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MyBigLife Favorite Things-2020

Updated: December 6, 2020
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By MBL Featured Blogger: Paula Henry
Originally Posted: November 30, 2020

This year MyBigLife has come out with a list of their favorite things for 2020.

Well if Oprah’s doing it, we wanted in, too.  We polled all of our employees and below is a list of things we love, that make our life easier, and hopefully the planet a better place to live.

 

For the Chef

Now that we are all spending a lot more time at home, the kitchen is the center of most of the action in the home.

These Rennok mats fit all of your size pans and are great because you don’t use as much foil and/or pan spray. And super easy cleanup! It’s a “Win-Win” in the kitchen!

RENOOK Silicone Baking Mats Set of 5-2 Half Sheets Mats + 1 Quarter Sheet Liner + 1 Round & 1 Square Cake Pan Mat – 100% Non-stick Reusable Food Safe Liners & silicone brush- Macaron, Pastry, Cookie

 

 

This is another great item for the environment. Reusable coffee filter for your Keurig. If you drink more than one cup a day, think of all of those plastic pods that you are tossing in the trash. Save the planet – One pod at a time!

Podoy Reusable Coffee Filter for Compatible with Keurig K-Cup My 119367 2.0 Updated Model Black Small Coffee Filter K200 K250 K300 K350 K400 K450 K460 K475 K460 K500 K550 (Pack of 2)

 

 

If you like your coffee hot for more than just a minute, Yeti is the cup for you. Plus it’s reusable and most coffee shops will fill this for you instead of wasting a throwaway cup. And it works for cold, too.

YETI Rambler 20 oz Tumbler, Stainless Steel, Vacuum Insulated with MagSlider Lid, Ice Pink

 

 

Are you a grillmaster but always turn those steaks into shoe leather? This wireless food thermometer will prevent that. It can be used outside as well as inside for turkey, prime rib, and lamb chops.

Wireless Meat Thermometer Digital Remote Cooking Thermometer BBQ Food Thermometer with Dual Stainless Steel Probes for Grilling Oven Kitchen Smoker, 328 Feet Range

 

 

These reusable plastic food containers are the greatest things in the kitchen. No more mismatched plastic lids and containers, all of the lids fit. And when giving away food to neighbors, elders, and new moms, you don’t have to worry about getting them back. Genius!

DuraHome Food Storage Containers with Lids 8oz, 16oz, 32oz Freezer Deli Cups Combo Pack, 44 Sets BPA-Free Leakproof Round Clear Takeout Container Meal Prep Microwavable (44 Sets – Mixed sizes)

 

 

While working from home and you want a hot tea in an instant. Sunbeam Hot Shot is just the appliance for you.

Sunbeam Hot Shot Hot Water Dispenser 16 oz, Black, 006131

 

 

Now that we are whipping up all kinds of new recipes, these magnetic measuring spoons will come in handy. Hang them on the fridge and just grab and go. BONUS: They fit into the spice jar.

Magnetic Measuring Spoons Set – Wildone Stainless Steel Double Sided Measuring Spoons Set of 7, for Dry and Liquid Ingredients, including 6 Heavy-Duty Nesting Spoons, 1 Leveler, Fits in Spice Jar

 

 

Garlic is the backbone of many recipes and if you hate to peel and chop them, Orblue garlic press has you covered. No need to even peel em’.

ORBLUE Garlic Press [Premium], Stainless Steel Mincer, Crusher & Peeler Set – Professional Grade, Easy Clean, Dishwasher Safe & Rust-proof

 

 

Soup on a cold wintery day is good for the soul.  You can blend soup, froth milk, and whisk eggs with this beauty.

Mueller Austria Ultra-Stick 500 Watt 9-Speed Immersion Multi-Purpose Hand Blender Heavy Duty Copper Motor Brushed 304 Stainless Steel With Whisk, Milk Frother Attachments

 

 

Perfect for the grillmaster. If standing in the snow and grilling doesn’t phase you. Keep your hands safe with these Grill Armor gloves.

Grill Armor Extreme Heat Resistant Oven Gloves – EN407 Certified 932F – Cooking Gloves for BBQ, Grilling, Baking, Grey

 

 

For the Foodie

Have you been obsessed with trying new foods during this weird year of  2020? Are you curious about what’s out there?  Us too. Try some of our favorites for 2020.

Did you know Twig tea has much less caffeine and much higher beneficial nutrients such as antioxidants?  So if you want a nice pick-me-up, Kukicha Twig tea is perfect. And it tastes good, too.

Eden Foods Kukicha Twig Tea 16 Bags (Pack of 3)

 

 

The king of all hot sauces reigns supreme! The one, the only SRIRACHA. Can you tell we like it a little?

Huy Fong, Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce, 17 Ounce Bottle (Pack of 2)

 

 

Afternoons are tough, you need a boost but don’t want to fall into the junk food abyss.  Try these PB&J Larabars. Vegan and Gluten free.

Larabar Fruit and Nut Bar, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Gluten-Free, Vegan, 16 ct

 

 

Warm Curry is the answer to “What’s for dinner? on a cold night. Mae Pow red curry paste makes a quick spicy curry with a real depth of Eastern flavors. Whatcha waiting for?

Mae Ploy Red Curry Paste, Large, 2 lb 3 Ounce

 

 

For the Fashionista

Has 2020 changed the fashion scene? Comfort, ease and casual seem to be the buzz words for fashion this year. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be stylin’.

 

Who doesn’t love a good sweater? Anrabess has both style and comfort wrapped up in this beauty. It comes in an array of gorgeous colors, too.

ANRABESS Women Turtleneck Sweater Casual Long Batwing Sleeve High Low Hem Pullover Knit Jumper Sweater A87hulan-M

 

 

Nostalgia never goes out of style.  Vans Old Skool says “casual” yet when dressed up, can give off that cool urban vibe.

Vans Old Skool (Black/White, 9.5)

 

 

Don’t forget the eyes. If you’re following the rules and wearing a mask, then all that people can see are your eyes. Well, you might as well dress them up with this Brow volumizer from Maybelline.

Maybelline New York Brow Precise Fiber Volumizer Eyebrow Mascara, Medium Brown, 0.27 fl. oz.

 

For the Self-Care Expert

You deserve a little “ME” time. Or maybe a lot of  “Me Time” to take care of yourself.

 

Stressed out, You ???? Never.   Yes, it happens to all of us, and how we handle it can really define us.  Author, Emily Fletcher, says – “Stress makes you stupid. ”  Don’t be stupid, be extraordinary!

Stress Less, Accomplish More: Meditation for Extraordinary Performance

 

 

Organic red raspberry leaf tea is good for hormonal health in both men (prostate) and women (uterus/PMS symptoms, etc). Who knew?

“I drank large batches of this tea for about 2 weeks before my baby’s due date and it strengthened my uterus to the point my body skipped to the last stage of labor and the entire birthing process took under 2 hours!” Sarah E. 

Organic Red Raspberry Leaf Tea Bags | 100 Tea Bags | Eco-Conscious Tea Bags in Kraft Bag | Raw from Germany | by FGO

 

 

Pixie Cups definitely makes life easier! They’re great for eco-conscious people who don’t want to be throwing lots of disposable menstrual products in the trash. It is revolutionary for feminine hygiene.

And the best part is that for every cup purchased one is given to a woman in need.  YEA!!!

Pixie Menstrual Cup – Most Comfortable Authentic Silicone Period Cup and Best Removal Stem – Tampon and Pad Organic Alternative – Every Cup Purchased One is Given to a Woman in Need! (Large)

 

 

Too much indulgence? Keep your gut health in check with Primal Defense Probiotics.

Garden of Life Whole Food Probiotic Supplement – Primal Defense ULTRA Ultimate Probiotic Dietary Supplement for Digestive and Gut Health, 90 Vegetarian Capsules

 

 

When the world seems too much and you’re battling stress and anxiety, you just need to try this weighted blanket. It is heavy enough to give you comfort but light enough to sleep under. It’s amazing!

YnM Weighted Blanket — Heavy 100% Oeko-Tex Certified Cotton Material with Premium Glass Beads (Dark Grey, 48”x72” 15lbs), Suit for One Person(~140lb) Use on Twin/Full Bed

For the Entertainment Connoisseur

Do you like to be entertained? Do you crave that stimulation and escapism offered by a good flick or an emotion-evoking song?

 

From the moment Star Wars burst onto the screen in 1977, audiences have been in equal parts fascinated and appalled by the half-man/half-machine hybrid Darth Vader.  Does that sound like you?  This is not even out yet. Pre-order now and be one of the first to get it.

The Star Wars Archives. 1999–2005

 

 

Records, or vinyl, as the cool kids call them, never went out of fashion. And now keep them clean and sounding primo with the Record Washing System.

Record Washer System by Spin-Clean | Deep Groove Record Cleaning Helps in Reducing Pops and Crackles | Album Cleaner May Fix Skips That Have Lingered for Years | Proudly Made in The USA

 

 

Whether you are a sophisticated wine connoisseur or a “wine mom” these are the perfect glasses. Made by Riedel, out of Austria these glasses are perfect to drink any price point wine out of.  Founder George Riedel claims that wine tastes better in a good glass.

Riedel VINUM Bordeaux/Merlot/Cabernet Wine Glasses, Pay for 6 get 8 –

 

 

 

Audible can be your new best friend. It can take you to a whole new world. Sign up now and listen to a vast library of books on your phone or computer.

Audible

For the Fitness Junkie

If you are itching to get your body moving? Maybe you need a little motivation.

 

Are you just craving a good workout? Let Jillian kick your butt into shape.

Jillian Michaels: 30 Day Shred – Level 1

 

 

If you’ve overdone it or just trying to get the kinks out, STRONG roller to the rescue!!!!!

321 STRONG Foam Roller – Medium Density Deep Tissue Massager for Muscle Massage and Myofascial Trigger Point Release, with 4K eBook – Red

 

 

2020 has been a crazy year and sometimes you need some serenity, peace, and calm. Center yourself with GLO Yoga and meditation.

Glo – Yoga and Meditation

For the Techie

Time to “geek out” over these finds. Technology is the future!! Feed your inner geek!

 

These Wiz Gear phone holders are amazing, they hold your cell phone via magnet to your air vent. Why didn’t I think of that?

Magnetic Phone Car Mount, WizGear [2 PACK] Universal Air Vent Magnetic Phone Car Mount Phone Holder, for Cell Phones and Mini Tablets with Fast Swift-Snap Technology, With 4 Metal Plates

 

 

There are not enough adjectives to describe how freakin’ cool this NEST thermostat is. 1. Programmable 2. Wifi 3. Cell Phone Operated 4. Looks Sleek.  Wake up to a warm house this Christmas morning.

Google Nest Thermostat – Smart Thermostat for Home – Programmable Wifi Thermostat – Snow

 

 

When you want a little more security, choose a Ring Doorbell. The camera, speaker, and motion activation give you a little more comfort in your home.

Ring Video Doorbell (1st Gen) – 720p HD video, motion-activated alerts, easy installation – Satin Nickel

 

 

Do you need to up your “work from home” game?  are you using some old magazine, file folder, or flyer as your computer mouse?  Try this instead, This metal mouse pad is a game-changer.

Metal Aluminum Mouse Pad Hard Mat Smooth Magic Ultra Thin Double Side Mouse Mat Waterproof Fast and Accurate Control for Gaming and Office(Small Gray 9.05X7.08 Inch)

For the Homebody

Time to hunker down for winter and comfort is the key to nesting this year.

 

What a better way to snuggle up with your special other than to do it under this chunky soft throw blanket.  Imagine yourself in front of a blazing fire, snow falling outside, a glass of red wine (or mug of hot chocolate) and all is well with your soul.

Chunky Knit Blanket – Super Soft Chunky Knit Throw Blanket for Bed (50×60) – Cozy Throw Blankets – Chunky Knit Chenille Throw Blanket – Blankets and Throws for Sofa Large Throw Blanket (Slate Gray)

 

 

If you don’t have a fireplace, light this candle and take in the amazing smell of Capri Blue. Let it bathe your home in its clean, fresh scent.

Capri Blue CB705VOL White 19 Ounce Volcano Jar Candle

 

 

After a long day of worldly stress, jump into these Boll & Branch organic cotton sheets for a good night of restorative sleep.

Boll & Branch Luxury Fair Trade Long Staple Organic Cotton Sheet Set – King, White

 

 

This is the BEST smelling laundry detergent out there. I promise!!!! And it keeps smelling fresh way longer than any other.  Use for bedding, throws ,and towels for the freshest laundry ever!

TYLER Glamorous Wash, Diva, 907g.

 

And there you have it. MyBigLife’s favorite things!

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Paula Henry
Co-Founder & Executive Editor MyBigLIfe.com
Paula Henry earned a BFA in design from William Woods University. She used her design degree in combination with her abundant natural people skills to become a top sales manager and design consultant to architectural firms across North America, representing companies such as Magic Woods, Panolam and RJF International. When her son was born she left the corporate world and assumed the role of stay-at-home mom and CEO of the Henry household, where she honed her skills in the areas of patience, ingenuity, multi-tasking, and knowing when to resort to plan-b. During her free time, she is a highly successful fundraiser for several not-for-profits.Paula serves as the Co-Founder and Executive Editor at MyBigLife.com, which she operates with her husband Jeff.

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