Podcasts, workouts, books and looks of June!

Does anyone else think it’s crazy that it’s July 3 already?? I am trying so hard to fully embrace summer because our winters are soo dang long and summers soo dang short up here, but man is it ever flying by!

Anyways, I don’t want to spend too much time looking back. But let’s quickly recap June shall we!


After hearing about it on the Book Riot podcast and also after my brother highly recommended it I started listening to Sporkful and have really been enjoying it so far. I’ve only listened to two episodes, but both were extremely interesting. Especially the one about the competitive eater!


I really increased my workouts in June and it felt so amazing after being so sick March-April and away for most of May. I went to 11 yoga classes, did a 5km walk/hike with my sister-in-law, walked 10,000+ steps every single day in June AND started following Fitness Blender programs again. I went through the Fitness Blender Bored Easily program and I’m currently on week 3 of the Fitness Blender Burn program. I really love the FB workout programs as they are so reasonably priced and also amazing programs. I usually only do 3 workouts a week and have found it to be no problem to modify Fitness Blender for pregnancy – which for me has basically meant taking out most high impact / jumping, dropping or modifying the core work and no deep twisting.

I love working out and sweating and getting back to regular workouts in June has made me feel more like myself again!


I managed to get through five (5) books in June! Part of that was thanks to reading The Wake, which is a graphic novel for my family book club. While I was not really a fan of this book – or the graphic novel format in general – it was really nice to finish a book in 2 hours! The Forgetting Time and Into the Water were both very meh books. I had higher hopes for both of them. Into the Water especially – I didn’t like it nearly as much as Girl on the Train and actually found it very hard to follow since they shared perspectives from sooo many different people, it was hard to keep track of them all! Also, the twist at the end didn’t feel very ‘twisty’. The Mothers was ah-ma-zing. I loved it so much. I actually found myself slowing down as I read it because I didn’t want it to end. Each of the main characters had some very serious, deep flaws, but I found myself rooting for them anyways. It was also beautifully written. I can see why this book has been receiving so many rave reviews. Evicted was also an excellent book. It’s non-fiction but really reads like a fiction book, the stories in it are so interesting and heartbreaking. If you’re at all interested in poverty or the cycle of homelessness I highly recommend reading this book.


While I feel great physically in this second trimester of pregnancy I definitely definitely have a growing belly and many of my pre-pregnancy clothes are no longer fitting. My shirts are starting to feel too short and none of my pants are doing up. So I have ordered some maternity clothes and found them to be lifesavers in June!

I love this kimono from Pink Blush. I will definitely wear it post-baby as well! And you can’t really tell in this photo but the tank top I’m wearing is also a maternity top.

And a dress from Pink Blush! 19 weeks here.

And one more Pink Blush top. 21 weeks here! I have already worn this top 3 or 4 times and I’ve had it less than a month.

I also ordered some things from Gap Maternity, but apparently didn’t take any photos in them, so I will make sure I get some photos of those clothes for the July recap 🙂


This is a new part I’m adding to my monthly recaps where I share my favourite photo from the month 🙂 My favourite this month is this photo I snapped of Eric fishing when we were camping last weekend. That was one of the best sunsets I’ve seen in a long time!

I’m finally getting ready to start hanging photos in our new house – only took 4 months! – and I got this photo printed to hang.

What were your podcasts, workouts, books and looks of June? And what was your favourite photo you took all month? 

4 Responses

  1. I love your maternity looks! You looks so cute. I know you feel not so great and the bump gets in the way but I think you look adorable. I love seeing women with baby bumps.

    My favorite podcasts were The Chatty Sisters ones and I really liked the new Annotated podcast from Book Riot. I’m looking forward to more of them! I read 5 books but only really liked Evicted and Behold the Dreamers. My workouts were pretty good as I worked out 20 times. I need to get my butt in gear and start biking/swimming as my sprint tri is just over a month away… I’m not all that excited about training for it for some reason – mostly because I do not enjoy swimming for exercise at all! My favorite photo from June was the one I took on my run along the lake in Chicago!

  2. Stephany says:

    The Mothers will probably be one of my Top 10 books this year – I loved it so much. It had such a unique voice and the topic at hand was so timely. I also just got off the holds list for Into the Water but, tbh, I don’t have high hopes. The Girl on the Train was a 3-star read for me and I haven’t heard rave reviews for this one. But we’ll see!

    My favorite photo of the month was my tattoo photo! Even though it took, like, 50 selfies to finally get the right angle – ha.

  3. Becky says:

    I didn’t even finish Into the Water because it was so terrible compared to GotT. I wasn’t into it at all.

    Love your maternity looks! That kimono is so pretty!

  4. Alli says:

    My colleague at work is going to be featured on an episode of the Sporkful. He’s originally from Aleppo, Syria and the episode is about some famous sandwiches there. I’ll let you all know when it’s going to air.

    There are a lot of things that make being a short prego hard. For example, on a deep couch or chair I’ve always sat like a kid with my legs on the couch curled under me since my feet don’t hit the floor (a habit I learned from my 5 ft tall mom). It’s getting harder to do that because my belly is in the way, but then I either sit too far back with my legs dangling, or forward so my feet touch, but I have no back support. On the flip side, I think my height has made it easier to wear regular non-maternity clothes for longer. Since things tend to be long on me anyway, it’s less of a problem as they get shorter and shorter.

    PS- All of your clothes are so cute, but I especially love the purple dress and it’s a super pretty color on you.

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