I tried a few new products this weekend.
First, Oui French Style Yogurt, from Yoplait.
Now, I know it’s probably not new, but it is new to me. I’m that girl that hates to shop in the store. You know the crowd, the overwhelming choices and being the planner I am… I never go with out a list. AND, I only buy what is on the list! So, for me to find something new on my own, without first hearing about it from a friend, is just a miracle.
So, on this day, I just couldn’t get up the appetite for anything at home and went looking for “yogurt”. Thank goodness my list didn’t have a brand or flavor already chosen! As I entered the dairy section, (after a 6 months absence) I noticed the yogurt section had changed dramatically. There were so many different labels and offerings.
Point of clarity: I shop a small local grocer when I’m desperate. Price won’t matter. Cleanliness does. Service does.
So back to the hunt for the yogurt. I’m sure someone who walked up might have thought I was a wax figure as I stood there reading each variety of label front. Peach, strawberry, blueberry, vanilla, orange, caramel, chocolate… and it goes on! Line after line of white plastic containers with all sorts of flavors and styles.
THEN! Right above my eye level there’s this glass jar of yogurt. I could see the product inside. Brightly colored yellow on the bottom…lemon. Pastels with fruit were strawberry and raspberry. Beautiful!
So, as you can tell above, I tried it! Don’t you love the smooth texture of yogurt? This is supposed to be french style… and I’m not a gourmet, so I really couldn’t tell the difference between it and other Yoplait yogurts. But, let me tell you… on this day, at this time… it tasted excellent!
I love that the label is removable and the container is glass. It has a rounded edge and it’s quite adaptable for other uses. I do love to re-purpose. Here’s what I used the first jars for:
I can’t wait til I find some ribbon or maybe tape to decorate them. I’m sure I’ll have a complete collection soon. While I like the clear water in the flower container, I think I have some music print wrap paper to decoupage the pencil jar for the piano. I’ll be looking for rose gold washi tape for my foundation, to match my system! I have a special event coming up soon and I think they’ll make nice bases for centerpieces. Maybe if I start now, I can root some pretty ivy for the table. It’s sort of like having baby food jars again, without the twist at the top.
The next thing that was new to me was a personal cleanse product. I’m not great at this but why not? It’s a long weekend, no where I have to be and it just might give me a jump on next week’s health kick. Yeah, I decided to try to summon up some extra will power and do a better job planning meals and getting exercise. So, I read some labels and most seemed rather daunting. I found this one from ESPIRA. It says it’s a 3 day cleanse. Three caps in the morning and three in the evening for three days. Easy to remember… the power of 3! I really couldn’t tell I was “doing” a cleanse and I felt great at the end of the three day period. Everything seemed quite natural and it seems it helped reset my metabolism rhythm. I read someone said it’s the gift that keeps on giving, ha!
Of course this brand has other products and I think I might try the Hunger Block. Taken 30 minutes before meals appears to be the secret. All the products are Vegan. And, as I’m going to do a better job of meal planning, that may just support my goals while I return to better habits. There are also shakes that one friend loves. She adds peanut butter and almond milk to hers. We’ll see.
Next, I will be moving around more. I’ve decided to sweep the sidewalk everyday instead of every two weeks. I’ll also take both dogs walking instead of one. If the hubs wants to walk one of them, that dog will be extra happy. I earned a Fit Bit once during an incentive, and I have it all charged up and ready to go.
So, I think having a long weekend when you are retired is a little useless. I enjoyed them more when I was working. Now, they appear to be an opportunity to explore and find something new. Of course, it’s still a time to remember or celebrate certain historical acts, but as far as being off work… I’m always off. (maybe in more ways than one) Just as a note, I may earn a little from any purchase you make of espira, but the yogurt review is all on me. I love it and plan to be specific on my shopping list. Lemon is my favorite flavor!
Finding new products and taking time to share them with others is a great way for me to be about living better, in my book! I’d love to know your thoughts about how I spent my long weekend. Just take a minute and jot it down at the bottom of this post. Subscribe, if you like. I’ll let you know what else I discover about my new retirement adventure.