August Favorites

August has been a fantastic month. I am getting seven consecutive hours of sleep almost every single night. Clint is really beginning to engage with people and his surroundings, though his oversized head makes tummy time rough! Poor guy. This month has been great in other areas as well, I’ve found an addicting new podcast and have been able to savor some relaxing moments with a glass of wine or a new Netflix series. Here’s my monthly roundup!

Podcast

My Favorite Murder

My Favorite Murder – This podcast is amazing. Let me provide you with some full disclosure, I have always been drawn to shows about murder. I was all about forensics before it was cool, Snapped marathons are my preferred Sunday entertainment, and Investigation Discovery has some of my favorite shows. That being said, I obviously know a good deal about a certain number of murders. The hosts of My Favorite Murder discuss murders from all areas and time periods, though mostly more recent ones. One thing I particularly enjoy is how the two host format allows for clarification and feedback on the topic at hand. For example, sometimes I’ll be listening and get confused about the details or situations and the other host often asks to the point questions to help clarify. I will say, I only listen to this podcast in broad daylight. It can give you the creeps!

Home Item

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Pomegranate Lemonade Candle – We loooove lemon scented home items. The citrus is almost like an easy cheat to make your home smell instantly better. This candle scent, from Bath and Body Works, is the perfect summer scent. The pomegranate isn’t too fruity and overwhelming, and the lemon isn’t too Lysol astringent smelling. B&BW seems to have very frequent candle sales so take advantage when the price goes down!

Health Item

May Designs Health and Fitness Notebook – The downside of having a baby in the summer means you spend that summer rocking your baby weight. When it comes to health, I am not a huge fan of counting calories and obsessing. This notebook is not only really cute but to write things down helps me to track what I eat and reflect on my daily habits. Like maybe I shouldn’t have had ice cream twice in one day, regardless of the heat! It’s less guilt inducing than, say, a calorie counting app or public accountability group. My baby weight may be coming off much more slowly than I prefer, however I know I will get there before too long.

Lifesaving Apps

Evernote and Reminders on iPhone – You know what’s worse than pregnancy brain? Mommy brain. It’s a thing. I remember nothing, time seems to fuse together, and if it’s not written down, it doesn’t get done. Luckily I have been obsessed with lists long before the Instagram super cute stationary trend. I have a great planner that I love and use daily, but I can’t carry it all around the house with me and if I don’t check it often, the small things don’t get done. Enter annoying, beeping reminders. Whether it’s a medication reminder or a note that pops up when I arrive at a certain location, I have really been relying on my apps this month.

Netflix Series

Marcella

Marcella – Ironically, I heard about this show on an episode of My Favorite Murder. Considering Clint has had a few days on continuous nursing that leaves me stranded on the couch, I was able to make my way through the first season of Marcella in a few days. If you’re into any type of crime drama, check it out. Marcella tackles loss, mental disorders, and murder in interesting ways. Honestly, it can at times be frustrating and I was left wanting to yell at the screen for her to get it together or just do what I was telling her to do! All in all, totally recommend it.

That’s my August round up. I think I came across a few real gems this month! As things even out here at home, I look forward to posting more. We’ll talk soon!

Mocha Cold Brew

Almond Milk

Sleep hasn’t exactly been happening around here lately. At least for me it hasn’t. While I have to watch my caffeine intake due to breastfeeding, I did mention previously my latest favorite thing is Trader Joe’s Cold Brew Concentrate. This stuff is my ultimate one cup of coffee for the day. Relaxing mornings are, understandably, hit and miss based on Clint’s sleep and feeding schedule as well as how many things I have on my ever present to do list. Meaning, enjoying a hot cup of coffee is an unlikely expectation. I’ve found taking a couple of minutes to make my favorite cold brew recipe, often while inhaling my breakfast, is well worth the effort. I can sip on my iced coffee throughout the morning without worrying about my coffee “going bad”. I hate the way hot coffee tastes when it’s been sitting out too long and goes cold, you know what I mean?

Ingredients
Ingredients

Here’s what you’re going to need to precisely replicate my recommendation:

  • 1/2 cup Trader Joe’s Cold Brew Concentrate
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 2 teaspoons Torani Dark Chocolate Sauce
  • A splash of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 3 ice cubes (exact, yes, but it is the best ratio)Mix together the concentrate and water in a cup, stir in dark chocolate sauce. Mix very well. Add your dash of almond milk and your three ice cubes and you’re ready to take on your day!

Tips:
– I enjoy my coffee black, if you’re not a fan of strong coffee, adjust the water ratio or increase the ice cubes or milk.
– Use the milk of your choice. I am not a huge milk fan, I’m all about the milk substitutes. However, adding whole milk will make for a creamier iced coffee.
– Switch up your syrups, want a Nutella iced coffee? Add a teaspoon of hazelnut syrup to your cup!
– Any brand of cold brew will do the trick, I do recommend sticking with cold brew concentrate rather than the bottles of iced coffee you see in stores. Why? Cold brew is less likely to have that bitter aftertaste you sometimes experience with iced coffee. It also has a stronger flavor, aka more bang for your buck!

Final
Ta da! The delicious finished product.