Hello from the tundra that is NYC! It’s COLD here. I’ll be heading to LA next Friday and I cannot wait. Get me to the warmth, please!
It’s been a hot second since I’ve done one of these favorite things posts. Oops. Just going to blame grad school, because I always blame grad school.
Here’s what I’ve been loving over the last month or so:
These Are a Few Of My Favorite Things // Vol. 6
▶︎ Birch Benders Paleo Pancakes
The paleo pancake mix from Birch Benders is SO good. I love that it’s shelf stable and all you have to do is add water – POOF – ya got pancake mix.
I tried the paleo version [it was the only dairy-free one Whole Foods had] and they were delicious. Although I do need to work on my pancake flipping skills as you can see…
▶︎ Urban Zen integrative therapy
Right before I took my finals for grad school I was invited to attend an Urban Zen class. Urban Zen was created by Donna Karen to change the present healthcare paradigm. The class fuses together meditation, restorative yoga, reiki and aromatherapy to create one dreamy, relaxing experience. I felt SO freaking grounded afterwards — which is saying A LOT during finals week.
Urban Zen is currently offered at Yoga Shanti here in NYC.
▶︎ Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly on Broadway.
I can’t believe I had never seen a production of Hello, Dolly before. I’m a huge Bette Midler fan and was excited to see her perform this iconic role. About halfway through the show I realized I knew all the songs — no clue when that happened but I guess if you attend enough musical theater summer programs you’ll hear all of Hello, Dolly.
The production is classic Broadway goodness, and sometimes that’s just what I crave. Is it the most powerful production I’ve seen in the last year? Nah. But I definitely enjoyed it and loved seeing Bette Midler’s incredible comedy.
▶︎ Perennials by Mandy Berman.
As a girl that grew up going to sleepaway camp in Connecticut, this book about a sleepaway camp in Connecticut gave me ALL the feels. The book is about A LOT of things. The moment when you realized you and your childhood friend maybe aren’t as similar as you always though. Transitioning from camper to counselor and really childhood to adulthood. A turbulent summer of emotional events at Camp Marigold.
Overall I really enjoyed the book and got pretty drawn into the world of Camp Marigold.
▶︎ currently reading: The Big Life by Ann Shoket.
Ann Shoket is the former Editor-In-Chief of Seventeen Magazine. She certainly knows a thing or to about millennial women. As far as personal growth books go, I really dig The Big Life. For starters it’s super relatable. In preparation to write this book, Ann threw a series of Badass Babes dinners to interview recent college grads about their hopes, dreams and aspirations. This research proves to be super useful as she hits the nail on the head about what it’s really like to navigate those post-college years. Definitely worth a read.
▶︎ oil diffuser and Saje Essential Oils.
I got an oil diffuser and some Saje essential oils for Chanukah. Can I officially call myself a wellness blogger now? I’m still new to the diffusing life, but I already really love this intro pack of oils from Saje. Do the oils work? Maybe? But at the very least they make my apartment smell good.