4 Things I've Been Loving Lately | Monday Musings

 4 Things I'm Loving Lately | Monday Musings

Sometimes I'll be chatting with a friend about a particular question or problem I'm having, and they will come up with the perfect answer based on their experiences. By the time I start using what they suggest or following their advice, I often can't believe it took me so long to do!

In light of that, every once in awhile I love sharing about my recently discovered and newly favorite things - whether it's an activity, a product, or especially a food that I just can't get enough of! Welcome to the April installment of four things I've been loving lately and as always, if you've got a new favorite thing, please leave a comment below and share!

 Hush Puppies Chaste Ballet Flats

1) Group Runs. I have been looking for a running group ever since I moved here, but the closest one I could find to my house was all the way at Yorktown Beach. A couple months ago I stumbled upon two running groups, one that meets at Tradition Brewing in City Center and another that starts at Point 2 Running at Oyster Point. Both involve a 3-mile run with a group that varies in skill level, and both have punch cards with rewards based on how many times you come. If you've thought about joining a running group (and yes, some run, some jog, and some even walk or have strollers), then let me know! I'd love it if you came!

2) Hush Puppies' Chaste Ballet Flats. I gushed about these a few weeks ago (click here to read it!) so I won't go on and on again, but these have been a lifesaver as wedding season is kicking off. They're extremely comfortable (and rival Tieks!), they look professional, and they are sturdy. I'm excited to see how long they last this wedding season.

3) New podcasts: Pod Save America and Pod Save the World. I am admittedly somewhat of a news and political junkie. I subscribe to The Economist and read at least two other news sites daily, and I still can't get enough. I stumbled upon Pod Save America, and then subsequently Pod Save the World, and I love listening to them both for a weekly perspective on what's going on in our country and across the world. I will caution that they both have and earn the explicit rating for language, but they are incredibly informative and I've been enjoying them both.

 Trader Joe's Mixed Nut Butter

4) Trader Joe's Mixed Nut Butter. I feel like I can't write one of these posts without some reference to food, and certainly not without a reference to Trader Joe's. A few months ago I cancelled my subscription to Thrive Market, and I haven't been able to find my favorite cashew butter at any sort of reasonable price since. Enter Trader Joe's! This nut butter has almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, Brazil nuts, cashews...the list goes on. It's creamy and incredible. You have to try it!

These are some of my new favorites, so tell me - what suggestions do you have? Any new podcasts, activities, or foods I should try? I'd love to hear about it!

Maria Grace Photography

My name is Maria, and I am a wedding and family photographer based out of Hampton Roads, Virginia, but I am always excited about traveling. I love families who truly enjoy spending time with each other and living life together. I love couples that are looking forward to their wedding day because they are so excited to finally be married to.