Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Top 10 Tuesdays: Top 5 Places to Shop - EDIT for new list poster

Top 10 Tuesday Time again! Head over to Kate's and Keebles' blogs to find out their lists, although they were both on vacation the past week, so they may or may not be posting today. Elliptical Man has also joined us, so check out his list and blog too. 


1. Amazon

They have everything now, although I remember when they were just a book store. 

2. Trader Joes

I can't ever explain how much I love this grocery store. They have tons of organic produce at reasonable prices seasonally and I do try and feed DD organic produce if we can. There are so many unique items that you can only find there, and it's saved our grocery budget a few hundred dollars a year. 

Plus all of their store brand products very clearly and obviously state what allergens are present in their packaged food. That is a huge help when you have food allergies. 

3. Gymboree

This is a children's clothing store, and I prefer it to the more commonly known Carter's or OshKosh. They have fun clothes items and I'm looking forward to going to their "sister" store, Crazy Eights on my upcoming conference. I found several fun clothing items last year. I actually found some nice things in the boy's section that worked for Sophia as well, so that may be true this year. The plaid shirts especially don't seem to exist in any girl's section. 

4. Chromatic Alchemy

If you're a follower you know I'm a fan of these fabrics and I like the website design as well. I think she plans to re-vamp it soon, but I know it will still be good. I like that she has a colour selection area on the left and that she made sure to have true-to-life colours of her fabric. You know that what you receive will look exactly the same as it did on the website. I love browsing the site to look at all the colours  and think what I might want to stitch on them. 

Also, you can check the Facebook page for photos of people stitching on the fabrics for inspiration. It's trouble for my wallet sometimes. :)

5. Chocolate Decadence

I had a lot of choices for this last number, but I went with the one I've been looking at most lately. This is a vegan, dairy free chocolate maker. They have fantastic chocolate and I just put my Easter order in. There are often deals/coupons that they email you, so it's worth signing up. If you're a dark chocolate fan, you might want to try them out since their mint truffles are so amazingly good... possibly the others too, but I'm a mint chocolate fan. 

I hope you enjoyed the list and thank you all for your good wishes about my arm. I'm mostly better now, although I didn't finish the owl last night, I took it easy again. Maybe tonight will be a finish, depending on when I get home. 

Happy Stitching,



  1. I love Amazon. I've only been in Trader Joe's a couple of times. It's a bit of a drive to the nearest location, but I liked it a lot and really want to go again. I bookmarked Chromatic Alchemy. Once I finish a couple of projects, I have 2 charts in mind and these gorgeous fabrics would be perfect for them. Thank you for mentioning Chocolate Decadence! The name sounded familiar. It turns out I looked them up last year around Easter, as I really wanted chocolate and can no longer have any dairy. They are only a couple hours south of where I live. We found a closer place that sold some vegan truffles, but I may have to take a look at the website to see if there might be a chocolate treat I cannot live without. ;)

  2. Living in the boondocks, we don't really have cool stores like yours, but they sound fantastic!

  3. All of these, except Amazon, are new to me. I'll have to check them out.

  4. Great list!! We switched 80% to organic food last year and that helped me store grocery only what I need and waste less because organic is costlier compared to regular. We have a dedicated organic grocery store at a walking distance and get weekly organic fresh vegetables and fruits as well.

  5. We don't have a Trader Joe's. I saw one on vacation and wish I would have stopped because I know so many people that talk about how great it is. There were rumors we could get one so we'll see. Great list!


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