Admittedly, this month’s list of What I’m Loving Lately is random. It contains items big and small from all aspects of my life. Because it’s so broad, hopefully you’ll find something on here that interests you!
You guys know that I love my wine, and I used to be a Sauvignon Blanc girl through and through. But lately, I’ve been drawn to less mineraly (is that a word?) varieties, like Grüner Veltliner from Austria. I first tried and fell in love with Grüners when Travis and I visited Vienna on our Eurotrip in 2017.
This Aichenberg Premium Grüner Veltliner is one my favorites that I’ve tried. I buy it from wine.com, and it’s very reasonably priced, extremely drinkable, and pairs well with many different dishes.
P.S. I’ve said it before, but it’s worth mentioning again, I LOVE wine.com. About once a month they offer free or 1-cent shipping, so I wait for that sale to place a large order. The wine prices are very fair AND they ship right to you, which is great for anyone who lives in a city without a car, like me.
Because of my fair coloring, I am very conscious about wearing sunscreen all year round. Last summer my dermatologist suggested I try EltaMD sunscreen, and I’ve been using it ever since. There is a tinted and non-tinted version, and I opt for the tinted to get a little extra coverage. I was surprised that the tint only comes in one shade, but it’s very light coverage and blends well into almost all skin tones. EltaMD is SPF 46, which is much higher than your average moisturizers with SPF 15 or 25. I swear by this product for both men and women, and it’s especially great for anyone with sensitive or acne-prone skin.
I frequently talk about my love for all things organization over on Instagram. Going with that theme, I recently purchased this magnetic dry erase board to put on our fridge and I LOVE IT. (Is it sad that I “love” a dry erase board so much? Whatever, who cares! I’m going to roll with it.)
I use it to jot down anything we run out of, like eggs or dish detergent, and now I never forget anything when I go to the store. The board is fairly large, so you can also use it for meal planning or reminders. This magnetic board comes with four colorful markers (a selling point for me) and a dry eraser, which actually erases and doesn’t leave streaks or marks. I think this board could serve a purpose to basically anyone.
I debated including this one because it’s, well…weird? But hey, it’s something that I am loving lately, so why the heck not?
One of the downfalls of apartment living is that you can’t do much about your appliances and plumbing. For us, it’s our sink and shower drains. They’re terrible. The smallest bit of hair seems to clog the drain, and we’ve tried multiple drain stopper/hair catcher thingamabobs to help with the problem. Nothing has worked as well as this $3 hair catcher. We’ve had it for about 2 weeks, and I’m amazed by how much stuff it collects after just one shower. It’s also extremely easy to install and clean.
Note: There is a alternate designs for various drain styles, so make sure you get the correct one.
True Crime Podcasts
You may know that I have a bit of an obsession with true crime. Lucky for me, it seems like a popular topic these days, and there are an endless number of TV shows, documentaries, and podcasts about it. I listen to podcasts constantly throughout the day, as I walk Ralphie, clean, cook, etc.
It’s been a long time since Travis and I have had a puppy in the house, and we noticed quickly that Ralphie needs a lot of stimulus. He LOVES learning (seriously, this dog was SO EXCITED to go to dog training each week), and a friend recommended these Nina Ottosson puzzle dog toys. We bought this one for Ralphie, and he loves it. There are many hidden treat compartments, and you can fill them with whatever you want. The dog has to learn to move the various pieces of the puzzle to get to each treat.
Ralphie now knows how to solve this puzzle very quickly, so we will likely get him the more advanced level down the road. But highly recommend this puzzle toy for any dog parents out there!
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