It’s a little over halfway through the year which is crazy! This year is just flying by and it feels like a great time to take stock of everything that has made it great so far. Our current favorites are a nice way to sit back and remind ourselves of everything we have tried, learned & loved as we move through the year.
Reminding myself of the reasons I have to be grateful is a wonderful way to keep working in a positive mindset. Some years are harder than others and even the best years have roadblocks. As humans, we tend to focus on the negatives more than the positives and changing that cycle can be difficult. Reminding ourselves of all the large and small joys we have experienced in life is a big step in the right direction. I highly encourage everyone to consider starting a gratitude journal..or just take five minutes today to think back on a few things that have made you happy lately and share them in the comments below!
Current Favorites, What I’ve Been Loving Lately
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It’s summer at the moment so it shouldn’t be a surprise that I’ve been on a bit of a berry kick lately. Everything from Blackberry dessert bars to Stuffed strawberries has been my go-to desserts lately. Berries with a touch of lemon and cheesecake are just divine and thankfully very Keto friendly too!
However, thanks to Keto Krate I have also come to love Catalina Crunch cereal with Milkademia milk. So far I have only tried the Cinnamon flavor of Catalina crunch but they have a chocolate flavor I am dying to get my hands on and they recently introduced a maple waffle flavor that speaks to my Canadian roots.
My favorite sweetener is still Swerve Confectioners for most baking but I’ve been experimenting with Splenda’s Natural Stevia in my coffee and a few desserts with good success! I expect there will be more recipes using this on the blog in the future.
Hello, amazing hair! A few months ago I switched to a personalized shampoo and conditioner from Formulate and I have to say, this is probably the best my hair has felt and looked in years! I did a full review of Formulates product a while back and I am happy to say I just got my first refill so the bottles last for quite a while!
Considering how nice my hair has been behaving it’s well worth the price and I love how easy it is to make changes to my hair goals as time goes on. A quick minute on the app and my next refill will be tweaked accordingly. I didn’t make any changes this time around because I’m perfectly happy with my formulation but for the fall I might switch up the scent!
Other then my shampoo I’m also still loving the Joy brand razor I profiled on Instagram. It’s probably the best razor I’ve ever used for its price point of $8 at Walmart. In the summer having a razor you don’t hate can definitely make the season more enjoyable for us ladies who have to shave endlessly.
While you technically don’t need many items or services to blog there are definitely a few things out there that make it easier. I admit I was skeptical about Tailwind at first – I tried the free trial then dropped it in favor of pinning by hand. It’s true that you can make Pinterest work for you without Tailwind but it takes a LOT of work. At a certain point, I had to decide where I wanted to spend my time. Did I want to spend all day every day reminding myself to pin or would I rather be working on Keto recipes and creating fun content to share?
Content creation won out by a landslide and I bit the bullet. Tailwind is a bit of an investment but I feel like I’ve already made my money back threefold in terms of time saved. I will definitely be keeping my tailwind subscription active next year and if you want to give it a try feel free to Clink this link and check it out.
In addition to the time-saving power of Tailwind, I’ve also spent this year and most of last year organizing the blog with a Passion Planner. I’m pretty sure the blog would be a mess without my planner to keep me on track and I’ll definitely be ordering a new one for the coming year as soon as the new designs come out! Fingers crossed they release a purple one!
Life in General
Experiencing a new puppy in the house has been chaotic and challenging but overall quite wonderful! Echo has added so much to our home that it’s already hard to imagine there was a time she wasn’t with us! She’s bright and sweet and best pals with Connor and the kids.
We have been very fortunate this summer and have been able to take the kids on a couple of getaways. We spent a weekend at a lake house and a week in Miami thanks to the graciousness of good friends! The kids have been able to experience so many wonderful things and learned so much this summer that it almost boggles my mind. Creating these memories with them is something that I will always treasure and definitely deserves a spot in my current favorites!