This will probably be the one and only time I do this, since I tend to not be very brand loyal...I'm always positive that there is something better out there, but here are a few things that I've decided are worth sticking with. (And if you would please hum the tune to "These are a few of my favorite things" from the Sound of Music, that would be great. ;)
Playmobil: These are seriously the coolest toys ever. My husband grew up playing with them, and I've been completely hooked since Sam got his first set. They do have tons of tiny pieces (which is part of the fun), so they're not for very young kids, but even Annaleigh loves these. I also think they're one of the few toys that grow with kids, meaning Sam will still be playing with his for years. (Btw, Toys R Us is the only physical store that I know of that sales them.)They have everything, so they're perfect for girls or boys. If you don't believe me you can look here: http://playmobil-toys.net/
Melissa and Doug Magnetic Dolls:
Like paper dolls without the tears and cutting out!
Alex Bath Stickers:
I bought these over a year ago for $12 at Target. At 1.5 years Annaleigh liked sticking them to the tub walls, and Sam, now 5, likes making awesome cities. The bag they come in is super convinient for storage.
FOOD & DRINK:
Maxwell House International Cafe Hazelnut Iced Latte: I love iced coffee...it's probably my biggest food related weakness. I'm still working on finding a good homemade version that I love, but for now this is my favorite ice coffee mix. I've probably tried every brand and every flavor, and now, this is the only one I'll buy. They run around $2.70 for a box of six, so it's not totally economical, but it's cheaper than buying at Starbucks or even McDonalds.
Blue Bunny Chocolate Lovers Triple Chocolate Cake: I'm going to go ahead and assume that the name says it all. ;)
Simply Asia Ginger Teryaki Stir-Fry Sauce: With chicken and over white rice, this is almost as good as eating out.
Presto Poplight Hot Air Popper: I'm a popcorn fanatic. This costs about $20, and is cheaper in the long run than buying bagged popcorn, plus it doesn't use butter or oil to cook the popcorn. If I'm calorie counting, I spritz it with a little butter flavored Pan and sprinkle with popcorn salt, otherwise they also movie theater oil that's really tasty.
Haha, well, I had a few other things, but this is taking forever, so I'm going to be lazy and call it quits for today!