Motivational Water Bottle: As someone who could seem to go days without water (I subsided on coffee, iced tea, soda, etc.), it's safe to say I never found a system that worked for me up until recently. Of course I'd seen the massive, motivational water bottles on Instagram ads and from fitness influencers, but they just seemed so not me, that I wrote them off entirely. But when a friend recently brought hers out and I saw it up close, something shifted. Sure, it breaks down where you should be every couple hours in terms of your water consumption, along with positive affirmations, but there was something so appealing about only filling it up once a day and then seeing where you land. Even when I don't finish the whole thing (though I usually do, to my surprise), it's a whole lot better than I'd been doing before and I've already noticed a massive difference in my energy levels and my skin.
Shiatsu Foot Massager: When we were up north last month, my parents couldn't wait to introduce us to their new toy: a shiatsu foot massager. I'll preface by saying that I come from a family that is firmly against most technology of this kind, so when I say that I was shocked by their recent purchase, it's an understatement. But as soon as I slid my feet into the massager, I understood their obsession: it is one of the best foot massages I've ever had. There are three massage types from which you can choose, depending on your preference, and you can adjust the pressure as well. After G and I took turns fighting over it while we were there, my parents surprised us with one of our own for a 10-year anniversary present. While we initially kept it near the TV, we've since moved it to our bedroom where we use it every night before bed. It's such a good reminder to slow down, do something for yourself, even if it's for 10 minutes, and I swear is a big part of the reason why I've been sleeping so well.
Whole Foods Mini Chocolate Chip Muffins: Am I the only one who survived on Little Bites as a child? I have such fond memories of devouring the mini muffins whenever I visited my grandparents', and can still taste that all-too-familiar synthetic sweetness. Good news! Whole Foods has their own adult version of the chocolate chip muffins (my faaaave) and I nearly inhaled the 12-pack within 48 hours.
Bio Ionic 10X Pro Styling Iron 1": After chopping my hair earlier in the year, my stylist warned me that the cut would require more maintenance than I was used to (aka a trim every eight-to-ten weeks to keep the ends blunt). I ventured back to Spoke & Weal earlier in the month to freshen it up, and noticed that the flat iron she used to straighten my ends was gentle and left my hair so smooth. I snapped a photo of it, then took advantage of the recent Sephora sale to get my own (and upgrade the straightener I've used for nearly a decade).
Mrs. Meyer's 'Birchwood' Hand Soap: For some unknown reason, I have recently become very invested in determining which Mrs. Meyer's scents I like the best (and least). So far this year I have concluded that 'Lemon Verbena' turns my stomach, 'Lavender' is very surprisingly not my favorite, and 'Peony' is always a safe bet. I spent a lot of time smelling these products in April especially, and so far there is a clear winner: the 'Birchwood' liquid hand soap. It smells fancier than it is, and the neutral packaging is nice (I like the 'Honeysuckle' scent A LOT, but I'm not a huge fan of bright yellow in my bathroom). 'Birchwood' is surprisingly hard to find (I stumbled upon it randomly after never once having seen it at my beloved Target) but I'll definitely stock up next time I see it.
IKEA 'VARDAGEN' Drinking Glasses in Blue: Have you even moved recently if you haven't taken at least one trip to IKEA? The Marketplace section has so many good things right now, we filled up an entire cart and still spent under $200. My favorite thing is definitely the eight bright blue drinking glasses I got for $14. You would never guess they're from IKEA, and I absolutely die for the color. Other highlights were these ribbed glass vases (each a whopping $2.50) and this adorable little glass planter pot for $5.
Think Like a Monk by Jay Shetty: You may or may not know this about me, but I’m a huge advocate for any and all podcasts and books for improving self-growth and mindfulness. This book written by Jay Shetty, a life coach and podcast host, is all about how to train yourself to go from (as he calls it) the ‘monkey mindset’ to a Monk mindset. The further we get from the ‘monkey mindset’, the easier it is for us to overcome negativity, overthinking, comparison – and in general, implementing practices to our daily routines that will guide us towards living a less anxious and more meaningful life. I will admit that I have a pretty bad track record when it comes to finishing books, but I’ve made it more than halfway through this one and can already see how my mindset has shifted, and would 100% recommend it to anyone who also has an appreciation for these types of books.
Celsius Live Fit Drink: I’m honestly unsure where I heard of these, but I know they’re a hot commodity right now (or maybe they have been, and I’m just late to the game!). I tried them for the first time in April when working on establishing healthier habits throughout my work-from-home routine. As I’ve been making sure to take time in the morning to stretch and go for a long walk every day, I’ve also replaced my morning coffee with these drinks. They’re not only tasty with lots of flavor options, but the fizziness is a plus, if you’re into that. Celsius has no artificial sweeteners, preservatives or flavors, it accelerates metabolism, and gives you the energy needed to get through and stay focused throughout the workday.
Club Pilates: For those of you who don't know me, I'm currently on a long term health journey that started roughly around five years ago. I'm constantly listening to my body to figure out what I need to continue seeing my health improve. My journey started in 2016 when I joined a pilates class for the first time and absolutely fell in love with this type of exercise. I had to give up pilates for about two-and-a-half years but I recently joined Club Pilates after realizing that I truly felt my best doing it. I absolutely love the Club Pilates studios, the trainers and their brand of pilates which is a slight mix of regular pilates and megaformer. If anyone has been wanting to try pilates I highly recommend trying them out as they also have a free intro class!
Rare Beauty Stay Vulnerable Melting Blush: Something else that I've been absolutely loving is this Rare Beauty cream blush. If you're a blush over bronzer girl and typically go for a no-make-up make up look, this blush adds the perfect flush of color to your cheeks. A little goes a long way and it very quickly became my go-to blush!