Hi stranger friends! It’s hard to believe February is already over but then again it’s not because time just goes faster and faster doesn’t it? Here are a few of the things that I discovered and loved this month or that I’ve already known of but was just super into this month. What were you loving this month?
Food & Drink
- Aloe Vera Juice: I was over at my brother’s house a few months ago and my niece was drinking aloe vera juice and my first that was what in the world that must be disgusting? Turns out it’s the opposite. It is so delicious. The only weird thing is that it’s very pulpy and so the texture can be a little bit off-putting if you’re weird about that stuff. I don’t even like pulp in orange juice so I would have thought that I wouldn’t like aloe juice but I love it. It’s also good for you. It’s packed with vitamins, including B, C, and vitamin E, as well as folic acid which all work wonders for your immune system.
- The Complete Cookie: Dear Lenny & Larry, thank you for creating this delicious masterpiece but also I’m just wondering if it’s okay if I eat these cookies for breakfast, lunch, and dinner? Okay the answer would probably be no but they are that good. They are vegan and packed with protein to top it off. I had heard so much about these cookies and finally found them at the store the other day. They are perfect for when I feel like something sweet without them being filled with total crap. My only complaint about these is that it’s soy protein that’s used instead of any other protein alternative. That alone will keep me from eating them all the time so I guess it’s a good thing it’s soy protein. They are worth it for a quick and sweet protein source every now and then though.
- Pacifica Hand Lotion: I find myself using more and more from the Pacifica brand and with good reason. It’s all really wonderful stuff and not only that but all of their products are 100% vegan and cruelty free. This lotion might be my favorite though. My hands get super dry in the winter and it’s awful but this has been a lifesaver. It also smells amazing which who doesn’t want lotion that smells fantastic?
- Thayer Witch Hazel (Lavender): I’ve heard for years that witch hazel is wonderful for your skin so ages ago I bought some to try. I used it one time and it has been sitting in my cabinet ever since. The smell was revolting. I don’t know if it was because of the alcohol or what it was but it was so bad I never wanted to use it again. Fast forward a few years and I needed some alcohol-free witch hazel to make this yoga mat cleaner. I wasn’t sure about it because I didn’t want the smell to be overwhelming but I gave it a go and it was like a world of difference. I’ve been using this as a toner every day and I absolutely love it. It’s refreshing and leaves my skin feeling wonderful.
- Simple Micellar Water: This stuff is a dream in a little bottle. I first heard of it last year but it wasn’t available in the states at that time. It was so popular in the UK & Australia that eventually it made it’s way over here. I’m glad it did because this has become my favorite way to remove all of my make up. There’s no harsh chemicals and it is made with multi-vitamins that are all wonderful for your skin. I’ve been using the Simple brand but I’ve heard garnier has a really good one as well that I’ll try next.
- James Bay: Okay I’m almost a year late on becoming fully obsessed with James Bay and his debut album “The Chaos and the Calm.” I first saw him on Jimmy Fallon last year and the first thing I did was type his name into spotify so that I wouldn’t forget to listen to him and then I still managed to forget. Eventually though I saw him pop up on my radar and I finally listened to the full album and absolutely adored it…and him! He’s probably most well known for his song Let It Go (no not that one) and for good reason. It was the first song of his that I’ve heard and I love it to bits. Other standouts for me on the album are Hold Back The River, If You Ever Want To Be In Love, and Need The Sun To Break. His vocals are soothing yet a bit gruff at times. The music itself sounds like rock, folk, indie, and blues all wrapped in one. He’s starting to blow up more and more with performances at the Grammys and Brits and winning best British Male Solo Artist. It’s all only the beginning for him and while I was a bit late to his debut party I’m so excited to see where he goes from here.
- BBC Radio: Fun fact about me: I’m a total anglophile. I love anything and everything that has to do with British culture (did I mention James Bay is British?). I can probably thank the Spice Girls and the Royal Family for starting this love affair early in life. So it makes sense that I don’t listen to any American radio shows but I do listen to BBC Radio everyday. They have a ton of great DJs but everyday I listen to the Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw on demand while I’m working on this blog or cooking or doing other stuff. I love Grimmy so much and he always keeps me laughing. There’s always great interviews with actors, musicians and other interesting people. It’s just an all around fun show. I also love listening to Greg James. I used to just know him as the goofy radio host who also one time dressed up to read fan-fiction one time but I have an immense new respect for him after he ran 5 triathlons, in 5 days, in 5 different cities at the beginning of the month. He raised over a million pounds for charity. If that’s the kind of thing that BBC Radio, their employees, and listeners are all about then it’s even more of a reason to support them in my book.
- oneOeight: This is the brain child of Rachel Brathen, more commonly known as Yoga Girl from instagram. It’s an online yoga studio with every kind of yoga video you could want all in one convenient place for your home (or road) practice. It’s not just about your yoga asanas and flows though there are also videos dedicated to nutrition and meditation so you get a complete experience when it come to all that yoga embodies. It’s $14 a month (although you can do a free 10 day trial to see if it’s right for you) but considering all the videos you will have access to if you do yoga even just a few times a week it’s worth it. There’s classes for everyone from beginners to those who are more advanced and everyone in between (hi, that’s me!) Give it a go if you’re already into yoga and looking to expand your practice or you’re starting for the first time