Hey there! As I continue to evolve into this new me, I decided to share my top ten likes for the month of February. If you know me in real life, you know that simple living is what I live for. My mantra is practically “live simply so that others can simply live”. This month was great! I found some cool apps to fuel my brain, discovered new-to-me podcasts and even hosted my very first elevenses!
A few stretches turned into a lot of stretches and a lot of stretches turned into yoga. That’s where I’m at right now, people! It’s amazing how my dainty little bones are not cracking anymore and how I don’t feel extremely sore after a good work out. (Oh yes, I still get sore, but not insanely sore like I used to)
I heard about this app on the Sorta Awesome Show podcast episode 123 where Laura Tremaine raved I about this app. If you’re into digital organization and jotting down lists (to-dos, grocery, etc.) then this app is the ONE to do that! I started using it after I booked our flight for Philadelphia in the beginning of the month and just made its own category and in it I added my flight, hotel and things to do in Philadelphia information. How cool is that? The ladies on the podcast said it’s like Pinterest for organization. It took me a while to get the hang of it but I’m hooked and I ended up deleting the Reminder app that came standard on the iPhone that I was using FOREVER. (Side note: I didn’t know you can delete the Reminder app on the phone!)
3- Peanut Butter Energy Bites
Step aside tea and coffee! These bite size energy deliciousness has been my go-to in the a.m! they’re like granola bars, but better because I was able to add more of what I wanted in my home-made granola bites. But first! here are the ingredients that I used: oats, flaxseeds, peanut butter, honey and semi-sweet chocolate chips. I mixed it all in a bowl and added extra peanut butter and extra chocolate chips. Mmm! it was dee-ee-lee-cious! I found this recipe on pinterest, and I couldn’t resist but to share.
4- By The Book podcast
I stumbled upon this podcast by looking up self-help podcasts. This podcast is hilarious! Jolenta Greenberg and Kristen Meinzer, host of the podcast read these self-help books, follow the rules of the self-help book for two weeks and then give their verdict on how this book changed their lives. I binged listen to the podcast at work in one day and I am now caught up. I am looking forward to reading The Five Love Languages. Jolenta and Kristen has inspired me. Warning: Do not listen to this podcast with kids.
5- Peak app
I downloaded this brain game app about two weeks ago and have been enjoying the games I am playing without realizing how much boost it’s giving my brain daily. I also figured, since I was going to use my phone, why not use it to also feed my brain a little. I am still doing my best to stay away from my phone, but when I am on it, I make sure it’s worth it. Less time on social media and more time on these fun games.
6- Crossword app
Just like the peak app, this crossword app is another brain exercise that I use a couple of times a week. My husband ended up downloading it too. We later realized that it’s a British app and thought it was funny. We still play it until now.
7- Succulent plants
I enjoy taking care of my succulent plants. I have over ten and since succulent plants need minimal care, I signed up! Minimal care equals less watering and more admiring. I also wanted some green in our home, so I thought succulent plants would be the best and something that I can care for a couple of times a month.
8- NOW Xylie Refreshmint toothpaste
This toothpaste is a game changer! I love how it feels when I am brushing my teeth and of course, after. It doesn’t leave a filmy feeling on my teeth like most toothpaste and I like natural/organic toothpaste, for its minimal ingredients. This has been the best toothpaste for me yet.
9- Dottera essential oils
I purchased dottera essential oils from my sister and it’s working great so far. I made a natural multipurpose cleaner using one cup of water, one cup of white vinegar and 40 drops of lavender oil. It not only smells great, but it has done a better job than the regular multipurpose cleaning product (in my opinion). I’ve also used the lavender oil to mix in with some witch hazel and made a pillow spray. I used about ten drops of lavender oil and maybe 1/4 cup of witch hazel and 1/4 cup of water. It’s made my pillow smell lovely and going to sleep was a breeze.
This is just like brunch! I’ve been reading At Home with Made Chic; Becoming a Connoisseur of Daily Life which is where I got the multipurpose cleaning ingredients from. Before reading this book, I did not know what elvenses meant until I read further. I was intrigued and decided to host our first elevenses the very next day! I did not have cake, but I did have tea. So we invited some friends and made it happen! Our elevenses had a plethora of exquisite bite size delights. We had quiche, fruits, cheese, butter for bread, pieces of salami, bacon, potato slices that was slightly fried in olive oil, some mimosas, coffee and tea. Our tea was delicious. We used my tea set my Aunt got me from Japan. It was a lovely day. We had great conversation and some nice brunch music playing in the background.
So here it is! my top ten likes for the month of February. As always, I hope you find some value in this. Please share any of your highlights of the month. I am always willing to try something new. I cant wait to share my likes for the month of March. But until then, take care!