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Sometimes the products we stumble across by chance end up becoming the ones we can’t live without. For TODAY’s Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager, these finds range from beauty products to sentimental pieces of jewelry.
Below, we rounded up Hoda’s and Jenna’s current must-haves from their “Can’t live without it” segment.
We should note that these products were independently chosen by the TODAY anchors. The anchors are not paid to mention them and are unaffiliated with these brands. The products are simply some of their favorite things.
July 7, 2020
1. Cheree Berry Napkins
Cheree Berry Napkins
Jenna received a set of Cheree Berry napkins as a gift and thinks they’re cute and comical. She notes that they can be used for outdoor barbecues and parties when you want to add a little laughter to your get-together.
The brand was founded by Jenna’s friend in 2006, and Cheree Berry’s website offers vibrant stationery, invitations, baby shower gifts and more. While you can’t find her hot dog- and ketchup-themed napkins online, you can find other designs that are perfect for your next family gathering.
2. “Vacation,” by Thomas Rhett
“Vacation,” by Thomas Rhett
“Vacation,” by Thomas Rhett $2.00 at Apple Music
Hoda’s pick is a song from country singer Thomas Rhett. “We played it the whole time I was home,” said Hoda. “Because every day should be a vacation when we’re home.”
Though she’s not hosting a party or going out to restaurants these days, she finds that she can still boost her mood with a good song. You can find this one on Apple Music, Spotify, iHeart Radio or your favorite music streaming service.
June 29, 2020
1. Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit
Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit
Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit $48.75 at Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit
Jenna can’t live without the mouthwatering baked treats from Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit.
Handmade by a small team of Southern bakers, Callie’s offers nationwide delivery if you can’t make it to one of its locations in Charleston, Charlotte and Atlanta. Either way, you can indulge in sugar-coated cinnamon biscuits or satisfy your savory craving with some cheese crisps.
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2. “Circe,” by Madeline Miller
“Circe,” by Madeline Miller
This New York Times bestseller was recently sent to Jenna and signed by Chelsea Handler.
It follows the life of Circle, the daughter of the powerful god, Helios. Realizing that she didn’t have enormous powers, she turned to the mortal world for companionship. She later discovered that she possessed the power of witchcraft and used her skill to fight for her life and the lives of the mortals.
Filled with dramatic imagery, suspenseful quests and thorough character development, the book dives into themes of family rivalry and female strength.
3. Alicia Keys vs John Legend Instagram Video
Hoda loved listening to the “Verzuz TV” battle between Alicia Keys and John Legend. She especially liked learning about Legend’s backstory with Kanye West.
While showing off their piano playing skills, each artist performed their most famous hits on Instagram Live for viewers across the globe. The video was recorded and streamed on June 19 as a way to wrap up Juneteenth. It also follows the release of Legend’s new album “Bigger Love.”
June 22, 2020
1. “Ways to Make Sunshine,” by Renée Watson
“Ways to Make Sunshine,” by Renée Watson
“Ways to Make Sunshine,” by Renée Watson $10.49 at Amazon
“Ways to Make Sunshine,” by Renée Watson $15.12 at Books A Million
“Ways to Make Sunshine,” by Renée Watson $11.99 at Apple Books
“Ways to Make Sunshine” follows the story of a young girl named Ryan who moves to Portland, Oregon, with her family. She faces household struggles and problems with teasing but continues to stand up for herself despite family hardships.
The book was recommended to Jenna’s daughter Mila who immediately dove into the story.
2. “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You,” by Jason Reynolds
“Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You,” by Jason Reynolds
“Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You,” by Jason Reynolds $9.99 at Amazon
“Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You,” by Jason Reynolds $16.65 at Books A Million
“Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You,” by Jason Reynolds $9.99 at Apple Books
Hoda and Joel are reading this New York Times bestseller by Jason Reynolds. It discusses the history of racist ideas in America and dives into ways of creating societal change for an anti-racist future. While it isn’t a history book, it deconstructs current and former race issues in the United States.
Renée Watson, author of “Ways to Make Sunshine” says that the book is “refreshingly simple and deeply profound.”
June 15, 2020
1. Yummly App
Yummly App $10.00 at Yummly
Hoda loves using the Yummly App for meal inspiration for her kids. With over 2 million recipes, Yummly has a mission of becoming the smartest and most helpful food platform — and with the app it’s easy to access meal ideas from just about anywhere.
It has a personalized discovery function that learns what foods you like, what ingredients you like to cook with and your cooking comfort level. It also has the capability to recommend recipes based on allergies, taste, diet and more.
2. Criquet Shirts
Criquet Shirts $89.00 at Criquet Shirts
Jenna bought this shirt for Henry and her dad for Father’s Day and says that they are “manly but vintage-looking.” It’s made with moisture-wicking material and has a classic fit that’s tailored but not too tight.
Criquet makes versatile shirts and shorts with designs inspired by what the co-founders call a combination of “southern prep and east coast classic” style.
May 15, 2020
1. Polish Me Please Spa Manicure Set
Polish Me Please Spa Manicure Set
Polish Me Please Spa Manicure Set $30.00 at Polish Me Please
This kit has everything you need for the perfect manicure, including cuticle oil, nail strengthener and polish, a hand and foot scrub and much, much more.
2. Red Clay Hot Sauce
Red Clay Hot Sauce
Red Clay Hot Sauce $10.00 at Amazon
You can always find spicy condiments in Jenna’s pantry, and her current must-have is packed with a ton of flavor. The South Carolina-made hot sauce is made with sweet, mild Fresno peppers and a mix of French white wine vinegar — and it’s aged in bourbon barrels for a hint of smokiness.
May 4, 2020
Sephora Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes
Sephora Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes $8.00 at Sephora
While Hoda noted that these cleansing wipes weren’t her “Can’t Live Without It” pick, she loves beauty products made with coconut oil. “Every time I reach for something coconut oil I laugh inside because I remember [Jenna] saying that I do that … I have so many coconut oil products,” Hoda laughed.
These coconut water cleansing wipes are just what Hoda happened to have on hand. They’re soft and gentle on the skin but can remove tough makeup and dirt in a breeze. The coconut water extract also boasts soothing and relaxing properties to leave you and your skin feeling refreshed.
2. Jennifer Miller I Love You Mama Heart Necklace
I Love You Mama Heart Necklace by Jennifer Miller
I Love You Mama Heart Necklace by Jennifer Miller $1,015.00 at Jennifer Miller Jewelry
Hoda’s “Can’t Live Without It” pick is this adorable engraved necklace from designer Jennifer Miller.
“Since Mother’s Day is coming up this Sunday, it’s the only necklace I’ve been wearing non-stop,” Hoda said. The long chain makes it easy to pair with other necklaces and dainty earrings, while the eye-catching gold finish makes it stunning enough to wear on its own.
The piece can even be engraved with the message of your choice, so the mom in your life can wear a message just as sweet as Hoda’s close to her heart.
3. Dr. Teal’s Muscle Recovery Soak
Dr. Teal’s Muscle Recovery Soak
Jenna can’t live without this Epsom salt bath, which upgrades her self-care baths and helps give her a bit of relaxation. She shared that this muscle recovery soak makes her routine just a little bit better.
“This makes your muscles feel good,” Jenna said. While she laughed that Hoda is not a fan of baths, Jenna noted that they tend to help her when she is feeling stressed.
February 24, 2020
1. The Ultimate Makeup Remover Wipes
RMS Beauty Ultimate Makeup Remover Wipes
RMS Beauty Ultimate Makeup Remover Wipes $16.00 at Neiman Marcus
RMS Beauty Ultimate Makeup Remover Wipes $16.00 at Sephora
RMS Beauty Ultimate Makeup Remover Wipes $16.00 at Nordstrom
Hoda can’t live without these makeup wipes from RMS Beauty. She says they wipe off makeup easily and have a soft and buttery texture.
The Ultimate Makeup Remover Wipe is meant to easily remove makeup without abrasive scrubbing.
The formula, made with the RMS signature coconut oil, is designed to cleanse skin while softening, moisturizing and providing antibacterial benefits. It also has a cooling effect to help relieve the painful dryness caused by rashes or sunburn.
Each box comes with 20 individual wipes so you can take them with you everywhere.
2. Boy Smells Candle
Boy Smells Candle
Jenna can’t live without these candles by Boy Smells. She loves that they are versatile and can be gifted to anyone. Hoda agrees that her fiancé, Joel, would love one!
These candles aren’t your typical candles. Instead of traditional floral, vanilla or bakery scents, the Boy Smells candles include notes that are gender neutral.
Each candle is crafted with a coconut and beeswax blend that is both ethically harvested and all-natural, according to the brand. They also come in a sleek black tumbler that works well as décor in any room.
The company was founded in 2016 by Matthew Herman and Davin Kien and started off as an experiment. Now, Boy Smells candles are available in over 300 retailers and come in several unique scents.
February 17, 2020
1. Siete Almond Flour Tortillas
Siete Almond Flour Tortillas
Siete Almond Flour Tortillas $10.39 at Instacart
Jenna’s go-to snacks are grain-free almond flour tortillas from Siete. This yummy snack is paleo-friendly, non-GMO, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free and vegan. Load them with salsa and cheese to make a tasty quesadilla, or make a roll-up for a quick to-go snack — either way, delicious!
This eight-pack of tortillas is made with almond flour and tapioca flour. The brand recommends heating them on a skillet to get that buttery taste.
2. Bare Baked Crunchy Chips Variety Pack
Bare Baked Crunchy Chips Variety Pack
Bare Baked Crunchy Chips Variety Pack $19.70 at Amazon
Hoda said she can’t live without Bare Baked Crunchy Chips. The crispy treats are made with real fruits and vegetables — and each batch is baked, never fried. The slow baking process provides a “one-of-a-kind crunch,” says the brand. And the convenient bags make it easy to take anywhere.
Don’t know which flavor to try? Check out this variety pack filled with fuji apple, coconut and banana chip options. No matter which one you choose, you can be sure there’s no added sugar and at least three grams of fiber per serving.
3. Bare Baked Apple Chips
Bare Baked Apple Chips
Bare Baked Apple Chips $4.79 at Thrive Market
The Bare original apple chips are a bestseller among customers. You can eat them straight out of the bag, coat them in peanut butter or use them as a crunchy topping on yogurt or oatmeal.
“I tried these apple chips a few weeks ago and I’m addicted to them,” one Amazon buyer wrote. “I was looking for healthier options than chips, and these are perfect.”
4. Bare Baked Sweet Potato Chips
Bare Baked Sweet Potato Chips
Bare Baked Sweet Potato Chips $3.79 at Thrive Market
This savory option is a new product from the brand. The sweet potatoes provide a good source of protein, potassium and fiber, and the crunch of the chips will curb that craving for those greasy potato chips.
If you’re not a fan of sweet potatoes, Bare also makes sea salt beet chips and sea salt carrot chips.
February 3, 2020
1. Viva Coco Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Vita Coco Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Vita Coco Organic Virgin Coconut Oil $13.29 at Amazon
Hoda can’t live without her DIY face scrub which she whips up mixing coconut oil and baking soda. She actually learned this trick from Tiffany Haddish and realized the simple recipe can easily fit into her skin care routine.
This coconut oil has nearly 200 reviews on Amazon with an impressive 4.7-star rating. It’s rich in nutrients that help moisturize skin and can also be used to cook, remove stains and even remove makeup.
2. Arm & Hammer Pure Baking Soda
Arm & Hammer Pure Baking Soda
Arm & Hammer Pure Baking Soda $14.44 at Amazon
Arm & Hammer Pure Baking Soda $17.73 at Walmart
Who knew a simple household essential could be so versatile? Baking soda can be used to deodorize laundry, clean countertops or in Hoda’s case, exfoliate your skin.
Best of all, it doesn’t take a lot of effort to create this simple scrub: Add baking soda and coconut oil in a small dish, mix it up and apply it directly to your face. Rub the solution into your skin in circular motions to gently exfoliate.
After a couple of minutes, rinse your skin with water and pat dry with a clean towel. In next to no time, you’ll have softer and smoother skin that feels rejuvenated.
3. Mike’s Hot Honey
Mike’s Hot Honey
Mike’s Hot Honey $8.99 at Amazon
Mike’s Hot Honey $8.48 at Walmart
Jenna loves this unique and flavorful honey that’s just $9. The sweet-heat combination of this chili-infused honey is a quick and easy way to add flavor to any dish. From pizza to hot wings, cheese and cocktails, this delicious condiment is Jenna’s favorite pantry must-have.
4. Bushwich Kitchen Bee’s Knees Spicy Honey
Bushwich Kitchen Bee’s Knees Spicy Honey
Bushwich Kitchen Bee’s Knees Spicy Honey $14.99 at Amazon
Bushwich Kitchen Bee’s Knees Spicy Honey $14.00 at Sur La Table
Bushwich Kitchen Bee’s Knees Spicy Honey $14.00 at UncommonGoods
Upgrade your favorite dish with this spicy honey from Bushwick Kitchen. This option combines a mix of chili peppers and wildflower honey for a bold and spicy flavor. No matter your pairing preference, it will give your treat a kick of flavor.
The honey has a 4.5-star rating on Amazon and buyers say the fusion of ingredients is versatile and not overpowering. For only $15, it’s a great addition to the dinner table or for a fun get-together.
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