1. Product: Aveeno Shave Gel
I bought this after reading about it in InStyle’s 2016 Best Beauty Buys, and so far I love it. It has a sweet almond scent, which is my favorite, and it goes on smoothly and leaves my skin soft. Would definitely recommend for all that pesky summer shaving!
2. Resource: Drizzlemeskinny.com
Drizzle eats real food. She eats bread. She eats Philly Cheesesteak. She makes dessert and she doesn’t apologize for it. When I found this site I thought, “Finally! Someone who is on Weight Watchers but understands how to tweak everyday ingredients to make them taste great.” We tried her Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo Bubble Up and the kids asked for seconds. Next up is her Buffalo Chicken & Bacon Bubble Up—I can’t wait.
3. Book: Miller’s Valley by Anna Quindlen
I listened to this book in my car on a recent trip up to Chicago, and I can’t recommend it enough. I also can’t recommend audiobooks enough—if you haven’t listened to one, please give it a try. In the car, on a walk, while you’re cleaning the house, etc. The reader, if she’s a good one, which Brittany Pressley undoubtedly is, has the ability to bring drama to each character and in doing so, enhances the story 100% over me speed-reading through to see what happens next. Audiobooks help you slow down and listen, and the books I’ve listened to this way somehow have stayed with me longer than the ones I’ve only read. Definitely check it out.
4. Recipe: Italian Chopped Salad via SkinnyMom
I made this the other night, and since it made six servings and we only have four people in our family, I packed the last two servings into mason jars for lunches at work. I liked it because it had pasta and blue cheese, two things I can only eat in moderation these days, but two things I really love. I did cheat on the original recipe and used Fat Free Wishbone Italian dressing instead of homemade, but at 4T for 1 SmartPoint, who cares? It was good my way, and I’m sure if you decide to make your own dressing it’ll be even better.
5. Home: My trusty Everest bag
This bag has been with me throughout the summer, and it has not failed me once. It’s big enough to stash a file folder, lunch bag, and all my miscellaneous kid items (still carrying baby wipes—when can I give those up?) without being bulky. I love the canvas fabric for warm weather because it feels more casual than leather, but it looks more put together than a beach tote would. This is my every day, go-to bag, and it’s so cheap, maybe it should be yours too.
6. Miscellaneous: C.O. Bigelow Lemon Cream Body Wash
A friend introduced me to this and it smells AMAZING. It’s the perfect year-round scent, not too fruity, not too flowery, yet super-fresh and invigorating. It’s the kind of thing I want to buy for all my friends—the fragrance has universal appeal and the product absolutely gets my stamp of approval.