My Favorite Healthy Picks from Trader Joe’s!

My Favorite Healthy Picks from Trader Joe’s!

Today I am sharing with y’all my favorite healthy picks from Trader Joes. Get ready to screenshot for your next shopping trip!

The Peanut Butter Granola and Nonfat Greek Yogurt are some of my go-to’s. I love eating this for breakfast or even desert. The yogurt is the best tasting yogurt I have ever had and it has great macros as well. Add some berries or bananas to your yogurt bowl for a yummy healthy breakfast option!

I had never heard of these before but decided to pick them up one day and now I always buy them. If you love tomatoes, you might like these. I love to snack on them or throw them in my salads. They are sweet and juicy but also have a tang to them. SO GOOD!

One of my new favorite finds, Jicama wraps! So random but SO good. These are very thin, small wraps that you can use for breakfast tacos, lunch wraps, dinner tacos etc. They kinda taste and feel like a very thin apple slice. I love using these as a lower-carb alternative to tortillas for my tacos.

This is my protein powder. I mix two scoops of protein powder, 1/2 of a banana and almond milk to my shake. I drink it 1-2x per day and love it. It tastes like a yummy chocolate shake but it is very low in carbs and fats and high in protein.

Shoutout to Kathleen Barnes for recommending this on Instagram Stories. I bought it and haven’t looked back since. I love mixing this dressing on my salads. It is delicious! Don’t let the color or texture scare you off, it is much better than what it looks!

During quarantine, my boyfriend made us a pizza one night with this crust and it was delicious! He added the Trader Joes pizza sauce, shredded mozzarella, sliced onion, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, black olives and olive oil. It takes 10 minutes to cook and is great for nights when you don’t have time to really cook something up.

If you haven’t tried these, YOU ARE MISSING OUT. I know they say protein pancakes and yes, they have more protein that your usual Bisquick, but you would never know. You get that extra protein but they still have that fluffy goodness like traditional pancakes. I always add bananas for banana pancakes. They are our special weekend treat.

My best friend is from the Middle East and once I tried her mom’s hummus, I have never been able to eat “normal” hummus. I need some spices and flavor in it. This is delicious with Pita Bread, chips or veggies. I could honestly eat it with a spoon!

Trader Joes offers two different Ginger Beers. One is very carb heavy, whereas this one is low. Now, I am someone that would rather eat my carbs than drink them so I go for the low carb one. I use this to mix into my homemade jalapeΓ±o margarita mule. I will share that recipe soon.

Another must-have for my homemade jalapeΓ±o margarita mule. I use this as a mixer but it is so refreshing alone. It is sweet but has a kick to it at the end. So unique and one of those hidden gems at Trader Joes.

Moving on to seasonings, this hands down the best seasoning Trader Joes has to offer in my opinion. This is delicious and works with so many different flavors. This is a key ingredient to my famous avocado toast, my boyfriend loves to put it on his eggs, we load our taco salads with this & more. It has a strong lime taste to it with a kick of spice. SO GOOD.

Another hidden gem at Trader Joes. This is basically Taco Bell sauce. I smother this all over my tacos and taco salad. This, plus sriracha, yes ma’am.

I am realizing I am sharing with you all of my must have seasonings for tacos but who doesn’t love tacos? This is what I love to put on-top of my veggies when making my peppers, onions, corn etc. This is not spicy so I always have to add extra spice but it is a great base.

I literally just ate one of these! This is my go-to desert. They are only 100 calories and they are a pretty big popsicle. The base is strawberry and then it has little clusters of granola in the bar. It is so refreshing and the perfect “night-cap” for my sweet tooth.

Now, these are not the healthiest option but they aren’t bad! This is my boyfriends go-to dessert. They are good but I could easily eat this whole box so I go for my yogurt bars, he goes for his banana dippers!

Doggie treats! My pup Bailey LOVES these. They are big cookies so I break them up and use them for training. She will do anything for one of these treats.

Lastly, I had to add flowers to this list. Trader Joes has such a beautiful selection of flowers. I always buy fresh flowers when I go to the grocery store. I love having them in the house and while in quarantine, it has been something small that I could get for myself each week. Fresh flowers always make me happy and Trader Joes currently has a beautiful selection of peonies.

That wraps up my list of must have items at Trader Joes! I hope you enjoyed this and if you have any favorites, let us know! xo

My Favorite Podcasts – April 2020

My Favorite Podcasts – April 2020

I’ve shared some of my favorite podcasts on my blog before, as well as my YouTube channel, but I figured since most of us are probably in quarantine right now, I would share my current favorites. I find that podcasts are a great way to pass time, they can be used for education, background noise or even a way to entertain yourself while working from home. I did film this YouTube video just a few months ago about my favorites but of course, I have discovered new ones since then, so for all of you who are also podcasts obsessed like I am, let’s get into it!

On Purpose by Jay Shetty | I always mention this one anytime I am talking about my favorites because in a weird way, I feel like this podcast changed my life. I was struggling a lot in 2019 and discovered this in Summer of 2019. I found that when I was constantly listening to this podcast, my mental state was healthier, I was more focused on my work, I was happier and overall, living a better lifestyle. This podcast is an interview style podcast and all about digging deeper to find your purpose in life. I think given the current state of our world, this would be a great one to listen to if you are needing a boost or some positivity in your life.

Approachable by Alyssa and Samantha | I have been a loyal fan of Samantha Ravndahl for years. I think I began watching her the first year she started her YouTube channel and I have not missed one video. I love her personality and relate to her in many ways so once I found out she was coming out with a podcast, I was sold. This podcast is hosted by Sam and her best friend, Alyssa. Each episode they cover a different topic and they range from light-hearted, fun topics to very serious conversations. I tune in every Wednesday for this podcast and can’t wait for season 4 to start!

Oprahs Super Soul Conversations | I love Oprah. I mean who doesn’t? I love listening to this podcast because it is an interview style podcast, which is my favorite but this one is even better because it is with Oprah! I love how she interviews so many different people from Lady Gaga, Ellen Degeneres, Michelle Obama and the conversations are real and DEEP. This is a great one!

NPR Hidden Brain | Wow. This podcast is unlike anything else I’ve ever listened to. It is a mix of psychology, storytelling and science so this won’t be for everyone but the host, Shankar Vedantam, talks about topics that are so random but SO thought-provoking. As a starter, I would recommend “You Can’t Hit Unsend” or “Our Animal Instincts.” Once you listen to theses episodes, I think you will be hooked.

Girlboss Radio by Sophia Amoruso | If you are inspired by female entrepreneurs like I am, you will love this. Sophia interviews so many different inspiring women from Rebecca Minkoff, Wendy Zomnir, Huda Kattan, Anine Bing, and Anastasia Soare, just to name a few. It’s incredible and very empowering!

Absolutely Not by Heather McMahan | WOW. Let me tell you about this podcast. I was recommended this from a friend of mine, started it in the beginning of February and finished it in about 2-3 weeks. I had my headphones in my ear 24/7 because I could not stop listening to Heather. She is a comedian from Atlanta, GA and is absolutely HILARIOUS. She is so funny and I love her energy! Even my boyfriend lovers her and we are going to see her live in SF in August! If you need a good laugh or an escape during this crazy time, this is it! She is also hilarious on Instagram – I’ve been watching her stories religiously to follow her quarantine adventures! Little Rigatoni is adorable!

Breaking in Beauty by Jill Dunn and Carlene Higgins | A podcast started by long-time beauty editors, this gives you all the insight you need about upcoming trends, product reviews, insights into the industry, interviews with CEO’s and more. This is all about the business of the beauty industry and is very entertaining to listen too. If you are a beauty lover like myself, I think you will love this!

Must be Nice by Katy & John | Another YouTuber I love to watch is Katy. Her and her husband, John, recently started a podcast and it is so much fun. They only have a few episodes so far, but it kinda just about whatever. They talk about random life situations that they experience and just talk about random stuff! It is very conversational and just fun to listen to.

The BOF Podcasts | This is one of my favorite podcasts because it is all about the fashion industry, which I love learning about. This is more of an educational, interview style podcast and it dives deep into the logistics and realities of the fashion industry. Recently, they have been covering how COVID-19 is changing the fashion industry and it is quite fascinating to learn about. I don’t think this will be for everyone but if you like learning about the fashion industry or have a passion for business, I would recommend it.

If you are a podcast lover, let me know your favorites! xoxo

My New Piercing | Forward Helix

My New Piercing | Forward Helix

I shared with y’all on IG stories that I recently got my forward helix pierced and I had so many questions about it so I figured I would share all the details on here. I have been wanting a new piercing for a while and was trying to decide between getting my rook or my forward helix. Obviously I went with the forward helix because I felt like it was less noticeable, very delicate and a unique piercing that would complete my right ear. I’m really happy I went with the forward helix instead of the rook, I love it so much!

Where I Got it Pierced?

I got mine pierced at the Rose Gold Tattoo Parlor in Haight Ashbury in San Francisco. This is my go-to place for all things tattoos and piercings. I would highly recommend them if you live in the area or if you are visiting San Francisco. The facility is so clean, provides incredible service and they have a beautiful selection of BVLA jewelry. You can check out their reviews here and Instagram.

The Process & Pain Level

So for the piercing itself, it was super quick and very easy! My piercer Allana, was so quick with the actual piercing of the ear to putting in the piece of jewelry. The entire process was over in less than 30 seconds! I did feel a slight pinch to the ear but I wouldn’t say it hurt. Honestly, I would give it a 1 out of 10 in terms of pain. I’ve stubbed my toe and that’s hurts more than getting this piercing lol but really, it didn’t hurt. If you have your earlobes or cartilage pierced, this didn’t feel any different. However with that being said, I do believe I have a high pain tolerance and I have been told that many times before. Pain level is such a personal experience so what could be a 1 for me, could be a 10 for you. This is also my 12th piercing so your girl has some experience lol

Jewelry Info

The piece of jewelry I picked is from BVLA. One of my favorite things about Rose Gold is that you can get pierced with high quality jewelry that you actually love instead of an ugly silver barbell post. Mine is 14k gold with a small diamond in the center of it. I love how dainty it is and it matches perfectly with my other earrings.

Forward Helix | Rings | First Earlobe | Second Earlobe | Third Earlobe | Cartilage

Healing Process

I’ve had this piercing for almost a full month now so I can only speak on what it has been like so far. The first 36 hours I did have a horrible headache on the right side of my head which I do believe was a side effect to the piercing because I am not prone to headaches. This was super annoying and was more painful than the piercing itself. I have been very cautious about sleeping on it since Allana recommended to stay off of it for a couple weeks. This is probably the hardest because I am a side sleeper. I do notice if sleep on it, sometimes I wake up and it is a little bit swollen and red. The third week, I did notice a little bit of white puss coming out of it but after a few sea salt soaks, that went away within 24 hours. So far the healing has been really easy considering this is a cartilage piercing and my ears are incredibly sensitive.

I will update this post once the piercing is fully healed but that can take anywhere from 4-6 months so stay tuned. If you are interested in what cleaning solution I am using, it’s this one. The studio recommends this, it’s available on Amazon for re-purchase and so far it has been working really well for me. I love how big the bottle is so it lasts quite a while. All in all, I love this piercing and would totally recommend it! xoxo

Jewelry Under $50 – Brands I Love!

Jewelry Under $50 – Brands I Love!

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Y’all know I love jewelry of all sorts but I wanted to share pieces and brands I love that sell beautiful quality jewelry at more of an affordable price. Whether these are for yourself or for a gift, I guarantee you will love them. I do also have this gift guide of some of my most worn and daily jewelry pieces if you are interested in reading!

Some of my favorites brands in general that are always offering jewelry under $50 is BaubleBar, Nordstrom Rack, Argento Vivo, Kendra Scott, Gorjana, Halogen, JCrew, Anthropology, H&M and Target!

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Amazon Prime Gift Guide

Amazon Prime Gift Guide
  1. Louis Vuitton Neverfull Dupe: This is a great price for a LV purse dupe! I would recommend also getting the Purse Organizer listed below (#6) because it is designed for that bag and helps keep you organized!
  2. Mens’ Whiskey Set: For the man in your life who loves some whiskey!
  3. Yeti Travel Mug: We have many of these little travel mug cups and love them!
  4. Wrangler Quarter Zip Pullover: Thought this would be a great gift idea! I just bought my dad something like it for Christmas( this jacket here)!
  5. Coffee Warmer: I thought this was an awesome idea, thinking of getting it for my boyfriend. He could keep it at his office! Love it.
  6. Purse Organizer: Like I stated above, these are designed for big tote bags and they are awesome. They store so much and keep your purse neat and tidy!
  7. Mens Watch Box: I bought this for my boyfriend years ago to store his watches.
  8. Wine Opener: This is the best wine opener! Great gift for parents!
  9. Initial Tote Bag: Great gift idea! My boyfriend got one for my mom last year!
  10. Travel Jewelry Case: for the jewelry lover!
  11. Makeup Mirror: Love the leopard!
  12. Star Wars Collectors Blueprint Book: I got this just last night for my boyfriends dad. I saw this in a little boutique in Waco for over $100 before we moved and figured I could find it cheaper. Sure enough, Amazon has it. It is super cool and I think would make a really unique gift for anyone Star Wars lover!
  13. Slippers: Perfect for the homebody!
  14. iPhone Charging Station: This is super cool. Charges your iPhone, Apple Watch & Airpods!
  15. Mens Braun Shaver: My boyfriends favorite brand of shaver!

Today I am sharing with y’all some of my Amazon Prime gift ideas! I hope this is helpful and provides some unique ideas! I will continue to create more gift guides leading up until Christmas so make sure to check back for more gift ideas and holiday inspo! I hope you are all having a great weekend and and had a Happy Thanksgiving! xoxo

Also if you are interested in Black Friday Beauty sales, check out this post here. I also have this post that covers all of the clothing Black Friday sales with discount codes and recommendations! 

Here are some of my holiday gift guides and amazon favorites videos from my YouTube channel if you need more ideas!

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The Best Gifts I’ve Received – Holiday Gift Guide

The Best Gifts I’ve Received – Holiday Gift Guide
  1. Dana Rebecca Lauren Joy Necklace: This was a gift from my boyfriend for my birthday last year! I wear it every single day.
  2. Apple TV: A gift I got in college and now, I can’t imagine watching TV without it lol it offers all streaming services and would be a great gift for anyone!
  3. Harry Potter Scarf: This was a gift from my boyfriends mom and I love it. It is so unique!
  4. Barefoot Dreams Poncho:(ON SALE!) – My boyfriends mom got this for me as well 2 years ago and it has been a must have for me recently due to the cold weather we have been having in SF. I also got one for my mom the same year!
  5. Dana Rebecca Huggies: Another gift from my boyfriend, he always gets me jewelry because it is my favorite hahah but I wear these every day in my second ear lobe piercings.
  6. Kendra Scott Jewelry Box:(25% OFF!) One of the best gifts I’ve ever received. I store all of my jewelry and I will have it forever!
  7. Soludos White Sneakers: So kinda cheating on this one because I bought these for myself but hey, self love is important LOL I got these this past summer for a trip to Portugal and these are the best white sneakers for walking. I even own Adidas sneakers and think these are better!
  8. Gorjana Mosaic Pendant Necklace:I love this necklace and it goes with everything!
  9. Longchamp Le Pliage Large Tote Bag: I bought this again for myself when I just had moved to SF because I wanted a “city bag.” Something extremely functional, nothing flashy and waterproof. This is one of the best bags I own, even over my luxury bags!
  10. Sam Edelman White Linnie Mules: Another gift from my boyfriends mom but these were my most worn shoes for 2019 next to my white sneakers! I will forever own these shoes and they are great dupes for the Gucci loafers!
  11. Spanx Faux Leather Motto Leggings: (20% OFF!) Ok slowly realizing this is also a “best gifts I’ve bought myself” list but had to mention these. Faux Leather leggings are a must and these are currently on sale. I bought mine last year and they hold up perfectly!
  12. Crate and Barrel Wine Glasses:(ON SALE!) From one wino, to another, these are the same wine glasses Olivia Pope had in Scandal!
  13. Tech Gloves:(ON SALE!) I can’t remember who gifted these to me but I love them! They are amazing for the cold days and actually work!
  14. Halogen Trench Coat: Last but not least, my trench coat. Again, I bought this for myself when I found out I was moving to SF. I wanted a good everyday trench and this is perfect. Water repellent and also can be dressed up or down. I love it. Worth every penny!

Happy Black Friday! A few weeks ago I asked on Instagram gift guides you wanted to see and this was one I saw a few requets for! I loved the idea & with Black Friday here, many of these items are on sale!

I also did some holiday shopping last night as well and I wanted to share with y’all what I bought for some of the people in my life!

I bought these leggings for my mom, this cardigan for my boyfriends mom, this flannel for my boyfriend and this jacket for my brother!

Also if you are interested in Black Friday Beauty sales, check out this post here. I also have this post that covers all of the clothing Black Friday sales with discount codes and recommendations!

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Target Gift Guide & Favorites

  1. Long Sleeve Mock Turtleneck – this is so thick and perfect for winter
  2. Pearl Button Pullover Sweater – the added pearl buttons are adorable and I love the puffy sleeves
  3. Rib Long Sleeve Turtleneck Sweater – this is such a great basic that will last forever. I own the black and beige color
  4. Slim Fit Short Sleeve Turtleneck – another great basic that can be worn throughout fall & winter
  5. Brown Sugar Chestnut Candle – this would be such a great gift for the holidays! It is in a beautiful jar and also smells delicious, I love mine & would highly recommend!
  6. Rebe Faux Leather Fur Backless Mules – these are dupes for the Gucci mules. If you want to look bougie on a budget, these are for you
  7. Monogrammed Floral Mug – another great gift for the holidays, if you are on a budget, this is under $5 and seriously, who doesn’t love receiving coffee mugs!
  8. Woven Chain Buckle Velvet Belt – I love the mix of velvet and gold on this belt, it goes with everything and I think it is pretty for the holiday season
  9. Turtleneck Oversized Sweatshirt – when I tell you this is the comfiest thing you will ever own, I mean that. I’ve got so many people in my personal life to buy this and everyone loves it! So comfy and perfect for casual or workwear
  10. Crewneck Femme Pullover Sweater – recently picked this up and I can’t wait to wear it in the mountains this winter, I bought the black one!
  11. Leopard Print Long Sleeve Boyfriend Cardigan – I can’t tell you how much I love this, probably one of my favorites pieces from Target. It is so trendy and affordable which I love!
  12. Any Day Tanks – these are so affordable, only $8. If you need to stock up on some tanks, these are great. I also love the fact that they are ribbed.
  13. Color-block Layering Sweater Cardigan – this is a great dupe for a more expensive one from Madewell and is on sale currently for only $20!

I would recommend checking out this blog post here if you are interested in seeing how I style these pieces!

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For the Parents – Gift Guide

  1. Patagonia Fleece Jacket – both for men & women – this is a great gift for anyone. Many of my family members have these and LOVE them.
  2. Personalized Charcuterie Board – I love the personalization on this one. So elegant.
  3. Monogrammed Door Matt (on sale!) – another elegant gift idea! I got one of these for my grandma last year and she still has it
  4. Round Acacia Wood Serving Tray – great for parents who host a lot of get togethers, holidays, parties, etc.
  5. Apple Tv – I will always recommend this as one of the best gifts to give. It has all streaming services in one place, has movies & tv shows you can rent, plus listen to music. Everything is in one place and it’s just wroth every single penny.
  6. Nest Fragrances Diffuser Holiday Set – I’ve given diffusers as gifts before many times to women in my life – this looked like a great deal.
  7. Bistro Monogram Mug – ok may have put this on here just because I love it lol but I have given my mom many coffee mugs and she always uses them!
  8. Slip Pillowcase – game changers – I would recommend these for your mom, grandma, etc.
  9. Pour Over Coffeemaker Set – for the coffee lover
  10. Brew Coffee Cookbook – for the coffee lover 2.0
  11. AllBirds – both for men & women – a few of my family members have these and they SWEAR by them. I know they are very highly rated so I think this would be a great idea for anyone!
  12. Nest Fragrances Holiday Candle Kit – you can never go wrong with a candle gift set for the holidays!

Recently I asked you guys on Instagram what gift guides you would like to see and one of the most popular responses was gifts for parents. I catered this one to be mostly under $100, although there are a few things that are slightly over. I hope this is helpful and provides you with some ideas!

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Lifestyle Gift Guide

  1. Cast Iron Pan – great gift idea for parents or any chef!
  2. Cast Iron CookBook
  3. Barefoot Dreams Blanket
  4. BlueLight Glasses (mens here)
  5. Oral B Electronic ToothBrush
  6. LongChamp Le Pilage Purse – my everyday purse – if you follow me on LTK you have seen this many times!
  7. Ninja Blender
  8. Women’s Air Force Sneakers
  9. Dyson Vacuum – this is currently 50% off! Last time this was only on sale for 24 hours!
  10. Kendra Scott Jewelry Box – such a special gift. My boyfriend gave this to me for our anniversary and it’s one of my favorite things I own!
  11. Coffee Machine

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Homebody Gift Guide

  1. Barefoot Dreams Robe
  2. Let’s Stay Home Coffee Mug
  3. Slippers
  4. Target Candle
  5. Keep Me Warm Sweater
  6. Weighted Blanket
  7. Apple TV
  8. Olivia Pope Wine Glasses – if you know, you know.
  9. Free Press Flannel Night Shirts
  10. Barefoot Dreams Socks
  11. Barefoot Dreams Blanket

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