Just for fun: a few of the relatively small, relatively inexpensive things that are making life a little bit better lately:
1. BOOK DARTS
My whole family (even the 5-year-old) loves and uses these beautiful, magical little bookmarks. They mark not only your space, but the exact spot where you left off reading. I use them to flag passages I want to come back to, especially when I’m planning to write about something. So much prettier than post-it notes.
2. TARGET SANDALS
Target brought back my favorite old sandals for this season, which is great because my go-to pair is looking a little shabby (even though they’ve held up remarkably well. You can’t beat great style for $16. I’m tempted to get them in every color but I’m sticking with pewter.
3. TRADER JOE’S COFFEE RUB
Add this to my TJ’s favorites list. I’ve been wanting to try a coffee rub for years, but never did it until I saw this cute little $2 can on the “just arrived” endcap. We tried it that night and we are hooked. So far we’ve had it on flat iron steak and chicken breasts.
Hot tips: you’ll get better results if you season your food an hour in advance, but it’s pretty darn good even if you don’t plan ahead. It doesn’t smell that great in the can but don’t let that stop you. And if you love it, stock up, because when this seasonal item is gone, it’s gone.
4. FLOWERS FROM THE GARDEN
I’m a fresh flowers junkie, and I love this time of year when we can snip a few stems from the backyard and bring them inside. I love it even more when my kids do it.
5. STAEDTLER PENS
I received my first pack as a surprise, anonymous gift two years ago and I’ve been hooked ever since. Everyone needs to find the pen that works for them, and these work for me—and make my handwriting halfway legible, most of the time.
6. ePANTRY CANDLES
I briefly fell out of the candle lighting habit when the weather warmed up, but I made myself get back to it and I’m so glad I did. I light a candle when I sit down to work in the early morning, and I light a candle when we’re cleaning up the kitchen at night. It’s such a soothing, sweet-smelling ritual, and ePantry’s candles are the best. (You can get one free right now.)
7. ICED COFFEE
I adore iced coffee season because it’s just so easy to make, and enjoy. No hot water, stirring, or measuring needed—just pour and go. Pioneer Woman’s recipe is my favorite.
8. EVERLANE TANKS
These are the backbone of my summer uniform and they’re working great. The Ryan style is great for casual days, but I especially love the linen tank: it feels cool, looks polished, and goes with everything. (A good thing, because I’m wearing these practically every day.)
9. TWINKLE LIGHTS
The lights make this my favorite place to hang out when the sun goes down.
What are the little things YOU are loving right now? I’d love to hear them in comments.
P.S. Also loving: instagram, and I’m hosting an ePantry giveaway over there today. Follow me @annebogel for details.