Things we're *actually* wearing, reading, using, gifting, loving
Updated on 12/11/2018 at 12:59 PM EST \ Originally published 09/05/2018 at 3:19 PM EST
Each week in Grok Nation Picks, Mayim and the team will share some favorite products. We will include all kinds of things, from books we’ve recently read, to face washes, kitchen gadgets, and fun splurge items.
Click through the gallery below and come back: We’ll be adding new picks each week. And be sure to let us know in the comments what items help you get through—and enjoy—your everyday lives.
Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick
Hourglass makes this incredible lipstick that’s cruelty free and vegan. It’s creamy but doesn’t smudge. The best thing is I can re-use the gold applicator and fill it with whatever color I like from their collection. I particularly like the shade “If Only.”
My daughter and I love to drink seltzer and flavored seltzers like La Croix. The only problem is that means a lot of recycling. So, my husband bought me a Soda Stream Fizzi for my birthday, and it’s great! You just fill the bottle with water, put it in the SodaStream, press the button a few times and get carbonated water. It reminds me of the old-fashioned stainless steel seltzer maker my dad had when I was little. For Christmas, I asked for the drops to make flavored sodas!
—Christina Kelly, editor-in-chief
Purchase a Fizzi starter set from SodaStream for $79.99.
MagicLinen table runner and napkins
One of my friends lives in South Carolina, and I’d describe her home as beach chic. As a gift, I purchased her a linen table runner and napkin set from MagicLinen. It’s an eco-friendly linen company (which carries bedroom linens, women’s clothing and more) out of Lithuania, but they ship worldwide. My friend loved the gift, and I’m keeping this in the back of my mind for future gifts.
The other week my town got about six inches of snow dumped on us, and thankfully my husband and I had just ordered a new snow shovel. When we ordered it, we impulse bought this product advertised as a snow broom—but when it showed up it was more squeegee than broom, and now I’m obsessed with it. The Snow Joe pushes inches of snow off of cars with ease, and is long enough that even the shortest of people (me) can reach the roof of the car to clean it off. I was amazed at the quick work it made of cleaning the car and just how effective it was. Plus, with a scraper on the other end, it’s all I’ll need to have on hand this winter!
With Hanukkah here and Christmas on the horizon, I wanted to highlight Wonder Crew, a doll company with a powerful mission: Bring the power of friendship into boy’s play. The variety of dolls Wonder Crew creates appeal to all children, though they are specifically marketed toward boys, a segment of the population that is rarely targeted by doll companies. In the spirit of Free to Be You And Me’s William’s Doll, why not purchase a Wonder Crew buddy for your little one this holiday season? You’ll be providing them with more than just a doll, but also the opportunity to play in a nurturing and creative way!
—Avital Norman Nathman, contributing editor and writer
Last Christmas I purchased a personalized coffee mug for my sister from Sealed With a Kiss Gifts on Etsy. I sent Courtney, the artist, a picture of my sister and her dog. She was so accommodating (and quick!) with edits and had mailed me a completed coffee mug within a couple days. Because it’s hand-painted, my sister doesn’t use it as a coffee mug, but she cherishes it as a keepsake. If you need a gift this holiday season for a pet lover, look no further!
—Dalene Rovenstine, managing editor
Purchase a personalized coffee mug on Etsy for $20.50.
Google Home mini
Is the lady inside my new Google Home Mini recording me and telling Google all my habits? Maybe, but she’s a very good listener. This little speaker can impressively fill a room with music, tell me how to peel a mango, and remind me to call the vet.
—Natalie Koch, social media manager
Purchase in three different colors on Target for $49 each.
Edgar Allen Poe T-shirt
I just purchased and received this Edgar Allen Poe T-shirt—which I promptly wore to work. This is how much I love Poe!
There’s a dairy in my hometown that has the best eggnog at the holidays—you can drink it straight or get it made into a milkshake. But the older I get, the less eggnog likes me. That’s why I’ve fallen in love with this Califia Farms blend. Even though it’s dairy (and egg) free, it’s creamy and rich in a way “real” eggnog is.