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What I'm Into Wednesday - Trader Joe's FTW

As of late, Angelo and I have primarily been Sprouts grocery shoppers. I find that I'm more likely to stock up on good, fresh produce and less likely to peruse the boxed/canned/packaged food aisles at Sprouts than at other grocery stores.

But I have a serious soft spot for Trader Joe's. It's my go to when I want some variety in snacks or to buy more reasonably priced versions of things like blue cheese (why the hell is it so expensive most places??). So this past week I did most of our shopping at Trader Joe's and found a few gems below.

Taste

I go back and forth on whether it's worth it or not to keep cold brew in the house. On one hand, it's the summer and often times the last thing I want is hot coffee but on the other I tend to be disappointed with a lot of store bought cold brew. While we all know nothing compares to Dark Horse, that habit can be expensive (and many times yields me eating a donut as well) so I was stoked to see Coconut Cold Brew Concentrate at Trader Joe's! And even more stoked that it was delicious. Problem, solved.

Smell

So, when is Smell-o-vision going to become a thing? Because my friend Amanda sent me a video text of her pulling the lid off a Crockpot and while I couldn't tell what was cooking inside, I knew it smelled awesome. Turns out it was homemade applesauce. Super simple: apples, water, cinnamon. That's it. Considering how yummy it is from a jar a few days later and the aroma still coming out of it, I can only imagine how the Crockpot itself smelled as it was cooking. It's on my list to try next week!

Hear

As a yoga teacher, there are a few artists that stay in relatively regular rotation on my playlists. One of which is Moby. But Moby has this song that has a totally different association for me. His song Flower is better known to November Projecters as Sally. And Sally is a bitch. Want a good workout? Turn on the song and do squats. Every time he says "Bring Sally up" you stand up and every time he says "Bring Sally down" you squat. Until the song is over.

See

I know I'm behind the curve on this one, but I just started reading The Power Of Habit and I am already hooked. From a sociological standpoint, the case studies, stories, and research in the book are engrossing. From a personal standpoint, I'm all about automation. And if you can learn about your habits and learn how to reprogram them than you can change you life. 

Do

If you live in San Diego, you must go check out Wonderspaces. This pop up abstract/modern/interactive art exhibit is SO FUN. Angelo and I went on Friday as part of our "date night" (does 4pm count as night?) and we spent about two hours observing, playing, and soaking in the fun. And yes, while this space inherently screams Instagram, try to at least actually enjoy the exhibit before just snapping a photo or video. I can't tell you how many people walked into an exhibit, snapped, and then left. I don't even think they saw it. Enjoy it. 

What I'm into Wednesday - Single Parent Edition

People have told us that getting a puppy is like having a baby. I've never had a baby, but I'm not sure I'd go that far. Yes, it changes your routines and priorities and there's an element of lack of sleep that is similar, but I can put my puppy in his crate for 30 minutes to take a shower. Can't put babies in crates.

That being said, I was a single puppy parent last week while Angelo was in LA working...and man, it's tough. I realized very quickly how much I take advantage of having a partner to split parenting duties with and I'm so thankful he's there for it all!

This weeks entries have absolutely nothing to do with the puppy. I just wanted to share that sentiment. Be grateful for those in your life who help you. That's all.

xoxo

LP

See

This viral video of 2 year old toddler twins having a seriously fun fort building, pillow fighting, brotherly bonding night while they were supposed to be sleeping got me. It's adorable. It's hilarious. It makes me want to know what my puppy will do when he's home alone (eventually). May have to invest in some sort of camera. 

Smell

Let's get weird on this one. I like the smell of new yoga mats. It's rubbery, and kind of chemically smelling, but for some reason it's familiar and comforting. lululemon is testing out some new mats with different types and levels of grip and I was lucky enough to practice on them (and have been since Ambassador Summit last year). I'm already a fan of my lululemon mat, and most things lululemon, but these are innovative and awesome. Stay tuned. 

Hear

My good friend Danny was surprisingly in town this weekend and turned me on to a new (to me) podcast: How I Built This. By NPR, this podcast is all about entrepreneurs of businesses and brands you know and love and how they built them. It's a fascinating behind the scenes look into the minds of some of the smartest and most successful business people. And it's shorter episodes (think 45 or so minutes). And it's NPR. So you know it's good. 

Taste

This is sort of obscure, but it's my blog, so here goes. I love applesauce. I've had some amazing homemade applesauce recently (thank you Amanda!) but I'm too lazy. My go to? Sprouts brand original applesauce with a sprinkle of cinnamon. Nothing but apples. And for some reason so refreshing! Hydrating! Satisfying of my sweet tooth. Plus, it's great for baking healthier versions of breads and muffins. 

Do

I don't know if I've ever mentioned it before, but I'm sort of a type A person. Go, go, go, do, do, do and occasionally breathe. A goal of mine was to slow down and do more to decrease my stress levels (hello, cortisol) and boost my parasympathetic nervous system. So, I've been going (almost) weekly to yin yoga with Sophie at Mosaic Yoga in Golden Hill. Thursday nights at 7:15PM this magical class, combined with reiki, goes down and feels like it literally resets all of my nervous system in 75 minutes.