May Favorites

May Favorites

It’s time for another “favorites” post! Hope everyone had a nice Memorial Day holiday and is enjoying the unofficial beginning of summer!

This post is a few days late, but I’ve worked the past 11 days in a row, so cut me some slack. I’m freaking exhausted. I didn’t even have time to take any pictures or make any fancy photo collages, but I still wanted to mention a few new things I’ve really been into lately…

Handmaid’s Tale TV Show (Hulu)
I have no idea why I’m so into this show. It’s disturbing, twisted, kind of demoralizing, and yet somehow, so completely addicting. It’s based on the book of the same name by Margaret Atwood and follows the story of a woman living in a new dystopian America after the government was overthrown by a totalitarian/Christian fundamentalist group who now rules all. There was also some kind of environmental disaster that left most people infertile. So basically, if you are a fertile female (and also very unlucky), you have to become a “handmaid” and are required to have sex with an assigned male master in this super weird, creepy “religious ceremony.” Then, if somehow you get pregnant, you have to give your baby to said male master and his wife for them to raise. It’s a whole other kind of messed up. But, dang, I’m so hooked! It’s one of those shows where you just can’t not watch because you want to see how much crazier it’s going to get.

Ikea ‘Micke’ desk
I went to Ikea a few weeks ago in search of a desk. I really haven’t had one in a long time, and I was really tired of trying to do everything on the kitchen table and/or my bed with a lap desk that I somehow still have from college. So, after months (maybe even a year) of debating whether or not I really needed a desk after all, I decided on the Ikea ‘Micke’ desk. It comes in a couple of different sizes/versions, but I went with the mid-size one with the shelving unit/cabinety-thing ($79.99). It was a real bitch to put together I will say, but after two days (and several glasses of wine – it can get pretty frustrating), I had a pretty nice desk on my hands. I’m really happy with it so far. It’s the perfect size for me, and it has a pretty decent amount of storage.

Gaiam Yoga Studio App
When it comes to buying apps on my iPhone of iPad, I rarely pay for them. I usually just put up with the stupid ads and videos and ignore the “buy the full version and get rid of ads!” banners that pop up all the time. A few years ago, however, I bought this Yoga Studio app ($4.99) that my cousin recommended to me. I used it a few times back when I first got it, but then kind of forgot about it until recently. I use it ALL THE TIME now. It’s like having a yoga instructor at home with you. (Cuz real, live yoga classes are expensive, ya know?) There are different difficulty levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced) and categories (relaxation, flexibility, yoga for back pain, etc.) that you can choose from. Then, you just download the class you want and voila…instant at-home yoga class! There are also different lengths of classes, so you can do everything from a 4 minute sun salutation to a 60 minute advanced combination class, depending on what you’re looking for. Yay yoga!

***UPDATE (6/8/2017): As of the past week, this app is no longer $4.99. They have changed their app to a subscription-based model and now there is a $2 monthly fee or a $20 yearly fee to use the app (which they failed to tell the people who have already bought the app). I do not recommend this app anymore as I was seriously disappointed in their decision to not grandfather in those people who have already paid for and downloaded content. I would recommend getting another yoga app, and when I find another one with better business practices, I will for sure let you know!***

HomeGoods
I think I may have already posted about this store in one of my previous favorites posts, but in case you still don’t know…I love HomeGoods. A lot. More than I probably should. I actually follow someone on Instagram who goes by the name ‘homegoodsobsessed.’ She literally just posts cool stuff she finds at the store. She doesn’t even end up buying anything most of the time. I love her. Anyway, if you haven’t been to HomeGoods ever, you need to go ASAP. I always find something I don’t need there. Every now and then I’ll pick up something I actually do need, but most of the time it’s a completely unnecessary purchase. What else is new? What do I buy there? Everything. I’ve gotten everything from an Eddie Bauer comforter for $30 to a set of acrylic wine glasses and some super cute (and very inexpensive) wrapping paper. I have just decided that I’m gonna write up a whole post on just HomeGoods next week. So stay tuned…

Wine
I’m just gonna go ahead and throw wine on this list because I don’t know how I would have gotten through the past 11 days without it. Not any particular kind of wine…literally just wine in general. It’s always my favorite.

This is a pretty short favorites post…I’ve been so busy the past two weeks I haven’t even had time to care about anything, hence my pitiful list of favorites from the month of May. I promise to be back next week with more/better posts after I get my nice, relaxing weekend off.

Happy Friday!

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