4.20.18

Navy Navy Navy

TGIF! Depending on when you’re reading this, we’ll be on our way to California! This trip has been a long time in the making–I have a lot of family in the Bay Area, and haven’t visited since probably mid-high school–and while it’ll be a really short trip, it’s sure to be a fun, activity-packed one. I’ll share a recap next week because we’ll be hitting up a lot of locally recommended food + drink spots, i.e. my favorite way to explore a city!

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4.18.18 10

My Best Amazon Purchases

I think it’s safe to say that whether or not we’re proud of it, many of us likely rely on Amazon…a lot. While I personally have yet to really dip my toes into their fashion offerings (I’ve ordered a pair of flats in the past but ended up returning them), consider me an expert in household goods, beauty/drugstore-related items, and random stuff I didn’t know I needed.

To me, hearing about people’s best Amazon purchases reads sort of like nosing around in their purse or grocery carts–which is admittedly pretty fun. Here are 12 random things that have served me very well, mostly in the past year or so, thanks to the beauty that is Amazon Prime. I’d buy them again in a heartbeat!

1. DIGITAL MEAT THERMOMETER

An item I never even knew we needed! Consider how many times I’d overcooked chicken in the preceding years, I shouldn’t even have questoined J when he wanted to buy this. We now use it every time we cook meat and haven’t overcooked a batch since! It’s pricier than some other ones on the market but reads much quicker and is easy to store without risk of damage.

2. INVISIBOBBLE HAIR TIES

These are the best hair ties ever. While they aren’t the cutest or most comfortable on your wrist, they don’t crease your hair at all. I’d gladly pay a couple more bucks for something that works this well, and I wear them exclusively other than when I work out. A lot of people do wear them while exercising but I like a tighter pony when I’m active! They were popular stocking stuffers last holiday season, and for good reason. They’d make a nice pick-me-up for a friend, too!

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4.16.18 2

Oatmeal Chocolate Cranberry Energy Bites

One of my favorite all-time recipe posts for this blog is this one for Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bites–they’re the perfect “healthy” sweet treat and are so easy to make with pretty simple ingredients. There are so many variations on these energy bites and I wanted to try something different now that we’ve added almond butter to our grocery list. While we’ll definitely keep buying and enjoying regular peanut butter, it’s nice to have a more nutritious option (even though I hated how almond butter tasted in a PBJ…never again!)

Just like the last batch, these are great as an afternoon snack, pre- or post-workout, or when you want something sweet but are trying to lay off the more processed varieties. If almond butter isn’t your thing, you could certainly use regular PB instead…same goes for the chocolate chips, coconut flakes, and dried cranberries! It’s easy to omit something and add more of another thing based on your preference. And if you’ve made something like this before, I’d love to know how you did it–I plan to make these more regularly in an effort to swerve past our office building reception’s candy bowl each morning :)

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