Friday, February 9, 2018

Friday Favorites: My Love for Trader Joe's, White Teeth & The Pioneer Woman

Happy Friday!  This is actually one week that I could have used an extra day and wasn't as thrilled as normal to see Friday.  Work sped up again, and it just seems like there is so much to do in a short amount of time!

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1.  Trader Joe's.  I ended up working later on Thursday, and decided that the perfect way to unwind after work, would be a visit to Trader Joe's.  I was already planning on stopping by to pick up a few things, but by the time I got there, I decided to just take it easy and do some browsing, while the store wasn't super busy.  It was SO NICE!  Usually when I go to the store, it is on a mission and I want to get in and out.  This time I took it easy, and it was the perfect way to relax after a long day.  I picked up lots of new to me items - a few of them pictured below - and I am super excited to give everything a try.  I grabbed two different flavored chicken sausages, which I plan on trying tomorrow night for dinner, along with the mashed cauliflower and frozen asparagus.  I have been eating a lot of almonds lately as snacks, and I saw they had cocoa glazed almonds.  I thought that would be perfect to mix in with my regular almonds as a way to mix things up.  I tried one when I got home, and oh my goodness, as they delicious!  Trader Joe's just has so many great things!



2.  I have been bleaching my teeth for the upcoming gala I am attending, and I just love these Crest Whitestrips.  I got them from Walgreens, and they were (and still are) on sale for $45 (originally $64)!  It looks like you can get an extra $5.00 off right now, too, with a coupon.  Wish I had looked online before I went and bought them - that is a great coupon!  Speaking of teeth, does anyone drink coffee out of a straw to avoid staining your teeth?  I noticed someone at work drinking their coffee from a straw (and not an iced coffee), and wondered if that was the reason why they were doing it.  Just curious if anyone else does this, too!

3.  When my mom was in town last, we picked up some new flowers from Trader Joe's.  They are still going strong, two weeks later!  I removed the eucalyptis, because it was making a bit of a mess, and then cut down the carnations to fit in a small mason jar.  I don't know why I never kept fresh flowers before, but I definitely plan to do so going forward!  You cannot beat the price (I think the carnations were $4, or so), and they last so long.  Just have to remember to change the water every so often! 



4.  I was going through my mail this week, and in one of the magazines I get, I saw a little post card to subscribe to The Pioneer Woman's magazine!  When it first came out, you could only find it at Walmart, and then the second issue, while more widely available, was still a little difficult for me to find.  I am excited to subscribe and be able to not have to hunt for it!  I just love everything she does (as I have shared many, many times on the blog) and I can't wait for her next issue.  

5.  Next week is our second Girl Chat link up for the year!  We will be sharing ways that we stay organized.  I always love reading about others' tips and tricks when it comes to staying on top of things, so I hope you will join and link up with us!



And in case you are way behind you blog reading like me, this week on the blog...
Monday - TBB Asks - 'tis the season for love!  
Tuesday -  Sausage Bread - a family favorite that everyone needs in their recipe box!
Wednesday - DIY Keepsake Card Ring - this only took me a year plus to do, but it's the easiest thing and a great way to corral all your cards.
Thursday - Introducing LuLaRoe Jessi - sharing one of my really good friends who sells LuLaRoe.

Happy Friday!

Linking up with AndreaErikaApril, and Katie. 

14 comments:

  1. I wish we had a Trader Joe's! I see so many people post about all of the neat items they have that I want to go to one so bad!

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  2. I wish we had a Trader Joe’s closer to us!! I have found some of the coolest stuff there like mini kiwi and cotton candy grapes!! Haha. Have a great weekend!!

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  3. My sister is a dental assistant and she ALWAYS drinks hot coffee through a straw for that very reason! I think it's so weird! I'm totally a regular coffee drinker + whitening system from the dentist user (but I haven't even pulled it out in years!).

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  4. I was smiling because I drink coffee from a straw when it is on a cup as to not get my lipstick on the lid but I am super happy to know it may help with not staining my teeth. LOVE Crest white strips! I would give anything to have Trader Joes close. Out closest is an hour away. Have a beautiful weekend beautiful girl!

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  5. Oh girl - carnations will live in a nice little jar of sugar water for weeks on end! (I am a flower junkie!) This year I vowed to have fresh flowers every week. My love for TJ's is real too. I love to just go in when I have nothing else to do and browse. I feel like when I go in to shop I am too rushed! Let us know how your new finds are for sure! Not sure I can drink my hot coffee through a straw but I do need another box of White Strips ASAP! Have a fantastic weekend! Glad I dropped by I may just join in your link up!

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  6. I almost never go to Trader Joe's just because it's always so crowded, but your idea of going later in the evening might be worth trying out-- there are so many good things! I remember how much trouble you had finding the Pioneer Women magazine so that's awesome you can just subscribe to it now!

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  7. I love TJ! Their fresh flowers are the absolute best. I just got some tulips this week and they are gorgeous! I hope you have a great weekend!

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  8. Happy Friday! Trader Joe's is so much fun! The closest one to where we live is quite a drive from us so we've only been a couple times, but they have such good stuff! Hooray for a bargain on whitening strips that you're loving and beautiful flowers that are going strong after two weeks! Enjoy that magazine subscription! It'll no doubt be fantastic! Have a great weekend!! xo - Brenda // ChattingOverChocolate.com

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  9. I love TJ's too but don't usually venture away from my usual stuff, I should change that!! I don't drink my hot coffee from a straw and don't think I ever could!

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  10. I’m obsessed with our Trader Joe’s. I have a list of staples I get as well as the seasonal. Between wegmans and TJ’s, I’m set!

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  11. LOVE Trader Joe's finds - so good!!! And yes, the flowers too :)

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  12. Love Trader Joe's! I always take a cooler with me when we go to Louisville so I can stock up on my faves. Have you ever tried their chicken parmesan lollipops. So yummy!! I do not drink coffee but I drink my tea out of a straw for that reason!

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  13. I so wish we had a Trader Joes!! Of course my fave thing there is an olive tapenade and some pita bread...so much for loving the healthier stuff!! haha

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  14. Trader Joe's is the best! You're so right too - going on a random night when it's not crowded is SO fun and relaxing!!

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