I’m having a love affair – with Trader Joe’s. We have a secret rendezvous at least twice a week. Well, not that secret since I usually have to bring my toddler and sometimes my 5-year-old twins, too. But my children are supportive. They love Trader Joe’s as much as I do....more
When I go out I'm usually thinking about what I have to do and where I'm going. Never do I anticipate what will come into my field of vision.In the grocery store one time there was a balding woman. Balding means that her hair was missing past the middle of her head. Her exposed scalp was a rich brown color and it glowed with good health. The hair that was left was thick and beautiful. She gave me a defiant look then went about her business....more
This month, The Brothers Lane will announce the Austin location of the first in.gredients store, which will offer no-packaging grocery shopping. The store, which is expected to open sometime in October, will let customers fill their own reusable containers with everything and anything found in a normal grocery store: local and organic products ranging from dry bulk goods and dairy to wine and beer and household cleaners.
We have a family of seven-to-ten, depending on whether my step kids are visiting; as you might imagine, we consume a tremendous amount of food. You may be thinking that our children are too small to do much damage to the pantry, but you would be wrong. These kids are born eaters, gobbling up copious amounts of grub, which gives them fuel to rush around in frenzied play burning it off just in time for the next meal. The problem with a large family eating a lot of food is that it requires many trips to the grocery store (or at least a couple very long trips), often which includes bringing the large family’s worth of children with me. It’s a vicious cycle that can be stopped only by cutting off their food supply or buying a self-sustaining farm....more
Picture it: You're checking out at the grocery store, cranky toddler in your cart, 10 people behind you, dinner party plans for tonight brewing. You've chosen your red wine based partly on a $3 coupon hanging from the bottle neck. The cashier unhooks the coupon, peers at it, shifts his eyes up and apologizes, "Sorry ma'am. This one doesn't scan. It's a mail-in rebate." WHAT???? A mail-in rebate??? For three dollars?? Are you on crack?...more
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