Monthly Favorites | February

1. I LOVE my new running tights* that I picked up (on sale!) at Old Navy. A lot of my workout clothes come from places like Old Navy, because they’re affordable and hold up pretty well (in my experience so far). And IMHO, pretty workout clothes are huge motivation boosters. Am I right?

2. Someone on Twitter recently asked about affordable, all-rounder make-up options and I have been pretty happy with the Covergirl + Olay Simply Ageless Foundation with SPF 28*. I originally bought it for travel (because it’s a compact foundation and not liquid – although they do have a liquid make-up option for this!) and I loved it. I’d say it’s medium coverage, but holds up well throughout the day.

3. If you’re looking for an app where you can search exercises by muscle group (with a short instructional video), the JeFit App* is a great resource. It’s been super-easy to use if you want to switch up your strength training routine with new exercises.

4. I don’t eat them very often, but we picked up some fresh (Poppyseed for me, cheese-jalapeño for Jon) bagels at the store twice this month (for lunch) and they were delicious. 

5. Are you picky about your pens? Do you have a favorite? I keep coming back to Pentel R.S.V.P. Fine* ball point pens. 

6. I’ve been on the hunt for a protein shake or powder that I can use as a quick refuel option after harder workouts. It’s been surprisingly hard to find something that tastes good AND has low sugar content AND has a pronounceable ingredient list without artificial ingredients. I’ve landed on Vega Protein Made Simple Powder* (Vega sells different kinds of protein powders, so you have to pay attention!) because this one has only 5 ingredients and no artificial sweeteners. Plus, it actually tastes like chocolate milk.

7. I can’t believe I am saying this, but I am warming up to Trader Joe’s (Crunchy No-Salt) Peanut Butter* (I like creamy, too). I didn’t grow up with Peanut Butter and for the longest time, didn’t really care for it (especially not as a spread on bread), but I think almond butter has helped me transition to liking peanut butter as well. Do you like peanut butter? Crunchy or creamy?

What was one of your favorite things this month?

* #notanad, This is not a sponsored post. I have not been compensated by the brand or anyone else for linking the websites.

  1. I like the Staedtler Fineliner pens. They come in all colours and they feel very light to hold.
    And I’m not too fond of peanut butter – I used to be allergic as a kid and it put me off.

    1. Oh, the Staedtler Fineliner pens are great too! I have a pack of those! :)

  2. I hated peanut butter when I lived in the US and always dreaded the days when the lunchbox reveals a PJ sandwich. Used to trade them with the other kids. Now I love it. It is strange how things change if you have them long enough. And yes pens are sooo important. However I currently try to use all the ones I own and reduce a bit of inventory.

    1. I never liked peanut butter… pj sandwiches are still weird to me, but yeah, strange how taste changes over time!

  3. Oh, I love peanut butter – crunchy and creamy. I’m curious about this protein powder!! I might have to look into it. I need to get more exercise clothes – I love the ones at Old Navy as well.


    1. Old Navy really has great affordable workout clothes. I am always surprised because some of their other stuff doesn’t hold up that well.

  4. I like peanut butter but don’t LOVE it as much as other people seem to, haha. It’s fine, but I’m not over here eating it straight from the jar or anything like that. Although, I can’t do crunchy PB – creamy all the way!

    My favorite thing is my new cordless vacuum! It’s so much easier to use than my bulky one with a cord I had to plug in. Nice to be able to just pop it out of the closet for a quick sweep!

    1. Man, you keep talking about your cordless vacuum… I don’t have pets, but I shed long hair LOL

  5. I’m pretty picky about pens, too. I really like the ones we have at work – they are called “Pilot G-2 0.38” – they are lose ink pens (which I prefer) but they have the right fineness of line and don’t seem to smudge easily.

    I do love pb but I eat JIF – terrible, I know, as it’s very processed. But it’s what I’ve grown up on. I’m definitely team smooth because I don’t like spread crunchy pb on toast!

    1. Oh, I have to look into the Pilot G-2’s :)

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