Playing Favorites

Monday, May 21, 2018
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. Vital Protein Marine Collagen (stick packs)
Collagen is a structural protein found in the connective tissues in our bodies, which means it’s in our skin, hair, muscles, bones, and even blood vessels. Our bodies naturally produce collagen from the amino acids and vitamins and minerals (such as vitamin A, vitamin C, and copper) that we eat. 
As we age, the body’s collagen production naturally decreases. Plus, since I don't eat meat, I am consuming less collagen than, say, an omnivore consumes. For those reasons, I've recently started adding collagen powder to smoothies, my morning hot lemon water, and to my afternoon hot tea.

I like these stick packs which contain collagen in powder form. But if you prefer, you can get it in capsule form. Your skin, hair, and nails will thank you!

2. Mint
Mint is a free money manager and financial tracker app from the makers of TurboTax® that pretty much does it all so you don't have to. You can keep your bank accounts, credit cards, and bills all in one place. When you add a bill, you can set up email reminders when they are due and create and track budgets. 

3. Fleetwood Mac Channel on Sirius Radio
Last week Sirius Radio debuted a limited-run Fleetwood Mac station (channel 30), and I have been listening to it non-stop. It has definitely renewed my love for Fleetwood Mac. In addition to Fleetwood Mac's recorded and live music, you'll hear interviews with band members and songs from musicians and group who have inspired them.

4. Garnier SkinActive Micellar Makeup Remover Wipes
I keep these wipes in my gym bag and use one as soon as I am back in the locker room after my workout. They are great at removing all the sweat and residue from my face so that my pores don't block between the end of my workout and my shower at home.

5. Spicy Potato Soft Taco from Taco Bell
As a vegetarian, I don't have a whole lot of options when it comes to decent fast food. So when I recently read that Taco Bell has the best selection for vegans and vegetarians, I had to check it out. During a recent mall outing, I tried this spicy potato taco and it was love at first bite! In case you are wondering, the spicy potato taco contains seasoned potatoes, creamy chipotle sauce, crisp lettuce, and real cheddar cheese
6. Banana Slicer
Put this in the category of "Things that look really ridiculous but are actually very useful". I can't remember how I came across this banana slicer on Amazon, but when I did, I knew I had to have it. Almost everyday after school, Harper has a banana with peanut butter. This slicer makes cutting the banana super easy and super fast. 

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