If you read my last blog post then you know my favorite show in July is actually the wedding special! There were two this month, the Lachey wedding and the Hefner wedding (or lack there of). My last blog post was about these two shows. You can find it here. That post actually started off as part of this post, but then I realized that I had written about 600 pages worth of critique. It needed to be its own post. Be sure to check it out to get the full effect of my July Favorites post!
I read this book in one day! (Actually I think it took me a day to read all of the books in the series.) It was amazeballs! I have missed these girls! If you have not read these books, you need to get on it! Yes, I began reading them in middle school/early high school, but my mom likes them as well. They are about four best friends and the life changing ups and downs they face- death of a parent, growing up, dating, etc. It is called the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants because they find a pair of pants that fit them all well regardless of their different body types. They pass these around as a way to "be with each other" even though they are all apart on summer vacations. There are also two movies based on the books. Have you seen them?
The movies were good, but I think the books are way better (obvi). The last book just came out and it takes place ten years after the last one, so the girls are 29. It has more of an adult feel than the others, but the girls are also adults now too. I do think the author wrote this book in a way where you could read it without reading the others (she explains things well), but I recommend reading the previous books to really get to know the girls. Its not really a spoiler alert because it happens immediately, but one of them dies! You'll feel for all the characters more if you know them like they're your friends (and the previous books give you that relationship). Another cool thing about these books is that each chapter starts with a random quote from people like Taylor Swift and Emily Dickinson. I'm OBSESSED with quotes, so I LOVE this aspect! (I'm not going to lie I remember going through one of the books and reading all the quotes before even starting the book ;o) If you read this, comment below and let me know what you think!
My favorite experience is a triple tie! It is between these three things:
a. swimming with a manatee in the ocean
I realized that I didn't even include this in my 4th of July post. Where was my head at?! (Puppies!) Anyway...while at the beach, someone spotted a manatee! I died! I had even talked about manatees to David earlier that trip. They are just so cute and if they were fluffy I would totally cuddle with them. Instead, I ran a little ahead of this one, caught up to it, and then swam with it along the coast for a bit. Sadly, no pics :o(
b. David and I learning to play tennis together- both being newbies
You might be wondering about this one because I can see its ability to sound lame, but let me explain. I think every couple should have a indoor and outdoor activity they can do together. While I did take golf lessons while in Florida, David is basically already a pro. On the other hand, with tennis, we are both new and on an equal playing field. This makes it easier for me to be better than him in the future!
c. Britney singing her final song, Till The World Ends (blog here)
I just bought these gorgeous nude pumps from BCBG. Although I love shoes, I am not a Carrie Bradshaw willing to throw out tons of money especially on shoes- they go on your feet and touch the nasty ground daily. These were priced at $89.00 and when I went to check out they were $20 off. Go me! Still more than I would normally pay, but I have been searching for these perfect shoes for a year! I am so happy I found these. Other ones I tried on were too high/striperish, too shiny, too tall, way too expensive...but these were juuuust right :o)
I have been strangely obsessed with guacamole since David's aunt made some at the beach. I had never really had it until then (like as just a dip with chips). Now, I have been dipping my quesadillas, chips, etc into it. So yummy! My mom bought these 100 calorie guacamole packs from Wholly Guacamole (cute, right?!). They are all natural and super tasty. I eat this as a snack with chips and lemonade. Great summer snack. How do you say delicious in Spanish?!
This summer I have been using the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Glow Sheers instead of my normal foundation. I really like it because it is lightweight- basically a tinted moisturizer. It also has SPF 30, so it makes it even more perfect for summer! It is always a good idea to wear less makeup in the summer- foundation, eye shadow, etc because your skin needs a break. Plus, you'll sweat it all off in this heat anyway!
This is an Australian Shepherd. One of my professors had two Australian Shepherds, Canyon and Sullivan. She trained them on Cherrio's to be class pets. They would come to our class and just sit there calmly. They are super smart dogs and easy to train. While in Siesta Key, I saw the cutest mini Australian Shepherd puppy (pictured below). I want one!
Favorite Face Wash:
L'Oreal Go 360 Clean Anti-Breakout facial cleanser is still my go to cleanser. I just bought a new bottle of it last weekend. That means my previous bottle lasted two and a half months because I bought it in mid-May! That is with washing my face morning and night, after I workout, and sometimes twice at night when I don't use makeup remover wipes. Craziness! You only need a dime sized amount and then it lathers really well. Economical and effective. :o)
If you haven't already noticed, this is Minute Maid's Pink Lemonade (in the can). I had these in Florida and I fell in love. I try not to drink soda, but sometimes drinking water gets boring. These do have 150 calories and are probably the same as soda sugar wise (minus the carbonation of soda which I don't like to drink because it makes you bloated), but I don't drink them a lot. (Although they go great with guacamole!) Plus, they're PINK!
Wednesday morning I went to my first Zumba class. Zumba is a great cardio workout. It is basically a quick moving dance class. I never stopped moving. Even in between songs we were supposed to jump in place. Supposedly, one can burn 400-1000 calories depending on factors such as your weight and how much you put into the class. I will admit that some moves were difficult because they were so quick, but i just tried to keep moving. I really enjoyed it. Saturday morning I went back again to a hip-hop Zumba type class. It was National Dance Day, so I had to celebrate! I loved hip-hop Zumba (better than regular Zumba actually)! It was choreographed to all popular dance songs on the radio. It also had more hip-hop type moves than salsa moves which were easier for me to follow. Don't get me wrong, the hip-hop Zumba class still kicked my butt. I walked out of the gym looking like I just ran three miles! The hip-hop Zumba lady said she would be coming to Lifetime Fitness twice a month- I cannot wait to go back! Maybe I can drag my mom along...she refuses though.