March Pick-Me-Ups

March can be a bit of a downer.  The weather’s weird.  On Tuesday it was in the 70s, but there’s snow in the forecast this weekend.  Nothing is in season.  There’s only so many bananas a girl can eat, and berry and stone fruit seasons are still a few months out.  Finally, even with more daylight in the evenings, I find the dark mornings after Daylight Savings depressing.  This is a list of things that have been keeping me feeling peppy this March.  My little rays of sunshine in the last gasp of winter, if you will.  No sponsored content; this is all stuff I keep on buying over and over.

Sumo Mandarins

Bigger than an orange but smaller than a grapefruit.

Bigger than an orange but smaller than a grapefruit.

Your window for these may be over, but if you see some in the store, snap them up and enjoy.  They were available by the box in January and February, but seem to be a little less popular now.  If you like clementines or tangerines, you’ll love Sumos.  They have a thick peel that comes off easily, and the segments are seedless.  They are by far the sweetest citrus I’ve eaten, and I swear I wrote that before I realized it was one of the selling points listed on the website.  Outside of desserts like pie, this is also one of the only fruits I’ve seen J eat.

 

 

Japanese Washcloth

Most chemical exfoliants sting and leave me flaky, so I like to rock an extra long, extra nubby Japanese washcloth.  It can be easy to get carried away with these, so proceed with caution!  Once a week I match the washcloth up with a glob of my trusty Aveeno Baby Wash and go to town.  There is something very cathartic about scrubbing away old layers of skin.   Finish up with some of the Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer I extolled the virtues of last month, and I dare you not to be petting your own arm for the rest of the day.

 

 

Michele’s Lemon Pistachio Granola

Can't wait to get into this bag!

Can't wait to get into this bag!

This is a somewhat local company for me, as they're based out of Baltimore, Maryland.  I have eaten Michele’s Granola for almost every breakfast since discovering it last year.  They have a variety of delicious standard flavors, and Chocolate Cherry and Ginger Hemp are my favorites.  Michele’s also features seasonal flavors, and for spring/summer it is Lemon Pistachio.  One word: phenomenal!  I was able to grab my first bag of the year last week and it was a happy day.  My favorite way to eat it is with plain Siggi’s yogurt and fresh raspberries, but I’ll have to wait a bit longer to do that.  Good thing raspberry yogurt is a close second!

 

Relevee Lash Curler by Surratt Beauty

Pricey, but worth every penny

Pricey, but worth every penny

There are some ladies in the locker room of the REC that really have it together.  They somehow manage to get a full face of makeup on and have beautifully done hair in the time it takes me to dry my feet.  I bet they have really quick T1 times in races!  I try to keep my routine as easy as possible, and this is my go-to lash curler.  It has replaced my Shu Uemura full time!  The Relevee only needs the lightest hand to get a natural looking curl.  In fact, the first time I used this I squeezed too hard and got a crimp.  Once I got the hang of it, I’ve been a very happy customer.  I especially like that the curl holds all day, even when I first curl them in a super humid locker room.  No small feat!  It’s a Japanese brand, so if you’re a fan of the other Asian brands of curlers, have hooded eyes, or sparse straight lashes, consider giving this one a try.

 

So there we go.  March can leave me feeling exceptionally blue, and it’s true that none of these things can bring true happiness.  But a positive outlook is important, and these have been my favorite things to keep me from feeling quite so bad.  Julie Andrews would be proud!