For the love of grocery stores

My favorite part of the weekend was my trip to the grocery. No, really. I. love. the grocery store! I couldn’t wait to go so that I could start cooking and clean eating. I’ve gotten off track these last couple of weeks because of the move, but I was determined to change things.

HEB

I couldn’t contain my excitement to get inside the store. I was also the creeper taking pictures hoping that no one would notice. Look at all the fresh produce.

Fresh produce

Got a lot of good stuff. Can’t wait to get cooking.

fresh food

On Friday, I went to a work function. Aquasana, a Texas based company, recently moved closer to downtown Austin, and they had an open house to show off their new office space. I went to the event and brought our blondies and brownies. They were a hit!

I got this cool new water bottle, and got to try their sparkling water.

Aquasana Event

Saturday I got up and had breakfast of champions – 2 kind bars. They were tasty!

Saturday breakfast

I spent all of Saturday running errands. And as much as I hate shopping, the weather helped to brighten the day. Who can complain about sunshine?

Beautiful weather

I stopped by Whole Foods for a good healthy lunch to keep me going. I had a side of kettle chips; they’re healthy too, right? 😉

Healthy Eating

I was determined to find items that would help me to better organize the kitchen, bathroom and closet. I had an idea of what I was looking for, but wasn’t really sure how much I would need or if the pieces would work for the spaces I had identified. So, I grabbed what I could find and kept in mind that I could return whatever I didn’t need or didn’t work.

I started at the Container Store. I really like the Container Store, but in general they are expensive. However, there is something about their products that just make sense. I mean they’re called the Container Store for a reason! Since they are having their Spring sale, I figured it was worth taking a look. I ended up grabbing several pieces to help me organize my bathroom. Here is the bathroom when I first started organizing.

Bathroom craziness

And a few of the drawers after I was done

make up

Nail polish anyone? 😉

nail polish

I meant to take a picture of the 2 drawer shelves that I got for under my sink. Since the containers that I had didn’t fit under the sink, and the only other storage in my bathroom is open shelving, I needed a different organizing solution. I got two of these for under my sink

Silver 2-drawer mesh organizer

They work really well and hold a lot of product. I highly recommend these to anyone who has a bunch of stuff under their sink, but can’t easily access it. Being able to slide the shelves was a big selling point for me.

After a long day of shopping and organizing I got a good night sleep in preparation for more shopping the next day. I had things that needed to be returned and a few other things to pick up.

Sunday was another beautiful day

Sunday Weather

I made my way to Ikea because the shelving unit I got from Target didn’t work (poor quality). It’s okay, because I love any excuse to go to Ikea.

Ikea

I had one of their tv consoles for 7 years, but finally threw it out because it became too much when moving. It’s definitely a piece that I could see myself buying again, just not right now. I did however, end up with a piece from that same line. I was looking for shelving that I could put in my closet to hold t-shirts, long sleeve t’s, sweatpants and jeans, and sweatshirts. I wanted something that was easily accessible and didn’t take up too much room. I immediately put this together when I got home and put my clothes away. Happy, happy, joy, joy!

closet shelves

All-in-all I had a great weekend filled with shopping, organizing, cleaning and cooking. Hands down my favorite part was going to the grocery store. It’s the only kind of shopping that I like. There are so many good, healthy (and gluten free) choices that get my wheels spinning on new dishes to make or recipes to try.

I normally go to the store with a list of what I need to get, but it’s always fun to go and pick out what’s super fresh and then determine later what you will make. Good rule of thumb, shop the perimeter of the store. This is where the better for you, less proceeded foods are located. Again, that’s not to say you can’t wander into the aisle. There are some good things you can eat, and some treats. Hey, everything in moderation.

One last thing, I’m happy to report I’m down to just two boxes.

photo 3

Like my “couch” and “coffee table”? 🙂 Haha. One week down and only 7-9 more until my couch arrives!

Question: What was your favorite part of your weekend?

My stuff has arrived!

My thoughts and prayers go out to those in West, Texas. Very sad to hear about the explosion at the plant. May all those who were effected find peace. May the town stand united and come back stronger than before.

praying for west

I couldn’t contain my excitement on Tuesday when my stuff finally arrived. I was so very happy my whole attitude changed. No really! A huge weight lifted off my shoulders and I felt a sense of calm after the movers left.

Living in an empty apartment for a week and a half isn’t fun; the site of the boxes made me smile. When reality sank in…all of these needed to be unpacked…my mind started racing about how quickly I could get it all done.

This is what my apartment looked like when the movers were done taking everything off of the truck.

My stuff arrives part 2 My stuff arrives part 3

As I was signing paperwork, I jokingly said to the movers, “so, who’s going to unpack all of this?” Haha. They laughed, but also offered to help. Seriously, while I had issues with the office of the moving company, the driver was super nice and very efficient. After the movers left I headed to work for another productive day.

Tuesday night I grabbed a bite to eat with my friend Mimi and her sister, Stefanija. We had SO much fun! These two women are so sweet, and are really making me feel welcomed in my new city.

This is Mimi and me at dinner. We met through a Beachbody challenge group (thanks Kelly!). Mimi and I both agreed that we felt like we have known each other forever. Always a good feeling when making new friends.

Mimi and Me

We went to Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden (check ’em out). Look at their wall of 100 beers. A beer lovers dream!

100 beers on the wall

The weather was so beautiful that we decided to sit outside. Even though you have to wait to be seated they have large community tables. You don’t even realize that you are sitting at a table with a bunch of other people. It’s really cool; several places that I have been to in Austin have been like this. I like it!

For dinner I enjoyed an omission beer (gluten free),

Omission Beer

chicken and spinach sausage (no bun because they didn’t have one that was gluten free),

Chicken and spinach sausage

and some yummy fries.

A side of fries

Y’all this was a side of fries! I shared with the ladies because even though I could have eaten all of them myself, I knew I didn’t need to eat all of them.

Tuesday night at Banger’s includes live music. Ahhh, welcome to Austin! 🙂

Outdoors at dinner

After dinner I went home to unpack a few boxes, but a few turned into several. This was the first thing I unpacked – my Vitamix blender!

THE Blender

Very necessary in a household where one drinks Shakeology every day. I could have gone to bed after unpacking this, because it was the second most anticipated item I was waiting for, but I kept going…

Night one of unpacking complete 3

The kitchen is completely unpacked. I can’t wait to cook in it this weekend. Here is what the apartment looked like later the night, errr the next morning.

Night one of unpacking complete 2

Night one of unpacking complete

Not too shabby for one night. When I was packing I labeled each box based on which room it belongs in (color coded of course), numbered it, and listed the general items that were in each box on a piece of paper. It really has made things 110% easier to unpack. I’ll share a picture of my list tomorrow.

The difficult task that I find with unpacking is where to put things that make sense. Being in a new place you have to learn the flow of the space. I made a list of things that I needed to get for the kitchen that will help make things easier during my time in the apartment.For now though it is ready to be cooked in!

Night one of unpacking was a success. Not only did I get the kitchen organized, but I put away my clothes in the dresser. My closet was a different story; I left this for day two of unpacking!

Question: I know moving is difficult, but if you had to choice which you liked better packing or unpacking which would you pick?