September Favorites


1. WrightSock Double Layer Running Socks Cool Mesh II – I used a $15 store credit at my local running store to buy (and try) these socks and I love them. They’re super-soft and comfortable. And so far: no more blisters.

2. I just recently tried Kevita Sparkling Probiotic Drinks for the first time and they’re so delicious (well, the flavors that I had so far – lemon ginger and Tangerine ← tastes like Fanta ). I like sparkling drinks to begin with (they’re so refreshing) and I like the extra health benefit for digestive health and immune function that I get with this drink. Unlike kombucha which is fermented with black or green tea, KeVita is fermented with coconut water or filtered water. You should give it a try!

3. Cynthia Rowley Eyeliner (made in Germany – ha!) I think I received this in one of my Birchboxes (when I was still subscribed). I just recently found it in my bathroom cabinet and decided to use it. Let’s just say: I am so glad I found it because this eyeliner is awesome (and since it’s not exactly cheap at $16, I’m extra-happy that I am using and liking it.)

4. Pixlr is a free alternative to Photoshop and they offer an online version and app. I only have an (older) version of Photoshop on my (even older) DELL laptop at home and this is a GREAT alternative. Check it out!

5. If you don’t own a Lodge Cast Iron Skillet yet, you need to remedy this immediately. Trust me, you will not want to cook with anything else again. J was hesitant to use the cast iron skillet for the longest freaking time, because – I know – it looks like stuff will stick to it. But if it is seasoned correctly, this is where the magic happens: NOTHING will stick to it. Even better, you can use the skillet on the stove and in the oven.

6. Asics Gel-Cumulus 18 – I bought some new running shoes a couple of months ago and I am really happy with them. I used to run in Brooks Ghost 7’s (which I loved), but wanted to try a new shoe/brand. The Asics have a great fit, are also a neutral shoe, but have a little bit more cushion than the Brooks (I think), and are really comfortable. I just wish they had had them in this color at the store.

  1. What perfect timing! We’ve been talking about getting a cast iron skillet for awhile and I have it on my to-buy list for October, so I’ll definitely be looking into the Lodge!

  2. My husband had a cast iron skillet when I met him (he was an eagle scout) and now we have 3-4 cast iron pans and skillets! Love them, but I let him season them. Definitely checking out Pixlr – thanks for sharing! And I need a new pair of running sneakers. Mine aren’t super old or beat up but I upgraded from Brooks GTS 13 to the 14 and it all went south from there. Luckily my best friend works at Paragon so I can have her help me!

  3. Putting my running retail hat on for a second, but Asics and Brooks use different kinds of cushion – Asics uses a gel and Brooks uses foam. I have seen a lot of people who react differently to the shoes depending on their preference. So there ya go! :)

  4. I also have a lodge cast iron pan and I really liked it. I also have a lodge brand dutch oven that I use ALL the time. Their products are great! I don’t use the cast iron pan as much as I should because it’s just sooooo heavy so sometimes I reach for a lighter pan. But I should make a point to use it more!

    Something I’m loving this month is the new bamboo salt box I bought from amazon earlier this month. ( It’s nice to have a little container of salt for times when a recipe calls for a pinch of salt. Or in general, it’s easier to measure out a t. or T. of salt from that container. The top slides to the side and is secured by a magnet so it’s easy to open/close. I love it! Such a simple thing to get excited about, but it’s the little things in life, I guess! ;)

  5. I love those sneakers – it’s always been on of my fave brands! And that skillet looks perfect!
    Hope your week has been wonderful so far!

  6. I wear the Asics Nimbus (I have for YEARS) and I love the gel cushioning. The only drawback is how heavy they are; gel weighs the most out of all the cushioning options. It’s just so hard to go into any other shoe after feeling the soft squishy Asics! I rotate them with Brooks Launch. If my legs are tired and my mileage has been high then I will wear the Nimbus. If I’m going for a little more oomph then I wear the Launch.

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