Thursday, May 1, 2014

May Favorite Things

Hi all!

After missing last month due to my vacation, I'm linking up with Emily and Ally for My Favorite Things. This is one of my favorite link-ups of all time, because I get to feel like a damn celebrity and I love reading what other people post about. I may or may not have bought three different products in the last two months that I discovered through this link up...

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(ONE) Kindle                                                       treat yo self

I have spent the last few years being very anti-E reader. I love real books—the satisfaction of turning the pages, the way they smell (I liked smelling old books waaaaay before Carrie Bradshaw made it famous), and going to the library and wandering the shelves looking for a good read. However, after bringing 7 books to Europe for my two week trip (and reading all of them, thank you very much), I decided that buying a Kindle/Nook/electronic reading device made sense, particularly for travel. While I still prefer a real book to an electronic book any day of the week, I fell in LOVE with my Kindle on my trip to DC. I read three and a half books and the damn thing fit right in my purse. It is so nice to be able to read books without everybody knowing what you’re reading (and judging you)…why yes, the first thing I read on my Kindle was the 50 Shades of Grey series! Also, you can borrow e-books from the public library, which was my other concern about the Kindle: I rarely buy books because I am poor but I check all my reads out from the library fo’ free! And I can still do that with my Kindle. All in all, I’m sold!!

(TWO) Buff                                                          treat yo self

I bought a Buff from REI last month and it is one of my favorite purchases this year! These handy garments are super versatile, I think the box claims you can wear them 26 different ways, but I have only used it so far for running. I’ll wear it as a headband (which is thick and tight to my head) or as a neck or face warmer on cold runs. On one brutally windy run, Dana and I both had our Buffs over our ears and covering us from the eyes down. They seem a little overpriced, but they are super handy if you are outdoorsy like me. I can’t wait to take my Buff to the BWCA this summer for a camping trip!

(THREE) Red Pears

While doing Advocare, I rediscovered my love of pears. I used to eat fresh pears all.the.time. but I kind of forgot that they existed. Up until now, I’d only tried the yellow ones but I’ve been really into the red ones lately. While doing the Advocare cleanse, they were an excellent sweet treat. I even brought one with me to the professional soccer game I went to last Saturday night, since I couldn’t have pretzels, ice cream, hot chocolate, or participate in the beer garden. I looked super cool in the stands, eating my pear while everybody else drank beer and ate nachos (not).

(FOUR) Gold Bond Ultimate skin therapy cream

If you’ve checked out my blog before, you know that I live in the frozen-ass tundra better known as Minnesota. We have had an absolutely BRUTAL winter, weather-wise, and my skin has been 50 shades of dry and itchy. I should buy this magical cream in bulk, since I feel like I go through a tube per week. I use it everywhere and it is the ONLY lotion I have found that keeps my skin from drying out for a whole day.

(FIVE) Xhilaration watch                                         treat yo self

Our classroom clock was broken for a hot minute there (also known as 9 weeks) and so I knew it was time for me to become a watch-wearer. I usually just rely on my phone for the time (#millenialproblems) but as a teacher, I didn’t like that I had to get my phone out every time I wanted to see what time it was. I bought this watch at Target for $17 and it has been worth its weight in gold so far. I love the white color, it makes it look classy and more like jewelry. I love that the strap is stretchy and rubbery rather than leather or hard plastic that cuts into my skin. I love that it is a digital clock because I am so lazy that I don’t really like analog clocks (#millenialproblems). I love that it has a stop watch so I can use it for timing my planks or oven cooking. All in all, it’s my new child and I take it with me everywhere I go.

(SIX) MyFitnessPal App

When I started my 90-Day Challenge, one of the things I vowed to do was start tracking everything on MyFitnessPal. I think that this is one of the only promises I have kept, since most of the time, it is super easy to track food and exercise. I had a rough period (also known as spring break) where I didn’t log for a few days because I was busy/traveling/not in my routine/lazy, but other than that, I’ve logged almost everyday for three months! It helps me be more mindful of what I eat, and how much I eat. I am not super strict with my “diet” because I firmly believe that there are foods worth being fat for. But on a regular average workday, I am a rockstar at entering my eats and burns. The app holds me accountable and is very accessible, unlike a physical food journal which is easy to forget and not very discreet (#millenialproblems). Also, this app is free.

(SEVEN) Green Giant bags of basil

Also my friend during the Advocare cleanse, one of my true loves, BASIL, can now be bought in bulk. Can I get an AMEN?! I love me some basil, I put it in quinoa, spaghetti squash, salads, wraps, and even Mexican food. I love it that much. I grew my own basil last summer, until one of my bitchy neighbors stole my super cute vintage washtub planter from the back steps. So I have had to resort to buying the packaged kind and up until now, I paid $2.99 for approximately seven leaves. Then I found that Green Giant makes big bags of it, so I can eat it to my little heart’s desire. Also, I can indeed go through one of these bags before it goes bad. I love basil that much.

(EIGHT) Sriracha

Continuing with the Things That Helped Me Survive Advocare trend, I’ve finally fallen in love with Sriracha hot sauce. I know, Sriracha is soooo 2012. I’ve always thought I was kind of a lameass when it comes to spicy foods, but I realize now that I love me some spicy, burn-your-mouth goodness. I put Sriracha on my hardboiled eggs, sandwiches, beans and rice, quinoa, you name it. I know everybody and their mom has been raving about it forever, but I’m a late bloomer I guess. Either way, I’m hooked. I’m currently digesting a wonderful snack of hardboiled eggs and avocado drizzled with the red devil sauce. Yum.