Stuff I Like
The section over there in the right sidebar → is where I post info about things that I think are awesome. It’s just a random assortment of good stuff I’ve come across, no sponsored content. Some items may include an Amazon affiliate link, which you can always delete.
OXO can opener I’m not even exaggerating when I say this purchase changed my life for the better.
ZCUT Cardio Series If you ever worked out with Zuzana from BodyRock.tv, this is what she’s up to now. 12 WICKED workouts, all less than 20 minutes, all relying on body weight and sheer grit. They’re not exactly fun, but they’re short and effective. Plus, Zuzana is really likeable.
Curious George Hide & Seek Zoo My kids are LOVE with this simple board game that incorporates 1) a walkie-talkie, and 2) random breakout moments of hide & seek. (Also, in the games theme, they’re both equally obsessed with Spot It.)
Little Giraffe Chenille Blanket This is the ‘blue blanky’ Riley has carried and slept with every single day for over seven years now. Just saying, if you’re looking for a baby gift, this one might be a fairly big hit.
Calphalon 8″ Chef Knife I’m not a fancy cook and I don’t know anything about knives, but this is probably the most-used tool in my entire kitchen. I’ve had it for years, it’s never needed sharpening.
3M Hardwood Floor Mop I always feel lame when I gush over a CLEANING PRODUCT, but this mop is fantastic for making wood floors supershiny superfast.
Dark Places, by Gillian Flynn Gone Girl and Sharp Objects are also great, but I think I liked this one the best. They’re all twisted, more than a little unpleasant, and barrel along like a freight train.
BSN Syntha-6 protein powder I use this stuff (the Vanilla Ice Cream flavor) in smoothies all the time, it’s remarkably tasty and non-supplementy. One scoop is 22 grams of protein.
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm I just bought this on a whim and it’s fantastic—goes on soft and smooth, gives nice even color. It’s basically a very cool balm/lipliner/lipstick hybrid.
SCALPED, by Jason Aaron & R.M. Guéra Best graphic novel series I’ve read in years. Brutal, dark, compelling, and almost surely the only comic containing the phrase “Hoka hey, motherfuckers!”
Beyblade Metal Masters Battle Set Ugh, BEYBLADES, right? What can I say, the kids love these things. This seems like it’s been a good purchase for a kid just starting to get into them (and it’s perfect for battling with a sibling or reluctant parent).
Savages by Don Winslow The movie was fun, but I really recommend the book. Unique and fast-paced and kind of crazysexycool.
Puddle Jumpers Both our kids have loved these little lifejackets, they really helped with water confidence (for them and for me).
Trader Joe’s seaweed snacks ADDICTED to these things. They sound gross, I know, but they’re crunchy and salty and not horrible like kale chips and the wasabi ones are painfully wonderful.
Okay, these aren’t necessarily the pinnacle of high fashion, but they aren’t ugly and they are by far the most comfortable flip-flop I’ve ever worn. I live in them all summer.
Eureka Hand-Held Vacuum. This thing is AWESOME. Inexpensive, works like a charm, keeps the house from drowning in cat-fur tumbleweeds (and has a rotating brush so you can vacuum carpets/furniture/etc, too).
Smashbox brow tech. Utterly foolproof eyebrow groomer/filler-inner.
Prada Amber. My favorite perfume: sweet and exotic without being overpowering.
Blinc mascara. I have tried all the mascaras and this is the very best one. Trust.
Missha Perfect Cover Cream. I recently switched to this foundation after years of using Bare Minerals, and it is so much better. Light and silky and gives total coverage without being too sheer OR cakey.
Eureka Enviro Floor Steamer. Why did I not buy this YEARS ago? WHY? OH MY GOD MY LIFE IS FOREVER CHANGED.
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Clear Skin Cream. Maaaajor difference in my skin since I started using this. I alternate with Pond’s so my face doesn’t get too dried out.
Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm. Amazing lip balm that gives natural color and somehow makes your lips look more full.
Voluspa Candle. Discovered via Jennie. These candles smell wonderful (at least the Goji/Orange scent does), and I love the pretty tin.
NARS Flamenco Lipstick. Whoorl was right, this is the perfect red lipstick.
I use this almost every single day to make a smoothie. Really a surprisingly awesome little kitchen tool.
Rocket Dog Rideon Boot. Stylish, comfy, inexpensive boots. I wish I had a pair in every color.
Joico K-PAK Hair Treatment. Makes my crappy damaged hair feel so soft and awesome I seriously can’t stop touching it.
Tri Aerogel Spray. I love this stuff. Strong hold without making your head all crunchy.
Scientific Explorer Science Kit. Hours of quality kid fun in a box. Best “toy” I’ve ever bought.
Brighton Eyelace Sheets. Super nice 400-count sheets that always seem to be on sale.
Patient Zero. Military firefights, ass-kicking, and zombies. Total win.
It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Spray. Do you like soft shiny untangled unfrizzy hair that smells rad? THEN YOU NEED THIS STUFF.
Fiskars Garden Weeder. I am insanely, ridiculously in LOVE with this thing. It actually makes weeding FUN.
Divergent, by Veronica Roth. Another dystopian YA novel, and SO GOOD. I couldn’t put this down.
Champion T-Back Sports Bra.
Most supportive flattering comfortable all around incredible sports bra ever, amen.
Melissa & Doug Bear Puzzle.
I can’t believe how often Dylan drags this out to play with it. Yeah, the pieces get all over, but totally worth it for the distraction.
Lessons of Evil, by Linda B. Myers.
My aunt wrote this book, and it’s available on Nook and Kindle. I’m so thrilled for her, and I hope you read it and let her know what you think.
Rapidlash Serum. I don’t know how this works, and I probably don’t want to know how it works. But hey: it works! Someone even asked me recently if I’d had EYELASH EXTENSIONS.
The Passage, by Justin Cronin. Bit of a slog in the first third, but worth it for the post-apocalyptic stuff later on.
L’Oreal Infallible Never Fail Lipstick.
Holy balls, this lipstick lasts forever and a day. I like the Almandine color.
Inconsolable, by Marrit Ingman.
I re-read this the other day and was re-amazed at how great it is.
The End of Overeating, by David Kessler.
Absolutely fascinating read, especially if you’ve ever struggled with food issues.
Dapper Snapper Belts.
I keep raving about these ingenious belts. If you have a skinny kid, YOU NEED THESE.
Amazing Cosmetics Concealer.
The only concealer that actually works on my unattractive dark eye-circles. I like the Golden Light color.
Melissa & Doug Sandwich Making Kit.
Why do my kids love this so much? I don’t know, but they do.
Freeing Your Child from Anxiety.
Full of great techniques for helping calm kids’ fears.
Elchim Hair Dryer.
Swear to Beezus, you need this dryer. Spendy but last I checked it was 41% off at Amazon.
The 4-Hour Body.
Gimmicky title, extremely fascinating read. Recommend for anyone interested in diet/fitness.
Leapfrog Talking Words Factory DVD.
Can’t say enough good things about these DVDs. This one’s great for kindergarten-aged kids.
Nantucket Cranberry Pie.
Pioneer Woman’s pie is both easy AND delicious. Perfect holiday recipe.
Terax Crema Conditioner.
Fantastic conditioner, although the K-PAK treatment is even better.
Polar Express DVD.
Just really kind of a magical holiday movie.
Cuisenaire wooden rods.
Neat well-made tool for helping kids understand math concepts.