A Few Things I’m Loving Right Now

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By Jess
29 Mar 2021
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Hi, how was everyone’s weekend? We spent a TON of time outside, lots of walks and hanging out on the deck and in the yard. Marin got to meet one of her new cousins and she was very curious, but also kind of more interested in the dog, she is my daughter after all. We are trying to enjoy as much as we can on the island before it gets crazy for the summer which always happens faster than anticipated. Being back in RI is getting me so excited for summer, gardening, beach days, and maybe finally feeling a little bit of normalcy sometime soon (we are hoping to get the vaccine in April if all goes well with supply here). I thought I’d share some things I’m loving right now, new brand discoveries, and some spring/summer purchases. What are you excited about right now? Let me know!

Things I’m Loving Right Now

Business and pleasure beach co

My friend Jenn introduced me to this female-founded small business when I was on the hunt for something similar to Serena & Lily’s beach chairs. I love everything on their site, beach tents, umbrellas, chairs, towels and more. I am thinking about getting a tent for the beach, it looks ideal for babies/toddlers because it’s plenty of sun coverage without being enclosed. I definitely want to get two of the beach chairs especially because they have backpack straps and we often bike to the beach. I just can’t decide on a print I love them all.

Sarah Bray Bermuda Sun Hat

I mentioned this hat in last weeks Click. Read. Love, but I am just so excited about it. I am really looking forward to gardening again, and for beach days now that Marin is a little older. I like that the hat has interchangeable ribbons so it won’t fall off. I pretty much live in big sun hats during the warmer months to protect my skin so I plan to get a lot of use out of this one. I think the sizing might be too big for my small head. I recommend using hat sizer adhesive strips for a better fit (you can typically find at any local craft/fabric store).

City On A Hill on showtime

I think I shared the show before but if not, Craig and I loved season one of City On A Hill. It’s a fictional story based on a period of time in the 1990s in Boston, dubbed the Boston Miracle, when homicide rates fell 63 percent. The story follows Boston Assistant District Attorney Decourcy Ward (Aldis Hodge) as he forms an alliance with a corrupt and very dysfunctional FBI veteran, Jackie Rohr (Kevin Bacon). Together they take on a case that turns the criminal justice system upside down. The cast is phenomenal and I’m so excited it’s back for a second season!

Aldis Hodge as Decourcy Ward and Kevin Bacon as Jackie Rohr in CITY ON A HILL. Photo: Eric Ogden/SHOWTIME

SUPERGOOP mineral sheerscreen

I get asked ALL the time for a mineral sunscreen that doesn’t leave a white cast and doesn’t feel heavy on the skin. I have been testing this Supergoop Mineral Sheerscreen and it passes the test with flying colors! It blends seamlessly, feels incredibly lightweight on the skin, and has SPF 30 and blue light protection. Craig is SUPER picky about sunscreen because he thinks everything makes his face greasy or doesn’t rub in and he will wear this stuff no problem. You can easily wear it under makeup or on its own.

freedom moses sandals

I discovered these vegan, recyclable, waterproof sandals and they’re SO comfy. I wanted something for around the house/gardening and the beach and these are even better than I expected. They come in tons of cute colors and prints. I got them in the pink, for sizing I’m generally a 7-7.5 and went with the 7/8.

boll and branch botanical print bedding

I was so excited to partner with Boll & Branch this month. I am a long time fan of the brand (I included them in my sustainable bedding blog post here). I am in love with their new botanical print sheets and duvet cover. I got the botanical duvet cover and white hemmed sheets as part of my partnership for the Vermont house. I already have the white hemmed sheets at our RI house and I bought the floral sheets with my code. They’re just so luxurious and the quality is amazing. Through the end of the month you can use my code JESSK15 for 15% off your purchase (this is not an affiliate link, it’s a trackable link from my Instagram partnership with the brand). I also got some questions about how to keep white sheets looking white without bleach. I really like Molly’s Suds Oxygen Whitener.

rae wellness vegan collagen boost

I have been on the hunt for vegan collagen powder for quite a while. I was surprised to find this one for $15 (they are usually more expensive and typically hard to find vegan). It’s a woman founded and led company that donates 5% of all revenue to Girls Inc. As for the vegan collagen powder, I’ve only taken it for less than 2 weeks so TBD how I like it, but I’m very happy that it dissolves in my morning coffee easily and is totally tasteless. It’s made with Vitamin C and bamboo to help support collagen production and it’s non GMO, no fillers, colorants or preservatives.

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  1. Nicole wrote:

    Hi! I don’t want to be the bearer of bad news…but there is no such thing as vegan collagen. I have two degrees in Exercise and Nutrition which is only to say that I have the education to even give this advice. Collagen is derived from the bovine of animals, whether it be marine or cartilage based (+others). A comparison could be alternative meat options. There is no such thing as vegan meat, but there are ingredients put together to mimic that protein source, but unfortunately it’s not the same nutrient-wise. So these “vegan collagens” are putting ingredients in their product to mimic an animal collagen source, but it’s just not the same.
    There are some studies out there right now that are researching if some vegan ingredients (like Vitamin C) can help boost natural collagen production, but nothing is substantiated yet. Looking at the nutrition facts from the product you recommended, Vitamin C is a huge percentage of what is included, but it is not regulated to be a collagen source…yet!
    Sorry! I love your content, and I too try to be more conscious of what I consume, live a more sustainable life, etc, but I had to say something!!

    3.29.21 | Reply
    • EarthMama wrote:

      “Collagen is derived from the bovine of animals, whether it be marine or cartilage based (+others).”

      This statement above makes no sense, Nicole. Bovine literally means “cow,” but can also include bison and buffalo.

      How exactly is collagen derived “from the cow of animals…”?

      3.29.21 | Reply
      • Nicole wrote:

        Bovine is a naturally occurring protein present in the connective tissue, bones, cartilage, and hides of cows. It is taken and pretty much pulverized into a powder safe for consuming. For marine animals, it would be similar but in fish, etc.

        3.31.21 | Reply
    • Jess wrote:

      Got it, that makes sense. Thanks for sharing Nicole.

      3.30.21 | Reply
  2. Serene wrote:

    Thanks for sharing all these fun things Jess!! I may need those sandals and beach chairs! ?
    Xo Serene

    3.29.21 | Reply
    • Jess wrote:

      I ended up getting the pink stripe beach chairs. Such a splurge but they have great reviews I am hoping the quality is worth it!

      3.30.21 | Reply
  3. Lynn wrote:

    I got that blue sweater long ago when I saw that great bike summer riding picture. I love it and got it in pink too on sale . I got the Moses sandals in 78 because my foot is narrow and basically an 8 and I was afraid since there are no adjustable holes that I might slide out of the 8-9. Fingers crossed . Hate returning things .

    3.29.21 | Reply
    • Jess wrote:

      I hope they work out Lynn.

      3.30.21 | Reply
  4. Karen Decker wrote:

    These are my favorite types of posts. Some of my best purchases have come from your recommendations. ?

    4.1.21 | Reply
    • Jess wrote:

      Oh thank you so much Karen. Glad to hear it.

      4.2.21 | Reply

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