Beach Vacation with the Girls Part 2

I’m backkkk for Part 2 of my beach vacation with the girls!!!  I can’t believe it is Friday already!  It was a short week for me with personal travel so I have my days all confused right now.  But I am pretty excited for the weekend ahead because my sister, her boyfriend, and two of their friends are coming to Nashville this weekend for a wedding and they are all staying with us so that should be fun.  We squeezed in a few plans with them and my parents around the wedding festivities they are attending.  I am also hoping to catch up on a little sleep. 😉 

So picking right back up where I left off yesterday with more beach pictures because I just can’t get enough of this beautiful scene.  Since the hurricane was coming soon, there was very little beach left and the waves were big!

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One day my sister and I biked 5 miles to a cute little part of the beach and had a couple drinks then biked home.  The ride home was tough and we both were a little uncomfortable walking the next day.  Clearly we are not regular bikers.  

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Ahh so pretty!

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Yummy appetizers! Does anyone else love the mango peach salsa from Costco too? 

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Dinner of broiled mahi mahi with roasted potatoes and brussel sprouts. 

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One of my aunts made a word search for all of us to do for her activity.  It was just for fun, but I finished mine first. 🙂 

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We also made homemade cookies one day and decorated them the next. I know what you are thinking… we should be professionals. 😉

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One night we played this game called salad bowl for my sister’s activity.  It consists of a few different rounds, but is very similar to charades.  We were all laughing so hard. 

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This view was worth all the mosquito bites I got. 😉

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Almost every morning a few of us would take a morning walk around 6am to beat the heat, move our bodies, and see the beautiful sunrise!  It was one of my favorite parts of the trip… I love morning walks to start my day on a healthy note!

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Followed by a green smoothie enjoyed outside.  Aren’t the clouds so neat?  They just almost don’t seem real.  

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I brought resistance bands so I could teach a workout class for my activity contribution.  

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The class participants.  They all did so well!  My aunt Bonnie had the band with the least resistance and it went flying through the air multiple times during the workout and we all just cracked up laughing so hard.  LOL

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The last two days we spent at the beach.  The place we were staying provided umbrellas and chairs on the beach for us, which was so nice, especially since the water was coming up all the way to the back of the sand.  

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Living my best life in the sunshine with my toes in the sand. 🙂

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My sweet sis.

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Can I go back now?  🙂 . The beach is my happy place. 

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My wedding anniversary happened to fall on a day while I was at the beach on the girls trip.  My sweet husband didn’t forget the day (even though I may have not remembered until the day before :)) and sent me the prettiest flowers.  You know you’ve got a winner when your husband supports you going on a relaxing girls trip during your wedding anniversary.  He’s the best.  

I’m so glad you chose me almost 10 years ago, my sweet Jonny!!! We met when I was 19 and a freshman in college.  He was a junior.  The rest is history. 🙂 The below picture was from our engagement shoot at my in-laws house, where our wedding ceremony actually took place.  Such great memories!

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That’s all for today!!! I will be back soon with my final recap of the girls beach trip!! I hope you all have the best weekend!!

Questions:

  1. Any fun plans for the weekend?
  2. Beach or mountains?
  3. If you are married, how long have you been married?  How old were you when you met your spouse/partner?

 

Beach Vacation with the Girlies

Hey friends!!  Long time no talk!  So sorry for the brief hiatus!  I meant to blog this past weekend, but with travel for a wedding, it got away from me.  I am back in Nashville after the most amazing girls trip to Vero Beach with my mom, sister, and three aunts.  We had wonderful weather, lots of yummy food, and so many fun activities.  It really was the perfect relaxing getaway.  

I’m excite to share this trip recap with you guys and I took so many pictures that I think the recap will be split into a few different posts.  

My momma and I on our way to the sunshine state!  We were so giddy with excitement!

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We met one of my aunts at the airport then headed to Costco to stock up while we waited for my sister’s flight to land.  My two other aunts came in later and rented their own car to drive to the house.  We all flew into Tampa and originally had planned to go to Annabel Island, but with the Red Tide being so bad this year, we opted to go to Vero Beach (my aunts friend offered up her house to us!) instead to avoid the smelly fish and horrible air quality that comes with the Red Tide.  

We drove about 3 hours to Vero Beach and grabbed lunch at Panera before we got to the house.  

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I got this sweet picture from my bestie, Lissa, who doubles as our dog sitter.  Too cute!

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The house had this awesome pool in the back which we spent a lot of time at soaking up the sunshine.  

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The most relaxing vacation I have had in a long time.

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I just love palm trees.  We were right across the street from the beach on the bay side.

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A lot of our lunches looked like this.  I made at least one big platter salad every day with chickpeas, beets, avocado, walnuts, corn, hard-boiled eggs, cucumber, kale mix, tomatoes (from my momma’s garden!) and dried cranberries.  We got the Costco chicken salad and quinoa salad which were great additions for lunches.

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My sister brought these little men that hung on the side of a glass to mark which one is yours.  She wrote all of our men’s names on the butts which cracked us up!!

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My mom told all the girls to bring an activity to do during the week.  My sweet aunt Bonnie brought watercolor paint, a book of stock cards, and seashell postage stamps for each of us and told us we all had to send 6 postcards while we were in Florida.  

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Such a great idea!!!  Some of our creations.  I know yall, we are such great artists. 😉 

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My sister brought this fun puzzle for us.  Can you guess which one of us completed most of it? 😉  My mom is OBSESSED with puzzles.  

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The finished product!

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One of our yummy dinners! Salmon, asparagus, and broccoli.

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One of my many beautiful pictures of the beach!!! Sooo breathtaking!

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We played quite a few games of cards too!

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We had fish tacos one night with all the fixins including homemade guacamole!!!

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Yummmm!!!

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My momma brought facemasks for all of us to do after dinner!  I will spare you all the pictures! 😉

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I will end this post here and pick it back up tomorrow because I have lots more to share with you guys!! So happy to be back to blogging… I miss it when I am busy!  Hope you all are doing great!!

Questions:

  1. Last vacation you took?
  2. Are you guys ready for fall?
  3. Tell me something fun/exciting that is going on in your world!

Labor Day Weekend Recap 9.2.18 Lake Burton With Friends

Hey Friends!!! Happy Thursday!!  With Monday being a holiday and then lots going on since we got home from the lake, I haven’t had the chance to sit down and blog until now.

How was your Labor Day Weekend?  Did you get to be outside?  Grill out? Hang out with friends or family?  

Our long weekend away with our friends at the lake was just what my soul needed.  I’m feeling refreshed and recharged and ready to get back into the swing of things.  But only for a few days because we have a girls trip coming up very soon! 

Jonny and I arrived at the lake late on Wednesday evening after work and our friends trickled in the next couple days.  I was just a little excited as you can tell by my eyes in the picture below. 🙂

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When I am on vacation, I still like to start my mornings on an active note.  A few of the mornings I went running with Callie, I got in a few walks with the pups and a couple interval workouts with the girls.  

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Mornings at the lake are so beautiful and peaceful.

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On Friday we headed to this big rock so the boys could come up with a plan to make a rope swing. 

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We all just watched. 🙂

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This sweet girl was such a good pup the whole trip.  

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We made it to the sandbar a couple times to hang out in the water and toss the football. 

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4 of the 5 girlies!

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My favorite couple.

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We jet-skied!

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and took lots of boat rides.  Eric and his sidekick, Cooper.

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We lounged on the boathouse deck.  

The girls read while Jason played music for us. 🙂

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And a few people jumped and jumped and jumped. 

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These views never get old. 

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My sweet girl helping me get some sweet tan lines. 😉

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The girls. 

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Eric and Rach.

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Lots of napping… especially for these tired pups who run and run and run all day at the lake.

My besties, Jonny and Rach.

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The whole crew!!!   Such a fun group of friends we are so lucky to have!

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I just realized now that I didn’t take ANY food pictures, which is totally unlike me!  Since my husband and I arrived a day earlier than our friends I ended up prepping a lot of food so we didn’t have to spend a ton of time cooking.  I made a few quiches, brownies, cookies, lemon bars, southwestern quinoa salad, a potato casserole, marinades for chicken and fish.  We grilled chicken and salmon one night, turkey and veggie burgers another night, and did chicken and fish tacos the last night.  We had lots of cut up fruit too – watermelon, pineapple, and strawberries!!  We ate up almost all of it!!  

I’m sad another friends trip to the lake has come to an end, but it sure was a good one to end summer on a high note!!

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Questions:

  1. What did you do for Labor Day Weekend?
  2. Eat any yummy food?
  3. Is it hard for you to get back into a routine after a vacation?

Business Trip with my Sidekick

Hey guys!!!  It’s Fridayyyy!  The beginning of a nice long weekend (hopefully) for us!  We are relaxing at the lake with our friends and soaking up the warm weather and sunshine.  We always look forward to our lake trips with our friends every summer and this summer we only get this one trip with our friends.  It was a crazy summer and with my hospital stay, we didn’t plan out our summer like usual because we just didn’t know how long I would end up being in there.  It ended up being a LOT longer than expected so it made sense to hold off on our planning. 

But here we are and I don’t want to spend another moment inside so this will be a quick recap so I can go soak up this beautiful day with my hubby and our friends!

I told yall yesterday that I had a quick business trip on Monday to East Tennessee and since I was driving, I brought my momma along for the ride to keep me company. 🙂

We arrived Monday evening and went straight to the store Soft Surroundings.

We don’t have one in Nashville, but my mom gets the catalog and wanted to try a couple things on.  She ended up ordering a couple dresses and a blouse so it was a win!  After shopping we went to dinner at Water into Wine.

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We had some wine to start because what’s a girls night without wine, right? 😉

Then  we shared some stuffed mushrooms (yum!) and a couple salads which were both really good!

We hit the hay after dinner then were up bright and early as I had to be all over town Tuesday morning.  My momma was my driver, which was so nice. We got Starbucks for breakfast… I noticed the pumpkin spice latte is out earlier than ever this year?! crazy!  We hit up Panera for lunch and both got the black bean soup and I got a salad and my momma got a sandwich! I can’t wait for their fall squash soup to be out!  That reminds me that I need to make some butternut squash soup to have at home.  It is my favorite once the fall weather hits!

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My mom wanted you guys to see a picture of her flipflop cookie she got from Panera. Isn’t she so cute?

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After all my work was finished we headed back to Nashville!  A short, but very productive work trip!  I’m off to go enjoy the sunshine!! I hope you all have a nice long weekend too!!

Question:

  1. Do you travel for work?
  2. Any fun plans for the Labor Day weekend?
  3. Favorite type of soup?

Weekend Recap 8.26.18 Full of Date Nights and Music… Better Late Than Never

Hey friends!!  It’s been a crazy couple days around here and I am just now organizing my pictures from last weekend.  We had such a fun (maybe a little too much) weekend and went straight into the week with both my husband and I going away on business trips on Monday. 

Yesterday was actually our Friday and we left after work yesterday for the lake!  We are having a long Labor Day weekend at the lake with a few of our friends and I couldn’t be more excited for some down time.  On Tuesday when I got home from my work trip, I slept for 4 hours, got up for an hour and went right back to bed for 8 more hours.  I was exhausted!

So let’s get right to it before another weekend gets away from me!  My husband and I didn’t have any set plans for Friday night, but we knew Keith Urban was playing at Bridgestone so we were keeping an eye on tickets all day long and finally found some in the lower bowl for a great deal so decided to go!

I’ve been really into watching hair tutorials on youtube lately and trying to recreate them.  This was one of them… not quite as successful as the video I copied, but I’m getting better.

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Jon and I went to Amerigos for a quick dinner before the concert.

A date night with this guy is always a good night in my book!

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My husband had some kind of crab bisque and a salad and I got my favorite salad (with goat cheese!!!) and grilled salmon.  I know you guys, my food choices are just so exciting and unpredictable. 😉

Kelsea Ballarini opened for Keith Urban and she was fantastic.  Keith was really good too!  He brought up his wife, Nicole Kidman, on stage and then Reese Witherspoon got up there too.  Did you guys see them act together in Big Little Lies?  I read the book and am usually disappointed with a series or movie that was a book first, but I really liked the show and thought it was really well done.  Keith Urban brought out a couple more guests, one being Carrie Underwood.  Unfortunately us old people over here were too tired and left early and missed her, but hey, we found an uber quickly and got out of the madness that is downtown Nashville these days. 

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Saturday morning we got up bright and early for a run to Costco and the grocery store to stock up for our lake trip this week.  You may have seen my snapchat stories from Costco, but if not, I will fill you in.  There is a reason I grocery shop alone. I made my husband push the cart while I loaded it up and every time I turned around he was nowhere to be seen.

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He was either off getting samples or shopping for things not on our list!  We literally ended up with twice as much stuff as I had planned to get. 

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Then he got a hotdog.  I am never taking him shopping with me again. :I am the type of girl who makes a list and sticks to it, but not when my husband is in tow.  He’s pretty cute though, so I’ll forgive him this time. 🙂

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Saturday evening we had dinner reservations at Stoney River before the Taylor Swift concert.

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I had the ahi tuna and my husband had steak medallions and we both loved our meals. 

My forever date. 🙂

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You guys, I have been to a lot of concerts in my life and this was by far my favorite one yet!  Taylor was freaking awesome.  So entertaining, sweet, and just such an amazing performer. She was flying across the crowd in a gold cage, interacting with the audience, and did quite a few acoustic songs, which are my favorite.  

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She even had surprise guests Faith Hill and Tim McGraw join her for her song “Tim McGraw.”  It was so so so awesome.

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We had a blast and stayed until the very end.  The Ubers were few and far between by the time we left so we just started walking away from downtown to hopefully get lucky and get an uber.  Well… we were not so lucky and ended up walking at least 3 miles… basically almost all the way home!  We got a cab less than a mile from our house because we just could not walk anymore. 🙂 Oh you can kinda see it in this picture, but my husband got me this diamond pendant necklace that I have been wanting for a few years.  It was such a thoughtful gesture to start our date night!

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Even the confetti at the concert was neat!!!

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Sunday was a pool day with my momma, my husband, and his little brother (from Big Brothers Big Sisters). 

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We just lounged and read and grilled out for lunch.  It was a nice relaxing way to end the jam-packed music-filled weekend. 🙂  I went to bed at 7pm because I was so tired!

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That wraps up our fun weekend! Now tell me about yours!

Questions:

  1. What did you do this weekend?
  2. What is the last concert you went to?
  3. Do you grocery shop alone or with a significant other?

 

Friday Favorites!

Hey guys!!!! I am so happy it is Friday!! I am ready for the weekend!!! My husband and I have a fun date night planned and a few other things on the agenda.  

Today I wanted to share some things I am loving lately with you all and would love if you shared some of your favorites with me too! Here we go… 

This tea.  We are obsessed with this in our household.  Jon and I don’t buy a lot of drinks to have at our house so it forces us to drink more water versus sodas or juice, but every now and then we get a little bored with water and need a little change.  We will make a big picture full of this tea to have on hand for the week and it’s such a great little treat that is super refreshing.  

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I just about died laughing when I saw this on instagram the other day.  I sent it to my husband and he totally agreed. 🙂 

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My sweet babies are always on my favorites list.  They are just the sweetest pups ever and so well-behaved (for the most part). 😉

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I am still loving making lettuce wraps/cups for meals lately.  The other night my husband and I wanted mexican so we decided on tacos.  To make mine a little healthier, I opted to use romaine leaves instead of tortillas for my tacos.  We sauteed onions, garlic, red pepper, and through in black beans and corn at the last minute to have a yummy mixture on our tacos.  We seasoned some fish (tuna for me and mahi for my husband) with taco seasoning and that was the best.decision.ever!!! It was sooo flavorful and yummy.  We just added salsa and avocado to the top!  Easy peasy and so delicious!!

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Here’s what one of my lazy dinners look like.  The other night my husband had plans with the boys so I found myself not really wanting to cook anything.  I burnt roasted up some sweet potatoes (extra to add on my salads for lunch) and grilled a kale veggie burger to chop up and throw in some romaine leaves for some lettuce wraps.  I added spicy mustard and avocado and it was such a yummy and filling meal.  When I put ingredients in lettuce wraps as opposed to just eating them, it makes me feel like I’m getting more food which is more satisfying and hey, extra greens are always a good idea.

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I’ve told you guys about my love for the One bars, but usually I just get the birthday cake flavor because I love it.  Well the other day at the store I picked up a couple new flavors and cinnamon roll was one of them.  Oh.my.gosh.  It was so good and reminded me of my childhood when I would wake up to the smell of fresh cinnamon rolls coming out of the oven ready to be drizzled with the sugary glaze.  So so so good.  If you try this flavor, let me know what you think!!

That’s all I’ve got for today!! I hope you guys have an amazing and safe weekend!!! I’ll talk to you all next week!!

Questions:

  1. Favorite pre-packaged bar?
  2. Do you like Mexican food?
  3. Tell me a Friday favorite of yours!

Favorite Finds at Trader Joes!

Hey friends!!!!  How is your week going so far?  Ours has been pretty normal and non-eventful, which is really nice sometimes. 🙂  We are going to the Taylor Swift concert this weekend (!!!!) and I cannot freaking wait!  Call me crazy, I don’t care.  I love Taylor Swift and I think her music is awesome.  It has definitely changed over the years, but I still really like it!  

Did I ever tell you guys that some of my high school friends and I got to meet her on her tourbus in a Walmart parking lot when we were in high school? This was back before she was super famous.  She was so genuine and really sweet, and SUPER tall.  We had a really fun time chatting with her… she said she loved my name. 😉 

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Anyway, today I am sharing my latest favorite finds at Trader Joes.  I don’t shop at Trader Joes often because I usually can’t get everything I want from there and it’s not in a very convenient location for me to go shopping, but I do love stopping by there every now and then to stock up on some goodies!  I really love all of there snack items and dips!  Let’s get started!!  Here’s what I picked up on my latest trip to Trader Joes!

Broccoli Florets.  You guys, these are so so so good.  They are like freeze-dried pieces of broccoli with yummy seasoning.  Great for an easy snack, but if you are like me, the whole bag is usually gone in one sitting.  Whoops. 🙂

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I love all of their different types of trail mix.  I usually stick to one with raw nuts and maybe some raisins, but they have a ton of unique ones with different types of nuts, seeds and dried fruit.  They also have individual portioned packs of trail mix which I will occasionally buy so I don’t eat 5 servings at once!  This Go Raw Trek Mix is super yummy with walnuts, almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, and raisins. 

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My husband and I are obsessed with pistachios and Trader Joes has such a good price for them.  I think this bag was around $5.  They do have the pre-shelled ones, but for some reason I like the process of taking the shells off myself.  Weird, I know.  🙂

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I just tried these cheese bites for the first time the other day and I am still on the fence about them.  It’s like dried out, crunchy, cheese cracker.  I don’t think I love the by themselves, but I think they would make a really yummy crouton on a salad so I think I will give that a go soon!  They do pack a good punch of protein so that is nice. 

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A little girl I used to babysit way back in the day was obsessed with all kinds of freeze-dried fruit and she got me hooked.  I don’t buy them often because I cannot portion control them for the life of me, but had to pick up a bag of these bananas the other day.  I love all the freeze-dried berries, but the bananas are definitely my favorite.  

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Now you tell me in the comments about your favorite finds!!!

Questions:

  1. Do you have a Trader Joes store near you?
  2. If you have one close to you, how often do you shop there?
  3. What are your favorite items to buy at Trader Joes?