June has been an absolutely crazy month! Between baking for pen pal picnics, year end school activities like a trip to the waterslides, and record breaking temperatures in our area things have been really busy and exhausting. Not to mention the work, the yard, a couple of painting projects I’m working on, household commitments and, you know, just regular life. There are just not enough hours in the day!
But among all the chaos that June brings I have come across a group of items that I have been loving this month. It’s during these crazy busy times that these types of simple pleasures really help me stay present and positive.
So lets just jump into the things I have been loving this month :)
Favorite Sweet Treat: Brownie Raspberry Trifle
If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen my post of this sweet treat that is appealing to both the eyes and the taste buds. This is one of those recipes I have been making for years. You can make this as complicated or easy as time permits and the variations are endless, although I love this combination so much I have never strayed far. Here is a link to the recipe I used: http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/chocolate-passion-bowl-61814.aspx
I have baked the brownies from scratch, from a box mix, and even used pre-made brownies, and they are all yummy. There really is no substitute for fresh raspberries so I really would recommend using them whenever possible. For the topping I always grate a little dark or salted dark chocolate. It just gives it that finishing touch and makes the dessert look very labor intensive! :)
This dish creates that ‘wow’ reaction when presented and it doesn’t disappoint once it hits your tongue either. Give it try for your next dinner party or family gathering. I guarantee you will be bringing home an empty bowl.
Favorite Beauty Product: Ispy Glam Bag
A few months ago I decided I really wanted to check out a subscription beauty box so I went about researching all the beauty box options to find the right one for me. After checking out the websites for boxes like Birchbox, Beauty Box 5, and Ipsy (to name a few) I decided to start my subscription box experience with Ipsy.
I was so excited when that pink bubble bag finally arrived at my home. Honestly the waiting is terrible! The good news is that it was totally worth the wait. I was really happy with my first Ipsy GlamBag and have been regularly using all of the products that I received, especially the Smashbox primer. With all this hot weather we have been having, it has really helped the longevity of my make-up throughout the day. The Formula X nail polish has been tested and loved on both my fingers and toes, I have been carrying the LaVanila hand cream in my purse and have worn the OFRA teal liner quite a few times as well.
I love this whole concept. You get to treat yourself to some really great beauty products built around a monthly theme that has been customized to your profile preferences as well as the coordinating make-up bag. It’s only $10 per month, +shipping and exchange for me, but in my opinion still worth it. The best part for me is getting the opportunity to try some products that I may not otherwise try, along with the fact that it’s this cute little package just for you that comes in the mail full of surprises! Let’s just say... I’m hooked. ;)
Favorite You Tuber: Mark Crilley
Mark Crilley is an author, illustrator, and creator of how-to-draw videos. I recently started sketching again in an attempt to take some time to do something I love that I had let fall away.
Mark is an amazing artist and has videos on both realistic and animated subject matter. My personal favorites are his videos on drawing Manga. This is not something I have ever done before but I am really loving recreating some of the drawings he creates in his tutorials.
I’m not an artist at his level by any means but his videos guide you in such a way that you end up with a pretty neat picture. His videos have helped increase my confidence in my drawing as I reconnect with my creative side and I’m really enjoying it.
If you would like to check out Mark Crilley’s You Tube Channel go to: https://www.youtube.com/user/markcrilley/featured
Favorite App: SkyView Free – Explore the Universe
My husband came across this app one evening after we were talking about what planet we were looking at in the night sky out our living room window. When he downloaded the app and then quickly identified the planet as Jupiter he mentioned that the app could be a lot of fun for the kids. While that is definitely true he and I have found it really amazing as well. It’s awesome!
The app runs through your camera and GPS and shows you where in the night sky stars, planets, and even the International Space Station are. The app works whether you are inside or out, whether the sky is clear or clouded over. Although I must say having a clear sky makes it even better. It has the option for some interstellar background music and even offers an infrared option in the settings. You can search for specific stars and planets and the app will show you where they are.
Apparently there is a Pro edition that is even cooler but this free version has me more than impressed. If you are planning a camping trip this summer, have the opportunity to sit out under a summer night sky, or have any interest in the stars and planets I would highly recommend checking this app out. You won’t be disappointed.
Favorite Accessory: Long Earrings
As I thought back over the past month trying to figure out what my favorite accessory was I initially drew a blank. Our weather has been so hot that I’ve been keeping my clothing, hair, and make-up to a minimum in an attempt to keep cool and not turn into a sweaty mess by 11am. But as I got to thinking about what I did to make those simple looks, like a skater skirt or pair of shorts with a tank top, appear put together, two things came to mind. Nail polish, which I mentioned above in my Ipsy favorite, and long earrings.
I’ve been keeping my neck bare and just partnering my outfits with some big, fun earrings. I think this works whether you wear your hair up or down and can create both a sophisticated or funky look depending on what you do. Again trying to keep things simple I have been wearing a long earring, a bracelet I always wear and my wedding rings (of course) and no other jewelry. That partnered with simple clothing, and make-up, a messy updo and a bright coral lip make for an easy summer look. It’s my everyday go-to right now and as I look ahead with no end to this incredible heat in sight, a look that I will be continuing for the foreseeable future.
As always I would love to hear what you were loving in the month of June. I hope you are having an amazing day and remember to try to find some magic in everyday.