Welcome to my favorites this month! Remember this time last year when winter was already over? I am ready for winter to end any day now, here is what’s getting me through in the mean time.
Unladylike – This is a new podcasts run by the former Stuff Mom Never Told You hosts. The SMNTY pod switched hosts maybe a year or so ago, and while I still enjoy it, I was very excited to see Unladylike while scrolling through the podcast list on iTunes. Though only a few episodes are available, I am excited to see where this goes!
Spotify Classical Music Radio – One of my resolutions is to listen to more music. I heard somewhere that playing classical music in the background helps children focus on a task for a longer period of time. I am uncertain if it is true or not, but it does make laying on the floor and playing trains feel a little more elegant.
Sheet masks – Specifically this one is my favorite at the moment. I am admittedly a little late to the sheet mask love fest, as I never saw the appeal. After getting a couple of them for Christmas, my opinion has changed! Sheet masks are absolutely saturated with good for your skin ingredients and feel amazing. When using a new brand or set of active ingredients, leave the mask on no longer than the recommended time to avoid possible irritation.
Workout first thing in the morning. – Though there are many benefits to an early morning workout, I’ve only started following this long heard advice since the beginning of the year. Clint is down to one nap a day, which means my schedule and free time have been seriously thrown off course. I used to have the chance to workout, shower, and get myself ready during his morning nap, but now if that doesn’t happen first thing, it doesn’t happen. Some days I get a full 30+ minute workout in, some days it’s 15 or 20. Either way, it’s been effective enough to keep me in shape (increased metabolism!) and I honestly don’t feel tired from the earlier wake up call either.
March has been very eventful around here. Clint isn’t crawling yet, but he is mobile enough to get himself into precarious situations. We’ve been getting out more and have been doing some major podcast catch up while we run our errands. Enter my first recommendation for the month:
S’laughter – Murder + Laughter = S’laughter. If you like your weekly true crime with a British accent, give this podcast a listen.
Causebox – Subscription boxes are crazy popular at the moment. They vary from monthly to quarterly and you can get them for yourself or your pet. Causebox has started a movement of giving back. They include products that are handcrafted by small businesses or that give opportunities to those who are underprivileged and need it the most. I am currently awaiting my Spring Box and could not be more stoked.
K&K Sea Salt Texture Spray – I recently went for a “mom bob” look. I have lost A LOT of hair post pregnancy and needed to try to even out the damage. My stylist was amazing and gave me a tutorial on how to best style my new hair and sea salt spray was a top rec. Essentially, I use volumizing mousse, sea salt spray, blow dry, curl, and use a texturizing wax. It sounds complex, but takes about ten, fifteen minutes tops. This sea salt spray smells amazing and you can spray and scrunch for a refresher throughout the day as well.
Schitt’s Creek – This is actually a Canadian sitcom that many have assumed it a Netflix original. Eugene Levy stars as a now broke multi-millionaire who, as a joke, previously bought his son the town of Schitt’s Creek. They now must live in two motel rooms in a community that is the polar opposite of their own. I made my way through both seasons in about 48 hours. Hilarious.
Happy Spring! xx
HAPPY FALL! I am stoked for this time of year. Though I have yet to down my first hipster Pumpkin Spice Latte (anyone else over this pumpkin spice everything craze?) I have been enjoying the outdoors with long leisurely walks each day. I hope a few of my favorites can help you enjoy October at a more relaxing speed as well.
The Bitch Bible – Host Jackie Schimmel isn’t looking to take anything too seriously. And that is exactly the attitude I need in my life right now as I face down a baby in the middle of a sleep regression phase. Her honest conversations are refreshing and not overly rehearsed. Major language disclaimer, but worth a listen if that doesn’t offend you.
Hi Maintenance by Essie – Fall is usually about dark colors, but I am all about this neutral and light pink. I use three coats to get the perfect opaque, but not overly so vibe.
Trader Joe’s Mint Melange Tea – I love to sip on something warm this time of year. TJ’s mint melange tea is just minty enough with out being too pepperminty or overwhelmingly refreshing. It’s comforting and is the perfect way to relax before bed in the evening, or to enjoy while savoring a quiet moment.
Coconut Oil – Baby skin is sensitive. You want to preserve that freshness, but often the more you put on, the more you can risk irritation. Every night Clint gets a little baby massage with organic coconut oil. Then his cozy pajamas help it soak in his skin while he sleeps. Not only does he smell amazing, but it helps Clint stay soft and smooth.
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Moon X Pinot Noir – Yup. Another Trader Joe’s fave of mine. This gem is $6.99 a bottle, plus I find it far superior to most $15+ reds. It’s crazy smooth, providing a welcome transition from a summer rose to the delicious reds of winter. Pour it in your fanciest wine glass and throw back a couple of glasses.
Texture – Alright, my faves are running a bit long this month, but I had to throw this one in too. I have a couple of must have magazine subscriptions – Real Simple, Food & Wine – but outside of that I can usually take it or leave it due to the sheer volume and price of newsstand magazines. Enter Texture. You can peruse a variety of topics from business to fashion to my guilty pleasure: gossip mags. The current issues and a number of back issues are accessible, which is awesome when you’re on a binge reading kick. Before you sign up, do a google search to check if there are any current promos. For example, I just got three months for ten dollars. Awe. Some.
Stay cozy!!! xx.