What I love this January

Before I share with you the tangible things I’ve been enjoying so far this January, I would like to share something I am not enjoying: the weather. It’s one of my biggest pet peeves when the weather doesn’t match the season, and although it was bitterly cold for a few days after Christmas, Blacksburg weather has been unseasonably warm as of late. I’m praying that in the coming weeks we’ll get to experience a little bit of winter.

Ok, onto my faves for this month:

1. Maggie Rogers 

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I have been following Maggie for a couple months now (my cool friends showed her to me), but I just went to her concert in Charlottesville and she was ethereal. From what I gather, she’s a folk singer gone rogue – she studied abroad in France and brought the French pop sound back with her. Check out her new song, On + Off, and all the others! Definitely worth listening to (a million times).

2. Face masks

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I’ve never been one of those people who is obsessed with taking good care of their skin. I know this is basically a sin, but a lot of times I don’t even wash my makeup off my face before I go to sleep (sorry Mom). Even the look on my face in this picture suggests that I’m not into that stuff. However, I’ve been very enthusiastic about the Que Bella face masks. The one I’m wearing in the picture above is called Purifying Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Mud Mask. After taking it off, I could tell the mask cleaned my skin well. I also used the Pomegranate Peel Off Mask to give my pores a good de-clogging. The best part: they were both under $2! My boyfriend did one too. New date idea?

3. Meal prep

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This box of food was very deep in case you can’t tell from the slightly weird picture I took.

I mentioned this in my previous post, but my mom and I got together a week ago for some intense back-to-school cooking. We made three different meals exclusively for me to store in the freezer: chili, stuffed shells and black bean burgers. The chili is great because of its versatility – you can make tacos, enchiladas, nachos, chili dogs (this is one I’ve done already), or just eat it plain with some sour cream and cheese on top! We put the shells in little aluminum tins, and all you have to do is pop them in the oven an hour before you’re ready to eat. And the black bean burgers are not only super simple to make (black beans, oats, egg, carrot, onion, seasoning, s+p in a food processor), but they freeze great and cook fast for a simple but filling dinner. If you’re interested in looking at the recipes, check them out in Ree Drummond’s The Pioneer Woman Cooks and Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything Vegetarian.

4. Not Your Mother’s Way to Grow Shampoo + Conditioner

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Ok, so this shampoo is pricey in my eyes, ringing in $4.35 for eight ounces at Target, but it is worth every penny. I’ve half-heartedly decided to grow my hair out, mostly because I just am too lazy to get a hair cut, but I’ve really noticed this shampoo speeding along the process. Not only that, but I can go at least two days without washing it. NYM is sulfate, paraben, phthalate, dye, soy and gluten free, and it isn’t tested on animals (if you’re into that sort of thing). Give it a try!

5. My brand new Himalayan salt lamp 

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Hannah (my roommate) calls it the sorcerer’s stone. This is the most new age-y thing I have ever owned and I love it. Himalayan salt lamps are a “in” right now. They’re supposed to purify the air by getting rid of allergens, give you better sleep and boost your more energy when you wake up in the morning. This is because of all the negative ions they release. There’s a lot of science behind why they’re so good to keep in your main living spaces and they also look very cool. This was a late Christmas present from my mom, but I believe she got it on Amazon. There’s a similar, fairly inexpensive one here.

That’s all I have for now – I’ll be in my room, breathing the purified salt lamp air and using a face mask while listening to Maggie Rogers.

*I wasn’t paid to review any of this stuff – I’m not famous enough for that (yet).*

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