Love List: Books, Apps, Products & More

As the cold begins to seep deeper into my soul with every passing minute, and the nights seem to have taken our days' hostage, it is time to celebrate the things I've been loving this autumn.

You know, before it's gone.

September for me passed by in what felt like literally the blink of an eye. I felt like I was robbed of a September. So when October came a-knockin', I made it my mission to enjoy it.

And you know, I actually have.

For one thing, October seems to have moved at a semi-regular pace. So I feel like I actually have time to enjoy the things I love and even find some new loves.

So speaking of all these fine-dangled things, here's what I've been loving this fall.

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Fall Faves: Books

The Fates Divide - Veronica Roth

This is the sequel to Veronica Roth's newest series, Carve the Mark. It's obvs a dystopian "teen" novel because those are my jam (zero shame). I loved Carve the Mark and am really enjoying the sequel. So far there have been lots of twists and turns that I didn't see coming and I am pumped to see where it goes next! 

You Are a Badass - Jen Sincero

I've seen this book all over the "recommended" section of bookstores, but I never felt inclined to pick it up until one of my best friends sent me a PDF copy (probably illegal...also, zero shame). I actually really love it. The author lays out a lot of things that I believe in but in a very digestible way that makes it easy to apply them to your life. It's like equal parts self-help and motivational. I guarantee you'll think a little differently about your life after reading it.

Fall Faves: Apps & Websites

Daylio Mood Tracker

This app makes tracking my mood simple. It gives the option of using their five preset moods, or editing to add moods that are more relevant to me. I love that I can personalize all the different moods I feel. Once I add my mood, the app asks me to tell it what activities I did that day (which can also be personalized) so I can start to see patterns in my moods. I can also add notes if I need to. 

And the kicker that I really appreciate is if I haven't tracked my mood by the end of the day, it will pop the "moods" up on my phone so I can quickly track my mood without even opening up the app.

Wealthsimple

Currently, I use Wealthsimple to manage my savings and I love how easy it is to use and understand. I love how easy it is to set up automated deposits and it shows you every time you earn interest so you can see every step of the way how much your savings is really getting you. I personally use their website the most, but they also have a very user-friendly app as well (though there are some limitations on what you are able to do on it).

AppDetox

This app has helped big time in my addiction to Instagram. If you find that you get sucked into any app on your phone, you can set restrictions on how often you can use each particular app and AppDetox will actually shut that app off if you go over your allotted time. It even keeps track of how often you break the "rules" by trying to open the app after AppDetox has shut it down so you can really dive deep on how desperately you need an intervention.

I love it, but it makes you starkly aware of how often you close Instagram just to open it up again immediately after. Be prepared to feel some shame.

Liketoknow.it

I follow a bunch of style bloggers on Instagram, and lots of them are affiliated with this app. If you haven't heard of Liketoknow.it, it's basically an app that lets you follow your favourite style bloggers and shop their outfits! I love the feature that if I am scrolling Instagram and I see an outfit I love, I can take a screenshot of that picture and the app will automatically add it to my homepage. It has made shopping for new clothes dangerously easy!

Fall Faves: Beauty & Style

LovingTan Exfoliation Mitt

You will literally never buy another body scrub in your life if you purchase this mitt.

I've used this mitt exclusively in the summer when I was scrubbing off old fake tan, but I recently tried it on my regular, tan-free skin that was in need of an exfoliation and oh. my. goodness. I actually saw balled up bits of dry skin on the mitt! It is a sickly satisfying feeling. And it's reusable! There are literally no cons to this product. Get one.

Aerie Hometown Sweater

I need one of these in every single colour. I love how cozy and soft they are, and they actually maintain their shape in the wash (something that most Aerie sweaters don't do). I'd recommend you size down as they are quite big.

Hynt Beauty Duet Concealer

This concealer is making its way towards holy grail status every day. It is hella pigmented and blends like a dream. Perfect for blemishes, redness, and under-eye circles it's a triple threat! Not to mention the ingredients are as clean as could be. If you're in the market for a completely natural concealer, I'd highly recommend this one!

DIY Body Oil

I have pleasantly surprised with this body oil. I made it myself using sweet almond, shea nut, and grapeseed oils, along with a few citrus essential oils. The scent is amazing and I love how moisturizing it is after a shower! Will definitely continue making this in place of expensive body lotions. 

Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap

I recently ran out of shampoo and as you may know already, I'm trying to avoid buying items that I don't need. So instead of running out and purchasing expensive products, I looked at what I already owned to see if I could make something instead.

Dr. Bronner's castile soap to the rescue!

I used a tablespoon in a cup of water as a shampoo and then rinsed out with diluted ACV, and my hair was soft and manageable. Castile soap won't be replacing my regular shampoo completely, but in a pinch, I'm more than happy to reach for this!

Fall Faves: Equestrian

I've been using an Ogilvy Gummy pad on Rozee for the past six or seven months, and though I love it, I felt like it was time to switch it up. I rediscovered my love for my Thinline pad (so glad I never sold it) after riding in it after Rozee had a massage. She was feeling really good and I could feel every muscle, and while some may find it a bit weird at first I love being able to feel every part of my horse move and pinpoint our weak spots.

It won't replace my Ogilvy, but I intend on keeping it as part of my regular rotation for days when I need that close-contact feel.

These things make cleaning Rozee's bit a breeze, especially in the cooler temps when I don't want hay and saliva freezing to her bit. I love the convenient packaging and the fact that they are peppermint flavoured so they don't make Rozee's bit taste funny once it's clean.

Herbs for Horses Serenity with Valerian

Rozee recently strained her check ligament, so she has been on stall rest for about a week now (five more weeks to go). She has been handling it like a real champ but I've noticed that she is sucking in her tummy a bit which she does when she's stressed. I decided to give her a calming supplement, and I have been very impressed with the Serenity with Valerian by Herbs for Horses. It takes the edge off of her and seems to soothe her stressed-out tummy. She's only been on it for a few days, but I am happy with the results so far and look forward to how she feels after more prolonged use.

Fall Faves: Life

Wellness and Self-Care

Last year was a rough year for me, and I have 0% interest in repeating it. Which is why after going to the naturopath for a few months (and finally feeling like I'm gaining control of my health), I am adding a therapist to my wellness arsenal. As someone who is notoriously fearful of talking to people about my feelings, this has been a challenge but I leave each session feeling more optimistic and less stuck. Winter will be the ultimate test, of course, but I'm happy I've taken this step in preparing myself.

Online Grocery Ordering

I have recently discovered the joys of online grocery shopping and order pick-up and I don't think I will ever go back.

I've been going to the Real Canadian Superstore, though I know there are a few others that have this option as well. 

I love that I can see all my options online, including all the deals of the day and coupons, and add exactly what I want to my cart. It's cut down on me adding things to my cart that I don't need and definitely encourages me to shop for things I can create meals with, not just things I'm craving.

Being able to schedule a time to pick it up and having someone bring it out to your car are also big benefits. I'd highly recommend you give it a shot if you've been on the fence about trying this service!

DIY Everything

I've been DIY-ing a bunch of things lately. I am short on cash at the moment (what with paying down my debt and all) so I've been getting creative with things that I want or feel I need. I've made my own shampoo, my own hand soap and household cleaners, my own body oil, and recently bought a kitchen table and chairs that I will be refinishing. Buying secondhand and DIY-ing has not only good for my wallet, but it is incredibly satisfying to use my imagination and creativity instead of just buying something I liked in a store or online.

That's all for now! Let me know what some of your favourite things have been this fall in the comments below!