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Real Food Whole Life 2015 Favorites

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Today I'm excited to share some of my favorite things from 2015! From podcasts, to books, to my favorite leggings and walking shoes, here are some of my favorites from the past year.

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1 | The Lively Show.

I just adore this show! Jess Lively covers a range of topics from food to money, business to motherhood. Her show is inspirational, thought-provoking, and I gain new ideas and perspectives each time I listen. You can listen on her site and subscribe via iTunes

2 | StartUp.

I can't even tell you how much I love this show. It's in between season 2 and 3 now, but definitely start with Season 1, Episode 1 and go from there. Even if you're not an entrepreneur and have no interest in starting a business, this show is addictive. You can listen on the StartUp site or on iTunes.

3| Serial

I was late to the Serial party, but my lateness turned out okay because it allowed me to binge-listen the entire first season during a road trip this summer. If you haven't listened yet, you should. The good news, too, is that Season 2 just started, so catch up and then join the rest of us as we eagerly await each new weekly episode. Listen on the Serial site or on iTunes.

4 | Food Blogger Pro

If you're a food blogger this one is a great resource and worth adding to your listening list. Bjork from Pinch of Yum runs the show and covers a range of topics related to food blogging. It's a fairly new show and already become one of my favorites. Listen on the Food Blogger Pro site or subscribe via iTunes


I've read so many good books this year. Here are a few of my favorites!

1 | Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

This book by Elizabeth Gilbert has been a game changer for me. In it she speaks about connecting with your own creative ability and working beyond fear to express yourself. A great read as we head into the new year. p.s. Magic Lessons is the companion podcast to the book and is also worth a listen.

2 | Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Everyday Life by Gretchen Rubin

Another important book for me this year was this one by Gretchen Rubin. In it she talks about the way we develop and keep habits, and also how to develop new ones. If you're interested in changing things up in 2016 this one may be for you.

3 | A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.

I'm in a bookclub and we read a new book every month. Out of the 12 books we read this year this one may have been my favorite. Great characters, a great story, and an overall great read.

4 | Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger.

My second favorite book of the year was this one. Set in a small town in 1961 it's an unconventional mystery page-turner. This one would be a good companion for a long flight or holiday reading snuggled on the couch.

Around the Interweb

1 | A Couple Cooks Healthy + Whole.

I've loved A Couple Cooks blog for a long time and am a huge fan of their Healthy + Whole series, a "candid conversation on how to embrace home cooking and a sustainably healthy lifestyle." It's helpful and inspiring and I look forward to every new post. You can also find Sonja and Alex on Instagram and their new podcast, too!

2 | The Natural Nurturer.

I met Taesha (i.e., The Natural Nurturer) through her beautiful Instagram account, and over the last year she and I have become friends in real life. I'm always inspired by her photography and we share a common passion for real food and healthy families. She shares inspiration on Instagram and plenty of yummy recipes on her blog.

3 | The Shine Project.

I follow The Shine Project's Ashley Lemeiux on Instagram and am always inspired by her posts. What's more inspiring is the company she created to employ first generation college students so they can afford their education. Buying a piece of The Shine Project jewelry supports a great cause, plus it's gorgeous. Win, win!   

4 | Elle & Company

My go-to blog for business and design, Elle & Company is one of my favorites. If the style and aesthetic of Lauren's site looks familiar, you're onto something. She designed my site earlier this year!

Everything Else

1 | Adult Coloring Books and Gel Pens

Yes, this is a thing. A great thing. A coloring book, a full array of gel pens, and a cup of tea or a glass of wine you have yourself a surprisingly relaxing, meditative activity. 

2 | Dollar Shave Club

I gifted a subscription of the Dollar Shave Club to Andrew because razor refills are so expensive he wasn't replacing his often enough. Now they arrive in our mailbox and for very little money. I liked the idea so much I subscribed myself. We're hooked! 

3 |  Zella Live-In Slim Fit Legging.

I'm afraid that even when leggings go out of style I'll still be wearing them. If you love leggings too, and I know you do, and you haven't tried these, then it's time to give them a try. I don't wear these to workout, but I insist on them for under dresses and long tops almost every single day. They're comfy and wash well and come in a ton of colors, too.

4 | Dr. Bronner's Soap.

This soap has been around forever for a reason. It's seriously magic. We started using it this year and now won't use anything else. Andrew likes the peppermint and I use the Baby Unscented for Elle. 

5 | Nike Internationalist

My best friend and walking buddy turned me onto these shoes and they've quickly become my favorite walking shoe. They're super comfortable and not too clunky, making them perfect for a long walk or just running errands.

What are your 2015 favorites? Share below; I'd love to hear from you!

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