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  1. Tiffany
    December 13, 2019 @ 4:32 pm

    I live in southern Michigan where, if it’s green, it’s poison ivy. If it’s not green … yeah probably still poison ivy. (Hey, guess who got into poison ivy on Thanksgiving day this year?) Any trip outside is an occasion for a thorough scrubbing but despite best efforts, some will get through. I always have a couple of tubes of Zanfel with me, especially when traveling. The stuff is crazy, stupid expensive but is Worth. Every. Penny. The welts have to heal on their own time, but Zanfel takes away the itch. No more wanting to remove limbs instead of sleeping.

    Thanks, Victoria for yet another dose of awesome.


  2. Melissa F
    December 13, 2019 @ 4:56 pm

    Heated mattress pad.


  3. S
    December 13, 2019 @ 5:23 pm

    Pure organic Jojoba oil is inexpensive and closest to our natural sebum oils. Not sticky, no acne and soaks in well. Go easy on the bentonite, as it may have lead. Neoprene comes with cancer warnings. I like Polar Extreme:
    Thanks for being you, Victoria Elizabeth. I especially love your devotion to animals. Happiest New Year yet.


  4. Cyndia
    December 13, 2019 @ 8:37 pm

    My favorite things are Cerave moisturizer, electric kettle, and my new leopard throw pillows from Ballard Designs. I would also add Minnetonka slippers, and my Ugg boots. A recent thing that makes me so happy is a motion-activated light my husband just installed over our kitchen sink.


  5. Kymberly
    December 14, 2019 @ 3:25 am

    My shopping list grew three sizes while reading this. Thank you for the great suggestions.


  6. Lisa D W
    December 14, 2019 @ 4:32 am

    Toss a box of baking soda designed for the freezer – with the flow-through panels – into your car or other small space to rid it of odors.

    When I was a delivery driver, my car always smelled of dead pizza until I started doing this. No it smells like nothing. 😀


  7. Melissa P
    December 14, 2019 @ 10:48 am

    My daily favorites are: DHC facial cleansing oil which helps take off the Cotz tinted sunscreen, anything from (the flan body butter is divine), and finally the mr beams battery operated motion lights which I have on the stairs and multiple locations in the garage. I love reading your insights and you’ve helped sway this 25 year vegetarian to become more of a vegan. Thank you!


  8. vicki bucy
    December 14, 2019 @ 11:05 am

    I LOVE castor oil. I use it on my eyes every night. It’s the only thing that doesn’t irritate them. Would you share if you used it in the shower or after you dry off?

    Love your blog. You have a lovely voice and I love your vibrant energy with everything you do.


  9. Shawn underwood
    December 14, 2019 @ 2:22 pm

    For me hands down it has to be old fashioned clothes pins because I prefer everything vintage and an outdoor clothes line with my vintage push laundry 🧺 hamper. Bliss

    My 1800s cotton slip that I use as a nightgown

    Good sheets ! I haven’t found an awesome cotton yet 🙁


    • Nicole
      December 16, 2019 @ 9:23 am

      Ahhh, the smell of clothes air-dried outdoors!!!!


    • Becky Schneider
      July 8, 2020 @ 2:48 pm

      Shawn Underwood- We *love* our Brooklinen sheets. They were expensive, but I love love love them. I do not like limp sheets that cling to you…I want smooth, cool, almost crackly sheets that do not cling limply. For us- these are it. I love them. I love them in the summer. I love them year-round, actually. I have two sets and I don’t NEED another set right now- but as long as they make them, I will not buy anything else.


  10. michelle bogue-trost
    December 14, 2019 @ 3:54 pm

    Second the castor oil; only i cut it with vitamin E oil and add a drop of essential oil to smell nice. Cuts waaaay down on the goopy stickiness of the castor oil, won’t clog pores, and it’s also super-great for your skin.


  11. Pericolosa
    December 14, 2019 @ 5:38 pm


    (I was going to leave my list right there, but then I thought my second tier might be helpful too.)
    Injinji toe socks.
    Sheepskin mattress topper.
    Vintage Corning Pyroceram cookware, plain white.
    Big dog that likes cats.
    Dr. Dre beatsx.


  12. Amhp
    December 15, 2019 @ 3:29 pm

    About a tablespoon or so of coconut oil in the bath and my skin is never dry in the winter.


  13. Jo Vell
    December 15, 2019 @ 7:20 pm

    Avocado oil is AMAZING on dry skin. And, as at least 2 other comments mentioned, Darn Tough socks are wonderful. They fit well, they’re comfortable, and they are guaranteed!


  14. Mindy
    December 16, 2019 @ 2:20 am

    Acure cloud moisturizer, they are an ethical company and though I miss their previous line of moisturizers this one is great for super sensitive skin. I also use their shampoo and conditioner, though I hate the new square bottles. Im also a lover of wool, we have an amazing wool comforter from a famous wool mill that handmakes them and damned if I can remember their name. We also have a wonderful natural latex mattress and I can highly recommend such a thing. I prefer hand made in my home and can recommend many toy makers as I am one myself but Im drawing a blank for national brands you can get anywhere for household stuff. Anyway, happy holidays, love the cape!


  15. Nicole
    December 16, 2019 @ 9:20 am

    In no particular order:

    1. Ceiling fans. I want them in all rooms of my home… But for now I’ll live with them in the bedrooms only.
    2. Slow-release toilet seat/lid. I love to flush with the lid closed, so closing the lid while standing up and then flushing in a swift move? Life-changing when the lid doesn’t clang shut.
    3. Solid shampoo. No packaging, smells good, my hair loves it, and it lasts forever. Also, solid conditioner.
    4. Baking soda&vinegar. Works for clogged drains, burned pots&pans, grease stains on fabric, general cleaning, you name it. I only buy vinegar by the gallon and baking soda by the 10lbs. bag now.

    Great idea to create this blog post!


  16. Michele Smith
    December 16, 2019 @ 1:25 pm

    You might like Dr Plotka toothbrushes. So clean, no vibration.


  17. Michelle
    December 16, 2019 @ 5:28 pm

    My neighbor convinced me to order a Norwex window cloth… it’s absolutely magical. It cleans glass surfaces, windows, stainless steel, television screens, all screens, and I even used it on our vehicle windows inside and out. Just get it damp, wring out the excess water and go to town! We have 110 window panes in our little Tudor cottage and cleaning them is a breeze.
    My personal favorite thing I’ve discovered is 100 Senses Ultimate Bath Bar. It’s an all-in-one shampoo, bath, and shave bar…it is literally the only thing in the bathroom…we are completely bottle free ❤️


  18. Michelle Seglem
    December 16, 2019 @ 8:56 pm

    Sounds crazy but I ordered a toilet light off amazon and I love it for when I get out of bed in the middle of the night and I don’t have to turn on any lights, and I can fall back asleep easily.


  19. Dawn
    December 17, 2019 @ 6:56 pm

    Yes to Norwex products! Love them SO much.
    Ordered the DHC facial cleansing oil and tried it last night. OMG, so amazing!


  20. Pippa
    December 19, 2019 @ 10:34 am

    I have three things that I now use every single day:

    1) A hot water bottle. I initially purchased this to help with cramps, but have since gotten into the habit of heating water for it as soon as I get home from work, and putting it under the sheets at the foot of my bed. It warms the foot of my bed, and by night-time has cooled enough that I can tuck in and read with my feet rested directly against it. The absolute BEST Wintertime creature comfort.

    2) Laneige lip balm. I used to be a strictly Burts Bees Pomegranate Oil chapstick girl until I found this! A little goes a long way and it is the best at preventing chapped lips. They also make an excellent overnight lip mask that works WONDERS!

    3) Joco travel cups. In wintertime I drink endless cups of tea, coffee and warm water to protect myself from my naturally borderline hypothermic state (hereditary loooooow blood pressure). I haven’t found an insulated cup that I have been truly crazy about, but was gifted one of these borosilicate glass cups with silicone sleeve and lid and have since accepted no other substitutes! It’s pretty, the silicone sleeve protects your hands (But not so much that you can’t warm your hands while holding it), and because it isn’t metal you can pop it into the microwave should your drink need a reheat!


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