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July Highlights: Top Products and Things That Made July 2023 GREAT!

I hope you all had a wonderful July filled with celebrations, warm weather, time outside, and more. In this blog post, I have compiled a list of products and things that made July 2023 great! I hope each of these inspire you as you step into August.

What's New This Month:

This month I started 75 Hard and I'm loving the structured discipline that it is integrating into my life. I tend to be a fairly disciplined person but the intentionality that comes with working to complete the 7 tasks for each day (reading 10 pages, 1 45-minute workout outside, 1 45-minute workout inside, following an eating style, no alcohol, 1 gallon of water, and a progress picture each day) has been both challenging and rewarding. I don't find the challenge as a whole to be straining by any means, but more so a way to stretch your mind/body and become more intentional about how you structure your day.

What Books to Read This Summer:

- Peak Mind by Amishi P. Jha PhD: As previously mentioned, part of 75 Hard is reading 10+pages of non-fiction each day. I came across the book Peak Mind in the airport this past spring and it really caught my attention. Ironically so because the premise of the book is learn about how to find your focus and strengthen your attention. One of my biggest take aways from the book was that you only need to practice mindfulness or meditation a minimum of 12 minutes per day for 8 weeks to notice significant impacts to your focus, attention, memory, and more. Give it a read or put the practice into action and let me know what you think in the comments.

Best Summer Product Finds (Barbie Edition):

While everyone is talking about the recent release of the Barbie movie, I have become enamored by the extensive marketing! Especially all of the Barbie-influenced products (subtle or not) that you could integrate into your summer lifestyle. Here are a few Barbie pool products that caught my eye:

Best Sunscreen For All of Your Summer Activities:

Whether your sitting poolside or tackling an outdoor adventure, I have been loving this Supergoop Play Everyday SPF 50 Sunscreen! It goes on clear, dries quickly and leaves you with the perfect balance of matte with a glow. I have several of them ready to go in my beach and hiking bags.

Recommended Movies And TV Shows:

I had to include this section this month because I am itching for the latest season (or half a season, rather) of Yellowstone to be released. Months back, we were left on the edge of our seats and subsequently promised the second half of season 5 in July 2023. Well, July has come and gone and there are now rumors of a November release floating around. We'll see...stay tuned.

Recipes I Want to Try:

Summer is always an inspiring time for me to try new recipes and resurface stowed favorites. I came across this Grilled Peach Crumble recipe via The Food Network that seems like the perfect complement to a summer barbecue.

Happy August!

- Caroline


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