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Why Trader Joe’s is My, and America’s, Happy Place

5 Mar This container of candy from Trader Joe's holds a world of kindness

We all have rotten days. Yesterday was one of mine. Or at least, a day where things didn’t come together well, posed more problems than it solved, and just left me with a sad, crummy feeling.

And I needed to go to Trader Joe’s.

So, I tucked my feelings under my hat and went.

Walking around hunting and gathering for my dinner, I smiled at other shoppers and TJ’s staffers. I was OK. But as I walked to check out, I got sad again. Of course, that’s not too weird – feeling better walking around TJ’s, and getting sad as I’m leaving!

The checker Shaun greeted me with, “How ya doing?!” I said, sluggishly, “OK.” He said, “Just OK?” “Yeah,” I said. We continued chatting a bit. He loaded my bag and put it in the cart.

As we waited for my chipped card to finish processing, Shaun asked, “Do you like chocolate? Do you like dried fruit?” I said yes.

He walked to the product pylon by the check out lane, picked up a container of chocolate-covered dried fruit, put it on top of my bag and said, “I hope you have a good evening!”

I was blown away. And this isn’t the only time I’ve encountered amazingly kind behavior at Trader Joe’s. The store’s feel-good culture is an example for us all in how to care and treat each other. Just a little kindness goes such a long way. Thank you, Shaun! And thank you, Trader Joe’s.

A pot of gold

This container holds a world of kindness

 

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How to Make a Killer Sangria: A Trader Joe’s Shopper Shares Her Secret

10 Jul

Michelle Walton knows good sangria. She spent $100 mixing a batch from a South American recipe. But with a bottle of Maria Ole Sangria from TJ’s, Michelle now impresses her friends for a fraction of the cost. Take 30 seconds to listen to how she does it. She makes it seem so easy! Thanks for sharing, Michelle!

It’s Shamrock time! Spring is near and so is St. Paddy’s Day.

11 Mar

I love my Shamrocks. I have the purple variety. From a small bunch from Trader Joe’s a few years ago, they now fill two pots, and another repotting is needed soon. I love how they go to sleep every night and stretch their petals full every morning.

Here it is again: Your yearly chance to invite a wee Shamrock plant to call your house its home.

Flowers of the shamrock plant

Shamrock blossoms purple

stocked in shamrocks

Stocked in Shamrocks

shamrock blossoms green

Shamrock blossoms green

Hello, moon. Good night, Shamrocks.

Delicious craft kit from Trader Joe’s

22 Dec

A house so cute you could just eat it up! : )

Crafts are best when you can eat your creations!

Playing house at Trader Joe’s

Cutest little pies of the year?

13 Nov

Cutest little pies … ever!

Mini pumpkin pies look good enough to eat

Mini me that

Trader Joe's bakes up the cutest little pumpkin pies in time for Thanksgiving

Pecan pies. Little ones.

Think it can’t get better than this? Try the warmed pumpkin pies with pumpkin ice cream and the heated pecan pies with pecan ice cream. You’re welcome.

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Happy Chocolate Cupcake Day!

18 Oct

Celebrating chocolate cupcakes around the world

Happy National Cheesecake Day!

30 Jul

Celebration suggestion: Buy Trader Joe’s New York-Style Cheesecake. Grab three forks and a couple of friends, and dig in.

Ed. note: I learned this through years of experience. It was hard, but I managed somehow. All for your benefit, dear readers.

You’re welcome.

A little cheesecake is the right thing to do

Over-the-top, creamy sweet goodness

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