7 Products I Recommend

This post is inspired in part by Nina Badzin’s “What I’m Loving Now” posts. Sometimes I find a product that I just really love and want to share, so I’ve started keeping track of them. Today I’m going to list some of my faves just in case you guys don’t know about these yet. (For the record, I’m not sponsored or getting paid by any of these companies, nor am I open to such things.)

Before I start, I’d like to mention that my latest post about Twitter is up at Writer Unboxed: “Are You Taking the Lazy Way Out?” It’s about the shortcuts we sometimes take that undercut our efforts. If you’re a Twitter user, I’d love for you to stop by! Okay, back to the products. Are you ready for a bag full of random?

Windex Outdoor All-in-One Pads
$13 at Walgreens

These things look gimmicky as hell, but they actually work. If you’ve ever walked around your whole house holding a roll of paper towels and a bottle of Windex to clean the outsides of your windows, you know it’s a chore that can take hours. With a water hose and this contraption, Hub-a-dub and I knocked out all of our windows in half an hour, and the windows really did look streak-free. One pad cleaned all of our windows with no problem.

Pixi Correction Concentrate Brightening Peach
$12 at Target

This one makes me sad because I can’t actually use it anymore (I’m allergic to silica, a common and usually harmless makeup ingredient), but this is a near-magical under-eye brightener. If you struggle with hiding dark circles under your eyes and like makeup, I highly recommend giving this product a try.

Brown Sugar Bear
$4 at Bed Bath & Beyond

If you bake as often as I do, hard lumpy brown sugar drives you crazy. This cute little bear goes into your bag and helps keep the sugar from clumping. It works pretty well, and at this price is well worth it. He lasts from bag to bag.

L’Oreal EverStrong Sulfate-Free Fortify System Hair Care Collection
$6 a bottle at Target

My hairdresser suggested I switch to a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner. I happened to find this line at Target, and now my hairdresser can’t stop raving about how much healthier my hair is. She couldn’t believe when I told her it was a $6 drugstore brand. She’s since recommended it to most of her customers. I use the “fortify” line, but they make these sulfate-free products for color-treated hair, curly hair, etc. I’ve noticed a significant difference in the look and feel of my hair.

3M Scotch Lint Brush
$4 at Walgreens

If you already know about lint brushes, this is going to seem obvious. But I think many people don’t realize there’s a non-disposable alternative to lint rollers. Rollers you use sheet by sheet and throw away; brushes you buy once and use forever. This Scotch one is fantastic. It’s not so great for clothes, but I use it to get cat hair off all my upholstery and it works better than a vacuum or a roller. Better, cheaper, and more environmental… what’s not to love?

To use the brush, rub in a single direction (against the ‘grain’ of the brush) to collect hair and lint. Then, when the brush seems full, rub in one spot the opposite direction. All of the hair and lint will roll off in a single sheet, which you can easily pick up and throw away.

Deodorant Removing Sponge
$4 at Steinmart

This one’s tricky, because I couldn’t find a link to the brand I actually own. I bought “Gal Pal Fashion Saver” sponges at The Container Store about a year ago, but can’t find them now. And that branding was admittedly awful, because “gal pal” sounds like some sort of feminine hygiene product and these are just as useful for men as they are for women. The product I linked to looks the same, but I haven’t actually tried that brand.

These are basically dry sponges that you rub on clothes to get rid of those white deodorant streaks. Mine really does work like magic, and is super useful when you put on a dark shirt and are in a hurry.

Land O Lakes Butter with Olive Oil
$2 at Target

At this point you’re probably thinking, “Butter? Really, Annie?” But hear me out. I am a butter purist. The word “margarine” isn’t allowed in my house. And although my husband uses I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, I’ve always assumed that anything with a name like that tastes like crap. (Trying too hard, anyone?) For whatever reason, that assumption carried over into the assumption that all spreadable butter was gross. And thus I was doomed to live a life of forgetting to set out the butter to soften early enough for convenience.

Until I found this stuff. It’s real butter. The only things in it are butter, olive oil, and salt. The olive oil isn’t really noticeable, although I think it’s equally delicious, but it makes the butter spreadable. Tastes like butter, is butter, but is handy to spread right out of the fridge. Why did it take me so long to try this?


And there you have it. A silly list of 7 handy products I’ve fallen in love with. What stuff have you discovered lately that you recommend?

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  • Regina Richards

    Can’t wait to try the window cleaning pads!

    • I hope you like them as much as I do! All you do is spray the window with a hose, rub it down with the pad (they have Windex embedded in them), and spray the window off. It air dries clean!

  • Melissa Crytzer Fry

    Definitely interested in the windex pads and cat lint remover. Thanks for the list, my friend!

  • Cynthia Robertson

    I wonder if those Windex wipes work on cars?

    • Huh, that’s a thought. I have no idea, but if they did it would be super easy to do a quick car wash after hitting all the windows!

  • goodgravyboat

    Thanks for the Land O Lakes butter tip! Our home is a margarine free zone, too. I will definitely pick up a tub of this spreadable butter and give it a whirl.

    • Awesome! I hope you find it as delicious as I do. Although I suppose that’s dangerous. 😉

      • goodgravyboat

        I only have a very few vices and butter is among them so I’ll take my chances! 🙂

  • Julia Munroe Martin

    Wow, I’m so happy that I can buy literally everything on your list for under $50. I can’t wait to go to Target next time and look for the shampoo — I’ll be so curious if we have it in this part of the country. I’ve never seen the butter with olive oil but will be looking. Great products!!

    • Oh, that is cool! I kept it inexpensive on purpose, but I didn’t think to total it up. I’d be surprised if they didn’t have the L’Oreal everywhere! I hope you enjoy them!

      • Julia Munroe Martin

        Target trip yesterday… found the shampoo!! Yeah! But not the butter (which I knew my husband would like; he uses I can’t believe it’s not butter). Then checked for it at our reg. grocery store and there it was! It is delicious! Thanks for the great recommendations.

        • Yay! Now I feel good for spreading delicious butter cheer. 🙂 Thanks for letting me know!

  • Marialena Carr

    For some reason I’m tempted to find ways the different products interact. The brown sugar bear accidentally smeared butter/olive oil on the windows and then cleaned them with the windex pads (which I SO want to try). Poor sweet bear got so sweaty that he had to remove deodorant streaks from his jacket before rolling off the lint and then went DANCING with fortified hair and no sign of dark circles. Go little bear!

    Seriously: great tips! (The bear told me so!)

    • That was hilarious. Thank you for making me smile today! 😀

      • Marialena Carr


  • A. B. Davis

    What an awesome idea for a blog! Props to Nina Badzin for inspiration. I am definitely going to be looking into the Brown Sugar Bear and the Scotch lint brush. Thanks, Annie!

    • I love my brown sugar bear! 🙂 And yes, Nina is awesome! She does these every once in a while, and I always enjoy them.

  • I love that I inspiring this– AND that you’re sharing such practical things!