Fall is in full swing around here, and we spent the weekend enjoying fall festivals, tee ball games, sweatpants, and hot cups of coffee. The weekend was equal parts refreshing and productive- none of us wanted it to end! Needless to say, I had a small case of the Mondays this morning, and figured we could all use a little boost. So why not start the week by sharing with you a few of the goodies I have really been enjoying over the past few months? Enjoy!
Limm resistance bandsTwo words: Glute activation. I love these! Well-reviewed, I ordered these bands on Amazon. They have been a valuable addition to the home gym, and have been a key glute/leg day ingredient for knee and back friendly exercise, along with squat-free glute activation. I have enjoyed the break from loading my spine, and have made great gains in glute strength and mass utilizing these babies while completing variations of glute bridges, thrusts, kickbacks, and abduction exercises. Ever better, they’re easy to pack for a travel workout on the fly.
Does this protein need any introduction? After my previous fan-girl post highlighting this powder, I’ll keep my comments brief. Seriously, the formulation, flavor, texture, and nutritive profile has elevated Vega to powdered gold in our household! Added to your morning oatmeal, baked goods or smoothie, this powder will become a new favorite!
Andalou Naturals Face Cream
I inherited Momma Mango’s love for toiletries- and this is daily SPF face cream is no exception. As I began to adopt a vegan lifestyle, I also wanted to incorporate vegan skin care products into my daily routine. Andalou is incredible! Smooth and creamy, this cream is the perfect base layer for your day time skin regimen. It is emollient without being greasy, and at SPF 18, I love the daily protection this cream has to offer. Made with fruit acids it smells wonderful, and at ten dollars for 2.7 ounces, it is more than worth the incredible price! Gluten free, paraben free cruelty free and vegan, it is a great option if you are seeking to decrease the toxin load of your daily skin care routine. You can check it out here.
Seatlle’s Best Hazelnut Coffee
Once upon a time, I was a barista at Starbucks- BUT my all-time favorite coffee is Dunkin’ Donuts. I love both companies for different reasons; however, you MUST try Seattle’s Best Hazelnut! I have enjoyed their decaf over the years until Mr. Mango brought the hazelnut blend home and my like turned into full-on love. Rich, smooth and hazelnutty-whoa. It’s medium bold flavor without the acidic aftertaste makes this coffee easy to drink, and the hazelnut flavor is deep without tasting artificial. It makes our house smells like hazelnut heaven, and I look forward to this simple pleasure each day. This will be a coffee staple in the mango household for a long, long time.
I hope you check out these products, and enjoy them as much as we have. I’ll round up some more of my current faves for another post soon. I hope to hear from you- what are a few of your favorite things? Happy Monday…