In February, we showcase some of our writer’s and reader’s favorite toys, eats and more. Learn about a pig that will really protect your cash, a delicious organic jam and even an app that will help prioritize what’s important and not. We’re all about making life fun and simple at Metro Parent and you can help us out by telling us what you’re obsessed with. If we love your product, we’ll feature it and send you $25.
Lego Piggy Coin Bank
My grandma Jackie had a pet potbellied pig named Pete who I fell absolutely in love with growing up. These days, I can’t get enough of pink snouts and curly tails, which is why I adore this little guy. Put together this red 148-piece bank in about an hour, and adjust the eyes and ears to give your piggy a unique look as he guards your cash. Ages 7-plus. $14.99. lego.com.
– Christina Clark
Do It (Tomorrow)
Any worker bee like me knows the struggle of expectations vs. reality. This handy app lets me prioritize and accept that it’s OK if I didn’t get everything I wanted done today. Daily lists of tasks become less daunting with the ability to push leftovers onto a plate for another day. It’s $2.99 and syncable on both your computer and smartphone (iOS and Android).
– Aleanna Siacon
Trader Joe’s Organic Raspberry Fruit Spread
Best raspberry jam on the planet – tart and sweet, with plenty of seeds tucked inside. My college kid begs me to send jars to her in bulk (she went through five last semester). I use it in desserts like brownies and cakes or just on toast. My kids use it as sauce on ice cream. $2.99 at Trader Joe’s.
– Kristen J. Gough
The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up
By Marie Kondo
When you start asking yourself if you really need that seventh silicone spatula or how many identical black boots are too many, you might be in need of this little book. It guides you on a journey to tidiness with checklists and expert advice, but most important is the method for uncluttering: Hold the object in your hands and, if it doesn’t “spark joy,” get rid of it. $10.19 on Amazon.
– Amanda Rahn
Hoover Linx Bh50010 Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
I have all hardwood floors and tile, and this vacuum is awesome. I also use it in my cleaning company to clean low-pile carpets. It will clean shag, but really does shag ever come clean? I bought a backup battery and have used it several times a day at several places including a daycare and an office, and it is a CHAMP. It actually pulls dog hair tumbleweeds into its suction from an inch away!
– Holly Pangrcic
What’s your obsession?