Photo Every Hour-A January Thursday Edition

Happy Thursday!

Yesterday, I woke up snapping pics of my day for today's post, the plan was-A DAY IN THE LIFE.  But at noon, I realized I'd only taken three pictures {all before 6:00 a.m.} and that was gonna be a really sad post.  Instead-join me over on Instagram today!  {You can follow me HERE.}  I'll be posting in my stories a PHOTO EVERY HOUR.  Be sure to check it out!

I'll see you back here tomorrow for Friday Favorites!
XO

Grocery Haul-Trader Joe's Edition

Hey Friends!

I asked you guys what you wanted to see more of on the blog and you know what you told me?

GROCERY STORE HAULS!

Are you surprised?

I sure was!

But, I give the people what they want so my first EVER grocery store haul is happening today.  To make it a little more exciting than an average trip, I'm sharing what I grabbed from Trader Joe's.

The Trader Joe's isn't super conveniently located near me AND I'm addicted to grocery pick up or delivery so Trader Joe's isn't somewhere I typically go every week.  They do have some things we LOVE but I just stock up when I go.


I hit the store up last week on a Tuesday and it was EMPTY.  If I'm gonna shop in store, this is my favorite way to do it.  :)

As soon as I got home, I laid it all out and am ready to share.

I want to let you know I went inside the store WITHOUT A LIST.  

Yes, yes, I know.  

WHAT was I thinking?  

And...I was hungry.  

The two biggest no-nos EVER.

1. Brussel Sprouts Saute Kit-We had this as a side last week.  It comes with chopped nuts, shaved parmesan cheese, and a vinegarette.  I'm a HUGE brussel sprouts fan but this wasn't my favorite.  I'm skipping this next time and just grabbing an extra bag of the shaved sprouts.

2. Cauliflower Gnocchi-Okay, prior to last week we were gnocchi rookies.  So, I can't really tell you if these were super similar to regular gnocchi BUT I can tell you-they didn't taste like cauliflower.  I like cauliflower but some cauliflower products aren't fooling anyone.  This gnocchi would fool people.  Wanna know the real test?  I told Nixon {who HATES most vegetables} they were a cheesy pasta AND he ate them and asked for more.  Should I have fibbed?  No, but if I'd have said the word, "cauliflower", he'd have been out.  I'll definitely grab these again!  I served them with a pasta sauce and meatballs.  Next time, I'll try something else.

3. Hummus-I love snacking on hummus in the afternoon and this hummus was GREAT! 

4.  Zucchini Noodles-We haven't tried these yet.  They're a good alternative for Tab and I to eat low carb at nights while the kiddos eat pasta.  But...we haven't tried this particular brand before.

5.  White Truffle Potato Chips-These chips are DELICIOUS and so addicting.  I don't allow myself to get them often because I eat them.  No will-power when these are in the house, but if you've never tried them...you should!

6.  White Cheddar Corn Puffs-Trader Joe's version of Pirate's Booty.  My kiddos called these a major win!

7.  Vegan Jackfruit Crab Cakes-I'm not vegan by any means, but I have a weird thing with meat.  My friends can attest to this fact.  We eat chicken and beef all the time but when it comes to my lunches-I can only eat certain meats leftover.  Chicken?  Pretty much out of the question as a leftover, so I'll grab random things like these crab cakes instead to have for a quick lunch.  Gotta be real here-I didn't realize they were VEGAN crab cakes.  I had them for lunch and they weren't my favorite.  I'll be passing on this purchase next time.

8.  Hard Boiled Eggs-My boys are big hard boiled egg fans and on this particular day I was feeling extra lazy so I grabbed two bags for their breakfasts.  #truth

9.  Tomato Basil Marinara-I'd heard AMAZING things about this marinara and I just thought it was -eh.  Apparently, I should stick to my fave, Classico.

10.  Marinara Sauce-I grabbed this for turkey meatballs {wait for it-they're coming up} and I preferred this sauce over the Tomato Basil.

11.  Tempura Chicken-This is one of the reasons I tend to limit my Trader Joe's visits.  I end up grabbing a lot of frozen food!  Anyone else?  That aisle gets me EVERY TIME!  Remember my weird chicken thing above?  I didn't try this one, but my kiddos enjoyed it.  They skipped the sweet and sour sauce though, which made the chicken basically chicken nuggets.

12.  Honey Walnut Shrimp-I grabbed a bag of this too and we had a variety of our Chinese food favorites.  If you ever have a craving for some fried shrimp at home, grab this!

13.  Frozen Chopped Spinach-To be honest, there was nothing fun about this but I make Shay's Spinach and Sun Dried Tomato Meatballs quite a bit so I'm always needing spinach.

14.  Cauliflower Fried Rice-Okay, this dupe is one that is REALLY close.  Because of the vegetables and seasonings,  my kiddos didn't second guess this being "fried rice" at all.  Its a little different but really the closest cauliflower product I've ever tried.  We'll have this again for sure!

15.  Mashed Cauliflower-Ebby Lee is a big mashed potato fan but I only make them about twice a year.  I thought these might dupe her...I liked them but she wasn't fooled.

16.  Artichoke Antipasto-A random impulse buy and I've done nothing with it.

17.  Fully Cooked Quinoa-Let me tell you a little secret...when a regular box of quinoa says to "rinse it"...I have no idea how to do that.  The quinoa is so tiny I lose half of it through the colander as I'm rinsing.  {Does anyone have this problem or do I need a new colander?}  So, pretty much any recipe that calls for quinoa is getting a substitute in this house.  Until I found this.  :)  This box contains two pouches of frozen quinoa you simply heat in the microwave.  I made Shay's Chicken Enchilada Quinoa Soup and this little box made it so easy.  #anddelicious

18.  Butter Lettuce-I'm sure this lettuce is barely one step up from iceberg on the nutritional scale, but my kiddos are fans.

19.  Grilled Chicken Breast-Remember my weird meat thing we talked about above?  Let's just say I haven't tried these yet, but Tab prefers to eat pretty healthy food {and doesn't like to cook/prep lunches}.  I grabbed these for him.

20.  Seasoning Salt-Gotta be honest...I was just out of Lawry's Season Salt {which we use when we roast veggies} and saw this as I was perusing the aisle.  It's pretty much equivalent in my book.

21.  Butternut Squash Zig Zags-I sauteed these with some brussel sprouts and definitely underestimated the time they needed so these were a bit crunchy.  But, if I had an air fryer I think I'd dump these right in for some squash fries.

22.  Pepperoni-My kiddos are big Lunchable fans and often times we just make our own.  I grabbed this to add to cheese and crackers for lunch.

23.  Epic Bars-Last year Santa filled Tab's stocking with a variety of Epic bars.  He loved them!  I just forgot to grab him more and haven't seen them in a store.  I grabbed a few for him.

24.  Frozen Turkey Meatballs-I know I've said it three times, but I know I have weird meat issues.  I'm aware.  :)  {Which means your family might love these so don't mind my opinion one bit!}  I've never in my life bought frozen meatballs.  For some reason, that doesn't sound good to me at all.  I'd much rather mix up my own and bake them.  But, I thought I'd give these a shot-especially since they were turkey.  All in the name of HEALTHY, right?  Wrong...apparently, I've spoiled my kids with homemade meatballs their whole lives.  Tab approved but everyone else just ate enough to survive until breakfast the next morning.

25.  Silver Dollar Pancakes-My neighbors' kiddos LOVE these...they'll even sneak in the freezer to eat a frozen one.  They REALLY like them.  My kids?  Thought they were good but I never saw them sneaking around to eat them.  

26.  Veggie Sticks-My kiddos were big fans, but if I'm telling you my honest opinion I think the Sensible Portions Garden Veggie Straws are better.  Probably because those taste more "potato chippy".  These sticks taste a little more healthy.  Still good but in a blind taste test, I'd prefer the others.  However, if I keep our pantry stocked with these I'll eat less.  Win-win!

27.  Three Seed Sweet Potato Crackers-I think I had these for the first time at Shay's house served on a cheese board.  Tab and I both really liked them.

28.  Fish Nuggets-Several of the Instagram accounts I follow have mentioned these.  The way I looked at it-if several moms were talking about fish nuggets, they must be good.  Right?  I haven't made these yet, so I'll have to keep you posted.

29.  Spinach and Kale Greek Yogurt Dip-Okay, this dip is WAY healthier than any other spinach dip I've ever tried.  I think it tastes way healthier but is worth it when it comes to everyday eating.  I wouldn't serve this dip at a party, but I'd totally eat it with those sweet potato crackers on a Tuesday.

30.  Hot and Sweet Pepper Jelly-STOP WHAT YOU'RE DOING RIGHT NOW AND GO TO TRADER JOE'S TO GET THIS PEPPER JELLY.  I had this at Shay's with that cheese board {mentioned above} and couldn't stop thinking about it.  This is hands-down my favorite item from Trader Joe's.

31.  Eggs-Nothing fancy about this...we were out of eggs.  :)

32.  Cheddar Cheese with Caramelized Onions-I walked by the cheese section very slowly and spotted this gem.  Paired with that pepper jelly....it's SO good!

33.  Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups-The key phrase is "dark chocolate"....that spells healthy, right?  All my kiddos were big fans.  Britt even found herself attempting to scale the pantry shelves to get into these.

34.  Organic Wheat Bread-I grabbed this for kiddos' lunches, but it's really hard.  Granted, we don't eat organic bread much so maybe that's the difference?  My kiddos all commented on their sandwiches being hard {not in a bratty way-just stating a fact way} and I completely agreed.

35. Another type of bread-I think it was a multi-grain wheat...we haven't eaten this one yet.

36.  Sriracha Ranch-I like my food spicy so this is a great addition.  I even add a little more sriracha to give it an extra kick.  This will be a new Trader Joe's staple for me.

37.  I NUMBERED THE EGGS TWICE.

38.  Cocktail Sauce-I've mentioned before I love a condiment and this happened to be sitting above the fish nuggets.  This was an impulse buy as well.  :)

There you have it.  My first ever Grocery Haul post.  :)

WHAT ABOUT YOU??  What are your MUSTS when you head to Trader Joe's?

Thanks so much for reading today!
XO

Tuesday Talk-Let Me Introduce You

Hey Ladies!

Ashley and I are ready for our first link-up of 2019!  The third Tuesday of every month we invite you to join us to chat about ANY topic under the sun.  My favorite posts are the kind where you participate too and we have a big girlfriend discussion.  If you're a blogger, please mark these on your calendar!  We'd love for you to join us!

Today, I'd LOVE to introduce myself to you.  Lots of you have been waiting patiently {kind of-ha!} for me to update my "About Me" page on the blog.  I FINALLY DID IT!  WAHOO!  I'd love for you to read all about me and my family over on that page {by clicking here}.  Keep in mind-the beginning part of the post are my rookie days.  Not that I have it all figured out now {by ANY means} but just wanted to throw it out there.  :)

And then please come back and tell me about YOU...where do you live, do you have kiddos, what's your occupation, etc....?  Basically, anything you'd love to share, I'd love to hear!  This is a fun little community we're building over here and I'd love to know more about YOU!

2019 is gonna be a FUN year for A Little Bit of Everything.  I hope you'll join us!
XO

Book Recommendations for 4th Grade Girls

Happy Monday, Friends!

We had the BEST weekend!  I know the crazy spring season full of ALL THE SPORTS AND ACTIVITIES will be here before we know it so I'm trying to enjoy the relaxing moments we have now.  I hope you guys are READY for the week.  Last night I got our life in order so the Slaughters are SET.  Who am I kidding?  We'll be good today and then a big ole mess by Tuesday.  ;)

In the meantime, let's talk BOOKS!

Ebby Lee loves reading so after discovering how much I loved my KINDLE-I decided to get Ebby Lee one for Christmas.  She was so excited about receiving this gift and packing it for our road trip was nice and easy.

I hit up Instagram to ask YOU for book recommendations for fourth-grade girls.  You guys hooked us up with a huge list of recommendations.  Lots of you asked me to pass on this list, so here we go.

First, I want to say-I haven't read all of these books so I apologize if there's anything remotely inappropriate.  I'm just compiling the giant list you guys sent me.  There were a few small things people mentioned that needed discussing so I included that with each book.  

And, I'm sure our kiddos are all on different reading levels so some of these might be super easy for your fourth grader or a little on the difficult side.  Either way-I hope you find something for your daughter, grand daughter, niece, or super special girl in your life.




Orphan Train-HEAVY for kids










Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat

Dork Diaries Series*

Stargirl Series

Maniac Magee

The Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novel Series*

Percy Jackson Books

Fudge Series-Superfudge ruins Santa-FYI

The One and Only Ivan*

Lunch Lady Series

Babymouse Series

Squish Series

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

The Vanderbeekers Series

Jake and Lily

Small as an Elephant

The Lemonade War Series*

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

Natalie Lloyd Books

The Land of Stories Series

Wonder*

Amulet Series

Island of the Blue Dolphins

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing*

Grandma's Attic Series

Nevermoor Series

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Little House on the Prairie Series*

Cece Bell Books

Raina Telegmeier Books*

Peter Pan

Swiss Family Robinson

Rick Riordan Books

Jacqueline Wilson Books

Because of Winn Dixie*

Out of My Mind

How to Steal a Dog

Esperanza Rising

Frindle

Tiger Rising*

Box Car Children*

The Penderwicks

Glimmer Girls Series

A Dog's Life

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh

Becoming Naomi Leon

The American Girl Books*

Beverly Cleary Books

The Homework Machine

Andrew Clements Books

A Series of Unfortunate Events Series

Cupcake Diaries*

Mary Poppins Book Series

Smile*

Harry Potter Series

A Wrinkle in Time

Abby Cooper Books

The Girl Who Drank the Moon

Gloria Whelan Books

Sharon Creech Books

Karen Hesse Books

Matilda

Tale of Despereaux*

Main Street Series

Amazing Days of Abby Hayes Series

Fish in a Tree*

 Mr. Lemoncello's Series

Love that Dog

City of Ember Series

Are You There God?  It's Me Margaret

The Hundred Dresses

The Boy on the Porch

The Wish Tree*

The Unlucky Lottery Winners of Classroom 13

Kate Dicamillo Books*

Crenshaw*

Rain Reign

Save Me a Seat

Wish*

Treasures of the Snow


Mandy

The Secret Garden

A Little Princess

Yankee Girl-Some language-FYI

The Lions of Little Rock

A House of Tailors

Number the Stars

The Liberation of Gabriel King

Haichiko Waits

Shiloh

Holes

Poppy Series

Pippi Longstocking*

The Indian in the Cupboard

Cam Jansen Series

Strays Like us

Gallagher Girl Series

Wingfeather Saga Series

The Shadow Children Series

I Survived Series

Toys Go Out

Heidi Hecklebeck

Peter and the Starcatchers

Blood on the River

Stella by Starlight

Stone Fox

Big Nate Series

Annie B Made for TV

Ivy and Bean

Skating Shoes

Dancing Shoes

Christy Miller Series

Front Desk

The War That Saved My Life

Mr. Terrupt Series

Humphrey Books

Roald Dahl Books

Fever 1793

Ebby Lee has been blessed with an amazing fourth grade reading teacher this year who's encouraging her love of reading in big ways.   The books with {*} are books Ebby Lee has read and REALLY recommends. #herfaves

Thank you so much to everyone who messaged me suggestions!!  If you have any books to add to the list, please comment blow.

THANK YOU!
XO

Friday Favorites-Christmas Gift Edition

Hey!  Hey!  Weekend, am I glad to see you!

What is it about these "short" weeks always feeling so long?  The Slaughters needed some sort of "how to ease back into school" program to get us ready for these early mornings.
#weretired
#wewerentready

But have no fear, I have some fun to share today!  I'm joining forces with my girls, Narci and Andrea, to bring you Friday Favorites.  If you blog, we'd love for you to join us.

I don't know about you but me and my nosy self loves to know what others put on their Christmas list, got for Christmas, and {if we're being REALLY honest} what their pantry looks like.  ;)

I thought I'd share with you what I got for Christmas because hopefully, you're nosy like me and maybe you have some Christmas money burning a hole in your pocket?  Just in case, I'm here to help!


This weekender bag from Athleta is even cuter in person.  It comes in either grey or black and is on SALE!!  I have big plans to make this a gym bag, but I used it already on our trip for a work/laptop bag.  I'm thinking this will be used A LOT!


This jacket is CRAZY soft, comes in a light option as well, and also is on SALE!  The perfect top layer to wear to the gym or to Target.  And the inside is fur...need I say more?


I was so excited to see these booties make an appearance on Christmas Day!  They come with brown and red laces to give you more than one look and can really be dressed up or down depending on your outfit.  We have a ski trip planned and these booties will get some wear while we're there.


And let's talk about these earrings...I didn't even know I wanted them but when I opened them, it was LOVE at first sight.  ;)  You guys will see these WAY too often. 




I'm sure you've heard about this celery juicing train-it seems a majority of the world is on right now?  I kept seeing things about it over and over again, so this juicer was on my Christmas list as well.  I've gotta tell you....

1.  I did ZERO research about the benefits of drinking celery juice, but I heard someone on Instagram say, "I feel so good and have so much more energy".  That's all it took.  I was SOLD!  
2.  Lucky Tab, he's been getting to enjoy the fruits of my labor{and by that I mean, I juice enough every morning for TWO glasses of celery juice}. 
3.  If you put celery and pretty much any other food in front of me, I'd choose whatever is my option #2 so I was nervous about how I'd stomach a glass of the green stuff every morning.  But...it's not that bad.  The worst part BY FAR is cleaning the juicer and juicing EVERY MORNING.  
4.  We've been on the celery-juice-drinking-train for about a week and so far I don't notice any changes.  Maybe I have more energy?  Or maybe the whole placebo effect is getting to me?  I've committed to my morning juicin' for a month and then we'll evaluate how great we're feeling.  ;)  

If you're doing this, HOW DO YOU FEEL???

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This week on the blog {in case you've missed something}...
 2018 Year-In-Review


 Our Music City Bowl Recap


 Let's Look-Coziest Spot in our Home


Our Big Cedar Lodge Recap


What did YOU get for Christmas?  My nosy self would love to know!  ;)

Hope your weekend is full of rest and relaxation!  I have my fingers crossed mine is!

XO