August was an amazing month full of family fun, sun and adventure. I am actually quite sad to see it come to an end. It was difficult to narrow down my favorites for the month, especially in the area of beauty, but to keep this from being a novel I have stuck to just one favorite per category. So without further delay, this is what I have been loving during the month of August.
Favorite Sweet Treat: Menchies
Typically I post a recipe here but this summer has been so warm that I haven’t done much in the way of baking or dessert making. This does not mean that I have missed out on satisfying my sweet tooth. Menchies, as I’m sure you are aware, is a self-serve frozen yogurt shop. There are an ever-changing number of flavors to choose from, including sugar and dairy free options, and you just help yourself. Then you move onto the toppings: candy, sprinkles, fruit and sauces; and again you come up with your own concoction. Then you take your bowl to the register and you pay by weight. It’s a lot of fun and we went a couple of times in the month of August. Just a little warning here: Keep a close eye on your kids, their eyes can be bigger than their tummies and you can have a $10 bowl pretty quickly, just ask my 11 year old son :).
Favorite Beauty Product: Simple Skin Care
If you follow me on Instagram you will know that I love this brand. I’ve been using Bioderma non-rinse cleanser for years and it is amazing, but it can be a little pricey. I heard about a similar product by Simple that was a fraction of the price. Convinced it was too good to be true I was reluctant to give it a try but finally decided that for the price, if I hated it I wouldn't be out of pocket much. Well that was three bottles ago! The Simple Cleansing Micellar Water removes all my make-up and is gentle on my sensitive skin, and as I mentioned the price is very affordable. But my love for the Simple Skin Care brand does not end there. I also use their Foaming Cleanser (read about it in my recent post about What’s In My Shower) and it is another amazing product. My other go-to product from Simple is their nourishing 24-Hour Day/Night Moisturizing Cream. I love this stuff!! So many moisturizers make my skin break out, but not this one. It’s gentle but moisturizing and does not irritate the more sensitive areas of my face; I even use it on my eyes. I only wish it came in different packaging as I would personally prefer a pump ;). I have been trying two other products from the line recently as well, the eye make-up remover pads and the revitalizing eye roll-on. A little early to make a recommendation but so far I am enjoying them. I would however, highly, highly recommend the cleansing water, foaming cleanser and moisturizer. I love this brand!
Okay, this may sound like a lame choice but that is perhaps because you don’t live where I live. Chilliwack is the Corn capital of Canada, or so I’m told, and for good reason. Around these parts corn becomes part of the summer, sold at road-side stands all over town and the constant source of small talk concerning which corn is the best (Tuxedo, Peaches and Cream, SuperSweet… the list goes on). It’s simple to make, fun to eat and of course with a little butter and salt it’s absolutely delicious! All I do is bring a big pot of water to a rolling boil, add a tsp of sugar or so (yes sugar), add in the cleaned corn, and about 8-minutes later remove the corn or drain the water. I’m getting hungry just writing about it. Around here corn means summer… Yum!
Favorite Online Personality: Pixiwoo
Pixiwoo is made up of British sisters Nic and Sam Chapman who have been sharing their skills as make-up artists on YouTube for the last 7 years. These two ladies are awesome! They are knowledgeable, beautiful, and very likeable. The thing I like the most about them is that they are not twenty. They have fine lines and busy lives with children so the products and techniques they recommend are relevant to me. They have experienced quite a bit of success with a makeup brush line and a huge YouTube fan base and yet truly seem like really nice women :). Here is a link to there YouTube channel: Pixiwoo.
This app comes standard with the iPhone and honestly I’ve never really paid it much attention. That is until recently when I was coming up with how to make the 6-minute Miracle Morning work for me (Read about it here in my post: 6 Minutes for me). I used the voice memo app to record my daily affirmations. This gives me more flexibility when it comes to listening to them. I can listen to them while walking or while meditating. It’s actually a really handy app and I think it could also be really cool to record a visualization or a list of my current goals. I think listening to something like this keeps these ideas, thoughts, and goals front of mind, and that can only lead to more progress toward those things.
Favorite Accessory: Triangle Rose Gold Necklace
I bought this necklace in a super cute shop while on vacation in August. I have been looking for some Rose Gold to add to my jewelry collection and when I saw this little triangle necklace I knew I had found what I was looking for. It’s so delicate and pretty, and the really neat part is that the packaging explained that the triangle is a symbol of overcoming obstacles. I’m all about wearing things with meaning, so that just sealed the deal. I love it! And have been wearing it pretty much nonstop since I got it.
Thanks so much for letting me share my favorites from the past month with you. Please let me know what you have been loving this month in the comments (just click on the little comment bubble at the top of the post).
Just one more way we can find magic in the everyday ;)