Yesterday was one of my favorite days of the year: the first day of spring! Even though we had a mild winter, a cold front came through over the past two weeks, and I am already so anxious to get back into short sleeves and start chipping away at my spring to do list. Here’s to soaking up every bit of this new season, starting with a few of my current favorite things!
Purchase: I try to have flowers in the house almost all the time, but that means that nine times out of ten, I’m opting for one of the cheapest blooms at the grocery store. My go-tos that are inexpensive but still elegant are stock, hydrangea, and recently, tulips! They just feel like spring, and until the peonies start popping up (#byemoney), I’m very happy to have a $5 option that I love.
Beauty product: I got a free sample of a Bite Beauty Multistick in a recent Sephora order and have been using it every single day as blush (it also works for lips and eyes). I added the sample to my order not thinking much of it, but will definitely be picking up a full-sized version as soon as my sample runs out–it is the most long-lasting blush I’ve ever used! My sample is in Papaya, which I like a lot, but I might opt for Lotus when I buy it.
Local spot: We went to Pizza La Stella in downtown Raleigh for lunch on Dave’s birthday and were happily impressed! It doesn’t look too special from the outside, but the inside is beautifully designed (I loved the blue details) and the pizza tasted super fresh and delicious. You can never have enough go-to pizzerias, in my opinion, and we’ll definitely be back. Also, umm…can we please talk about this item on their dessert menu?!
Podcast: My friend Claire recently launched The Catholic Feminist podcast and the first few episodes have been fantastic. A few lines from the About page that had me throwing ???? emojis: “I want to wrestle hard truths with women who are seeking the true, good, and beautiful…I want to scream to the sky that there is room for you, and me, and all of us, here.” Learn more about it here and tune in on iTunes every Tuesday.
Workout: (To balance out the below, ha!) I’ve professed my love for Tone It Up workout videos before, but have been having a hard time getting into a good groove with them lately. As a substitute for now, I’ve been working through 21 Days of Pilates on The Balanced Life. Each workout is just ten minutes long and doesn’t require any equipment but a mat, so it’s easy for me to do quickly while Charlie is playing nearby. (Side note for pregnant mama friends–her prenatal pilates package looks awesome!)
Indulgence: We bought a bottle of Bailey’s to serve with post-dinner coffee at Dave’s birthday dinner, and since then, have enjoyed decaf Irish coffees a few times after putting Charlie to bed. It has been cold enough so that a hot drink at night is really enjoyable, plus they’re just so yummy! The taste of Irish coffee is kind of nostalgic to us too…people used to spike their coffee for 9 A.M. Christian Marriage class when we were studying abroad. Shh :)
What’s something random that you’re loving lately? Let me know!