A Review of Target’s New Fitness Line

I have never been a fitness clothing snob. I will buy any brand, provided that the items I’m purchasing accomplish three things: I like the feel of the fabric, I can accomplish my workout, and the price works with my budget. While Beyond Yoga is my go-to for the first two, it isn’t always in the budget. When Target announced that they were upping their clothing game and getting in some new designers, I was thrilled. Target’s workout gear has always been affordable, so I was optimistic for the new line Joy Lab.

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A Review of Hungry Root

I feel like I can’t go on Instagram of Facebook without the attempted seduction of a food delivery service. It seems that everyone I used to watch on The Bachelor is a Hello Fresh or Blue Apron ambassador. I am constantly shown photos of delicious meals that are “so easy” and “so delicious” and that it will “finally be simple for me to eat healthy all the time!” Because I do love to cook, and the grocery shopping is one of my favorite parts, I had never considered any of these a real option for me. Recently, however, a few family members have transitioned to a plant-based diet for health reasons. Since we know Instagram has the microphone on on our phones all the time, I was not surprised when a vegan-friendly food service popped up on my feed: Hungry Root. Continue reading “A Review of Hungry Root”

10 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse Review

Two weeks ago we were spending some time with our cousin Amanda when she mentioned her love of The 10 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse. I have done a cleanse or two before, but never something this hardcore. 10 days? That is a significant commitment. I had been eating all the food lately, though, and I do always love a good challenge for both my mind and my body. Why not? I thought. I even convinced my dear husband to do it with me. Fortunately, his boss, whom he admires greatly, is a big fan of juicing so it didn’t take much pressure. Below is my comprehensive review. The good, the bad, the green. Continue reading “10 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse Review”

A Review of Trader Joes’ Pumpkin Products

I have made no secret on here that I absolutely adore all things pumpkin. However, what I haven’t shared yet is how much I love Trader Joes. I find the place soothing. I love the constant rotation of new products, I appreciate that they have a limited enough inventory that their employees actually know how to help you, and I really love how well they treat their employees.

But my favorite part? Trader Joes goes all out for holidays. My friend (and photographer) Erin graciously agreed to go with me to Trader Joes to stock up on all the new pumpkin goodies. Why not try them all, you know? Continue reading “A Review of Trader Joes’ Pumpkin Products”

Falling for Autumn – A Defense

I have always loved fall. My birthday is in October, so I am naturally inclined to adore the month. But as the internet and Pumpkin Spice Lattes have put it on the map, fall is no longer simply just a span of weeks. Fall is a season to celebrate, a weeks-long event, an emotional state. I have reveled in this transformation, but I realize that not everyone is as thrilled as I am for the emphasis on pumpkin spice and everything nice.  Continue reading “Falling for Autumn – A Defense”

Dear Dad, I haven’t changed my mind.

When I was a child we moved from Texas to Northern California. My father, overly eager about our new surroundings, decided that we should spend our first Sunday hiking. It was a lovely idea, truly. And for the next three-ish years, we spent every Sunday hiking. Now, when I tell this story it sounds darling. Just precious, actually, that as a family we spent every weekend hiking together. Aren’t we outdoorsy? How much family bonding must have happened? No wonder we had such a great relationship. We should all do that with our family! Right? Wrong.

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