Monthly Favorites – July 2018

Happy July! We’ve been spending our summer days playing with water, toy boats, and buckets. So far, only three pair of shoes have been ruined. Thankfully, we now have some fantastic water shoes for Clint to avoid, or at least minimize, further destruction.


Getting Curious

Getting Curious with Jonathon Van Ness – If you have not been watching the Netflix reboot of Queer Eye, shame on you. It is inspiring, emotional, and gives me hope for an ever improving future. My new favorite podcast is hosted by the grooming expert, Jonathon Van Ness. Jonathon is smart, genuinely interested in his guests, and curious about an always growing number of topics which inspire his weekly podcasts. He has had fellow Queer Eye hosts Antoni, Kamaro, and Tan on as guests, and I am of course hoping he will have Bobby on in the not so distant future as well. One of my favorites from his archives is the episode about the traffic situation in L.A. Why is it so bad? Why hasn’t it changed? The episodes also clock in around thirty minutes each, so cranking out a few each week is a breeze.


MinimaList App

MinimaList To Do Lists – I love lists. I’ve mentioned this a number of times. I will always be loyal to my pen, paper, and planner system, but it’s becoming very crucial for me to have something concise and organized on my phone as well. I don’t like an app that feels chaotic and difficult to manage.  MinimaList is awesome because it keeps things very simple visually. You can create a number of lists and set alarms, reminders, and timers as you see fit. While Evernote is easily a second favorite of mine, you cannot beat the simplicity and function of this one.


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Harney and Sons Hot Cinnamon Sunset Black Tea – I came across this delicious blend about eight years ago when I was teaching preschool across from a Barnes and Noble. I would sneak away into their cafe and skim a borrowed from the shelf book while having some much needed caffeine. I forgot all about it until coming across a handful of Harney and Sons teas in Target recently. The flavor on the hot cinnamon sunset tea is unbelievable. Plus, I love to treat myself to a cup while Clint is down for his nap. It gives me a little bit of caffeine and helps keep me from eating all the Trader Joe’s chocolate I keep stashed in our candy drawer.

Hulu Binge


Agatha Christie’s Marple – While I have long been enamored with the Poirot series, I didn’t check out Marple until a few months ago. The stories are each based on a book by Agatha Christie, which some crossovers of Tommy & Tuppence and some other much loved characters. I find this series to be a little more quirky, but it still possesses a lot of that English charm that I so love. Much like the Poirot episodes, it is fun to see how many now famous people you can spot in each show. This series is easily available through Hulu or Britbox.

Currently reading: Dumb Witnessby Agatha Christie

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