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Recipe for relief

9 Sep

Olive oil goes the distance, from dressing salads to searing shrimp and now, to keeping us mosquito-bite free.

a natural mosquito repellent

Recipe for relief

Trader Joe’s doesn’t sell the essential oils, but the oils (I used Lemon Eucalyptus and Cinnamon Leaf) can be easily found at Whole Foods, health food stores or several online outlets.

As most of us know, this was a record year for mosquitoes in the U.S. (International friends, has it been the same where you are?) I felt like a captive in my house, unable to enjoy the sun or brave the heat of summer.

I was tempted to cover my skin with Off! or other chemical, awful-smelling agents, but before I resorted to that, I sought out a natural concoction … and found the recipe above.

And it worked! I played with friends outside in a park on a river bank on a sunny, bug-friendly afternoon. No bites! However, about six hours later, I sat on the ground in a short skirt in the evening under trees. Bites happened. Maybe I should have reapplied after so long and before coming in direct contact with the enemy?

Please let us know if you have a recipe for a natural repellent, or if you try this one!

Trader Joe’s “must haves” Faves from 2012

2 Jan

Trader Joe’s constantly comes up with wonderful items. While I love trying the new offerings, I find there are staples that I buy over and over. I have to have them on hand – TJ “must haves.”

I’d love to hear what TJ products you can’t live without! Please share your faves in the comments.

Here are 15 of mine that were featured on Things I Love at Trader Joe’s in 2012:

Roasted chicken from Trader Joe's

Pure deliciousness, without the oiliness.

Dark chocolate espresso beans by Trader Joe's

Dark chocolate espresso beans by Trader Joe’s

Peppermint hard candy

Peppermint hard candy

Trader Joe's Gummi Vites

Trader Joe’s Gummi Vites


Grilled Chicken Breast Strips

Grilled Chicken Breast Strips

Trader Joe's Chicken Sausage

Trader Joe’s Chicken Sausage

Tj's bananas, 19 cents each - No joke!

Tj’s bananas, 19 cents each – No joke!

Orange Blossom Honey, oo la la!

Orange Blossom Honey, oo la la!

Snack mantra: tomatoes and edamame. (Y)om.

Snack mantra: tomatoes and edamame. (Y)om.

Quinoa Duo with vegetable melange

Quinoa Duo with vegetable melange

Dark Chocolate Honey Mints

Dark Chocolate Honey Mints

Balsamic vinegar

Balsamic vinegar

Savory Thin Mini Crackers

Savory Thin Mini Crackers


Thank you, Trader Joe’s for a year filled with good things!

And thank you for visiting Things I Love at Trader Joe’s!

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Holiday gifts from Trader Joe’s

19 Dec


  • The rush of feet.
  • The cold, crisp air.
  • The credit cards
  • that get lots of wear.
  • It’s Christmas time.
  • and we hurry to find
  • gifts for those we love.
  • We feel so behind!
  • Yes, the aisles of Joe’s
  • yield tasty treats,
  • like cheese and fruit
  • and seasoned meats.
  • But … what’s this? you say,
  • on shelves are sold
  • packages of goodies –
  • gift-giving gold!
  • There are jars of jam
  •  – four flavors in a pack –
  • there’s raspberry and orange
  • for a spreadable snack!

Trader joe's jams

  • And the ultimate choice
  • in hostess gift selection:
  • You’ll find mini soaps and bath salts
  • in the toiletry section!

Trader Joe's Bath Salt Trio

Mini soaps brighten every occasion!

  • So, to all a Merry Christmas,
  • and the end to gift-buying woes.
  • You’ll find treats for everyone
  • at your local Trader Joe’s.

Thank you, Trader Joes!

And thank you for visiting Things I Love at Trader Joe’s!

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Voir le Tour de France avec cette savon belle!

11 Jul

What better way to celebrate the Tour de France than by luxuriating in a hand wash with Trader Jacques’ Orange Blossom Honey French liquid soap?

Orange Blossom Honey, oo la la!

The light, orange blossomy fragrance will whisk your soul to one of the quaint villages seen as a blur behind sweaty, tortured cyclists.

The scent will transport you to a dainty, seated position under a large Oak on one of the French countryside’s rolling verdant hills. Meanwhile, the bikers struggle with bruises, sore muscles and the threat of torn ligaments as they encounter incline after incline.

Guests in your home will also notice and ask where you picked up this delightful personal cleanser.  On your last trip to Paris? In a little boutique on New York’s Upper East Side? “No, silly,” you answer, “at Trader Joe’s. But, of course!”

Viva la savon!

Merci, Trader Jacques.

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Rough tissue has soft heart

15 Jan

How many times do you walk through a crowded store and discover a note written just for you on a product? A product that says it cares about you when you’re down, when you’re faced with problems and that it will be there for you when other items have forsaken their duty? Just once in a lifetime. If you’re lucky.

There I was, staring down at this kind, quiet message, telling me, “I’m there when you’re sad. Feel better, Tissue.” I picked up the box and found more messages. Tissue told me it was there for me when I was sick, when I had to pick up icky things. And when toilet paper would run out on me…Tissue would be there, too.

This is not a flimsy, soft and cuddly tissue. It’s got a stronger fiber. One that can deal with the task at hand. A tissue not to be savored, but appreciated for its dependability and stamina. Let Puff’s tend to one’s specialty needs, Trader Joe’s tissue is the Hefty bag of sniffle wipes. Industrial strength with a heart of gold.

One friend who shall remain nameless (anetjay) was not as taken by message or the product. But I would suggest to her, no tissue can be everything to everyone. Appreciate this tissue for what it can do – and it does it well. And open your heart to its caring message.

Love is just around the corner,  in a box on the bottom shelf of aisle four. Yours for $1.29. Plus tax.

Tingle all the way!

18 Dec

Tingle and crisp scent win another body soap customer.

From Janet:

Now that a new TJs has opened up just over a mile from my house, I have been gradually shifting most of my weekly grocery shopping away from other grocery stores and over to TJs over the last few months. Still, there were a few times that I found myself heading to the old fashion grocery for items, one of them being body wash.

Feeling adventuresome one day, I decided to see if TJs had any body wash, and sure enough, they did. I was a bit skeptical at first since the only option involved tea tree oil, but I decided to give it a try. Long story short, this is my new go-to body wash, and I love it! I love the tingle and crisp smell of the tea tree in the morning, and it foams up well and lasts forever!

Merry crispness from the shelves of Trader Joes:

Tea Tree Tingle


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