Monique’s Monthly Must Haves (January 2020)

I have been seeing so many memes about how January has felt like the longest month ever and honestly I’m so happy that I’m not the only one who felt this way. Now that we’ve all made it through some now, February is here and I couldn’t be more excited because it’s my birthday month and I really love birthdays, especially mine.

This post will be the first in a series called “Monique’s Monthly Must Haves”. Some of the best things I watch, listen to, or use on a daily basis are because someone recommended them to me so there is a lot of value in sharing what you love. I hope to continue making these lists if you all would like to keep reading them. Here are some things I have been loving in the month of January!



Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves

Golden Hour cover

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Golden Hour came out in 2018 and I don’t know how I missed it at the time but I’m glad I took the time to listen to it now. Kacey is a brilliant storyteller. I don’t like much country music, but I love beautiful lyrics and melodies. Her words are so heart felt and authentic. And if accolades mean anything, among many other awards – Golden Hour won album of the year at the 2019 Grammy’s so, there’s that. Here are my personal highlights:

Rainbow – when I’m thinking of my beautiful friends who have been through hard times needing a reminder that there’s brighter days ahead.

Butterflies -reminds me of the time in my life when I was first falling in love with my husband.

Golden Hour- another stunning love song.

Slow Burn – my chill, introspective song.

High Horse – telling someone off somewhat nicely – but make it  a country, disco hybrid.


Bath & Body Works Twisted Peppermint Candle

candle peppermint

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I bought this candle for the holiday season and it’s still a favorite in my home. You’ll appreciate this if you’re like me and don’t want to accept the fact that Christmas is over. The notes are cool peppermint, sugared snow, vanilla buttercream, fresh balsam, and hint of musk with essential oils.


Devotional: “A Little God Time for Women”


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The first of a few items on this list that were received as Christmas gifts. I’ve been reading this daily in the mornings to start my day on the right foot. I enjoy the tone the writers use because its an easy and relatable read. I try to do a different devotional every year. My all-time favorite is Jesus Calling by Sarah Young (bonus recommendation for ya!)


Brother Label Make DT-21

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My husband gifted me label maker for Christmas and I absolutely love it. I am a fan of all things labeled and personalized, so this was a perfect gift for me. I had a different model that was pretty good but, what I love about this one is the variety of fonts and the options for symbols! What is even the point of making a label if you can’t put a cute little icon on it?!

Rose Gold Wireless Earbuds


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I’m a sucker for cute packaging and these earbuds deliver in every way. I love how quickly they sync with my phone and laptop and the sound quality is amazing. I use them for walks and even around my house cleaning. I’m the type of person that always has music playing so a good quality pair of earbuds will always be a must have. I was fortunate enough to receive these as a gift!


Pill Pro Weekly Pill Organizer

pill organizer

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Confession: I am not great at remembering to take medications! I know, I know this is not good. Thankfully this small investment in a pill organizer has helped me so much! The different compartments make it easy to track doses throughout the day. My favorite thing about this organizer is the sleek design. It doesn’t look like your average pill organizer so that’s what drew me to it. The individual compartments in the days of the week are on the smaller side, so just a heads up if you take multiple large pills in one day – it might not be enough space for you. But if it’s a few small pills then it will be a great fit.


Cuff Earrings


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I have been searching for the perfect dainty pair of earrings for everyday wear and I’m so happy I found these on Amazon! They are elegant yet simple. Note, I didn’t look at the measurements so when they arrived, they were tinier than I expected – that doesn’t bother me but if you are looking for a certain size just check that out.

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