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July 2017 Favorites

It’s hard to believe we’re 7 days deep into August. Seriously, where has 2017 gone? I’ve spent so much of the year applying for my dietetic internship, waiting to know if I matched to it, celebrating that match, and then waiting for the internship to start. It felt like a lifetime away. But I start my internship in TWO DAYS Y’ALL! How in the world is that possible? I feel like it’s still two months away. Or at least I’m still in July… Not August.

July felt like a whirlwind for me. We had a lot of family events in June, plus we moved at the end of the month. All free time in July was spent trying to unpack all those boxes and get things set up. I quit my job at the end of July for some time off before the internship. I had a lot of mixed feelings about leaving my job. I had a lot of things to accomplish before the internship started (multiple TB tests, physical, setting up insurance, still unpacking, reviewing nutrition material, get school supplies, get my white coat, etc.), so I definitely needed those two weeks off before the internship to get things done!

I can proudly say I feel as ready as possible for the internship. I still need to get my desk reorganized (being home for two weeks and working on the blog has it a bit of a mess), my school bag packed, and of course I always feel like I need to keep reviewing. I’m just thankful I managed through this July and I’m having a great August so far! Okay, so the real reason you’re all here… Here’s the things that helped me through my July.

1.) Mambo Sprouts.

One of my favorite qualities in myself is that I’m a bargain hunter. I like using coupons, but it’s hard to find coupons for healthy foods. Enter Mambo Sprouts–a website designed to provide coupons for healthy food products. They have a steady rotation of coupons offered. I try to check them weekly for updates. This is great for eating healthy and still trying to stay on budget (especially with starting school!).

2.) Silk’s Almond Milk Creamer

My coffee drinking habits have changed a lot over the past few years. The crazy amount of caffeine I drank really messed with my anxiety in college. I changed my habits and now I enjoy just black coffee in limited amounts. I stop drinking coffee after a certain point in the day and switch over to a calming hot tea in the evening. I’ve been changing up my black coffee by adding a splash of Silk’s almond milk creamer. I rotate between the flavors– the caramel and hazelnut are both so good!

3.) Califia Farms XX Espresso Cold Brew Coffee with Almond Milk

I picked this up at my local Wal-Mart after all the hype I’ve seen on the Internet. It really is worth the hype! I use to be in the habit of keeping store bought iced coffee in my fridge during college. I outgrew it after since I was never home during the time of day I’d want ice coffee. Since I’ve been home more the past week while I’m preparing for the internship I’ve enjoy having this.

4.) Making the switch to natural soaps

We’ve been trying to switch out a lot of our products in our house for some friendlier options. One way of doing this was by making my own hand soap. I purchased four foaming pump bottles off Amazon Prime, added some Dr. Bronner’s Castile Baby Soap, a carrier oil (like jojoba oil), distilled water, and a few drops of my Young Living Purification and Lemongrass essential oils. I’ve really been enjoying them! Plus, it ends up being cheaper to make them this way in the long run. I also started using an activated charcoal soap bar I purchased from a local company that makes natural soaps with Young Living oils. I keep it in my shower and use it on my face and back. It’s helped my breakouts SO MUCH. Seriously. I have horrible acne. Actually, I have Hidradenitis Suppurativa (or HS). It’s basically like cystic acne but worse. My doctor says it’s a big long word to say I have the largest pores possible. Basically what every woman dreams of hearing… He also told me there’s nothing I can do about it. So naturally I’ve tried just about every drugstore and high end skincare remedy to try to fix it. In all my search I’ve found one product that worked as a spot treatment to help the pain. Since I started using the bar, my acne has cleared up and I haven’t had any problems with breakouts on my back since! This is a HUGE win for me.

5.) Freeman’s Mint & Lemon Clay Mask

This is what I’ve been using as a spot treatment and it’s seriously the best (no longer) secret weapon in my skincare routine. Ever get those horrible breakouts that you can’t pop, but are a large and in charge mound on your face? Those bad boys hurt. This is the only thing I’ve found that works for me when those pesky things decide to debut right before an important day. I’ve also never had a bad product from Freeman’s Beauty. This one just works the best for my skin problems.

What were your favorite things in July? Let me know in the comments below and maybe I’ll try them out in August!

xx Sara





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