I haven’t been on here in awhile, and the lack of continuity of posts isn’t lost on me. I do know it will take some time to get readers engaged again. What better way to come back than my favorite things for this month? There is a lot in store for this page coming up, so I hope you’ll stick around!
June 2018 Favorites
I’m a sunscreen snob. I am deathly afraid of skin cancer. Actually, it isn’t the skin cancer that I’m deathly afraid of, but it makes me sound less superficial. Honestly, it’s the wrinkles that have me slathering on all the sunscreen I can muster. I don’t just mean my face, but that’s important and part of my daily routine. I’m talking I don’t want the sagging knee skin or the weird arm wrinkles. Please forgive me for this *one* issue I have.
For years I’ve scoured EWG for the best and safest sunscreens out there (one I can afford!). I’ve tried many and sometimes they work better for the kids than they do me. Since being pregnant with Del and after delivery, my skin sensitivity has heightened. What used to work for me no longer does. Some powders now burn my skin. Some lotions never sink in or do anything now. After scouring EWG again, I found Think Sport. I bought the face version for Dustin to use daily, but got the 50+ sport for the kids and me to use.
I was pleasantly surprised when it didn’t smell like sunscreen. It smells citrusy and light, but not like the I-just-came-out-of-the-tanning-salon smell. ThinkSport absorbs into the skin and actually acts like a protectant but doesn’t leave a film. I was at Legoland this past week and used it a ton. It left my tan lines from a few days prior using my former go-to. Try it if you’re looking for something new. (Affiliate Link above.)
Coffee Creamer: Nut pods Vanilla Lemon
Ever since I did the Whole30 last year, I’ve continued to drink NutPods. These are my favorite creamers. I usually prefer the original one that is unflavored, but I decided to take a try on these vanilla lemon. Vanilla lemon don’t sound like they go together in my morning cup of coffee, but holy smokes, SO GOOD. It brightens up the vanilla flavor and you barely have a hint of lemon. So dang good. I really hope they don’t take this away for awhile or will replace it with a seasonal peppermint mocha and also bring back their pumpkin one! (Affiliate Link above)
Book I’m reading: Cultivate What Matters
This book is written by the same gal who started the Cultivate What Matters Power Sheets and Write the Word you all know I love. I bought this book last summer after it came out. Didn’t read it. There’s a reason why. I wasn’t ready. This book is ripping my heart apart and making me look at my world and life in a different way. It’s the way I was headed anyway, but more direct and to the point–more of a call to action. I cannot wait to share with you all my goals for what my cultivated life will look like. What’s changing, what’s not. What I’m leaving behind and what I’m adding.
I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts and this one by Pricilla Shirer Resolution For Women // My Integrity came on when I was half way through this book. It posed some great questions. Am I doing what I believe when no one is looking or am I doing things I wouldn’t approve of? Going as far as what I think, what I feel, what I choose to engage in, especially the gray areas of life. Seriously give it a listen. Then check out the book, Cultivate What Matters.
Podcast I’m loving: Be there in Five
Everything about this podcast including the title feels so different from me, except it isn’t. Be there in Five, is a pop culture stream of conscious from a thirty-year-old who talks super fast (she says it is sped up by her editor but she talks fast on IG stories, too), she rambles, goes back to her point, and yet it all works out to be this engaging 40 minutes to an hour of content. An example of what she does is take what happens on a tv show or in pop culture, analyzes it to pieces, and makes well educated guess of what the future holds for whatever she’s talking about. Katherine talks about some of the reality shows I like, fashion, relationships, life, and it is the type of podcast to listen to while doing the dishes or folding laundry. I don’t usually listen to such podcasts, but she is definitely entertaining and does throw in some interesting thoughts about life, too. Or maybe it is because she is definitely inside the millennial generation and I secretly have a millennial side I wish I could get away with?
Protein Bar: ThinkThin Brownie Crunch
Thanks to my cousin who got me started on these. I’m currently tracking my macros and it is working very well for me and I wanted to find a bar that didn’t taste like bland baby powder (Quest bars) or induce stomach cramps because of allulose (KNOW brand). I wanted a higher protein snack that was sweet enough to make me feel like I was having a treat, but also satisfying to the hunger. These things rock. The link above is not an affiliate link, but I did notice they have lower prices in bulk and coupon deals if you sign up for their mailing list.
What are your favorite things this month? Anything I should know about?