It’s that time again! The end of the month! So I’ve rounded up my 10 favorites from these last [insert adjective here] 31 days.
1. Pedometer App by Runtastic
Pedometer App for iPhone
I downloaded the free version of this app on my iPhone in the first week of March, and I’ve been using it every time I take my fur baby on a walk. I really use it because I like knowing how far I walk her each day. The free version allows you to save 3 different days of statistics and asks you questions once you’re finished like what the weather was like, where you walked/ran (such as a trail, along a road, etc.), how you felt afterwards, what the temperature was, etc.. I didn’t feel the need to purchase the full app because I don’t really need to save this information for anything. On the main screen, it tracks distance, steps, how long you walked/ran, and speed, and you can have it running in the background while still listening to music, or making a call. I’m sure this app does other things, but I’ve just been using it to track distance.
2. Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock by Northcube AB
Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock app for iPhone
I’ve been using this app every night since I’ve downloaded it (I have the full version) in the middle of March. With this app, you place your phone on the corner of your bed, above your head, and it tracks your sleep movements and cycles to wake you up at just the right time within a 30-minute timeframe so when you wake up, you feel most energized. This app also records statistics from night to night and shows a variety of graphs that compare each night’s sleep. I really like to see how my sleep is affected by factors such as the amount of time I spend in bed, how early I have to be up, whether or not I’ve had caffeine that day, my stress levels (which, who am I kidding, they are always high), etc.. Someone I work with at the coffee shop also uses it, and we like to compare our maps the next day, especially when we haven’t slept as much as we would have liked the night before.
3. Ipsy Cosmetic bags
Various Ipsy bags from 2013
Currently, I am not subscribed to Ipsy because I am a poor. Ok, that sounds bad. I’m not “a poor,” I’m just not making enough to currently afford subscription boxes (which is very unfortunate, because I loved getting surprises in the mail each month). Ipsy sends deluxe, and sometimes full-sized cosmetics in a small cosmetic bag, which changes every month. I now have a small collection of these cosmetic bags, which really came in handy when I went on my vacation to Florida. I also have some floating around the house storing my Sharpie pens, and other various items. I even keep one in my [overly organized] purse to store all my small items that would otherwise end up forgotten about at the bottom.
4. House of Harlow sunglasses
House of Harlow Aviators
I recently rediscovered these for my Florida trip. I received these in a Pop Sugar Must Have box last year. I had them hiding in my closet because this eternal winter we had for the last few months didn’t warrant sunglasses. But I wore the heck out of them in Florida, and during the last few days of March, they were actually worthy of hanging around in my purse, because it was sunny enough to wear them!
5. Tokyo-Milk Dark hand-crème in Tainted Love
I got this from a cute little boutique on my trip to Florida, however, I have seen it at Sephora. Let me just say, I put this stuff on my hands, and everyone flocks to me to tell me that something I’m wearing smells amazing. That would be this stuff right here! Not even exaggerating. You can get some here.
Tokyo-Milk Shea Butter Handcreme in Tainted Love
6. Madewell zip pochette in calf hair
Madewell zip pochette in calf hair, Spring 2014
Yet again, something I used while in Florida. Go figure. But really though, this makes a great wallet inside of my bigger purses, but also a nice clutch since it has a pocket and card slots inside. You can get one for yourself here! And if you don’t like that one, there is this one as well.
7. Julep Sea Salt texture spray
Julep Sea Salt Texture Spray
I have now noticed this monthly trend my favorites being things I used while in Florida, that I received from subscription boxes. I got this hair product in a Julep Maven subscription box sometime last year, and it is the best sea salt spray I have used. It actually enhances my wavy hair and doesn’t make it frizz out. And I also don’t have to use half of the bottle to make it work!
8. Madewell denim vest
Madewell denim vest, Spring 2013
Let me just say, I call myself an expert when it comes to choosing outfits that are fitting for theme parks. Just sayin’. You can disagree. But I really think I do a good job of being comfortable, while also being stylish, and making sure I have everything I need without having to carry around a purse or backpack. Really though, when you go into a theme park with a bag, it slows you down for many reasons, two being that it has to be checked, and you can’t get on many of the rides with them. When I went to the two theme parks in Florida, I wore my denim vest both times. It’s not too hot, and it has inside pockets, where I can store all of my
crap wonderful things. This way, it isn’t going to be jacked off my person while I’m staring at Hogwarts in awe wondering if my letter was accidentally mailed to the wrong address, and my precious Instagram machine (because what would I do without my iPhone, I don’t know, die probably) also isn’t going to fly out of my pocket when the Dragon Challenge flips me upside down. I do wear this even when I’m not at theme parks too! It’s a really easy layering piece.
9. Betty Crocker Parlor Perfect confetti sprinkles
I am not ashamed to say that I went through an entire bottle of these in a week. I’m also not ashamed to say, yes, I am that girl that gets THIS excited about sprinkles. They are like crack for frozen yogurt. It’s like my brain said, “Lynda, you’re eating deliciously healthy frozen yogurt with live and active cultures, why not add something to it so you’re amazing dessert is not-so-healthy anymore!” And then I said, “Ok, but only if I find the CRUNCHY sprinkles and not those disgusting WAXY ones.” And alas, Harris Teeter had the crunchy sprinkles. These babies.
All I gotsta say is “NOM.”
10. Maple Pumpkin Seeds with Sea Salt Kind Healthy Grains Bars
Maple Pumpkin Seeds with Sea Salt Kind Bar
And to round off my March favorites list: these maple pumpkin seeds Kind bars. Please note that these are the square ones, not the rectangular ones. I have only ever been able to find them in a box, not individually. During the months of October and November, they have a spot on the shelf in Kroger, but they are never ever there. Ever. But in the middle of March, you can find an entire FIVE boxes on the shelf. They are really that popular.
Bam. So there you go. The things I liked during the month of madness and green beer. So long March, hello April!
Bows and Arrows,