I thought it would be fun to start doing a monthly ‘favorites’ post, where I will share my favorite things from the past month. One of my favorite (ha!) podcasters, Jess Lively of ‘The Lively Show’ does this and I really enjoy listening to those episodes. So, I thought I’d try it here on the blog. My hope is it will give you an inside scoop of things I enjoy and the option to learn a little bit more about me, and maybe find some awesome new things that will soon become your favorite as well! In return, I’d LOVE to hear what some of your favorite things were from the previous month, so share them in the comments, in my Facebook group, or via any other social media link below!
So, without further ado: [insert Julie Andrews singing] – These are a few of my favorite things (for March).
Top 3 Most Popular Posts
Ok – I already started out the post not listing my favorite things. But, I wanted to quickly share three of YOUR favorite things (or at least favorites from others). These are the top three most popular blog posts from March.
- The Ultimate Zero Waste, Minimalist Friendly, and Mindful Gift Guide (with 97 gift ideas!) (for the second month in a row!)
- How to Create a Vision Board and How it Works
- 34 Tips for a Zero Waste Easter (the awesome thing about this post is that a lot of the tips are applicable for any type of gathering).
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My drink obsession
Coconut Rooibos Chai – Teatrition and Wellness (not sponsored, I just really love this tea!).
I am a tea drinker (I love coffee too, but it also loves to feed my anxiety). I drink tea all day long, all year long. This coconut rooibos chai is seriously my newest tea obsession. It is SO. GOOD. Plus its decaf, which is awesome for chai lovers like me who want to be able to drink it whenever without worrying about caffeine. Even better, the Teatrition and Wellness ladies are the sweetest, AND, they donate 100% of their proceeds to people in need. Honestly, it’s a win, win, win and I love supporting companies like this.
I’ve started indulging in 1-2 squares of dark chocolate a day. It’s a really simple pleasure that makes a big impact. Plus, dark chocolate is good for you (so I hear)! I found this super delicious mint crunch cookie dark chocolate bar at Target, but I’m guessing you can find it at co-ops and other grocery stores. This may sound weird, but it tastes like a grown-up thin mint! The bar is called: Organic Equal Exchange Mint Crunch Cookie if you’re looking for a yummy treat!
New mantra to live by
I’ve been going through some annoying and stressful health issues the past 2-3 months (all seems to be well), and this mantra has been really helpful for me. I simply have been inserting the word, ‘anxious’. When I start going down the anxiety hole, I am solely in ‘reaction mode’. By repeating this mantra to myself, I pull out of ‘reacting’ and move to ‘observing’. Your mind physically can’t be in both places at once (so says my therapist). When I’m in ‘observation’ mode, I am able to decide if this moment is truly worth getting anxious or stressed over. I have found that most of the time, it isn’t.
Obviously, I use this to help with anxiety, but you can insert any type of word that makes sense for you at a particular moment. Maybe it’s stressful, angry, frustrated, judgmental, etc.
Salad with fruit and olive oil
I made a goal for myself to start eating more green vegetables. I started with making a goal that I would eat at least one additional green vegetable a day above what I already would eat (I love vegetables, but knew/know I could add more green ones). Within the past month, I’ve upped the goal to 2.
Out of this goal, I have found that I am in LOVE with mixed greens with fruit (oranges, apples, berries), almonds and olive oil. Seriously, with this ‘recipe’, I want to eat a salad every day! Before, I definitely did not. Again, I love vegetables, but I was not the type of person to just sit down and eat a salad.
Anyway, this ‘favorite’ is probably super random, but I just wanted to share in case there are others out there like me who are looking for more ways to incorporate more greens!
A recent guest post on my blog from Maegan of This Blue Dress, the ‘100 things list’ has become my new favorite journaling activity. If you haven’t had a chance to read the post or if you missed it, I would HIGHLY recommend checking it out. The 100 things list is a super helpful tool for learning more about what you are really passionate about or finding out what things really mean the most to you.
The activity takes very little time, but can give you some amazing results towards figuring out how to live a more intentional life.
I am currently reading You are a Badass by Jen Sincero and LOVING it. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen some (many) screenshots in my Insta Stories. This book has been super motivating, inspiring, and informative on ways to live a super badass life (and a life you love!). I am not even halfway through but am already LOVING it.
If you want more book recommendations, check out my 2017 book list here.
Finding durable compost bags was surprisingly hard to find once my family and I started composting. But recently, a friend of mine recommended these UNNI Compost Bags, and we have finally found some that hold up! If you’re looking for some durable ones, I would highly recommend these! Oh, and I love that they come in a few different sizes!
Reducing Packaging from Amazon
I saw a number of posts about how to reduce the amount of packaging that you receive from Amazon going around this past month. I followed the steps, but have yet to order anything so I can’t say from personal experience how/if it works. BUT, I’m planning on writing a post about it, so stay tuned. Until then, here is the post I saw about it, with instructions on how to do it yourself.
I can’t remember where I heard about ThredUP, but I can say that I’ve grown to love it. It made the list for my March favorites because over the past 2-3 months I’ve been sending in some of my clothes and some clothes of Little E’s. When you send in clothes, you either get money/site credit immediately, your clothes are sold on consignment, or they aren’t accepted and donated. I have many clothes on consignment, and after a few sell, usually have enough to buy something for myself or Little E. In March, I found an awesome, like-new Patagonia long-sleeved shirt for $10! I was in need of a replacement long-sleeved t-shirt for hiking/lounging around the house, because the one that I currently had in my drawer had a couple of holes in the sleeve and was getting really worn. Because I follow the ‘one item in, one item out’ rule, I knew I had something I could replace and got the shirt guilt free. The old shirt became a cleaning cloth!
ThredUP is great because it is all second-hand clothing that is in great condition. Plus, their shipping materials are very eco-friendly; the envelope is recyclable, and their packaging is cute reusable tissue paper. I really love them and go there first if I am in need of any clothes for myself or Little E. BONUS: If you’re interested in checking ThredUP out, click on this link and when you place your first order, we both get $10!
It has been cold lately (even for Minnesota) and I have been depending on my warm tea (see above) for my commutes to work in the morning. I absolutely LOVE my Klean Kanteen reusable coffee mug because it keeps my tea warm for HOURS. Yes, seriously, hours. And, it doesn’t leak. For some reason I have a really hard time finding reusable coffee mugs that do both of these things – so now that I have, I want to gush about it to anyone and everyone.
Keen hiking boots
Usually, once March rolls around, everyone in my house is itching to get outside. This past month we were able to take a couple day trips to two different MN State Parks for some eco-therapy and hiking. I have had the same pair of Keen hiking boots for almost 10 years. Those boots have seen so many miles and different national/state parks and states, I can’t even begin to count them. They made my favorites list for this month because I got to take them out of storage from the long winter. Although they have a couple of ‘leaky’ spots that get my feet wet if there is a lot of water around, I can’t bear to replace them just yet. I love them THAT much, and they are still great hiking boots. If you’re in need of some hiking boots, I would highly recommend checking out the Keen brand. I have hiking sandals too that I absolutely LOVE.
Anyone else start seeds inside? With the growing season so short in Minnesota, I usually try to start whatever I can indoors so once May comes, I can have my veggies already growing! Little E and I started two of our seeds a couple of weeks ago: brussels sprouts and loofa gourds. I’m hoping in a week or two we’ll be able to plant the brussels sprouts, leafy greens and peas outside!
I have had the same trays for a while now, and simply reorder the peat pellet discs which are pretty inexpensive. Planting a veggie garden (especially by seed) is a great way to reduce waste!
What I’m Watching
Schitt’s Creek. Ok, so I was watching it. I completely binged through all three seasons on Netflix in an embarrassingly short amount of time. I like to have a light-hearted, funny, ‘go-to’ show on hand in case I just need to zone out and laugh. Usually my go-to is Parks and Rec, but I just finished my third run-through of the series and decided I probably should watch something else. A co-worker recommended Schitt’s Creek, and we tend to enjoy similar shows, so I decided to give it a go. Man, I was hooked fast! It is light-hearted, funny, and you come to love the characters very fast.
That being said, I am in need of a fun, light-hearted show to binge watch! Bonus if the episodes are short. Any recommendations?
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