I swear it was just yesterday that I was writing July’s favorites post. Where does the time go?
Honestly I’m okay with it because I’m so ready for fall to be here. This week has been cool and rainy and it’s got me excited for cozy sweaters and all things pumpkin. Such an awesome time of year.
We have a few fun things to look forward to this month like a quick road trip to Virginia for a wedding and a week back in Northern California around my birthday. Because she’s so small (and I’m a crazy dog obsessed mom) we’re planning on taking Lucy with us and it’s the first time I’ve ever flown with a pup. If you have any advice or helpful tips, please let me know! I feel like I’m flying with a child for the first time.
In the meantime, I hope you all have a good (and hopefully long) weekend and that you enjoy the round-up of my favorite recent finds!
Favorite Fall Treat: Mini Pumpkin & Cinnamon Sugar Donuts. I haven’t busted out my donut pan in ages but I’m thinking I need to for a batch of these little beauties. How perfect do they look?
Favorite Space Saver: Murphy Bed. We’re still on the hunt for a house and the neighborhood we like has mostly older homes that are short on space. With that in mind, I love this creative idea to use a murphy bed so that you can have one room as a home office and a guest room. So smart and super cute too!
Favorite Wanderlust: Amalfi Coast. Italy has been at the top of my bucket list for as long as I can remember. Seeing pictures like this make me want to jump on a plane and fly there tomorrow. It’s probably a good time of year to visit, right? Ugh…killing me!
Favorite Easy Dinner: Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Lentil Curry. Butternut squash has already started popping up at the farmers market. I love how versatile it is and it looks especially good in this slow cooker lentil curry.
Favorite DIY: Easy 2-Ingredient Coconut Yogurt. I have been wanting to make my own yogurt at home forever now (mostly to avoid plastic) but have never got around to it because it always seemed too complex. Dana’s method, however, looks really easy so all I need is a good probiotic to give it a shot.
Favorite Convenience Food: Nut Balls. Okay, the name is kind of silly but if you can get past that they are pretty darn tasty and have an impressive ingredient list to boot. I’ve been stocking up on them for an easy weeknight meal option. They’re great with pasta or zucchini noodles with red sauce and a side salad.
Favorite Smoothie Booster: Daily Green Boost. I’m always struggling to get more greens into my diet but it’s something I’ve been making an effort to focus on recently. I add a few tablespoons of this barley grass powder to my smoothie in the morning and I’ve noticed a huge difference in my energy levels.
Favorite Breakfast: Best Ever Pumpkin Oatmeal. The cooler mornings have had me craving a warm bowl of oatmeal. This pumpkin version looks like the perfect way to kick of fall.
Favorite Eco-friendly Product: Bamboo Travel Cutlery. A friend of mine here in Athens owns an online eco-friendly store with all kinds of sustainable goodies to help transition to a zero waste lifestyle. While I have long way to go to be zero waste, I’m trying to make changes little by little. I picked up a few of these bamboo utensils from her shop so that I can avoid using plastic when I eat out or travel.
Favorite Book: The Glass Castle. Have you guys read this book yet? I wasn’t interested in it until I saw the preview for the movie. It’s a quick and easy read but I really enjoyed it. It’s an honest depiction of what it’s like to grow up in an unstable household with a parent who is an alcoholic which I personally can relate to. Of course I had to see the movie and it didn’t hold a candle to the book, but they never do.
Favorite Workout: 90 Day Fix Yoga. I want to be a yogi so bad but I’m seriously the least flexible person ever. So I’m setting a goal this month to start this program (since it’s free and can be done from home) in hopes that it will help me form a new habit. Now if I could just figure out how to keep Lucy from distracting me while I do it…
Favorite Chocolate: Alter Eco Dark Mint Chocolate. My love for mint and chocolate waxes and wanes but it’s currently at high point thanks to this dark mint chocolate from Alter Eco. It has a light crispy texture that is super addicting and it makes for a perfect post meal treat!