My Favorite Things: May

My Favorite Things: MayYou guys. This is serious. I forgot to say “rabbit rabbit” when I woke up yesterday morning. If you grew up in the 90’s watching Nickelodeon you know exactly what a travesty this is. My June is doomed!! (Does anyone else still stress the eff out about saying “rabbit rabbit” the first of each month?)

Luckily I did remember to say it on May 1st and, as one would expect based on the scientific nature of the “rabbit rabbit” phenomenon, it was a wonderful month.

Favorite Products & Services

Got Almond Milk? Tank from House of Lily Rose

I actually was served this tank as an ad while scrolling through Instagram and I’ve gotta give kudos to their target marketing because I bought it instantly like the good little sheep consumer I am. 😉 No regrets!

Botanics Organic Facial Oil

My Favorite Things: May - Botanics rosehip face oilI love facial oils—I use them instead of a traditional moisturizer most days. My go-to is a rosehip seed oil (I like this one from Radha) so I was excited when Botanics gifted me their facial oil blend with rosehip among other essential oils. I love it!

Peapod Grocery Delivery

Check out a simple berry smoothie bowl recipe and get Peapod discount codes for your first grocery delivery or pick-up order!I did a sponsored post with Peapod earlier this month, but want to mention them again (not sponsored!) because getting my groceries delivered has been a game changer this month. We were out of town almost every weekend in May so I’d schedule a delivery upon our arrival to help me maintain some normalcy with meals. When summer rolls around I tend to get lazy with grocery shopping and cooking my own meals because I’m out of town so frequently—anyone else struggle with this??

TIEM Spin Shoes

My Favorite Things: May - TIEM spin shoesI had seen these a bunch around social media and decided to buy myself a pair—I’m obsessed. The look is so sleek and functionally they’re great. It’s so convenient being able to wear my spin shoes right out the door to walk home.

Favorite Eats

5-Minute Magic Green Sauce from Pinch of Yum

Avocado Green Sauce from Pinch of Yum

It doesn’t always happen, but I try to make a recipe from another blog I follow once a week. It’s a fun way to switch things up, plus I like supporting other bloggers (not that Pinch of Yum needs support from lil’ old me lollol). Anyway, this versatile green sauce made with avocado is delicious. I used it as a dressing on salads and Buddha bowls, with scrambled eggs and toast for breakfast and as a snack dip.

Mint Chip NadaMoo Dairy-Free Ice Cream

My Favorite Things: May - Nada Moo Mint Chip Ice Cream

I’ve tried a few dairy-free ice creams recently, but Nada Moo’s mint chip is currently my #1.

Chipotle Roasted Cauliflower Tacos

These flavor-packed chipotle roasted cauliflower tacos are absolutely delicious!

Simple, delicious plant-based tacos with a flavorful chipotle sauce. One of my favorite recipes from this month/year!

Favorite Things I Read & Listened To

[BOOK] Fortify Your Life by Tieraona Low Dog

This book is all about vitamins and minerals and what to consider when taking supplements. If you’re a fellow health nerd, it’s a great read! I made a video with MegaFood for my YouTube channel sharing five (of the many) tidbits I took away from the book:

[PODCAST] Crimetown

I mentioned Crimetown in a previous edition of Favorite Things, but season 1 wrapped up this month and its worth mentioning again. If you haven’t listened to it, it covers the history of corruption in Providence, RI and it’s SO GOOD. I can’t wait to see which city they tackle in season 2!

Favorite Moments

Life Time Fitness Blogger Trip

My Favorite Things: May - yoga at Life Time Fitness My Favorite Things: May - Class at Life Time FitnessLife Time Fitness treated me and a group of local health bloggers/Instagrammers to a day at their Westwood location. I was blown away at how massive the club is! Group fitness rooms, spa, outdoor pool, indoor pool, massive equipment floor, childcare center, cafeteria with an amazing healthy menu—the place needs its own zipcode! We did a 30-minute strength class followed by some yoga (I was so sore the next day!), enjoyed a facial at the spa and were treated to a delicious lunch. If I lived in the ‘burbs and had kids I would join Life Time in a heartbeat.

Long Weekend on Nantucket

My Favorite Things: May -- riding bikes on Nantucket My Favorite Things: May - Nantucket HarborWe rented a house with friends on Nantucket for Wine Festival weekend and while we didn’t go to a single Wine Fest event, it was one of the most fun weekends I’ve had there in years. We just hung out with friends with no agenda, ate good food and rode bikes around. We also ended up at the Chicken Box Thursday, Friday AND Saturday night so you know it was a successful weekend (either that or we’re just degenerates—maybe a little of both haha).

Because it was the weekend before Memorial Day/Figawi, the island was still on the cusp of being in its off season. So while the downtown and brewery were lively with the Wine Fest visitors, it wasn’t packed with lines down the street to get into bars. It was the perfect balance!

Hitting 200,000 Followers on Bloglovin’

Say whaaaaat?! Thank you so much to everyone who follows this blog and any of my social platforms. You make what I do possible!

Memorial Day Weekend on the Vineyard

My Favorite Things: May - Cedar Tree Neck, MV My Favorite Things: May - Cedar Tree NeckMost of the time when I bring Joe home to the Vineyard, we’re with a big group of people and tend to stick to the more tourist-y activities to keep things easy. With just the two of us down this time, I got to bring him to some of the beautiful spots off the beaten path (aka deep in the woods and down long dirt roads). It was so good to be home and see my high school friends and their families!

Another plus to being home is that my parents get Showtime so Joe and I could binge watch the latest season of Shameless (best show ever). 😉

Favorite Sales

  • 25% off Exhale class packs purchased in the month of June with code packsale. The Battery Wharf location in Boston does outdoor yoga classes from June to October which I LOVE so I’m going to stock up on discounted classes!
  • Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale (up to 40% off)—I’m thinking ripped boyfriend jeans paired with slides and a casual crop tee. Also my dream over-the-knee boot, the Stewart Weitzman Highland, is 30% off. I’ve wanted a pair for YEARS but just can’t bring myself to pull the trigger.
  • These Seychelles ankle boots I’ve been eyeing are on sale. More of a fall/winter shoe but could totally be worn this summer with ripped jean shorts and a cute top or a fun romper for a night out.
  • Love this metallic track jacket from Scotch & Soda and it’s currently 30% off.

What made your highlight reel in May?

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: 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. 🙂 

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.