Trader Joe’s is the new Target

Today, I was traveling to the other side of St Louis (not doing anything fun) so as I treat, I headed to a favorite place, Trader Joe’s. In reality, I needed to go to the store, and I just love that place !I usually end up taking more things home with me than are on the list, but that is how Target is as well!

This is the first time I headed there in a few months without Andrew, and it was great to walk down the aisle and not hear “can we get this?”

Of course, we started with my favorites. Coconut oil ,coconut milk, and lots of nuts! cashews.almonds. pistachios.

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Next up, hot dogs, bacon, and LOTS of grass fed butter. Love this stuff

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Also some fruits and veggies

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some new treats for Andrew (oh and I have had some too!)

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And some new items to try!

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Also, I picked up some flowers FOR me FROM me 🙂

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Question for you:

What is your favorite thing at trader joes?

Have you ever tried coconut sugar?

Jump start to 2014

It is almost that time of year to start thinking of our new year’s resolutions. I got the idea from Angela to start Whole30. I went online just to get some info, and I think it will be a great challenge. I already eat Paleo, but this takes it up a notch. AND the good news is, I got my mom, sister in law, and future sister in law to do it with me! So for the month of January, we are going back to the basics. If anyone wants to join with us, let me know! We are going to have weigh ins on Friday, and will share recipes 🙂

I wanted to get a jump start, so that in two weeks I will be ready.

First, I headed to Sam’s to get stocked up

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And also Trader Joe’s, because who doesn’t like that place?

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I found a few new recipes, so I picked up some new items as well

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I will defiantly share those with you along the way!

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In other news around the house, we have a new member to the family.

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That is right, another giraffe and this one fits on the frig! I’m sure in no time he will be joining Andrew and the other giraffes at bed time haha

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Elf 4 Health Challenge: Eat from 3 different food groups

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Lunch was super easy was left over steak, cauliflower mashed potatoes, and a clementine.

Question for you:

Have you started about any new goals for the new year?

-I am defiantly looking forward to this year. I feel that I am going into this year much more positive, and in control than last year. Hoping for amazing things 🙂

What I Ate Wednesday: Recipe modified

I usually talk about the food I eat on Wednesday, to follow along with Peas and Crayons and lots of other bloggers, but today, I will show you pictures of things I ate and then get right to the good stuff. A MODIFIED DESSERT RECIPE.

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so that is the NOT exciting part. After the pumpkin cake mug recipe that I found, I realized the coconut flour + the honey sometimes put me way over my carbs. (im trying to eat less carbs. My body loves carbs=my body gains weight when I eat them)

Anywho, so I wanted to try something that wouldn’t have lots of carbs, AND would still be tasty. I basically just substituted a different ingredient.

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Protein Pumpkin Cake for One

Ingredients:

-3tbsp vanilla protein powder

-3tbsp canned pumpkin

-1 egg

-2tbsp butter

-1tbsp honey

-cinnamon + pumpkin pie spice

Directions:

1.) mix wet and then dry ingredients

2.) microwave for 2 minutes

3.)ENJOY!

Question for you:

Are you more of a cook or a baker?

-I would much rather bake! and taste test 🙂

Trader Joe’s vs Sam’s

Today, I am feeling a million times better, and I was able to get a ton done! I headed to not one, but TWO stores today for groceries. I think it was because I really wanted to go to Trader Joe’s, but they just didn’t have everything

First Stop: Sam’s

P1070952On the list: eggs, milk, smoked sausage, cucumbers, blueberries, bananas, apples, string cheese, and pasta sauce

Next stop: Trader Joe’s

P1070954On the list: butter, peas, green beans, flowers, 1 onion, red potatoes, honey, maple syrup, cookie butter, chicken broth, trader joes cookies, and coconut milk

Some new favorites I can’t wait to try

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Any suggestions on how to use these bad boys?

I found one way for the cookie butter. Pumpkin Almond Pancakes 🙂

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Yum!~ The pancake recipe can be found here

Question for you:

Where do you shop for groceries?

Any favorite new foods?

Favorite Things

The past few months, I have found some new items around the house that I wanted to share!

  • Ok this is not a new thing, but I LOVE trader Joe’s flowers

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  • Andrew’s ribbon to celebrate his 1st communion in just a few weeks

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  • Clearance at Target

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  • New neutrogena shampoo and conditioner. You use once a week to get build up off your hair

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  • Trader Joe’s chocolate. Because really, when can you go wrong with chocolate

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  • Making my To Do list for the first communion party (2 weeks early. thanks OCD haha)

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Question for you:
What is something you are loving lately?

How is your weekend?

Errands and new TJ finds

The beginning of the week was all about work. And today, I felt like I was hit by a bus (again).

No time to dwell, its time to get moving ! Lots to do: party to plan, food to buy, and house to clean

Do you see what I mean?

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No. Andrew is not hidden under there haha

I headed to HObby Lobby, the Dollar store, Sam’s, and Trader Joe’s

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Just the stuff from TJs

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I found some new things to try!

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Later Andrew took my picture.

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He said pick up the wine. Maybe he will be a photographer? haha

It might not look like it, but I was gone from 10am to 1:30pm running errands. I was beat.

Question for you:

Which stores do you visit each week?

Getting ready for East coast visitors!

In just ONE day, Angela, Tiffany, and Rob will be here to run the marathon! (I think I’ve mentioned it a few times…..)

Only because I am So excited! The day started with a trip to Sam’s for groceries, and then yoga. I was STILL tight from my run a few days ago. (Hollie you were right, I NEED to stretch more!)

favorite pose. although Im STARTING to like downward dog

Then it was time for Trader Joe’s (just some of my things I picked up)

This looks much better

Yum pumpkin butter

Also started to get stuff together for the race. Charging the IPOD while listening to Stereo Hearts Radio on Pandora

I also just finished surrendering playing light sabers and guns with Andrew and two of his friends. I think I won…. haha

Tomorrow: deep cleaning the kitchen and bathrooms, start crock pot dinner, go for a LIGHT run, there was something else….darn it. It will come to me haha

My new favorite song

Question for you:

Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods?

-Thats a tough one. I LOVE whole foods (its bigger) but trader joe’s is a better price