Hey friends! I’m taking this week off from teaching and it’s had the summer vacation effect on me–I seriously have no clue what day of the week it is. I wake up all disorientated thinking I slept through an alarm, unsure if it’s the weekend or a week day, and I had to check my calendar to make sure that February is in fact ending and it’s time for my monthly roundup of favorites. Yes on both accounts, so here we go …
Crane & Lion Leggings
On Valentine’s Day, Crane & Lion surprised my last Btone class of the morning with free leggings (so generous!). I got their Capri Tight and love the detail on the back of the calf. The color I’m wearing isn’t available online, but a bunch of the other colors are on sale for $44 (down from $90).
MiniLuxe Performance Polish
I actually think painting my own nails is relaxing so I only get professional manicures on occasion, one such occasion being before Boston Winter Ball at the start of the month. I got MiniLuxe’s Performance Polish Manicure and am kicking myself for not knowing about it sooner. The polish is as durable as gel but comes off with regular nail polish remover. Mine lasted three weeks without chipping and when I wanted to take it off my nails underneath weren’t ruined like with gel. Yassss honey!
NorthernDrops Photo Backdrops
I heard about this Etsy shop from Julie’s blog and highly recommend it to any fellow bloggers! I usually just shoot food and small products on my white desk because I love the clean look of the photos, but I wanted some options for recipes. I don’t have a marble countertop located by a window, nor do I have the space to store a marble slab, so these paper prints are perfect! I went with a white marble and two different gray wood prints (they’re poster material) but there are tons of backdrop prints to choose from in the store. You can pick different sizes and the 22″ x 22″ ones that I got were only $9. Love that I can just roll them back up and tuck them away when I’m done shooting.
Booty By Brabants Charity Class for Unicef
‘Tis the season for Boston Marathon fitness fundraisers! After experiencing the stress and misery of fundraising when I ran last year (some people are cut out for fundraising–I am not one of those people), it is really important to me that I support those doing it this year as best I can. Last weekend I went to a Booty By Brabants class (so fun!!) benefiting @baddiedae‘s marathon charity. I’m also going to be teaching a couple charity classes at Btone for other runners–I’ll keep you guys posted on the details of those if any local readers want to come! 🙂
PUMPED by CHLOE came to Boston to serve up its vegan deliciousness! They had a media preview a couple nights before it officially opened and I got to sample a bunch of their menu items–everything was delicious (the sweet potato mac and cheese OMG). The Seaport area is exploding with new development and by CHLOE is located next to a new SoulCycle and Juice Press–what is this, New York?! 😉
Birch Benders Protein Pancakes Mix
I was sent samples of Birch Benders pancake mixes (protein, paleo and gluten-free versions) and Joe and I LOVED them–they’re so good! As far as taste goes, there isn’t a huge difference between the three, but if I had to pick, I think the protein was the favorite in our apartment. All you have to do is add water before cooking. Easy peasy.
Favorite Things I…
- Jamesy Boy | This movie got terrible reviews but I enjoyed it. It’s based on the true story of a kid who was going down the wrong path, ends up in jail, and eventually turns his life around. The production quality isn’t stellar but it’s a really sweet story. Look for it on Netflix.
- 30 Rock | How am I just now watching 30 Rock?! I’ve finally crawled out from under my rock (pun intended) and thank goodness because this show is hysterical. Joe and I binge watched the first season this past weekend and it makes me so happy to think I still have six seasons waiting for me. Dr. Spaceman?! I can’t. If you’re like me and jump into shows 2-10 years after they were popular then you MUST start 30 Rock. It’s on Netflix.
- Janis: Little Girl Blue | This is another Netflix find. It’s a documentary on Janis Joplin’s life.
- [BOOK] Narconomics: How to Run a Drug Cartel by Tom Wainwright | You guys are probably like WTF is up with your choice in books. As you can tell by these monthly roundups, I’m obsessed with murder mysteries and anything involving organized crime, and it’s been that way since I was a little kid (The Boxcar Children started it all). Narconomics goes into the economics of illegal drug trade, speaking about it using the same business terms you’d apply to a Fortune 500 company. I particularly enjoyed the parts of the book where he talks about potential solutions to the drug problem in this and other countries and the complicated challenges in actually executing such strategies.
- [BLOG] You Are More Than a Meal Plan via Hummusapien | Measured meal plans and counting calories and macros can be a great help when starting a weight loss journey, healing gut issues, or in meeting specific high-level performance goals, and if they work for you, that’s awesome. But when tracking everything you put in your body becomes an obsession, you need to take a step back and change your approach.
- [BLOG] The Later Blog | If you’re a blogger or work in marketing, I’d check out Later’s blog. Later is a platform for scheduling Instagram posts, so some of their posts are self-promoting (as would be expected), but I always enjoy reading their insights on the social network–some really helpful strategy stuff!
- [PODCAST] Up and Vanished | If you loved the first season of Serial, you need to listen to Up and Vanished. I’m only five episodes in but I’m obsessed. It looks into the unsolved disappearance of a Georgia woman and if any of you have listened to it, I need to know your thoughts in the comments! Right now I think the ex-boyfriend Marcus killed her but again, I’m only a few episodes in.
- [PODCAST] Missing Richard Simmons | I’m conflicted about this podcast. I had heard things here and there about Richard Simmons disappearing from the public eye a few years ago but hadn’t thought much about it … until now. This podcast looks into the mysterious way he just cut himself off from even his closest friends and the more the guy digs into it, the stranger it seems. I will say, it’s a very captivating podcast, but I also find it sad. It seems in Richard Simmons there is a bit of the Robin Williams factor–the enigmatic entertainer who puts a smile on everyone’s face while inside they deal with deep sadness. And part of me feels like by listening to it, I’m only perpetuating that and being entertained by someone else’s struggle.
Boston Winter Ball Weekend
The Boston Winter Ball is an annual event started by Joe’s friends that benefits the Corey C. Griffin Foundation and it’s an absolute blast every year.
The dress I wore is Elle Zeitoune and also comes in black. I’m obsessed with it. The slit is high so I wouldn’t recommend wearing it to a wedding or anything but if you have a fun formal event on the calendar, it’s worth the splurge! Shoes are Steve Madden.
Watching the Super Bowl
I grew up in Massachusetts so I’m a Pats fan by default, but I’m not going to pretend like I watch every game and am all invested in the season–quite the opposite. Even given my disinterest in football though–holy sh*t THAT GAME WAS CRAZY.
New Jersey Weekend
Joe and I spent President’s Day weekend down in New Jersey for his nephew’s 8th birthday and we lucked out with the best weather for entertaining three kids. We went to playgrounds, the boardwalk, and got in some highly competitive games of hide and seek in the back yard (don’t want to brag or anything but I had the best hiding spot E-V-E-R).
Starting an Aromatherapy Certification Program
If you’re an OG blog reader, you might remember me talking about studying essential oils and aromatherapy over a year ago. Life continually got in the way of starting a certification program back when I first planned but I am SO EXCITED to be able to say I’m officially enrolled with the Institute of Integrative Aromatherapy (I’ll talk much more about why I chose this program, etc., etc. in future blog posts). I don’t really set New Year’s resolutions, but I went into 2017 wanting to focus on education and learning more in this ever expanding field of wellness. I can’t wait to share my new expertise with you guys! It’s a self-paced course that I plan to complete in five-six months.
What made the highlight reel for you in February? Any other Up and Vanished listeners out there??
My monthly favorites posts are never sponsored, however they typically contain a few affiliate links. I get sent a lot of free products, and the first section of this post might highlight a couple of my favorites. I’m never required to or being paid to feature these freebies and only share the ones I truly love and think my readers will enjoy as well.