‘ING’ Survey

I’m going to take a leaf out of Jen’s book (blog!) today and complete a fun ‘ing’ survey.  Feel free to play along in the comments or even on your own blog!  I’d love to read your answers to a few or all of these.

Making: plans with my sister about what we’re going to do when she and her boyfriend visit us at the end of December!

Cooking: more Indian food!  I have two dishes planned for this week.

Drinking: lots of unsweetened tea from Publix.  It’s our favorite!

Reading: Daring Greatly by Brene Brown.  Almost done!

Wanting: jeans that fit me perfectly.  The quest continues…

Looking: forward to spending time with my sister next week and being in my friend Monica’s wedding!!!

Playing: phone tag with a lot of people.

Wasting: time thinking about what I’m wasting…haha!

Sewing: I don’t sew!

Wishing: everyone strength, love and light. It was Diwali last week, so consider this my belated Diwali wish!

Enjoying: Miami’s fabulous weather – love this time of year here!

Waiting: for the World Series to be over so that I can watch New Girl and The Mindy Project again.

Liking: the fact that Vishnu’s schedule is not filled with studying!  More time for me!

Wondering: what our next city will be.  New city = new adventure!

Loving: that my company is giving us 12 days off at the end of the year so that we don’t have to use our own PTO (paid time off)!!! 

Hoping: my sister likes what I got her for her birthday!

Marveling: at all the beautiful sunrises and sunsets we’ve seen over the past few weeks.

Needing: about one more hour of sleep every night.  Working on it!

Smelling: lavender scented candles.  My favorite!

Wearing: dresses and shorts…anything else will cause overheating.

Following: lots of new blogs, Facebook pages, and Instagram accounts!

Noticing: how changing my perspective/attitude has a huge impact on pretty much everything (finally putting into practice what I’ve conceptually known forever).

Knowing: that everything happens for a reason.

Thinking: about how precious life really is (both a beautiful and slightly terrifying thought).

Feeling: a little nervous about my half marathon training…that starts today!

Bookmarking: slow cooker recipes.  VIshnu found a great deal for one this weekend, so we are now the proud owners of a crock pot!

Opening: myself up to new ways of thinking and doing things.

Giggling: at almost everything The Fat Jewish posts on Instagram!


Par’s Picks – 17

Happy weekend!

I hope you’re ready for some good reads because I have lots to share.  Let’s get right to it!


The Disturbing Side Effect of Drinking One Soda a Day

The Tools You Need to Make Healthy Eating a Snap

Amanda Bynes, Robin Williams, and the Spectacle of Mental Illness – THIS!

Why You Should Quit The Scale, Today

3 Healthy Eating Myths I used to Believe – Took the words right out of my mouth!


One-Minute Ab Workout For a Killer Core

Melt Fat and Build Muscle: Printable Workout With Weights  – Did this workout yesterday morning and am definitely feeling it today!

Strength Training Moves For A Full-Body Makeover


Flourless Thumbprint Breakfast Cookies – Making SOON!

Grain-Free Chocolate Cranberry Cookies – Making SOON!

11 Powerful Netflix Documentaries That Will Change How You Think About Food – Need to make my way through this list.


Does Everything Happen for a Reason?

Buy Experiences, Not Things

Love People, Not Pleasure

There’s More to Life Than Being Happy

7 Habits of Natural Leaders

18 Great Reminders When You’re Having a Bad Day

What If You’d Never Met?

Your Life is Too Valuable to Live Like Everyone Else

5 Habits Of Highly Fulfilled People

I implore you: Do not dumb down. – MUST READ!


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8 [More] Awesome Trader Joe’s Products

My love for Trader Joe’s is still going strong. So strong in fact that I wake up at 7:30 am on either Saturday or Sunday to grocery shop there. While the getting up early part is not fun at all, the ample parking, clear aisles, and stocked shelves are enough to keep me going.

A few months ago I wrote a post about 10 awesome Trader Joe’s products. Looking back, those are some of the more basic things I purchase on a weekly basis. Since then, I’ve expanded my list of awesome products. Things that are too good not to share!

8 [More] Awesome Trader Joe’s Products

1. Fig spread. This is now one of Vishnu’s favorite condiments. He loves it in his turkey and Muenster cheese sandwiches, and I love it in my egg and cheese sandwiches. This sweet spread pairs so well with savory ingredients.

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2. Coconut oil spray. LOVE this stuff. While I still like to use an olive oil spray for more savory dishes, this coconut one is perfect for baked goods.

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3. Masala burgers. These burgers deserve a post of their own. They taste like samosa filling and are the perfect substitute for patties in Ragda Patties.

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4. 21 Seasoning Salute. This is another recent purchase that we’ve come to love. It includes traditional spices like garlic, black pepper, onion, etc., as well as things like carrot, orange peel, and tomato granules. I’ve used it in both a stir-fry dish and a vegetarian chili.

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5. Organic Brown Rice and Quinoa Pasta.  While we still love the Brown Rice pasta I mentioned in my previous post, the texture of this pasta is better.  And again, even Vishnu loves it, so you know it has to be good!

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6. Light Champagne Vinaigrette Salad Dressing.  I prefer homemade salad dressings, but on the days I don’t want balsamic, this dressing is perfect.  It has a slight tang that goes nicely with raw/roasted veggies and tofu.

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7. Organic Stone Ground Blue Corn Tortilla Chips.  These chips are amazing!  They have a rich, nutty taste and the perfect amount of salt.  LOVE!

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8. Corn & Wheat Tortillas.  My mom found similar tortillas at their local Sprouts and raved about how much she and my dad loved the flavor.  These obviously aren’t the same as the ones she bought, but we too love the corn and wheat combination.  They don’t fall apart like corn tortillas and don’t have a doughy texture like flour/wheat tortillas…essentially, this is the perfect tortilla!

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What are some of your favorite grocery store buys (Trader Joe’s or not)?