Yep, I checked and we are still in the upside down! Fall is here and a whole new dose of anxiety around COVID-19 has hit our family. I have a sniffly nose that I would have barely noticed last year, but now I’ve got all the things that are essential for a cold—the tea, lozenges, soup, and fluids—on full speed. If anything, we’re really learning the importance of focusing on staying healthy. I guess that’s the upside (??) of a very dark and scary time. I hope you are all doing ok.
Most of the things I tried this month were about feeling better, with a few frivolous things peppered in here and there. Without further ado, the things I tried and loved in September were….
Looking for more of my favorite finds? You can find all of my previous posts on this topic here.
When I first heard about the concept of drinking vinegar I was skeptical. But then I realized how often I’m using vinegar to balance out flavors in cooking and started to warm up to the idea. I recently tried Artizn vinegar drinks because I love the packaging (design nerd here) and was really into the complex flavor profiles. It’s a special treat to add to your wellness routine and a good swap for your daily juice. I like that it is helping my gut health too. My go-to is the fig pear lavender flavor.
If I had to take one essential oil with me to a deserted island, it would be this one. And for some reason, not all peppermint essential oils work the way Peppermint Halo does. Most often I roll this on my neck when I need to have a really intentional moment of relaxation, because you feel a tingling sensation rise for about twenty minutes after application. Highly recommend!
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This show made me happy in ways I haven’t experienced in a long time—what a beautiful way to show the complex stories and nuances of people living with autism spectrum disorder. We can all learn a lot when it comes to our own self-acceptance, boundaries, and true selves from watching these lovely humans open themselves up to new relationships. 10/10, a must-watch.
I got this massager and it is life-changing. This is, without a doubt, one of my favorite things in my life right now, and it’s portable and light so you can bring it with you on the go. After gardening for three weekends straight, the knots in my back became so tight I woke up with tingling hands each morning. After seeing a chiropractor, he told me that consistent massaging was the best way to keep knots like this from recurring. And woah, was he right. Joe and I practically wrestle over who gets to use this wild device while watching T.V. and both of us have found it useful for everything from sore muscles after a workout to persistent knots, like the ones I’m getting in my upper back.
I finally took the “plunge” (pun intended) and purchased the bra that has been following me around on the Internet for over a year. Finding bras that offer support while remaining comfortable is like my personal white whale, and while I love my Uniqlo bras, I wanted to find a good sheer option. Even the smallest bit of padding makes certain clothing become ill-fitting—a curse of the busty—and I am happy to report that this CUUP bra lives up to the hype! The lines are gorgeous, it’s supportive for my ladies, and it makes my clothes look better. It is less comfortable than the Uniqlo bras, but I think of it as a different tool in my undergarment arsenal. Highly recommend!
I love how elegant and sleek these coupe glasses are. I find myself grabbing them often as a way to make enjoying a glass of wine that much more enjoyable with every sip. They are a bit pricey but would make an amazing wedding or anniversary gift. (I love this budget-friendly option as well!)
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BY Kate Arends - October 7, 2020
Thank you for being here. For being open to enjoying life’s simple pleasures and looking inward to understand yourself, your neighbors, and your fellow humans! I’m looking forward to chatting with you.