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These are some of my favorite things, both for cooking/baking and just for everyday life. These are affiliate links and I will earn a commission if you decide to purchase something after clicking. Thank you for supporting my blog!

I love USA Pans for baking. They are bake evenly and create a nice high dome on breads, cupcakes and muffins, are crazy non-stick, great quality, very durable, and I haven’t had any trouble with rust.

USA Pans 9 x 5 x 2.75 Inch Loaf Pan, Aluminized Steel with Americoat

USA Pans 12 Cup Cupcake/Muffin Pan, Aluminized Steel with Americoat

USA Pans 6-Piece Bakeware Set

All of the pizza’s on my blog were made with my most favorite and revered Doughmakers pizza pan. It is fabulously nonstick and is excellent quality that will last years and years. Mine shows no wear after over five years of use.

Doughmakers 15-Inch Large Pizza Pan

We have purchased a lot of can openers over the years, some more pricey (Tupperware) and some cheap, and none have lasted us more than two years. This one was recommended by a friend, who’s had it for ten years, and we couldn’t be happier!

OXO SoftWorks Can Opener

I looooove this canning funnel! It fits both regular and wide mouth jars, and is designed so you can rest it on the counter in between uses.

Prepworks from Progressive International CKC-300 Regular and Wide Mouth Canning Funnel

KitchenAid KP26M1PSL Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Stand Mixer, Silver

These bibs have been a laundry saver in this house. Once it got cold, our new eater wasn’t keen on eating in his diaper to save his clothes from becoming one big food-smear. We bought these bibs on the recommendation of a friend, and have not been disappointed! They aren’t great quality, but if you are gentle with them, they last a long time! They are soak-proof with a pocket to catch spills at the bottom, and the long sleeves help keep clothing/skin clean! Make sure the velcro is latched at the neck before washing, and set it to gentle cycle. Line dry.

KLADD PRICKAR Bib, assorted sets of red and blue – pack of 2

I’ve been cloth diapering for a year now, and although I like both brands I bought, the Bumgenius diapers are the clear winner. These are very easy to use, even my husband can change these diapers with ease. These have snaps and adjust to fit your baby from birth through potty training, and mine have held up wonderfully with no problems after many, many washes. The cost is a lot upfront, and a lot of savings over time.

BumGenius 4.0 Pocket Cloth Diaper – Snap – Grasshopper – One Size

The Bumgenius inserts that come with the above diapers are fine for use at home, but when we’re out and about, I use these extra-extra absorbant liners so that I don’t have to interrupt our errands for a diaper change. One of these generally lasts 3-4 hours before needing to be changed.

HappyEndingsTM 5 Layer Charcoal Bamboo Inserts for Cloth Diapers (Pack of 6)

Joshua discovered the joys of the toilet before he was even walking, and we eventually had to get a lock on it to keep him out of it. This one is easy to install, and easy to use. It automatically locks when you shut the toilet lid, which is so nice! We love it.

Safety 1St/Dorel 48517 Swing Shut Toilet Lock – Quantity 2

I bought this essential oil diffuser on a friend’s recommendation and I really love it. Works great, and it turns different colors if you choose to turn the light part of it on. Just remember to hold down the on button until it turns on – it doesn’t turn on with just a quick press.

Samyo 100ml Aromatherapy Essential Oil Purifier Diffuser Air Humidifier with 4 Timer Settings & 6 Colors Changing Light

Speaking of oils, this one is my favorite. DoTerra and Young Living sell much more expensive versions, which frankly I do not have the means to try. But this one does work wonders! I bought it in the midst of winter sickness and this oil, combined with another I’ll link to next, cleared up the sickness in just a few days after we’d been battling it for weeks. I’m a believer, and I do recommend this one!

Four Thieves Synergy Blend Essential Oil- 10 ml (Comparable to Young Living’s Thieves & DoTerra’s ON GUARD blend)

Here is the Breathe Easy blend that I combined with Four Thieves to help ease the sickies. Having a congested baby is so awful, and this cleared him up in a day!

Breathe Easier Synergy Blend Essential Oil- 10 ml (Peppermint, Rosemary, Lemon & Eucalyptus)

Maybe you can tell I’m an Eden’s Garden fan, but I want to link to one more of their oils. Lavender is the number one oil to have around, as it’s good for so many things! It’s very helpful for your skin, and I blend a little with coconut oil to help with diaper rash, and also add some to sweet apricot oil for a facial moisturizer as it helps with acne! I also have used it on Joshua’s mosquito bites and they clear up so fast with a little lavender that’s been mixed with a carrier oil (do be careful with essential oils, they’re very strong and shouldn’t be used in pure form, especially on babies).

Lavender 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil- 10 ml


3 responses »

  1. Where can I get your award winning carrot cake recipe? Thanks..I love to bake and love carrot cake…been using Paula Dean’s Grandmother’s recipe with a few tweeks.thanks!


  2. Could you tell me what vegetable shortening is and what would the UK equivalent be. Thanks



    Where can I buy gluten free Turkish Delight



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