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This folding treadmill was a lifesaver in the deep dark months of quarantine when we would only leave the apartment once every 2 weeks for grocery shopping (RIP to the fabulous Fairway Market in Harlem)! The exact version that we have is not available but these are the next two options that are actually upgrades from ours: Option One and Option Two (which is just slightly more expensive than #1 - worth checking out which is best for you).
A big thank you to Shawn at C.M. Technologies (Plymouth, MA) for gifting me this incredible little USB speaker/microphone! It's about the size of my hand and is perfect for virtual teaching engagements where I'm both speaking and playing an instrument. It picks up and balances for both situations, which means I don't have to deal with an instrument and a talk mic. While I stick with my Neumann TLM103 for recording and livestream performances, this is great for masterclasses, demonstrations, private teaching, and more.
*NOTE* I have the SP10 but have linked the SP20 (newer model) above as an Amazon Prime product.
Join #TeamTarantino with sweatshirts and beanies for chilly winter walks or cold rehearsal spaces. The brand-new sweatshirts are available as printed hoodies (black and white), or embroidered crewnecks (black and white). Check out the cuffed beanie or the pom pom beanie, both available in multiple colors. Explore more merchandise at the Shop page at the top of your screen!
After much research in trying to up my work-from-home game, I decided on this affordable laptop stand from Amazon. Between Zoom masterclasses, private lessons, and wanting to have a seated and standing option, it checks all the boxes! Plus, it's portable and super easy to throw in my bag on the way out of the apartment.
My friends E + E hipped me to this company, Bearaby, selling eco-friendly and washable weighted blankets. Weighted blankets help relieve anxiety, improve focus, provide better sleep, and more. It seems like a no-brainer for all of us in the pandemic! I love the color section and varied weight options (I purchased the 15lb Cloud White Cotton Napper).
I love the style of these pajamas– they are cozy and help me to feel a bit more put together for those days that I stay in my pajamas longer than normal (AKA quarantine!). There are many brands that make this style for five times the cost– I find these are just as cozy and durable, and come in so many colors/prints. I throw mine in the washer and dryer; the only thing is the ribbon pant tie can easily become loose but I removed mine.
The best stuffed olives and brine that I've discovered in quarantine! A staple for adult beverages– I love that I can purchase them in bulk!
This ring light is affordable, portable, rechargeable, and clips onto whatever you are working with!
Keep warm with your tea/coffee in a Team Tarantino Mug! The mugs are sturdy and glossy with a print that’ll withstand the microwave and dishwasher. The product title above links to the merchandise section of my store, where you can explore the three options available.
While you're at it, get yourself a mug warmer - I use this every day to keep my tea warm throughout the morning or evening!
Our friends M + G treated us to this fabulous kettle as a housewarming gift. As an Italian and home decor fanatic, I am so obsessed with SMEG! I dream of having a beach home kitchen decked out in SMEG appliances. This kettle has made my countless trips to the kitchen to make tea much more efficient and stylish 🙂 I love our cream color, but black and red are nice too. NOTE: I'm linking the new variable temperature model of the kettle, ours is the edition prior but variable is a huge bonus!
Coming in 2021! My new educational platform, The Alexa Approach, is where you'll get insider access to ALL of my educational materials. That means having an extensive video library at your fingertips consisting of all of my saxophone and woodwind exercises, demonstrations, and lessons covering warmups, technique, woodwind doubling, and more.
For students and educators of all instruments, you'll find videos teaching jazz theory, improvisational concepts, vocabulary, repertoire, and beyond.
I guess this is more of a "Learn-From-Home" item! 😉
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