Friday Favorites 10.20.2017

Hey friends πŸ™‚ I’m currently working on a blog about my recent trip to Europe – and I’m hoping to finish it this weekend when I get the time to fully engage and put details into it! So stay tuned!

In the meantime, I wanted to share some things I’m REALLY into lately. I’ve started to “revamp” some of the products I use in my day-to-day routine, I’ve started reading again recently (FINALLY!), and a bunch of other little things I think are fun and cute and worth sharing about. If you don’t care, stop reading HAHA.

1. My new book, Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown.

As many of you probably know, Brene Brown is AMAZING and her lectures and books and anything she writes (or touches) is gold! I just started the book literally yesterday and I already feel SO empowered. Yes that sounds corny, but it’s literally exactly what I feel so go read it πŸ™‚2. My new face lotion/ face masks/ skincare routine.

I never really cared about skin products. Ever. I use scentless, heavy moisturizing, eczema safe lotions and soaps, so I never really looked around for other products. Until I found an awesome face mask from Natura Culina (Rose’Berry) and a new face lotion from Radha Beauty. I also happened to win a yoga challenge on Instagram (cool right?!) and won another black charcoal face mask from Radha – sweet!

So far, they both have done wonders on my face – my skin is way softer, and hopefully, with the drier conditions that always come with winter, I’ll be able to keep my skin moisturized with their help πŸ™‚ I also started using “Yes to Coconuts” hand lotion and I AM ADDICTED. So that’s that.3. Hazelnut and Pumpkin Spice coffee.

I mean, do I really have to explain this?4. Redecorating/ rearranging my entire apartment.

I wish this was a joke, but it isn’t. I have recently gotten completely head-over-heels inspired to clean and organize and rearrange our space. In a good way!! I absolutely adore where we live, and I want to improve some of the ways we are setting up the area. I want to get new pillows, rugs, storage…even small things like bathroom accessories.

I want to create a space for me to do yoga and keep the items I use in my yoga practice. I just want to illuminate our apartment!Β And make it as beautiful and refined and US as we possibly can. I’m super stoked Patrick is on board with this too otherwise that mayyy be an uphill, slow, painful, annoying battle πŸ™‚ Thanks love!

IMG_20171020_091737_787IMG_20171020_091743_1765. Meal prepping

Since we got home from Europe, I set a goal for myself to cook and prepare all of my meals that I eat at work during the day.Β  Breakfast, snacks, lunch, snacks, and more snacks. I want to try and minimize the amount I personally spend on food throughout the week, so that when we do choose to splurge and go to a restaurant, I know that I haven’t already spent $20-$50 that week on lunches and breakfasts, etc. This also falls into the category of being more organized of course πŸ™‚ Making sure we grocery shopped, we cook more for dinner so we have leftovers for the next day, bringing extra snacks because we ALL know how 2:00 HANGRY feels πŸ™‚ It’s going well so far! And yes, it’s only been a week, so we’ll see πŸ™‚6. House of Lies

Patrick and I started watching Don Cheadle’s new TV show House of Lies last night and IT IS SO FUNNY. Kristin Bell is in it (and I adore her) and so is Ben Schwartz who I hope you all remember from Parks and Rec as Jean-Ralphio (arguably one of the best characters on that show). It’s VERY irreverent and fairly sexualized, but the banter between the people on their team, and how Don Cheadle discretely teaches us about sales and management is an awesome combination for this show. Check it out!don-cheadle-house-of-lies-ending7. Yoga

This isn’t new! Shannon, you do yoga all the time! Yes, I know, but this time, I’m actually setting a goal to attend a yoga class once per week. This proved to be challenging (okay, impossible!) with my marathon training. Both months of August and September were flooded with races, travel, weddings… you remember. So now that Autumn is here and I have opened my heart and mind (and schedule) again to having a teacher-guided practice. I am SOOOOO excited I can’t even tell you. I hope to join more workshops, explore multiple yoga studios, and hopefully learn more about my own personal practice and how to incorporate more meditation and mantras into my daily life. ❀ πŸ™‚8. Yoga Girl Podcast

And ON that last point, I have been listening to the Yoga Girl podcast NON. STOP. lately. Yes I have a lot of episodes to catch up on because she started her weekly podcast back in March – and I’m so okay with that! I keep her episodes on while I’m at work and it is so refreshing to hear her ideas and listen to her guests talk about all kinds of ways to revive and rejuvenate your life and relationships and self love, etc. I am completely in love πŸ™‚690fdda87d7dc0797e7dda03cfe7caca--yoga-girl-rachel-brathen-jaiAlso – I’ll take any advice on podcasts you recommend!!

Welp that’s everything in a nutshell! I am stoked about revitalizing my lifestyle, my wardrobe, my apartment, and just my overall mentality and wellbeing too. It’s always a work-in-progress of course, and I love the change and ebb and flow every step of the way.

Thanks for tuning in πŸ™‚ Have an amazing weekend!

Namaste, xoxo, Shannon

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Life Lately 7.21.14

Holy cats, everyone, its been two weeks since I posted last. TWO WHOLE WEEKS. That is how crazy busy my days have been flying by! I barely have enough time to read the blogs I subscribe to! Eeks! It’s time to download some awesome memories and highlights of the last two weeks here!

Let’s see then… where to begin…

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Fitness.
So this is predominantly why I’ve been so busy lately. I’ve been running, biking, teaching Body Pump, cycling, INSANITY-ing, and lifting more than I have in a looong time. It’s a blast, but it sure is exhausting at times. Yes, even enough to keep me from blogging πŸ˜‰

Here are some workout highlights!

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Teaching Pump ❀

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Swim, swim, swim!

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Fun runs with my dad!

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Running with my sister!

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Personal Best at the Festa Italiana 5K! Such a great route!

Food.
I’ve cut out caffeine, guys. Yeah, I said that. No coffee, no energy drinks, no nothin’. This is my second full week, and I actually feel great! I don’t have any heartburn (often a side effect of drinking coffee for me), I sleep like a log every night, and I don’t have any caffeine withdrawal feelings. I’ve been drinking tea and lots of water, along with gingerale thrown in there too πŸ™‚

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I’ve also been eating TONS of salads lately. Almost everyday for lunch, and sometimes for dinner too. Really trying to up my veggie count!

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Can’t forget my favorite fruit πŸ˜‰

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After our Festa Italiana run, my dad and I split a rice ball. Hallelujah delicious!!

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Recent grocery haul, for your review πŸ™‚

Fun.

While I include EVERYTHING from Fitness and Food in my “fun” category, here are some other highlights from the last two weeks!

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Went to a book signing and discussion of Elizabeth Gilbert’s newest bookΒ The Signature of All Things. It was so much fun! I seriously love this lady, her insight into the world of writing and just living life to its fullest. I’m about 1/3 of the way through the book now, and cannot wait to see how it ends! (Also have her four other books en route as we speak to read this summer!)

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I haaaaaaaad to include a picture of my favorite Gus, right?!

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Such a fun night at a jazz and rock concert with my family a week ago. They had massive hula hoops for everyone to test out, so obviously, I showed off my “mad skillz”. I obviously had a blast there πŸ™‚

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Saw a hilarious cover band at Festa Italiana with my dad, who sang so many Beach Boy songs, it made me wanna go surfin’ (surfin’ USA)!20140718_212452

Oh, and I decided one day, I’m buying a Vespa. Yep, and probably a matching one for my sister. So we can traipse the tiny streets of Europe when we move there. We can dream, right? (And make it happen…)

Have a beautiful, beautiful Monday everyone! I’ll be writing again soon, pinky promise ❀

Peace & Love

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