This month I decided to take up a new hobby. Well, I don’t know if it’s really a hobby but it’s a… past-time? Relaxation method? I don’t know – you tell me.
At the end of June my company’s insurance benefits plan renews, and starts over from scratch. Since I had some neck and back issues this past year, most of the money went towards physiotherapy. Buuuut, a couple weeks ago I realized that I had just over $200 left in my benefits plan to spend on WHATEVER my heart desired.
And you know what dis heart desired? A back massage.
I’m the type of person who LOVES to have her back touched – I know some people hate it (weirdos). I went into the session with no real expectations, just looking forward to having some hands touch my back for 45 minutes (haha, okay maybe I’M the weirdo).
It ended up being one of the most beneficial and life changing massages ever – after 5 minutes he started finding all these hidden knots in my back and neck that I didn’t even know were there. To be honest, I didn’t even know you could get knots in your neck! All those weeks of painful physiotherapy, whittled down to 5 minutes of trigger pointing. It was amazing.
Definitely going to be making this part of my monthly wellness routine. All that biking, sitting at a desk, and lifting heavy weights can put such a strain on your body. You deserve to have hands touch your back for 45 minutes every now and then 😉
I was invited to a Presidents Choice party, and afterwards they gave us a freezer bag of goodies – lemonade, sriracha mayo, quinoa crackers, and this DELICIOUS chocolate and nut mix. Holyyy. I finished the bag within the day.
It was one of those bags that like, you couldn’t decide which thing you liked the best. Was it the coated almonds? The coconut flakes? The chocolate chunks? MM. Just thinking about it again makes my mouth water. I wouldn’t say it’s the healthiest option on the market, but it’s definitely one of the most delicious. I road tripped up to cottage country this weekend and brought these for the car ride up.
Dona Jo contacted me, asking if they could send me a pair of their leggings. Like any fit girl would, I immediately said YES! After checking out their website, I was a little unsure about how they would look on me. I generally go for less bright/pattern-y leggings, because I have larger thighs and find that colored leggings immediately draw attention to them.
However, I received the Airbrushed pair the other day, and am so happy I did. I loveee the way they make my bum look, and I love the length of the tight. Tights usually run a bit too long on me (hello stubby’s), but these were the perfect size. I’ll be pairing them with a light colored sports bra to wear to the gym on leg day!
I know I go on and on about how much I love matcha, but that doesn’t mean i’m not also in love with coffee. Quantum is the coolest new coffee spot in Toronto, and has a MASSIVE cafe right downtown (and it’s always bumping).
They sent me a bag of coffee, a super cute tumbler, a notepad AND gift card. And it all came packaged up in a cute little box. It’s been ages since i’ve had coffee in the house, so I’m ecstatic to have that smell wafting around in the morning.
I don’t know if you guys have seen this photo floating around, but Bettina and I got together to shoot a creative Aerie-based series. Bettina is literally one of the most talented photographers i’ve ever met. Every photo she produces comes out beautiful, and i’m not just saying that because I was in front of the camera! 😉
We posted this photo on Instagram, and were delighted when Aerie themselves reposted it on their account! I’m obviously obsessed with Aerie – after ranting about how much I hate the airbrushing app, it’s such a relief to see a brand refusing to fall into that trap of deceit (strong words from Cheng).
Favorite Skin Product
For the next few months i’m teaming up with Lole and Biotherm to try out their new products, attend their events, and help encourage active living. They’ve sent me several moisturizing products that have this water-based gel in it, and i’ve actually noticed huge differences in my skin. One of the products was this face cream which I have credited for clearing up the redness/zits on my chin and around my nose. The other was this Aqua-Gelee body moisturizer.
I’m actually super lucky to get to work with these brands, cause usually I wouldn’t have been able to afford such luxuries! Totally worth it though to not have that mess on my face (and hopefully it stays that way).
What About You?
- What were your favorite things this month?
- How much would you spend on good quality face cream?
- Ever tried the PC Coconut Snack Mix?
- Ever bought anything from Aerie? (If you haven’t, YOU SHOULD)