Renee Graef painted some beautiful pictures in conjunction with Rogers and Hammerstein's classic song, "My Favorite Things." They were then compiled into a sweet little children's book, with the song's sheet music included in the back.  Graef's illustrations are absolutely lovely, and the book is one of Lilly's most cherished.

Before bedtime (but after Lil's face has been scrubbed clean and sparkling, and her teeth have been brushed, and her pajamas have been put on) she climbs up onto my bed with the book tucked under her arm.  She does not ask me to read it.

She asks me to sing it!

Bless her little five-year-old heart, she is too young to know that her mama cannot carry a tune in a bucket.  When I try to hit the low notes, I sound like a deranged, croaking frog.  When I try to hit the high notes, I sound like a hyper-active, over-caffeinated chipmunk.  I'm always off key.  Ask anyone who knows me well and they will confirm it:  Mama Leisha cannot sing!  No siree!

When the book/song is over, Ms. Lilly and I talk about our favorite things.  Her list usually includes fruit snacks and princess dolls, while mine changes from week to week.  Here are some of my favorite things, as of late (and no, cream colored ponies didn't make the cut):

1.) L'Oreal nail polish, in Tangerine Crush!  Very bright and pretty!

2.) Nerds Bumpy Jelly Beans.  Totally weird, but surprisingly tasty.

3.) This picture of Mr. Pitt.  Hello!  Would you just stop and look at that man?!  Oh.  My.  Oh.  My.

4.) These leopard print skinny jeans from Target...because they are wild and crazy and sassy and fun!  (Here kitty, kitty...)

5.) The song, "Free," by Graffiti6.  I may dance to it in my kitchen while making PB&J for my tots.  And you bet your sweet bippy I sing along...  Off key, of course!

Hope your weekend is filled with your favorite things, my friends!


  1. I can't wait to see a picture of you rockin' those jeans! Meow meow, Mama Leisha! Lol!
    That nailpolish is so fun...I love wearing that color with turquoise!
    Did ya get those bumpy beans @ Sweet Afton's?! :)
    Ahhh, I could so go for some of their amaretto fudge!
    Happy April, my friend!! I miss you and am always thinking about you! I hope you, James, Camren and Lilly have a fabulous first of the month!
    I love you!

  2. Hello Aleisha!! Thanks for your sweet as bumpy jelly beans comment on my blog the other day :)
    I'm not sure about the look of those jelly beans lol, but I will take your word for it that they are yummy!
    You must look smokin' hot in those skinny jeans!!!
    Oooh and Vegas, I'm game if you are lol
    Sweet sweet book and memories with your little Lil, what a lovely nighttime ritual even if you think you can't hold a note :) I'm sure she doesn't even notice that...
    Happy April to you my friend, lots of love always xoxox

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  4. Found you on the Sunday Blog hop. I LOVE your quips - they are the best. Glad to be a new follower.
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  5. I love that book! I wish we can find one here in the Philippines. :) Thanks for dropping by Mommy Moments this week :)

  6. What a fun post! Come say hi and follow back!

  7. Great little blog you have! Cute photos! I'll take the one of Brad Pitt and Nerds ;-) Happily following you now.

    Stopping by from the hop. Would love for you to come check me out too.
    Take care,

  8. What a beautiful book!
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  9. Thanks so much for the follow! Following you back!

  10. What a great book! I love it. My girls will too. I better get buying that one! And, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Graffti 6! That song is the best to dance like no one is watching and sing like no one can hear. I do that myself when I have it on repeat while the kids are outside! Such a cute post, Mrs. McD! Lovin' your blog, too! :)

  11. Not normally at Brad Pitt lover but that is a good picture of him.

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