Playing Favorites

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Playing Favorites is a monthly series where I share my latest obsessions, favorite finds, and any kind of entertainment (books, movies, TV, podcasts, and magazines) that I am loving.

1. DuoLingo
In college I took a few semesters of French and loved it. While I learned to speak and write basic sentences, I never learned how to speak it fluently but always secretly wished I had. I recently downloaded the app DuoLingo after Emma's high school Spanish teacher recommended it as a means of reinforcing what they learn. You can choose from a variety of languages, and you choose the pace at which you learn. You can spend 10 minutes a day or an hour a day. Whatever works for you.

2. Cote de Roses Rosé
In my opinion, it's always rosé season. With such a wide variety of rosé wines available year round, we have our pick of the litter. Lately, I've discovered this one, and I am wholeheartedly enjoying it. I have to admit that I was enticed by the bottle. As much as I try not to choose a wine based on its label, there are times when I am a sucker for an interesting or fun label. In this case, it wasn't the label but rather the bottle!

3. Noosa Mates
I've been a big fan of noosa yoghurt since first discovering it last year (key lime is my fave!). Noosa has recently introduced noosa mates, a yoghurt and toppings combo. My favorite flavor is the honey cranberry almond, a honey-flavored Greek yoghurt with granola, cranberries, roasted almonds and pepitas for sprinkling on top. It's the perfect pre- or post-workout snack and makes a quick on-the-go breakfast.

4. Fearless and FREE by Wendy Sachs
After I graduated from college, I became an editor for an online publisher. I thought it was the best job in the world. I was making money, learned new things, being challenged, and finding friends outside of my college and high school groups. From there I moved on to managing a group of editors. I switched companies and became a software consultant. I traveled all over the country and to Europe to help clients implement software programs. And then I became a mom who chose to stay home with her kids for a few years. But when I was ready to re-enter the workforce, I was lost. This book is for anyone smart woman who wants to make a career change but is struggling to figure out how and to take the first step.

5. Silk Pillowcase from Drybar
After reading about the many benefits of using a silk pillowcase, I finally bought one. Not only does it help to prolong a blow out, it also saves your skin. Silk doesn't strip your hair of its natural oils like cotton does, and it helps to promote younger looking skin. This one is from Drybar, but you can find silk pillowcases on Amazon as well.

6. Skyn Iceland Eye Gels
Speaking of saving your skin, these eye gels will do wonders for you when you've had a late night, haven't gotten enough sleep, are feeling a little more than stressed, or feel as if you've been frowning a little too much lately. Apply once or twice a week (or when needed) for about 10 minutes. They are very refreshing and effective.

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