Sunday, April 28, 2013

A Few of My Favorite Things - April Edition

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens. Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens. Brown paper packages tied up with string...

Man, I love me some Sound of Music.

I don't have a song for you, but thought I would share some of my favorite things from this month. I am not sponsored or paid by any of these companies and haven't been given anything to say how much I love them. I just do!

On my phone:

Instagram. What's not to love? Why did it take me so long to jump on this bandwagon? I find it very beautiful and stress relieving to just scroll through the pictures in my feed. It gets my creative juices flowing and is something I just really look forward to.

Color Note. I used to use it for to-do lists, but found something new for that. Now I am just using it to jot down quick ideas as they come to me. I also use it to keep track of my 365 moments and other little things I want or need to remember.

Gentle Alarm. The best alarm ever!! It has a pre-alarm that you will only hear if you are already awake. The regular alarm starts really softly and gradually gets louder and you can choose from many different sounds. I love that it doesn't scare the crap out of me every morning. The free one doesn't work on Wednesdays (which is really funny), so I spent the couple of bucks for the upgrade.

MyFitnessPal. If you log your food, this is the best site out there in my opinion. Easy to use, lots of stuff in the library, and includes a bar code scanner (although if you are not eating a ton of processed foods you won't have too many opportunities to use it.) I have recently become obsessed with how much fiber I am eating, and I love how it breaks everything down in a very easy to read form.

On my computer:

TED Talks. Seriously, if you want to get better at anything or think differently about any topic, or just get inspired, you have got to check this out. I have been watching some on the trainer every now and then. I really enjoy them.

StayFocusd. I loaded this to my computer so I would not fool around instead of working. (I also loaded it onto my phone, but there are some kinks that I don't love about it.) It's hard core. Don't use it if you really aren't serious about it. It blocks certain websites (or everything if you choose), for certain periods of time that you decide upon. It can also block certain websites after you spend a set amount of time on them each day. For example, on weekdays I have it set to block Facebook after 10 minutes. It has really helped me cut down on wasted time fooling around on the internet when I should be getting work done, and I'm pretty darn sure I'm not the only one who does that!

At home:

My Journal. It is beautiful and getting more so each day as I fill it up with my thoughts and fears and hopes and inspiration. I love flipping through the pages that are written upon already and then turning a crisp blank page to start the day. The edges are starting to get a little worn and I dog-ear the pages that I return to often., but that makes it feel even more like mine. Kind of like putting on your favorite sweatshirt from college that is frayed at the neck and sleeves and way too big, but you love it anyway because it is just so soft and right.

Verismo. I got this for Christmas and it has totally been a huge part of my success in getting up early each day this month for my #project30days. It has helped me cut down on my heavy cream consumption because I am much more inclined to have a second cup of coffee if I make a whole french press full. Also, it is red and matches my kitchen and makes me feel all cool while I am drinking my americano each morning.

Chia Seeds. I went through a chia seed phase a few years ago when they first got super popular, but after my supply was gone I kind of forgotten about them. However, with my new fiber obsession, I was looking for something to up my grams for the day and my teammate Alisa reminded me of them. They have 5 (!) grams of fiber in a tablespoon!! I sprinkle them on my yogurt and fruit and put a spoonful in my smoothies. Super easy and I don't even notice them.

What are you loving this month? Please share!

1 comment :

  1. I just recently spent a rockin friday night cuddled on the couch watching Sound of Music (clearly, hubby was out that night).

    I sing that song to myself every now and then =).

    Chia seeds!!!!!! Try chia pudding for an awesome breakfast. Chia seeds, almond milk (or whatever you like to use) and your favorite mix ins...delicious.


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