I just read Alyson's list over at Art Biz Success and was inspired to make a list. It is not a very art related list, but I did put some studio tools at the bottom. I hope you will find it useful or interesting.
I'll start with things that make life easier and provide a shortcut to household tasks resulting in more time for painting.
Roomba by iRobot
After a year of having a robot vacuum cleaner, The extravagance is worth it. Occasionally, I neglect to empty the bin and "Garrison" cannot do his work. (New models empty themselves!) If ready to go, hearing his little start up tune makes me smile. When I've spent all day in the studio, it's nice to think that at least some dust, dog hair and crumbs were picked up!
Meal Kits (with CAVEATS)
Food preparation is very time consuming. Over 2017 and 2018, we tried three online meal delivery services. We had no complaints about the cost, the quality of the food, or our satisfaction with the recipes. I DO have issue with the number of ice packs and amount of packing materials needed to send the boxes. I now prefer buying the meal kits at local grocery stores.
We like to cook and eat at home during the week, so meal kits ensure a plan, all the ingredients, and less than 30 minutes cooking time without the sodium of prepared meals. That means that I don't have to think about dinner until after we watch the evening news! Priceless.
Over the years, I've done several different methods of solving this problem. I also recommend Saving Dinner, a website and/or cookbook that gives you a shopping list and recipes for each week. (Garlic Lime Chicken is a frequent dish at our house.)
We just finished our last jar of Conch Candy from the Pickle Baron. I love to chop it up and put on of a cream cheese spread cracker from Firehook Crackers; (multigrain flax is my favorite).
I have a new "go to" chocolate bar: The Hu Almond Butter + Puffed Quinoa Dark Chocolate. It sounds a little bit odd but tastes great!
As drinks go, I was late to the kombucha craze, but I still enjoy it; I often mix it with seltzer from my Soda Stream. Pink Lady Basil and Watermelon Wonder are my standards.
I've read 25+ books this year, but after going over my list, there are only four that I'd feel comfortable recommending. I gave these books four or more stars on GoodReads. (BTW, I'm very stingy with my stars.)
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
Vacationland by John Hodgman
Beneath A Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan
Apps For Your Phone or Tablet:
Short Ratcheting Screwdriver with Bits in Handle
Strange, I know, but I LOOOOOVE this screwdriver. I can't find a brand on it and image search wasn't helpful. The closest I can find it this one.
Zecchi Travel Brishes
Kolinsky sable bristles and beautiful to look at (and paint with). Purchased in Florence, but a boxed set of four slightly different ones are available online. Escoda has nice ones that are similar. Travel cup also nice; I've had it forever, but it is still available.
Peshtemal Turkish Towels
I originally saw these towels (also known as hammam towels or fouta towels) on Pinterest and then a college friend mentioned them and I asked her about them. Visually, I found the designs very attractive, but was worried they would not be sufficiently absorbent. They ARE very thin, but they are also very soft and plenty absorbent for post-shower or bath. The advantage that made them a winner for me is that they dry quickly, so they are never damp when I need to use them. Would be great for travel. I got mine online from Infuse Zen.
SLEEP WELL Magnesium Chloride Flakes by Seven Minerals
Better than bath salts and good for your muscles! I love the one with organic cedarwood and lavender.