Mid October is prime time for fall coziness. I do love all the sweaters and boots and pumpkin and all that other basic goodness. To keep those gratitude vibes flowing, I thought it would be fun today to share some of the stuff I’ve been into lately. Like, can we talk for a second about soup and just how comforting it is on a chilly day? Perfect vehicle for those Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnochocci too!
If you’ve got a favorite soup, stew, or chili recipe I have to check out, take a picture and tag me on Instagram. I am so that person who will just keep making the same thing over and over, so I love getting inspiration from you guys to get me to branch out : )
Here are some of my October 2018 obsessions.
Food & Drink
*The MyOatmeal custom oatmeal blends from True Nutrition are so fun to play with! When the company reached out to me about trying it out, I was so excited. I can’t tell you how many times I see a delicious oatmeal product but I can’t buy it because it has something in it I’m allergic to, or the sugar is just insane, or it would be perfect if it had one less or one more ingredient…I had a great time creating a blend to share with my mom and sister. My clients have been loving it too to help make their mornings more enjoyable. Because I was making one that would be suitable for a few different people’s allergies and restrictions and wanted to make sure to get some protein in there, I crafted a gluten-free one with chia seeds and pea protein.
*Sometimes I need citrus juice for a specific recipe but I can’t or don’t want to go to the store to buy the whole fruit to juice. I was sent some samples of True Lemon over the summer and they have been such a lifesaver. I’ve also been adding it to water and seltzer for a quick refresher.
*This heavenly sashimi platter from Shumi in Ridgewood, NJ is one of the best I’ve had in years. I had it way at the beginning of the month when I was out there, and I’m still thinking about it.
Books & Podcasts
I finally read Gary Chapman’s The Five Love Languages. It had been on my radar for a long time, but I kept kind of pushing it to the back of my mind. It was such an easy, fun read, and it gave me a lot of insight not only into my romantic life, but also into my friendships and professional relationships.
-I was fortunate enough to get a screening of Samin Nosrat’s Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat in preparation for my interview with her for Forbes. This docuseries is one of the best things I’ve watched all year. I just love her warmth and enthusiasm and the amazing work she’s doing making cooking fun and accessible.
–Explained is that show I can’t believe I didn’t already know about. Each episode covers a different topic, and I love that it’s such a wide range—cryptocurrency, marijuana, the gender pay gap, the female orgasm…
–The Good Place has been my go-to escapism show when I need something fun to put on.
-After vowing to foam roll four times a week in early September, the unexpected stress and travel during the last days of my dad’s illness and the services and extra family time after his passing threw me completely off in that regard. I actually almost went back to PT last month because my hips and back felt so tight. I’ve been getting back into it, though, and feel so much better. Thank goodness for this foam rolling course from Lauren Roxburgh for mindbodygreen!
-I decided to treat myself to a package of private Pilates equipment sessions. Since my dad died, I’ve found that some things that help me feel better are cleaning, sleeping, writing, working out, and learning new skills. While I usually wouldn’t let myself spend the extra money, focusing on something as precise as learning the nuances of the reformer equipment has been a nice outlet. Besides, I haven’t been shopping nearly as much as I thought I would. Instead I’ve been spending that money on webinars, conference tickets, and fitness classes. Pleasantly surprised by that!
Let’s be real, though—after cleaning the shit out of my closet, I totally bought shoes. These ECCO Hobart boots won my heart and I have been loving them so much.
What are you into this month?
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