Good afternoon, ladies and gents!
I am well overdue for an updated monthly favorites post. Despite my inactivity, I’ve managed to discover new things here and there, and I’d love to share them with you. As always, let me know what you’re loving in the comments. 🙂
HEALTH & FITNESS
If you’re not in the business of watching YouTubers for your daily dose of fitness knowledge, you’re missing out. Double that if you’ve never heard of Whitney Simmons. She’s hilarious, fun to watch, and delivers consistent, engaging content that varies from “What I Eat in A Day” to in-depth bodybuilding workouts, and fantastic, quick videos for those new to the world of fitness. She’s quickly become a favorite, right up there with Nikki Blackketter. If you’re not saying “hot fire flames” as a result, you haven’t watched enough videos. 😉
Becca is a Registered Dietitian, newlywed, and dog-mom to this cute little pup, Rosie. She posts informative “The Skinny On…” videos on certain health food categories, What I Eat In A Day posts, for those looking to make easy, healthy, meals, and has recently started to vlog. She also has a great series of videos on her process of wedding planning, and tips and tricks for new brides.
Like most girls my age, I over plucked my eyebrows into oblivion in high school. Ever since, it’s been a slow and steady process of growing them back. The bad news: I naturally don’t have much hair on the tails of my brows. The good news: I’m getting really good at enhancing what I’ve got! I typically use my NYX microbrow pencil in Espresso to fill in the gaps and define, but this Essence Make Me Brow is an awesome addition – it helps fill in the sparseness and hold my brows in place, and overall gives it a nice, clean look. Also? It’s only $2.99! Sold.
I know, I know. Makeup sponges have been getting a lot of attention and I’m late to the game, but hey, I’m here! I always wanted to try the beauty blender but couldn’t justify spending $25+ on a tool I didn’t really have a need for. However, since October I’ve been dealing with either eczema or heat rash around my eyelids, neck and ears, and I’ve been struggling to find a way to blend out my undereye concealer. When I saw a review from RachhLoves on a comparable beauty blender for $6, I decided to give it a go. Best decision ever. It works best when slightly damp, and blends out flawlessly. It’s made my morning routine significantly quicker and less stressful, which alone is well worth the $6.
I’m a busy gal, but scheduling events and assignments on my phone has never worked for me. I’m lucky if I remember to text people back (sorry!), let alone remember to set all the appropriate reminders for each day of the week. What I love most about the passion planner is how concise it is while still leaving room for reflection and creativity. I’m able to look at my week in a snapshot, but also take notes, doodle, and visualize my entire schedule by the half hour. The prompts and mind-mapping are a huge plus, as they help me break down my big goals into smaller, attainable ones. I will absolutely be repurchasing a new one at the end of the year.
I had heard of silpats before but had always assumed they were for baked goods, not necessarily other baked foods. While they are great non-stick tools for baked goods, they’re also fantastic for people who don’t want to use a lot of oil to bake in general. I use mine mostly for tofu, and sweet potatoes, because it gives them both a perfect crispy – without oil! It also makes cleanup super simple. If you’re constantly baking with aluminum foil, hate washing pans, or just want a healthy alternative to oil, give them a try.
- What are you loving this month?
- What’s one kitchen tool you can’t live without?