My Favorite Things: April

[INSERT JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE “IT’S GONNA BE MAY” MEME]

Happy Monday! Joe and I unintentionally had a 48-hour long date this weekend—very unlike us (we’re the least romantic couple ever). We had dinner at Crudo in the North End on Friday (delicious!) and then went to Mohegan Sun Saturday and Sunday. It was so fun! Details on that later on in the post.

Favorite Products

Burn Book Journal

I needed a new journal and when I saw this on Etsy it was too funny not to buy. For the record, I’m not actually using it as a burn book (hopefully that goes without saying haha). When I’m stressed I try to spend a few minutes each day journaling as writing has always been therapeutic for me.

Samsonite Magpie Suitcase

I was gifted this suitcase as part of my trip to Mohegan Sun and I’m obsessed! It’s carry-on size and I love the hard outer shell. My old luggage was all soft and I’d get so paranoid when packing my DSLR camera on trips.

The Seaweed Bath Co. Shampoo & Conditioner

I’ve been using this shampoo and conditioner for several months now and love it! It’s packed with good ingredients and the scent of the eucalyptus & peppermint is amazing.

Favorite Workouts

Industry Night at EBF

with a bunch of Btone ladies!

EBF had a fitness industry night at their FiDi location and instructors, trainers, bloggers—anyone in the industry—was invited to come for a free workout. Taking classes at other studios has 100% made me a better instructor at Btone, and I appreciate studios who focus on community over competition.

MyStryde

with Caroline

I’ve been meaning to try out MyStryde for so long and finally made it to the running studio this month. I loved it! Everyone said the 45 minutes goes by quickly but I was skeptical—45 minutes on a treadmill? How can that possibly go by quickly?! But it really does! And you leave feeling so accomplished. I actually took class next to an elite runner who was here for the Boston Marathon and 15 minutes into class he was like “Oops, I forgot to take my medal off” and casually pulls a race metal out from underneath his shirt and places it in the water bottle holder (LOLLOL #humblebrag).

Favorite Eats

Blogger Dinner at Tempo

Lexi from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen organized a dinner at Tempo in Waltham for local bloggers. If you’re in the area, you’ve got to try this place out—everything was delicious and can be made gluten-free if you have that dietary restriction. The spring carrot vegetarian bolognese and ice cream sundae were amazing!

Favorite Things I …

Listened To

  • [PODCAST] In the Dark | Continuing my obsession with true crime podcasts, I listened to In the Dark, which chronicles the botched investigation of an abduction.
  • [SONG] A 1000 Times by Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam (not a workout song, just love it)

Watched

  • 13 Reasons Why | The reactions to this Netflix series are varied and HEATED. I thought it was a well-made show (Joe and I couldn’t stop watching!), but have mixed feelings on the message of it. Yes, bullying is a serious issue and you don’t know how your words and actions might be affecting others. But did anyone else feel like it sorta glorified suicide? Maybe “glorified” isn’t the right word, but the show presents it as her only remaining option. And 100% of the blame for her death is placed on other people while Hannah emerges as the martyr of her high school. Am I being harsh? What’d you guys think of the show?
  • Vanderpump Rules | I know. How do I follow up 13 Reasons Why with this nonsense?! I haven’t had Bravo in years so I’m totally out of the loop with all their trashy (but amazing) reality tv series. Just a couple weeks ago, I started watching Vanderpump Rules on Hulu and it’s my new favorite mindless entertainment on lazy Sundays. These people are cray! And I get the impression it’s not staged craziness like some other shows—they’re all just actually that dramatic. (I just got to the part about Jax and Kristen WHAAAAAA?!).

Favorite Moments

Making My First Vlog


I branched off from the workout videos and tried my hand at more of a vlog format this month. So fun to make!

Lunch with Charlie from The Runner Beans

When I told Joe I had a friend in town I was meeting for lunch, he asked, “Oh nice, from college?” To which I replied, “No from … Instagram.” (LOL). I loved getting to meet Charlie (@therunnerbeans) in real life after being friends through social media and blogging. She was in Boston for the marathon and we went out to lunch at Parish Cafe the following day. I hadn’t been to Parish in a while and had forgotten how delicious their sandwiches are!

Trip to Mohegan Sun

Samsonite sent me to Mohegan Sun this weekend for an event with Shaun T and it was so fun! We got in Saturday afternoon and hung out by the pool before getting ready for dinner. We decided on Sol Toro, a delicious Mexican restaurant serving up tableside guac and awesome tequila cocktails. After dinner we went to a comedy show at COMIX that was absolutely hysterical. Joe and I aren’t gamblers but after the show we decided to try our luck at roulette (when in Rome!) and we actually won $250–score!

The next morning I regretted that last tequila cocktail but was excited nonetheless for Shuantervention. 😉 It was like one part workout, one part Tony Robbins convention, one part rock concert.

The workout was a slightly toned down version of Insanity and then Shaun T gave a motivational talk to the crowd and did a Q&A. Big thanks to Samsonite for having me!

Favorite Follows

  • @bromabakery‘s Instagram stories for food photography and styling tips.
  • @alexia_clark for exercise ideas (love how she uses resistance bands!).

What made your highlight reel in April?

Disclosure: Samsonite comped my hotel room at Mohegan Sun but I’m not being paid for this blog post. I just genuinely had a great time and it was a highlight for me this month! My monthly roundup posts of favorites are never sponsored. 🙂 

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Comments

  1. Oh the drama of Vanderpump Rules!! The Jax & Kristen part…oh boy! The drama only continues…

  2. I can’t wait to watch your vlog! I love watching vlogs while knocking out cardio at the gym. Can’t wait to see how you did! 🙂 The trip looked like so much fun as well. What a cool experience!

  3. LOVE that suitcase!!!
    Kisses,
    Sarah
    EverydayStarlet

  4. Alexia Clark’s IG is out of control haha. I’m like THERE’S SO MUCH I CAN’T HANDLE IT.

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