I have so many favorite things for my home and kitchen. I am going to try to narrow it down to my absolute most favorite things I use on a daily basis. These are all things that I have tested and tried and found to be both safe and also really helpful in my desire to make our home as life-giving and productive as possible!
Let’s start with the Kitchen:
- Vitamix Blender– I use this for making soups, homemade nut milks, sauces, acai bowls, the list goes on and on. The reason why I love the Vitamix so much is because it truly blends up everything perfectly. There are never any pieces or chunks of food left over, it makes perfectly pureed food and drinks every time! I purchased mine at Costco.
- Nutribullet Blender– I am a big fan of this blender as well. I like to use this for single serve smoothies. If I want to make a smaller portion of something then this is my go-to. I purchased this at Costco as well.
- Kitchen Craft 7 Layer Surgical Stainless Steel Waterless Cookware– I transitioned from using nonstick cookware several years ago. Nonstick releases toxins into your food as you cook. These pots and pans don’t release any toxins as you cook, and all your food retains their nutrients. They are eco friendly, and is one of the last remaining companies that make cookware in the USA. These can be pricey, so if you need to, start small by replacing 1 piece of cookware at a time. These can be purchased at kitchencraftcookware.com or you might even find them sold on ebay.
- Snapware Glass Food Containers and Mason Jars– I transitioned from using plastic food containers to glass. Plastic leaches chemicals into your food, whereas glass does not. I purchased mine at Costco, but you can check other online stores such as Amazon, Bed Bath and Beyond, etc.
- Crockpot Slow Cooker– I absolutely love my slow cooker for making tender meats, soups, bone broth, and so much more!
- Jack Lalanne Juicer– This is not a cold press juicer, although I do have one. Since I drink my juices within 10 minutes, I don’t necessarily need a cold press. I love this one because it is fast, quiet, and it has a large opening to put the veggies in so I don’t have to cut them down into small pieces.
- Parchment Paper– I always use parchment paper to cook instead of aluminum foil. Aluminum will leach metals into your food while cooking, which is why I choose to use parchment paper. You can find this at your local grocery stores, and of course Costco is where I purchase mine. Side note: Parchment paper is not the same thing as wax paper.
- Bees Wrap Food Coverings– I replaced plastic wrap with these bees wrap coverings. They adhere to the side of the container, and they are reusable and eco-friendly. You can purchase them at https://www.amazon.com/Bees-Wrap-Sustainable-Reusable-Assorted/dp/B0126LMDFK
- Sunshine Concentrate Cleaner by Nature’s Sunshine– I use this cleaner for so many things! A little bit goes a long way making this bottle last up to a year. I take a capful of the concentrate, a quart of warm water, a couple drops of essential oils, and mix it all together. I put it in a spray bottle and that is what I use to clean my kitchen counters and appliances. To purchase go to andreathompson.org/hbg
For the home:
- Nature’s Sunshine Essential Oil Diffuser– This disperses essential oils into the air with a cool water vapor. Great for purifying the air, and also for adding good scents in the home. For purchase go to andreathompson.org/hbg
- Nature’s Sunshine Aroma Ball Plug In– This gets the scent of the essential oils into the room quickly. I use it as an air freshener, rather than an air purifier. For purchase go to andreathompson.org/hbg
- Fresh Flowers and Plants– I love fresh flowers and plants! I think they bring life to a room and they just make me happy every time I look at them! They are also beneficial for increasing the oxygen levels in your home making it easier to breathe and to cleanse the air.
- Wool Dryer Balls– Instead of using dryer sheets that contain many chemicals, I made the switch to wool dryer balls. These are a natural way to soften and fluff laundry without the chemicals. I also add essential oils to these to give my laundry a nice scent. These are also reusable making them eco-friendly. These can be purchased seasonally at andreathompson.org/hbg or year-round on Amazon.
To find out more information about things I use for the kitchen and home, go to andreathompson.org
What are some of your favorite kitchen and home items? Leave a comment below and let me know!
Have a blessed and amazing day!
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Wow!!! Thank you so much for giving us such a useful list! I have a lot of switching over to do. God Bless you today with creative and enjoyable divine appointments.
Thank you for reading Carolyn!
Blessings to you!
Hi Andrea, my name is Cindy and first I would like to say thank you so much for the above list of your favorite things. I would like to ask you a couple of questions. Is the Nutribullet blender above size 16 Oz. or larger? You mentioned it’s single size serving. I just need clarity so I know what size I’m looking to buy. Next, are the Snapglass containers you recommend the ones with the plastic lids? I have seen glass food storage containers at Bed Bath Beyond but they come with plastic lids. I suppose these are better than the actual container being plastic? I just need clarity, I want to switch over to glass, not sure about plastic lids, I suppose the lids don’t touch the food?? Any thoughts or suggestions? And last question, what advice can you give me with purchasing oils? I’m totally unfamiliar with using or purchasing oils and their applications? I’m a beginner with oils. Maybe you could share a book for beginners? And where is the most affordable but best oils you purchase? Maybe one last question, would you consider putting together your favorite Book list for our Home and Kitchen? Cooking type books and any books related to your list above would be helpful? I just want to say your list blesses my heart, I like that you are familiar with these products and appliances and you seem to know what works best. Your above list is great, thank you so much for your heart to share, your time and sharing your suggestions!!????Blessings, Cindy
Thank you so much for your encouraging words and feedback. As far as the Nutri-bullet, It is larger than 16oz, possibly around 20 oz. but much smaller than a vitamix which is around 8 cups(64 oz.) I use the nutri-bullet when I am doing a smoothie for myself.Mine is the Nutri-bullet prime. The glass containers do have plastic lids but they are BPA free and because the food is not directly on them they are safer.
As far as Essential oils are concerned, they are not created equal. Many have synthetic chemicals added so do your research. I personally use Nature’s Sunshine oils due to their purity, testing and sourcing. Dr. Axe came out with a new line that are good as well. You can go to andreathompson.org/hbg and check out the oils and read about their quality control and purity. I have also found Nature Sunshine oils to be most affordable for their quality as well.
Cindy, you are ahead of the game… I am doing a favorites on “books” it’s coming up soon so be watching for it!
I appreciate all your questions and the fact that you are taking control of your health and wellness! You are a champion! And you are setting yourself up for great success in achieving a healthy lifestyle. Stay the course and God Bless you!
Andrea, I don’t have a website to post?
Cindy you don’t need a website to share this post. You can share it to your facebook page. Blessings!