And So It Begins…

01 Mar
And So It Begins…

It’s time I jump on the bandwagon and start a blog. Yes, I’m aware that I’m a few years behind! This was bound to happen however…I’m not surprised with myself at all. In fact, I am proud of finally taking the next step (besides admitting the extreme and urgent desire for a blog) and officially starting!

There is so much to say! Think of all those days, months, YEARS that I haven’t written about! Just kidding (I think)…I shouldn’t let excitement overtake me! I have the rest of my life to write 🙂

So instead of introducing myself and blah blah blah, I have decided to make my very first post about my recent trip home. You know…ease into this whole blogging business.

I attend a university that is 3 hours (well 2.5 hrs.) away from my home sweet home. In my opinion, those 180 miles are the perfect distance- close enough that I can visit on the weekends if I want and far enough to prevent unexpected visits at bad times (like the morning after a long night of <fill in the blank>). This past weekend I was a little homesick and decided to hitch a ride back home with a friend.

Fabulous. Decision.

Mommy and Daddy were super excited to see me and they treated me like their little princess again. Hmm well I guess that’s usually the case with my visits home. I caught up with the parentals and then Max came over around 10pm. He had spent the entire day flying to and from Philadelphia for an interview. Needless to say, he was starving and exhausted. Sleep soon followed.

The next morning my mom, sister, and I met in Evanston and went shopping at my favorite stores everWHOLE FOODS and TRADER JOE’S. I had a looong list of groceries to purchase and couldn’t wait to shop shop shop. Uncovering new products is a hobby of mine and there were many food items I set my eye on (pics later).

We had a delicious lunch with homemade soups and sandwiches at a small café and then decided to wander over to the Borders that is going out of business. WOW…it was packed! I bought a cookbook that I have been dying to get: Babycakes. The recipes look fantastic, I cannot wait to try them out! In order to finally utilize the slow-cooker that I bought her for New Year’s, my mom bought a slow-cooker cookbook. The best part about all of these purchases? Each book was 20% off! Hellz yeah

My mom and I couldn’t resist going into World Market (a favorite of my mom’s), so of course I purchased some useful items there:

mini whisk

mini grater

mini oven dish

mini heart-shaped baking pans

tea infuser (heart-shaped!)

egg holder

smoked paprika (not shown)

Yes, I clearly LOVE miniature things. Guilty!

Trader Joe’s was our final stop and, of course, I went wild. There is no Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s at school so I always stock up when I do get the chance to go.

That night (Saturday) I drove down to Max’s dad’s apartment in the city and Max and I spent an amazing night strolling around the city and the watching The Last Exorcism. Ok that part was not so great. In fact, it was terrifying. I couldn’t even finish watching the movie :/

View of Chicago from an intersection on Michigan Avenue. I love this city!

~Absolutely beautiful~

Come Sunday it was time to head back to school. Parting is always a sad ordeal 😦

But still…FANTASTIC WEEKEND! Can’t wait for the next one!

Below are some noteworthy items that I purchased at Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s.


Fish Oil, Panda Soft Herb Licorice, Organic Oats, Millet Puffs Cereal, Organic Dates, Organic Raisins, Organic Shredded Coconut, Raw Manuka Honey, Organic Raw Cacao Nibs, Organic Goji Berries, Organic Raw Coconut Butter, Organic Raw Unprocessed Honey, Organic Rye Bread, Puffed Kamut Cereal


Valrhona 85% Dark Chocolate, Pistachios, Raw Hazelnuts, Raw Almonds, Multigrain Oats, Kalamata Olives, Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Strawberry Jam, Rye Mini Toasts, Dried Figs

I’ll leave you with a quote that I saw on my Yogi teabag tag:

“Your life is based on the capacity of energy in you, not outside of you.”

Some wise wise words there, my friends.

Thanks for tuning in and I sincerely hope that you start paying me regular visits 🙂

Till next time!

~From Russia With Love~

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