5 Things I’m Loving Lately

Happy Tuesday! This week I’m off in the mountains of California backpacking and exploring caves. How’s your week? Hope everyone’s staying cool out there.

I like to keep up with a lot of blogs for fun. Originally I found them when I wasn’t yet on social media and was looking for recipes, style ideas, and articles about stuff I enjoyed. Over time I found a blog held my interest if I was invested in the lives of the people behind the blog. Some of those few bloggers do some variation on “5 Things I’m Loving,” in which they breezily discuss their favorite things. Because I’m off enjoying myself, here’s a light post on five things that I’ve enjoyed lately. (Note/disclaimer: None of this is sponsored! These are just things that I like in my life.)

Chick-fil-a Salads

In order to get some experience in foodservice this summer, I started working at Chick-fil-a and I couldn’t be happier there. The people are amazing, I’m learning a lot (it’s as easy and complicated as it looks lol), and the food is the bomb. I have a couple things I like to rotate through, but a favorite lately has been the salads. Chick-fil-a offers a Spicy Southwestern Salad that I love. Both the Avocado Lime Ranch and Creamy Salsa are amazing with it, but I’ll occasionally ask for the Jalapeño Salsa that normally comes with breakfast burritos too.

Ipsy Subscription

I love makeup, but I hate the guesswork of figuring out which brands are decent. So ever since I’ve started college, I’ve been getting Ipsy bags, which have five sample size products (with the rare full size). At first, I got bags monthly, but I feel like I have enough makeup to get a bag every other month.

Over time, they’ve put less of a focus on personalizing it and instead shifted to making the contents of the bag more complimentary to each other. There’s pros and cons to both, but lately I’ve enjoyed bags that I can create a basic look from. Whatever I get, it always feels like a present came when my bag shows up!

Morning Brew

Fun fact about me: I didn’t like coffee until college, but I was a 10 year-old going on 30 because I loved to read the paper even as a kid. Today as a college student with all of the responsibilities, but none of the money, a paper doesn’t fit my budget and I don’t have enough time to look through it all. What I do like though is Morning Brew, which is a newsletter with major headlines that I get in my e-mail every morning. It’s mainly focused on business, but still hits most of the highlights–enough that I know what’s going on in the world. Now I drink my coffee and get my paper for free (at least for the paper 😉 ). If this sounds interesting to you, feel free to sign up through my referral, which gets both of us closer to free swag from them!

This Hiking Snacks Article

Something that you should know is important in backpacking: food. Walking all day while carrying everything that you need, especially over rolling terrain, requires a constant supply of energy! Because of that, my mom, a fellow backpacker, sent me this hiking snack hacks article. While most of these ideas aren’t something I’d advise eating regularly, the trail is one of the few places where people consider calories and quick energy before nutrition. I can’t wait to try some of these ideas on the trail, especially that PB&J stroopwafel!

Bulk Aisle

While we’re talking about snacks, sometimes when I go to the store, I know I’ll be in the mood for a snack-y dessert later that night. The local grocery store I shop at has the bulk/nutrition section right by the front, so it’s an easy go-to! Lately, I’ve been loving banana chips–regular or chocolate-covered if I’m feeling crazy ;), spicy plantain chips, and chocolate-covered espresso beans. The bulk aisle is also a great place to get spices when you need only a small amount, and depending on the store, can have cheaper dried rice, beans, nuts and seeds, oats, and other staples.

That’s it for this week! We’ll be back to more college- and dietetics-related posts next Tuesday.

What’s something you’re loving this week?

Until next time,
Emmalee

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