The Dream Team's April Favourites

Hey Friends!

Wow, it feels like it's been so long since I last wrote a monthly fav for all of you! I genuinely love sharing some of my favourite things and look forward to these blog posts, so let's get into it. 

- Sabine

Christen's Favourites  

With the beginning of the pandemic last year, I was determined to use the extra time at home wisely and decided to take the plunge into gardening with outdoor boxes. Last year was the first year I attempted to sew seeds indoors and transplant them outside, which the kids LOVED. I have always pictured myself having a big garden, despite having a terrible history with plants and squirrels that eat everything, but I gave it a shot. I would consider last year a huge success, with an even bigger learning curve. Going into this season, I have a bit more confidence and have a better idea of what to expect, which is comforting. I started consuming more and more beautiful gardening content to keep up the motivation in the middle of last season when I was in the midst of an endless battle with cabbage worms, weird bugs and squirrels. Some of my favourites are below!

 

Julia | @simply.living.well

Lucy | @shegrowsveg

Tasha | @thepurposefulyou

Amber | @thefairlylocalfamily

Shaye | @shayeelliott (I read her book at the beginning of the pandemic last year, and it's what gave me the motivation and confidence to enter this crazy world of gardening!)

 

Despite the hefty price tag that this hand balm comes with, I have to say I LOVE it, right down to its aluminum tube. It was a Christmas Present 2 years ago, so needless to say, I use it sparingly, and it's lasted me well over a year now. The mandarin, rosemary and cedar scent combination is unlike anything I have smelled before. It's not too strong or sweet, which I appreciate, and it's insanely hydrating with a greaseless finish. If you are looking for a bit of indulgence- this is it!

 

 

I have had this book on my shelf for over a year and finally cracked it open to give it a chance. I plowed through it in less than a week and haven't stopped thinking about it since. A Robin Sharma-esque story with life lessons and financial wisdom woven throughout- I've discovered it's the best way for me to digest and remember life material. I have many books filled with great information, but they read almost like a textbook to me; in turn, I have a much harder time staying focused and getting anything out of the book. Although the title of this book suggests that by saving your latte money, you will be good to go financially, spoiler alert: it's not, and you're not! Zoey is in her late twenties, living in NYC with mountains of student debt and a decent job in the magazine industry. She meets an interesting character at a coffee shop that opens her eyes to the possibility that she doesn't need to earn more to live 'rich' and live NOW. I finished this book on such a high that I started doing some serious planning for not only our family's future but right now! I HIGHLY recommend this read. It's a quick one, so empowering and really engaging.

Cindy's Favourites

As I've gotten older, my skincare and makeup routine has changed quite a bit. While my focus was once finding the perfect foundation, it is now finding the perfect sunscreen. Since introducing skincare products such as retinol and vitamin c, sunscreen has become my biggest skincare priority. When working from home or sitting in the backyard, or running to the grocery store, my daily sunscreen is the Bioderma Photoderm SPF 50. Although I love how dewy and moisturizing this one is, I find it makes me too shiny sometimes. I've now started using Unseen Sunscreen by Supergoop. This sunscreen leaves your skin feeling velvety and can also act as a primer under your makeup. It almost feels pore-filling and smoothing and hasn't caused any breakouts. It is free of nasty chemicals and great for all skin types. 

 

This tanning product was introduced to me by one of my very good friends. I had mentioned that I avoid tanning my face at all costs (40 SPF sunscreen + 50 SPF sun hat combo) but I no longer enjoyed applying bronzer to match my face to my body during the summer. I have to say, this is one of my absolute favourite beauty products at the moment. The bottle holds 30ml of tanning water drops that can be easily mixed into your daily moisturizer. I applied one drop to my moisturizer, and the next morning I woke up glowwwwinggggg! The colour was so natural and matched the rest of my body perfectly. It was super easy to apply and, most importantly, streak-free. This bottle can definitely last me until September, and I'm so excited not to have to wear any creams or powders to match my face to my body! 

 

Okay. I am obsessed with this ice cream. My all-time favourite is the Haagen-Dazs Pineapple Coconut, but it has been so hard to find over the last few months. While grocery shopping a few weeks ago, I came across this coconut ice cream and grabbed for it specifically because it is made from coconut milk. They have a ton of other flavours, but I had been on a hunt for coconut for a while. I didn't have high expectations, but the creaminess and perfect coconut flavour of this ice cream absolutely blew my mind. I wouldn't say this is a replacement for the Haagen-Dazs one; it's honestly in a lane of its own, and I would purchase both if available. 

Sabine's Favourites

 

Okay, I know, this is really specific. But, I have been trying to visit and support more local coffee shops these days (many are still open just for takeout), and Saving Thyme has grown to be a fav for myself and my family. A few times now, my parents have brought home boxes of assorted treats, and we will all try a piece of each different pastry. These days, seeing as the closest thing I get to a coffee date is sitting in my car with a book, sometimes it's nice to have that extra treat. The first time I bought one of these chocolate croissants, I was blown away. They are massive. Like probably the biggest chocolate croissant I've ever seen. They are the perfect amount of flakiness but are also so soft on the inside. You can tell they are so fresh. Enough said. Nowadays, my favourite way to spend a Saturday afternoon is to grab a London Fog and a chocolate croissant from Saving Thyme, drive to a park of sorts, and typically sit in my car and watch the world go by. It's all about finding the beauty in simple things! So, next time you are looking for something to do on the weekend or a day off (because, let's be honest, we are all looking for something new to do), check out your local coffee shop and skip the big chains. These people really feel the impact of you shopping small :) 

P.S. The same day I wrote this, I felt inspired and had to go get a croissant. I tried a butter croissant this time, and wow. Just wow. It did not disappoint!

 

I'll be honest; I have no idea what Kindle it is that I have been using because it's my mom's and it's old, BUT I have wanted to try a Kindle for a while now love the ease of it. The Kindle linked is a newer one because I imagine the one I'm using is likely not even sold anymore. I love this because there are some books that I don't feel the need to buy and collect because, if I'm honest, I don't have space for all the books I own! I love that I can just search for a book I've heard about, download it and I'm all set. No more waiting for the physical copy to come in and collecting books I may only read once! Now, don't get me wrong, I still do purchase physical copies of books because there are a few I want to hold onto/write notes in/highlight. However, there is also a highlight option on the Kindle, which is super cool too! Overall, I'm just glad that I've been getting back into reading because I enjoy it; I sometimes go through moments where I don't pursue it as much. I have made a goal for myself for how many books I want to read this year, and let's say I'm in a good spot, considering it's only April!

 

Once quarantine hit (literally a year ago now), I decided it was time to stop making excuses for not having a proper skincare routine. I did a bunch of research, and I found a few new products to try (I also learned you don't NEED to spend a whole lot to create a routine that works for you). I easily leaned towards the Ordinary as they are a very affordable skincare brand (I haven't seen many items above $15!). Although they can be hard to understand at first, I've grown to appreciate the simplicity of their products and trust what I'm putting on my skin (they don't have tons of added stuff like fragrances, etc.). One of the biggest staples I have been using since the beginning is their Niacinamide and Zinc, which came highly suggested by Hyram himself (THE skincare king). But more recently, I purchased the Rosehip Seed Oil as I heard this was an excellent oil to use for oily skin. I started by adding some into my moisturizer on nights I felt I needed more hydration, and now I occasionally use it alone for a bit of a facial massage. I have been using my Gua Sha tool more frequently and a way to settle in for the evenings, which helps the oil dissolve into my skin. What once was a product that frightened me (because oil and oily skin sounded like a no-go to me) has now become a very versatile item that I will be restocking!

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