Favorite Things Lately

I used to share three favorites every week - when something works particularly well for me, I want to tell other people about it. Since I moved away from daily posts, it just didn't make sense to keep up those posts that often. As such, I haven't posted about my recent favorites since mid-April. I figured it was time, so let's get into what I've been loving the past few months.

Recipe Binder. I always just pulled my recipes from pinterest, but I realized I had a few from other places and I kind of just wanted a solitary place to house everything. And it was easier in the kitchen to have some sort of book rather than constantly be touching my phone with dirty hands. I decided on recipe cards being the best option for me, since none of my recipes are particularly long or complicated. I looked at boxes, but this binder was the winner since it came with plastic page protectors and dividers to separate out the types of recipes. I don't have the neatest handwriting, but I don't mind! I added one or two recipes at a time, as we needed them, and we've got just about everything in there now with room to grow. It's been so useful to have it all in one spot that John and I both know about, and I love the protectors keep it clean while we keep it open during cooking.

Kitchen Island (and all other new kitchen items). Of course I am also still loving the other things mentioned in that post, like our pots, spice bottles, towels, etc. But the kitchen island is what's made the biggest difference in the space. It's not a large kitchen so it's been incredibly convenient to have the extra counter space for food prep as well as all the extra storage.

Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick. I think lipstick can be one of those 'used up too quickly' items that people don't want to spend a lot of money on, so I understand not wanting to splurge on this particular one. But I don't put color on all the time so I don't mind the price. It's slightly glossy and not drying at all - I hate drying lipstick. I have the princess kiss color and it's a nice, natural look but still just feels like I'm wearing lip balm, which is what I prefer.

Beachwaver Good Vibes Shampoo. I think my hair mask is more important than my shampoo, so I change up shampoo fairly often. As long as it's sulfate-free, I'm willing to give it a try. I decided to test out this one from Beachwaver, mostly based on the pretty colored bottle. It was very nice in the summer because it's got a coconut scent and the moisturizing effect was much needed on my color treated hair, which also dries out further in the sun. It doesn't lather, as many natural/sulfate-free shampoos don't, but I'm unbothered by this.

Natalie Bennett on YouTube. I will always find and love a good declutter video on YouTube, and Natalie has a whole messy to minimalist series in which she's decluttering and organizing her entire house, step by step. She has such a sweet and fun personality to watch, and I love seeing the before and after shots of each space. It's extremely motivating if you want to clean your space along with her.

Aerie Bralette. Can we talk for a minute about one of the most loved things about being a homemaker and no longer having to do into the office 5 days a week? Not having to wear an underwire bra. I still get dressed every day but in a series of comfortable house dresses, all which look lovely over bralettes. And these from Aerie are so comfortable, I almost forget I have them on. I did not think my large chest would be compatible with bralettes at all, but that is not the case with these.

Tell me about some of your favorites lately. Any good finds to share?