Subscriptions + Memberships

There's a few companies that I have invested into via subscriptions and memberships; these are just little things that make my life 1. a little more fun 2. more streamlined. Without further ado, below are my favorite subscriptions and memberships that I'm a part of! 

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1. Costco!
This membership saves us SO much money due to their significant savings on bulk items. We switched from Sam's Club to Costco for two reasons: 1. closer in proximity to us, and 2. more organic options. The above photo is when my mentor friend, Jayme, and I, did a Costco run after hot yoga one morning last summer! 

Andy and I typically make a Costco run either every weekend or every other weekend, depending on what we need. I'll do another post on all of our favorite Costco staples, but here's a quick rundown of what we typically purchase each week:

  • Organic Eggs
  • Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • Chicken Breasts 
  • Citrus Fruits -- usually oranges or grapefruits
  • Fresh Veggies -- I switch it up, but it usually consists of broccoli, brussels sprouts, or peppers
  • LaCroix Sparkling Water

2. Calm Guided Meditation App!
I love this app so much -- it helps me start my day with more focus, fall asleep faster, and have a peaceful day at work. There are tons of different guided meditations to choose from and they literally have one for every situation you can think of. I used to think meditation was a little kooky, but after giving it a shot, I'm a believer!

Last summer, I was really good at committing to a twice daily practice, but lately it's been a little more stretched out. I'm planning to get back into my groove come April 1st--because I need to start goals on the first of a month otherwise they usually don't stick. 

3. Rocksbox! 
I randomly came across an Instagram post about Rocksbox almost a year and a half ago and was immediately intrigued. Since one of my goals on my vision board was to define my sense of personal style, I felt as though a Rocksbox subscription was the perfect way to test out different styles of jewelry. I signed up that evening and haven't looked back since! I'll do a separate post on how this subscription works, but in the meantime, if you'd like to try it out for one free month, use code: LAURABFF708 at checkout! 

4. Life Time Athletic! 
I've been a member of Life Time for many, many years and to me, it's honestly worth the investment. I may be a bit biased since I also work there, but I love the level of quality, cleanliness, and the resort-like atmosphere at all of their many locations. Life Time isn't just my gym, it's also where I get my hair done, pedicures, massages, personal training, and purchase all of my supplements from! I started out with a Platinum membership many years ago, but was upgraded to LT Athletic when my club was remodeled inside -- LT Athletic clubs are even more elite than the LT Fitness clubs and they're less busy, so it's definitely a win-win situation.

5. Apple Music! 
I used to be a huge Spotify fan, until a friend of mine signed up for Apple Music and convinced me how much better it is! I dropped my Spotify subsciption last summer and haven't looked back since! I love how my work laptop, home laptop, Apple TV, and iPhone are all connected seamlessly with my playlists! 

6. Young Living Essential Oils!
I fought this trend for the longest time, but eventually a few of my coworkers convinced me to jump on the bandwagon. I purchased the starter kit as well as a USB diffuser to use while at my desk in the office. Diffusing oils such as Lavender before bed, Stress Away during the work day, and Lemon while cleaning have definitely made a difference for me! 

7. Starbucks Gold Card!
I've been a Starbucks gold card holder for many years now because my Starbucks obsession is real! I remember one of the very first times that I visited a Starbucks coffee shop. My family and I met up with my auntie Mary for dinner and afterwards, we all went to Starbucks so that the adults could get coffees. I was probably 9 or 10 years old at the time, but I remember that my Aunt purchased a little tin of Starbucks mints for both my sister and I. As time went on, I remember going to Starbucks with my mom for Frappuccino's, and then as I got older, I branched out and started straying from the sugar-loaded drinks and usually stuck to a cafe latte or an iced Tazo Passion tea instead. 

My bestie, Allie, also shares an infatuation for Starbucks, so every time she's back in town, we head to Starbucks for drinks! It's our little tradition, and we've shared so many silly stories, heart to hearts, and countless memories at local Starbucks shops! 

Birthday Weekend Celebrations

This past Tuesday was my birthday, and I swear it snuck up so quickly! Since my birthday fell on a weekday this year, we celebrated last weekend! We kicked off the weekend by heading down to one of our favorite areas, 50th & France. Edina is one of our favorite cities and we frequent this area because of the amazing restaurants (some of my favorites include Red Cow, Good Earth, and MozzaMia--which unfortunately just closed!), the Galleria (an upscale shopping center), and the gorgeous Centennial Lakes area! 

We grabbed dinner at AgraCulture, which was recommended to us by a friend of mine at work. We loved the unique atmosphere and the farm fresh food! Afterwards, we headed to Southdale Center, the local mall, to see Beauty and the Beast. We loved this movie so much--the additions to the classic story, the revised soundtrack, and the beautiful scenes! It was so well done and I've enjoyed listening to the soundtrack all week while I'm designing at work! 

Flash forward to Sunday when I pretended it was spring by wearing one of my very favorite outfits. I later paired this ensemble with my navy J. Crew Excursion vest because it was a little chilly outside! 

Our first stop of the day was Yum! Kitchen and Bakery for a quick lunch! Side note, my favorite foods are salad, soup, and sandwiches (dessert is its own category), so I always love visiting cute little cafes! I ordered the veggie sandwich and it hit the spot! 

After lunch, we made a quick pit-stop at Starbucks for lattes and then headed out to explore some Parade of Homes! Side note, how cute are these spring cups at Starbucks?! 

Can we just talk about my #closetgoals for a second here? I mean, look at this closet! A huge window next to front an back mirrors, ample shelves and drawers, and plenty of open space! 

All of the homes were so gorgeous inside! Whenever I tour homes, I'm always checking out three things: 1. the kitchen, 2. the staircase (I'm obessed with grand staircases) and 3. the home office.

We drove all over Edina and Minneapolis touring all kinds of homes from modern to contemporary before making a quick stop for a snack.

This vanilla birthday cake cupcake's frosting to cake ratio was spot on! Also, sprinkles make everything taste better, wouldn't you agree? 

After our cupcakes, we headed over to a neighboring town to tour a few more homes before ending our day in downtown Wayzata.

We walked along the main street and checked out a few little shops--the sun had returned by this point in the day so it felt really good to be outside! Cute little promenade areas are my absolute favorite! 

We enjoyed dinner at District in downtown Wayzata and it did not disappoint! Such a fun atmosphere and the food was really good! We'll definitely be returning to this cute little restaurant this summer! 

After dinner, we walked along the lake before heading home--the sun was starting to set and it was such a pretty view! 

On my actual birthday, I worked from home and later finished up my day working from Starbucks just to switch things up a bit. Their birthday cake pop makes me so happy--even when it's not my birthday! Afterwards, I met up with a couple girlfriends for happy hour before going out for frozen yogurt with Andy! 

When's your birthday?
Have you seen the new Beauty and the Beast movie?