Today I’m sharing some summer favorites, though not quite the traditional way. Some are free, one is a little pricey, but all are very, very simple, and making me irrationally happy on a near-daily basis during these hot hot summer months.
1. Lucy’s Cons
Converse All-Stars have always struck me as happy shoes, and my 10-year-old’s new color seems like the happiest.
2. Cold cans of sparkling water
This is embarrassing, because we have a Sodastream (this one) and I really like it. A lot. But what I really like is to be able to grab a can of something on my way out the door, especially if it’s flavored with grapefruit juice or raspberry and lime. So basically I’m addicted to Spindrift.
You can find it in some delis, and at Costco, and my local Trader Joe’s just started carrying it. But what made me REALLY happy was stumbling upon a great Sprindrift deal when I was at Costco last week. They’re replacing the variety pack I buy with a new flavor combo. Long term, this is bad news, because the new pack includes orange mango and I am allergic to mango in the way most people are allergic to poison ivy. But short term, the old variety pack was on clearance for dirt cheap, so we bought them all. That would be 5 packs x 24 cans. My kids thought I was crazy but seeing my fridge stocked with grapefruit Spindrift makes me really happy.
3. Instant Pot eggs
I’ve never minded making hard-boiled eggs (or soft-boiled, which I like even more but don’t have the patience to make every morning). Fill your pot, boil your water, set your timer … it’s no big deal.
But peeling them is another story: that part is a big deal, or at least it was until I started making them in the Instant Pot. There’s something about cooking under pressure that makes the eggs super easy to peel, which means we’re making—and actually eating—lots of hard-boiled eggs this summer.
I do mine for 5 minutes at low pressure, but if you want an in-depth tutorial (and more science on why it works) I like this one.
It’s a twitter account that tweets tiny constellations throughout the day, injecting some serenity into my twitter feed (which I am checking less and less, because I can’t stop thinking about this TEDx talk).
5. Desk drawers …
aka “organization.” I haven’t had a desk with drawers in years and because of the way this file cabinet is positioned, I have drawers again. (And another thanks to this computer stand, a Target impulse buy.) Plus now I have easy access for filing papers, which means it’s actually getting done.
One of my back-to-school resolutions—even though I’m not the one going back to school—is to keep things organized, so I don’t waste time looking for my stuff. To a large degree, I just need to do it—but having the right tools sure makes it easier.
6. My steamer
Back in April, I shared 6 mini-resolutions for spring, including completing the cycle more often. Specifically, the laundry cycle. Dozens of you commented to say some version of the same thing: get a steamer! So I did. And it’s amazing.
None of you told me which steamer I should get, and it turns out there are a bunch out there, so through a combination of reviews and dumb luck I landed on this one and I really like it. Will and I both use it a ton. It’s so much easier than an iron, but what I really love is our clothes don’t pile up on the ironing board like they used to. Instead of using it in the laundry room, we keep it in our bathroom, near our clothes closet. If anything needs freshening up before we get dressed in the morning, we plug it in and it’s ready in one minute. It’s also easy to pack for trips, so you don’t have to look rumpled even if you’re living out of a suitcase.
Readers, thanks again for the hot tip!
7. My 5-star stamp
First, the bad news: you can’t buy this. My friend (and MMD team member) Katie had it custom-made, by her husband, on his new toy aka 3d printer. I LOVE IT. I use this to stamp a 5-star outline (in my reading journal, of course) and then color in the appropriate star rating.
If we ever add new products to the Modern Mrs Darcy shop, this will be one of them. In the meantime, a similar stamp is available on Etsy (although you’d have to ink carefully to use this in your reading journal), and if you have access to a 3d printer, this is the link to print the same stamp, courtesy of Katie.
Do you have any current favorite things that are bringing you irrational amounts of happiness right now? I’d love to hear about them—particularly if they’re of the not-traditionally-exciting variety.