Things I Like Lately, Part I

Prepare yourself – I’m sharing gift ideas today!

I hate shopping.

I’m missing all sorts of girlie genes, and a love for shopping is definitely one of them.

Don’t get me wrong –

I LOVE giving.

It’s just the actual act of shopping (people, noise, crowds, lines!) I dislike.  I try to do as much shopping as possible online, but sometimes I have to suck it up and join the crowd.

When I finally do force myself out into the real world, I find all sorts of things I LIKE.

I’m going to share a few of those things today.

Maybe you know someone who would like these items too?

(Or better yet, maybe you would?)

•  King Arthur Baking Products – I’ve yet to try a King Arthur product I haven’t had good results with.  (Many are gluten free.)  I don’t bake a LOT, but I do bake around the holidays.

•  Vitamix Professional Blenders –  Yes, I got my Christmas present prior to Thanksgiving this year.  This machine is SAVING me so much pain in the kitchen – literally.  I use it as a food processor, soup maker, smoothie maker, etc., etc. It replaced my 20 year old, pain in the ass, food processor and my not-quite-as-old blender.  I should have gotten one the day after my car accident.  I would have, if I only knew how much easier it would make my life.  It has been used a minimum of twice a day since Briefcase brought it home a few weeks ago.  Chopping (post car accident) is one of the most painful things I “have to” do – this machine is making a huge difference for me.  (Not only that, this particular model CLEANS ITSELF!)  It’s a miracle machine!  Yes, it’s expensive.  And YES, it’s worth every penny – especially for me with my bum arm.

•  Hobo Lauren Wallet (for women) – I’ve loved Hobo wallets forever.  This one is bigger than I usually like, but fantastic.  (That’s what she said?)  It can sub as a clutch purse when you don’t want to carry anything else.  It even has a compartment for your phone.  I’ve never met a Hobo wallet I didn’t like, but this is my current favorite.  (Other Hobo wallets can be found here.)  P.S. Hobo wallets feel good in your hands!

•  Kindle Fire HD  –  I had a first edition Kindle and loved it.  It died on me last summer, at the very beginning of a five hour flight.  I wanted to weep right there on the plane.  Fortunately for me, when I eventually went to replace it, Amazon had just come out with the Fire HD version.  I love my gadgets, and I won’t board a flight without my Kindle.

Lancome Oscillation Vibration Infinite Power Mascara – I don’t wear much make up, but I’m rarely without mascara.  (I have blond eyelashes and I appear to have NO eyes at all if I don’t wear mascara!)  I’ve tried many brands of mascara, and this one is worth every penny.  Ladies, it’s a mascara tube that vibrates, what could be better?  

•  GoPro Hero3 Black Edition – The GoPro belongs (also) on my photography page, but just about everyone I know wants one whether they’re a “real” photographer or not.  GoPro’s are just FUN!  The new Black Edition is currently hard to find, but rumor has it a few have already shipped via my friends at B&H!

•  Tervis Tumblers – I (almost) always have one with me.  These “glasses” are the greatest invention ever.  There’s no need for coasters – they don’t “sweat” even when filled with ice.  They’re insulated so drinks stay cold in them for hours upon hours.    I frequently leave one in my car while I go shooting on the beach.  When I get back to my (hot!) car a few hours later, the tumbler still has unmelted ice in it and my very cold drink.  I’ve dropped them on my kitchen brick floor, and they haven’t even cracked.  I put them in the dishwasher with no problems.  Seriously, I have one with me 90% of my waking hours.  (I get lids and straws for them too … I always have one with me while driving.)

I’ll post a few more things I like soon.

In the meantime, do you have anything you like lately?

(It always help with shopping when people share gift ideas!)

P.S.  I had some issues with my comment section yesterday.  Everything appears to be working great again today!

8 Responses to “Things I Like Lately, Part I”

  1. Jan's Sushi Bar

    I was going to say something about the vibrating mascara, but I’m so overcome with envy about the Vitamix, I can’t think of anything.


    • Suzanne

      I’m sorry. : (
      I’m sure there is one in your future.
      It is helping me SO much with my arm ….

    • Suzanne

      It has a cleaning button!

      It also has a soup button ….
      And a button for smoothies …
      And a button for frozen desserts …
      And ….

  2. Erica

    Amazon gives you five cents off the Vitamix… Worst. Sale. Ever.

    • Suzanne

      Yes, but they’re 50 dollars less than Williams Sonoma’s “normal” price for the same model.


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