A Clip-On Pan Strainer—and More Clever Items to Simplify Your Life

A car headlight repair kit, a banana guard, and a productivity-focused planner.

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It’s the simple things in life that make us smile: not having to wash an extra pot, our after-work banana being in one piece, and the dopamine rush that comes with crossing items off our to-do list. These clever items—like a pomegranate cocktail mixer that’s ready to knock your socks off with just a splash of gin, a headlight repair kit that saves you time, money, and makes your car look good-as-new, and an at-home pilates gym that helps you tighten and tone without leaving your living room—keep the simple life mindset front and center so you can make the most of the season!

Silicone Strainer

Silicone Strainer


This silicone strainer truly is a lifesaver, because who wants to wash more dishes? This strainer comes with two built-in clips that solve the problem of an over-crowded sink. Simply clip the strainer onto your pot, tip it over the sink, and strain away. Made of easy-to-clean silicone, this handy helper eliminates the need to transfer food to another pot or call in another set of hands, and its flexible and slim design makes it easy to store and throw in your dishwasher.

Price at time of publish: $8

Banana Guard

Banana guard


Tired of carrying your work banana to and fro, only to find it squished and sad in your tote bag? Then this banana guard is exactly what you need, and exactly what it sounds like! A simple case that snaps around bananas of any size, keeping them protected, no matter how rough your commute is! Perfect for school lunches, on-the-go snacks, and tossing in your bag, this banana guard has holes for airflow and comes in the perfect mellow-yellow shade. Plus, it’s just cute!

Price at time of publish: $13

Progress Over Perfection

Progress Planner


We love a good planner. Oftentimes, though, they end up unused and forgotten after a few weeks. This 6-month, undated, daily Progress Over Perfection Planner is different. Created to help you organize your life and increase productivity with daily schedules, a running to-do list, and habit trackers, this planner puts what you want to prioritize in clear view. With sections for important dates, a bucket list, month-at-a-glance pages, and weekly check-ins (all bound in chic gold and green) you can keep your life in order without sacrificing style.

Price at time of publish: $45

Cocktail Mixer

Williams Sonoma Cocktail Mix

Williams Sonoma

Fall flavors tend to lean toward pumpkin, but these POM Wonderful Pomegranate Cocktail mixers are a one-and-done dose of flavor. The dark red syrup is perfect for cozy, fall vibes while the fresh-yet-tart taste of pure pomegranate packs a punch in any drink, especially when you sprinkle in some warm spices. Pair it with gin, vodka, or even sparkling water, and your holiday cocktail hour is taken care of!

Price at time of publish: $22

Headlight Repair Kit

Car Repair Headlight


Cars are expensive; it’s a fact. And car repairs? Even more so. This lens repair kit provides a quick and easy fix for any holes, cracks, or scrapes on your car’s headlights or taillights. With three different colored films—in red, amber, and clear—made of durable and flexible plastic, you can easily fix rear lights, turn signals, and headlights by creating a waterproof, airtight seal. The film protects the internal electric components for a fraction of the price it would cost to replace the entire lens—keeping your car, and your bank account, in top shape.

Price at time of publish: $16

At-Home Pilates Gym

Flobody Gym


With sweater weather upon us, hot chocolate around every corner, and the lure of thick blankets on the couch, the motivation to go to the gym is dwindling. The Flobody Gym is an all-in-one pilates kit that has everything you need to turn your living room into your own personal pilates studio. With an extra-long yoga mat attached to the body bar, two handle weights, two woven mat holders, two hand/foot straps, and four resistance bands, it’s perfect for beginners to experts, and allows you to strengthen and tone your body from the comfort of your own home.

Price at time of publish: $199

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