This will be the second installment for my favorite things posts. This one I planned ahead more and I had a bit more time to think about my favorite things, so the list will be longer this time around. Before I jump in, this post is not sponsored in any way though it does have a few affiliate links that provide me with a small commission at no cost to you. If you want more information, you can check out my About Me page. Now on to the good stuff.
First things first, Body Positive Power by Megan Jayne Crabbe (aka @bodyposipanda). I have not been quiet about Megan and everything she stands for. She is a big inspiration to me and seems like a genuinely kind-hearted person. Her book has been on my reading list for a while, but I kept putting off because I never thought I’d have time to read it (which is partly true) and I had other books higher up on my to-read list. I am so glad I decided to read this when I did because I knew how messed up body ideals were, but I never realized exactly how bad. I have learned so much from reading this book and I’m not even a quarter of the way through it! There is so much information and, at least for me, it’s not boring like a textbook for school. And whether or not you struggle with your body image, whether you’re straight, gay, male, female, or anything in between you should most definitely read this book because there is so much you can learn.
While we’re on the topic of body positive, Noelle Downing is another blogger who I only discovered towards the end of last year. I found her on Instagram and was hooked from there. She has the most aesthetically pleasing Instagram I have ever seen. She is so confident in all that she is and does, something I only recently got a good grasp of and getting better at it, and it is great to see someone on social media who doesn’t look like everyone else in magazines and on Instagram. As I said, she’s also a blogger and runs a lifestyle blog called Noelle’s Favorite Things which I highly recommend. She posts about her travels, beauty, food, and, well, all of her favorite things. If you know me, you know that I am not a very fashion-oriented person and my daily wardrobe consists primarily of jeans, t-shirts, and sweaters/sweatshirts (my work attire is similar but nicer and to Starbucks’ standards). Her style is what I aspire to have one day when I maybe no longer work at Starbucks and don’t have to wear the color scheme of a bruise all the time.
We are just going to keep this positivity boat sailin’ here and mention these two wonderful movies. These were released on Netflix towards the end of last year, however, I recently re-watched them and thought that they were worth mentioning. Sierra Burgess is a Loser and Dumplin’ are both fantastic movies. Both deal with two subjects dear to my heart: body positivity (if you couldn’t tell) and rom-coms. I am a sucker for a good romance and all the clichés. That is why these movies that show young women roughly my age with bodies unlike what Hollywood usually deems as “ideal” making a difference and finding love had me instantly hooked. And I even cried while watching both films because of said qualities and, well, I’m a total sap.
Next is a podcast called Wonder Women. I am not exactly a fan of podcasts but it could also be because I have yet to find one that I like. Wonder Women is by Carrie Hope Fletcher, who I most certainly mentioned as one of my inspirations, and Celinde Shoenmaker, a friend of Carrie’s that I’ve seen in various vlogs and Instagram posts. I am all for learning new things, girl power and breaking down walls around taboo subjects when there shouldn’t be any. That is exactly what this podcast aims to do. To take an excerpt from the description: “join us as we dive into topics such as female friendships, women that time forgot, love and sex and we hope we leave you feeling a little bit more wonderful than before.” As I write this there are only two episodes out, but they are really interesting twenty-ish-minute episodes that talk about some really badass women that time has forgotten as well as the “ailment” that was hysteria. If you are looking to expand your podcast library or just want to start listening to some, I highly suggest Wonder Women. And if you have any suggestions for me, leave a comment I will gladly check them out!
To switch gears… a lot, this next favorite of mine is odd but is so great. My toothbrush. I haven’t had an electric toothbrush since I was little. But I had seen in one of Noelle’s posts in a partnership with Listerine, her Phillips Sonicare toothbrush. First of all, it looked actually kind of nice for a toothbrush, never mind an electric one. That was the first thing that sparked it, the other was I have really nice teeth (shout out to my parents for the braces) other than the fact that I drink a lot of tea, particularly black tea, which has given my teeth a yellow tint. Additionally, plaque is the worst and a regular toothbrush was not cutting it for me anymore. So, I caved and got myself a Phillips Sonicare: 4100 Protective Clean toothbrush. It is marvelous! Just last week, my dad commented on my how nice my teeth looked (I don’t think it’s weird but comment below and let me know). My teeth look and feel great and that is only after using it for a few weeks. If you’re looking to improve your dental hygiene my first suggestion would be this toothbrush.
Lastly, the dumbest thing on the list of my February Favorites, my Squish (yes, I named it Squish…this is a judgment-free zone, my friends). I mentioned it in “The Best Person to Love” post where I said to buy the thing you’ve had your eye on. I thought it would just sit on my desk but it surprisingly is pretty helpful when I’m writing posts. Writer’s block? Squish it. Thinking of post ideas? Squish it. Trying to get yourself off distracting sites like Amazon and YouTube? Squish it. It is so helpful for me because it is not only fun to play with, but it helps me refocus my thoughts. I just wish it was more acceptable for a twenty-two-year-old to keep it with her when she goes out in public to write. Unfortunately, society hasn’t caught up with my forward thinking yet.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my favorites and now’s the time where I open it up to you. In the comments below, tell me what your favorite things are. Tell me what podcasts and blogs you think I might like. Tell me if it’s weird to compliment someone’s teeth. Tell me all the things!