can you guess where this place is? {weekend update}

Okay, can you guess where this extremely magical place is??


We took Friday afternoon off and headed for the big city with the kids, and I determined that I am officially grown up now because I was ridiculously excited to get a membership here:

note the lovely sunny Saturday {so lovely I was sweating, in fact}!!
Even though it's over an hour away, we bought the membership since we figure we'll make it there several times a year. From what I can tell it's a little more expensive than Sam's Club in general, but Costco > Sam's because of these fabulous items:


Natural {sugarless} peanut butter, organic tofu, unsweetened organic applesauce, organic raisins, roasted seaweed, short grain brown rice, and organic quinoa?? I was in heaven, I tell you. :) I know I'm probably really weird when it comes to food, but I was so excited to find bulk quantities of some of my favorite foods ever. And since the asparagus was $2/lb. we took the risk and bought it even though we couldn't refrigerate it for hours. {It made it home okay!}

They even have awesome workout clothes for $10. And thin pizza crusts too.

I'm in love

Costco, please come to East Texas asap.

The kids wouldn't mind if this store were closer too:


The main purpose of our trip was to let the kids each pick out a bucket of Legos as a reward for good behavior for the last couple of months. :)

And I had fun browsing old Pottery Barn for a few minutes:


And the kids let me do some shopping too. ;) I found a couple of shirts at the outlet mall, but honestly I was more excited about the food we carried home, lol! 

And then on Sunday afternoon, Texas Spring arrived:



There's ice everywhere! My poor dogwood and magnolia trees. The dogwood and the other trees were already blooming and now they're frozen. I feel so bad for them.

It's a snow day for everyone but these poor homeschooling kids... ;) 


As we drove home in the sleet storm yesterday, Noah said, "It sure is a good thing we homeschool- we don't have to take a day off for the snow!"

I like the way he thinks. And his style. ;)


How was your weekend? Did you have snow or sun or both like us? :P

Weirdest food you never thought you'd love?
Seaweed and tofu are both near the top of that list. Coffee is probably the biggest shocker- I didn't like it until I was 27. I couldn't understand why anyone would like it.

Which do you love more- Costco or Sam's? or BJ's? {I've never been there!}

Any favorite, can't live without them items from Costco I need to try next time we go?

32 comments

Sophie from France said...

No Costco or Sam's here..but Biocoop, where in there are only organic food! I go every 2 or 3 months, I buy a lot in bulk or large quantities (25 kg of rice or oatmeal!) And I store in my pantry ...until my children eat everything (you know the locusts...the same thing in my pantry!!)

CJ said...

I drive an hour to Costco as well, still the membership is well worth it. Hey, don't forget to check out their online offerings and get the APP on your phone - although it is kinda lame, you just flash that and all coupon prices honored instead of having to remember the coupon book!!! ALWAYS take a cooler in the car then no matter what you get at Costco you are golden. ;) Hey, those homeschoolers who school on snow days will be out playing in the sunshine when the public school kids are doing make up days.
Costco also has - organic canned black beans, great rice - short grain brown, brown basmati, whole wheat pastas, peeled garlic (a good sized bag that I just keep in the fridge), baby bella mushrooms, organic baby spinach, organic mixed greens or kale... I could go on and on!

Jessica said...

We're currently in the Sam's/Costco debate. Our Sam's membership is up next week and I've only ever heard good things about Costco. We haven't quite decided yet.

Stefanie said...

LOVE Costco! Nutiva Coconut Oil. For non-organic amazing deals, giant boxes of Grape Nuts cereal and whole bean coffee. There clothing is always fun, and reasonably priced (unless you compare to the thrift store which I usually do!). So, here is the insider info on Costco... if the price tag has an asterisk on it, what you see is all they will get. If you are on the fence about the item, buy it. Costco is fabulous about returns!

Ashley and Katie said...

Welcome to the club! :-) ... I will no longer complain about having to drive 20 minutes to Costco!

April Pearson said...

I love Costco! My bank was offering a deal the membership was $55 but I got $58.50 worth free coupons well worth my hour drive!

Jessica said...

I've been on the fence about getting a Costco membership for awhile, but I've heard great things about it! I'm glad you had a nice weekend!

jessi bridges said...

I switched from Sam's to Costco last year. Immediately I noticed a price difference (both for membership and items- eggs and chicken breasts the most important for us). Also, the hours for Costco aren't as accommodating as Sam's. We switched back to Sam's about 4 months in and Costco refunded our membership, so that was nice!

Rayell said...

We have a Sams membership, I don't think I'll ever trade but the gas prices at Costco are tempting. My brother went in there one time and got some fish with his friend's member ship card, then he saw the same fish at a Kroger store he went to next and it was half the price of the Costco fish! Costco is great about returns though and he brought back the fish and said he found a better deal.

Anonymous said...

I can't imagine supposedly saving money at a store that makes you pay money just to enter... Even if the payment is a one time thing, it's still a payment. No thank you.

Courtney said...

We're in Arlington. We got iced in, too! We have a Sam's membership via my dad, but Costco is more convenient. I'm thinking I would rather have a membership there. Then there's finding the time to get my husband away from work!

Anonymous said...

I have a membership for both sams club and costco....They each have different items that I like. With 4 kids and a husband in the military, we need lots of food and buying bulk saves us money and trips to the small grocery stores.

Sophie from France said...

Reading you, I think that the American and French stores are very different! We do not operate at all the same here, it's interesting to see how this is happening in your country!

Anonymous said...

We have a Sam's membership that complimentary with my husband's job , we love it ! We dont have Costco in NE oklahoma so I can't compare but I love Sam's . I just balance my grocery shopping between Sam's and sale ads for the week to get the best deals.

Anna said...

Looks like you had fun! Costco is the only one I've had a membership, too & we were happy with that. It was the most convenient location for us which made the decision easy.
What's up with the crazy weather. I much prefer sunshine & heat. We're in Chattanooga, and the local schools have missed 7-9 days since January. We homeschool, so no such luck for my kids. :)

Melony Merten said...

We have a Costco membership that I just recently started enjoying the benefits of. And judging by the picture, you and I shop at the same Costco, LOL. We live in Wills Point, so it's a bit of a drive for us, but totally worth it for the amazing deals. Our favorite things to pick up there honestly though is fresh produce. They have the BEST strawberries I've ever tasted in my entire life and I picked up some blackberries there on Friday of last week that were almost as big as the strawberries!

Gotta love this "spring" weather, huh?!?!

Emily said...

I love that seaweed!!! So yummy. I drove 30 minutes to Costco on Friday night. I love their produce too!

Karina Castro said...

Just curious...what curriculum do you use?

Lindsey said...

Where in Texas do you live?! We just moved to Fort Worth not too long ago and I know nobody! Please say you live close to here and that we should be friends! Email me! lindseycrock@gmail.com :)

Ashley E said...

Hi Mandy! I have been a reader of your blog for a quite a while, and you are such an encouragement. I am sorry to post this on this blog post, but I couldn't find an email to contact you. I just wanted to give you encouragement today because I saw how much "hate" and criticism you got for talking about the Son of God movie. I truly appreciate you posting that link because I don't want to watch or support anything that is lukewarm and false. The truth is that Satan doesn't care if we are all Christians, it might be his ultimate plan. I think he would rather us all be lukewarm Christians that are knowledgeable and unproductive in the faith - walking slowly on our way to hell than for us to be all criminals and drug dealers. This is why it is so important to have people like you that remind us to hold ourselves to the highest standard- the unblemished Word of God - no substitutes. Thank you for standing strong! Thank you for enduring the hard stuff so that the truth is revealed. One last thing - I know a lot of people said that the movie or Bible series helped bring someone to salvation. That is great, but doesn't mean that it is God ordained. My mother committed suicide two months ago and it brought my father to Christ and to church. However, it would be foolish of me to say that the suicide was blessed by God - that would totally contradict His character and Word. Instead, God used the situation born from sin, which I am thankful for. Anyways, sorry to ramble on - you have been on my mind today and I thought that you needed some nice and thankful words amongst all of the mud slinging you received today. And please feel free to delete this comment after you read it, since I don't want to start anything on this innocent post ;)

Mandy said...

it's Bob Jones Distance Learning :)

Mandy said...

we do shop at the same one I bet!! I can't wait to try their strawberries now!! :D And blackberries....mmmmm!! It's Texas March Madness, right? LOL!

blissfulhomestead said...

i'm glad you joined costco -- i'm about 10 minutes away from one, and i go almost weekly. i love their selection of organic products. in fact, i hardly shop anywhere else now.

my favorite costco find right now is smoked paprika -- you get a huge container for four dollars compared to the little tiny bottle you get in the grocery store for three bucks. it is awesome on grilled veggies.

your blog is wonderful. thanks for being such an example for good. heaven knows the world needs it.

Rhetta said...

I get excited about good deals on healthy food, too! Costco's all-natural whole chickens are a favorite of mine, sold in pairs. Good cooked in the crockpot or oven. I also buy their natural peanut butter. For Keurig owners, they sell huge boxes of K-cups. Always buy wheat bread there, freezing some for later. And Horizon organic half and half. I use their environmentally responsible laundry detergent and dish soap, and stock up on paper products as well as dog food. The plant-based body lotion in a pump bottle, sold in pairs, is one of the best I've tried. I hear the natural shampoo and conditioner are great too; haven't tried them yet. We are blessed to have a Costco close enough to get gas! Prices at the pump are sometimes the best around here.

Anonymous said...

I love Costco for coconut oil, avocado oil, chia seeds, hemp seeds, organic baby kale... mind you this is Canadian Costco. we don't get as much selection as your U.S. stores... but love it and its close to home. We live right by the border near Sumas WA :) Love their sales too!! so many good deals weekly. Love your blog... I'm so much like you!! love your thrifting... I'm hopelessly addicted too... we have five kids too and we homeschool. God bless you - thx for your constant encouragements... love, Annie in Chilliwack bc

Anonymous said...

I love Costco! It is one of my favorite places to go and my family and I always enjoy the "samples"! Some of my favorite products are the Kirkland Almonds, turkey burgers, the Horizon Half & Half, the huge box of K-Cups, and the Fage Greek Yogurt. The employees are also really friendly. Enjoy your membership!

Leigh Anne said...

I recently got a Costco membership but ours is 1 hr & 45 min away! I've only been twice but I loved it! I could totally relate to your post about being giddy.....I was too! I've tired to describe the difference between SAMs to my friends but it's hard.....seems like their stuff is higher-end? More healthy? I got a bag of apple chips by "bare fruit"....the only ingredients are organic apples and they are so crunchy & sweet. Tastes like they should be unhealthy but they aren't ;). I also think their fresh chicken breasts are so much better quality than the frozen ones I was getting from SAMs. The SAMs ones would shrink so bad when I cooked them. They also have some dark chocolate covered coconut pieces.....so yum! I prob shouldn't buy them cuz they aren't great for my waistline, but I love all things chocolate & coconut! So, we still have both memberships cuz SAMs is a little closer but I heart costco!
I live in the TX panhandle and we've had the same weather! 84 and shorts on Sat then BAM! Snow on Sunday! Crazy I tell ya!

ellaparsons88 said...

What do you think about the PB? My hubby got it and we feel like the consistency is the equivalent of chewing on glue haha. :P

Mandy said...

My husband said it was very, very thick to chew, and the kids aren't quite a fan without honey, LOL! I like it by the spoonful but I've not had it on anything yet! :)

Allison Guffey said...

Mandy I just started reading your blog and you mentioned East Texas. Where are you at? I grew up in East Texas but am now in Denton :) I can relate to you being a young mom of 2 kiddos- had my first at age 22. Most of my friends at my age do not have kiddos. (Now more do since I'm about to be 26)

Allison Guffey said...

Mandy I just started reading your blog and you mentioned East Texas. Where are you at? I grew up in East Texas but am now in Denton :) I can relate to you being a young mom of 2 kiddos- had my first at age 22. Most of my friends at my age do not have kiddos. (Now more do since I'm about to be 26)

Valerie said...

We are members of both Costco and Sam's. There are a few things that I love at Sam's and the gas lines are always less than Costco. Where we live they are less than a block apart. We have the premium membership and we end up getting about 280.00 back per year. I do most of my grocery shopping here, but I buy very little prepared food. After paying the membership fee of $110 I still have quite a bit to add back into my grocery budget. I resisted this for quite a few years because I thought it couldn't possibly come out in my favor. It really does though. I don't buy any more there than if I didn't have it so it is a win win for me.