Five Things I'm Loving Now -- February 2019

Well, after a January that seemed like it was 700 days long, here we are, halfway through February. I can only hope that spring truly is just around the corner, because by this time of year, winter is definitely wearing out its welcome with me. But—as always, there are so many things in life to be thankful for, both big and small. I enjoy doing these lists every month because it makes me think about things that make my life better in one way or another.

  1. Being A Skirt Sports Ambassador

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I casually got to know Skirt Sports in 2011 when I started running. What appealed to me most at the time was that having a skirt to cover my bum while I was running minimized my self-consciousness and allowed me to concentrate on—and enjoy—the run. Then somewhere along the line I started buying some other brands of clothing, and before I knew it, I had a drawer full of stuff that was mostly cheap, ill-fitting, and uninspiring. I decided last summer that it was time to purge and start again, prompted by a discount code that was offered to me by a “Skirt Ambassador”. The few pieces I ordered as part of my “do-over” got me so excited that I decided to apply to be a Skirt Ambassador myself. I was accepted, and I’m very happy to say that I was just recently invited back to the program for 2019!

Skirt Sports is more than just an athletic/leisure-wear company. It’s a community of women who support and inspire each other in our pursuit of happiness through the transformative power of moving for better health and fitness. This woman-owned company is committed to making products that fit real women’s bodies. Products range from XS to XXL (sizes zero to 22), and the company doesn’t work with professional models – all the marketing is based around friends, ambassadors and customers – of all shapes, sizes, ages, ethnic backgrounds, athletic abilities, and more. In addition to the clothes—which I love, love love—what I admire most about Skirt Sports is that the company and the “Sisterhood of Skirt Ambassadors” accepts everyone with open arms who is on a quest for a happy, healthy life. When you shop Skirt Sports, my discount code, SSA489Joy, can save you 15%.

2. Having Super-Short Hair!

I honestly don’t think I can ever go back to having hair longer than this. I know it’s not for everyone, but my life is so much easier with this haircut. A little product and I am good to go. Never did I appreciate it more than for two weeks of travel. Bonus: Norm loves it. While my hairstyle has to satisfy me first, it doesn’t hurt my ears to hear the person I love most in the world say that it looks great.

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Wowza!

Love my super-short “do”!(Thanks to Stacey at Viva Bella Salon.)

3. Snow Days

Ok, so I may be over Winter, but I have to admit that waking up to find a text message saying that employees need not report to work made me feel just about as giddy as a little kid on Christmas. And yes, I could have worked from home, but I chose not to. Instead, I cleaned the house, did some reading, purged a drawer, and snuggled with my dogs. Thanks for the gift of a day off, Mother Nature!

4. Scanpan Cookware

Until earlier this year, we were using cookware that I had purchased at Sam’s Club in 1993. The pieces that were used regularly had turned to absolute crap, and there was no choice but to replace them. We had been gifted one Scanpan previously and put this Danish-made brand at the top of our wish list. Thankfully, Norm found a great sale on this 10-piece set online and we decided we would make the investment. It’s worth every penny! It’s oven proof to 550 degrees Fahrenheit, and no oil is needed! I have made beautiful pancakes and perfect eggs without a drop of oil, and they just wipe clean. I think anyone who loves to cook would love these pans.

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5. Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow, by Shalane Flanagan & Elyse Kopecky (Rodale).

A great cookbook is an awesome way to use new cookware, and this book does not disappoint. I’m making an effort to make at least one thing out of it every month. Already I have several favorites in this book, including the homemade granola, the Thai-inspired quinoa salad, and the Turkey Trot meatballs. There’s also a whole section on Power Bowls, giving you lots of ideas for one-dish meals loaded with whole grains, veggies, protein, and sauces.

That’s my top five list for this month. Hope there’s something here that inspires or resonates with you!