We haven’t had a roundup of little things we’re loving lately, so I thought we’d do one — what little purchases are you guys loving lately? Here are some of the small recent purchases I’ve made and loved…
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I wrote on CorporetteMoms about how we did Dry July and discovered a ton of great drinking vinegars and flavored bitters. The cherry bitters from Fee brothers are among my favorites; I also like lavender bitters for when you want something a bit complex with your seltzer or lemonade after dinner.
Super basic, but: we had a huge collection next to our stove of stuff we used so often that it didn’t make sense to put it in the spice cabinet, a whopping two steps away. But it made the space cluttered and dirty. I finally broke down and realized we never used the bowls that lived in the cabinet directly above the clutter, so I moved the bowls higher up and bought a 9″ lazy Susan. AAAAAAAHHHH… SO MUCH NICER. And amazingly, everything fit, from our avocado oil spray to the “nice olive oil” to the “cheap olive oil” to the huge grinders for salt, pink salt, and pepper.
Another organizing feat: My growing collection of bitters have now replaced the cabinet where we used to store all of the kids’ school lunch supplies — I bought this tiered organizer for the bitters, various pill/vitamin bottles and more.
I just bought this cooling weighted blanket for my son because he’s been a bit anxious lately, and he loves it for sleep or just hanging out doing homework. I’ve bought a number of weighted blankets over the years, and this one is noteworthy for the price and the fact that it doesn’t suck or get bunchy — no complaints. It’s $40-$189 at Amazon depending on weight, and there’s a coupon for it; go for 10% of the body weight of the person you’re buying for. (Round up if you’re between weights.) If you want something more stylish, I’ve been drooling over this weighted blanket at West Elm.
We’re still being really careful because we’re high risk, so I’ve been cutting my boys’ hair myself. My eldest gave me 10 minutes before he started twitching; my youngest only gave me 10 cuts and now says he’s never ever doing that again. They both kind of look like crazed monks, which is probably better than the Mia Farrow cuts I’ve given in the past.
STILL: I’m very happy that I finally broke down and added some thinning shears to my toolkit (along with these electric hair clippers, which are also very easy to use). Both kids have really thick hair, and I wasn’t quite sure how to get their bangs properly thinned out without a lot of weird layers. My cousin is a hairdresser and had suggested thinning shears a while ago, but I waffled between these and thinning razors while I hunted for a good YouTube video.
I finally pulled the trigger on these thinning shears ($12 at Amazon) and I have no regrets — they’re very, very easy to use, and if the kids would ever sit still for more than five minutes they might have a chance for a good home haircut.
Finally, I haven’t used this one yet because I keep forgetting for the rare occasion I have to wear a mask for an extended period, but they’re supposed to be great if you wear eyeglasses and face masks and have problems with your eyeglasses getting foggy.
Over to you, readers — what little purchases have you made lately that you’ve loved? Do tell…
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Still so in love with my Kindle Paperwhite. Have finished, like, six books in the 2 weeks I’ve had it.
any cover you love?
I bought it years ago so no specific brand rec, but instead of a permanent case I bought a leather sleeve that converts to a stand for it. It’s especially good for planes (planes!) but I really like that feature.
The Paperwhite is the bomb!
Alone in Austin
How is it different from a regular kindle
Other versions of the Kindle might do this now as well, but what I most love about the Paperwhite is that it is backlit so I can read in bed without having any lights on to disturb my husband. It is also really easy to read in direct sunlight — on the beach, say.
A lap desk so I can work on my iPad or computer while in bed. Not during work hours.
More puzzles. Gallison is my favorite brand.
A wrap-robe from Amazon that was exactly what I wanted. Doesn’t have a tie or robe, but it’s warm and cozy and has pockets. Perfection.
Doesn’t have a tie or….?? I don’t know what I meant to type there.
can you share a link for the lap desk if you don’t mind? I’ve been looking for options…
Not so little, but buying an espresso machine has been a gamechanger.
Getting a Nespresso was the singular most helpful purchase I’ve made since COVID started.
I echo this! I’ve had mine since pre-COVID, but it’s now worth its weight in gold ;)
-laptop standing desk converter thing – it was 95 from costco and well worth it
-stasher bags!!! we have been trying to cut down on single use plastic and getting a bunch of stand up stashers and half gallons has virtually eliminated our ziploc use
-darn tough socks
-nordic ware naturals baking pans. finally gave up my college cookies sheets and i dont know why i waited so darn long
do the baking pans stain easily? I hate that about my baking sheets–after one use it never looks like new.
Post-Its and Sharpies in fun colors; sheep skin lined winter slippers; a jar-opener for when my husband isn’t around.
What were the pants recommended a few weeks ago from Target? I thought joggers/soft for lounging. TIA – I tried searching with no luck.
I love adding a splash of drinking vinegar to champagne or prosecco! Last week we added blueberry lavender to a dry prosecco and it was great.
Next I want to add a giant lazy susan to the fridge so that I can easily access the things in the pack of the fridge.
I got a subscription to a floral CSA, so now I get a small, locally-grown bouquet delivered every week! It’s making me smile.
These indoor/outdoor slippers. They are mocs but also slide-on. SO comfortable and useful for WFH, walking the dog, etc: https://www.teva.com/women-shoes/ember-moc/1018225
I’ve spent a small fortune on skincare and regret none of it! :) https://www.mychelle.com/
Shelf bra dresses, but would LOVE recommendations for shelf tops (I’m a busty broad so this proves to be hard to find…)
Shelf bra Tanks – Duluth Trading Co. so good!
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I bought a set of colored felt-tip pens to take notes with. If I’m not going to be in the office, I’m going to take notes in fuschia. (I got these: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B0772XSNXY/)
I got a bamboo phone/tablet stand at IKEA (Bergenes) and I love it. It’s so small and unassuming, but real wood and very practical.