Just like the title says, there are certain things I absolutely can’t live without. Every single product on these pages have helped to make my life better, easier, and way more fun. I’m not sure where I would be without this stuff, and I hope you’ll find it all just as life changing as I have!
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: FITNESS
1. Yogitoes Skidless Mat Towel A skidless towel is essential for hot yoga, and the cute tie-dye pattern is so very Betsylife
2. Cotton Spandex 4.5″ Raw Edge Yoga Headband These cotton headbands keep the sweat from pouring in your eyes and messing up your meditation focus.
3. Aurorae Yoga Mats – Ultra Thick, Extra Long with Focal point Icon The focal point icon, and the cushiness of these mats make them my #1 choice.
4. OXO Good Grips Twist Top Bottle, 24-Ounce Perfect for grabbing a quick sip whether you’re spinning, running, or yoga-ing.
5. INSANITY Base Kit – DVD Workout My all time favorite home workout. The best part is that the people on the video are sweating and dying too, so you don’t feel so bad when you’re shaking and wishing you were dead. The ultimate total body workout every single time.
6. Bongers Massage Tool This is the only massager that helps with my chronic neck and shoulder pain. Weird name, but awesome results.
7. Shure SE215-K Earphones for iPhone, I’m convinced I have odd shaped ear holes. These ear buds come with several size and material attachments so they fit every ear perfectly and stay put through those long runs.
8. Mizuno Women’s Wave Creation Running Shoe I’m a Mizuno loyalist, but if you’re serious about running you should go to a professional running store and have them fit you for the shoe that works best for your stride.
9. Minisuit SPORTY Armband + Key Holder for iPhone Armband+Spotify is the only way I make it through all my runs.
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: KITCHEN
1. Wusthof Classic 8-Inch Cook’s Knife This is my number one kitchen item of all time. Everyone who loves to cook must have at least one great knife.
2. Kyocera Revolution 3-Piece Ceramic Knife Set These ceramic knives are less expensive, but still sharp as hell, and work wonderfully.
3. Simply Calphalon Nonstick 5-qt. Sauté Pan & Cover My favorite way to cook and eat is to throw a bunch of stuff together in a large skillet and call it a meal. This is far and away the most used pan in my kitchen.
4. Simply Calphalon Nonstick 10-Inch Covered Omelette Pan The Hubs and I eat eggs almost every day. If the large skillet is the most used pan in my kitchen, this small guy is a close second.
5. Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat Set, 16 5/8 x 11 I use these for the hundreds of cookies I bake every year, and The Hubs uses these to cook frozen buffalo wings on. For me, these mats are way easier to manage than parchment paper.
6. Chef’n SleekStor Pinch Pour Collapsible Measuring Cups When you cook in a small space, you need to maximize every square inch. These collapsible measuring cups lay flat allowing for more room in my limited drawers.
7. Nordic Ware Platinum Collection Original 10- to 15-Cup Bundt Pan If it wasn’t obvious, a bundt is my favorite kind of cake. Start with a classic pan, and build your collection from there. (I’m up to 7 bundt pans!)
8. Angled Icing Spatula, 13-Inch I always thought an icing spatula was a joke until I got one. Why not just use a butter knife? Trust me, the difference it makes is staggering.
9. Sterilite Cake Server I make a lot of cakes, but I don’t eat a lot of cakes! I love to transport my cakes to share with friends and co-workers in this to-go cake carrier.
10. KitchenAid 5-Qt. Artisan Series Onyx Black My mixer makes everything from cakes, to bread, to ice cream to pasta. One of the top ten best things I’ve ever spent my money on. Period.
1. Beach Cruiser San Diegans live outside. My preferred mode of transportation is always a beach cruiser. Fun, and easy to park!
2. Tie Dye Bikini **similar I have an entire drawer of bikini tops and an entire drawer of bikini bottoms. I live in a bathing suit at least 9 months of the year. It’s a must have for SoCal living (or visiting).
3. The perfect mid-weight scarf No need for a coat in San Diego but you’ll want a scarf almost every day of the year. I always tell The Hubs that if your neck is warm then you are warm. This one doubles as a beach towel, a travel throw, and a poolside cover up. Great with a sweater or a tank which is what San Diego weather is all about.
4. Coppertone Sport Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30, Ultra Sweat-Proof The #1 thing I tell every single person who visits San Diego is “Don’t forget the sunscreen!” I wear a minimum of sf 30 every day, and Coppertone sport is my choice because it stays put through sweating and swimming.
5. Rainbow Twisted Sister Sandals Rainbow sandals are more expensive than other flip flops, and they take a good 3 weeks to break in, but once they’re formed to your feet, they are the greatest flip flops of all time. It’s worth the effort!
6. Suja Juice 3 Day Fresh Start Juice Cleanse Welcome to San Diego! We’re pretty darn healthy here. Juicing is a great way to reset after an extra wild weekend, a major holiday, or anytime you’re feeling a bit blah. Suja juice is made locally, and is my personal favorite.
7. Classic Ray-Ban Sunglasses I’m not sure if I own more bikinis or more sunglasses. I wear sunglasses every single day of the year. Even when it’s raining. You can’t go wrong with a classic Ray-Ban
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: TRAVEL
1.Tumi T-Tech International Carry-On I never thought I’d be a fan of the hard case luggage until The Hubs bought me this suitcase for Christmas last year. It’s way roomier than you’d think while still being carry-on sized
2.Digital Luggage Scale There’s nothing worse than getting pinged for overweight luggage and having to do the “bag shuffle” at the ticket counter. This luggage scale is super portable and travels with you.
3.Classic Leather Tote If you travel a lot, I highly recommend buying a high quality carry-on bag with plenty of pockets, that can also double as a purse for sight seeing or souvenir shopping.
4.Febreze To Go This seems so inane but I cannot tell you how many times I didn’t have this with me but wished I did. I believe that no matter where you go, you pick up kind of a stale air “travel smell”. Febreze to go can freshen a dirty outfit, or just refresh a clean one that’s been sitting in your suitcase.
5.Hand Sanitizing Moisturizer Sometimes I feel like the 1 quart bag for your liquids isn’t quite big enough. Especially if you’re carrying on. Sanitizer+Moisturizer is my favorite double duty travel item.
6.Travel Cosmetic Bag Set I’ve got a bag for toiletries, a bag for makeup, a bag for non liquid beauty items, a bag for medicine, and a bag for random small things like a pen and headphones. You can never have too many of these small bags.
7. Rais Case Vida Fanny Pack Fanny packs are back! (They never should have left) I love this Rais Case one because you can wear it as a purse or a fanny pack. It’s the best way to carry your valuables when traveling.
8. Madewell Cape Scarf I’m always freezing on planes and in airports. I used to carry a large scarf that could double as a blanket, but this Madewell cape scarf is a jacket and scarf all in one. Absolute travel perfection!
9.Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ3 16.1 MP Compact Digital Camera I rarely bring my DSLR on trips with me. It’s too bulky, and I’m always worried about losing it. This compact point and shoot takes awesome pictures AND video, and fits in your carry-on.
10.Clear Carry-On Quart Bag How many times can a person use a beat up, quart sized baggie before it finally rips? Not very many times. This quart sized carry-on is a more durable solution for frequent fliers.
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: DOG OWNER
1.Couch Dog Bed Olive loves to rest her sweet little face on the edge of this bed. Super plush and cushy!
2.Tie Dye Pet Bandana Is it weird I dress my dog like me? Tie dye for me, tie dye for you. A bandana is the only “pet clothing” The Hubs will let me get away with.
3.Nylon Pet Collar Olive’s at the beach nearly every week. We’ve got a selection of these nylon collars that we switch as one gets wet. I love the plastic clasp because it won’t rust when submerged in ocean or pool water.
4.Laser pointer We all have those days when we’re sick, or it’s raining, or we’re just too tired to take the dog for a long walk. A laser pointer will keep Olive occupied for HOURS from the convenience of my couch.
5.Personalized ID tags Maybe the most important thing for any pet owner to have. You never know when your rascal is going to get loose and roam the neighborhood.
6.Chuck it! Olive loves to run and fetch but my throwing skillz are majorly lacking. The Chuck it! helps with my distance, which ultimately helps Olive tire out faster.
7.Dental Rawhide Rolls Fortunately, the worst thing we’ve had to address with any of our dogs is tooth problems. These dental rawhide rolls help keep their teeth clean, and keeps em occupied if you’re trying to get work done.
8.Tuffy Toys Our dogs have always loved plush toys, but once even a tiny hole of stuffing is exposed, it’s curtains for those toys. Tuffy toys are super durable and hard to “kill”. They’re definitely worth the extra money.
9.Cadet Gourmet Bully Sticks I always say bully sticks are like TV for children. When you just need them to sit still and not bother you for 30 minutes, give them a bully stick.
10.PetSafe Gentle Leader Headcollar Switching to the gentle leader was life changing. Pinch collars and harnesses could not deter Olive’s boundless enthusiasm while walking. You’d be lucky to make it home with both arms still attached. The gentle leader worked to INSTANTLY make her easy to manage on a leash.
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