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Some of my favorite blog posts to read are the ones that seem the most boring to write. Take my “What I’m Loving” series. To me, it seems like there is no way anyone would be interested in my “favorite things.” After all, I’m not an expert in anything and I’m certainly not Oprah! Strangely, I love reading these types of posts because they are products that women just like me love and enjoy. (Which makes sense…. I mean, I almost always read the reviews before I buy something!) So if you’re like me and enjoy reading product/company reviews by an average woman, then today’s post is perfect for you!
Lately, it seems like our mealtime conversations have been the same ole, same ole. “How was your day?” “Good. Yours?” “Good.” I found these TableTopics while browsing Amazon and bought them on a whim, hoping that they would improve our conversation topics. Each question has a thought-provoking question. We usually go through 2 or 3 cards during dinner; we love how they’ve not only improved our dinnertime chats, but we’ve been able to learn new things about each other. The TableTopics we bought were specific to couples, but there are also topics for families, foodies, and cocktail parties, among others.
Our previous home printer was 6 years old, and when it recently stopped working, we decided it was finally time to upgrade. I spent weeks pouring through Amazon reviews in an attempt to pick the best, most affordable home printer and finally selected this one. It’s been an excellent choice! All of the documents I’ve printed are crisp and look nice. My only caveat is that according to the Amazon reviews, some users had issues with the Instant Ink subscription. I personally opted not to use the HP CD to set up the device and did it on my own; I haven’t had any issues with the printer auto-selecting Instant Ink to date.
A few years ago, as a reward for myself when I paid off my first debt during my debt snowball, I bought a camera bag from JoTotes. I still love that bag, but sadly, I’ve noticed over the years that I don’t carry it often since it’s a shoulder bag and toting a heavy camera in the bag caused me shoulder/back pain. Andy suggested I switch to a backpack camera bag and when we were walking around Target one day, I saw this one. Andy bought it as an anniversary gift so I could take it on our camping trip and it was a total game changer. I happily took more photos with my DSLR on that trip than I had in months simply because the new bag didn’t hurt my back! The best part is, it’s even roomy enough to fit my travel tripod.
Speaking of my travel tripod, another gift from Andy to me (way back at Christmas) was a new travel tripod for my camera. When I first bought my camera, I bought this 50-inch AmazonBasics tripod. It served me well but was inconvenient to travel with since it didn’t fit in any of my bags. Now that Andy and I are traveling more, we both wanted a tripod that comfortably fit into my camera bag. Yes, “we.” Andy is always the photographer’s assistant on our vacations 😉 We tried this out on our second wedding anniversary camping trip and loved it, mainly because it fits in my new camera backpack. The price was right for our budget, and it’s quick to put together when we’re traveling.
And finally, for the last thing I’m loving, I decided to link an entire store since I couldn’t pick just one item 😉 I was in desperate need of summer clothes that I could dress up for work and dress down on the weekends. I haven’t gone clothes shopping in years, so it was time to buy new ones. Living in a rural town with a dying mall means my in-person shopping opportunities are quite limited and I didn’t have the time/desire to spend an entire day traveling to a bigger city to go shopping. I happened to see an email for a 50% off sale at Old Navy, and the rest is history! I bought many new dresses for between $8-$15 apiece, new jeans for $15-25, Bermuda shorts for $12.50, and some adorable sandals for $15. My “big splurge” was a pair of $30 wedges; I had been looking for a pair of wedges but couldn’t find the perfect ones until I saw these Old Navy ones online. Since I’m already 5 foot 7, I wanted a pair of wedges no taller than 3 inches; the Old Navy ones were the perfect height! What I especially loved about Old Navy’s online shopping is that I could exchange clothes for free (with free shipping) and they would still honor the sale price.
What are your “can’t live without” products that I need to try?