Monday, May 21, 2018

I'm Loving...

Happy Monday, friends!  I always keep a note in my phone of things I want to blog about, and recently, it's been a running list of everything I'm loving.  To be honest, it's a fun little piece of positively every day to intentionally write down something that makes my day a little brighter.  You'll see, there's definitely a variety from snacks I think you'll enjoy to

These dried apple chips have been my sweet snack of choice recently.  You can buy giant bags at Costco, and admittedly, they only last a few days.  If I'm looking for something salty, I love these vegetable chips (also in giant bags from Costco). 

The weather has been perfect for tennis recently, and I am obsessed with this awesome Panthers vibration dampener Mike got me!
Did you see that you'll be able to shop online soon with Loft Outlet?!  Just take all. my. money.

My favorite makeup staple recently has been the TooFaced Little Black Book of Bronzers that I've been hoarding since they stopped making them a couple of years ago.  It has so many of their best colors in one place: Chocolate Soleil, Pink Leopard, and Sun Bunny.  I love this palette this time of year because I'm definitely not tan yet and love getting a little extra color. 
I still haven't tried a full charcoal mask yet, but I have been loving these Biore charcoal nose strips.  I use them on my chin, too, and they work wonders!

My absolute favorite app right now is 1 Second Everyday.  At the beginning of year, I started recording one second of video each day, and hopefully I'll remember all year.  So far I'm 140 for 140! 

Did you see the sunnies that I highlighted in this post last week?  I absolutely love the tortoise shell, and they go with everything: workout gear to anything dressed up.
And, because it's a Monday, a couple of funnies to start your week on the right foot...

Friday, May 18, 2018

My Go-To Breakfast

...or snack ...or dessert.  Peanut butter is one of my favorite ingredients, especially for breakfast.  The protein helps me stay full all morning and keeps me from snacking before lunch.  This recipe takes 20 seconds in the microwave, and it's so delicious.  You can either enjoy it warm, right out of the bowl (like I do) or put it in a cupcake liner and bring to work.  It will cool into a tasty breakfast bar.
Ingredients: 
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 teaspoon honey (plus a little more for drizzling)
1/4 cup Rice Krispies
toppings suggestions: sliced almonds, chopped walnuts, dried cranberries, mini chocolate chips, flaked coconut

Directions:
1. Microwave the peanut butter for 20 seconds.
2. Stir in the honey, followed by the cereal.
3. Top the mixture with your favorite add-ins.  My current favorite combination is almonds, cranberries, and a few chocolate chips.
4. Finish the bowl off with a drizzle of honey.
There you have it, simple and delicious.  To be honest, you can make these Peanut Butter Breakfast Bowls with any cereal or granola you have on hand.  Do you have a favorite, easy weekday breakfast?

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Springtime in Hampton Park

Today I'm excited to share what is probably my favorite spot in all of Charleston this time of year: Hampton Park.  Located on the Charleston peninsula, next to The Citadel and the Ashley River, Hampton Park has some of the best walking/running trails in the city.  The entire park is so well manicured, and the park volunteers take care in curating seasonal displays of flowers in every corner of the park.
This time of year, the main draw is definitely the Confederate Jasmine arch, located near the Southeast corner of the pond.  Seriously, how stunning are these white blooms?!  I wish you could smell them, too.  They're just magical!
Not to be outdone are all of the blossoming magnolia trees and planted annuals between each path.  If you're more of an art fan, the park also has fantastic installations and sculptures across its 60 acres. 
Between March and September, the roads around the park are closed off to traffic on Tuesday and Thursday evenings (6:00-8:00pm) as well as Saturday mornings (8:00am-noon) so that even more people can walk, run, and cycle around the park.
There are parking lots at each entrance of Hampton Park, and if you don't feel like going for a run, bring a lunch to enjoy at the picnic tables scatted around the park, under the live oak trees.
Shop my look: Glade sunglasses in Turquoise Ice ||| workout tank ||| 2-in-1 compression shorts ||| sneakers

No matter what you're in the mood for, Hampton Park has it!

 
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