Loving Lately: Alaffia Hand & Body Cream, Morning Workouts, & Iced Coffee

It's FINALLY Saturday! I don't know about you but this week felt LOOOOOONNNNGG. Maybe it was because we had a short week last week? I was also home most of last week sick, so there's probably that too, but whatever the reason, this week felt like it was really dragging. So glad it's Saturday which means sleeping in, a little bit longer workout, and I get to share what I've been loving lately with YOU! It's been a while since I did a post like this (and I honestly debated on bringing it back) but I realized I love sharing what I've been loving with y'all. Hopefully you can try some of the stuff in today's post and you might end up loving it too! 

Alaffia Coconut Reishi Vanilla Hand & Body Cream

I picked this hand & body cream up at my local Mom's Organic Market a few weeks ago and I love it! In the cooler winter months I like to use heavier moisturizers like shea and cocoa butter, but since spring is finally here, and the temps are starting to rise, I was looking for something a little lighter. This Alaffia Coconut Vanilla Hand & Body Cream has been perfect. It's light weight but still really moisturizing which I love. It's also a great "clean" non-toxic option. I actually googled all of the ingredients (it's not currently listed in EWG's database) and they were all somewhere between 1-3 on the scale, with most of them being a 1. It has a light coconut vanilla scent and leaves me feeling moisturized without that "sticky" feel you get with some lotions. It also hasn't irritated my skin in any way since I've been using it. Pretty sure I'll be using this all spring/summer long! 

Morning Workouts

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen some of the Instastories I post after I complete my morning workout. Those quick little posts are a great way for me to stay accountable and hit my goals!  

So far, I've really been loving early morning workouts. Around a month ago, I was really trying to figure out how I could reorganize my daily schedule to feel like I had more time in the day. Going to the gym after work was ok, but it really wasn't working for me. By the time I got home, hit the gym, cooked dinner, and prepped for the next day I had no real time to really relax and unwind. I wasn't happy with my old schedule so I switched it up! I started hitting the gym at 6am instead and I love it. I honestly thought that I would dread the earlier wake up call, but it's really not that bad. I workout for 30-45 minutes and switch up my workout each day to keep things fun. Right now I'm focusing on doing some kind of strength training and cardio during each workout. 

I love knowing that I've hit the gym first thing each morning and that I have the rest of my evening, after I get off work, to run errands, grab dinner with someone, or just relax. I also feel like I'm a little more focused and productive throughout the day, which I love. If you're struggling with working out after work, then I HIGHLY encourage you to try morning workouts. It might be an adjustment at first, but you may really end up loving your new routine!

 

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Iced Coffee

It's finally iced coffee season in DC! I love a good hot almond milk latte, but I love a good iced coffee when it starts to warm up outside. 

Because $3 a day on coffee adds up, I wont' be buying iced coffee everyday. At some point I'm going to experiment with making my own cold brew using my French Press, but for now I'll be drinking my favorite Chameleon Cold-Brew Concentrate. Their organic coffee concentrate comes in Mocha, Vanilla, Caramel, Texas Pecan, and Black. I think my favorite is the Vanilla but the Mocha is a close second. Still waiting to try the Texas Pecan.

To make it - you just mix 4oz concentrate with 4oz filtered water and boom - you've got iced coffee. You can actually drink this hot or cold, but my preferred method is over ice with a 2 teaspoons maple syrup and a good amount of coconut/almond milk creamer (this one is my current fave). I've seen Chameleon in Whole Foods, the Fresh Market, and other small speciality stores, but I actually buy mine at Target. Their price is the cheapest I've seen. Oh, and one large bottle of concentrate can make 8 servings which means I'm spending about half as much as I would, per week, if I bought coffee at a coffee shop everyday!