Favorite Things

The latest installment of some of my favorite products that I’m currently enjoying or coveting. I hope you find some inspiration for your gift-giving and some new things to discover for yourself!

1.    PORTER CERAMIC TO-GO MUG: I use this mug when I travel. The slick style is made of BPA-free plastic and dishwasher safe. Most coffee shops offer a discount for using your mug..

2.    THERA-GUN: TheraGun is a unique handheld device applied to the surface of the skin to boost healing and recovery. I use it after exercising and at night before I go to sleep.

3.    REBEL KETO ICE CREAM: The most delicious low carb, high fat, keto, no sugar added ice cream.

4.    PELETON BIKE: I am crazy about this workout. I tested the Peloton bike in a hotel gym. Peloton partners with hotels across the U.S. You can also schedule a test class at a Peloton studio.

I can work out at home anytime and choose from over 100 live classes each week and access on-demand rides from the massive library.  My favorite instructor is Denis Morton. I like working out to country music, and Peloton offers country rides. They also have fun theme rides.

Peloton is not going anywhere. They just made a public offering on the New York Stock Exchange. If you are visiting New York, you can take a class at the Peloton Studio in Chelsea. You can also schedule a class using Class Pass. I use Class Pass when I travel to take fitness classes at a reduced rate. Instead of paying $25 or more for a class, I can take classes for $10 or less depending on demand.

Peloton offers a no-risk 30-day trial. If you purchase the bike, you pay $39 a month membership for the classes. The Peloton app includes full-body workouts, stretching, yoga, running and more classes you can stream.

5.    CUYANA LEATHER ZIPPER TOTE: The Cuyana is elegant and relatively affordable, costing less than $200 for a bag that’s made in America out of Italian leather. I use the tote organization insert to keep my bag organized.

6.   URSA MAJOR DEODORANT: I tried several natural deodorants and Ursa Major was the most effective. It eliminates underarm odor while absorbing excess moisture and does not irritate my skin.

7.    MADE IN COOKWARE: The cookware line Made In features premium-quality cookware at a discounted cost made in America. It’s popular with chefs. I really love my Made In Cookware. I think it’s better than All-Clad.

8.    PRIMAL BLUEPRINT PROBIOTICS: I use these probiotics developed by Mark Sission. This particular probiotic contains Bacillus coagulans. Many probiotics cannot survive the harsh conditions of the stomach and never reach the gut. Bacillus coagulans are extremely tolerant of acidic conditions and survive transit to reach and colonize the gut.

If you have digestive issues, I can’t stress enough the importance of taking a probiotic supplement.

I also recommend Primal Kitchen Salad Dressings, Avocado Oil, Protein Bars, and condiments. Be sure to read Mark’s Daily Apple. Download the Feedly app to read your favorite blogs.

9.    MAISON FRANCIS KURKDIJAN AQUA FABRIC SOFTENER: It adds the best smell to workout clothes and sheets.

10.  EUFY ROBOVAC: This affordable robot vacuum is quieter and fits under more furniture than many others.

11.   SONOS SPEAKERS: Sonos speakers work seamlessly with your favorite streaming services. The Sonos One is the perfect starter speaker for most people. It’s reasonably priced and can be moved from one room to another with ease. It’s easy to set-up using the Sonos Controller app on my iPhone. The sound quality is amazing.

12.  VORNADO FAN: This fan is so great I don’t need an air conditioner. I mostly use it when I ride my Peloton bike.

What are some of your favorite things? Tell me in the comments.


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Best Buys of 2018

2018 Best Buys

Here are my favorite items I purchased in 2018:

1.    TARGET FIELDCREST RESERVE BATH TOWELS: If you want to spend less for plush terry towels, the Target Fieldcrest Reserve Bath Towel is a good-quality towel at a bargain price.

2.    DYSON AIRWRAP: I have made an effort to protect my hair from heat damage by investing in the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer and Dyson Airwrap. The Dyson Airwrap is easy to use. It’s clipless and sucks your hair onto the wand, and as you move the wand closer to your scalp, it automatically curls hair around the wand. No twirling, clipping, or wrapping. I also recommend the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer. Both products keep my hair smooth and healthy looking. By investing in quality products, I am saving money by styling my hair myself. I do not go to blow dry bars. I also use Oribe styling products.

3.    APPLE AIRPODS: The clarity and sound-quality for conversations is unparalleled. Already have AirPods? Install this cool program on your Mac computer so you can connect your AirPods with one click.

4.    KIRKLAND SIGNATURE EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL: The best olive oil according to chefs. This is the best deal at Costco. It is also the olive oil Chef Samin Nosrat recommends in her best-selling book Salt, Fat, Acid Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking. If you are looking to improve your cooking skills, it is a must-read. It also makes a great gift for newlyweds and college grads. She also has a show on Netflix.

5.    SIETE TORTILLAS AND CHIPS: The best grain free tortillas and chips on the market. I prefer this brand over any other brand based on the taste. If you have celiac disease or follow a Paleo diet or similar program, you must try their products!

6.   BREVILLE ORACLE ESPRESSO MACHINE: I decided to invest in a good quality espresso machine for my home. I was spending way too much money at local coffee shops when I could make my own drinks at home. The Breville Oracle is remarkably easy to use, despite how complicated and fancy it looks. It’s also great for entertaining guests in your home.

7.   NORWEX ODOUR ELIMINATOR: Odour Eliminator from Norwex is an enzyme-based, organic odor-remover that can be sprayed in the air, around or on the source of the odor. Odour Eliminator works to remove the source of the odor, rather than simply masking it. If you have pets, this works great to alleviate pet odors. I love that the smell does not give me a headache.

8.   NURTAMILK: The Nutramilk makes a variety of nut butter and milks in a short amount of time. You can use a VitaMix to make nut milks, but you have to soak the nuts overnight then strain the milk, while this does everything for you. It will save a ton of money after a few months of use and is worth the investment.

9.    WEATHERMAN UMBRELLA: I finally found an umbrella that is durable and stylish. It’s truly the best umbrella you’ll ever use. Weatherman was designed by a meteorologist.

10.  PALEO CHEF KETCHUP: This ketchup tastes delicious with NO added sugars or high-fructose corn syrup. I also use the steak sauce for marinades. Check out Steve’s other products. Everything is gluten-free, and Paleo approved.

11.  LASKO HEATER: I use this heater in my bathroom and when I’m working at my desk. It provides just the right amount of heat during the cold winter months.

12.  IKEA DISH TOWELS: I use this insanely cheap cloth for everything from cleaning up spills to drying herbs. They are a steal at 80 cents each. Buy several at a time like I do and don’t fret when it’s time to toss one.

What products did you fall in love with in 2018? Tell me in the comments.

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My Favorite Things

My Favorite Things January 2016

My January edit features some of my favorite food, products, and cookbooks. I hope you find some inspiration for your gift giving and some new things to discover for yourself!

1.    SAKARA SNACKS: The talented ladies behind the Sakara brand have created super healthy and delicious snacks including Watermelon Jerky and a collection of beauty bars. Items can be shipped nationwide. Sakara also offers a meal delivery program.

2.    SEOUL LITTLE JEWELRY: This jewelry is so cute! I love the East Coast pendant, Florida pendant, Aloha pendant, and Pineapple pendant designs.

3.    BALEGA SOCKS: These socks feel so good on my feet. Even if you are not a runner, you will love wearing them.

4.    DAWN LEVY FERGIE COAT: I love my Dawn Levy Fergie Coat. Carrie Underwood recently wore her Dawn Levy coat in New York City.

5.    LE PEN: These pens are super fine and ideal for hand lettering. Pick up a few colors or an entire set to use for personalizing cards and stationery.

6.    BOG BERRY DRYER BALLS: Bog Berry dryer balls reduce dryer time. The more you use, the faster your clothes dry! They also soften clothes while reducing static and wrinkles. You can even apply essential oils before tossing them in the dryer to lightly scent your laundry and eliminate germs. The more you use, the faster your clothes dry! Unlike other dryer balls, Bog Berry dryer balls are NOT made of yarn, which eventually unravels.

7.    SOUTHERN CRAFT CREAMERY HANDCRAFTED ICE CREAM: If you visit the Florida Panhandle, you must try this ice cream! You’ll thank me! Check the website for a list of retailers that stock pint size containers for $10.

8.    AWAY LUGGAGE: Away Luggage is a beautiful and intelligent design that includes a phone charger and a separate compartment for dirty laundry. The design is sleek, roomy, hard-sided and four-wheeled.  A single charge to the suitcase provides more than five for your phone. This bag is not my preferred choice for my job as a flight attendant. I use my Rimowa Salsa for work. The Away brand is my choice for personal travel.

9.    GJELINA: COOKING FROM VENICE, CALIFORNIA by Travis Lett: Gjelina is one of my favorite restaurants in Venice, California. The cookbook has Gjelina’s most-requested recipes, including their famous pork meatballs braised in red wine and tomato and butterscotch pots de crème with salted caramel. If you visit the Los Angeles area, I definitely recommend dining at Gjelina.

10.  CAPPELLOS CHOCOLATE CHIP PALEO COOKIES: I’m a big fan of Cappello’s, a Denver-based gluten-free specialty foods company. Their products taste amazing! I love their Paleo chocolate chip cookie dough. I have tried several paleo cookie recipes and most did not bake properly or taste very good. Not the case with Cappello’s cookie dough. You can find Capello’s online or at select grocery stores nationwide. A complete list of retail locations is located on the website.

11.  STOWAWAY COSMETICS: Stowaway Cosmetics is a unique collection of makeup made up of only miniatures. Pinky-size lipsticks, cigarette-length eyeliners, and blush no bigger than a silver dollar are all included in the Stowaway basics collection. In addition, you’ll find BB creams, mascaras, and concealers.  Great for travel and great for your skin all at the same time!

12.  THE BAKER’S APPENDIX by Jessica Reed: I collect cookbooks from all over the world and this handy reference guide makes converting recipes quick and easy. It features conversion charts, substitutions, common ingredient weights in cups and grams, and more of those little details we are always scrambling to look up on our iPhones, with floury, buttery fingers!

What are you loving lately? Tell me in the comments!

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Wish List

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is officially underway. The early access phase for Nordstrom card holders is July 9-16.  The sale opens to the public on July 17. This is by far the best sale of the entire year! It is a great time to scoop up the latest in fall fashion and stock up on best-selling products. I’ve rounded up my favorite picks. Hope you find some inspiration for your fall wardrobe. Happy Shopping! Continue reading “Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Wish List”

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is coming up soon! Whether it’s your mom, sister, grandmother, or BFF, I rounded up some fun + fabulous gift ideas. My mother’s day gift guide includes: personalized jewelry with family names, beautiful organic farm-fresh flowers from The Bouqs online flower shop delivered overnight and the softest most luxurious throw. There’s also fabulous skin care products from Good Body, a hold-everything MZ Wallace bag, and even a sweet pair of Olivia Von Halle silk pajamas.

I also think experience gifts are a wonderful way to honor a loved one. Some ideas include tickets to a Broadway show, a cooking class, a spa day or weekend getaway. Magazine and box subscriptions are fun gifts too!

I hope you find some inspiration for your mother’s day gift giving.

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My Favorite Personalized Jewelry

My Favorite Personalized Jewelry

I love personalized jewelry. I still have my initial ring and necklace my parents gave me when I was a teen. Personalized jewelry is a great gift idea for mother’s day, graduation, and birthdays.

My favorite personalized jewelry designer is Jennifer Zeuner. I love the design and quality of Jennifer Zeuner designs. Etsy is another great site to order personalized jewelry.

I hope you find some lovely jewelry to honor the women in your life or share this list with your boyfriend or husband. Read on to find out some of my favorite pieces.

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