Some I never could figure out. Some were just kinda meh. Others, I loved. I received several products to review in 2016 for my various outlets, and some I use every day while others make me smile when I pull them out.

Here is my list of favorite products of 2016.


Now I put on a happy face every time I travel with this adorable Smiley Luggage from ATM Luggage. It comes in other patterns, but I couldn’t resist this pattern, especially as it serves as a logo of sorts for my son, a millennial happiness expert and author of the book “Millennials Guide to Making Happiness.” Check out the cove and you’ll see what I mean.


Oh, how I’d love the adult version of these 1965 VW Camper Van Play Tents, although it’s a bit too expensive just for me to play in. But our future grandchildren will love the pop-up tent from The Monster Factory. The tent is modeled after the 1965 Split Screen VW Camper Van and is stored away in a VW Wheel bag.
I spend a third of my life now with these amazing sheets. These new hyper-cotton Bedgear sheets were developed to have greater airflow and keep your body temperature regulated through the night. All I know is that they are supersoft and make slipping into bed at night even more of a thrill.


I love this line of Dune Jewelry that includes grains of sand from your favorite beach, selected from their huge sand bank. Select your sand then the piece of jewelry you’d like, including rings, earrings, bracelets, charms or even a watch.
I never thought I’d abandon my iPhone. But then I got a Moto Z Force smartphone, and it’s adios to Apple. At least for my phone. It has a shatterproof screen and a battery that charges super fast.
This camera takes amazing photos on its own, and then when I attach the Hasselblad True Zoom, one of several “Moto Mods ” attachments that snap on in a jiff, I can take the most amazing photos of my life. Other attachments include a JBL SoundBoost Speaker and Moto Insta-Share Projector. And my cute Kate Spade backup battery snaps right on and assures I’ll never run out of juice. I loved it so much, I wrote an entire blog on it.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”




Jan Schroder is an award-winning writer based in Atlanta. She works as the managing editor and web editor of Travelgirl magazine and writes a weekly travel column for The Atlanta 100. Jan is appearing on the radio on “Belinda Skelton’s Atlanta Living” on WSB as a travel correspondent and also contributes to Belinda’s website. She is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers.

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