The Best of a July Day (with Kate Payne)

Friday, July 28, 2017

Note: This post was written by Kate Payne. Kate is the newest contributor here on H&H who will be providing a monthly roundup of quality products and various creative content. Her natural eye + heart behind her recommendations is something I am eager to share & implement often here on Habit & Heart.

As the days heat up, I find myself filling my hours with intention. In a whole year, we only get one summer, and I am learning to spend it wisely, fully and boldly. Though the days are long, I am keeping my to do lists short: I'm not doing more things, I'm doing better things. The same goes for what I'm using. This month, I've made it a goal to use less, focusing on quality instead. Below is a list of what I'm using, doing and loving on a typical July day.

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This smoothie is closer to a desert than a breakfast. It's bright flavors epitomize summer. And even better, it's almost impossible to mess up. Gather, 1/2 cup frozen pineapple, 1/2 cup frozen mango, 1 and 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk, and a handful of fresh mint. Place in a blender and blend till creamy. Garnish with a sprig of mint. 

Get used to me talking about Beautycounter because at least one of their products are going to make my favorites every month. This stuff transformed my skin. I won't dive into the details here, but you can read more about my skin journey and Beautycounter here

The BC cleansing balm is without a doubt my favorite product. Though I use it morning and night to wash my face and remove my makeup, there is something extra special about using it when I wake up. It leaves my face feeling awake, invigorated, hydrated and bright. 

I LOVE starting my day off by listening to this album. Will Reagan has always been one of my favorite Christian artists, but this album is awesome. It's lyrics are deep, relatable and full of truth. It provides a perfect soundtrack to my morning quiet time. Check it out on Spotify here.

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This caprese salad screams summer and only takes about seven minutes to make. It's rich in taste & color and will leave you feeling not full, but satisfied. I make it by slicing up a large, bright red tomato, an onion and fresh mozzarella. Then I pick basil leaves from my herb garden (homegrown all the way!) and wash six-ish big leaves. Then I stack those items typically in the order of tomato, mozzarella, onion, basil and so on! Top with a sweet italian dressing, sea salt and pepper, and voila! All of summer's freshness right on your plate!

I hate sunscreen. Always have. I know it's pretty essential, but there are few things more annoying than having to lather every exposed inch of your body with this pasty lotion before jumping in the pool. But this different. Made with coconut oil and acai fruit oil, the BC sunstick is a joy. When I lightly run it over my face, chest and shoulders I feel like I'm enhancing my skin--not clogging it. It's light, breathable and smooth. Plus, it's compact, so I take it just about everywhere I go and can even use it on top of make up. Purchase this sunstick (for just $18), and I promise, you will love it just as much as I do. Shop it right here!

I've had this book on my list for awhile (mostly because the cover is darling), and I finally checked it off.  It was one of those light, easy, sweet reads, perfect for summer. It tells the story of two families, blended by an affair, and the adventures and tragedies they face together. I absolutely fell in love with these characters and was actually sad when it ended! 

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Another album I have on repeat. This husband-wife duo have been rocking my Spotify since their debut, and their second album is GOLD. Seriously "Touching Heaven" makes me sob. Go download this album!
I accidentally invented this pasta when I had nothing else in my refrigerator, and it was one of the best mistakes I've ever made. It's SO SIMPLE. I boil noodles, and meanwhile I mash one avocado and stick in in a sauce pan with 1/4 olive oil, 1/4 cup milk, salt, pepper, parmesan cheese, and garlic. I heat that on low and then let it simmer until my pasta is al dente and then combine! In about fifteen minutes you have a light and satisfying summer dish. 

WATCH THIS. It is BEAUTIFUL. Who do you talk about in history class? Men. Who do you read about in books? Men. Who do credit for the greatest discoveries, inventions and innovations? Men. This Netflix documentary tackles this issue. Why do we not talk about women in class? When was the gender binary formed and what historical events enforced it? Each of the four episodes explores this. I love cozying up to a good documentary before bed, but I really love cozying up to one that challenges basic gender norms!

I hope that some of these inspired you. What products, habits, and recipes have you adopted this summer? I'd love to hear!

Written by Kate Payne. Follow along on Instagram HERE and her personal blog HERE

1 comment:

  1. Wow this much heatlty food in one day.. This is really awsome. My mouth is full of water right now just after reading all thoses name.. I hope this was the delicious day for you..!


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