Well, folks. We’re living in a whole new world right now. This is absolutely crazy, and I hope everyone is doing okay. I’m sending solidarity to people who are working from home and homeschooling kiddos, and sending huge thank yous to all the brave healthcare workers, first responders, grocery store workers, and more, who are doing so much for our country right now.
While it feels trivial to talk about what’s on my nightstand, I know that I, for one, am looking for some mindless ways to escape reality at the moment (and get some sleep). Maybe you are too? Here are the six items I’ve been obsessing about lately. Several of them are from women-owned companies, in case you’re in the mood for some retail therapy or just want to infuse some dollars into worthy companies.
What’s On My Nightstand
Dry-line hand sanitizer
I hate the smell of hand sanitizer, which is a problem right about now! Recently, I met Evelyn, Dry-line’s founder, through a mutual friend, and she told me about the hand sanitizer she created using essential oils. I was blown away by the great smell and the pretty packaging, and it’s 65 percent alcohol—perfect for killing coronavirus germs.
I love this! I find that the beat and vibration of the pillow helps recenter and calm my nerves—and my brain. It completely washes over me and almost resets my nerves. The music is great and the meditation that goes along with the beat is incredibly soothing. You can choose your own adventure. For a more affordable option, you can always download the Wave app and use noise cancelling headphones or a bluetooth speaker.
Cora women’s products
There are a ton of things we weren’t told about feminine products, like what’s actually in them and what the proximity of those toxic chemicals next to our reproductive organs can do to our bodies. I recently discovered Cora, a subscription service featuring products made of natural ingredients like organic cotton. They have a solution to all your monthly needs, from pads and tampons to panty liners and washes. And I love the give back component: With every month of Cora you purchase, the company gives health education and pads to a girl in need in a developing country.
Glossier Cloud Paint
With nowhere to go these days, it’s been a tad hard to motivate myself to put effort into my appearance. It feels a bit trivial with everything going on, but the isolation and lack of effort can take a toll on your mental wellbeing. I’ve found that a little bit of energy on my makeup helps boost morale and makes me feel better during this strange time. And while being with three kids and two dogs 24/7 is errrr…entertaining, it doesn’t exactly leave much room for a makeup routine. That’s why I love this blush from Glossier. It makes me feel like I’ve been kissed by the sun (or my husband). My skin looks more alive and pretty and ready to take on the day—whatever is being thrown my way. It’s minimal effort with maximum effect and it lasts all day to keep the indoor blues away.
S’Well water bottle
Having a reusable water bottle is a must, especially these days. I really love this woman-owned company and adore the designs. When I sip from one, I feel good about being better to my environment, and I also feel like a hydrated boss. Especially with everything going on, it’s a good reminder to stay hydrated and flush my system.
Dr. Barbara Sturm lip balm
I am obsessed with this lip balm. Yes, it’s on the higher end, price-wise, but it is worth it. Your lips won’t regret it.
And tell me: What is helping you get through these crazy days and nights? I’d love to know in the comments.