Grok Nation Picks

Things we're *actually* wearing, reading, using, gifting, loving
Updated on 02/12/2019 at 2:39 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.

Whisker City Adjustable Cat Litter Scoop

It may sound a little weird to pick a cat litter scoop for my Grok Pick of the week, but hear me out: This one with an extendable handle is amazing. It saves my nose because I don’t have to get too close to do the job; and it makes my kids more likely to help with the chore. (Okay, yes, they’ve said no—but I’m working on it!) It’s a little more pricey than the typical plastic scooper, but trust me, it’s a game-changer.

—Mayim Bialik, founder

Purchase from PetSmart for $14.99.

Blanket Hoodie

I recently purchased this blanket hoodie for myself because I tend to get colder than the rest of my family. The inside is warm, wooly material with soft-as-silk fleece on the outside. Rather than complain when we’re hit with days that feel like -12°F, I’m now cozy and warm with this incredible sweatshirt/blanket hybrid. That was the plan at least. Since it truly is one-size-fits-all, both my son and husband have absconded with it often. We may need to get a family pack.

—Avital Norman Nathman, contributing editor and writer

Purchase on Amazon for $39.99.

Jerusalem: A Cookbook

One of my favorite cookbooks is Jerusalem, a gorgeous collection by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi. (I love Ottolenghi’s vegeterian book, Plenty, too—and can’t wait to pick up his newest book, Simple.) I’m always looking to it for inspiration for new dishes, flavor combinations, and delicious dinner parties. We even had our caterer use the Jerusalem basic hummus recipe at our wedding—and people still talk about the feast, years later. Happy cooking!

—Jossie Auerbach, integrated marketing manager

Purchase on Amazon for $19.79.

Gravity weighted blanket

I am obsessed with weighted blankets. I had a small one, which I was really enjoying, but I found this Gravity weighted blanket on sale at Bed Bath and Beyond, and it really changed the game! The first night I used it, I slept like a baby. It’s the answer. To everything.

—Mayim Bialik, founder

Purchase from Bed Bath and Beyond for $249.99. (Pro tip: Wait for a sale or use a coupon!)

Nectar strain-reducing computer glasses

I spend a lot of time looking at a computer screen or phone screen. Probably about 75 percent of my day. I’m also prone to headaches caused by digital eye strain. What a combo! I recently got these blue light-blocking glasses to see if it would help, and I’m already noticing a difference. The plastic frames sit comfortably on my face, and the blue light blocking lenses are seemingly doing their job. Plus, when you buy any pair of glasses from Nectar Sunglasses, they donate money to save the declining honey bee population! Saving bees and saving eyes.

—Natalie Koch, social media manager

Purchase from Nectar for $44.99.

Assorted Latte Bowls

A favorite in our kitchen, these brightly colored latte bowls are from Anthropologie. We actually have these blue ones in addition to peach and a pair of larger “seafoam” ones that we use as pasta bowls. Having grown up with frequent trips to France, I love that the bowls remind me of French cafes, our family friends’ kitchens, and the pure joy of savoring their warm morning lattes (accompanied by fresh baguette and croissants!).

—Jossie Auerbach, integrated marketing manager

Purchase a set of six bowls from Anthropologie for $36.

Black Tapioca Pearls

Between me and my son, I spend way too much money each week at our favorite, local boba tea shop. Boba or “bubble tea” is a cup of tea with chewy tapioca pearls. It’s a fabulous combination of drinking and eating—that people either love or hate. (We love!) I decided to get my own boba (which comes vacuum sealed and you boil to plump) and make my own tea. It’s a super fast process, the amount of boba you get for the price is enough to make many weeks of drinks, and it helps me use up the hundreds of boxes of tea I already have. A delicious win for all (and my wallet).

—Avital Norman Nathman, contributing editor and writer

Purchase on Amazon for $5.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg sequin throw pillow

What’s one way you could make a sequin throw pillow better? PUT RUTH BADER GINSBURG’S FACE ON IT! I’m obsessed with this throw pillow, which just like RBG, is smart, stylish and sassy.

—Mayim Bialik, founder

Purchase from Amazon for $22.

La Fermiere yogurt

All other yogurts pale in comparison to this French yogurt. The creamy, delicious plain just tastes so much better than other brands, and I’ve eaten a lot of brands of plain yogurt. Once you try it, you won’t want to eat any other yogurt. It is really expensive, though. It’s like how I felt when I got my first insanely comfortable pair of Wolford tights. La Fermiere/Wolford are incredibly expensive, but all other yogurts/tights seem woefully inadequate in comparison. Eating La Fermiere in the fancy glass container, I almost feel like I am in Paris, and it is at least cheaper than a trip to France?

—Christina Kelly, editor-in-chief

Find where to purchase La Fermiere locally here.

Sweet Bloom Coffee beans

My go-to coffee roaster here in Colorado is also available to order online. I love the incredible care, the business model, and the expertise that goes into the growing, sourcing, and roasting of this coffee. Sweet Bloom offers a unique twist on the direct trade model, encouraging consumers to really know where their coffee comes from and hosting representatives from the farms they work with, for community events. It’s fantastic coffee!

—Jossie Auerbach, integrated marketing manager

Purchase coffee by the bean or ground from Sweet Bloom Coffee starting at $15. 

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