I have picked up a few favorite new things this summer – and thought I should share! They aren’t huge things – and they aren’t even life-changing, they just are wonderful. Enjoy!
Merona Chino Shorts
I have been on the lookout for some good, comfortable, short – but not too short – shorts. I have tried Old Navy in the past – but this time Target came to the rescue! I got two pairs of these 3″ Chino Shorts, and LOVE them. They are currently only $14.99 – I totally recommend them! They don’t wrinkle, and don’t change shape in the washer and dryer. I am really impressed.
Yoplait Frozen Yogurt Bars – Raspberry
I saw these in the store on sale – and thought they might be a good low-calorie dessert option for me (for when my husband is having his bowl of Cookies and Cream). They are SO good! Each bar is only 80 calories – and made only of pure ingredients (think sugar and milk!) You can see the ingredients here. They aren’t too sweet – just like Greek yogurt really. So, I get protein and low calories for dessert every night – and love it!
Fit Bit Zip
So, I am well aware that a Fit Bit Zip is a splurge. At $49 (on Amazon), it’s more than I usually spend on a whim – but I did redeem credit card points for it so for me it was free. I have been pretty discouraged about the whole logging calories thing – because I plateaud for a long time and couldn’t figure out why I wasn’t losing weight. I also have been itching for a new workout plan – something that doesn’t involve a gym (which I really hate, honestly). I have been reading about the “10,000 steps a day” thing – and realized that I just don’t move enough. Also, while calculating your steps, the Fit Bit Zip also calculates your exact calories burned – so I don’t have to guess anymore if I am eating within my calorie budget. All that to say, I love this thing!
I have realized three things from using this: one, I don’t move half as much as I thought I did. I have barely gotten 5,000 steps a day – and that includes my extra efforts to take walks! I pretty much sit all day! Two, I have become MUCH more intentional about moving since wearing this. I pace while I talk on the phone. I park in the furthest parking spot. I do lunges when brushing my teeth. Just wearing this makes me more aware. And three, I don’t need to “workout” just to be able to justify eating dessert. I used to think I needed to do big things to make a difference. Now I know that just walking more allows me to up my calorie intake. Love it!
My Favorite Shopping Tip – Amazon Wishlists
I have talked about my love for Amazon Wishlists before – and I am going to talk about it again! Inevitably, I read TONS of review online, and need a system to remember people’s recommendations. I don’t have the budget to buy everything I want, and so I have created a system to keep track of ideas for future purchases. I have a public Amazon Wishlist I give to people for Christmas present ideas, but my favorite wishlist is private that I use just for myself. Whenever I read about an item that I am interested in – I add it and write in any comments that I need. For instance, I wrote in “Serenade / Maria Menounos” above for the Stila Lip Color so I know what color and who recommended it. Also, for the (awesome) shoes, I wrote in the blog name that recommended them. This is my easy way to track ideas. Inevitably, I lose interest in a product down the road – and then can just cross it off the list. (So in that way, I save money.) Anyway, don’t think all my posts are just to “buy, buy, buy!” Instead – use this opportunity to organize your future purchases! (Don’t be thrown off by the date these were listed – I only moved them around today, not added them all!)