I like to keep a list in my bullet journal of the (mostly) little, everyday things bringing me a disproportionate amount of happiness these days. A recent sampling:
1. (Actually drinking my) water.
Somehow this winter I’ve finally gotten in the habit of carrying around a water bottle. (I have one of these, and I really like it.) I have to fill one up for my 6am workout, and I’ve been keeping it filled throughout the day. (I know some of you have been doing this your whole lives, but for me this is a big change.)
I told you all many moon ago that I’m a big fan of lemon water, and you heartily recommended True Lemon. I bought some immediately but only started using it recently, dumping a packet in my water bottle when I fill it. THANK YOU. (And what took me so long?) It makes that water bottle so much more appealing.
2. Target plastic organizers.
Like many of you, I have mixed feeling about Marie Kondo’s advice, but I’m grateful for her advice to organize your drawers with Apple boxes. She’s right: the shapes and sizes are wonderful for corralling pens and makeup and post-its and bookmarks. When I ran out of Apple boxes (almost immediately, let’s be honest), I moved on to Birchbox boxes, which are also pretty great.
But I finally reached the tipping point where I wanted more organization and less cardboard, and was delighted to find these organizers near the bathroom stuff at Target. They’re simple, not terribly expensive, and available in two sizes. I sprang for several of each, and now they’re doing a great job sorting my makeup and toiletries in the bathroom and my tea and odds and ends in the kitchen, because I love being able to see what’s in my drawers at a glance.
3. Mario Badescu skincare.
I discovered Mario Badescu a decade ago, when a local shop gave me samples and packaged them up in a branded bag. I left said shop, bag in hand, and walked next door to the stationery store, where three different customers, seeing my bag in hand, stopped me and said Did you get that in town? Tell me where! I’d never heard of the brand before, but clearly people loved it.
I’m a convert: their stuff is easy to use, smells good, a good value for the money, and works great for my sensitive skin. I’ve been delighted to see it pop up recently in more-trafficked places, like Anthropologie (which is doing a stellar job of late curating a nice selection of beauty brands). This $14 enzyme cleansing gel is a favorite.
This two-minute twice-daily podcast is perfectly timed for kids to brush their teeth. My littles ask to listen to it while they brush, which means they brush—for two whole minutes. Genius.
5. New leggings, finally.
I wear leggings to work out; my daughter wears them nearly every day to school. (She has a uniform, and she sticks to it!) We both needed new ones: me because I had none, and she because hers were trashed.
We took stock of our needs and our options before we went shopping, and realized this: my lululemon yoga pants are still going strong after 9 years of wear and hundreds of washes, and her Target and GapBody leggings are trashed after less than a year. (So many holes!)
And so we decided to spring for the good stuff. I found some new lululemon leggings I love and adore (the In Movement tight) and she loves the adorable Athleta leggings she got for her birthday. They’re a splurge, but if I can avoid going shopping for another few years, it will totally be worth it. (Do you have any favorite workout/athleisure brands or items? Please tell me in comments, we could use your recommendations!)
6. My cute little teapot.
“Little” being relative of course. I adore my simple single-cup tea brewer, but sometimes I want to make more than one cup—for myself or to share. I’ve been looking for the perfect tea pot for a ridiculously long time but always got bogged down in the copious adorable options.
I finally decided to just pick something and am so happy with my choice. I don’t know if this is The One Perfect Tea Pot for All Time but right now I am loving the Curve teapot, in aqua, although if I could justify owning six identical teapots I would buy one in every color. It’s pretty and practical, doesn’t spill, has a terrific diffuser, and is basically getting me through our string of rainy/snowy/sleety spring days.
What (mostly) little things are bringing YOU a disproportionate amount of happy lately? I’d love to hear in comments.
P.S. Previous editions of little things I’m loving: 5 late fall/early winter favorites, 7 little January favorites, 9 October favorites, and 7 not terribly exciting things making me really happy these days.