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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Friday Favorites (4/24)

Friday Favorites (4/24)

Happy Friday! I have some beauty, fitness, home care, food, and fashion favorites for you today, so let’s get started…   First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Pure Mineral Sunscreen Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 40 This was a gift from my friend Michele, and I really owe her for introducing me to it.  A lot of sunscreens don’t absorb well into the skin and give off that Casper-ish white cast. This one absorbs right in, and the bonus is that is doubles as a moisturizer.  It doesn’t make my face at all greasy, yet it is...

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The best thing I ate this week (honey salmon in foil)

The best thing I ate this week (honey salmon in foil)

(For past “The best thing I ate this week” posts, go here.) I realize it is only Monday, but I predict that this salmon dish will absolutely be the best thing that I have to eat this week. On Saturday morning, a friend sent a text to me with this recipe for Honey Salmon in Foil, and since I make salmon every Saturday night, I figured that the timing was perfect to make it.  (Image source) I’m a longtime fan of using honey on salmon, so I was 99% positive that the Honey Salmon in Foil would instantly become a favorite....

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Friday favorites & a giveaway!

Friday favorites & a giveaway!

Happy Friday! I am really excited about my favorites and the giveaway I am running, so I am just going to jump right on into it. Beauty Counter Tint Skin Complexion Coverage I like to wear a tinted moisturizer during the spring and summer months, and after hearing rave reviews about this one from Beauty Counter, I went ahead and ordered it.  I absolutely understand the hype now.  It reminds me of the IT Cosmetics CC Cream (which I love) with a lighter coverage (although it is buildable).  It is hydrating but not even remotely greasy, and it...

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Vitacost haul (food, skincare, & condiments)

Vitacost haul (food, skincare, & condiments)

Hello! I placed one of my weekly orders to Vitacost a few days ago, and since my box arrived today, I figured that I’d share what was inside. (Side note: I just subscribed to a farm delivery box for things like eggs, milk, and cheese since we go through those things quickly in this house with the kids.  I’m so excited about it and cannot wait to show you what we get!) Eden Organic Black Beans I’ve been loving beans lately in salads as a good source of protein, so I decided to stock up while they were on sale.  I cannot...

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Friday Favorites (4/10)

Friday Favorites (4/10)

Happy Friday! Today is my 5-year wedding anniversary, so it is a pretty good day here. Here are this week’s favorites!   Lilly Pulitzer Tumbler My sweet friend Lindsay gave me a Lilly tumbler for my birthday, and I absolutely love it!  It is adorable, but it also entices me to drink more water.  Whatever it takes, right?   Pomelo & Sea Salt Candle My mother gave this candle to me, and even though it looked too pretty to burn, I couldn’t resist lighting it.  According to the Anthropologie website, it is “a...

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Non-Toxic Beauty Brand Spotlight: Earth Science Naturals

Non-Toxic Beauty Brand Spotlight: Earth Science Naturals

(Please note: This is not a sponsored post.  I purchased all products mentioned below with my own money, and this post reflects my true opinions about them.)   I was doing a little product inventory in my bathroom over the weekend and realized that I use an awful lot of things by Earth Science Naturals.  It’s no wonder being that it is such an affordable brand (especially since I usually order my products from Vitacost).  In this instance, inexpensive doesn’t mean cheap quality.  I continue to go back to the brand because...

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5 ways to fight the aging process in the spring & summer

5 ways to fight the aging process in the spring & summer

I celebrated another birthday last Wednesday which is probably why I have the subject of anti-aging on my brain. While using certain creams, managing stress, following a healthy diet, limiting alcohol consumption, and not smoking can all help to slow down the aging process (or at least allow us to age more gracefully), there are some other non-surgical things that we can do to combat wrinkles. The 5 tips below can apply year-round, but they are even more crucial during the warmer months of the year.   1.  Always wear sunscreen. We all know...

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