my favorite trader joe’s products

I’m a total Trader Joe’s fangirl. It’s hard to believe that up until a few months ago, I’d never even really shopped in one, but it’s very quickly become my go-to grocery store. In my ideal world, I’d grow, make and preserve the vast majority of my own food and buy locally what I couldn’t… 

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what i ate wednesday: it’s back!

IMG_1801Behold, the return of What I Ate Wednesdays on Back to Her Roots! Woohoo! I know a lot of people really enjoyed this feature, and I'm really happy to bring it back. Honestly, I got a little burned out of doing WIAWs, so I took a break, but after a few weeks, I realized I totally missed sharing my eats. What a weird thing, right? To miss showing people your food? It's a weird world we live in. But anyway,. . .
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6 blog design tips for non-designers

centeredI don't do a lot of B2B (blogger-to-blogger) posts here, but I was trying to read a blog post the other day (about something I really wanted to learn about) and the design of the blog made it absolutely painful to read! So I thought maybe I'd take my experience as a web designer and write a little post with a few tips that'll help make anyone's blog more comfortable to read. So if you aren't a blogger, feel free. . .
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confessions…

costco cart1. I love making them, but I rarely use my own printables. Not because I don't want to. I really want to, but because I'm totally a closeted spreadsheet lover. Especially when it comes to keeping track of stuff like All About the Numbers. Don't tell my art school professors that I get way giddy when I successfully rock a complicated Excel formula. You should see our budget spreadsheet. Swoon. #nerd 2. I came thisclose to playing Christmas music this weekend.. . .
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cheesy baked penne with spinach and italian sausage

penne bakeI think everyone has a different definition of what comfort food is. Some people feel cozy after a giant order of Chinese food. Others might want their Mom's pot roast. And still others might prefer a sundae from their favorite ice cream shop. I get it, we all have our own thang, and that's cool. But that all being said, I have to believe that there is a large chunk of us that want the exact same thing out of. . .
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monday motivation: hard isn’t bad

hardI think we all have certain things that come easier to us than others. And while having awesome natural talent at something is a nice perk, it does seem cheapen the pride we feel. If something comes easy to you, it can be hard to feel prideful or excited when you succeed, because after all, you didn't have to work very hard. But when something is hard for you and you have to struggle and work  and practice, when you succeed,. . .
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friday freebie: spooky and delicious

friedas--Entries on this contest are now CLOSED. Thanks for participating!-- When it comes to Halloween produce, I think pumpkin pretty much has the market cornered. Pumpkin coffee. Pumpkin candy. Pumpkin cake. Pumpkin chili. Pumpkin carving. Pumpkin centerpieces. But Frieda's (a speciality produce company) is doing it's darndest to change that Pumpkinoverload by introducing the world to a whole collection of other kinds of spooky, freaky and Halloween-tastic produce. Like the spiky Kiwano melon, which tastes like a combo of lime,. . .
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totally addictive maple rosemary bar nuts

nutsI suck. I promised this recipe forever ago. Like weeks ago. And I'm just now getting around to getting it up. Yes, I suck. But what doesn't suck? The nuts (or DEEEEEZ NUUUUUTZ, if you're a frat boy). No seriously, they don't suck. There actually really delicious and addictive. They are a little bit salty, a little bit sweet and a little bit savory. Oh, and totally crazy easy to make. These nuts (along with a few other choice selections. . .
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things i’m digging…

caj-011_2z1. Newman's Own Special Blend Extra Bold Coffee This is seriously the best coffee I've ever had. It's organic, fair trade, the proceeds go to charity and it's INSANELY DELICIOUS. It's a really strong coffee without being bitter or burnt-tasting. Amazing. Honestly, all other coffee just tastes like brown water compared to this stuff. So. Good. The decaf version is really good, too. 2. Cheap Smartphone Gloves! Babyface spent a pretty penny to get me a pair of smartphone gloves. . .
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monday motivation: dreaming big

challenge motivationIf you've been with me for a while now, you may remember that way back in the day (okay, just a few months ago), I had a series called Monday Motivation. I'd share a motivating quote, my thoughts on it, plus my goals for the week. Monday Motivation posts fizzled out to open up more space for yummy recipes, but I've had quite a few requests to bring it back—so here it is! I really missed doing the Monday Motivation. . .
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the friday five.

fashion fiveHappy Friday, my friends! Woohoo! We made it! Coming back to work from vacation is always hard and I'm seriously glad to have conquered the first week back at the grind. Phew. It's nice to get back to normal though, even if the transition is a little tricky. To celebrate, I'm debuting a new weekly post called The Friday Five! Each Friday, I'll share with you guys five favorites from out there in this beautiful world of ours in each. . .
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apple pie spinach smoothie

apple pie green smoothieThere are a lot of really great green smoothie recipes out there. And because so many people are doing so many great things with the spinach smoothie, I hadn't really planned on adding to that pile of recipes. That is until this past weekend. When I had a Eur-freakin-eka moment. Apple pie. Green smoothie. Go. I caught a nasty little cold bug this past week and my sure-fire cold-shortening method is to eat clean and green. One way I make. . .
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confessions…

cake balls1. I don't shoot in RAW. I know. My photos would be better if I did, but I use an older EyeFi card and it wont transfer RAW photos wirelessly and I am too compulsively disorganized to find my camera transfer cord every time I need it. So...yeah. Eventually one day I might upgrade my EyeFi card. Maybe. 2. I ate about two dozen pumpkin spice cream cheese cake balls this past week. They were so good that I should. . .
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deskercise bingo (free printable!)

officeI got an email from a friend this past weekend. She recently went through a career shift—changing from a desk job to a retail management position. In her new gig, she's on her feet, walking, running up-and-down stairs and carrying heavy loads for hours and hours on end. Even though she just started her new job, she said in her email how much healthier she felt already. She said how freeing it was to be active as part of her. . .
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birthday boy.

babyface birthdayToday, is a very, very special day, my friends. Today is the 28th birthday of Babyface! I am so insanely lucky to have this guy in my life. He makes me coffee in the morning. He does my laundry. He cleans up after my kitchen bombs. He tells me loves me every day. He even lets me call him "Babyface" on the internet without batting an eyelash. He's just...a good guy. And I feel like there just aren't very many. . .
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