Trader Joe’s: Is it Worth the Hype?

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Among many other things, Trader Joe’s is a celebration of pumpkin everything!

Yes. Yes it is.

I have been meaning to visit this grocery store for a while. I didn’t really know what all the hype about it was, but this weekend I found out. It. is. amazing. And did you know that Trader Joe’s is actually owned by the Aldi Corporation?

Five reasons you should visit Trader Joe’s, and you will love it:

  1. Samples. Think Costco but no quite. Towards the back of the store there is a sample counter. You can ask for a sample of anything in the store. They will give you one, liberally.

2. Cookie butter. You may have already heard about this one. I know I had. Cookie butter is the consistency of peanut better with the taste of snickerdoodles. It will melt in your mouth. Yes, I know there are all kinds of recipes on the internet for cookie butter you can make at home. But you need to try the original at least once.

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3. Organic, fair trade, and affordable. October is Fair Trade month and as I have increased my own awareness of fair trade practices, I’ve noticed a lot of fair trade certified items at Trader Joe’s as well as affordable organic foods. And let me say this, Trader Joe’s definition of organic tastes good. Really good. I know that I don’t usually use the words organic and affordable in the same sentence, but Trader Joe’s is the exception to the rule. I’ve read that they are able to keep their prices low because of some sore of secret relationship with suppliers. Whatever the reason, it works for me and my wallet. (Don’t forget, you can enter to win a box of fair trade items this week in honor of Fair Trade Month!)

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4. Not overwhelming. I expected the store to be super crowded and give me sensory overload. It was a typical grocery store on a Saturday morning, but the store itself is not huge and overwhelming. As I matter of fact, I took the one child who hates crowds with me and she even enjoyed the experience, likening it to a village market. And that says a lot.

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5. No noisy intercoms. Trader’s Joe’s uses a bell system to communicate with employees. No loud and muffled noise hear. Just pleasant ringing that is not annoying at all.

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Overall I love the store! Have you ever shopped at Trader Joe’s?

And speaking of Fair Trade….don’t forget to enter our giveaway this week by reading the blog post post below. Here are other posts you may be interested in as well.

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October is Fair Trade Month!

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Today is October 18. Reaaallllllyyyyy? The month is more than half over!

I recently teamed up with Fair Trade USA to increase awareness about the fair trade movement. Once I discovered just how fair trade benefits people all over the world, following the movement was a no-brainer.

What is Fair Trade?

Simply put, purchasing items that are fair trade certified help families in 70 countries improve the quality of their lives. With Fair Trade, farmers are able to earn fair wages, work in safe conditions, protect the environment, and keep their kids in school. If a product is Fair Trade Certified, that means that the company works directly with farmers and producers, pays them what they are worth, and treats their employees humanely. In addition to fair monetary wages, farmers and workers are able to protect the environment through the production of organic crops and using sustainable farming practices.

As consumers, we have the power to spend our dollars with companies who practice fair trade. 

There is such a large variety of fair trade certified products that we use daily. Here are some:

Apparel, Body Care, Chocolate, Coconut, Coffee, Flowers, Fruits, Herbs & Spices, Home Goods, Honey & Agave, Quinoa & Rice, Sugar, Tea, Vegetables, Wine, and Spirits.

I was even pleasantly surprised to learn that my favorite hair and skin products are even fair trade products!

Would you like s list of specific brands and products that are fair trade certified? Keep reading.

Fair trade month allows us as consumers to celebrate the many farmers and workers who produce the products we enjoy every day. After becoming more aware of the fair trade movement and committing my dollars to #befair, I have constructed my own Box Full of Hope with great products to give away.

I’m really excited about this giveaway because I know I am helping families around the world. To enter the giveaway, all you have to do is enter your email address here. Once you do that, I will send you two free gifts for entering: 1. a list of common products that are fair trade certified and 2. a really good recipe for baked cinnamon apples that Jada and I made using fair trade ingredients.

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Now that fall is officially here, the baked apples were exactly what we needed yesterday afternoon. They were so gooooooood (and healthy!)

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Don’t those make your mouth water? Remember, when we buy fair trade, everyone benefits.

Enjoy the rest of your Monday, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

Disclaimer: I was given free products as an influencer to learn about the fair trade movement. All thoughts written in this post are my own, and I am under no obligation to talk about the company or facilitate the contest. 

In other words, this movement is just that good!