Tried + True.

By: Jen Shoop

As you have gathered on this blog, when I like something, I really like something and I will often gift that something to friends and family. Below, sharing a roundup of some of my absolute favorite items — the tried + true possessions that I implore you (and everyone around me) to test out…

+Belif The True Cream Aquabomb. Affordable and so deeply hydrating. I love the gel-like texture that just melts into my skin.

+Love to Dream Swaddle. I don’t know how I did not know about this genius sleep sack swaddle! We swaddled micro in traditional swaddle blankets until he was maybe three months and then started using these more and more often. Micro absolutely loved sleeping in these, as he always loved to have his hands up by his face! Now my go-to gift for new moms.

+Kuhn Rikon Swiss Peeler. These inexpensive peelers are the absolute best. Super sharp and easy to wield. Mr. Magpie gets a new one in his stocking every year and scarcely a day goes by without it being used, whether to peel a cucumber or carrot (mini’s preferred vegetables) or a lemon for a cocktail garnish.

+Stori Drawer Organizers. In every drawer and cabinet of my home! These keep me sane.

+Vintner’s Daughter Serum. Smells like heaven, balances my skin, and deeply hydrates it. I feel like my skin looks healthier and brighter with use. When I ran out and temporary paused using, my skin immediately broke out — I think this really does wonders for acne-prone skin.

+Le Pens. The ultra fine tip point is perfectly suited for my tiny font handwriting.

+La Roche Posay Fluid Sunscreen. I use this daily. It glides right into skin and provides a formidable layer of skin protection.

+Tubby Todd All-Over-Ointment. The only thing that moisturized micro’s ultra-dry skin. Also cleared up baby acne, helped with cradle cap, and works for diaper rash. Seriously a wunderproduct.

+Superga sneakers. Comfortable, chic, and classic.

+Miele vacuum. An investment worth the price. I was so fed up with our battery-powered cordless stick vacuum. Yes, it’s compact and lightweight. But it also runs out of batteries before a cleaning session is through and does not have nearly enough power for those of us with dogs and children and all the soot and grit of New York City in our carpets. Easily one of the best purchases we’ve made this year.

+Dresser drawer organizers. Though I am a very tidy person and have no problem keeping my medicine cabinet, desk, closet, etc very organized, I really struggled with keeping my dresser drawers tidy until I purchased these. I find it much easier to keep up with the Marie Kondo-condoned method of rolling/folding items in third and stowing them in rows versus stacks. I also love that they look built-in to the drawer!

+Sauces and Shapes cookbook. Used weekly in our home. (More of our favorite cookbooks.)

+Le Specs sunglasses. Comparatively inexpensive (under $70, but look designer) and I wear them constantly, even with higher-end options in my drawer.

+Babyzen Yoyo Stroller. Though we have a full-sized Bugaboo stroller that I absolutely adore, the Yoyo might be the most perfect stroller ever made. It is compact (folds up into a square that you can carry over your shoulder), lightweight, has a sun-shade, easy to fold and unfold, and cool-looking to boot. You can even clip the Nuna Pipa carseat into it (which I did a LOT when micro was first born) or add the newborn bassinet attachment. It is pretty much the swiss army knife of strollers — virtually perfect for any situation, but especially for urban dwellers like myself.

+Arcona Triad Toner Pads. Love these for refreshing skin at the end of the day. I love using these when I’m getting ready to go out in the evening. I clean my face, swipe one of these on, and reapply makeup.

+Nuk sippy cup. The only cup mini would take when we were transitioning her from a bottle. Still used in our household.

+Mr. Clean gloves. These are lined with a velvety material that make them so much more pleasant than your run-of-the-mill cleaning gloves.

+Chantecaille Lip Chic in bourbon rose. My go-to everyday lipstick. The kind of thing you can swipe on without a mirror, and in such beautiful colors. Feels more like a chapstick than a lipstick!

+Molton Brown hand soap. I’ve talked your ear off about this one, but they make the greatest scents and are currently on sale for 50% off here!

+Curaprox toothbrushes. My dentist advises the use of soft-bristled toothbrushes so you don’t damage your enamel, and I love the hexagonal shape of these because it makes it easier to brush at every angle.

+White utility bins. I use these in our utility/linen closets to keep things like lightbulbs, batteries, dog stuff, etc. in one place. They are inexpensive and easy to keep clean and when lined up, pleasing to the eye. I label each with my labelmaker.

+Alexandre Birman Claritas (on sale!)

+Kissy Kissy onesies. The softest and best-made. I kept all of mini’s pajamas and onesies and they’ve made their way down to micro with nary an issue. We own tons of the prints, but I love a classic solid.

P.S. A few items I couldn’t squeeze into the above but that I also love: these packing cubes, this stain remover (will never not buy this, even after my babies are grown — the best at getting stains out), crease release, flawless filter (unbelievable — not sure how you’re meant to use it, but I use it almost like a highlighter over the top of tinted moisturizer/concealer and it is stunning), Drybar mini brush (the best size and wonderful at detangling).

P.P.S. Eyeing this. OBSESSED.

P.P.P.S. Drive gently, dearie.

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10 thoughts on “Tried + True.

  1. Hi
    Love your blog. As a former NYC gal now Chicago-
    You had shown a lovely yellow print dress you had worn when pregnant- I saw it last week now I cannot find source -Thought it would be fun for Mexico at Christmas- Thanks so much -It was a white with delicate yellow print Best for The Holidays
    I too sprained a muscle with child going limp in NYC!,

  2. THANK YOU for the peeler recommendation! My boyfriend is currently in a major old-fashioned making phase but keeps slicing his fingers open when peeling oranges (yikes)! I’ve been googling around to figure out what peeler would be better, but I just immediately Amazoned your pick.

  3. Bought the tubby todd ointment on your recommendation and it cured the worst case of cradle cap on my little one! Then I had stubborn little patch of dry skin from a mild chemical peel and didn’t have any la mer left so put a little of the ointment on it and the next morning it was gone. Miracle product!

    1. YES! So glad to hear that! I have no idea what’s in it but it is a major cure-all in our home, too. xxx

  4. You’ve turned me into a Curaprox convert! At home, I use an electric toothbrush (that I highly recommend — a Clarisonic) but when traveling (which I do quite frequently, an average of 2.5+ work weeks per month), I’m a Curaprox gal. Love.

    I’ve also been a Superga fan for years & years and they’re just the best, and great for kids, too. I typically try to keep a black pair for the cooler months and a white pair for the spring/summer. I scooped up a white eyelet pair from their collab with LoveShackFancy and I cannot wait to bust them out next spring! xx

  5. Hi! What footmuff do you use with the Yoyo? We’ve been using a JJ Cole one we were gifted last year and I HATE it — it’s so floppy and the back band is already saggy; it’s somehow too large but also makes the YoYo straps too tight even at their loosest. I like the tidiness of the YoYo muffs but unsure if they would work in other strollers (have the Thule urban glide for running and will likely get the Vista when the carrier+single stroller is no longer appetizing).
    And I agree with you on the peeler! We got one when we subscribed to Milk Street and I’m a convert.

    1. Hi Claire! We use the Yoyo brand one and have a separate Bugaboo brand one for the other stroller, so I can’t comment FOR SURE but have you considered 7AM Enfant? I know people love that brand.


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