My Favorite Things in 2009

I wanted to share some of my favorite things that I have received or purchased within the past year. I’m a total consumer, I admit that. But almost all of these have helped me make my life easier, more relaxed, and helped with time management.

My Macbook
macbook

I should have switched to Apple over a year ago.  I’m in love with my Macbook.  I got rid of my Dell laptop on Craig’s list and saved up money to buy my Macbook. One of the best things I’ve done in 2009. I have no clue on what I was doing at first, but took some great FREE classes at the Apple store.

My iPhone 3gs
iPhone

Angry Husband’s cellphone died in September.  He could not find any Verizon phones that he wanted.  He had been begging for an iPhone for months.  I really really really loved my Blackberry Curve. But since we have a shared cellphone plan, I agreed to switch.  I love all of the FEATURES that the iPhone has.  I’m not really sold on AT&T’s service though. Plus, it’s a lot harder to text message. But overall, the pro’s outweigh the con’s.

Rainbow Sandals

Rainbow Sandals
My BFF, Stacey, is an avid Rainbow Sandal wearer.  Really, these are the only shoes that Stacey wears. She hates shoes.  I’ve always been a Birkenstock girl. I’ve had Birkenstock’s since 8th grade.  My friend, Londie, bought me my first pair of Rainbow Sandals.  I’ve been an addict ever since then.  I have two pairs. I like the WestCape style. They are a bit wider. I usually buy the men’s style.

Oakley Vertical Computer Bag 3.0
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After buying my Macbook, I wanted the perfect bag to carry it around in.  I searched high and low for weeks. I wanted something durable, yet stylish.  I selected the Oakley Vertical Computer Bag 3.0. It comes in titanium and black. I have the titanium one. Angry Husband covets this bag. He borrowd it recently for a business trip, and he has raved ever since about this bag.

Chicago Metallic Mini Cheesecake Pan
Mini Cheesecake Pan

I recently purchased this pan to make these brownies. I’ve had cheesecake pans before, but I think they got lost in the pan graveyard.  I was amazed at how easy the brownies came out of this pan.  Angry Husband was just as impressed as I was.  I can see many more treats being made with this pan.  I don’t think I will ever make square brownies again.

Harvey’s Seatbeltbag in Convertible Style Tote-Forever Blue Jeans
Harvey's Seatbeltbag

I got this purse in the Spring. I use it all the time.  I like the fact the it’s big, but not huge. I can fit my wallet, my cellphone, keys, and many other things in it. I also am able to fit my DSLR camera (Nikon D60), when I need to. I don’t have to carry two bags anymore (camera bag and purse).  The strap adjust so you can wear it messenger style or you can make it smaller and put it on your shoulder.

Expedit Shelving Unit
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I was introduced to the Expedit Shelving Unit by my BFF, Stacey. She used these in her business.  I recently did a project in my hallway closet using this shelving unit.  We have begun a makeover on Angry Toddler room also.  I have this shelf turned sideways in his closet for toy storage.

Oakley iPhone Case V.2

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This was the first case, and probably only case I will get for my iphone. Yes, it is huge, and industrial looking.  But it’s also solid, and very easy to remove. It is made of rubber.   I’ve dropped my iPhone many many many times, and this case has protected it perfectly.

lululemon Flow Y Bra IV
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I’m a runner, I swear! I just haven’t had a ton of time lately to run, and to also post about it.  I haven’t done a race since the 4th of July. Ye gads, that’s a long time. But race season is coming up.  I purchased the lululemon Flow Y Bra IV earlier in the Spring. It is my official race sports bra. I love it.  It also has removable cups that you put inside it. Trust me, the cups make a difference.

Apple TV

AppleTv

Apple TV was actually Angry Husband’s Christmas gift last year from my mom.  I use it as much as he does.  After asking around, not that many people know about Apple TV.  It has really changed our life. I use it mostly for turning on my iTunes with our surround sound, and/or putting on movies for Angry Toddler.  Angry Toddler can visually see what movies we have on Apple TV, and tell me what he wants to watch.  I love Angry Toddler watching Apple Tv, because we don’t have to forward through all the commercials. I’m sure you’ve bought a DVD lately, and seen that code for “digital copy”. Well you can input the code into Apple TV. I promise to do an instruction vlog about Apple TV soon.

*If you have any questions about any of the things I posted, please let me know. Ask away!

18 comments
Marisa
Marisa

Yaaay! Lots of "iProds" on that list! I agree with all!

Kristen
Kristen

Please make sure to post about the Apple TV.. I've very interested and would love a moms view of it!

Bethany
Bethany

I'm glad to see the Mac on there! I have been a PC girl my entire life, but my sister got a Mac and absolutely loves it. I've used it a few times and am about 99% sure that my next computer will be a Mac laptop. :)

Serenityville
Serenityville

I'm looking to buy a laptop, and a lot of people have recommended their ibooks...but I'm on my dad's mac now and I really just don't like apples. I'm so used to windows the original way...and can't seem to switch. BUT...wondering if you can tell me more about why you like it so much?

Casey
Casey

Of course the Apple TV made the list! I tried on that Lululemon Flow Y sports bra a few weeks ago and loved it. I told Todd to get me one for Christmas.

laura (3wordTweets)
laura (3wordTweets)

ok, "great minds..." and all 1. I'm a mac girl, we're a mac family. I'll never stop trying to convert even unsuspecting strangers. 2. The seat belt purse. Love. I used to be a flight attendant so my mother in law thought that would be a fun gift for me a few years back. It was/is. I have it in red, love it. Teens compliment it, this makes me feel young (ish). 3. Rainbow sandals, it's those or my Converse, or Dansko clogs, but we live in Socal, so it's usually my Rainbows. 4. The Blackberry to the iphone. I definitely fall under the "crackberry" label. Love my blackberry, but long for an iphone but we're on Verizon. Miss @lolagoetz almost has me sold on the droid now though. 5. Apple TV: I finally get it now thanks to you Julie :o)! Now it's your fault that I want one.

Allyson
Allyson

Love the computer backpack. My husband has something similar made by Tumi. He loves it. So far it has lasted about 4 years...a lot longer than those rolling laptop bags.

La Jolla Mom
La Jolla Mom

I am a loyal Rainbow Sandals wearer. My dad went to high school or something with one of the owners. They are awesome, double wide mens here.

Stacey
Stacey

I *heart* my Rainbows and I don't know how life existed before the iPhone. I even like texting better now on the iPhone than I did on my Blackberry.

Rachel
Rachel

Love anything from LuLuLemon. I asked for the groove pants for Christmas! On that subject I also asked for rainbow flip flops for Christmas as well!

Aracely
Aracely

Julie I'm looking for another gift for hubby. i'm curious what exactly is Apple tv? He likes anything from apple so I'm assuming he might like this.

Judy Harper
Judy Harper

Over from SITS to say hello! When I first started using computers in eighties, Windows software was the accounting way to go and still is. But I tried a Mac in the 90's and swore I would never have one! I understand they have come a long way, but not for businesses. Besides, I hate change! lol

Jess
Jess

Those are some great buys of 2009. My list would be too short and WAY boring so I'll refrain from "copying" you. :)

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

My number one reason...I've never had to do the good ole' control+alt+delete restart. I really hate the hourglass from hell. I love how all of their programs interact with each other and things are seamless. As soon as I add photos, iphoto opens and wants to categorize them. Everything is searchable and EASY to find. It takes some time getting used to. I've had questions. Everytime, I don't know something, I just ask on Twitter, seriously. I also took a few of the free classes at the Apple Store. My husband didn't want to convert. He wasn't convinced. Guess who has a mini Mac now too.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

I love lululemon. I actually have a gift certificate for them right now, but there are too many things that I want.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

Aracely, It's like an iPod for your TV. You use your iTunes library. You can also rent/buy movies on there. It hooks up to the Internet. There is a TON of stuff you can do on it. Watch You Tube videos, movie trailers...I HIGHLY recommend!

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

I agree about the business factor. I use a PC at work still. I think my Macbook is perfect for my personal use though. I've had no issues with viruses, or things locking up like I did on my home PC.

shanna - My Favorite Everything
shanna - My Favorite Everything

Totally agree Julie! We are a bit of an Apple addict family (2 pp just retired from Apple last Christmas). We LOVE Apple TV for all the reasons you stated, and also because you can link to your iPhoto pictures. We can run music from Apple TV, while the screen saver is showing photos from our iPhoto library in a fun rain drop type slide show, GREAT way to see all your photos and GREAT conversation piece with friends over - plus it lets the Littles see family members that live out of town! Thanks for the great list!