5 Things I'm Loving Right Now ♥

Life can sometimes a hectic monstrosity so it's important to take a moment to unwind, enjoy, & breathe. Whether you choose to meditate, grab some dinner with a friend or spend just half an hour watching your favorite show at the end of a busy day, you need that moment to relax. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), chronic stress can lower your immune system, cause headaches & sleeplessness, affect your mood such as anger or irritability, & more. That said, be sure to spend a little bit of time every day to calm your soul. Here are five things that I am loving right now. These are things that bring me joy, make me smile, & make my quality-of-life a little bit better. 


Dragon fruit

I spotted this fruit at my local grocery store & picked it up immediately. I normally don't see them around these parts. Dragon fruit, also known as pitaya or pitahaya, has a mild flavor with not much sweetness. In my opinion, this dragon fruit was opened before it was ripe. Then again I've never tried dragon fruit so I have nothing to compare it to; I did some Youtube research & it seems that a ripe dragon fruit has crispy brown leaves & kind of looks like it's dying. Mine was a beautiful green & pink hue. Regardless, I think it's gorgeous.


The Great British Baking Show

My boyfriend & I took a break from our usual watching of The X-Files (still have two seasons to go) & blasted through this baking series. This show is about British bakers competing to be the best amateur baker in the U.K. I really liked it because they baked a wide variety of items, many of which I've never heard of such as a kouign amann, prinsesstårta, & schichttorte. Basically, it felt like I was on a trip around the world. Yum!


Succulents

I mean come on! How cute are these succulents? I'd like to say that I'm actually pretty good at caring for plants, but succulents are especially perfect for those of us who aren't green thumbs. They've become the new trend & I don't blame anybody. They are adorable. They are versatile. They are easy to keep alive. Go ahead & buy some if you haven't already.


Autumn leaves (at last!)

In San Diego it's barely started to mildly cool off. It's still hot enough at night where I have a fan on, the window open, & a light sheet to cover me. But by the time it's five or six in the morning it gets pretty chilly. Yay! That counts for something to me. I've been making an effort to go on walks/attempt to jog more regularly & I spotted the first sign of autumn leaves. They're gorgeous.


Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani is on fire these days! I saw her play with No Doubt last month at KAABOO & she/they rocked. Just so you know her abs are seriously rock solid. Gwen is currently in the news for a couple reasons: she's pairing up with Urban Decay for an eyeshadow palette & her new single "Used to Love You" just came out. Music video has gotten mixed reviews, but I love the song. Go Gwen!

Are you loving any of the things I'm loving right now? How do you like to relax after a long day? What do you think of Gwen's new song/video? :]

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63 comments

  1. The dragon fruit is so beautiful♥♥ I hope you have a great weekend♥♥

    summerdaisy.net

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  2. I love succulents! I literally can't stop buying them these days lol

    COOCOO FOR COCO

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    1. I guess you could say you're "coocoo" for succulents, Colleen. :P

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  3. I am always loving Gwen Stefani. I was scrolling through Netflix and saw The Great British Baking Show and wondered if I should add it to my list to watch so your review was helpful.
    toyastales.blogspot.com

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    1. If you like sweets, treats, breads, & baking I recommend adding it to your Netflix list. :]

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  4. I love Dragon Fruit! We get them more often in Asia, I think, but I haven't had them in a while. Gwen is amazing and all, but I've been ABSOLUTELY DYING OVER ADELE'S NEW SONG AND SINGLE. To go into the detail would mean an entire comment in complete caps, so I shall just leave it at this: I AM SO EXCITED FOR HER ALBUM.

    I hope you have an ace weekend, Carmen!

    May | THE MAYDEN | Bloglovin'

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    1. You know, I'm not the biggest Adele fan. But I guess that's just different strokes for different folks. Hehe. :]

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  5. I have been absolutely obsessed with The Great British Baking show (and this past season on the bake off!!) Also loving the Autumn leaves :)

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    1. They only have the first season so I think I have to catch up. :]

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  6. I have been wanting to try dragon fruit.looks so yummy

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  7. Not sure about the taste, but man is that dragon fruit a beauty to look at!! I love autumn leaves - so glad that cold weather is finally settling in!!

    Jasmine | The Sixth Disney Princess

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    1. Yeah I wasn't 100% sold on the flavor of the dragon fruit but it was beautiful to photograph. :]

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  8. I personally HATE Gwen Stefani, I think she is overrated, but Dragon fruit.. YES!!
    P.S. I added you on snapchat! Chocandlipstick

    Angie x | Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Haha! I love this honest comment, Angie!! :]

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  9. I really want to try dragon fruit, I always see it in the supermarket but have no idea what to do with it! The Great British Bake Off is my favourite show, I'm always sad when it's over :) xx

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    1. We blasted through the entire season in a matter of days. :]

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  10. Lovely post! The Great British Bake Off is so so good! I'm loving the autumn leaves as well :) xx
    Chasing Belle 23

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    1. I just wish there were more autumn leaves around here. :]

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  11. I love the post so much! Have a wonderful weekend:)

    irenethayer.com

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  12. I still haven't tried dragon fruit and so need to! My cousin's wife was on the GBBO last season so I watched it then, lovely show! :) The succulents look so nice!!! And I saw Gwen Stefani recently on a show and realised I need to look into her music again, it's been a while but I used to love her!

    Raashi
    http://raashiagarwal.blogspot.com.au

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    1. Oh gosh! That's pretty exciting to know someone who is on the show. :]

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  13. Aww, now you make me want o have dragon fruit, damn I missed it! And I wish, hope, pray that I'll one day have rock hard abs like Gwen....but I think it'll forever remain as a dream cause I couldn't be arse with eating right. LOL!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. I wish it was just easy to have abs but I imagine there's a lot of work that goes behind. :]

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  14. Dragon Fruits! Always wanted to try it! :) I love succulents too! I don't know if I'm gonna be good at caring though. ;) Great post! <3

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    1. They are pretty cheap so maybe you can buy one succulent & see how it goes. :]

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  15. Absolutely loved this post. I have never eaten dragon fruit but this pic here makes me want to eat it now.
    My blog: RumelaTheShopaholic

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    1. I'd say it's worth at least one taste. :]

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  16. I, too, love dragon fruit and Gwen Stefani! I've been watching her and her team on The Voice. She's such an amazing woman! <3

    -Lily from With Love Lily Rose

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    1. I watched her on The Voice last season but I wasn't too into the show. :]

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  17. I never tried dragonfruit, but tasting exotic food is something I greatly enjoy.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  18. I went through a succulent phase a few years ago...I bought them because 1.) They were "on trend" and 2.) They are supposedly easy to care for....
    That's to be debated because I managed to kill every succulent I've ever purchased. I do a little bit better with cacti, but in general I'm horrible at taking care of plants, but I love when people's homes, patios, balconies are full of plants. I actually have better luck with herbs than I do with succulents, so at least I've got that going for me haha

    That dragon fruit is so pretty! I went to Brazil last month and I was so fascinated by all the cool fruit they have there!

    xx Chrystin
    http://amateandarottweiler.blogspot.com.ar/

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    1. Cacti are definitely the easiest thing to care for. Just don't water it too much. :]

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  19. I have never tried Dragon fruit but I really want too!!! And succulents really are the cutest haha:)
    -Krissy
    www.allthedetailsblog.com

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    1. Keep your eye out for dragon fruit. It was randomly available one day. :]

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  20. You're SO right about taking time to unwind and enjoy life, I suffer from stress headaches and worse, migraines, so I have to be careful and just relax when I need to. Dragon fruit is on my list of things to try and I STILL haven’t, but I can’t wait to after seeing this, they sound and look amazing! I love succulents, too, maybe a few too many, haha :) but you’re right, they are so versatile and adorable! Wow, I didn’t know that Gwen Stefani was on tour, I will have to check out her new stuff! Hope you're having an awesome weekend :) x

    ♥.•*¨ Amanda Says ¨*•.♥

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    1. Rest & relaxation are absolutely vital to our overall health. Kudos to you for knowing your limits & relaxing when you need to. :]

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  21. That specific type of dragon fruit is not sweet. The sweet one is the one where it's dark pink on the inside! :p

    Heba xx || The HebaBloglovinInstagram

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    1. Thanks Heba! I didn't know there was more than one type of dragon fruit. :]

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  22. Great list! I love dragon fruit too <3
    Simimaus

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  23. I've never tried dragon fruit but I really want to! Bake off is so addicting - I loved this series <3

    Gisforgingers xx

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  24. Great post :) I only tried dragon fruit recently and I absolutely loved it! <3 It works sooo well in smoothies :) <3

    Kay
    https://shoesandglitter.blogspot.com/

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    1. Exactly Kay. I wasn't too impressed with the flavor so I just added it to my smoothies. :]

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  25. I love that you are enjoying Bake Off! It's such a huge deal here in England and is so popular, doesn't it make you hungry when you watch though??

    Musings & More

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    1. Yes Emily! It makes me starving & makes me wish I had a baker to create me some tasty treat. :]

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  26. Is The Great British Baking Show what is called The Great British Bake Off here? The one with Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood as judges? I LOVE it! It always makes me want to get baking!

    Inma x
    sunshineandglow.blogspot.com

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    1. Yep! They are the same show & I have no idea why they are called different things. :]

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  27. I am obsessed with dragonfruit. It's incredible. xx

    Ashleigh
    www.quintessentiallyme.co.uk

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    1. I think I have to give it another go. :]

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  28. The Great British Baking show is so cute!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  29. I loved the GBBO too! so much deliciousness on the screen ^_^
    Iqra |The Blushing Giraffe x

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  30. I love Gwen and her new song. Although I don't want her to hurt, her songs about heart break are by far her best. While watching the video, at first I was thinking WTF is this? Then as it went on I got it. I think if people watch the entire video they will hopefully understand it. It's not a video to watch over and over again though.

    I'll look for that baking show the next time I'm looking for a show to binge watch. Last show I binge watched was Red Oaks. Even my husband liked it.

    www.theplife.com

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  31. Lovely list! That dragon fruit looks so beautiful!

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  32. i remember see No Doubt many many years ago and they totally rocked. i would see them again for sure.
    i love the look of succulents and have been thinking of getitng a few for the apartment.haven't gotten around to it though.

    Jenn
    A Beautiful Zen

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