July's Reading, Watching, Listening, and Loving

July's Reading, Watching, Listening, and Loving - wear she blossoms

July was also a mostly blogging-free month. Oops. Part of it has to do with working on other, more time consuming projects. Another part was just wanting to soak up as much time with Violet as possible. I am absolutely dreading giving up stay-at-home mom life at the end of August. Since I’m not a working mom right now, I don’t want to be on my computer while Violet is playing. Instead we’re playing and cuddling and reading and banging on the floor with a maraca as much as possible. So that’s why I’ve been a bit absent!

Because I’ve been out there living my life and (kinda) not on the internet, I have plenty to share! My “loving” this month is out of control because I found so many things to love. It took me forever to choose just one thing to love (spoiler alert: I’ll probably post more things I love over on my Instagram story!).

Reading: Modern Lovers by Emma Straub

I FINALLY finished The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society while we were on vacation and it feels so good. I’m optimistic that more reading is in my future since we finally moved Violet into her crib in her own room this week. I just picked up Modern Lovers by Emma Straub and, even though I’m only a few pages in, I’m hooked on her writing. It’s about former bandmates turned upper middle class New Yorkers living in Brooklyn and the summer their children start becoming adults. The synopsis promises secrets will be revealed and I am ready for a good lighthearted book (hopefully).

Watching: So. Much. Grey’s Anatomy.

I have cut wayyyy back on my tv watching since Violet no longer nurses for forever and we’re able to get out of the house. Since I stopped watching Grey’s Anatomy around season 10, I decided to jump back in. I started my rewatch with season 1, episode 1 back when I was still pregnant, watched it while I was in labor and didn’t even know it, and now I’m in season 12. Progress, people. I’m also going to be honest and say I wasn’t that sad when Derek died. Of course, I knew it was coming but I also thought he was pretty annoying for the last few episodes. Give me season 1 McDreamy please!

Listening: Inside Trader Joe’s podcast

You know I am obsessed with everything Trader Joe’s, from the scented candles to the mandarin orange chicken. I listened to season one of the podcast last June but since then, they came out with two more seasons. Yay! I binged the two seasons with Nick on our little mini road trip to upstate New York at the beginning of the month. Being all about Trader Joe’s, it was ah-mazing and I loved all of the recommendations they gave this time around. Also there’s a must-listen seasonal episode!

Loving: Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Drops

Again, I had a hard time choosing one thing that I loved this month. So many good things! But the best and a complete lifesaver were the Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Drops. I first saw them mentioned by blogger Lauren Kay Sims, who has quite the enviable summertime glow. I kind of dismissed them because you can only get them from Sephora and I’m not really a big self tanning kind of person. I usually use Jergens natural glow lotion if I need a little boost of color, like when I want to go bare legs with a dress in early spring. But this summer is a little different. With a baby I can’t sit on the sand and tan like I used to. Also, I know, I know, tanning is not good for you.

What is good, no, excellent are these tanning drops. The application is effortless and the color is flawless. If I look tan at all, it’s thanks to these drops. Basically you use the dropper to put a few drops into your moisturizer and then apply like usual. It’s never streaky and you can really build the color. The tan lasts a few days, though I usually reapply after every shower to keep it consistent. They’re reasonably priced too; a bottle runs you about $29 but it lasts forever. I’ve been using them for about a month now and have barely made a dent in it. These tanning drops are so easy and so good that I’m tempted to keep my tan up year round (yes, I just might).

What did you read, watch, listen, and love last month?