Summer 2021 Favorites!

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Hi guys! We are already upon the last few days of Summer 2021. Can you believe it?? I feel like this year has flown by, but I truly feel like I’ve experienced and learned a lot more this year than in years past. This post isn’t meant to be a recap of the year though. Instead, we’re here to talk about a few of my favorite things. I thought it’d be fun to make this a new series on my blog. At the end of every quarter, I’d like to show you what I’ve loved from that season. All, of course, will be coming from a budget-conscious perspective because is there really any other way to shop? 🙃 Amazon seems to be fairly accessible to everyone, so the main focus of this series will be my Amazon favorites, but I want to try to have some honorable mentions from other stores every season as well.

So, let’s get into this! Here are my Summer 2021 favorites!

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DASH Hot Air Popcorn Popper Maker

white hot air popcorn maker

My son LOVES popcorn. We had a ton of movie nights at home this year, and really ramped it up over the summer, but it’s just not a movie night without popcorn. We went through quite a few of the microwaveable bags fairly quickly because we’d usually pop two bags at a time, but I was also looking for a different way to do homemade popcorn without needing to use and cleanup my big pots every time. So, I found this hot air popcorn maker at the very start of summer and absolutely love it. I can melt butter in the cup on the top of the unit at the same time the popcorn pops, there is no need to use any oil, and it’s kinda fun to use too. My son really enjoys it. We’ve gotten a lot of use out of it. I highly recommend it if you have a popcorn lover in your household. This would also make a great gift. This was $19.99.

Gold Espresso Spoons – Stainless Steel

a set of four gold espresso spoons

Y’all, it took me MONTHS to finish putting together my coffee/tea bar (see the full update here), and it was partly because of how long it took for me to get the spoons right. This set was the second one that I’d tested out – trying to figure out the right length and shade of gold – but it was so worth it to wait for these espresso spoons. They come in a set of four, and I purchased two sets. I’ve had them for over 2 months now, and I use them almost everyday. One of my must haves was that they be dishwasher safe, which these are, and they have not chipped or faded. I am super happy with these spoons and sometimes consider buying a third set just to really round out the aesthetic on that side of my kitchen. Each set was $6.99.

Golden Metal K Cup Coffee & Coffee Capsule Holder

I’ve mentioned this item before, but it truly is one of those items that I’m so happy I bought this summer. Well, I actually bought it in late spring, but it took a few weeks for it to arrive and was delivered in early June. For that reason, I’ll give it a pass. 🙂 I didn’t want a carousel or container with a lid to store my k-cups since I also wanted it to serve as décor. So, I was THRILLED when I found this gold metal k-cup holder. (Pro tip: Sometimes, when you’re searching on Amazon, the really good stuff is about 20 pages in. #dedication) I’m able to store 12 k-cups in here at a time. It also came with a small cloth to help keep it clean. This was $11.99.

Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Natural Insect Repellent

one bottle of Repel mosquito repellent

We didn’t spend a ton of time outside this summer, partly because the majority of it was so blistering hot, but I did get an opportunity to try out this insect repellent. Mosquitoes are the worst here in Florida in the summertime. They come out in droves, especially in the morning when it’s the nicest time to be outside. So, I spent a few days on the hunt for a really good repellent. I was going to get one with Deet, but then I came across this Repel deet-free plant-based repellent. The main ingredient is oil of lemon eucalyptus, and IT WORKS. It’s advertised to repel mosquitoes for up to 6 hours. I can’t speak to that timeframe since I was outside for less than half that time, but not one mosquito landed on me the entire time. Normally, I would have been bitten within 5 minutes. I will definitely be spending more time outside (in the shade) now that I have this. This was $4.97.

The Message Deluxe Gift Bible (The Bible in Contemporary Language)

The Message translation leather-bound Bible

I discovered The Message translation of the Bible from my Bible app. I love how easy this translation is to understand; it’s one of my favorites to read. I made it a goal this year to do more reading overall than I have in the past (here is a list of some books I’ve been liking this year), and I’ve found that I much prefer holding an actual book to reading one on a screen. So, I did a quick search and found this Bible. I’m still following a chronological reading plan outline on my Bible app, but now I do my actual reading from this hardcopy of The Message translation for my devotion time and Bible study. I absolutely love it. This was $15.29.

Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera

I’ve been using rose petal witch hazel in my skincare routine for years. I have combination skin and have found this to be a really good astringent without being too drying since it’s alcohol-free. My skin loves the rose water in this. It gives it a light, pleasant scent as well. It’s also a bit of a multi-use product. I use this whenever I or my son get a bug bite because it reduces swelling and helps with the itching. I don’t always purchase my witch hazel from Amazon though. Sometimes, I’ll buy it from Target or Ulta because they sometimes have better prices, but the majority of the time, Amazon is the best priced. I’ve seen the price vary a little on this but purchased my last set of two bottles for $20.30.

Rubbermaid Brilliance Air Tight Containers

The Rubbermaid Brilliance containers have become my absolute favorite for food storage. Over the past year, I’ve slowly been organizing my pantry using these containers, and they do not disappoint. I can vouch for the air tight seal as well. I’ve filled them with water, closed the lid, tipped them on the side and upside down, and not one drop came out. These are dishwasher safe, and I have not experienced any clouding or discoloration over time. Over this summer, I purchased two of the 19.9 cup size to store chips (I already had one to store cereal), and two of the 6.6 cup size to store pasta. I already had others in different sizes for my flour, sugar, pancake mix, oatmeal/oats, cookies, and ground coffee and plan to buy a few more as I finish figuring out which other sizes I may still need. I love the clean look of having all of my containers in the same style. The price will vary depending on the size and whether or not you’re purchasing a set vs only one container. You can find all of them listed here.

Reusable Cotton Rounds

I’ve purchased four sets of these reusable cotton rounds. Yes… four. I tried them for the first time last year and liked them so much that I’ve ordered more to fully replace my disposable cotton rounds and have given a set as a gift. They come with a mesh bag to wash them in (I typically wash them in a quick wash cycle in hot water in my washing machine) and a box to store them in. I don’t use the box since I already had another storage container in my bathroom, and I keep the clean ones in a drawer in their mesh bag after washing. I use the black side to remove makeup (even mascara) with only water – I’d recommend warm water instead of cold – and use the white side to apply my toner. These are very soft and have held up very well after repeated washing. I will say that I would not suggest washing these with bleach. I’m not sure how that could affect the fabric. The black side would likely fade as well. Whenever I wash these, I only use laundry detergent and borax and run a second rinse cycle to make sure no residue is left behind, then dry them in their mesh bag on low heat. I’ve found this to be an excellent way to keep these cotton rounds clean without introducing any fragrance or other residues to my skin. This is another item where I’ve seen the price vary quite a bit, but they seem to average $12.99 for a set of 14.

Honorable Mentions

  • Room Essentials Plastic Cereal Bowl
    • I bought four of these this summer. They are the perfect snack or cereal bowl and are dishwasher safe. At 50 cents a bowl, these are a steal!
  • Project 62 Stoneware Avesta Bowl White
    • I LOVE this bowl. It’s more like a plate to me because of the size, but it’s advertised as a bowl. I’ve used it as a fruit bowl, but I’m usually using it as a dinner plate. It’s perfect for salads too. Definitely want to get a few more of these! This was $4.00.
  • SmartyPants Kids Prebiotic and Probiotic Immunity Formula
    • I’d been searching for a good kids probiotic for a long time. I really wanted one that also had prebiotic in it and finally found one that I and my son both love. This one is a gummy but isn’t sticky like some of the other brands can be, so it doesn’t get caught in your teeth. It has a great flavor as well. These were $15.99 for a 45-count bottle.
  • Anser! Women’s Multivitamin Capsule
    • Let me start by saying I am NOT a fan of swallowing pills. Never have been. So, I look for a gummy or chewable vitamin any time I can. I’d been ordering the Simply One Chewable Multivitamin from Amazon for a while, maybe 6-8 months, and really liked them. However, one day, I got an email that my order was delayed, but that they’d keep trying to deliver. That was four months ago… So, about two or three months ago, I came across Anser and decided to give them a try. The capsules are surprisingly easy to swallow, and I’ve seen a noticeable improvement in my energy level and quality of sleep. I really like them. These were $16.99 for a 60-count bottle.
  • Always Infinity FlexFoam
    • Alright gentlemen, skip over this part. We’re about to have some girl talk. Ladies! I actually first tried these at the beginning of the year, but they are SO GOOD that I had to include them as one of my summertime favorites. These pads are unlike any I’ve ever tried before. I’ve used Always for years, and also tried other brands that were decent. But this Infinity FlexFoam line is ah-mazing!! No bunching, no leaks, very comfortable. Trust me, just try them! I don’t think I’ll ever try anything else. They’re THAT good. These are also carried in BJ’s Wholesale and Sam’s Club. I recommend you buy them from there instead of a general merchandise retailer like Target or Walmart if they’re in stock. The price will vary depending on the size but average about $9.39 for a 46-count box at Target and $13.99 for an 80-count box from BJ’s or Sam’s.
  • Whitening Fresh Mint Mouth Rinse
    • This is another one of those items that I’ve been using for well over a year, but it’s still worth mentioning here. I really like this mouthwash because it’s alcohol-free, so it doesn’t burn, and peroxide is one of the primary ingredients. It does a great job at keeping my smile nice and bright even with me being a regular coffee and tea drinker. I definitely notice a difference if I haven’t been using it for a little while. This was $3.99.

Alright guys, that rounds out my favorite items of the summer. I hope you enjoy this new series and that it helps you find new and affordable things to try.

What have some of your summer favorites been? Let me know in the comments!