sunday circular

11 Things That Delighted Us Last Week: From Space Heaters to a ‘Soothing’ Salad Bowl

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We write about hundreds of products a week. Here, in our version of the Sunday circular, we’ve plucked out some of our favorites — expert-recommended essentials, life-changing stuff you didn’t know you needed, newly launched gizmos, and the very good deals we uncovered while trolling the vast online-shopping universe this past week, including Jenny Han’s secret seasoning for at-home movie-theater popcorn, a Goldilocksian notebook for every type of journaler, and 11 items to support organizations supporting the AAPI community.

An affordable space heater for an at-home hot-yoga studio …

Though there’s lots of different ways to work out at home, “if you’re a hot-yoga devotee, you’ve probably found it a bit more difficult to duplicate the feel of your sweltering studio,” writes Karen Iorio Adelson. And though there have been accounts of yogis taking extreme measures to achieve the studio heat, Karen spoke to four experts for “more affordable (and sustainable) ways to sweat it out at home,” like space heaters, humidifiers, and yoga towels. Bethany Lyons, founder of Lyons Den Power Yoga, recommended this budget-friendly, highly effective Vornado space heater that’s “longer-lasting, quieter, and even more aesthetically pleasing” than other ones she’s tried. And instead of having to use several small heaters at once, “this one is powerful enough to heat up your whole room.”

… and Jenny Han’s secret seasoning for at-home movie-theater popcorn

The pre-pandemic pleasure that Jenny Han, author of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and executive producer of its Netflix adaptations, misses the most is going to the movies — and eating movie-theater popcorn. “I was on a hunt to replicate that movie-theater taste,” she told us, until she discovered Flavacol popcorn seasoning, which has since become one of the things she can’t live without. “If you use a three-quarter teaspoon of this, you’ll swear that you’re at the movies.”

A sturdy — and stylish — OtterBox

After investing a good amount of money on the iPhone 12 Mini, writer Louis Cheslaw was ready to sacrifice aesthetics for the safety of his new phone. He started his search for a phone case at OtterBox, makers of some of the most protective cases on the market, but, as Louis writes, “I’m also very familiar with its biggest flaw: Nobody, not even people who recommend them, thinks its cases are particularly nice-looking.” After much trial and error, he discovered the Aneu, which is slimmer than other protective models but slightly more stylish, available “in a handful of simple, solid colors, and some styles have a bit more visual interest in the form of different colored sides and side buttons.” Best of all, “it still functions like an OtterBox where it counts: I’ve dropped my phone a few times since getting the Aneu case, and there’s not a scratch — on it or the phone — to be found.”

The sewing machine that Jessie Randall keeps at her dining table