Cat backpacks, dog tents and more

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If you follow Mashable Shopping’s coverage, you know we live to bring you the best product recommendations we can find based on countless hours of research online. But what about the things we buy for ourselves? The things that made it our baskets? Well, we’re here to tell you about these things, and we’ll be coming back every month to do it again.

Here’s what the staff bought in September 2021.


“For a cat who likes to squeeze his big orange butts in boxes and bags, buddy Kirby hates pet carriers. Hard plastic ones, soft fabric ones: he hated and destroyed every ship in trip I have. already bought for him in our more than five years together. That’s why I was so grateful when he chose to tolerate – and maybe even started to love? – this Apollo Walker backpack that I bought on Amazon. With comfy shoulder straps that make it easy to wear and an interior comfortable enough to pull Kirby into it without me asking (seriously, he sleeps in it while I type), this feline carrying device works just as you’d expect. The carrying compartment supports the weight of a larger cat well, while the zippers prevent them from escaping. In addition, it has pockets and is available in pink. It’s so perfect (purrrfect?), I started taking her for walks with my dog. ” —Ali Foreman, entertainment reporter

Credit: Apollo Walker

An excellent (and affordable) serum

“My face has been no stranger to acne over the years and unfortunately left its fair share of dark marks. I bought this Good Molecules Fade Serum on a whim to see if it would work, and after using it for a month, I saw some really impressive results. I am very happy with it and my face has become much clearer. I will definitely buy more. ” —Dylan Haas, Business Journalist

Good Molecules Discoloration Correcting Serum Product photo

Credit: Good molecules

“My partner and I do a lot of camping trips, and my dog ​​seemed anxious as we were making dinner or sitting by the campfire, preferring to walk around the campsite instead of settling down. bought this adorable little tent so she can have her own space to chill out while we’re outdoors, and she looks a lot more comfortable now. ” —Jae Thomas, commercial journalist

Product Photo of the Arcadia Trail Outdoor Shade Tent

Credit: Arcadia Trail

“Preparing for the end of the TikTok world touched me. I saw a video explaining how normal water filters don’t quite filter all the bad things, but the LifeStraw filter actually gets rid of things like microplastics in water.This brand makes these straw filters that allow you to safely drink dirty water from a stream, so hopefully the pitcher does a good job filtering tap water. The only downside is that this baby is tall and the shelves in my fridge are not adjustable, so it’s a very tight squeeze. ” —Miller Kern, commercial journalist

Woman Using LifeStraw Household Water Filter in Kitchen

Credit: LifeStraw

“I bought a little loveseat for my very small apartment. It was so hard to find a sofa in stock, but I liked this one! I hope I don’t spill anything on it.” —Chloe Bryan, Associate Purchasing Editor

Leanna Tufted Loveseat Product Photo

Credit: Global Market

This month I bought an outdoor camera and a Wyze base station so I could monitor the outside of my house and especially see which animals are snooping at night. Fortunately, these cameras are completely wireless and rechargeable, but I also wanted to experiment with using solar power, so I bought a small solar panel to charge the camera battery. Overall my impressions so far have been quite positive! For the price, this is a great little outdoor camera that’s very easy to set up and comes with a lot of features. The solar panel is cheap enough, but it gets the job done. ” —Brian Koerber, cultural editor

Wyze Outdoor Security Camera Wall Mounted

Credit: Wyze

“I grabbed this cheap little security camera a few weeks ago because I had to keep an eye out for a sick goldfish while I was out of town for a wedding. It’s connected to the internet from my condo so I was able to see the stream on my phone hundreds of miles away, even on a boat at one point. I didn’t use motion detection or two-way audio much – Princess the Fantail is not very chatty – but they’re both nice to -a for the next time I need to check in at home from afar. ” —Haley Henschel, Offers Writer

Blink Mini security camera on the kitchen counter

Credit: Blink

“In my journey to become more eco-friendly, I’ve been looking for more durable bathroom products. Those damn hand soap bottles never last as long as you want them to, and they’re not very. I saw Blueland products all over my IG feed and finally decided to take the plunge and place an order. so although I couldn’t decide which one to use first. So far that’s great! ” —Lily Kartigener, Social Media Editor

Blueland Garden Hand Soap Starter Set, Product Photo

Credit: Blueland

“We needed a 12 inch non-stick pan, but most non-stick pans tend to get pretty toxic over time. I don’t need more toxic relationships in my life. GreenPan receives great reviews and hopefully won’t make us sick, which is a big criterion I’m looking for in my cookware. ” —Sascha Segan, Senior Mobile Analyst for PCMag

GreenPan Lima Ceramic Non-Stick Frying Pan, Stovetop Chicken Cooking

Credit: GreenPan


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