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This is the best __________ I know of....

What are your favorite mundane items? I want to own the best box cutter, oven mitts, key ring, wallet, dog collar and lead, notebook, pen, reusable shopping bag, bed sheets, sponge, dish washing brush, lint remover, and _______ on the planet. What's something you own that's amazing and you think everyone should own? Price is no object — what's a thing you bought and never want (or need) to switch to another?
posted by dobbs to Shopping at 7:44 PM on Mar 26, 2022 - 112 answers [209 favorites]

Seeking a Paradigm Shift

What is an article or essay that you have read that caused a dramatic change in your thinking / perspective / life? [more inside]
posted by beccyjoe to Society & Culture at 6:11 PM on May 28, 2021 - 47 answers [172 favorites]

Recommendations for self help books that *actually* helped you?

I would love to hear recommendations for self help books (of any kind) that you genuinely feel helped you to improve something in your life. Appreciate that it's about the effort you put in, but is there any book that inspired you, gave you useful advice or guidelines that you successfully made use of to make real tangible and long lasting improvements in your life?
posted by Sunflower88 to Human Relations at 2:31 PM on Feb 9, 2022 - 38 answers [134 favorites]

Last book you loved?

What's the last fiction book you absolutely loved? [more inside]
posted by bluecore to Media & Arts at 6:48 AM on May 21, 2021 - 82 answers [132 favorites]

How to become a person who just goes out and does things?

You: a person who goes out and does things, just because. Things like hiking, going to the farmer's market, casual day trips to nearby places, checking out local events, etc. Nothing in particular really, just things outside the house. What does your thought process and mindset look like? How do you decide when to go out and what things to do? How do you keep track of what events are going on in your locale so you remember to go to them? How do you trick yourself into going places when you are feeling ho-hum about it? [more inside]
posted by helloimjennsco to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 9:35 AM on Jun 21, 2021 - 43 answers [121 favorites]

What's the nicest thing anyone has ever done for you?

Big or small! [more inside]
posted by smorgasbord to Human Relations at 8:16 PM on Nov 1, 2021 - 64 answers [118 favorites]

Workout videos for people who hate exercise

I've started exercising for 15 minutes in the morning, at home, with no equipment. There are lots of videos for this purpose but most of them drive me crazy because they act like this should be fun and enjoyable. Any beginner workout videos that acknowledge that it sucks but you're gonna do it anyway, or at least aren't so peppy about it? [more inside]
posted by brook horse to Health at 9:04 AM on Jul 16, 2021 - 19 answers [108 favorites]

Homeowners: What are small yet uncommon / impactful home upgrades?

For example, a glass rinser installed in a kitchen sink. [more inside]
posted by shrimpetouffee to Home & Garden at 1:47 PM on Apr 11, 2022 - 50 answers [107 favorites]

Loaf of bread, container of milk, and a stick of butter. Mix. Bake.

Looking for recipes that are so simple that you know them by heart. I've found that I gravitate towards making dishes that are easy to memorize. [more inside]
posted by RobinofFrocksley to Food & Drink at 10:10 AM on Dec 16, 2021 - 67 answers [104 favorites]

Salad Season

I am thinking of making more salads this summer. What are your favorite recipes for salads or dressings? [more inside]
posted by NotLost to Food & Drink at 9:18 PM on Jun 24, 2021 - 37 answers [103 favorites]

Salad, but make it hot

Looking for cool-weather meal ideas that are hearty and vegetable-forward. (Poultry ingredients are okay. No four-legged meats, please.) All cuisines are fair game. Classic dishes preferred, but not required. [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet to Food & Drink at 5:06 AM on Oct 17, 2021 - 41 answers [100 favorites]

Give me your salads, just leave the greens at home

My personal recipe catalog is sorely lacking in salads. The one problem: I don't like lettuce/arugula/whatever spring mix is/kale/etc. Creamy potato salads? Love it! Tangy pasta salads? Absolutely! Fresh veggie salads? You know it! Sweet fruit salads? Sounds great! A delicious caesar salad? Sorry, not for me. If you can call it a salad and the main ingredient isn't a leafy green, I want to try it. So if you have a favorite greens-free salad recipe you can share, I'd love to try it.
posted by noneuclidean to Food & Drink at 4:24 PM on Apr 30, 2022 - 54 answers [99 favorites]

What are foods that made you say, "Where have you been my whole life?!"

Looking for dishes (probably from a cuisine different from what you grew up with) that blew your mind when you first tried them. Foods with flavor combos/serving formats/cooking methods/etc that made you realize the world of food is bigger than you ever imagined. [more inside]
posted by dede to Food & Drink at 6:52 PM on May 4, 2022 - 142 answers [99 favorites]

What are the best focused review sites?

Taking a cue from this question, please tell me your favorite product review/database site that focuses on one particular item or subject. [more inside]
posted by zamboni to Shopping at 7:27 AM on Feb 1, 2022 - 21 answers [95 favorites]

Reality shows like "Blown Away" or "Great British Baking Show"

We've been enjoying the reality show "Blown Away," which features glassmakers competing against one another to make great art. Can you recommend any other reality shows like this that are uplifting, educational, and focus on the skill of the competitors rather than any "drama" between them? I'd also put the Great British Baking Show (which we like, too) in this category. Thanks for your ideas!
posted by DavidNYC to Media & Arts at 7:55 AM on Dec 13, 2021 - 47 answers [94 favorites]

What do you LOVE in your kitchen and/or bathroom?

I'm in the early planning stages for some major renovations to my kitchen and multiple bathrooms in my house. I'm looking for some inspiration, especially for clever things I may not think of on my own. I'd love to know what things delight you in your own kitchen/bathroom. Do you have an amazing cabinet organizer, color combination, countertop material, sink feature, type of tile, showerhead, faucet... anything that you're glad you have or think is awesome? Please share. Photos and specific product recommendations more than welcome! [more inside]
posted by pupstocks to Home & Garden at 3:13 PM on Aug 14, 2021 - 75 answers [92 favorites]

Surprises of dealing with death, practical edition

If you have had to be a person cleaning up after someone else has died, what were you not expecting? [more inside]
posted by Jenny'sCricket to Society & Culture at 5:11 AM on Dec 30, 2021 - 63 answers [91 favorites]

Nervous system hacks/resets

What do you do, in the immediate moment, to reset your sense of feeling okay? [more inside]
posted by danceswithlight to Science & Nature at 2:02 PM on Sep 22, 2021 - 34 answers [86 favorites]

What Belongs In A Go-Bag?

What with the state of the world I've been thinking about fire and flood recently. If I had to get up and go right now, what should go in my go-bag? How do I avoid putting all my eggs in one basket? Computer/digitisable stuff I guess I can have a back-up offsite or on a hard drive ready to go, but what about irreplacable/sentimental/unique stuff? How to keep important things safe but also separate?
posted by I'm always feeling, Blue to Grab Bag at 9:53 PM on Jul 24, 2021 - 22 answers [85 favorites]

It's a game changer: Product Recs 2021 edition

What's a product that you swear by and you would totally recommend to anyone? How has it changed your life/day/way of doing things? [more inside]
posted by pleasebekind to Shopping at 2:59 AM on Dec 8, 2021 - 45 answers [83 favorites]

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