latest obsessions

Just thought I would share a few things that I can’t get enough of right now, because great things need to be shared!  Matter of fact, some of these things I have found courtesy of a share – I love knowing what others are into.

Two summertime snacks I just love are persian cucumbers and asian pears, sliced and topped with lemon and himalayan pink salt.  Quite an international sounding dish, no?  Instead of chips or nuts, I will cut up a bunch and put it in a glass container so that I have easy snacks available.  The combo of sweet, salty, crunchy and tang make for a perfect nibble.  If you are into more flavor, add Everything but the Bagel seasoning from Trader Joe’s.  Have you tried it on an avocado?  Delish!

Silverado Trail Strawberries literally taste like they were grown with sugar pumped through them.  If you aren’t in Napa, sorry, because these are like candy.  The key to making them last longer is to wash them immediately and let them soak for a few minutes in water and distilled vinegar.  I cut them up and put them in a glass container for a quick and easy grab.  My kids and I go through a pint at least a day.

Hoola and High Beam, both by Benefit are musts all summer long.  I have minis for my purse and have full sizes in my drawer.  Hoola gives the sun-kissed bronze without the glittery sparkle (which I hate) to your face.  High Beam highlights where you want to look fresh and dewy.  The micro-texture of High Beam gives more of a natural effect, versus the shimmer of some glittery highlighters.

SPORTea is as old as ever, but nothing quenches the thirst better!  I can only drink so much water, and if I have exercised in the morning, my daily intake goal has usually been met by noon.  I brew up SPORTea and put a big pitcher of it in the fridge.  If it is good enough for climbers that tackle Everest, it is good enough for me!

Mechanical pencils (my favorites are these) are a way of life for me year-round, but especially in the summer.  I feel like writing things in ink makes it so permanent.  Pencil seems sort of negotiable, keeping doors open, yet marking potential plans down as notes.  Summertime should be easy and not so structured, that’s why I love keeping the mix of camps vs. free time balanced so that my kids can enjoy summer the way I did, freely and with options!  Try switching to pencil for June and July.  There’s plenty of time to put it in ink.  Trust me.

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