And we’ve made it to my favorite month of the year — July. There are many reasons I love it, but mostly because it’s my birthday month! This year it’s even more exciting because it’s my golden birthday (I turn 27) and I have a super fun trip planned…stay tuned!
I’ve also been really enjoying having Fridays off this summer. Ah, the perks of working for a school district! That means since July 4th is on a Thursday this year, this work week is an extra short one. My sister is flying out from Denver for the long weekend and I can’t wait to spend time with her!
Since it’s a new month, it’s time to recap my favorite product discoveries from June!
You already know my love for juice bars . I love supporting locally owned places in particular, but sometimes you gotta go with the chains if they offer something spectacular. Case in point, Nekter Juice Bar and their vegan ice cream called Skoop.
I’ve always been so jealous of bloggers and Instagrammers posting their pics of Pressed Juicery freeze, since there are no locations in Arizona. But when I realized Nekter had something similar, I decided to give it a try. I had my first taste of Skoop last September and fell in love. That was when they were selling the charcoal vanilla flavor, which is divine.
I hadn’t gotten Skoop since the fall because they only had chocolate and coconut vanilla flavors, which I wasn’t too excited about, but then they announced on Instagram that they were rolling out 4 new summer flavors on June 27…and they were all vegan (sometimes their Skoop is made with honey, but it’s always dairy free). So you know ya girl had to get her hands on some!
Somehow I waited until June 29th to finally try it (lolz). When I got to Nekter, I knew for sure I wanted to try the monster cookie dough flavor because 1) cookie dough, duh and 2) it was a pretty blue color. But instead of just one flavor, I wanted to try two! I had a tough time deciding between peanut butter swirl, orange twist and chocolate haze but ultimately, I had to go with the PB swirl. And it did not disappoint!
I love Skoop because it’s some of the creamiest vegan ice cream I’ve ever had. It’s just so soft and scoopable. It’s also not overly sweet, and I actually really love the vanilla base they use.
The monster cookie dough was my favorite of the two but I really liked both. Now I wanna go back and try the other two flavors.
*If you go to Nekter Juice Bar before July 7th (after 4 pm), you can take advantage of their BOGO Skoop offer! You just need to download their app and join their rewards program to get the coupon.*
If you’re a runner or cyclist, you’ve probably heard of if not used Nuun tablets. They’re used to replenish electrolytes lost during exercise and they taste amazing (at least to me).
I think I first started using Nuun in 2016, when I moved to Tucson and realized I needed something to keep me going during runs in the summer heat. One of the flavors I fell in love with was the Kona Kola. It tasted just like a Coke without the carbonation. It was exactly what I needed during those hot runs, and I know that many ultrarunners swear by drinking a flat Coke at race aid stations.
Sadly, Nuun discontinued the flavor, which is a decision I will never understand because it seemed to be popular. Anyways, ever since then I’ve been looking for a solid replacement. I still use Nuun and love many of their other flavors, but it just isn’t the same.
Then I found Science in Sport. While they have a much more limited flavor selection, they actually have a cola flavor! And their GO Hydro + Caffeine tabs are vegan! I like that they have no sugar and that they’re designed to replace key electrolytes to prevent dehydration and fatigue.
So far, I’ve taken the tablets before and after a run, and it definitely helps me stay hydrated. I want to try dropping one in my Camelbak to see how I feel drinking it while I’m running.
You can buy these on Amazon for $11 a tube (20 tablets per tube).
Who doesn’t wanna have clean hands? I wouldn’t exactly call myself a germaphobe, but better to be safe than sorry, amiright? I pretty much never get sick (don’t wanna jinx it but…) which I credit partially to religiously using hand sanitizer in public places. I have wet wipes stashed in my car, but I use those typically after I’ve eaten something. Hand sanitizer produces no waste and I honestly love the way it makes my hands smell…at least if I get one of the scents from Bath & Body Works!
Fun fact: their sun tan scent is one of my FAV SMELLS EVER! It reminds me of sunscreen and all things summer. I had a soap in this scent a couple summers ago and haven’t been able to find it since, but when I hit up their semi-annual sale last month, I saw they offered the scent in a hand sanitizer. So of course I had to buy it.
Their PocketBacs are the perfect size to store in a purse or makeup bag (or, erm, even your pocket) and a little goes a long way so they’re a total bargain at less than $2 per bottle.
I’m a big big booch fan, if you didn’t know already. There isn’t a kombucha I’ve tried that I didn’t like. But LIVE Soda is one of my favorite brands. I first discovered them in the refrigerated drinks section at Whole Foods when I was living in Tulsa, when I was starting to dip my toes into all things booch. I was immediately hooked because they came in soda flavors but were actually healthy and packed with probiotics.
Up until recently, my favorite flavors were the root beer and cola, though “Doctor” was also a contender and some of them I had never tried. But I always wished they would make a cream soda and cherry cola flavors. Well, wish granted! I spotted on their Instagram in May that they were offering not one, but BOTH flavors I dreamed of! Unfortunately, they said they would only be sold in Texas (where the company is headquartered) but I held out hope I could find them near me…
And spoiler alert: I did. At Sprouts, if you were curious. So obviously, I had to try them both. While I liked the cream soda, it struck me as too similar to the root beer. But the cherry cola was so bomb! It has a great cherry flavor that’s offset by the bubbly cola. Like I mentioned above, I crave that cola flavor after hot runs, so this makes the perfect post-run refreshment.
LIVE Soda Kombucha is a bit cheaper than other kombuchas (I think I got each bottle for $2.49 or possibly less) which also makes them a winner.
So even if you don’t live in Texas, you may be able to find these new flavors. Next, I hope they come out with grape!
Any fun new finds you made in June? What are your plans for July?