Stuff I Can Stand Part 2: Early Fall Favorites

Labor day has passed, the temperature has finally dipped below the 90s, and to me, that means its fall. Now I’m ushering in my favorite season with a list of some new favorites. Let me know what you think!

Fall manicure. Doing my own nails works best with my budget and crazy schedule, but I do try to use a gel-like polish so that it lasts longer. I’m currently wearing Sally Hansen’s Miracle Gel in the color “Cabernet with Bae” (LOL) and it’s my first fall color of the season. At the time I’m writing this, I’ve already been wearing it for five days, and it only has one small chip in it. Not too shabby for a DIY!

“Practical Paleo” by Diane Sanflippo. This book was another early wedding gift, and you guys, I. am. Loving. It. It’s so much more than just a cookbook. In fact, the first couple hundred (yeah, I said hundred) pages are informational, discussing different health conditions and the foods that fit them best, meal plans, how to chop and onion and so much more. All the information is really digestible (no pun intended… OK… pun intended), and the book is easy to flip through. Think of it as a combination between “It Starts With Food” and the “Nom Nom Paleo” cookbook. I’m definitely excited to cook my way through this book, so keep a lookout on my blog/Instagram as I do!

Trader Joe’s Cold Brew Tea Bags. While the fall is typically when I switch to hot drinks all day every day (2,000 cups of tea, anyone?) I received a really nice glass pitcher as an early wedding gift, which was perfect to try out Trader Joe’s cold brew. Making it was crazy easy (fill up the pitcher with cold water, put in two huge coffee bags, put it in the fridge and go to sleep) and to coffee turned out delicious! I’m a fan of cold brew, as it’s not so acidic as iced or hot coffee. Even my fiance, Mitch, the coffee aficionado, approved!

The Well-Fed Women Podcast. I have about a 35-minute drive to work each day, so the hour-ish that I spend in my car is the perfect amount of time to listen to a full episode of Well-Fed Women. The podcast is hosted by two awesome ladies, Noelle Tarr and Stefani Ruper, who are extremely knowledgeable in nutrition, exercise and overall wellness, who take a really down-to-earth approach at eating well. Particularly, they’ll often go against the grain and tout the benefits of eating healthy carbs (yes carbs!) in the midst of what seems like an endless world of fad low-carb diets. In each episode, they answer questions for listeners who write in, and are never judgemental. Well-Fed Women definitely makes my morning commute a bit less miserable.

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