Trader Joe's

 

 

Trader Joe’s is my one stop shop when I’m having people over to our house. My first grab is always FRESH FLOWERS. They have the prettiest varieties at the best prices and they usually last me over a week.

 

Next I always grab numerous items – but I wanted to share with you my 4 TOP favorites:

 

1. Raisin Rosemary Crisps – I tried these based on a girlfriend’s recommendation. And boy was she right! These little crisps have so much great flavor. I like to serve them with goat cheese best! Any softer cheese would do…

 

2. Mandarin Orange Chicken – I can’t tell you how many girl’s nights I threw these puppies in the oven. Very very easy meal to accomplish and I throw it over some white rice for a quick “take-out” mean IN! Such deliciousness.

 

3. Blue Cheese Pecan Dip – This is the QUEEN of all dips. If you like blue cheese that is. And I very much do. Even a few of my non-blue cheese friends enjoy this dip. I usually serve with pita chips from Trader Joe’s, but any harder chip/cracker would do. And don’t forget the red wine…A little cabernet with blue cheese is ALWAYS a good iea.

 

4. Dark Chocolate Speculoos Cookie Butter Cups – And for a small dessert because you are so stuffed from my other treats! Have you ever tried Trader Joe’s cookie butter?! It is a must. It’s never lasted long enough for me to actually try it ON anything…I’ve eaten it straight from the jar with a spoon. So when I saw these little cups, I knew it was love at first sight! Dark Chocolate and cookie butter is a decadent combo!

Mia Maree Nautical Spring

 

 

Mia Maree Nautical Spring 2

 

 

Mia Maree Nautical Spring 3

 

Top: similar // Skirt: ASOS // Glasses: Prada // Watch: Withings 

I’m always evaluating how to better spend my time. Because let’s face it…it seems like we all run out of it VERY quickly. Weekends seem to be two days of super fast catch-up. But Monday rolls around and I find myself still feeling exhausted and in need of a weekend from my weekend.

 

How do I reclaim my weekend? How do I make it work for me? I came across this article in Forbes last month “How Successful People Spend Their Weekends” and realized a lot of points in this article I was missing.

 

For example – Minimize chores. I tend to let a lot pile up for the weekend. I never find time to get certain chores done during the week, so I spend a solid few hours tackling laundry or dusting on the weekends. This article made me rethink, well if I can just do ONE thing a night to help lessen that load, it would maximize my weekend time.

 

Another example – Exercise. EEEEK. I am one to say…go to gym? NO way…it’s the weekend! Well my friends, maybe it doesn’t work that way. I still have no interest in spending time IN the gym on the weekend, but instead I combine a few of the article’s suggestions together and try to do a fun activity with friends or family outside to get us ALL moving! My favorites include hiking (usually around the lake, NOT in the shopping mall) and kayaking.

 

Overall – disconnecting and relaxing through the course of the weekend, I believe, is the pinnacle of recharging for the week to come. I think to become successful you need to be “on your game” 99% of the time during the work week, so try working in some of these tips to better optimize your weekend spend.

Mia Maree Ode to the Weekend

I’m looking forward to pursuing my passions this weekend and spending a relaxing, yet fun 48 hours! 

 

*I understand some work weekends as their regular schedule. I use the term weekend freely. Whatever day or days you have off, even if it is midweek, still try implementing some of these tactics to make sure you are receiving the recharge you need!

 

Mia Maree Black Alley

 

Mia Maree Black Alley 2 Top: similar // Skirt: F21 // Shoes: Steven Madden // Bracelet: jcrew // Watch: Withings // Necklace: Baublebar // Glasses: Prada {on sale!}

 

I wore this look to brunch with my sweet girlfriend Geni. It was my first time exploring the new 21c Museum Hotel in Durham, NC. Downtown Durham is one of the best places to go and browse around for great food in the area…but with the addition of this hotel? So much intrigue and art was instantly injected. I highly recommend stopping by if you are in the Triangle!

 

Mia Maree Blooms 3

 

 

Mia Maree Blooms 2

 

 

Mia Maree Blooms Dress: Old Navy // Shoes: SoleSociety // Earrings: Baublebar // Glasses: Prada

 

There is nothing like welcoming spring with buying gorgeous bright bouquets of flowers, planting flowers in hopes of beautiful blooms and of course wearing a fun floral to put you in the Spring spirit. A long sleeve dress is a go-to right now when the temperature is still a bit chilly before noon, but lovely once the day opens up.

 

Having a bright blue day with gorgeous weather puts me in the best of moods. But with Spring…there are showers and I’m looking forward to this rainy season wrapping up quickly!

 

I’m off in the next 24 hours for a weekend get-away with my husband to the mountains of North Carolina and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m ready to soak in some relaxation and time well spent together. Have a wonderful rest of your week!

 

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