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    Mar 30, 2020

    19 Things That'll Work For You While You Work From Home

    Here's to looking super present in that video call while getting other stuff done just off camera.

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    1. A cold brew maker you can pair with some delish Blue Bottle coffee that'll work on tomorrow's caffeine fuel for 8-12 hours in the fridge as you reap the benefits of today's while you annihilate your to-do list.

    Blue Bottle

    It's made of glass and silicone rubber (aka, it's super easy to clean). To use you simply add ground coffee and water, then wait 8-12 hours for it to do its thang in your fridge.

    Get it from Blue Bottle for $35.

    2. Or a Blue Bottle pour-over kit that'll work its magic while you finally get around to writing that email you've been putting off a few more hours than you should. Then you can reward yourself with a tasty hot cup of coffee afterward!

    Blue Bottle

    It includes 1 dripper, 30 filters, 1 carafe, and 1 pour-over brew guide. So you'll just need coffee!

    Get it from Blue Bottle for $59.

    3. A Tarte "anytime" tinted lip mask to help keep your pout feeling supple and feel like you're 1) doing something great for your skin and 2) don't look like the undead on FaceTime with your friends. (Or maybe *I* just feel that way without lip color?)

    Tarte Cosmetics

    The formula is vegan and cruelty-free, and packs in moisture thanks to ingredients like hyaluronic acid, marine plant extracts, and vegan squalene. AKA, it'll give you color and moisture, without making your lips feel sticky.

    Get it from Tarte Cosmetics for $14 (available in three colors).

    4. A Sharper Image massager foot pillow you can park with you on the couch so you barely have to change your routine to get some real footwork into your schedule.

    The Sharper Image

    Promising review: "My elderly mom was having pain in her calves. I wanted to get her a massager of some kind, but nothing too intense as her skin is delicate. She LOVES this. She uses it each day while watching TV. The gentle vibration makes her feet and legs feel so much better." —Annie's daughter

    Get it from The Sharper Image for $59.99.

    5. Or a Homedics shiatsu massage pillow to position most anywhere as you'd like for lots of OOOOOOHing and AHHHHHHHing. I'm about to have this surgically attached to my lower back.

    Bed Bath & Beyond

    Promising review: "My new best friend. The pillow heats up quickly and delivers a nice temperature. The massage heads do a thorough job of really getting into the muscles in my back. I'm very happy with this purchase." —AB70

    Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $39.99.

    6. Thinx period undies that'll help you hold it down while you're parked on the couch working on a completely different strategy for that big project bc, well, ::gestures at everything::


    For the uninitiated, Thinx period panties are made to wear instead of a liner, tampon, pad, menstrual cup, etc. You wear them without your regular period product, wash them in the cold cycle, let them air dry, and wear them again! As for finding what you need, each product listing includes a dropdown to help you figure out your capacity needs. Plus there's a 60-day trial and free returns if it doesn't end up being the right fit for you.

    Get the All-Star Pack from Thinx for $89 (comes with three pairs in sizes XXS-3XL).

    7. Tarte undereye patches that help battle puffiness and dry undereyes. Plus they won't be super distracting in case you gotta hop on a call to figure out somethings STAT. Actually, your boss will prob ask you where you got them. (Just send along this link!)

    Tarte Cosmetics

    They're vegan and cruelty-free with ingredients like moisturizing coconut oil and blend of algae and marine flower extracts that help reduce the look of fine lines.

    Promising review: "These are some of my favorite patches. They are large and moisturizing for sure. They feel so great on the skin and my under eyes always feel less puffy after use." —B.i.B.

    Get a four-pack of patches from Tarte Cosmetics for $22.

    8. Baby Foot exfoliating foot peel, (aka the OG of these foot masks), you can wear while parked on the couch. Then as we're all social distancing your feet will shed dead skin and come out looking like you just came from a pedicure. Perhaps this is THE BEST time to do something like this. Eh?!


    I've used this stuff before and after the first day or two you think it's done absolutely nothing. BUT JUST WAIT. Your feet will start peeling soon. I suggest soaking your feet just in the tub every night if you can (and we've all got nothing but time right now, huh?) to help ease along everything. Get ready to gross out your friends on your FaceTime happy hours!

    Get it from Target for $25.49.

    9. An express egg cooker here to help you live out your fantasy (or my fantasy?) of whipping up some deviled eggs JUST for yourself. No minding them as they cook in this lil' device. And it'll ding when they're ready!

    Sur La Table

    This is one of those things that I've put in a million stories. My friend Marissa bought it from one of said stories and loved it SO much that she bought a second so she could run two at a time. And in case you're wondering, she has zero regrets. It makes hard-boiled, soft-boiled, poached or scrambled eggs in minutes; makes up to 7 boiled eggs, 2 poached eggs, or 1 individual omelet. Plus it has dishwasher-safe parts!

    Get it from Sur La Table for $19.95 (available in four colors).

    10. Or if you're missing those Starbucks sous vide egg bites, a dedicated egg bite maker could be just the thing to give your morning routine WFH a bit more normalcy.

    Sur La Table

    This quick-heating device includes a four silicone cups for forming said egg cups. Granted, it won't take these SUPER long to cook. But worth whipping up while you're on something that is (thank god) a phone call instead of a video call for once.

    Get it from Sur La Table for $19.95 (available in blue or red).

    11. A lightweight but super absorbent hair towel you can wrap your locks up in to be a bit kinder on your sleep schedule AND you hair to lessen or completely cut down on heat styling. Ya' gotta love something that just sits there and deals with your wet hair so you don't have to!

    Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed

    My colleague Natalie Brown (shown here!) washes her hair at night. Here's her routines.

    "Since I ordered mine, I've used it every night and every other time I shower, and am IN LOVE. It keeps my pillow from getting wet and my hair from dripping. I don't wake up with still-damp hair. And I'm so happy with the way my hair finishes drying while I'm freaking sleeping that I've been just running a brush through it in the morning and calling it good, all because it's *mostly* dry when I go to bed. It's not perfect, but I think it's pretty good for a heat-free and lazy routine."

    Get it from Ulta for $30 (three colors) or Sephora for $30 (four colors).

    12. A 7-in-1 Instant Pot to bring some scrumptious smells to your kitchen as it cooks dinner for you.


    This 6-quart beaut has 6 uses: pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, saute/browning, stewing, and warmer.

    Get it from Target for $79.99.

    Psst, also check out a BB-8 Instant Pot from Williams-Sonoma for $79.95!

    13. A sous vide precision cooker that works with an app to mind your meat (or whatever else you're whipping up with the French technique) while you peck away at your laptop at the dining room table.


    Promising review: "This was my first sous vide cooker so I don’t have anything to compare to. This thing is awesome! You can use it without the app or with it. Simply plug it in, dial in your temp, then press start. I have made ribeye, lobster tail, chicken breast, and sirloin roast with this cooker and it has all been phenomenal. I’m thinking of buying a second one." —BigBodybussey

    Get it from Target for $99.99.

    14. A repairing hair mask you can comb into your hair and tie back in a bun or cover with a shower cap while it works DEEP to help make your hair look and feel healthier. Go ahead, sit on the couch with a hair mask in your hair. It's a lawless world rn.


    Promising review: "This mask is beyond amazing! After use, my hair is like silk and the results last for a few days! I pair this with the Triple Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner, which may help keep the results. Smells lovely and I use about one to two times a week depending on how my hair feels." —Marg

    Get it from Walgreens for $5.99.

    15. Oven-ready Sun Basket meal kits ready to just pop in the oven for family dinner. Everything's already prepped and g2g. It's almost *too* easy.

    Sun Basket

    Like most other meal kit subscriptions, there are options that include more meal prep. But the oven-ready meals (available in each week's menu!) already come prepped and ready to put in the oven in a container.

    Check out all the oven-ready meals and the butter chicken with basmati rice pilaf shown above here.

    Psst, also check out oven- or microwave-ready meals from Home Chef and Freshly.

    16. A super hydrating sheet mask in case you've perfected the art of reclining an balancing your laptop whilst on the couch. It's truly an art! Besides, you're not wearing makeup rn anyway....


    Get it from Walgreens for $2.99 and check out the rest of Walgreen's sheet masks.

    17. A puzzle dog toy that'll occupy your pupper a bit because even though you've been working from home awhile, they still don't get the whole not-having-time-for-pets thing.


    This toy includes the "stump" and the squirrel toys you can hide inside.

    Get it from Petsmart for $10.39+ (available in three sizes).

    18. A cat scratcher/lounger to keep your furry overlord occupied while you do the work to keep up their luxurious lifestyle.


    Get it from Petsmart for $6.99.

    19. A Roomba robot vacuum that'll take care of cleaning the floors for you while you plug away from the couch. The last thing you wanna do after WFH all day is cleaning your work area.

    Best Buy

    This bb has a 90-minute run for every charge, a three-stage cleaning system, works on all floor types, and docks in its station once it's made a pass over your floors.

    Promising review: "We are 'seniors' and this is one of the best investments we've made. We love our Roomba! It does a great job and saves us from actual vacuuming. I highly recommend one of these. There are many to choose from but this one fit our budget and it actually works well!" —Twinkle

    Get it from Best Buy for $224.99. Also check out a robot mop for $449.99.

    Look at you doing such a good job WFH!!!

    Fox Searchlight Pictures

    Yes, I realize Kip wasn't doing work and was instead looking for love here but please, we're all trying our best OK?!

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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