Some people were born to sing (En Vogue shout-out!). Me? I was born to make lists. Here are 5 things I’ve been loving lately.
1. Cool August mornings
June and July were brutally hot here in the Bay Area, and if you didn’t have air conditioning, it was like living in an armpit.
Lately, though, like for the past two weeks, it’s been cooler here. Borderline cold. And what a welcome change. 🙂 I am NOT hating on those overcast mornings in The Lady Sanctuary!
2. The September 2017 issue of Glamour
I’ve been a Glamour subscriber for a year, but #realtalk, it’s been months since I’ve been able to sit down long enough to read an issue from cover to cover because of the baby.
She’s up in my business, LOL! I’ll be two sentences into an article, and she’ll come over, place her little soccer ball in my arms, and say, “Bah?” which is her word for most things that aren’t ma, dada, cat and wow-wow! So then I’ll put down the magazine and we’ll play “Baby World Cup.”
This happens, oh…15 times a day, give or take.
I wouldn’t have it any other way, but I miss reading time. So I’ve been making an extra effort to read at least 20 minutes every night in bed.
Last night was the September Glamour, and I thought I’d be able to get in a few articles before I fell asleep, but it was so good that I couldn’t put it down. It has it all — makeup, perfume, fashion, accessories — ya know, the usual girly stuff. But there’s also some in-depth pieces on personal finance, sexual assault on college campuses and Planned Parenthood.
It’s a better magazine that I remember. It’s refreshing to read a women’s magazine that isn’t completely filled with fluff, ya know?
There’s a great profile in the issue on a woman named Bozoma Saint John, one of very few black female C-suite executives in tech, who negotiated a $50-million sponsorship deal with Pepsi for Beyoncé. I thought it was just very interesting.
3. Finding stuff at Target for 50% off
There’s a pretty affordable kids line at Target called Cat & Jack, which is great, but then when their things go on sale for 50% off, it’s FREAKIN’ FANTASTIC.
I saw these cute tops and bottoms for babies and toddlers the other day, so I grabbed some tops for $3 each and jeans for $6. YES!
I feel like a rockstar when I can save $$$ on buying her clothes because 1) that’s more I can put into her college account and 2) she outgrows everything sooooo fast.
4. The multiple toothpaste life
I grew up in a frugal family where everyone shared the same tube of toothpaste, and we used that sole tube down to the very last drop.
So, I thought that was the only way to live until about a month ago.
Imagine how shook I was when I realized — gasp! — that one can actually have different tubes of toothpaste in the medicine cabinet — like tubes for whitening, sensitivity, gum health, or even different days of the week!? Imagine that. I know this sounds hella lame, but the concept of having more than one tube of toothpaste completely blows my mind.
It started when I asked my dentist for a whitening toothpaste recommendation, and he suggested something from Arm & Hammer, so I bought a tube of their Truly Radiant Bright & Strong in Fresh Mint.
I like it a lot (it keeps my teeth bright!), but some of the sensitive spots on my back teeth started bugging me, so I bought another tube, Colgate Sensitive, to help.
Now I alternate between the two and feel like I’m living a life of champagne wishes and caviar dreams. 🙂
5. This 20-minute cardio HIIT workout
I found this great HIIT Crazy Cardio workout by Christine Salus on YouTube this summer, and I’ve done it once or twice a week since June.
It’s quick, effective and BRUTAL (in the best possible way), and you don’t need any fancy equipment. You can even do it in a hotel room while you’re traveling!
My favorite part is the bunny hop sequence.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,