Hi Everyone! It’s time for another roundup of some of my favorite things:
Lemon Twist Hummus
I first discovered this Lemon Twist Hummus by Sabra at a cabi party a few weeks ago. I’ve been a hummus fan for along time; but, I typically stick to the traditional flavors: plain, garlic and red pepper. My hostess had two new offerings for us to try, olive and lemon. I absolutely loved them both, but there was something so fresh and springlike about the hint of lemon flavor in the Lemon Twist Hummus. I quickly raced out to buy some for home and Kyle and I can’t stop eating it. I love that this flavor is offered by a widely available brand. And that when paired with a plate of fresh veggies it’s an awesome healthy snack. Go hummus!
You all know how I love my podcasts. My new fave is Invisibilia. I’ve actually had this podcast downloaded for some time, but I never listened to it. Recently, however, on a car ride home from N.J. I decided to give it a try and proceeded to binge listen to all my available downloads. This podcast is about the unseeable forces that control human behavior and shape our ideas, beliefs, and assumptions. “Invisibilia—Latin for invisible things—fuses narrative storytelling with science that will make you see your own life differently.” I love the storytelling – it’s an NPR production so that tells all you need to know about the quality – and the deep-dive into interesting and timely, but somewhat unusual, topics. The episodes I listened to tackled such varied topics as the need for certainty, “amplified pain”, an examination of the realness of online identities, and humans need for patterns and predictability. I loved the combination of personal accounts and science and it almost felt like I was sitting in on an interesting lecture. Listening to tis podcast reignited me of my hunger for knowledge and [almost] made me feel like a student again. If your brain is hungry for new ideas I highly recommend you give it a listen.
The Minimalist Home
I shared this book last month in the “on my radar” section of the post. This month I’m happy to report that I not only read the book but I have also begun implementing some of its principles. It’s not rocket science, and I’m not sure that I really learned anything new about decluttering. Eliminating useless and extraneous stuff from our home has been an ongoing project of mine for some time. But I do love Joshua Becker’s way with words. The motivational quotes he has woven throughout the book are both simple and profound and really encouraged me to reassess my belongings. Perhaps there is no better way to sum up his message than this:
“You don’t need more space. You need less stuff.”
I may have shared this product with you all before. In fact, I’m almost willing to bet I have. But as the weather turns warmer and we start thinking about swimsuits, baseball games and beach vacations I am again reminded of how much I love this safe, effective, mineral-based sunscreen from Beautycounter. It’s available in lotion, spray and stick (which is great for faces) formulas and is safe for kids and adults alike. While it is pricey, I like knowing that my family is protected from both the harmful rays from the sun and dangerous chemicals lurking in so many conventional sunscreens (especially the sprays). It’s also great for anyone with eczema and skin allergies. If you’re looking to clean up you reach bag and want the most bang for your buck I’d definitely recommend the lotion.
When jumpsuits first came on the scene a few years ago I have to admit I wasn’t much of a fan. This could be due in part to the fact that I am both long-legged and long-waisted (is that even possible?) and finding a jumpsuit that fit was tricky, if not impossible. But it could also be because they reminded me of the 70’s and Disco fever. And because I never liked the ideas of completely undressing to use the restroom. Especially in public.
Fast forward a few years and it seems that jumpsuits are here to stay. Luckily, over that time jumpsuit construction has gotten a lot better. About two years ago I invested in my first casual jumpsuit, and I loved it. I quickly added a similar style in second color and I word those jumpsuits over and over again. Last year I purchased a slightly more versatile jumpsuit that could easily be dressed up or down and I found I got as much use out of that piece as I did my go-to summer dresses. This year I added another jumpsuit to my wardrobe, this adorable Cabi piece, that can also go from day to night simply by changing shoes and accessories. I’m so glad I finally decided to give jumpsuits a fighting chance. They have quickly become one of my favorite packing pieces and go-to summer outfits.
And now for a few things on my radar this month. . .
Awesome Instagram Account
I recently stumbled upon this Instagram account and I LOVE it. Liz Climo is a cartoonist, children’s book author, illustrator and animator and she worked on The Simpsons. Sometimes I think I live under a rock because I had never heard of her before I somehow found one of her cartoons on my feed. But I absolutely adore these sweet and witty cartoon animals. They always bring a smile to my day.
Natural Way to Dye Easter Eggs
Sadly, we are not dying Easter eggs this year. We are traveling to Disney World this Easter (yah!), but due to unexpected circumstances the beautiful house I thought we were staying in has become “unavailable” (that’s a story for another day), and instead we will be in a hotel. Or rather three hotel rooms. Which is great for family bonding. Not.
Anyway . . . there will be no egg dying for this family this year. But if you are dying easter eggs check out this post on how to do it using all natural ingredients.
Cool Egg Ideas
And if you don’t care so much about going all natural with your egg dye. Or you just aren’t that into traditional looking Easter eggs anyway, check out this post from Cool Mom Picks for 9 “cool” idea to take your eggs up a notch.
I have been really wanting some comfortable slip-on sneakers for awhile now. Comfortable being the operative word. Because I have a narrow foot I have trouble finding any slip on shoes that fit. Ballerina flats, pumps and athletic-type shoes are all a struggle. But I spotted these blush-colored Naturalizer Marianne Sneakers and the description says they come in multiple widths and have a slight platform and cushioned insole. I think I might have to try them.
Plants and More Plants
Another thing I start to get antsy about this time of year is plants. Of course, I am thinking about my flower beds and patio pots, but in northwestern Pennsylvania we are at least six weeks away from any outdoor planting. However, I also find myself wanting to add more plants and flowers to the inside of my house. This is a relatively new fasciation of mine. In the past I have tried, and failed [miserably] to keep houseplants alive. But I currently have four plants and a handful of succulent that have been going strong for well over a year. I love the burst of color, freshness and life the inject into my home and now that I’ve proven to myself I can do it I’d like to increase my collection.
This post from Emily Henderson provides suggestions for 10 easy houseplants and the perfect planters to go with them – because let’s be real, one of the most fun things about houseplants is choosing the perfect planters to contain them. And if you aren’t quite ready to tackle the commitment of living plants yet, she also recently wrote this post on the controversial nature of faux plants. I must admit, I have a a few imposters lurking around my home; and, if you haven’t checked out fake plants recently you might be pleasantly surprised.
Until next time . . .