Things I Like

I always appreciate when other people share with me the things and services that really work for them, so I thought I’d add a semi-regular post to share the things that I like.

Instagram photo: Oh, but she looks naughty, doesn't she? Except, she really just wanted to help and hoped I'd have a job for her. :-)

Instagram photo: Oh, but she looks naughty, doesn’t she? Except, she really just wanted to help and hoped I’d have a job for her. :-)

BookBub: This is a free service that sends a daily email with a curated list of free or cheap ebooks.  These are generally more modern than the usual freebie fare, with a lot of straight-to-ebook offerings of questionable quality and a few literary gems.  My qualifications for download: must be free and must pass my ratings review.  I’m shopping not just for myself, but for four teenage children/young adults, so nothing risque and no major cursing, and it must be well written.  The negative reviews usually tell you what you’re dealing with. I’ve gotten all sorts of novels and biographies and historical fiction – for free!

Instagram photo: rare selfie shot of Mama and Evie

Instagram photo: rare selfie shot of Mama and Evie

Atlantic Movie Sleeves These things are great! We love films almost as much as books, but DVDs take up so much room if left in their cases! I take the paper cover out and fold it to fit, then pop the DVDs into the pockets, and stow them in baskets. So much more efficient and tidy! I’ve found them at Target from time to time, and Walmart might sell them, too, but I’ve never looked. I’d rather mail-order than go to Walmart. 😉

Instagram photo: Evie and Tom explore some new puzzles.

Instagram photo: Evie and Tom explore some new puzzles.

Chatbooks I love, love, love instagram.  I use it as kind of a visual thankful journal, so most of what I post there, and from there to facebook, is just random vignettes of things that make me happy, little snippets of our days that just bring me joy.  Snapping those little photos throughout the day keeps me from getting bogged down in any potential negativity.  They aren’t the best photos, but I love them, and I’ve been struggling for over a year with how to hold onto them.  Enter chatbooks!  Our favorite day is the day a new book arrives in the mail, and I don’t have to expend any effort in the making.  The app simply grabs all the photos from my selected source (Instagram, but you can use Facebook, too) and it automatically populates a 60 page book.  You can exclude any photos you don’t want, create special books using hashtags, edit any captions and change the cover photos, but even if you do nothing, a happy little book will arrive in your mailbox shortly after you fill it up.  They keep saying books cost $6, but mine cost $8, and I haven’t asked why yet.  They bring our family so much pleasure, I don’t hardly care.

Instagram photo: the USA loaf pan in question. Makes my bread baking so much easier, and impressive.

Instagram photo: the USA loaf pan in question. Makes my bread baking so much easier, and impressive.

USA Pans I do not care how much these things cost, they are totally worth it! I use this french bread pan when I bake my artisan bread, and nothing has ever stuck to it. And all I do is flop the dough right onto the pan! I also have two muffin pans, and all they need is to be wiped out with a clean cloth. They’re non-stick without the nasty chemicals and very heavyweight. I know they’re expensive, but if you’re in the market for new pans, they’re totally worth it. I’m looking forward to acquiring some cake pans and maybe some cookie sheets sometime this year.

Instagram photo: Meggie loves on the baby AND cooks dinner. She's a natural, don't you think?

Instagram photo: Meggie loves on the baby AND cooks dinner. She’s a natural, don’t you think?

And that’ll do us for this edition of Things I Like!  Stay tuned for more life changing products and services next month!  😉

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