January Favorites

Happppppppy last day of January guys!! We finally made it through the longest month of the year. Anyone else feel like that? January always kinda drags on at a snail’s pace, but it’s still one of my favorite months because it’s full of hope, new goals, new dreams, etc. And now that it’s almost February I feel like we’re on the down slope of winter here in Colorado. We still have a ways to go, but spring is inching closer and closer! Anyway, today I wanted to doing a little recap of my January favorites. I thought this would be fun since I’m not doing Friday Favorites anymore with my new posting schedule, so instead I want to do a monthly favorites. But this is a long one, so grab a snack!

Monthly Recap

Overall January was a really good month. I made some changes in my personal life that needed to be done and that’s helped life feel a lot less chaotic. First, I joined the gym after an almost 8 year hiatus! I wasn’t really planning to do that this month, but one day it just dawned on me that I really needed to start working out again. Both for my physical health and mental health as well. Working out does wonders for my stress and mood overall, so I’m very excited to be back at it. I also started monitoring more closely how I spend my time and I’m trying really hard to be as efficient as possible. Monday’s are usually my big work day, so I try to focus as much as I can on those days and it’s really helping me feel less overwhelmed throughout the rest of the week. I also set the goal to be on my phone less and for the most part I’ve done well with that. I don’t feel as pressured to be on Instagram like I used to–if I have something to share I will, but I’m not stressing anymore about sharing something every single day. This month I also had the opportunity to be a special guest at the Old House Vintage Market, which was so much fun and such a cool experience. You can read about it all here. I also just got some really exciting news, which I’ll be able to share with you all SOON!

Collagen Coffee

This month I’ve tried to clean up my diet as much as possible. I actually added collagen into to my daily routine and I’m OBSESSED. I use my handy little Magic Bullet to mix it into my coffee every morning and it’s so darn good. I even drink it in the afternoon sometimes. It’s really good for your skin and I think it’s helping with my energy levels throughout the day too. This vanilla coconut one is my favorite.

New Winter Coat

Around Christmas time I picked up this super warm coat from Macy’s and I’ve been wearing it a lot this month. My mom actually has one too and she convinced me to get it! It’s become my go-to coat for really cold days and the quality is great. Highly recommend if you need a good winter coat!

January’s Book of the Month

One of my goals this year is to read one book a month. I know that probably sounds pathetic to any of you avid readers in the group, but it’s a good goal for me because I never make time to read in my crazy schedule. This month I read “You are a Badasss” by Jen Sincero. I’d heard amazing things about this book and it definitely lived up to all the hype! I just finished it a few days ago and I LOVED it. There are so many little nuggets of wisdom in this book and it totally changed the way I think about a lot of things. I could seriously write a whole post about it, but the basic idea of the book is that our thoughts determine our reality. Here’s a little snippet:


New Sneakers

I picked up two new pairs of sneakers at Target recently and I love them both- especially these pink ones. They are just slip-ons and super comfortable. See similar black ones here (I have my normal size in both). They’re both great for running errands or with a pair of skinny jeans and a sweatshirt.

Best Sweatshirt

I picked up this sweatshirt from Target earlier this month and I love it so much. It reminds me that we can have all good days if we’re just wiling to see the good in (almost) every situation.


Clearance Candles

You all know I’m obsessed with my Antique Candle Works candles and right now they’re doing a huge 50% off clearance sale on all of their seasonal candles. I just got Vanilla, Fall Harvest, Cashmere, and Southern Hospitality. Who cares what season they’re for if they smell good, right?! I’ve been burning this Vanilla one the past few days and it’s SO DARN GOOD.

Other favorites from the month:

  • I fell in love with this cozy sweatshirt and I’ve been wearing it a ton lately. You can see a photo of me wearing it here.
  • This month I’m trying to get back into my routine of waking up early before the kids so I can do a little work, pray, and just get my mind right for the day. It helps SO much.
  • Blue light glasses! I just ordered these from Amazon and I’ve been loving them. They’re great protection for your eyes if you spend a lot of time on your computer.
  • I’m still 100% obsessed with my oils. A few weeks ago I ordered a Valor roll-on to add to my collection. I LOVE Valor because it encourages feelings of confidence and it’s basically like magic in a bottle. I used it recently before I had to do a little public speaking and it really helped. I carry it in my purse every day now. I share more about oils and wellness on this page–come follow along if you aren’t already!
  • Lately I’ve been kicking around the idea of painting our kitchen cabinets. I kinda love the idea of doing black, which I know probably sounds crazy to some of you. But I just love black cabinets when it’s partied with white tops like shown here.
  • We’re officially over a month into having our new recliners and we’re still loving them. I’ve been getting a ton of questions about them, so might do a full review here soon. But so far I am very impressed!
  • This month I ordered a couple of hoodies from Amazon and I’ve been so impressed with them. They are super cozy and soft, almost like a t-shirt material. I got this light gray floral one and the camo option as well. Highly recommend and only $20!

Well that’s a wrap for my January favorites! Kudos if you made it all the way thought this post. I know it was a long one. But so grateful to have you stop by today and every day. I always hope my little blog could inspire you or motivate you in some way. Or just provide a happy break in your day! xo


Welcome!! I’m Sarah-- mama to three kiddos + wife to my high school sweetheart. I'm usually over-caffeinated, browsing Amazon + running on lots of grace. Grab a snack + get comfy!

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  1. 1.31.19

    Happy breaks are so welcoming! Thanks Sarah. 💞💕 xoxo

  2. 1.31.19
    Melissa Filson said:

    I love when you do favorites! All the Sarah goodness wrapped up in one place 😄 Thanks for all of your awesome finds and inspiration as always!!

    • 1.31.19
      Sarah said:

      thanks so much for stopping by Melissa!! Appreciate you. xo

  3. 1.31.19
    Jessica said:

    You are amazing! You truly make the days brighter and give me hope to be an awesome creator one day. I love seeing your baby girl too. She reminds me so much of my little feisty nugget. That nugget is 19 now.

    • 1.31.19
      Sarah said:

      ah Jessica, you just made my day!! Thank you so much for the sweet words!

  4. 1.31.19
    Gayle said:

    Love when you do the favourites! Awesome recap, thanks!! I just bought the blue light glasses 👍🏼I’d never heard of such a thing, so thanks for that info!!

    • 1.31.19
      Sarah said:

      oh great, hope you like them Gayle. Keep those eyes safe!

  5. 1.31.19
    Brigitte A Baker said:

    That coat is CUUUUUTE. What boots are you wearing in that pic, they are DARLING. I’m loving them!

    • 1.31.19
      Sarah said:

      I’m wearing Timberland boots. I’ve had them for years and they are AMAZING. Def worth the money.

  6. 1.31.19
    Nancy Lange said:

    Thanks Sarah! Your posts are always a welcome break and full of great ideas!

    • 1.31.19
      Sarah said:

      ah thank you Nancy, that is my goal!!

  7. 1.31.19

    I added collagen to my diet, too, a few months back. I use ancient nutrition bone broth collagen. I noticed a huge difference in my skin very quickly. I have videos in my Instagram story highlights of how I make my favorite fruit smoothie. I swear it’s as good as a yummy dessert and keeps my cravings away for sweets as well.

    • 1.31.19
      Sarah said:

      oh that’s awesome Tammie! Have you tried drinking bone broth? My mom raves about it.

  8. 1.31.19
    Donna said:

    I got your black shoes on clearance ($17) at Target last weekend! Comfy and cute.

    • 2.1.19
      Sarah said:

      ohhhh Donna, you scored!!

  9. 1.31.19
    Jenifer Scherlin said:

    Sarah, do any of your oils help with swelling, in particular knees?

    • 2.1.19
      Sarah said:

      Hi Jenifer, I think peppermint oil could help with that and maybe even lemongrass. I can check in our oils Facebook group!

    • 2.11.19
      Julie Mellon said:

      I would try Cypress also since that reduces swelling.

  10. 1.31.19
    Shelia P. said:

    Hi Sarah! Thanks for the January recap! Like you, I’m counting the days till Spring! We don’t really have much of a winter down in coastal Mississippi, just jacket weather mostly. But with this arctic blast it’s even reached down to us and we’ve had some really cold days! I’ll have to check out that Badass book. It’s just what I need to get out of this “stinkin’ thinkin’ “ I’ve been having. I think your kitchen would look awesome with black lowers and the white uppers because you use pops of black all over your house. Or if you have an island, just try painting the island black, and with some gold or brass hardware that would look so chic! Have a great day tomorrow! 😀

    • 2.1.19
      Sarah said:

      I love that idea of doing black bottom cabinets and white on top!! I’m working up the nerve to try it. It’s just paint, right?! Eeek.

  11. 2.1.19
    Brooke said:

    I loved reading your January favorites! Thanks for sharing & happy February!!

    P.S. I’m kinda obsessed with the black cabinets 🖤

    • 2.1.19
      Sarah said:

      Thanks so much for dropping by Brooke!!

  12. 2.1.19
    Kathryn Greenlief said:

    I love the looks of the Antique Candle Works candles!! I am obsessed with candles, so I’m so anxious to get the 4 I just ordered. Thanks for sharing them with us!!

    • 2.1.19
      Sarah said:

      Oh yay, enjoy your candles Kathryn!!