God Knew What I Needed

I’ve had a tough week. We just moved across the country to Virginia. Justin and I are both from California. I was born and raised there and had lived in the same house my entire life. So, this is a big change for me. Justin has done this before since he has to leave every season, usually on the East Coast. It doesn’t mean it’s easier for him to leave because it isn’t. He is simply more experienced in this change than I am. But, like I said, for me this whole experience is unfamiliar; being away from my family, my friends, my dog, not knowing where I’m at when I’m 10 minutes from our own apartment, living somewhere new in general. ALL NEW. To top it off, there is not much to do in this town. We drove around all day, literally through every part of town and I don’t think we pinched the gas at all. I’m not kidding.

This isn’t about me complaining about the changes I’ve been struggling with because we are so blessed to be living this life. I signed up for this life and I’ll be the first one to say it before anyone else does. I chose to live with him and leave my hometown. That doesn’t mean I can’t complain or I can’t struggle, because I can. It is inevitable when adjusting to a fully new surrounding.

I am here to be completely transparent and honest with you and tell you about my recent struggle and how God came through to show me exactly what I never knew I needed.

I arrived in Virginia on Saturday morning (12 a.m.- so pretty much Friday night), which makes it a little over one whole week since I’ve lived here. On Thursday morning Justin left with his team for their first away series, which means I was left here in Virginia alone. Virginia being a place at the time that I had only been in for 6 whole days. At this point, the only person who made me feel safe and like everything was going to be fine while we were away from our family was now a little too far for comfort. He was in another state about five hours away, which means the team was not commuting back and forth each day for this away series.

Ok- Here’s where it gets real. I suffer from anxiety, like I was legitimately prescribed medication for it. I’m being transparent about it because I’ve realized there’s more people out there that also suffer from it and it is okay. I’m with you if you’re that person and it doesn’t change who we are.

So, I have anxiety right? I’m in a new town with not a single person surrounding me that I know. I FREAKED THE FREAK OUT. Thursday (the day he left), I didn’t know what to do. Our apartment is pretty bare. We have the basic necessities to live, but nothing to make this place feel homey. We don’t have cable and Netflix can only keep me so occupied. I laid in bed until I was bored out of my mind. I cried a lot. I texted all my friends and family to get my mind off of it and tried to tell myself there was familiarity around me when I was on the phone with them or texting them. Once the conversations ended I was back to square one. I don’t think I’ve ever been that kind of lonely before, ever. Sounds super dramatic right? You’d only understand the realness of it if you’ve ever been in the position I was in, which most baseball wives do go through. What made it worse was that it wasn’t just a two day series or something. He was gone from early Thursday morning to late Sunday evening, which makes it hard for me to grasp because I have to do this back to back to back days/nights.

I struggled. HARD. I knew this was part of the lifestyle, I just didn’t expect it to be that lonely. There will be many more road trips where I’ll be in the same situation which is why I cried and I prayed. I asked God to give me the strength I needed so my husband didn’t have to feel guilty about leaving me when he does have to take a road trip for an away series. I asked God to make this transition easier for me. I asked God for the days to fly by until he was back. I asked God to not let me give up and want to move back to California this soon.

Friday morning (my week mark) was a new day and I knew I had to keep myself thoroughly occupied. I decided to explore some more, even though I had seen a majority of the town already. I found a cute coffee shop on Yelp! and headed there to get myself out of the apartment and the Target I’d been circling every day since I’ve been here.

Once I got to this cute little coffee shop, I looked around and every chair was filled. With my lack of will to make myself feel like I belonged in this town I almost walked out, but something told me to stay. Might have been the smell of the coffee or it could have been Jesus, pretty sure it was a combination of both.

I ordered my coffee and I had the nicest barista. We made small talk and she asked me if I wanted to try the sweet chai or the spicy chai. I informed her that I’d never been to the coffee shop before so whatever she liked best I’d take. She asked me if school brought me to town because one of the main things in this area is Liberty University, kind of a big deal. I told her about Justin playing for a minor league team in town, hence why we moved across the country. She was really sweet and once I finished ordering, a seat opened up. Things were starting to feel more comfortable, but I was still anxious about everything. A few minutes later she called out my drink and she gave me her phone number. She said she’d love to be my first friend here and that her husband and her would love to get to know Justin and I because they know what it was like being new to a town without knowing anyone.

I NEARLY CRIED.

I prayed for so many things, but I didn’t pray for genuine kindness in the people who surrounded me. I didn’t pray for a friend.

God knew. He knew I was hopeless and the kindness that girl showed me when she didn’t need to was everything that I needed at that moment. She didn’t know my struggle or that I was struggling at all. I was so overwhelmed with this feeling of hope and I knew it was all of God’s work.

God gave me the hope I was longing for. He showed me exactly what I needed when I needed it most. Not a second too soon or a second too late. I’m forever thankful for how faithful my God is. I was gently reminded in that coffee shop of how He will guide me through my trials and through this new path we’ve embarked on.

Some people might think it isn’t a big deal, but it was exactly what my little heart needed. I walked around town with more hope and confidence than what I had left my apartment with that morning.

I wanted to share that little story with y’all because I know some people don’t know what this lifestyle brings and people assume it’s glamorous and fun. It’s fun, it’s memorable, but it is tough. God placed Justin and I here on this unique journey because we can handle it.

He is forever faithful.

hope

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What I’ve learned so far…

As you may or may not know, this is my first season traveling with my husband for baseball. I left my hometown in the beginning of March to come to spring training as we embarked on our first adventure before heading out to the other side of the country. Even though we have just begun our journey, I have learned a few things so far and I felt like I should keep y’all updated.

I’m not the only woman doing this. I am not the only one who left their hometown to travel with their boyfriend/husband. I’m not the only one who left a great job or their perfect pup. It is a lot more common than it seems and I realized it once I was actually surrounded by these brave women, thanks to spring training. Being that there are so many women traveling I realize I have so many people who can help me when it becomes challenging or intimidating. (There are a ton of women who decided to take the plunge and there are also a ton who decided to stay back for a more stable routine, and both routes are 100% okay! Everyone is different and wants/needs different things in their life.)

It will never be something I can get comfortable with because this lifestyle is so random. Everything happens at what seems to be all at once and then changes in a blink of an eye, and you cannot truly have an issue with it because that is what we all agreed to when we decided to take this lifestyle on. I got my first taste of the realness of the baseball life this week since it is the last week of spring training and we still haven’t been completely notified as to where we’re being sent for the season yet. Therefore, I have no idea where to apartment hunt, job hunt, or where to tell my friends/family my next move would be, even though it is less than a week away from when we are suppose to move across the country. We have an idea of where we are going but nothing is set in stone so we can’t make any moves right now, which is tough, but I have to get used to being a gypsy right? That’s just how baseball goes and that is how it has always gone. “Get comfortable with being uncomfortable” is my life now, you feel me?

Being a part of an experience like this is such a blessing and I remind Justin all the time, especially when things get tough for him. You’re probably uncertain with what I mean by saying I have to remind him. This lifestyle does get tough and take a toll and I do believe there isn’t a bright enough light on what these men go through everyday. His days are longer than mine when I was working full-time. It is a great job but it isn’t the glamorous idea everyone gets from what they see on TV. You can easily get caught up in being stressed and completely over it. But now that I’m living it too, I have to remind myself that we have been so immensely blessed to be able to do this. There are so many men who dream of playing professional baseball for a living or who aim to get drafted and don’t. We are very lucky to do this even though it gets tough. And to do it together is even better.

Lastly, Nothing compares to doing this life together. We’ve been away from home for almost a month now and if there’s one thing I’ve learned in that time span, it is that nothing comes close to being with my husband. I love living life with him and I’m so glad God has given us the opportunity to travel together and go wherever baseball takes us. I get to see his games and I get to be there for him after a rough day. We were long distance for a while when we dated and it was always worth it, but this is great and we are incredibly blessed to be able to do this. Being together makes this lifestyle so much better. So, we are going to enjoy it for as long as we can because like I said previously, everything is always changing which means this can end at any time for us. For now, we are happy, we are blessed and we are loving living this life side by side.

Cheers!

My first time at the Drybar

One of the most brilliant ideas yet, a salon that only styles your hair. Every women’s dream, well it is my dream at least.

I haaaate doing my hair, so I either curl it so it lasts a few days or I wear it in a ponytail. I hardly ever straighten it because I hate the way my hair looks straight. But, I don’t blow dry my hair because it is so thick which means it takes me a while to actually get it all dry and by the time it’s dry I’m ready for a nap.

One of my best friends has been going to this place called the Drybar, which I’ve heard of plenty of times before, but I never found interest in checking it out for myself. She literally raves about it every time she goes. And I must say, her hair is always poppin’.

This weekend she came out to visit my husband and I in AZ with some of our friends and she decided she wanted me to experience the fabulous Drybar with her. Her, another friend, and I all booked appointments and the rest was history.

Ok, I’m being dramatic. It was really great though.

So the three of us walked in and we’re instantly greeted with warm personalities and genuine smiles (and cookies, there were cookies too.) I knew that I wanted to blog about my experience which meant I had to take some pics and some places aren’t really cool with all that, but the Drybar front desk girls were so sweet and told me to take as many pics as I pleased. I loved them from that second forward.

We arrived to our appointments almost 20 minutes early because we were in the area earlier than we expected, and they still took us less than 5 minutes after we walked in on a Friday.

They allowed us to hang out purses at the stations we were going to be seated at then immediately walked us over to the sink area where we had our hair washed/conditioned with some of the best smelling products ever. Our stylists washed our hair for 5-10 minutes and it was extremely relaxing. I almost fell asleep, like who does that when their head is in a sink?

Then, once that was finished we walked back to our seats and then the magic happened (being dramatic again, but I loved this place y’all.) During the whole process there are movies playing so you can watch and relax while they do your hair. They seem to play chick flicks, cause they had 27 Dresses on when we went. Literally winning.

We were seated and offered a variety of drinks and also asked which style we wanted to go with. There is a look book for you to skim through to chose the style you want. Since it is called the DryBAR, the hairstyles are named after drinks. The cosmopolitan or mai tai are some examples of the names. Super stinkin’ cute huh?! I chose the mai tai because I loved the look of loose beachy waves since I can never manage to accomplish that look on my own.

They put Drybar products in your hair before they start blow drying for heat protection, tangles, and shine. Once your hair is completely dry they add more product to aid whatever your hair needs. Then, they continue styling if you want to do curls, waves, or crimping.

It only took about 45-60 minutes for the entire thing which isn’t bad at all, considering that’s how long it takes me to do my own hair without blow drying. And watching a movie and chit chatting with your sweetheart stylist makes time fly. Before you know it you’re poppin’ and ready to hit the town. JK. Kind of.

But your stylist will show you your hair when she’s done and then you can change whatever you want or tell her how much you love it. I wanted a little more volume and she made it happen with no hesitation.

My friend Danica didn’t quite love the way her stylist did her hair so I asked my stylist if she could fix it and she fixed it without a problem, which was really reassuring because these girls are really there to make us happy guests.

I left the Drybar so extremely happy and I almost signed up for a membership but thank goodness this baseball life has our living situation all mixed up because I was about to get an $80 membership until realizing they might not have one wherever Justin gets sent to for the season. Big save. Although, I will continue to go to the Drybar because it only cost $45 to do all that. How insane right?! It’s not incredibly cheap but it’s def a fair price for what you get. And like I said, it was so relaxing and nice to have my hair styled by a pro.

These are the final looks. Can you tell we’re happy campers? 🙂 And how gorgeous do my friends look?!

I also couldn’t leave without some of that product because the smell and the way my hair looked was phenomenal. I ended up buying a hair detangler/heat protector and their triple sec spray which is kind of like a dry shampoo/texture shampoo.

So my final words to you about the Drybar are: go to your nearest Drybar and try it out. Your hair will thank you. Every girl should experience this at least once if they can. If not, I know they well drybar products at Sephora and you can give yourself a blowout at home for cheaper!

If y’all ever need someone to go with, I’m in 😌

Cheers!

We’re where? Doing what?

I feel like I’ve been MIA for a little and I just wanted to fill you in because everyone is always DMing me or asking me what we’re doing, where we’re at, etc. and if you follow me or read my blog I’d assume you want to know also. It’s probably been less than a week but in the world of social media that’s a long time to be away since having a blog and Instagram for it requires a lot of attention to maintain afloat.

Let’s start with the fundamental facts before we go into other details. My husband plays minor league baseball with the Cleveland Indians for those of you who may or may not know. He was drafted in 2015 out of college (Cal State Fullerton) and he’s been with the Indians ever since. While he’s been with the org we have been long distance for a majority of the time because BASEBALL.

We got married this past January, and we decided it was time to live our lives together because distance isn’t very fun. He wanted to bring me along with him on this crazy baseball journey and crazy me agreed. So here we are.

This past Friday I left my awesome job at Chase bank. It was a really difficult decision I had to make only because of the circumstances. I had the best coworkers and management team anyone could dream of. I had just received a raise that would make finances a lot easier for Justin and I. I worked close to my house and my hours were great. Buuuut, Justin and I knew that even though everything was going well for me, it wouldn’t make it any easier for our marriage because we’d be apart.

We thought that being together for our first year of marriage was crucial to building a strong foundation. And I also didn’t want him to have to go through this alone because the baseball lifestyle is a total grind.

Ok, so here we are today. I got to Arizona on Sunday afternoon. We moved into an airbnb in Buckeye for the month since spring training ends April 1st and it’s nearly impossible to find a one-two month lease for an apartment. We’re pretty close to the facility which makes everything a lot easier.

Sunday we settled in and unpacked, real lowkey day. Monday I went to the field and hung out with another WAG and at night we all went out for dinner and drinks.

Today is an off day, which is extremely rare in baseball. It’s not like your 9-5, 5 days a week. Justin probably gets 10 days off throughout the entire season, some of those being travel days. So off days are big deals. We’re going to be exploring Scottsdale, Arizona together.

Tomorrow is back to the grind for Justin which means it’s back to the grind for me. I won’t be working while I’m here in Arizona because I’m not here long enough. In the free time I have I’ll be creating a lot of content for you all and of course I’ll make sure to bring you along with us on the journey we’ve just embarked on.

Also, don’t forget to enter my giveaway with JORD watches. I’ve partnered with them to give one of you $100 towards your own watch! I’m obsessed with my Cassia!

Click here to enter and good luck!

Wooden Watches: My Spring Accesory

Let’s take a minute to appreciate this gorgeous wood watch y’all. I mean, a wood watch? How freakin’ stylish is that. Don’t sleep on JORD y’all. They are absolutely killing it.

I’m telling you this because you’ve probably seen one of these wood watches by now since they are all over the internet. There is good reason that these gorgeous watches are all over my feed. Insta worthy af!

Finally, an accessory that speaks volumes. It’s so difficult to find a women’s watch that is unique and cute without being extremely bold. Tbh, I bought Justin the Apple Watch wood band by JORD for Valentine’s Day because I thought it was such a cool piece and I was low-key jealous once it arrived. I regret not getting him the actual mens wood watch only because JORD offers watch engraving and I couldn’t utilize their engraving since Justin has the Apple Watch and I could only order the band from JORD. Maybe that’ll be his next gift (hope you’re not reading this Garz!)

BUUUUUT, I finally got one of my own so now we’re styling together. (Are we couple goals yet?)

I get so many compliments on my watch no matter what I’m pairing it with. I love the simplicity of my watch because I’m not as bold when it comes to my wardrobe as other girls bloggers are. I can wear jeans and a white tee and I’ll call it an OOTD look because my accessories are the most important thing when it comes to my looks and the accessories make or break my look.

That is why this watch has changed the game for me. My wood watch adds so much more pizazz. This watch is definitely an eye catcher. Like I mentioned before, it’s so perfect with a minimalist look because it isn’t bulky or bright, it’s just unique. I cannot even keep track of how many compliments I’ve received since I’ve had this watch. It is unreal.

The color I chose for my watch is my personal favorite for styling for the spring. The lighter wood on my watch and the blue face is spring. This women’s watch will go with all my light colors and other spring essentials perfectly. I can’t seem to keep this watch out of my look whenever I wear my jean jacket because the colors just go so well together. I hate not wearing it, so thank goodness it goes well with pretty much everything. Don’t judge me if you see my posts with the same watch in 3 different colors, k?

But lets get real, I didn’t write this post just to brag about my cool new watch. 

I’ve teamed up with JORD to give one lucky person a $100 off code to use on JORD’s website so that the winner can use it towards their very own watch. But guess what? JORD has agreed that everyone will automatically receive 10% off their entire site just for entering. How cool is that?

Just click here to enter the giveaway and good luck! Giveaway ends on 4/8!

And to shop some more wood watches click this link!

https://www.woodwatches.com/shop/women#champagneandacarryon

February Faves

Does anyone else feel like 2018 will be the longest year ever? I mean, February BARELY ended. Like that’s just insane to me. I thought the month would fly because January was super long, but guess not. And there was only 28 days, like really?

But, since the month felt so long, I had a lot of time to fall in love with so many products, foods and even some Netflix shows.

1. Essie – ballet slippers,

has been my freakin jam all month. You may or may not know, in just one week I’ll be leaving California to travel with my husband as he begins another season. Which means, I will be jobless for a minute. I had to start cutting back on things that are not necessities. Guess what’s not a necessity…acrylic nails…I made the choice to stop spending money on getting my nails done because I can do them myself for free. With that being said, I have fallen in love with nail polish again. It’s the perfect muted pink. It is so hard to find a pink that’s not too peachy or too warm or too mauve. This color is a keeper and now I don’t mind painting my nails because of this gem.

2. Bath and Body Works – Moon Stone Collection.

I am honestly not fond of the body spray from this collection but the bath milk / bubbles and the body lotion are bommmmb. The scent is semi floral semi musky and I’m totally into that right now. The perfect scent for the transition between winter and spring!

3. Urban Outfitters Açaí Baie perfume.

I had originally bought all of my bridesmaids this scent as part of their bridesmaid gifts. I loved the scent when I first smelled it and I couldn’t get enough of it after that. I had to go back to buy myself one because whenever I was around one of my bridesmaids who wore the scent I knew right away and I wanted in on it, lol. I reach for this perfume over my high end perfumes, that says a lot.

4. Hourglass Ambient light bronzer.

I cannot do my makeup without this bronzer. It is a little pricey for one item, but it’s soooo worth it. I use it as eyeshadow too on the days when I don’t have time to get myself all together but I wanna feel like I’m together. It’s the perfect warm bronze shade. You definitely have to have some color because when I would use it before I had any tan it was too orange. But now that I’m more tan, it’s perfect. The way the product picks up on the brush and the application is smooth and effortless.

5. Bite Beauty Caramelized.

SEND NUDES. Literally, nudes are the only shade I’ll wear on my lips, UNLESS I’m trying to be bold and wild I’ll reach for red or a plum pink color. This color is warm and is a pinkish caramel color. It’s everything and I haven’t been able to put it down.

6. Blvd Lashes Monte Carlo.

If you’re a lash person you know all lashes aren’t the same. Blvd has the nicest mink lashes that I’ve been wearing for about a month now and they’re barely becoming unwearable. The band on the lashes are thick and it makes the application a whole lot easier. They’re a newer company who have a lot more people to reach and I know they will because their lashes are golden. I’m so glad I was introduced to this lash company.

>>I have a coupon code for my followers for 15% off your purchase. Just enter CHAMPAGNE in the code section at checkout. I hope you love them as much as I do!<<

7. USA SUITS.

I kind of fell off the Netflix train and now I’m on it again and I can’t get off. Every episode just pulls you in like some kind of weird addiction. But my husband and I decided to pick a show to binge watch together during our free time and I do not understand how it took us so long to discover this show. Who has watched this show before?!? Justin and I are like all in with this show. We’re barely on season 3/4 I believe and it’s the best combo of drama and comedy. I mean maybe you have to have the humor we have but it’s so funny. It’s a show about lawyers with all these crazy cases that they always seem to win. Of course there’s way more that the show carries but I wouldn’t want to give anything away. And Meghan Markle! She’s a doll. Must watch show if you’re looking fo a new binge worthy series.

8. Nordstrom Rack Initial double chained necklace.

$9.90 (on sale online! I bought mine for 19.97) I am swooning over simple jewelry these days and this necklace is perfect for every outfit. It has the initial, J, on it for Justin (cheesy af). I gravitate towards this simple little piece every day.

9. Bath and Body Works Palo Santo Candle.

I’m that person that always has a candle burning and there’s certain scents for certain seasons and this is my current candle scent. It’s so light and semi floral. It’s fresh. Candles just give the best vibes, ever. And it’s pink. Big win. Next time B&BW has a sale, pick one of these up or ten. Whatever works.

Those are some items and things that I’ve been loving the month of February. We’ll see what March brings since the real wife life and baseball life begins.

Until then, Cheers.

Trader Joe’s Staples

We all have that store that we cannot live without and we don’t know who we would be or what we would do without it, right? Or is it just me? Probably just me.

Trader Joe’s has literally been MY STORE for the last six months. I kind of go crazy when I do any type of shopping, but Trader Joe’s limits me in a good way. They have things I absolutely need and some things I could do without but I can get away with.

So, I decided a few months back that I would do my grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s because for the most part they have everything I need and I’m totally obsessed. Oh yeah, and it is not as expensive as normal grocery stores from what I’ve experienced.

As I have routinely been visiting Trader Joe’s, I have found some items that I have become truly fond of and I want to share them with you. You may or may not be a Trader Joe’s person, but I promise if you’re not, you will be because you’re bound to become utterly obsessed with one of these products if not all.

These are some items I always pick up when I hit Trader Joe’s:

Let’s start off with the flowers.

It’s the first thing you see when you walk into TJ’s. I try to pick up some eucalyptus or fresh flowers when I stop in because,

1. They’re gorgeous

2. They’re super inexpensive. They range from $3-$11!

The flowers aren’t huge bouquets or anything fancy, but they are simple and are my favorite way to liven up a room. Eucalyptus is like my thing right now and I never feel guilty buying it because it’s only $3!

Ok, probs my favorite item that exists, GONE BANANAS.

These chocolate covered frozen banana slices that are a true guilty pleasure. I mean, they’re bananas so they can’t be that bad if I eat a whole box while watching Netflix, right? But really, I have gotten everyone addicted to these things. My roommate loves them, my cousins, my best friends, and even my husband. He hadn’t had one before and I gave them to him one night and he kept asking for more, lol. Give them a try, they’re delicious.

CARROT GINGER MISO SALAD DRESSING

My husband and I are all about those Japanese Steak Houses. The salads they have at literally all of them are bomb. And I have tried so many different brands of ginger dressing to mock those salads at home and nothing has come close. But, I found this gem and it is a game changer. The taste def isn’t for everyone, but if it is something you like then pick this up soon.

TREK MIX

Ya’ll have never had trail mix if you haven’t had Trek Mix. Honestly, even after eating trail mix I feel guilty about it. But these, these are too good to feel bad about. Trader Joe’s used to carry trail mix with mini peanut butter cups in them instead of pieces of regular chocolate, but sadly they discontinued those for whatever crazy reason (I’m real upset still). Thank goodness these ones are super comparable, minus the peanut butter cups. The nuts in this mix are of such good quality and the chocolate, oh man. Good stuff.

LIMEAID

You def have to be a lover of tart flavored things. This juiiiiiiice is amazing. It isn’t too sweet, like at all, and it’s not too plain. Throw it in your basket, okay?

BROWNIE CRISP ICE CREAM SANDWICHES

Need I say more? Trader Joe’s by far has the best coffee ice cream, like ever. Put that in between a brownie crisp. Ok, I can die a happy woman. These small sandwiches are yum on another level. I’ve had their coffee ice cream mud pie, but this exceeds that. They come in a pack of 4, so if you want to share make sure you buy a few boxes to last the week. You’re welcome.

MULTIGRAIN TOASTER WAFFLES

Justin and I love these bad boys. Sometimes we don’t have time to make a full on breakfast and that is totally okay. That’s when these fellas get called from the bench to make their debut. Honestly, sometimes we just make these all gourmet when we do have the time cause they’re so good. Toast these babies with some of the Trader Joe’s agave maple syrup, oh my. (Syrup not pictured, sooo sorry!)

HONEY NUT O’S

I will not buy Cheerios again. That is all I will say about this item.

GREEN TEA

If you have been following my Instagram for a while, you know all about my own little skinny tea. I drank it a ton before my wedding and I hadn’t even worked out three months prior to my wedding because I was so busy. With the help of my little tea concoction I didn’t feel like I needed to tbh. I love this tea.

But for my detox tea all I did was add a half of a lemons juice into my tea everyone morning and night.

BLUEBERRY ACAI FACIAL SCRUB

Yeah, Trader Joe’s has things that are great other than food items. This face scrub changed my skin care game. It smells so fruity and delicious. And the best part about it is that it cost about $5. RIGHT?! Exfoliating is important for everyone. This is totally worth the splurge 😉

CINNAMON RAISIN BREAD

SO FLIPPING GOOD. Slab some butter on a slice of toasted cinnamon raisin bread and we’re in business. Obviously you have to be a raisin person. Way better than any other raisin bread I’ve had.

CHICKEN + VEGETABLE WONTON SOUP

I am a soup connoisseur and it’s so hard to find good wonton soup to take to work and throw in the microwave on my lunch. And sometimes I just don’t feel like driving to my favorite Chinese restaurant for some good wonton soup. Thank goodness the guy at Trader Joe’s recommended this because I’ve had some pretty gross microwaveable wonton soup so I wasn’t going to try it. He swore by it. And now I’m swearing by it.

SALTED CARAMEL HOT COCOA

Salted caramel hot cocoa is the perfect combo of salty and sweet. If you’ve had a salted caramel mocha before then you know it’s amazing. I was pretty blown away with how satisfying this was. I mean, usually when you make drinks at home they don’t come out nearly as good as the original version. This is now what I’ll compare all salted caramel cocoa’s to.

Those are my Trader Joe’s necessities and my favorite items!

I’m sorry Cookie Butter isn’t on my list, I am 1/10000 people who doesn’t like it. Something is wrong with me right?

Anyways, happy shopping!

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