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Ginia’s favorite things

You know that little, barely known talk show named after the world’s super-mega-icon-celebrity Oprah?

While I don’t frequently watch the show (I have a hard time stomaching the star for a whole hour), I am familiar with her annual “Oprah’s Favorite Things” show.

During this Christmas episode, all audience members in attendance leave with a bundle of Oprah’s favorite things for that year. And I mean the loot they leave with is AMAZING! An eBay seller’s dream score.

So in light of the fact that Oprah is retiring from her show and I will never have an opportunity to be in THAT particular audience, I’ve decided to compile a list of my own favorite things.

Now I don’t get the kick-backs that I’m sure Oprah doesn’t receive either, and my list is rather unexotic and, for the most part, inexpensive and unfashionably available and common, but I’m going to write on anyhow.

This list will be made up of things. There will be no personal heroes or favorite people and no “fall is my favorite.” Just boring things.

So without further delay, I now present you with “Ginia’s Favorite Things 2010”:

(In no particular order)

1. Pepsi. Without the burn of this caramelized “water,” I would surely become a headache-ridden, zombified grouch. (Please, no snickers from the crowd.)

2. Netflix. I love, love, love this online movie rental service. For a monthly fee, your family can enjoy several movies every month delivered straight to your mailbox or live to your T.V. Literally, this service has any movie you can imagine. Literally.

3. Gum. I was THAT kid who always had a wad of the chewy substance smacking around in my trap. Still love the stuff. I carry several different varieties in my purse. I long to be known as the “gum aunt.” And I am proud to announce my reputation is spreading. You should see the crowds I attract at church!

4. Tide and Magic Erasers. I know you are in shock because this former laundry detergent maker is now a buyer of one of the most expensive detergents out there. But, believe me, the orange bottle is worth it. I was skeptical, but it convinced me.

Another cleaning miracle is Magic Erasers, otherwise known as God’s gifts to housewives. Whatever that little sponge is made of can do wonders, making the thickest ring on the dirtiest tub come off with little to no elbow grease. It can take crayon off anything and can do a gazillion more cleaning chores like a champ.

5. This little website gives you day-by-day assignments to read the Bible in one year. God convicted me to do this after thinking back on all the books I’ve read from cover to cover. I, unfortunately, realized the Bible — the most important book on my shelf — had never been read as thoroughly.

6. This site gives cooks a chance to browse more online recipes than you can imagine. What I like is all the reviews and suggestions. Excluding your own kitchen inadequacies, it’s almost a sure-fire way to make a hit dinner dish.

7. Dyson vacuum. We recently purchased one of these awfully expensive vacuums after our only-2-year-old model quit doing it’s one and only job: sucking! I will tell you, that this purchase has revolutionized my world. Seriously. I loved to vacuum before. But now I REALLY love to vacuum. Worth the money.

8. Coolpix camera. This memory maker has been nothing but a joy to me. Available in all the colors of the rainbow, the cameras are as small as a cell phone and take amazing, quality photos.

That’s really it. My favorite things reflect what’s most important in my life: God, husband, kids, family, home.

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My name is Ginia Oehlschlager and I'm a small-town gal from Missouri. Join me as I document my crazy life on the farm with my husband and four kids. I'm always looking for frugal, simple ways to live the life God set before me. Where faith, family and fun come together on the farm.

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