Get Ready to Celebrate: Sprouts Lynnwood is Now Open // GIVEAWAY!

Today is the big day – Sprouts Lynnwood is now open! If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen a behind-the-scenes tour during the soft opening of the store. It was so much fun getting to hear directly from the Sprouts team that is in town for the opening some of the great things that make this store unique. While Sprouts is a chain, each store has slightly different offerings to serve the shoppers in that geographic location.

Photo thanks to Emma of Emma’s Edition

Disclosure: Thanks to Sprouts for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own!

​​​​​​​My favorite thing from the store tour? Trying the Sprouts team’s favorite products! We got to try samples of some interesting and unique products such a tropical fruit salad made with Melissa’s Produce, tart golden berries, and locally roasted CB’s Nuts. Their lightly salted peanuts are way too delicious! I definitely went home with a cart full of healthier snack options (like SkinnyPop Protein Popcorn, Sprouts Coconut Rolls, Veggie Chips, and more!), fresh produce from Melissa’s, and a few quick meal options.

​​​​​​​While I do like to cook and bake, during the work week I struggle with time. After working all day, I rarely feel like cooking a big meal which is why having a variety of frozen and fresh foods available that don’t take long to cook are key. I picked up things like Beecher’s Whole Wheat Mac and Cheese (ok, maybe not the healthiest, but with a salad and lots of fresh veggies on the side it’s better than take out!), Hilary’s Veggie Bites, Beyond Burgers, and Amy’s Veggie Pizza. I love that I can head to the frozen food section and shop a wide variety of natural, organic options from my favorite brands!

Because Sprouts is fairly new to Washington, I’ve had some questions about the store as well as the brand new Lynnwood location. Today, I thought I’d share some fast facts to know before you shop!

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14+ Outfit Ideas for Celebrating Valentine’s Day // GIVEAWAY!

Happy February, friends! It’s my favorite month of the year, partly because it’s my birthday month, but also because it’s the month of love! Valentine’s Day and Galentine’s Day are both coming up quick, and I love to celebrate both. Valentine’s day outfit planning is so much fun, and beyond spending time wiht my loved ones, my favorite part of each of these holidays is the outfits.

Red and pink are two of my favorite colors, so go figure I’d be able to dig up quite a few outfits featuring each of these colors. Because I wear it so often, I thought I’d round up my 14 favorite red and pink looks to share with you today for your Valentine’s day fashion inspiration!

And, don’t forget to scroll to the bottom of this post. There’s a fun giveaway for something that will go great with any Valentines Day outfit you have planned!

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I Spent $50 on This Outfit // Taking the Thrift Store Challenge

Thrifting is one of my favorite hobbies. Sure, sometimes I completely strike out. But other times? It’s a total gold mine. So when my friend Megan of Diary of This Girl asked me if I might want to take the thrift store challenge and put together a head to toe look together with just $50 and only items we found during our thrift store shopping trip, I said, “Of course!”

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose here! This post was paid for by me and no affiliate links are being used.

We met for lunch, got caffeinated, and then ended up at the Seattle Goodwill in Edmonds. With the big KonMari craze happening, we figured our timing was probably just right. After all, if everyone is cleaning out their closet after watching Marie Kondo on Netflix, then you can bet that the thrift stores will be piled high with the good stuff. One (wo)man’s trash is another (wo)man’s treasure, right?

Right.

So here’s how we did!

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Better-for-You Sweet & Salty Snack Spread for the Big Game

Who’s excited for Superbowl Weekend?! Let’s be honest, I’m just looking forward to the game day snacks to be had, and the halftime commercials. If you’re like me and are putting your snack face on this weekend, then I have a snack spread that will feed the hungriest of crowds, and will satisfy a myriad of palettes. 

Even better? It’s not so unhealthy. Shh, don’t tell your guests!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of
popchips. All opinions are my own!

Because popchips are a better-for-you option over some other snacks, I thought it would be fun to put a better-for-you healthy Superbowl Snack spread together for the big game. If you’re like me, then your friends and family have allergies and dietary restrictions that can sometimes put a damper on parties. A few simple swaps from traditional homegating food are all it takes to make sure everyone can have something to snack on!

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Think Style Bloggers Are Perfect? Think Again! // 10 Favorite #OOTD Outtakes from 2018

In the spirit of full disclosure, style blogging is far from perfect. It takes a lot of effort to get that perfect outfit capture that you see on Instagram, or here on the blog. In fact, if you go back into my archies, you’ll see my outfit photos weren’t always so glamorous. (And I’d still argue they aren’t today, but they’ve definitely come a long way!)

I used to be terrified to take photos out in public, so I’d make Dave snap a few photos in the backyard of the condo he used to own. As I got more gutsy, I would shoot right outside the condo complex on the sidewalk that ran along a busy street. When I got really brave, I would sometimes have him take photos of me on side streets and alleyways.

The longer I’ve done this, the more confident and comfortable I feel taking photos in public. Honestly, practice makes perfect. The first few times you will do it you might think everyone is looking at you or judging you. The truth is, that most of the time 1. no one is paying any attention, or 2. they are and end up complimenting your outfit or are just curious! It’s pretty rare that I get any hate, but I’d be lying if I said it never happens. Remember this story about the mean shop owner? I’ve had others, too. But the good honestly far outweighs the bad!

Ok, ok. If you’re here just to see the cringe-worthy photos, I’m getting to it, I promise.

I’ll let you see those and give you a true behind the scenes look at the less-than-glamorous shots that happened las year. In no particular order, here are my favorite outtakes from 2018!

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