Super Mom’s Favorite Things Volume 1

a few of my favorite things volume 1

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I have the attention span of a walnut. There I said it. I fall madly in love with things quickly and fall out of love just as quickly not because I discover I don’t love them anymore, but more so because I just get bored. I thought it would be fun to share what I’m currently loving for those of you that are looking for something new to read, watch, listen or try. I’m thinking about making this a regular monthly series. What do you think? Here is my first list of Super Mom’s favorite things.

Favorite Book

I’m so excited to have written those two words. I have struggled with finding the time to read for YEARS! It used to be something I did daily but after kids and work, I just got lazy and found it easier to watch tv. My kids LOVE reading and are constantly asking to go to the library so when I took them earlier this week, I picked up a book for myself. Turns out, if you take the television out of the bedroom, you have plenty of time to read before you go to sleep. PLUS, I get sleepy faster! Score!

I have a love for mystery or true crime stories, so I found an author named Sara Blaedel. She actually has a couple of series and now that I’m 20 chapters in on the first one, I can’t wait to read the others!

The Daughter by Sara Blaedel

The Daughter by Sara Blaedel is the first book in a series.

A daughter’s unexpected inheritance following her estranged father’s death plunges her into a web of crime and deceit in small-town Wisconsin in the latest emotionally taut novel from Sara Blaedel, a writer Karin Slaughter calls “a force to be reckoned with” and whose books have sold over 3 million copies worldwide.

School-portrait photographer Ilka Nichols Jensen is leading a modest, regimented, anything-but-extraordinary life in Copenhagen when unexpected news rocks her quiet existence: Her father–who walked out suddenly and inexplicably on the family more than three decades ago, and whom she hasn’t heard from since–has died. And, even more surprising, he’s left her something. His funeral home. In Racine, Wisconsin. Desperate for a connection to the parent she never really knew, Ilka makes an uncharacteristically rash decision and jumps on a plane to the United States.

There she stumbles on an unsolved murder and into the path of a killer. Suddenly, learning everything she can about the man who was her father becomes a matter of life and death–because what Ilka doesn’t know might just kill her . . .

“Crime-writer superstar Sara Blaedel’s great skill is in weaving a heartbreaking social history into an edge-of-your-chair thriller.” –Oprah.com

Favorite Movie

Although I’m dedicating at least an hour a night to reading, I love a good movie, like most people. After I was sure I had watched everything on Hulu, Netflix, HBO and Amazon Prime, I found this gem, Isn’t It Romantic, which I’ve actually watched twice already.

Isn't It Romantic staring Rebel Wilson

First of all, Rebel Wilson is my spirit animal. I mean, if we met, she’s probably be bored out of her mind because I would be totally starstruck, but I just love her. She’s so funny and real and my bestie in an alternate universe. This movie is for everyone that loves romantic comedies and how absolutely ridiculous they can be. It’s the perfect feel-good movie!

Isn’t It Romantic Staring Rebel Wilson

Natalie (Rebel Wilson) is an architect in New York City who isn’t being taken as seriously in her career as she would like. But after getting mugged in the subway and becoming unconscious she wakes to find a very different city, filled with romance, grand gestures, dancing and flowers. It doesn’t take long for Natalie to realize she is somehow living in what she hates the most – a romantic comedy.

Favorite Series

I’ve watched enough series to have a list of favorites. I’m a binger. I love the idea of being able to watch an entire season (or multiple seasons) at once, without having to wait for a new episode. So this is a tough one. I have a number of series that I absolutely LOVE. Choosing one was tough. But I think if I have to share just one with you guys, I’m going to share this one because it’s just great tv.

Dead to Me Netflix Series

Dead to Me Starring Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini

While there is currently only one season of Dead to Me, it’s worth the binge! I love a twisty-turny type show. Christina Applegate plays a hotheaded widow searching for the hit-and-run driver who mowed down her husband befriends an eccentric optimist who isn’t quite what she seems. They expect Season 2 to be out in 2020. I personally can’t wait!

Favorite Podcast

This one is a new one to me. I was forced to listen to my first podcast a few months ago and I’ve been hooked ever since. Just like books, give me all the true crime podcasts! Super Dad actually turned me onto To Live and Die in LA. I was hooked from the moment I started it. There is something about Neil Strauss’ voice, and the way he tells the story that pulls you in.

To Live and Die in LA Podcast cover

To Live and Die in LA hosted by NEIL STRAUSS

To Live and Die in LA takes a deep dive into the mysterious disappearance of 25-year-old Adea Shabani, an aspiring actress and model who vanished without a trace from her apartment complex near Hollywood’s famous Walk of Fame. Last seen in February of 2018, Shabani is a native of Macedonia. Like the thousands who flock to Los Angeles each year, she hoped to realize her Hollywood dream of stardom. What really happened to Adea? The full story has never been told.

Favorite New Find

And finally, let’s talk about something I am loving right now. After seeing Aileen (@brooklynnsmama1) talk about these cotton candy grapes on her Instagram stories, I had to try them. So we took a “quick” trip to Target (and by quick I mean 2 hours of shopping for a cart full of things we definitely did not need).

cotton candy grapes at trader joes or target

Cotton Candy Grapes

Believe it or not, they taste EXACTLY like cotton candy. The girls couldn’t believe it. Iyla ate one and then asked if that’s where cotton candy comes from. I thought that was cute. I can tell you that if the girls want cotton candy in the future, I’m totally running out and getting them these. You can find them at Target and Trader Joes. I’m sure they sell them elsewhere, but those are the two places I know for sure.

Well, that’s it. My current favorite things. What did you think? Is there another category you’d like me to add next month?

A new monthly series where I'll be sharing my current favorite things to read, watch, listen to and try! Here are my November favorites.

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  1. All of your favorite things sounds great. I’ll definitely check out the book since I’m looking for new ones to read. I saw the movie Isn’t It Romantic and it was hilarious, I’ve always loved watching Rebel Wilson.

  2. I am really looking forward to seeing Isn’t It Romantic. I’ve always been a fan of Rebel Wilson..looks like such a cute film!

  3. I haven’t heard of any of these things besides the cotton candy grapes. I’ve gotta say I had mixed feelings about the cotton candy grapes until I tried them. Yum!

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  4. I want to see Isn’t It Romantic and Dead to Me. They both look good. I will have to add them to my watch list.

  5. I would love to watch Isn’t It Romantic movie. Though, I am a huge fan of books and invest into them all the time.

  6. Same here! I get bored with things easily 😐 Thank you so much for sharing your favourite things! Now as you have mentioned that romantic comedy film here, I am definitely gonna watch this movie 😉 It Sounds great!

  7. I have never heard of cotton candy grapes, that’s interesting. The movie trailer for Romantic Comedy looks funny.

  8. Oh I love that movie too! It’s so funny and lovely! I’ve been watching a few series in Netflix too, a great way for me to destress.

  9. I have always wanted to try cotton candy grapes! It just seems like such a weird concept to think about. I’ve tried grapples (grape flavored apples) and those are great.

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  10. I am obsessed with podcasts! I started listening to them during our long, summer road trips. To Live and Die was great. I also recommend 22 Hours:An American Nightmare, Up and Vanished, Over My Dead Body Season 1, STown…there so many good ones!

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  11. Thanks for sharing with us the lists of your favorite things. I am so excited to watch that movie and I am so excited to try the cotton candy grapes.

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  12. I love Dead to Me! I binged it in a day. Now I am waiting for Season 2 to see what happens next. Christina Applegate is wonderful in this!

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  13. dead to me is such a good show. i binge watched it like nothing else. i can’t wait to watch season 2!

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  14. Im going to check out that book as I also love ”dead to me” and anything with rebel wilson in it. sounds like we have similar taste!

  15. Loving all your favourite things especially the Cotton Candy Grapes and Isn’t It Romantic Movie as I love everything about Rebel Wilson

  16. I love this! I have such a hard time picking a favorite anything lol I want to check out that movie ASAP though!

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  17. I love a great feel-good movie and there aren’t too many around these days. I’m going to have to check this one out! My teenage daughter tried the cotton candy grapes and said they were very sweet.

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      I don’t think they are any sweeter than regular grapes. They just have a cotton candy taste when you first bite into them.

  18. These all look great Heather! I’d love to check out that podcast and the cotton candy grapes sound fantastic!

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  19. Loving this post! Rebel Wilson is one of my favorite actresses so “Isn’t it romantic” is a favorite movie. These are all great ones.

  20. I just recently started making reading a priority since I was ashamed of how long it had been since the last time I read a book lol I’ll add that to my reading list. I also love Dead to me!! Can’t wait for the next season. And my husband hates cotton candy grapes LOL he says it’s too weird how they taste like cotton candy.

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      OMG really? I love that they taste like cotton candy but they’re actually fruit so I can eat them lol.

  21. I loved the isn’t it romantic film! Such a fun, upbeat and funny story. And the message is brilliant, one everyone needs to hear!

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  22. I agree with so many of these things! First, cotton candy grapes- where did they come from? They’re grapes on steroids! So delicious! I would LOVE this Rebel Wilson movie- I’m definitely going to check that out. Also, while I don’t live in LA, To Live and Die in LA the podcast sounds hilarious. I have so many on my list right now but I might add that in the future!

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      The podcast isn’t a funny one. It’s a true crime podcast. You should check it out if you’re into that sort of thing.

  23. Cotton candy grapes?? Awesome! Those are some awesome things that you enjoy. These are a few of my favorite things…reminds me of the Sound of Music. 🙂

  24. I’m a huge fan of cotton candy grapes too! I can’t find them often, but when I do, I buy a lot of them! Love the taste! I haven’t heard of Isn’t It Romantic but will check it out for sure as soon as I have some time for the TV.

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  25. I love this “favorites” theme. Isn’t it romantic is one of my favorite movies of all time. It’s so good, and I LOVE Rebel Wilson.

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