Trader Joe’s Haul

Trader Joe’s Haul

Because it is located right near the greenway where I take Sunday morning walks with my family, I have been visiting Trader Joe’s more frequently these days.  No complaints here! If you’re familiar with my Trader Joe’s hauls, you know that I have my staples, but I have been venturing out a bit more lately. Admittedly, I have gone the lazy route when it comes to some prepared foods, but with two little ones, it is just such a lifesaver to have one less lunch to prepare when I am in a rush.   I know I am not alone in...

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My best decluttering tip (& it might surprise you)

My best decluttering tip (& it might surprise you)

As some of you may know, I’ve been into decluttering and minimalism for awhile, and I’ve really kicked the purging process into high gear because we are preparing to sell our house in the very near future (so excited!).  I obviously want to stage our house really well, but I also want to avoid bringing anything unnecessary into our next home. My current project has been going through all of those “organized” bins, baskets, and storage containers in my house, and it has been an eye-opening experience. After this long...

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Friday Favorites (5/15)

Friday Favorites (5/15)

Happy Friday! I hope that you enjoy this week’s favorites and hope that you’ll leave some of your favorites from the week in the comments. Sweet Leaf Vanilla Creme Flavored Liquid Stevia I got these drops after hearing some raves reviews about them, and I have really been loving the subtle vanilla flavor in my coffee and in my vanilla rooibos tea.  Just a few little drops go a long way! Equal Exchange Organic Herbal Tea Vanilla Rooibos As I mentioned above, I have been enjoying this tea lately with some vanilla creme stevia....

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Lunchtime check-in: Chopped kale salad

Lunchtime check-in: Chopped kale salad

(FYI- You can see my Mother’s Day weekend recap on The Mini Skirt.) I didn’t plan on doing a lunchtime check-in today, so as you can see, I didn’t attempt to make my lunch look pretty and just used the closest bowl that I could find at the time (also not pretty). As far as the ingredients, I totally winged it and mixed in whatever sounded appealing.  I was truly shocked that the salad turned out to be so delicious, and despite the total lack of presentation, I figured that it was extremely worthy of sharing. I obviously...

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TOX-SICK: From Toxic to Not Sick

TOX-SICK: From Toxic to Not Sick

Before I get into my thoughts on TOX-SICK and why I chose to buy it, I just want to state that what you are about to read is just my personal experience.  I am obviously a big fan of the book, but I encourage you to discuss any potential changes to your lifestyle with your physician.   Most of you probably know that I have a pretty severe case of rheumatoid arthritis.  While I am currently taking prescription medication (via at-home injections), I have been searching for a more natural (and more pleasant) way to manage the...

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Friday Favorites (5/8)

Friday Favorites (5/8)

Here are this week’s favorites! As always, I’d love to read about what products, shows, clothing (or whatever!) you’ve been enjoying lately, so be sure to leave a comment. LaCroix Sparkling Water in Coconut The LaCroix website calls this “summer in a can”, and I’d say that is a pretty accurate statement.  It is supposedly also a really good drink mixer, so I need to get a jump on that soon!  I’ve been drinking a can of it every evening (without alcohol) while I am making dinner, and it somehow takes...

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The Beauty Detox Power & mushroom stuffed peppers recipe

The Beauty Detox Power & mushroom stuffed peppers recipe

I’ve been a fan of Kimberly Snyder for years now.  You can even see some of my old posts about her previous two books here and here. When I heard that she was coming out with a new book called The Beauty Detox Power, I was really excited, but I also wondered if it would just be a repeat of what I have already read in her other books. But within just the first few pages, I realized that The Beauty Detox Power was actually very different.     Kimberly focuses on the mind body connection in this book and really gets into the...

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Trader Joe’s Haul (5/4)

Trader Joe’s Haul (5/4)

I was really in the mood to go to Trader Joe’s this morning, so the kids and I did a little shopping there after hitting the playground. Even though I had a list on my phone of about five things, I ended up buying a whole lot more…as always.   Honey Glazed Miso Salmon on Salad Greens (This was my lunch today, and it was delicious- even if it could have used a bit more salmon.  I also had some pineapple on the side because my appetite was raging, and the salad alone didn’t cut it for...

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Friday Favorites (5/1)

Friday Favorites (5/1)

(Visit The Mini Skirt for my mommy favorites.) Happy first day of May! I am so glad that many of you enjoyed my post about natural cleaning methods and products.  If you’d like to see more posts like that one in the future, I’ll be more than happy to deliver. As for this week’s favorites, I have food, fashion, beauty, and entertainment, so let’s get to it! Burt’s Buzz MT was away on business earlier in the week, and I figured it would be the perfect time to finally watch this documentary. I cannot go into too...

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Natural family-friendly cleaning methods & products

Natural family-friendly cleaning methods & products

For years, I thought that the smell of bleach and other harsh cleansers equaled cleanliness. Today I prefer more natural methods to clean, and now my house doesn’t feel clean to me unless it smells like lemons, oranges, or honeysuckle (as you’ll understand when I discuss my favorite store bought cleaning products). There are absolutely times when I need something that is very powerful, but I always try a natural option first before trying something stronger.  Most of the time, the non-toxic option does the job. As far as what I...

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