While the coffee cereal was a little intense for me (and pricing was high), it made for some really delicious coffee cereal rice krispie-style treats. My boyfriend's roommates could not stop snacking on them, and I'd definitely recommend bringing to a party to be the It girl of snacks.
Shaquanda’s Pepper Hot Sauce
We are a hot sauce household. Our fridge constantly has over a dozen types of hot sauces, spanning pepper festivals, YouTube recommendations, and of course, Heatonist. We particularly love Mx. Green Sass, the bright citrusy hot sauce from Shaquanda's Pepper Hot Sauce. It is tangy and bright, and works well on different meats and with popcorn.
Before I got my puppy, I had no clue the rate at which dog toys need to be replenished. A friend gifted me my first few months of BarkBox, and it made those fun but stressful puppy days so much better. My dog Humboldt seemed to always know that the box was for him and got excited every time it showed up on our stoop. We eventually moved to their Super Chewer box to try to stretch our dollar per toy a bit more (the swap process was super easy—shoutout to their support team). We've since cancelled as Humboldt isn't able to destroy the hard rubber quite as quickly and our house was overwhelming full of toys. We'll definitely hop back in once the toy population in our house decreases again.
Loved how easy it was to manage my subscription across the different offerings. CX was super responsive and quick to attend to my needs. The Super Chewer toys aren't the cutest and a bunch of them end up looking like misshappen blobs. There was one particular Halloween rabbit with terrifying teeth. Would love to see the aesthetics of these toys improve a bit!
Grabbing a fun lil bevy from the shoppy shop or bodega is my favorite form of self-care. While I do enjoy trying a variety of new things, I am ALWAYS happy to see Health-Ade's Cayenne Cleanse on the shelf. It is a go-to for my fiance and I—mostly because it always hits. The taste isn't as vinegary as some other kombuchas are and I appreciate the balanced but impactful flavors.
Bands are super easy to use—plus everyone keeps thinking that its just a fashion bracelet. I'd recommend these to anyone who needs a little extra flair while working from home.
Impeccably interesting but familiar flavors, wide availability, and a good mouthfeel. What more could you want? I've never brought JuneShine to a party and heard a complaint.
Everything about Vacation from ads to site to unboxing to product has been out of this world. I can't stop talking about them to my friends. A sunscreen that looks and feels like whipped cream? (Okay, so it feels a little tacky on the skin for the first few minutes.) Packaging the product in a drug store paper bag with scratch off tickets included? BRILLIANT. Calling me the VP of Fanny Pack Innovation in every email touchpoint? I'm 100% in.
Feel of product in first few minutes.
An easy pickup at the bodega—I mean look at this can! The flavors were interesting, but not all that memorable.
Super fun packaging! But the beverage itself was a little too creamy for my tastes—like weirdly creamy. That said, I'm a black coffee drinker so maybe don't listen to me on this point.
Cards Against Humanity
Cards Against Humanity is maybe the path of least resistance at any social gathering that needs a bit of forced fun. But the combination of my mom now asking to play and finding a bunch of cards that just haven't aged well has made me groan a bit every time it comes out. That said, the brand seems to be doing a lot of really clever things and seem to have a view on social issues.
Retire some old cards.