A Stocking Stuffed of Our Favorite Things

*Ladies! You make Christmas stockings all the more enjoyable! We have now closed comments and will post our 13 winners as soon as possible. (P.S. I’m out of the office today so this time you might have to be a bit more patient. Grin.) We love y’all. Happy Friday!

About 30 minutes ago I returned to my office laughing to myself after a birthday lunch for one of my co-workers. Lunches are a big deal around LPM in general, but throw a birthday lunch in there and you’ll never want to work anywhere ever again. Besides the food, the main event at any gathering is the words. Oh my, y’all, the words. We can easily toss around 20,000 words between 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM on any given day. It is both fun and overwhelming at times. Me, the sanguine, is actually fairly quiet, believe it or not.

I’m tickled though because, I don’t know if you’ve ever worked with 14 women, but we like to play copycat. For instance, one of us could fall in love with a certain moisturizer overnight and by the next week, we’re all using the same moisturizer and the same eyeliner. I guess you might say we trust each other’s opinions. Today was one of those days; except we talked extensively about television series we all need to watch. Riveting, you guys.

I’m sharing all of this with you because of what we’ve planned for today! It happens to fall along the lines of things we love and never shut up about.

Because today, we’re giving away our staff favorite things! The things we go on and on about and claim it’s the best things we ever discovered! We get a little partial and enthusiastic about our worldly goods every now and then. (Well, maybe a lot.)

(If you’ve ever seen an episode of Oprah’s Favorite Things back in the day, imagine that and then scale it down by 100. Unfortunately, we won’t be giving away any cars today, but who would turn down a few stocking stuffers?)

Admit it, we all love giveaways around here, but there’s something about giving away objects you love. Hence why sometimes we give away food or books. So, I surveyed the staff here at LPM and told them all to send me a favorite thing, something they either use or think about on a daily basis. After I collected the emails and studied them, I took myself shopping, and with much glee, I might add to purchase every item for you, our dear Siestas.

Today, TEN of you will win a stocking stuffed full of LPM’s very favorite things! Y’all, I’ll unashamedly admit that I want this stocking for myself. It is just so fun!

The beauty of this post is that it will double as an idea post for stocking stuffers you may be looking for yourself.

Without further ado, (in my best sing song voice) these are a few of our favorite things…

1. Bath and Body Works Fresh Balsam Fragrance Bulbs (plug in) from Diane
The best part about a plug-in is that once you’ve exhausted a certain smell, you can buy a new one, and they’re a lot cheaper than buying a new candle each time.

2. L’oreal Voluminous Mascara from KMac
Yes, we are serious about mascara around here. Well, most of us anyway. I’m looking forward to trying this myself.

3. Tazo Green Tea (with Lemongrass and Spearmint) from Kimberly
Have no fear, we are mainly coffee guzzlers around here, but some delicious hot tea is good for the soul.

4. Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer in Peony from Jennifer
If you’re looking for a chap stick with a little hint of color, this is your best friend.

5. Trader Joe’s Nourish All in One Facial Cleanser from Linda
If you don’t live near a Trader Joe’s, beg the Lord to show favor on your city to build one. It’s a treasure, to say the least. But, do not be anxious if you’re not near one, you can find a ton of stuff online. Thank you, Internet.

6. Trader Joes Kitchen Soap from Sabrina
Shall I repeat myself? Pray yourself a Trader Joe’s near you.

7. Daily Light Devotional by Anne Grahm Lotz from Nancy
I’ve yet to use this devotional, but all of my coworkers sing its praises. I’ll be purchasing my own asap. As our beloved teacher tells us all the time, it’s good to study under other authors and teachers. Be wise, but be free!

8. See’s Chocolate Covered Almond Clusters from Evangeline
Who would say no to See’s candy? I can’t help you if you do. Grin.

9. Philosophy Hands of Hope Hand and Cuticle Cream from Sherry
Philosophy has an entire line-up of wonderfully named products, from skin care to bubble bath. Purity, Amazing Grace, Miracle Worker. It’s all very fancy and nice, but is so worth every penny, if you’re into that kind of thing.

10. Essie Nail Polish from Lindsee
I think I may be repeating myself here, but for a girl who loves to paint her fingers and toes, I favor Essie polish. My current favorite winter color is, Ladylike. The name alone sold me.

11. Boot Socks from Beth
Just today Beth wore the cutest pair of boot socks you’ve ever seen. If I’d of had half a mind, I would have taken a picture for you. But for you who wear boots, this is the trend right now. Plus, they keep your legs and feet warm. Score!

And for a bonus, THREE grand prize winners will receive one:

12. Barefoot Contessa Cookbook from Susan
For a New York Time’s best seller, I have no doubt you might fall in love with your kitchen all over again.

Ladies, the fun is all yours now! Just make sure when you comment to leave your first and last name, as that will help us out when we announce the winners. Also in your comment, consider sharing your favorite thing with us. The more the merrier! We’ll leave the post up for at least 24 hours and post the winners this weekend. Okay, y’all, fire away!

Just a brief look at the winnings. (They’re not the prettiest giveaway pictures we’ve posted, but you get the idea. I had to spend more time shopping than photographing!)


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  1. 1
    Maria H. says:

    Merry Christmas to all the lovely ladies and their families at LPM!

  2. 2
    Tara G. says:

    Love this! I hosted a favorite things party this summer for my 40th birthday and it was so much fun! I love a good scarf for the winter and it’s a staple accessory for me! And I also love good European chocolate, preferable with hazelnuts.

    Tara Geelhood

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    Debbie Engel says:

    One of my favorite things this year is an Aladdin Mason Jar thermal mug that I use for unsweetened iced tea which we fresh brew every day 365 days a year.

  4. 4
    Susan says:

    They all sound amazing!

  5. 5
    Jasmine B says:

    Love that mascara as well!

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    Alice says:

    The cookbook sounds great!

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    Rebecca Crocker says:

    What a fun and festive giveaway! 🙂

    My favorite thing – Sharpie Fine Point Pens – the best!

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    Ann Drescher says:

    Ann Drescher, Ventura, CA.
    Merry Christmas! One of my favorite things: Lollia Hand Cream, any flavor. A treat to your dry winter hands. They have it at most Hallmarks.

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    Bethanne Ray says:

    Bethanne Ray!! Woo hoo!! What a fun idea!

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    Suzy says:

    All of your ideas sound wonderful…. I’m thinking about doing stockings for my 3 sisters this year for Christmas. Never know what to get them so thought a stocking of goodies would be just the thing. Thanks for the ideas.
    On a side note: My husband’s biopsy came back negative, praising my Lord and Savior right now. I don’t need anything else for Christmas.

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    Amy Richardson says:

    Amy Richardson. Sugar lip gloss, rose color, by Fresh. Hint of color and won’t dry out the lips!

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    ginger cornelius says:

    Ginger Cornelius, your favorite things list looks wonderful. I would add Lipton flavored tea packets. They are sweetened with honey and delicious over ice – even in the winter.

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    Carole Hunt says:

    Carole Hunt, Des Moines, Iowa. One of my new favorite things is the new scent at Bath and BodyWorks White Citrus…it is very clean and fresh smelling. Love it. Have it in bubble bath, bath gel and lotion!

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    Ingle Lewter says:

    Ooolala – these sound wonderful. My favorite things are a good Christmas smelling candle, Lindt chocolates and a great book or a pretty yarn to knit a scarf.

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    Myrna Robbins says:

    Sounds like you have covered it all, food for our outer body,food for our soul and food for our chocolate cravings. Wnderful idea. Thanks LPM

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    Joyce Davidson says:

    Joyce Davidson. I love, love, love Scentsy candles! Bought a few candles/warmers for presents this year! Merry Christmas LPM staff! Much love to you all. Your ministry is one of my favorite things!!!

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    Roseanne Burdick says:

    Merry Christmas!!
    I enjoy giveaways, thank you.
    One of my favorite things are Aloe socks. They are super soft and have aloe moisture in them. They pamper your tired feet awesome.
    Thank you, Rosie

  18. 18
    Teri says:

    Oh yes please!!

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    Kim L. says:


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    Sandra Rountree says:

    Sandra Rountree
    My current favorite thing is Beeswax hand and nail salve from Savannah Bee Company. When my hands are dry and rough, I apply this wonderful, lubricating salve and in a while my hands are soft and smooth. I know I sound like a commercial but I have really enjoyed this.

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    Natalie says:

    One of my favorite things is this blog!

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    Pat Duff says:

    I would love, love, love to win this stocking. ONe of my favorite things right now is the Target dishwashing soap in the pump bottle that you can keep on your countertop and just squirt as needed.

    Thank you Living Proof and Staff for all that you do.

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    Janice Hostetler says:

    Rosebud Salve Lip Balm is the best for winter dryness here in Iowa.

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    Christy Miller says:

    What a fun giveaway.

    My current favorite thing is Josie Maran’s Argan Oil Body Butter. It’s thick, creamy and luscious but light as well.

  25. 25
    Ginnie Fountain says:

    Ginnie Fountain
    A few of my favorite things:
    Tervis Tumbler
    Essie Nail Polish: Downtown Brown
    EOS Lip Balm

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    jackie carson says:

    Jackie Carson – Iowa. My favorite thing for the love of all things is coconut oil! I use it for all my beauty needs. Happy Holidays!

  27. 27
    Kelly Fore says:

    Woohoo for a giveaway! These are a few of my favorite things: dark chocolate, coffee, protein bars, people (especially children) and my Jesus 🙂 Love ~ Kelly Fore

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    Katie Curry says:

    What a fun idea!

    I love getting fuzzy socks in my stocking. There is nothing better after a day on your feet than a pair of fuzzy socks!

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    Christina says:

    Bless you guys! You all are the best!!

    I love to knit so yarn yarn yarn and needles are my favorites things! Hiya Hiya needles and having just come back from a knitting retreat I’m in love with Unique Sheep Gradiance Yarn any weight any type!

    Blessings to your day! Christina Vail – Edgewood, KY

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    Bethany Geib says:

    Chapstick would have to be my favorite thing! I keep them everywhere – work desk, purse, silverware drawer, and bathroom drawer.

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    Selena says:

    Selena Cumbie

    One of my favorite things is Bare Minerals Mineral Veil. I love this stuff! Well, Bare Minerals makeup in general. But I also love the Burt’s Bee’s Lip Shimmer- it’s my favorite lipstick. 🙂

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    Nancy Davis says:

    ‘Tis the season of giving, indeed! I love Mary Kay Satin Hands Pampering Set. If I buy one for someone else, I always have to buy one for myself too.

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    Amanda says:

    Such a fun giveaway! Some of my favorite things: Vanilla Bean Noel lotion from Bath and Body works, chocolate covered peanuts (yum!), and regular cherry flavored chapstick! -Amanda Ungleich

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    Christie Koenig says:

    Slipper Socks….any kind! 🙂

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    Katie Peters says:

    I’m going to have to add a little more Trader Joe’s love by mentioning their dark chocolate covered peppermint Joe-Joe’s. You have never in your life eaten a better store-bought cookie. I die.

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    Michele says:

    Michele Lenhart

    I would say one of my favorite things is the lip balm, Sugar. I got a little sample of two (clear and a rose tint) for my birthday a couple of years ago and it is the best I have EVER used. Smells nice, great for people who are sensitive (skin, that is :0) and it has a bit of SPF in it. GREAT stocking stuffer! :0)

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    Christie Leveille says:

    Christie Leveille
    Favorite things: Philosophy’s Hope in a Jar moisturizer and Purity face wash. This is some seriously good stuff ya’ll. I love pretty much all things Philosophy. Their Amazing Grace perfume is great too.

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    Kathy Fraley says:

    I love Oil of Olay Regenerist and plan to put a jar in every female’s stocking in my family!
    I would love to win one of your stockings!

  39. 39

    Giveaways are so my fun. My favorite thing? Harry & David Dark Chocolate Truffles! 🙂 Merry Christmas to you all!

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    Jessica Coffey says:

    My favorite thing right now is the book Humans of New York — a great coffee table book that is raw, inspiring, honest, and makes you remember that we are all human.

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    Meghan Lilley says:

    Meghan Lilley, Boston, MA

    I also love L’oreal Voluminous mascara…the best!!

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    Stephanie Volkmer says:

    Stephanie Volkmer, my favorite thing? It’s hard to limit it to one but I would have to say my Camelback water bottle. It has a handle, a filter and the top tucks down so that you don’t have someone touching where your mouth is. I love it! 🙂 I also love giveaways, and since there’s not a Trader Joes near me, I’m hoping for the stocking stuffer! 🙂

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    Candace says:

    Ooh love posts like these!! 🙂 would love to win!! My favorites right now: Burt’s Bees lip gloss, Mulled Cider candle from Walmart of all places! 🙂

    Candace Crabtree, East TN

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    Jennifer says:

    I love Tressemmee Freshstart Dry Shampoo.

    Jennifer Bridges

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    Monica, NY says:

    Monica Ciampa

    Speaking of Trader Joe’s, My favorite thing right now is their croutons(either the Parmesan or Garlic)..yum,yum yum. I even eat them w/out the salad. Ha.

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    Joy Bergquist says:

    What an awesome gift! My favorite thing right now is any kind if scarf!

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    Pam Houston says:

    What a fun post! I’ll share my all time best secret to helping revive my complexion…it’s Mary Kay’s Timewise 2 step microdermabrasion system, designed to refine and replenish. The key is exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate…and then nourish. I’m doing my level best to avoid a facelift and that’s no small order at 66 years old! TO GOD BE the GLORY!
    Love and hugs to all my siestas at Living Proof…and a blessed Christmas season, knowing our Emmanuel is the reason!

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    Jenny H says:

    Fun, love favorite things!
    Jenny Holtz

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    dianne says:

    Merry Christmas.
    Love hearing about your favorite things. Planning to check a few of them out for myself.

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    Sharon Meekins says:

    Some of my favorite things are biolage shampoo/conditioner, Redken guts 10 volume spray foam, and candles! Sharon Meekins