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    18 Products That Have Helped Me Actually Enjoy Time At Home

    Me before getting a new plant in the mail: :( Me after getting a new plant in the mail: :)

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    1. A succulent from The Nice Plant, because it's impossible to have too many, and this one even comes in a cute pot β€” with drainage!

    writer's hand holding small succulent in green pot

    The Nice Plant is a Black-owned business that strives to deliver "self-care in a box" through house plants and natural products. My plant arrived well-packed and ready to thrive! It also comes with care instructions which is great, since caring for plants doesn't exactly come naturally to me. Good thing I have nothing to do but obsess over when to water this thing!

    Get it from The Nice Plant for $23.99 (available in three plant types and two pot types).

    2. A Mr. Coffee drip coffee pot β€” I've had this guy for over six years, and it quickly brews up cup after steaming cup of coffee just as well as day one. Do I love fancy coffee? Sure. But do I love a simple way to make literally 12 cups of Earth's finest liquid while I am still half asleep even more? Absolutely.

    the writer with a speech bubble saying "i love you" next to the mr coffee saying "I love you, too"
    Rachel Dunkel / BuzzFeed

    If you've somehow never made drip coffee before, listen, it's really easy. Just pop in a filter, fill it with coffee, fill the machine with water, and flip the switch. Boom! You've got java. This machine has also survived many, many moves while packed in pretty precarious boxes, so I can say for certain it's durable.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    For even more beautiful photos of me with my coffee pot, head to "Why A Mr. Coffee Drip Pot Is My Favorite Way To Make A Reliable Cup Of Coffee."

    3. A pair of Glerups felted slippers to keep my tootsies nice and warm all day long. But since they're made of breathable merino wool, they're even great for the summer months if you just want something on your feet indoors. I can't resist a good slipper and these are my fave.

    writer in dark purple shoe-like slippers with tan leather soles
    Rachel Dunkel / Via BuzzFeed

    Glerups rule! They're nice and flexible because they're felted, so it doesn't feel too much like you're wearing shoes inside β€” my feet still feel free! They come in leather- and rubber-soled versions and I opted for the leather. They still feel nice and sturdy and totally durable. I (accidentally) wear them outside all the time and they've held up very well! They're definitely a splurge, but if we're gonna be inside for the foreseeable future, I want my feet to be happy about it.

    Get them from Backcountry for $94.95 (available in sizes 36–47 and nine colors β€” these are listed in the "men's" section, but check the size chart for US men's and women's size conversions).

    4. A bidet attachment, because β€” without giving you too much detail about what my butt's up to β€” it's really fantastic. It was easy to install and I can tell it'll be easy to uninstall and bring along the next time I move. I wouldn't dream of leaving it ~behind~.


    This bidet attachment really was easy to install, works fantastically, and I'm so happy I can easily bring it with me whenever my current lease it up. A worth-it upgrade that I totally recommend. The version pictured above is the Omigo Element, which has rear and front washes. I think this totally suffices, but if you want a touch more luxury, try the Element+, which can also attach to hot water for a warm wash.

    Promising review: "I can't believe we waited so long to make the switch. The bidet life is where it's at β€” so fresh and so clean! The reduction of toilet paper use is a plus. We are saving money and probably some trees. I like having the front and back options on the dial β€” it helps to get the job done. I would like to eventually upgrade to one of the seat attachment models one day. The Element is incredibly easy to install and all the reference materials provided in the box and on the site was very thorough. No regrets!" β€”Junahlyn H.

    Get it from Omigo for $71 (originally $79).

    5. My new skincare staple, Hyper Skin Brightening Clearing Vitamin C Serum, which is packed with 15% vitamin C and vitamin E and works tirelessly to renew rough texture, and lessen hyperpigmentation. Love a good vitamin C serum.

    Rachel Dunkel / BuzzFeed

    This product is paraben-, sulfate-, phthalate-, and scent-free.

    This is a new product for me, and I'm already hooked! I adore vitamin C serums and this is one of the best I've tried. It doesn't have the off-putting smell that some serums have and it doesn't feel tacky when it dries. It layers flawlessly under any moisturizer I've used and I can already tell it's working on getting my complexion nice and smooth after I took a long break from using any skincare at all. Hyper Skin is also a Black woman-owned company! I could not recommend supporting them and trying this product enough.

    Get it from Hyper Skin for $36. (It's currently backordered, but will ship in 10–15 days.)

    6. Loose leaf tea from Brooklyn Tea that makes any night spent at home feel a little cozier. I particularly recommend their Vanilla Rooibos and Darjeeling teas. Hmmmm maybe I'll go put on some water for a cup of rooibos right now, that sounds good.

    the writer's two bags of loose leaf tea on a wooden tray with a mug and small saucer of looseleaf darjeeling
    Rachel Dunkel / BuzzFeed

    Brooklyn Tea is Black-owned and based in β€” you guessed it! β€” Brooklyn, New York. I love their tea because it's very high quality *and* they give you super precise brewing instructions on the back of the packaging. So helpful! Due to high demand, orders will take three to four weeks, but it's worth it! And hey, it's something to look forward to.

    Get them from Brooklyn Tea: the Vanilla Rooibos for $5.99+ (available in six sizes) and the Darjeeling for $6.99+ (available in six sizes).

    7. A New York Times crossword puzzle book, which is the perfect brainteaser for when my head starts feeling a little mushy. My partner and I even used to do these over FaceTime when we were long-distance, but now we get to happily do them together IRL β€” a quarantine love success story!

    best of the week crossword book Monday edition with 50 puzzles edited by Will Shortz

    Get it from Amazon for $10.79.

    Mondays are the "easy" puzzles, but if you want more of a challenge, try the Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday versions of this book for increasing difficulty!

    8. A Summersalt French terry sweatsuit, which I wore pretty much every day during the cool beginning months of quarantine and have started donning daily again now that it's getting colder. πŸ™ƒIt's wildly soft and makes me feel stylish despite it all.

    model in light blue joggers and matching diagonally colorblocked blue and white sweater top

    I can't say enough good things about this sweatsuit. It's pricey, but if you know you need some reliable athleisure that'll last, it's a wise investment, especially since it washes incredibly well. The joggers are cut in a way that makes them feel ~fashun~ so I even wear them on the odd errand. In fact, I'm wearing them right now as I'm writing this and I'm using my future-telling powers to predict I'll ALSO be wearing them when you read this.

    Get them from Summersalt: the top for $65 and the joggers for $80 (both available in sizes XS–2X and two colors)

    9. Ritual Tequila Alternative and Monday Zero Alcohol Gin so I can have a tasty mixed drink at the end of the day even though I don't drink! I highly recommend these for nondrinkers who still love the herbaceous qualities of spirits and to *cheers* with loved ones.

    the writer's bottles of non-alcoholic tequila and gin next to a mocktail
    Rachel Dunkel / BuzzFeed

    I stopped drinking a few years ago, but I've really missed fixing a lil' cocktail at the end of the day. With Ritual and Monday, cocktail hour is back, baby! Ritual's tequila has the spicy-smoky factor that makes mezcal so excellent and Monday's gin is forwardly aromatic with the spirit's signature juniper flavor front and center. Having a mocktail that doesn't just taste like juice? Heaven.

    Get them from Amazon: Ritual Tequila Alternative for $26.99 and Monday Zero Alcohol Gin for $39.99.

    10. A subscription to Book of the Month so I always have a bestseller to look forward to. Their book selections are awesome and I breathlessly anticipate the day they drop, as opposed to dreading the passage of time like usual.

    five of book of the month's book choices

    I adore my Book of the Month subscription! It keeps me sharp, researching the new titles and always looking forward to a new read. It also makes an incredible gift! Each month you get your choice of one of five titles with an option to skip a month and save your credit whenever you please.

    Get it from Book of the Month for $14.99/month.

    11. An exercise bike that really gets my blood pumping! After being on the couch for months on end, I'm grateful for every drop of sweat I've produced since getting this glorious machine. And because I also greatly miss exercise classes, I also got the Peloton App!

    the writer on a black and red stationary bike
    Rachel Dunkel / BuzzFeed

    A few weeks ago, my partner and I caved and got an exercise bike. It felt a bit indulgent but WOW has this thing lifted our spirits like nothing else. I also got the Peloton app, because *newsflash* you don't need a Peloton bike to have access to all of their cycling videos! I used to love exercise classes, so cycling daily has been a real mood-booster. The bike itself is great. No fuss, easy to put together, and gets us sweatin'. Highly recommend the combination of a more affordable bike and the Peloton app.

    Get the from Dick's Sporting Goods for $248.99 and get the Peloton App for $12.99 after a month's free trial.

    12. A Blueland Clean Essentials kit, which made it super-duper easy to get all of the cleaning products I needed in one place β€” and they're eco-friendly to boot! They clean really well, smell great, and I'm happy I won't have to repurchase bottles, just the cleaning tablets.

    Rachel Dunkel / BuzzFeed

    The kit comes with three reusable cleaning bottles, one reusable foaming hand soap bottle and four tablets β€” one each for multi-surface, glass and mirror, bathroom, and foaming hand soap solutions. Just fill each bottle with water and drop in the corresponding tablet. It's as simple as that! The cleaner is made with no triclosan, parabens, phosphates, ammonia, or VOCs.

    Listen, maybe it's just a Me Problem, but I always get kind of confused about what cleaning products to use where β€” they're usually dangerous chemicals and I don't want to mess up! With Blueland, it's honestly a relief to have the bottles labeled, telling me exactly where to use each product. And it's doubly a relief to know that they're all ~clean~ cleaning products regardless.

    Get the kit from Blueland for $39 and check out all of their kit options here.

    13. A French butter crock so I always have fresh, softened butter on-hand and gorgeous piece of pottery to casually display.

    writer holding the full lid of the white speckled butter crock next to the base
    Rachel Dunkel / BuzzFeed

    I'd go so far as to say I'm a butter fangirl, so of course I want nothing but the best for my favorite dairy. This butter crock isn't just gorgeous, it keeps butter unbelievably fresh at room-temperature. Now you're guaranteed to always have some softened butter around so you don't have to do the trying-to-spread-cold-butter-on-bread-and-failing tango. Just put some butter in the top portion, a little water in the bottom portion and put them together to make a perfect seal. This baby also just looks fantastic on my countertop. Love a functional piece of art!

    Get it from CPClayArt on Etsy for $33 (available in three colors).

    14. A cozy Chappy Wrap blanket made of a cotton blend that's nice and warm but also super breathable. Like a tiny baby, I feel the need to be under a blanket basically at all times, and this is my favorite. I got it in the summer and it was not at all too warm, but now that temperatures are dropping, it's so toasty. A magic blanket?

    Chappy Wrap

    The blanket is also machine-washable and can be run through the dryer!

    Get it from Chappy Wrap for $135.

    15. A Nalgene bottle that literally sits next to me at all times. Nalgenes are my Platonic ideal of water bottle: light, huge, simple, and able to be sealed super tightly. I especially love the narrow-mouth ones β€” they're just easier to drink from, imo.

    the writer with a speech bubble saying "you're the best, nalgene" holding a purple nalgene that's saying "thanks you're pretty cool too" back
    Rachel Dunkel / BuzzFeed

    There are so many types of Nalgenes, so I highly encourage you to check out all of their offerings and pick one that really speaks to you. Once you find yours, you won't ever want to let it go.

    Get a 32-ounce narrow-mouth bottle from Amazon for $11.99 (available in 16 colors).

    To hear me yell about this water bottle even more, head to "Here's Why I Won't Stop Telling People How Much I Love My Nalgenes."

    16. A tube of Kiehl's Lip Balm #1, because winter is on its way, which means dry air, which means chapped lips, which means misery. I used to get chapped lips ALL the time, but since I started using this every night, I don't think I've gotten them once.

    three squeeze tubes of lip balm

    The balm is phthalate-, paraben-, cruelty-, and gluten-free. It's definitely expensive for a lip balm, but it's truly the best I've ever used and even though I use it daily, each tube lasts me about six months.

    Get it from Sephora for $10.

    17. A bright new area rug, because I suddenly require every room to have a cheery, vibrant accent piece. I recently got this rug and it helped make a previously sad room into a nice little space I actually enjoy spending time in!

    blue, great, pink and yellow floral and geometric patterned rug
    Boutique Rugs

    It's hard to find a good rug at a good price, but I've been very happy with how this rug looks and performs. I can't get enough color in my home, so having this large *pop* really makes any room β€” yes, I have moved this from room to room, because in my opinion, every space should have a multicolored floral rug, and I can't decide which one this rug should live in!

    Get it from Boutique Rugs for $52+ (originally $110+, available in five sizes).

    Enter code "FLASH60" at checkout to get the discounted price above.

    18. Versed Keep the Peace Cleanser β€” an effective, everyday cleanser that calms acne without drying your skin or stripping your natural oils, making it perfect for twice-daily use. Pretty much as soon as I started using it is became my favorite cleanser, and the only one to make a real dent in the hormonal breakouts I used to sit around all day and pick at.

    model squeezing tube of blue cleanser

    The cleanser is formulated without parabens, silicones, or sulfates.

    I really can't get enough of this cleanser. It makes my skin feel squeaky clean but not too dry. After using it, I feel like my face is the perfect canvas for serums, treatments, and moisturizers to be maximally effective.

    Get it from Versed for $16.99.

    Yup, just another season of relying on my emotional bond with inanimate objects to get me though the day!


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