Ms. Simple Economist’s Favorite Things

Hi SE readers! I’m excited I get to write another guest post. Mr. SE shared his favorite things a few months ago and asked me to do the same. So, here is a list of some items that bring joy to my life. I believe these are things that I will always enjoy no matter what stage of life I am in, and I think you may enjoy them too.

pbFreshly Ground Peanut Butter
I love peanut butter and always have. I’m one of those people who can just eat it by the spoonful. I used to get the processed stuff, but then I decided it might be better to get something with less added sugar if I am going to be eating it everyday. I used to buy it from the market already ground, but now I make it conveniently at home anytime I have the urge. Just put some unsalted, dry-roasted peanuts in the food processor, give it a little wiz, and there you go. Awesome, delicious peanut butter ready to eat! You can do this with any other nuts as well, but peanuts seem to work best.

nikeNike Tempo Shorts
Probably any girl from the age of 12-35 will tell you these shorts are amazing. Not only trendy, they are great for working out, going to class, running errands, or lounging around the house. They come in any color you can imagine whether you want neon, your school colors, or to go with that favorite t-shirt. And they have built-in underwear and elastic band for the perfect fit!

bcgBCG Spandex Pants
These are definitely in the top 3 of my favorite clothing items. If you talk to anyone I know they will probably tell you I wear these more than I should. I have three pairs of black spandex, 1 long pair and 2 mid-calf length. I could wear these everyday, wait…I think I do (haha). They are so comfortable, go great with a big t-shirt, perfect for working out, and look classier than sweatpants.

chiChi Hair Straighter
I have naturally wavy hair, and I enjoy wearing it like that every once and awhile, but sometimes a girls gotta have straight hair. My favorite straighter by far is the Chi. It’s one of the most expensive brands out there but it’s one of the best. It doesn’t fry your hair, you can get it from a ½ in all the way up to 2in thick wand, and it heats up fast. These things last forever too. I got one in high school and had it until my second year of college. The only reason I had to get a new one was because I brought it overseas and didn’t have the correct electrical adapter, oops! I have tried others since then, but nothing compares.

asicsAsics Kayano Shoes
I love to run. My favorite distances are 5Ks or 10Ks, but I have done a few half-marathons as well. Running makes me feel refreshed, energized, and gets those awesome endorphins flowing so I feel great all day. When I started running I unfortunately got shin splints and quickly discovered that my shoes were causing the problem. I got some Asics and the shin splints went away. I have loved these shoes ever since! I have tried many different versions of Asics and they are all great for running; however I really like the gel kayanos. I don’t think I will ever wear another running shoe.

nalNalgene Bottles (16oz)
Most of us probably know and understand the awesomeness of these bottles. I received a set of three for my birthday one year and I have used them everyday since then. They are heavy duty, dishwasher safe, easy to carry, and don’t spill/leak. These bottles are great to carry when being active such as biking or walking or taking them to the gym. Also, I throw these in my purse when I leave the house and I don’t have to worry about it leaking everywhere. I’m a little clumsy and I tend to drop these frequently too, but they continue to impress me with their durability because they haven’t cracked or gotten scratched yet.

braChampion Sports Bras
Target is my favorite store. I can spend hours in there. It has everything you could possibly need and who can resist that $1 section in the front?! When it comes to clothes, I think Target has some really cute stuff for a decent price. One day when I was browsing through the ladies’ sports-wear section, I found these  sports bras. They under $20 and worth every penny. They fit great and come in some fun colors (purple, pink, yellow, green, blue, neons etc.). They are very absorbent which is great for a good workout and they do an awesome job of “holding everything up” if you know what I mean.

pf2Physicians Formula Bronzer
I have fair skin most months out of the year, so I need some help getting that sun-kissed look we all love. Since I can’t be sun-bathing or laying in the tanning bed everyday (lets all be honest, these aren’t good for our skin), I go for some bronzer. My favorite? Physician’s Formula Bronzer for medium skin tones. It has a matte finish with a touch of shimmer and it utilizes a bunch of different shades of browns and pinks so you get a more natural glow. It is on the pricier side, but well worth it. It even comes with its own little brush for on-the-go application. A little touch of this stuff on your cheeks, forehead, and jaw-line looks, oh-so fabulous!

masMaybelline Great Lashes Mascara
There are so many kinds of mascaras out there with so many different claims: long lashes, extra long lashes, triple long lashes, volumizing, waterproof, brown, black, blackest-black; it can be overwhelming making a decision! I tend to go with a brand and style that has been around for a long time. It’s Maybelene Great Lash mascara in black. Simple, yet it does it’s job. You will recognize it by it’s packaging: green top and pink tube and it’s one of the most affordable options. I think getting the length and look you want is all about how you apply it.

terTervis Cups and Tumblers
I would always see people with these cups, but never understood what the big deal was. I never thought they were particularly cute or would compliment my dishes at home very well. My mind changed when I got one for my birthday last year and got a taste of how awesome they are. These cups keep your beverage of choice super cold or hot (which is perfect for me because I love ice-cold water or really hot coffee), it is made of supernatural plastic that doesn’t break or chip, it’s dishwasher safe, and it can come with its own lid (which you can get in any color you desire!). Plus, it doesn’t leave that awful sweat ring on your nice furniture!

tjTrader Joe’s Sea Salt and Turbinado Sugar Dark Chocolate Almonds
Okay, these things are addicting!! I never knew they existed until I discovered them at my in-law’s house. Talk about yummy goodness! It’s the perfect combination of salty and sweet with the nutty crunch from the almonds..mmmm. I wish I had one right now. Once you start you can’t stop. They are also best in the freezer. Yes, I said it, in the freezer. Trust me, they are delicious!

jjJittery Joes Coffee 
There’s nothing like a delicious cup of coffee to start the day. I’m one of those that has to have their caffeine in the morning before any productivity starts. When it comes to getting my cup of joe, my go-to place is Jittery Joe’s. I tend to enjoy most of their roasts, but my favorites are any of the pea-berry blends. I usually go with the Tanzanian Peaberry, but all of their coffee is great!

My Favorite Books
Calm My Anxious Heart – Linda Dillow
Crazy Love – Francis Chan
Kisses From Katie – Katie Davis
Creative Counterpart – Linda Dillow
The 5 Love Languages – Gary Chapman

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