6.15.2018

My First Trip To Trader Joes In Atlanta


I recently returned from a trip to Atlanta where my daughter and I had an amazing Girls Weekend. On our list of items to do was to visit Trader Joe's so I could purchase some of the items I hear so many talk about. We were excited to go back to Dallas' apartment and test as many items as possible.

Its funny to think that during a girls weekend I would plan a trip to Trader Joe's but it was a fun highlight. I'm going to share a few items I picked up that you can see below but you are going to want to watch the video so you can see the full review. We ended up purchasing about 98.00 worth of items. 


The item that was my favorite and worth all of the hype was the Everything but the Bagel Sesame. I love this on Avacado Toast in the morning. This was actually my first time trying avocado toast but this blend really made it delicious. This is the best little secret that will stay in my pantry must have basket! 

My second favorite was the Mushroom Risotto. I am a huge fan now and can't wait until I can find this in one of my local grocery stores. If I cant find it in the frozen section I am going to have to find a recipe for the homemade and I will have to make my own recipe. 


So now its time for the fun because you get to feel like you are right there with me as we purchase these items and we test as many items as possible. Be sure to let me know what your favorite items are and also if there is something I missed so I can pick it up on my next trip! 


I hope you enjoyed that fun journey and now be sure to Subscribe so you never miss out on fun adventures like this! I can't wait for my next visit so I can pick up some new finds. 


See you in the next post friends! 



6.13.2018

My Fun Girls Trip To Atlanta



I just returned from an amazing weekend getaway with Dallas in Atlanta. We turned it into a fun girls weekend. There was shopping, eating out, and trying new adventures. I admire Dallas so much that she took the jump the move to a new city where she knew no one or anything about the area and she has tried so many new things! She immediately found a new church home, made new friends, and discovered the area. I am so very proud of her!


Every time I have visited Dallas we always end up having dinner at Bar Taco and each time I say that the next time I am going to try something new but we always end up going back. I love everything about Bar Taco from the food to the atmosphere. They have three locations and we have had the opportunity to eat at each one but this one is my favorite. This location is in Chastain Park. 


We started with the guacamole and chips and the plantains. The guacamole comes out with chips the size of your hand and you break them apart and enjoy. The plantains are not pretty to photograph but they are one of my favorite items to order. Its sweet but yet a little spicy with the dipping sauce. Both are just wonderful and a must if you visit. 


I love the look that each one of their restaurants has with the basket lights. Such a cool and unique style. I didn't get a picture but it also has a huge garage door that opens up so the outside and inside turns into one big space. 


I had one fish taco and two pork belly tacos which are all mini sized tacos. They are my two favorites that are offered. They have so many different types of combinations to pick from. Dallas had the Duck Bowl which was a healthy option with vegetables and brown rice. 


On our way home, we saw the amazing Atlanta skyline and the busy city going at its full speed pace. I love the feeling you get when visiting Atlanta and the energy. 



The next day we were on our way out to go shopping and enjoy lunch. Dallas pointed out these two buildings to me that they call the King and the Queen because it looks like crowns on top of them. 


Dallas talked me into trying Ramen Noodles and at first, I just knew I was not going to enjoy them but I have to share I loved them. My dish had chicken and a few spices which made it so flavorful. 




This was a little pork steamed bun sandwich and it was wonderful. I can't wait to bring Eddie and Trey back to try this. 



We had such a great time at lunch. I am so happy Dallas talked me into stepping out of my comfort zone and trying something different because I loved it. 


For dessert we had a coupon for a buy one get one free bundt cake so we stopped by this cute little shop. 


You are going to get a fun treat because my next post is going to share our visit to Trader Joe's which was my first time to visit. You will love to see what I thought of each item. I take you along over the next few days as we try the items in my video. It was so much fun and I really hope a Trader Joe's comes to my town soon. 


Binx came on the trip with me and he was such a good boy. He makes the best traveling buddy and was so well behaved. He really does have such a calm personality and just wants to be by my side and he is happy. 


We found so many beautiful things while we were out shopping in several different malls. I would have loved to have purchased this pineapple drink holder but I was not paying $65.00 for this. Maybe one day I will find one like it at HomeGoods. 


By the way, that price did not include the basket stand because that would have been an additional $35.00. 



Then we were off to check out Lush and a few other stores which you will see in the video below that I have shared. We just took our time during the day and went at our own pace. It was a weekday so there were not as many people out and about as if it was the weekend. That was one key to really being about to enjoy the day and not have to weave through the crowds. 


My beautiful girl and yes I am one proud mama bear! 




We found the cutest store but you have to watch the video to understand the entire story on why the Lolli and Pops Store is special to me! 


They had so many types of candy to pick and anything your heart wants it was there. We were very good and only went with a few macaroons! 



I did purchase a mug for me and one for Eddie and you will understand why in the video! For now just call me,  "Lolli!"



This was just one of the cutest stores and I loved everything about it! 


So many of the clothing stores and boutiques had such cute little items. This little turtle mug was precious with its Turtley Love you saying. 


I also love this Happy Bag and the little plant. I think its great to have little reminders like this to put around us. 


Now its time for the fun! I put a video together where you can feel like you are right there with us from shopping to eating out! I hope you enjoy and be sure to subscribe so you never miss out! 



See you in the next post friends! 



6.07.2018

My New Favorite Snack - Peanut Butter Energy Bites




You might have seen me mention in my Weekly Vlog Recap series on my YouTube Channel that I have a meeting once a week and they serve the most amazing Peanut Butter Bites and I love them. I had to find the recipe and I went straight to Pinterest. I pulled several recipes and tested them and finally found something very close to them. I just had to share them with you because I love them! 


Here is what you will need to make these yummy bites! 

  • 1 cup dry oatmeal and I use the old-fashioned oats
  • 2/3 toasted coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seeds (You can leave this out)
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds (You can leave this out)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix everything in the bowl. Put in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Roll out each ball and then refrigerator again. These are even better the more they have time to sit in your refrigerator. 


You might be thinking about not including the chia seeds and flax seeds but let's talk about benefits. Chia Seeds and Flax Seeds have amazing benefits. 

 What are the benefits of chia seeds? They are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, rich in antioxidants, and they provide fiber, iron, and calciumOmega-3 fatty acids help raise HDL cholesterol, the "good" cholesterol that protects against heart attack and stroke.

What are the benefits of flax seeds? Omega-3 essential fatty acids, "good" fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. Each tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s. Lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. Flaxseed contains 75 to 800 times more lignans than other plant foods.



I love making these and having them out for the boys when they come back from working out. They are the perfect treat. I also keep them nice and chilled so they are ready for me to eat after workouts. 



The honey, the chocolate chips, oatmeal, and yummy goodness! You have to make these because you will love them. 


I have put together a great video with step by step instructions on how to put this together. You can have them made within 10 minutes and I promise it will be on your weekly list! 


I hope you enjoy this amazing recipe. If you have the chance to make these be sure to let me know if you love them as much as I do. Also be sure to Subscribe to my YouTube Channel so you never miss out! 

Bye Friends! 



6.05.2018

Simple White Basket Cabinet Organization Ideas


Welcome to my blog friends! 
Let's get busy and do some organizing in my storage cabinet. 




One of my favorites purchases I made were these end tables for our family room. They are actually desk stations from World Market but I am using them for the additional storage they offer for my love of dishes. 

I purchased these baskets at Target and you can find them HERE. I love how deep and sturdy these baskets are and they are available in two sizes which worked out perfect for my cabinet. I turned this into my white dish and accessory cabinet to hold all of those little items that you don't want moving around and have the fear of them breaking. The baskets do a wonderful job of protecting them. 



I love when I have a basket that still allows me room to comfortable grow but still see everything I have so I can use it on a regular base. Also, the white baskets fit perfectly with my white dish theme. 


This project was so much fun to put together because it allowed me to not only organize the items I have but also declutter what I have not used in some time. I was able to pass them along to friends and family so they can enjoy them. After that process, I was able to see what I have and start enjoying it.


The baskets were the perfect fit and actually felt like they were made for the cabinet. I was able to go with three across and my items fit perfectly without falling over each other. I was inspired to take this on when we recently had our carpet updated in our home. I thought this cabinet was completely clean until the guys went to move it and there was so much movement I knew it was time for a second updated clean out. I am very happy with the results. 



It was important to me to dedicate the bottom shelf for my cake platters. I wanted all of them in one place and not scattered around my home. This worked out great and now I have my one go-to place. 



I really do love how everything turned out. It's nice and clean but most importantly organized and ready for lots of entertaining and baking ideas that I want to share with each of you. 


Here is a look and link to the baskets. HERE


Want a complete walkthrough of the project then take a look at my YouTube video that I put together as we clean out the cabinet together. I hope you are able to walk away with lots of ideas to put in place in your home. Also be sure to subscribe so you never miss out on any of the great videos!




See you in the next post friends! 



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