Stuff we're loving this year

November 20, 2017

I do a round up of some of my favorite products this week every year -- because I am NOT a girl who gets up early on Black Friday to shop. Nope. I have friends that do it and love it and I'm always tempted. But my tired, full turkey belly self sees the darkness outside and says NO, let's stay in bed and shop online! 

So this is for those of you who are like me. And even for those of you who aren't, because these items are GOOD and are great gifts. But I think you might like them for yourself as well. :) 

This was one of those items I found while we were in the I dreamed of hot baths in our new house: 
bamboo bath tray for wine glass

I have always wanted one of these bamboo bath trays but our old tub was too wide. This one narrower so I was excited that we could use it! It stays on our tub at all times and I freaking LOVE it. 

There's a spot to hold up your book/tablet/phone, one for a candle or soap and do you see the best part? A holder for your wine glass! 😂 Amazing! 

It's easy to slide back and forth and as I said, it stays here all the time. It dries out easily as well. 

My husband has very few requests when it comes to general decor, but he loves Christmas decorations. 

Months ago he mentioned he wanted us to put candles in the windows at the new house and I was happy to oblige. :) We did some research and ended up buying these flameless window candles
timer window candles

I LOVE them. The base has a little bit of weight to it so they don't feel cheap. They come with a remote so you can turn them on with that, or you can use the timer option so they turn on at the same time every day for five hours. 

They also come with batteries and so far so good -- we've had them up for a couple weeks now and all are still lighting up beautifully every night. These candles are a little expensive but so far seem to be great quality -- they look SO lovely when we drive up to our house! And the timer option makes it so you set them and forget. 

OK, I shared this one with you a couple weeks ago but a reader just told me my favorite vacuum is on sale this week so I had to add it to the list. 

You can see why I love this vacuum so much at that link, and one of the reasons was the price. But this week this lightweight vacuum is only $30!!: 
best inexpensive vacuum!

Ahhh, get it! Go now. I just bought some as Christmas presents. :) I love this little vacuum and how powerful yet lightweight it is.

I have had this little chargeable screwdriver for years and really came to appreciate it after we moved:
rechargeable drill/screwdriver

I couldn't find my bigger drills and this was the first I found in boxes -- it was SO helpful. It still had a charge after sitting in storage for months too. It's powerful enough to put furniture together as well as hang items. You can easily change the direction as well. It is a GREAT tool idea for someone just getting into DIY -- hanging photos is the first step!

I shared our foyer with you last week, and my favorite new decorating items are the tall black lanterns:
affordable black lanterns

I am not kidding when I say I've been looking for an affordable lantern for a very long time. I love the look of them but tall ones (this one is two feet tall) are hard to find for a decent price. 

They can be used anywhere! I think these will move around a lot. And I want more too -- but I'm holding back for now as I get a feel for how I want things in the new house. 

This next one is thanks to my husband as well -- he found these extension cords/usb cords and we love them:
extension cord with usb chargers
They are extension cords that have two additional plugs and four usb plugs. We like them for by the bed, in the office and take them when we travel as well -- they're super helpful in hotels.

We have two cats that used to get sick a lot. Both of us have had cats every day of our lives and we couldn't figure out why they did it. We've taken them to the vet numerous times and no one could explain it (they weren't sick, no allergies), so I did some research on my own. I read that some cats overindulge and I found some suggested a timer feeder for the cat food:
timed pet feeder

This thing has really helped! We put a small amount of food in each compartment and you can set the time for it to rotate to whatever you want (and it's really easy to set). Smaller portions help their eating and therefore their bellies, so it has reduced the issue BIG time. But now that we have it, we love it overall and highly recommend it for kitty owners. It runs on batteries but they are supposed to last a full year -- so no worries about it running out. We've had these for months now and so far so good. 

There you go! These are our latest and greatest in our household. We love and use all of them. Do you have any of these items in your house? 

You can see my other favorites posts from 2016 here, and 2015 here

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  1. How does this vacuum do on carpet? I'm a parent to a 9 year old Dyson, and skeptical of this cheaper vacuum :)

  2. I love that bamboo bath tray, that's awesome!!!!!!! Won't work with my big Jacuzzi tub, however. Too bad! The candles are in my shopping cart....I think they'd look great in my windows!

  3. Great post. Just an FYI, the link for that usb/extension cord didn't work for me.

    1. Me either. Also QVC is a another great place for the flameless candles. They have them in different colors too.

  4. The link for that extension cord/USB cord doesn't take you to the actual item - just to Amazon's home page. Can you post that for those of us interested in it? I tried doing a search on Amazon for it, and it gave me lots of them but not this particular one you wrote about. Thanks!

    1. I think this is it--

  5. I bought the vacuum yesterday and actually paid $27 including tax! They had an extra 15% off. Couldn't wait to try it and it really did do great. I am so used to my kirby (yes, I know! but it has been so good for 25 years) that I was very skeptical, but thought hey, if it only does hardwood I am okay with that. But it did great on our carpets too. We have a short nap, but worked great! Thanks so much for this recommendation, I needed something light and easy, now that it is just the hubby and I. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    1. I purchased the vacuum on Monday, too! Was pretty pleased I waited for the extra discount for Cyber Monday. I'm SUPER excited to be able to get rid of my Eureka that spread more dirt/dog hair than it sucked up!
      Thankful for the recommendation, as well!

  6. Just had to let you know that I recently bought the B&D vacuum and I love it!! I love it so much that I'm going to sell my Miele vacuum which I find to be too heavy and tempermental. The B&D is so light and easy that my kids love using it! And I s pleasantly surprised at what a thorough job it does. I couldn't believe how much dirt there was in the canister after I vacuumed a little 4'x 4' area to try it out!


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