This past year has been tough, but I believe in the power of retail therapy! I believe in it so much that I am sharing my personal purchases here in the hopes I can inspire you to treat yourself! Maybe these products won’t change your life like they did mine, but hopefully some of them will bring you the same joy they brought me.
Come and explore my favorite buys of 2020/2021. No need to stress, think of this as a retail therapy session with me as the guide.
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I didn’t have a million dollars to buy name-brand wireless earbuds, so I had to do some research to find an alternative. All signs pointed to these baddies from TOZO, which I believe can match everything AirPods can do. Plus, they honestly sound great. You really can’t go wrong with these headphones, I definitely didn’t!
I had a ton of stress last year, and I’m fairly certain I’m not alone. This stuff came as a recommendation from a friend, but I was certainly hesitant to buy a colorful sludge with absolutely no actual purpose. My instinct was incorrect, however, because this stuff works great to get the stress out. Squeeze, pull, smash; whatever you need to do, Cloud Slime can handle it! It also smells great, unlike the toxic chemical smell Gak and Floam had when we were kids.
Get cold brew out of your fridge, not the grocery store! It’s so easy to make at home, so I don’t know why you’d voluntarily pay outrageous amounts of money for it. Grab this brewer for $25 and only pay for coffee beans. Cheap, and better than store bought. Nice!
Have you ever heard of Hunter brand boots? They are essentially the best on the market. They’re guaranteed to be completely waterproof and fit perfectly, unlike every other boot I’ve ever owned. These may have been an impulse buy for me while it was raining a lot last year, but they have quickly become one of my favorite pieces of footwear. Available in all sizes and many colors!
Keep those glasses as clean as possible with MagicFiber. I had an issue with touching my glasses a lot while wearing a mask, and I always ended up with fingerprints all over. Having these MagicFiber cleaning cloths handy at all times made the process of keeping my eyewear clear of the smear incredibly easy.
It’s no easy feat to get your hair looking perfect, especially with absolutely no help from your incompetent husband. I like my hair in a bun, and this finishing stick makes it easy to keep all the stray strands together. You’ll look less like you just woke up, and more like you just walked out of the salon with the Hair Finishing Stick from BestLand.
Are you familiar with COB lights? They’re extremely bright, yet use much less energy than other comparable lights. COB, which means “chip-on-board,” is the latest consumer lighting tech available, and the fact you can get it in a flashlight is awesome. I got one for the nighttime walks with my doggos, but I find myself reaching for it all the time these days. They also have a magnet on one end, so you can stick them to any metal surface!
You can avoid the time-wasting activity of looking for your missing keys by just attaching a Tile Mate to your keychain. Remember those things where you would clap, and your keys would beep? Well, this is the Bluetooth version of that. Spending days indoors over lockdown made me lose my keys so frequently that I needed help, and this really did what it promised. Never again will I leave my house unprepared because I’m late but couldn’t find my keyring in time (yes, this used to happen to me a lot)!
The Bliss Collections Daily Planner is proof that daily planners can be extremely functional if they have the proper layout. Since I switched from my mini notebook to this thing, I noticed a serious uptick in my productivity. If you’re a “visual learner,” you’ll appreciate having this visual planner. As Stewart Smalley would say, ” You’re good enough, you’re smart enough, and gosh darnit, people like you!”
If you haven’t been living your best life (at home) this past 18 months, you haven’t been doing it right. I was CONSTANTLY taking hot baths, and adding Epsom salt to the water was a huge game-changer. I was using just unscented Epsom for a while, but this rosemary and mint stuff from Solimo is otherworldly, literally. I’m serious, when I take baths now I relax so hard that I literally feel like I’m on another planet.
I actually bought this for my nephew and he loves it so much. He’s only 4, but he becomes fully entranced while looking at these electric jellyfish. I mean, to be honest, I still have no idea how electric jellyfish work. They look so real!
Some Plants Don’t Require Specific Watering Schedules And You Can Use These Awesome Birds To Make Your Indoor Garden Unique
I love the idea that these beautifully crafted glass birds can be both aesthetically and functionally beneficial to my indoor plants. They last up to two weeks between refills, which is awesome if you want to step out of the house for a while. As the world returns to normal, this will come in handy because I plan on being home never.
If you work from home, getting your laptop in a comfortable position is important not only for your productivity, but also for your actual overall health. Seriously, why do you want to be hunched over all day? Plus, on top of that, you really want to make sure your computer isn’t overheating. This definitely
Are you still using a Brita for your drinking water? It’s time to graduate to a real filtration system for under your kitchen sink. The Fizzlife filtration system really takes your clean water game to the next level, and I don’t know how I’d live without this thing now. It may have been an impulse buy, but one that has worked out incredibly well for my family and I.
Part wood, part resin: this cutting board is a sight to behold. I don’t know how they did it, is it some sort of alchemy? No, that’s for gold, right? I don’t know, I’m not very smart. All I know is this cutting board looks GREAT in my kitchen, a place which also happens to have a slight overall ocean theme.
I gave up on my hair months ago, and when I did I felt a giant weight lift off my shoulders — literally. Like, the weight of my hair. Get it? I usually hate colorful hair ties, so these traceless spirals were perfect for me. 10/10
A Trashcan That Moderates It’s Own Stink With An Air Filter, A Piece Of Technology That Should Be Required In All Waste Bins
A smart trash can? I was skeptical, but boy was I surprised with this thing’s usefulness. Seriously, if you want a waste bin that has all sorts of tech attached to it, this is the one. It came 100% as advertised, and they even have a good return policy if you’re unsatisfied with its…trash…handling…ability, or whatever.
How much do you love bread? Like, what is your bread appreciation level? Personally, I love bread so much I’d leave my husband for it — but, I’d rather just buy this beautiful baguette pillow and not ruin my finances with a costly divorce. That’s exactly what I did, and it’s the best bread pillow purchase I’ve ever made. It’s the only, but it’s the best.
Having a handheld vacuum is way handier than you might think, pun completely intended. My hair has been falling out in what appears to be some sort of mass exodus, and having this little guy in my purse has been a lifesaver when I need to do a on-the-go clean-up. I can suck up my rogue hairs in the bathroom and quickly get back to business. It also works great in my car (for stuff other than hair)!
I have some visible scars on my face, and I am frequently embarrassed by them. With typical cheap concealer I would have tons of trouble hiding, but once I found this Instant Age Rewind concealer from Maybelline I was immediately hooked. It works so well that people can no longer see my imperfections or scars, and it’s a dream come true. Enough anecdotal information from me, though, because this stuff will work on just about anyone because it comes in a variety of skin tones, too!
Hang your fruit from this hammock and stop taking up all the counter space in your kitchen with your 17 apples. Seriously, do you even eat that many apples before they go bad, Mark?
Or, if you’re like me, you can replace the crappy legs on your IKEA couch with these luxurious gold legs and truly glam up your whole living room. My couch now looks like some classy Louis XVI furniture that I stole from Versailles (or wherever the heck he lived.)
Once you start growing your own herbs, you’ll wonder why you ever paid for them in the first place. The AeroGarden will easily pay for itself within the first few months, and then it will be essentially free herbs for the rest of your life. Well, you still have to buy the seeds, but imagine unlimited basil at your fingertips? It’s a miracle.
When the pandemic started, my anxiety went through the roof. I’m not big on anxiety meds, so I decided to try a holistic approach: weighted blankets. Oh. My. God. What a fricking lifesaver! A simple 10lbs weighted blanket is was better than any pill I’ve ever taken because it’s like a big warm hug on the outside instead of the inside. If you’ve never tried one, here’s your chance!