#1. Beauty Subscriptions
A beauty subscription is just what the name implies: a box filled with beauty items (makeup, skin/hair/body care, etc) that is sent out to you monthly/quarterly for a small fee. Two of my favorites are ipsy (join HERE) and FabFitFun (join HERE). My cousin introduced me to ipsy several months ago and, though it can sometimes be hit or miss, for the most part I've really enjoyed it. For $10 per month I get deluxe sample and full size new makeup/skincare products from different companies (drug store to high end). Most months the full size products cost more than the $10 monthly cost, so all in all it's a really good deal. But my favorite box by far is FabFitFun. At $45 a pop it sounds a little pricey, but it's a quarterly subscription and you generally get at least $150+ in higher end products: from Morrocan Hair Oil, to designer jewelry, to glitzy Zoya nail polishes and luxurious Pur-Lisse moisturizers. It's a no-brainer.
#2. Grain Free Pet Food
Ok, so this one isn't for me exactly... but I do benefit from it. Let me explain: dogs and cats are carnivores (which means they eat meat), so when you feed them food filled with grain/corn they can't properly digest it. This in turn leads to a myriad of problems such as intestinal disturbances, skin & fur issues, bone & joint problems, and general malaise. We had no idea we were doing our pets a disservice by feeding them regular old doggy kibble. In fact we thought because we bought the more expensive brand (Iams) that it was better... Wrong. Since switching them to grain free food (Purina Pro-Plan) their energy, skin, coats, and general smell has improved immensely! Sure it costs more, but because it's meat based they actually eat less and more importantly their health improves, which in turn saves on vet bills. Plus they seem to like it better. It's a win/win.
^Above: the Pro Plan cat food cat looks like our Baby-Kitty^
#3. Ruby Rockets
These little popcicles have become my go-to treat (find locations HERE). They're low calorie, dairy/GMO/gluten free, filled with probiotics, and darn-it they taste good! I've only tried the Galaxy Green (a kiwi, avocado, spinach), and the Orbit Orange (carrot, sweet potato, orange) - but they also make a Rock-It Red (strawberry, sweet potato, beet) that I'd like to try as well. They're refreshing and delish, with just enough sweetness to kick your sweet-tooth cravings to the curb. Plus they're actually good for you too!
^Above: Ruby Rockets - Galaxy Green^
#4. TV Series Based on Book Series
This isn't new to me because I followed True Blood from the very beginning to the very end, (I read the book series first). But I've found a couple of others that I'm quite enjoying. Game of Thrones (never read the books) and Outlander (read 1 & 1/2 of the books). I'm undecided on whether you should read a series first before you watch it. I'm nosey and go on Wikipedia to find out everything that's going to happen if I haven't read the series (I love spoilers), but at the same time I will get aggravated if I've read the series and the tv show doesn't follow them. So like I said, undecided. At any rate, if you've not checked them out you really should!!
^Above: Sookie Stackhouse Novels (True Blood)^
I know fall is approaching, which means that for most of you the flip-flops will get shoved to the back of the closet to make way for boots, but a. I hate my feet being enclosed in anything and b. I'm middle aged and forever hot-flashing, so c. I will wear flip-flops pretty much all year round. Switch-Flops are amazing in that you buy one pair, but completely change how they look by switching out the band around your foot. It's ingenious really... there is velcro all across the top of the band and you simply peel off one ribbon and add a ribbon of different color/design and voila! - new shoe!! Much less expensive than buying 47 different pairs of flipflops to match everything in your wardrobe.
^Above: my lovely Switch Flops^
So that's it. A few of my favorite new discoveries. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!!