Small Indulgences

I’m still eating a fairly limited diet, reintroducing about one or two new foods each day, so my meals remain extremely simple. Thankfully, I like simple. Nonetheless, this level of simple (as in brown rice, lentils, kale, and coconut aminos) is not inspiring a recipe post at the moment. Instead, I thought I would shift gears a bit and show you a few non-food-related indulgences that have been taking some of the focus off of my food-related rut. These are some of the little things that are making me happy.

1. Netflix. Who needs cable when you can watch The Wonder Years?

The Wonder Years

Also, Orange is the New Black.

Orange is the New Black

I like to think this one balances the wholesomeness of the former. We just finished the last episode Β of season 1 and I am having serious Piper withdrawal. Season 2 needs to happen asap, but until then, I requested the book from the library.

2. The library. I am still reading fast and furiously. In part because the library received a bunch of books all at the same time that I had requested (and none can be renewed, of course), but also because it turns out I like reading, as much as I fought my parents when I was a kid. Also, several years of doing a job that wasn’t challenging me intellectually and now being free from that monotony – my brain is loving the mental space to learn again.

Library Books

I highly, highly recommend Food Over Medicine.

And Walden on Wheels.

Walden on Wheels

I’m not about to go live in a van, but this book opened my mind to other possibilities.

3. Body serum. I try to choose clean products whenever possible, but sometimes my skin freaks out even when the ingredients are simple and pure. I recently splurged on this body serum from Lina Hanson and it’s a keeper.

Lina Hanson Global Body Serum

It’s this perfectly formulated mixture of oils – no fillers – that’s super hydrating and yet almost instantly absorbed, which if you’ve used other oils, you’ll know is no small feat. Also, the fragrance is an intoxicating combination of grapefruit and vanilla that smells like the most dreamy creamsicle. No perfume necessary.

4. Lip balms. Back in the day, I was a lip balm/lip gloss junkie. I can’t even tell you how many I owned, but I do remember I had favorite flavors like Dr. Pepper, watermelon, and pink lemonade, and I re-applied constantly. Hurraw! lip balms are like the grown-up versions of those, except with organic, raw, non-scary ingredients.

Hurraw! Lip Balms

When I was feeling particularly burnt out last week, I treated myself to a handful for fall and winter weather: Chai Spice, Cinnamon, Earl Grey, and Vata, which is so unique and delicious (almond, cardamom and rose) it might just be my favorite. I also ordered Coffee Bean for Aaron because he’s always stealing mine, and Hurraw! generously threw in Root Beer as well (which I love and totally takes me back to my Dr. Pepper lip balm days). For something that cost only a few dollars, these make me really happy.

5. Puggles. Always puggles. Despite each having comfy crates, these two prefer to snuggle.Β They are so adorable, I sometimes feel like my heart might explode.

Puggle Snuggles

What little things have been making you happy?

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  1. Molly says

    It’s funny you should write this, Amanda, because I’m going through a dark period myself and trying to find gratitude in the otherwise mundane. On my list today: pumpkin spice tea, understanding friends, writing, and big armchairs. <3

    1. Molly says

      Oh, and The Wonder Years? My favorite show of all time. Great break-up medicine.

    2. Amanda says

      That’s a good list. πŸ™‚ I especially like the pumpkin spice tea…that sounds perfect with the cooler temps.

  2. Please send us some Fall weather so I could enjoy pumpkin spice stuff too..I am big into lip balms and need to check this company out. I really wanted to get into orange is the new black but just could not. Walden on Wheels sounds like a great read – I need to visit library soon. I havent really had much time to enjoy little things πŸ™ except for my green tea before going to bed.

    1. Amanda says

      Tea before bed is a nice ritual. πŸ™‚ I loved Walden on Wheels. Definitely seek that out, as well as the Hurraw lip balms!

  3. Allison says

    “Salt, Sugar, Fat” is on my list of books to read. Let us know how it is! It seems scary, eye-opening, and incredibly interesting (and did I say scary?) all at the same time. Yay for public libraries! My library also does e-books, which is, um, AWESOME! Happy reading! (And did I use enough exclamation points? Not quite sure there…) πŸ™‚

    1. Amanda says

      I read the Sugar & Fat sections, but had to return it to the library before I got to Salt. It was eye-opening with regard to the large corporations, government subsidies, etc, but I did find it to get a little repetitive. There is only so much one can handle when it comes to packaged foods essentially being addictive drugs, engineered to keep you from feeling full, reaching for more, and all of the science behind how they hit those “sweet” spots with people’s tastes. I found the part about Phillip Morris once owning Kraft, for example, to be really enlightening/disturbing. So yes – it’s worth a read. πŸ™‚

  4. Amanda, I loved this post! I too love Netflix, though I have Amazon Prime so I’ve been using that to watch the BBCs Sherlock Holmes…OMG. Hey, have you read The China Study? I just started it! Also, I want some of those Hurraw! lip balms soooo bad but they don’t sell them in AK and at Amazon they are like 8 bucks! Poo! I’ll just have to order some off their site I suppose. They look wonderful!

    1. Amanda says

      We haven’t used Amazon Prime yet, but I think we are going to cave soon to watch Breaking Bad. I’ll let Aaron know about Sherlock Holmes – that’s totally his thing.
      I have read The China Study! I found it to be so informative and compelling, although I will admit that I kind of skimmed the end because I felt like it got a little repetitive. Like, I get it already. Casein = cancer. πŸ˜‰
      I recommend ordering the Hurraw! balms from their site. The shipping was only a few dollars, they shipped my order same day (and I got it in 2 days), and it seems like it’s their practice to throw in a free balm. Pretty awesome.

  5. Kristy says

    About a year ago, Chris and I watched every episode of The Wonder Years because I needed to relive my youth (Lord, did I have a crush on Fred Savage!) and because Chris had never seen one episode. Love that show.

    We also recently watched Orange is the New Black and as soon as it was done, I was having withdrawls too! A couple of times, I turned the show on during the day while I cooked/folded laundry/etc. just because I like the sound of the characters’ voices. And the finale threw me for a loop too! Thank you for telling me about the book- I am so on it!

    And those puggles. They just kill me- they’re so adorable! Other things I love right now: eating breakfast on the front porch, the coziness of sleeping in my own bed after being away for so long, and my recent discovery of Punk Rawk Cheese. πŸ™‚

    1. Amanda says

      So funny about Fred Savage. I think most girls had a crush on him! I’ve been trying to get Aaron into the show, but he only thinks it’s so-so, I suppose because he never watched it growing up.
      It’s SO nice to come home to your own bed after traveling. I love that feeling. I will have to look up Punk Rawk Cheese! πŸ™‚


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