Foodie Favorites + Life Happenings

Hey there, friends! It’s been awhile. Life has gotten pretty darn busy around here! Between work, one of my friend’s bachelorette’s party, planning for my sister’s bridal shower (and now planning her upcoming bachelorette), studying for my personal training cert, and just STUFF – something had to give. If you’re still reading this post today, THANK YOU for sticking with me. Joyfully Jenna is still up and running, and more posts on their way! I’ll have a post on my sister’s bridal shower coming up with lots of fun DIYs and planning tips (a little sneak at one the pictures from the shower below), one of my new go-to lunch recipes, and some more fun stuff. Stay tuned!

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Today I thought I’d stop by with some of my current Foodie Favorites. Fun, right? I always love to read other blogger’s posts like this, so I hope you’ll enjoy this one! I’ve found some products over the past month or so that I really LOVE and I think you will too. Let’s get right into it!

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1. Trader Joe's Everything But the Bagel Seasoning 

This stuff has been EVERYWHERE! I think I’ve seen it show up on about 10 different foodie blogger’s Instagram stories. BUT man, this stuff is good. If you like everything bagels you’re going to love this stuff. My favorite way to use it is on my eggs in the morning for breakfast. So darn GOOD! Definitely grab one (or ten) of these on your next Trader Joe’s run.

2. REBBL's Dark Chocolate Protein Shake

So, I pass Whole Foods on the way home from my gym, which can be very dangerous and quite $$$$. A couple of weeks ago I decided to stop in after taking GRIT and Body Pump (I’ll have another post on these two classes soon – they’re my absolute current favorites!) and I was looking for something high in protein to refuel my muscles after the lengthy workout. I had seen the REBBL brand pop up here and there on different foodie accounts I follow, so I decided to give it a go. I chose the dark chocolate flavor and was more than pleasantly surprised. No chalky taste, just pure chocolatey goodness. With 16 grams of plant protein and the delicious taste…what more could a girl ask for? 

3. Health Ade's Kombucha

Oh, Whole Foods. It’s just so dangerous, guys, I’m tellin’ ya! To be honest, I never really got super into kombucha. I really wanted to like it because of all of its’ health benefits, but I never found a flavor I loved…until I tried Health Ade’s pink lady flavor AND their ginger lemon flavor. Oh. My. GOODNESS. If you’ve tried kombucha before and weren’t a fan, I encourage you to grab one of these the next time you’re at Whole Foods. I could drink these all day long. BONUS: Whole Foods has been running a 2 for $6 deal pretty frequently. Be on the lookout!

4. Califa Farms Coffee Creamer 

Last, but certainly NOT least. This coffee creamer is my new favorite, hands down. They have a few different flavors, and my go-to is the vanilla. I’ve found it at Whole Foods, Target, and my local Giant grocery store. If you’re a coffee lover that likes to add a little bit of creaminess and sweetness, this is for you!

Alright, pals! I’m off to do some studying, but I CAN’T believe I forgot to mention that my sister and future brother-in-law GOT A PUPPY a few weeks ago. So, I’ll leave you with a picture of Mac, my fur nephew. Enjoy!

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Chat soon,

What I've Been Reading Lately

Hey there, friends! I hope that your weekend was relaxing and fun. I spent Friday night shopping with my mom, and then on Saturday I hung out with my sister who helped me take some blog pictures (thanks, Al!) and we grabbed some sushi for lunch - yum! As I type up this post, it's Sunday morning and I have a few errands to run after some more blog-related work :)

It's been awhile since I've done a book review - I think the last one I did was in the summer! I'm going to make it a goal of mine to do more book reviews, which means I need to be more consistent with my reading. I've always LOVED reading so I really would love to make that a priority. When my sister and I were younger, my dad used to take us to Borders Bookstore on Friday nights and we'd all pick out books and sit down in the cafe. I would pick out probably 10-15 (kind of excessive, right? Haha) books and by the end of the night I'd convince my dad to buy me one of them - Junie B. Jones anyone?! Those were my favorite!

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Anyways, let's get onto the book review! I hope that you'll be able to find a new book that you'll enjoy.

Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham

Okay, so if you’ve been following me, you know that I’m late to the Gilmore Girls party AKA I just started watching the show for the first time a few months back. I’m totally hooked now (my mom and I watch it together) and we’re currently on season 5. I got Lauren Graham’s new book for Christmas and I LOVED it. Can I just be best friends with Lauren Graham? I didn’t want it to end! And technically it hasn’t ended because I had to skip over some of the parts that talked about the later seasons, as well as the revival. If you love Lauren Graham/Gilmore Girls you will adore this book. The same witty humor we’re familiar with from Lorelai Gilmore comes through Lauren’s Grahams words and I laughed out loud more than once while reading it. BUT if you’re not a Gilmore Girls fan (which if you’re not I’m not sure if we can still be friends…just kidding, kind of) you probably won’t really appreciate this book/be able to follow what Lauren Graham is talking about. 

Winter Storms by Elin Hilderbrand

I love, love, love books by Elin Hilderbrand. She's my go-to-gal when I want a solid book for a beach vacation. Winter Storms is the third book in the Winter Street trilogy, and I've loved following the characters in this storyline. If you're looking for a book to cozy up next to the fire with, this is it. It's set in Nantucket (like the rest of Elin's books) and most of the story surrounds Christmastime which I love! You'll fall in love with the dysfunctional Quinn family and won't want to put this book down. Super easy read! Click HERE for the first book, and click HERE for the second. 

Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale 

Everything We Keep was the first book I've read by Kerry Lonsdale and I was not disappointed. This book will keep you guessing right up until the end! Aimee, the main character, is told that her supposedly deceased husband is alive, but she can't figure out why he her high school sweetheart wouldn't have tried to contact her if he truly is still living. I loved how this book was a good mix of friendship, love, and mystery. Another easy read that will keep you interested throughout the entire book!

When I'm Gone by Emily Bleeker 

This was one of those books that I didn't want to end. I wanted to hold onto the characters for just a tiny bit longer to see what would happen to them next! When I'm Gone by Emily Bleeker is about family, loss, and love. The main character, Luke, has three kids and his wife recently passed away from cancer. After her funeral, he starts to receive letters from her, but he has no idea how. This book has strong characters that develop as the book goes on, and the storyline will keep you glued to the book. There were several occasions I stayed up way too late just because I needed to see what happened next! 

I hope that you'll enjoy one (or all) of these books as much as I did! I'm always looking for book recommendations. Let me know what your current favorite book is in the comments! 

Happy Reading!

 

*The links within this post are Amazon affiliate links. I will get a small kickback of your purchase if you buy one of the books through the link. I appreciate you supporting my blog!

Friday Favorites #16

Hi there, friends! Happy Friday! I hope that you have some fun plans on your weekend agenda. It's felt a little crazy around here this week. You know those weeks where it feels like you just cannot get caught up no matter how hard you try? Yeah, I've had one of those! I'm really hoping to take this weekend to just catch up on things, including some recipe testing and fun projects for you guys! So, besides bridesmaid dress shopping on Sunday afternoon with my sister for her wedding (yay!!!) I'll be chipping away at some blog posts and other miscellaneous things. 

Before I sign off for the weekend I'm stopping by with my usual round-up of the things that made me smile this week. As usual, I'd love to hear what you've been loving. Let me know in the comments!

1. Target's Dollar Spot: Christmas Edition

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Oh man, guys, we're in trouble. Target's Dollar Spot has done it yet again. They now have Christmas gift bags, wrapping paper, gift tags, and everything that makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside stocked and ready to jump into your shopping cart. ALL FOR ONE DOLLAR. It took everything in me to not grab about ten of everything. If you haven't been to Target recently and love hopping on the Christmas train early like I do - go!!! 

2. Nutrition/Beauty YouTube Channel

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Excuse the not-so-pretty screenshot from my phone, but I've been following Becca's YouTube channel for awhile now, and I always love her videos! Becca's a Registered Dietitian and shares nutrition information on her channel, like how to choose the healthiest granola bars and different healthy dinner ideas! She also posts make-up and skincare videos every so often which I love! Definitely check her out!

3. HIIT & Ab Workout

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Have you guys ever done a workout from Tone It Up's YouTube channel? If not, you're missing out! Karena and Katrina's workouts are awesome. I mean...look at them! They must be doing something right. Their workouts are relatively short, but you'll quickly work up a sweat while doing one! This HIIT and Ab workout is calling your name for a quick weekend workout. Give it a try!

4. Love Your Melon Winter Hats

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I follow Love Your Melon on Instagram and they recently just came out with their new line of winter hats, and man, they're adorable! One of these will be going right to the top of my Christmas list. The best part? During the holiday season Love Your Melon donates 50% of their proceeds of each hat to nonprofit partners to help fight pediatric cancer. It's a feel good kinda gift, friends. 

5. Hallmark Channel's Christmas Movies

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Okay, I may or may not be a little, teensy, tiny bit embarrassed that this made it to my Friday Favorites. To be completely honest, I totally used to make fun of Hallmark's cheesy-everything-works-out holiday movies. BUT, I've had a change of heart. You know, sometimes it's just nice to watch a movie that's uber cheesy and has everything work out just the way it's supposed to in the end. If you were nodding your head when I was talking about jumping on the Christmas chain early, turn on the Hallmark channel at some point this weekend. I bet you'll end up changing your mind just like me (if you don't already love it)! 

Alright friends, that's what I've been loving this week! I'd love to hear what you've been loving. Let me know in the comments. 

Happy Weekend! Keep up with me this weekend by following me on Instagram (username: joyfullyjenna)

Friday Favorites #13

Happy Friday! I hope that you all have some great plans lined up for this weekend. My good friend Taylor is in town this weekend with her new puppy so I'm going to meet up with her on Saturday night. I can't wait to catch up with her and also meet her cute puppy named Kona! On Sunday I'll be headed to the JDRF walk that I blogged about a few weeks ago. If you haven't gotten a chance to donate to Marco's team Beat the Beetus and would like to, click HERE. Your donation goes towards research for Type 1 Diabetes and is greatly appreciated. No amount is too small!

As usual, I'm sharing my favorites of the week. I'd love to hear what you've been loving this week, too! Share your favorites in the comments :)

1. The Dog House

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As I mentioned on Wednesday, Lola had some testing to get done at the eye doctor to see if she is a candidate for surgery. The testing takes about an hour, so we were told to drop her off around 11:30AM and then come back to get her. My dad and I decided to grab some lunch during that time, and it just so happens that Lola's eye doctor is right by The Dog House. My mom's dad and his brothers opened up a few restaurants around the local area, one of them being The Dog House. If you live in Delaware and you aren't familiar with The Dog House, I'm sure you know The Charcoal Pit, which my grandfather and his brothers also opened. My grandfather passed before I was born, and his brothers have also passed, so they no longer own the restaurants, but we still love to go now and then. I've been to The Charcoal Pit more times than I can count, but I hadn't been to The Dog House since I was little. It was really cool to be inside the restaurant that my grandfather worked so hard to build! The Dog House is known for their footlong hotdogs so I treated myself to one with everything on it (per my mom's recommendation), and it was really good. Yes, I did eat the whole thing and all of the fries. No regrets.

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2. Pumpkin Pecan Granola

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I posted the recipe for pumpkin pecan granola a few weeks ago, and by now the batch I made is long gone. I love this granola (a little too much probably) because it's a sweet treat that tastes like pumpkin pie, without all of the extra calories. If you haven't tried out this recipe yet and want to, click here. It's perfect to make on a Sunday to have around for breakfast or a snack for the upcoming week!

3. Real Techniques Complexion Sponge

picture via target.com

picture via target.com

Who else uses Beauty Blenders? Yeah, I did too, and then I found Real Techniques Complexion Sponges. You can get TWO of these sponges for about $10. No more spending close to $20 on ONE Beauty Blender sponge. Don't you love finding something just as great as a more expensive product for a fraction of the cost? Me too. 

4. Fall Desktop Background

image via galmeetsglam.com

image via galmeetsglam.com

I don't know if it's just me, but I get really excited to change my computer desktop wallpaper to match the season. Nerdy, right? I think I like it because I spend so much time on my computer. I like being able to sneak a glance at in now and then while I'm working and it makes me get excited about the season and the holidays coming up. I got my current background from one of my favorites bloggers, Gal Meets Glam. She's a fashion blogger and it's safe to say I wish I could steal her closet. Her husband is a photographer and he takes gorgeous photos, including the one above! 

5. My Current Breakfast on Repeat

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Do you guys have a breakfast that just seems to be on repeat these days? As soon as the colder weather hit I wasn't really in the mood for a smoothie in the morning, so I turned to oatmeal. A good tip with oatmeal is to buy plain oatmeal, not the pre-packaged flavored ones (like maple and brown sugar). I'll add cinnamon, a little bit of maple syrup, and banana slices to my plain oatmeal to add just enough sweetness. You'll save yourself a good amount of sugar by starting with plain oatmeal instead of the flavored packets!

That's what I've been loving this week! Don't forget to let me know your favorites of the week in the comments. 

Happy Weekend!

Friday Favorites #6

It's FRI-YAY! You made it through another week, hooray!!! What do you all have on your schedule for the weekend? I'll be hanging with a few friends over the weekend and getting some things crossed off of my to-do list! 

Remember, those goals you set last Sunday should still be present over the weekend. Don't let all of your hard work during the workweek be negated by what you do over the weekend! Keep up with your goals and stay accountable, you can do it :)

Alright, let's move onto our typical Friday routine! I'll share things that I've been loving this week, and I would love if you would share what you've been loving this week in the comments! 

1. The Olympics

image taken from nbc.com

image taken from nbc.com

The Olympics has been my favorite thing this week, hands down! I LOVE watching the women's gymnastics team. It just amazes me what those girls can do - they're superwomen! I also love watching the volleyball and swimming, too! What are your favorite sports to watch during the Olympics?

2. Laneige Skincare 

This appeared in my Friday favorites last week, but I hadn't tried it yet. I've been using the products for a week now and I'm loving them! Specifically, I really like the cleanser and face mask, and I definitely will be going back for full size versions of them! If you're in the market for some new skincare products, I would definitely recommend heading over to Target and picking up a few Laneige products or one of their trial kits!

3. Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide

Today I'll be finishing up Week 7 of this guide (there's a total of 12 weeks), and I'm really loving it! I can see myself toning up and losing a few inches here and there. I think it will definitely take me a full two rounds to be where I want to be, but I'm really loving the results so far! If you want to know more about the guide, I wrote a post about it HERE

4. Vitamix 

Last but not least, our Vitamix. We've had our Vitamix for a few years at this point, but with this heat wave coming through I've been making smoothies in it a lot. I love how I can throw whatever I want into the Vitamix and know that it'll blend the ingredients fully and I won't end up chewing my smoothie (gross, no thank you). Before the Vitamix, we had a Ninja blender and let me tell you, the Vitamix trumps the Ninja, completely. If you're looking to start making smoothies or juices, definitely check the Vitamix out!

That's all I have for you guys today! I hope that you have a fun and relaxing weekend :) 

Jenna