Tag Archives: ThredUp

Loving Lately

What I’m Loving Lately – June 2017

Hey guys! Who’s ready for the weekend!? Hopefully you have fun plans on the agenda, whether it’s enjoying the sun or relaxing inside in front of Netflix. I think we’ll be doing a little bit of both!

Today I’m sharing my June edition of What I’m Loving Lately. In these posts I discuss five items from my daily life (not necessarily food related!) that I am loving lately.

Here we go!

Acai Roots Frozen Acai

You guys know that I am on a serious homemade Acai Bowl kick these days. In case you missed it, I shared my favorite acai bowl recipe in this post. I prefer to buy frozen acai that doesn’t have any extra sugars or additives, but you’d be surprised how hard it is to find! Even some brands that claim the product is pure acai include small amounts of soy lecithin, but since I recently found out I am intolerant to soy, I try to avoid it whenever I can. The one brand that I’ve been buying consistently and LOVE is Acai Roots. They sell pre-portioned frozen packages of pure acai with nothing else added. Honestly, once you blend it with frozen bananas and other fruits,  you really don’t miss the added sweeteners! I love eating real, whole foods as much as possible and this product fits the bill.

 

Lemonade Cookbook

If you live in Southern California, you’ve likely been to a Lemonade restaurant location. Lemonade is known for their delicious, healthy food that’s served in a “cafeteria” style. The salads, proteins, and braises are freshly prepared in advance and displayed behind clear class, similar to a school cafeteria. Only this food is MUCH healthier (and more attractive!) than your standard school cafeteria food.

My friend gifted me with the Lemonade cookbook over the holidays, and I’ve been cooking my way through it over the last few months. We particularly love their braises. They’re healthy, but taste so rich, and leftovers are always delicious throughout the week. If you’re looking for a new healthy cookbook with easy to follow recipes, look no further!

 

Kamikoto 7 inch Chef’s Knife

Kamikoto 7-Inch Santoku Chef's Knife

When chopping, mincing, or cutting anything in the kitchen, it’s crucial to have a good-quality SHARP knife. It may sound counter-intuitive, but it’s actually safer to cut with a sharp knife than it is a dull one. When using a dull kitchen knife, you put more pressure on it as you cut, making it more likely that the blade will slip and cut your hand.

The Kamikoto Japanese 7 inch Santoku knife is extremely sharp and easy to cut with. The handle is slim and coated with a non-slip surface, providing a very comfortable grip. This is now the only knife I use when I cook. If you’re interested, it looks like Kamikoto is running a BIG sale on this knife on their website right now!

 

Sizzlefish

A couple of months ago, Sizzlefish reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in trying their fish delivery service. After doing a bit of research, I immediately said yes. Sizzlefish ships individual portions of top-quality fish (mostly wild-caught) direct to consumer. The fish is flash-frozen and vacuum sealed within days of being caught, so once it’s defrosted it tastes just as fresh as non-frozen fish.

Frozen fish can get a bad reputation, but this fish is REALLY good. Travis and I regularly purchase a few different frozen wild-caught fish varieties from Whole Foods, and we both agree that the Sizzlefish fish tastes better! We had the Sizzlefish Atlantic Cod for dinner last night, and we couldn’t believe how juicy and flakey it was compared to some very rubbery cod we’ve had in the past. I also love that the Sizzlefish portions are individually packaged, so you can defrost just as much as you need for one meal.

 

ThredUp

ThredUp

I’ve mentioned ThredUp on the blog before, but it’s definitely worth a second shoutout! If you haven’t heard of it, ThredUp is an online consignment platform for women’s clothing, kids clothing, and accessories. You can sell your own used clothes (that are still in good condition) by ordering a “Clean Out Kit”. The clean out bags are really big, and can fit everything from a large handbag, a pair of winter boots, and a large pile of clothing. I love ThredUp because they tend to accept brands that other local “designer” consignment shops won’t (e.g. Banana Republic and Zara).

I always feel great cleaning out my closet each season, and I use the cash I earn from selling on ThredUp to order new-to-me clothes from their site. They have a wide range of sizes, including petite, tall, plus, and maternity, and the prices are awesome. The best part is that there are always new things to find on the site since people are constantly sending in their Clean Out Kits. I don’t think I’ve ever left the website without buying something. Check it out for yourself!

 

 

 

Life Lately Loving Lately

What I am Loving Lately

Hellloooo friends, happy Monday! I hope you guys had a great weekend. My weekend consisted of an early morning rowing practice, a fun date night out at a local wine bar, evening walks with Bessie, and some delicious recipe development that I will be sure to share with you soon!

I thought what better way to start a Monday than with a list of things I am loving lately. Feel free to play along in the comments below and let me know what new products, services, links you’ve been loving lately!

 

The Better Chip

The nice folks at The Better Chip, a Los Angeles-based company, sent me a box of various flavors a few weeks ago and I was SO pumped. I think Travis, being the true chip connoisseur in our house, was even more excited than I was.

The Better Chip

Before I even opened a bag, I loved these chips because of their ingredients. The list is minimal and it’s all stuff that you know and can pronounce.

The Better Chip

Another thing I love is that the packaging lists the nutritional information for one serving AND for the whole bag – so smart for people who struggle with portion control (ME!). These chips are crispy, salty, and still have that perfect crunch. They don’t taste like your typical “healthy” or “low-fat” chip. Out of all the flavors I tried, I would say the regular corn flavor was my favorite!

P.S. While these chips were gifted to me, these opinions are completely my own and I was not asked to write a review. I want you guys to know that I will always be 100% honest with you.

 

Peanut Butter Trail Mix Bites

Peanut Butter Trail Mix Bites

After work on Friday evening I was in a serious baking mood. I pulled a bunch of ingredients out of my pantry to make a new no-bake granola bar. The problem was, my bars weren’t really holding together after I cut them, so I decided to roll them into energy bites instead. This method worked perfectly! If you love peanut butter and you love trail mix, you’re going to LOOOOOOOVE these peanut butter trail mix bites. The contain peanut butter (wahoo!), mixed nuts, raisins, dates, and dark chocolate chips. Stay tuned for the recipe later this week!

 

ThredUp

I first read about ThredUp on Julie’s blog at the end of last year. I’ve been selling my name-brand clothes at consignment shops since college and it’s always worked out pretty well for me. The only annoying part is driving to the stores, waiting for them to go through your clothes and decide what they will accept, and only getting your money months later after the store is able to sell your clothes. ThredUp (affiliate link) changes ALL of that.

This is how it works: They send you a free “clean-out” bag that you fill with any items you want to try to resell through their website. Then you mail it back to them via FedEx (free of charge!). Once the bag arrives to their headquarters, they go through your clothes and decide which items they can resell. They will either donate the clothes they can’t resell (based on condition and/or brand) or mail them back to you (at an extra cost). I’ve had a ton of luck reselling items on their site that I was no longer wearing, so I’ve used that credit to purchase new-to-me clothes. You can also receive your money in PayPal form. Usually online shopping is difficult for me, given my petite stature, but ThredUp has soooooo many sizes and brands. I am able to search by my favorite brands (Banana Republic, Asos, J. Crew, etc.), special sizes (Petites, they even have XXS through plus sizes), and specific category. My second order from ThredUp arrived last week and again, I was so amazed by how well everything fit me!

ThredUp

When I began photographing my new finds for you guys, Bessie immediately thought these new clothes were for her… to sleep on.

PicMonkey CollageAny time we put anything of ours on the ground she lays on it. Backpacks, suitcases, reusable grocery bags…anything that smells like us! This girl is a nut, but we sure do love her.

 

This photo:

Leadership

I swear this is me as a five year old. Quick story: in Kindergarten I named myself “the Queen” during recess and I ordered all of the girls to chase the boys around the playground. You think that’s funny? Well, they listened! So yeah, I would say I’ve been practicing my “leadership skills” since very early on 🙂

 

That’s it from me! I hope you all have a great start to your week! I will be back mid-week with a delicious new recipe. Stay tuned!