Good morning and hope you’re having a great week! Thank you to everyone who entered my Tea Forté  giveaway. Congratulations to our randomly selected winner, Marissa S! I’ll reach out via email to so we can get your prize out to you. Hope you love your tea collection!

I blabbed all about how much I love tea last week so today I want to share some other stuff I’ve been loving lately.

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Long Beach Island

 

For My Mind

Podcasts:
The Great Love Debate with Brian Howie. I’m way late to the game on this one but have been binge-listening all month.
-Jenna Kutcher’s Goal Digger Podcast— I have listened to quite a few business podcasts, and I have been absolutely loving this one lately. There’s plenty of biz talk but lots of fun life stuff as well.

Books:
The Chemistry of Calm: A Powerful, Drug-Free Plan to Quiet Your Fears and Overcome Your Anxietyir?t=jcrd 20&l=am2&o=1&a=1439129061 - Giveaway Winner And August Favorites by Henry Emmons, MD offers a really interesting holistic approach to anxiety management. While I wouldn’t say I’ve learned anything new, given that I’ve been working with my clients and patients on this for years, I really have enjoyed reading about the case studies and hearing about how a doctor uses the research to treat his patients.

How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendenceir?t=jcrd 20&l=am2&o=1&a=1594204225 - Giveaway Winner And August Favorites by Michael Pollan has been on my wishlist since it came out, and I was so excited when it came in for me at the NYPL. I just love his writing style, and the topic is intriguing.
Rich People Problems: A Novel (Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy)ir?t=jcrd 20&l=am2&o=1&a=052543237X - Giveaway Winner And August Favorites — This trilogy by Kevin Kwan has been getting me through the summer. I love books that can make me laugh out loud. I’ll be so sad when I’m done with this last one.

 

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For My Body

Food and Drink:

-I think it’s the change in the light, but I have noticed myself craving fall flavors. For example, I got bit by the pumpkin bug & have been enjoying pumpkin purée in my yogurt. I also can’t wait to make this dairy-free mac & cheese. I want to try it with spaghetti squash or cauliflower instead of pasta since I’ve been getting a lot of requests for low-carb twists.

-I’ve also been eating  a lot of hummus omelets for breakfast (still) with this herbed tomato and cucumber salad on the side. On mornings I need extra staying power, I’ve been adding avocado to the salad.

-I still make a frittata at least once a week to make my corporate wellness days easier, and lately I’ve been adding tomato and zucchini as my veggies because summer’s not going to last forever! I was originally inspired by this recipe from How Sweet Eats but didn’t want to do to the store to buy milk.

-Trader Joe’s Organic Cold Brew Concentrate has been my go-to all summer. Saving me tons of money and time.

-I kind of wanted to hate Truly’s Spiked & Sparkling spiked seltzers, but after enjoying some samples, I changed my mind. While nothing compares to my go-to bourbon or sparkling wine, I like that these are a portable, 100-calorie option.

Fitness: 

-I’m still enjoying lots of walking in addition to my usual routine of yoga and Pilates. While we were are the beach, my sister, our friend/other sister Mel, and I tried a TRX class at a local studio and oh. my. goodness. Seriously, we were all sore for days after.

 

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My dad and I on Long Beach Island

 

For My Spirit

-Journaling has been saving my sanity lately. I was recently interviewed on my morning routine in this minbodygreen story, and I talk about how morning pages has been part of my life in some way, shape, or form since I was a little kid. I used to get in trouble in grade school for writing during class, and in high school, I legit almost flunked AP English because I was way more interested in decluttering my brain first thing in the morning than the assigned reading.

-Daily meditation has been a lot easier to get in using an app. I’ve been doing about 20 minutes a day. I fully admit, sometimes I fall asleep but I tell myself that some of it gets in there anyway…

-Time with friends and family has been a highlight of the summer, for sure. I’ve also been loving the quality time with all the fur children.

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Eli in his favorite spot in the kitchen.

 

What are you loving lately? 

 

Stay tuned—I’ve got some awesome stuff coming your way soon just in time for Labor Day.

 

 

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