FINALLY! A recap post. & it’s a long one.
I have a ton to fill you guys in on (if you haven’t already noticed from social media.) This post will be filled with eats, workouts, and all the details on our new four-legged friend…SAY WHAT? yup. I hope you can get through this post before it turns dark outside. It took me almost eight hours to go through all the photos, upload and organize! I’m hoping it only takes a few hours to write and remember it all! I’m apologizing for for the amount of dog photos. Here goes nothing…I landed in Charlotte at midnight last Friday. I was so tired, but I promised Kyle I’d ride to Tennessee with him to pick up his new puppy. I always love an adventure or anything that involves a road trip.
Before spending five hours in the car, I wanted to get out and exercise. I went for a three mile run on the greenway and then stopped at Chopt to pick up a salad for the drive. I also stopped at Fresh Market for some snacks. Kyle and I are snackers.
I ordered the Kebab Cobb (per usual) with falafel on top. I must be on a falafel kick because I also bought falafel chips to go with our supremely spicy hummus. That is my FAVE flavor right now and I can’t get enough. I like it on my eggs and in my salads. We drove about five hours and decided to stay at a hotel an hour away from our destination. The town we were going to was in the middle of nowhere with no hotels or gas stations close by. I love driving through Tennessee because it’s so beautiful. I used to make the drive all the time when my parents were living in Iowa. We woke up at 6:45 on Sunday morning so we could drive the last hour and pick up his new puppy.
My go-to hotel breakfast is always oatmeal! I added raisins, cinnamon and walnuts to a bowl of plain oatmeal.
I love early morning drives because the skies are always so beautiful. I always miss Iowa when I drive through the country. It makes me want to buy a country home and have coffee on the porch every morning while the sun comes up (we all can dream.)
Savannah from Love n’ Bones sent me some treats for Grumples and Leo! I brought Leo’s with me. She makes all-natural, homemade dog treats for your four-legged friends! Grumples LOVES his treats and they are great for his weight loss journey! Kyle and his new pup Leo! ♥
Don’t let that troublemakers face fool you. He’s a nut! Leo was so good in the car on the way home. It was a six hour drive back and he slept the entire time.
We stopped at Starbucks so I could grab a coffee and a snack. I love that Starbucks sells Siggis! I topped it with some creme brûlée almonds (soooooooo good.)
It felt so good to be home! I had an omelet, falafel chips and spicy hummus for dinner & yes, coffee too!I was so shocked at Grumples reaction to Leo. I thought he was going to get upset, growl or act out…but he loves him.
Leo made himself right at home. We couldn’t believe it. LEO SLEPT THROUGH THE NIGHT. That’s a dream puppy…
We headed out around 7am to take Grumples on a long walk around Charlotte. Leo had his first vet appointment on Monday morning and he was as healthy as an apple.
I had to throwback to 5 1/2 years ago when I brought Grumples home! I caught up on some work while having a bowl of oats! I love my oatmeal in the fall because it’s warm and filling.
Kyle and I headed to the gym together Monday afternoon. I did three miles on the treadmill and a circuit from the Fitness Challenge.I made my homemade sauce and a delicious pasta dish Monday night! I’ll blog the recipe this weekend. If you want to try out my sauce recipe, you can find it here! It’s to die for.
We went three miles on Tuesday morning at 6:45 am with Grumples! It is getting super chilly in the morning and I love it!
The pups spent the morning with me while I worked. I’ve been spending time at Kyles this week to help him with the puppy while he’s at work. It’s kind of fun being uptown! I love that I can work from home with them. I made a delicious apple pie Tuesday & you can find the recipe here! Not going to lie, I was so ready to escape the dogs on Tuesday night. Puppies are a lot of work and they are constantly getting into things and need bathroom breaks every 45 minutes.
I headed out for a seven mile run and it turned into a nine mile run! You can read more about my run here + an awesome salad recipe! Kyle and I took a late night walk with Grumples when I got back. I love the city at night. Wednesday morning breakfast: Oatmeal, chopped pecans, peanut butter and cinnamon!
My work buddies. I had a delicious salad on Wednesday afternoon! Here is the recipe 🙂 I headed out for a light three mile run after lunch and the fall weather felt amazing. Cinnamon vanilla protein shake: Vanilla Protein Powder, 1 cup ice, 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1 small banana, and 1 tsp cinnamon.
Late night with Grumps! This blue cargo jacket was in my Stitch Fix fix! 🙂 I met up with Becca for breakfast on Thursday morning at Flipside Cafe in Fort Mill. I had the Greek yogurt with honey, granola, fresh fruit, and a side of eggs. This place was super cute and the food was really good! I took the pups to my parents house so they could run around in the backyard before the rainy weekend. Lunch salad: kale, cucumber, sweet potato, blueberries, goat cheese, strawberries, pecans and a balsamic vinaigrette. Afternoon snack: apples, strawberries & peanut butter! My mom and I took Grumples on an evening walk and we sat out on the driveway with the pups. They love watching people walk by.
Leo had his first rainy day experience.
The dogs LOVED running around in the rain and getting all muddy. I’d be lying if I said I din’t have just as much fun.
Lunch: cucumber, blueberries, spinach, goat cheese, and a balsamic vinaigrette with a side of eggs! I was craving sushi for dinner so I had a spicy tuna roll from Harris Teeter!
Kyle and I headed to my parents house for dinner on Saturday. My mom made chicken and steak fajitas! They were so good.
We tried to take our first photo together, but we are going to need to practice. I promise we didn’t plan on matching, it just sort of happened.
My mom surprised me with a healthy pumpkin pie! You can find the recipe here🙂
Larabar Seasonal Flavors (gingerbread, snickerdoodle, pumpkin)The backyard tired them out (thank goodness.) We made a late night Target run to pick up some snacks. If you haven’t checked out their fall section…you’re missing out. It’s fall flavored heaven! We ended up getting the extra cheesy whole grain gold fish…they were so good! We are kids.
We went on our walk Sunday mooring with Grumples and then relaxed for a bit. Pre-run snack: rice cake + peanut butter + 1 date. I met up with my friend, Meighan, to do six miles at the Greenway! It was GORGEOUS out. We kept an easy 9:30-10min pace per mile.
We decided to make our FAVORITE meal…homemade chicken nuggets! We love these so much♥We also made french fries in the Air Fryer. I cannot believe how crunch they were! Making chicken wings in the air fryer is amazing too. It would be cool if restaurants started using the air fryer.
We spent the night watching the debates. What a train wreck. Breakfast Monday morning: Oats & peanut butter! Cinnamon vanilla protein shake: Vanilla Protein Powder, 1 cup ice, 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1 small banana, and 1 tsp cinnamon.
Tea & Eggs for lunch!
Kyle and I went on a late night walk Monday. It was fun watching all the people tailgate and get all crazy for the Panthers!Caesar salad and leftover chicken nuggets for dinner!
Grumples and I headed out for a long walk on Tuesday morning. I love seeing all the leaves change! Grumples got a new Ruffwear Front Range Harness for the fall!
Pre workout smoothie! BACK AWAY FROM MY RICE CAKE!
I met up with a friend to go on a walk and we ended up doing twelve miles! It was not planned, it just happened! It was so nice out and the perfect way to end the evening. We left at 4:30 and got back around 8:30!
We stopped at Coco & The Director for coffee after our walk. I had leftovers for dinner (because they’re the best) I had spanish rice with fajita chicken and chicken nuggets.
I also had peanut butter and popcorn for desert! Wednesday morning oats & coffee! Cute little Leo!! Someone hated the vacuum cleaner. I will be doing a closet clean out on Saturday! I’ll be posting some clothes up in my shop that will be for sale 🙂 It’s going to be super fun because it’ll basically be a live sale! I’ll have more details on that later! I just have way too many clothes in my closet and it’s time to make some space.
Questions for you!
- What is your favorite leftover food?
- Favorite road trip stop?
- What are you weekend plans?