What We Ate In London

My husband and I are foodies and we love to try new restaurants for dinner. Whenever we travel, we make it a goal to try the best food that we can there. Before we go out of town, I’ll check Tripadvisor for the top rated restaurants and I’ll also search Pinterest for blogs and articles on where the best eats in the city are. Since everyone has different tastes, it can be hard to tell which restaurants you will like and which ones you won’t. If you’re planning a trip to London, I’d share with you the places we ate at in London and maybe give you some ideas on where to dine when you head there on vacation.

The Berkeley London – Prêt-à-Portea Afternoon Fashion Tea

One thing that was an absolute must do while in London was going to an afternoon tea. One of my besties told me about the fashion tea that’s at The Berkley Hotel. It’s 2 hours long and you receive a savory and a sweets course. The savory was finger sandwiches and other small bites to eat. The sweets was different cookies, cakes and parfaits that were all inspired and modeled after the latest fashion trends. Cakes that looks like handbags, parfaits with the colors of designer dresses and cookies that looked like shoes. We really enjoyed the loose-leaf tea and the sandwiches were super delicious. All of the sweets were so so so good and since we were completely full by that point, we got purse-like boxes to take the rest home with us. I know there are tons of afternoon teas to choose from but I highly recommend this one!

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Skinner’s Arms

Another must eat for us was finding some good fish and chips while in town. On our first night there, we were absolutely exhausted and didn’t want to go too far for dinner but we found this pub on Tripadvisor and it was a short walk from our hotel. I think this place was the quintessential pub atmosphere with wood as the decor and lots of locals having a pint to drink. The Wisconsin girl in me had to order fish and chips and the husband got chicken mushroom pie. Neither were the best thing we’ve ever eaten but since both were local delicacies, we had to try it. I highly recumbent finding a pub on Tripadvisor for you to go to while in London. One thing out waiter warned us about was that the true local pubs won’t have a beer brand on their name outside (i.e. Guiness)

What We Ate In London

Fortnum & Mason

Prior to going on vacation, I searched all over the internet to find out where we could get macarons to eat while there. My husband and I fell in love with macarons on a trip to St. Maarten and ever since then we always try to find some wherever we travel to. Fortnum and Mason is a local department store that has the biggest food hall/chocolates/pastries floor ever! My eyes were so big once I saw all of the macaron goodness there! We got several flavors to take back with us to our hotel including blood orange, salted caramel, red velvet, brownie, watermelon, mixed berries and white champagne. Our favorite flavor was salted caramel but white champagne, red velvet and watermelon were all really good too!

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Tortellini Cup

We were really looking forward to trying this place out because it was rated #1 when we looked on Tripadvisor (ratings change each day on there based on reviews). I know, going all the way to London and eating Italian food just didn’t seem like the right thing to do, but hey it was highly rated out of 17,000+ restaurants so why not! We ventured out to find it one afternoon and little did we know it’s a small kiosk inside of a mall. That didn’t take away from how good it was though. It’s basically a build your own pasta with the sauce and add-ins that you’d like. It was fresh pasta and tasted almost exactly like what we ate while in Italy.

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Andy’s Taverna 

After already eating fish and chips, we were at a loss for what other local food we should try out. Since we came up short, we decided to stick with what friends had told us and that is that the ethnic dining scene in London is really good so try to eat other foods such as Spanish, Chinese etc. Since I’ve recently taken a liking to Greek food, we decided to try out #38 rated Andy’s Taverna. It was a small restaurant that was a few tube stops from our hotel. We started out with saganaki (fried cheese) which was ok. I’ve had better to eat before. When our meals came there was so much food! I ordered lamb and chicken kabobs and the husband had baked lamb. I had 3 skewers full of meat and I wish I had more room in my stomach to finish them because I loved them!

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Ben’s Cookies

Since the sun doesn’t set in London until nearly 9:30pm and we think that no meal is complete without dessert, we set out to find some. We noticed that Ben’s Cookies was rated in the top on Tripadvisor and we were seeing them all over town so we decided to get some cookies to complete the night. I’m not sure why this was rated so high because it wasn’t that good of a cookie for me. It satisfied my sweet tooth but not the best I’ve ever had.

What We Ate In London

Borough Market

I’m still dreaming of all the delicious smells at the Borough Market. It’s basically the world’s best farmer’s market. There are TONS and TONS of local vendors and restaurants there with everything from meat to cheese to ice cream. We picked up some really good pepper cashews and cinnamon nuts to eat while we walked around. We decided to turn our little walk into lunch and we picked up a cheese pretzel, peppered foccacia bread and, of course, we found macarons and cookies the size of our heads to eat later on. Those macarons and cookies were some of the BEST ever. I wish I could remember the name of the vendor so I could order myself some!

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Gordon’s Wine Bar

After a long day of walking around, we wanted to relax, unwind and enjoy happy hour. Gordon’s Wine Bar was a recommendation from our Small Car, Big City tour guide. We tried to come here the day before, but it was completely packed with locals enjoying happy hour after work so we came back earlier the next night to get a table. It’s a long patio next to a beautiful park that’s tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the streets. For 2 hours, we just sat, enjoyed a bottle of wine and a cheese plate and talked and people watched.

Selfridge’s

We heard that Selfridge’s has the world’s most extensive collection of chocolate bars in their food hall so we went to check it out. I wasn’t in the mood for chocolate after I saw a macaron stand in there. L’Amandier has a selection of macarons to choose from so we picked up 3. I don’t remember the flavors we got and while they were macarons to eat and I liked them, they didn’t compare to the ones we picked up at the market earlier in the day.

Etna Coffee

We wanted a quick snack on our last afternoon there so we could get out of the cold, rain for awhile and came across this small coffee shop near Buckingham Palace. Once we saw on Tripadvisor that they have arancini, we were sold. While we were in Italy last fall, we discovered arancini and it is amazing. It’s risotto with cheese and whatever else you want in it like pesto, vegetables or marinara sauce and then it’s fried. We had a spinach and cheese and also an eggplant and cheese arancini. I know they don’t look really good but you have to try them to understand how good they can be. They didn’t compare to the ones we had in Italy but they hit the spot for a quick snack.

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BB Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus Tour

I found this tour a few weeks before we left and I thought it would be a fun way to see London. We drove around in a vintage double decker bus and got to see all of the major tourist attractions while enjoying tea. This was on the last day of our trip so by this point we had seen mostly everything in town. There isn’t much of a “tour” aspect to this since the waitresses on board don’t tell much about what you’re driving past and you don’t make any stops on the tour. The food was ok. I enjoyed most of the sandwiches including a turkey sandwich, cucumber one and a salmon one. Most of the desserts had a filling in them which neither myself or husband are fans of. But at least there was a macaron to finish it off! If you’re looking for a fun way to drive past the sites in town, then I recommend doing this tour. I think it’d be a fun thing to do with girlfriends.

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Vinoteca

Since we had success the day before at Gordon’s, we wanted to find another wine bar to relax at again the next night. Vinoteca was a choice my husband stumbled across so we went there to enjoy some appetizers and a bottle of wine. Since I loved the cheese plate the night before, we ordered another one here. They also had arancini as a night special so we, of course, ordered a plate.  I can’t remember much about the cheese plate or the arancini so that tells me that I must not have liked them. Either way, it was a nice little spot to enjoy some down time.

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Patty & Bun

After Vinoteca we were still a little bit hungry and I was craving good burger. Husband came to the rescue again when he found Patty & Bun. They have 2 locations and we went to the one on James Street. It’s super small with seating for only about 2 dozen people. We had to wait outside and were told it was a 45 minute wait. Luckily you can get a table faster as a party of 2 so we only waited about 15 minutes. Since it was 9:30 pm, neither of us wanted to eat an entire burger by ourselves so we split a Lambshank burger and an order of fries. The burger was the best one that I have ever had! I wish that I could recreate it and eat it all the time! Highly recumbent finding one of its locations and grabbing a bite to eat.

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The Booking Office – Renaissance St. Pancras

Every morning we opted to eat breakfast at our hotel since it was included as a part of the hotel rewards program we belong to. I love eating breakfast out but I wasn’t in the mood to try to find a new bakery or restaurant every morning to eat at because, to me, pretty much all breakfast food is the same and you really can’t mess it up. It was a really nice buffet that had lots to choose from. Each morning my eyes were bigger than my stomach and I always took more than I could eat. I love how European breakfasts have a cheese and meat selection with it. Cheese is one of my favorite food groups in Europe because it’s so fresh there! I also loved eating english muffins every morning. They’re not as a crumbly like they are in the US. And, no morning was complete without hot tea. I always drink green tea in the morning but I had English Breakfast tea each day and I really liked it.What We Ate In London What We Ate In London

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So there’s all the places we ate! I’m really hungry now just remembering all the places we ate. My best advice when eating while traveling is to turn to Tripadvisor. Read the reviews, look at the pictures and the menu before going to see if it’s what you’d like. We’ve never really eaten anywhere super bad on vacation and I think it’s through the help of Tripadvisor that we’ve been able to know what we’re eating and if we’ll like it before we get there.

QUESTION // What’s the best food you’ve ever had on vacation?

Spin! Neopolitan Pizza

Last week I had the opportunity along with some other local bloggers to check out Spin! Neopolitan Pizza. It was a great night chatting with other bloggers and tasking some delicious pizza! As the carb-loving Italian that I am, pizza is one of my favorite foods and I’m so glad I had the chance to try it out. It looks like this will become a new date night spot for me the hubs!

Spin Neopolitan Pizza

Curious why a pizza place would be called Spin? Well, the founders of Spin! love to ride bicycles and wanted to bring the Italian spirit of hanging out with friends, eating pizza and drinking wine to life here. To ride in Italian means “giro” which also means spin and Neopolitan means “originating in the city of Naples, Italy.” Get it now?  Spin! is a fast casual restaurant which means that in less than 12 minutes (faster at lunch time) you get your pizza delivered to your table after ordering at the counter.

Spin Neopolitan Pizza

Spin Neopolitan Pizza

We got to try so many delicious foods that it’s hard to decide what I liked the best. To me, any great pizza dinner starts off with a salad and we got to try the Caesar, Sonoma and Greek salads. Caesar salads are my absolute favorite and I devoured this one not only because of the shredded cheese but because of their-home made dressing on it too. YUM! And no pizza dinner is complete without some bread with it. They served us their flatbread which is their homemade pizza crust that’s hand tossed and made with their Spin! Original or rustic whole wheat dough. Then it’s roasted in their round stone oven.

Spin Neopolitan Pizza

Spin Neopolitan Pizza

When it came time for the pizza, there were so many options to choose from! My favorites included the Margherita and Primavera. They also had a gluten-free option which I tried and having never had anything gluten-free before, it was so yummy! Almost anything on their menu can be made gluten-free and they have a dairy-free cheese option for vegans as well.

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Spin Neopolitan Pizza

And no meal isn’t complete without dessert of course! They have 12 different types of gelato available. Last fall I fell in love with gelato in Italy and this tasted just like how the Italians make it! I ordered the peanut butter cup and had no problem finishing every scoop in my cup!

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They also have a great outdoor patio that will be a great way to enjoy the weather and delicious food. Patio dining is my favorite thing to do and I’m looking forward to taking the hubs back down there so we can enjoy it together!

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If you haven’t had the chance to try out Spin! yet, check out their Grand Opening this Thursday May 7th from 4pm-6pm. Trust me, your stomach will thank me later for going. They also have some fun events planned for the summer including wine, pizza and art on the patio, a Pups on the Patio fundraiser for the Town and Country Humane Society, and they’ll be having Spin! Bike Rides on Tuesdays at 6 pm.

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And lucky for you, I have a $25 gift card to giveaway to one lucky winner! Simply enter to win for a chance to win a gift card so you can try out Spin! Neopolitan Pizza for yourself!
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*Disclaimer :: This is a sponsored post by Spin! Neopolitan Pizza of Papillion. I received a gift card in exchange for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Foodie Pen Pal

Did you ever have a pen pal growing up? I had few throughout my childhood. Some came from kids at another school that our grade would get paired up with, others were ones that I got paired up with through my subscription to American Girl magazine. I always really looked forward to getting something in the mail from them, and that’s something that hasn’t changed today! 

I still LOVE coming home after work to get the mail. But let’s be honest, most days it’s bills or junk mail that’s filling up my mailbox. I recently started ready the blog The Lean Green Bean for recipe tips and ideas and noticed that Lindsay, the blogger behind it, had a Foodie Pen Pal program to sign up for. Each month you sign up to be part of the program and at the beginning of the month you find out who your foodie pen pal will be. The two of you exchange foodie information such as likes/dislikes, dietary restrictions and food allergies. Then the fun begins and for $15 you find snacks that you think they’ll love and send them on their way to them.

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This was a fun treat to come home to especially since I never knew when it was going to arrive. My pen pal was from Seattle and here are the things she sent me:

  • Go Raw Sunflower Flax Snax
    • This snack was a miss for me. They were small. disc shaped, granola type of snack. There was something about the salty flavor that wasn’t appealing to me.
  • Vanilla Snakaroons
    • I was really looking forward to these but they were another miss for me. I loved the vanilla flavor but these seemed crumbly when I bit into them.
  • Boom Chicka Popcorn
    • This is my FAVORITE snack in the world! I have a bag of this at my desk at work and I always snack on it around 4pm each day. It’s a great way to enjoy popcorn and not feel so guilty about the calories since it’s only 35 calories per cup!
  • Theo Chocolate Bar
    • A new to me chocolate bar that is so delicious! I love anything with sea salt and especially love when chocolate is involved too. This has a salty taste but the almond adds a crunch to it too.
  • Homemade Nutty Granola
    • I love to eat granola bars but have never had a granola mix like this. I’m still trying to decide how I’ll use this in a recipe.

While not all of the snacks were a hit with me, it was still a lot of fun to get some surprise mail. I signed up for next month so I’m looking forward to seeing what other snacks make their way to my doorstep!

QUESTION // What snacks do you like to eat?

Food Lover’s Guide To Rome :: Eating Italy Tour

One of the things we were most looking forward to on our Italian vacation was the Rome food tour. We booked it prior to traveling and it was rated one of the best things to do in Rome. And since we’re both foodies and love to try new things, this was right up our alley!

We booked the Twilight Trastevere Food Tour. This 4-hour tour took us to a neighborhood in Rome called Trastevere. It’s a hip and happening area that comes alive at night and locals compare it to being like Greenwich Village or Paris’s Left Bank. Although it’s a trendy area, this old neighborhood features some of the BEST and most historic food in Rome including locally owned places run by families that have been around for generations.

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On the way to our tour where walked over the oldest bridge in all of Italy!

Our tour began in Isola Tiberina and after learning a bit more about the island, we headed to our first stop, Da Enzo Al 29. All Romans begin their dinner with an aperitif (aka appetizer) and here we tried their famous fried artichoke. This was just to die for. I love to eat artichokes on my pizza and this was fried and salty goodness.

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Next, we walked down the road to Spirito Di Vino. This restaurant is an old synagogue that has a wine cellar that is 160 years older than the Colosseum. It was so interesting to sit in the wine cellar and hear about the history of that room. Here we sampled wine and had some more appetizers, and I learned that I actually like red wine! I’ve always been a sweet, white wine kind of girl, but the Italian in me learned what I had been missing out on!

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Stop number 3 took us to Biscottificio Innocenti, aka the cookie factory! Biscotti is obviously the Italian form of cookies, which they always had a plethora available during breakfast at our hotel..cookies for breakfast? Heck yeah! This family-owned shop bakes all of their goodies in a massive oven that is more than 60 years old! The result is delectable cookies with all different flavors from sugar to chocolate to lemon.

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Walking off some of the calories we’ve already eaten, our next venture took us to Antica Caciara. Basically, this is the local meat and cheese shop. There were TONS of meats to choose from and here we sampled what has become my new favorite cheese, pecorino. Once we were back in the states, I scoured local grocery stores until I found some. Granted, the Italians make it better but it’s still just as good to eat. The owner of the store works everyday and his family has owned it since 1900..what hard work and dedication that is!

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Stop number 5 was right down the street at I Suppli, which is a street food snack shop. I’d equate this to being similar to a fast food restaurant. There was LOTS of pizza to go around here, but we didn’t sample pizza here. Instead we got a taste of suppli, which is a fried ball filled with risotto, tomato sauce and cheese. It’s similar to a mozzarella stick, but let’s face it, it tastes WAY better than that! I’ve already scoured Pinterest to find a recipe for it so I can try to recreate it (but let’s face it, I have A LOT of Pinterest fails-fingers crossed this one goes well!)

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Enough with the snacking already, time to get down to some bigger meals! Next we walked over to La Renella, a local bakery and pizzeria. They have an oven that dates back to 1860, and they bake 2900 loaves of bread EVERYDAY! Oddly enough, the night we were there, the owner came out of the back filled in soot from head to toe. He’s 83 years old and had just gotten back from his holiday to discover the oven wasn’t working and he just climbed in the oven to try to fix it. WOW! These Italians have some AMAZING work ethic! While we didn’t taste bread here, we had some margherita pizza, my fav! The Italians like their pizza to have thin crust so it’s much different eating it there than in America. Want to know how to know if you’re eating real pizza in Italy? Real pizzerias will have their pizza laid out in long rectangles and you pay but the pound of pizza. Non-authentic pizzerias will already have the pizza sliced for you in their display case.

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Our second to last stop took us for dinner at Enoteca Ferrara. What I found most interesting about the local restaurants in Rome is how all of them look the same from the front. Each one is tiny, seating only 2 dozen people at the most and there’s nothing special from the front. Enter inside one though and you’ll get some serious family cooking and a long, relaxing meal with no worries of a waiter trying to rush you out the door for their next patron. And, Italians eat LATE. Many places are open for lunch and then close until dinner and re-open at 7:30pm. Many nights we didn’t eat dinner until at least 9:30 pm.

At this stop we sampled gnocchi, spinach and ricotta ravioli and black pepper spaghetti. Eating homemade fresh pasta is just freaking delicious. I love to eat pasta and I know eating my frozen Costco ravioli just won’t be the same now that I’m back home!

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And no dinner would be complete without gelato! Our last stop took us to Fatamorgana, a local gourmet gleataria. My favorite ice cream is a Dairy Queen dipped cone, but this came in a close second. This place had some crazy flavors, including rose buds and basil, but I stuck to the typical chocolate and vanilla. Here we learned how to tell the different between real and fake gelato. Fake gelato will be shown as HUGE mounds in the display case which means it has too much air in it. Another way to tell it’s fake? If it’s bright or neon colors.

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And that was the end of our first night in Rome! I think this was a great way to start out our vacation because we learned a lot about where to eat and what to look for in authentic local food. This tour group has locations all over Europe, so I would highly suggest checking out one of their tours if you’re in one of the local areas!

QUESTION // What’s your favorite pasta dish to eat?

August Favorites

Since I had so many new favorites last month, my newly discovered products and things that I’ve been using all month long is a little light this month. Have no fear though, I have done some makeup shopping this past week and am crossing my fingers that they make it into my next months’ favorites!

Weekly Food Vlog :: August 10 – August 16

Since I’ve been focusing a little bit more on fitness on the blog lately, I decided to put together a vlog of what I ate for an entire week. I have always liked watching the “What’s for Dinner” vlogs on Youtube. I feel like everyone gets in a cooking rut and starts to eat the same things over and over again. And if that happens to you and you’re anything like me, then I get really cranky when it comes time to deciding what’s for dinner because I get tired of the same foods over and over again.

Watching videos like these help me to think of new dinner ideas and try out dishes I might not have otherwise had before. One of the dishes I made for dinner last week was one that I found on a Youtube channel and my husband and I absolutely loved it and can’t wait to make it again!

So here’s what I ate for breakfast, lunch and dinner from Sunday August 10 through Saturday August 16!

My Top Tips For Healthy Eating

Since I focused on fitness tips last week, I wanted to shift gears here and talk a little bit about healthy eating tips. Now, by no means am I dietician or an expert in this area, but over the years I’ve learned a lot not only from my personal trainers but through trial and error and these are all tips that help me to look and feel my best.

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  • Track your calories.

A lot of people believe that you should only track your calories if you’re dieting. I personally like tracking my calories each day on the MyFitnessPal app. Not only does it track calories, but it shows you if you’re lacking in any areas (i.e. too many carbs and not enough protein). To me, this app makes me more accountable and reminds me to eat healthy because I’d rather not track that I ate a cheeseburger everyday.

  • Eat 4-5 small meals throughout the day.

Eating smaller meals instead of 3 big, main meals each day helps your metabolism and keeps you full all day. Otherwise if you only eat 3 meals, you may notice you’re hungry a lot more often meaning you may overeat.

  • It’s ok to cheat.

I don’t think having an all or nothing attitude is the way to take when it comes to eating healthy. If you tell yourself “I won’t eat dessert anymore”, that just means you’re more likely to crack and eat it. I believe that everything in moderation is fine, so if you want to have ice cream after dinner, then go for it! You only live once, so may as well enjoy some treats once in awhile.

  • Set a meal plan.

I spend a little bit of time each week making a meal plan and grocery list. This helps to make sure we have a pantry and refrigerator full of good food and it makes it easier for dinner each night because we already have it planned out!

  • Learn about portion sizes, serving sizes and calories in what you eat.

This is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Have you ever just sat on the couch and ate straight from the bag of chips? I have and I know I’ve eaten one too many. Take the time to learn about serving sizes and start to serve yourself only the selected amount on there. Otherwise, you’re just overeating again and eating unwanted calories.

  • Try not to drink your calories.

Limit yourself when drinking sodas and any other drink that has calories in it. These are just empty calories that aren’t doing you a lot of nutritional value. Drink as much water as you can throughout the day. It not only will make you feel more full throughout the day, but your skin will thank you too!

  • Don’t overeat.

Do not eat until the point that you’re so full you want to unzip your pants and curl up and take a nap. I go by the motto of eat until you’re satisfied and you can always take the rest home or save it for later.

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  • Know that being healthy is 80% nutrition and 20% fitness.

It’s true, your body is made in the kitchen, not in the gym. You need to feed your body healthy fuel to make sure that you are seeing the results you want. Even if you burn 1,000 calories by running, that doesn’t mean you can eat a burger, fries, soda and an ice cream because you worked out. By fueling your body with healthy things like fruits, vegetables, whole grains and protein, you’ll not only see a difference in your body but you’ll also feel so good too.

QUESTION // What are some of your stay healthy eating tips?

Things I’m Loving Friday #3

Friday Friday, gotta get down on Friday! Happy weekend everyone! I’ve been so looking forward to this week being over. The past 2 weeks at work have been short for me since we’ve been traveling so working a full 5 days this week was a bit rough! I’m looking forward to sleeping in and having nothing to do this weekend! One thing on the agenda is maybe trying out a new workout class somewhere in town…but other than that, it’s me and my pups cuddling this weekend since the hubs is out of town. It’s a nice welcome to be home and have a free weekend because I’m getting over being sick so I’m sure there will be lots of rest involved this weekend!

I’ve had a few new things that I’ve been loving lately so let’s get started!

 

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I’ve mentioned my love of the KIND Dark Chocolate Almond and Sea Salt bar before but this one with caramel is just AMAZING. It reminds me of a candy bar and I look forward to eating this as my mid-morning snack everyday now!

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Lemonade is one of my favorite things to drink and when it’s paired with my favorite hot drink, green tea, it’s even better! I forgot how good this is since I pretty much have a love affair with Arizona Ice Tea’s Arnold Palmer’s. In fact I drink one everyday, that’s how much I love them! Last weekend I was in Chicago and fell back in love with this drink. I’ve been making a few more trips to Starbucks this week to enjoy this tasty drink, and now I’m trying to find a similar recipe to make for myself at home since it’s probably not the best idea to order one from Starbucks every single day.

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I’m a little late on this bandwagon, but after seeing a few Instagram photos of the adorable condiment carrier, I headed to Target and snatched a few things up! All of these items are so colorful and fun and I can’t wait to use them the next time we grill out!

  • My brand sparkling new niece!

My sister gave birth to a beautiful little peanut on Tuesday and I couldn’t be more excited to be an aunt again! I love my nephew more than anything and having a little baby girl to spoil has been so dangerous! My sister did not find out the gender of the baby, so I was on pins and needles waiting to hear what she was going to have. When my mom texted me that she had a girl, I went right to Etsy and started ordering tons of things for her! Since my family lives out of state, I am so excited to find a weekend to go home to meet the little pumpkin but I am already so so so in love with her! I hope she loves leopard and sparkles as much as me!

Hope you all had a great week and an even better weekend! What are you all up to this first weekend of June? 

May Favorites

Well, another month has flown by! It was a busy month for the husband and I. We celebrated my birthday, headed to Scottsdale for a long weekend, had our first anniversary, and we traveled to Chicago because I was a bridesmaid in my college best friend’s wedding. WHEW!

Another month ending means time for some monthly favorites! I tried out quite a few new products this month that I fell in love with, including some new snacks!

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Naturebox & Graze Unboxing :: May Edition

Since I love snacks so much, I decided to continue on with my monthly subscription box to Naturebox after I gave it a try last month. I was really looking forward to the snacks that were coming in this month’s box because I got to pick which items went into this month’s pantry. It was a difficult decision, but you’ll see that I made some very delicious decisions!

I also gave the Graze box a try this month as well. My friend Michelyn over at Brains, Beauty and Basketball had a code for your first box free so I decided to give it a shot!

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If you are interested in trying out either of these boxes, check out the deals ::

Naturebox :: Use the code RPGN-LFQ to get $10 off your first box at naturebox.com! A box is normally $19.95 so you can get your first one for $9.95! (discount applies only to new, first-time customers and cannot be combined with any other promotion.

Graze :: Use the code MTY5NQNQB to get your first and fifth boxes FREE at graze.com!

 

QUESTION // Have you ever tried Naturebox? What snacks would you recommend I try out next month?