February 29, 2016

February Spring Favorites

Getting a leap day this year means that I still have time to get in a blog post for the month of February. And so what if it's not Spring yet. I'm anticipating the arrival of warm weather and brightly colored blooms like there's no tomorrow.

These are few things I've been loving this past month while preparing to embrace the seasonal change.

Sperry Canvas Sneakers 
I found these shoes at Nordstrom Rack (one of my favorite places to shop for shoes!) and went back twice before actually buying them. There are a bunch of different colors and patterns to choose from. I had been looking for a causal shoe that can go with almost anything for Spring/Summer and this pair caught my eye. Instead of continuing to visit them in the store, I used up a gift card and purchased them. They have a memory foam insole and are super comfortable. I'm not one of those people who lives in flip flops and sandals during the warmer months so I have a feeling these will be my go to shoe.
I'm strictly in the black pants only club when it comes to running tights but when I saw this bright, fun pair I knew I had to have them. They have a blurred, pixelated watercolor effect, but the picture doesn't do the colors justice. I love how bright they are--perfect for getting out and enjoying the sunshine.

Not typically into gimmicky makeup and skincare products that companies like to make you think you need, I was swayed by the sirens of the travel sized checkout lane at Ulta (don't even get me started on Sephora's!). Mario Badescu skincare is highly praised in the beauty world and since I have terribly dry skin, I decided to give this hydrating spray a go. I actually ended up really loving it. I've been using it all month just before applying my moisturizer in the mornings. It smells nice, feels nice, and I bet the aloe will make sun kissed skin feel soothed and refreshed. Perfect for a beach bag if you're heading out for spring break!

Recently I joined a bible study at church that is using this book and the condensed small group version to address helping people without creating a larger problem. After my trip to Haiti, I felt compelled to apply what I learned and do more to help at home in America, too. I haven't completed this book yet but so far it has been a very good guide. Donating to charities and supporting needs during disaster and tragedy is all well and good but I also want to be intentional so that my help leads to sustainable livelihood, not temporary band-aids that will fade in the long run. I'm learning a lot. If you're at all interested in a faith based guide to serving, volunteering, or even preparing for a short term missions trip, then this is for you.

And lastly my most random favorite, candy. Candy--all sugar, really--is my weakness. Out with the Valentine's Day candy and in with the far better Easter candy I say. I love Swedish fish and their Easter counterparts are even better. Fruity, chewy candy is my favorite and in a world full of chocolate these are just the best. 

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