October Monthly Favorites – What We’re Loving Lately!

Monthly Favorites – Perfect warm drink for fall/winter, a gorgeous speaker for your home, a make-up game changer and more in this month’s faves! 

Emily from One Lovely Life standing at the counter drinking a cup of peach tea.

It’s monthly favorites time! I’ve got a quick list of faves this month, but all of them are GOOD. From the kitchen gadget making my life easier, to the warm cozy drink I’ve been loving (no caffeine, sugar, or calories!), to the product changing my makeup game, and more, it’s all in this month’s faves!

Let’s jump in…

Collage of monthly favorites from One Lovely Life - Slow cooker, liquid highlighter, gramophone phone speaker, pastel erasable highlighters, true lime, peach passion tea

The Best Slow Cooker

Slow cooker meals are my JAM this time of year! I love a cozy dinner that basically makes itself. I get questions every year about which slow cooker I like and this is it.

  • It’s got lid clips (which means no sloshing or spilling if you’re transporting it to a party, bringing dinner to a friend, etc.)
  • It’s easy to use. You can manually program a time (3 hours on HIGH) or simply set it to the temperature setting you want (LOW).
  • It comes with a thermometer. You can program your slow cooker to switch to WARM when it reaches a certain temperature. Know what that means? WAY less risk of overcooked meats!
  • The crock is dishwasher safe. Just to make it that much more lovely.

PS – Looking for healthy slow cooker recipes? You can find all mine here

Gramophone speaker on the counter with iPhone in the dock. Bowl of green apples and two vases of flowers in the background.

Gramophone phone speaker

I’ve been looking for a cute speaker I could move around the house with me, and couldn’t help but fall in love with this super low-tech (and super adorable!) gramophone speaker. It’s wireless and doesn’t require batteries at all. It simply magnifies the sound based on its shape.

I really, REALLY love the sound-it’s kind of old-fashioned and almost makes me feel like I’m listening to records instead of my phone. It’s worked beautifully in my bedroom when I’m listening to an audiobook while shooting a recipe video, in the kitchen when I want to play music while cooking or something soft and classical while we work on homework, or the living room for a Disney dance party. Plus, when it’s not being used, it’s not an eyesore. I love it.

Emily from One Lovely Life applying liquid highlighter. Close up view of Emily from One Lovely Life applying liquid highlighter.

Liquid Highlighter

I’ve used several different highlighters since contouring became a thing, and I’m really liking this liquid highlighter. I use a tiny bead-sized drop (it lasts forever!), pat it out on my fingertips and then pat gently on my face to blend, right along the top of my cheekbones and down the bridge of my nose. It’s subtle and NOT glittery, and you can build coverage if you want a more dramatic look. (I get the Moonstone color)

And, speaking of highlighter…

Hand holding erasable highlighters in lilac, aqua, mint, gold, and blush.

Pastel Erasable Highlighters

I’m a sucker for school/office supplies, and when my last highlighters dried up, I started looking for better ones. I saw these ones on the Simple as That’s IG page and LOVED the colors–mint, aqua, blush, lilac, and soft gold rather than the neon/brash colors I’m used to using.

Plus–they’re ERASABLE. And not “we’ll *call* them erasable, but it really just fades/smudges a little” erasable. Like, you’d never know it was there erasable.

I. Love. Them. *mic drop*

Emily from One Lovely Life standing at the counter blowing on a cup of peach tea. Ingredients for peach herbal tea - Celestial Seasonings Country Peach Passion herbal tea, True Lemon and True Lime packets.

True Lemon & True Lime + Peach Tea

Natalie Perry got me onto these True Lemon and True Lime packets a few months ago. They’re awesome!

Inside is crystallized lemon or lime. There’s no added calories or added sweeteners–just actual lemon/lime juice, lemon/lime oil, and citric acid. Because they’re made with actual citrus, I find they taste like the real thing (SO MUCH BETTER than bottled lemon/lime juice). 1 packet is equivalent to 1 generous wedge of lemon or lime juice.

PS – They also come in grapefruit and orange varieties if that’s more your jam.

You can put them into cold water, warm teas, sauces, salad dressings, etc. They’re great to have on hand when you’re traveling, sick to death of drinking straight up water, or run out of fresh lemons/limes.

I LOVE them. Lately, my favorite is to mix one (lemon or lime) with ginger and hot water or stir one into this caffeine free, unsweetened peach herbal tea. (It’s less expensive at Target and Sprouts!)

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  1. Emily-

    You are the best. I would estimate that my life is 10% happier because of you. I really limit my information flow to just my absolute favorites, and you are the only blog I follow because you provide so much inspiration and resources for so many areas of my life. Gretchen Rubin talked about identifying pacesetters in a recent podcast, and you are absolutely my pacesetter. (Of the Shonda Rhimes variety).

    1. Ruth – I can’t tell you how much your comment means to me. Thank you so much for taking the time to be here and for sharing such kindness! You MADE my week! I listened to that episode of her podcast (loved it!), and I’m honored you would think I’m a pacesetter. Thank you, thank you, thank you for being so kind and generous.

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