I was planning to do a March favorites post, but hey, we're half-way through april so I guess this should be a April favorites!
I've been thinking about favorites' type of blog posts, and in reality the traditional ones just aren't me. I am a minimalist of sorts. I'm not buying new things all the time, and I even want to reduce the amount of things I buy on a regular basis. I've been thinking a lot about contentment and how I want to foster that more in my life. I naturally am always wanting popular and new things, which breeds in me discontentment. But in reality, I have what I need, and even more than what I need. I have a beautiful apartment with nice furniture and decor - it's not a Pinterest home, but I don't need that. I need a home that feels safe and calm, and provides what we need. I haven't totally gotten this mindset down, but it's something I am working on.
So, with that said, my favorites' posts are not just about new things. There are a few new things I will be sharing, but they will also include free resources and concepts that I am loving lately. I don't know if any of this really makes sense, but what I hope to convey is my journey to appreciate what's in front of me, along with a few quality things I'm really loving right now.
So without further ado, here are a few things I'm loving lately and would love for you to experience and appreciate too!
This one is absolutely numero uno! I love bread - and not just any bread, but good-quality bread, and especially sourdough. Since having gut issues, I've missed making sourdough bread and simply enjoying bread. Then I found Bread SRSLY. Friends, if you are gluten-free and miss crusty, sourdough bread, you have to try this bread! First of all, I love the simple ingredients. So many gluten-free breads contain a lot of ingredients which don't sit well with me. The classic loaf only contains 7 ingredients, all of which you can pronounce. Second, this bread has that amazing sourdough tang to it! You buy 3 loaves at a time, and I slice mine and put in the freezer and take out as much as I need at a time. Use this link and code KATHERINE for free shipping on your first order (affiliate link)!
2. Tap Code
Truth be told, I actually listened to this book back in February, but it's the best book I've 'read'...listened to this year! I LOVE memoir/biographies and this one was so beautiful! It's about an airline pilot in Vietnam who gets shot down and taken as a prisoner of war. He tells the story of his eight years of captivity and how he taught other POWs this code, tap code, that became their lifeline. It also chronicles his how his wife stayed strong, taking care of their children back home and how she became a role model to other POW wives. I loved this read and would give it a 10/10!
3. Libby App
I've really been into reading this year, whether real books or audiobooks. When it comes to books, I try my best to not buy them new because I rarely keep books after I read them. For physical books, I love the library and Facebook Marketplace or book swap groups. For audiobooks, the Libby App is the way to go! It's just like Audible, but instead of buying books you borrow them. If you have a kindle, they have e-books as well. I'm pretty sure that as long as you have a library card, you can get and use the app. One of my new favorite activities is doing a puzzle while listening to an audiobook!
I know I just said I'm a minimalist, but my weakness is dishes and drinkware. I love unique classes and mugs - it totally changes how your bevvy tastes, am I right? I've been eyeing these can tumbler glasses and finally pulled the trigger. Needless to say, they have been a great purchase. They are the perfect size for a can of sparkling water, and I also love using them for iced dandy blend lattes and smoothies.
5. Drink LMNT
So, interesting fact about me - I tend to drink too much water. Yeah, I didn't think that was a thing either, but there is such a thing as too much water. So, to help my body actually absorb the optimal hydration I add a pinch of sea salt to my water at least once a day. This also helps the body stay hydrated for longer periods of time. Reduces fluid retention – Sea salt is loaded with minerals such as potassium and sodium that help release retained water. Another one of my favorite ways to stay hydrated is with Drink LMNT! These electrolyte drink packs not only taste amazing, but they have made me feel so good! Especially after a sweaty pilates workout. My favorite flavors are Raspberry Salt and Citrus Salt.
I grabbed this after my last hair appointment, and I'm so glad I did! Blake and I have both been using it and absolutely love it! It's a pre-shampoo treatment that helps remove impurities, restore hydration, stimulate blood flow (and hair growth), and soothe irritation and inflammation. It has a lovely peppermint scent that truly invigorating and it leaves our hair so silky soft. Also, it's a clean brand, which you know I'm all about.
Along the clean beauty lines, I've been loving this overnight peel! I've had it for over a year, but took a break from using it for a couple of months. I recently started using it again about every other night, and I've noticed the difference, especially in making my face look and feel smoother. This leave-on AHA/BHA peel improves skin texture and boosts clarity without irritation or over-drying. With glycolic, malic, and botanically derived lactic acid, the formula clears away dull surface cells, while arginine and essential fatty acids help soothe to reveal a brighter, healthier looking, renewed complexion. I know the word acid sounds scary, but this product is totally safe for your skin!
That's a round-up of my for sure favorites right now! Blake and I did just start the The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and I'm not totally into it, but I am curious. So, I'll keep you in the loop how I like it.
What are some things you're loving lately?