My Favorite Things: March

My monthly roundup of all my favorite things from March! Products, food, workouts, podcasts, moments--everything!

“In like a lion, out like a lamb.” I’m not talking about the weather, I’m talking about the amount of blog posts I’ve published this month (LOL). Things have been quiet around here the last couple weeks as I try to figure out a balance between blogging, teaching and studying for my aromatherapy certification, and I appreciate you guys bearing with me. I’m falling into more of a schedule but there will realistically be weeks here and there where the blog falls silent until I’ve completed this course. It’ll be worth it in the end because I’m going to have endless quality content about essential oils, DIY skin/hair care, homeopathic remedies, etc., etc. to share with you when I’ve “graduated”. The workouts and recipes aren’t going anywhere, but I’m pumped to expand into this new area of (soon-to-be) expertise.

In the meantime, let’s talk about my favorite things from March!

Favorite Products

Marble Matte Laptop Cover

My favorite things - marble lap top cover caseIf being basic is wrong, I don’t want to be right. I know literally every single blogger and Instagrammer has a marble laptop or iPhone cover, but that doesn’t make me any less excited about mine. Aesthetically it’s great, but I also just love the way it feels (a smooth matte rubber). Best $16.99 I spent all month. (Also comes in black marble).

Detached Turtleneck Sweater by LNA (c/o Shopbop)

When I’m wearing normal people clothing (i.e. not workout gear), there’s a solid chance this top is involved–I love it! It’s more henley than sweater material so it’ll transition easily into warmer weather (pair it with shorts and strappy sandals!).

Naturopathica Face Sunscreen

I’ve been using this protective moisturizer as a face sunscreen for a year now and love it. It’s one of the few natural sunscreens I’ve found that actually rubs in with no white residue. It’s only SPF 17 and is meant to be more of a daily moisturizer I think, but I use it as sunscreen at the beach and it works great! (I tan easily though–wouldn’t necessarily recommend it if you burn easily!)

Rolling Under Bed Storage Boxes

My Favorite Things - Under Bed Rolling Storage ContainersThe painfully slow apartment decorating process crawls on for me with the addition of these rolling under bed storage boxes. We only have one closet in the entire apartment so utilizing the space under our bed is a must. There’s chalkboard paint on the end of these so that you can label them, which I will if I ever get around to buying chalk. 😉

Favorite Workouts

6-Mile Run in the Florida Sunshine

Post 6-mile run in FloridaI haven’t run more than three or four consecutive miles since the 2016 Boston Marathon, which is kinda crazy but my knees and feet were like “girl, please stop with the distance” and I’m happy that I listened to them. When I was visiting my grandparents in Florida though, I went on one of those runs that just felt so good I couldn’t stop it short–don’t you love those?! Where everything just clicks and you feel like you’re gliding more so than running. I was in the warm sunshine after a brutal Boston winter (that has still not ended), I had a great playlist going, my legs felt fresh and strong … oh, and I got completely lost. It was an unintentional but glorious 6 miles.

Mitt Work at EverybodyFights

I’ve been taking group boxing classes regularly for a year or so now, but I’ve never had a one-on-one session (and boy did it show LOL). I’m excited to take what I learned from George and apply it in group classes and will definitely be doing more mitt work sessions!

Favorite Eats

My Frozen Take on The Healthy Maven’s Blueberry Muffin Energy Bites

Frozen Blueberry Muffin Bites - a yummy healthy dessert option!

This recipe as-is on Davida’s blog is delicious and I highly recommend it. The other week, I made it and added fresh blueberries and then dipped the bites in hemp seeds and froze them (I have no idea where this idea came from) and loved the result. It was like frozen blueberry pie filling and made for a sticky, but delicious bite-sized dessert.

Flourless Banana Blender Muffins from Chocolate Covered Katie

Flourless Banana Blender Muffins - My Favorite Things MarchThese are on some next level shit, you guys. Joe and I (it was mostly me if I’m being honest here) ate the entire first batch in a day. So, naturally I made a second batch and that lasted … two days.

Hippeas

Hippeas Snacks - My Favorite Things MarchI was sent a big sample gift pack of these chickpea snacks and loved them! They kinda have the same texture as Pirate’s Booty and my favorite flavors were the maple haze and pepper power.

Chaga Mushroom Elixir

Chaga Mushroom Elixir - My Favorite Things MarchI got a box of this in a swag bag months ago and decided to give it a try since I’m now off the good stuff (coffee) and in need of a warm morning beverage to look forward to. I was skeptical at first, but am loving this chaga mushroom drink. I make it with hot water and almond milk just as I would coffee and sometimes add a bit of honey. The brand has other similar mushroom “elixirs” that I’m going to give a try: Lion’s Mane for concentration and focus and Cordyceps for energy.

Favorite Things I…

Read

Realistically, I won’t be reading too many books these next several months as most of my free time is now dedicated to studying for my Aromatherapy certification. Short articles it is:

  • [BLOG POST] I’ll Do It As Soon As I Lose Weight via Andie Mitchell | A good reminder not to put your life on hold while losing weight or trying to reach any other goal, wellness or otherwise. You’re deserving of love and good experiences regardless of your weight.
  • [BLOG POST] What If All I Want Is a Mediocre Life? via A Life in Progress | I think about this a lot lately and talked a little about it in this post about my experience at Revitalize. More and more I’ve realized that my goals might not be as “big” as I thought. Thanks to the internet, the sky really is the limit in terms of the possibility of scaling your blog and social accounts, and it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle for more followers, more notoriety, more influence, more impact. But do I even really want that?
  • [BLOG POST] My Favorite True Crime Podcasts via Joy the Baker | If you’re obsessed with true crime podcasts like I am, check out the comments section of this blog post–lots of good recommendations! Except I listened to Accused which was repeatedly recommended and really didn’t enjoy it. It covers the (allegedly) unsolved murder of a young woman back in the seventies and while I typically am captivated by these types of stories, it happened so long ago that literally 80% of the key players are dead and there is zero physical evidence left. Plus the narrator drove me crazy–she sounded tired and exasperated the entire time as if her narration was one big audible sigh. I mean, I’d be, too, but it didn’t make for great listening in my opinion. Have you guys listened to it? What’d you think??

Listened To

  • [AUDIO BOOK] The Big LeapI don’t love self-help books because I always feel like they could have been condensed into an article length and still delivered the exact same message (anyone else feel this way??). That holds true for The Big Leap as well: a couple powerful, thought-provoking points and then a bunch of fluff examples that I could have done without. The book talks about how we get in our own way and self-sabotage when things are going too well because we subconsciously have a preconceived notion about how much happiness and success we deserve.
  • [PODCAST] Is There a Downside to Wellness and Social Media? via That’s So Maven | Loved this episode of the That’s So Maven podcast!
  • [PODCAST] S-TownThis podcast from the creators of Serial was released in its entirety this week so naturally I binge listened to the entire thing in two days. At first I felt tricked. The way they promoted it made me think it was a true crime investigation about a murder and it’s not. But I still really loved it. It’s a beautiful portrait of a complicated man.

Watched

  • [TV] 60 Days In | Joe and I have been binging on this A&E show–we’re so into it! A group of civilians are put in jail without the other inmates or the COs knowing they’re not really criminals so that the Sheriff can gather intel on the operation of the prison. It’s fascinating. We’re just on the first season but I think there are two or three out already.
  • [PLAY] Something Rotten | I haven’t been to musical in over a decade but my Mimi (grandmother) loves them and we went to see Something Rotten when I visited her in Florida. I loved the show! It was clever and funny and you’ll especially appreciate it if you love Shakespeare, English literature and/or musicals. They’re touring around the country right now and you can see if it’s coming to your neck of the woods here.

Alright, that’s all for me today!

What were some of your favorites from March?
Fellow podcast listeners–what did you think of Accused? S-Town? Any other recommendations for me?

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.

My Favorite Things: February

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 …

Favorite Products/Services

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.

Favorite Workouts

Booty By Brabants Charity Class for Unicef

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‘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! 🙂

Favorite Eats

by CHLOE

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…

Watched

  • 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.

Read

  • [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!

Listened To

  • [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.

Favorite Moments

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.

My Favorite Things: January

How precious is my parents’ dog with his little head through a wreath?! Since I didn’t do one of these roundups for December (hot damn was Dec a wash for me haha), I’ve got a jumbo-sized edition of Favorite Things for you today that includes the last two months.

Favorite Products/Services

The Vegetarian Flavor Bible

If you love to cook but often feel like you have no clue what you’re doing *raises hand*, I highly recommend The Vegetarian Flavor Bible (carnivore friends, check out The Flavor Bible). It’s an exhaustive guide to creating new dishes and flavor combinations that actually work. Similar to an encyclopedia, you look up an ingredient, cuisine, etc. and it will give you all the information you need on it, including a list of other ingredients that pair well. I’ve found it SO helpful in creating new recipes for the blog! When it comes to seasoning, sauces and dressings, I’m not the most confident chef so this book has seriously become my best friend in the kitchen.

The Squatty Potty

I’ll spare you the details, but I love this thing. After hearing friends rave about their Squatty Potty for months, I finally bought one and it 100% lives up to the hype. I do wish I’d splurged for the wooden one though. Having the white plastic one around the base of our toilet kinda makes me feel like I’m in a nursing home for some reason. Oh well, still love it.

Release Your Anger Swear Words Adult Coloring Book

Eager to get on board with this whole trendy adult coloring book craze, I searched on Amazon and stumbled across one that truly spoke to my soul. The Release Your Anger Coloring Book complete with 40 swear words. *Adds to cart*

My only complaint is that sonofabitch isn’t one of the words. I mutter that under my breath easily 20 times a day and feel like it would really get my artistic juices flowing.

Favorite Workouts

C2 Grand Opening Class at CorePower Yoga Ink Block

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CorePower recently opened a new location in Ink Block (a short walk from my apartment–yay!) and I was invited to their grand opening celebration class. It was their C2 format and wow ok maybe should have read the class description beforehand. Like a total asshole I wore thick, long black leggings not realizing it was hot yoga. And fast-paced hot yoga at that. Whoops. But I LOVED the yoga class. Will definitely be back! They’re not on ClassPass (yet) but the other CorePower studios are.

305 Fitness


So. Much. Fun. I was a little nervous to try a 305 Fitness class because while I’m not a bad dancer, I’m not, like, oh ya know, good. Didn’t matter–seriously so fun I didn’t even have time to feel self-conscious. And damn do you sweat! Picture you and your best friends drunk at a night club dancing. That’s 305. Loved it and can’t wait to go back!

Recycle Influencer Event

Recycle invited a bunch of local bloggers and Instagrammers to a class followed by green juice, snacks and bubbly this past Saturday. I’ve been a huge fan of Recycle classes for years now, but this is the first time I took one of John’s classes–he’s so entertaining! The great thing about Recycle is that they have a really consistent product. I rarely look at who’s teaching but rather just sign up when it’s convenient because I know it’ll be a good workout regardless. Quality class + John’s hilarious commentary = perfect Saturday spin.

Favorite Eats

Easy 30-Minute Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup from Averie Cooks

Easy 30-Minute Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup from Averie CooksEven though I don’t eat chicken anymore, I still cook it for Joe occasionally and when he got a nasty case of the flu early in the month he requested some chicken noodle soup. I found this recipe on Pinterest and Joe loved it! I used rotisserie chicken from the hot bar at Whole Foods because I’m lazy/raw meat grosses me out sometimes and it worked perfectly!

Roasted Cauliflower Hummus from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

If you guys don’t already follow Lexi’s Clean Kitchen, you’re missing out on some seriously mouthwatering recipes and food photography. I made this roasted cauliflower hummus from her cook book the other week and loved it. If you’re short on chickpeas or just looking for a bean-less hummus this is an awesome recipe.

Favorite Things I…

Read

  • My 6 Month CrossFit Transformation Isn’t What I Thought It’d Be via PopSugar | It’s vitally important to avoid basing transformation solely on appearance. Loved this article!
  • What’s Healthier Than Following Fitness Gurus on Social Media? Unfollowing Them. via Greatist | Might seem weird that I’m posting this given I’m a fitness blogger and my job depends on people following me, but replace “fitness guru” with “bendy yogi” and I 100% relate to the article. I have a weird addiction to following insta-famous yoga girls and I do catch myself feeling like I should be able to do these insane inversions and contortions, or at least be striving to do so. I have to take a step back and remind myself that the cool bendy poses I see on social media aren’t the reason I love practicing yoga.

Listened To

I was on an Audible kick this month!

  • [Audio Book] The Good Neighbor by AJ Banner | This is like Gone Girl. Not as good as Gone Girl, but similar idea and made for an engaging listen. In book format, it’d be a perfect quick beach read this summer.
  • [Audio Book] The Crime Writer by Gregg Hurwitz | I mentioned this in my day in the life post last week. It’s about a crime writer who wakes up covered in blood accused of murder without any memory of the night. So he then has to try to figure out what happened to prove his innocence. At times it’s a bit ridiculous (brain tumors, amnesia, etc.) but I really liked the ending–didn’t see it coming!
  • [Audio Book] A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny | I mentioned the first of the Chief Inspector Gamache books in a previous post–this is the second. I wasn’t crazy about the first but a reader actually left a comment urging me not to abandon the series (thank you!) and I’m glad I took the advice. The character development is so good in this book–I just love the cast of personalities! I was worried going from reading the first book to listening to the second would throw off the vision I had created, but it didn’t much at all.
  • [Podcast] Navy SEAL David Goggins Is The Toughest Athlete on Earth – The Rich Roll Podcast | I shared this podcast episode on my Facebook page but it’s worth posting here as well. They talk about accountability, ditching the “poor me” attitude, and the importance of your mentality in achieving goals. I love the no-nonsense delivery and his emphasis on getting to know yourself and finding your truth.
  • [Song] Mr. Watson (BKAYE Remix) – Cruel Youth | Obsessed with this song. Like I literally just put it on repeat all day. All. Day.

Favorite Moments

Playing Bite the Bag with my Family at Christmas

Highlight of Christmas has to be playing Bite the Bag–have you guys heard of this absurd(ly awesome) game?? You take a paper bag and cut off the top and then everyone tries to pick it up off the floor with their mouth. At the end of each round you cut off another inch or so from the top and try again. My mom came out of nowhere and won and I laughed so hard I thought I was going to throw up watching it happen. I’d post a picture, but she’d probably kill me. 😉

Getting My First Tattoo

One of my Christmas gifts from Joe this year was an appointment with a tattoo artist. I’ve wanted an ellipsis for a long time and decided to get it on my lower forearm/wrist. Why an ellipsis? I love its use in writing. It allows you to omit superfluous words that aren’t needed for the phrase/sentence to be understood. Cut out the fluff; focus on what’s really meaningful. Not a bad idea to live by, huh? 🙂 My brother and I also have a line of three freckles in the exact same spot on our left cheek so the dot dot dot has a double meaning for me. 

Terez sweater (old, but this one by them is cute, too)

It’s super simple, but I absolutely love it–every time I catch a glimpse in the mirror it makes me happy. And I’m already dying to get another one!

What were some highlights for you in January?

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.