8 Favorites From Summer

by - July 18, 2023

I can't believe that summer is almost over. It feels like no time at all has passed. Like I blinked on the last day of school and somehow fast-forwarded to the first day! Okay, okay, so it's not actually the first day of school yet. We've got about two weeks left before that happens, but we all know those two weeks will not be long enough.

Anyway, this summer has been different than my last 15-ish summers. This is the first summer of my professional life that I've been 100-percent off, which is weird. I don't know how to not be productive in some way, so I've spent time every week working on this new curriculum that my school is implementing. I've also been trying to prepare for my content test at the beginning of August.

It's not been all work and no play, however. I've done a ton of reading, we've been to the lake a few times, visited our local water park, and gone to the movies. I have not gotten caught up on laundry or stayed on top of housework. I have slept in (until my classes started last week) and feel pretty rested.

It's been several months since I did a favorite products post, and this one was surprisingly difficult to put together. I think it's because this has been such an atypical summer for me. I've felt almost adrift with no daily, weekly, or even monthly deadlines to adhere to. I've not tried any new products, and I haven't bought much in the way of anything really. But there are some things that I've used more than others since school let out.

Tan Espadrille Sandals - These have been my go-to shoes ever since the weather turned warm. They are amazingly comfortable and ridiculously versatile.

Honest 2-in-1 Extreme Length Mascara + Primer - This came in one of my FabFitFun boxes, but you can find it almost anywhere. I love the length this gives my lashes. It doesn't clump or smudge, which was my issue with the last mascara I tried.

Clio Palm Perfect Bikini Trimmer - Shaving is a real pain when you have sensitive skin, but swimsuit season is here. I got this trimmer with the hopes it would be gentle, and so far so good.

Billboard Wireless Headphones - I mentioned at the beginning of this post that I've been doing homework, part of which included watching videos. I got these headphones for $10 at the Dollar Store and so far they've worked fine. I'm not expecting them to last forever, but they're nicely padded and the ear muffs are large enough to fit around my ears comfortably.

Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer - I'm fairly certain this moisturizer has made the list at least once, but it is the moisturizer I keep going back to time and again. I like the texture; I like that it goes on smoothly and works well with my makeup; and I like that it has sunscreen in it.

Unite 7 Second Leave-In Conditioner - This is a fairly new-to-me detangling leave-in. It came in a FabFitFun box. I primarily was using this for my daughter's hair. She loves the way it smells (she says it smells like bananas), and it really does help make it easier to get tangles out in about 7 seconds. I recently started using it on my just-washed hair as a leave-in, sometimes with other products, sometimes by itself.

Airspun Loose Face Powder - I don't wear powder often because it tends to make me itchy. It's probably the talc, but this loose powder is talc-free and so far since using it I haven't had any issues.

Study.com - I'm getting ready to take my content tests for my teaching certification. As a non-education major, I don't really have anything at my disposal to help me prepare. Generally speaking, I'm pretty confident in my knowledge of my subject matter, but it's been years since I took a test, so I'm nervous. This study course has a ton of resources, and I'm finding it a really helpful refresher.

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