What I'm Loving: May Edition

I constantly find myself thinking about things I want to share with my friends (cough-cough, YOU), but sometimes my newest discovery just isn't groundbreaking enough to sit down & write a dissertation about my favorite grocery store find.  So I've decided to start something new around these parts - a 'What I'm Loving' monthly series.  I get to tell you about some things I am falling for just like I would if we were sitting down at Starbucks over a once-again-removed-from-their-menu Honey Latte.   

I'm starting a big Disney series at the beginning of June, I decided to post my May wrap-up a tad early.  Grab a latte & let's get this thing started!

Books: The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom (affiliate link)

I probably should start by saying I love to read for fun, but grad school pretty much squashed any spare time for reading & somehow 9 years later I'm just now picking it back up again.  My weakness is for historical fiction & this one hits the nail on the head.  I'm 75% done with this book & it's been a great one to get me back into reading for fun.  It's set in the early 1800s on a farm in Virginia, chronicling the lives & events surrounding a family & their slaves.  The chapters alternate between the voices & perspectives of one slave and a young Irish girl who is an indentured servant.  It's an easy read & I've already got the sequel waiting on my nightstand, 'Glory Over Everything'. 

Podcasts: What Should I Read Next with Anne Bogel

This podcast is 100% what got me back into reading.  A few bloggers & podcast hosts I regularly follow have been guests on the show, so I listened and now have a list of books I'm ready to read that will take me into 2020.  Anne runs a blog called Modern Mrs. Darcy, which is devoted to all things literary.  She's basically a book whisperer.   The format is the same every week: guests share three books they love, one they hated, and what they are reading now.  She then gives them 3 book recommendations specific to their tastes.  Anne - if you're reading this, I must have deleted the email where you asked me to come on the show.  Because SIGN ME UP!

Food & Drink: San Pellegrino Blood Orange

I hate carbonated water.  My first trip to NYC years ago was back in 2007 with my best friend.  In what I am sure was an effort to feel refined and fit in with the elite of Manhattan, I grabbed a San Pellegrino during a post-Broadway run through Duane Reade for late night snacks to take back to our room.  What the upper class missed out on was me spitting that nasty salty water across the hotel room only a few short moments later.  Seriously - how does anyone drink that?  Enter my last trip to NYC with my main squeeze earlier this year.  We had lunch at Eataly (ahhhhmazing) & he ordered the Blood Orange version of my water nemesis, much to my chagrin.  And then I tasted it.  All I can say is my fridge has yet to be empty of this delight since the day we got hom.  I have a legit addiction to Diet Coke & hate water, so anything (even though it does have a few calories) that reduces my DC intake is clearly a good thing.  I've tried some other flavors & in general I like them all (except Prickly Pear - gah!).  Kroger runs deals every few weeks, so they become an affordable treat & make me feel a bit refined in my yoga pants while I'm watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

Movies:  Brooklyn (affiliate link)

So. Good.  I feel like there haven't been any high quality gal movies in a while (think While You Were Sleeping or You've Got Mail).  You know, something in between the dudeness of Marvel movies & the sappiness of Nicholas Sparks.  I couldn't wait for it to hit RedBox so I ordered it from Amazon & I'm glad I did.  Quick synopsis:  young Irish gal moves to Brooklyn on her own to start a new life in America.  And some stuff happens.  Just see it for yourself - you won't be disappointed!

Hair: Aveda Dry Shampoo

I've tried a few different options out there but this one takes the cake.  The smell is one step short of divine & its purely a powder - no aerosol!  I try to wash my hair no more than every 2 days to help keep my color vibrant for as long as possible between visits to the salon, and this let me get away with 3 days over the weekend!  

Hopefully you get a chance to test out one of my new favorites sometime this month - let me know what you think!  I've paid out of pocket for all of the above this month (well, the podcast is free), so know I'm only sharing what I'm really using & addicted to.  Seriously - this was such a fun post to write - I can't wait to see what comes through in June!  What are you loving this May?

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