1. My twitter feed. I know, I know…some of the worst bottom feeders troll there and people seem to feel like coming out swinging at strangers is par for the course (I’m talking to you, gal who thought calling me “sweetie” would put me in my place) but it’s also where I find content like kitties with their tongues sticking out. I mean, c’mon. Who doesn’t need more of that in their life?
2. My rain boots. After tromping through several parking lots during Saturday’s daylong deluge I remembered why I used to love these things so much.
3. Hand lotion with shea butter. I keep two of these on my bathroom vanity and another in a kitchen drawer because they’re saving my sad little dried out hands.
4. The four throws folded up in the ottoman plus the one hanging on the back of the couch and the three extras downstairs. Because a girl can never have enough warm blankies close at hand.
5. Silk pillowcases. Okay, stay with me now. I know this one sounds a little Princess and the Pea, but you’d be surprised to find a single silk pillowcase isn’t that expensive and it is a game changer when it comes to hair. This pillowcase helps my hair stay smooth longer if I’ve actually gone to the trouble of straightening it. This pillowcase helps me not look like a train wreck when I’m wearing it curly. It’s a win/win – even if it means I have to put up with sounding like some witless prima donna.
6. Chapsticks. One in every room, another in my jacket pocket, two more tucked away in my purse. Now that we’re heading into winter I’ll be adding one back to my car’s center console.
7. Scented candles. They’re a lifesaver when I’m chopping onions, but they’re even better when my house smells weird after I’ve cooked. Twenty minutes of burning strategically placed candles and no more twitchy noses followed by “ugh, what’s that smell?”
8. My North Face jacket. It’s one of those sleek ones that looks like it should have been puffy so you’d think it wouldn’t keep you warm enough, but you’d be wrong. This thing makes me turn on the air conditioning if I forget to unzip it when I climb into the car.
9. Clipboards. Because you never know when you’ll need to keep papers organized for a project.
10. Lastly – and this is a big one – Cozi. A friend told me about this app and it is seriously a debt that can never be repaid. Cozi has a shopping list everybody can add items to and a family calendar we can all access, and it has for real changed our lives. This is the simplest way I’ve found to help everyone track their schedules and make it easy for anybody to “swing by the store” and know exactly what we need. This one gets a triple thumbs up from me.