Thursday, January 27, 2022

Favorite Purchases for Him in 2021

Back again with Matt's round-up of all of the purchases he loved most in 2021. When the man gets excited about something, get ready to hear about it every time he uses it, and then again the next day. Here's everything that got the most rants and raves during our most recent lap around the sun.

one: if you take nothing else away from this post, just take this: get your man these pants. The most comfortable, flattering, versatile pant that he's slowly been purchasing in every single color.

two: sunglasses are on every darn gift guide, but Matt swears these are different. A flexible frame that bends when needed, they also feel like they adjust to the light "They make driving towards the sun incredibly comfortable", he says, as he excitedly demonstrates this while putting them on and pretending to drive a car as I type this.

three: a battery charge checker when he's really in dad mode and switching out batteries in all the things. This tells you if a battery has any charge left or if it's totally dead, if you're anything like us and just end up with a junk drawer full of them.

four: I swear Matt started some kind of love affair with Thule, but here's just one of his purchases that goes everywhere with him: weekend trips and on European vacations alike. This is actually a kind of two-in-one bookbag, with a smaller day pack clipped onto the front. Incredibly handy for a carryon, I must admit. Also makes me laugh because when we first started dating he would show up on my doorstep with a cardboard box full of his stuff because he had no bag at all. 

five: Alright, hear him out on this one, because I totally buy the hype. A wireless Apple Car Play adapter for your car. Your iPhone automatically connects to your car's Apple Car Play functionality without having to mess around with wires, plugs, etc. So convenient. 

six: he says to keep this in the car if you need just about any tool you can think of: pliers, scissors, screwdriver for small repairs. It's come in handy so many times.

seven: If you're an ice person, this makes the most satisfying ice cubes without the insane price tag of a nugget ice maker. This one has a permanent place on our bar cart and is used throughout each day.

eight: These were the best stocking stuffer of 2020 that we've used almost every single day since. They don't sweat, they keep beverages cold, and they're so satisfying to drink out of. 5 stars from both of us.

nine: Matt's favorite read of the year. Impactful and moving, this one really got him. 

Saturday, January 15, 2022

My Favorite Purchases in 2021 (for me)

Happy New Year! A quick round up, below, of the first things that came to mind when thinking of my favorite purchases for ME last year. I love to see what other people loved as well so I know what's really worth the buy. Also hoping to round up Matt's favorite things, our favorite purchases for the home, and favorite purchases for the kids. Be back soon!

one: these boots were exactly what I had been looking for and was never able to find. Until I did! I wear them with everything. Honorable mention to these boots that I have equal love for, but are much spendier.

two: this lash serum got my lashes to grow to crazy lengths last year. Now I just apply once or twice a week to maintain.

three: the absolute best foundation I've ever used.

four: my favorite--and most flattering--two piece that also covers and holds everything in place while chasing after 3 kids.

five:our splurge purchase of 2021. Matt and I fell in love with the Peloton and moved our hobby to outside trails in the warm weather months. Whenever we have a chance to leave the kids at home for a few hours we pack up our bikes and ride 10-20 miles.

six: my every day earrings that I never take off.

seven: meet my favorite battery powered taper candles that click on with a remote every time the sun starts to go down. They create the coziest, comfiest atmosphere in our living room.

eight: I never thought I'd see the day where I transitioned from skinny jeans, but here we are. These jeans wear so well and are so flattering on a body type like mine. I also love love love these jeans that are more of an investment.

nine: The shoes my closet was missing. Now I wear them more than any other shoe I own.

ten: I'm super sensitive to most scents, but a (very) light spray of this perfume is just enough and smells so, so good.

eleven: I've been hyper invested in hair health after a horrible experience at the salon that broke so much of my hair. This hair oil, a heat protectant, a silk pillow case, and a good, quality hair dryer (Matt's christmas gift to me last year) has worked wonders.

twelve: body suits for life. I dress them up (if I ever get the chance to go anywhere), I dress them down. These ones are my favorite with slightly thicker fabric that still offers a lot of stretch.

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