February 3, 2016

February Favorites

Sure, it's only February 3rd, but titling this post "January Favorites" didn't quite work! "Christine's favorite things" is an alternate title but didn't have as much alliteration. Anyway, fun things ahead...a compilation of random things that are rocking my world, fitness and otherwise.

1. My Erin Condren Planner: Yes, they're expensive. Yes, there's a lot of hype around them. But really, I love mine. It goes everywhere with me. I've become so much more organized because a) it's pretty and I like using it and b) I've been able to customize it for my needs. Of course I use it for the basics like appointments and events but I also use it to meal plan, for blog post ideas, and to plan my study schedule. Especially now that I'm not tied to an Outlook calendar at work (and therefore had everything electronically on my phone), this planner has been really helpful. If you want one of you're own, here's a coupon for $10 off your order. Full disclosure- Erin Condren has a great referral system so if you use my coupon, I'll get a coupon too, but that's it. I just really love mine and want to spread the love!
Love my Erin Condren Life Planner!


2. Oils: I am totally one of those people who panics about wrinkles. I've tried so many different face regimens and haven't ever been 100% satisfied with anything. After reading a billion things about people using oils for their face, I took the plunge and ordered two different ones (rose hip oil and argan oil). I'm not sure if they're making me look 19 again, but I do like the way my face feels really soft and moisturized, especially during the winter months when it normally feels so dry and rough. And don't worry, I won't become a snake oil essential oil salesman promising you that my special oil can cure your cancer.

3. Yoga with Adriene: Since I haven't been able to run and have been struggling with tight, crunchy hips, I've been heavily focused on yoga. A while back, I searched YouTube for some yoga videos. I stumbled across Adriene and have been a fan ever since. She recently launched a 30 day yoga camp and I've been doing 2 or 3 videos each week. I love it and feel like it has really helped with my strength and flexibility. She also has a good video on yoga for runners and a specific video on hip openers. I have those on speed-dial or whatever the YouTube equivalent is!
Yoga with Adriene

Yoga Camp with Adriene


4. Travel Trends for 2016 from Frommers: More health and wellness-focused trips? Yes please!

5. ThredUP: Have you heard of it? It's basically an online consignment store. I learned about it from Allison at Life's a Bowl. Last fall, I had a big goal to clean out my closet and really downsize my clothing. Since we don't have a consignment store for my demographic terribly close by, I tried this. It's unbelievably easy! They send you a really thick plastic bag that is about the size of a lawn and leaf bag and you add clothing, shoes, and accessories and mail it back. It takes 2-4 weeks to process your bag and then you get a payout which you can use as a credit in their online store or receive a payout via paypal. I've sent in two bags and have about $130, so not bad considering that I would have sent this stuff to goodwill otherwise. If you're interested, here's a $20 coupon for your first order.  Like the EC coupon, this one also gives me a coupon as well, and I am more interested in sharing this cool concept than the coupon!
My first shipment!
6. Serial: I finally jumped on the podcast bandwagon a few months ago and at the urging of my husband, started listening to Serial season 2. This season features the story of Beau Bergdahl, the soldier who walked off his base in Afghanistan and was taken captive by the Taliban. It is fascinating and I cannot get enough! I also love spending a few minutes discussing the various points with Adam. Yup, we're nerds!

7. Valentine's Day: I know, I know, it's very much a Hallmark holiday. But the thing is, it doesn't have to be. It doesn't have to be expensive or contrived or obligatory. It doesn't necessarily mean over-priced dinners at a restaurant, heart-shaped boxes of chocolate, silly stuffed animals, and the like. We're not planning to do anything terribly extravagant. I usually make some cards and we plan a fun activity to enjoy together.
Simple and easy ways to make your Valentine feel special
From last year: I decorated the bathroom mirror with cheesy conversation
hearts, we made a nice brunch, I made some yummy treats, and Adam planned
a "speak easy" in our very own kitchen with some fun cocktails. 
What's rocking your February?
{Christine}

32 comments:

  1. I really need to check out yoga with Adrienne! I slept in today and am going to yoga instead of my usual lifting because my legs hate me. The last time I went I felt like I had a whole new set of legs so it helped big time. But I like the idea of having videos because classes don't always fit into my schedule.

    Your planner is pretty awesome. I have a Lilly Pulitzer one, and while it's not personalized, it is pretty and that helps me big time with keeping up with my schedule. Good luck to you juggling studying and family and life!

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    1. Oh I love the Lilly planners! I'm kind of weird about my planner so I like it to be set up a certain way and unfortunately the Lilly ones were a different layout so I passed. The prettiness of a planner is definitely a motivating factor for me...as sad as that is! ;)

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  2. Serial is one of those things that you don't know that you need it until you listen to it. I think that the narrator is so spot on, so easy to listen to, that she could be talking about cabbages and I would still tune in!

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    1. YES! You're right. The narrator is fabulous. The whole set up for the show is amazing and I am dying for the next episode.

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  3. I love Serial! I'm addicted to it, This American Life, and Sex, Death and Money as podcasts to listen to while I walk to and from work.

    Also, thanks for the consignment tip! I need to do the same so I will be using your coupon this weekend!

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    1. Oh I'll have to check out those other podcasts. I think you'll like ThredUp :)

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  4. Now I'm really curious about Serial. I need to check it out. Also, the online consignment store sounds awesome.

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    1. I think it's really fascinating and the narrator is really great to listen to!

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  5. I love my EC planner too they are great for life and blogging planning. I am old school I need to write stuff down. Hello crunchy hips too. Yoga makes them feel so much better doesn't it?

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    1. Yoga is one of my new favorite workouts. I love it!

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  6. Since I am moving, I'm in the process of cleaning out my closet. The ThreadUp is the perfect solution for those items which are too nice to donate to Goodwill. I ordered myself a bag (using your link of course) and hope I love it as much as you do.

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    1. Oh awesome! I hope you have good luck. I've had them not accept some things but I figure it's always worth a shot. And you can get some serious $$ for pursues if you have any of those to send in. :)

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  7. Ok I'm checking out yoga! And definitely checking out Thredup!!! I have so many clothes in my closet that don't fit anymore since I lost weight! LOVE your planner! I used to be a huge planner person but in the age of phones now I just use that. But there's something about seeing it written down.

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    1. Oh I bet you have tons of clothes that don't fit you anymore! Hopefully you get some good $$ for them. Or if you have a Clothes Mentor, those are a pretty good brick and mortar consignment store.

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  8. I just started doing some of the yoga by Adrienne videos recently and I really like them! I haven't tried the one for runners yet, I'll have to look for that.

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    1. I love her videos! She's so chill and funny I think.

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  9. I'm heading over to check out the yoga link now. Since I can't get to the gym as nearly as often as I'd like to now (with good reason of course) I'm looking for more at home workouts I can do. And since I've been neglecting yoga, I know I need to make it a higher priority.

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    1. This should be a great resource for you - most of her videos are 35 minutes or less.

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  10. I'm going to have to check out yoga with Adrienne! I'm always looking for good yoga videos. One of my favorites is Lululemon's Seawheeze series, especially 2014 with Goldie Kaufenberg.

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    1. Oh I'll check out that Lulu one - thanks for the idea! :)

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  11. I have been wondering why this new site has not been showing up on our blog feed lately? I got the first few blogs from Two Runners Travels and then it just stopped. I assumed you weren't posting on a regular basis. We feel horrible for not commenting. We have a lot to catch up on! I love having a fun planner. Not so bad doing a "to do list" when it is fun to look at!

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    1. Oh no! Do you use Bloglovin? Maybe unfollow and re-follow? We've had some wonky issues since we transitioned to the new blog so it may be one of those kinks. I had a feeling you were a planner sort of girl, Meranda :)

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  12. I haven't made it past episode 3 on Serial season 2. I feel bad for thinking the first season was so compelling considering the subject. Perhaps I'll give season 2 another shot!

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    1. I've read a lot recently that most people preferred season 1 to season 2. I don't have anything to compare as I didn't listen to season 1. And I'm slightly biased...my husband was in the Army so he has a lot of color commentary and we've enjoyed discussing it together.

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  13. LOVE the thread up concept! Very cool! I've also loved Valentines Day...it's one of my favorite holidays! :)

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    1. It's such a brilliant idea! I only wish I had thought of it myself. Somehow I could have guessed that you're a valentine's day girl :)

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  14. I love my EC life planner. A friend shared with me her love of it an I was hooked. Been about 4 years now. I've incorporated my blogging this year too!

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    1. I only recently started adding blog stuff to my planner and it's been really helpful!

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  15. I love another reason to plan a fun activity with my hubby :) I enjoy Valentines Day. I love the planner, and I missOutlook, it was nice and neat - we switched to Google at work and none of it seems as clean to me, but I survive :) Hope the hips start cooperating soon.

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    1. I kind of miss Outlook myself. It really is so organized and easy to manage life with that tool! And once you get used to it, it's hard to move on.

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  16. I am obsessed with ThredUp! I have made some great money on clothes that I haven't worn in ages! I also love my Erin Condren planner!! I've been looking for a good yoga video, I'll have to check this one out!

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    1. Same here...and I have found some cute new sweaters that are so reasonable. My closet feels so tired from being mostly professional clothes with a few weekend outfits thrown in there.

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