I hope you all had a fantastic weekend. I’ve had some life changing things happen over the past week, but I’ll talk more about that soon. Let’s just say it’s kept me pretty busy and I’m ready for a new chapter in life. In between all of the craziness (the good kind), I’ve had a ton of fun! I can’t wait to share my week with you!
But first…I have to take a second to wish my parents a happy 30th anniversary. I’m so blessed to have such wonderful and supportive parents. I love them so much!
Grumples and I headed out for a four mile walk on Wednesday morning. This is the most beautiful time of the year and I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of it.
Breakfast: 1/2 Small Banana, 1/2 cup frozen rasberries, 1/2 cup frozen peach slices, 1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder, 1 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk, 1/4 Cup Oats, 1/2 Cup Ice.
After finishing my work on Wednesday, I headed to my parents house so I could run their neighborhood and hang out with them for a bit.
For dinner I had crockpot white chili. This is one of my favorite winter soups! I blogged about it a couple of years ago and you can find the recipe here.
Early morning walk with the pups!
I made protein banana eggs pancakes with blueberries after my walk with Grumples and Leo on Thursday morning. This is one of my favorite pre-workout breakfasts. They taste so good! 🙂
I had so much going on Thursday. (Things I’ll blog about later) I ended up falling asleep at 8:30pm from being exhausted. I was so energized on Friday and ready for a relaxing day.
I took the pups for a walk with my mom, had some coffee, went for a three mile run, and then had breakfast.
My mom had the day off, so we ran some errands and had a girls day.
Hungry shopping = Trail mix form Hobby Lobby.
My Stitch Fix box came! I always love trying on the looks! They send me things I would never buy if I were at a store, so I love that they push me to try on new looks. I’m one of the most basic dressers you’ll meet. I like jeans, flats, and sweaters. Having a personal stylist is good. I also love that I can send anything back that I don’t like.
Have you guys noticed the bellbottoms coming back? I haven’t put on bellbottoms in over 10 years!!
I absolutely adored the coat that Stitch Fix sent me. Now this is something I’d totally buy in stores. I loved the camel color for Fall. If you guys haven’t tried Stitch Fix yet, you should! It’s super fun!
Please excuse the hair. I showered after my run and it likes to do it’s own thing after drying.
Another fun box I love is RocksBox! It’s a jewelry rental service. I literally LOVE it!
Rocksbox is so unique and I’ve never seen any service like it. You get to fill out an online profile and three pieces of jewelry are hand-selected for you. When the jewelry arrives, you get to wear it all you want and then send it back for three new pieces. If you really love it, you can buy the jewelry with a member discount. My jewelry rack is filled with pieces that I don’t wear anymore. Most of them hang there or get tangled up in the drawers. I like to buy jewelry for special occasions and I usually never wear the pieces twice. This is why Rocksbox is super convenient for me. I can have jewelry sent to me for special occasions and send it right back. It won’t have to hang around collecting dust.
If you want to try Rocksbox free for a month, use my code: simplytaralynnxoxo <3 It’s so fun and worth the try! I can’t wait to hear what you guys think.
Kyle and I were pretty lazy cookers on Friday night. We made sweet potato fries and black bean veggie burgers.
We watched a couple episodes of Black Mirror and hung out with the pups!
We decided to have Leo join us on our four mile walk with Grumples on Saturday morning.
Leo kept up the entire time. He didn’t stop to sit, or jump to be held. He trotted along with Grumples and I was so proud of him! He even drank from the water bottle like Grumples does.
After the walk, I started baking for Saturday night Friendsgiving at Meighan’s.
I decided to go with oatmeal cream pies! These are my Thanksgiving go-to cookies. You can find the recipe here!
I had to bring one over to my neighbor!
After baking, I did a power clean. Have you ever just been in the mood to clean and organize everything? Lately I’ve bee using the Endust products and they are literally lifesaving, especially with a puppy running around. After cleaning, I headed out for a three mile run and a two mile walk. When I got back from my run, I headed to the gym to do a thirty minute circuit. I really need to step up my strength training because I have been slacking. I pretty much did strictly cardio in October and lost about 5 lbs of muscle. Im going to work hard to build it back up and get back on track.
I picked out a workout from one of my fitness challenges.
50 Crunches (right/left/center)
20 Squat + Right Side Kicks
20 Squat + Left Side Kicks
1 Minute Wall-Sit
50 Crunches (right/left/center)
20 Mountain Climbers
20 Dumbbell Bench Presses
50 Jumping Jacks
100 Crunches (right/left/center)
And yep…I broke my sunglasses 🙁
After my workout, I headed back to make homemade macaroni and cheese for friendsgiving.
I did this macaroni and cheese live on snapchat! But, you can find the recipe here! The only thing I did differently this time was add 10 ounces of pepperjack cheese.
Meighan and her roommate, Allison, did such an amazing job setting everything up. Their decorations were so cute and festive.
The cranberry apple sangria was amazing. It had red wine, rum, orange triple sec, diet Sprite, light cranberry juice, cranberries, oranges, and apple.
Meighan’s Apple cider margarita had Jose Cuervo, apple cider, a little bit of orange triple sec, and apples 🙂
All the desserts ♥
Everyone’s food was so amazing! I especially loved the kale salad. It had chopped apples and pomegranate seeds.
Listen up all you pumpkin spiced latte lovers…this crock pot spiked pumpkin spiced latte was SO GOOD. Meighan’s roommate made it and it had espresso, Baileys, pumpkin spice seasoning, and half and half.
Friends giving was such a blast and I’m literally still stuffed from all the delicious food.
Grumples was snug as a bug in a rug while I had my Sunday morning coffee 🙂 I had to wake up at 5am, so that extra hour of sleep was much appreciated.
Kyle and I dropped the pups off with my parents early morning and headed to Charleston so we could have lunch with his dad. His dad was in town for a wedding and we were excited to see him.
We stopped at Starbucks for coffee before making the trip.
Charleston is one of my favorite spots. It was Kyle’s first time ever visiting Charleston and I couldn’t wait for him to see the city!
Kyle chose a place for lunch that I had never heard of, but it’s definitely going on my Charleston list! It’s called Queen 82 and it’s right on Queen Street. 🙂
I ordered the low country omelet with a side of cheesy grits. I’ve tried grits so many times since moving to the south, and I’ve never cared for them. But these grits were definitely done right. I mean…you can make anything taste better with butter and cheese. The omelet was also super delicious. It was filled with shrimp, crab, spinach, tomato, parmesan and chives. I’d love to make this omelet at home!
It’s confirmed that they have delicious burgers.
We all walked down to the riverfront after lunch. We ran into the veterans parade on the way to the river.
When you don’t have any sunglasses…
It was so nice having lunch with Kyle’s dad and spending the day in Charleston.
Before we headed back to Charlotte, we stopped at one of my favorites sports for coffee, Carmellas.
I ordered a skim latte with an extra shot of espresso.
Stopping at Savannah’s Candy kitchen is a must when you’re in Charleston. It’s like a dream for sugar lovers!
I had to treat myself to some pistachio gelato.
We walked around the downtown a bit before heading back. I never get tired of exploring.
Charleston is so much better in the Fall. It’s SOOO hot in the summer and there are so many people visiting. Don’t get me wrong, I love it all year round, but it’s more tolerable (temperature wise) this time of year.
We left Charleston around four.
Of course we had to get some gas station snacks. 🙂
My parents wore the dogs out! They got all excited to see us and then went straight back to snoozing.
Questions for you!
- Do you and your friends throw Friendsgivings?
- Are you ready for this crazy election to be over?
- What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish?
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