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  • ALDI Delivered to my Doorstep {Review + Giveaway}

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    I am all about finding ways to streamline my day-to-day routine and to welcome more simplicity into my life. This is why I was thrilled when my favorite budget-friendly grocery store, ALDI, sent me and ALDI Delivered box. (Zoey was excited too. She hopes any delivery that we get is another bag of her "wiggle.") If you're [...]

  • Feel Good Food on the Go {With an ALDI Giveaway!}

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    This post is sponsored by ALDI. Be sure to read to the end for a gift certificate giveaway! I think I can safely say that most of us around here are living an "on-the-go" lifestyle. Whether you're a student facing long days on campus, a busy mom with little time to make meals for yourself, [...]

  • Life + Loving Lately…Party Edition (with a giveaway!)

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    Hellllooo! It's 72 degrees in Charlotte...on December 15...and it's AMAZING. I mean, it's a little weird to be getting ready for Christmas in flip flops and tank tops but I'll take it. Apparently, we can thank a strong El Nino year for the 60 and 70 degree days that we've been enjoying all month. My [...]

  • Healthier Super Bowl Snack Ideas: Sweet Potato Nachos and Loaded Hummus Plate

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    Whether you're a die-hard football fan or just in it when your team is winning or when it serves as a fun social outlet, Super Bowl Sunday brings a day of eating, drinking and parties. When I was growing up we ate dinner every night at the table but on Super Bowl Sunday we ordered pizza and were [...]

  • An Impressive $85 ALDI Haul

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    I have been regularly shopping at ALDI for almost a year now and I remain amazed by the savings there are to be had by shopping there. Last weekend I went to Whole Foods for my weekly grocery shopping and my bill was $185. This week I went to ALDI and my bill was $85. [...]

  • Healthier Holiday Dessert: Vanilla Pomegranate Parfait

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    To wrap up my "healthier holiday" series with ALDI I have a beautiful, festive and lighter dessert to share with you. But first...let's remember the appetizer and main courses. For the appetizer we had four bite-sized skewer combinations. The main course was pork loin stuffed with butternut squash, apples, cranberries and topped with a cider gravy. [...]

  • Cider Brined Pork Loin Stuffed with Butternut Squash, Apples and Cranberries

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    This post is sponsored by ALDI as a part of the Healthier Holiday series. Check out my first post featuring healthy holiday appetizer ideas.  It’s the season of holiday parties, family feasts and indulgent meals. The good news is that indulgent doesn’t have to be synonymous with diet-breaking butter, cream and cheese. Indulgent can mean [...]

  • Healthier Holidays Series: 4 Bite-Sized Appetizers for Holiday Entertaining

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    This post is sponsored by ALDI as part of the Healthier Holidays Series.  I am excited about the holidays this year. I'm staying in Charlotte for Thanksgiving where I'll spend the day with a big group of friends and going home for Christmas to be with my family in Georgia. I'm also looking forward to all of the holiday [...]

  • After the Review: Follow Up on Results and Continued Use

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    Hi and hope everyone is having a nice weekend. I'm in Georgia visiting with my family. My parents are in town this weekend so I decided to come too. I was thinking that I do a lot of product reviews but not a lot of follow ups. I wanted to do a post today on [...]

  • Burger Night

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    I think one of the most difficult things about blogging on a daily basis is actually not finding the time for it but rather doing it regardless of what's going on in your life. Being human, most of you understand that things are constantly changing, ebbing and flowing. And in this current moment I am in [...]

  • What I Bought at the Grocery This Week {Restock Trip}

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    I went a little crazy at the grocery store this morning restocking on a lot of items that I like to keep on hand. I like to share these kinds of shopping trips with you so that you get an idea of how I stock my pantry and fridge to be able to consistently cook [...]

  • Learning the ALDI Secrets

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    I'm back with one last ALDI post to wrap up this series. I have learned SO much through this short term ambassadorship with ALDI. I've gone from being fairly unfamiliar with the brand and the benefits of being an ALDI shopper to understanding their unique operating procedures and the method behind their customer service experience [...]

  • ALDI Smoothie Challenge + Dinner (Tons of Recipes!)

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    Happy Wednesday! It's a gloomy day here in Charlotte but good for productivity. I just finished teaching yoga and having coffee with a friend and now I'm hunkered down getting work done. I'm so excited to share more of my ALDI test kitchen visit with you today. You can catch up on part one in [...]

  • An Afternoon in the ALDI Test Kitchen {Giveaway!}

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    I've spent the last month serving as a short-term blog ambassador for ALDI to bring awareness to not only their brand and the unique shopping and saving experience they provide but also their new focus on providing customers with nutritious and affordable food. ALDI recently launched a new organics line, Simply Nature, and introduced organic [...]

  • Back to Reality + Off to Chicago {This Week’s Eats}

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    Back to reality this week but it's been a short one. I am currently on a plane again but not headed anywhere tropical! I'm on the way to Chicago for a quick overnight. I'm visiting the ALDI headquarters where I'll spend the afternoon doing activities like switch and save tastings, price challenges, a smoothie challenge, [...]

  • Salmon, Strawberry & Goat Cheese Salad {Recipe}

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    It's been really fun to explore what it's like shopping at ALDI and sharing the experience with you. I have loved reading your feedback, comments and questions on my first two posts. If you're catching up you can read about my first shopping trip here and everything I purchased with a cost breakdown here. One [...]

  • ALDI Shopping Haul + Cost Comparison

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    This is a follow up from yesterday's post about my first ALDI shopping experience. Yesterday was all about the actual experience of visiting the store and today is a break down of what I bought, what I paid and how much I saved. I went to Harris Teeter and priced out the same items I [...]

  • Shopping (And Saving) At ALDI

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    Several weeks ago I shared what a week of food shopping at Trader Joe's looks like for me and received some good feedback and thoughtful discussion. I want to keep that going in the next two posts and share my experience shopping at a different budget store. I grew up in a small town in [...]