“Triple milled and long-lasting Good Soap™ is available exclusively at Whole Foods Market. It is made with Ethically Traded unrefined shea butter and virgin coconut oil and enhanced with aromatic plant extracts.”
You know my love for WFM. It’s hard to not find a new goodie on a trip to this amazing store. A couple weeks ago, my husband Terrance and I were out of our body-wash. We actually have always shared the same soap as well as shampoo and conditioner. I know this is rare for a lot of couples! But, it does kind of make it easier when shopping.
I ran into my local WFM to grab some things to make for our dinner later that day and on my way out of the store, I saw a stand of “good” bar soaps. I will admit I’m normally not super keen on bar soaps. But, I quickly learned that it was because I didn’t find the write one! As much as I love Whole Foods as the next person, it’s expensive af! So, I was super shocked and more than willing to try these amazing handmade soaps when I saw they were 3 for $6! There was a handful of natural scents to choose from.
I went back this afternoon after class to find an awesome surprise! There was a sale, 10 for $10! Yes! I stocked up and grabbed some new scents!
So far I have tried:
Lavender (perfect for a relaxing bath! Ahh)
Cucumber (my favorite so far!)
* There is a peppermint scent. Personally I have dry skin, so I chose not to try this kind, I also wonder how it will effect feminine health. But to each their own, some things work better for others.
These bar soaps lather so quickly and feel so fresh! I know I’m using something great on my skin!
I also grabbed this eco-friendly “Soap Lift.” With this, your bar soap doesn’t stick to the shower and keeps it shape. I believe this was only $4.99! This little thing actually works. I used to pass on purchasing bar soap because of the residue it leaves in the shower, and the soap that came off was a waste. This little guy has my bar soaps lasting about 3 weeks and often there are times when I shower 2x per day.
My closest WFM is located at the Colonie Center Mall, in Colonie, NY.
View all of good™ soap scents and ingredients here.
I am new to this entire world of blogging. I’d say years ago I never really understood why people took the time to blog. Now, I actually view at least one random blog per day, weather it’s a Pinterest recipe, or blog about organization, a DIY home improvement/ crafting blog, and many more.
I love blogs because they are written by real people. Yes, I know that a computer does not magically generate an article on the best place to receive a Brazilian wax within metropolitan NYC for Cosmopolitan Magazine, or the latest diet fads and recipes in Women’s Health. Blogs are real people like you and me, that don’t have a team of editors and contributors. Ordinary working people writing, or I should say blogging, about everyday activities and interests. This isn’t for work, it’s a hobby!
I think Pinterest is a great outlet to discover new blogs. What can’t you find on Pinterest? I’ve learned that there truly is an article about any and everything. I found Pinterest very handy when it came time to wedding plan. Not only did I find a lot of inspirational pictures, but I found a lot of blogs and websites written by real brides.
As I’ve mentioned, I love to cook. Sometimes it is hard to whip up a new recipe on a Wednesday night, and let’s face it… we all get sick of the same things at times. I go to my local Hannaford or WFM, and pull up Pinterest. When I find something I like, I just make my own version of it. I’m not one to follow directions 100% (well, recipes) and have to put my little spin on it. Should I mention, I almost never measure?
I think the most exciting part of my blog is yet to come. My husband and I have slowly started the home-buying process. Although I think sharing the up’s and down’s of the home-buying process will make its way to my blog, I cannot wait to renovate a house, and make it OUR HOME (insert a million heart emojis) Owning my own home has been a dream of mine for a long time. Being a crafy, handy and frugal gal I honestly cannot wait to see what I come up with as far as design and decor!
Lastly, I’m excited to share with you the things I love, and new things I am trying! My blog, being one of them!
First, what I love to describe as my zen time is grocery shopping. Not many people enjoy what some consider a chore, but I truly do. Yes, occasionally like everyone else I race in after work to just grab $15 worth of items, but a true grocery shopping trip. I love to go on Mondays, my day off, stroll every aisle, grab a smoothie and take my time. I love looking at all of the different fruits and vegetables and appreciate that each one was grown individually to nourish and fuel our bodies. Living in such a diverse area, the grocery stores near me carry a wider variety of items as opposed to the grocery stores in my home town of Lake George, New York. Now, back to my zen. There is this lovely place called Whole Foods Market. WFM is my mecca, and I am still so ecstatic that we have one here now in the Capitol Region. It is the ultimate supreme of grocery stores, and quite a lovely place. I always walkout with one thing I have never even heard of before. Their inventory is intriguing.
Second, I love cooking. I love Crockpot recipes, I love baked dishes, I have a huge amount of love for seafood. But, I certainly love all different types of food. However, the top of my list would start with Italian. BUT* I do not do pork. I never have, never will. Yes I use Crest toothpaste, yes occasionally I pop a marshmallow, but I do not directly eat the meat or anything cooked in it’s fat. Also, I do not bake. Unless you consider slightly less-than-okay boxed brownies baking. SO, if you’re someone looking for a recipe on bacon cupcakes, or breakfast recipes with ham, this is the wrong blog! However I will disclose, I occasionally give baking mild effort and would like to improve my baking skills.
I’m big on local restaurants. I was exposed to a lot of different food types when I moved to the area, not only at restaurants but also through friends. I love to I intentionally do not eat out at chain restaurants, unless I have a gift card or a friend would like to go. Living in the small city of Albany, NY we truly do have so many choices as far as cuisine. Here are just 24 restaurants I found that are featured in newyorkupstate.com.
Here is a small list of my personal favorites, let’s do a top 5.
Lanie’s Cafe – I love Lanie’s and my husband and I find ourselves here often for our Friday date night ritual. It’s a great, homey, atmosphere with an awesome wine list, salad bar and pasta dishes to die for.
My go to Lanie’s Meal- Prime Rib with Penne and Alfredo sauce. A glass of Glenora Reisling, and we occasionally share their amazing calamari.
This is my 22bd birthday, in 2015 at Lanie’s. And this last picture is my husband and I at Lanie’s on a double date later in 2017.
El Loco Mexican Cafe – Typically I end up going to El Loco with girlfriends. El Loco is located in the historic part around Washington Park in Albany, so it is very, very tiny. I prefer to go when it is an off time.
My go to El Loco dish- Create your own Combo, Beef & Bean Chimichanga and Turkey and Bean Taco -or- Beef & Bean Chimichanga and Turkey and Bean Burrito- rice and beans. And of course, you have to start with chips and your choice(s) of dip.
I love the hot sauce bar, and the disclaimer with their margaritas! Intended for warning, but I think it sparks excitement!
Myself, my sister Paige, and my best friends Zack and Nick at El Loco in the summer of 2016. Enjoying some great drinks!
Graney’s Bar and Grill – no, not Stout. Graney’s has its own location about 10 minutes from Stout on New Scotland Avenue. My husband, who was then my boyfriend started bringing me here, and it quickly became our go-to spot! I’ve heard some people call it a grandpa bar, but with some explanation it’s not really a club as you would come compare Graney’s Stout too. I’m not a heavy drinker, but I enjoy some hard cider and bar food. I always run into a friend or client while we are here.
What I typically order- I switch between
Mozzarella Logs (yes LOGS)
Buffalo Chicken Salad (Super unique & great)
10 Medium- Garlic Wings and fries
Some old pictures of birthdays celebrated for my husband and I at Graney’s!
Hokkaido Asian Bistro – my sushi place! Hokkaido is our go-to take out spot. Not sure if it’s a good thing or bad thing, but they know who I am when I’m calling for myself, or both my husband and I. They now just how I like my sushi, no ginger/wasabi and clear soup!
My usual order at Hokkaido- Spicy Kani Salad, Salmon Special Sushi Dinner and a side of spicy mayo.
**I chose not to include a picture of us eating our soosh and watching movies with an adult beverage upon our dog-distressed couch. 🙂
Grappa 72 – Fine dining Italian. Two Italian restaurants in my top 5? Yes! Opposed ti Lanie’s Cafe, a more Italian-American restaurant, Grappa is fine fining. Perfect for a romantic date night. Cozy tables, dim lighting and candles. Request a seat in their lovers lane, and ask for a superb server whom they call “Bagel.” I still do not know Bagel’s real name, and I’d like to think it’s not really Bagel. She wears a tie that has a Bagel design on it! She extensively knows the menu and specials. She makes wonderful recommendations and could sell you on anything.
My typical meal at Grappa 72- Risotto Frutti de Mare (I sub for Alfredo, opposed to their marinara, I’m just a cheese girl!)
These are my staples and where we bring friends or family when it’s up to us. My goal in regards to my blog is to visit and write (pictures of course!) to new restaurants. Like I said this is a small city, but if you know Albany, you know there is always somewhere new to find!
What little treasures have you found in Albany? Comment below!