You know what they say, right? “It’s the simple things.” The simple pleasures, like sleeping in, an ice-cold Coca Cola on a hot day, a new tube of lipstick, a good hair day, a tender kiss, a comforting smile, a good hug, a stranger holding open the door, a few words of encouragement.
What are some of the simple pleasures you’ve been enjoying lately? Here are some of mine, in no particular order.
I can’t wait to hear yours.
1. Lounging by the pool
My favorite part of last weekend wasn’t the plate of killer fries I had with that delicious veggie burger at the mall (although it was delicious). Nope, last weekend nirvana took the shape of my bum parked in a lounge chair by the neighborhood pool.
And I didn’t do any web surfing, blogging, tweeting or texting at all while I was there. Instead, I resisted the urge to plug in and just tried to focus on my thoughts for a while.
It was nice.
2. Going for a walk with Tabs
El jefe insists that I take him for a walk around the complex first thing every morning so that he may survey his vast domain. Thankfully, he usually allows me to finish a cup of coffee first (milk and sugar, please!).
I actually really enjoy it, especially now that it’s warm, and I can go out in shorts, a tank top and flip-flops. Tabs, of course, typically wears his usual business casual attire.
3. Homemade smoothies
They’re easy to make with the help of a blender or food processor, and so much cheaper than Jamba Juice (which I love!). I usually go with whatever fresh fruit I have on hand. This week’s receipe calls for strawberries, bananas, honey-flavored Greek yogurt, orange juice and ice, yum!
I like to have one right after a run as my post-workout recovery drink. They’re great for a quick shot of carbs and protein to keep the muscle soreness at bay, and I think they’re also easy on my stomach.
4. Seeing pics of pets with EvRev
Don’t tell Tabs, but I have a crush on Wally (he lives with MBB reader Alka)
Every time I open an email with a pic of a furry friend posing with a tube of MAC Evolution Revolution Lipglass, I do a little dance in my chair.
Ted the dog hearts Stef!
It looks like EvRev is sold out on the MAC website now, but if you’re still interested in bringing it home, I’m told that MAC plans to release more inventory of all of the products in the collection soon.
5. Cooking with seasonal, summer produce
I’m not a vegetarian, but I do eat like one some of the time, especially in summer, when there are so many great seasonal fruits and veggies on sale.
For lunch today I had a homemade pasta dish with a yummy avocado sauce. It’s loaded with strong flavors like lemon, garlic and basil, and it actually took less than 15 minutes to make (here’s the recipe I used).
6. An evening concert starring the neighborhood songbirds
The old oak tree outside has some great entertainment at night (and no cover charge!). Every night when the sun sets, the songbirds arrive and fill the hillside with music. Sometimes I’ll listen to them from the deck with Tabs.
7. Finding random pictures of yourself making weird faces…
…and sharing them with the world on the Internet.
8. Playing “Fill Up the Shopping Cart” at Lulus.com
Most of the time I empty it without going through checkout (but half the fun is in just filling the cart).
I’m so obsessed with Lulus right now… They have some super cute dresses and accessories from tons of different brands, plus some great prices and lightning fast shipping, too. LOVE!
9. Wearing sparkly statement rings
They’re a fun, simple way to dress up a summer wardrobe. That, and they draw extra attention to a cute manicure.
So how about you? What are some of the simple pleasures you’ve recently enjoyed?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,