Good morning! Happy Monday! & Happy Columbus Day! 🙂
I just finished walking the pups, brewed some coffee, and now I’m ready to blog all about my week! This week was a blur. Some of the days went by fast, and some were pretty slow. I was fighting a slight sickness a couple of days out of the week, but I took some much-needed downtime and luckily it passed. Meighan has today off, so after blogging, I’m heading out for a girls day. And then I’m going to spend the night doing more work and watching Dancing With The Stars. This season is filled with great dancers!
I woke up early on Monday morning to walk the dogs and work before heading out with my Dad. He needed someone to take him to the dealership in Charlotte, so I drove him in.
Before I headed out, I made a green smoothie. It had spirulina, banana, coconut milk, wheatgrass, ginger, turmeric, lemon, and maca powder. I also made another cup of coffee to take along with me! I still love my to-go cup! If you haven’t checked outErin Condren, you’re totally in for a treat. I spend hours browsing her site! These to-go cups come in a ton of different designs. Everything is just so colorful.
We ended up spending four hours at the dealership! Wowza. That’s OK though because I love spending time with my dad. When I got home, I walked the dogs, heated up a bowl of mychicken and vegetable soup, and hopped on the couch to watch Dancing with the Stars. The soup is even better the next day. Holy Moly! I’m so happy that I froze a couple of containers because I’m having some for dinner tomorrow night. I was also happy that I had so much soup in the house because I was starting to come down with a sickness.
The pups and I didn’t make it past ten. I woke up to Leo sound asleep on my stomach, and I had to snap a picture to send to Kyle. We are only slightly obsessed with our dogs.
Not all of my breakfasts are gorgeously staged, haha! I was not feeling that great on Tuesday morning at all. After picking myself up to walk the dogs, I made a quick breakfast. I cooked up four egg whites and had a cup of cereal with coconut milk. The cereal was a mixture ofPumpkin Puffins’ and Brown Rice Cocoa Crisps.
I sat on the couch for about five hours working. I shut down the computer, walked the dogs and decided just to relax and watch a movie. I knew for sure I would get sicker if I didn’t chill out. I also knew something was wrong with me when I couldn’t finish an afternoon cup of coffee. I ended up blending some Orgain protein powder, frozen blueberries, and water together to coat my stomach. I turned on Netflix and saw that Beauty and the Beast was added. I hadn’t seen the new one yet, and I was excited to watch it. I have a problem with just chilling. I find myself always having to do something. I’ll get up to do laundry, do dishes, walk the dogs, sweep the floor, and so I promised myself I would just lay down and not get off the couch until the movie was over. I just have a horrible problem with sitting still. The only time I can sit still is when I’m working on the computer because I’m too distracted. I’m always go go go.
But I broke my promise twice because I stopped the movie to walk the dogs around the block and make a salad.
I chopped up romaine, cucumber, rotisserie chicken, and added it to a big bowl with plain hummus. So delicious. After the movie, I went straight back to the computer to finish working. Oh, andBeauty and the Beast was such a cute movie!
For a late night dinner, I sauteed butternut squash and zucchini in the cast iron pan. I seasoned it with onion powder, garlic powder, sea salt, and black pepper.
I had a Turkey Burger for my protein on the side.
I was feeling so much better on Wednesday afternoon. I made a salad for dinner and then headed out to play tennis with my parents. My salad had romaine, avocado, broccoli, bell pepper, onion, cucumber, chickpeas, tomatoes, kale, hard boiled egg, chicken, and balsamic vinaigrette.
It felt good to get out and move after feeling sick.
I had an early dinner at five, so I was hungry after playing tennis. Around eight, I had a cucumber with spicy chipotle hummus. I took the dogs for a late night walk and then headed to bed at nine.
It felt like Fall on Thursday morning. The temperatures were low, and I had to break out the sweater to walk the pups. And I forgot to show you my candle purchases last Sunday! Some of you were asking which ones I bought. Choosing candles at Bath and Body Works is so hard because they all smell so good. I went with Bourbon Sea Salt Caramel (second time buying this one), Hot Cocoa & Cream, and Caramel Pumpkin Swirl! They are heavenly.
I have a trip coming up later this Fall, so I decided to stop at the mall to look at some sweaters. I ended up getting these jeans and this plum/purple sweater at AE. I am going to do more shopping for my trip today with Meighan. I did find some cute things on Saturday, but more about that later. Around one, I headed out to lunch with my mom! We decided to go somewhere quick, and I hadn’t had Jimmy Johns in SO LONG.
I ordered an unwich. It had turkey, tomatoes, spicy peppers, yellow mustard, and avocado. My mom ordered a sandwich on their 12-grain bread, and it came with cheese, pickles, lettuce, salami, tomatoes, and peppers.
We walked next door to Amelie’s for coffee and tea. They have a seasonal cinnamon tea right now that tastes just like red hots. It’s INCREDIBLE. I’m walking down there later this morning to get some before shopping. My mom called them later in the day (because she was super obsessed with the tea), and asked them which brand it was. The tea is Harney & Son’s Hot Cinnamon! It was almost like a dessert, and she added a little honey to it. I can’t tell you enough how good it was. I ordered their medium roast black coffee, and that was just as good!
The Rock Hill Amelie’s location is my favorite. They turned an old bank into the coffee shop and it’s filled with character.
After dropping my mom back off at her office, I headed out for a little walk. It was so gorgeous out, and walking with coffee is my favorite this time of year. I took some photos along the way! Hopefully, they put you in the Fall spirit. Yesterday Kyle said the cutest thing. We were out walking the dogs early in the morning, and he said, “I never liked Fall until I met you.” I don’t know why but it really made me smile.
I can’t wait until the end of October/early November with the trees are at their peek change. You better believe I’ll be taking an abundance amount of photos.
I headed back home to work some more. I had this blueberry Silk yogurt, and it was so good! I froze it for a couple of hours and then let it sit for twenty minutes. It was creamy and had an ice cream texture.
For dinner, I made a delicious salad. It had bell peppers, broccoli, sprouts, tomatoes, kale, onion, cucumber, chickpeas, roasted chicken, and a balsamic vinaigrette on top. I made the dressing with olive oil, honey, and balsamic. The worst part about this salad was finishing it. I just wanted it all over again.
To kill the late night sweet tooth, I had a hot cup of tea. Tea has been my savior the past few weeks. I’ve cut out that late night dessert/sugary cravings with tea. I am so excited for my red hot cinnamon tea to get here! I ordered four cases.
I was in for a busy day on Friday! I woke up at five to walk the dogs, blog and have breakfast. I had avocado, sweet potatoes, and egg whites.
While I was out running errands and getting things ready for the garage sale, I picked up some Ginger Teriyaki chicken jerky bites. I was pretty impressed with these! I had been seeing people posting about them all over the internet, and they were pretty great.
My neighborhood was having a giant community yard sale. I had boxes on boxes of clothes that I wanted and needed to get rid of. My parents had bins of clothes in their attic of mine as well. I decided to join in on the community yard sale and get rid of a ton of things. Whatever I didn’t sell, I’d drop off at Red Cross! I am going to be writing a blog post on how to have the perfect yard sale. My mom used to have them all the time growing up, and I used to LOVE helping her. It brought back a lot of memories. I was up until midnight getting everything set up.
While I was out, I stopped at Michaels. They had a 60% of ALL FALL decor sale. I picked up a couple of pieces for my mantel. I loved adding the warmth to my house. I can’t wait until it’s cold and I can turn on the fireplace 🙂
I am incredibly excited for Christmas already. Don’t worry! I’m not going to start posting Christmas recipes or decorating until December. Last year, I was too busy from buying my house. I didn’t have the chance to really enjoy all the Christmas baking and decorating. I’m going ALL out this year. When I was in an apartment, I had nowhere to store my decor, so I barely bought any. This year, I have a huge attic and garage to store it all in. I’m already planning my mantel decor, yard decor, and more. It’s bad.
After getting just about everything ready for the sale, I headed to the kitchen late in the evening and made a quick dinner. I was so hungry! I cooked up chicken, bell peppers, and butternut squash in the cast Iron. I added spicy Szechuan sauce! That simple and it was so delicious. Kyle and I turned on Dateline and relaxed.
Up at 5 am to finish setting up and open shop at 7! My mom ended up bringing all of her shoes over that she didn’t wear anymore to set out. Some lady came and bought every single pair! I was pretty impressed. I was hungry later in the morning, so I had a bowl of pumpkin spiced cheerios with coconut milk 🙂
It was raining out, so I pulled everything into the garage, but the turn out was still impressive. I finished up around noon, and then loaded up everything that didn’t sell, and took it to Red Cross. It felt SO GOOD to get rid of everything. I still have so much more to go through and toss. I’m also excited to write the yard sale post. I had a lot of fun.
For lunch, I had a romaine cup filled with leftovers from the night before.
I made a smoothie as well. It had spirulina, wheat grass, matcha tea, coconut milk, protein powder, and banana.
Even though I was so tired, I couldn’t sit still. I was heading to the mall with Meighan around two, and I knew I’d fall asleep if I sat down. I decided to make a recipe for the blog this week.
I will have this ready for a Wednesday blog! It was so good. Kyle was so obsessed. This pumpkin apple crisp was gone in literally two days. It’s dairy free, gluten free, oil free, nut free, soy free, and no sugar added!
Meighan and I had original plans to walk the Riverwalk, but it was pouring out. We decided to walk the mall instead. I picked up some much-needed coffee before we started shopping.
I ended up buying this top in four different colors. It looks way better in person, but I loved the thick material. I love that you can dress it up with a skirt and a statement necklace, or wear it casual with jeans. I didn’t like the ruffle trend at first, but now I’m hopping on the bandwagon. I’ve been trying to transition my closet into basic pieces that can all be thrown together. I love that Express has a lot of solid colored tops. I feel like I’m at that awkard stage where I’m having a hard time re-learning how to dress. I’m not a skinny little twenty-year old anymore and I’m trying to keep that in mind. Dressing your body in your late twenties can be hard, especially if your body is going through changes. Anyone else feel this way? Anyways. This top is called theTextured Short Bell Sleeve top, and it’s on sale for $23.00! It was originally $39.00 🙂 I also bought a black ruffle front mesh yoke top, but they had to ship it to my house because they didn’t have any in my size at the store. I fell in love with the top, so I’ll show you how it looks on when it gets here! It should be here Wednesday.
And I was shocked at some of the items I found at H&M. They had so many fun basic tops and gingham (my favorite!) I also like their new line of body-shaping jeans. The quality has improved so much. I bought the white sweater, the jeans, and an adorable new coat.
I fell in love as soon as I put this coat on. It was so smooth and soft. It wasn’t one of those scratchy wool-blend coats. I loved the collar on it, and the way it fit. If they had it in more colors in the store, I would have bought them all. This Wool-blend coat is from H&M! I’ll get more photos in this coat soon. I’m heading to a different H&M store today, and I’m excited to see if they have the blue and pink ones in stock. I will literally buy them all because that’s how obsessed I am with this coat. I didn’t plan on buying anything when I headed to the mall, but it turned out to be a successful trip. I find that when I’m looking for something in particular, I NEVER find it. When I’m just browsing, I find everything. I guarantee today will be unsuccessful.
For dinner, I had eggs, teriyaki green beans, and chicken! Easy and tasty!
We finally got a break in the rain, so Kyle and I headed out to play tennis Saturday evening.
We played late into the evening and then headed back to my place to walk the dogs. I was so tired from my four hours of sleep and long day. I took a shower, popped popcorn for our movie, and then fell asleep fifteen minutes later on the couch.
Found this snap from Kyle. 😀
I slept over ten hours on Saturday night and it was much needed. After the dog walk, I had six scrambled egg whites and celery with hummus for a late breakfast.
Kyle and I headed to the gym around one on Sunday. I ran three miles and then stretched it out in the yoga room.
I was proud of myself for pushing through the struggle. It’s crazy how hard it is to get back into running after a hiatus. I’m only running three miles twice a week lately, but I plan on increasing the mileage soon.
After the gym, I had a post-run shake. It had acai powder, half a banana, turmeric, ginger, wanter, and vanilla protein powder. How gorgeous is that color?
After our post-workout fuel, we headed to the courts to play tennis. It was muggy and disgusting outside.
I headed home to shower off and pack my stuff for Kyle’s place on Sunday evening. We decided to go the easy route for dinner. We picked up Chopt salads! I had some work to do so I was happy we decided not to cook. We don’t dine out often, so it was much deserved. My salad had kale, romaine, tomatoes, chickpeas, cucumber, butternut squash, avocado, egg white, double chicken, and hot honey vinaigrette on the side. I was pretty intrigued by this carrot spice Kombucha, so I decided to give it a try. It literally tasted like carrot cake. I will probably end up getting it again today! It was a nice little treat. I ended up eating half of my salad around six and finished the rest at eight. It was so good!
I made coffee at seven, and got straight to blogging! Some people wonder how I can have coffee and then fall asleep. I have no idea, but it calms me. I slept like a baby last night! Oh, and Kyle and I watched Geralds Project on Netflix last night. It was really good but incredibly creepy.
Questions for you!
- Have you ever had to “re-learn” how to dress?
- What seasonal product do you love lately? (I love the hot cinnamon tea & carrot spice kombucha)
- Do you ever have a hard time just “being” or “relaxing” without distracting yourself?
Hope you guys have a good week! 🙂
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