I let the month of September completely squeak by without curating a list of my current crushes but I'm back to round out October with a few of my favorite things!
Without further ado...
Two weeks ago, I was battling a n-a-s-t-y cold. I called it the "flu shot flu." I was reaching for chapstick hourly and I realized that my lips were getting dryer and dryer by the hour. I was using a Bert's Bees chapstick and truthfully, it simply wasn't the bees knees. Maybe it's the name of their game - to dry out your lips so you'll keep coming back for more? But not this girl!
My friend Meredith told me how she used the R+F lip serum last winter and one capsule would cover both she and her two boys. My R+F rep and personal friend, Kathryn, had given me some samples and the first thing I did when I walked through the door was grab them and pop one open. Within hours I could tell a difference and it not only re-hydrated my lips, but they stay hydrated without having to always lather them up with lip balm. SOLD!
Heading into the chapped lip season, you 𝙣𝙚𝙚𝙙 these! They're worth every penny and you can shop them here!
I'll use an insulated lunch box until the handles fall off and I was in dire need of a new one. I've been on a Scout bag kick and this blue on blue cheetah print insulated lunch box had my name all over it! It also doubles as a cooler so toss some ice in there to keep your beverages cool without fear of any melting ice leaking out. Bonus: Toss it in the wash when it needs a good cleaning and leave it out to air dry!
If you know me by now, then you know I'm a sucker for a paper planner. I'm not beneath starting over mid-year if the current planner isn't making the cut. And try as I might, I couldn't make the Emily Ley Simplified Planner work for me. 𝘼𝙩 𝙖𝙡𝙡. It was pretty, and colorful, but not functional in a way that I use a planner. I liked the layout of the daily Simplified planner best but I hated having to flip through several pages to view one single week. I like being able to see the week at a glance and an hourly day minder layout is actually ideal.
So, I went on the hunt for something new and Maggie Kane recommended the Passion Planner. I like being able to touch and feel and vetting it out online was tough but I finally decided to buy it and I'm in love! And here's why...
a) It has the hourly day minder layout for the entire week in one spread. I can map out my entire week and see it all in one glance. No page flipping here!
b) It also has the monthly view for an overall at-a-glance.
c) Each week features a personal to-do list and work to-do list in the lower left corner and a "Space of Infinite Possibility" on the lower right corner.
d) The month view has space for personal projects, work projects, a fill-in monthly focus, a "not- to-do" list and a space to break the month down, among other things.
e) Each month ends with a two-page spread for monthly reflection: memorable moments, lessons learned, ways to improve next month and a space for gratitude.
f) It's not spiral bound but it does open up and lay flat - which was a big selling point for me!
g) This past year I've also tried out Power Sheets for goal setting, specifically for this sweet little business. And while I liked Power Sheets and they work, carrying around two separate "planners" and notebooks made my tote bag bulky and heavy. I honestly feel like this Passion Planner incorporates both the daily planner aspect, as well as the goal setting strategies I used in Power Sheets, just in a more efficient, and streamlined way.
Until next month...