Is it just me or did June fly by? This month is definitely better than last month for a couple of different reasons. Maybe it’s because I feel like I’m in a better place mentally and physically? Maybe it’s because I had more opportunities to try new things? Maybe it’s because I have gotten so much done with writing? Whatever the reason is, I’m grateful for it. I hope that everyone is having a great June as well (Happy Pride!) and staying healthy and safe out there. Without further ado, here are my favorites from June 2020!
Small Town Murder Podcast
I listen to podcasts all the time now! I listen to them while working on my blog, organizing files, and when I drive anywhere. Small Town Murder has quickly become one of my favorite podcasts because of how well done it is. Every episode features a small town somewhere in the United States where a murder has occurred. What makes this different from other murder pods is the fact that it’s a comedy murder podcast. Don’t worry, I was surprised too when I saw it was a comedy pod. But, after listening to a couple dozen episodes, I completely support it. They only make fun of the murderers (never the victims, they get angry when they hear about the victims and empathize with them and their families) and research everything about the murder, from town statistics to the trial process and the end result of the trial(s). This podcast is very well done and funny while also presenting all of the information of the murder in a clear and concise yet comedic way. I highly recommend listening! You can find them on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and anywhere else you can find podcasts.
Office Ladies Podcast
As I had said before, I listen to a lot of podcasts! The Office is one of my all-time favorite shows because of the memorable characters, beautiful plot, and the ability to have it running in the background as I take care of different errands. When I heard that Angela Kinsey and Jenna Fischer (Angela and Pam, respectively) were doing a re-watch podcast where they go over all of the behind-the-scenes information and other tidbits, I was in. They update the podcast every Tuesday and I look forward to the launch every week! You can find it on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you listen to your podcast.
Forest is the ultimate productivity/study/work timer app. It’s $1.99 on the App Store, but I think it’s totally worth it. I have been using it nonstop since I got it. I use it while I’m studying, or writing, or even when I’m reading. This app makes me want to be more focused on whatever task I’m doing. I love that you get coins for each session and can spend those coins to get new trees/flowers/plants or to even plant a real-life tree somewhere in the world! I have been recommending this app to everyone I know for the past week, so I knew I had to write about it. I love this app and have spent over 50 hours of being productive this week alone! There are two different modes within the app. With the deep focus mode, if you leave the app for any reason, the tree will wither and die. I use the other mode, where you can exit the app if needed (I usually use it to change podcasts) and the tree won’t suffer. I really like that they offer both options so that you can change between them as needed. If you’re even remotely interested, I highly suggest you check it out. They even make desktop versions!
It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Drunk Elephant products. I’ve been blogging about them for a while and have a feeling that I will continue to do so. I have been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to try their new limited edition Head to Toe Littles kit from Sephora and I have to tell you, I am obsessed. I have been using smaller editions of their products as a way to try more without hurting the bank, and it’s been working out really well for me! I have found a few products that I absolutely love: the baby Juju and Pekee bar travel duo with case, the Protini polypeptide moisturizer, the Beste No. 9 jelly cleanser, the Slaai makeup melting butter cleanser, and the T.L.C. Framboos glycolic resurfacing night serum. DE has loads of good products and tons of different ways to try them out in an inexpensive way compared to their full-price products. Check them out on Sephora!
I put a lot of focus into reading this month. I’ve had the pleasure of reading a bunch of wonderful books written by amazingly creative authors. This month, I’ve read The Wrong Bachelor, The Wrong Costar, Serpent and Dove, The Cruel Prince, The Wicked King, and The Queen of Nothing. I am currently reading The Host by Stephanie Meyer (rereading it, technically!) and enjoying the nostalgia. Reading has always been one of my favorite things in the world and I’m grateful for the time and opportunity to be able to read more now that I’m done with undergrad. What are your favorite books? Do you have any recommendations? Let me know!
These are my favorites for June 2020. This month has flown by, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I am grateful for the opportunities I’ve had this month and how much I have grown, mentally and physically. I’ve made a lot of good choices this month and I hope to continue this energy into July. Thank you so much for reading!