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Random things that spark joy

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Some things in our life can get through Marie Kondo sparks joy test. We pick up the object and know that it adds joy to our life. Other things only cause frustration or regret.

We love products and services that improve our lives, but have minimal patience for items that gather dust, waste money, or are unnecessarily harmful to the environment. It’s our job to try things out and report back. Here are a few things that do their job very well and definitely deserve a place in our homes.

bike lights ($35.98)

Bike lights in a dark room.
Bike lights in a dark room. Photo by Randi Mann

Most bicycle light kits sold in stores cost between $50 and $100. These lights from Amazon work perfectly fine and are cheaper than store bought ones. They’re bright, waterproof, rechargeable and easily removable (for those who lock up their bikes in public and worry about the lights being stolen – already there).

Retro Oversized Sunglasses ($20.99 – $29.99)

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We asked the experts: It doesn’t matter how expensive your sunglasses are, as long as they have UV protection. We love a pair of fashionable sunglasses, but we know we’ll probably lose or break them. We started exploring sunglasses options when deciding what to pack for a disney vacation and landed on these. They’re awesome and with that price you won’t be upset if they’re sitting down or being catapulted off a roller coaster.

Packing Cubes ($32.99 – $85)

Insider Packing Cubes
The Insider Packing Cubes. Exterior picture

Speaking of packaging, we like a cube, or six. We tried Packing cubes from the outside ($85 for six), which organized our clothes perfectly and fit perfectly into Baggage from outside. Amazon also has a travel bag set ($32.99) including three cubes, two compression pouches and a cosmetic bag.

kitchen pantry organizers ($29.99)

Pantry organizers.
Pantry organizers. Picture by Amazon

Few months ago, we renovated our kitchen, learning tips and tricks along the way. We’ve stopped there and haven’t touched on the inside of the kitchen cabinets. Now they are an absurd mess. Currently at the stage of understanding how Home Edit cabinets, but I already love these organizers.

LARQ water pitcher ($148 + filters)

Pitcher of water.
Pitcher of water. Photo by larq

Brita has been the Kleenex of pitcher home filtration, the brand name replacing the item’s generic name. Fabrics may have an indefinite default brand, but water filtration has a new player. LARQ was first introduced on shark tanksharing the first self-cleaning water bottle. And now the company has launched the pitcherand it gives crispy water with good taste.

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Lome ($630)

Lome. Photo by Lomi

Lomi is another new production town. It turns kitchen scraps into nutrient-rich soil. The Home Composter is made in Kelowna, BC and is a Canadian company. Although the kitchen tool is quite expensive, it is also effective and it is a Canadian entrepreneur success story.

microwave popcorn ($16.99)

Microwave popcorn maker.
Microwave popcorn maker. Picture by Amazon

The microwave is the easiest way to make popcorn. This popper is obviously microwave safe, but it’s also dishwasher safe and collapsible. It also takes up so little space and can make so much popcorn.

TV wall mount ($69.99)

TV wall mount.
TV wall mount. Picture by Amazon

When I redid my modestly sized condo, my contractor told me to order this to hang up my TV. I reclaimed about 20 square feet of space, so half the condo. Such a solid purchase.

Allbird shoes ($140)

Tree runners.
Tree runners. Photo by Allbirds

Ok, so they are a bit pricey and maybe not the most stylish shoes in the world. But they might just be the most comfortable. They are machine washable and stand the test of time. However, lighter ones can get dirtier than the washing machine can redeem.

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