December 2016 Favorites

I went back and forth for awhile between whether I should simply make a monthly favorites post as usual, or whether I should do a cumulative favorites of the year post. I decided that it would likely be more interesting if I were to do a monthly favorites, rather than talking about things I've already mentioned here, so December favorites is what you get!

While its no shock that I'm a huge TV junkie, it might not be known, how much I love MSNBC.  It is a fair bet that the channel is on at least in one room of our house, at any given time. With that being said, I do have some favorites in particular. With those being: Chris Hayes, Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O'Donnell, and Joy Reid. Rachel Maddow is really where it all started for me, and awhile ago, I was just randomly browsing the (very) limited MSNBC merch available on the NBC store, and I happened to see that the Rachel Maddow hoodie I had thought about getting months before, was now on sale....for 90% off! You better believe that I snatched one up right away! I am so happy I did because not only do I now have a very nerdy hoodie, but it's American Apparel and super soft and comfy! I wish I could say there were more available, but unfortunately, hoodies go rather quickly at $5 bucks a pop! It's a holiday miracle that I even got one!

Continuing on with the nerdy theme, I've also been loving the Sim City Build It app. I've been trying to fall back in love with my iPad over the past month because there was a long time where I did nothing but charge it. I thought I would like it for school, but I didn't find it useful for my particular needs. I find that the browser or the device itself is incredibly, frustratingly slow. I don't know why, and its been like that since the beginning, but its meant that I'd rather look something up on my phone or just use my computer. So earlier this month, I decided to wipe my iPad clean and start over. I downloaded a bunch of games, thinking that it would make me enjoy using the device again, and one game in particular, certainly has. I'm a huge fan of Sim City, and open-ended games where you can manipulate and create your own world (like the Sims in general), and this particular app is right up my alley. It's pretty clear what you do in this game - you build your own city. Sometimes game apps can be fun for a few levels, and then any further progression requires you to make in-app purchases, but that's not the case with this one. While you can make in-app purchases, it is also incredibly possible to play without doing so. It's a game which involves some strategy, but is relaxed at the same time. I find that playing games like this sometimes helps with my anxiety, and it's also nice to have a game to play in bed when I can't sleep, or am not feeling well, so it's a definite winner!

Now onto an entirely different subject and a very random favorite: Jason Sea Fresh Toothpaste! This toothpaste is freakin' awesome. Yes, I said awesome. I came across it initially because I was looking for a fluoride free toothpaste and this one sounded intriguing when I was browsing the VitaCost website. It fits all my wants....a minty toothpaste that doesn't bug my sensitive teeth, while also providing some anti-plaque protection and whitening. This stuff is great. It isn't too strong and it feels like its actually doing its job. When its gone, it will definitely be a repurchase!

When it comes to reading, my favorite book this month was easily, Hannah Hart's Buffering. I wrote a review of the book earlier this month, which you can read here. It's a great read, even if you know little to nothing about Hannah and don't follow her (if that's the case... you really need to change that!).

Last but not least, my final favorite for the month was the Master Class Christmas Episodes from The Great British Baking Show on PBS. I only watched a few so far but I really enjoyed them. I watched them with my mom and sister over the holiday and the only complaint that I have is that they made me want to go and make all sorts of fancy treats. They're a great way to learn about baking things you have never eaten before, or tried making, or even heard of. Christmas might have past, but I still suggest checking these episodes out!

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