My Favourite Things Tag

Sometimes, I get stuck for a post. I’m umming and ahhing over a few different ideas, I might have some things sketched out but nothing concrete, but I’ve still got the itch to get something out there.

It’s quite fun to turn to a challenge when this happens, but often they can be quite time-consuming (#30daybloggingchallenge anyone?!) so I thought I would come up with a nice easy flexible one!

Presenting (drumroll please) the “Five of my Favourite Things” challenge. The idea is simple really:

  • Choose 5 of your favourite things – either from a room, or your house. You could choose books, or films even – anything! Then take a picture of each thing, and talk about why you love it.
  • Nominate some of your favourite bloggers
  • Add the badge so they know where to come and get it too and don’t forget to tag me @themumzilla so I can share your posts (and have a nosy, I love seeing pretty things!)

I’m tagging:

Bridie from Bridie By The Sea – I’m expecting some nautical niceness Brid!

Sam from Mouse, Moo & Me Too who promises me she has some new goodies to write about.

Katie from Mummy In A Tutu – thanks Katie for volunteering πŸ™‚


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I’ve chosen the kitchen as the place to start my new challenge (I may do other rooms later!)

This is my stacking utensils set from Joseph Joseph. I bloody love their stuff (I have to save up if I want something mind, it is quite pricey) They have a really good range in John Lewis and I’ve got my eye on their chopping boards next! I love this because it’s colourful, clever and useful. I use them every day and they make me smile. Perky utensils!

stacking Joseph Joseph utensils

This is my fold up cooking book rest (currently displaying a delicious slimming world recipe!) I love it. Possibly also from Joseph Joseph, I can’t remember. But it folds up like a book when you aren’t using it, so you can store it with your books rather than having it out on the side looking unloved. Again, something clever and useful *swoon*.

fold up book rest

This is my total favourite thing in my kitchen. I am such a loser! It’s a little spoon rest/tea-bag dump, and I got one for Christmas last year. I was really gutted when it broke (someone put it in the dishwasher!!!) so I got another one this year! An enormous 75p from Tesco’s. Makes me smile every time – it’s just so cute!

spoon rest shaped like a teapot

Another thing that I think is super cute. The butter dish! I love the font, and it’s satisfyingly chunky. Butter will keep for ages and ages in this, and it tastes so much nicer than fridge spreads. Total butter converts in this house!
butter dish

I couldn’t not have something personal in my favourite things so here’s our matchstick hedgehog! His name is Martin Matchstick and I love him too. Just in caseΒ  you were thinking I was a snooty kitchen snob – I also love my junky, messy knick knacks!

matchstick hedgehog


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161 thoughts on “My Favourite Things Tag

  1. Love it!!! The castle is seriously adorable, and my parents have a teapot spoon rest too which I love. I am going to join in at some point in the next week. I don’t want to be any more specific than that as I hate breaking promises haha.

  2. Great idea – love the list (and stacking Joseph utensils!) I can tell you what WON’T be on my list….the pile of marking I am meant to be doing right now!!! Must leave the Twitter and blogging sphere!!! Xx

  3. Great idea! Love the castle and Martin Matchstick, little mans very creative :o) The love of kitchen utensils means one thing – we’ve grown up!!! Will hopefully be joining you soon with a list of my favourite things x #TheList

  4. I love Joseph Joseph as well, I would have everything if funds allowed!! Love the idea of a mini challenge. I shall try and join in when I get a moment, it’s all got a bit hectic recently. #TheList

    1. Thank you πŸ™‚ I needed a bit of inspo then thought maybe other people might like it too πŸ˜€

  5. Ahhh I love this! You have some lovely things! I have a very snazzy garlic squasher which I love and a similar teapot teabag rest…I would be very upset if someone broke it!!
    I have a post in my lists about my son’s favourite things (it’s slightly more interesting than it sounds!)…I might use it for your challenge. I just have never got round to taking all the necessary pictures. Maybe now is the time! X

  6. I love how many of these are kitchen related! I’m with you on the real butter – once I made the switch, I could never go back to spreads again. This is such a fun challenge – I’m definitely going to participate! #fortheloveofBLOG

  7. I love Joseph Joseph kitchen things! I have a chopping board that matches your spoons but isn’t as fancy as the set you linked to!
    This looks like a good little challenge- I’m going to take some pics and join in! #fortheloveofBLOG

  8. Ooo I need one of those butter things! Haha love the castle. : ) Will try and link up this week, still have one more exam on the 10th then I have more time for blogging!

  9. Love the idea Zilla! I will join in next week when i have some spare time! I am quite nosey so love the idea of reading about peoples favourite things! xx


  10. Great idea – might have to join you on this challenge! I love Joseph Joseph too, although hubbie doesn’t exactly approve. And a spoon rest is also one of my faves in the kitchen πŸ™‚ Lovely post x #fortheloveofBLOG

  11. Great idea for a challenge!
    I can barely keep up with blogging and linkys as it is, so I will just have to be a silemt stalker for now! πŸ™‚ xxx

  12. I love this post Mumzilla! I’ve got one of those cute teabag dumping things I think from Dunelm. very handy saves endless traipsing up and down to the bin for lazy ole me! Lovely idea for a post thanks for sharing #fortheloveofBLOG xx

  13. Love this idea. I love Joseph Joseph and today I have finally parted with the colourful empty boxes my Joseph Joseph lovely things came in (they were in my kitchen cupboards and stopping me from putting actual kitchen items in them!! I still might go and get them back out of the recycling bin…

    I have the recipe book stand and the chopping boards…But one word of warning, they don’t like going in the dishwasher…They fade and peel πŸ™

    Thanks for sharing! #KCACOLS

  14. Great idea! I love seeing into other peoples homes and hoping beyond hope that they are as messy as mine!! Love that you did the kitchen first! Is that because (like me) it’s your default place to hide from the kids and eat cake? #fortheloveofBLOG

  15. What a great idea! I love the butter dish! and the recipe book holder must really come in handy, I need something like that in my life! #kcacols

    1. It’s brilliant! I was going to get a big flouncy ornate one but there’s just not room so this ones fab!

  16. Such a lovely list, and an amazing idea to get the blog rolling when content-inspiration is lacking. I think I’ll definitely be writing my own 5 Favourites post before too long. #thelist

  17. I like the idea of a flexible challenge! I just did the a to z in april for two blogs. got a bit manic and only just seeing my husband again haha! #KCACOLS

  18. Fab series! Love it! You really made me laugh re kitchen snob – sadly I am one (I Know – I don’t like me either!). Loved the masterpiece but also loved that cute little butter dish!

    1. I keep the clutter to the windowsills! Everything has its place, including all the random crap I like! πŸ˜€

  19. Love this challenge! I think I must be a bit nosy as I love reading these little insights into people’s homes and lives! I have a teabag dump just like that one, and love it too! It drove me mad before we got it when my husband would leave teabags at the edge of the sink! x #KCACOLS

  20. What a great idea, it’s nice to have something positive to chat about…I’m a bit of moaner at heart lol. I love those stacking utensils too. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday xx

  21. Amazing idea and I will definitely be joining in. Like you i’m a sucker for Joseph Joseph stuff and one of my favourite things in my kitchen is their chopping board and the wooden kitchen utensils!!! I’m sure you know what I’m talking about…


  22. This is such a brilliant idea Sarah, I couldn’t keep up on #tribalchat what your 5 favourite things idea was all about, but your post sums it up perfectly. It is such a lovely and unique idea, and I hope you get many fellow bloggers joining you – there are so many ideas you can add to “My 5 favourite things” – my brain is buzzing already. I love all Joseph and Joseph items too, we have the knives and I would love the cooking utensils. Your post reminds that I really need a butter dish, I’m fed up of keeping unsalted butter wrapped up in its wrapper in the fridge. Thank you so much for joining our party at #fortheloveofBLOG, hope you can join us next week. Claire x

    1. Thanks Claire! Let me know if you do join in, I would love to share anyone who is πŸ˜€ And yes, hopeless Joseph Joseph addict! πŸ˜€

  23. Ahhh great idea! Next time I’m stuck for an idea I think I’ll try this! My biggest problem is usually finding the time to write – I only have Arthur’s bedtime to do my blogging and lately he’s been waking up lots more than usual so I had a good few weeks of just being too tired /exhausted / busy to even get the laptop out! Feel like I’m back on it now though – phew! #KCACOLS

  24. LOVE love LOVE those little tea bag ‘dumper’ things. We had one too but I think ours got thrown away accidentally with the actual tea bag one day!! #kcacols

  25. What a great idea!! I also can’t commit to a daily blogging challenge-once a week is a push for me!! Something sporadic is more up my street!! I love that you’ve made a badge for it too!! Your little boys castle is amazing, my boys haven’t ventured further than finger painting yet, but I’m sure I’ll start gathering these treasures in my kitchen soon! It’s great the little things that really make our day-your teabag dump is super cute, and you’re definitely not a loser!! We’ve got a Joseph Joseph utensils set, but not a stacking set like that! Two of my favourite things in my kitchen have been destroyed by the assassin… I should’ve known better and put them in the loft-his climbing skills know no bounds… 1 was a set of espresso mugs from Jamie Oliver’s 15 restaurant, he broke 2 out of s set of 4, and when I moved away, an elderly neighbour gave me a lovely vintage dinner set, and the assassin broke a plate from it-I burst into tears!! Thanks for sharing with #bigpinklink

  26. I loved this idea the minute it hit my inbox! In fact, I have this post saved so I an use your badge next time I am stuck. Great idea, love that you made a badge! #KCACOLS

  27. Just wanted to say that I’m STILL working on my 5 favourite things post (it’s been like a week now), but I’m determined to finish it this weekend. I’ll let you know when it’s up! #PuddingLove

  28. Such a good idea! I will be joining in when I can! Also, that utensil stacking thingy is just amazing! Thanks for sharing X #puddinglove

  29. What a great idea for a series. Love your Joseph Joseph utensils – we got the chopping boards as a wedding present and they would definitely be in my 5 favourite things from my kitchen. Love the butter dish too – proper butter is so nice. Your son did a great job on the castle and the matchstick hedgehog πŸ™‚ #puddinglove

  30. Great idea! I am in love with your Joseph Joseph utensils!! I want some!! I love all of your favourites, now I just need to write my own list, things I absolutely need in my kitchen!! #puddinglove

  31. Fab idea! I would have no idea what I would choose, if everyone lists where they got their things from I could redecorate!

  32. I need those Joseph Joseph utensils. Can never have too many utensils.
    I must do one of these posts, keep reminding me! πŸ˜‰

  33. As much as I love this post, it’s also compounded to me just how much of a non domestic goddess I am. If someone asked me my favourite things I’d be ashamed to answer I think (yes fake tan being number 1) xx #stayclassy

    1. Why not do your 5 favourite beauty things? It’s not limited to the kitchen – I’m planning on a series! πŸ˜€ xx

  34. Back from #StayClassy, still need to buy one of those butter tin things! I’m going to link up later today to my favorite things, thanks for the reminder and sharing with #StayClassy!

  35. Its like staking utensils and a game all in one boy would steal those…I want your stuff..she says creepily…I am on a train so my current fav 5 things are, Wifi, a plug socket, tea, chocolate and my laptop..#KCACOLS

  36. We have very similar tastes! I have the other JJ utensil carousel thingy and the chopping boards. I love that book rest though – will be on the hunt for one now. I also adore your butter dish, I have a mug in that range and it’s a fave too! Great idea for a post #KCACOLS

  37. Oooh those Joseph Joseph spoons have been on my wish list for ages… I also love my teapot teabag holder, mine is spotty. But I think my favourite was probably the just out of view martin the matchstick hedgehog – he looked awesome. Thanks for co-hosting this week #PuddingLove

  38. aww the castle is super cute! πŸ™‚

    I love Joseph Joseph so I would probably add something of theirs from my kitchen too!
    Really cute idea! #puddinglove

  39. Love this challenge but every time I see that really annoying song pops into my head where she sings “here are a few of my favourite things”. Is that from Mary Poppins? #puddinglove

    1. Hahahaha! Sorry earworm! You got me with wind the bloody bobbin up the other day so revenge is sweet!

  40. Sarah! I love this idea. Will have to do one of my own. Maybe this weekend. I also love that you chose your kitchen as it’s where a lot of my favorite things are as well. I’m always asking for fun kitchen items as gifts. Your utensils are a lot of fun I had never heard of Joseph & Joseph. The way that they stack up is really neat.
    #puddinglove #KCACOLS

  41. Great list! I made a hedgehog very similar to your son’s when I was a kid. Love the butter dish, too – I have never been able to get on board with marg spreads, having grown up in a buttery household! #triballove #thelist #puddinglove

  42. I’m with you on the butter/butter dish thing – so much better for you than i-can’t-believe-its-rubbish and love the satisfying sound of the lid going down on that soft real butter. It’s the little things, eh? πŸ˜‰ #HomeEtc

  43. I love seeing what others have and love, I’m nosy like that! LOL This is a great series and I will be checking back!

    I love the stacking utensils and the butter dish, I’m thinking that I need both of them. I’ve never heard of Joseph Joseph, I will be checking them out, how fun!

    Yes, you are a kitchen snob! LOL I love that you included your kids projects, those are the things that add so much love to a well stocked kitchen!

  44. Hey Sarah, how are you? Love your post on your 5 favourite things (in one room!) It’s a cool idea. I’ll be borrowing it at some point so will use the badge! Just need to decide on one room now…

  45. Might uprev mine and deviate away from food and drink items, lol. Still think this is a great series for getting out of a blogging rut and easing back in, taking inspiration from everyday stuff. You should totally do a wedding version when you’re all married off (if you’re not sick of wedding talk by then). #EatSleepBlogRT

  46. Love this post so much, might have join in! The tea dumper thing is gorgeous and if i was a tea drinker I would lap this up! also love the stacker, what a great idea πŸ™‚ thanks for sharing #EatSleepBlogRT

  47. Have commented on this previously but I’m going to join in this week with my own five favourite things. I have a funny feeling that most of mine will be edible! ha! #eatsleepblogRT

  48. I love this idea! Mind if I join in? It’s great on so many levels, from a blogger prompt, to a positive and grateful exercise, via a reason to tidy up and sort some stuff out! Are you linking up anywhere or just sharing?

  49. I really liked this post; I think most of my favourite things would be from my kitchen too! I was in a store a few months back and saw an entire range of kitchen ware like your butter dish- the egg cups simply had ‘egg’ written on them, which was the best thing ever. My other half said I couldn’t buy them though.. the man has no taste! πŸ˜‰

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