my August favorites

Friday, September 01, 2017
I usually do a recap of everything I accomplished/did/ate/read during the month before, but since I didn't really read much and August was almost entirely a blur, I bring you a quick and dirty roundup of my favorite things from August.

The summer is probably my least favorite time of every year, and I've always been a fall girl. But this summer has been pretty good to us, at least so far. (Since summer in North Carolina doesn't seem to end until November at the earliest...) I am not even a little bit sad that it's September! I'll have a fall bucket list coming at you in the next week or two, because I am so pumped to be back in the Triangle for the fall. We have a lot to accomplish this season with our little Theo, and it 100 percent includes pumpkins.

Anyway... Here are my favorite things from this month.

Crayola Supertips.

When I was having a terrible awful no-good very bad day and also took a trip to Target (which was stupid), I managed to guilt Patrick into letting me throw a 50-pack of Crayola Supertips into the cart. I think I mentioned this once already – I already have a 20-pack and love using them in my bullet journal, but I really wanted even more colors. And was having a terrible awful no good very bad day.

Really, for $5-$8, nothing beats these markers for adding some color to your planner/bullet journal, doodling, scribbling notes on whatever scrap of paper you can find. Crayola, you did good.

Pureology Shampoo, Conditioner + Leave-in Conditioner/Detangler/Etc. 

I got my hair done sometime in May or June, not too long after we got Theo, and was lectured (not at all kindly) by my stylist about the buildup in my hair and how crucial it is to use not-crappy-drugstore-shampoo and conditioner on color-treated hair. She recommended Pureology and even though buying this shampoo and conditioner definitely put me in pauper's prison, I did it anyway. And after my most recent cut and color (which I'll expand more on below!) I appreciate that advice even more. My color hasn't faded even a little bit and my frizz, which used to take over my life, is pretty much non-existent.

Poppy Salon + my new cut and color.

I decided I wanted a darker color for fall and needed to trim off some length so my hair stopped doing that horrible flip at the ends – the cut didn't actually resolve that, I guess my hair just hates me – so I found a new salon here in Durham! I was going to Hudson in Huntersville and it was great, but once we moved, obviously I needed to find somewhere new. Leah did a full Balayage and my cut and I am in love with the results!

Lays Poppables.

Patrick pointed these out in the store one day and I tossed a bag in the cart just because... but now I am addicted. I can clear an entire bag in an afternoon – which is so healthy – and I love both the white cheddar and the sea salt. (I think those are the only two flavors, but I'm not sure.) Theo loves these, too!

Hello Sunshine by Laura Dave.

I just finished Hello Sunshine on my flight to Kansas City and I absolutely loved this read about a celebrity chef who loses everything when it's revealed that she's not who everyone thought she was. There's a lot of pondering about a carefully curated online presence and on being yourself, and the main character, Sunny, is the perfect character to cheer for. Everything is very relatable and not at all melodramatic – one of the best contemporary lit reads I've read in a while! 

Cooking in my kitchen again.

Oh my heck, I cannot tell you how glad I am to have a kitchen with pots, pans and dishes again! And to have more than three spoons! And to have Tupperware to store things in! And glass baking dishes and cookie sheets and more than one skillet. I just finished unpacking my storage unit from our college apartment, so I have all of my kitchen gear back. I am not a gourmet chef or anything, but I actually do enjoy cooking dinner or scrambling eggs for me and Theo for breakfast. 

Binge Mode by The Ringer.

This is not the first time but I am so grateful for and so in love with Binge Mode, The Ringer's Game of Thrones podcast. Jason Concepcion is so funny and I love listening to hours and hours of Game of Thrones analysis after each episode. My heart is still breaking that the season is over and I have to wait until 2018 for the final season.

Audible.

Speaking of Game of Thrones, a lot of the podcasts we listen to are sponsored by Audible, and one of the Game of Thrones podcast hosts mentioned how much he loves the Audible versions of the Game of Thrones books. I still hadn't read the last of five released books, and I've been an Audible member for a few months, so I went ahead and downloaded A Dance with Dragons. I am so glad I did! It's 48 hours of audio, and when I'm driving or sitting on a plane and don't feel like reading, this is the perfect thing. 

Red bell peppers.

This is ridiculous I'm sure but the pasta salad that I've been making for mine and Patrick's lunches calls for diced red bell peppers, and suddenly I can't get enough of them. I am not one for vegetables, but bell peppers are often on sale and are so darn tasty.

My new to do list format.

I posted about my new to do list on Monday, and it has been a total gamechanger this week in Kansas City, where my schedule has been absolutely packed, hour to hour. It's hard to get anything done outside of meetings on these trips, but designing my own to do list to cater to exactly what I need to keep track of has made things way easier for me. If you haven't been able to find a to do list or planner page that works for you, check out my post from Monday!

Bottled ice coffee + my cold brew coffee maker. 

Even though Patrick and I still go to Starbucks a fair amount – and it's reasonable because we have gift cards and gold status points from when I go while traveling for work! – I start my day with a cup of iced coffee, either from the bottles I grab at Target – I buy Stok – or ground coffee that I put in my cold brew coffee maker and leave in the fridge overnight. Sometimes I just need to get out of the house for a couple of minutes, but when I have a lot of work to do, the coffee is a life-saver.

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What were your favorite things from August?


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