Quarantining for 6+ months wasn’t exactly on my Pinterest 2020 vision boards. But this is the deck of cards we’ve been dealt, and I’ve tried my best to turn my lemons into lemonade. Here are 4 products keeping me sane navigating the pandemic.
Feals launched their line of high-end CBD products last year, and I started using them a few months ago after testing a few others in this crowded market. What stood out to me about Feals was the strength and quality of their ingredients. Every batch (literally every single bottle) is tested by an independent third party, ensuring consistency we’ve come to expect from other therapeutics. I also really loved their ‘Flight’ offering, a $20 sampling of different strengths to find your optimal dosage. 1200 mg is effective for me to ease my anxiety, allowing me to stay productive and optimistic even in the face of all of this uncertainty.
Our Place –The Always pan keeping up with my record setting pace in the kitchen as of late.
Everyone seems to be joking that their dishwasher is running literally non-stop these days -- and for good reason! In that vein, I had my eye on a workhorse cooking pan that could keep up with my new cooking habit. Something that was versatile, non-stick, and looked attractive enough to keep out on my range all the time. The team at Our Place delivered on all fronts with their design -- it’s just deep enough for my weekly Bolognese (In Marcella Hazan’s Recipe I trust), has really high quality non-stick coating to cook morning eggs with ease, and has this genius little basket insert to steam your daily dose of veggies.
It’s like a mad scientist did a focus group with millennial at-home chefs and birthed this creation from the heavens.
Look Optic Blue-Light glasses – Zoom without the headache.
It’s hard to remember back to life at the office -- gone are the days of fighting over conference rooms and sitting through slightly awkward overshares at the office lunch table. These in-person idiosyncrasies of working life have been replaced with all-time high screen time as we establish new work from home habits. I noticed my near constant Zoom meetings were taking a toll on my body -- my eyes and head would be pounding by the end of the day. That’s when a friend turned me on to Look Optics blue-light collection. I wear them literally all day now and can’t imagine working without them. Look Optics’ collection of 4 frames in myriad of colorways will also have you looking your workplace best -- their bluelight lenses completing the business on top, sweats on the bottom look de 2020.
Parachute – Shelter in place nestled in this Luxury Waffle Robe
There’s been a lot of lounging around the apartment in quarantine in our household, which thankfully means I’ve been spending a lot of time in this waffle robe from the good folks at home-essentials brand Parachute.
The Parachute Waffle Robe features lightweight, softly textured Turkish cotton. I honestly hadn’t heard of the waffle weave before seeing this and now I’m a true believer. It’s soft and airy and makes you feel like a million bucks each time you throw it on. My girlfriend got it for me as a birthday gift, and I love it so much that I gifted her her own for her birthday a few months later.
Parachute now has a full line of everything you could dream to make your home a comfortable, beautiful space: bedding and bath products are their staples, and they’ve added home decor + tabletop products to their assortment. The brand ‘gets me’ -- I love the clean aesthetic: a neutral color palate with a focus on understated luxury.
Four Sigmatic – Rocketfuel with a Safe Landing
I’m a coffee guy. I love the ritual of my morning brew; the day doesn’t feel right without a caffeine kick start. A silver lining to sheltering in place has been creating a new morning coffee and breakfast ritual that we never had the time to do rushing out of the house for our morning commute to the office. And so when a friend was raving about this mushroom infused coffee she was hooked on, after a bit of confusion, I decided to give Four Sigmatic’s Ground Mushroom Coffee With Lion's Mane a whirl. I’m glad I did.
First impressions of Four Sigmatic were what helped me take the plunge. I opened the bag, gave a strong whiff, and to my surprise it looked and smelled delicious. I couldn’t notice any meaningful difference between Four Sigmatic’s taste profile and your regular cuppa joe: it brews dark and nutty, and finishes smooth.
Four Sigmatic combines the energy benefits of the caffeine boost from coffee, with Lion’s Mane and Chaga mushroom ingredients for optimal brain function and immune boosting properties. Started by a guy from Finland who grew up on a family farm that’s 13 generations old, Four Sigmatic literally is statistics-speak for ‘the best of the best foods’. This class of superfoods is four standard deviations (hello Stats majors!) above average food in terms of nutrient delivery.
I’ll be adding their Think Coffee to my quarantine morning rotation, and I’m keen to try their protein powder next! Give it a try and let us know what you think.