Thought I’d start a fun new series on the blog – Favorite Monthly Finds!
Alright, I sort of realized half way through writing this post that it’s essentially a reboot of Friday Favorites, but here in 2021 we call it Favorite Finds because we’ve grown and evolved or something like that.
Anyway! Each month I’d love to share with you some products, fashion, foods, and more that I’ve purchased with my own money. They’ll be tried, tested, worn, loved, approved, and highly recommend from one friend to another.
So let’s get to it – here are my favorite finds from February 2021!
Beautycounter Radiant All Over Bronzer
I tacked a Beautycounter Radiant All Over Bronzer in shade “Dune” onto my last Beautycounter order and am OBSESSED. It’s such a natural looking bronzer, there’s no shimmer, and a little goes a long way. I’ve had mine since June and have barely made a dent it in. I use the powder brush from this brush set to apply. Let me know if you want to order the bronzer and I’ll give ya’ my gal’s link.
Athleta Brooklyn Jogger
The hunt for the perfect jogger ends with Athleta’s Brooklyn Jogger. They’re trim but comfortable and I love the flat front panel. I have a few joggers from Athleta that are tie front and the tie can look bulky under shirts. These joggers also have a lined version which are insanely warm. I am always cold but the lined version makes me sweat!
Have you seen Goli Vitamins floating around social media? After seeing them for the 100th time I was finally influenced to buy a bottle and truly love them. They have all the benefits of apple cider vinegar – improved digestion, lower blood sugar levels, and immune system support – but they don’t damage tooth enamel like shots of ACV can do. Plus they contain B vitamins which this tired Mama desperately needs. PLUS they’re slightly sweet so I take them at night after dinner and it kind of feels like I’m eating dessert.
I became an ambassador so we can all get 20% off our orders – use code: IOWAGIRLEATS at checkout!
Godfather’s Frozen Gluten Free Pizza
Ben came home with a Godfathers Frozen Pizza last week and I about cried after my first bite – INCREDIBLE!!! It’s the same Godfather’s sauce and cheese blend they use on their regular pizzas, but on a gluten free crust. It’s the best gluten free frozen pizza we’ve ever had (Ben loved it too) and honestly it blows the gluten free pizza we order from a local pizza joint out of the water. We have four in the freezer if that tells you how serious I am about not running out!
Adidas Superlite Hat
Fellow small headed folks rejoice – I found us an athletic cap that doesn’t look ridiculous on our tiny noggins! This Adidas Superlite Hat is slim and trim, lightweight, and perfect for petite heads. I have been looking for a small cap for years and years – so thrilled to finally find this. I went for a run several weeks ago on a random 50 degree day and my melasma almost instantly flared so I know I’ll be living in this hat this summer.
Lagunitas Hoppy Refresher
Have you seen hop water in stores yet? It is so refreshing! Ben bought this Lagunitas Hoppy Refresher during dry January and we just loved it, and continue to buy it and keep it on hand. Fizzy and refreshing, gluten free, alcohol free, and slightly sweet although there’s no sweetener. It is approximitely ONE THOUSAND times better than La Croix.
Gluten Free Oreos
OMG GLUTEN FREE OREOS!!!!! Have you tried these yet? The deliciousness of these babies cannot be overstated – they taste exactly like the real thing. I don’t eat a ton of sweets but have to hold myself back from opening the package and eating one slash 17 any time I pass them in the pantry.
Papinelle So Soft Fleece Jogger Pajamas
Ben and the kids got me a set of Papinelle Pajamas for Valentine’s Day and they’re so cozy that I could extend this whole not dressing in real clothes thing for another few months. An investment for sure but man oh man – they’re worth every. single. penny.
Adidas Fluidflow 2.0 Shoes
I’d been wearing the same pair of running shoes for four years and was overdue for a new pair to tackle the trails this spring and summer. Apparently the chunky white shoe trend has extended itself into running sneakers (#whywhywhywhywhywhywhy) so I was pumped to find these slim, lightweight Adidas Fluidflow 2.2 Shoes. They’re super sleek and comfortable. Cannot wait to break them in!
Rainbow Inauguration Mug
What’s the saying? One day you’re young and fun and the next day you’re collecting coffee mugs? Well color me ancient because I’m happily adding to my mug collection with these illustrated beauties by Jennifer Vallez. I have this mug, and bought her Rainbow Inauguration Mug after inauguration day. GIRL POWER! Currently trying to tell myself I don’t need this mug, but it’s only a matter of time. Pro tip: get the 15oz mug size!
Fill me in on one of your recent Favorite Finds!
Just found out BeautyCounter Bronzer is being reformulated to a cream (creme?) the current product is being discontinued..:-(
Nooo!!! I just went and checked and the Dune shade is sold out – I’m grabbing a couple of the “Surf” shades to last me for the next year or so! I know a lot of people like creme products, but I’m not one of them, unfortunately. :/
Adrienne Meyer 03.20.2021
Could you do another post on Beautycounter products you like. They have discontinued some of the products I loved. The lotus balm is ok, but I loved the cleansing balm before the lotus. Any recommendations you have I would love to hear.
I love the Lotus Balm for cleansing then using as a leave on mask in the winter over the night cream – my cheeks get so itchy and parched from the dry winter air. I am also using the All Bright C Serum and Countertime collection. That said, I just started using this IT Confidence in a Cream night cream which I might like a bit better than the Countertime night cream, but it’s early (I’ve only used it 3 nights) and the ingredients are definitely not as clean. Cannot say enough about the Beuatycounter bronzer though – LOVE it!
I love the rainbow mug and might have to get it! Also love the sound of the Hoppy Refresher and will put on my list. I tend to default to wine every night with dinner, even when I don’t necessarily want alcohol, just because it has more going on than plain water. This sounds perfect.
My current find is Hydrant. It’s a hydration drink (well, drink mix in packet). I have low blood pressure and sometimes have dizziness or dehydration (which leads to headaches) as a result, and my doctor recommended adding salt to my diet and increasing my water intake. She recommended G2, but I have to stay away from artificial sweeteners, and I’m not really a fan of stevia or other natural alternatives either. I didn’t think it would be possible to find something low-sugar but without sweeteners, but lo and behold, I found this, and it is awesome! It tastes great, and I swear I can feel the difference, plus I haven’t had a headache since (knock on wood). I just love it so much I want to tell the whole world! :-)
That sounds awesome, Kelly! I’ve tried Liquid IV powder and didn’t love it because of the Stevia they use – I’m flavor sensitive to sugar alternatives too. I will check out Hydrant!
Love this!!! I also have an “I’m speaking” mug and have been secretly justifying my need of the Britney mug!!!
Same! I think I just need to pull the trigger on that Britney one. ?
The GF Oreos! Discovered those this month, too! My son’s eyes rolled back in his head at first bite!
I’ve already made an ice cream cake using them in the crust and mix-in. They held up really well in that, too!
I can relate to his reaction!! I’m excited to make Oreo fluff. ?
I was soo excited to try gf Oreos, but ended up disappointed!! They are dry and stuck in my teeth! Going back to my much loved Glutino chocolate and vanilla creme cookies. Much more flavorful. My kids even prefer them over regular (non-gf) Oreos!
Oh my gosh, you’re kidding! We can’t stop eating them! ??
That Hoppy Refresher is perfection in a bottle! I discovered it while pregnant last year and it definitely made My Sober Life a little more satisfying for this hop-head.
My latest favorite find are my Birdies, The Blackbird style. I’m not sure when I started enjoying slipper-style dress flats, but I am here for it, and these could not be comfier.
Oh, TOTALLY. I would live that on that stuff if I were pregnant, especially in the summer! I’ll have to check out the blackbird style of birdies – I have the classic pair and love them!
OMG that mug is everything! It’s sold out on the website but I’ll keep an eye out in case it gets restocked.
Oh shoot! She drops new inventory a lot so I’d keep checking!
Yay! Happy to see you bragging on Beautycounter, my absolute favorite makeup and body care brand. I started out trying their Dew Skin foundation and keep adding and adding and adding new products to my beauty routine. I’ve recently discovered Beautycounter’s Clean Deo (aluminum-free deodorant) and absolutely love it. As a long-time Secret wearer, I snatched Beautycounter’s mini deo set they offered at the holidays and instantly became hooked. It’s a little pricey upfront but the cool thing is that it’s refillable. I also recently discovered their Counter+ All Bright C Serum and can already see a difference in my facial skin and as someone pushing 60 (gasp!) I need all the help I can get. I can’t say enough good things about Beautycounter. My consultant says I should start selling it myself.
You should! I probably would if consultants could get free shipping. That darn shipping kills me!! ? But yes – I’m a loyal Beautycounter user too! I love their C serum, and have been slathering the lotus balm on my super dry face all winter long. Love it!!
Echoing the love for your Friday Faves – whatever you want to call them! I have been debating on the Goli gummies for a long time and just decided to order a bottle (thanks for your code!). My biggest fave this week is the SUN! Canadian girl, and we’re finally starting to thaw out a bit. The temps are still cold, but the sun has been shining for three day snow and I am here. for. it.
Yes, sweet, sweet sun! We even got to see our grass this weekend! ???? I hope you love the gummies – they are the only supplement type product that I’ve been able to keep taking for longer than a week!
Now I need to find those pizzas ASAP! :) Thanks for sharing your favorites – I love all of your content!
Yes, you do! They are incredible!!
Yay! I love your “favorites” posts no matter what you call them!
Ditto on the Godfather’s frozen pizzas. They’re my hands down favorite! I guess my favorite find this month was some 3/$13 blue light glasses from Amazon. Now I look like a hipster but also I no longer feel eye strain by the end of my work day. Between those and my growing mug collection, this is almost 40 indeed.
Ugh, I need to try some blue blockers!!
My favorite mascara was discontinued, so I have been on the hunt for one I like that does not make my eyes runny or my lashes look like I have tarantula legs on my eyes. I did try Cover Girls Lash Blast in the orange tube, but I didn’t feel like it ever looked good. I saw a random video on Yahoo for Maybelline Sensational Sky High Mascara. I couldn’t find it in stores at first so I bought the sensational Fan base and WOW, it was amazing. I did find the sky high and bought it because I want to try it! WOW! I love it too. I have always been a Cover Girl due to my sensitive skin, but this is the first Maybelline product I have used that is truly amazing and non irritating. No goopy eyes and no tarantula lashes.
I also went for the first time to Trader Joes. I bought some dark chocolate peanut butter cups, and they are delicious and my dad, a diabetic can have them without messing with his sugar. I bought some other snacky foods like the peanut butter filled pretzel bites, and while I like them, I don’t think I will be buying them again. I did try the cookie butter, and I think I am the only person on the planet who was not a fan.
I am allergic to fresh tomatoes, but if they have been processed, I can have some. My dad made schnitzel, OMG so good!, and he took just a marinara sauce by Paul Newman and added some spices to it. Very good and something I can have! My mom recently passed away, and she could not have any spices, and now, my dad is exploring and trying new spices, and some we have loved and others not as much. It’s been an adventure!
I’m so glad to hear another positive review for the Sky High mascara – I have been looking for it everywhere with no luck, and Amazon has been out too! I’m on the wait list. ?
I love that note about your Dad making the best of what I’m sure is a really tough situation. ❤️
Right now in this moment(3rd Mar 2021 02:14EST)four kinds are on the Ulta website. ❤️
Woo!! Thanks Heather!
Kelly Meier 02.26.2021
So glad to see Friday finds back. I remember reading this every Friday. It was always something I looked forward to.
Yay! That makes me so happy to hear. :) Thanks for being a long time reader – I’m so happy to have you here!