I love looking at other people’s monthly favourites so thought I’d start a monthly series of my own under the headings healthy, happy and glow. Here we go:
There’s nothing like an Irish strawberry – sweet and juicy with the most amazing smell! It’s one of my smells of summer that transports me back to my childhood when one of my favourite outings was to the local strawberry patch to pick our own strawberries! They’re at their peak at the moment so are pretty amazing. I love having them with blueberries for breakfast, in salads (with chicken, rocket and avocado) or on their own as a snack or dessert. They are especially good with my next favourite:
Home-made coconut yogurt
I was given a yogurt maker for Christmas and now feel that I’ve totally found my groove for coconut yogurt making. It’s extremely easy to make (three ingredients – coconut milk, probiotic and gelatin) and I’ve perfected it to my taste (thick, creamy and tart). It’s a super way to get more of those good probiotics into my day too! Can’t. Get. Enough!
I was still on vacation at the beginning of June. I went on a road trip from Las Vegas through Death Valley, up to Yosemite and across to Monterey, Big Sur, Santa Barbara and LA before driving back to Vegas. It was a lot of driving but it was amazing to go from desert heat, scorched earth and sand dunes one day to snowy peaks and crystal clear lakes the next. There’s definitely something about connecting with and appreciating natural beauty that feeds the soul. Being out of my day-to-day routine was restorative and discovering new places, sights, smells, sounds and tastes was inspiring. It also helped to get a dose of sunshine!! Travel definitely makes me happy.
Happier With Gretchen Rubin
I’ve been listening to this podcast since it started over a year ago but I still get nuggets of wisdom in each episode for simple ways of cultivating more happiness in my live. Gretchen presents the podcast with her sister Elizabeth and I love their friendship and dynamic as they are quite different. I’ve learnt that I’m a ‘Questioner’ so I’ll do things, but only if they make sense and I’ll often be crippled with analysis paralysis as I seek more and more information (me to a T).
Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling
Some songs just get you ‘happy’ and this is one is my current favourite. Regardless of my mood, if I hear this song it just gets me in a great mood and makes me want to stop what I’m doing and dance!
Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil
I’m slowly but surely changing my cosmetics and toiletries to non-toxic versions where I can. Our bodies have to deal with so many unavoidable toxins in our environment on a day to day basis I feel it’s important to make more natural choices and reduce my toxic load where I can. Having said that, I still want my products to work and give me good results. This month I’m really loving my oil cleanser from Josie Maran as it ticks all my boxes – it works brilliantly, feels so luxurious and is formulated without parabens, sulfates and phthalates.
So that’s a little of what I’m loving this month. What about you? What’s been making you happy this month?