What’s in your basket?

When I first started blogging, one of my first few posts I would share some finds from trader joes, and have it titled “what’s in your basket” I really liked the idea but didn’t keep up with it. probably because most of the time I do buy the same old things over and over again. (I’m talking about you dark chocolate peanut butter cups) and that can get old.
But in all honesty, a lot of things just fall into my basket sometimes ;-). Whether its from trader joes, target, …you name it! I am going to start sharing more of what those items are! Anything from food, fashion, beauty and everything in between. Whatever happens to fit the basket that week I will share : ) I love finding new things – I hope you do too<3
Here is this weeks:
1. Baileys coffee creamer in vanilla brown sugar, so good! I had this at my mom’s house at brunch and had to get some for myself!
2. Trader joes has the best sweets! Loved the mini bags of dark chocolate almonds, perfect afternoon pick me up 🙂
3. Yogi tea in woman’s moon cycle- a little extra help around that time of the month can’t hurt!

4. You may have seen these on instagram, target had a 50% off sale on sneakers, I couldn’t pass up the 10$ bright spring like sneakers!
I love them for weight training.

5. Forever 21 is always a good place to turn to when you have an event, much like this Sunday for Jenna’s Shower!
Thought this would be nice & springy 🙂
6. Falsies mascara! After our little makeup night & tips this was a drug store winner!
And there you have it 😉 A few items that were in my basket. Be on the look out for these posts!

What’s in your basket this week?
xo C


Back to school // what’s in your basket? {8/ 29}

Hi! Good afternoon!

….. Yesterday was one of those days when I was on the phone, getting numbers, faxing & still not getting anywhere! All for approval of a class.
I eneded up having to just drive over to the school and talk to someone in person!

It was also a super rainy day. Pouring actually. Before heading out, I took an hour to myself, made a smoothie & hopped back into bed to recollect 🙂

Plus, picked up some Chinese.. Perfect for last night’s rain.
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Today was my first day back to class! {BOO} I am ready to get this semester to just be over since I’m taking the last of the fun requirements … accounting anyone?  So I really got to focus on that math this semester!

** I just wanted to say how lucky I feel this summer to have been able to take time and learn about the whole blogging thing {…. and still learning }, to have been able to post 4-5 times a week! Sometimes they were rambles & sometimes they were better put together. Also, I’ve connected already with so many people on here & I love it<3 Not sure how my postings will change due to school, but I hope to keep constant as I have been! 🙂 Just wanted to share. **

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Alrighty, here’s a new What’s in your basket post: Lot’s of new + yummy things! { *2 of them are not from trader joes }

1- Trader Joe’s Chipotle pepper hummus– love it! It has a little bit of a different texture than others, more fluffy. I love the smokiness from this flavor!

2- Dark chocolate covered cranberries. Super anxitonat! 😉 This a nice little addition to yogurt, trail mix, or eating them on their own.

3-Quest bars! I was so excited when I recvied a small box in the mail. I have never tried a quest bar, but have seen them all over the blog world + lovely instagram pictures of them being melted in the microwave with peanut butter on top…. yep. I love them:) I love that they are G/F, tons of protein {20g!} less sugar, carbs & taste good whether on the go, or as a nice treat.

4-Sparkling pink lemonade: this was so refreshing, light & the perfect about of “sparkiling” 🙂

5- Quinoa pasta:  I do my best to stay away from certain grains/ wheats as I do have a small intolerance. Sometimes I eat regular old pasta, but for when I don’t feel like dealing with a stomach ache, this is perfect with bololgense 🙂

Thanks for reading! Have a great day!

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One of those beautiful days + What’s in your basket?

Good morning!

I’m enjoying some coffee over here, a light bite & than hopefully a hike this morning!

Before diving into some fun finds at TJs this week, let’s back up to yesterday.

… Which was gorgeous around these parts! The type of morning when you wake up & can FEEL the beauty beaming from the sun.
You know what I’m talking about.

I baked a chocolate chip banana bread to bring with me when I went to visit Jenna, as well as got a few things in order around here.
Around 230 I decided to take some time to get outdoors. With a nice walk around the neighborhood & a little circuit workout.IMG_5473
I could already tell by the way was hitting & shadows that fall is near!

Later in the evening, I set out to go to Jenna’s new house! {Fun fact: growing up, we would walk to each others houses. We didn’t live in the same neighborhood but we both lived on the corner of our development which lead to the main road and the connection of our developments!}


Her new place is gorgeous! And her having an eye for interior decorating has already paid off, the rooms are gorgeous! We talked for hours, drank wine & had some Chinese and just lounged on her new comfy furniture : ) The type of stuff you do with your best friend.

Also, the highlight to the night
HONORED! She asked me back in May but yesterday gave me this sweet little gift with a pearl & diamond ring on the inside.
So sweet<3

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Alrighty, without further ado, here are this weeks fun highlights from Trader Joes:

1– Smooth & Mellow blend-I was looking for something simple, yet tasty.
I tried a flavor the other week and I really didn’t enjoy it. I wanted to just have plain coffee &
add in my own flavors- this coffee is the perfect one to do so! Not to strong, not to light.. just right : )

2- Spanakopita- which a Greek pastry or “spinach pie”
When we do make Greek dishes, it usually takes along time. So for when that craving hits
a simple solution is to have these around!
3-Lemon zest luna bar- coming from a girl who usually chose’s the peanut butter or smore’s one,
this is a nice flavor! I love the sweet and zesty flavor!
4- Dark chocolate w/ toffee, walnuts + pecans… Need I say more?
Probably my favorite chcoc bar so far.
5-Herloim tomatoes- I love the mix, colors & flavors of each of these! Great for tossing into a salad.

What’s something fun in your basket this week?!

Off to go for a little hike! Have a beautiful day xx

What’s in your basket? {TJ finds this week}

Trader Joes is my favorite. I’m sure I’ve said it once or twice, & along the road I’ll probably mention it again. But really!

I love going there with what I want/ need in mind, but also picking up new things which perhaps become my new essential item, ya know?
.. you catch my drift ..

essentials: {always in the basket}
sparkling water
& some kind of chocolate

But onto some fun items : )

Almond butter I have been eating {& loving} the planters pb with granola & banana. but when I saw this on the shelf, I knew that I wanted a lil almond butter to switch on and off to.
Mmm nothing better


Horseradish hummus
I love hummus… but horseradish. Not crazy about it. YET I did pick it up to try & already love the flavor it has.
just the right bite to it.


Quinoa & black bean tortilla chips. We already fell in love with these last week & had to get them again! #1, they are GF certified
and #2 they are going ever so well with the salsa kick were on lately!


Last but not least..

These are Trader Joes “semi” mini sweet potatoes. I love having these around. An easy side to accompany lunch & also putting them in the oven to make sweet potato fries for dinner. Very great to have around!


What’s in your basket this week? Something old or new?

Do you love trader joes? / or what’s your favorite grocery store.


What’s in your basket? #Traderjoes new + old

Hi there friends! Hope everyone is having a happy Wednesday. your half way through the week 🙂

I just got back from meeting my sister earlier for coffee + looking for wedding shoes for her. { trip successful! } She got vintage looking shoes to go with her dress. It’s going to look great! Of course before we headed off we needed a little coffee & talkie!

Breakfast - steel cut oats, flax, berries, nuts + PB underneath and swirled in.

Breakfast – steel cut oats, flax, berries, nuts + PB underneath and swirled in.


We went to this semi new place in town. Soltane Breads and Spreads. It was very cute, rustic and fresh bread. I did not get a chance to try any.. so I will be returning there!
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I just went shopping at Trader Joes the other day and wanted to share a few of my favorite staple items plus new ones! Hope it will give you some inspiration for your next shopping trip.


^ Going clock wise ^
1- Rolled oats <– defiantly a staple item now a days. #1 breakfast, but also amazing added into smoothies and making muffins!
2-Coconut oil spray *NEW ITEM* I have tried the oil and love it, but this spray is soooooo much more easier!
3-Mini peanut butter cups <– always have them in the house. Perfect to add to trail mix, or ice cream.
4-Mandarin Orange Chicken <– I love this chicken to add with pasta. The flavor makes the dish. Great for an easy dinner.
5-Dried mango *NEW ADDICTION* :-p
6-Frozen asparagus spears *NEW ITEM* With the new approach of adding more green, this seemed like a great side dish. Lemon, oil, cheese, YUM.

Well I’m going to veg out for a little before I either A) clean up my clothes B) nap before meeting my friend later for either wine for froyo, both are awesome in my book.
Enjoy your evening!