Obsessions: the summer edition

This week I’ve decided to do a post exclusively on things I am obsessing over this summer. I haven’t included any obsessions in the last few posts, and thought what the heck.

So here we go, here are the things I have been obsessing over this summer.

Target’s Monthly Beauty Boxes: Love them. Seriously. Target comes out with a new box each month filled with full size and sample size beauty products. I have found some awesome products through these boxes (each box typically costs $7.00). Some of the products that I’ve received are also on my obsession list:

  • Sun Bum Tan Wipes: I am a pale individual. Due to a considerable amount of  lake and beach time this last month, I have somehow managed a tan, but most of the time I am an unnatural shade of fluorescent white. The sun just doesn’t like me…and that’s okay. When I have an event coming up like a wedding, I’ll use these wipes on my arms and legs two days before the event to take the edge off my paleness. They are super easy to use and I haven’t had any issues with streaks. Love them.
  • Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Lip Shine in Radiant Rose: This was a full size sample from the target beauty box, and has become my go-to lip gloss. I don’t know what else to say about it…I just really like it. I’ve ordered it in two other colors, but don’t tell Jason…I am supposed to be working on my online shopping problem.

Podcast Speeds: Big shout out to the Wall Street Journal for recently publishing an article on using the speed feature of the Apple podcast app. I had no idea that this existed, but this feature has changed how I listen to podcasts. I always seem to have more podcasts than I have time to listen. By increasing the speed to 1.5x (this seems to be the fastest I can go right now, 2x speed just sounds like chipmunks), I am now able to consume more podcasts and still feel like I am actively listening. It’s amazing how quickly your brain adjusts to the increased speed….and yes, I realize that I am a huge nerd but I love podcasts.

Watermelon: There are so many watermelon haters out there…and honestly I just feel bad for them. How can you not like a good seedless watermelon in the summer? I know this fruit is at the bottom of the list of healthy fruits, but it’s delicious and I love it and it just screams summer.

Jason’s famous margarita: I’m really picky about my mixed drinks. I like to know exactly what is in them so I can figure roughly how much sugar I am consuming. Jason created a “skinny” margarita for me that he has refined over the last few months and I don’t feel guilty drinking it. The recipe includes five basic ingredients: Tequila, orange juice, lime juice, agave nectar, ice.

Recipe: One shot lime juice, One shot orange juice, Two shots tequila, agave nectar to taste, Ice.

I prefer my margaritas frozen, so we use our small ninja to blend the ingredients. If you aren’t going to blend the drink, I recommend using a shaker to mix the agave through. Enjoy!img_4822


Riding a Bike: Last month I rode a bike for the first time in 15 years. I use spin bikes fairly regularly, but riding an actual bike was different….and harder. I liked it so much that I borrowed a bike this past weekend and spent an hour touring my neighborhood. Bike riding is great cardio plus you stay a bit cooler than if you were to go for a run. It’s also a great way to creep on your neighbors and check out homes that are for sale. Bike riding also pairs perfectly with a podcast at 1.5x speed.

Next Time: I have been fascinated with morning routines lately. In my next post, I plan to talk about my routine, the changes that I have recently made to this routine and why I think it’s so important to start your day out right.


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