Around the Office: Stuff the iPhone Life Team Is Loving

A really fun feature of the iPhone Life quarterly magazine is our Around the Office feature. In this roundup, we tell our readers about the hobbies, books, films, and products that have been engaging our attention recently. Let us know in the comments if you have recommendations for our team members! 

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Jaime Thatcher, Art Director

My Garden

This is the second year that my girlfriend and I have planted a vegetable garden, and I love it. We’re growing several kinds of greens, tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, and basil, among other things. Last year we made and froze tomato sauce and pesto, and this year we are going to try making sauerkraut.

Leanne Hays, Associate Editor

Solmate Socks ($20.95)

I’ve admired Sole Mates socks for years but never bought them because of the price. Last Christmas, I treated myself to a pair and have worn them at least twice a week all year. They’ve held up fantastically, and the bright colors and mismatched pattern make me smile.

Tamlin Day, Web Writer

Eight Cup Classic Chemex ($45.95)

I wouldn’t be able to live without my Chemex 8-cup coffee pot. I refer to it as my science coffee pot, because it makes the perfect cup reliably every morning.

Cullen Thomas, Writer & Producer

Forbidden Journey by Ella Maillart ($32.99)

I’ve been voraciously consuming travel books written about places and cultures now faded. For example, authors Peter Flemming and Ella Maillart rode from Peking to Kashmir in 1935, then he wrote News from Tartary, and she wrote Forbidden Journey. Their perspectives on their journey make a brilliant, real-life counterpoint to my Game of Thrones binge.

Donna Cleveland, Editor in Chief

Schitt’s Creek (Netflix, $8.99/month)

If you’re looking for a good chuckle and some positive lessons amid the absurdity, you’re bound to be a fan of this quirky sitcom about what happens when a once-wealthy family is forced to move to the humble town of Schitt’s Creek.

Hallei Halter, Contributing Writer

SToK Cold Brew Coffee (12 count/$35.90)

I buy a 48-ounce jug of this cold brew coffee once a week. It’s enough for my workday mornings and helps me save time and money compared to picking up breakfast from a café.

Rheanne Taylor, Video Producer

Print Studio App (Free)

I’m planning a photography show, so I’ve been printing a ton of photos. If there is anything I’ve learned through this process, it’s that I love working with Social Print Studio (my prints are always so stunning!). I recently started using the Print Studio app, which makes the whole process much easier.

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is an SEO Content Strategist and Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.