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Saturday, July 27, 2013

What We've Been Loving: July 2013

What We've Been Loving in July 2013

How is it July 27th already? Where did the month go? Before I know it, it'll be my birthday which marks two months until the wedding - and then soon enough the big day will be here too! Eek!

I wanted to share some of my favourite things from this month with you - and Jesse's favourites  too. I'd love you to join in and share what you're loving as well - so make sure you leave a comment!

- Food Favourites -

Coconut Banana Blueberry Smoothie
This smoothie was seriously the best thing I made all month. To say I'm addicted is an understatement - I've been having one as a snack every single day

One day I was out all day and didn't get to make one - so I had one for dessert as I missed it so much. You seriously need to try it for yourself! 

Gluten Free Freedom Foods Apple Cinnamon Crunchola with Chobani
Freedom Foods Crunchola
If you read my "Are Oats Gluten Free" post, you would have seen that Freedom Foods Free Oats (Quick Oats) are suitable for Oat Tolerant Oats (read the post if you're not sure what I mean!) and I wasn't sure if their granola range was the same. 

This month I tried and tasted both the granola and the free oats bars and they get a HUGE thumbs up - both for taste and allergy friendliness! I'm a super sensitive coeliac who can be sick for a week just from cross contamination - but luckily I can tolerate oats! I love the Apple and Cinnamon Crunchola either on top of yogurt - or my favourite combination: peanut butter, cottage cheese and Apple Cinnamon Crunchola. I am obsessed with that combination - and I bet you would be too if you tried it!

NOTE: Freedom Foods Oats products are no longer gluten free!!

- Best Food Finds - 

PB Crave Cookie Nookie at ALDI
I'm one of those weirdos who gets super excited over new food finds at the supermarket so of course I have to share them with you! 

This week I randomly found PB Crave's Cookie Nookie Peanut Butter at ALDI. Being the peanut butter addict I am, of course I had to grab it. I've yet to try it - but I'll let you know how it is when I do! 

Definitely not the healthiest peanut butter, but hey! We all need a treat! ;) 

Bulk Unsweetened Almond Breeze Cartons at Costco
Bulk packs of Unsweetened Almond Breeze at Costco.

Can you say heaven? You have to know these went straight into our cart. I can't remember how much they were, but they worked out to be much cheaper than the per-carton price at Coles or Woolworths (even when on sale). Definitely worth picking up if you're a Costco member in Australia!

Now if only we could get some of the other healthy food finds at our Costco stores!

- Beauty Faves -

Toni & Guy Glamour Serum Drops and Dry Shampoo
Favourite Hair Product: Toni & Guy's Dry Shampoo and Glamour Serum 
I have frizzy, crazy hair that's often flat on the day after washing it - so naturally I fell in love with Toni & Guy's Dry Shampoo when I found it also works as a volumising spray. I even through out my old volumising powder because this one smells so  good and works so much better. It also allows me to get light waves by twisting my hair after spraying a small amount on the length of my hair.

The glamour serum is also great for smoothing out frizz and making your hair look shiny and healthy.

I'd would definitely say the Dry Shampoo is a must buy - not just for lazy days when you don't feel like washing your hair ;) 

BRAUER Paw Paw Lip Shimmers
Favourite Beauty Product: BRAUER's Paw Paw Lip Shimmers
This is a product I actually only get yesterday at the Blogger's Brunch - but I'm already in love. So far, the Pink Diamond Lip Shimmer is my favourite for a natural glossy lip - but I'm also loving the Blush.

I love that the Lip Shimmers are all natural, made with only Paw Paw, Shea Butter and Honey and without any nasty Petrochemicals. Best of all? They're not sticky whatsoever, so you'll have kissable lips that your man won't complain about. 

I have a huge lip gloss collection as I'm kind of obsessed - but there's some I'm not allowed to wear if I want to kiss Jesse because he hates them - luckily these aren't one of them!

KOSMEA Australia Rose Hip Oil Skincare
Favourite Skin Product: KOSMEA Australia's Rose Hip Oil and Purifying Cream Cleanser
In winter my skin tends to be my worst enemy. It's dry, prone to breakouts and what was working in summer no longer works. 

Recently I've been using KOSMEA's Rose Hip Oil products and they seem to be working - as long with my secret weapon: an all-natural toner which I'll be sharing the recipe for very soon! 

Rose Hip Oil is great for scars, moisturising the skin and fighting the signs of ageing - but it's also great for breakouts/acne. I put the rose hip oil on at night time to both nourish my skin and help to reduce breakouts and it seems to be working really well in addition to the purifying cream cleanser.

- Fitness Faves - 

Walking for Exercise
The weather is getting warmer and I am once again enjoying my morning walks rather than loving but freezing-my-butt off. The mornings are still chilly - but I'm starting to lose layers and usually return home super hot and wanting to cool down, whereas before I was happy to return to a warm house.

I still cannot wait to get out of thick layers and back into more comfortable workout clothes - but it won't be long! 

Cotton On Body Tank
Super cute (and CHEAP!) buy: 
I love this top from Cotton On Body and it was just $15! 

It's soft, comfortable, cute and pink - so what's not to love! Oh and of course, it's functional too! 

I'm thinking I need to pick up another one as it would be a perfect top for our Bali honeymoon - cute, comfy, cool and great for the different hikes and activities we plan on doing!

- Shopping Faves - 

$5 Candy Buffet Jar from Kmart
This super cute large jar from Kmart - perfect for candy buffets or a display jar in your home - and only $5!

When I bought mine there was only one, but now I know they're selling more, I'm definitely keeping an eye out for a couple more! 

Funny story: I picked up this jar in store, headed over to the self-scanner to check the price and when it popped up on screen I said to my sister "Oh yeah, 5 bucks" only to get the weirdest look from the guy next to you. Sorry man, I love a good bargain! Kmart have so much good stuff hitting stores next month so keep your eyes peeled - cheap, cute and great quality! 

So tell me, what have you been loving this past month? 
What's your favourite food of the moment? Fitness fave? The best shopping buy? A must recommend beauty product? Go go go! 

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  1. Oh I love these posts!! The paw paw lip shimmers are now on my too find list. And funny enough I saw the PB in Aldi today but was not brave enough to buy it, let me know how it is! And very jealous of your bulk unsweetened almond milk find. The boyfriend was also complaining today about how expensive my milk is compared to his lol, maybe I can finally convince him to agree to getting a costco membership... mmm ;)

    1. Haha, I will be sure to let you know! I couldn't pass up the chance - plus I know if it's too sweet for me, my sister or Jesse will eat it ;P

      I love Costco because they feed my date obsession. I buy a big 1/2 kilo tub of fresh dates and 1.5kg bag of dried dates which lasts me quite a while ;P previously I was buying dates every week!


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