I really, really miss the days when her show came on at 4 and I could cozy up to it on DVR at the end of the day.)

New this year? The list is completely shoppable at, so in one click you can see all of her picks. Um, HIIIII, the only way I like to shop these days!

Oprah reveals her Favorite Things 2015 in the December

I predict that this adorable engraved Moon and Lola customized pet ornament will be HUGE this year... (and I LOVE that they have a husky silhouette available)

Moon & Lola pet ornaments

And I am also crazy in love with these bone china appetizer plates, and would rather hang them on my wall than eat cheese and crackers off of them.

Bone china appetizer plates

I snuck in a quick self-pedicure this morning ... just wanted to report that I am STILL really enjoying the Essie Gel Setter polish (on Amazon here). I went with Cascade Cool for my toes this morning. Two coats of candy pink plus Gel Setter, and this polish will be shiny and chip-free for weeks.

I am really proud of my sister Laura and my girlfriend Sarah for teaming up together to create a tassel necklace that gives proceeds to The Independence Fund. I ordered mine Tuesday night! If you are looking for a well-made, beautiful necklace that gives back to an amazing organization, I think this is a wonderful purchase.

Independence Necklace
Found on Etsy HERE

(From the necklace listing:) Laura Cox and the Independence Fund have partnered to sell this patriotic necklace for the month of November. Proceeds from this special freedom necklace will go to benefit the Independence Fund's pillars of support. The Independence Fund’s mission is to support our injured and wounded Veterans with the tools to achieve their independence and freedoms they have fought so hard to preserve! You can learn more about the Indy Fund and donate directly to the Laura Cox Designs fundraiser page HERE.

Veteran's Day is approaching this coming Wednesday, don't forget to get your green lightbulb ready

Lastly, I am so thankful to everyone who has purchased handmade hairbows this week from The Tipsy Bunny! I was up late last night -- 11:30 -- working on fulfilling orders ... which is like you staying up until 4am. 11:30 for me is LATE! I am a habitual 10:00-er when it comes to lights out. And then I woke up this morning a little after 6 ready to go again and hop back on the bow train. New patterns coming next week, but I am definitely going to treat myself to a weekend off!

But I would like to know, are there any colors you are looking for in particular?
Now ... let me go make a few more bows. :)


TGIF y'all, and hope you will join in on Five on Friday this week! Cheers to the weekend!

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  1. I always LOVE when Oprah comes out with her favorite things, although I usually just dream about buying most of them!! I do miss watching her show, too...people would FREAK when they got their gifts!! And, I had no idea you made bows until yesterday. One day, I am sure my little Louise will have hair, but until then, we have to rely on headbands!

  2. So many things to love on this Friday morning! What a find that Michael's box is! How fun! Also, I adore those dog ornaments as well. Our fur children are such a huge part of our family as well. What a sentimental item to have and to cherish. And one more thing :) I saw your sister was selling those necklaces and have been eyeing one for awhile, but when she said some of the proceeds were going to help Veterans, I was sold! I was originally requesting one for Christmas but think I'll end up splurging before then. Cheers to the weekend!

  3. Ooh so much great stuff in this post! Live that Michaels grab bag box... I've never seen that before! I also miss Oprah and love her favorite things list! That necklace is beautiful, I'll have to check it out! Happy Friday and have a fantastic weekend!

  4. I always look forward to Oprah's list every year! So many neat things that I would have never known of

  5. Love that independence tassel necklace! Thanks for sharing something that supports our troops and veterans :)

  6. That Essie color is gorgeous! And LOVE that necklace, so pretty and perfect for any outfit! Happy Friday girl! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  7. That tassel necklace is sooo pretty! I love the colors. I definitely agree with you that I miss Oprah's show at 4 - she's the best. Have a great weekend and thanks for hosting!

  8. I am so excited to know that those Michael's boxes contain GOOD things! I've always been a little curious when they have Grab Bags or Grab boxes and I'm usually cynical about it! YAY for fun finds!!! - Megan @ That Wasn't The Plan

  9. Wow that goodie box was a great find! I love fun little surprises like that :) Your sister is doing some pretty exciting things!!

  10. Oh man, I need to go through all of Oprah's favorite things! I love them but I wonder which ones I can actually afford.

  11. I love that tassel necklace and it was fun to look through Oprah's favorites.

  12. ok, that 2 dollar box is awesome! How fun! And I love the last quote.....I could use that around here!

  13. I love those appetizer plates!! Adding that to my list! Have a great weekend!

  14. Holy moly all of that Halloween loot for only $2!! I'm off today so I guess I need to truck it on over to Michaels and see if they're doing that at ours!

  15. Every year I get so sad when I can't watch Oprah hand out her favorite things anymore!
    That $2 box is amazing! I wish I scored that find at my Michaels!
    Happy weekending! xox

  16. that mystery box is worth it just for the caramels! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  17. I LOVE those ornaments! We always buy an ornament every year that symbolizes what we did each year (aka - last year was "our first Christmas" as a married couple). This year, we got a puppy so I already knew we needed a puppy ornament and I love that one!!

  18. I saw the grab bags at the Stonecrest one, but other than some Justin Beiber packing tape I couldn't make out what else was in them! You totally scored!! Love that Essie color, and the necklace is beautiful. What a great idea. I had to check out Amazon after reading your post - those plates are beautiful. Oprah does not disappoint, however this year everything seems so pricey on her list!

  19. I really miss the Oprah episode too! That was so exciting to watch. It alway got me in the Christmas spirit. My daughter worked for M & L as the graphic designer here in Raleigh. It is alway fun to see M & L getting mentioned on TV and in magazines since it was a business started in Raleigh.

  20. I LOVE the dog ornament! We have our new boy this year and I will definitely be getting the cocker spaniel one!


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