Thursday, August 31, 2017

Monthly Favorites | August 2017

I seriously cannot believe how fast August went by! I'm really going to need life to slow down a little for me, because these months flying by at the speed of light, is getting slightly ridiculous.

August was a busy month and not busy with all fun stuff, unfortunately. It started fun, but has ended a little stressful. In August, we celebrated birthdays for one of my nieces, one of my great-nieces, my father-in-law and mother-in-law (on the same day) and my birthday, H-E-L-L-O 33! It's safe to say I've had my fair share of birthday cake. In-between all the birthday cake, somehow every male in my house found a way to get injured.

If you follow me on Instagram you already know my oldest son took a nasty hit to the head the weekend before last, which landed him in the hospital for a day and earned him his first set of stitches. Two days after that, my husband had extensive hip surgery. This surgery has put him out of commission from work and home duties for the next four weeks, then light duty for another eight weeks. A day after surgery, my youngest fell face first on concrete at daycare, which left him a little beat up. Even our dog, also male, broke out in horrible allergies.

Let's just say, I'm barely keeping my head above water helping every one recover, the house clean, making it to work on time, giving the kids equal amount of attention and still finding time to clear my mind and breathe. Needless to say, I loved sitting down and thinking about some of my favorite things from this month. However, I am happily waving goodbye to August and welcoming September with open arms. Fall. That's all you have to say!

1. Girls Trip

Y'all, if you are even slightly interested in seeing Girls Trip, stop reading right this second and find a way to watch it. Hands down, best movie I have seen in awhile. I had a day out with three of my friends and we saw Girls Trip and then went to lunch. This movie is hilarious. I hollered, I laughed, I cried. This movie gave me all the feels. The line of up of Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall and Tiffany Hadish are amazing together. And honestly, for me, Tiffany Haddish MADE this movie. If you haven't heard of Tiffany Haddish before, please do yourself a favor and go check her out on YouTube. Five stars!! I could watch this a million times and still laugh my head off!

2. Fitbit Charge 2 Accessory Bands

Earlier this summer I upgraded my Fitbit to the Charge 2. One thing I loved about the Fitbit Charge 2 option was the ability to change out bands. While scrolling across Amazon, I stumbled across AIUNIT's listing for a 10 replacement bands for under $20.00 (listing here). I couldn't order them fast enough. They were an item which qualified for prime shipping, so as a prime member I received the package within two days. I was slightly disappointed in the packaging, as the box holding my replacement bands were just put in a bubble wrap mailer, so there was slight damage to the box. However, the bands themselves were unharmed. The set of 10 included a black band, I gave that one to my husband. So, far I have switched my band to teal, grey and now I am wearing the white band. I love that I can easily switch out my bands based on my outfit or how I'm feeling. They feel exactly like the bands I received with my Fitbit, I haven't had any problems with fit or skin irritation.

3. Iced Caramel Macchiato with Toffee Nut Syrup

Again, if you follow me on Instagram, this is a no-brainer. I don't drink coffee every day, but this month I received many Starbucks gift cards and some days just needed a pick me up. Anyone who knows me, knows I have been doing my best to summons fall since the second week of August. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy summer - but Fall is everything. I've always been a fan of Iced Caramel Macchiato's; however, a friend told me she added toffee nut syrup in hers and I was intrigued. It was love at first sip. I know most people connect fall with pumpkin or pumpkin spice, but this Iced Caramel Macchiato with added toffee nut syrup made me feel every bit of fall! I've drank more than I care to admit this month.

4. The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying by Nina Riggs

My last favorite for this month is the The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying by Nina Riggs. I'm not sure I can only share a few sentences about this book and fully do it justice. This memoir is beautiful, painful, vulnerable, funny and loving. I was not prepared to dive so deep into my own emotions while reading this book. Nina Riggs was 38 years old, wife and mother of two boys, when she was diagnosed with incurable metastatic breast cancer. In her memoir, you follow her journey through dealing with cancer, losing her Mother, loving her husband and mothering her boys up until her passing. Nina Riggs passed prior to this book being released. Parts of her story reminded me so much of two great losses I've had in my life. The first, my Mother who passed in 2008; and the second, my best friend Heather, who passed in 2016. My Mother, Heather and Nina Riggs all taught me to live life fully, honestly, and courageously no matter how much time we have left. I could go on and on about this book, if you want a full review let me know in the comments. But, in the meantime, I'll leave you with one line that stayed with me as a sad, yet beautiful, reminder of life:

"And there it is: The beautiful, vibrant, living world goes on."

This post does not contain affiliate links, just random products or items I feel in love with this month.

What were your favorite items in August? Did you fall in love with an old time favorite again or find something new that now you can't live without?

1 comment:

  1. Ouch! Hope all your boys are okay soon. Interesting post. It gives me a reason to sit and think whether I'm in love with anything but myself. ;) Will keep you posted.