My 12 Best Buys of 2019

2019 Best Buys

Here are my favorite items I purchased in 2019:

1.    YETI MUG: It keeps my coffee warm for hours at a time. I love how the handle feels on my hand.  It’s available in a variety of colors and under $25!

2.    APL SNEAKERS: The most comfortable and stylish sneakers.

3.    WEATHERMAN TRAVEL UMBRELLA: I finally found an umbrella that is durable and stylish for travel. It weighs under a pound and is less than 12 inches long. Reinforced fiberglass plastic defends against inverting and breaking, Teflon-coated fabric repels water, and the canopy fights off winds up to 45 mph. It’s truly the best umbrella you’ll ever use.

The umbrellas are all backed by a lifetime warranty and designed by a meteorologist. I also have a collapsible design.

4.    LAKE PAJAMAS: These pajamas are so cute.

5.    ZOJIRUSHI STAINLESS STEAL 16-OUNCE MUG MATTE GOLD: This mug does not spill! The locking mechanism allows me to throw it in my tote or gym bag without the fear of it leaking. It also keeps my coffee hot for hours. I also love the color. Other colors are available.

6.   EQUILIBRIUM NUTRITION SINUS SUPPORT: This product is amazing for sinus relief. It cleared up my recurrent sinus infections for good.

7.    PELETON BIKE AND CLASS PASS MEMBERSHIP: I invested in the Peleton bike so I can exercise at home. 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.

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. I also use it locally to take pilates reformer classes.

8.    ICE ROLLER: I keep my ice roller in the freezer and use it in the morning to help with de-puffing my skin. It is also helpful to relieve dark circles.

9.    MADE IN COOKWARE: I love my non-stick frying pan and butter warmer. These non-stick pans are free of PFOA and built to last. The cookware line features premium-quality cookware at a discounted cost made in America. It’s also very popular with chefs.

10.  FIELD COMPANY CAST IRON: I love this skillet. It’s not heavy like other brands. I use it for making the perfect pancakes. It’s also great in the oven for casseroles. Field Company products are made in the USA.

11.  EKOUAERTHERMALS FLEECE UNDERWEAR: These fit better than other brands. If you are traveling to a cold-weather destination, these will help keep you warm.

12.  NATIVE UNION WIRELESS CHARGING PAD: This charging pad is stylish and keeps my iPhone charged wirelessly.

More of my favorite products purchased in 2019:

More of my favorite products purchased in 2019:

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 invested in the Peleton bike so I can exercise at home. 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.

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. I also use it locally to take pilates reformer classes.

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: I love my non-stick frying pan and butter warmer. These non-stick pans are free of PFOA and built to last. The cookware line features premium-quality cookware at a discounted cost made in America. It’s also very popular with chefs.

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.

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.

1.  HEART HOOPS: I wear these heart earrings with my uniform. They are available in gold, silver, and rose gold.

2.  PETITE BLUSH PEARL VELVET HEADBAND: I am in love with this headband. It’s pink, velvet, and studded with pearls.

3.  SIMPLE HUMAN ROSE GOLD SOAP DISPENSER: It is a dispenser that will drop some dish soap on your hands or sponge by a sensor.

4.  DUDLEY STEPHENS HIGHLAND HIGH LOW FLEECE: I ordered a pink fleece and plan to add to my collection. I was surprised at how well the fabric holds up. They are long enough to wear with leggings and great for travel. Dudley Stephens is a US-based, female-owned company that uses sustainable materials and manufacturing processes.

5.  EAST FORK MUGS: Dubbed #TheMug by Instagram, East Fork’s coffee mug is a web phenomenon. Every Tuesday at noon, its web stock is refreshed. They’re also microwave and dishwasher-safe. All of East Fork’s pottery is handmade in Ashville, North Carolina.

6.  PEARL HAIR CLIP: These barrettes are so pretty and stylish.

7. LULULEMON ALIGN PANTS 25″: These lightweight, high-rise pants are the most comfortable workout pants I have ever worn. They are soft and stretch when you move. Lululemon products are expensive, but the fabric holds up for a long time.

8.  JULIA REED’S NEW ORLEANS Food, Fun, and Field Trips for Letting the Good Times Roll: In Julia’s latest book, the consummate hostess and lifestyle expert shares her favorite New Orleans recipes and entertaining tips. I substitute cauliflower rice for white rice.

9.  GARRETT LEIGHT x ULLA JOHNSON PALOMA SUNGLASSES: These sunglasses have the best tint. I ordered the Tortoiseshell design. I also love the rose pink frame.

10. CORNELIA JAMES MERINO WOOL GLOVES: Duchess Kate Middleton owns the Cornelia James Imogen gloves in two different colors, black and brown. In addition to the black and chocolate brown shades worn by Kate, the Imogen gloves come in several colors, including forest green, red, elephant grey, pink, plum purple, navy blue, taupe and biscuit.

11. GRAY MALIN: ITALY: I am a big fan of Gray Malin’s prints. His latest book includes the most beautiful beach photography in Italy. It’s also perfect to display on your coffee table.

12. LEATHER CAMERA SLING STRAPS: These camera straps are lightweight and can be personalized.

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