July Favorites

Because I like to keep track of the things I’ve been loving from month to month, I thought it would be fun to share some of those things with you here on the blog. So, without further ado here are some of the things I was loving during the month of July…

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TV SHOWS: Early in the month I discovered that Netflix Mexico had added seasons 6-10 of FRIENDS. For the longest time Netflix only had seasons 1-5, and I had been waiting for them to add the remaining seasons. Hubby and I used to watch FRIENDS when we lived in the US, I think we got through season 5, but could never find it on our local cable listings once we moved to Mexico. (Plus it just felt weird to watch the show in Spanish.) Last month Hubby and I slowly worked our way through seasons 6 – 8, watching a one to two episodes a night before going to sleep at night. And hopefully in August well finish watching seasons 9 and 10. We’ve laughed, we’ve cried, and have really loved hanging out with our FRIENDS Monica, Chandler, Ross, Rachel, Phoebe, and Joey again. How you doin’?!

MUSIC: As you all well know I have a very eclectic taste in music. Lately I’ve been on a bit of a jazz kick listening to a lot of Michael Buble, Frank Sinatra, Etta James, Harry Connick Jr., Adele, and Robbie Williams’ swing albums. But there was one song in particular, from a completely different genre than what I’ve been listening to, that I could not stop listening to. It gives me chills every time I listen to it. The song is I’m Gonna Be Somebody by Travis Tritt. Sigh!

I had forgotten how much I used to LOVE that song. I bought Travis Tritt’s debut album on cassette tape when it first came out. I’m Gonna Be Somebody was my favorite song from the entire album. I used to listen to it full blast and sing along to it just as loudly in my tiny bedroom in my grandparents’ trailer.

FOOD: The month of July was pretty much all about fresh figs. We couldn’t get enough of them! Thankfully our friendly neighborhood ice cream man would deliver a huge bag with at least 5 pounds of fresh figs once a week, free of charge. Even though I kept telling myself I’d use some of the figs in a couple of recipes I’ve been meaning to try, the only thing I managed to make with them was HomemadeFig Jam

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It’s now my favorite kind of jam, and I am stocking up so I won’t miss it so much once the steady supply of figs comes to an end.

HOUSEHOLD FAVES: I have two things that I was really loving at home. One was the Market Peach wallflower plug-in thingamajig from Bath & Body Works. When my niece, who was visiting from the US, brought me my small spring BBW order back in March, Market Peach was the first wallflower scent I reached for because a lot of my friends were raving about how great it was. Well, I wasn’t very impressed and chose to use some of the other scents instead. (Caribbean Escape was another stand-out scent from that order.) Anyway, I decided to give the Market Peach wallflower another try in July and absolutely loved it. My entire house smelled so fresh and summery. I totally get why my friends were raving about it. But now I’m sad that it’s all gone and also because I’m down to my last two wallflower scents: Waikiki something-or-other (I can’t remember the exact name), which is what I’m currently using, and American Boardwalk.

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And my second household favorite last month were the cornhusk flowers that Ashley and I made from dried corn husks (the kind you use to make tamales) and maíz negro (dried purple corn) to hang around the house. I have two in my living room and one in my bedroom. Let me know in the comments below if you’d like me to post a tutorial. They are super easy to make.

APP: My favorite app in July is actually part of the Kindle app on my tablet. Amazon has this new thing where you pay $9.99 (USD) per month and can borrow as many books from the Kindle Unlimited library that you want. You have a month to read the books via your Kindle app. It’s like a virtual library that you pay $10 a month to use. And best of all the first month is free. And of course if you love the books, you can buy them.

BOOK: Speaking of books, one of the books I borrowed from the Kindle Unlimited library was War Brides by Helen Bryan. I love period novels and this one transported me to World War I. Instead of taking the reader to the front lines, this book focuses on the effects of the war on a small group of soldiers’ wives in a small village and how they weathered through the war together.

MOVIE: The one movie I watched/listened to over and over again on my tablet while cooking and cleaning at my suegro’s house was Christmas with the Kranks. It’s one of my all-time favorite movies and the perfect way to celebrate Christmas in July.

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And finally my favorite FAMILY MOMENT in July was watching Hubby and Ashley dance the waltz together at Ashley’s 6th grade graduation party. Such a sweet moment.

What were some of the things you were loving in July?

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