My 2020 ‘Essentials’ + Favorites

Since lockdown in March and, currently, with all the social distancing rules and regulations – I haven’t been out as much as I used to. As it should be… But while being at home, trying to make money and save it all at the same time, I’ve accumulated a number of new interests, findings, and things that I can no longer live my daily life without.

I wanted to share these things because honestly, some of them have changed my lifestyle for the better. From saving money to being a more disciplined and well-rounded person. Despite all that jazz, I have to admit that some just have the sole purpose of making ~life~ inside the house a little more bearable.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

I was burnt out for a bit, but the new fall update has revived me. I mean c’mon, spooky decor and pumpkins… pumpkins.
(And no, I don’t have a DA yet because I’m re-decorating for the 3rd time…)

Claw Clips? Butterfly Clips? A STAPLE.

Hair ties? SO pre-pandemic. Just kidding, but really get yourself a claw clip. I never use hair ties anymore unless I’m working out. Plus, they’re super cheap if you’re not trying to be fancy. I got my 3 pack at the dollar store. Best price for numerous ‘I look like I actually tried’ hairstyles whether you really want to be lazy or not.

Apps: Habit and Libby

Libby connects you to your local library where you can check out ebooks and audiobooks. Everything is free and all you have to do is register or sign up for a library card. I, personally, love physical copies so I use this app to sample books before buying. Also, I like to listen to audiobooks of books that I don’t really want to spend on – like some self-helps or non-fiction reads.

Habit is a free, easy-to-use habit tracker. I love it because it forces you to make yourself disciplined enough to actually check off the things you’ve done. Well, I think that’s how you’re supposed to create a habit in general, anyway. It also allows you to set reminders and how many times a week you’d like to accomplish something.

Literally all of Colleen Hoover’s books

My first book by this author – It Ends With Us – was gifted to me last Christmas and I never got the chance to read it until lockdown. Oh my, what a blessing and a curse that was. A blessing to finally have the time to read again, and to read such a good book. So good I cried some ugly tears. Now, a curse because I just finished my 3rd book by her and ordered 4 more. Also, I haven’t been able to read another author since.
They’re the type of books you can’t put down (if you’re into this genre) and I definitely didn’t put them down until the sun rose the next day.
(Thank you Mrs. Lira for this one.)

Passion Planner: Undated Daily Planner

Transitioned to this back in July because my Happy Planner weekly layout was not working with the schedule and work I had. I love how it has the daily schedule and reflection on one side and a blank page on the next. I use the blank page to list out my to-do’s for school, work, and errands that need to be done the night of or the days ahead.

Blue Light Glasses

Got mine from Amazon and they’re literal eye-savers. Perfect for long days staring at a screen. I got this two pack for $15 back in May, but I wish I kept looking because this three pack is a steal. As I write this, it’s only $15, but it does fluctuate from $15-18… which is still a steal.

AHJ Laptop Stand + more

After 4 months of being indecisive and hunching over every day, I finally decided to buy a laptop stand. I’m glad I waited, though, because I got mine for $14 back in July. I was kind of iffy because there weren’t any reviews at the time, but I was not disappointed at all. It came with the adjustable stand, webcam cover, iPad/iPhone stand, and carrying case. An absolute deal and great quality, too.

Anker Bluetooth Keyboard

At a glance, it really looks like it’s from Apple when it’s not, but with the price for what it is- I was not complaining. It’s honestly one of my better purchases especially to pair with my laptop stand.

Working Out Almost Everyday – Just Getting Up and Moving

I say almost because I’m not going to lie and say I do when I really don’t. Sometimes I only workout 2-3x a week. Maybe 3-4x, but never every day. Sometimes I don’t workout for 4-5 days straight. But- I always try to get up and do something. When I don’t want to do a whole workout- I usually do 30 to 90 jumping jacks, or run up and down my stairs for a couple minutes. I swear by these! They’re the best lazy day ‘workouts.’ Sometimes I just do a 5-10 minute blast. Regardless, I’ve made it one of my daily goals to not do nothing, completely, and so far it’s been going really well for me. Now, I sometimes crave working out, too.

Jumping Jacks/Jump Roping

Wanted to stress these because actual life-changers. Such great workouts and so underestimated. Don’t knock ’em ’til you try ’em.

Homemade Iced Coffee and Iced Matcha Lattes

Life-changing and money-saving. Let me tell you. Going from buying iced coffee or matcha lattes every day to making them at home- I think I saved myself almost a grand (counting if I spent $4 everyday from March). If you say that your homemade iced coffee and matcha lattes don’t hit the same, keep experimenting because I swear, you can achieve your dreams soon enough. That was me with iced coffee.
As for my iced matcha lattes, I use this matcha powder and even bought this milk frother solely for this occasion. Gotta get that foam.

Maxi and Midi Skirts

I wish I started loving these sooner because long skirts are as liberating as dresses without the commitment. If that’s makes sense. After wearing pajamas every day for almost 3 months (before places started to re-open), I couldn’t just jump back into discomfort. Thus, my love for long skirts re-emerged.

Nad’s Facial Wax Strips

Okay, like I said, everything was closed and I couldn’t live with the caterpillars on my face, any longer.
Before trying to learn how to thread, I wanted to try waxing my brows first since it seemed easier. It is with these strips… and I never ended up learning how to thread. Maybe some other day.

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