Obsessions: 06.22.18

Well, it’s been another whirlwind week around here! There isn’t much of a unifying factor to this week’s obsessions, which is our favorite kind. So, here’s what we’ve been up to in this week’s And Then We Tried obsessions.


Michelle is on vacation this week so it’s safe to assume she’s obsessed with warm weather and the beach!


Trader Joe’s Banh Mi Inspired Noodle Bowl

bahn mi noodle bowl
Image courtesy of Livingly

If you love Trader Joe’s salads you have to try this new noodle bowl. It is sooooo good. I’ve eaten at least one a week since I discovered them and I still can’t get enough. Only word of warning is to go light on the dressing, there is a little too much in my opinion.



Trtl Pillow

trtl pillow and then we tried obsessions

Last weekend I surprised Zac with a trip to Seattle for his 30th birthday. We had a great time, but our best return flight option was a red-eye Monday night. Desperate to get even a few minutes of sleep, I asked my world-traveling sister what her favorite travel pillow is. Enter: the Trtl. This thing feels like a neck brace and looks ridiculous, but guys, IT WORKS. With the Trtl and an eye mask, I got a few hours of decent sleep, at least as far as plane sleep is concerned. If you’re taking a long or overnight trip anytime soon, I suggest checking it out!

TV Shows

Ok, I know it’s summer and I should be spending time outside or whatever, but I suddenly have a lot of TV shows to keep up with! Between The Bachelorette and The Last Defense on network TV and The Staircase, Queer Eye, and Picnic at Hanging Rock on streaming, I can barely keep up! Plus, while visiting Zac’s sister in Seattle, she introduced me to Claws, so now I need to watch that too! What are you guys watching? Anything I need to add to the list?


The Cup of Jo team has been doing amazing work this week covering the separation of families at the border. Check out this post from Monday for an in-depth overview of the situation, and this post for follow-up after Trump’s new executive order was signed. This stuff is hard and devastating but figuring out how to help is the first step.

This has been another week of And Then We Tried Obsessions, where we share whatever we’re obsessed with each week. Let us know what you’re obsessed with this week in the comments and if you see anything in the wild that you think we’d be obsessed with, be sure to tag us @andthenwetried or use #ATWTobsessions

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