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Jun 18 2018
3 months ago
6:45 PM MDT

We’re Kicking Off Our 10th Birthday Celebration with Collin’s TOP 10 Favorite Things

Jun 18, 2018 @ 6:45 PM MDT
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It’s time to party! 🎉

Yippppeee! As you might already know, we’re celebrating Hip2Save’s 10th birthday with 10 days of fun starting today, June 18th, and running through Friday, June 29th. It’s gonna be fun!

Today we’re kicking things off with some of my all-time favorites things — and since I want everyone to get in on the celebration, I just might be gifting some AWESOME prizes away to lucky readers throughout the celebration! 😁

top 10 favorite things — air fryer

But first, let me tell you about the 10 products I just cannot live without!

1. Breville Espresso Machine

top 10 favorite things — breville coffee makerI don’t know what I would do without this Breville espresso makerseriously! Between working on the site, shopping for deals, taking care of my family, and scheduling in some me time, coffee has become my saving grace!

… AND this magical machine grinds, brews, and pours out my espresso in less than a minute ☕. Plus, the steam wand froths cream so that you can enjoy delicious lattes and more. It truly is my most favorite kitchen appliance (even more then the air fryer – mentioned below).

One of my favorite things to do on the weekend is make a yummy espresso beverage and enjoy it outside while on my porch swing reading a book. 😍 It’s the little things.

2. Air Fryer

top 10 favorite things — air fryer

I LOVE my air fryer, and so do many of my team members — we’ve all been swooning over these incredible machines for the past year! Thankfully we have Lina coming up with delicious recipes (2 ingredient bagels, anyone?!) and teaching us all the tips & tricks for our air fryers so we’ll never run out of uses for them.

I think the reason why I’ve become a bit obsessed with using my air fryer on a regular basis is because it seriously is the easiest small appliance to cook with. It has just a few options to select from on the digital touch panel (heat/time etc.), and is really the most UN-complicated device EVER – it’s SO not intimidating (and trust me, I get intimidated easily by kitchen appliances 😬).

I also love that it’s easy to clean, like REALLY easy to clean. I often cook bacon in the air fryer, and once the bacon is done, I let it cool, let the grease harden, and then wipe out with a paper towel. Easy peasy.

Side note, Lina did a post here on 5 kitchen items she uses most often and the air fryer made the list! 🙌

Here are a few of my favorite Air Fryer recipes:

3. Sorel Slippers

top 10 favorite things — sorel slippers

Oh slippers… since I work from home, I feel like slippers are often on my feet. With that said, I am madly in love with my Sorel Slippers. ❤ They are so comfy (and CUTE!) that I literally wear them everywhere — around the house, walking outside, and yes, I have worn them to the grocery store before. I’m not even worried about wearing them out since the quality rocks and they have a rubber sole.

I’ve had the same pair for years. I spotted this old pic that I posted on Instagram back in 2016. As you can see, I am sporting my same Sorel slippers… 😊

4. Capri Blue Candles

top 10 favorite things — capri blue candle

You guys, these Anthropologie candles are DIVINE!🕯 The Capri Blue candles come in a beautiful iridescent jar and are available in a variety of fragrances – the Volcano scent is my favorite. Plus, they burn for 85 hours and they’re made in the USA!

I don’t know what it is about the Volcano scent, but it can’t be described in words. It’s not too strong, but just strong enough and has a light, sweet, fruity scent that smells up my house. What’s even better is that they come in adorable jars that you can continue to use well after you’ve burned down the whole candle.

Don’t like the price tag that comes with this candle? If you’re looking for a comparable candle for a fraction of the cost, Target sells this Bella by Illume Island Moonlight 10.2oz Tin Candle for just $10.99 shipped – and rumor has it that it smells similar to the Capri Blue Volcano candle.

HIP TIP: Amazon sells the Capri Blue jar candles in volcano scent too! Shop here.

5. Apple Watch

top 10 favorite things — apple watch

To be honest, last year I didn’t own an Apple watch and wasn’t even interested in getting one. I just thought it was an unneeded item, not to mention how expensive they are. I felt like my phone did the same stuff so why get yet another Apple device that I’d have to remember to charge and just deal with?!

Welp… my opinion has changed drastically. My hubby gifted me an Apple Watch (with cellular) for Mother’s Day and since getting it all set up and wearing it daily, I have definitely fallen in love with this little gadget.

It does absolutely EVERYTHING! But honestly, my favorite part is actually not the fact that I can use it for texting and work related stuff, it’s the AWESOME activity features! My husband and I now have daily step competitions, these are hardcore competitions. 😉 Every night before bed we have the same conversation, “What are your steps?” I’ve gotten a lot of additional foot rubs because I’m kicking butt in the stepping department. 😉 We honestly go on so many more walks now as getting to see our daily steps really does motivate us to take even more.

I also love the other workout features. It’s fun to see my heart rate during a high intensity workout, and I also like to check my average daily heart rate. I find it all so interesting.

In addition, I really like that it’s waterproof so I never have to worry about wearing it in the shower.  I also enjoy that I don’t have to have my phone with me when I go for a run, and can get text messages, and listen to tunes (with no wires!) since my Apple watch just syncs with my Air Pods.

It’s like a mini personal assistant AND personal trainer on my wrist! 💃

6. Lululemon Align Leggings

top 10 favorite things — lululmon align leggings

I’ll be honest, I live in these leggings. They’re crazy comfortable, buttery soft, and are pretty much my go-to pant while I’m working from home. And since I’ve started to exercise more, I’ve been pushing these leggings to their full potential (they hold up great during all my workouts)! Note that the key to a long life for Lululemon leggings, always hang dry them.

HIP TIP: Even though I do love my align leggings, I also have found some alternatives that are just as good and for a fraction of the cost. Read all about our knock-off Lululemon finds here.

7. Amazon Prime

top 10 favorite things — amazon prime

It’s no secret that I ❤ Amazon Prime — and I think pretty much anyone else who has it likely loves it, too! There’s nothing like ordering all of my favorite products while sitting at home and having them delivered to my doorstep in just a couple of days! Plus – having early access to lightning deals ensures I get awesome discounts before products sell out.

Here are more reasons why Amazon Prime ROCKS!
  • FREE 2-Day Shipping on Millions of Items
  • FREE Prime Videos & Music
  • No-Rush Shipping Credits
  • FREE Unlimited Cloud Photo Storage
  • FREE Kindle eBooks

HIP TIP: Rumor has it that on Tuesday, July 10th, Amazon will host Prime Day, featuring hundreds of thousands of deals offered exclusively for Prime members! In previous years, they’ve offered up new deals as often as every five minutes throughout the day! More info here.

8. Bumble & Bumble Dry Shampoo

top 10 favorite things — Bumble & Bumble dry shampoo

If you’re anything like me, you’ll go a few days (or even a week!) without washing your hair… that’s why I LOVE Bumble and Bumble’s Prêt-à-powder dry shampoo! I just shake some onto my roots (it can get a little messy but it’s fine!) and rub it in to absorb all the oils. It gives my roots a little extra oomph and adds more volume to my hair – which I desperately need. I’ve got BOTH fine and thin hair. 😩

I often think it makes my hair look even better than it does when it’s clean!

Awesome Shower Cap 🚿 + Less Hair Washing 💁🏼‍♀️ + Less Styling Time ⌚ + Dry Shampoo = More Sleep 😴 AND Happier Human 😁

I credit my sis Bryn for the above saying! 😉

HIP TIP: Not sure what Dry Shampoo is right for you? This post should help.

9. Apple AirPods

Now that my kids are out of school for the summer, there’s a LOT of commotion in my house. I tune out the chaos with my Apple AirPods. I also tend to get really into my music, so having wireless headphones lets me rock out without getting tangled up with wires!

And if I ever need to take them out to give someone my attention, my music automatically pauses so I never miss a beat.

top 10 favorite things — apple airpods

10. Whynter Ice Cream Maker

top 10 favorite things — ice cream maker

It’s not just me who loves this ice cream maker… it’s my whole family’s favorite machine! It’s seriously the BEST ice cream maker out there, and trust me – I’ve gone through a lot. 😬

It’s by far the easiest ice cream maker to use, and it literally takes less then an hour to make homemade, oh so delicious ice cream. You just mix up the ingredients, pour them in the machine’s container, press a button, and BOOM in an hour or less — homemade ice cream with barely any work🍨.

hip2save birthday giveaway — whynter ice cream machine

I love that I can customize the recipes to use sugar alternatives to keep my keto lifestyle and my sweet tooth happy!

Get in on the celebration! 🎊

Without all of you amazing readers, there would not be a thriving and supportive Hip2Save Community. Thank you. Since we are celebrating 10 years, I want to give you even more of a reason to cheer, so click here for your chance to win some of my favorite things!

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