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