Holy. Moly. This year is more than halfway over. Think about that for a second. It’s cliche, but time really does fly by so much faster the older you get.
Anyway, how was your fourth? We spent the long weekend visiting Josh’s parents, hanging out with his brother, and barhopping around the Old Port, playing tourist!
Shipyard changed their brewery tasting layout and it’s no longer free, but you can get a 4 ounce flight of beer for $4. It was well worth it, and I’ve decided that Shipyard makes the best summer / fruity but not sweet beers. I opted for Island Time, Sunfish, Fireberry Tea Brew, and Melon Head. They were all delicious, but Sunfish almost always takes top for me – I’m a sucker for grapefruit beer!
My first summer session ended on Sunday and I started my second session today. I’m really happy with the way I structured my classes and am so glad I opted not to take the entire summer off. By August, I’ll have knocked off an additional 9 credits and be in the zone to head into the fall semester.
It’s been a while since I did a Friday Favorite, and I think I’ve decided to change these posts to be more of a Monthly Favorite for the time being. School is crazy, and I honestly haven’t had the chance to try much new stuff since I started my program! Monthly will allow me to give a wider range of products and more in-depth reviews. Below are some of my June Favorites! Let me know what you’ve been loving in the comments.
Rose Hip Oil
This stuff has done more for my skin than any other product. I first learned about it from Julie at PBFingers, and she’s right on the money. This oil has evened out my skin tone, helped prevent new blemishes, healed years of acne scars, and moisturizes while sinking in pretty quickly. It’s also supposed to help with wrinkle reduction but I don’t have enough wrinkles quite yet to notice a big difference. It only takes me about 4-5 drops for my entire face (less if I’m wearing it under sunscreen during the day) and I can’t say enough good things about it. Considering you can get a huge bottle for only $14 on Amazon, it’s an awesome deal.
Power Smoothie found on Buzzfeed (my version!)
I love me a solid green smoothie, but have a hard time finding ones that don’t require a ton of fruit to balance out the greens. However, this recipe has been my go to and it is the perfect combination of sweet, green, refreshing and filling. The only changes I make are I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk instead of soy, and add in 3 drops of vanilla stevia to make up for the sweetness. It. Is. SO. Good. I’ve had this nearly every other day for a few months now, sometimes subbing in berries for the pears and kale for the spinach. It’s a delicious, quick breakfast!
Super Cortisol Support
At my most recent doctor’s appointment, my doctor expressed concern about my stress levels. While stress isn’t something new to me, graduate school, work, and struggles with my thyroid may have been exacerbating it a bit. While this hasn’t necessarily helped with weight loss, it has given me a clearer mind and helped me manage my stress levels a bit better. There is a noticeable difference in my mental clarity when I do not take it, especially around bedtime, so this one will definitely be repurchased.
Bigelow Lemon Ginger Herb Tea with Probiotics
I’ve mentioned before that I’m a huge kombucha fan – when I have my bad days where I feel absolutely awful, no matter what I eat (or don’t) I typically reach for a kombucha and it helps significantly. However, kombucha is pricey, and I need to keep it to the occasional treat rather than a daily thing. Enter this tea, which has a similar flavor to my favorite kevita drink, and has probiotics as well! Granted, it isn’t as effective as kombucha, it does help settle my stomach. Not to mention, it’s delicious!
Summer Dresses from Old Navy
If you’re in need of comfortable, flattering summer dresses and don’t want to spend much, hit up Old Navy – but wait for a sale. Old Navy is affordable as is, but I scored all three of the above dresses for $7-$20 each. The left one I have in black and pink, both costing me $7. The one on the right, I purchased in black and is a little dressier – would be great to wear to a wedding, or casually. The center one is my favorite, a fitted striped ponte dress that cinches in at the waist. I’m debating wearing it to a wedding this summer but it’s also the perfect dress for work. I’ve bought many Old Navy items and the quality holds up, in my opinion! All of my money goes to school, books and basic living necessities, so it’s nice to still look cute without breaking the bank.
Soap & Glory Righteous Body Lotion
I’ve had the Hand Food lotion from Soap & Glory on and off for years, but only recently tried out their body lotion. I found it on sale at Ulta, and I’m completely obsessed with the smell; clean, semi-sweet and super feminine. While the smell alone sold me, I ended up loving the formula, too. The scent stays put and it packs some serious moisture, staying put until my next shower everyday.
- What’s your favorite product of the summer so far?
- Happy July!!