The Simple Joy of Grocery Shopping

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we are currently in Atlanta, Georgia and officially halfway through our North American Tour! it’s crazy how quickly time goes when you are going nonstop.

look at this tree that is literally a rainbow. it’s directly outside of our hotel and i think this is my favorite tree i’ve seen yet (although my sister promises the trees in South Carolina are outrageous so i shall find out when i see her on monday-yayayay!)

wife blog autumn tree travel blogi am feeling a stronger sense of calm now that we’ve made the decision to move back to Portland, Oregon and that we get to stay in the same exact hotel for 4 straight nights in a row. we haven’t done this since Hawaii!

exciting news that there is a whole foods market about 10 minutes away from us! we don’t normally shop at whole foods back at home but do venture there every so often to have dinner there for their salad bar and hot food bar and pizza and cookies and….

we love whole food date nights because we can both eat whatever the heck we want, sample tons of different things and make healthier choices when doing so. my husband looked at my plate and said “what are you…a 6 year old?!” ha! no, but my tastebuds are very similar to that of a 6 year old. yay for green, healthy food and a touch of mac-n-cheese with grapes!

wife blog whole foods sample platebecause we are stationary for a few days AND we have a refrigerator in our room, we have the opportunity to keep perishable and healthier things right at our finger tips. don’t take this for granted folks, because before this tour and living out of hotels, i sure did! after we finished our delicious, kid-friendly meal, we set to picking out some of our favorite things we haven’t had in a while.

i forgot the simple joy of grocery shopping. then i was reminded very quickly that my husband and i have very different ways of navigating a grocery store. i happen to be a “get in, get what you need, get some cookies or wheat thins and get out” type of gal. he happens to be “let’s go up and down every single aisle, maybe twice, and look at everything” type of guy.

this shopping trip, because i haven’t been in a grocery store in what seems like forever, i am way more willing to visit each of those aisles like my husband desires. we dreamed about what we are going to fill our cupboards with when we get back to having a home again, wonder who can afford to pay for those fancy organic socks and relish in the these moments where i feel a sense of normalcy.

i am happy to report that we have some tasty fruit, yogurts and drinks as a new addition to our snack foods in our mini-fridge!

wife blog feel at home travel blogmy husband surprised me with tickets to see the new hunger games movie, “catching fire!” i swear i’m really 26 and neither a 6 nor 16 year old but my taste in food and movies may sometimes reverts back there. don’t judge. it was a very stressful movie, even though i’ve read the books. let’s all take a moment and be thankful that we don’t have to participate in the hunger games. moment.

wife blog ryan and chelsea averyi’d definitely say the past few days have been pretty solid. i also feel pretty lucky (and only a little anxious because i don’t love surprises) because my husband just looked over here and announced he was taking me somewhere fun and a little crazy for lunch. he always keeps me guessing…time to go put on real clothes and explore the city of Atlanta!

the new wifestyle: don’t take for granted the little things that you and your significant other get to do together.

1) who does the grocery shopping in your relationship? do you get in and out or linger?
2) what’s a food you love that 6 year olds also love?
3) catching fire fans? did you see it? what did you think?
4) any must see places in Atlanta?


  1. Sarah Alvey

    November 23, 2013 at 11:44 am

    I love reading these! I always try to read them when you post.
    1. I do the shopping and I like to get in and get out. Jeff is like Ryan so I don’t take him with my very often and the bill tends to be higher with him there.
    2. I love Mac-n-cheese and chicken nuggets.
    3.I haven’t seen the movie yet. I’m hoping Jeff and I will have some time off together soon and we can go.
    4. I’ve never been to Atlanta.

    • chelsea

      November 23, 2013 at 4:14 pm

      aww thanks for reading AND commenting Sarah-that’s awesome 🙂 haha really great point with the bill being higher when those husbands are there-ha! mmmm mac-n-cheese. hope Jeff can get that time off so you can make a date night out of ‘Catching Fire’ it was good! hope you are doing well 🙂

  2. Heather Hawkins

    November 23, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    1) We tend to go together everyday simply because we find if we grocery shop for multiple days, we are more likely to not eat the things we picked and feel bad about food. But, sometimes I venture out on my own. We both tend to be the “get in, get the hell out” kind of people.
    2) Anything cheesey. Anything potato-y
    3) I’m going to watch it later this week, I just don’t want to go while there are a lot of people there because I know I’m going to cry a lot. I cried at the previews. I cried at the last one. I cried at the book….I might be a crier. 🙂
    4) They have some pretty sweet museums. That place is kinda cool. Its weird to hear about the civil war when you are in a southern state. I don’t know why. Maybe its because I did all my schoolin’ up north. So its just interesting hearing about it from the opposite side of the spectrum.

    • chelsea

      November 23, 2013 at 4:19 pm

      that’s great you’re able to make it every day! when i was laid off, i went multiple times a week and it’s true-you can buy less things, fresher things, eat them and not waste food or money! mmm now i’m thinking of cheesy potatoes mmmm. haha we are quite similar Heather-totally a crier over here! and totally cried in the movie-ravery stopped asking if i was crying after the 3rd time-ha! ohh interesting museum-thanks for sharing that and good point on the civil war from the south’s perspective-haven’t really experienced that either. hope you are having a great day!

  3. Kim

    November 23, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    1) I am more like Ryan, I go up and down every isle. Heather says I have grocery store OCD. When I just want something quick, I send my son.
    2) Mashed potatoes, but I try not to eat them due the carbs in them. My trainer would frown and I do not want to make David angry. He would make me work even harder than he does now!
    3) Going after the rush, maybe during the week when I should be working!
    4) I can honestly say, I have only ever been at the airport.

    • chelsea

      November 23, 2013 at 4:22 pm

      haha grocery store OCD-eh? ha funny. but you have your methods and i understand that Kim! big lover of mashed potatoes over here and hey…it’s all about moderation right?! yes 🙂 hope you get a whole heap at thanksgiving! enjoy the movie (We went during the day too so less people and less money-win!). i hope your weekend is going well!

  4. jennifermckennasays

    November 23, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Hi Chelsea! Great post as usual! I love reading your blog!
    1) who does the grocery shopping in your relationship? Jeremy – It wasn’t in the vows but I HATE grocery shopping
    and if I do it (like I did last week, its a gesture of love) When I go, its usually, get in and get out…
    2) what’s a food you love that 6 year olds also love? Macaroni and Cheese
    3) catching fire fans? did you see it? what did you think? No idea what this is about
    4) any must see places in Atlanta? I have never been.. Enjoy yourself and look for the “rainbow trees” that pop up along the way.. 🙂

    • chelsea

      November 23, 2013 at 4:24 pm

      hi jennifer! thanks for reading and commenting on my blog-much appreciated! we all have those chores we hate so glad Jeremy takes it on most of the time! i see a trend of mac ‘n cheese. sounds like we need to have a cheesy potato and pasta party! sooo many pretty trees in Atlanta, i feel quite fall-y and happy! hope your saturday is going swell!

  5. debra

    November 23, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    1) Grocery shopping….Paul does most of it since he does the cooking.. Have I mentioned how much I dislike cooking!
    I will buy lettuce, fruit and wine. But that’s about it.
    2) Peanut butter….love, love it!
    3) Haven’t seen Catching Fire yet but am so looking forward it. Loved the books.
    I am so happy you are seeing you sis on Monday. Give her a hug and tell her hi.

    • chelsea

      November 23, 2013 at 7:19 pm

      haha must run in the family Debra! i dislike cooking too. your shopping list totally made me laugh out loud…lettuce, fruit and wine-ha! ahhhh how could i forget about peanut butter YES! so delicious! enjoy the movie-they did a pretty decent job on capturing the book! i will tell the sister hi-we get to spend time with sean’s family too and my mom and him are coming in too! woohoo!