And here we are at the mid-point of September already! That means it's time for me to give you a little taste of what I've been loving this month. As you guys know I've been limiting the buying over the past little bit in preparation for our trip to Barcelona in November so you're not going to find any items of clothing, shoes or purses this month. Instead we've got some long times favourites, a couple of gift ideas and some cheap ways to pass the time.
1. It's Okay to Laugh: (Crying Is Cool Too)
by Nora McInerny Purmort
I finished this book a couple of weeks ago and it's one of my favourites so far this year. I've come to the conclusion that autobiographical books about other women's somewhat messed up lives are kind of my jam (think The Glass Castle, A Complicated Kindness, Lullabies for Little Criminals). If you feel the same then definitely pick up this book. The author, Nora, has had a pretty rough go of it but she's also funny and sarcastic and will have you laughing and crying at the same time (just as the title suggests).
2. Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte Hand Cream
Yum! I went to Bath & Body Works to pick up some hand soap for the house (does anyone NOT use that soap?) and grabbed this hand cream because I needed a new one for my purse. It sounds weird and delicious but smells even better than you could imagine and makes me hungry every time I put it on. Plus, their hand cream actually works pretty well so you don't have to just buy it for the smell. There's also a soap out right now that's Coconut Pumpkin Latte and it might smell even better than this cream.
3. Root Cover Up Spray
You know how your hair dye always seems to need a touch-up before you need a hair cut? That happens to me every time and I'd rather not spend the extra money and time sitting in the salon chair more than necessary. Cue L'Oreal's Root Cover Up...basically spray paint for your hair. Sounds strange but it actually works really well to cover up those pesky grey hairs in between colours. It comes in six different shades and you just do a quick spray wherever you need it and you are good to go. It shampoos out so you'll need to use it after each wash but I haven't found it to rub out if you run your fingers through your hair.
4. Jigsaw Puzzles
Ever since I was a little kid I've always enjoyed doing puzzles and I find it a great way to pass the time when you'd rather not venture out in the cold. They are also a pretty cheap way to pass the time so it's a win-win (unless you're the bf who wants nothing to do with my puzzles). Amazon is a great place to find reasonably priced puzzles but you can also check out garage sales in your neighbourhood (just be prepared for a few missing pieces).
5. E.L.F. Kabuki Brush
I have used this brush for years and it's my favourite for applying powder. I like that it's small and fits easily into my make-up bag, is nice and soft, blends really well, and is only $6! E.L.F. gets really good reviews for a lot of their make-up brushes so if you have some that need replacing but don't want to spend a ton you should check out their site. They almost always have offers running for free shipping and/or free samples and I've been happy with most of my purchases from them.
6. Edmonton Cooks by Tina Faiz and Leanne Brown
This is such a great idea for a cookbook! Tina Faiz and Leanne Brown have gathered up a whole bunch of recipes from some of Edmonton's most beloved restaurants (and food trucks) and packaged them together in this fantastic cook book. Always wanted to make green onion cakes at home? Now you can! This would make a perfect Christmas gift for anyone in your life that enjoys cooking (or eating). You can buy it online through Amazon but if you live in Edmonton many of the restaurants are selling copies and some are throwing in a little perk if you buy from them.
7. S'well Water Bottle
I know, I know, these water bottles are ridiculously expensive and I didn't actually spend the money on one myself. I got one for free from work but I really do love it. It keeps my water cold for such a long time but is double walled so doesn't feel cold to the touch. It's crazy to spend so much on a water bottle for yourself but it would make a nice gift for someone who's hard to buy for. If you want a slightly cheaper option you can check out this
one from Minimal...the bf has the blue one and it's really similar to my S'well bottle just not quite as pretty ;)
8. Pumpkin Muffins
'Tis the season folks! Now I'm not actually a fan of pumpkin spice latte's but I like just about everything else pumpkin (see lotion above). I particularly like pumpkin in baked goods and these muffins are a staple in my fridge in the Fall. Really though, how can you go wrong with pumpkin and chocolate chips?! These are easy to whip up, freeze really well, and are actually pretty healthy assuming you don't eat 4 in one sitting.