Five Favorites: September 2020

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I wanted to start a monthly series about random things I’m into for the past month. I would normally do this with friends, but since we are not hanging out with many people these days due to the ongoing pandemic, I’m going to share this here. These posts will be short, sweet, and to the point, and linked where appropriate. Not limiting myself to a certain topic, so the things I’m into might be anything from activities to tangible items.

Let’s beginnnnnnn.

1. THIS BATHTUB DRAIN COVER (!!!!)

Y’all — I post about this bad boy on Instagram a lot. Probably every time I take a bath and am reminded of how much I love it.

It’s a small, affordable way to turn nearly any bathtub into a soaker tub by covering your bathtub’s overflow drain via a suction cup housing. Because of this, the water levels can go up much higher than a standard tub. Even my janky-ass old bathtub was transformed into a soaking tub.

Seriously, it’s a $5 life-changer.

2. THIS FREAKING WAFFLE ROBE, BABY

I swear I won’t write this entire post in caps, but this robe is important.

I feel very passionately about taking a nice, relaxing soak at the end of a day, especially when the weather gets colder and it gets dark before I’m even home from work. This robe is a lightweight, super comfortable waffle-woven work of art. It’s like the ones you get from fancy spas. Truly, y’all, it’s a godsend for me in the lounging and self-care department.

3. Lizzo’s Cuz I Love You (Super Deluxe)

This album is T H E B E S T thing in my life right now. It’s so full of confidence-boosting jams and it was the soundtrack of my cabinet-building last weekend, and every subsequent car ride for the last week. Specifically, I’m bingeing the song ‘Like A Girl’ (like, the kind where I cannot start driving my car without playing it at least once), but the song ‘Tempo’ with Missy Elliott is giving me *life*.

And, ugh, I can’t wait to dance poorly in a sweaty club again.

4. My mother-effing Kreg Pocket Hole Jig

I took this bad boy on its maiden voyage over the weekend when I began to construct the base cabinets for my office built-in. You guys, I’m not joking at all when I tell you that this thing made me feel like I was a pro craftsman.

If you’re unfamiliar with a Kreg Jig or what a pocket hole is, it’s essentially a tool you use to assist in drilling perfect diagonal holes that allow you to sink screws into the “meaty” parts of a piece of wood when attaching two pieces together. It hides the screws and helps create a more structurally-sound joint.

The kit I linked includes all of the basic parts of the Kreg Pocket Hole Jig system, but you can buy the individual pieces for a slightly lower price. However, I’m also super into the Kreg face clamps (of which one is included), so this kit is worth its weight in gold in my opinion.

KregTool.com

5. Creating home videos with my iPhone + apps

This is kind of random but, hey, I promised you random.

I got inspired over the summer by a friend of mine creating a video from a family vacation they were on. Their video had music in the background, artful shots, and it felt like a whole production.

Growing up, my family did not own a video camera but I envied my friends who did. As a result, I’m a huge video-taker when we do anything now that I’m an adult. I love looking back at the videos that I’ve taken, dabbling in creating editorial-style compilation videos with apps like Filmm from A Beautiful Mess is what I’ve truly enjoyed doing lately.

It’s so fun to play with the frames per second settings on the iPhone when I’m recording (in both slow-mo and regular filming), as well as the myriad of songs, filters, and transitions on the Filmm app (which is super intuitive to use). With the help of the app, I’ve started to turn our vacations and our moments at home into what feels like those old film reels our parents grew up with. Plus if you’re looking for an inexpensive and creative way to kill some time at home, this is the move.

What are you guys obsessed with this month? Anyone doing anything cool I should also be doing? Hit me up!

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