Top 3-Favorite Products of 2016

I’m still a bit shocked 2017 is already here!  But ready or not, here we go!  The kiddos are back to school today and our two weeks of vacation are officially over.  

One of my favorite things to do on the blog is share some of my favorite products.  I love getting e-mails saying you tried them and loved them too.  On the flip side, I love getting e-mails from you telling me about products I have to try ASAP!  It makes this whole blogging thing more like a community of girlfriends.  And you guys know I love my girlfriends.  πŸ™‚

I thought it’d be fun to share my Favorite Products from 2016.  I thought back over the year and three things instantly came to mind.  Is it weird that super quickly three things came to mind?  I should add these products are all just that…products.  As hard as it was for me to not add a jacket, pair of jeans, or some great shoes to the list, I want you to know I completely refrained.  And they all happen to be under $25! πŸ™‚

My mom told me about this product (thank you, Mom!) because she knows I like all our ground meat-really chopped up.  Do you guys know what I’m talking about?  Sometimes if you’re not careful you get big chunks of meat.  Not my favorite.  Anyway, I headed to Williams Sonoma right after our conversation and grabbed this $11 meat chopper.  It makes browning any ground meat SO MUCH EASIER!  Enough that I remembered this from almost a year ago when this blog topic came to mind!

I remember asking for a vacuum cleaner for Christmas when I was in college and thinking that I’d officially hit adulthood when that’s the gift I really want.  Well, I feel like I’m there again…favorite product a ground meat chopper!  hahaha!

I shared this product more recently, so some of you might have tried it.  This Puff Me is a “volumizing cloud mist”.  Amazon also says it’s a “spray powder maximizer”.  I would never use this product on day one hair.  (I like to keep the day one hair really clean.) When you spray it, you can really feel the product in your hair.  It’s that product that gives you the extra volume.  I have been rocking this on days two through four though.  So far for me, I’ve found it washes out super well.

At kindergarten splash day earlier this year another mom had this Seawag phone cover over her phone.  Someone asked about it and we all were immediately intrigued.  Keep in mind every other mom’s cell phone was in the building to keep it from getting wet and ruined.  I ordered this instantly for our trip to Mexico and it worked like a CHARM!  We spent one entire day at a natural waterpark with Tab’s phone in this case in his swim suit zipped pocket.  Tab and I have different IPhones but it fit both of them well.  You can use the phone while it’s in the case so you can take pictures or videos under water.  My kids thought this feature was a lot of fun.  If you’re headed to the beach this summer, I’d highly recommend this phone cover!
*Although I’m not adding these booties to this list, I want to make sure you saw these cute Jessica Simpson booties are 45% off!!  GREAT deal!  I got them at the end of summer and have been wearing them all the time!

What would you add to your favorite products list?  I LOVE trying new products for the kitchen, beauty, or anything in between and would love to try it!  Have a great day, friends!

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  1. 1.3.17
    Unknown said:

    I would love to try the meat chopper. Little things like this can make your life so much easier!

    • 1.3.17
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Isn't that funny? But so true!!

    • 1.3.17 said:

      I have the pampered chef one that looks similar. . Life changing lol

  2. 1.3.17
    Mix and Match Mama said:

    I am totally ordering that Seawag cover!!! I need it!

    • 1.3.17
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Yes, you do!!

  3. 1.3.17
    Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said:

    Yeah, I need that meat chopper in a big way! And people need your fringe booties! What a great deal!

    • 1.3.17
      Erika Slaughter said:

      I should have given that to your for your birthday!!

  4. 1.3.17
    KB said:

    Going on a cruise and that seawag cover would be great! Thank you for the recommendation!

    • 1.3.17
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Absolutely, it'd be perfect for a cruise.

  5. 1.3.17
    Anonymous said:

    Buying that cover stat: we need it for the beach! So fun!

  6. 1.3.17
    Erika Slaughter said:

    Narci…Yes, you do!!

  7. 1.3.17
    Kimm said:

    Ok that meat chopper….I'm getting that today because I know exactly what you mean about not getting it all ground up! And I need to check out that phone case..,that's awesome. Have a great week

    • 1.3.17
      Erika Slaughter said:

      You live in Florida! You need that phone case. πŸ™‚

  8. 1.3.17
    Megan @ Letting In The Light Blog said:

    I have been telling everyone in my life about the ground meat chopper for years! Maybe that's weird??? But I love it.
    We have several of those phone covers and they are great for the pool. Great recommendations!

    • 1.3.17
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Not weird at all. πŸ™‚

  9. 1.3.17
    My Glittery Heart said:

    I have a meat chopper and love it! I thought it was such a weird tool, but it works GREAT! Mine is from Pampered Chef!! πŸ™‚

    I am getting that case ASAP!

    • 1.3.17
      Erika Slaughter said:

      I think my mom's is Pampered Chef too. It makes dinner time easier!

  10. 1.3.17 said:

    I have a layered bob and I found my holy grail of products too.
    Living proof amp .. it's like a cream you rub into your hands until is transparent then tip your head up and run it through. . Soo much volume. . Then I go in wirh redden wax blast .. ooh I'm so glad I found he these products lol

    • 1.3.17
      Erika Slaughter said:

      I need to check it out! Will it work with long hair?

    • 1.3.17 said:

      Oh for sure. Now my friend tried it she has a one length bob and didn't love it. But if you have layers 😍😍

    • 1.3.17 said:

      P's. .that was redken wax blast lol

  11. 1.3.17
    Elaine Welte said:

    Thanks for sharing the phone cover again! I want to make sure to get one for our cruise!

    • 1.3.17
      Erika Slaughter said:

      You're gonna love it for the cruise. You can take all the pictures and not worry about it ruining anything.

  12. 1.3.17
    Christy said:

    I am headed out to buy the meat chopper and the Seawag cover! I LOVE our meat chopped very well too and well, we go to the beach and pool a lot, this cover would be perfect. Thank you for sharing! πŸ™‚

    • 1.3.17
      Erika Slaughter said:

      You're so welcome. πŸ™‚ Let me know what you think.

  13. 1.3.17
    gillyhappy1 said:

    I have 2/3 things you recommended. Good choices! Here's my latest favorite product~ a 10 ft iPhone charger. I bought every one in my family one for Christmas. I got white but I see it's sold out now. There are other brands but this is the one I got.

    [Apple MFI Certified] 10ft Lightning Cable, iPhone Charger, Most Toughest and Durable 8pin Charging Cord Made for iPhone, iPad, and iPod (Black)

    • 1.3.17
      Erika Slaughter said:

      I can understand why this is a favorite. From my bed I can't reach my phone if it's plugged in! I need this!

    • 1.3.17
      Unknown said:

      I have the that charger as well- Life changing! Haha you definitely need it! And I NEED that phone case asap!

  14. 1.3.17
    McFarland Family said:

    I think the seawag might be going into my Amazon soon!!! That is perfect for days at the water park and beach….I need summer to hurry and get here😩

    • 1.3.17
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Yes, it is! I'm wishing for two big snow days and then summer can come. πŸ™‚

  15. 1.3.17
    Laci said:

    I have that meat chopper from Pampered Chef and let me tell you….it is life changing!!!! Puff Me is on it's way to me, I ran across it on facebook a couple months ago and now I am not only addicted to Puff Me, I am also addicted to Younique Make-Up. Social Media is not friendly to my wallet. That cell phone bag is a must!!

    • 1.3.17
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Hahaha!! I understand completely!

  16. 1.3.17
    Jenny said:

    Thanks! That phone case is a great idea! πŸ™‚

  17. 1.3.17
    Unknown said:

    I'm dying right now! Over Christmas break, my hubby informed me that his BIGGEST pet peeve is hearing me chop the ground beef when I'm frying it. (I might go crazy with the chopping because it must be really, really finely chopped. Absolutely no big chunks!) πŸ˜‰ I'm ordering that chopper! I think he'll appreciate it even more than I will!! Thanks for sharing!

  18. 1.3.17
    Bfg78 said:

    I must be the only one who likes big chunks of ground beef! Ha! I can't stand it tiny like at Taco Bell gross! Haha

  19. 1.3.17
    Olivia at Joyfully Prudent said:

    These are great gift ideas too! I like my meat super ground up too πŸ™‚ And I asked for a vacuum cleaner this year for Christmas #loser #butiloveit I'll have to look into that phone water case.

  20. 1.3.17
    Bamawhitney said:

    Just bought that case for our summer trip to Costa Rica!! thanks so much for the post!

  21. 1.3.17
    Unknown said:

    Do you have a favorite dry shampoo?

  22. 1.3.17
    Lacy Byrd said:

    Love the meat chopper!!

  23. 1.3.17
    Megan said:

    That phone case is soooo cool!!!!

  24. 1.4.17
    Unknown said:

    Great idea on the phone case! Our life changing kitchen tool is the pancake batter dispenser from Williams Sonoma. You could also use it for squirting cupcake and muffin batter into muffin tins ….I hate batter messes! Hopefully this link works:

  25. 1.4.17
    Tracy said:

    Meat choppers are the best! I've had the one from Pampered Chef for years.

    Am I the only one that's amazed that you can go that many days without washing your hair? I'd be a greasy mess!

  26. 1.5.17
    Terra Heck said:

    I own a ground meat chopper too. Mine was purchased a few years ago from Pampered Chef. We us it all the time on our meat. Love how it works!

  27. 1.6.17
    Diana said:

    Made a special trip to the mall today after work. Passed through Nordstrom but didn't buy a thing because I was on a MISSION to buy that meat chopper…ha! It was 20% off too! Cannot wait to use it, I'm so excited!! Thank you Erika!

  28. 1.6.17
    tickledpink said:

    Gossip Girl is like Gilmore Girls- I can watch it over and over and never get tired of it. It's fun to see so many of the places where they filmed Gossip Girl in NYC. The Lotte New York Place Hotel is the Palace where Serena, the Van der Woodsens and home to Chuck lived. They use to have a Gossip Girl tour but not sure if they still do in NYC. I love all the clothes Serena and Blair wear in the show.