How is it Monday already?!?!  And on top of that, how is it SO close to Christmas?!?!  Time needs to slow down.  Well, the weekends need to slow down.  M-F can chug right along.

I can’t even begin to describe how heavenly our little weekend was.  But I’ll try.

Saturday was spent shopping and holding hands, sans children!  First up, Mall of Georgia, where I crossed almost everyone off my shopping list!!  AHHHHH!!  That felt good.  I thought I had budgeted enough time for us to shop and get to the spa with plenty of time.  Wrong.

Due to Atlanta traffic, we were TWENTY MINUTES late to our massage, meaning that they lasted around 40 minutes.  Blasted traffic!!  THAT’S why I don’t live in a big city!

The massage was still worth every penny!  Travis even said, “We need to get massages more often”.  Sweeter words have never left his lips.  After some probing, I discovered that for the entire massage, the masseuse never ventured past his back?!?  He never turned over, he didn’t get his legs or arms massaged.  Just his back.  AND, Travis preferred it that way.  Strange to me.  I like to get everything rubbed down.  (Insert some off-color joke here – I’m all out.)

After our massage, we went to Trader Joes.


Question:  Do you know what happens when you wander into Trader Joe’s around 2:30pm, crazy starving because you haven’t eaten lunch… blissed out of your mind, because you spent the past 40 minutes basking in the euphoria of a deep-tissue massage?


Answer:  You turn into a Honey Badger, rabidly clawing at anything that moves.  Or in the food’s case, doesn’t move, but looks like it needs a home in your lavender-oil lacquered belly.


162 bucks later….


A bird’s eye view really IS best for capturing gluttony.  Just ask my mom, who likes to get on the stairs to take a picture of everyone in their post-turkey Thanksgiving Day haze.

If you’ve never been to Trader Joe’s before, I feel really sorry for you.  I also feel like taking you by the hand and leading you through some of my purchases, a) to educate and b) to incite jealousy.

Hold my hand.

First off, I asked friends what I should put on my TJ list.  The response was all over the board.  I took that to mean – BUY A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING.  The highlights:

  • 3 boxes of cereal
  • 8 jars of peanut butter
  • Sweet Potato Gnocchi


  • 2 jars of sunflower seed butter (My new favorite nut, er seed butter)
  • 8 Fiberful Fruit Roll-ups
  • 2 boxes of Candy Cane Joe Joes (which btw, are AMAZING paired with Edy’s Light Peppermint Ice Cream!)


  • 2 tubs of hummus (Three Layer and Chipotle Pepper)
  • 2 different types of Joe’s beer (I forsee some Robert Goulet, string cheese cut up into fancy slices, paper cups and that beer as a future date night.)
  • 3 different types of PRETZELS (a CLEAR sign that we were hungry – pretzels make us thirsty Winking smile)
  • 2 bars of Dark Chocolate


If you go to TJ’s this time of year, you simply MUST buy some Speckuloos Cookie Spread.  Similar to Biscoff, this cookie spread is essentially ground up cookies and oil –  yep, health food.  Imagine that I inserted a picture of it.  Because they were SOLD OUT! Wah wah.

After pitching a mini-fit and speaking to a manager, I compromised with cupcakes.


I plan to grind them up and make my own cupcake spread.  THEN, I’ll spoon THAT on top of cookies.  Who’s winning at life now, hmmm?

After paying the bill, we raced home to pick up Henry and Clara from Mom and Katy.  One look at them and you could tell a lot of spoiling ensued while we were gone.  I think the chocolate stained t-shirts and sass gave it away.


Yesterday, we went to church, ate lunch out, and I went for a much-needed 5 mile run.  Once night fell, the search for Christmas lights was on!  But what. to. wear?



No one replied to that tweet, so I’m thinking that people just didn’t see it or they had no clue what I was talking about.  Do other people do this or is it a Southern thing? You get in a car, blast some carols, and drive around for a couple of hours, admiring everyone’s Christmas lights.


All in all, one of our better weekends.  And yes, Travis – you can buy me a massage anytime.  Or a sandbag.  Or a pedicure.  Or a Vitamix.  Or a….

QUESTION:  How was your weekend?  Do you have your shopping done?  Trader Joes must haves?


  1. Katie @ Peace Love & Oats says:

    I cannot believe you managed to spend so much in Trader Joe’s!!! It’s one of my favorite places to shop because it’s so inexpensive and I never spend more than $40! Haha guess I’m not stocking up though! Glad you had such an amazing weekend!

  2. lindsay says:

    oh my, did TJ’s have any groceries left? jk. I do the same even when i am not hungry, which shows how much i spend on food. But i’d rather spend it on food than go to the mall, so good call!
    Glad you guys at least got a massage. What, no butt massage for travis? Thats the best part!

  3. Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries says:

    i’m so proud of your TJ’s visit – way to stock up! the sunflower seed butter is most definitely a must when i go there. we don’t have TJ’s in utah, so i got some stuff in AZ while we were there for Thanksgiving. i definitely should’ve stocked up like you did though. i devoured my sunflower seed butter within two weeks, and i’m missing it like crazy!

  4. Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health says:

    Hahaha love the footie pic…and the Christmas lights pic where the house says “ditto”. That’s too funny! I’m so jealous of your TJ’s trip! I absolutely love that store, but I don’t get to go very often. I think I need to make an effort though because I’m salivating over your purchases :D.

  5. Christin@christinjoyful says:

    oh my gosh Trader Joes is so dangerous!! I pretty much just looked at your list and your pictures and was all, “Yep, I get that, and that, oooh love that, wait why haven’t I gotten that in awhile what’s wrong with me?”…hehe…

    Have a great day!! :)

  6. Christin@purplebirdblog says:

    Ahhhhhh torture post with all your TJ’s loot!! And seriously, 162 for ALL OF THAT?! Steal of the century, I say! I will continue to lament the fact that there is no TJ’s within a bazillion mile radius of me and pout and be jealous of your haul. My family and I totally used to go “light lookin'” (fun to say!), and I’m trying to convince Alex that we need to do the same!

  7. STUFT Mama says:

    Um, lindsay, you may have gotten the best finds ever at Trader Joe’s. I’ve been eyeing those cupcakes for weeks. It’s a dangerous place. So glad you had such an amazing weekend! Love your pjs. And… Andrew hates holding my hand in public. In jealous. Hugs friend! Let me know what SB says! :)

  8. Bonnie says:

    What a great weekend! Travis, massages, a break from the (adorable!) kids, good food, TJs, church, FOOTIE PJS…I mean, come ON! :D Fun to read your recap. Every time I go home to CA I go to Trader Joe’s, and although I could buy so many things to take home for our pantry, I normally just walk around and enjoy it. My FAVORITE (one of them! let’s be honest) thing there? TJ’s Almond butter with roasted flax seeds. I can eat a tub of that stuff in a week easy.

    …glad you enjoyed your weekend! And my phone was dead – I missed those tweets so I’m glad you reposted them – the photo too. #awesome

  9. Jess says:

    HA!! I love your list of items from TJs! I was DROOLING at the thought of those cupcakes as a spread. you are amazing!! I also LOVE that dark chocolate with the sea salted caramel inside. SINFULLY delicious. And now I want some, darn it! ;-) Glad you had a great weekend!

  10. Stephanie says:

    Gasp! Did you actually SEE the ditto house? Is it close to where you live? (OK, I realize how lame it is that I’m excited that you live close enough to the ditto house to drive by it.)

    No Trader Joes in Canada, so I’ve never been. Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Target…it’s like the blogger store trifecta. Some day I’m going to have to go on a road trip, just to shop.

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