Loving Lately - May 2018

Hello fine humans of the interwebz!

I hope that this blog post finds you in delightful spirits, perhaps in close proximity to a cute doggo, ideally contemplating what kind of donut you should eat for dinner. Or, you know, whatever your definition of a happy place is. I hope that that's where you find yourself right now.

In the spirit of old school blogging, I still love the act of listing my favorite things. There's something so simple about putting a list together and going hi. Here are things that I like right now. I hope that you like them too. I've always felt like Donuts + Down Dog was more of a community or conversation than, say, just an archive of photos of me, and I hope that you feel like that too. My intention for this space has always been to share things that light me up in the hopes that perhaps somebody else out on the world wide web will find a little spark as well.


One Hope Wines Cabernet SauvignonDan and I really went to town on this one, and by that I mean that we split the whole bottle no problem. It only took about 7 years together for me to convince Dan that wine is worth drinking, but boy was it worth the wait. Lately we are loving the Cabernet Sauvignon from One Hope Wines. It's fruity with a great finish AND portions of the profits from each bottle go to support Autism research. As you know, this cause is near and dear to my heart. Not like I ever needed an excuse to drink wine but...

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This light up alarm clock. As you know (because I talk about it like a fucking broken record), getting out of bed is my least favorite part of every goddamn day. I love sleep. Sleep is life. Sleep is bae. Sleep is my husband. I have been getting so sick of my inability to get out of bed in the morning that I started bringing in the experts. Namely, this alarm clock that simulates the sunrise. It is a revelation let me tell you. I won't say that I love (or even like) geting up these days, but it has made me hate it less. Plus, I feel like Cinderella when I'm woken up by bird noises.

Disguising my ACV. I love a good Apple Cider Vinegar shot in the morning but, oh man, that shit tastes bad. I've started this little challenge with myself where I try to come up with the most delicious ways to make drinks that don't taste like it has ACV in it. I like to throw in fresh juices, frozen berries, and kombucha. If you need inspiration, check out my gram! Also, if you have any hot tips, send them my way!

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Dear Franklin Jones. I spend approximately 35 hours a day in my car, so podcasts reign supreme. I love listening to a good playlist every now and then, but something about podcasts just makes me feel like I'm feeding my brain while I sit in traffic. I got really into learning about cults (????) a few months ago and I just can't stop. It's fascinating! Dear Franklin Jones is creepy in just how easy I realized it would be to accidentally fall into a cult. Especially being so entrenched in the wellness world. This is a good one, dudes. 

Tot-chos. Guys, nachos are good. But tot-chos are really good.  Pro-tip: replace your chips with tater tots and you'll never look back. You can also do this with sweet potatoes, red potatoes, or any other favorite veggie. I also love cauliflower-tots. It's a great way to hide veggies in an otherwise delicious dish. I don't have children, but I am basically a child, so this works well for me.

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Evening meditation. 2018, my forever year of mindfulness, has inspired me to do things that I never thought I would do, like journal regularly or meditate. I really do love the idea of meditating, but I find that for me it's almost impossible to carve aside a set time to meditate unless it's right before bed. I've gotten in the habit of plugging in my headphones after Dan falls asleep and listening to a few minutes of a meditation on ZenMixer. I listen to sleep-inspiring meditations, stress meditations, or just mindfulness meditations. I let my mood and my needs guide me, or I just scroll through the app until I find something that sounds good. 

The Immortalists. Ugh, this book was so good. It's a little witchy and gloomy and gut-wrenching and it breaks your heart a little when it's over. I won't ruin the whole thing for you, but a group of kids see a fortune teller to find out EXACTLY when they will die, and the book follows the path of each of their lives with that knowledge. I spent many nights staying up into the next morning reading this bad boy. I hope you love it as much as I did.

Mini band workouts. I don't know what it is about mini-bands, but I have become absolutely obsessed with them. I guess that I love the efficiency (and deep, deep, burn) that they bring to workouts. These puppies can make anything hurt. I like to incorporate them into my leg workouts. I find they're particularly burn-y and useful when I need to have a killer workout but have like... 5 minutes. Also, these are the bands that I use. They're really tight, but I like how easy they are to incorporate into most workouts.

Sending noodz. I used to eat all the pasta in the year immediately following college. I was young, dumb, and broke. After many a night of noodles covered in nutritional yeast, I started to realize how gross I felt eating literal bowls of carbs for dinner every night. So I stopped eating noodz and evolved to more sophisticated meals, like salads that come in a bag. But then, BUT THEN! I discovered noodles from Explore Cuisine. I am obsessed with them because they are made with nutrient dense foods like black beans or red lentils, but they still taste like your standard box pasta. Full of fiber, protein, and other good-for-you-shit? Nom. 

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Soft boiled eggs. I can't get enough of them. They're so gooey and great and they make everything taste like a goddamn mouth-party. My favorite way to eat them right now is to put two in a salad and use the yoke as a salad dressing mixed with lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Hell to the yeah.

Decorating the shit out of some donuts. Full disclosure: sometimes I make donuts from boxed cake mix. But, to avoid being an absolute lazy piece of shit, I supplement this laziness by decorating my donuts with cute designs. I've gone down the rabbit hole of buttercream vs. shortening based frostings. I've researched piping bags. I have collected various piping tips. I am having a blast, and my donuts look much cuter lately than usual!

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Coconut hair masks. I have been bleaching my hair since I was in high school, so it's in pretty awful condition. I'm in the process of trying to grow it out from the super short bob I've had forever, and I swear my hair just needs all the help it can get. So! I've gone full Lee From America Coco-Bun and have become completely addicted to lubing up my hair a few nights a week before bed. I literally take a glob of coconut oil, massage it into the ends of my hair, roll it up into a bun, and let it stew overnight. I do it on the nights before I actually wash my hair (#DryShampooForLife) and I'm convinced that this slimy DIY beauty hack has completely revolutionized my hair. Recently a real life hair professional informed me that coconut oil does absolutely nothing for your hair and I am 120% sure that she's right, but I just LOVE this ritual and if the only purpose that it serves is for me to enjoy it, whatevs.

Speaking of coconut oil... 

I fell in love with this flavored coconut and avocado oil from Cocavo this month. It has a hint of flavor that comes out in the foods I cook it with, like eggies and breakfast potatoes. Currently I can't get enough fo the Chili and Lime flavor. It's just enough of a kick to make my eggs taste like some real effort went into them, but not so spicy that I start sweating. Yum.

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What are you babes loving lately? I usually learn about these great things from YOU, so send me all your favorite things. I hope you've all had a great weekend!

With love and bear hugs,

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Some of the items featured in this post were gifted to me by great brands. That being said, all opinions in here are 100% my own. I will ALWAYS only feature products that I really love and believe in.

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