Tips for Saving Money at Whole Foods

I moved to Washington, DC for an internship the summer after my junior year in college.  Aside from realizing the next fifty years of my life would be wrought with anxiety because mistakes at work can cost a company a lot of money and maybe your co-workers’ jobs/livelihood (obviously none of this actually happened to me), I had the best time.  I stayed in the dorms at George Washington University with students from all around the country, went for breathtaking runs among the monuments, and explored the city on the Metro.

The only drawback to living in Washington was the cost of living.  I had two grocery shopping options available to me without a car – a Trader Joe’s a half mile away and a Whole Foods two blocks away.  I walked to the TJ’s once in a floaty, pale blue rayon top one 95-degree day and it was three shades darker when I finally staggered back into the air-conditioned dorm an hour later with my heavy bags.  Having at least some shame, I bought my groceries at Whole Foods for the remainder of the summer.  Read on for a few ways I learned to shop there without breaking the bank.

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Weekend Recap (Balance + ANF Challenge)

Well, seems I’ve a little short of my two-posts-per-week goal here lately!  Apologies (and thank yous) to the 5-7 people who read the blog regularly – I do enjoy going on about myself in this little corner of the Internet, but it’s been an unexpectedly crazy few weeks at work.  I spent a good chunk of that time not knowing whether I was on the verge of tears or maniacal laughter, but have since realized with help from both Adam and my wise mother that not allowing work to control 95% of my thoughts (the other 5% going to food, obviously) would be good for my mental health.

So, to focus on other things, here are a few photos from this weekend… (how’s that for a smooth segue?)

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Tresemme Beauty Full Volume Reverse System

Good morning!  How was your weekend?  I didn’t get up to much – it rained buckets here, which was more than the excuse I needed to spend my Saturday and Sunday reading and watching the Olympics.  Hopefully this will break the humidity we’ve been experiencing – I got out of my car at work on Thursday to the air pressing in on me and a million cicadas buzzing in the tall trees that surround our campus, and it felt like the apocalypse was coming.

Anyway, today I’m sharing a quick review of the Tresemme Beauty Full Volume Reverse System shampoo and conditioner.  The goal of reverse washing, or using conditioner on your hair before shampoo, is to increase volume while keeping strands healthy and smooth.  There are other, more expensive systems on the market, but Tresemme’s is the only drugstore version I know of.
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Weekend Recap

Good morning and welcome to the new-and-improved-but-not-yet-looking-like-it blog!  I’ve been making some behind-the-scenes updates that will give me more flexibility and control over the site in the long run, but it’s been more of a process than I anticipated.  I promise I’ll be finished and also back to posting content other than quick weekend recaps soon.  But first…

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Weekend Recap

Hi and happy Tuesday!  I didn’t end up writing this post on Sunday because I returned from Michigan too late (thanks to the ever-present construction on I-75 >:|), but had a chance to type it up last night…

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Sea Salt Sprays + A Hair Trick

Happy Thursday!  I hope everyone’s surviving the heat.  They keep it nice and frigid in our office, so there’s approximately a fifty-degree temperature difference between my desk and the other side of the door I set ten yards from.

Anyway, boring complaint over.  Do you guys use sea salt sprays in the summer?  I try to straighten my hair less often in this kind of humidity, and recently I’ve replaced some of the gels I previously used to wear my hair curly with these sprays.

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Weekend Recap (Summertime in Columbus)

Good morning!  I hope you had a nice weekend.  Sorry things look a little weird around here at the moment – I’m in the process of switching from WordPress hosting to self-hosting the blog, and apparently WordPress either can’t or won’t transfer your files if you use a premium theme.  Which doesn’t make sense, but I had to switch to a free theme (which I basically chose at random) on Saturday to start the process.  Anyway, I still felt like rambling on about myself today, so here are some photos from a low-key weekend in Columbus.condado tacos bar

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The Five Products I Can’t Live Without

Hello, hello!  How was your weekend?  Mine was full of various errands and a little soccer (literally a little, because my team in a tournament at work lost our first two games in a double-elimination setup.  But I at least “forgot” to put sunscreen on my face, so I got some color).

Today, since I mostly review newer beauty/skincare/hair products on the blog, I thought it would be fun to share the ones I’ve used for years and keep returning to even as others come and go.  Also, I have spent a lot of time hunched over my monitor at work like a gremlin as of late, and nothing particularly unique came to mind for this post.

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