Healthy Living on a Budget: My Thrive Market Experience

Healthy Living on a Budget: My Thrive Market Experience

Being conscious of what I eat, put on my body, and products I use to clean my house becoming part of my day to day. There was a time (a college time) where you’d find me making a bowl of mac and (powdered) “cheese” for dinner without giving it two thoughts. Now, knowing what I do about the importance of reading labels, and understanding what you are putting in your body,the thought of a powdered cheese dinner makes me cringe. As I’ve become more conscious of what I am eating, I’ve also experienced the sticker shock that comes with trying to eat clean or make healthy choices. Sometimes it hurts to put the more expensive organic, non GMO veggie in your cart when there’s a seemingly identical veggie that is NOT organic and probably genetically modified but he’s only .99! I am not perfect, by the books, or a 100% clean eater. I really try to pay attention to items I’m putting in my grocery cart from food, skincare, to cleaning solution. But guess what else I’m conscious about? MY BUDGET. Between planning a wedding, and having an inherent desire to always save a penny and get the best deal (must be the filipino in me), I am always looking for ways to stretch my dollar.  When I heard of Thrive Market, I knew we were destined for one another.

All About Thrive Market, My Experience and How You Can Save Too!

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Thrive Market is an online grocery offering up to 50% on healthy choices that are guaranteed to be all non GMO, they even offer USDA certified organic options when available. From chips, to face cream, Thrive Market has a bevy of healthy choices to stock your pantries. The best part? Your order is delivered directly to your door. I was a little skeptical to order things I needed and then be stuck waiting a week without them. Not the case with Thrive Market!  I have received all of my orders, THE NEXT DAY without paying any extra shipping *snaps for you Thrive Market!*

What I ordered?

Protein Powder: I have been on a smoothie kick for breakfast, and it’s no secret that the protein powders that are actually clean and good for you may not be so nice to your pocket book. Thrive Market is a great stop for protein powder. You can search by dietary restriction (gluten free, plant based, etc) and they offer such a good selection of brands and flavors.

Beauty Products:

What you put on your body is just as important as what you put in it! Did you know that the beauty products, lotions, creams, deodorants you use actually get absorbed into the skin. This sure makes me think twice and read the labels when I am buying beauty products. I was so ecstatic to see that Thrive Market carried some of my favorite Natural Deodorant brands. I’ve also gotten a few face oils and moisturizers from Thrive Market, they carry favorite brands of mine like Acure  and Derma E.

Supplements:

Vitamins and supplements can be hard to shop for. There are endless brands and they all claim to be the best, cleanest, most potent combinations. I like shopping for supplements on Thrive Market because I know that their selections are going to be non-GMO and from trusted brands like Garden of LifeI turn to Thrive Market for my Garden of Life Raw Probiotics – this stuff is magic guys.

For the Pantry:

I have a love hate with walking through the aisles of stores like Whole Foods. I love seeing all of the healthy alternatives to everyday ingredients and pantry staples but it can be overwhelming. There are so many brands, flavors, different ingredients and new health trends coming out. Sometimes my mind tends to spin and I spend 20 minutes debating between which high fiber cracker needs to come home with me. Thrive Market helps me save time (and sanity) by allowing me to easily search what it is I’m looking for. Look at all of the different food and pantry items they offer below! Sauces, lentils, chia seeds, you name it Thrive Market  can help add it to your pantry

Have you tried Thrive Market? I would love to hear your experience, or Thrive Market favorites! If you have not tried and are curious, you can save 25% off your first order if you click this link! http://thrv.me/thelovelytwist 

*This blog contains affiliate links which means that if you click on the link and make a purchase, I will receive a small percentage. Additionally, items mentioned on this blog may have been provided free of charge. All opinions are entirely my own.*

My Favorite Valentine’s Day Blog Posts: Single, Taken, Hopelessly Romantic? Read More for the Cutest V-day ideas!

My Favorite Valentine’s Day Blog Posts: Single, Taken, Hopelessly Romantic? Read More for the Cutest V-day ideas!

It’s here, the dreaded, beloved, infamous Hallmark Holiday is upon us. Whether you are taken, single, madly in love or far from it…I’ve got you covered on ideas for Valentine’s Day. I have linked some of my favorite Valentine’s Day posts from myself and other bloggers. We cover activity ideas, date nights, galentine’s ideas and gift guides! However you spend today just remember, it’s only a day…same as any other, so why not show yourself or other’s in your life some extra love!

Life By Chellie / Me Day!

Chellie shares her history with Valentine’s Day and puts a positive spin on her heartbreaks. She has a hilarious and optimistic outlook to any situation which I LOVE! In this post Chellie breaks it all down for you – highlighting ideas on how to pamper yourself, the cutest V-day looks and even a playlist! Check her out!

Lake Shore Lady / Galentine’s Day Recipe 

Lauren of Lake Shore Lady highlights an easy (and tasty) Galentine’s Day recipe. If you’re not celebrating Galentine’s Day – you need to! We should show love to everyone including the amazing gal pals in our lives. I love this quote from Lauren’s Blog, and her cracker recipes (pictured below) for a Galentine’s Day celebration look ah-may-zing! You’ll want to check them out yourself!

*Image credit to Lake Shore Lady


Pint Sized Beauty / Valentine’s Day Makeup 

Date night out, in, or Netflix and pizza..whatever your V-day plans are, yoe to feel BEAUTIFUL. Lilly from Pint Sized Beauty details her essentials for a flawlessly glam Valentine’s Day look. From nail polish to lashes, this girl has you covered. Plus, check out this beautiful image from her blog! You’ll want to click and read more about Lily’s Valentine’s Day Makeup recs.

*Image credit to Pint Sized Beauty

 

Creative Valentine’s Day Gifts For Couples

Last week I posted some gift ideas for you couples out there. These gifts focus on qualiy time, and building a strong foundation to any relationship. I think these gift ideas are a cute date night or special gift for your SO year round! Check this post out to read more about Date Night In Box, 31 Creative Ways To Love, The 5 Love Languages, and Cooking at home together.

Baby You Should Go and Love Yourself: Remembering the Importance of Self Love This Valentine’s Day

This is probably one of my favorite posts to date. I share my struggle with self love, how to overcome this, and my favorite ways to focus on myself. It’s more than ok to put yourself first, its actually very HEALTHY. Remember to take some time this Valentine’s Day, and every day for that matter to put yourself first…the rest will follow.

 

Whether you are single, married, newly dating or not a fan of Valentine’s Day I hope these posts have given you some great ideas on how to spend this “holiday” or even just fun ideas to treat yourself and others. How are you spending this Valentine’s Day?

 

 

 

 

 

*This blog contains affiliate links which means that if you click on the link and make a purchase, I will receive a small percentage. Additionally, items mentioned on this blog may have been provided free of charge. All opinions are entirely my own.*

Creative Valentine’s Day Gifts For Couples

Creative Valentine’s Day Gifts For Couples

Valentine’s Day is one of those “holidays” where people either:

1. Have no idea what to get their significant other or 

2. Fall into the trap of the stereotypical gifts including chocolate and flowers.

Sure, it’s the thought that counts, but why not make your gift REALLY count this year? Something I’ve done the past few years for my fiancé is get him a meaningful gift that shows my appreciation for him or helps us to continue to build and grow together (or sometimes both!). With the busyness of our schedules and other commitments, I welcome Valentine’s Day and really any day that gives us an excuse to unplug and reconnect. If you are stumped in the creative gift department, I’ve got ya covered! I’ve put together this Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Couples for those of you who want to find something unique and meaningful to give to your significant other for Valentine’s Day.

Date Night In Boxes

IMG_61991I really enjoyed our Date Night In Box. If you are looking for a creative way to have a date night, look no further. Date Night In Box will send you everything you need for a date night at home. One of my favorite parts of the date night was the activity we completed together. I won’t spill the beans too much, but the idea is that you end the date night feeling more connected as a couple. If you want to know more about this date subscription service, head to my Date Night In Box blog review.

31 Creative Ways To Love & Encourage


We read the 31 Creative Ways books last year and I would read them again in a heart beat!  Jefferson and Alyssa Bethke detail simple ways to creatively love your partner. The daily chapters are short but packed with meaning. Everyday you are left with a task on how to show your partner love that day. Some days are serious reflection points, and others are more humorous and cute ways to show your love. It was fun to read something together and was great to hear advice from another couple’s perspective.

The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts

If you’re into the idea of reading a book together I suggest The 5 Love Languages. Everyone has a different way they respond to and show love. It’s important as a couple to understand each others  Love Languages. Plus, taking time to put away technology and read something together is special in itself.

Cook Together

Quality time, and a good meal…what more could you ask for? I love being relaxed and in my own kitchen, preparing a good meal with my partner. Going out to eat is fun, but not as satisfying as knowing you put in the work to create the dinner yourself. Look up some creative Valentine’s reciepies, or gift your guy some cookbooks and kitchen essentials with a cute note detailing your plans for your at home cooking session. Here are some cute ideas for your date night in the kitchen.

Date Night In: More than 120 Recipes to Nourish Your Relationship / The Date Night Cookbook: Romantic Recipes & Easy Ideas to Inspire from Dawn till Dusk / DCI Bamboo Heart Shaped Wooden Spoon 2 Pack / Elegant Ceramic Heart Shaped Dinner Plate /Colorful Heart Garland Bunting

If you get creative this Valentine’s Day I would love to hear your ideas! Whatever you end up going with, try to remember that it’s important to invest in spending quality time together.  The gift of connecting as a couple will be a better investment than any candy hearts (although those are tasty too).

 

 

 

 

*This blog contains affiliate links which means that if you click on the link and make a purchase, I will receive a small percentage. Additionally, items mentioned on this blog may have been provided free of charge. All opinions are entirely my own.*