My new favorite stroller - the Mockingbird

Y’all, I know I have 3 kids. Do I really need another stroller?!

Yes. The answer is yes.

Here’s why.

We have a single stroller that we used with Carmen - that worked with her carseat. We also kind of used it with PJ. It’s 4 years old and a BIG issue I have is that a lot of our stuff was in the basement and got pretty gross over the last year. (I wish I covered everything with a tarp) The other issue is that this stroller is hella bulky. It’s a PITA to get around the city, in and out of our tiny row home. We also have an umbrella stroller - which is super light and easy to move around, but that doesn’t fit a newborn baby. We ALSO have a 3rd stroller, a double stroller- hand-me-down that is, maybe 9 years old, LOL - and I’m sure you can just use your imagination to picture how gross and dirty it is after being with approximately 6 children over 9 years.

SO. I was definitely thinking I needed a new stroller for the baby. But my original idea was to buy a brand-new $900 double stroller from you-know-what brand. I could use it for Graham, but also for PJ and/or Carmen.

Truly, I was trying to justify spending the money. If I was going to have to spend this amount of money, well, it should be a double, right?!

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THEN, my sister-in-law told me she met the creator of a new direct-to-consumer stroller brand called Mockingbird and that I should check it out. I did, and I got it.

I should note that it’s not a double stroller, but that’s okay for us right now!

Here’s why I got the Mockingbird.

COST

First thing: cost. Cost is huge to me when I’m buying things, in general.. Everything is SO expensive these days. It’s crazy… but my Mockingbird stroller was only $350. That is literally half, if not MORE THAN HALF the cost of the strollers I was looking at. And for that $350, you get a free 30-day trial, free shipping and a LIFETIME WARRANTY. I did also get a bassinet for an extra $100 because I wanted to have the option to use that in the newborn days.

Do you want to know why they can do this? They cut out the middle man. By skipping the retail markup and going direct-to-consumer (DTC), they let us save money without sacrificing quality!

IT’S…CUTE

Call me whatever you want, but I like my things to look nice. When I was nesting for the new baby, I threw away a ton of crap. And my friend Gaby trained me to only keep the things that are super functional, super used, and super nice to look at. So anything I buy now - I keep this in mind. I don’t shop just to shop. I go for quality over quantity. I don’t buy a ton of fast-fashion. So, I wanted my stroller to…bring me joy, as Marie Kondo would say.

But seriously, you all know me, I walk to coffee shops for meetings, I walk to the park with my girls, I LOVE to walk around the city! The Mockingbird stroller is sleek and gorgeous.

IT’S EASY TO USE, ESPECIALLY IN THE CITY.

With 3 kids, most of the time, I only have one hand to do things. (Even without kids, I think I only use one hand haha) This stroller is incredibly easy to use with one hand. It can be folded with one hand—with or without the seat attached—and it automatically locks and stands upright when folded.

The frame and seat suspension work together for smoother strolling and a more stable ride, and the handlebar rotates to accommodate parents of different heights. I often find myself having to push the stroller with one hand because I’m holding a coffee, water, or the baby in a wrap because he got fussy.

The Mockingbird folds up to go neatly in my car if I need to take it to another part of town.

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The basket under the stroller seat fits up to 25 lbs. of stuff. I have our backpack diaper bag in there, along with snacks for me, my massive 36 oz. YETI water bottle, and am able to add groceries or other things that I buy while out, with plenty of room.

IT’S SAFE.

Mockingbird strollers exceed the required safety standards across nearly every dimension and have been independently certified by the JPMA. Triple thumbs up.

Want to get your own? Click here to learn more about them. I’m happy to answer any questions you have, and the team at Mockingbird is incredibly responsive as well.

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I did receive a gifted stroller in return for an honest review of it. This story is entirely accurate and I reached out to the brand on my own :)

Easy Workouts for Moms on-the-go!

I am not a huge lover of exercise, if I’m being totally honest. Pre-kids, I DID it but mostly because it fit into my routine, I’m big on routines, and I felt great after. 

I’ve had gym memberships, Private Pilates lessons (my fav), and the last thing I did BK (before kids) was a 7am barre class 5 days a week.

Fast forward to now and young kids just make my mornings a bit too unpredictable to get a workout in right away. Once they are older, my goal is to get back to a 6am workout. But in the meantime - I try to fit something in, usually later in the day, when typically my energy will start to slump too.

I also have to make a disclaimer that when I’m pregnant - I “work out” just about 1-2x a week and otherwise I shoot for 3x. Nothing crazy!

Let me share what works best for me. And please tell me what you have found to work for your schedule, too!

Keep in mind - this is all about finding about 20 mins, whenever and wherever, to move my body in whatever way you see fit.

WALKING

I like to walk everywhere. Everywhere. This is obviously made easier because I live in the city and like to work and meet in my local coffee shops… but walking is a game changer for me and how I get in most of my activity. Granted, I don’t do this when it’s raining or cold - so this is just for fall, spring and summer. But 30 minute walks into the city center not only help me with activity but also to clear my head from what’s going on that day. Oh, and vitamin D!

AT HOME YOGA

Even if you don’t have a mat, if you have a rug or carpet…. it works. Honestly, sometimes a mat is an barrier for me (“ugh I don’t feel like getting out my mat and changing my clothes...”) - so most of the time I do some stretches and sun salutations IN my pajamas on the carpet of my bedroom before I change my clothes for the day.  20 minutes, max. And if you want something more structured - there are a million youtube “classes” or online classes you can look up for free - or you can pay for a subscription to a streaming service like YogaGlo. After, I will often lay on the floor to a 5 min meditation too.

PELOTON

This at-home spin bike with classes is more pricey up front - but in my experience - WORTH IT. Plus, over time it is actually cheaper than most gym or studio memberships. I have had mine for almost two years and love it, still. I get bored rather quickly but I’m still going strong with my love for this one. Peloton gives you different levels of classes, different times, on demand vs live, and instructors of varying styles to help you find something perfect. I can take a low intensity spin class in my office in my pajamas. I can take a 10 minute hill ride between calls. I can take a 20 minute class with *NSYNC playing after the kids go to bed.

Amazing for me. 

I don’t have to *think* with this one because I don’t have any excuses. If I pass by it and I have the time - I do it.

(Ok SOCKS. Only barrier to entry here. I don’t always have socks on.)

If you’ve been thinking about getting one for your home, I highly recommend. Makes working in a quick workout (when you get 30 minutes to yourself) much easier.


So tell me- what are your tips for fitting in movement? Especially with kids?!

MY take on Pizza Night!

If you know me, you know I can not survive without a pizza night each week. Depending on my level of lazy- we will either order out from a few (usually thinner crust, artisanal) places in the city or I will make my own  (even if I’m buying a crust or dough from the grocery store and assembling, still LOVE IT).

Pizza is one of those things I just have to have here and there and when I make it myself - I’m able to make a delicious alternative where I’m controlling the ingredients. 

I’d love to hear your feedback! Tell me what you’ve tried and loved. I’m always looking to use new ingredients! 

In the meantime - here’s my go-to for an amazing plant-based pizza! 

PIZZA CRUST

When I want something easy, I love using a store-bought cauliflower crust (Trader Joe’s and Caulipower are both great options!) -or- I love the bagged fresh dough at Whole Foods (they make it there and it’s usually in the same section as the prepared foods).

If I’m making my own dough at home, I’ve tried using spelt flour and it has turned out so well! Here’s the recipe I use:

  • 1 cup warm water (not hot*)

  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar

  • 2 and 1/4 teaspoons (1 packet) active dry yeast

  • 2 and 1/2 cups spelt flour

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil (optional)

  • 1 and 1/4 teaspoons fine sea salt

  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal

DIRECTIONS:

First, add the warm water to a bowl and sprinkle the yeast and sugar on top. Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes, until yeast begins to bubble and foam to the surface. Then, add half of the flour, the olive oil and salt, mix, then add the remaining flour. Once the dough starts to come together, use your hands to combine until smooth ...and, well, pizza dough-like. Allow to rise in a clean bowl for at least 30 minutes before baking. When it’s ready- bake for a 10-20 minutes on 350 before adding sauce and toppings - just so everything cooks through!

SAUCE & TOPPINGS

My favorite sauce is just plain tomato pizza sauce, I add allllll the spices myself. I add tons of red pepper flakes, oregano, garlic and onion to my sauce and pizza in order to have MAX flavor. Afterwards, I add veggies (literally any veggies I have on hand), basil, and kite hill dollops on top! YUM.

Drizzle your pizza with a little olive oil before you bake, just for maximum moisture and flavor!


When the flour is made & the pizza is rolled out and topped…

Bake at 450 degrees for about 10-15 mins! (Unless you like your pizza a little less or more crispy!) I personally go for the crispier dough, so more towards 15 mins for me!

Think spring! Strawberry Avocado Salad

When I think about warm weather, I think about eating outside with my girls. (or by myself tbh, no shame). With that thought comes picnics and bbq parties, and I always like to have a recipe or two in my back pocket to bring with me. THEN, you know you have something somewhat healthy to stock up on at parties - am I right?!

Below is a bright, yummy spring salad that is SO easy to make at home and share with your family or friends and better yet - there is NO COOKING REQUIRED!

Let me know what you think!

STRAWBERRY AVOCADO SALAD

Gluten-free, *can also be made Vegan

Serves: 3-4

Time: 15-20 minutes

Ingredients:

6 cups fresh greens of choice (baby spinach + arugula are a nice mix!)
1 pint strawberries, sliced
2 avocados, diced
1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced
4 ounces goat cheese (or dollops of Kite Hill cream cheese if vegan)
1/8 cup sliced almonds
1/8 cup hemp seeds

Dressing:

1/3 cup olive oil
3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp mustard + a pinch of dry mustard if you have it
sea salt and pepper to taste

**add water to thin, if needed

Chop up all of your salad ingredients and add to a big serving bowl. Then blend/mix your dressing ingredients separately, until desired consistency and taste. Mix the dressing with the salad when you’re ready to serve (like, save the dressing on the side until just before serving, to keep everything fresh!) and enjoy!

Healthy Queso Dip

I imagine not many people dislike queso dip. But, I am not here to judge! I just think it makes everything - every one, every food, every social situation - so way better.

Below, I’ve health-ified it a little bit. There are TONS of recipes out there to try with all kinds of ingredients (including white potatoes!) - but this one I kept pretty easy.

Let me know what you think!


Queso Dip

Vegan, Gluten-free

Serves: Makes 2.5 cups

Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

1 cup raw cashews, soaked for 8 hours or overnight, drained and rinsed

½ cup water

1 tsp sea salt

Juice of half a lemon

3 tbsp nutritional yeast

1 clove garlic or 2-3 shakes of garlic powder

⅛ tsp turmeric

1 fresh plum tomato, diced

½ jalapeño, minced with seeds removed

Cut veggies (carrot, cucumber, celery) or tortilla chips (look for the least processed chips with minimal ingredients - GF, vegan, non-GMO corn) for dipping

Instructions:

In a high-speed blender, or food processor, combine the first seven ingredients.

Blend until a smooth and creamy sauce is created.

Dice tomato and mince jalapeño, removing seeds -  if you don’t want it too spicy.

Transfer the cheese mixture to a large bowl and add the tomato and jalapeño. Stir well to combine.

Adjust flavors as needed (add more jalapeño, salt, etc.)

To warm the dip – add to a small pot over low heat.

Serve with cut veggies or tortilla chips, or make your own nachos!

Potato Soup and Ugly Produce

Next time you go to the grocery store, look at the produce. Like really. Do you notice a difference (other than size) between one carrot and the next? One tomato and the next?

No way! (unless they are rotten, of course)

Surprisingly this is no coincidence. Each year 1 trillion dollars of food is wasted and much of this can be attributed to the beauty standards our society holds for fruits and veggies. This food is waste either by getting tossed at the farm, rotting in warehouses, or going unsold in stores until it's inedible

I wonder how it started. As in, who was the first person to say that all apples had to look the same? I prefer that my produce look different from piece to piece. Hell, I can’t make cookies all the same shape, how can I expect mother nature to make all of my potatoes are exactly the same? :-P

If you are caught up in the aesthetic, that’s cool, but I invite you to try a service that will carefully choose your produce for you. It’s like going for a natural birth but having a doula. Starting a plant-based diet but hiring a private chef. Have someone help you make the switch. AND be able to trust that everything you get will be just as nutritious and delicious.

Quality control, you know?

Misfits Market gives these otherwise undesirable products I’m talking about a shot to be turned into your next recipe. Products that may slightly imperfect can easily be chopped up and turned into a pie or hearty soup.

Speaking of - check out my soup recipe below.


Misfits Market’s founders hail from Philadelphia and I had the chance to speak with them both one-on-one. They come from a long line of tech startups, and yeah - they are super smart. They saw a unique opportunity to create a business from wasted produce, which not only provides a salary, but does something amazing for the world, food waste, and the people who benefit from the inexpensive and conveniently shipped boxes each week.

Misfits Market provides an array of fresh produce including apples, peaches, tomatoes, potatoes, squash, broccoli, lettuce and other leafy greens, onions, peppers, and other seasonal things, at a fraction of the cost.  All of the products come from organic and local farms, which helps to support farmers.

Give them a try - get 13-16lbs of fruits and veggies weekly for $19 (approx 50% savings) and looks like this:



Or get 22-26lbs of fruits and veggies weekly for $34 which looks like this:


Potato Soup!

Ingredients

  • 1-2 tbsp grapeseed or avocado oil

  • 3 potatoes, peeled, cooked and chopped

  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped

  • 2 stalks celery, chopped

  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped

  • 3-5 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped (I like 5!)

  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth

  • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk or 1 1/2 cups of other non-dairy milk

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 1/2 tsp paprika

  • 1/2 cup frozen peas

  • Optional: squeeze of lemon or apple cider vinegar

Cook potatoes until soft (microwave, oven, or boil the cubes). Then heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the celery, carrots, onion, and garlic and saute until they soften. Add the cooked potatoes, veggie broth, milk, salt, pepper and paprika and use an immersion blender to blend the soup until smooth. If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can blend in batches in your regular blender - but make sure you are careful so it doesn’t explode on you!

Add the blended soup back to your pot, add peas, and heat through. Taste and add additional spices as needed and voila! Sometimes at this point I like to add a little bit of acidity to cut the fat taste - some lemon juice or apple cider vinegar!

#DestinationHappiness by Swisse @ Wanderlust108

This weekend I had the opportunity to check out the Philly Wanderlust 108. I’ve never been to a Wanderlust event before - it was good to see what’s going on in the wellness-event-world outside of GOOD Fest. Sometimes I am too buried in what we are doing.

To be clear - I don’t run. I injured my back a few years ago (herniated disc) and have been terrified to do anything high-impact ever since. So I didn’t participate in the active-activities - I just went to check out the Kula Market and to see @kate.van.horn.

Swisse is the No.1 supplement brand in Australia and after doing some research, I was super intrigued with by their formulas so I really wanted to check them out and meet their brand reps. If you are reading this, and a Wanderlust 108 is coming to your city - you should 100% go! This entire activation will be present at your event, too (you can even win tickets to go to Wanderlust 108 with Swisse at destinationswisse.com)


First of all - their #DestinationHappiness activation was stunning. We see a lot of nice work at the GOOD Fest, but this was just beautiful and so well-thought-out. They organized their space into a few different areas based on ways to take care of the SELF. First was a Botanical Wall, where I used an iPad to take a quiz, resulting in a personalized recommendation for supplements (looks like I am doing pretty well - just a multi-v for me!)

Here, I was also able to speak with Pippa, who was running the event and is based in their new US office in San Diego (jealous). She had the most delightful accent and was super knowledgeable about the formulas (which I will explain below).

Did you know - their entire office meditates DAILY? Talk about living what you preach.

What I find really interesting is that Swisse supplements work to help your body do things on it’s own. Your body is supposed to produce melatonin for sleep, your body is supposed to produce collagen for hair skin and nails. Swisse formulas help your body do these things instead of just skipping those steps completely and supplementing you with them directly.

Also! They are very specific about their standards (Australia...well, the rest of the world, really...is under very strict guidelines for supplement safety which Swisse adheres to). And, they source their ingredients really specifically, with intent. Blood oranges come from Sicily - because they are the best. Artichoke comes from Spain - because it is the best product. Etc.

Anyway, here’s what I learned (or, relearned…) after talking with the brand:

  • SLEEP - so important for every function of wellness, right? - from daily energy, to long-term memory, to radiance of the skin. Swisse has a sleep supplement that is melatonin-free. (I am not saying that melatonin is bad, but it is synthetic). This formula, instead, includes natural herbs and vitamins (like valerian root), which work together to lower cortisol. This means it could help you fall asleep and stay asleep. (NOTE! I’ve seen a small percentage of people who have the opposite effect from valerian root - ie anxiety - so be sure to test it out before you commit)

  • HAIR, SKIN, NAILS - Swisse has a liquid and tablet to help in this area. The liquid, I find especially fascinating. It includes blood orange extract from Sicily (only Sicily) - and the vitamin C in it helps the body naturally produce collagen instead of just supplementing with collagen and skipping this step. Collagen is a key building block for shiny hair, supple skin and strong nails.

  • DETOX - Liver, especially. The liver eliminates toxins from our bodies - diet, pollution, stress, or too many cocktails. Swisse has a Liver Detox supplement containing turmeric, milk thistle, and ARTICHOKE extract (from Spain, again very carefully and thoughtfully sourced). These ingredients have been used for centuries to aid the liver in the detox function but I had NO IDEA that artichoke was a major player! Did you? How cool.

  • There are tons of other options, too - from Children’s Health to Men’s Health to Cranberry extracts - your best bet is to take their quiz and see what you might be lacking. From here, read up on the ingredients and the mission of the company and how it sources, and decide what is best for you!

After I became obsessed with their vitamins, I found the perfect spot to re-center amidst the #Wanderlust108 crowds - the Dream Dome. The last time I was in a dome, I was playing indoor soccer in high school. This one was way different;  SO beautifully appointed, with comfortable chairs, blankets, essential oils diffusing, and floral accessories hanging down. Each headset played a guided 5-minute meditation, which was perfect to jump into and out of (and is actually the max amount I do daily at home). Ideally I could have stayed here all day, but I only had a babysitter for a few hours :-P

There was a yoga teacher present, doing private sessions with attendees. She was showing everyone how to detox and cleanse with specific Ashtanga yoga poses. She told me that a group of people came to do yoga with her instead of the massive 108 session - SMART people.

Were you at Wanderlust? Are you planning to go to any of the upcoming events? Check out #DestinationHappiness for a little reprieve, if so!


FYI This post is sponsored, but all opinions are my own






Your favorite grocery store is now open!

**If you haven’t already, enter to win a $25 gift card in my instagram post today!

The day is finally here! Sprouts in Philly is now open, every day from 7am-10pm. Check out more about Sprouts in my last two posts here and here (what Sprouts is all about and how to $ave the most money when you shop!)

I also have to mention that I went to Expo East (a large tradeshow for natural foods) last weekend and every brand I hadn’t heard of yet, but was super interested in, told me they are in Sprouts! HOW ABOUT THAT.

Now, I had the opportunity to check out the store before they opened, yesterday. Being among the first to walk into a new building is really amazing. In addition to the obvious benefits, like seeing everything first, I’m also a weirdo and love how clean and pristine and less germy new places are (why I needed to renovate our current home - so I could be the first in my kitchen aka no outstanding crumbs, and the first to use toilets…).

A few of us Philly health-people got to see a cooking demo using Sprouts products, and have a tour around the store. Like I said before, it kind of reminds me of a farmer’s market because the products are just so … abundant, and open, and fresh! Yet, you still get the benefits of having a complete grocery store, with bath and body and packaged goods as well.

(also, the building is stunning in itself)

Here are my favorite things / products / moments from the store:

The bulk section. I am so excited to be able to literally buy a tsp of something if that’s all I need. They have over 300 items in bulk including nuts, seeds, and spices.

The produce is CHEAPER than I am used to. I bought massive blueberries the size of grapes and I’m so excited to share them with the kids.

Speaking of - they have a kids section with food, diapers, wipes - and the brands I like too - like Earth’s Best, Honest and Little Duck. I picked up some quinoa crackers that looked interesting for PJ.

The frozen section rivals Trader Joe’s. Except it is way better. I picked up two Caulipower pizzas (margherita and vegetable). (They also have a few plain gluten-free crusts that looked interesting) I also got gluten-free waffles made from cassava flour (fun!) and chicken tenders for Carmen. Also, this is like…an entire section of cauliflower rice and other veggie noodles.

Oh wow - look at those crab legs. Their meat and seafood department is abundant! And the meat is never frozen - always fresh. They have an entire section for cheese, prepared foods, and rotisserie chickens are $6.99.

They also have almond milk, oat milk and a cooler made just for fermented foods. Also around this area, I found a better-for-you snickers bar and mounds bar. Had to get.

They have a massive pumpkin display outside. I asked if they will be locked away at night and was told “no”. I am curious to see how many are left in the days to come. Lol

Look at this supplement aisle. I am pretty sure anything you need can be found here. You can also ask an associate to crack open ANY of these to see them or try them. Wild.

Key things to remember, if I have explained anything well over the last 3 weeks:

  1. Read my past posts here and here for full run-downs on what to expect and how to save money

  2. Be sure to download the Sprouts app for exclusive mobile coupons and to see what’s on sale each week.  

  3. If you are ever curious about a product - the team at Sprouts is trained to be top-notch to help you find what you need (like, they are actually interested) - and you can even sample products right on the spot!

  4. This is not just a raw, or gluten-free, or vegan store - they offer a FULL grocery store for all of your needs, no matter your diet (including The Butcher Shop, The Fish Market, a full-service deli with convenient and high-quality prepared foods, bulk foods where you can purchase as little as you need or as much as you want, an extensive selection of vitamins and supplements, dairy, tons of raw/organic/vegan/gluten-free items, bakery, beer and wine and more)

  5. This is THE place to shop if you want to live an affordable healthy lifestyle. They deeply discount their products, create their own private label offerings for less, have a massive bulk section, and offer products you often can’t find in other stores!

FYI This post is sponsored, but all opinions are my own.










BTS tips on how to save at sprouts market

In my last post, I gave you the full rundown of what Sprouts is and why you should be super-excited for them to open on Wednesday, September 19th. (Broad and Washington!)

Since we last connected, I had the chance to try some of the store-brand products, which are really tasty. They make their own coconut oil spray (coconut oil is the only ingredient) for cooking, raw honey, bath and body items, and probably my most favorite item are these little coconut cookies made with coconut flour and sugar - similar in texture to pirouettes that you eat with coffee.

Have you had them? Well now you need to try this new variety.

IN THIS POST, I’m going to help you save the most money possible. Not only are the prices at Sprouts already legit, but they offer so many ways to save even more, using their App, Weekly Ad, Deals of the Month and more.

And keep in mind: don’t be afraid to try new things. Sprouts offers a 100% money-back guarantee.

First - and most importantly - GRAND OPENING deals.

On September 19th (Wednesday):

  • The first 200 shoppers in line will receive 20% off their initial total purchase (doors open at 7AM so my advice is to go for a morning run to Sprouts, get in line, and eat/drink your breakfast while you shop, before work)

  • At checkout, every 15th shopper will receive a coupon book featuring Sprouts savings AND every customer will get a free reusable bag

On September 22nd (Saturday):

  • The first 200 customers to make a purchase will receive a coupon booklet for five free deli items

On September 23rd (Sunday):

  • At checkout, every 15th customer will receive a coupon for $5 off a purchase of $15+ to use on their next visit

Here’s how to save outside of opening weekend.

  1. SO MUCH IS ALWAYS ON SALE. More than one-third of the store is on sale ALWAYS. ONE-THIRD! Check out the Deals of the Month flyer in the store, or online!  

  2. PRODUCE - CHEAP! Farm-fresh (remember, this place is basically a farmer’s market) produce is priced (on average) 20-25% below supermarket prices. And you will find more than apples and oranges - star fruit, lychee and other unique produce compliments this section beautifully. You can also SAMPLE anything you are unsure of (just as a team member); WILD.

  3. DOUBLE AD WEDNESDAYS. There are weekly ad prices. These ads will overlap on Wednesdays which means you end up with a Double Ad Wednesday - double the deals - shop on Wednesday!

  4. APP + MOBILE COUPONS. Sprouts has an app where you can clip mobile coupons, then scan your custom barcode at checkout to use the savings.

  5. BULK SAVINGS. Sprouts has a huge bulk section where you can save on nuts, seeds, beans, grains, and spices. I personally use bulk when I know I need just a little bit of something. I can spend cents on a spice like Harissa that I know I will only need for a specific recipe.

  6. WINE. There are even more ways to save but I don’t want to lose you in this post. The last and maybe most important is that if you buy 6 bottles+ of wine, you save 10%. LOL.

Check out my last post to learn even more about Sprouts and why everyone in Philly should be stoked for its arrival. It’s inexpensive, you can find any kind of product you are looking for to fit your dietary restrictions (raw, gluten-free, vegan), and Sprouts' buyers look far and wide to find and try new products, including everyday grocery essentials and unique, seasonal items. It is going to be amazing!

Have you been to a Sprouts? Are you looking forward to it? Check them out here, or on IG @sprouts.

They open on September 19th (2018) at 1100 South Broad Street. I will keep you posted as I continue to cover the opening!

 

FYI This post is sponsored, but all opinions are my own.

Your new favorite grocery store - Sprouts Farmers market

There are two reasons my grocery life feels (almost) complete. One - I used to live right down the street from the construction at Broad and Washington. I wanted to wait to sell our house there, in fact, until the construction was done - so the value of our sale would be higher (ha! We didn’t wait...). I had been wondering for years what would go in there!

Two - Through my GOOD Fest, and Health Coach Philly work - I am constantly meeting new people. A lot of the time, the conversations have something to do with an aspect of wellness, and within the last year I’ve heard a lot about Sprouts.

“You don’t have a Sprouts in Philly?!”

We have WF’s, we have TJ’s, we have specialty health-focused stores, but what is Sprouts? I kid you not, as soon as I started hearing about it (which felt like weekly at this point), I saw the sign pop up on Broad Street.

Huh - we are getting one! So of course I started looking into it. It basically looks like a farmer’s market (fresh! abundant! open! colorful!) within a beautiful, clean space...with registers and usual grocery-store stuff.  

OK, so. I am guilty of spending most of my money on food. I don’t really buy clothes (I wear yoga pants), nor vacations (I have 2 kids), so I get my kicks from healthy fresh food.

The thing I love most about Sprouts Farmers Market is that the prices are reasonable. You aren’t going to spend all of your money here, and you are still going to get organic, raw, farm-fresh, whatever you want - food. I feel like I am going to save a good chunk of cash each week and still get all of the specialty food I want.

Some KEY things to know about this healthy grocery store:

  1. They offer fresh, natural and organic foods at GOOD PRICES

  2. It has everything you would get at the grocery store - fresh produce, meat and seafood, bulk foods, vitamins and supplements, packaged groceries, baked goods, dairy products, frozen foods, natural body care and household items

  3. An average store stocks about 4,000 gluten-free, 3,000 organic, 3,000 non-GMO and 500 raw items, just to name a few.  

OK, maybe the most exciting thing for me is that they have Caulipowered pizza in the frozen section and we literally survived on this during our last retreat in the Berkshires while we were cooking for our guests. It is SO GOOD and I haven’t found it / had it since!

Have you been to a Sprouts? Are you looking forward to it? Check them out here, or on IG @sprouts.

They open on September 19th (2018) at 1100 South Broad Street. I will keep you posted as I continue to cover the opening!

 

 

FYI This post is sponsored, but all opinions are my own.