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.

Podcast

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.

App

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.

Drink

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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

Marple

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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Monthly Favorites – April 2018

Happy April/second winter. I cannot wait to spend the days playing outside and visiting the park with Clint, but these are the things getting us through this bleak time period.

Podcast

The Minimalists

The Minimalists – I don’t recall exactly how I came across Joshua and Ryan, but my familiarity with them increased watching their Netflix documentary. Not too long after, I began listening to their podcast. The episodes are on the longer side, but they are very motivating and informative about all things minimalism. I am all about prioritizing and simplifying your home. This is a great place to start if you’re interested in the same.

App

Overdrive – If you’re a fan of Audible, audiobooks, or ebooks, checkout Overdrive. Link your library card (I know you all have library cards right? Get one!), and you will be provided with access to a whole plethora of ebooks and audiobooks. You have 14 days to read or list to your checked out item and it is automatically returned. No chance of late fees. Another positive.

Beauty Product

The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG – This is just a very fancy way to say eye serum. It contains caffeine and green tea leaf extracts to reduce puffiness and dark circles in the eye area. I’ve always had under eye circles. The best way to camouflage this and prevent the area from looking worse over time is to keep the area hydrated and properly maintain your skin. This stuff is affordable and will last months.

Wine

Angeline Pinot Noir – This find is from Trader Joe’s. It’s only $9.99 a bottle, and really good! Pinot used to be my go to wine and it is once again topping my list. I am so looking forward to opening a bottle of this once Clint is down for the night!

Happy drinking! xx

Monthly Favorites – March 2018

March means my birthday. This birthday means my thirties. Everyone says your thirties are the new twenties, so I’ll take it. Here’s what I am loving as I embark upon a new decade.

Podcast

Wine & Crime – I came across this podcast while aimlessly scrolling through the internet one day. The title, obviously, caught my attention immediately and I have been listening to a few episodes a week ever since. It is hosted by three friends from Minnesota who drink and discuss different crime stories each week. I also end up laughing ridiculously at least once, it’s well worth a listen.

Read

The Champagne Diet – Full disclosure, there is nothing revolutionary in this book. AND THAT’S WHY I ENJOY IT. The author isn’t trying to sell you on a quick fix or convince you of some previously unknown secret of food combining. It’s purely inspirational. Eat well, have a diet and exercise regimen that makes you feel good, live well and do it all because you deserve it. We all could use a little more of that mentality in our lives.

Way to Relax

Shiatsu Neck and Shoulder Massager – I hold a terrible amount of tension in my neck and this has been a life saver. Most days, as soon a Clint goes down for a nap, I pop this on and it helps release some of the huge knots I have built up. Not only does it have heat, you can adjust it up and down your back as well. Grab a cup of tea and settle in.

Drink

Americano (with light cream and cinnamon on top) – While my favorite drink will always be a grande cold brew with two pumps of mocha and coconut milk, I love to switch it up periodically. A tall Americano with light cream and cinnamon powder has been my go to when it’s too cold or I just want to switch it up from a regular cup of coffee.