What's In My Backpack (Including My New Favorite Planner)

Ever since I can remember I've looooooved shopping for school supplies. I remember when I was in elementary school, I would get so excited when we'd finally get our school supplies list because that meant it was time for shopping. I would make my mom take me to at least three different stores (usually Target, OfficeMax and Staples or something of the sort) so I could get the exact colors of two-pocket plastic folders I wanted because god forbid I get paper folders or worse: boring colors. I would also probably require a whole new set of colored pens for the year even though I had plenty back home. Long story short, the whole ordeal was basically If You Give A Mouse A Cookie (remember this?!), but more like If You Give Emma A School Supplies List. But hey, at least I was addicted to pens and not designer purses, right?!

What's In My Backpack (Including My New Favorite Planner)

Honestly, I don't know why I was using past-tense in that last paragraph because let's be real: I'm a 22-year-old senior in college and I still fucking love school supplies. I'm not kidding when I say I was at Target (shocker, right?) just casually in the office supply aisle (this happens a lot, to be honest) and I spotted a coral spiral Mead notebook and right behind it was a mint one. If you follow this blog, you know that I'll basically buy anything in coral, and mint is right there as a close second (my roommates make fun of me for this). Anyway, I'm standing there in the Target aisle pondering, is it weird to buy school supplies in the middle of July? And then I thought an even worse thought: What if they're sold out of these colors by the time I'm ready to buy school supplies in August and then I'll have the regret of buying it now? I'll bet you can guess what I did. I bought the damn notebooks.

What's In My Backpack (Including My New Favorite Planner)

I also just happened to come across an amazing three-pack of notepads (yet again in my colors!!) in the Target dollar section (this place is like crack cocaine for me). Run to your Target to see if they still have them because they might be gone soon!

But do you know what I love even more than notebooks? PLANNERS. I've posted a few times about my planners in the past, here and here. Like I mentioned in the first post, I started way back when with a Lilly Pulitzer Planner. That was great for a while, but then I was ready to upgrade. With the hecticness that college brings, I decided to switch to an Erin Condren Planner. Erin Condrens are great if you have a million things going on and you have the budget to spend a decent amount of money on a nice planner. However, I totally understand if a $55 planner is not in your budget. Especially for college students. I truly loved my Erin Condren, but I did have a few complaints. First was that it was C H U N K Y. I know that's an odd complaint, but when you're trying to lug around a ton of textbooks on campus, the last thing you want another big book to add to the stack. Another complaint I had was about the cover. While it's awesome that you can easily remove covers to change them up, it would always get messed up in my backpack and come off. Although she's bypassed this flaw by offering the Hardbound LifePlanner, I still wasn't feelin' it. I wasn't sure what I wanted exactly, but I knew it needed to be skinny with a soft, bound (not coiled) cover.

What's In My Backpack (Including My New Favorite Planner)


And as if the Target gods were watching down on me from Target heaven, they led me to this beauty. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you my new BFF. What first drew me to it was the simple cover. I didn't want any fancy designs or stupid inspirational quotes. I just wanted my planner to plan, not to "inspire" me. The faux leather makes the planner look extra fancy and the gold lettering is just so... me. The best part? It's fifteen dollars. That's right. Just $15. That's $40 cheaper than my old planner and I could not be happier. It's not just this planner either. It's all of the Ashley G for Target collection (including my new pencil pouch shown in the pictures!).

There are a few flaws, obviously, that come with the cheaper price tag for this planner. The paper is pretty thin, but that doesn't really bother me (I love my no-smear InkJoy Gel Pens and they don't bleed very much at all!). The weekly pages aren't lined, which I can't decide if I like or not. Other than that, this planner is no-BS. No ridiculous amount of notes pages (there are about 12 in the back, which seems like the perfect amount) and no unnecessary sections (other than the basic contact pages). It's simple and clean, just how I want it.

What's In My Backpack (Including My New Favorite Planner)

What's In My Backpack (Including My New Favorite Planner)


What's In My Backpack (Including My New Favorite Planner)

Now, of course I've already started writing in some events in, but how lame is it for me to actually want my syllabi to fill in even more dates?! I know, super lame. Luckilyyyyyy for me, school starts NEXT week. I honestly still can't believe I'm a senior, and I'll probably be in denial until the day I walk across that stage.

What's In My Backpack (Including My New Favorite Planner)



I've been plenty busy with recruitment but I know it'll be finals time before I know it.  I'm trying to soak in my last year of college. I can't believe it's finally here! Now tell me about your back to school plans in a comment below! As always, follow me on Twitter, InstagramFacebookBloglovin' and Pinterest, cheers bitches :-)

The Best Places to Instagram in Kansas City

For those of you lovely human beings that follow me on Instagram, you probably saw on my story last week that I finally went home to Kansas City to visit my parents/take a little vacay. For anyone that has been away from their home/parents for more than 5 months, you know it sucks. Sometimes you want to just sit on the couch with your parents and binge watch Bloodline, you know? Luckily, I was able to take a few days off work and took a long weekend. 

Not only did I get to see my parents and my cat (v important, obviously), but I got to see some high school friends, which was so much fun! (Even though the bars in the Kansas City suburbs aren't exactly as great as Fort Worth's selection.) 

When I had the idea for this blog post, my sweet sweet mother was more than willing to adventure with me. Not only would we get to spend some good time together, but we'd get to explore our city while we did it! And can we talk about how amazing her photography turned out?! You'd think she was the photographer, not my brother  (and he didn't even ask me to link his website!!!! I'm such a good sister). But for real, huge praise to my patient and artistic mother.

But now on to what you really want: the best places to Instagram in Kansas City!

The Wings at Fortuity

1919 Baltimore Avenue
That's right, y'all. First there was Los Angeles. Then there was Nashville. Well now there's Kansas City. The first step to every iconic city is having a "wing wall" to pose in front of right?! Well shout out to Fortuity for providing this dream to every basic girl (myself included) in Kansas City.

The Best Places to Instagram in Kansas City

The Best Places to Instagram in Kansas City

The Best Places to Instagram in Kansas City

Kansas City I'm So In Love

1919 Baltimore Avenue
This one is probably my favorite. I love how simple the mural is, but it truly portrays how people feel about Kansas City. It just happens to be an added bonus that it's written in Royals blue.

R E L A T E D: My Kansas City Staycation

The Best Places to Instagram in Kansas City

The Best Places to Instagram in Kansas City

The Best Places to Instagram in Kansas City

But you know what's even better than those two murals?! The fact that they're both on the same wall! That's right. Both The Wings and Kansas City I'm So In Love are painted on the side of the Fortuity building. What this means is if you can't get the perfect Instagram at one, you can simply try the other! Easy as pie.

The Best Places to Instagram in Kansas City

The Best Places to Instagram in Kansas City

The Best Places to Instagram in Kansas City

#KCLoves

1740 Main Street
This mural is a bit more large-scale and a tad more difficult to get to, but it is certainly worth the 'gram. Located on top of the Barkley parking garage (I avoided the $5 fee by parking on the street then taking the elevator up hehe), this mural is absolutely massive. I feel like this would be so cool to take wedding pictures in front of (you know, if you're a die-hard Kansas Citian) or even senior pictures. (PS- the rocket is Barkley's logo!)

The Best Places to Instagram in Kansas City

The Best Places to Instagram in Kansas City

The Best Places to Instagram in Kansas City

The Best Places to Instagram in Kansas City

The World War I Museum

2 Memorial Drive
I know what you're probably thinking. Emma, this isn't a museum. And to that, my friend, I would say you're wrong. This view is actually from the top of the World War I Museum. But because the museum is built into a hill, you can actually walk directly to it, without any annoying entrance fees or climbing too many stairs. This spot is popular for proposals, prom pictures and senior pictures, so why not get a 'gram in too?! I absolutely love this view of the city. You can see all of the iconic spots from the Kauffman Center, to Union Station and even the Western Union sign. If you're looking for the perfect panorama, this is your spot.

The Best Places to Instagram in Kansas City

The Best Places to Instagram in Kansas City

The Best Places to Instagram in Kansas City

The Best Places to Instagram in Kansas City

The Best Places to Instagram in Kansas City

The Best Places to Instagram in Kansas City

Raised Royal

2492 Southwest Blvd
Anyone who's anyone knows Kansas City is a baseball town. Our boys in blue won the World Series in 2015 and we definitely haven't let anyone forget about it. With the success of the team has come a huge uprising of Kansas City spirit, but more specifically Royals spirit. This mural is actually one of five Royals murals across Kansas City, as part of the 2017 Mural Program. How cool is that?! But why did I choose this mural specifically? Because it's next to the Boulevard Brewery of course. Go grab yourself a beer and celebrate with an Instagram by this beautiful mural.

The Best Places to Instagram in Kansas City

The Best Places to Instagram in Kansas City

The Best Places to Instagram in Kansas City

I know, I know. You just want to know where these not-so-secret spots are! Well, I wanted to make it as easy as possible, so I made a little map with all of the spots pinpointed (in blue of course)! I even added a few extra spots you should definitely check out, which are indicated with the little orange pins! (And by the way, I was able to stop at all four of these spots in just about an hour or so, so they're all very close to each other!)



The Best Places to Instagram in Kansas City




Of course I couldn't find shit online of what I was wearing, so I really did my best. The only thing I could find that I knew was 100% right were the slides which are such a steal and I absolutely love them (seriously, I wear them to work like, everyday). My new favorite sunglasses are sold out online, but I linked some similar ones for y'all. I also wore some gold aviators in some of the shots that are definitely men's from Target that I bought before I went to Cabo last year, so it's a lost cause in trying to find them online. The shirt I'm wearing is probably the softest piece of clothing I've ever put on my body and I got it on sale at Nordies (not part of their anniversary sale!). I know it's TopShop, but I couldn't find it online. Last but not least, I definitely bought the jean shorts at Target last week, so they're most likely still there! They're super stretchy and my butt cheeks don't hang out, so I'd definitely recommend! Most importantly though, I got this 3-pack of hoop earrings at Nordstrom and I am obsessed. Hoops are my fave right now and it's so great having so many options of sizes! Go buy this right this second!!

R E L A T E D: My Cabo San Lucas Recap

Just writing this post is making me want to go home again.... Thanksgiving can't come soon enough! If any of y'all take pictures in KC, please tag me on Instagram, I would seriously love to see what y'all shoot!

Where would you Instagram in Kansas City? Comment below and let me know! As always, follow me on Twitter, FacebookBloglovin' and Pinterest, cheers bitches :-)

Nordstrom Sale Picks (If I Had Money To Blow)

Okay fellow bloggers, prepare to roll your eyes. Another Nordstrom Anniversary Sale post!! If you're in the blogger world, you know the current ~dramaaaa~ is that everyone & their mothers are posting about the N-Sale. Why? Because Nordstrom is the shit. That's why. But on the real, I had zero intentions of posting anything about the N-Sale until I was hungover in bed, browsing the internet.

A thought popped into my head: "I wonder if there is any good shit in the Nordstrom Sale." Probably a pretty dangerous thought for anyone, but considering I have very little disposable income, I knew it couldn't hurt to look right????? Right.

Nordstrom Sale Picks If I Had Money To Blow


I'm gonna be honest some of the sale is freaking ridiculous. No, I will not pay $250+ for some tassel earrings I could easily buy at Target from their Sugarfix collection. Maybe I'm just super cheap. Whatever. That's just me. However, I found some goodies that didn't make me want to throw up when I saw the price so that's what I'll be sharing with you fabulous folks.

Oh- it's important to mention that I shuttered a little bit when I saw all of the fall/winter stuff in the sale. Maybe it's because it was at least 100° here in Texas today and I can't even fathom putting a sweater on my body, or maybe because fall clothing means school and actually studying... I don't know. Either way, I subconsciously avoided the fall clothing so that's why you won't see much of any of that below. Just a warning for you sweater-collectors. (But like, if you're actually a sweater collector that's super unique and cool so keep doin' your thang.)

Before I get to the goods, I should probably explain the N-Sale to those who live under a rock. The early-access to the sale began on the 13th, so you're already behind. Early-access is only open to Nordstrom card holders aka VIPs in Nordstrom's eyes. Access to us peasants begins the 21st and the sale runs until August 6th (because Nordstrom rules the world and can do what they want).

Ok, on to the good shit.

Nordstrom Sale Picks If I Had Money To Blow

1. Scented Candle Set by Diptyque
For those of you that religiously follow bloggers or influencers on Instagram, chances are, you've probably seen Diptyque candles before. Whether they were actually used as candles or they'd been, used, cleaned and used as makeup brush holders or mini flower vases, they look stylish nonetheless. What I love about this set is that it's $20 off, but more so, that it would be so incredibly easy to snag one (or two) of these candles for yourself and gift the others (it's never too early to start thinking Christmas presents, y'all). I was curious and did some research and found that a set of three of these bad boys was a whopping $100. That's right. $100 for three. This one is 5 for $75. That's a freakin' deal.

2. 'Sherpa - Lines' Wool Rug by Surya Home
Another blogger favorite is this beautiful rug. You might have seen it in numerous Instagrams, or blog posts. Either way, this rug would look fabulous in any home. If I were to buy this, it would immediately go in our living room because we've been lacking a rug the whole time we've lived here (lol).

3. Champagne For Days Canvas Print by Oliver Gal
Seriously how awesome is this canvas? I found it when I was browsing the sale and fell in love. This would look amazeeeee in my (unfinished) gallery wall or even above a bar cart. Oliver Gal had some other pieces that were also adorable!

4. Crescent Hoop Earrings by Madewell
First of all, how cool is it that you can buy Madewell and J.Crew at Nordstrom now? It's so easy having all the best stuff under one roof (or website..). I actually own these earrings already and absolutely love them. They're a great addition to an outfit for work or for finishing off a perfect going-out outfit. I'm loving hoops this summer and these are the perfect pair if you don't want to be too flashy!

5. Modern Tweed Miniskirt by Milly
Okay, I am obsessed with this one. As the most expensive item on the list, I was hesitant to share it, but it's too cute not to. Does it remind anyone else of Tyra Banks in Life Size? (Great movie by the way.) Or a little more iconic: Coco Chanel? Either way, this mini would be so perfect for work.

6. Copper Finish Wine Rack by Thirstystone
How freakin' cute is this wine rack? This would look perfeccttttt on the bottom of a bar cart or even on just a kitchen counter. Obviously, mine wine would probably be cheaper combined than the cost of this wine rack, but wine is wine, right?

7. Small Love Velvet Crossbody Bag by Rebecca Minkoff
I'm not usually one for a bold-statement bag. I got a Rebecca Minkoff as a graduation present from high school and I literally have used it every day for three years now. (It's not sold anymore, but here's a similar one). I like basic colors. But when I saw this pink crossbody, I rethought my bag preferences. The fact that I know Rebecca Minkoff's bags are amazing quality made me love it even more. If you're wanting a statement bag, this is the one for you.

8. Genuine Tibetan Shearling Pillow by Mina Victory
This pillow would look so fab on my bed, I'm just sayin'. Maybe it would be a good thing to snuggle with when I miss my cat (aka every day).

9. 'Laurel' Peep Toe Bootie by Kristin Cavallari 
Remember the days when Kristin was just a girl on Laguna Beach? Now she makes badass shoes including these sexy booties. I feel like these could totally be rocked in any season, making them the perfect shoes to invest in. They also come in blush (well, it's called nude but I think it looks like blush)!

10. The Icons Home & Away Collection by Mario Badescu
I was so excited to see that there was some Mario Badescu in the sale!! I talked a lot about both of these products in my June Obsessions post and this collection makes it so easy to buy my two favorites in both regular and travel sizes! This one is a must-buy.

11. I Did My Best Large 17-Month Planner by ban.do
It's no secret that I'm obsessed with planning and organizing. This planner by ban.do is too perfect. If I hadn't literally just bought this planner from Target last week (which, by the way, I'm unnecessarily excited to work on) I would've bought this one.

12. The Prince 59mm Mirrored Rimless Aviator Sunglasses by Le Specs
I'm a huge sunglasses junkie. I have four pairs in my car at all times and 4 more in my bedroom for special occasions. I have a pair similar to these, but they're super cheap and fall off my face all the time. I love the mirrored look and the gold makes them ten times better!

13. Skin Rejuvenating Pillowcase by Iluminage
My favorite blogger, Lauryn, at The Skinny Confidential talks about how much she loves sleeping on a silk pillowcase, and I'm interested if this pillowcase does the same trick. For $50 it better permanently fix my damn skin!

14. Astro Electric Aromatherapy Diffuser by Serene House
Well damnit, Nordstrom. They sold out of the diffuser I was originally going to put in this post, but luckily they have another one on sale! I've never been an essential oil girl before, but after reading a lot about it, I caved and bought some cheap essential oils at TJ Maxx (aka the best place on earth, right after Target). One of my coworkers has a diffuser at her desk and I loveee walking by and getting a deep inhale of her yummy essential oils so I think I may be buying a diffuser in the near future!

15. Gym & Tonic Graphic Tee by Sub_Urban Riot
So I actually have a tank from TJ Maxx (like I said above, TJ Maxx is bae) that says Gym & Tonic and it's one of my favorites (I mean, who doesn't love a good alcohol pun?!). When I found this tee in the sale I knew I had to include it.

16. Mini MAC Velvet Convertible Crossbody Bag by Rebecca Minkoff
Like I said above (#7) , I looooveee Rebecca Minkoff. This bag is basically the same bag I use daily, but instead of leather, it's velvet. Velvet is definitely in right now and this bag would be sooo perfect for fall/winter. Think: NYE.

17. Dry Tempo Running Shorts by Nike
If you're in college, you most likely already own at least two pairs of these shorts. I think I might own seven...? If you're about to start college, you need these shorts. In the south, the every day college attire for girls is usually an XL tee shirt and these shorts. I was so excited they were in the sale because they're such a college staple!



Maybe I'll buy one or two of these (probably the Nike shorts TBH), but like I said at the top, I don't exactly have money to blow. A girl can dream though, right?!

Nordstrom Sale Picks If I Had Money To Blow


What are your N-Sale picks?! I'm actually very curious. What have you bought/what do you plan on buying?! Comment below and let me know! As always, follow me on Twitter, Instagram, FacebookBloglovin' and Pinterest, cheers bitches :-)

My Trader Joe's Must-Haves

For those of you who watch my Instagram stories, you know I'm a bigggg Trader Joe's gal. I'm there once a week, but I go HAM (hard as a mothaf*cker, in case you're wondering). I've posted a couple insta stories of what I've gotten but for those who don't follow me (which should probably change..) I decided to do a post to share with y'all my Trader Joe's must-haves!

First off, I'll start with a convincing argument of why you should be shopping at Trader Joe's. When they first built a Trader Joe's near my house in Kansas City when I was in high school, my mom was ecstatic. Like I said, I was in high school, so I obviously did not understand the hype of just another grocery store. However, once you walk into one of these stores, you realize it's not your average neighborhood supermarket. With employees sporting Hawaiian shirts, practically begging to help you, you feel a little more at home than you would at any other store.

My Trader Joe's Must-Haves


To me, the most unique thing about TJ's (yeah, we're on a nickname basis) is the fact that most of their products are private label. This means that most of their items are a Trader Joe's brand rather than, say, Kraft or Hostess. After a quick stop on Wikipedia, I learned that TJ's only has 4,000 products, while a regular grocery store may have up to 50,000 products. That's quite a difference. However, studies have truly proven that more choices aren't always better (sorry, my nerd is showing) and TJ's has been proving that time and time again.

Another interesting thing about the grocery store is that unlike many of your huge supermarkets, there aren't any rewards programs or coupons (sorry, extreme couponers). However, you don't really need any of these because Trader Joe's has figured out how to buy cheap and sell cheap, keeping costs super low. The one exception to this is TJ's "Fearless Flyer," which comes out each week boasting ridiculously low prices and promoting their unique products (umm, jalapeno limeade? I'm down).

My Trader Joe's Must-Haves

One last thing for all of my health-conscious readers: According to Wikipedia (my high school English teacher is totally going to cringe at me citing Wikipedia),

"Trader Joe's has said its private-label products contain no artificial flavors, no artificial preservatives, no colors derived from anything other than naturally available products, no genetically modified ingredients, no partially hydrogenated oils (adding trans fat), no MSG. In addition, its private label dairy products use milk from cows not given the artificial growth hormone rBST."

You know what that means? Trader Joe's is good. for. you. Damn straight. Alright, enough about the boring stuff. Y'all are here for the goods.

When I first thought about this post, I was just going to do a few favorites. But then I began writing and I was like, shit, I have a lot of favorites. So I've decided to do a whole list of items, divided by the section they're in at Trader Joe's. Now obviously, this isn't an entire shopping list. I don't have things like chicken breasts or pepper on here because you shouldn't need help with that stuff. I'm only throwing on things I specifically love from Trader Joe's and buy semi-regularly.

My Trader Joe's Must-Haves

Produce:

  • Pre-Seasoned Brussels Sprouts: I feel bad for brussels sprouts because they always seem to get a bad rap. Brussels sprouts are good, people! And these are the best. The pre-seasoned and pre-chopped brussels sprouts take the hard work out of the preparation and are super yummy. I’ll usually toss these in olive oil and add in some seasoning and then bake them in the oven for 30ish minutes. So easy and so good!
My Trader Joe's Must-Haves
  • Organic Baked Tofu: People always think I’m weird because I buy tofu even though I’m not vegetarian at all (just wait till you see me scarf down an In-N-Out burger in like 2 minutes flat). My fondness for tofu started at Noodles & Co. back at home. I would always order sautéed tofu on my pesto cavatappi. However, in Fort Worth we don’t have Noodles (I’m literally contemplating starting a petition to bring one here) so I had to get creative. After a few failed attempts with non-marinated tofu (it’s a whole process of drying them, pressing them, sautéing them… just really annoying in general) I found this magical tofu. Already pressed and marinated, I usually cut it up into little squares, sauté them, then bake them to make them crispy. Perfect for salads, pasta, or by itself. It ain’t Noodles, but it’ll do.
My Trader Joe's Must-Haves
  • Watermelon Spears: this is kind of a no-brainer but their pre-sliced watermelon is to die for. I’ll bring it as a “dessert” for my work lunch so I have something sweet without eating something too sugary.
  • Persian Cucumbers: I love to chop these up into fourths (long-wise) and have them as a snack at work. I’ve always been a fan of cucumbers and these make them that much more fun to eat!

 Beverages:

  • Synergy Organic Kombucha: I just recently started with this fad, and I actually like it. Not going to lie, Kombucha is an acquired taste. When I first tasted it, it was very vinegary and strong and I was not a fan. However, I finished the bottle and ended up liking it. There are so many health benefits, it's hard to pass it up. I've only tried this flavor (really adventurous, obviously) but you should definitely try it at least once!
My Trader Joe's Must-Haves
  • Spindrift Sparkling Water (lemon): This isn't your ordinary sparkling water. Imagine a La Croix but with 10x the flavor. That's what this tastes like. I've tried the cucumber (wasn't a huge fan, to be honest) and the grapefruit (much better) so now it's time I try the lemon. The grapefruit one wasn't your ordinary grapefruit "flavoring." It was all the tart of a really grapefruit and would be absolutely perfect for a low-cal option to mix with your favorite liquor. 
My Trader Joe's Must-Haves
  • Two Buck Chuck: Ah yes, the famous Two Buck Chuck. Technically named Charles Shaw, this wine is basically what made Trader Joe's. Literally $2 for an entire bottle of wine is exactly what my college budget loves (ok, well technically in the state of Texas, it goes for $3. Check your state's price here). If you're a wine connoisseur, this may not be your cup of tea, but if all you want is a glass of pinot grigio after a long day of work, Chuck is there for you.

Grocery:

  • Organic Tricolor Quinoa: Not much more to say than this is some good ass quinoa. If you're a quinoa hater I dare you to try this and tell me it isn't delicious.
My Trader Joe's Must-Haves
  • Everything But The Bagel Seasoning: GUYS. THIS STUFF CAME STRAIGHT FROM HEAVEN. I'm not kidding. This stuff is good on everything. I put it on eggs, pasta, avocado toast... you name it. This is a must have x100.
  • Speculoos Cookie Butter: If you've never tried Cookie Butter, I am so sorry. This is God's gift to man. I'm fully convinced. Imagine cookies but in a peanut butter texture. Ugh. Sooo good. I can't even explain it to you, you'll just have to try it yourself.
My Trader Joe's Must-Haves

  • Ghee (clarified butter): For those of you who have never heard of ghee (trust me, I hadn't a month ago) it's basically a better-for-you version of butter. You can check out the benefits here, but in short, it's great for gluten-free folks or those who have lactose intolerances. 
  • Red Lentil Pasta: Hugeeee shoutout to Lauryn Evarts at The Skinny Confidential for making me try this. Lauryn raves about this pasta all over her Instagram, podcast and private Facebook group, so I simply had to try it. This stuff tastes like normal, carb-filled pasta, but is sooo much better for you. (Easy hack: put ghee and Everything But the Bagel seasoning on it)
My Trader Joe's Must-Haves

Snacks & Sweets:

  • Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups: If I had to pick a top three from this list, this one would definitely make it. Just like a tasty Reese's, these peanut butter cups are even better with a dark chocolate outside. They're truly my guilty pleasure. I love putting them in my freezer for a cool, yummy treat.
My Trader Joe's Must-Haves
  • Cheddar Rocket Crackers: Most people know that I'm obsessed with goldfish. Always have been, always will. Well, ladies and gents, I've found its replacement. These are basically TJ's version of goldfish but I think I might like them more. They're also in cute rocket shapes (because they're probably made for children... not 22-year-old college students) so that makes them even better.
  • RxBars: If you follow any fitness or health guru, you've probably seen these. They're all the rage right now. With simple no-BS ingredients, you truly know what you're putting into your body. Although not as tasty as some protein bars I've tried (there are a plethora of flavors though!) they definitely fill me up before a visit to the gym or when the 3pm hunger hits. I've also heard TJ's has the best price for them comparatively, but I'm not positive!
My Trader Joe's Must-Haves

  • Coconut Macaroons: Ah yes, another sweet treat. And another find from The Skinny Confidential! These are a yummy dessert that doesn't have too much junk in them, if you're able to limit yourself!
My Trader Joe's Must-Haves


My Trader Joe's Must-Haves


These are just a few of many of my favorite finds at Trader Joe's. I've tried countless products from there and honestly rarely find something I don't like (this is a dangerous, dangerous game). So now I'm curious, what are your Trader Joe's staples? Or maybe what have you tried and hated?! Anything is fair game! Share in a comment below or tweet me with your opinions! As always, follow me on Twitter, FacebookBloglovin' and Pinterest, cheers bitches :-)