What I Ate Wednesday #6

What I Ate WednesdayLooks like I’m keeping up the regular schedule of blogging every four months about what I ate on a Wednesday.

Keep reading until the end of the post because I’ll be showing you a bit of a grocery haul and a giveaway for you guys!

daily-choresThings are pretty low key around here today. I’m going to start off by doing my daily chores, and maybe finish the rest of the chores for the week. I have this thing stuck to my fridge, so I can keep myself on a schedule with regards to upkeep on the house. Not everything is marked, but it gives me an idea of what I should do each day. Does anyone else do this sort of thing? I mean, if I don’t keep a list for myself, some parts of the house become dustier or messier than the rest.

Onto What I Ate Wednesday (except, it’s what I ate on Tuesday).

WIAW-EggBagel8:30 // A toasted everything bagel with 1 egg scrambled with fresh mushrooms and tomatoes topped with spinach, cheese and mayo. On the side I added some fresh grapes, a banana and a glass of orange juice.

WIAW-January11:40 // Lately I have been on a hot water with lemon kick. At first I thought it would taste disgusting, but for someone who loves a lot of sugar in her cup of tea in the morning, I have to say — the hot lemon water is good enough to have more than once! Oh, and more grapes. Gotta eat them while they’re fresh man!

WIAW-snackwater3:15 // It’s midday snack time! I tend to gravitate to raw nuts, and whatever else is on hand. This time being snap peas and homemade cheese crackers that taste like goldfish crackers, so that’s what you see on the side. They’re pretty good, but a little annoying to make as my food processor is tiny.

WIAW-Stir-Fry8:00 // Ever since moving to the USA I have been on the hunt for VH Sauces, apparently it’s Canadian. I love a good sweet ‘n sour chicken stir fry, so while I was home in Newfoundland I asked my Mom for her recipe. Of course homemade tastes better, is cheaper and much healthier for you. The stir fry isn’t all that colourful, thinking back I should have added a different coloured bell pepper, and added in some broccoli. Next time.

I have a specific time that I like to grocery shop, it’s around 10-11am, after the morning commuter rush and right before lunch time. I tend to hit up a couple of my favourite grocery stores rather than doing all my shop at one. I mean, the deals are everywhere and never at the same one store. Trader Joes, Sprouts, and Smart & Final are my go-to. Mainly because they’re all in the same plaza and I feel like the larger chains (Safeway or Lucky) are more expensive. So, I did my weekly grocery shop yesterday and picked up a bunch of stuff. Most of it was from Sprouts because I was supposed to go to one of their store’s grand openings up in Daly City. But I was still ‘stuck’ in Canada with the weather when it was going on.

Jessica introduced me to Sprouts when I first moved to California in February. Since I was tagging along with her on a daily basis for over a week while she was driving me around looking for places to live, it was inevitable we’d go grocery shopping together. Sprouts is basically the place where I grab the freshest produce. At times, it can be fresher and cheaper than the bargain bin grocery store that I frequent. Cha-ching.

I was given a $25 Sprouts gift card to spend there, and here’s what I got (for $39 in total): Sprouts-haul

What I picked up at Trader Joes:Trader-Joes-Haul

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Coffee. Running. Makeup. Sleep.

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  1. It’s been a while since I checked out a new-to-me coffee place and told you guys about it. It was supposed to be a semi-monthly series, to find some really great stand alone coffee shops with really cool vibes. I’m going to one tomorrow, but for safety reasons I don’t want to tell you where I went, until after I’m back home. Ha! However, the next one I want to go to is called 85°C, it’s in Cupertino. I’ll give you the run-down whenever I get a chance to pop in.
  2. The Guy and I have been running regularly. It’s rare that I’m in the mood for a run, but I’m enjoying the distraction of the length of the run when The Guy and I bring Alfie along, and I have to make sure he doesn’t launch in front of me when something scares him on the road. I only like to bring our dog once a week for a long run (for him), because I don’t want his little legs to get sore. We are amping him up slowly! This weekend past I had the urge to run both on Saturday and Sunday, can you even believe I initiated both times? Me neither, and each time was 6+km (that’s over 3.7km for the people who speak in miles). I speak in kilometers still, because let’s be honest — in kilometers sound like I’ve ran further than I did in miles. Ha!
  3. I’m thinking of creating another weekly feature on the blog. On Fridays as you know I feature our Pomeranian, hence the name POM Friday’s. I would like to blog about beauty products weekly. Something like Beauty Talks Tuesday. Does that sound dumb, or no? The name of the series, I mean. I’ve been trying to come up with a name and I’m stuck.
  4. I tweeted this out yesterday, but I am way too excited to only tweet. It needs to be blogged about. The Guy and I are upgrading our double sized bed that we’ve had for 9.5 years, and we are upgrading it to a Beautyrest KING SIZED BED. I will have all the room to sprawl out. Now the only thing I have to think of now, is bedding ideas.

Let me know something random going on in your life.

$160 PayPal Cash Giveaway

PayPal_BlogsizeJust in time for Valentine’s, am I right?

I’ve teamed up with a whack load of bloggers and have put together a $160 PayPal cash giveaway. Back in October I did another cash giveaway but it was for a Starbucks gift card. Rather than limiting people to where they can shop, I thought this would be best kind. If you’re wondering how you can spend you PayPal cash, you can check any of the stores PayPal is associated with: my favourites are eBay (duh), Victoria’s Secret, Ulta, or you can deposit it straight into your bank account.

Go ahead, enter away!

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Big thanks to all the bloggers who participated:  Oddly Lovely //I Know All The Words // Natalie Loves Beauty // New Key Beauty // Team Wiking // Gemstone Beauty // Lipstick and Laura
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POM Friday . 11

I’m quite impressed with Alfie’s athletic abilities.

Last weekend was so warm outside, we decided to go for a run in our summer gear. A six kilometre run. We brought Alfie with us. I think it’s safe to say he (yes, the dog) is in much better shape than I am! I had his leash wrapped around my hand a couple of times in case he decided he wanted to run in front of me and trip me up, so it worked out pretty well. The three of us went on a slow run, but a run none the less. I couldn’t believe at how well he held up, especially since he has little pinner legs. And you know what? He was rearin’ to keep going long after we got home. He wasn’t pooped out one bit. That’s what I call impressive. I was so proud of him!

We like to take Alfie on a two hour walk together on the weekends, so while we were doing that last weekend, the Guy wanted to pop into a store to check out some sales on games. Alfie dislikes it when The Guy and I separate for any length of time, and especially if he is missing out on anything, so I couldn’t help but laugh at him being in panic mode waiting for the guy to come out of the stores. Naturally, I documented it.

Enjoy pom friday, especially the one where he’s mid-bark. Ha!tinyPomFri

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