LoveLeigh Gift Guide for Her

It’s the most wonderful time of year, not only because we are so close to Christmas that I can almost taste my mom’s chocolate chip pie, but because I now have a reason to justify my outrageous shopping problem! Joy to the world. It’s gifting season.

My next few blog posts will be a series of gift guides to help you find the perfect present for everyone in your life from your little bro to you grandma.

First up are the LoveLeigh ladies in your life!

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1. OPI Infinite Shine Starter Kit

Read my post about all the reasons I love it. This is perfect for your friend that likes having nice nails, but doesn’t have time to make it to the salon every two weeks.

2. Baublebar Pinata Tassel Earrings 

These are everywhere this season and come in lots of different colors. I love the red ones for the holidays!

3. Barefoot Dreams Blanket 

This is the softest blanket on planet Earth. It’s a little pricey, but you can get it at Nordstrom Rack for half off.

4. A Groupon

Sometimes the best gift is an experience! I love giving Groupons for restaurants, fitness classes or spas I have heard my friends or family mention. It gives your loved ones an excuse to treat themselves to something new.

5. It Cosmetics Brush Set

These are my favorite brushes. The set includes a brush for powder, foundation, concealer, shadow and crease. They are soft, wash well and are high quality.

6. Kiehl’s Creme De Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter

The. Best. Lotion. Ever. It’s light, smells amazing, and is super hydrating. Grab one for your mom and one for yourself.

7. Fuzzy Slippers

Everybody needs a cozy pair of slippers. I got a super comfy pair last year (thanks, Heather) and wear them around the house 24/7. I love these ones with the pom pom accents.

8. Loopy Phone Case

I’ve had my loopy for just over two months now and haven’t dropped my phone once since putting it on. The loop on the back allows you to hold your phone even while your hands are full. It’s perfect for the clumsy gal in your life.

9. Rewined Candle

These candles come in re-purposed wine bottles and – you guessed it – smell like your favorite wine. My favorite is the Sauvignon Blanc.

10. Clinique Chubbettes Set

This set is every color of chubby stick you could ever need. 20 perfectly mini, moisturizing shades for your your bff’s collection.

I hope this gave you some gifting inspiration, or just a few new items for your own wishlist. Stay tuned for more gift guides coming soon.

Love, Leigh

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The Trader Joe’s Finds You Need To Try

Since moving to Chicago, I have fallen back in love with Trader Joe’s.

My mom used to shop there when I was in high school, but I didn’t have one near me when I went off to college. Now that I am shopping at Trader Joe’s in the city, I have taken it upon myself to find the best treats and deals.

I present to you the ultimate Trader Joe’s grocery list!

Turkey Burgers

The Trader Joe’s brand Turkey Burgers are my favorite. I usually grill them, cut them up and eat them with tomato slices and the Trader Joe’s cilantro dressing.

Cilantro Dressing

This is one of the refrigerated salad dressings in the produce section. I’m not kidding when I say that I put this on everything.

It’s a great way to add some flavor to wraps and sandwiches. I like to spread it on a tortilla and add turkey, provolone and tomato slices. If you like cilantro you need this dressing in your life.

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Dark Chocolate Covered Powerberries

As we touched on in the No-Bake Power Bites post, if chocolate is involved, I’m all for it.

If you like pomegranate seeds or blueberries, this is like their delicious hybrid baby, smothered in chocolate.

Carrot Turmeric Juice

I have been looking for a turmeric juice that isn’t $8 a bottle for a while now. The Trader Joe’s one is $3.99 and tastes like carrots, so I finally found my winner.

I don’t think turmeric tastes great, but it has a lot of anti-inflammatories and antioxidant properties. I would describe the taste as a combination of ginger and pepper. Some people may disagree with that description, but some people are wrong.

The bottom line is that if you want to drink turmeric juice, but think it’s gross and expensive, this one is not gross or expensive. Thanks, Trader Joe’s.

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Lime Fruit Floes

I have always loved popsicles. I eat them all the time and these are my favorite lime flavored ones ever.

Occasionally, Trader Joe’s has Caribbean Fruit Floes, which tastes like pineapple and mango. Those are even better than the lime ones, but my store never has them.

Everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend

This seasoning is exactly what it sounds like. Some genius over at Trader Joe’s was like “hey, we should scrape all the delicious seeds and salts off the top of an everything bagel and jar it.”

Now everything I eat tastes like an everything bagel and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

My favorite things to add it to are:

  1. Avocado toast
  2. scrambled eggs
  3. Tuna salad
  4. Veggies
  5. Steak

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Reduced Guilt Mac & Cheese

$1.99 for mac & cheese that tastes amazing and has half the carbs of normal mac & cheese. Enough said.

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

I’m going to do a whole separate blog post on my favorite cauliflower pizzas, but until then just stock up on these whenever you see them. They sell out weekly and are seriously amazing.

I also use the Trader Joe’s fat free pizza sauce and mozzarella as the base for all my pizzas.

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Sparkling Spring Water

The island colada, pineapple and raspberry lime are my favorite flavors. 79 cents of bubbly delight.

Pretzel Bagels

Does anything about that combination sound bad?

Nope.

Frozen Zucchini Spirals

Shoutout to my pal Maddie for turning me onto these. When you don’t want to make your own zoodles, these are the best.

I like them with the Trader Joe’s turkey bolognese sauce.

Edamame 

I like to buy the frozen bag of lightly salted edamame.

Thaw them in the fridge and snack away. One of my favorite (healthier) salty snacks.

Dried Fruit

The coconut strips and banana chips are some of my favorite snacks to take to work. They offer organic, sweetened and unsweetened options and the prices are great compared to other stores. I also like the dried mango slices.

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Now, once you have all this stuff in your cart and are ready to pay, make sure you grab the sea salt brownies and cookie butter you told yourself you wouldn’t buy. Not because you want them, because you need them.

Love, Leigh