Friday Favorites… of 2011!

Happy New Year’s Eve Eve! We realize every blog everywhere is indulging in a “Top 10 __ of 2011” post, but we just can’t help ourselves.

In the spirit of being slightly different, we’re giving you the 4word team’s “Top 5” … in 7 categories.

Best Music
Young Love by Mat Kearney
Vice Verses by Switchfoot
Sigh No More by Mumford and Sons
21 by Adele
One Song at a Time by Jamie Grace

Best Videos
“Mommy’s Nose Is Scary”
Tim Tebow Skit from SNL
“Cat Plays Dead”
“Ultimate Dog Tease”
“Mr. Timn in Candyland”

Best Movies
War Horse
Seven Days in Utopia
The Help
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
The Adjustment Bureau

Best TV Shows
NBC’s “Parks and Recreation”: Leslie Knope … no woman alive is more passionate about her work.
ABC’s “Castle”:  mystery novelist Castle, played by Nathan Fillion keeps us coming back for a cop dramedy that spawned actual published mystery novels.
NBC’s “Up All Night”: high performance professional couple starts a family. The over-30 parents among us think it’s hilarious.
CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” . Nerdy guy buddies compete and evolve in love and learning.
USA Network’s “White Collar”: reformed con man recruited to partner with police is a dramedy hit with us for the Peter/Neal chemistry, and more.

Best Blog Posts
“The Redemption of TV Comedy” from RELEVANT Magazine
“Radical and Unconditional Love” by Joy Eggerichs
“Interview: Justine Elyse Green” here on; a southern girl’s career move to New York City. How she handled the culture shock, and a bit of a dating dry spell, resonated with lots of women out there.
“Top 5 Lies Christians Believe” by The Modern Reject
Joy Eggerichs’; it’s all good! Do you believe in unicorns?

Best fast recipes for career girls
Skillet Pork Chop Sauté with Peaches from Cooking Light
Au gratin potatoes from Silver Palate … guys love ’em!
Pumpkin Stuffed with Everything Good from NPR
Paula Deen’s Cake Balls
Easy Chicken Noodle Soup with Knorrs Chicken Stock

Best Fashion Trends
Embellished tops: bows, lace, sparkle
DIY accessories from Pinterest, or the Anthropologie lookalikes
Designer collaborations, especially Target’s Missoni zigzag stripes
Scarves: infiniti, ruffled, worn year round
“The Kate Middleton factor”: chic, attainable dresses and bold eyeliner


What fashion favorite of yours did we miss?  Jeggings, the return of navy, sleek ponytails, colored tights? Tell us what trend you rocked in the comments section.

Up Next Week
Meet Ali Lamb, a Northwestern University journalism grad, headed to  law school next fall.
Monday: Ali Lamb guest blogs about a different kind of New Year’s resolution she made a few years ago.
Wednesday: We interview Ali about how she’s spending her “gap year” between college and law school, and what she’s learning.