Welcome to this little corner of Loveleaf Co. where every last Thursday of the month, I post ten of my favorite finds, meals, memories, and everything in between from the past 30 days. ✌🏼
View from skiing in Park City, Utah.
Josh and I started the month with a long ski weekend in Park City, Utah… which honestly feels more like a year ago than a month ago. I loved (almost) every second of it, minus the time Josh tricked me into going down a double black diamond through trees. From NYC, the flight was relatively short, extremely inexpensive, and you can be to the mountain within 45 minutes of landing in Salt Lake City. Highly recommend.
I finally finished transferring my website from Squarespace to WordPress. If you’re reading this post right now, you’re on my new site – welcome! It might not look too different at the moment, but it’s (a lot) faster, will be more user friendly (I’m working on an organized recipe page right now), and gives me more design and functionality flexibility for the future.
Everyone’s life changed this month in a big way so I’m trying to share content that is helpful during this weird, stressful time. A few weeks ago I posted how to grocery shop during the coronavirus pandemic to help myself (and hopefully you!) navigate the grocery store while staying safe and sane.
And the easiest way to cut down on grocery store trips (and your time in the grocery store)? Make a plan. Here’s a free printable weekly meal planner and grocery shopping list to make it easier.
Since we’re supposed to make fewer trips to the grocery store these days (🙏🏼for everyone’s safety), I made a new and expanded version of the capsule kitchen grocery list which includes:
✔️ non-perishable pantry essentials
✔️ freezer essentials
✔️ longer-lasting fridge essentials (produce, dairy, etc. that will stay fresh for at least 2 weeks!)
The people have spoken! Last week, I asked friends, family, some of my favorite food bloggers, and Loveleaf Co. readers (you!) for their favorite EASY weeknight recipes. The result is this list of 20 easy (and healthy), tried-and-true, weeknight meals to inspire those of us who are cooking more than usual these days, willingly or not.
A popular topic right now is how to maintain some semblance of a routine while being locked in your own house. Having worked from home for the last few years, I have three non-negotiable work-from-home tips that have helped me live and work in the same place without losing my mind.
1. Get dressed in real clothes.
2. Designate a space for work ONLY. A room, desk, or quiet corner (if space is limited) where you do work and nothing else. I have a desk in our guest room, Josh is at our dining room table.
3. Set a schedule. I do 9-5:30pm with a lunch break. To signal to my brain that the workday is over at 5:30ish, I usually go for a walk and/or take a shower 🤷🏼♀️.
Sitting in Josh’s new “office” aka our living/dining room.
Speaking of a routine, if your regular gym or fitness studio is closed, there are SO many ways to work out at home. Here are a few that I like:
- Peloton App. Bike, running, bodyweight, yoga, meditation, and now cardio dance (!) classes, and more. Free for 90 days.
- Tone It Up. HIIT, strength-training, yoga, and more. The app is free until 4/22.
- Core Power Yoga On Demand. Power yoga classes (new classes added weekly). Free.
- Sculpt by Emily. Sculpt classes, added weekly. $19 per month.
- Mad Fit. These song workouts are quick and fun. Free.
And here’s some at-home workout equipment I use regularly:
- Yoga Mat
- Yoga Blocks
- 3 Pound Dumbbells
- Ankle Weights (1.5-2.5 lbs)
- Space Heater and Humidifier (For a good at-home sweat! You’ll need a small space, like a bathroom, for these to work.)
Josh on a hike in Cold Spring, New York overlooking the Hudson River.
And while we’re talking about movement, just a little reminder that we’re still allowed to go outside as long as we maintain a distance from others ;). Josh and I have been going on mandatory (my rules) daily walks and last weekend we explored a new hiking trail in Cold Spring, New York.
AllTrails is a great app to discover trails or walking loops in your area.
Finally. Two easy ways to give back.
- Donate Money. Access to food is a huge issue in this country, not to mention in the middle of a pandemic. You can help food banks respond to the COVID-19 crisis by donating to Feeding America.
- Donate Blood. Blood banks are experiencing a severe blood shortage. You can find a local blood bank here.
Stay safe, calm, and educated! See you next month. xx Ally
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