Monday favorites

Happy Monday, sweaties! I’m just cracking back into my computer and life after a blissful weekend spent mostly outdoors with the fam.

We did a little hiking: alyse mac ergo smile hike

A little naked lounging (okay, only Mac was naked):

lounging outside latin azul

And a lot of swimming.

alyse swimming lake tahoe wetsuit

As I went through this weekend, I realized there were a ton of things I’d recently discovered that are working for me in really effortless, awesome ways, and I want to share my latest favorites.

1. Wetsuit!

wetsuit lake tahoe

I found this wetsuit on super sale at Nordstrom (no longer on sale, sorry!), and you guys, it has revolutionized my daily swim. It’s so much easier and faster to get in the water, and I can stay in so much longer.

The only downside is that, because it was on super sale, I ordered it a size (or two?) too big, so I get a little ballooning effect when I swim. I figured, hey, extra drag, nbd, that’ll just make me a stronger swimmer. Then I spotted this shortie on sale at prAna, and I had to order it, too, this time in the right size.


Photo: prAna
Photo: prAna

I’m hopeful it will work, and it’ll be awesome having two, since I’m already loaning mine out to visitors who want in on the wetsuit wonder.

2. Burt’s Bees BB Cream

burts bees makeup

I still am not totally sure what BB cream is (#beautymoron) but I got a sample of this in last Fabletics shipment, and I fell in love. It evens out my skin tone without making me look like I’m wearing makeup; just a better, filtered version of myself.

It also includes SPF (so necessary). The only thing I don’t love about it is that the smell is a little funky, but disappears (or you get used to it?) within a minute or so of applying.

burts bees sweat pink hat

Also, beware, my melanin-blessed friends: the shades run really pale. The light/medium shade is perfect for my summer skin, which means the light version must be made for ghosts.

3. Fabletics shorts

Speaking of Fabletics, if you follow me on Insta (@alysemb), you’ve probably seen me wearing two pairs of shorts on endless repeat:

fabletics heat wave print


fabletics palm print short

These two pairs are both from Fabletics and they are perfect for my summer adventures. They’re lightweight, stay put, dry fast, and have pockets. WITH ZIPPERS.

I can easily stash my phone, keys, and chapstick in my pockets and have my hands free for baby wrangling, yoga poses, and other adventures.

I’ve also worn them swimming and they’ve performed beautifully in the water and dried quickly after.

4. Protein bites

bobs red mill protein bites

I first made these shortly after Mackenzie was born, and have had them on repeat since. Lately, I’ve been making a double chocolate version with my fave Bob’s Red Mill Chocolate Protein powder, Wild Friends Chocolate Almond Butter, and Bob’s Red Mill Rolled Oats (the oats make them a galactalogue, too!).

They’re the yummiest, most perfect one-handed snack. Check out recipes over on My Healthy Happy Home.


… and that’s all for now! Don’t you love it when things just seem to fall in place and work for you? Hope your week is all kinds of fabulous.


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