Here’s what PureWow staffers loved this month, from an ingenious lotion applicator to attractive storage boxes and a life-changing accessory (especially if you have sneaky toddlers) inspired by Abbott Elementary.
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"Because I'm tired of tripping over shoes every time I walk in the house! My daughter's used to cubbies at school, so she has no issues putting them away...at least for now. And I like that at 24 inches wide, it can hold nine to ten pairs of shoes without overtaking my already cramped entryway," says Candace Davison, Home Editor.
Executive Editor, Lifestyle Dara Katz loves this reusable applicator: "For applying sun screen—for baby, because the mineral sunscreen is soooo thick. This help spread it out evenly—and quickly—and even I use it too!"
"My boyfriend and I have been loving this little fall tea sampler, which has some of the yummiest flavors I've ever tasted (he likes French Toast, I'm living for Baked Apple Chai and Sweet Potato Pie)—all the better if you drink it out of this baby, which comes with the the little tea filter," says Commerce Director Nicole Briese.
"Honestly, bless this super-cheap paint-by-stickers book that keeps my son busy for hours," says Mirissa Kelly, head of West Coast brand partnerships. Kinders through fourth graders will enjoy using colorful stickers to fill in outlines of a shark, toucan and more—10 pictures in all. (And if your little artist really goes nuts, there's a whole series of these books from Workman Publishing.)
Fashion editor Abby Hepworth is getting organized in style. "I recently bought these cute boxes from The Container Store in a few different sizes. The rent went up on my storage unit and I could no longer justify paying for it, so I needed to find someplace to put all the stuff I’d been stowing there," she said. "These boxes are cute enough that I don’t mind that guests will see them peeking out from under the bed or stacked on top of my dresser/bookshelves
"Our new townhouse has sliding glass shower doors and they get spotty and cloudy very quickly which is super annoying," said senior commerce editor Olivia Dubyak. "I bought one of these shower squeegees to help keep the glass clean and it does wonders. I just wipe down the glass after I shower and it kelps keep the soap scum and water buildup at a minimum so I can clean them less."
"So I lose my phone in my own house at least once a day and I fully blame my toddler...IYKYK," says branded content director Christina Gutierrez. "Anyway I was watching Abbott Elementary and saw that Barbara was wearing her phone in a crossbody case and I was like, YEP. I just ordered this one to test the waters at a reasonable price point and I'm honestly LOVING the old school kindergarten teacher vibes. My husband laughs at me when I wear it but next time the toddler takes his phone and hides it in the couch and he can't find it for two hours, we'll see who get the last laugh."
"I got my toddler a special gate for our staircase that's really working out a lot better than expected," says branded content operations director Rachel Gulmi.
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