Thursday, March 5, 2020

Things I Love Thursday // 3.5.20

  • Camo Butter-Soft Shirt - I found this crazy-soft camo shirt by No Boundaries at Walmart several weeks ago and lucky for you --it's widely available online. The material is stretchy and incredibly comfortable. Needing something to wear over a workout top and leggings, I purchased an XXL (I'm normally a M). The extra big size allows the hem to come just past my bootie (I'm 5'6"). The sleeves are obviously long in this size --but not ridiculously so (and the top is cute with the sleeves rolled a bit too). If you're not into the front knot, other reviewers mentioned doing a french tuck --which leaves me wanting this shirt in my "regular" size too!

  • Homemade Hummus - I absolutely LOVE homemade hummus and I've been using the same well-worn recipe for years. I can't remember where the recipe is attributed to but I've found this exact replica from The Modern Proper (with gorgeous photos too) for you to bookmark or print. The thing I love most about this version is the fresh lemon juice and zest that adds a perfectly bright flavor twist to a classic. And now I have found an almost-as-delicious store bought substitution! Sabra's new Lemon Twist Hummus is dangerously good! While not quite as creamy as homemade, the zippy lemon flavor is done really well here. You should give it a go!
  • Homemade Sneakers - Well, they're not really "homemade" --except that I did get to design them myself. These Nike Air Force 1s were fun to make and I'm so pleased with how they turned out. Nike lets you choose the colors for nearly every aspect of 15+ shoe styles (soccer cleats, basketball shoes, running shoes, lifestyle...). These would make a great gift! Many styles can be customized down to the personalized embroidery addition.

  • Dermaplaning - I treated myself to a hydra facial and first dermaplaning session last week and I couldn't be happier with the results. Dermaplaning is an exfoliation procedure that uses a sterile surgical scalpel to shave the surface of the face to remove dead skin and peach fuzz. Benefits include: deeper product penetration, removal of soft hairs that could otherwise trap dirt and oils, minimizing the appearance of acne scars, and reducing the appearance of fine lines. I had my treatments at The Center for Women's Aesthetics in Charlotte (lovely, lovey --highly recommend if you're in the area)--but the service is widely available at spas everywhere. Many people do their own treatments at home. I am in no way promoting that you do that; however, if you do --please consult an expert.

  • Easy Dinners - This new "pumped up" salad in a bag is quickly becoming a go-to for dinners between school sports and club sports. (It's so tasty though, you'd likely enjoy it --even if you weren't eating out of a tupperware in the car!) One bag of Asian Inspired Salad Kit from Whole Foods, a handful of shredded rotisserie chicken, and a couple tablespoons of Trader Joe's General Tsao Stir Fry Sauce (or something similar) and you're good for 3 generous "meal sized" portions. Fresh cabbage, cilantro, celery, shredded carrots, crunchy wonton strips, and toasted almonds pack the dish with flavor. Just toss the shredded chicken with some extra sauce (or not) and dump all salad kit ingredients together in a bowl. Toss with dressing (included) and serve --or pack in containers for when you pick the kids up from one location to drive them to another. 

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