Welllll…..this is officially the longest I have gone without blogging. I keep trying to get back to it, but there is always so much going on. Which is sad because every time I sit down to blog, it kind of feels like coming home. I don’t even know how that makes any sense, but that’s how it feels. I feel like I am writing to my old friends who get me and understand the passion that I have for helping people.
If you’re a new reader, welcome! If you’re an old friend, hi! If you stumbled across this blog because you’re Paleo, you might want to search a few pages back as I have moved on from the label of “Paleo” even thought it was a huuuuuge part of my life for about three years.
I thought we could kick off my reunion post with a bit about what I am loving lately. This changes from day to day, but currently, these are my go to’s. Let’s get started, shall we?
I have been less than hungry lately, so having a bar that I can throw in my purse and have on the go is essential. Here are the three in my pantry right now: Epic Bars, RXBars (only the dark chocolate sea salt though) and the new Superfood Lara Bars.
I love Epic Bars because they come from an amazing company and have awesome ingredients (and no, I get no reward for saying that). Sometimes I even sub a bar for meat at a meal. They are great for hiking because they hold up to heat well too. The salmon, lamb and turkey are my least faves.
RXBars. I want to love these, really I do. I love the simple, clean ingredients, but I hate how they stick to my teeth!! It’s like eating a Tootsie Roll. However, I like variety, so I keep them in the mix. I do like the taste of the Dark Chocolate Sea Salt and am super anxious to try their new maple flavored bar. Pretty much anything maple will do it for me.
I am not sure how I feel about these new Lara Bars. The kale one is chalky yet satisfyingly green. Anj (my sister and housemate) says it looks like Louis’ poop, but I disagree. I think his are much grosser looking than this….but I digress. I like that they are branching out and adding some healthful add-ins to the mix.
I hate wearing socks and shoes when I am hiking or walking around in the summer (which is most days) But these babies keep my feet cool and stylish (albeit filthy). I scored these for $35 at an REI garage sale last summer and couldn’t be happier 🙂 I highly recommend investing in a pair of these bad boys.
I don’t read. Like, ever. I sometimes scan articles on the interwebs, but as for actual books….eh. I blame it on my undiagnosed ADD orrrrr the fact that I have a toddler (although I know lot’s of people with ADD and toddlers who read a ton). I just have a hard time sitting down with a book. However, I recently purchased both Daring Greatly by Brene Brown and Hope Unfolding by Becky Thompson.
I am in LOVE! I love Brene’s deep thoughts that she dispenses like candy from a .25 cent machine. She just pops out all kinds of tasty tarts of wisdom that blowmymind!! She is so insightful and intelligent and someday I hope I can meet her in person. #bucketlist
I have been following Becky on Facebook for a while now and truly appreciate her approach to motherhood and eyebrows. She has an elegant grace and approachable soul that make her easy to read and encouraging in even the darkest moments (IE: when you are crying in the bathroom because you just can’t read one more Daniel Tiger book that your husband bought your almost two year old who is obsessed with all things DT. Just me? Otay….)
I am also over the moon crazy excited for the new Oh She Glows cookbook that comes out right before my birthday! Woohoo!! Angela Liddon, you are my hero!! She has a little girl my son’s age and is preggo with #2 while running an amazing blog with the biggest following, creating an iPhone app (which I can now buy with my new iPhone!!!) and creating a new cookbook. How she does it, I have no idea. #squadgoals
3. Sports Bras
I have always had a hard time finding sports bras that provided adequate support, minimalization of back fat rolls and stopped the dreaded uniboob. I have always come back to Lululemon sports bras because they meet all these requirements and more. They provide stylish design and super cute colors to brighten up my drab workout selection.
I recently acquired the Energy Bra- Breathe in pink from their website after trying it on in store (and scored it for $39 instead of $58) and I am officially swooning over it. It’s so comfortable, I forget that it’s even on!
Check out the Lululemon website under their “We Made Too Much” section for other delightful bras (although I do recommend going in and trying them on first because they do not take returns on sale items purchased online 🙁
It’s funny that this is one of my favorite things because I am TERRIFIED of heights. Like, can’t stand on a kitchen chair without breaking a sweat. I decided to start trying this with Anj a few months ago and have taken to it like a duck to water. I loooooove challenging myself this way! It’s a mental and physical challenge. On some routes, I can use sheer strength (thank you lats!) but on a lot of them, I have to train my mind to look for footholds and form a plan instead of just clinging to the 30 foot rock face.
It has been so amazing seeing myself develop a new kind of confidence. I am still scared to death up there, but I still want to do it, even when I totally beach whale the top and flop over instead of gracefully and skillfully completing the climb.
A big shout out to Anj who helps encourage me when I freeze and calls me a badass when I don’t feel like one. Also, to all of the people who frequent the Circuit. You are amazing people!! I love the kindness of the people who are there. Everyone is a cheerleader there. It’s rad.
I never imagined that one of my best friends would be a 22 month old. He is so cool and all I want to do is hang out with him. He is funny, smart, energetic, creative and curious. He loves learning about the world around him. He has no judgements or criticism, just a straight up desire to wave and say “hi” to anyone who looks his way.
We get to do a lot of cool stuff together. My favorite is when he consents to being strapped into the backpack and go for a hike. This brings me soo much joy (and pain- he is getting sooo heavy!!) as we bop along singing and talking together. He fills a part of my heart that I didn’t even realize was empty.
So, in a nutshell, that’s a couple of things I am loving. I am going to be doing a review for Sun Basket next week, so keep an eye out for that. As always, thank you sooooo much for your support and readership! I really, honestly, truly appreciate it!!