The perfect little solo Saturday.


Let me preface this by saying: I love people. I love hearing stories. I love a good chat. But I also really really love spending time allllll by myself. Today started with brunch with my parents & a whole pot of french press to myself. They went off to the furniture store (they still have a giant empty room in their house…which will now be full in 8-10 weeks.) I wandered off to the Gilbert Farmer’s Market. I zig zagged across aisles, grabbed local produce, and put it all in my cute yard saled basket.

Then I ran around the mall for a while, window shopped, people watched, & picked up a few essentials. When you’re by yourself, you can go back to the same store 3 times and try on fringe ankle boots 3 times and decide you can’t justify the purchase 3 times. This is just not a luxury afforded by group shopping. Then, I was tired (I have a rough life), so I went home and half napped, half Netflix-ed.

When I woke up, I ran a brush through my hair & headed to my fave grocery spots: Trader Joe’s for fun stuff, Sprouts for the good stuff, & Walmart for the random essentials. I came home & cooked all my food for the week. I talked to Bets until my phone died. And now I have a moment to recap the day. My soul NEEDS days like this…not always…just every once in a while. It helps me reset my brain & be fully engaged the rest of the week. I have been trying really hard to work rest into my schedule & consciously choose my schedule instead of letting it run me. Today was a great start. ❤

Good Eats: Gilbert Farmer’s Market!

My parents recently moved to AZ and we’ve really been enjoying doing simple things that we could never cram into their short visits before. For the last few weeks, we’ve met up at the Gilbert Farmer’s Market on Saturday for an 8am breakfast. It’s fun to eat locally made food and spend time together! Here are some of our fav finds:

1- Jamaica from the Shrimp-viche Man
If you’ve never tried this delish drink made from hibiscus flowers, you should. Said “man” works the booth but he told us his wife makes most of it. (See?! The fun of eating local is learning things like that!) We also got shrimp crab cakes from this guy and had them for lunch. They were perfect- not fishy at all!

2- All Thai-Up from Luncha Libre
We loved this one! It was a Thai style quesadilla that had the perfect combo of sweet & spicy. Mag & I also ordered churros & horchata from this truck that were both great. Their drinks come in these HUGE mason jars- which sort of adds to the fun.

3- Stuffed French Toast from Uprooted Kitchen
This all vegan food truck has so many options full of fresh fruit & baked goods! Their french toast is topped with coconut yogurt- yum! I had been following them on Instagram for a while so it was cool to a-meet them & b-try their food!

Honorable mention goes to Nutwhats Bacon Pecan scribble & Coppercreek Cheesecakes! IMG_5726.PNG

My dad also loves Waffle Crush. It’s a fun little family tradition…and there are new choices every week!