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  1. Sarah
    December 13, 2019 @ 11:06 am

    Darn tough socks. They are warm, don’t wear out, and if they get a hole, you can send them back to Vermont


    • Helen Glenn Court
      December 13, 2019 @ 2:48 pm

      Yes yes yes yes. Darned tough socks are the best. Best best best. Darned tough. Have I made myself clear?


  2. Lauren Z
    December 13, 2019 @ 11:12 am

    That last pic, of your plaid outfit?
    I never want to set eyes upon another pair of clothes ever again. I am ruined.


    • Lauren Z. (another one)
      December 13, 2019 @ 3:11 pm

      …ANOTHER LAUREN Z?!?! Preposterous!! But I am with you on the plaid-outfit sentiments. Also that plaid bow-shirt? Yes please!


  3. Allyson Krauel
    December 13, 2019 @ 11:19 am

    Glass drinking glasses. They are glasses right?! I can’t do anything else. Even my water bottle is glass! Funny thing is I used to sell Tupperware a million years ago!


  4. Dianne E Averill
    December 13, 2019 @ 11:24 am

    Let’s start with Color Street nail polish strips. OMG how have I lived so long and not known about these? You get a professional-looking manicure in about 5 minutes and can go right downstairs and empty the dishwasher and it doesn’t smudge or smear. Really, who has two hours to sit and get their nails done?

    Lipsense lip moisturizer is another amazing product. Not waxy or greasy and keeps my lips from being chapped all winter. Where was this product when I was in elementary school and used to have a plastic bag of Vaseline in my pocket?

    After my business moved from a larger office to a smaller one, we had a lot of leftover desk accessories like baskets and file holders. I have repurposed these into racks for the full-size freezer we keep in the garage. It lets me store bags of homemade meatballs upright, and keep all kinds of stuff separated, especially frozen veggies and fruit that ends up in a lump.

    My final “can’t live without” is Overtone. This is a hair color that’s not a dye. I am very very allergic to chemicals in hair dye, but hate my gray. Overtone is pigment that is delivered to your hair in a thick conditioner. It comes in purples and pinks and greens and oranges AND in ginger and light brown and dark brown and real colors. It’s amazing and, for me, covers all the gray. It leaves my hair soft and smelling wonderful, and it’s healthy and good for my hair. And it lasts in my hair for more than six washes, and fades slowly.


    • rowan twosisters
      December 17, 2019 @ 9:44 am

      Yesssss on the overtone! I used to be married to a hairstylist, so every class homedude went to i ended up getting until that bastard broke up with me two hours after putting in pink balayage extensions i did not want. By the time I got them pulled out (it took a minute, i was in shock) it had become part of my brand.

      Overtone to the rescue! And some legit quality henna from

      So henna ginger roots, overtone pink ends, some groovy color spill in between.



  5. Cindy W Johnson
    December 13, 2019 @ 11:30 am

    Fun list! You convinced me to order an electric toothbrush. This is a silly thing but I have enjoyed my bag tote handles so much. How many grocery bags can you carry in one trip? THIS will exponentially increase your record number. Tote -a-sack


  6. Miriam
    December 13, 2019 @ 11:31 am

    Za’atar spice powder. The only thing in the kitchen is eggs and rice? Make a an omelet, and saute the veggies/onions in za’atar powder. Need a snack? Put it on your fresh popped corn instead of salt/butter. Some seasoning on that very boring chicken breast? Za’atar. I don’t know why, but it just makes me happy on a weekly basis.

    Size small dish washing gloves. Size 7, flocked lined as sold at my local safeway, and opening a new pair makes me look forward to plunging my hands into a bowl of grimy dishwater.

    Second Darn Tough Socks, though if too many people start to like them will they stop with the guarantee??


  7. Nancy Oliver
    December 13, 2019 @ 11:56 am

    Quoddy slippers. It’s all I wear inside my home. They won’t smell because it’s real wool and not a synthetic. And there warranty is amazing.


  8. Lisa D.
    December 13, 2019 @ 12:15 pm

    My most favorite recent find was Dove Soap with Moroccan Argon Oil. OMG! It smelled divine. I have really dry skin, and I used to work as an aesthetician, so was aware of, and tried many, many skin care products out there. I didn’t use it on my face, but showered with it every day, and kept a bar in my soap dish. THEN THEY DISCONTINUED IT IN BAR FORM!!! Why do they do that? I read all these favorable reviews on Amazon, and they still did it! It is now only available in a foaming mousse only, which is not my preference as the container does not fit in my shower niches, but at least it’s available. A bar of soap is such a simple, elegant, transportable, magnificent thing to behold.

    My second most favorite find are rubber kitchen gloves by Casa Bella. THE BEST! They last much longer and are stronger than other brands.

    My third favorite thing is Butter London Horsepower Base Coat for nails. I have very weak nails and most nail strengtheners turn my nails yellow. This one does not have all of the nasty ingredients in it, but works very well.


  9. Ann
    December 13, 2019 @ 12:24 pm

    I’m lacking in my list of favorite things, I guess.
    Mostly I like things that I (we) create the bestest. Sadly, I cannot share a picture here of my latest favorite creation for all to feast their eyes upon.

    Merry Happy Christmas Holidays


  10. Lisa D.
    December 13, 2019 @ 12:39 pm

    A suggestion for sunscreens if you are still interested in trying one, is LaRoche Posay. They are a bit pricey, but an excellent product. You are a very smart lady for staying out of the sun, and a physical barrier is always the best protection.

    Hope you and Paul have a Joyeux Noel, and a happy 2020!


    • Joanne Palumbo
      December 13, 2019 @ 9:23 pm

      Yes on that sunscreen! My derm recommended it and now it’s all I use. Every. Single. Day.


  11. Ann W.
    December 13, 2019 @ 12:59 pm

    Ooohh, what a great post! For me: Pyrex custard cups for mis en place – endlessly useful!, matching/labeled/alphabetized spices, real (not digital) cookbooks, a cut crystal jam jar without the top for pens next to my reading chair, cocoa butter for my cuticles (decanted into pretty little jar next to pens), needlepoint (the grid thing is meditative 😊), rocking and swiveling patio chairs, cotton quilts!


  12. Sharon
    December 13, 2019 @ 1:02 pm

    Co-signing on bentonite clay. I use it as a facial mask on my ridiculously sensitive, eczema-prone, combination skin. It’s a beast on acne pimples and blackheads for me. I mix a little with water ( some people use ACV) to make a paste, and apply. Let it dry, and remove with a wet warm wash cloth. Pat dry and use a little witch hazel as a toner, then moisturize.

    Castor Oil:

    Castor Oil is a magic elixir for my eczema flairs. A little dab on a rash relieves itching, and helps to clear it up.

    Hot Oil treatment
    Mixing it with jojoba oil, or Olive oil, Rosemary and lavender essential oils (or EO of your choice) in a glass bowl, heated for 10-15 seconds in the microwave. Apply to hair with a brush (like you would hair color), cover with a plastic cap for at least 30 minutes or longer. Shampoo out. Works for when I can’t use a creamy conditioner ( hair is braided or in locs).


  13. Cheryl
    December 13, 2019 @ 1:04 pm

    I’m surprised the soda stream didn’t make your list. It’s been a godsend for me- the only way I will drink water!

    My only 2 other recommendations are culinary in nature.
    1) a good set of knives. Nothing compares. I implore anyone to spend the money!!! We have Shun Classic.
    2) a Myer lemon tree. I don’t know… Watching these beautiful lemons growing in your kitchen is just a treat. Plus I preserve them to add in all of my Moroccan cooking.


  14. Val
    December 13, 2019 @ 1:06 pm

    Another sunscreen suggestion – JUST IN CASE you’ve never tried Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock – once it’s on, it feels like NOTHING. (At least to me. Your mileage may vary.) Being a translucent redhead, I’m a connoiseur of these things. 😉


    • Tammy
      December 13, 2019 @ 9:46 pm

      Sometimes I use it as a makeup primer…great stuff


  15. Jennifer Schultz
    December 13, 2019 @ 1:06 pm

    Apart from the essential minutiae – Clothespins, reusable storage bags, giant IKEA totes, Burt’s Bees lip balm – I rely on the following:
    Vitamin E oil – cheaply had most anywhere, hydrates the way other products can’t, and absorbs QUICKLY.
    A drying line above the kitchen sink – you could substitute a towel rack if a line seems too tacky. I refuse to use sponges which are actually petri dishes for bacteria growth, so prefer a dish rag (washable, durable, I can make them out of fabric scraps) and need these to dry completely between uses. Hence the line. I also use those plastic net pot scrubbers that roll up like a tube sock – plastic is bad, but I can wash these in the dish washer and they last forever.
    Target brand unscented cat litter. Low dust, doesn’t track too badly, works great.


  16. Mary
    December 13, 2019 @ 1:10 pm

    I am concerned about the clay and hoping there is no flint or silica in it, because it is not good for you to inhale that stuff. As a potter who acquired COPD from sweeping clay floors in a huge studio for years, I just wanted to check into this.


  17. Christine Whittington
    December 13, 2019 @ 1:17 pm

    My salt pigs! I put “salt pig” on my Christmas list last year and received *four* of them. I use all four–for Kosher sea salt, fine sea salt, Himalayan pink salt, and flake salt. So much easier than rooting around in the pantry for the right kind of salt.

    Also, my Aeropress coffee maker. Smoothest coffee ever.

    Our weighted blanket. Cats also love it, for some strange reason, so be sure to get one with a cover that kitty claws can’t penetrate.


    • Tricia
      December 13, 2019 @ 5:44 pm

      I got my husband an aeropress for Christmas this year & I’m always so happy when people say they love it. What grind coffee do you use, I’d yu don’t mind me asking?


  18. Patricia Watters
    December 13, 2019 @ 1:58 pm

    Heated seat warmers. It’s gotten colder here and it’s nice to sit in a warm seat (and know that it’s not warm for some icky reason!).


  19. Lisa Smith
    December 13, 2019 @ 2:27 pm

    Borax – We have a rescue sanctuary home for geriatric, special needs and hospice pugs (16 of them currently), and we have lots and lots…..and tons of gross laundry. Borax makes sure no matter how bad and smelly it goes in, it comes out fresh and clean and odor-free!!! Now I just need a fleet of washers and dryers.
    Collagen Peptides – Your hair, skin, nails and aching joints will thank you if you slip a scoop into your coffee or protein shake one to three times per day. Tasteless and low in calories, stuff REALLY works!!!
    In a similar vein – Silica, take a couple silica tablets twice a day and your hair and skin and nails will be strong and beautiful!
    NutPods Coffee Creamer – Absolute best tasting non-dairy, low calorie, keto, vegan, paleo, whatever creamer – HANDS DOWN! And I have tried them all. Only 10 calories per tablespoon. Made with a blend of coconut and almond cream….it always tastes just like real cream. Sometimes it looks weird (kind of separates in the coffee in some batches) but that has no effect whatsoever on the wonderful creamy taste. You can also use it to substitute for cream or half and half in your cooking. I can’t praise it enough and I buy it by the case every month from Amazon. Also comes in flavors….but I prefer the original plain.
    Fancy Cat Fountains – This is my favorite artist, but you can search on Etsy and find quite a few people that make them. I abhor ugly pet bowls, but I must scatter them all over the house and outside because many of our dogs have severe mobility issues. These look lovely in any room and come in any style or color you could want. They will also do custom work if you have a particular theme or style/color in mind. I like to shop their “seconds” and find beautiful fountains with slight flaws in the glaze, for a deep discount. I also like to put things in mine like pretty stones, ceramic bits, glass marbles, etc. as long as it is non-toxic and waterproof, go for it. The dogs LOVE them and they keep the water fresh. My blind dogs can hear the water and find the bowls easily. Cats go crazy for the trickling, falling water.
    Shoe Horns – How did I ever put on a pair of shoes before I discovered “old man” shoe horns?! They make putting on athletic shoes and any full backed shoe SO EASY and no more rolling down the heel of your tennies trying to put them on! A little thick around the middle or have arthritis or just sore from your killer leg workout? You will love how easy a shoe horn makes putting on your shoes. I even brought one to leave at the gym for everyone to use.


  20. Kiera R
    December 13, 2019 @ 2:30 pm

    Bar Keepers Friend-a cleaner that makes everything shiny! I use it on pots, pans, my bath tub, the weird laminate counter top I have that stainless steel bowls scuff. I recently used the liquid version too, for polishing old copper hardware and they were transformed into shinning beauties!

    On the polished note, also Top Brite polish is a small company in NH that makes the best polish. It smells and requires a little elbow grease, but it makes things shine so bright! I use it on jewelry, hardware, etc. I used it on my copper hardware after a round with the liquid Bar Keepers and it gave an almost mirror like finish.

    My other go-to that I also like to gift is a magnetic cell phone holder for my car. It was like $6 on amazon and it holds great! Super easy-don’t have to mess with weird arms to hold it in place. I guess it interferes with wireless charging, but that’s not a concern for me.


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