Happy New Year!
I can’t quite wrap my head around the fact that it is 2015 and that 2014 is done. Gone. O-v-e-r.
So much happens in 365 days, and while I could wax poetic all day about the ups and downs that came with 2014, I will limit myself here to the items that were reached for over and over.
2014’s favorites will also be split into two posts (the second will be posted on the 2nd) featuring ‘home’ and ‘beauty’ products respectively as to not have a ridiculously long post.
I hope you enjoy seeing some of the products/items that were well used in my home and that they may inspire you in 2015!
Without further ado…2014 Favorites for the Home
Only a few things, to keep it simple.
Higher Living’s Green Tea-
In 2014 I started to drink more green tea. I love the taste of this tea – it doesn’t taste too muddy or earthy like some can, but it’s just green tea and not flavored with lemon or some other thing.
If I want lemon flavored tea, I’ll put a stupid lemon in it.
Green tea, other than having great health benefits, is a great tea for me because it doesn’t have any caffeine.
I get migraines and a lot of the time the level of caffeine in my body can trigger or help prevent one. (weird, I know)
This way, I get to drink a few cups of tea if I want, and not worry I’ll be over caffeinated!
Hiline’s Espresso Pods:
Last Christmas, my husband and I were gifted a Nespresso machine from his mother! In the year since we have tried a lot of the Nespresso pods and I felt like trying something new.
After some google-ing, I found out about Hiline!
Hiline is an online only alternative espresso pod supplier, and the reason I decided to try their product- their pods are recyclable AND more ethically sourced than those from Nestle. The owners are espresso fanatics and care about their product.
Out of the five we purchased, four are shown above.
They are named after neighborhoods in NYC-where the company is.
The orange ‘Brooklyn’, the purple ‘Soho’, the black ‘Wall Street’ and the green decaf ‘Central Park’.
I had also bought the pink ‘Chelsea’, but ran out of those!
Overall, compared to the Nespresso pods, these are a bit less bitter in taste (which I prefer) and have a less intense coffee flavor/punch.
I highly enjoy the Wall Street and Chelsea ones and will be ordering more!
I don’t have a clever category name for this one. It’s just a coaster that I love.
It’s from Anthropologie, and is the most expensive coaster I have ever seen in my life. That’s probably actually not quite true…but since most of my coasters are from bars/restaurants…it’s the priciest one I remember.
I only bought one because I didn’t want to spend 32 dollars on a set…
They come in a few colors, and I think that the colors vary based on season or something.
It’s gorgeous. It have this shattered glass/ geode look in the middle that I think is awesome.
Basically, it’s a fancy coaster that I like…and put beverages on.
I don’t know what else to say about this except that it’s a favorite of mine, and I plan on getting more.
Favorite Cleaning Product:
Seventh Generation Disinfecting Wipes
If you are familiar with my previous posts, then you already know that I love these things.
Not only are they a cruelty free product, they work!
I NEED disinfecting wipes in my home. They are a necessity. I am sorry to those who think these are a waste, but I won’t give them up.
I have issues – mainly with chicken – with germs.
I was the girl in freshman dorm who cleaned the freaking door handles up and down her hallway.
I can visualize salmonella crawling around, so I need them for a good germ killing clean.
Not that I don’t trust other cleansers, but I like the wipes because they are fast and disposable and I don’t need to worry about cleaning a rag with germs on it too.
They eat grime and caked/dried messes up!
I have cleaned my (way overdue and hence, very dirty) stove top with these babies and the grease and food remnants were no match.
Yes, you have to use elbow grease too, but you had to for Lysol ones too….
Plus – these smell WAYY better than Lysol ones.
They have a fantastic lemongrass scent to them that smells clean without smelling chemically or like bleach.
Breathe in, exhale and enjoy your clean (and germ free) house.
Favorite decor piece/look:
I took a picture of a set of 6 candle holders I grabbed at Marshalls for this favorite, but I do have other ‘mercury glass’ items around my home.
I just love mercury glass! I love the look (I don’t know what else to call it…medium? Not sure what else home decor people call it).
I think it is vintage, classy and eclectic all at the same time.
The silver/clear/reflective look of it goes with everything. Plus, sometimes when light or brown shines on them (as you can see in the picture) they also give off a bit of gold.
I like that I can leave these out and switch in other pieces for holidays/seasons, and know that the general feel of how I want my home to look will be retained.
Favorite DIY product:
Spray Paint. More specifically – Krylon’s Brushed Metallic in Champagne Nouveau.
I spray painted more in 2014 – something I wish to continue to do in 2015.
It’s a cheap alternative to buying brand new items for the home. Slap, or spray some paint onto it and VOILA! Brand new!
I have done a few colors, but the champagne color is my favorite so far.
It, like mercury glass, goes with pretty much everything. It has a great color that looks both silver and gold at the same time and thus works with other colors and black or brown.
I also like that it has a satin finish which is in between the matte look of the flat spray paints and the sometimes almost reflective look of the gloss paints. The satin is gentle, yet dimensional.
Nugget Nectar from Tröegs’ Brewery
I would be remiss to not include something that was a favorite of my husband’s.
James’ favorite home item (other than the x-box) was (and has been and probably will be for a long time) his favorite beer.
Nugget Nectar is a very hop-y and intense imperial amber ale. It has three types of hops and is only brewed for february and march.
(You might find it a bit after march, but it’s a hot item)
James loves this stuff so much that he puts in requests at the distributor we go to for his own keg. He will also most likely get a case as well. It’s an obsession, and one he is quite proud of.
I took a picture of a glass we got when we were at the Tröegs Brewery for our anniversary, since we don’t have the actual ‘nectar’ yet, but we have other paraphernalia too – don’t worry.
That’s it for the 2014 Favorites for the Home!
I hope you had a fantastic 2014 and wish only the best for you and yours during the upcoming year!
*All the items featured were purchased with our own money, this post is not sponsored in any way*
What were some of your home favorites in 2014??