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Favorite Things: End of January 2012


We made it! Does anyone else feel like that?  T.S. Eliot had it all wrong–January is the cruelest month.  I feel like it always goes sooo slowly in the aftermath of Christmas and with all of the cold, gray days. However, I am a little biased because I LOVE February (my birthday month! Groundhog Day! Valentine’s Day! Hearts are my favorite), so I always want to get January over with!

In honor of the last day of this month, I wanted to feature four of the items that helped get me through this slow month! Here are my January Favorites:

1)      Amazing Applesauce (From Trader Joe’s…of course)

Seriously y’all, this stuff is INSANE.  I eat some with my breakfast every single morning. I like to eat it straight out of the jar because it feels illicit.  I think it tastes better that way!

While it is SUPER delicious cold. I plan to add a sprinkle of cinnamon and warm it up in the microwave = instant (and totally paleo) apple pie filling!

2)      Tulips (From Chase, By Chase, For Chase)

When we were running errands, Chase picked up this bouquet of tulips and said: “These are NOT for you, they are for me.” Basically, he knew the frugal frog he married would say that we did not need to spend $ on superfluous flowers—he knows me too well.  While I am always resistant to buying flowers because they seem impractical, they add such JOY to our tiny apartment. I need to make it a point to pick up a bouquet more often!

3) Tea!

Sugar cookie tea is my current fave–so yummy.  I have been combining one flavored tea with a regular black tea bag. I am avoiding sweeteners (especially artificial) and the sugar cookie helps add natural sweetness. Nothing warms me up quite so well as hot tea.

4) Williams-Sonoma linens!

Williams-Sonoma had their annual sale and I picked up amazing linens on super sale. I loooove linens.  They make me happy!  I realize I am SUPER lame, but I actually have yet to use them.  I just look at them, all pretty and crisp.  I have been day-dreaming about using them in our new house…if we get it!

What are you loving right now?  Are you a January fan? Do you have a favorite month?


About paleorunnergirl

I am obsessed with cooking, running and reading! I teach American Literature at the college level, but enjoy books of all kind! After years of GI issues and being prescribed numerous medications, I found perfection in eating Paleo! I am no longer bloated, nauseous, or miserable on a daily basis. I have delved into creating Paleo recipe-making and embracing an active and playful life!

8 responses »

  1. Those are some gorgeous tulips! I’ve been eyeing them in the store lately, but it IS hard to cough it up for something without really tangible worth when you’re buying groceries. Haha. I love that he said they were for him. What a good husband. I love June and September. Our wedding & birthday months!! Haha.

  2. I tend to like January because we get a couple Mondays off. Sometimes the cold gets to me…in fact I was just thinking about buying myself some flowers for my room!

  3. Sugar cookie tea?!! YUM! I have never heard of it!
    I am ok with January, I think my fav month is July and dec!

  4. I agree, January is a little depressing! It’s the post-holiday gloom that gets me, I think.

    That applesauce idea is great! Apple pie filling without the crust 🙂 Mmmmmm.

    I love linens, too, and wish I had more room to store them.

  5. LOVE those flowers!!

    Right now I’m loving a prescription my dermatologist gave me to moisturize my skin. I feel like a baby’s butt!! haha. It’s my favorite 🙂

    And I’m glad January is over and can’t wait to see what February holds! I mean how is February going to top my salaried position offer?! Hmmm … maybe with meeting my future husband?! Bahaha!!

  6. Beautiful tulips! I am loving my new Bic Bands right now. I have been wearing them all of the time!! 🙂 I’m looking forward to this month because I have some fun plans with B, and I start my new job!!

  7. Kim @ Eat, Live, and Blog

    I agree that January just seems too long! I don’t like it either. I love May the most because it’s sumer time, the weather is nice, and it’s my birthday month. 🙂

  8. YES! I felt like January was sooo long too!!


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