Good Habits I’m Keeping Lately

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((Make yourself a priority.))

We often get caught up in the chaos life brings us, and it’s important to take time for our mental and physical health. Here are a few ways I’m reducing stress and improving my overall well being.

Hot Lemon Water –Hydrate before you Caffeinate (Thanks Shona Vertue).  I have been drinking hot lemon water every single morning for the past month before drinking any coffee. I have read about the benefits of drinking lemon water in so many blogs, and I thought I would give it a try.  It is a great way to get a jumpstart on your hydration for the day. It’ll also boost your vitamin C intake, aid in digestion, and provide other health benefits.

Sign up for work-out classes.   I use an app on my phone called ClassPass to sign up for Pure Barre classes.  I recently completed my 10th class, and I’m loving it! Scheduling a class on this app makes you have more of a commitment to working out, because you are penalized for skipping them or canceling less that 12 hours prior.  You are always more likely to to follow through when you plan ahead! If you are interested in this app or pure barre, feel free to message me! I can invite you through the app for a free class. 🙂

Only drink alcohol on the weekends. Okay, so I don’t always follow this rule. BUT, if I do drink a glass of wine during the week, I drink one glass of FITVINE. This company makes wine that has significantly less sugar, carbs, and calories than your typical glass of wine. (A solution to all of our problems, right 😆).  I’ll link their website here.  Definitely worth trying!

Exercise your mind. — It’s easy to get home from work and sit on the couch watching meaningless T.V. and scrolling through social media until it’s time for bed.  Try reading something productive, listening to a podcast, or write in a journal instead. Personally, I love reading other people’s blogs who are self-employed. I also like to read more specific real estate related books that help to further my knowledge in my career.

We all need a reminder to take care of ourselves sometimes.   I hope you enjoyed reading!

 

Cheers,

Olivia

 

 

Trader Joe’s Must-Haves

Hey y’all 👋🏼, Trader Joe’s regular over here. I used to not understand the craze over this place, and now I’m there at least once every other week 🤣. Several items from there have become staples in our home! I know that there are countless items to try, so I thought I would share about the things that I have tried and continuously buy over and over. I’m always looking for good recommendations, so let me know your favorites too on my last Instagram post!

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Fresh Flowers! :  With Mother’s Day coming up, I figured this would be very appropriate! TJ’s has great prices on flowers. I love having fresh flowers around the house during the Spring/Summer, and I don’t want to pay a lot for them.  Definitely the best priced flowers out of our other local grocery stores.

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Chocolate Almond Granola:  I sprinkle this on top of plain whole wheat cereal every morning! It is so so delicious.  I hate running out of this stuff. I have gone to TJ’s two days in a row once because it was sold out, and now I buy two boxes at a time. 🤷🏼‍♀️Problem solved!

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Tomato Basil Marinara Sauce: Better than any other store-bought brand sauce.  I cook this for a couple hours and add ground turkey and red pepper flakes–For sure a regular dinner item for us.

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Tortellini: Also a really easy dinner item, and much cheaper than other tortellini brands. Pair with the marinara sauce above for quick and easy dinner!

 

Frozen Sides:  My two favorite frozen side items have to be the roasted potatoes and peppers and veggie fried rice.  They are ready in minutes and go perfectly with so many things.

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Turkey Corn Dogs:  Yes, sometimes I eat like a 5 year old. 🙈 So easy and yummy! Perfect for a quick snack and a healthier alternative to normal corn dogs.

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Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup:  I usually eat this more in the colder months, but it is so good, so I’m going to share it too.  Just put it in the microwave, and I add a bit of cayenne pepper–anddd done.  Also wonderful with grilled cheese.

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Dark Chocolate Almonds: No other brand tops these.  I have tried buying chocolate covered almonds from other stores/brands, and none are as good as these in my opinion.  Trader Joe’s has a special rich and unique taste to their dark chocolate, and the almonds are always crispy!

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Dark Chocolate PB Cups:  Also a really great option if you are into dark chocolate. (They have a milk chocolate version as well.) I keep these in the fridge and have a couple for dessert pretty regularly.

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Joe-Joe’s:  These are special because they have actual vanilla bean paste in them–Which is so much better IMO.  Also, I think they are more crunchy than oreos (another plus).

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Seasoning:  I buy several different seasonings, but the two that I constantly have to restock on are the everything bagel seasoning and the chili lime seasoning. My favorite way to use the everything bagel seasoning is on top of eggs or roasted veggies!  We use the chili lime seasoning on chicken for chicken tacos allll the time.

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Laundry Detergent: Made with built in soy-based softeners and lavender oil, so no need to purchase an additional fabric softener.  This product is also more natural and much cheaper than name brand detergents.

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PB Banana Dog Treats:  For all the dog owners out there–these are so great and all natural.  Josie loves them! Great for training.

That wraps up my top picks! I hope y’all got some ideas for your next TJ visit!

Cheers,

Olivia