o b s e s s i o n s :
- Humble House Foods (specifically this habanero and aji amarillo sauce)
Y’all I’m starting with this one because WHAT?! IT’S SO GOOD. I am a sucker for anything local and for anything sweet & spicy. This one hits both marks, which means I’m all in. As a company, they’re about real ingredients and intentional cooking. As a sauce, it’ll rock your socks off. Seriously, I ate it on all three meals today (eggs for brekky, left-over pulled pork for lunch, and tacos for dinner. No shame). We got ours at H-E-B, but you can also order on their site.
- Fitness Challenges/Streaks
It’s kind of crazy to think it was about a year ago when I started my #runstreak. Everyday, for 51 days I ran at least a mile (and in there, a 5 miler and a half marathon!). What I love about monthly challenges and running streaks is that it’s NOT about the actual thing you’re doing. Not at all. At least, not for me. For me, it’s about the discipline. It’s about making a commitment and sticking to it, even on days when it’s the absolute last thing you want to do. Over the 51 days I ran, I learned so much more about myself than I improved upon my running. Start something. Just do it. I promise you won’t regret it (and maybe you’ll improve your plank time or gain an ab or two).
- Yippitee t-shirts for the littles
A shirt with toys attached?! What is this sorcery?! At first, I wasn’t sure McKenna would be into it. But honestly, it’s the perfect shirt for a few reasons.
- Fun numerical design. McKenna loves that it’s her “three” shirt.
- It can be for a birthday, but doesn’t have to be. I usually get my kids birthday shirts that are “that day” specific and then it’s kind of weird when they wear it again. This one can get a ton of wears without being weird.
- The fact that the shirt has snap-on finger puppets means it’s ideal for Stroller Strides! I can get McKenna dressed AND pack her some toys in one swoop. #momhack
Bonus reason why Yippitee is awesome?! They were the October FIT4MOM Austin Vendor of the Month, but she didn’t stop there! For the rest of November, you can get 15% her whole site with the code “F4M1017”.
- Wet & Wild Gel Nail Polish
I’m constantly on the hunt for at-home gel polishes that don’t require the whole set-up. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to sneak away to get a legit mani, but let’s be honest… who was the time?! So I fake it at home, usually with Sally Hansen. The ones I’m used to using are a two-step process, which is fine, but I love my polish to be super-shiny, so I usually hit it with another top coat. Again, who has the time? This wet & wild polish is new and only requires one coat (well, one bottle, I used two coats). I’m reeaallly rough on my hands and it’s held up great. I’m linking the color I’ve got below.
- Leather Earrings
Saving the best for last? I want to say yes, but I really can’t pick a favorite from this week’s list. I love a big statement earring, but I am pretty picky about the weight of my bling. I also love a statement earring with a simple outfit. No joke, I can go from asleep in my bed to hair in a messy bun, makeup on, random dress, statement earrings in like 15 minutes and look totally put together (for real—this is my work look almost errrrryyyday). All this to say GET YOU SOME LEATHER EARRINGS. So light-weight, so gorgeous. I have two brands at the moment (Lavish Leathers and Nickel & Suede) and I love them both equally. I am slowly building my collection so that I can seriously wear them all the time. So far I have a black glittery pair, a copper and camel pair (pictured), and an emerald green pair (pictured). These will change your fashion-life in the best way.